Andrew Valainis
Montana Renewable Energy Association, Executive Director

Andrew was born and raised in Rhode Island, and graduated from the University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program with degrees in Ocean Engineering and Spanish. As part of his degree, Andrew spent a year living in Spain attending university for a semester and then completing a five-month internship with a renewable energy firm. His internship focused on conducting research and development on wind turbine blade design. Andrew’s Senior Design Project at URI was the siting and design of a utility scale offshore wind farm in Rhode Island coastal waters. He graduated in 2010, and in the spring of 2011 he moved to Montana as part of the EnergyCorps AmeriCorps program. He completed two service terms, the first in Butte with the National Center for Appropriate Technology conducting energy efficiency and renewable energy outreach programs, and the second in Missoula helping the City produce its Conservation and Climate Action Plan. Prior to joining MREA, Andrew worked as Operations Manager for Climate Ride, a Montana based nonprofit that organizes charitable cycling and hiking events. In 2016, Andrew became executive director of the Montana Renewable Energy Association. MREA is a non-profit, statewide advocacy group whose mission is to expand the use of renewable energy throughout Montana, affect public policy in favor of renewable energy, and educate and inform the residents of Montana of the benefits and uses of renewable energy. Andrew lives in Missoula, where he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, rock climbing, and snowboarding.