Peter Rothstein has joined the New England Clean Energy Council as senior vice president (SVP). In his new role, Rothstein will lead the council's Clean Energy Innovation Consortia effort, a policy initiative he launched during his previous volunteer role with the council.
The Clean Energy Innovation Consortia is a proposed framework for accelerating clean energy clusters included within the current version of the American Clean Energy Security Act recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The initiative seeks to foster close collaboration between leading research universities, the public sector, and the venture and entrepreneurial community. In his new role as SVP, Rothstein will work to advance this proposal in the U.S. Senate and seek to gain support for piloting the concept regionally in 2010.
According to the council, the research and commercialization partnerships formed through the consortia are intended to leverage the nation's university sector, involve the venture and entrepreneurial private sector for market insight and commercialization mentoring, and include public-private partnerships to build and leverage clean energy clusters and drive economic impact.
Rothstein joins the council with nearly of decade of experience in venture capital, on top of 20 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience. Most recently, he was executive in residence at Flagship Ventures and has been involved in a number of cleantech startups.
In his previous volunteer role with the council, Rothstein also co-chaired its Innovation Task Force and its Fellowship Program.