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Biography for Arthur J. O'Donnell

Independent Energy Journalist

Arthur J. O'Donnell for over 30 years was an award-winning independent journalist who specialized in reporting about energy, the environment, clean tech, business and economics.

He is the author of several books, including 'Soul of the Grid' and 'In the City of Neighborhoods.'

Currently, he is a Program Supervisor for the California Public Utilities Commission, in San Francisco, in the Energy Division's Grid Planning and Reliability section. His areas of expertise include Energy Storage and Smart Grid proceedings, plus a variety of other technical and policy matters -- from Electric Vehicles to Home Area Networks.

As the founding editor of California Energy Markets newsletter from 1989 through 2002, O'Donnell documented the creation and ultimate failure of California's competitive energy markets, and he has appeared in numerous media reports on the energy situation in California.

His work in energy journalism from 2004 - 2012 can be found in California Current newsletter, an exclusive news service devoted to California's energy and carbon markets. Look for archived articles from Land Letter, on and Energy Central. Click here for other articles from the archives.

From January 2008 through Nov. 2010 he served as the Executive Director of the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco-based nonprofit with a global impact. Visit the CRS Web site for more details of CRS programs, including the Green-e certification for renewable energy and carbon offset products sold in retail energy markets.

Prior to specializing in energy, O'Donnell was a radio public-affairs reporter in Eugene, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, and served as the San Francisco correspondent for several specialized news services, including McGraw-Hill, the Bureau of National Affairs, Business Times radio, the American Medical Association, and the Physicians Radio Network.

Awards and Honors:

He was recognized by the Online News Association for Best Online Commentary (for specialty Web sites) for his column "The Business Electric" in the 2005 Online Journalism Awards.

The Power Association of Northern California named him 'Person of the Year' in 2003.

In years 2000 and 2001, O'Donnell earned First Place honors from the SF Peninsula Press Club in the 'Industry Analysis' and 'Best Column' categories for magazines and trade publications. O'Donnell shared with CEM staff First Place honors from the National Press Club of Washington, D.C., in the category of 'Analytic Reporting for Newsletters' in the 2001 awards, as well as earning Honorable Mentions in the same category in 1997 and 2002 for his own work.

CEM was also honored by the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Foundation in 2001 and 2002 for its precient coverage of the Western energy crisis.

Among other awards for local community reporting, he was named 'Distinguished Urban Journalist for Radio' in 1980 by the National Urban Coalition for his public affairs documentaries for KEZX-FM, and for Neighborhood News Review, a syndicated, hyperlocal radio news" feature about Seattle neighborhoods.

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