Tim Cronin is a Fellow with WVU Law's Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.
A native of Buckhannon, West Virginia, Tim is working with fellow Mountaineers to identify opportunities to create jobs and diversify the state economy by ramping up renewable energy and energy efficiency installations in West Virginia. Tim is the lead author of West Virginia’s Energy Future: Ramping up Renewable Energy to Decrease Costs, Reduce Risks, and Strengthen Economic Opportunities for West Virginia. Tim additionally researches and promotes the opportunity for West Virginia to become a leader in innovation within the low-emission manufacturing and industrial sector.
In his private law practice, Tim advises people, organizations, investors, and companies as they develop projects and deploy technologies to reduce emissions – including in the energy, transportation, building, and industrial sectors. In California, Tim conceptualized, drafted, and negotiated the agreements to implement the Oakland Clean Energy Initiative, which is replacing a jet fuel-fired power plant with over 40 megawatts of battery storage resources in downtown Oakland, California, including 500 kilowatts to be installed on affordable housing. Tim additionally took a leading role in negotiating the power purchase agreement and the sale of the 200 megawatt Wright Solar Project, the construction of which employed 400 union workers in Merced County, California, including operating engineers, iron workers, carpenters, and electricians.
Before attending law school, Tim worked at the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) in Washington, DC, where he promoted international partnerships among government actors, renewable energy companies, and financiers as the organization's manager of international programs. He has significant experience in the People's Republic of China, having studied at Peking University in 2006, taught English in Jiangsu Province in 2008, and managed ACORE's U.S.-China Program from 2009 to 2011.
Tim is a graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School and the West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy. He earned his B.A. in 2007 from American University and his J.D. in 2014 from the University of California, Berkeley. Tim and his soon-to-be wife divide their time between Buckhannon, WV and South San Francisco, CA – “The Industrial City”.