The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) has announced that James Warner has joined the newly-constituted advocacy organization as its Director of Policy.
Warner comes to FCHEA from the office of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), where he served as Legislative Assistant for energy, environment, and climate change. He was a key negotiator on energy efficiency, natural gas, renewable biomass, coal, and transmission issues in Senate climate and energy bills, and in Pennsylvania.
He served as a bridge between industry and environmental groups, and worked closely with the natural gas industry, state and local officials, and environmental groups on issues surrounding the development of the Marcellus Shale.
Warner came to the Senate from the non-partisan Pew Center on Global Climate Change, where he was the Congressional Affairs Fellow. At Pew, Warner was a vigorous advocate on the Hill for legislation to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions.
Fuel cells and hydrogen energy are transforming the energy network through distributed generation of clean, efficient and reliable power. They optimize the performance of renewable and nuclear power, turn biogas from waste products into clean, efficient power, and increase the efficiency of fossil fuels while reducing their negative impact on the environment.
"James' strong background in renewable and fossil energy interests will be invaluable as we intensify our campaign to commercialize fuel cell and hydrogen technologies," said Ruth Cox, President and Executive Director of FCHEA. "With James, we have strengthened our ability to impact public policy, and position fuel cells and hydrogen energy to deliver the maximum value in terms of America's competitiveness, economic growth and our national security."
Warner received his M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, his B.A. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala in 2002-2004.
He was born and raised in New York City.