The former governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, has joined Abengoa’s international advisory board, which is chaired by Jose Borrel, former president of the European Parliament, and currently comprises six other members with recognized experience and knowledge in the fields of both economics and sustainability.
Richardson has spent his career in US politics, where he has held positions including US Secretary of Energy under former President Bill Clinton and the US Ambassador to the United Nations. In 2003, he was elected governor of New Mexico, a position he held until Jan. 1 of this year.
During his time as Secretary of Energy, Richardson implemented tough energy efficiency standards. As governor, he worked to make New Mexico a clean energy state by requiring electricity companies to generate energy from renewable sources and to reduce their carbon emissions.
“We are extremely fortunate to have former Governor Richardson join our Advisory Board. His extensive knowledge of the renewable energy sector and his background in public policy will provide Abengoa with significant insight and help advise our leaders on global opportunities in the clean energy sector,” said Manuel Sanchez Ortega, CEO of Abengoa.
Other members of Abengoa’s international advisory board are: the lecturer Mario Molina, winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry and professor at the University of California in San Diego; the academic and lecturer, Nicholas Stern, ex vice-president for economic development and chief economist of the World Bank (2000-2003), and he also authored the renowned Stern Review in his role as an economic adviser to Gordon Brown’s government in the UK; Jerson Kelman, a researcher and chairman of the Brazilian electricity company Light; the lecturer Ricardo Hausmann, director of the Centre for International Development at Harvard University; Pamposh Bhat, an expert on climate change and renewable energy; and Kemal Dervis, Turkey’s former Minister of Economic Affairs and vice-chairman of the Brookings Institution.
Abengoa recently started the construction of its Solana project near Gila Bend, Ariz. Solana will be the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world, including energy storage. Additionally, Abengoa is the fifth-largest biofuels producer in the US, and this year, it will begin the construction of its first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in the United States, which will be located in Hugoton, Kan.