Much of our energy infrastructure has become old, inefficient, and outdated.
Electrification of our transportation system is bringing profound change to our cities and power infrastructure.
AEE Institute educates policy makers about the advanced energy technologies that are available now to help us meet our energy needs.
Arno Harris is the Founder of Recurrent Energy, one of North America's largest solar project developers. Acquired by Sharp Corporation in 2010, Recurrent Energy is now the primary solar development company for Sharp worldwide.
Arno is a passionate advocate for solutions to climate change through the intersection of business and public policy. Arno has spent the last 10 years working in the solar industry to help solar make the transition to mainstream energy markets. For his entrepreneurial success and contribution to the solar industry, Arno was recognized with the Rising Star Award at the 2011 Platts Global Energy Awards and was named 2012 Best Cleantech CEO by the San Francisco Business Times.
Arno came to solar from high tech, where he held founder and leadership roles for startups RedEnvelope, Wine.com, and Novo Media Group. His early experience combines marketing, business development, and consulting such clients as Berlex, Toyota Motor Sales USA, GlaxoWellcome, MCI, Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Nikon Precision, IKEA International and NBC Digital Publishing.
In addition to serving on the board of AEE, Arno serves as a member of the Division on Earth & Life Sciences Committee at the National Academies. He is a member of the Leadership Council of Tipping Point, a grant-making organization dedicated to making poverty preventable. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on renewable energy topics and publishes his views via his blog Clean_Energy_Future. Arno holds a BA from UC Berkeley.
Kim Jordan, co-founder and ex-CEO of New Belgium Brewing, has developed expertise at the intersection of business, the environment and community building to create one of the most respected craft breweries and innovative businesses in America.
Employing humanistic philosophy that is integrated with a systems perspective, tenants of her training in Social Work, Kim has guided and influenced New Belgium’s culture with progressive policies like employee-ownership, open book management, environmental stewardship and philanthropic giving. In her twenty-plus years as an entrepreneur, Kim has had the opportunity to speak front of thousands of people in the business, nonprofit and academic worlds about how to create a vibrant and rewarding work culture that enhances the company’s bottom line as well as her coworker’s and customer’s lives.
Kim is a Director on the Board for the Brewer’s Association. She is Ex Officio Board Member for the Beer Institute and 1% For the Planet. Named a 2009 Trailblazer by Entrepreneur Magazine, she called craft brewers to action in her 2003 keynote address at the craft brewer’s conference to double the share of U.S. beers sales to 10%. In 2014, craft had an 11% share of the market. In her 2013 keynote to the industry, Kim’s message was about quality and unity of the brand collectively owned by all craft brewers- craft brewing.
Recognizing her tireless commitment to environmental stewardship, Kim is a member of Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s Renewable Energy Authority Board, and has received the Governor’s Excellence in Renewable Energy Award from Colorado University, Denver. A Colorado University Wirth Chair awardee and EPA Green Power Business Leadership awardee, Kim negotiated New Belgium’s transition to wind powered electricity through an employee vote and has overseen the implementation of the Company’s private solar array at the Fort Collins facility.
After 25 years of growing and leading New Belgium, 15 as the company’s CEO, Kim is moving into the role of Executive Chair of the New Belgium Board of Directors. She’s looking forward to watching her management peers and coworkers take New Belgium into new and exciting territory. Kim will continue to be involved in New Belgium at the strategic level and to advocate for progressive business practices while she works with her family at the New Belgium Family Foundation, and relearns how to live at a more relaxed pace!
Bill Ritter Jr. is currently the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. The Center started February 1, 2011 with Ritter as the founding Director. In addition to the Director, the Center now employs an Assistant Director, two Senior Policy Advisors, and an Executive Assistant.
Ritter was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 -- the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. Ritter led Colorado forward by bringing people together to tackle some of our state's biggest challenges. During his 4 year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies; enacted an aggressive business-development and job-creation agenda that is focused on knowledge-based industries of the future, such as energy, aerospace, biosciences, information technology and tourism; initiated sweeping K-12 education reforms to give Colorado children the skills and knowledge they need to compete and succeed in a 21st century global economy; and, improved access to quality and affordable health care for many of the 800,000 Coloradans who lack health coverage.
Ritter served as Denver's District Attorney from 1993 to January 2005. He earned a national reputation as one of the country's most effective and innovative prosecutors, and several of his programs continue to serve as state and national models.
The sixth of 12 children, Ritter was raised on a small farm in Arapahoe County. He was a member of the first graduating class of Gateway High School (1974), and he earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). Ritter is married to Jeannie, and before his serving as District Attorney, he and Jeannie operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. They have four children; August, Abe, Sam, and Tally.
Hemant Taneja is Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, a multi-billion dollar investment firm with offices in Cambridge, New York and Palo Alto. Mr. Taneja leads the global energy practice for General Catalyst and serves on the boards of a diverse set of energy companies. He has broad experience in developing advanced energy ecosystems, having co-founded and chaired the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), a nonprofit focused on advancing New England's energy economy. Under his leadership, NECEC worked with Governor Patrick’s administration to develop a comprehensive slate of advanced energy legislation in Massachusetts. He was also a founding board member of Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, as Governor appointee.
Prior to joining General Catalyst in 2002, he was founder, Chairman and CEO of a mobile software company that was acquired.
Mr. Taneja is a graduate of MIT, earning an M.S. in Operations Research, an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and a B.S. in Biology & Biomedical Engineering.