Vice President, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs
EDF Renewable Energy
Virinder Singh is Vice President of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs at EDF Renewables (EDFR), 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 with his able team 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, trade policy, tax issues, transmission and distribution grid policy, siting policy, and other foundational issues for EDFR’s success today and tomorrow.
While at EDFR, Virinder has played an essential role in numerous clean energy industry accomplishments, ranging from major market expansion policies in Oregon, California and New York, to consensus-based renewables tax policy in Kansas, to FERC’s 2013 modernization of small generator interconnection requirements, and others.
While at Pacificorp, a six-state electric utility in the West, Virinder was central to its planning efforts in the early 2000s that resulted in unprecedented voluntary utility purchases of renewables in the West. He also contributed to its pioneering valuation of greenhouse gas regulatory risk in resource planning, and managed analysis for the utility’s first comprehensive climate change strategy.
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.
Virinder serves on the Boards of Renewable Northwest, California’s Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT), the Independent Energy Producers Association of California, the national Energy Storage Association’s Leadership Circle, the Wind-Solar Foundation, and others. He is aide and alternate to EDFR’s Boardmembers at both the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
He has testified in the U.S. Senate, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. International Trade Commission, numerous state legislatures, and numerous state public utility commissions.
He holds a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of International Affairs (environmental policy focus) from Columbia University, and an MBA from Portland State University. He has lived in Portland, Oregon since 2002 with his wife and son.