Press release: Former Colorado Governor and Former California Speaker pro Tempore join Clean Coalition Board of Advisors - Clean Coalition

Press release: Former Colorado Governor and Former California Speaker pro Tempore join Clean Coalition Board of Advisors

Ritter and Keeley join an impressive Board of Advisors that guide and advise the Clean Coalition on clean energy policy.

Craig Lewis

March 16, 2011
For Immediate Release:

Former Colorado Governor and Former California Speaker pro Tempore join Clean Coalition Board of Advisors

Palo Alto – Today, the Clean Coalition welcomes Bill Ritter, former Colorado Governor and current Director of Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy, as well as Fred Keeley, former Speaker pro Tempore of the California State Assembly and current Santa Cruz County Treasurer to its Board of Advisors.  Ritter and Keeley join an impressive Board of Advisors that guide and advise the Clean Coalition on clean energy policy (see complete list below).  These new advisors will help strengthen the Clean Coalition’s efforts to advance clean energy policy throughout the United States, at the local, state, and federal level.

“I am beyond pleased to have Bill Ritter and Fred Keeley join the Clean Coalition,” remarked Craig Lewis, Executive Director.  “Through effective public policy and executive leadership, Governor Ritter was able to attract many start-up clean energy companies to Colorado, as well as attract several well-known firms to establish in-state operations.  The policies that Bill Ritter planted as Governor are now hatching as Colorado becomes a leader for renewable energy deployments, including within the distribution grid where the cost and environmental challenges associated with transmission are completely avoided.  The Clean Coalition will undoubtedly benefit from Governor Ritter’s knowledge and experience as we look to initiate critical clean energy legislation in multiple states and at the federal level.”

Regarding former Assemblymember Fred Keeley, Craig Lewis had this to say, “Fred Keeley is one of the most informed leaders on energy policy to ever serve in Sacramento, and he is unparalleled in his ability to work with all political persuasions to achieve significant policy outcomes for California.  As the Clean Coalition works to advance CLEAN California, a package of regulatory and legislative initiatives to jump-start the clean energy economy, we will rely heavily on Fred’s expertise to navigate the right channels in Sacramento.  We are incredibly grateful to have him join our Board of Advisors.”

Governor Bill Ritter spoke on his decision to join the Clean Coalition Board of Advisors, “As a passionate advocate of clean energy, I invest my time in organizations that are truly moving the agenda forward.  The Clean Coalition is a leader in designing and implementing energy policies that spur economic development and reduce energy costs.  I look forward to supporting their efforts in Colorado and beyond.”

“California has always led the nation with its environmental and clean energy policies, and the Clean Coalition is implementing policies and programs that reflect that type of leadership.  We are talking about a combination of environmental and economic benefits that are unparalleled by removing barriers to clean local energy.   I am excited to partner with the Clean Coalition to advance the work they do in the clean energy realm and it perfectly complements my partnership with California Forward,” explained Treasurer and former Assemblymember Fred Keeley.

The Clean Coalition’s Board of Advisors also includes the following (in alphabetical order):  Jeff Anderson, Executive Director, Clean Economy Network; Josh Becker, General Partner, New Cycle Capital; Jeff Brothers, CEO, Sol Orchard; Jeffrey Byron, Former California Energy Commissioner; Rick DeGolia, Executive Chairman, InVisM, Inc.; Mark Fulton, a Managing Director, Global Head of Climate Change Investment Research, DB Climate Change Advisors, a member of the Deutsche Bank Group; John Geesman, Former California Energy Commissioner (2002-2008) and Co-Chair of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE); Patricia Glaza, Executive Director, Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries; Dr. Dan Kammen, Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, World Bank; Felix Kramer, Founder, California Car Initiative; L. Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions; Terry Tamminen, Former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and Special Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; Jim Weldon, CEO, Solar Junction Corporation; and R. James Woolsey, Chairman, Woolsey Partners, and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  Bios of all Board members are available online at

The Clean Coalition is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make clean local energy accessible now.  Our top goal is to implement policies and programs that accelerate the adoption of cost-effective clean local energy across the United States.  The Clean Coalition believes that the right policies will result in a timely transition to clean energy while yielding tremendous economic benefits, including new job creation, increased tax revenue, and the establishment of an economic foundation that will drive growth for decades.  The Clean Coalition is active at the national, state, and local levels.

The Clean Coalition was originally founded as the FIT Coalition in early 2009.  In January of 2011, the organization changed its name to the Clean Coalition to better reflect its broad policy and program work and its long-term organizational goals.


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Craig Lewis

Founder and Executive Director

Craig has over 30 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor, and banking industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, he was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard solicitation process. Craig was also the energy policy lead on Steve Westly’s 2006 California gubernatorial campaign, and his resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank.