Paula A. Hamel
Paula is an environmental professional with over 26 years of experience in the energy industry. Expertise includes environmental policy advocacy, climate change policy, government affairs, regional environmental compliance management, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and environmental compliance auditing for generation, transmission and distribution facilities. Paula’s background includes experience with electric and natural gas industry environmental policy, electrical transmission and distribution asset construction, as well as hydro, fossil, merchant and independent power providing assets, including company and regional goals development.
Paula currently serves as the Director of Environmental Policy for Dominion Resource Services, Inc. in Glen Allen, VA where she sets the vision and manages the staff responsible for developing corporate environmental regulatory positions. Paula regularly meets with key regulatory and government officials to influence environmental regulatory and policy issues, evaluates proposed and final regulatory requirements to determine impact to the company operations, develops compliance strategies, represents the company on various industry committees and oversees personnel participating on environmental agency regulatory development groups, supports public policy staff on legislative issues, and develops annual environmental policy goals and oversees tracking of environmental department goals.
Prior to joining Dominion Resources, Paula worked in various positions for PG&E National Energy Group and the New England Power Company, including the areas of water quality and environmental compliance.
Paula received a BS in Chemistry from University of Massachusetts, North Dartmouth, MA and a MBA in Management, from Bryant University, North Smithfield, RI.
Paula’s professional affiliations included the Massachusetts Corporate Wetlands Partnership Board, Northeast Chapter of the Dominion Charitable Foundation Board , Chairperson of the New England Power Pool Environmental Planning Committee, ISO-NE Environmental Planning Committee, New England Council, Utility Water Act Group, Utility Solid Waste Act Group, Utility Air Regulatory Group and Environmental Committees of Edison Electric Institute.
Paula is an avid cook and she loves to kayak, since moving to Virginia in 2010 from New England. She is enthusiastic about wetland protection and restoration, believing that this represents one of many fundamental keys to restoring the Chesapeake Bay.