The History of Renewable Northwest
Founded in 1994, Renewable Northwest has grown to become one of the nation’s most impactful renewable energy advocacy organizations. Our strength comes from our members, a unique and powerful coalition of renewable energy professionals, energy buyers and marketers, ratepayer advocates, and environmental NGOs. Together, these groups contribute their respective talents towards the socially and environmentally responsible advancement of clean energy projects across our region.
To date we have supported state and regional policies that have brought the region over 9,400 MWs of new solar, wind and geothermal projects—enough to serve 2,000,000 customers. As renewables replace fossil fuels as the backbone of our nation’s electricity grid, the responsibility for integrating and balancing a much more diverse portfolio of clean energy resources will be ours to shoulder.
Join with Renewable Northwest and help us create the policy, regulatory and market frameworks necessary to ensure our communities benefit from the transition to an electricity sector powered solely by clean energy resources.
MEET THE BOARD
Adam’s twenty-year career in the energy industry has included work in both the public and private sectors. Adam has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. In addition to serving on the board of Renewable Northwest, Adam is as an Advisory Board member for the Master’s in Climate Science and Solutions Program at Northern Arizona University.
Kevin spent a decade working for two members of the US House of Representatives, eight of those years as staff to the Committee on Appropriations. He focused on natural resource, public lands, Native American, energy, transportation, and arts and humanities issues.
Kevin is President of the Interwest Energy Alliance Board of Directors, chairs the Board of the Independent Energy Producers Association of California, and serves as Vice Chair of the Renewable Northwest Board. He also is a Board Member of the American Council on Renewable Energy, the Wind Solar Alliance and the Colorado Independent Energy Association. He was appointed one of two original co-chairs of the State Policy Committee of the American Wind Energy Association in 2010, serving in that role for two years to increase the wind industry’s focus on state and regional policy and regulatory matters.
Sarah is a member of the Maryland State Bar and received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Government.
While at EDFR, Virinder has played an essential role in numerous clean energy industry accomplishments, ranging from major market expansion policies in Oregon, California and New York, to consensus-based renewables tax policy in Kansas, to FERC’s 2013 modernization of small generator interconnection requirements, and others.
While at Pacificorp, a six-state electric utility in the West, Virinder was central to its planning efforts in the early 2000s that resulted in unprecedented voluntary utility purchases of renewables in the West.
He also contributed to its pioneering valuation of greenhouse gas regulatory risk in resource planning, and managed analysis for the utility’s first comprehensive climate change strategy.
He has also worked on commercial items such as site acquisition for greenfield wind development, RFP design for renewables procurement, bid evaluation into renewable RFPs, PURPA implementation, and energy service contracting.
Virinder serves on the Boards of Renewable Northwest, California’s Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT), the Independent Energy Producers Association of California, the national Energy Storage Association’s Leadership Circle, and others. He is aide and alternate to EDFR’s Boardmembers at both the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
He has testified in the U.S. Senate, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. International Trade Commission, numerous state legislatures, and numerous state public utility commissions.
He hold a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of International Affairs (environmental policy focus) from Columbia University, and an MBA from Portland State University. He has lived in Portland, Oregon since 2002 and lives with his wife and son.
V John White
Mr. White also is a legislative advocate and political consultant, providing advocacy, strategic consulting, and development of new technologies on behalf of public interest environmental groups, renewable technology companies, and local and regional environmental agencies.
After working at the Statewide Air Pollution Research Center on the UCR campus, and as an environmental analyst for Bechtel, John served as a senior policy consultant for nine years on the staff of the California Assembly before starting his consulting and lobbying business in 1983.
Over the course of his more than 40-year career, he has been involved in the drafting, negotiation, and passage of landmark air quality and energy legislation and innovative regulatory programs to accelerate improvements in air quality, global warming, and renewable energy sources. These include legislation establishing the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the California Clean Air Act, the Carl Moyer diesel emission reduction incentive program, the Pavley clean car bill, the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), the renewable portfolio standard, and the California solar initiative. He was also played a key role in the development of alternative fuels and the adoption of the zero emission vehicle mandate.
In the last 15 years, John’s efforts and those of his colleagues have resulted in more $20 billion investment in energy conservation and renewable energy in California, and in the appropriation of significant funding for fuel cells, alternative transportation technologies, and the retrofit and retirement of high polluting school buses. In addition, he led collaborative efforts between renewable energy companies and conservation groups to ensure timely approval of more than 10,000 megawatts of new solar and wind projects, while protecting critical habitat and establishing innovative mitigation measures.
In 2016, John worked closely with UCR, the Riverside Chamber of Commerce, and local elected officials and helped organize the campaign to persuade the California Air Resources Board to locate their new, advanced vehicle technology and testing laboratory in Riverside, near the UCR campus. This $500 million, state of the art facility is expected to help launch new investment in advanced vehicle and fuel technologies, as well as provide opportunities for workforce training, and cooperation between UCR and the Air Resources Board.
From 1997-2000, he served on the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator, which manages the states electricity transmission grid. From 1987-1991 he served on the board of directors of the Sacramento AIDS Foundation.
He regularly contributes opinion pieces for newspapers and journals, and provides media commentary on energy and environmental issues. He also serves as a guest lecturer on public policy and environmental issues in the California universities, including UCR, and before a variety of business and civic organizations.
He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Haagen- Smit Award from the California Air Resources Board, and recognition from the American Lung Association, the Coalition for Clean Air, and the American Wind Energy Association.
John is a native of Pasadena, California, and a graduate of the University of California at Riverside, class of 1973.
MEET THE TEAM
Jeff L. Fox
Jeff’s background includes work as a wilderness ranger in Colorado and Wyoming before moving to Washington, DC, to join The Wilderness Society. At The Wilderness Society he focused on campaigns to ensure extractive energy development on public lands only occurred in appropriate places and with appropriate safeguards. Missing the mountains, Jeff returned home to assist in the Montana Legacy Project, a $520 million dollar conservation purchase of 320,000 acres of private timberlands threatened by development and fragmentation. Later, he worked to organize business support for clean energy as an independent contractor with the non-profit Climate Solutions.
Jeff is a native Montanan and wilderness lover deeply committed to clean energy solutions for Montana and the nation. He lives in Bozeman with his wife and two young sons.
Katie comes to Renewable NW with a deeply technical background, having earned a M.S. in Chemistry and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University, where she was co-chair of the Energy Leaders Association. She has also been active in Women IN Energy and multiple chapters of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Katie lives with her husband and daughter in Seattle, where she drinks her weight in coffee and dreams of becoming the outdoor type.
Prior to his work at Renewable NW, Max spent five years as a staff attorney in the Providence, Rhode Island office of the Conservation Law Foundation. At CLF, his work included advocacy on issues relating to energy and fossil fuel infrastructure, litigation to enforce the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and support for thoughtful food-system and transportation policy. Max served on several boards and committees including Rhode Island’s Zero-Emission Vehicles Working Group and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council.
Max earned a B.A. from Carleton College and a J.D. from Roger Williams University, and he clerked for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family, burying himself in books, and experiencing the Portland area’s many and varied culinary offerings and running trails.
Prior to his work at RNW, Sashwat has been a part of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF)-Department of Energy (DoE) fellowship at Quantum Energy & Sustainable Solar Technology (QESST) at ASU. At QESST, his work involved conducting analysis on the techno-economic aspects of hybrid renewable energy systems particularly focused on complementing solar with battery storage. Recently, his published paper on “Techno-Economics and Environmental Attributes of Utility-Scale PV+Storage in California” won the Best Publication Award at the QESST Expo 2020. Sashwat has also worked in major renewable energy development and consulting firms such as First Solar and ICF International, supporting their work on renewable energy modeling and analysis.
Sashwat earned a BS in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering in India and a MS in Energy Systems Engineering from University of Texas at Dallas. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking with friends and family, playing soccer, and rooting for FC Barcelona, as well as experimenting with different cuisines from across the world.
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