Hanna Grene

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“I could see the lights of the oil loading terminals off the Kribian coast at all hours from the office where I lived and worked in Cameroon. Their bright lights stood out against the white beaches and otherwise unpolluted night sky. The local population, which includes some of the oldest surviving tribal groups in the world, had been fisherman for thousands of years. And yet, the coastal villages I visited each day were facing hunger for the first time in living memory. The fish were gone, the thousands of jobs promised from the construction of the Chad-Cameroon pipeline had not materialized, and violence was escalating.

These experiences showed me the far-reaching influence of energy markets, their role within international conflict, and the increasing impacts of climate change. Since then, I have dedicated my career to finding market-based strategies to fight climate change by supporting clean energy innovation and employment as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, nonprofit policy leader, legislative advocate, and subject matter expert in distributed energy resources.

I joined Operation Free to work with diverse stakeholders to advance policies that support the deployment of solar, energy storage, and energy efficiency to create jobs, ensure that the U.S. remains competitive in advanced energy, cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide residents and businesses with affordable access to clean energy.”

 

Views expressed are her own. 

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