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 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.
Mr. Hong is currently an Energy Efficiency Engineer for the Air Force in Fort Sam Houston, TX.
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 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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 privatisation, regulation and competition, including in the electricity, telecommunications, water and airport sectors.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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, Illiniois 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 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 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 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.