Erin Overturf Joins Earthjustice to Lead Clean Energy Program
As managing attorney of the Clean Energy Program, Erin will lead the program’s work to accelerate our transition away from fossil fuels, clean up coal’s toxic legacy, and remove barriers to clean energy adoption and electrification
Earthjustice announced today that Erin Overturf will lead its Clean Energy Program as managing attorney. Erin will oversee a fast-growing clean energy practice working in more than 15 states and territories and at the federal level to phase out fossil-fuel power generation, clean up coal’s toxic legacy, and remove barriers to clean energy and electrification to ensure that it is accessible to everyone.
“At this critical moment for our planet and for us all, we’re thrilled that Erin will bring her strong leadership and deep expertise to our Clean Energy Program,” said Jill Tauber, vice president of litigation for Climate and Energy. “We will continue to work hard everyday to swiftly and equitably clean up the power sector and drive towards a zero emissions economy for all.”
In partnership with our clients and allies, Earthjustice’s work has already led to more than 60,000 megawatts of coal retired and blocked more than 8,000 megawatts of gas. In the past month, the Clean Energy Program has been instrumental in halting the construction of a new fracked gas plant on the banks of New York’s scenic Hudson River and demonstrating that the energy and pollution impacts Proof-of-Work cryptocurrency mining at the Greenidge power plant are inconsistent with the state’s climate goals. In Michigan, Earthjustice litigation led to a settlement with Consumers Energy that secured a 2025 retirement date for the company’s J.H. Campbell coal plant, 15 years earlier than previously planned. The team has successfully advocated for major investments in electric vehicles in New Mexico and expanded energy efficiency programs for communities in Michigan with the greatest energy burdens.
“Earthjustice is on the forefront of the clean energy transition and has a proven record of success,” said Erin Overturf, managing attorney of the Clean Energy Program. “I’m looking forward to building on this momentum to expand access to clean energy and advance solutions to address the climate crisis.”
Erin joins Earthjustice from Western Resource Advocates, where she served as director of the Clean Energy Program. She previously served as assistant solicitor general in the Office of the Colorado Attorney General and as a law clerk for Justice Martinez on the Colorado Supreme Court.
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