Robert Kahn has served as Executive Director of the Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition since its founding in September 2002.
He began his career working as a staff member to the late architect/philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller and, after working for Governor Jerry Brown in Sacramento, completed a Doctorate in Education at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 1982. His dissertation is entitled: "Community Education for Indigenous Renewable Energy Development."
With the conclusion of the Brown Administration in 1982, Dr. Kahn and his wife Cathy founded Robert D. Kahn & Company, a strategic communications agency. The agency has directed work for over 60 private and public sector clients. The agency is known for its work in energy policy, permit assistance and public acceptance of new technology. For more information see: www.rdkco.com
Dr. Kahn has worked with independent power producers since the industry's earliest days in California. He has consulted with developers of proposed power plants totaling over 3500 megawatts of capacity. These projects include thermal (petroleum coke, CCCTs, gas-fired cogeneration, biomass and waste-to-energy) and renewable (wind, biomass, geothermal) power plants.
During the 1990's Kahn served as a Special Assistant to the Chair of the Comprehensive Review of the Northwest Energy System, as a member of the Washington State Energy Siting Process Review Committee and helped found the Renewable Northwest Project.
Over the last nine years Kahn has managed all aspects of NIPPC's advocacy and operations. NIPPC is active before FERC; the state utility commissions and legislatures of Idaho, Oregon and Washington; at proceedings of the Bonneville Power Administration and in other venues. The Coalition has grown from a fledgling start-up in 2002 into a forceful advocate for independent power generators regardless of technology.