Craig Lewis, Government Relations and Project Development

Craig Lewis is the Founding Principal of RightCycle, a consultancy that achieves desirable Smart Energy outcomes via legislation, regulation, and public funding (grants, loan guarantees, siting incentives, etc). RightCycle also assists clients with the critical project development activities of evaluating project site viability and securing off-take agreements via solicitation proposals and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) negotiations. Mr. Lewis focuses his efforts in California and at the Federal level, but does work across the country with noteworthy engagements in Colorado, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, New York, and Texas.  He has over 20 years of experience working in high growth industries, including renewables, wireless, and semiconductors. Mr. Lewis transitioned from the wireless industry to the Smart Energy industry in 2005 by spearheading energy policy development for Steve Westly’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign in California. Until early-2009, Mr. Lewis was VP of Government Relations for GreenVolts, a solar technology company, where he served for two years securing successful policy outcomes in legislation, regulation, and public funding; and in supporting the first solar project to successfully navigate California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation process.

Mr. Lewis is a leading Smart Energy strategist and advocate. He is the Founding Principal of the Clean Coalition which is currently leading Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) California campaign to increase the size of California’s renewable energy market by more than an order of magnitude.  The Clean Coalition assesses, designs, and implements CLEAN Programs throughout the United States; at the state and local levels to unleash the tremendous potential of Wholesale Distributed Generation (WDG), which is the 20MW-and-under, distribution-interconnected market segment that avoids transmission dependencies and the long delays that are associated with transmission build-outs.  WDG deployments also maximize the local economic benefits that accrue in terms of job creation, investment stimulation, and tax revenue enhancement.

Mr. Lewis has held senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at wireless and semiconductor leaders, including Qualcomm, Ericsson, LinCom Wireless, Comarco Wireless, and Altera. He was active in the strategic planning and lobbying efforts to obtain the long-sought approval for CDMA technology in China; and has led the establishment of several successful business operations in Asia. Mr. Lewis received his MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California, and his BSEE from UC Berkeley. 
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