David B. Olsen


Energy Development
   And Policy

Corporate and Public
   Sector Leadership

Climate Change and

Public and Community

Publications and

  Recent Speeches, Publications, and Policy Discussion

Speeches and Expert Testimony

§                 “Renewable Energy Zones and Stakeholder-Led Transmission Planning,” California Biodiversity Council, March 19, 2009.

§                 “California’s Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative,” Windpower 2009, Chicago, May 5, 2009.

§                 “Role of Wind Power in Low-Carbon Electric Systems,” Windpower 2008, Houston, TX, June 4, 2008.

§                 “More Reliable, Less Expensive? The Case for a Low-Carbon Electric Sector,” California Foundation for the Environment and the Economy, Napa, CA, April 18, 2008.

§                 Renewables and Transmission in the WECC, Energy Bar Association, San Francisco, CA, February 15, 2008.

§                 Transmission for Renewables in the WECC,” Transmission Renaissance 2007, Washington, DC, December 5, 2007.

§                 Transmission for Renewables,” Western Governors Association Staff Council, Tucson, AZ, November 7, 2007.

§                 “Getting Ready for Low-Carbon Resources,” Western Governors Association-National Wind Coordinating Committee Energy Summit, Ft. Collins, CO, September 27, 2007.

§                 “Renewables-First Transmission in the WECC,” Western Conference of Public Services Commissioners, Park City, UT, June 12, 2007.

§                 “Renewables-First Transmission,” Windpower 2007, Los Angeles, CA, June 5, 2007.

§                 “The Frontier Line and Renewables-First Transmission,” Utah Energy Summit, Salt Lake City, UT, April 16, 2007.

§                 “Renewables-First Transmission,” POWER-GEN, Las Vegas, NV, March 7, 2007.

§                 “Tehachapi Wind Development and California GHG Reduction Goals,” California Wind Energy Collaborative Forum, Napa, December 12, 2006.

§                 “Environmental Stakeholder Perspectives on Western Regional Planning,”  NARUC Electricity Committee, San Francisco, August 1, 2006.

§                 “Western Regional Transmission Planning and Projects,” University of Nevada, Reno, July 26, 2006.

§                 “Transmission to Implement the Western Governors’ CDEAC Recommendations,”  EUCI, Western Resource Adequacy Conference, San Diego, July 17, 2006.

§                 “Connecting the Tehachapi Wind Resource,” California Wind Energy Collaborative Forum, San Diego, December 13, 2005.

§                 "Environmental Responsibility: Hard Choices on the Corporate Learning Curve," University of Wisconsin School of Business, Madison, April 1, 2004.

§                 Expert testimony before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on transmission infrastructure and wind power development, May 2002

§                 "The Corporate Sustainability Learning Curve," Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, March 7, 2002.

§                 "An Engineering Agenda for the Next Industrial Revolution," Keynote address, Earth Systems Engineering  Conference, University of Colorado School of Engineering,  Boulder, October 4, 2001.

§                 "Securing a Sustainable Energy Future for the Western U.S.," Keynote address, U.S. Society  on Dams/US Bureau of Reclamation annual meeting, Denver, July 2001. 

§                 "Corporate Sustainability Initiatives," Campus Lecture, University of Colorado-Denver, November 30, 2000.

§                 "Case Study of Organizational Change at Patagonia, Inc.,"  Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado-Denver, November 29, 2000.

§                  “Some Thoughts On Progress Toward Sustainability,” Keynote address, Wirth Chair Awards, Denver, February 2000.

§                 “Collaborating to Expand Organic Production” Apparel and Textile Industry Forum on Environmental Issues, San Francisco, February 1999.

§                  “Balancing Quality and Environment in Industrial Design” International Design Competition Awards, Los Angeles, October 1998.

§                 “U.S. Leadership Opportunities in Climate Change Mitigation,” Businesses for Social Responsibility annual conference, Los Angeles, November 1997.

§                 “Environmental Responsibilities of Corporate Leadership: The Textile Supply Chain,” Univ. of Pennsylvania Wharton School MBA Class of 1999, August 1997.

§                 “Thinking Differently About Productivity And Quality of Life,” National Conference of the Alliance of Work/Life Professionals, San Diego, February 1997.

§                 “Some Mechanics for Balancing Work and Family,” Family Forum V, Nashville, June 1996;  introduced by President Clinton.

§                 Addresses on renewable energy to the European Parliament (September 1995) and to conferences in Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Norway, Italy and the U.S. (1991-95).


·          Olsen, David. 2007.  “Renewables-First Generation/Transmission Projects.”  Washington, DC: American Wind Energy Association.

·          Olsen, David. 2005.  “Transmission Planning to Connect Large Increments of Wind Power: The Tehachapi Study Group.” Washington, DC: American Wind Energy Association.

·          Hamilton, Roger, Ron Lehr, David Olsen et. al. 2004. "Integrating Wind into Transmission Planning: The Rocky Mountain Area Transmission Study." Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

·          Olsen, David. 2003.  State Climate Change Initiatives: Creation of the California Climate Action Registry. Denver: University of Colorado.

·          Olsen, David. 1997.  Commentary on Gordon Adler, "When Your Star Performer Can't Manage" Harvard Business Review, July-August, 1997: 22-34.

·          Eastwood, John and David Olsen1990. “Modular Design Expands Applications of Pumped Storage.”  New York: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, publication 90-JPGC/Pwr-18. Presented at the ASME/IEEE Power Generation Conference, Boston, MA October 21-25, 1990.

Public Discussion of Energy and Climate Change Issues

Moderator, Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan-Executive Order Workshops, California Energy Commission-California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, CA, March 5, 2009; Palm Springs, CA March17, 2009.

Facilitator, public meetings of the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative, 2007-2009 (Sacramento; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Palm Desert, CA; Victorville, CA).

Facilitator, California Public Utilities Commission Workshops on Procurement Incentive Framework (in Rulemaking 04-04-003), March 7-9, 2005.

Co-Convenor/Facilitator, "Adapting to Higher Energy Cost and Carbon Constraints in the Mountain West," a Leadership Roundtable on energy efficiency. Wirth Chair, University of Colorado, Denver, September 27-28, 2004.

Co-Convenor/Facilitator, "Registries and Trading as Climate Change Policy Approaches," Aspen Institute, Washington DC, March 8, 2004.

Co-Chair, Colorado Business Energy Partnership. Led regular meetings of Colorado companies and cities working to monitor their greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency. 2000-2004.

Moderator, "A Dialogue on Corporate Leadership in the New Economy," convened by the CEO Coalition to Advance Sustainable Technology, San Francisco, November 14, 2000.

Co-Convenor/Facilitator, "National Leadership Forum on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Policies," CEO Coalition to Advance Sustainable Technology, Washington, D.C., May 10, 2000.

Honors and Awards

Western Regional Wind Advocacy Award, US DOE-Wind Powering America Program, presented at Windpower, June 2008

Climate Action Champion Award, California Climate Action Registry, 2005

Leadership and Distinguished Service Award, CEO Coalition to Advance Sustainable Technology, 2002

    David B. Olsen
Ventura, CA  93001