SEIA Appoints Daniel Adamson as Vice President of Government Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference that it has hired Dan Adamson as its Vice-President of Government Affairs. Adamson will manage all aspects of SEIA’s government affairs operation, including legislative and regulatory activities. Adamson assumes his new position effective May 24. 
“I am excited to join the excellent team at SEIA. The dynamic growth of this organization is reflective of the overall growth in the U.S. solar industry – both in terms of jobs created and solar energy deployed. I look forward to contributing to the growth of this rapidly expanding industry,” said Adamson. 
“Dan has been one of the leading energy policy experts in Washington for more than 20 years and SEIA’s ability to recruit him reflects the organization’s growing resources and influence,” said Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO. “His leadership will be critical in SEIA’s efforts to expand the market for solar energy in the United States, which will result in new jobs and deployment of more safe, clean solar energy in all 50 states.”  
Resch made the announcement at the Good Jobs Green Jobs conference being held in Washington, D.C., this week. Rhone noted that SEIA plans to hire eight new positions in 2010, reflecting the job growth trend across the solar industry. According to SEIA’s 2009 U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review, the industry added 17,000 jobs in 2009 and expects continued growth in 2010.
Adamson most recently served as a Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he advised and represented corporate, municipal, and other clients regarding energy and environmental regulation, policy, legislation and litigation with a particular focus on electricity infrastructure, climate change and renewables. He was also co-chair of the firm’s climate change practice and a board member of the firm’s political action committee.
Prior to joining Davis Wright Tremaine in 2001, Adamson was the Director of the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where he was responsible for regulation of hydroelectric dams, natural gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities in the U.S.   
Earlier he served at the Department of Energy (DOE), as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy, and as a Congressional Committee staffer. In his role at DOE, Adamson managed R&D for solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, transmission reliability, superconductivity, and energy storage systems. 
Adamson holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.Phil. from the Miami University of Ohio.