Deputy County Executive Officer, Natural Resources Development, County of Imperial
Bio: Andy Horne was born and raised in the Imperial Valley, attended local schools, then received a B.A. in History from the University of California at Riverside. After completing his education, he returned to El Centro and worked for over 25 years in the real estate business with his father’s firm.
In 1998, Horne was elected to the Board of Directors of the Imperial Irrigation District, a water and energy utility. He served at IID for eight years including two years as board president.
In June, 2007, Horne began work with the County of Imperial in the field of Natural Resources Development. In that capacity, Horne works on facilitating the development of renewable energy projects seeking to locate within the County.
Horne has also served as Chair of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation and also as president of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce, the El Centro Rotary Club, the Imperial Valley Board of Realtors, the McCabe Union School District Board of Trustees, Co-Chair of the Imperial County Centennial Celebration Committee.
He lives in rural El Centro with his wife Alexa, a kindergarten teacher, and has three grown children.
Government Affairs and Communications Officer, Imperial Irrigation District
Bio: Antonio Ortega is the governmental affairs specialist at the Imperial Irrigation District. He is responsible for coordinating the district’s governmental affairs programs and activities to deliver maximum value from IID’s water and energy resource portfolio.
To this end, he promotes IID policies, programs and initiatives through liaison, communication, coordination and interaction with federal, state and regional governmental and legislative agencies.
Prior to joining the district, he served as senior field representative for Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez and has also worked in the State Capitol as a legislative aide for Assemblyman Hector De La Torre and Sen. Abel Maldonado.
Mr. Ortega is a graduate of the University of California at Riverside, having earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2006.
Electric Vehicle Customer Engagement Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric
Bio: April Bolduc is the Electric Vehicle Customer Engagement Manager for SDG&E. She oversees the customer education and outreach effort for the utility’s new Power Your Drive electric vehicle charging station program that is installing 3,500 charging stations at 350 apartments and businesses. With 40% of California’s greenhouse gas emissions coming from transportation – and 40% of SDG&E’s energy portfolio made up of renewable energy – an additional focus of April’s efforts is to help customers covert their fleets to clean fuels like electricity and renewable natural gas.
Senator Representing the 40th District, State of California
Bio: Ben Hueso was elected as California State Senator for the 40th District in March of 2013. He represents the cities of Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, National City, portions of the City of San Diego and the Imperial County. In January 2017, Senator Hueso was reappointed by the Senate Pro Tempore Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications. Moreover, Hueso was reappointed to the Senate Veteran's Affairs, Banking and Financial Institutions, Natural Resources and Water and Governmental Organization Committees.
Since assuming office, he has worked extensively on initiatives regarding water quality, consumer protection, public safety, and job creation. He is also a strong advocate for education, environmental issues and bi-national affairs, most recently serving as Chair of the Latino Caucus and the Select Committee on California- Mexico Cooperation.
Prior to being elected as Senator, Hueso served in Assembly from 2010-2013 where he championed legislation helping small business, protecting victims of domestic violence, prohibiting the sale of synthetic drugs, securing clean and reliable water resources and stimulating the economy.
Hueso held his first elected position as the San Diego City Councilmember for the 8th District from 2006-2010. During his tenure, he was appointed Council President from 2008-2010 due to his strong leadership and consensus building skills. He served as Commissioner for the California Coastal Commission where he worked to protect California’s beautiful coastlines. In addition, he served as a board member for San Diego’s Association of Governments and the California League of Cities.
He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from UCLA and lives in Logan Heights with his four sons.
Assemblymember, 56th District, State of California
Bio: Eduardo Garcia proudly represents California's 56th Assembly District, which includes cities and unincorporated communities in eastern Riverside County and Imperial County, including Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmorland.
Elected in 2014, Garcia is the current chair of Water, Parks and Wildlife. In this capacity he oversees some of the state’s most pressing issues, such as drought conditions, and the implementation of the multi-billion dollar Proposition 1, Water Bond passed by voters in 2014.
Garcia also serves on the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, Governmental Organization and Utilities and Energy.
In his first term, Garcia was appointed to chair the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy. As chair, Garcia was responsible for leading the Assembly's review of policies and legislation related to small business development, international trade, and other state and local economic development related issues to help create a more robust and inclusive economy.
In March of 2015 Garcia was appointed to chair the Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea.
As Chair of the select committee, Garcia will examine the opportunities and challenges surrounding development of renewable energy projects and the implementation of environmental restoration plans of the Salton Sea area. The Salton Sea remains one of the Assemblymember’s top priorities. In his first term he was successful in securing $80.5 million in the State Budget to fund Salton Sea restoration and mitigation projects; such as dust suppression, wetland and habitat recovery.
In 2016, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia had well over two dozen bills and resolutions signed by Governor Brown. This is triumph is significant for the 56th District as he is the first freshman legislator to accomplish this feat. Garcia made a point to champion measures that would increase access to healthcare, bring environmental and economic relief to the areas of the Coachella and Imperial Valleys, such as the Salton Sea and New River, but also provide workforce training and financial assistance to small businesses in the district.
Included in this string of success was SB 32 and AB 197, the historic climate change package that established landmark state emission reduction mandate, boosted oversight and transparency of the Air Resources Board while constructing the framework to ensure future climate policies prioritize investments into disadvantaged communities that are most affected by pollution.
A graduate of local public schools, Garcia attended Coachella Valley High School and the University of California, Riverside. He also completed the "Senior Executives in State and Local Government" Public Administration program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and earned a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development.
Garcia was first elected to the Coachella City Council in November 2004. In 2006, at the age of 29, he became Coachella's first elected Mayor. Under his leadership, the City of Coachella flourished into an emerging economic and cultural center of the Coachella Valley.
He is a proud father, husband and life-long resident of the Coachella Valley.
James H. Caldwell Jr.
Project Manager, Low Carbon Grid 2030 Study
Bio: Jim Caldwell has been in the energy field for over fifty years with a broad range of experience in virtually all forms of renewable energy.
He has worked for large and small corporations, utilities, trade associations, and governmental agencies. He is the Project Manager for the Low Carbon Grid 2030 Study an analytical effort sponsored by over 30 entities looking to examine the economic and operational concerns with significant expansion of California’s investment in renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electric sector.
Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
Bio: John Laird was appointed California Secretary for Natural Resources by Governor Jerry Brown on Jan. 5, 2011. He has spent nearly 40 years in public service, including 23 years as an elected official.
The son of teachers and raised in Vallejo, Laird graduated with honors in politics from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1972. He then served on the district staff of U.S. Representative Jerome Waldie, and as a budget analyst for the Santa Cruz County Administrator.
In 1981, Laird was elected to the Santa Cruz City Council, and served nine years until term limits ended his council service in 1990. He was a two-term mayor from 1983 to 1984 and from 1987 to 1988. During his local government service, he served as a board member for local transit, transportation, water planning, and regional government agencies. Laird was the executive director of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project from 1991 to 1994 and an elected member of the Cabrillo College Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2002.
In 2002, Laird was elected to represent the 27th Assembly District in the California Assembly, which includes portions of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties. He was re-elected in 2004 and again in 2006, when he received more than 70 percent of the vote. At the beginning of his second term, Laird joined the Assembly leadership team when Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez named him chair of the Budget Committee, a position to which he was reappointed by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass in 2008.
While serving the maximum three terms in the Assembly, Laird authored 82 bills that were signed into law. These bills established the landmark Sierra Nevada Conservancy, restored community college health services, expanded and clarified state civil rights protections, reformed the state mandates system, and significantly expanded water conservation.
Laird was a member of the State Integrated Waste Management Board from 2008 to 2009 and taught state environmental policy at University of California Santa Cruz.
Continuing his public service as California’s Secretary of Natural Resources, Laird has made climate change adaptation, water conservation and supply reliability, enhanced relationships with tribal governments, State Parks access, farmland conservation, and oceans sustainability among other issues top priorities. As Secretary, he provides administrative oversight to thirty departments, commissions, councils, museum, boards and conservancies – and is a sitting member of sixteen conservancies, councils, boards and commissions within the purview of the Agency.
Laird has been a long-time resident of Santa Cruz with his spouse John Flores. He has traveled extensively, is fluent in Spanish, enjoys conducting family history research, and is a life-long Chicago Cubs fan.
Jonathan M. Weisgall
Vice President, Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co.
Bio: Jonathan Weisgall is Vice President for Government Relations for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. He joined CalEnergy (Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s predecessor company) in 1993 as Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs.
He previously practiced law in Washington, D.C. at Covington & Burling, has written several law review articles and has published articles in Legal Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, SAIS Review, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Katherine R. Young
Geothermal Energy Engineer, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Bio: Katherine Young is a member of the Technology Systems & Impacts Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.
Geothermal Energy Engineer
On staff since June 2008
Phone number: 303-384-7402
Areas of expertise
• Geothermal exploration analysis
• Regulatory and permitting
• Resource reporting
• Geothermal direct use (thermal applications)
• Water rights and resources engineering
• Database planning and development
Primary research interests
• Collection of data and use of conceptual models to further understanding of exploration best practices
• Use of lean principles to streamline exploration and drilling and reduce error/risk.
• Research, development and use of standard reporting metrics
• Resource potential and technical assistance for distributed geothermal applications
Education and background training
• Continuing Education at University of Colorado in Boulder and Denver
o Groundwater modeling
o Quantitative methods in water resource engineering
o Water resource engineering and management
o Independent study in groundwater hydrology
• M.S. in geochemistry and isotope geology, 2002, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
• B.S. in geology/geological engineering, 1998, University of Wisconsin - Madison (Certificate in technical communications)
Prior work experience
• Project Manager, Martin and Wood Water Consultants, Inc. (2003-2008)
• Database Developer, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, CO (2003)
• Geology Teacher, Swiss Semester, Zermatt, Switzerland (2002)
• Teacher, CU Science Discovery, Boulder, CO (2002)
• Research Assistant, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (2000-2002)
• Computer Analyst, Andersen Consulting (Accenture), Seattle, WA, Paris, France (1999-2000)
• Technical Writer, Rock Fracture Group, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1998)
• Research Assistant, Stormwater Management Group, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1997-1998)
• Field Engineer, Schlumberger Dowell, Fort Smith, AK (1997)
• CAD/CAM Intern, Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac, WI (1995-1997)
• Member of Geothermal Resources Council - Board Member
Wall, Anna and Katherine Young. 2016. Doubling Geothermal Generation Capacity by 2020: A Strategic Analysis . Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64925.
Akar, S. and K.R. Young. 2015. Assessment of New Approaches in Geothermal Exploration Decision Making (Poster). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PO-6A20-63988.
Akar, S. and K.R. Young. (2015). Reducing Subjectivity in Geothermal Exploration Decision Making (Presentation). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A20-63762.
Akar, S. and K.R. Young. 2015. Assessment of New Approaches in Geothermal Exploration Decision Making: Preprint . Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/CP-6A20-63546.
Augustine, C., K.R. Young, and A. Anderson. 2010. DOE Updated U.S. Geothermal: Supply Curve (Presentation). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A2-47527.
Augustine, C., K.R. Young, and A. Anderson. 2010. Updated U.S. Geothermal Supply Curve . Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/CP-6A2-47458.
Young, K.R., C. Augustine, and A. Anderson. 2010. DOE 2009 Geothermal Risk Analysis: Methodology and Results (Presentation). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A2-47526.
Young, K. R., C. Augustine, and A. Anderson. 2010. Report on the U.S. DOE Geothermal Technologies Program's 2009 Risk Analysis . Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/CP-6A2-47388.
Doris, E., C. Kreycik, and K. Young. 2009. Policy Overview and Options for Maximizing the Role of Policy in Geothermal Electricity Development . Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A2-46653.
Full list of Katherine Young publications (NREL)
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Kevin E. Kelley
General Manager, Imperial Irrigation District
Bio: Kevin Kelley is a native of Brawley, California and a lifelong resident of the Imperial Valley. A 1984 graduate of the University of Southern California, where he majored in communications arts and sciences, Kelley’s background in media consulting, marketing communications and public affairs is wide-ranging and extensive.
He is the former editor and publisher of Valley Grower magazine, an agricultural trade publication that was acquired by the Imperial Valley Press in 2003. As a freelance writer, his work has appeared in most major metropolitan newspapers in the West. From 2005-2006, he served as editorial page editor of the Imperial Valley Press.
Recruited to the Imperial Irrigation District in June 2006 to lead IID’s public affairs and communications efforts, Kelley was named general manager in May 2011.
President, Sunrise Strategies Group
Bio: Laura McDonald is President of Sunrise Strategies Group, a public affairs, governmental relations and communications firm specializing in the permitting and licensing of energy infrastructure projects.
Prior to starting Sunrise Strategies Group, Laura worked for 16 years at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). While at SDG&E, Laura held various leadership positions including, Director of Clean Transportation and Advanced Technology Integration. In February 2016, under Laura’s leadership, the California Public Utilities Commission approved SDG&E’s innovative Electric Vehicle Grid-Integration application, a historic initiative that allows SDG&E to build, own and operate 3,500 grid-integrated electric vehicle charging stations throughout it’s service territory.
In 2004, Laura was selected by senior management to serve as Project Manager for the Sunrise Powerlink, a 117-mile, 500-kilovolt electric transmission line. At a cost of nearly $2 billion, the Sunrise Powerlink is the single largest infrastructure project in SDG&E’s history. The line was completed and put into service in June 2012 and is currently delivering more than 1,000 megawatts of reliable, renewable and affordable power to the San Diego and Southern Orange County regions.
Prior to joining SDG&E, Laura served as Chief of Staff to former San Diego City Council Member Barbara Warden. Laura is a graduate of San Diego State University.
Bio: CEO and Founder Martin is a serial entrepreneur with 26 years of experience in the solar, clean-tech and high-tech industries, who has closed business transactions in excess of $5.3B. He founded 8minutenergy, which is now among the largest independent developers of solar PV in the U.S. with a portfolio of more than 5,500 MWs and a track record of 1,500 MWs in executed PPAs.
Martin also developed a 100 MW solar PV module manufacturing plant as Chief Strategy Officer with Advent Solar. Prior to his engagement in renewables, he owned a semiconductor tools company for 10 years, which he sold to Intel in 2001. For six years after the acquisition, Martin served on the executive management team with Intel’s wireless business group.
Senior Manager, North America Water Business Line, Federal / State Market
Bio: Thirty two years of experience in water resources development and management in a variety of technical, operational, managerial, and executive positions with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, an organization of 5000 employees. Experience includes 12 years as a Senior Executive in Washington, DC and Denver, CO.
Served on the White House Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality (SWAQ). SWAQ is part of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources (CENR). The group consists of representatives from several Federal Agencies including: Interior, Agriculture, EPA, Commerce, Defense, Energy, HHS, State, NASA, and the Executive Office of the President. SWAQ advises and assists CENR and NSTC on policies, procedures, plans, issues, scientific developments, and research needs related to the availability and quality of water resources of the United States.
External Affairs Project Manager, Southern Power
Bio: Mike Casey is External Affairs Project Manager for Southern Power, the wholesale electric energy subsidiary of Southern Company. Southern Power owns 46 power plants in 11 states with more than 12,600 MW of generating capacity. In California, Southern Power owns 11 plants with 773 MW of generating capacity, with three of those plants in Imperial County: Campo Verde, Solar Gen 2 and Calipatria.
Mike manages external affairs for the 11 plants in California, including due diligence efforts on acquisition projects, and community and local relations for operating plants. Mike recently managed the amendment to Campo Verde Solar Facility’s Conditional Use Permit to allow battery storage to be added to the site.
Mike has worked for Southern Company for 28 years – five years in external affairs with Southern Power and 23 years in communications with Alabama Power. He is a native of Alabama and a graduate of the University of Alabama.
CEO, Bona Terra Energy, LLC
Bio: Formerly Director, Development at a top Independent International Power Developer, Robert Ferrara managed origination and site development efforts in the western United States, as well as utility-scale solar efforts across the US and Canada. He leads Bona Terra's project acquisition, power purchase agreement negotiations, site acquisition, permitting, and local government relations. Mr. Ferrara successfully developed over 500MW of solar projects in California on public and private lands.
CEO, Controlled Thermal Resources
Bio: Rod Colwell - founder and CEO of Controlled Thermal Resources, with 25 years of commercial development experience. Rod is a seasoned senior executive, 21 years of which have been at Director level, 6 years of which have been leading CTR. Rod has a demonstrated track record of prime resource and site selection experience, a risk-mitigated approach to development, and commercial success through thinking outside the square.
Stephen W. Benson
Chairman , Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation
Bio: Stephen Benson is the current Chair of Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC). Benson served as the board’s president and is the Imperial Irrigation District director representing Division 4, which includes the city of Brawley. He was elected to the board in the November 2012 general election.
Born in Brawley, Stephen Benson is a fourth generation Imperial Valley resident. He has also been appointed as an alternate on the state’s Colorado River Board.
Stephen Benson farms in the Imperial Valley and operates a hay press business, serving as president of Planters Hay Inc., of Brawley. He also manages Benson Farms, LLC. Before working in farming he was employed in real estate development and also worked as a civil engineer.
His educational background includes a master’s degree in business
administration from the University of Southern California and bachelor degrees in both civil engineering and international relations from Bucknell University.
Before joining the IID board, Director Benson served on the Water Conservation Advisory Board, including a term as chairman. He is a member of Imperial County Farm Bureau and serves as president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Imperial Valley.
In 2011, he was named “Ag Businessman of the Year” by the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation.
Bio: Tim Duane is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Stanley Legro Visiting Professor in Environmental Law at the University of San Diego. He was a tenured member of the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley (teaching environmental planning and policy) from 1991-2009 as well as on the faculty at Vermont Law School from 2008-2012 and a visiting professor of law at Seattle University School of Law (2012). Prof. Duane holds a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, a Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Planning from the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, and M.S. and A.B. degrees from Stanford. He teaches, consults, and conducts research on a wide range of energy, climate, land use, water, environmental, and natural resources policy, planning, law, and management problems. He has been an independent policy and planning consultant since 1985 and is an expert on “greening the grid” and rural land use. Duane is a licensed attorney and is admitted to all state and federal courts in California as well as the 9th and 10th Circuits in the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Prof. Duane has extensive consulting experience in the electric utility sector, with a client list that includes utilities, independent power producers, environmental advocacy groups, and public
agencies. His particular expertise is renewable energy generation regulatory policy. He worked as a generation planning engineer for PG&E in 1980s, testified to the Little Hoover Commission on electricity regulation in the early 1990s, and served as senior policy consultant to the California Public Utilities Commission on electricity restructuring issues in the early 2000s during the California energy crisis (focusing on the environmental assessment of the proposed divestiture of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s entire hydroelectric generating portfolio). He was a member of the board of directors of SkyFuel, Inc. from 2007-2009 (which successfully raised a $17-million Series B round of financing in 2008 and holds IP in ReflecTech film). He has also served on the board of directors of an affordable housing non-profit (Common Ground Communities) and a leading local environmental organization (the Marin Conservation League).
Prof. Duane is also one of the world’s leading experts on land use and ecosystem management in the west, working with both private land use and public resource management. He is the author of SHAPING THE SIERRA: NATURE, CULTURE, AND CONFLICT IN THE CHANGING WEST (University of California Press, 1999; paperback edition 2000), served as a special consultant to the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project (SNEP) in 1993-1996, and he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to the California Spotted Owl Federal Advisory Committee in 1997. He has previous experience as an assistant fire dispatcher for the USDA Forest Service, has conducted research on recreational use for the Inyo National Forest, and published on the Quincy Library Group. Prof. Duane has taught environmental law and policy (Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and San Diego), land use law and policy (Berkeley, Vermont, and San Diego); energy policy and politics (Santa Cruz), and renewable energy law and policy (Santa Cruz, Seattle, and China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing). He was on the executive committee of the Environmental Section of the Association of American Law Schools and is currently on the executive committee of the Environmental and Land Use section of the San Diego County Bar Association.
Manager Energy Department, Imperial Irrigation District
Bio: Energy Manager of Imperial Irrigation District
While directly reporting to the GM and the Board, responsible for reliably operating the 1060MW BAA. Including the EMS functions, responsible for all planning, design, engineering and operations of distribution, grid and generation assets. Merchant operations, market optimization, and generation/transmission contracts are also under my purview. Lead a team of 450 with over $500M in operating and $120M capital budgets. Indirectly control the budget and workload of support services, while working hand in hand with the Water Manager.
In addition: 1) Member of NATF, 2) LPPC CEO group, 3) SCPPA Board. Nominated for election on NERC MRC.
District 3 Supervisor, County of Imperial
Bio: Michael “Mike” W. Kelley is a lifelong resident of Imperial County and a graduate of Imperial Valley College and San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus. Mike has been employed by the County of Imperial for the past 37 years; 10 years at Probation and Corrections as Juvenile Detention Officer, Deputy Probation Officer, Assistant Superintendent Juvenile Hall, Superintendent Juvenile Hall, and Director of Juvenile Facilities, and 10 years as Court Administrator/Jury Commissioner for Superior and Municipal Courts of Imperial County, and the last 17 as Chief Probation Officer.
Mike has served as Mayor and council member for the City of Imperial, and as past Chairman of Imperial Valley Association of Governments. His extensive and successful experience in the administration of personnel and multi-million dollar budgets has served his community well.
Mike is heavily involved in his community. His most rewarding experience has been coaching team sports such as T-ball, Farm League Baseball, Little League Baseball, Soccer and Pop Warner Football.
As a father and grandfather of children living in Imperial County, Mike is committed to preserving our quality of life and retaining the history ad traditions of Imperial County making it a better and safer place to live for generations to come. He will strive to protect Imperial County resources including our water, farm land, air quality, environment, education, health, recreation and our citizens by addressing all issues with a fair, honest and balanced approach.
Imperial Irrigation District
Bio: Director Bruce Kuhn who currently serves as president of the IID Board of Directors, represents Division 2, which includes Heber, parts of El Centro and western Imperial County. Director Kuhn first served on the board from 1996-2004. He was elected in November 2012 for his third term and re-elected in the June 2016 primary.
During his previous time as director he served as IID board president in 1999 and 2004.
A native of the Imperial Valley, Director Kuhn has been self-employed in the land leveling business since 1982. Prior to that, he worked as a police officer for 12 years with the El Centro Police Department.
Director Kuhn attended Imperial Valley College where he majored in political science. He also studied law enforcement at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif., graduating from the Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy.
His civic involvement includes:
Past board member, Imperial Valley Food Bank (2004-2011)
Past president, Imperial Valley Environmental Task Force
Past board member, Imperial County Farm Bureau
Past vice president, El Centro Little League
Member, Swiss Club
Former member, Imperial Rotary Club
Director Kuhn has also been recognized for his humanitarian efforts. In 2004, he was honored with the NAACP’s Martin Luther King Jr. Image Award for public service.
Director Kuhn’s current term expires December 2020.
CA Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources
Bio: Charlene is the new Northern District Deputy and Geothermal Program Manager for the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources.
She has a BS in Geology and an MS in Petroleum Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM. She has over 3 decades of experience in the geothermal industry including 23 years at The Geysers involved in oversight of well field and power plant operations.
Her last 10 years at Ormat Technologies, Inc. focused on developing geothermal projects in primarily California. Her primary emphasis has been permitting new geothermal facilities, environmental compliance for existing projects, government and regulatory affairs that included community and public relations where the projects are located.
California Ethanol + Power
Bio: Dave Rubenstein is one of the original founders of California Ethanol & Power, LLC founded in 2007. Until that point he was the President and majority owner of Pacific Diazo Products, Inc., which produces and distributes industrial chemicals to more than 400 customers in southern California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Mr. Rubenstein, who sold Pacific Diazo to a Fortune 600 company, is a former Board member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors and President of the Western Region. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Winona State University in Minnesota and was named Distinguished Young Alumnus in 2009. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Winona State University Foundation since 2008.
State of California, Public Utilities Commission
Bio: Edward Randolph is the Energy Division Director of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Prior to serving in this capacity, Mr. Randolph was the CPUC’s Director of Governmental Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor.
Mr. Randolph joined the CPUC in 2010 from his position as Chief Consultant to the California State Assembly’s Committee on Utilities and Commerce, a position he held since 2003 where he worked extensively on expanding California’s use of renewable power, the creation of the California Solar Initiative, and energy efficiency legislation. Prior to his role with the Committee on Utilities and Commerce, Mr. Randolph served as Senior Consultant to Assemblymember Lloyd Levine, as both Chief of Staff and Senior Consultant to former Assemblymember Joe Canciamilla, and as Chief of Staff to Former Assemblymember Lou Papan.
Mr. Randolph earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the McGeorge School of Law where he graduated with great distinction.
Bio: John focuses his practice on environmental, universal and hazardous waste compliance and enforcement matters. He has experience working federal, state and local prosecuting attorneys and regulatory agencies on environmental matters. John chairs Procopio’s Energy and Environment practice group.
John has managed numerous universal, hazardous and solid waste, clean water, clean air and superfund cases. He has special expertise in large complex cases involving civil and criminal environmental enforcement. He has long standing and excellent relationships with U.S. EPA, CalEPA, the Air Resources Control Board, the Department of Toxic Substance Control, State and Regional Water Boards and local agencies and enforcement offices, including Department of Justice, attorneys general, district attorneys, city attorneys and agency counsel.
John has been active in politics and bond initiatives. He was team leader for Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich’s (now DLA Piper) environmental practice group for eight years before joining Procopio. He was appointed by the Governor to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (1992-1996) and to the State Coastal Conservancy Board (1997-2004). He has served on the California EPA Blue Ribbon Commission for a Unified Environmental Statute, the Metropolitan Water District Blue Ribbon Committee and was also was appointed by the Mayor to the City of San Diego Solid Waste Hearing Panel. He is a former active member of the Alaska Bar.
Bio: Rahm Orenstein, Vice President of Business Development with Ormat Technologies, Inc., leads all sales, marketing, and business development activities for Ormat in North America. This includes project development, sales and government affairs in all markets and technologies Ormat is pursuing including geothermal, waste-heat to power, energy storage, and solar. Prior to joining Ormat in 2008, Rahm spent 15 years in the telecom and medical devices industries, specializing in marketing, business development and sales. His accolades include working as Associate VP for Product Line Management with ECI Telecom, a global provider of telecommunication equipment. Rahm holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering (with honor) from the Tel-Aviv University, Israel and an MBA from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzeliya, Israel.
Senior Campaign Representative, Sierra Club
Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea Policy, California Natural Resources Agency
Manager of Planning & Engineering (Interim), Imperial Irrigation District
Graeme R. Donaldson
Program Manager Salton Sea Initiative, Imperial Irrigation District