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Adam James      

Founder of Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Adam James is the Founder and CEO of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI), an organization devoted to providing young people with the tools they need to impact clean energy policy. At CELI, he manages a small, high-performing team that is linking the emerging young professional community with established policy organizations in the Washington, DC area. In addition to overseeing the CELI team, Adam’s role includes developing strategic partnerships, working closely with the Advisory Board, and directing fundraising efforts. In addition, he works as an analyst for GTM Research covering downstream solar markets. His expertize is on global demand dynamics, including: public policy, financing, energy market landscapes and business strategy.

Previously, at the Center for American Progress (CAP) Adam worked on U.S. clean energy policy and international climate negotiations. In that capacity he worked closely with Senior Fellows Bracken Hendricks and Dr. Andrew Light, as well as supporting former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta. At CAP, Adam’s published on electricity market policy, financing for clean energy and efficiency, multilateral negotiations, clean energy manufacturing and innovation, the natural gas boom, and carbon regulations. As a volunteer, Adam has worked closely with the Sierra Club's Clean Energy Team modeling a framework for Indiana's transition to renewable energy sources and advising on policy avenues. Adam frequently writes on electricity markets, technology integration, finance, infrastructure, policy, and politics. His articles and reports have been featured in Climate Progress, Renewable Energy World, Midwest Energy News, The Energy Collective, EC&M, and Greentech Media. His work has been widely cited including in the Washington Post, Forbes, Grist, and Solar Server.


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