V. John White
Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technology
John White is the Executive Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT), which he co-founded in 1990. CEERT is a nonprofit, environmental/public interest organization that advocates investments in sustainable energy at the state and regional levels. Among CEERT's affiliates are the nation's leading energy efficiency and renewable technology firms, green marketers and environmental organizations. CEERT has earned a leadership role in the electricity industry deregulation debates in California and around the country by organizing many diverse interests around meaningful principles designed to establish equitable resource and restructuring decisions.
Since 1985, John has been the Sierra Club's Special Representative on air quality, energy, and growth management issues before the California State Legislature. Prior to starting his consulting firm in 1983, John worked for nine years as a committee consultant for the California State Legislature, working for a succession of legislative committees including the Permanent Subcommittee on Air Quality, the Transportation Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Toxic Materials Committee. He was central in the drafting, negotiation and ultimate passage of several of California's key air quality statutes including, the California Clean Air Act; the Atmospheric Acidity Protection Act; the Tanner Act, that created California's air toxic regulatory program; and legislation and policy to accelerate the development and introduction of alternative fuels and electric vehicles. Over the course of his twenty-year career, John has become known as the leading legislative expert on California air quality law and regulation.
John is a member of the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator (ISO) and the California League of Conservation Voters.