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Renewable Energy for the 21st Century: Policy, Law, Markets, Technology

Robert J Noun

Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Adjunct Professor

Executive Director, Communications and External Affairs, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

J.D., University of Kansas
B.S., University of Iowa

Robert J. Noun, the Executive Director, Communication and External Affairs, directs the government affairs, media relations, communications and community outreach activities for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) located in Golden, CO.
He is the chief spokesman for NREL, the nation’s principal research center for renewable fuels and electricity. Mr. Noun has been involved with renewable energy for over 30 years. During his career he has made significant contributions to the advancement of renewable energy technologies.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Noun managed the NREL Wind Energy Research Program. Many of the technical improvements that appear in today’s wind technology were developed during his leadership of the program. He is the author of 24 technical publications on the subjects of renewable energy law and regulation, wind energy development, and renewable energy in developing countries.

Mr. Noun has received numerous awards and recognition, including the 2005 Van Morris Award recognizing his leadership in the growth and development of NREL, the 2002 Pioneer Award for Contributions to the Development of Renewable Energy from the World Renewable Energy Network in London, and the 1996 Gold Medallion Award for the Advancement of Renewable Energy, presented by His Highness, the Emir of Bahrain. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and has been a guest lecturer in the Iowa State University Science and Technology Lecture Series. In 1973 he was awarded the Reginald Hebersmith Fellow in Law from Howard University.

Before joining NREL in 1979, Mr. Noun served as legislative director for U.S. Representative Thomas Harkin of Iowa and was Representative Harkin’s counsel for science and technology policy. He has been a practicing attorney and is a member (inactive) of the Iowa and District of Columbia Bars. He is a member of the Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section and the Renewable Energy Resources Committee of the American Bar Association.