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Gov. Inslee reappoints Kathleen Drew as EFSEC chair

Lacey, Wash. - Gov. Inslee reappointed Kathleen Drew to a second term as chair of the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.

Drew’s two-year appointment runs from February 2021 through 2023.

EFSEC consists of a chair, appointed by the governor, and council members from five state agencies.

In her first term at EFSEC, Drew oversaw two major siting project recommendations for the Desert Claim Wind Power Project and Columbia Solar.

Drew is a longtime public servant and former state senator. Prior to chairing EFSEC, Drew was an assistant director at the Washington State Department of Licensing, a policy adviser for the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, and worked on a number of environmental issues in Gov. Chris Gregoire’s administration. Drew also worked in government and community relations at University of Washington Bothell, Sound Transit, and the Port of Seattle.

Drew was a state senator in the 5th Legislative District from 1993 to 1997.

She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree in communication from The Evergreen State College.

EFSEC is the state agency charged with providing “one-stop” licensing for certain types of major energy projects in Washington. EFSEC specifies the conditions of construction and operation. The council also manages an environmental and safety oversight program of facility and site operations.  

EFSEC is an independent state council that is administratively housed at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. The UTC is the state agency in charge of regulating private or investor-owned utilities and transportation companies in Washington.