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Bonnie Ram

Senior Researcher and Associate Director

Bonnie Ram is a Senior Researcher and Associate Director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration at the University of Delaware. For the past 2 years, she served as a Guest Senior Researcher at the Danish Technical University – Wind Energy Department where her responsibility was to stimulate new thinking in social science and environmental research (2014-16). For the past 20 years, she served as a program leader and corporate official at two national consulting firms, managing over $10 million in annual revenues and projects. She has co-authored a number of major award-winning and highly recognized federal government reports, including the first Department of Energy (DOE) national vision document on wind energy,20% Wind by 2030(2008), the first DOE national offshore wind strategy (2011), and the first national offshore wind report (2010) for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In 2003, she organized the first science committee and facilitated the Bat and Wind Energy Cooperative that set the groundwork for decades of innovative research (with NREL).  In 2010, she initiated her own consulting firm, Ram Power, LLC which provides strategic advice for non-profits organizations and universities relating to renewable energy transitions.

Ram’s current research focuses on pathways for renewable energy developments and ecosystem risks and benefits, the sustainability of emerging new energy technologies, and strategies for informing publics and potential host communities. Her written work appears in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Risk Analysis, Wind Engineering, and Daedalus.  Her contributions have been widely recognized by the American Wind Energy Association, the Society for Risk Analysis, the European Energy Research Alliance, and the Ocean Technology Society. Ram’s project work over the years has spanned a range of multidisciplinary topics including, energy use in developing nations, national nuclear waste management, compliance with NEPA (and other environmental) regulations, and lifecycles of energy systems.  She has a B.A in Geography and International Development (double major) and a M.A. in Environmental Policy and Science, both from Clark University (Worcester, MA). She is working on a wind energy collection at the University of DE library, comprised of early policy and project developments in the US and Europe.

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