Principal, Government Affairs
Michael Wheeler leads Government Affairs for Intersect Power at the federal and state level.
Michael comes to Intersect Power with more than 15 years of policy expertise, primarily in the clean energy sector. With a broad array of experience across State and Federal government as well as in the private sector, Michael owns a keen sense for the intersection of business, policy, and politics.
For 10 years prior to joining Intersect Power, Michael has led Government Affairs for emerging industries. Most recently, he spent over 4 years as Vice President of Policy Initiatives at Flow Kana, a branded cannabis and cannabis products distributor. Prior to that, Michael spent 5 years leading Government Affairs for Recurrent Energy, one of the largest solar developers in the US. In both roles, he advanced a proactive national legislative and regulatory affairs program. He also acted as a company spokesperson and has spoken at major industry conferences and has been featured on NPR, and in the Sacramento Bee, Greentech Media, and E&E News Wire. For the cannabis industry he has been featured in the Washington Post, SF Weekly, and other publications.
As the former President of the Large-scale Solar Association from 2014-2016, Michael assumed an industry leadership role in policy development in California. He was the author of Senate Bill 43, the Green Tariff Shared Renewables program, legislation signed by Governor Brown.
Prior to his time in the private sector Michael worked for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) leading Residential Energy Efficiency and was the Transmission Advisor to a former Commissioner. He previously held positions with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Michael received his Master’s Degree in Energy Policy from the University of Delaware.