Jennifer Rennicks

Senior Director of Policy & Communications

Since 2006 Jennifer has worked with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund to to advance stronger federal, state, and utility clean energy policies throughout the Southeastern US. Managing both policy and communication teams, Jennifer has focused on developing and executing campaigns and advocacy programs aimed at changing the way we produce and consume energy with an emphasis on climate friendly solutions. An experienced advocate, writer and public speaker, Jennifer also serves as SACE’s North Carolina state liaison and closely tracks policy proposals in the Old North State and is the SACE representative to and advisory board member for Mothers & Others for Clean Air.

Research and volunteer work in Central America in the 1990s inspired Jennifer’s interests in environmental policy and sustainable development, and her children are her primary motivation now in the hope that actions taken today will ensure a livable world in the future. Jennifer earned a Master of Science in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan in 2000, which included a summer of ecological field research in Belize, and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in 1993, which included a semester in Costa Rica. In addition, Jennifer completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management through Duke University in 2015.

Before joining SACE in 2006, Jennifer managed a watershed conservation project with Upstate Forever in Greenville, SC; conducted research for the Southern Environmental Law Center in Asheville, NC; coordinated communication efforts as well as research for the Ecosystem Management Initiative at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI; and coordinated community conservation & tourism projects with the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in Columbia, SC.

Jennifer's Recent Posts


Economic Stimulus Package: An Opportunity to Protect Americans from Coronavirus Impacts AND Protect Clean Energy Jobs

Because Congress is considering a third coronavirus aid package, specifically focused on economic stimulus in addition to the billions already allocated as part of a major coronavirus emergency aid package for healthcare…


Take Action to Ensure Utilities Suspend Disconnections + Recommended Resources and Reading Roundup While Practicing Social Distancing During COVID-19

Millions of people are facing unprecedented hardship as the COVID-19 coronavirus takes its toll on public health and livelihoods. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) has spent decades advocating for smart…


Car Enthusiasts Flock to Knoxville Auto Show and Test Drive Electric Vehicles

This past weekend car enthusiasts convened at the 32nd annual Knox Auto Show held in the Knoxville Convention Center to check out the latest car models. What many attendees didn't expect was…

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Open Letter Urging Actions to Address Utility Shutoffs and Access Exacerbated by the Coronavirus National Emergency

SACE was one of 575 signatories to this emergency letter demanding urgent government action to address electric and water utility shut-offs and access issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 coronavirus national emergency. Open-Letter-re-Coronavirus-and-Electricity


Open Letter Urging Financial Assistance to Ensure Safe Reliable Public Transportation in the Coronavirus National Emergency

This letter, signed by 222 transit agencies, local elected officials, advocacy organizations, faith leaders, businesses, and other organizations, was delivered to Congressional Leaders requesting direct financial assistance to ensure the continuation of…