Plenary Panel: Progress toward 100% Renewable Energy-Global Actions *
* Approved for (1, 1.5, 1.75) AIA Continuing Education System (CES) Learning Units
Opening Remarks by Carly Rixham & Dave Renné
Diane Moss is a Founder of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and an independent energy strategies consultant. She has served as a consultant to several non-profits, including Friends of the Earth and Heinrich Boell Foundation, as well as to clean tech companies. Her writing on renewable energy related issues has been published in Wall Street Journal, Today’s Facility Manager, and Cleantechnica, among others. She has also served as U.S. Policy Advisor to World Future Council, and from 2008-2011, she served as Environmental Deputy to United States Congressmember Jane Harman. Ms. Moss founded dima Communications, a communications and strategic partnerships consulting company that specializes in sustainability related projects, companies, and campaigns. She also served as intern to the Costa Rican Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris. Ms. Moss studied at Harvard University and New York University and completed a thesis program in political science in Paris with professors from L’Institut d’Etudes Politques, University of Paris, and HEC.
Secretary General, Global Solar Council
John Smirnow is Secretary General of the Global Solar Council. From 2011 to 2015, he served as Vice President for Trade & Competitiveness at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). During his tenure at SEIA, Mr. Smirnow led the organization’s efforts to resolve the U.S.–China solar trade conflict and codes and standards and sustainability initiatives. He also served as Chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and Member of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee. Mr. Smirnow received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, his Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and his LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Global Head of Environmental Finance, Citigroup, Inc.
Michael Eckhart is a Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at Citigroup in New York City. He has been involved in the solar energy field since managing the first national assessment of PV markets, industry and policy for the Carter White House in 1978, continuing since then with solar work in the US, Europe, India, China and Africa. He created the SolarBank initiative as a pioneer in the financing of solar PV. He was deeply involved with the European renewable energy revolution in 1996-2004, and contributed to the drafting of the Feed-In tariff law in Germany. He was named Renewable Energy Man of the Year of India in 1998 for his work on training 1,000 bankers on making solar PV loans and for introducing solar financing to the microfinance industry there. He created the Shell-Eskom Solar Energy Company in South Africa which invented the pre-payment card system and went on the install over 10,000 solar home systems in KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape where President Nelson Mandela came to inaugurate the program.