Nanotech 2011
Craig  Lewis

Craig Lewis

Founding Principal

RightCycle & Clean Coalition

Craig Lewis is the Founding Principal of RightCycle, a consultancy that achieves desirable renewable energy outcomes via legislation, regulation, and public funding (grants, loan guarantees, and siting incentives). RightCycle also assists clients with the critical renewable energy project development activities of evaluating project site viability and securing off-take agreements via RFO proposals and PPA negotiations. Mr. Lewis focuses his efforts in California and at the Federal level. He has over 20 years of experience working in high growth industries, including renewables, wireless, and semiconductors. Mr. Lewis transitioned from the wireless industry to the Smart Energy industry in 2005 by spearheading energy policy development for Steve Westly’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign in California. Until early-2009, Mr. Lewis was VP of Government Relations for GreenVolts, a solar technology company, where he served for two years securing successful legislative, regulatory, and public funding outcomes; and in supporting the first solar project that successfully navigated California’s RPS RFO process.

Mr. Lewis is a leading renewable energy strategist and advocate. He is the Founding Principal of the FIT Coalition and is currently leading the legislative effort in California to implement a comprehensive Feed-In Tariff (FIT) that will increase the size of California’s renewable energy market by more than an order of magnitude. Mr. Lewis’ legislative proposal is referred to as the Renewable Energy & Economic Stimulus Act (aka REESA FIT). The REESA FIT is being pursued via AB1106, which is authored by Assemblyman Fuentes, Chair of the Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee. AB1106 is expected to be signed into law in 2010. Mr. Lewis is also a leading advocate for comprehensive FITs throughout the United States and for using them to unleash the tremendous potential of Wholesale Distributed Generation (WDG), which is the 20MW-and-under, distribution-interconnected market segment that avoids transmission dependencies and the long delays that are associated with transmission build-outs.

Mr. Lewis has held senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at wireless and semiconductor leaders, including Qualcomm, Ericsson, LinCom Wireless, Comarco Wireless, and Altera. He was active in the strategic planning and lobbying efforts to obtain the long-sought approval for CDMA technology in China; and has led the establishment of several successful business operations in Asia. Mr. Lewis received his MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California, and his BSEE from UC Berkeley. Mr. Lewis was also a formative member of the Clean Tech for Obama (CT4O) organization, which was highly successful in raising funds for the Obama campaign and in elevating the importance of clean technology; not only within the campaign, but also throughout the general public; across the country and around the globe.


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