Bob Cleaves is President and CEO of Portland, Maine-based Biomass Power Association.
Founded in 1999, BPA is the nation's leading voice for biomass as a means for generating electricity, representing over 2,000 MW of installed capacity. BPA members include sawmills, paper companies, and independent power producers, doing business in over 20 states and contributing nearly $1 billion to the national economy. BPA maintains an active presence in Washington, and concentrates on federal tax and energy policy to promote the use of woody biomass for electricity use.
Bob served as a federal prosecutor before entering private law practice. He represented the pulp and paper industry before leaving law to focus on renewable energy. For many years, he managed the nation's largest renewable energy credit portfolio. Bob is active in the renewable energy community in Maine as well as across the country. He currently serves on the Board of the New England Clean Energy Council, Maine Audubon, and Greater Portland Landmarks. Previously, he served on the Massachusetts Biomass Working Group, the GIS Working Group, and the PJM GATS Working Group.