Dr. Phil O’Connor is President of PROactive Strategies, a Chicago consulting firm providing advice in the energy and insurance industries. For over two decades Phil has been recognized as a leading advocate of competitive market solutions for regulated businesses.
In addition to a lengthy career in the private sector, Phil has had extensive government and political experience, having chaired the Illinois Commerce Commission serving as Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance and as a member of the Illinois State Board of Elections. Five consecutive Illinois Governors have appointed him to various boards and commissions.
From March 2007 to March 2008, Phil served in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US State Department as an advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity. A magna cum laude graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Phil received his Masters and Doctorate in Political Science from Northwestern University.
Brett A. Perlman is currently President of Vector Advisors, a management consulting firm that provides services to telecommunications and energy clients. Prior to his current role, he served as Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas from 1999 to 2003. Perlman was appointed to the Texas PUC in 1999 by then-Governor George W. Bush and served until his term ended in September 2003.
In this role, he was responsible for leading the successful restructuring of Texas’ $17 billion electric utility industry and $4 billion telecommunications industry as these markets opened to competition. As a result of Perlman’s leadership, Texas has been widely recognized as having the best electric restructuring program in the country and as one of the most successful competitive telecommunications markets. In addition, Perlman was the only publicly appointed official to serve throughout the entire Texas electric restructuring process and therefore has unparalleled insights into the Texas electric market.
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer,
American Electric Power
Robert P. Powers is executive vice president and chief operating officer, with responsibility for AEP Utilities; Unregulated Operations; Customer Services, Generation; Nuclear Generation; and Regulatory (Revenue) related activities.
Previously, he was president - AEP Utilities, responsible for AEP´s electric utility operations that serve more than 5 million customers in 11 states. He was also responsible for regulatory and policy matters relating to utility operations.
From 2006 to 2008, he was executive vice president - AEP East Utilities. Previously, he was executive vice president - Generation, a position he had held since 2003. Mr. Powers was responsible for all generation activities, including fossil and hydro generation; nuclear generation; project and field services; fuel, emissions and logistics, and business services. It was during this time that AEP was involved with planning and executing fossil plant modifications for SO2 and NOX. In addition, Mr. Powers led AEP’s efforts to add Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) Technology and ultra-supercritical coal as options for future coal generation.
From 2001 to 2003, he was executive vice president - Nuclear and Technical Services, a position that gave Mr. Powers his first significant exposure to fossil plant construction and maintenance, along with responsibility for operation of the D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant.
Mr. Powers joined AEP in 1998 as senior vice president - Nuclear Generation. He was hired to assure the successful restart of the two Cook nuclear units, which had been voluntarily shut down the year before. Under Mr. Powers’ leadership, AEP conducted a comprehensive engineering and maintenance re-verification of the plant and both units were successfully returned to service in 2000 -- with the added benefit of replacing and upgrading the steam generators for the plant.
Prior to joining AEP, he previously served as vice president and plant manager of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Generating Station. Mr. Powers was employed by PG&E for 17 years, joining the firm as a health physicist in 1982, and subsequently serving in the maintenance, quality assurance, and operations departments before becoming vice president.
Mr. Powers first joined the utility business in 1976, when he was hired by the Tennessee Valley Authority in the utility’s nuclear program. Mr. Powers focused on radiation measurement and environmental assessment of TVA’s nuclear power plants and uranium mining properties.
A native of Andover, Mass., Mr. Powers earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Tufts University in Boston and a master's degree in radiological hygiene (health physics) from the University of North Carolina. He earned national certification by the American Board of Health Physics. He earned senior reactor operator certification in 1991. In addition, Mr. Powers completed executive management programs run by the University of California – Berkeley and Duke University.
Mr. Powers has recently joined the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Mr. Powers is also active in the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and is a member and past Chair of the Board for the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), an EEI organization focused on recruiting technical talent to the utilities. Mr. Powers serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Braemar Venture Capital Fund. He also served as a member of the National Nuclear Training Accreditation Board for six years until 2009. Mr. Powers served as a member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Board of Directors from 2002 to 2009. During his term at EPRI he served as the Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee.
Locally, Mr. Powers serves on the Boards of Directors for the world renowned Columbus Zoo, and the Wilds, a wildlife conservation organization located on former AEP mining properties in central Ohio. Previously he served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for The Ohio State University Engineering department, and as a Trustee for the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. Mr. Powers serves as Executive Champion of the AEP United Negro College Fund campaign at AEP in Columbus, and was recognized in 2009 with a Legacy Achievement Award by that organization. Mr. Powers also serves as Executive Champion of the AEP United Way Campaign.
Powers lives in Powell, Ohio, with his wife Jan. They have three children. Daughter Erin is an attorney in Denver, Colorado. Middle son Jeff is a three-time Olympian in water polo, winning the silver medal for the United States in 2008. Steve is the youngest of Bob and Jan’s kids and is a store manager for Home Depot in Evergreen, Colorado.
Trey co-manages MP2's sales, structuring, pricing, and origination efforts for both Retail and Demand Response on a day-to-day basis. Additionally, Trey serves on the Board of Managers which leads MP2’s business planning, strategy, and execution. Trey launched his career at MPower Energy Services as a real-time plant operator, managing and scheduling wholesale generation assets and demand response loads for the QSE, and later managing the retail power sales desk, negotiating and structuring retail transactions. Trey grew with MPower as it was sold to Champion Energy Services, then again later to Lehman Brothers.
Throughout those transitions, he was a top business generator and leader in the organization, participating in the development of innovative retail power products and structures. Trey joined Credit Suisse Energy's ERCOT team in 2008, taking the opportunity to gain a better understanding of wholesale power trading through power scheduling, load analysis, weather, transmission and regulatory issues that affected market pricing and function, and later did the cash trading for the ERCOT book. After Credit Suisse, Trey jumped at the opportunity to join four other guys to execute a plan combining Generation, Demand Response, and innovative Retail Supply - building what has become MP2 Energy. Trey holds a BBA in finance from the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin.
Dr. Varun Rai is an Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Energy Systems Transformation Research Group. He is a Faculty Affiliate at UT Austin's Energy Institute and at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy. Before joining UT Austin in July 2010, he was a research fellow at the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University from 2008-2010. Dr. Rai received his Ph.D. and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University with specialization in energy systems and technologies and a bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.
His principal research interests are in innovation and diffusion of energy technologies; energy and development; and climate change policy. 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 realties. His past research has concentrated on three problems: 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 current research focuses on innovation in and diffusion of solar PV and electric vehicles, household energy consumption behavior, and international flows of low-carbon technologies.
Among other venues, his research has been published in Global Environmental Change, Physical Review E, Energy Policy, Environmental Research Letters, Economic and Political Weekly, Harvard International Review, Newsweek, and Electricity Journal. He is a contributing author in a 2012 book titled Oil and Governance: State-Owned Enterprises and the World Energy Supply (Cambridge University Press, Jan 2012). He has presented at United States Senate Briefings, Global Economic Symposium, and Climate One at Commonwealth Club. Among others, his research has been discussed in The 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. Since 2010 he holds the Elspeth Rostow Centennial Fellowship.
Dr. Rai can be reached at: email@example.com.
Shalini Ramanathan is VP Development for RES Americas, a leading developer and constructor of wind and solar projects. Ms. Ramanathan has closed deals with more than $1B in transaction value and leads a team developing projects in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado. She recently worked on the RES Americas team that signed the first-ever wind purchase agreement with Microsoft. In 2010, she was ERCOT regulatory chair of the trade association the Wind Coalition.
Prior to joining RES Americas, Ms. Ramanathan was based in Nairobi, Kenya and worked on renewable energy projects across East Africa for the British company CAMCO. She also worked for the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), working on renewable energy deployment in Southern Africa, India, and the Philippines.
She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a BA from UT Austin. She lives in Austin, TX, speaks regularly at conferences on renewable energy, and serves on the Board of Directors of The Contemporary, an arts institution.
Gary Rasp has managed the Energy Institute’s communications and public affairs since December 2010. As Communications Director, Gary oversees all of the Institute’s internal and external communications, including media relations, community outreach, branding, reputation management and online presence.
He has more than 25 years’ experience working with corporations, government agencies, universities and not-for-profit organizations. His background includes work as a journalist, media liaison, direct mail specialist, public opinion analyst and public affairs consultant.
Prior to joining the Energy Institute, Gary provided strategic counsel to a variety of public and private sector clients, with particular emphasis on energy industry issues. He has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin and worked as a member of the Capitol press corps before his career in public relations / public affairs.
Sandra Rizzo’s clients include electric utilities, power marketers, independent power producers, and investment and hedge funds owning securities of electric utility holding companies. She assists clients bin litigated proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state and federal courts; advocates regarding the development of and changes to federal regulatory policies, regulations and rules applicable to the electric industry; and advises clients regarding regulatory compliance and enforcement issues, including compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's reliability standards.
She has counseled and represented clients participating in organized wholesale electric markets, including PJM, ISO New England, NYISO and CAISO, in litigation involving contract disputes, transaction finality, market rule compliance and capacity markets. She has participated in rulemaking and policy proceedings involving competition in wholesale electric markets, market monitoring and pricing issues. She advises clients on a daily basis regarding compliance issues, develops comprehensive compliance programs, prepares regulatory filings, such as Federal Power Act Section 203 applications and applications for market-based rate authority, and represents clients involved in enforcement proceedings.
Ms. Rizzo has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, annually since 2009, and in US Legal 500 since 2008. She is also the sole US recipient of the International Law Office Client Choice Awards 2012 in the category of U.S. Energy and Natural Resources. Ms. Rizzo is also listed in Euromoney Institutional Investor plc, Expert Guides, Energy & Natural Resources and in its Women in Business Law as well as Washington D.C.’s Super Lawyers.
Jim Rossi's scholarship addresses energy law, federal administrative law, and state constitutional and administrative law. His books include Energy, Economics and the Environment (3rd edition, Foundation Press, 2010, with Fred Bosselman, Jacqueline Weaver, David Spence and Joel Eisen); Regulatory Bargaining and Public Law (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and a recent edited collection of essays, Dual Enforcement of Constitutional Norms: The New Frontier of State Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2010, with James Gardner).
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 a visiting professor at Vanderbilt Law School, and also has 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. Professor Rossi is law school's 2013-14 FedEx Research Professor, Vanderbilt's fifteenth faculty member to hold the one-year chair.
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 also worked as an engineer in power generation for 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.
Mr. Sedano is supporting FERC-NARUC Collaboratives, and the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, among other projects that promote policy advances through engagement. In December 2012, he was elected to RAP's Board of Directors. In November 2009, Mr. Sedano 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 (NASEO) for his service. Mr. Sedano served as chair of NASEO from 1998-2000. He is 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.
David Spence is Professor of Law, Politics & Regulation at the University of Texas at Austin’s
McCombs School of Business and School of Law. 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, and business government relations. He is co-author of the Foundation Press textbook, Energy, Economics and
the Environment(3d Ed., 2010), and has published numerous scholarly articles on energy policy, regulation and the regulatory process in journals such as the
Cornell Law Review,the Journal of Legal Studies,the University of Pennsylvania Law Review,
Public Administration Review, and the California Law Review among others.
Professor Spence is Co-Director of the Energy Management & Innovation Center at the McCombs School, and has considerable experience providing executive education training in the field of corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations for Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, the BG Group, Sinopec, Ecopetrol, Chicago Bridge and Iron, and others. Before coming to academia, Professor Spence was a practicing attorney representing energy companies and others in connection with a wide variety of environmental and energy regulatory matters.
Professor Amy Stein focuses her scholarship on clean energy law and policy, environmental law and climate change. Her recent publications focus on energy storage, Reconsidering Regulatory Uncertainty: A Path Forward for Energy Storage, 41 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. (forthcoming 2014); the federal government's role in developing renewable energy, Renewable Energy Through Agency Action, 84 U. COLO. L. REV. 651 (forthcoming 2013); the federalism implications of subnational control over siting of electricity generation, The Tipping Point of Federalism, 45 CONN. L. REV. 217 (2012); and the deficiencies of climate change analysis in NEPA documents, Climate Change Under NEPA: Avoiding Cursory Consideration of Greenhouse Gases, 81 U. COLO. L. REV. 473 (2010). Her most recent work was selected for presentation at Columbia Law School's Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Law Scholarship and Minnesota Law School's Legal and Policy Pathways for Energy Innovation conference.
She joined the Tulane Law School faculty in 2010. Previously, she taught at George Washington University as an adjunct professor in the environmental studies program and as a visiting associate professor of Legal Research and Writing, acting associate director of the Legal Research and Writing Program and co-director of the Scholarly Writing Program at George Washington University Law School.
Prior to her academic appointments, she practiced as an environmental and litigation associate for Latham & Watkins LLP in the firm's Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley offices. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Illinois and California state bars.
Jennie C. Stephens is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University in Worcester Massachusetts, USA. Her teaching, research, and community engagement focuses on socio-political aspects of energy technology innovation, electricity system change, and climate change communication. She has contributed to understanding the social dynamics of innovation of wind power, carbon capture and storage, and smart grid technology. A current research focus on competing visions of “smart grid” explores tensions among key actors in electricity system innovation.
Stephens earned PhD at Caltech in Environmental Science and Engineering and her BA (1997) at Harvard in Environmental Science and Public Policy. Before joining the faculty of Clark University, she did post-doctoral research at Harvard’s Kennedy School and she taught courses at Tufts, Boston University, and MIT.
Caleb Stephenson joined Calpine as Vice President, Commercial Analytics, in October 2008. In this role, 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.
Bruce Thompson leads Pioneer's energy sales and project modeling efforts. Bruce has more than 25 years of experience in risk management, structured transactions, finance and origination and has focused on energy markets since 1996 and renewable energy since 2007. Bruce has executed energy and derivative transactions with a notional value in excess of $10 billion and has held leadership positions with Bankers Trust Company, Coral Energy (now Shell Energy North America), Reliant Energy, and Amigo Energy. Most recently, Bruce was an independent consultant assisting renewable energy clients with regional market strategy and entry, energy and REC sales, modeling, and valuation. Bruce is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Mr. Carmine Tilghman is the Senior Director of Wholesale, Fuels & Renewable Energy for UNS Energy, parent company for both Tucson Electric Power and UNS Electric, Inc. His primary responsibilities are to oversee all aspects of wholesale marketing & power trading activities, fuel contracts and procurement, and renewable energy procurement for residential, commercial & industrial, and utility-scale projects. Mr. Tilghman has over 29 years experience in the energy production and procurement industry; including conventional and renewable energy.
He has spent the last 19 years with Tucson Electric Power in various roles in power production, energy trading, and wholesale energy procurement. Prior to joining Tucson Electric, he spent 9 years in the United States Navy as a nuclear reactor operator in the United States Navy submarine service. Following his time in the military, Mr. Tilghman worked in power plant operations with the Biosphere II project for 2 years before leaving to join Tucson Electric Power in 1995. Mr. Tilghman holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
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
Nat Treadway has worked on energy and environmental policy since 1970. For ten years he filed
testimony in the public interest at the Public Utility Commission of Texas. He advised regulatory
commissioners on an appropriate role for electric distribution companies in the competitive
ERCOT market. In 2003, he created DEFG to focus on energy consumers and distributed
resources. He helps DEFG clients create value for their retail consumers in an energy commodity
Brian Tulloh is vice president of Public Policy 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. Since joining the company in 2002, he has led various strategy and commercial functions, as well as organizational change efforts across the company’s competitive businesses.
Tulloh has over 25 years of experience in various aspects of the energy industry. Prior to joining TXU, he was a leader in McKinsey and Company’s energy practice, where he served a variety of U.S. and European clients consulting on strategy and organization issues. Prior to McKinsey, Tulloh held a series of positions within the ARCO family of companies in Texas and California, including oil and gas operations and environmental services, public policy and natural gas trading. Tulloh has served on the Board of the North Texas Commission, the Texas Association of Businesses, the Center for Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) in Austin, TX, and the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Dallas. Tulloh earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and is a registered professional engineer. He holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Jess Totten worked for 23 years at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, retiring in July 2011 and later joining the Austin energy consulting firm Stratus Energy Group. He provides advice to clients concerning electric utility matters, particularly with regard to rules and procedures of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and protocols and procedures of the Electric Reliability Counsel of Texas (ERCOT). During his tenure at the PUCT, Mr. Totten served as the Director of the Competitive Markets Division and in other management, legal, and policy positions. He was responsible for electricity competition policy, oversight of the retail and wholesale electricity markets, and oversight of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
Mr. Totten played a leadership role at the PUCT in addressing competitive matters and coordinating with market participants and legislators and legislative staff on issues such as the development of open access transmission policy, retail competition, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. He also led the PUCT efforts to address a number of other topics, such as the governance of ERCOT, the responsibilities of the independent market monitor for ERCOT, and the process for designating Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) and selecting transmission companies to build the CREZ facilities. During his tenure at the PUCT, Mr. Totten made presentations at numerous conferences on topics such as retail and wholesale competition; transmission open access; renewable energy; and the construction of transmission to support renewable energy development. Mr. Totten wrote a chapter on Texas transmission policy in Electricity Restructuring: The Texas Story, which was published by the AEI Press in 2009.
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. Prior to joining the PUCT, Mr. Totten served as deputy general counsel of the Panama Canal Commission, during a period in which the United States was implementing a new treaty with Panama relating to the Panama Canal. His responsibilities included litigation and labor law issues, and he was the chief negotiator in the first collective bargaining agreement negotiated by the Commission. Mr. Totten has a BA from Rice University and a JD from the University of Texas Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Texas.
Michael W. Wara is an Associate Professor at Stanford Law School where he teaches Environmental Law and Policy, International Environmental Law, and Energy Law. His current research focuses on topics including: international climate change law and policy implementation of emissions trading systems; legal aspects of renewable energy integration; and regulatory constraints on the consumer relationship to energy. Previously, he was an associate at Holland & Knight, LLP. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.A. from Columbia University. His doctoral research focused on the interaction between long-term shifts in global climate and tropical ocean/atmosphere dynamics.
Michael W. Wara is an Associate Professor at Stanford Law School where he teaches
Environmental Law and Policy, International Environmental Law, and Energy Law. His
current research focuses on: international climate change law and policy
implementation of emissions trading systems; regulatory aspects of grid integration of
renewable energy; and the interaction between privacy concerns, the consumer
relationship, and innovation in the smart meter context. Previously, he was an associate
at Holland & Knight, LLP. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Ph.D. in Ocean
Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.A. from Columbia
University. His doctoral research focused on the interaction between long-term shifts in
global climate and tropical ocean/atmosphere dynamics.
Bob Webb serves as Chief Legal Counsel for White Camp Solar LLC, a developer of utility-scale PV solar generation facilities in Texas. White Camp Sola currently is developing 3 solar projects in West Texas. The first of these is a 100 MW project in Kent County, Texas, which is scheduled to be in commercial operation by the end of 2014.
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.
As Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator,
Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources, and Associate Professor of Mechanical
Engineering, Dr. Michael E. Webber trains the next generation of energy leaders at the
University of Texas at Austin through research and education at the convergence of
engineering, policy, and commercialization. |
He has authored more than 200
publications, holds 4 patents, and serves on the advisory board for
Scientific American. His television special Energy at the Movies is currently in national syndication on PBS stations, and his massive open online course (MOOC) “Energy 101” launched globally in September 2013 to over 44,000 students. Webber holds a B.S. and B.A. from UT Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford. He was honored as an American Fellow of the German Marshall Fund, an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow,
and on three separate occasions by the University of Texas for exceptional teaching
Steve Weissman teaches Energy Law and directs the Energy Program and oversees the City Streets Program at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at Berkeley Law. In addition, he is on the summer faculty at Vermont Law School and at Lewis and Clark. He is also an environmental mediator. He is a former Administrative Law Judge and policy advisor at the California Public Utilities Commission, former Principal Consultant to the California State Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources, and former Legal Director for the Local Government Commission, providing environmental and social policy assistance to local governments. In the Fall of 2013, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, teaching Energy Law at Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona.
Steven M. Wiese, Principal. Mr. Wiese is the founder and Principal of Clean Energy Associates, a consulting firm providing services related to policy and program development, monitoring and performance verification, technical analysis and education relating to distributed renewable energy.
Hannah Wiseman, an Assistant Professor at the Florida State University College of Law, received her A.B. from Dartmouth College, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She then clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Wiseman’s research focuses on the challenges of governing rapidly changing, multi-jurisdictional issues in energy, land use, and environmental law.
Her articles have been published in the Georgetown Law Journal, Harvard Environmental Law Review, University of Colorado Law Review, Boston University Law Review (forthcoming), the Emory Law Journal (co-authored), and the Iowa Law Review (co-authored), among other journals.
Professor Wiseman also is a co-author on the forthcoming fourth edition of the textbook Energy, Economics, and the Environment (Foundation Press). She taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Law and an Assistant Professor at the University of Tulsa School of Law before coming to FSU. Prior to law school she served as a research assistant and associate in the air and climate division of ICF Consulting in Washington, DC.
Frank Wolak is the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Economics Department and the Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University. He received his undergraduate degree from Rice University, and an S.M. in Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He specializes in the study of privatization, competition and regulation in network industries such as electricity, telecommunications, water supply, natural gas, and postal delivery services. Wolak’s recent research has focused on design and monitoring of energy and environmental markets.
Maura Yates serves as the Director of Government Affairs for SunEdison where she is focused on solutions to opening cost-effective new markets, including engagement in deregulated markets. Ms. Yates has been in the energy sector for seven years. Prior to joining SunEdison a year ago, she worked for Arizona Public Service’s (APS) on efforts relating to APS’ RES Compliance and the strategic integration of solar, demand response and energy efficiency into the utility portfolio. She previously sat on the board for the Department of Energy funded Solar Advisory Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs).
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.