Please join the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome Rob Witwer, General Counsel and Senior VP for Regulatory and Governmental Affairs, Onward Energy, presenting a hybrid seminar titled From the Trenches of the Energy Transition: The Challenges and Opportunities Presented by Decarbonization on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 in Brown Hall or via Zoom. Free lunch will be provided.
This will be a practical discussion based on the experience of someone who is involved with implementing the Energy Transition on a daily basis. The Energy Transition is the most ambitious industrial undertaking in human history. Policymakers have set clear decarbonization goals as a means of addressing Climate Change. But how do these policies translate into reality? How can we ensure system reliability as we bring on renewables, storage and new technologies? What are the physical and economic obstacles to implementing these goals, and what additional policies may be needed to address any gaps?
Rob Witwer is General Counsel and SVP of Onward Energy, an independent power company with 56 wind, solar and natural gas generating facilities in 22 states. From 2005-2009 he served in the Colorado House of Representatives, and in 2010, co-authored a book entitled “The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care),” which has earned praise from reviewers on both sides of the political aisle. He has contributed to National Review and the Weekly Standard, and has been quoted on politics and campaign finance in Atlantic, Bloomberg, Christian Science Monitor, Economist, Mother Jones, National Journal, National Public Radio, Politico, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Witwer has a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Amherst College. He, his wife Heather and 4 boys live in Golden, Colorado.