Laura Rennick Andersen has been the Chief of the Energy Bureau (the Montana Energy Office) at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality since 2015. Laura is passionate about sustainable solutions for her home state of Montana. A love of Montana’s rivers led her to an early career in watershed restoration, working with local organizations to develop and implement collaborative projects and solutions unique to the various needs across the Big Sky state. Laura has valued the move into sustainable energy since day one; the depth and breadth of energy work means that on an average day Laura can go from providing funding for a local rooftop solar PV system to examining how work at the international level will impact Montana’s energy sector.
Laura is a board member for the National association of State Energy Officials. Laura holds an MS in Science and Engineering Management from Montana State University, Bas in French and Environmental Studies from Carroll College, and an AS in Business from the University of Montana.