CEP's Board of Directors is delighted to have the opportunity to recognize the individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to advancing the clean energy economy with three awards: the Power Player of the Year Award, the Harry Reid Clean Energy Leadership Award and the Clean Energy Project Founders' Award. We recognize the awardees at the annual National Clean Energy Summit.
This year, the CEP Board of Directors was honored to recognize the following clean energy leaders and innovators at National Clean Energy Summit 8.0:
2015 Power Player of the Year: Sempra U.S. Gas & Power
CEP named Sempra U.S. Gas & Power as our first Industry Power Player of the Year. This award honors an individual or company committed to developing clean energy solutions across multiple technologies and resources nationwide. CEP’s Board of Directors also looked for an honoree that embodied the idea of “Powering Progress,” the theme of NCES 8.0, by collaborating with policymakers and industry and innovation leaders to shape the energy market.
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power operates and invests in more than 2,000 MW of solar and wind energy nationwide, off-setting four million tons of carbon emissions each year. Sempra also has a close relationship with Nevada. The company’s marked its initial foray into renewable energy development with the completion of the initial 10 MW of the Copper Mountain Solar project, just outside Boulder City, NV. That 10 MW has grown into one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar facilities in the U.S.
2015 Clean Energy Project Founders’ Award: John Podesta
The first ever recipient of the Clean Energy Project Founders’ Award is John Podesta. The Founders’ Award recognizes an individual or organization whose work has significantly furthered CEP’s mission to power the clean energy economy through education and engagement with policy leaders, community leaders and citizens on the economic benefits of fully developing the clean energy sector.
One of CEP’s original board members, John Podesta’s vision and leadership helped build this organization into Nevada’s leading voice for clean energy engagement, education and advocacy. As Counselor to President Barack Obama, Podesta helped craft many of the White House’s visionary energy policies, drove the EPA’s draft carbon pollution reduction rules to the finish line and worked to craft the U.S’s pledge with China for significant climate emissions. We look forward to watching him accomplish even more in the coming years.
2015 Harry Reid Clean Energy Leadership Award: Governor Bill Ritter
The first ever recipient of the Harry Reid Clean Energy Leadership Award is former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, now the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy.
U.S. Senator Harry Reid has spearheaded development of the clean energy economy, both nationwide and in Nevada. Thanks to his leadership, the Department of the Interior has a fast track process for permitting clean energy projects on public lands, the regulatory structure for clean energy has improved, and Nevada is becoming an important hub of the clean energy economy, among many other accomplishments. With Senator Reid's example in mind, the Leadership award takes into account the breadth of an individual's achievements and the depth of his or her commitment to clean energy.
As Governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter enacted an aggressive business development and job creation agenda based on smart investments in renewable energy development. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs act. Governor Ritter is also the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works to accelerate the development of a new energy economy by working directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policy makers, and other decision makers.
Click here to watch CEP Board Chair Kathleen Drakulich present the 2015 Awards at National Clean Energy Summit 8.0.