The Center on Global Energy Policy's Women in Energy program and SIPA's MPA-Energy and Environment concentration hosted a student-only lunch and roundtable discussion with Miranda Ballentine, CEO of Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA). Ms. Ballentine discussed her academic and job histories, career path, and perspectives on what it means to be a female leader in the energy industry.
Miranda is CEO of REBA, an alliance of clean energy buyers, developers, service providers, and NGOs, who are unlocking the marketplace for a cleaner, prosperous, zero-carbon energy future. REBA members were involved in 100% of corporate large renewables deals in 2018. Miranda previously was CEO of Constant Power, a DER company, as well as Managing Director of RMI’s Business Renewables Center. From 2014-2017, Miranda served President Obama as Asst Secretary of Air Force (Installations, Environment & Energy). She was responsible for a $9B energy budget and launched the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative, developing clean, cyber-secure microgrids. Previously, Miranda was Walmart’s Director of Sustainability for Renewable Energy. She led a global team to achieve Walmart’s 100% renewable energy goal, identifying $1+ B in annual energy savings and 9 MMT of avoided GHGs. In 2013, Miranda was selected to join WEF’s Young Global Leaders. She has a BS from CSU and an MBA from GWU.