PORTLAND, OR- The Northwest Industrial Gas Users (NWIGU) announced today the appointment of Ed Finklea to the position of Executive Director effective immediately. Finklea will lead the members of NWIGU in developing strategies and implementing policies and regulatory actions impacting the natural gas industry in the Pacific Northwest. Finklea has an in depth understanding of natural gas markets and the regulation of natural gas pipelines and local distribution companies; serving as legal counsel to NWIGU for many years. He has also worked for natural gas utilities and the federal government as an energy attorney.
NWIGU is a non-profit trade association comprised of thirty-eight end-users of natural gas with major facilities in the States of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. NWIGU members include diverse end-user businesses, including food processing, pulp and paper, wood products, aluminum, steel, chemicals, electronics, hospital operations, electric generation and aerospace. The association provides an informational service to its members and participates in various regulatory matters that affect member interests.
Finklea replaces Paula Pyron, who is retiring from the position as Executive Director of NWIGU after successfully leading the group for over a decade.