James L. Gibbons

Director of Policy & Planning

Burlington Electric Department

James Gibbons is the Director of Policy and Planning for the Burlington Electric Department where he has worked since 2008. At BED, James and his team oversee power supply, long-range planning, regulatory interactions, and renewable energy certificate trading.  James was instrumental in BED’s transition to sourcing 100% of its energy needs from renewable generation, an achievement for which BED has received significant recognition. The policy and planning group at BED filed the utility's newest Integrated Resource Plan in 2017, and is now working on new rate structures and programs in support of strategic electrification, to meet the goals of Vermont’s new Renewable Energy Standard. Prior to 2008, James worked at the Vermont Public Power Supply Authority for 18 years in a number of roles, lastly as the Manager of Power Supply. James lives in Hinesburg, Vermont with his wife Lynn.