George Sterzinger

George Sterzinger

Renewable Energy Policy Project

Executive Director

George Sterzinger, Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Policy Project, has more than twenty years experience in energy policy and regulation and clean technology commcerialization. In the late 1980’s as Commissioner of the Vermont Dept. of Public Service he initiated state efforts to secure an advanced gasifier that could use waste wood to power an advanced turbine generator. A commercial scale gasifier is underwent testing at the McNeil generating station in Burlington, Vermont. The gasifier expects to be used in several commercial waste-to-energy projects. It is also in negotiations with several dry mill ethanol plants to replace natural gas to provide the plants with thermal inputs.

Mr. Sterzinger also worked extensively with the Corporation for Solar Technologies and Renewable Resources to establish a solar development zone in Nevada. He did the feasibility study for that project and wrote the initial RFP that secured an agreement with Enron to develop up to 100 MW of PV capacity and sell the output at 5.2 cents per kWh (adjusted for inflation). At that time the project was unable to find buyers willing to enter long-term contracts needed for project finance and was unsuccessful.

Mr. Sterzinger’s experience convinces him that renewable development must have more than strong research and technology development. Over the past ten years commercialization of successful research and development has been tragically neglected. Progress on climate change requires successful commercialization efforts at the federal level for all carbon free technologies.

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