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Northwest Environmental Business Council and Washington Department of Commerce. Future Energy Conference. SeaTac, WA. "The State's Role in Promoting Renewables." October 30, 2013.

Clean Energy Association of British Columbia Generate2013 Conference. Vancouver, BC. "Procurement Practices and Strategies: BC and Beyond." October 28, 2013.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Summer Meeting NARUC/FERC Sunday Morning Collaborative. Denver, CO. "The Meaning of Independent Power Generation in Vertically Integrated Markets." July 21, 2013.

Legislative Energy Horizon Institute. Richland, WA. "Independent Power Producers, Our Story." July 8, 2013

EUCI Conference. The Utilities' Role in Engaging Stakeholders and Interveners to Improve the IRP Process. Scottsdale, AZ. "Gauging Results of a Concerted Outreach Effort." January 29, 2013

Electric Power Supply Association 2013 Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ. "Report on Power Markets in the Pacific Northwest." January 25, 2013.

EUCI Conference. Energy Imbalance Market Concepts in the Western Interconnection. Portland, OR. "Optimizing Operations and Integrating Intermittent Power Through Market Design." August 22, 2012.

Law Seminar International Electric Transmission in the West. Portland, OR. "Cost Recovery Under FERC Order 1000." March 22, 2012.

Alaska Energy Authority Work Session. Anchorage, AK. Keynote: "Independent Power Producers -- Future in Alaska." November 10, 2011.

Seminar Group. Developing Wind Power in the Northwest. Seattle, WA. "Developer Uncertainties." November 9, 2011.

Northwest Environmental Business Council. Future Energy Conference. Portland, OR. "Optimizing Transmission Operations to Integrate Renewables." April 12, 2011.

American Wind Energy Association Wind Power Project Siting Workshop. Kansas City, MO. "Community Education Strategies That Work." March 1, 2011

The Seminar Group Seminar on Developing Wind Power in the Northwest. Seattle, WA. "Countering NIMBY." November 9, 2010.

Women of Wind Energy, Twin Cities Chapter. St. Paul, Minnesota "Getting to YIMBY: Yes In My Backyard." August 19, 2010.

Law Seminars International 6th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle, WA. "Entrepreneurs' Panel: Leveraging Policy Promise into Commercial Reality." August 6, 2010.

California Power Market Forum: Clean Energy, Access to Capital, and Government's Role in Stimulating Activity. San Francisco, CA. "The View from the Pacific Northwest." November 9, 2009.

American Wind Energy Association Wind Power Project Siting Workshop. Denver, CO. "YIMBY Appeal: Socio-Economic Impacts of Wind Projects." February 18, 2010.

Law Seminars International 5th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle, WA. "Entrepreneurs' Panel: Leveraging Policy Promise into Commercial Reality." August 7, 2009.

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Energy Conference. Portland, OR. Keynote: "Energy Futures: Ways Out of the Mess We're in." March 17, 2009.

American Wind Energy Association Wind Power Project Siting Workshop. Seattle, WA. "Project Opposition in New Forms." February 25, 2009.

Energy Action Northwest's Energy Summit 2008. Portland, OR. "A Call to Action for the Northwest: Policies to Foster Transition to Clean, Affordable, Reliable Energy." October 23, 2008.

Harvard Electricity Policy Group. Chicago, IL. "Regulatory Treatment of Purchased Power: Pass Through or Profit Center?" October 3, 2008.

Law Seminars International 4th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle, WA. "Entrepreneurs' Panel." August 8, 2008.

American Bar Association and The American Council on Renewable Energy's Renewable Energy Series. Teleconference. "Utilities & Renewables: Is There a Role for Independent Power Producers?" November 14, 2007.

Northwest Energy Coalition's Fall Conference. Seattle, WA. "Renewable Energy: Climate Friendly Power." October 12, 2007.

Utility Wind Integration Group's Wind-Hydro Integration Workshop. Portland, OR. "Overcoming the Structural Barriers to More Liquid Markets for Flexibility Products." March 22, 2007.

Law Seminars International 11th Annual Conference on Buying & Selling Electric Power. Seattle, WA. "Role of Independent Power Production in a Regulated Environment." January 19, 2007.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Seams Technical Conference. Phoenix, AZ. "Operational Seams Between CAISO and Other Systems." December 14, 2006.

Western Power Supply Forum II. San Francisco, CA. "Environmental, Reliability & Cost Considerations in Developing Additional Generation Capacity." December 5, 2006.

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission 6th Energy Regulatory Partnership with the Kyrgyz Republic. Olympia, WA. "The Role of Independent Power." October 18, 2006.

Cornish College of the Arts Biennial Charette: The Citizen Designer, Visionary Sketches. Seattle, WA. "Buckminster Fuller: Exemplar of Design." September 25, 2006.

Northwest Public Power Association's Conference on Preparing for BPA Allocation. Portland, OR. "Purchasing Energy from Independent Power." September 19, 2006.

Western Power Supply Forum: Finding Solutions to the Western Power Shortage. Salt Lake City, UT. "Resource Adequacy: What is Really Needed in the West?" May 9, 2006.

Law Seminars International 10th Annual Conference on Buying and Selling Electric Power. Seattle, WA. "The Role of Independent Power Producers." January 20, 2006.

Intermountain Forest Association. Coeur d'Alene, ID. "Energy: Today and Tomorrow." December 8, 2005.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission with Western States' Regulatory Commissions, Joint Board of Security Constrained Economic Dispatch. Indian Wells, CA. "Economic Dispatches: Stakeholder Panel." November 13, 2005.

Buckminster Fuller Institute. "The Five Year Old's Revolutionary Challenge to Contemporary Education." Brooklyn, NY. Fall 2005.

Bonneville Power Administration's Energizing the Northwest: Today and Tomorrow. Portland, OR. "Non-Wires Solutions." September 29, 2004.

Law Seminars International 9th Annual Conference on Buying and Selling Electric Power. Seattle, WA. "Post 2006: The Key to Selling Power in the Pacific Northwest." January 23, 2004.

New Energy. "Simply a Smart Business Decision: The Northwest Discovers Wind Power." Osnabruck, Germany. February 2001.

New Energy. "Bigger & Better: Texas Finds Room for Renewable Energies." Osnabruck, Germany. April 2000.

Independent Energy. "Wind Energy: On Its Way." Tulsa, OK. March 2000.

Electricity Journal. "Siting Struggles: The Unique Challenge Permitting Renewable Energy Power Plants." New York, NY. March 2000.

New Energy. "New Life for the Agricultural Community: Wind Power Has Come to Stay in the American Midwest." Osnabruck, Germany. January 2000.

Independent Energy. "Windpower in the New Millennium." Tulsa, OK. October 1999.

Rock Products Annual International Cement Seminar. Salt Lake City, UT. "Considerations for Evaluating a Biosolids Injection Program." December 9, 1998.

Renewable Energy World. "107 MW of Wind Power: The World's Largest Single Wind Power Contract." London, England. July 1998.

European Water Pollution Control Association Innovation 2000 Conference. Cambridge, England. "Biosolids Injection: A New Technology for Biosolids Management." July 1998.

Water Environment and Technology. Cover Story. "An Uncommon Use: County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Sends Biosolids to Cement Plant to Reduce Manufacturing Emissions." Arlington, VA. May 1998. With Penny Hill.

Water Environmental Federation and American Water Works Association 11th Annual Water Residuals and Biosolids Management Conference. "Achieving Air Quality Improvements with Biosolids." Philadelphia, PA. August 3, 1997.

Bonneville Power Administration and Portland General Electric Northwest Energy Futures Conference. "Wind Energy Comes to the Northwest." Portland, OR. June 1995.

Cement Industry Technical Conference 36th IEEE. Seattle, WA. "Advancing Innovation Through the Regulatory Thicket: The Role of Public Relations in the Cement Industry." June 1, 1994.

Windpower Monthly. "Facing a Free Market." Vrinners Hoved, Denmark. May 1994.

University of Washington and University of Groningen (The Netherlands) International Symposium on Urban Planning and the Environment. Seattle, WA. "Making Tough Choices: Can Desirable Infrastructure Be Built in Urban Washington?" March 1994.

Rock Products 29th Annual International Cement Seminar. San Francisco, CA. "Crafting a National Campaign: The Role of Public Relations in the Cement Industry." December 10, 1993.

Independent Energy "The Northwest Gold Rush." Milaca, MN. May/June 1993.

Pacific Northwest International Section, Air & Waste Management Association. Bellevue, WA. "Power Plant Siting & Community Acceptance." November 12, 1992.

Independent Energy. "Surviving the Siting Struggle." Milaca, MN. November 1992.

Pacific Northwest Air Pollution Research, Technical Proceedings, "Power Plant Siting and Public Acceptance." Bellevue, WA. November 11, 1992.

Windpower Monthly. "Proud of Our Green Values." Vrinners Hoved, Denmark. October 1992.

Rock Products. "Four Steps to Better Community Relations." Chicago, IL. May 1992.

Washington State Energy Strategy Committee. SeaTac, WA. "Power Plant Siting and Public Acceptance." April 6, 1992.

Rock Products 27th Annual Int'l Cement Seminar. San Francisco, CA. "Community Relations for Cement Producers Burning Hazardous Wastes. December 4, 1991.

University of California at Davis. Davis, CA. "Public Relations for Planning and Decision Making." December 6, 1991.

Municipal Resource Recovery Energy Bureau. Arlington, VA. "Community Relations for Successful Waste to Energy Development." May 23, 1988.

Alternative Sources of Energy. "Combating NIMBY: How to Build Public Support." Milaca, MN. April1988.

Municipal Resource Recovery Energy Bureau. Arlington, VA. "Waste to Energy and the Challenge of Toxic Environmentalism." December 1, 1987.

National Association of Farm Broadcasters. Kansas City, KS. "Biotechnology and the FROSTBAN Field Trial." October 20, 1987.

McGraw-Hill Waste to Energy Conference. Washington, DC. "Waste to Energy in California: What is Everyone Waiting For?" 1986.

Alternative Sources of Energy. "Resource Recovery: Experts Convene in Washington, DC." Milaca, MN. September 1986.

National Weatherization Conference. Portland, OR. "Marketing Weatherization." July 14, 1985.

Technology Review. "Harvesting the Wind." November/December 1984.

The Futurist. "Personal Glimpses of Bucky Fuller," World Future Society. Washington, DC. October 1983.

Technology Review. "The Implications of Cable: More Messages from the Medium." MIT, Cambridge, MA. January 1983.

Editor, COMMON SENSE WIND ENERGY. Brick House Press, Andover, MA, 1982.

Co-Editor, BUCKMINSTER FULLER: ON EDUCATION. University of Massachusetts Press. Amherst, MA. 1979.


Robert D Kahn
Principal

Email: rkahn (at) rdkco.com
Phone: 206-236-7200

Robert Kahn, Principal of Robert D. Kahn & Company, began his career working as a Research Assistant for the late architect and philosopher R. Buckminster ("Bucky") Fuller. He holds a Doctorate in Education. Kahn's dissertation, "Community Education for Indigenous Renewable Energy Development," reflects his long-term interest in energy resource development and public acceptance of new technology.

Dr. Kahn directed community education programs funded by the National Science Foundation for Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire. He later joined the Office of Appropriate Technology in Sacramento, California under Governor Jerry Brown's Administration.

Dr. Kahn has consulted with over 60 private and public sector clients offering a full range of public relations, public affairs and marketing communication services. The agency is known for as accomplished specialists in energy and resources.

Robert D. Kahn & Company has consulted on a wide variety of proposed energy project developments. These projects include the construction of a ground breaking, 44-mile long, private transmission power line, along with proposed thermal and renewable power plants totaling over 4000 megawatts of capacity in four western states. Dr. Kahn has helped independent energy developers with advocacy and media relations in California and the Pacific Northwest and assisted manufacturers of innovative energy technologies, including pioneering wind power companies build market share throughout North America.

In the mid-1990's Kahn acted as a Special Assistant to the Chair of the Comprehensive Review of the Northwest Energy System, the blue-ribbon, four-state panel that helped direct energy policy for the region served by the Bonneville Power Administration. Kahn also served as a member of the Washington State Energy Siting Process Review Committee.

Dr. Kahn is a founding board member of the Renewable Northwest Project, the advocacy group headquartered in Portland, Oregon. He also helped found and currently directs the Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition (www.nippc.org).

A resident of Mercer Island, Washington, Kahn holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He speaks frequently at conferences around the country and has edited two books and authored numerous articles.


Cost-Effective Operation of Power Grid is at Stake Cost-Effective Operation of Power Grid is at Stake

Open Editorial for Seattle Times, October 6, 2005

European Water Pollution Control Association Innovation 2000 Conference European Water Pollution Control Association Innovation 2000 Conference

"BioSolids Injection: A New Technology for Effective Biosolids Management" July 1998

New Energy: Simply Smart New Energy: Simply Smart

"Simply a Smart Business Decision: The Northwest Discovers Wind Power" February 2001

Buckminster Fuller: The Five Year Old's Revolutionary Challenge to Contemporary Education Buckminster Fuller: The Five Year Old's Revolutionary Challenge to Contemporary Education

Featured story in special issue of Trim Tab, the publication of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

New Energy: Vision New Energy: Vision

"No Vision Seems Too Impossible: It has taken years to create favorable market conditions in the 11 north-eastern states of the US" March 2002

Electricity Journal: Siting Struggles Electricity Journal: Siting Struggles

"Siting Struggles: The Unique Challenge of Permitting Renewable Energy Power Plants" March 2000

New Energy: Bigger and Better New Energy: Bigger and Better

"Bigger & Better: Texas Finds Room for Renewable Energies" April 2000

New Energy: New Life New Energy: New Life

"New Life for the Agricultural Community: Wind power has come to stay in the American Midwest" January 2000

Independent Energy Independent Energy

"Windpower in the New Millennium" October 1999

Technology Review: The Implications of Cable Technology Review: The Implications of Cable

"More Messages from the Medium" January 1983

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