The American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Senior VP of Government and Public Affairs, Rob Gramlich, is leaving to start a firm that will focus on power grid issues. He has spent 12 years at AWEA, and will continue to work for the association as a consultant.
Gramlich will launch Grid Strategies LLC in mid- February to provide strategic advice and advocacy services for clients, including AWEA in the areas of integrating clean energy into the grid and transmission infrastructure policy. He will help renewable energy, storage, and transmission sectors with grid challenges at FERC, DOE, and with grid operators.
“I’m looking forward to returning to grid issues as my full-time focus, since they are the key to the nation’s continuing energy transition and where I believe I can make the biggest impact,” he said.
Gramlich was previously at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he worked on setting up Regional Transmission Organizations and developing transmission infrastructure policies for the President George W Bush-appointed Chairman Pat Wood III.
He has also spent 20 years working on grid issues at FERC, the regional grid operator PJM, and AWEA. He is a national leader in the grid operations, planning, and regulatory changes that will be needed to support the transformation taking place in the power sector.
He also spearheaded the “20 % by 2030” wind project for the industry with the Bush Administration in 2007-8 and wrote its chapter on transmission, for which he was awarded the AWEA Technical Achievement award. A follow-up report in 2015, “Wind Vision,” envisioned wind energy becoming the No. 1 source of electricity generation in America by mid-century.
“Rob has been an outstanding leader for the wind industry and AWEA, helping guide the industry from 7 gigawatts of installed capacity when he started to now over 80 gigawatts, with a thoughtful, personable, and reasoned approach,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA.