Jim Powell

Jim Powell works as an independent energy efficiency and renewable energy consultant to states, local governments and industry.  He is the owner and principal consultant for NORAVA Consulting LLC.  NORAVA Consulting provides a number of services related to energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives such as the identification of funding sources, liaison and partnership building with state and federal government agencies, development of funding proposal documentation and support for project reporting and project management. 

In 2008, Powell was the statewide Democratic candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission.  Powell won the primary election by getting 85% of the vote.  He went on to win the general election by earning the majority of the vote, but not getting the 50% plus 1 required by Georgia law.  The Public Service Commission race joined the U. S. Senate race in the December run off election. Powell lost the run off election along with Democratic U. S. Senate candidate Jim Martin.  Powell was top performing statewide Democratic candidate in the primary, general and run off elections.

Powell retired in February 2007 after a 35 year career with the U. S. government.  Prior to retiring, Jim served as a Senior Executive with the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).  In this capacity, he served as the national Program Manager (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency office), managing a number of initiatives and a budget of over $300 million.  Among other duties, he directed planning and budgeting for the development and implementation of the State Energy Program, Weatherization Assistance Program, Tribal Energy Program, Renewable Energy Production Incentive Program and International Renewable Energy Program. 

After serving honorably in the U. S. Navy from 1968 – 1972, Jim began his federal career as an auditor with the Department of the Navy. He has held management positions with the Navy in London, Washington, D.C. and Jacksonville, Florida.  Prior to moving to Atlanta to serve as Deputy Director for DOE’s Southeast Regional Office, he was Finance Director for the DOE’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina.  In 1994 he became the Director of DOE’s Southeast Regional Office. In that capacity he provided leadership in the creation of numerous public and private partnerships, including ongoing work with the State Energy Offices in the Southeast, which facilitated the adoption of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies and practices.. 

Jim holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Florida, and is a graduate of the prestigious Federal Executive Institute.  Jim and his wife of 44 years live in Hiawassee, Georgia.  They have two adult sons and two adorable granddaughters.