V. John White

Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT)

Executive Director & Co-Founder

John White is a legislative advocate and political consultant, and heads CEERT, a non-profit coalition of the nation’s leading public interest environmental groups and businesses working on energy efficiency and renewable technologies. Over the course of his more than 40-year career, he has been involved in the drafting, negotiation, and passage of landmark air quality and energy legislation and innovative regulatory programs to accelerate improvements in air quality, global warming, and renewable energy sources. John also is a legislative advocate and political consultant on behalf of public interest environmental groups, renewable technology companies, and local and regional environmental agencies. He has worked at the Statewide Air Pollution Research Center on the UCR campus; as an environmental analyst for Bechtel; and as a senior policy consultant on the staff of the California Assembly before starting his consulting and lobbying business in 1983. In the last 15 years, John’s efforts and those of his colleagues have resulted in more than $20 billion investment in energy conservation and renewable energy in California, and in the appropriation of significant funding for fuel cells, alternative transportation technologies, and the retrofit and retirement of high polluting school buses. In addition, he led collaborative efforts between renewable energy companies and conservation groups to ensure timely approval of more than 10,000 megawatts of new solar and wind projects, while protecting critical habitat and establishing innovative mitigation measures. John has served on the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s electricity transmission grid.  

Sessions With V. John White

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 01:30pm - 02:15pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 07:30 pm - 08/mar/2022 08:15 pm

    Energy for the Common Good | Getting Ready to Put Fusion to Work

    Presentation Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    Fusion is nearing...and we are preparing for its welcome into the national and global energy mix. In parallel with the technological developments, we drive public education, informing political actions and the policies and budgets they determine, opening doors to public and private funding, building coalitions of climate, environmental, justice, workforce, and green energy stakeholders, and engaging regulatory and licensing frameworks. We will discuss the timeline of actions, engagements, and outreach behind fusion’s green light.