John B. Rhodes to Join Administration as Third New Energy Executive This Year
September 12, 2013
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today recommended John B. Rhodes to be president and chief executive officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Upon appointment by the NYSERDA Board, Mr. Rhodes will be the third senior-level energy executive to join the Administration with a mission to develop and implement a strategic plan to scale up clean energy development, enhance New York’s competitiveness for clean energy businesses, and make the state’s energy systems more resilient and reliable.
“As we continue our work to position New York State at the forefront of the clean energy economy, I am pleased to recommend the appointment of John Rhodes to serve as President and CEO of NYSERDA to help lead those efforts,” Governor Cuomo said. “It is an exciting time for the industry in New York, as we work to establish a Green Bank, expand investment in renewable energy statewide, advance new technologies, strengthen our energy system against extreme weather, and create green jobs for New Yorkers. The State is carrying out an unprecedented level of investment in growing our clean energy economy, and I am confident John will bring valuable experience that will help drive and enhance this commitment.”
Mr. Rhodes has a strong background in energy and finance, and was most recently the Director of the Center for Market Innovation (CMI) for the Natural Resources Defense Council. CMI channels private sector capital towards environmentally beneficial investments, currently focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, green infrastructure and sustainable food and agriculture.
Prior to that, he spent three years acting as Chief Operating Officer at Good Energies, a leading investment firm specializing in energy efficiency as well as renewable and traditional energy markets, where he oversaw operations, strategy and portfolio companies. In addition, Mr. Rhodes was a partner in Booz Allen Hamilton, consulting globally for clients across a range of technology-intensive industries, including energy, aerospace, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
He currently serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations, including the New York Institute for Special Education, the American Federation for Aging Research and Cornerstone Literacy.
Mr. Rhodes is a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale School of Management.
The recommendation of John Rhodes to lead NYSERDA complements several recent additions to the Administration, which began in January when Governor Cuomo appointed Richard Kauffman as chairman of Energy and Finance for New York. Together, along with Audrey Zibelman, the newly-appointed chair of the State's Public Service Commission and Gil Quiniones, president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority, the State’s energy leadership team will continue to implement the Governor’s ambitious energy agenda throughout New York State.
Governor Cuomo also thanked Frank Murray for his service over the past four years at NYSERDA. During his tenure as president and CEO of NYSERDA, Mr. Murray has led the Authority in growing the state's clean energy economy, increasing energy efficiency across all sectors, expanding the use of renewable energy and reducing the environmental impact of energy production in New York State. NYSERDA has been nationally recognized for leadership in energy efficiency achievements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and has been named a leader in clean energy development by the Brookings Institution, among others.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.
The recommendation of John Rhodes to be appointed as the president and chief executive officer of NYSERDA is expected to be considered by the Authority's Board in mid-September.