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    2013 AEC: Resource Adequacy in Competitive Electricity Markets

    Thursday & Friday April 18-19, 2013

Austin Electricity Conference Participants

The Austin Electricity Conference format follows the Aspen Institute model, and is structured to promote in-depth plenary discussion—partly by limiting the list of invitees to a manageable number (approximately 50), and also by having short panel presentations and plenty of time for large group discussion.

This conference is designed to bring together academics and practitioners across a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to discuss cutting-edge policy and technical issues relating to the electricity industry, in order to enable and facilitate dialogue among all the participants on all of the panel topics.

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John Adams

John Adams is a principal engineer at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. He has worked in ERCOT operations, planning, and Nodal development since 1996, where he held positions in operations engineering, grid management, and process development. He has over 30 years’ experience in grid operations and planning at Houston Lighting and Power and ERCOT.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M University and a BSEE from University of Texas at Austin. He performed post graduate work at University of Houston.

David Adelman

David E. Adelman is the Harry Reasoner Regents chair in law. Adelman teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, intellectual property law, and climate change policy.

Professor Adelman’s research focuses on the many interfaces between law and science. His articles have addressed such topics as the implications of emerging genomic technologies for toxics regulation, the tensions between legal and scientific evidentiary standards in regulatory decision making, and development of effective policies for promoting innovation relevant to addressing climate change.

Professor Adelman clerked for the Honorable Samuel Conti of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Before entering academia, he was an associate with the law firm Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where he litigated patent disputes and provided counsel on environmental regulatory matters, and a Senior Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council also in Washington, D.C. Professor Adelman was an associate professor of law at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law from 2001 to 2009.

Parviz Adib

Dr. Parviz Adib is the founder of Pionergy consulting firm, which is currently working on the development of value-added services to meet retail energy consumers’ needs and preferences. 

Dr. Adib retired from the Public Utility Commission of Texas in 2007, and was well known to market players as the head of the “MOD Squad”, the first Market Monitoring Unit for ERCOT market, between 2000 and 2006. He also led PUCT Staff and advised the Commission in finalizing the energy-only resource adequacy mechanism for ERCOT market.

Dr. Adib has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses.

Kenneth Anderson

Kenneth W. Anderson, Jr. was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Public Utility Commission on September 2, 2008 for a term to expire on September 1, 2011. On September 17, 2011, Governor Perry reappointed Commissioner Anderson for a six-year term ending August 31, 2017.

Commissioner Anderson is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in private practice in the areas of corporate finance law and regulatory and administrative legal matters. He previously served as director of Governmental Appointments in the Office of Governor Rick Perry from 2001 to early 2008. Before assuming his position in the Governor’s office, he practiced law in Dallas, Texas, with several law firms in the area of corporate and securities law. From 1988 to 1990, he served as chief deputy director of Governmental Appointments in the Office of Governor William P. Clements, Jr.

Commissioner Anderson has been active in civic and governmental affairs. From 1990 until 1994, he served as general counsel of a major state political party. In 1990, he was appointed by Governor Clements to serve as a member of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards; a position he held until 1995. He served as a member of the board of directors of the North Central Texas Health Facilities Development Corporation from 1990 to 1997, having been appointed by the Dallas County Commissioners Court. During 1993 and 1994, he served as a member of the Rules Advisory Committee of the Texas Ethics Commission, during the overhaul of its rules and regulations. In May 1999, Governor George W. Bush appointed Mr. Anderson to a six-year term as a member of the Texas Securities Board, the state agency that regulates the securities and investment advisory industry in this state. He served on the Board until December 2006. Mr. Anderson has served as the Texas representative on the Energy Regional State Committee (ERSC) since its formation in December 2009. Mr. Anderson was elected President of the ERSC in August 2010. He was re-elected President of the ERSC in August 2012 to a term that ends in August 2013. In March 2012, Mr. Anderson was appointed to the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute. Since May 2012 Mr. Anderson has served on the Texas Reliability Entity’s board of directors. Commissioner Anderson is a member of the Business Law and Administrative and Public Law sections of the State Bar of Texas, and a past member of the Securities Law and Corporation Law committees.

Commissioner Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife live in University Park, Dallas County, Texas.

Ross Baldick

Dr. Ross Baldick earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1994. Dr. Baldick won a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award that same year. Baldick researches electricity systems, electricity markets and electric transmission. In a current project, called Vulnerability of Electric Power Grids Analysis, he's researching vulnerabilities in North American power grids to identify features that terrorists may target. Baldick is discovering the most efficient ways to upgrade the vulnerable parts of power grids, and finding out how long it would take to replace sabotaged parts. The information could help power grid managers protect utilities from terrorists and more quickly recover from an attack.

Fred Beach

Dr. Beach is a fellow at both the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (Jackson School of Geosciences) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His research covers the interplay between the development of energy policy, environmental policy, and technology policy. The focus is to investigate the role that sound physics, science, and systems engineering play in the development of successful policy.

Chad Blevins

Chad Blevins is the chief financial analyst and ERCOT market analyst for the Butler Firm. He advises on topics of energy finance, energy policy, and emerging technology markets. His practice includes building financial cash flow models using specific market structures, statistical analyses, and incorporating uncertainty (using Excel and Monte Carlo simulator @Risk); building computational economic models of resource trading; and monitoring ERCOT and PUCT stakeholder deliberations.

Mr. Blevins is the vice chair of the Emerging Technologies Working Group at ERCOT and is on the CleanTX Leadership Council. Before he joined the firm, he conducted due diligence, market assessments, and economic impact assessments for the ATI Clean Energy Incubator. Mr. Blevins served as the president of the Energy Resources Group at the University of Texas while he was a graduate student in the Energy & Earth Resources masters program (degree pending). During the Texas 82nd Legislative Session, Chad worked on behalf of Public Citizen where he successfully supported the passage of ten energy efficiency bills. Mr. Blevins is an Air Force Distinguished Graduate and Summa Cum Laude alumnus of Saint Edward’s University (international relations with a thesis focus on the economics of sustainability).


Andy Bowman

Andy Bowman is president of Pioneer Green Energy, a utility scale wind and solar development company based in Austin, Texas. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry. Over his career Andy has managed development of 1,700 MW of fully constructed projects which total more than $3 billion in capital costs. In 2002 he was a founder of Renewable Generation Inc., which was sold to Dublin-based Airtricity in 2005. In 2008 Airtricity was acquired by German utility E.On Climate & Renewables North America, where Andy became chief development officer with responsibility for the U.S. and Canada.

Andy is a graduate of Yale University and received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and his MPAff from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas.

Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown brings in-depth regulatory and market policy experience to her role as Xtreme Power’s Vice President, Market Policy and Regulatory Affairs. She represents Xtreme Power at the ISOs, PUCs, energy commissions, legislatures and other organizations that influence and impact energy storage policy. She advocates for and participates in the creation and implementation of policies and ISO protocols that support utility-scale adoption of energy storage and promote the growth of the energy storage industry. Mrs. Brown also served as regulatory compliance manager for E.ON Climate and Renewables North America, where she managed FERC & NERC compliance the company’s North American operating asset fleet of 1,800MW of renewable energy. She is an active member in the Emerging Technologies Working Group at ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas). Mrs. Brown holds a B.A. in and English Literature and History from the University of Texas- Austin, and an M.A. in Political Science and Legal Studies with Honors from Texas State University.

Jeremy Brown

Jeremy Brown is a research fellow at the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He previously practiced at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Mark Bruce

Mark Bruce is a Founder and Principal of Stratus Energy Group with more than 12 years of experience in energy policy development and advocacy, beginning with his service to the Electric Utility Restructuring Legislative Oversight Committee of the Texas Legislature which was responsible for overseeing the implementation of Texas’ landmark 1999 electricity deregulation legislation.  

Prior to establishing his consulting practice in January 2009, Mr. Bruce served 6 years as Director of Market and Regulatory Affairs for FPL Energy (now NextEra Energy Resources) where he supported FPLE’s power generation, commodities trading, asset development, and retail electricity business units in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Kansas.  During his tenure at FPLE, Mr. Bruce gained considerable experience in the market stakeholder processes of regional independent system operators, especially in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas where he served in numerous leadership positions including Chairman of the ERCOT Technical Advisory Committee. Mr. Bruce currently serves as Chairman of the ERCOT Emerging Technologies Working Group.

James Bushnell

James Bushnell is an associate professor at the Dept. of Economics at UC Davis Center and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has previously served as the director of the Biobased Industry Center at Iowa State University and spent 15 years as the Research Director of the University of California Energy Institute in Berkeley.

Prof. Bushnell has been actively involved in energy and environmental policy for over a decade. During 1999 and 2000, he served as a member of the Market Monitoring Committee (MMC) of the California Power Exchange. Since 2002, he has served as a member of the Market Surveillance Committee (MSC) of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). In addition to his public committee positions in California, Dr. Bushnell has also directed prospective and retrospective analyses of several electricity markets, including the Spanish, South Korean, and ISO-NE markets.

Andres Carvallo

Andres is an award-winning engineer, executive, speaker, and author. Andres is one of the early
pioneers and developers of the Smart Grid concept and technology. He championed Austin Energy’s
vision, program, and implementation from 2003 – 2010, as their CIO, and co-authored the book “The
Advanced Smart Grid”. He is a member of the IEEE and ASME. He has over 26 years of experience in
the Energy, Wireless, Software and Computer industries.

He is currently the EVP & chief strategy officer at Proximetry, offering AirSync - the first smart grid network management platform. He is a board member of the Utility Telecom Council’s Smart Networks Council, and an advisor to KU, UCLA, UT
Austin, KLD Energy, Amperion, and Zpryme. He has received over 33 awards for his industry
contributions. He is a well-known speaker on energy, telecommunications, and IT topics. He has a B.S.
in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas and he has completed executive programs at
Stanford University in business, at The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania in quality
management, and at The University of Idaho in electric utility management. Andres started his career at
Microsoft as a product manager for Windows in 1986. You can follow Andres on twitter @ciomaster.

Dhiman Chatterjee

Dr. Dhiman Chatterjee manages the development of design enhancements and new products and services for the MISO Energy and Operating Reserves markets. Before that, he was responsible for the administration of the Financial Transmission Rights (FTR) market at the Midwest ISO. He received a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Allison Clements

Allison Clements is the Director of the Project for the Sustainable FERC Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Project represents a coalition of energy policy and environmental non-profit organizations at FERC and at the ISO/RTO level. They pursue a sustainable and efficient transmission system that can accelerate deployment of renewable energy and demand-side resources. Allison spent three years serving as NRDC’s corporate counsel and maintained a policy practice in renewable energy deployment. Before joining NRDC, Allison worked as a project finance attorney at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP in New York, where she represented developers and lenders in financing traditional and renewable energy and biofuels facilities. As an associate at Troutman Sanders, LLP, she advised utilities, independent power producers and other energy companies regarding Federal Energy Regulatory Commission law. Allison holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan and a J.D., with honors, from the George Washington University Law School.  

Christopher Dann

Christopher Dann is a vice president in Booz & Company’s Energy, Chemicals and Utilities practice. For over 17 years, he has consulted with CEOs and senior executives on corporate and business unit strategies and risk management. Mr. Dann specializes in strategic decision making and risk management in the energy, industrial and infrastructure industries. Recently, his work has been focused in three main areas:

• Corporate strategic decision-making and planning for energy, specialty chemicals and other industrial companies including growth strategy, new asset acquisition and development and corporate portfolio strategy
• Generation portfolio strategy, environmental strategy and capital allocation for some of the largest generation portfolios in the US
• Enterprise risk management and risk analysis of large capital investments or major ventures in energy and infrastructure

Mr. Dann has extensive experience in strategic planning and decision-making in the US power and gas industry. Mr. Dann has worked with many of the leading US power generation and electric utilities to evaluate strategy, manage risk and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their decision making.

Before joining Booz & Company, Mr. Dann was a partner and director, Energy and Environment at Strategic Decisions Group (SDG). Prior to SDG, Mr. Dann was a principal with Charles River Associates and an associate director with Arthur D. Little.

Mr. Dann is a recognized industry expert and active participant in industry events. He produces and publishes thought leadership on industry issues. For example, he recently published “Renewables at a Crossroads,” Booz & Company’s latest view on the renewables market.

Mr. Dann received an Msc. in economics from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. He has earned a certificate in strategic decision and risk management at Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development. Mr. Dann also holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License (#01412011).

Lincoln Davies

Lincoln Davies is Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where his research and teaching focuses on energy law and policy, environmental law, and water law. Professor Davies’ recent research centers on renewable portfolio standards, nuclear energy, and utility and regulatory innovation. His published work includes: "Reconciling Renewable Portfolio Standards and Feed-In Tariffs", 32 Utah Envtl. L. Rev. 311 (2012); "Beyond Fukushima: Disasters, Nuclear Energy, and Energy Law", 2011 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 1937; "Power Forward: The Argument for a National RPS", 42 Conn. L. Rev. 1339 (2010); "State Renewable Portfolio Standards: Is There a 'Race,' and Is It 'To the Top?'", 3 San Diego J. of Climate & Energy L. 3 (2011-12); and "Incentivizing Renewable Energy: Assessing Renewable Portfolio Standard and Feed-in Tariff Design and Performance", 1 KLRI J. of L. & Legis. 39 (2011). Professor Davies is a principal investigator for the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, where his research concentrates on carbon capture and sequestration and technology-forcing regulation. In 2012, he was awarded the McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy to conduct comparative research on renewable energy policy in the United States and Germany.

Mark Dreyfus

Mark Dreyfus serves as the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Communications at Austin Energy, where he is responsible for representing Austin Energy’s federal and state legislative interests. In December of 2009, Mr. Dreyfus was elected to represent the municipal market segment as a member of the ERCOT Board of Directors. He served in 2007 and 2008 as Chair of ERCOT’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), the stakeholders’ committee to the ERCOT Board of Directors, and as the TAC Vice Chair during 2005 and 2006. Mr. Dreyfus also served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) from 2005 to 2009.

Before he joined Austin Energy, Mr. Dreyfus worked at the PUC as Chief Economist in the Office of Policy Development and as Advisor to Commissioner Pat Curran. He also worked as an economic consultant at National Economics Research Associates (NERA) and the Environmental Protection Agency as supervisory economist in the Office of Toxic Substances.

Mr. Dreyfus is a Plan II, Liberal Arts Honors graduate of the University of Texas. He holds a Master's of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University.

John Dumas

In November 2004, Dumas joined ERCOT’s Operations Planning Group, where he was responsible for the seasonal planning, which includes load and wind power forecasting and ancillary service requirements. He was also responsible for advanced network applications, including the State Estimator and the Voltage Stability Analysis Tool.

Prior to joining ERCOT, he was employed by TXU for 18 years, where he served as a subject matter expert for all energy trading system platforms that were focused on the ERCOT market. In 2002 he served as chairman of the ERCOT Performance Disturbance Compliance Working Group in which members of ERCOT focused on maintaining good and proper frequency control. While at TXU, he was also the technical lead responsible for installing TXU’s Generation Control System, designed to operate in the ERCOT Zonal market when it first went live in 2002.

Roger Duncan

Roger Duncan is a research associate at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. Roger is also the former General Manager of Austin Energy, the municipal utility for Austin, Texas. Before that, Roger served in various executive roles for Austin Energy and the City of Austin.

Roger was elected twice to the Austin City Council from 1981 to 1985. Roger serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance to Save Energy, and he's chairman of the board of the Pecan Street Project, an Austin smart grid initiative. In 2005, Business Week magazine recognized Roger as one of the top 20 carbon reducers in the world. Roger has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in philosophy.

Tom Edgar

Thomas F. Edgar is professor of chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and holds the George T. and Gladys Abell Chair in Engineering. Dr. Edgar received his bachelor's in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. For the past 40 years, he has concentrated his academic work in process modeling, control, and optimization, with over 400 articles and book chapters. He is the UT board member and secretary of Pecan Street Inc. in Austin, which focuses on transforming the Austin, TX energy network to one based on significant use of renewable energy and smart grid technology. He recently became director of the UT Energy Institute.

Joel Eisen

Professor Joel Eisen teaches and writes in the areas of energy law and policy, environmental law and policy, climate change, and the Smart Grid. He is a co-author of the leading law and business school text on energy law, ENERGY, ECONOMICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT, with its third edition published in 2010, and numerous books, book chapters, treatises, and law review articles on electric utility regulation, renewable energy, and brownfields law and policy. His scholarship has appeared in journals at Harvard, Duke, Notre Dame, Fordham, Illinois, Wake Forest, and William & Mary law schools, among other venues. His article, "Residential Renewable Energy: By Whom?," was honored as one of the top four environmental law articles of 2011 by the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt Law School.

Professor Eisen teaches courses in environmental law, energy law, law of clean and renewable energy, and environmental and energy law in China. He also teaches the environmental law and policy course to undergraduate students in the University of Richmond’s Environmental Studies program. In recognition of his contributions to teaching, scholarship and service, he was named the University of Richmond’s Distinguished Educator for 2010-2011. In spring 2009, Professor Eisen was a Fulbright Professor of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China. He is a graduate of the Stanford Law School (J.D. 1985) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1981). His primary avocation is constructing crossword puzzles; he has had puzzles published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal.

Dan Farber

Dan Farber is the Sho Sato Professor of law and chair of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the co-director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment. Professor Farber serves on the editorial board of Foundation Press. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a life member of the American Law Institute. He is the editor of Issues in Legal Scholarship and the author of over a hundred law review articles and 18 books.

Professor Farber is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned his BA, MA, and JD degrees. He graduated summa cum laude from the College of Law, where he was the class valedictorian and served as editor-in-chief of the University of Illinois Law Review. After graduation from law school, he was a law clerk for Judge Philip W. Tone of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and then for Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court of the United States. Professor Farber practiced law with Sidley & Austin, where he primarily worked on energy issues, before joining the University of Illinois College of Law faculty in 1978. He was a member of the University of Minnesota Law School faculty from1981 to 2002, where he was the McKnight Presidential Professor of Public Law. He also has been a visiting professor at the Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, and the University of Chicago Law School.

Michael Giberson

Dr. Michael Giberson is an assistant professor of practice in energy commerce with the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. He teaches U.S. Energy Policy and Regulation, Energy Economics, and other energy-related courses. Before he joined Texas Tech, Giberson was an economist with Potomac Economics, where he contributed to their RTO/ISO market analysis and market power mitigation efforts. He also worked as an independent energy industry analyst, was a research fellow with George Mason University's Critical Infrastructure Protection Project, and worked for the Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets and Argonne National Lab.

Giberson holds a B.A. in Economics from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University. He is co-author, with Lynne Kiesling, of the blog Knowledge Problem.

Gautam Gowrisankaran

Gautam Gowrisankaran is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Arizona where he is also an affiliated faculty of the Institute of the Environment. His research focuses on industrial organization, environmental and energy economics, and health economics. Prof. Gowrisankaran has also served as a regular or visiting faculty member at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Yale University and Washington University in St. Louis. Prof. Gowrisankaran is also Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Professeur Afilié at the HEC Montréal Business School. He received his B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College in 1991 and his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1995.

Prof. Gowrisankaran has researched extensively on valuing intermittency in renewable energy, understanding optimal dynamic tradeoffs in environmental policy, hospital quality and competition, and the dynamics of durable goods, among other topics. Prof. Gowrisankaran’s work has been published in leading economics journals including Econometrica, the RAND Journal of Economics, and Journal of Econometrics. He has served as principal investigator on three National Science Foundation grants, and one grant each from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and the Commonwealth Fund. He currently serves on the Board of Editors of the American Economic Review, Journal of Business and Economics Statistics and Economic Inquiry. Prof. Gowrisankaran has served as a consultant and/or expert witness to the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, state Attorneys General, and private consulting firms on numerous competition matters. During the 2011-12 academic year, he gave invited seminars at Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, École Polytechnique (France), Harvard University, Ohio State University, the University of Mannheim (Germany), and invited conference presentations at the University of California POWER Conference, the University of Florida Energy Policy Conference, and the ZEW Energy Conference, among many others. He is the recipient of the 2009 Kalt Prize for best doctoral student mentoring at the Eller College of Management.

Jim Greer

Jim Greer, P.E. is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas. He is an active member and has held leadership positions in the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Mr. Greer is a past recipient of the Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year and Van Trump awards from the Fort Worth Chapter of TSPE. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Mr. Greer holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, a MBA from the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Greer resides in Keller, Texas with his wife, Stella, and sons Michael and Bradford, and daughter, Laura.

Mike Gregerson

Mike Gregerson has over 30 years of management, executive and consulting experience in the electric utility arena. As an energy policy consultant, Mike worked with the Great Plains Institute and the Midwestern Governors Association to advance clean energy and regional transmission initiatives. As VP of Customer Care for Xcel Energy, he managed customer billing, call centers and credit operations for 3 million electric and gas customers. As Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs for Northern States Power (now a unit of Xcel Energy), he led company efforts to deal with acid rain, hazardous waste disposal, power plant and high voltage transmission line impact issues. Gregerson holds a B.S. degree in engineering and Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota. 

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William Hogan

William W. Hogan is the Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy. He is Research Director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group at M-R CBG and a longtime member of the Kennedy School Faculty Appointments Committee. He served on the faculty of Stanford University, where he founded the Energy Modeling Forum (EMF), and is past president of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). 

Professor Hogan's research focuses on the interaction of energy economics and public policy, with an emphasis on the restructuring of the electricity industry in the United States and worldwide. He has worked to design the market structures and market rules by which regional transmission organizations coordinate bid-based markets for energy, ancillary services, and financial transmission rights. Selected papers are available on his website. Professor Hogan received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his Ph.D. from UCLA.

Stephen Holland

Stephen Holland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics in the Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Iowa and served for two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Botswana. Stephen received an M.S. degree in agricultural economics from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He then worked on the staff of the Federal Trade Commission where he analyzed mergers in the petroleum, natural gas and electricity industries. After two years as a visiting researcher at the University of California Energy Institute, he returned to academia for his current position at UNCG. He is the proud father of two girls. 

Stephen’s work on energy and natural resources has included research on the RECLAIM emissions trading program in southern California; the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS); the economics of peak oil; the efficiency and environmental effects of real-time pricing of electricity; the theory of depletable resources; and the Central Arizona Project transporting water from the Colorado River. This research has been published in the American Economic Review, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Stephen’s current research interests include the political economy of biofuel regulation; optimal subsidies for biofuels; and the market design of cap and trade programs.

Charles Hong

Mr. Hong is currently an Energy Efficiency Engineer for the Air Force in Fort Sam Houston, TX.

Frank Horak

Frank Horak graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in Engineering Management, and an MBA in Finance in 1977. He was an instructor in Finance and Director of the Real Estate Group at the University of Texas Graduate School of Business. He held managerial positions with several international consulting firms before forming his own firm, Astek Environmental, Inc. in 1992. He has been a special consultant to the United States Departments of Energy, Defense and Justice on large asset oversight and financial feasibility studies.

Over the last four years, Frank has participated in the ERCOT Regional Transmission Working Group Planning Committee, PUCT Wind Transmission Workshops, and PUCT Crez Regional Planning Group meetings.

Mr. Horak provided transmission and overall project feasibility analysis to several regional and national renewable energy companies. He also reviewed future development strategies for land acquisition, lease economics and subsequent wind development.

He's reviewed power purchase agreements, interconnect agreements, applications and power take-out candidates for lessees and lessors regionally and nationally.

Mr. Horak is a guest lecturer at University of Texas and University of Houston Schools of Law on Wind Development and Transmission in Texas.

Monty Humble

Monty Humble is currently president and CEO of Brightman Energy LLC, a developer of energy-related projects. He is also an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law where he teaches a course on federal renewable energy policy.

Previously, he served as senior vice president and general counsel for a renewable energy company owned by T. Boone Pickens, where he also served as a lobbyist for the Pickens Plan. Before that, Mr. Humble was a partner at Vinson & Elkins for over 25 years, where he headed the firm’s public policy group.

Jerry Jackson

Dr. Jerry Jackson, leader and research director of the Smart Grid Research Consortium, is an energy economist with more than thirty years of experience in utility forecasting, utility program development and financial analysis, and new energy technology market analysis. The SGRC, which began as a research/service project at Texas A&M University in early 2010 transitioned to an independent research and consulting firm in January 2011. The SGRC Smart Grid Investment Model has been applied for 16 municipal and cooperative utilities including eight Texas utilities. A current SGRC project is addressing Texas cooperative utility demand response potentials including both customer engagement programs and voltage control.

He was previously a professor at Texas A&M University and chief of the Applied Research Division at Georgia Tech Research Institute. He is also president of Jackson Associates where he works with utilities, state regulatory agencies, equipment manufactures and others in addressing energy industry issues. His clients include utilities ranging from small coops and municipal utilities to the largest investor owned utilities in the US and Canada. He has assisted leading technology companies in analyzing and evaluating markets for new energy-related technologies including fuel cells, microturbines, combined heat and power, cool storage, solar technologies, flywheels, energy-efficiency/demand response technologies and demand response programs. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Florida

Daniel Jones

Dan is a Vice President at Potomac Economics, and he's served as Director of the Independent Market Monitor for the ERCOT wholesale electricity market since 2006. He has over 20 years of energy market economics and engineering experience.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance—both from Texas A&M University.

Liz Jones

Liz Jones is Director, Regulatory Affairs, for Oncor, a transmission and distribution electric utility in Texas. Ms. Jones develops regulatory policy for Oncor at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Since 1999, Ms. Jones has worked for Oncor and its predecessor and affiliated companies developing regulatory strategy and related substantive policy and legal positions regarding the restructured wholesale and retail electricity markets in Texas. Ms. Jones previously served as an Assistant General Counsel and Administrative Counsel for the PUC, addressing electric, telephone, open-records, and open-meetings issues. Ms. Jones was also an associate with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in San Diego, California. Ms. Jones holds a B.A. from Rice University and a J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law; she is licensed to practice law in Texas and California.

Rob-Jones

Rob Jones is currently the executive-in-residence for EMIC for the 2012-2013 academic year. He was formerly the co-head of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Commodities (“MLC”), a leading global commodities trading business. MLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, has a global portfolio of trading, structuring and marketing of natural gas, power, crude oil and refined products, natural gas liquids, coal, emissions, metals and commodity indices. MLC has nearly 300 total employees located in key business centers including Houston, London, New York, Singapore and Calgary.

Before he took the reins of MLC in 2007, Rob was head of Merrill Lynch’s Global Energy and Power Investment Banking Group, as well as the founder and head of Merrill Lynch Commodity Partners, a private equity vehicle for the firm.

Rob has been an investment banker for over 20 years with Merrill Lynch and First Boston, and he's worked extensively with a variety of energy and power clients, especially in the natural gas and utility sectors. Rob has been involved in over $100 billion of advisory and financing transactions in the energy and power industry.

Rob is a graduate of the University of Texas where he received a BBA with a degree in Finance and an M.B.A. with high honors. He was a Sord Scholar.

Carey King

Dr. Carey King researches energy systems and how they work together and within the environment. Carey's research interests focus on:

  • relating measures of net energy to economics
  • understanding how technology and policy can interact within the nexus between energy and water
  • integration and transition to increased renewable energy production
  • the economics and life cycle of system-wide/integrated carbon capture and storage infrastructure
  • promoting objective analyses of energy tradeoffs for energy education, decision-making, and policy development for natural resources

Dr. King is currently a Research Associate at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the Jackson School of Geosciences. He works as part of several other collaborative research groups at the University of Texas at Austin: The Webber Energy Group and the Gulf Coast Carbon Center of the Bureau of Economic Geology.

Carey has both a B.S. with high honors and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Carey has published technical articles in the academic journals Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Research Letters, Nature Geoscience, Energy Policy, Sustainability, and Ecology and Society. He has also written commentary for Earth magazine discussing energy, water, and economic interactions. Dr. King has three patents as former director for Scientific Research of Uni-Pixel Displays, Inc.

Robert King

Bob King is the founder and president of Good Company Associates. King has provided visionary leadership on state and local policy in the areas of energy and electric utilities policy since 1972. King founded Good Company Associates in 1991, and the firm has played an important role in the evolution of utility policy, including electric restructuring, advanced meter infrastructure and smart energy technology, demand response, energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy storage, and distributed generation.  

Under King’s leadership, Good Company also provides insightful business development support and assistance to emerging and established energy technology companies that want to offer new energy products and services in Texas. He helped develop the first commercial-scale wind farm in Texas and the first transmission ‘wheeling’ project in 1995. He helped launch a number of ‘smart-energy’ companies, and introduced innovative market strategies for a range of technology and service providers.

King served as a Vice President of Resource Management International, now Navigant Consulting, and regional director of KENETECH Corporation. King also had a 20-year career in government. He served as the youngest senior manager at the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1979. He was also an energy policy advisor to the Governor of California, the Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, and the Lt. Governor and Governor of Texas.

King was the founder of a number of organizations including the Texas Solar Energy Society in 1977 and the Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association in 1983. King was a member of the Texas Governor’s Sustainable Energy Development Commission in 1992. King helped establish the Center for Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET), and the South Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER). King is a current board member of the Gulf Coast Power Association and the National Peak Load Management Alliance. He's a member of the Association of Energy Service Professionals and the Association of Energy Engineers. He is also a member of the board and past Chairman of the Council on At-Risk Youth.

King is a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Engineering School and the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is a registered engineer and trained mediator.

Alexandra Klass

Alexandra B. Klass is the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. She teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, energy law, natural resources law, tort law, and property law. Her scholarly work includes publications in William & Mary Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review, Iowa Law Review, University of Colorado Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, and Ecology Law Quarterly.

Prior to her teaching career, Professor Klass was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, where she specialized in environmental law and land use litigation. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb, U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin. She is a member scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform and a Resident Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

Frank Lacey

Frank joined Comverge, Inc in June of 2011. He is charged with managing Comverge’s government and regulatory initiatives across North America. He is also a member of the company’s Executive Council and has Strategic Planning responsibilities for Comverge’s C&I business unit.

Before he joined Comverge, Frank spent 10 years forging energy policy in the competitive electricity and gas markets. Most recently, he was with Direct Energy where he spent time in the regulatory group, and led the complex transactions team for Direct Energy Business. Frank also led Strategic Energy’s Government and Regulatory Affairs group. Frank served on the ERCOT Board of Directors from 2002 to 2003, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid.

Frank spent seven years consulting to companies on emerging energy market restructuring issues. His accomplishments include the development of independent transmission entities, the valuation of generation assets and the valuation of environmental assets and emissions credits.

Frank received his MBA with concentrations in finance and environmental management from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.

Frank is married and has three children. He is active in his local community – regularly coaching youth sports programs and devoting time to a charitable organization.

Warren Lasher

As director of system planning for ERCOT, Mr. Lasher’s responsibilities include transmission planning studies, load forecasting, and resource adequacy analyses. He has been at ERCOT for eight years during which time he has coordinated development of the CREZ Transmission Plan, the CREZ Reactive Study, long-term transmission studies, and recent studies of the impacts of EPA regulations on the ERCOT system. Prior to his work at ERCOT, Mr. Lasher was employed by the Southern Company in Birmingham, Alabama, where he worked in the Engineering and the Generation Planning organizations. Mr. Lasher has a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and graduate degrees in environmental management and computer science.

Stephen Littlechild

Stephen Littlechild is Fellow at Judge Business School, Cambridge University, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Birmingham. Previously Professor of Commerce (1975-1989), member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (1983-1988), Director General of Electricity Supply and head of the Office of Electricity Regulation (1989-1998), non-executive Member of the Postal Services Commission (Postcomm) (2006-2011). Since 1999 he has been an international consultant on privatization, regulation and competition, including in the electricity, telecommunications, water and airport sectors.

Gus Lott

Dr. Gus K. Lott is the Principal Engineer of YarCom Inc., a professional engineering firm with offices in Nevada and Texas. He is a recognized expert in telecommunications, electrical engineering, and cyber security. Dr. Lott holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineer, a M.S. in Applied Mathematics, and a M.B.A. He is a registered Professional Engineer in six states, a Project Management Professional (PMP), and  Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Dave Maggio

Dave Maggio received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004 and 2006, respectively.  He has been an employee with the ERCOT ISO since 2007, and he's currently supervisor of the Market Analysis team. His group is responsible for supporting real-time market applications, investigating and studying market trends and events, and analyzing potential market design changes and enhancements. His principal focuses at ERCOT have also included the determination of Ancillary Service requirements for the ERCOT region, the integration of intermittent renewable resources, and systems and rules development for the ERCOT Nodal Market.  

Neil McAndrews

Neil McAndrews provides energy risk management to electrical utilities and industrial customers. His practice includes management of multiple consumer-side electrical contracts, consultation to banks, large municipal and cooperative electric utilities, and large generation providers for most of the electric regions in the U.S. and eastern Canada. He currently works in load forecasting, resource and PPA evaluation, power RFP and auction development and monitoring. Neil also works in concert with a number of well established professionals to customize solutions for clients including his latest work: introducing bundled renewable contracts to the ERCOT market. 

Brewster McCracken

Brewster McCracken is President and CEO of Pecan Street Inc., a nonprofit research institute headquartered at The University of Texas. The institute’s research focuses on electric and gas reliability, environmental and behavioral economics aspects of energy use. Mr. McCracken was one of three global smart-grid project leaders invited by the government of Japan to present at the first-anniversary conference marking the reconstruction of Fukushima in March 2012. He is lead author of the institute’s research analysis comparing customer electricity use in green-built and non-green older homes, data-driven insights from the nation’s deepest-ever research on customer energy use, and he is the lead author of the institute’s forthcoming whitepaper characterizing diffusion of innovation categorization of electric vehicle owners participating in Pecan Street’s electric vehicle research (which includes the nation’s highest concentration of electric vehicles). 

He served two terms on the Austin City Council. Through his elected position, he founded and chaired the city council’s Emerging Technologies Committee, led the city’s collaboration with The University of Texas to establish technology incubators in bioscience and wireless technologies. He also served six years on Austin Energy's board. He practiced commercial litigation for nearly a decade. He is an honors graduate of Princeton University and The University of Texas School of Law, and he also holds a Masters in Public Affairs from UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Emily Meazell

Emily Meazell is a Professor of Law at Wake Forest University. She teaches and writes in energy law, administrative law, environmental law, water law, and topics at the intersection of law and science. She is a co-author of the nation’s leading energy law casebook, Energy, Economics and the Environment (Found. Press, 4th ed., forthcoming). She is currently researching governance issues related to electricity reliability. 

Professor Meazell is a former civil engineer who practiced in the environmental and water resources fields prior to attending law school. Her recent articles have appeared in the Duke Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, and the Michigan Law Review, among others. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the Energy Bar Association, and the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association. She has provided service to the International Atomic Energy Agency and has served as a Hearing Examiner for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. 

Professor Meazell began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge Richard W. Story of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Following her clerkship, she served as an associate at the law firm of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. Before she joined the faculty at Wake Forest, Professor Meazell served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Director of the Law Center, and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She has also served as a visiting professor at Florida State University College of Law and the University of Georgia College of Law.

Colin Meehan

Colin Meehan is a clean energy analyst who serves as EDF's project director on Austin's Pecan Street Project, where he is developing a protocol that will translate changes in energy use within the microgrid into power plant emission outcomes.

Colin also works at the Texas Legislature, Public Utilities Commission and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) on legislation, rules and technical protocols for bidding demand response and other microgrid capabilities directly into wholesale markets.

Before joining Environmental Defense Fund, Colin worked as an energy settlement analyst and nodal market implementation expert for the Lower Colorado River Authority. He also worked as a wholesale energy analyst for ICF International where he analyzed the economic impact of renewable energy and energy emissions policies such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Colin received a B.A. in math and economics from the University of Rochester in New York.

Lorenzo Meyer

Lorenzo Meyer holds a B.A. in International Affairs and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He has seven years of experience in international market research and project management in the private and public sectors.

Since 2010 he's worked at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico in the Department of Economic and Regulation Analysis. He is in charge of CRE´s International Affairs with US, Canadian, British and Iberoamerican Energy Regulators. He is also responsible for international comparative regulatory analysis in Natural Gas and electricity, and he's part of the team working on one of CRE's key projects: Natural Gas bylaw reform and electrical Smart Grid pacification and implementation.

Before he entered the energy sector, Meyer worked as a consultant for the Spanish Government in México on industrial projects and an automobile joint venture.

For the last three years, Meyer's taught courses (“U.S. – Mexican Relations” and “Contemporary Latin America”) at the university level.

Bob Michaels

Robert J. Michaels is a professor of economics at California State University, Fullerton and an independent consultant to the electricity and natural gas industries. He holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D from the University of California, Los Angeles, both in economics. He is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute for Energy Research, and senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He is the author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, law reviews and industry publications.

His biweekly column "Power Moves" appears in Energy Metro Desk, the nation's leading energy risk management periodical. He is author of Transactions and Strategies: Economics for Management, a text for MBS students published in 2010 by Cengage Learning. His is also a former co-editor of Contemporary Economic Policy, a peer-reviewed journal of the Western Economic Association.

He is an expert on regulation and competition in electricity and gas, including issues in market design and renewable power. He has advised state regulatory commission, electric utilities, competitive power producers, natural gas producers, industrial energy users, public interest groups, and governments on regulatory and antitrust matters. He has participated in electricity restructurings in California and other states, as well as Japan and New Zealand. He has served as an expert witness in utility mergers before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and has presented testimony on electricity market monitoring. He has also testified before the California Public Utilities Commission, Illinois Commerce Commission, Mississippi Public Service Commission, Vermont Public Service Board, and the Washington State Energy Facilities Sitting Council, among others. He has testified on four occasions as an invited expert before the Committees of the U.S. Congress, most recently before the House Committee on Natural Resources in September 2011.

He resides in Anaheim, California with his wife Victoria, plays the piano and roots for the Chicago Cubs.  

John Moore

John Moore is a 45-year veteran of the energy marketplace. He brings a broad range of expertise in electricity market analysis, market rule and policy development, electricity system analysis, emerging technology deployment and market transaction support to clients facing many uncertainties in today’s power market place. Moore has been an active participant in the ERCOT ISO marketplace from its beginning in the mid-1990’s. Moore has directed strategic power supply solicitations in the ERCOT, SPP and SERC marketplaces for regulated and unregulated entities.

Philippe Mugnier

Philippe Mugnier is Managing Director, EDF Trading North America based in Houston. He joined in August 2012 and is responsible for coordinating EDF Trading’s US and Canadian activities and leads the firm's coordination efforts with the EDF Group in the US. Before he joined EDF Trading, Philippe held a number of senior roles across the EDF Group in Europe including EDF SA and ERDF in France and EnBW in Germany. Philippe is a graduate of Ecole des Mines de Paris.

Bill Muston

Bill Muston is Manager, R&D, for Oncor, a regulated electric utility in Texas delivering electricity to over three million customers in a competitive electric market. He specializes in the technical and institutional advancements to move emerging technology into practical application and use.

Industry collaborations include the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) where he is Secretary to the Board. He's engaged in its DOE Discovery Across Texas demonstration grant for the integration of wind energy to grid operations and electric markets. He also leads Oncor’s collaboration with Pecan Street Inc., regarding the integration of solar systems and electric vehicles into utility engineering and operations.

His work expanded into critical infrastructure protection in the last decade. Earlier career work also included R&D for electric power generation, delivery, and use in vertically-integrated markets, as work in the natural gas industry.

Bill graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

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Raymond Orbach

Dr. Raymond Orbach is the founding director of The University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute, a multidisciplinary institute that combines the strengths of the university's schools and colleges to advance solutions to today's energy-related challenges. He also has joint appointments as a professor with tenure in the Cockrell School’s Department of Mechanical Engineering; the College of Natural Sciences’ Physics Department; and the Jackson School of Geosciences.

From March 14, 2002 until mid-2009, Orbach was director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy, and was sworn in as the Department of Energy's first under secretary for science in June 2006. As the Department’s chief scientist, he was adviser to Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman for science policy and programs, including basic and applied research ranging from nuclear energy to environmental clean-up of Cold War legacy sites to defense programs. He was responsible for planning, coordinating and overseeing the Energy Department's research and development programs, its 17 national laboratories and its science and engineering education activities.

Orbach was also responsible for the Department's implementation of the President's American Competitiveness Initiative, designed to help drive continued economic growth in the U.S. He led the Department's efforts to transfer technologies from the Department of Energy’s national laboratories to the global marketplace.

Orbach began his academic career as a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford University and became an assistant professor of applied physics at Harvard University. He joined the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as an associate professor, and became a full professor in 1966. Orbach’s research in theoretical and experimental physics has resulted in the publication of more than 240 scientific articles, and he is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. From 1982 to 1992, he served as provost of the College of Letters and Science at UCLA, and from 1992 to 2002 as Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside.

Orbach received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

David Parquet

David oversees the identification, origination and development of Pattern's transmission projects. He has over 20 years of infrastructure development experience, and he's led a number of strategic energy and environmental business initiatives, including managing one of the most successful gas-fired power project development teams on the West Coast, producing over 2,000MW. 

David oversaw the conceptualization, development and construction of one of the first independently developed and owned regulated transmission lines in the United States. He is a leader in developing new methods of energy project contracting. He was one of the founding members of the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator Company. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley. He and his wife are avid photographers.


Tarla Peterson

Tarla Rai Peterson is the Boone and Crocket Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Policy at Texas A&M University, a guest professor of environmental communication at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and adjunct professor of communication at University of Utah.

She studies intersections between communication, democracy, and energy & environmental policy.  Her research centers on how communication enables/constrains democratic processes that provide legitimacy to public policy and may also compel changes in that policy.

She maintains an active theory-to-practice program that includes design and evaluation of best practices for facilitating public participation in science and technology issues related to energy and environmental policy.

She has published articles and book chapters in numerous academic and trade outlets. Her books include Climate change politics: Communication and public engagement, Social movement to address climate change: Local steps for global action, Green talk in the White House: The rhetorical presidency encounters ecology, and. Sharing the earth: The rhetoric of sustainable development.

Steve Puller

Steve Puller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University, and a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He's served as a visiting research associate at the University of California Energy Institute and an advisor to the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Steve specializes in the field of Industrial Organization. He earned an AB in Economics from University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Varun Rai

Varun Rai earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2008 with specialization in energy systems and technologies. Before joining the University of Texas at Austin in July 2010 he was a research fellow at the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University from 2008-2010. He holds a M.S. from Stanford and a bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.

His principal research interests are in technological change, innovation and diffusion; economics of climate change/integrated assessment models; and energy and development. His research combines energy systems modeling with the political economy of energy markets to understand how changes in energy technologies, market conditions, policies and regulation, and environment could impact energy generation. The emphasis of his research is on interdisciplinary and integrative research in engineering and policy to ensure that the insights from his policy research are rooted in the underlying technical realities. His past research has concentrated on three problems in particular: incentive policies and rates of technological diffusion for carbon capture and storage (CCS); performance and behavior of national oil companies; and strategies for engaging developing countries in global climate change policy.

His research has been published in Harvard International Review, Newsweek, Energy Policy, Economic and Political Weekly, and IAEE Energy Forum. He has authored two chapters, one each on the national oil companies of India and Abu Dhabi (co-authored with David Victor), in a forthcoming book (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He has presented at US Senate Briefings, Global Economic Symposium, and Climate One at Commonwealth Club. Among others, his research has been featured in Science, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Bloomberg News.

He was a Global Economic Fellow in 2009 and a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow in 2008.

Stanley Reynolds

Stanley Reynolds is Eller Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona where he is also an affiliated faculty member at the Institute of the Environment. His research looks into industrial organization and environmental/energy economics. He received his B.A. in mathematics from Miami University (Ohio) and his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.

Professor Reynolds has published his research in leading professional journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Econometrica, Jour. of Economic Theory, The RAND Journal of Economics and the International Economic Review. His recent research focuses on the economics of solar energy, quantifying the value of intermittent renewable energy, and on the performance of wholesale electricity market institutions.

Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson is Principal Advisor of Market Design at MISO. He provides expertise in the design and analysis of the markets operated by MISO, including the imbalance energy, ancillary services, and congestion management. He assesses the potential effects of market rules and design features on market performance. He was primarily responsible for crafting the 2003 Midwest Market Protocols document that formed the basis for the energy markets tariff filed and accepted by FERC in 2004. It's also the foundation upon which the Business Practices Manuals have been written. He also was part of the team that crafted the rules, business practices and tariff for market-based ancillary service procurement. His major projects currently include further developing a resource adequacy construct in the MISO footprint, incorporating demand resources into MISO markets, and addressing MISO needs for short-run reliability-must-run contracts.

Before he worked at MISO, he worked at the CAISO where he helped to develop the comprehensive market redesign proposal (MD02) for the CAISO markets. He did his undergraduate work in mathematics and economics at Williams College, and graduate economics work at Stanford. He races BMX and sculls in his spare time.

Jim Rossi

Jim Rossi is a professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School. His scholarship addresses energy law, federal administrative law, and state constitutional and administrative law.

Rossi serves as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States' Committee on Collaborative Governance project on Improving Coordination of Related Agency Responsibilities. Before joining Vanderbilt's law faculty, he was the Harry M. Walborsky Professor and associate dean for research at Florida State University College of Law, where he taught Administrative Law, Energy Law and Torts. Professor Rossi previously served as visiting professor at Vanderbilt Law School, and he's also taught at Harvard Law School, the University of Texas Law School and the University of North Carolina Law School. Before entering the legal academy, he practiced energy law in Washington, D.C., with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and Miller Balis & O'Neil. 

He holds an LL.M. from Yale Law School, a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, and a B.A. in economics from Arizona State University. Before entering academia, he practiced energy law in Washington, D.C., with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and Miller, Balis & O’Neil. He regularly speaks on energy issues and has served as a consultant on a variety of matters related to administrative law and economic regulation.

Stephen Ryan

Professor Ryan earned undergraduate degrees in economics and chemistry at Virginia Tech before attending Duke University where he earned with his PhD in economics in 2005. He also worked in MIT's Economics Department for seven years. Professor Ryan’s research background includes industrial organization, with a focus on the application of structural methods at the intersection of public policy, economic theory, and econometrics. His ongoing work examines the impacts of cap-and-trade regulations on firms in California. He also uses personnel data from the U.S. Army to estimate the value of statistical life.

Eric Schubert

Eric S. Schubert, Ph.D., is a Regulatory Affairs Advisor at BP Energy Company. His professional experience includes working at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), Research and Planning Consultants, the Chicago Board of Trade, and Bankers Trust Company. During his tenure at the PUCT, Dr. Schubert was project lead in proceedings involving wholesale market design, resource adequacy, and renewables.

Dr. Schubert has co-authored a number of book chapters and articles on electricity market design. Eric has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has published articles on the historical evolution of financial markets in Western Europe.

Richard Sedano

Richard Sedano, director of RAP's US programs, served as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service (VDPS) for nine years before joining RAP in 2001. Prior to serving as commissioner, he held various engineering staff positions at VDPS, which represents utility consumers in all regulatory matters and is the state's energy office and consumer advocate. He started his career as an engineer with Philadelphia Electric Company. With RAP, Mr. Sedano advises state commissions and other decision-makers and works with them in workshop settings on energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, pricing, smart grid, transmission and wholesale electric market issues. He has written and presented extensively on energy topics.

He supports the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network Driving Ratepayer-Funded Efficiency through Regulatory Policies Working Group and other regional and national collaborative. In November 2009, he was awarded the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Mary Kilmarx Award. In September 2011, he received an award from the National Association of State Energy Officials for his service. Mr. Sedano served as chair of NASEO from 1998-2000. He's currently a member of the board of directors of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and co-chair of its EM&V Forum. Mr. Sedano received his BS in engineering from Brown University and his MS in engineering management from Drexel University.

Les Shephard

Dr. Les Shephard joined the University of Texas – San Antonio as the Robert F. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Director for the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute after serving nearly 29 years in various leadership capacities at Sandia National Laboratories. The Institute is actively involved in fundamental and applied energy research, energy technology deployment and demonstrations, energy and water policy formulation, and addressing water treatment, conservation and sustainability issues for Texas and the nation.  

Shephard received a B.S. in Geology from the State University of New York, and master's and Ph.D in Oceanography from Texas A&M University.


Paul Sotkiewicz

Paul M. Sotkiewicz, Ph.D. is the Chief Economist in the Market Services Division at the PJM Interconnection. Dr. Sotkiewicz provides analysis and advice with respect to PJM's market design and market performance including demand response mechanisms, intermittent and renewable resource integration, market power mitigation strategies, capacity markets, ancillary service markets, and the potential effects of environmental policies on PJM's markets.

Before he joined PJM, Dr. Sotkiewicz served as the Director of Energy Studies at the Public Utility Research Center (PURC), University of Florida where he designed and delivered executive education and outreach programs in electric utility regulatory policy and strategy for professionals in government, regulatory agencies, and industry. He also served as an economist in the Office of Economic Policy.

Dr. Sotkiewicz was an instructor in the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota where he earned the Walter Heller Award for Outstanding Teaching of Economic Principles four times. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts and a doctorate in Economics from the University of Minnesota.

David Spence

David Spence is a professor of law, politics & regulation at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University, and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Professor Spence teaches courses on energy regulation, environmental regulation, business-government relations, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations.

Professor Spence is co-author of the Foundation Press textbook, Energy, Economics and the Environment (3d Ed., 2010). He has published numerous scholarly articles on subjects relating to energy policy, regulation and the regulatory process in journals such as the Cornell Law Review, the Journal of Legal Studies, Public Administration Review, the California Law Review, among others. He is and co-director of the Energy Management & Innovation Center at the McCombs School.

Before coming to academia, Professor Spence was a practicing attorney representing public utilities, energy companies and others in connection with a wide variety of environmental and energy regulatory matters. He has considerable experience providing executive education training in the field of corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations for a wide variety of energy and other companies, including Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, the BG Group, Chicago Bridge and Iron, and Sinopec, among others.

In addition to his work at the University of Texas, Professor Spence has taught at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, the Vanderbilt University Law School, the Cornell Law School, the University of California at Santa Barbara's Bren School of the Environment, and the Harvard Law School. He is a native of Rochester New York, and has lived for the past 13 years in Austin, TX with his wife and two children.

Caleb Stephenson

Caleb Stephenson joined Calpine as Vice President, Commercial Analytics, in October 2008. He oversees the activities of all of the company’s commodity analytic groups including Commodity Margin Analytics, Dispatch Analytics, Operations Reporting, Transaction Analysis and Calpine’s Rotational Program. Mr. Stephenson came to Calpine from PA Consulting Group’s Global Energy Practice, where he advised merchant power industry participants on energy market outlook and risk management issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Washington University.

Sid Suryanarayanan

Sid Suryanarayanan received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University in 2004. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) where he teaches and preforms sponsored research in the area of modern electric power systems, with specific focus on the design, operation, and economics of finite-inertia systems, the cyber‐physical metamorphosis of the electric distribution grid, and the integration of renewable energy systems to electric grids. Suryanarayanan received the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Society (PES) T. Burke Hayes Faculty Recognition Award in 2012 and 2009. Suryanarayanan serves as the site director of the Center for Research and Education in Wind (CREW) at CSU. In 2011-2012 he was a Resident Faculty Fellow of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) at CSU. In June 2011, he was selected by the US National Academy of Engineering as one of 85 invited participants to the US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. A senior member of the IEEE, Suryanarayanan has over 70 publications in technical journals and conference proceedings, including best prize winning articles, and has delivered over 50 invited lectures at national and international venues. In his nonacademic life, Sid is an avid reader, ambitious traveler, adventurous foodie, and a hopeless golfer.

Sheridan Titman

Dr. Titman has a national reputation for his research on corporate finance, real estate and asset pricing issues. He currently blogs on energy policy from a financial economist’s perspective. Dr. Titman co-authored a leading advanced corporate finance textbook titled “Financial Markets and Corporate Strategy,” and he's served on the editorial boards of leading academic journals.

Dr. Titman is a past director of the American Finance Association, and he's a current director of the Asia Pacific Finance Association and the Western Finance Association. He's served on the faculties of UCLA, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Boston College. He has also worked in Washington D.C. as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Titman holds a B.S. from the University of Colorado and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Jess Totten

Jess Totten is a principal of the Austin, Texas energy consulting firm Stratus Energy Group. Prior to joining Stratus, he worked for 23 years at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, in a number of management, legal, and policy positions.

Mr. Totten played a leadership role at the PUCT in addressing a range of electricity issues, including wholesale and retail competition, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. He led the PUCT efforts to develop a framework for designating Competitive Renewable Energy Zones and selecting transmission companies to build the CREZ facilities. He also participated in the development of the Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States (ABACCUS), a set of criteria used to evaluate the retail electric competition regimes in North America.

Mr. Totten wrote a chapter on Texas transmission policy in Electricity Restructuring: The Texas Story, AEI Press, 2009, and an article on the development of competition in Texas published in the Environmental and Energy Law and Policy Journal, University of Houston, in 2005.

Prior to joining the PUCT, Mr. Totten served as deputy general counsel of the Panama Canal Commission. He has a BA from Rice University and a JD from the University of Texas Law School.

Brian Tulloh

Brian Tulloh is vice president of Public Policy and Community Affairs for Energy Future Holdings (EFH). EFH subsidiaries include TXU Energy, a competitive retail electricity provider, and Luminant, the largest electricity generator in the state. In this role, Tulloh is responsible for delivering the company’s public policy and external affairs objectives, working with policymakers and the broader public to best serve customers and communities across Texas. Recently, Tulloh was vice president of Public Affairs for TXU Energy. Since joining the company in 2002, he has led various strategic, analytic and organizational change efforts across the company’s competitive businesses.

Paul Wattles

Paul Wattles is Senior Analyst in the Market Design and Development group at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The Market Design and Development team was formed in 2012 to advance ERCOT’s strategic plan and mission statement by dedicating resources to study and make recommendations for the structured evolution of the ERCOT market.  In addition to establishing a roadmap for the development of the ERCOT market, the team is responsible for evaluation of new products, practices and, emerging technologies. 

Paul has been with ERCOT since May 2004.   Formerly Supervisor of Demand Response in the ERCOT Demand Integration team, he brings a demand response and advanced metering background to this new role.  The Demand Integration team oversees participation by demand-side resources in ERCOT’s wholesale markets, including Load Resources providing Ancillary Services and Emergency Response Service.  

Paul has over 12 years of electric industry experience with an emphasis on advanced metering, demand response, and regulatory and governmental affairs; over a decade of private sector business experience; and six years of service as a Congressional aide in Washington, D.C.  He is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Bob Webb

Bob Webb has spent over 40 years as an attorney focused on the regulation of energy production, transmission and marketing. In recent years his practice has centered on developing alternative energy sources, including biodiesel, biomass, solar and wind power.  

A graduate of Amherst College with a degree in economics, Mr. Webb obtained his law degree from Yale Law School. He spent 19 years at the law firm of Baker & Botts before starting his own business in 1989. He is board-certified in administrative law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Webb taught courses on various energy law topics for 23 years at the law schools of the University of Houston and the University of Texas. He has twice served as chair of the Public Utility Section of the State Bar of Texas. He is co-chair of the Legal Committee and past president of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) and is an advisory director of Power Across Texas (PAT) in Austin, Texas.

Michael Webber

Michael Webber is the Associate Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator, Fellow of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He's authored more than 75 scientific articles, columns, books and book chapters, including a compendium of his commentary titled Changing the Way America Thinks About Energy. Michael's given more than 100 lectures, speeches, and invited talks in the last few years, and he's a highly sought public speaker.

Michael holds four patents and is one of the originators of the Pecan Street Project, a citywide, multi-institutional effort in Austin to create the electricity and water utilities of the future. Prior to joining UT-Austin, Michael studied issues relevant to energy, innovation, manufacturing, and national security at the RAND Corporation. He was a Senior Scientist at Pranalytica where he invented sensors for homeland security, industrial and environmental monitoring applications. Michael’s education includes a B.A. with High Honors (Plan II Liberal Arts) and B.S. with High Honors (Aerospace Engineering) from UT-Austin, and an M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) and Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Electrical Engineering) from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow from 1995-1998. In 2005, Michael was recognized by the College of Engineering at UT-Austin as an Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate, and in 2006 was served as Commencement Speaker for the spring graduation ceremony. Michael was selected as a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly (founded by President Eisenhower) in 2006, an American Memorial Marshall Fellow of the German Marshall Fund for 2007, and an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow in 2009. From 2004 to 2006 he was a board member for the Hope Street Group, a non-profit, bi-partisan national organization for young professionals interested in promoting policies that expand opportunity and economic growth. Webber’s expertise, opinions and research have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, NPR, PBS, The Daily Telegraph, BBC, ABC, CBS, Discovery, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, MSNBC, Nature Geoscience, Earth Magazine, and many other prominent media outlets. His commentary on American energy policy and international affairs have been published in daily, and Sunday, editions of the Austin American-Statesman, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Houston Chronicle, and he was featured in a documentary about biofuels by PBS news magazine NOW. Michael lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children.

Steve Wiese

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Elizabeth Wilson

Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson is an associate professor of energy, environmental policy and law at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Her research examines policies and institutions supporting evolution of energy systems. She holds a doctorate in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and was selected as a Leopold Leadership Fellow in 2011.

Maura Yates

Maura Yates is the Director of Government Affairs for SunEdison where she focuses on solutions to opening cost-effective new markets and managing regulatory and legislative matters for the Company in the western U.S. Ms. Yates has been in the energy sector for seven years. Before she joined SunEdison a year ago, she oversaw the strategic integration of solar, demand response and energy efficiency into Arizona Public Service’s (APS) utility portfolio. She sits on the board for the Department of Energy-funded Solar Advisory Board for Codes and Standards. Ms. Yates studied hydrology and ecology at Arizona State University and Ohio University.

Jay Zarnikau

As president of Frontier Associates – a consulting firm with a professional staff of forty, Jay assists utilities and government agencies in the design and evaluation of energy efficiency programs, renewable energy programs, electricity pricing, and energy policy.

Jay teaches courses in empirical methods in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and courses in applied regression analysis through UT’s Division of Statistics. Jay formerly served as an economist and the director of Electric Utility Regulation at the Public Utility Commission of Texas. His publications include articles on energy pricing, water pricing, energy taxes, pollution taxes, energy modeling, and energy resource planning.

Jay has a Ph.D. in economics from The University of Texas at Austin.