A respected energy expert with 30 years of experience in government and the private sector, Cynthia A. Arcate has an extensive background in utility regulation and operations as well as energy policy.
Arcate began her leadership at PowerOptions in 2009, as President and CEO of the premiere energy-buying consortium of nonprofits and government entities in Massachusetts, with recent expansion into Connecticut and Rhode Island. She articulates the strategic vision of PowerOptions, managing a highly skilled staff who implements its annual $160-200 million electricity, natural gas and solar programs. Arcate also acts as a hands-on advocate for its more than 500 members in many state and regional forums. She has served as a Vice Chair of the New England Power Pool, representing the End-Use sector.
Arcate’s extensive government and regulatory experience began as a staff attorney at the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission (FERC). She then spent 15 years as a regulatory attorney and senior executive at New England Electric System, now National Grid. She returned to government as Deputy Commissioner for Programs at the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources (DOER), where she had the overall responsibility for many programs of the agency. Before taking the helm at PowerOptions, Arcate was director of business development in New York and New England for Comverge, Inc., a clean energy provider that specializes in demand response and energy efficiency. Prior to her role at DOER, Arcate was Executive Director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.
Arcate is a 2016 recipient of the New England Women in Energy and Environment Achievement Award. She serves on the Board of the Northeast Clean Energy Council. Arcate earned her law degree from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University.