Will Advise Secretary of Commerce on Program and Policies to Expand Competitiveness of U.S. Renewable Energy Products and Services
8minutenergy today announced that Arthur Haubenstock, the company’s General Counsel and Vice President, Government & Regulatory, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC).
The REEEAC was established in 2010, and is comprised of senior-level private-sector representatives of the U.S. clean energy economy. Through this appointment, Haubenstock will advise the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the export competitiveness of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services.
“Demand for renewable energy is rapidly expanding across the world and every day opens new opportunities for America’s clean energy industries,” said Haubenstock. “I’m honored by this appointment and look forward to helping the Department of Commerce implement programs and policies to make our products and services more competitive around the world.”
REEEAC has provided more than 30 recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce to address a wide range of issues including fostering market conditions to strengthen the U.S. clean energy technology manufacturing base, enhancing support and coordination from government and research programs, reducing gaps in export financing, and improving programs of federal trade policy and promotion agencies. The committee’s next meeting will be held December 1 in Washington, D.C.
“Arthur’s appointment is further proof of his broad and deep expertise in America’s renewable energy industry,” said 8minutenergy’s Chief Executive Officer, Martin Hermann. “I know he will provide the same expert counsel to the Department of Commerce as he has provided to us over the past year.”
Arthur joined 8minutenergy in November 2015 with nearly 20 years’ experience as a private and public sector energy attorney. He has negotiated and obtained regulatory approval for more than 2 gigawatts’ renewable energy power purchase agreements, contributed to major renewable energy regulatory and policy frameworks including California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, and practiced before many energy and environmental agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, California Energy Commission, and California Public Utilities Commission.
“The solar market presents many complex regulatory challenges,” said Tom Buttgenbach, President of 8minutenergy. “Arthur’s experience in navigating those challenges can help the Commerce Department develop policies that will benefit the entire U.S. solar industry.”