Jerome Ringo

Jerome Ringo is the founder and chairman of Zoetic Energy, a leading edge renewable energy developer. Zoetic is the culmination of Mr. Ringo’s life’s long work to promote sustainable development through the use of clean technology solution. He is an internationally recognized thought leader on global environmental issues and has led two of the largest environmental organizations in the world, the 6-million-member National Wildlife Federation and the Apollo Alliance, which was a 19-million-member organization during his tenure.

After years of advocacy work, Mr. Ringo saw the stark need for direct involvement. The needs in the developing world were so pressing, that he formed Zoetic to directly tackle issues such as energy security. Today, Mr. Ringo draws on an international network to bring best-in-class technology solutions to leaders in the developing world. He has formed a diverse team with broad experience in renewable energy solutions as well as development work in Africa, India, Asia and Latin America.

Under his leadership, Zoetic has secured a 100 MW Power Purchase Agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana in January of 2016. In addition, he has met with leaders and ministers throughout Africa, Asia, and South and Central America to promote Zoetic’s unique hydrokinetic technology. This solution provides supplemental, base load power by capturing the post-dam flows from existing hydrodams. These hydrokinetic units are modular, portable and can be deployed quickly. Zoetic is in negotiations with multiple countries for an additional 2,200 MWs in PPAs throughout the developing world.

As climate change has moved to the forefront in development discussions after COP 21, Mr. Ringo offers a unique perspective based on his years in the oil and gas industry, then to environmental advocacy and now to renewable energy development. Mr. Ringo was a McCloskey Fellow and Associate Research Scholar at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He was also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Bren School of the Environment.

In addition, Jerome was featured in Vice President Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning Documentary, An Inconvenient Truth and has co-authored two books: Diversity and the Future of the U.S. Environmental Movement (published 2007) and The Green Festival Reader (published 2008).