Director – Regulatory and Legislative Affairs
EDF Renewable Energy
Virinder has worked in the U.S. renewables industry for over 20 years. Since 2010, Virinder has served as Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs at EDF Renewables, a leading North American renewable energy development company and O&M provider in solar, wind and energy storage. As head of EDFR’s U.S. government affairs, Virinder’s work has covered a wide range of technologies including wind, solar, biogas, and energy storage, and is responsible for federal affairs and state-level policy. His work includes broad market policies and critical path issues for specific EDFR projects, and covers demand-driving policies, procurement rules, tax issues, transmission and distribution grid policy, siting policy, and other foundational issues for EDFR’s success today and tomorrow.
Virinder created much of EDFR’s government affairs function. And while at EDFR he has played an essential role in numerous clean energy industry accomplishments, such as major market expansion policies in Oregon, California and New York, consensus-based renewables tax policy in Kansas, and FERC’s 2013 modernization of small generator interconnection requirements.
Further back in time, and while at Pacificorp, Virinder was central to the six-state utility’s planning efforts that resulted in 1,400 MW of renewable energy in the Northwest, Wyoming and Utah. He also contributed to its pioneering valuation of greenhouse gas regulatory risk in utility resource planning, and ran analysis for the utility’s first comprehensive climate change strategy. He authored the Western Governors Association resolution that created the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) renewable energy certificate tracking system that is indispensable for state renewable standards and voluntary renewable energy investments.
He has also worked on commercial items such as site acquisition for greenfield wind development, RFP design for renewables procurement, bid evaluation into renewable RFPs, PURPA implementation, and energy service contracting to take into account environmental attributes.
He chairs AWEA’s State Policy Committee and did the same at SEIA for 3 years. He is sits on numerous industry Boards covering the West, including Interwest Energy Alliance and Renewable Northwest. He represents EDFR on the Board of the Independent Energy Producers Association of California as well as the national Energy Storage Association’s Leadership Circle.