Deputy Commissioner of Division of Energy Resources
Bill Grant is the Deputy Commissioner of Energy and Telecommunications for the Minnesota Department of Commerce. He is responsible for developing and managing programs and policies for Energy Planning and Advocacy, Energy Facility Permitting, the State Energy Office, Energy Assistance, Telecommunications, and the Broadband Development Office.
Before joining the Department in February 2011, Grant served as associate executive director of the Izaak Walton League of America, a position he held since 1995. The Izaak Walton League protects America's outdoors through education, community-based conservation, and promotion of outdoor recreation.
Prior to becoming the League’s associate director, Grant served as director of the League's Midwest Office from 1992 to 1995; in that position he directed the League's advocacy of utility regulatory reform policies to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in the Upper Midwest.
Grant has been instrumental in the development of several League publications, including Power to Spare in the Upper Midwest, Energy Efficiency and Minnesota Jobs: The Employment Impacts of Electric Utility Demand-Side Management Programs, and The Landowner's Guide to Wind Energy in the Upper Midwest.
Before joining the League, Grant spent seven years with the Minnesota Department of Public Service. His responsibilities there included the review of utility conservation plans, integrated resource plans, certificate of need filings, and interventions before federal regulatory agencies. Grant also spent six months on special assignment with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Grant earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Macalester College in St. Paul (1979) and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Hamline University in St. Paul (1995).