Dr. David Bernell is focused on renewable energy policy analysis and development. He directs all activities working with Congress to enact renewable energy legislation, and recently led CohnReznick Think Energy’s effort with small wind turbine manufacturers to get Congressional passage of federal tax incentives for small wind technologies. David also guides the team on projects relating to government incentive programs designed to grow green or renewable energy industry within their states, counties or cities. For these projects, he draws on his direct experience working for the Office of the Secretary of the Interior and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At OMB, David helped to develop the federal budget for solar and renewable power, climate change, energy efficiency, and many other energy programs; and at the Office of The Interior he worked with the White House developing U.S. trade positions on agreements such as the Canadian Softwood Lumber Agreement and the Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
Some of David’s accomplishments include developing renewable energy purchasing programs for the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. David has also advised internationally, assisting in the development of a green power program for a utility in Shanghai, China in collaboration with the World Bank.
In addition to his CohnReznick Think Energy responsibilities, David is also an assistant professor of political science at Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico.