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Sean Casten is an executive and thought leader committed to the efficient generation of energy. Before taking the helm of Recycled Energy Development (RED), he served for seven years as president and CEO of Turbosteam Corporation, a company that helps manufacturers turn their waste energy into clean power and steam. He was also a manager in Arthur D. Little’s energy practice, where he specialized in technology and strategic issues surrounding alternative fuels and emerging approaches to producing power.
Sean’s advocacy work has been extensive. He served as chairman of the U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association (USCHPA) in 2007 and founding chairman of the Northeast Combined Heat and Power Initiative in 2005. He has authored numerous papers, testified before the U.S. Senate, and given talks and interviews across the country on the topic of on-site power generation, particularly on the business opportunities it presents and the technological, regulatory, and financial barriers it faces. Sean blogs regularly at the leading environmental website Grist and has penned articles for a variety of publications including the Chicago Tribune, New Republic Online, Spark, Electricity Journal, and Public Utilities Fortnightly, among others.
Sean was recognized by the USCHPA as a “CHP Champion” for his leadership in promoting the clean, efficient, and reliable generation of power. He is also a participant in the Emerging Leader’s Program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Thanks in part to Sean’s work, RED has been featured by Forbes, National Public Radio, Nature, U.S. News, and The New Republic, among many other media outlets.
Sean holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and a M.S. in Biochemical Engineering and Master’s of Engineering Management from Dartmouth College.