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Green Capitol Press Release

Date: March 3, 2014

Ritter Wins Wind Power Award

March 3, 2014:  Lloyd Ritter, managing director and founder of Green Capitol LLC, won Windustry’s “Community Wind Power” award this past Friday afternoon during a ceremony in Washington, DC at “Distributed Wind 2014.”  The award is given annually to someone who exemplifies strong leadership in the community or locally owned wind power sector. 
Ritter’s longstanding support and forceful advocacy for wind power were noted, including for the wind power Investment Tax Credit (ITC).  It was also noted that Ritter designed the first-ever Farm Bill energy title over a decade ago, including the popular Rural Energy for America, or “REAP” program.  He most recently led the effort to extend and improve the title’s core programs through Green Capitol’s broad-based and unique Ag Energy Coalition, helping secure nearly $900 million in mandatory funding for the programs in the recently enacted Farm Bill.  Given the current austerity push in Congress, this was a surprising and hard-won victory for rural and ag energy advocates. 
Ritter has worked on community based wind power for many years, dating back to his time as senior counsel in the Senate Agriculture Committee, and as a consultant, with clients ranging from the Energy Foundation, where he spearheaded the report “Community Wind 101,” to the Governor’s Windpower Coalition, and for the past several years the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA).
The award is entitled “Distinguished Service in Community Wind 2014” and is for “exceptional contributions in the establishment and growth of community wind.”
Green Capitol LLC has managed client work, lobbying, policy, coalition building, sustainable business strategy and policy advocacy for nearly a decade.  The boutique firm has worked for Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, trade associations, and many well-known clean tech entrepreneurs.  Past successes include securing Federal funding for innovative advanced biofuels programs, helping to make bioproducts and the “bioeconomy” a focal point for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Administration, and securing major policy changes for the growing, jobs-rich, domestic distributed wind industry.  The firm works exclusively in the “green” policy space, and is well positioned to help prospective clients on nearly any green topic of import.