Donald Aitken Associates

Dr. Donald Aitken is currently Principal of his own consulting company, Donald Aitken Associates, Affiliate Faculty Member at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and Senior Consulting Scientist for the Energy Department of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Previously he has been a staff research physicist and astrophysicist at Stanford University, Founder and Chairman of the Department of Environmental Studies at San Jose State University, Executive Director of the Western Regional Solar Energy Center for the U.S. Department of Energy, and Senior Staff Scientist for Renewable Energy Policy and Economics with the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has over 100 publications in these various fields.

In 1994 Dr. Aitken co-introduced the concept of a “Renewable Portfolio Standard” for the first time into legislative proceedings. Nevada has since, with Dr. Aitken’s early assistance, adopted the nation’s most forward-thinking RPS legislation. He also participated in the early conception of Nevada’s net-metering legislation, and then designed Nevada’s first net-metered tract home, in Gardnerville, to prove the viability of the concept. In 1991 Dr. Aitken developed the pioneering marketing “Sustained Orderly Development” framework which was subsequently adopted by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District for its now-world-famous renewable energy program.