Shannon Maher Bañaga leads our Power & Utilities work within FTI's Energy & Natural Resources sector. She provides senior counsel for energy clients in the public and government affairs arena, including direct advocacy, issues management, crisis communications, and stakeholder engagement. Most recently, she served as the Spokesperson for the Partnership for Clean Energy Investment advocating for the inclusion of direct pay in the Inflation Reduction Act.
Prior to FTI, Ms. Bañaga lead the Washington office for TECO Energy/Emera Inc. as Director of Federal Affairs, with responsibility for formulating and executing the company's U.S. federal affairs strategy including tax, national security, environment, trade, markets, and other energy issues within Congress and the Administration.
Preceding TECO/Emera, Ms. Bañaga was Senior Manager, Public Policy and Governmental Affairs, at PSEG where she worked with stakeholders throughout Washington D.C. to formulate and advocate PSEG's position on environmental & energy policy issues involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other federal statutes.
Before Ms. Bañaga's tenure in the utilities industry, she represented energy companies, state commissions, and quasi-governmental organizations while she was with the law firm Husch Blackwell LLP.
Ms. Bañaga began her career at the Department of Energy working on energy and environmental matters primarily involving nuclear waste. Subsequently, she joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Enforcement as an Attorney-Advisor where she investigated violations of the Federal Power Act, Natural Gas Act, Natural Gas Policy Act, Interstate Commerce Act and the Commission's regulations.
Ms. Bañaga holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Florida State University, an M.S. in Environmental Law and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.