Chip Comins is the Chairman and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute, (AREI, Inc), Founder of the AREDAY Summit, Expo and Film Festival, Managing Director of American Spirit Productions, President and CEO of W Energy, Inc. and Co-founder of the Green Girl Minute. He has produced and directed both long and short form documentary films for educational and broadcast television markets, including The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, DOE Wind Powering America, PBS, Link TV and BET.
A long-time advocate of developing and implementing renewable energy resources to abate green house gases and climate change, Comins advocates a business approach to solving both the economic and environmental crisis. In 2009 he produced 13 official side events at the UNFCCC COP 15 in Copenhagen, has just completed producing the 11th Anniversary AREDAY Summit featuring President Jimmy Carter “Accelerating Solutions for the Great Transition” August 10-13, 2014. Comins is now implementing all five AREI programs including the 12th annual AREDAY Summit.
America’s Premiere Renewable Energy Networking Event, produced by Chip Comins and American Spirit Productions, features Clean Energy World Leaders in Finance, Investment,Government, Finance, Solar, Biofuels, Geothermal, the Public and Private Sectors.
Founded in 2004 as a one-day renewable energy expo, American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) is now one of the most important renewable energy technology and policy summits in the United States. Held annually in Aspen, Colorado each summer, AREDAY attracts national and international attention with its impressive roster of speakers and participants. Additionally, AREDAY has a multi-faceted program platform and numerous partnerships.
The mission of AREDAY is — To create vibrant and powerful cross-sector dialogue, commitments, collaborations and investments that foster climate change solutions at the speed and scale necessary to phase out fossil fuels, and usher in a rapid transition to a new, clean energy economy.
2012 - AREDAY Summit Videos: http://vimeo.com/american/videos
Associate Producer 2015 - Racing Extinction
2017 - Carbon Neutral - Co-Producer
2013 - Climb for Conservation - broadcast on Outside TV
7 min. film Produced, Directed & Camera
2011 - Green Girl Minute - Video Interview Series
Featuring Kevin Costner, T. Boone Pickens, Wesley Clark, Sylvia Earle, and many others - http://www.greengirlminute.com
2010 - Global Thinkers: Envisioning Tomorrow Ted Turner, Sylvia Earle, James Cameron, Lester Brown at 2010 AREDAY Summit
2008 - "Native Wind" Offical Selection 2008 Wild and Scenic Film Festival & the 34th annual American Indian Film Festival - a partnership with the Sierra Club & Intertribal Council on Utility Policy (COUP)
2007 - "A Wray of Hope" A Colorado rural community utility scale wind project powers the local school district.
2006 - "Last of the Cowboys"
PBS Broadcast: January, 2008
2005 - "Native Wind Powering America" PSA - Numerous film festivals including Cannes, Nationally Broadcast on Link TV
2004 - "Wind Powering Native America"
National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Intertribal COUP
2002 - "Practical Visionaries"
Featuring Robert Redford, Amory Lovins, Janine Benyus, John Todd, and others
1999 - "Jazz Colony"
Hosted by Michael Douglas. Featuring Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Arturo Sandoval.
Broadcast on PBS & BET.
American Spirit Productions
PO Box 7784
Aspen, CO 81612