Nancy Rader is the executive director of the California Wind Energy Association (CalWEA), a nonprofit industry organization that promotes the production of electricity through the use of wind generators. Rader has 20 years of experience as a renewable energy advocate and has represented CalWEA since its inception in 2000.
From 1994 to 1998, Rader served as policy advisor to the American Wind Energy Association and was honored as their "Wind Industry Person of the Year" in 1996.
In her former role as a consultant, Rader advised renewable energy industry companies and trade associations in the U.S. and Canada, state utility consumer advocate offices, trade associations of municipal utilities, electric industry service companies, electric industry research institutions, state and national consumer and environmental advocacy organizations and Japanese and European government agencies and officials.
As a consultant, she specialized in the design of renewables portfolio standard policies, programs supported by public goods charges, fuel-source disclosure policies, transmission system rules that accommodate intermittent renewable resources and community aggregation programs.
Rader has prepared major reports on renewable energy policies for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the National Wind Coordinating Committee. She has authored and presented many papers and articles on renewable energy policy and the implications of "green marketing" for the promotion of renewable energy.
Rader received a B.A. in political science/public service from the University of California, Davis. She received an M.A. degree in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rader will be participating at the CSSE Clean Energy Conference on the session: "Wind Energy"