Jonathan W. Postal (J.W.)
Ric has extensive business experience and skills in originating, developing and structuring finance for large scale solar PV portfolios.
As a managing director at Solariant, he has acquired land, developed and financed over 100 megawatts of solar feed-in tariff projects with a team of some of the world’s largest, most experienced and respected solar manufacturers and providers under the “Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electrical Renewable Energy by Operators of Electric Utilities,” also known as Japan’s renewable energy law of 2012. A notable project includes the Kagoshima 41.3 MW megasolar project on a formerly abandoned 36-hole golf course in the mountains of southern Kyushu, which was recently placed in commercial operations and acquired by a consortium of institutional Korean investors in an M&A transaction valued at over $195 million.
Ric holds a dual-masters in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture from University of Colorado, a bachelors in Economics from the University of Rochester and certifications from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is also certified in real estate finance and affordable housing from the National Development Council.
Mark Eddy has worked on energy issues for more than 25 years – first as a reporter at The Denver Post covering traditional and renewable energy and for the last 16 years in the private sector.
Mark is owner of Mark Eddy Communications, a strategic communications/messaging and public will-building firm specializing in public policy issues. MEC has worked with foundations and non-profit groups, city and state governments and for-profit companies ranging from a two-person disability rights law firm to an $18-billion multinational corporation.
While MEC has worked on issues as varied as oil and gas, health, K-12 education, LGBT, consumer protection, homelessness and marijuana the core of the business is built around renewable energy and climate policy. Mark worked with a diverse team to help Colorado enact first-in-the-nation rules regarding methane emissions. He is currently leading a team that is working with regulators, businesses, public utilities and their customers to put more wind and solar energy onto the grid.
As a journalist, Mark did investigative work on the construction of Denver International Airport and the Oklahoma City bombing. He covered city government, education and the environment and energy and was part of The Denver Post team that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Columbine tragedy.
Dr. Daniel Rivers
Ron Binz is a principal at Public Policy Consulting, specializing in energy economics and policy, with numerous domestic and international clients. Over a 37-year career, Ron has written, spoken and testified extensively on a broad range of topics in energy policy and regulation. Recently, Ron has been addressing “the utility of the future” and incentive based regulation, advocating changes in regulation needed to accelerate the transition to an advanced electric grid.
From 2007 to 2011 Ron chaired the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. He led the Colorado PUC in implementing the many policy changes championed by the Governor and Legislature to bring forward Colorado’s “New Energy Economy.” On behalf of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation, Ron is currently working in Nepal and five sub-Saharan African countries on reforms to the electric markets, transmission system expansion, international power trading and reformed regulatory institutions. Working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Ron is currently advising the Mexican Department of Energy on grid modernization.
Ron has a long history in working with utilities, regulators, large and small consumers in a wide range of issues in the energy and telecommunications industry. As Chairman of the Colorado PUC, Ron was seen as a strong and fair commissioner, working with the utility and all parties of interest to move the state’s energy policy forward. As Colorado’s Consumer Advocate, Ron was well-known for his thoughtful and pragmatic approach to regulation and advocacy. Under his leadership, Ron’s office negotiated and settled many very difficult matters with the Colorado regulated companies, achieving consensus results that were superior to the likely outcome of litigation.
Ron has testified before Congressional committees sixteen times. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Louis University and an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado.