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. She serves as SACE’s representative to and advisory board member for Mothers & Others for Clean Air and served as the chair of the Southeast Climate and Energy Network’s Advisory Board from 2010 until 2017.

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.

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Georgia Senators fight to keep clean energy jobs in the Peach State with SK Innovation settlement

Newly-elected U.S. Senators Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff representing Georgia both ardently voiced support for clean energy jobs and investments during their campaigns and continued doing so since taking office in…


A Bold Plan to Build Back Better with Clean Energy Jobs & Infrastructure

The multitrillion-dollar American Jobs Plan proposed by President Biden today is a positive and welcome next step in confronting the climate crisis and environmental injustice with unprecedented investments in clean energy jobs…


Why Strengthening Our Democracy is Vital to Confronting the Climate Crisis

It is essential for communities to have access to the ballot box and the right to vote to ensure everyday Americans’ voices are the basis for how policies are made. Our ability to…

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News & Resources


SACE and Partners Among Finalists Selected to Compete for $10 Million 2030 Climate Challenge Knoxville, Tenn. –  Today, Lever for Change announced that Turning Point: Driving Southeast Transportation Electrification, a project between The World Resources Institute, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Electrification Coalition, and EVHybridNoire…


Florida Public Service Commission Proposal Would Lock In 30-year-old Outdated Energy Efficiency Practices and Higher Bills for Customers

Tallahassee, Florida – The staff at the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today released a draft rule that changes how the PSC sets energy savings goals for the state’s largest power companies.…


President-Elect Biden Committed to Addressing Climate Change 

Knoxville, Tenn. – Today, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was declared the winner of the 2020 election, officially becoming President-Elect of the United States. Despite the pandemic and other obstacles, voters turned out…