CSU’s Bill Ritter short listed for Obama’s energy secretary

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter speaks to all th...
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter speaks to all those attending a Tuesday afternoon press conference held on the grounds of the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder. Ritter signed House Bill 1281 – legislation that will require 20 percent of the energy provided by Colorado’s large energy utilities to come from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy by 2020. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Denver Post is reporting that Bill Ritter, director of the Center for the New Energy Economy and Senior Scholar within CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, is being considered by the White House to be the next energy secretary.

“It’s a crucial time for the country to focus on energy policy among the other priorities,” he said to the Post on Tuesday. “Energy has to be a priority going forward.”

On March 20, 2011, the Collegian reported that the highly touted Center for the New Energy Economy at CSU comes with a web of connections between Director Bill Ritter, a key billionaire player in the Colorado political powerhouse “Gang of Four” and CSU System Board of Governors member Joe Zimlich that could pull CSU into the political debate over clean energy policy and create a welcoming environment for Democratic politics.

But despite the connections and the center’s purpose, advocates for the center say it won’t create a political influx at the university.

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In 2011, when Ritter was first appointed to CSU’s environmental policy center, university president Tony Frank said the governor would “help build essential partnerships around research-based clean energy solutions, workforce development and advancement of technologies that will fuel long-term, sustainable economic growth.”

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