Energy Industry Leader Randy Hardy

2019 Robert Kahn
Lifetime Achievement Award

The Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition (NIPPC) has selected Randy Hardy as the 2019 recipient of the Robert Kahn Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award, previously known simply as “The Lifetime Achievement Award,” has been renamed to honor NIPPC Executive Director Robert Kahn, who recently passed away. Hardy was selected to be the first recipient of a lifetime achievement award by Kahn before his passing to recognize Hardy’s passionate service and dedication to the energy industry. 

“Randy Hardy’s contribution to the region as a leader, truth teller and problem solver across the broadest spectrum of interests is unrivaled,” stated Kahn in his appeal to award Hardy. “I can think of no one more deserving.”

His experience has covered regulatory, legislative and transactional work, including thirteen years of executive leadership managing two large electric utilities – Seattle City Light and the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

Hardy is a 1966 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. From 1966 to 1976, he was a naval officer, performing various shipboard and staff assignments worldwide. He received his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington in 1972.

In 1975-76, he was selected as a Whitehouse Fellow and served as a Special Assistant to the Federal Energy Administration (FEA). He held various positions with the Department of Energy, the FEA, The Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee, Seattle City Light, and BPA from 1975 to 1997.

At Seattle City Light, from 1984 to 1991, Hardy negotiated natural resource issues for the successful relicensing of three major dams on the Skagit River, and arranged for an ownership interest in the third AC transmission line between the Northwest and California.

As Administrator of BPA from 1991 -1997, Hardy managed a $2.4 billion public corporation which supplies 40 percent of all electricity and over 75 percent of the high voltage transmission in the Northwest. Hardy made significant cost and marketing changes to stabilize the agency’s financial position during fierce wholesale competition.

In addition to these positions, Hardy has chaired the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), been President of the American Public Power Association (APPA), and was a Board Member of both the Large Public Power Council, and the Washington Public Power Supply System (now known as Energy Northwest). 

More recently, Hardy founded Hardy Energy Consulting and has been providing strategic guidance to utilities, wind/renewable generators, and other organizations. His expertise has been invaluable in the rapidly changing electricity environment.