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Michael J. Zimmer

Professional Fellow

Michael J. Zimmer works with the Voinovich School and Russ College of Engineering on a wide range of energy and water issues, as well as project management and public-private partnership development issues in the Appalachian region. A longtime attorney based in Washington, D.C., he is a national expert on energy policy, corporate sustainability, clean tech transactions and finance.

Zimmer has been at the forefront of public policy changes since serving as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of the American Gas Association to the National Energy Plan and advanced natural gas technologies and liquefied natural gas in the late 1970s. He led the American Bar Association's (ABA) Renewables and Distributed Energy Committee from 2008 to 2010, and led the ABA Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance Committee from 2010 to 2012.

In the early 1980's, Zimmer led seminal efforts to establish the cogeneration and renewable energy industry nationwide. In the late 1980's, he helped form the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, promoting the use of natural gas in motor vehicles. By the early 1990's success with cogeneration merged into formation of the national independent power production ("IPP") sector, and increased recognition of district heating and waste heat recovery.

He has been educated at Providence College and University of Baltimore School of Law, and attended courses at Brown University and the Northwestern Kellogg School of Business.