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AEC 2014 Participants

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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 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.

Michelle Allen

Michele Allen, Sr. Director of Energy, Walmart Stores, Inc. Michele has over 17 years of experience primarily focused on Energy, Information Technology, and Consulting. Michele has spent the last eight years leading the Walmart Retail Energy Provider, Texas Retail Energy, through a massive expansion covering the U.K., New York, PJM, New England, MISO, and California. 

Texas Retail Energy purchases the electricity supply for Walmart, Sam’s, ASDA, and the Distribution Centers. Previous to Walmart, Michele led teams at Greenbrier and Russel, a Dallas-based software consulting company, The Williams Companies in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the former Electronic Data Systems in Plano, Texas. Michele is actively involved in numerous sustainable initiatives at Walmart, including focused efforts on continuing to expand Walmart’s renewable energy portfolio. Michele earned a BBA in Business from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from The University of Tulsa.

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. On May 8, 2013 the Texas Senate voted unanimously to confirm the appointment.

Commissioner Anderson has served as the Texas representative on the Entergy Regional State Committee (ERSC) since its formation in December 2009.  He was elected President of the ERSC in August 2010 and 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. In May 2012 Mr. Anderson was designated to serve as the Commission’s representative on the Texas Reliability Entity’s Board of Directors.  Since December 2012 Mr. Anderson has served as the Texas member of the Board of Directors of the Organization of MISO States.

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 State Securities Board, the state agency that regulates the securities and investment advisory industry in this state. He served on the Board until December 2006.

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.


David Arfin

David Arfin is driven to creative innovative finance offerings that will accelerate the adoption of renewable energy, energy efficiency and other clean technologies. David invented SolarCity's SolarLease, the game-changing solar financing program that enabled over 100,000 homeowners, commercial and government customers to adopt solar power. He received the first ever Innovation in PV Financing Award from the Solar Energy Industry.  He is a Partner and Co-Founder of SolarVento (Mexico), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Simpa Networks (India), Wattzon (Palo Alto), and EarthPoint Energy (Canada). He also serves as a Special Advisor the the US Department of Energy's Sunshot Program.  

 

Prior to SolarCity, David was co-founder and CEO of GlooLabs, (acquired by Cisco Systems), co-founded Flywheel Communications, and was founder and CEO of CLE Group (acquired by PLI). Prior to launching his companies, David was a lobbyist for the Association of American Universities, a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, and an Intern in the Israeli Knesset. He received an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, has an MA in Public Policy Analysis from the Claremont Graduate University, and a BA in Political Science from UCLA where he was graduated Phi Beta Kappa

Mark Babula

Mr. Mark Babula is a Principal Engineer in the Resource Adequacy Department of System Planning at ISO New England Inc., Holyoke, Massachusetts. Mr. Babula graduated from Western New England College (1982) with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1987) with a Masters degree in Computer Science. 

Mr. Babula’s responsibilities at ISO New England include analysis of bulk electric power system reliability, generating unit availability, fuel and environmental analysis, regulatory filings and governmental liaison. He also serves as technical lead on issues pertaining to natural gas use within the electric generation sector. Mr. Babula is Co-Chair of ISO New England’s Electric/Gas Operations Committee (EGOC) and he provides technical support to the NEPOOL Reliability Committee (RC), the Power Supply Planning Committee (PSPC), and the Environmental Advisory Group (EAG).

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. Baldick researches electricity systems, electricity markets and electric transmission. His current research involves optimization and economic theory applied to electric power systems, particularly in the context of increased renewables. 

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 the Assistant Director for Energy & Technology Policy at the Energy Institute. He is responsible for supervising and conducting research and studies related to the interplay between the development of Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, and Technology Policy. Dr. Beach also teaches Energy Technology Policy and International Energy Policy in the Cockrell School of Engineering and McCombs Business School.

Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Beach served for 25 years in the United States Navy where he was a qualified Submariner, Naval Aviator, Surface Warfare Officer, and Acquisition Professional. Since retiring in 2003 he has also served as a consultant on defense-related topics for the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, MITRE, Naval Research Advisory Committee, Naval Research Laboratory, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Defense Science Board.

Dr. Beach holds a Ph.D. from the LBJ School of Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University and Certified Level III DoD Acquisition Professional and Program Manager.


Doyle Beneby

Doyle N. Beneby is President and Chief Executive Officer for CPS Energy, the largest municipal electric and gas utility in the nation. A veteran of the energy industry with over 30 years of experience, Doyle has expertise in many facets of the electric & gas utility industry including strategic planning, generation & delivery operations and asset acquisition.

During his time at CPS Energy, Doyle has transformed the vertically integrated utility’s generation fleet to one of the most diversified in the country, with an emphasis on low carbon and renewable sources. He has also created industry leading public private partnerships with clean technology companies that have brought thousands of jobs to the Greater San Antonio area. A passionate innovator, Doyle is currently championing the role grid optimization and demand response can play in reducing peak demand in the state of Texas.

Doyle is a graduate of Montana Technical College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Miami. In 2008, he completed the Advanced Executive Leadership Program at Exelon Academy/Northwestern University and in 2003 he completed the Advanced Management Program at Exelon Training Center.

Doyle serves on the Board of Directors for industry organizations such as Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), Capital Power Corporation, Keystone Center & Energy Board, the American Gas Association (AGA), Texas Public Power Association (TPPA), and American Public Power Association (APPA). He also serves on local Boards including American Heart Association (AHA), Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, San Antonio Medical Foundation, San Antonio Acquisition Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors, and University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). 


Chad Blevins

Chad Blevins serves as the chief financial analyst and ERCOT market analyst for the Butler Firm. He advises in the disciplines of energy finance, energy policy, and emerging technology markets. Mr. Blevins is the chairman of the Emerging Technologies Working Group at ERCOT and is on the CleanTX Leadership Council. Prior to joining 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 the Public Citizen to support the successful passage of several energy efficiency bills. Mr. Blevins is an Air Force Distinguished Graduate, an Air Force Honor Graduate and Summa Cum Laude alumnus of Saint Edward’s University with a degree in international relations and a thesis focusing on the economics of sustainability.

Andrew Bowman

Andy Bowman has more than 15 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. Throughout his career, Andy has managed development of 1,700 MW of fully constructed projects and with others, he developed 500 MW more in constructed projects, altogether totaling more than $3 billion in total capital costs. Andy is President of Pioneer Green Energy, a utility scale wind and solar development company with projects in construction in California, Texas, and Maryland. 

Prior to Pioneer, Andy was Chief Development Officer for E.On Climate & Renewables North America, where he was responsible for all development work across the U.S. and Canada. Prior to this, Andy was a founder and president of Renewable Generation Inc., which was sold to Airtricity in 2005.  Airtricity was subsequently acquired by E.On in 2007.  Andy is a graduate of Yale University and received his JD from the University of Texas School of Law and his MPAff from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas.

Mark Bruce

Mark Bruce is a Founder and Principal of Stratus Energy Group with more than 13 years of experience in energy policy development and advocacy. He began 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.

James Bushnell

James Bushnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Davis, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining UC Davis, he spent 15 years as the Research Director of the University of California Energy Institute in Berkeley, and two years as the Cargill Chair in Energy Economics at Iowa State University. Prof. Bushnell received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from U.C. Berkeley in 1993. Prof. Bushnell has been actively involved in energy and environmental policy for over a decade. Since 2002, he has served as a member of the Market Surveillance Committee (MSC) of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO. He has also advised the California Power Exchange and the California Air Resources Board.

Clay Butler

Clay A. Butler is the founding partner of The Butler Firm, PLLC. A specialized legal and consulting firm located in Austin, providing comprehensive legal and consulting services to clients in the renewable energy and clean energy sector. Clay is one of the leading attorneys in the U.S. He has worked on the development of renewable energy power plants and has a broad range of experience from utility-scale project development to distributed generation. 
 

In addition to providing legal counsel on the development side, Clay is heavily involved in regulatory and policy matters and wholesale electricity markets. He is looked to by clients for counsel and expertise related to the financing and structuring of renewable energy projects across the globe. Clay is a regular speaker at national events on renewable energy finance and development issues. His involvement goes beyond the client level. Among his various leadership roles in the community Clay is the current Policy Chair for the Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association, serves on the Electric Utility Commission for the City of Austin, is a board member of the Texas Solar Energy Industries Association and is an alumnus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratories “Energy Executives” program. 

Clay is a founding director on the board of directors of The Smile Never Fades, a local Austin breast cancer charity providing comfort services and education for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. In addition, Clay is a four-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He earned his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Texas State University.

John Butler

John Butler, Associate Director of Academics, Clinical Associate Professor, Finance Dr. Butler’s research focuses on the decision Sciences: decision analysis, operations, information systems, management science and statistics. He serves as Secretary/Treasurer of INFORMS Decision Analysis Society, an organization comprised of over 900 academics and practitioners in the field of decision analysis.

For EMIC, Dr. Butler is focused on building energy-specific business curriculum. He teachers MBA-level energy finance classes and supervises student participation in practicums and case competitions.

Professor Butler received his B.B.A. from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. 

William Buzbee

William W. Buzbee is a professor of law, director of the Emory Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, and a director of Emory’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. He has been a visiting professor of law at Georgetown, Columbia, Cornell and Illinois law schools, and has served as a professor for the Leiden-Amsterdam-Columbia Law School Summer Program in American Law. 
 

Professor Buzbee helped design and launch the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory Law and chairs its advisory board. Professor Buzbee also is a founding Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, a Washington D.C.- based regulatory think tank. Professor Buzbee was awarded the 2007-2008 Emory Williams Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. He teaches environmental law, administrative law, legislation and regulation, and seminars on environmental, regulatory, and constitutional law subjects. His most recent seminar explores “The Art of Regulatory War.”

Richard Carrell

Richard Carrell is a Senior Vice President within Prudential Capital Group’s Energy Finance Group, located in Dallas. Richard is responsible for origination and management of power project, utility, and cooperative financing in the mid-continent region of the United States. Richard joined Prudential Capital Group in 2004. He holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Andres Carvallo

Andres is the founder and CEO of Compass Management Group (CMG), a next generation consulting and advisory company enabling smarter solutions for cities, enterprises, utilities, vendors, and startups. CMG has world-class expertise in energy, telecommunications, and software technologies and markets. Andres has more than 27 years of experience, having held c-level and senior management titles with P&L management responsibilities since 1992, in the energy, computer, telecommunications, and software industries. 
 

Andres is globally recognized by the IEEE as one of the early developers of the smart grid concept and technology. Andres championed Austin Energy's industry leading smart grid program design and implementation from 2003-2010 as their CIO. While at Austin Energy, Andres also co-led over $4 billion in investments for two wind farms, a solar farm, a biomass power plant, a natural gas power plant, roof top solar panels, a fiber communications network, and smart grid infrastructure. Andres architected the Pecan Street Project as its CTO from 2008-2010. Andres has co-authored "The Advanced Smart Grid: Edge Power Driving Sustainability", has received 34 industry awards since 2005, and is a popular industry speaker. 

Andres received his B.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas with concentrations in robotics and control systems, and has post-graduate certificates in Business, Quality, and Power management from Stanford University, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Idaho respectively.

Lincoln Davies

Lincoln Davies is Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. His research spans a broad array of energy and environmental topics, including renewables and alternative energy, carbon capture and sequestration, nuclear power, utility law, and regulatory and technology innovation. 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. 

He is co-author of a new casebook, ENERGY LAW AND POLICY (West, forthcoming 2014), with Alex Klass, Hari Osofsky, Joe Tomain, and Elizabeth Wilson. His articles include Feed-in Tariffs in Turmoil (forthcoming, with Kirsten Allen); Understanding Barriers to Commercial-Scale Carbon Capture and Sequestration in the United States: An Empirical Assessment, (with Kirsten Uchitel and John Ruple); Beyond Fukushima: Disasters, Nuclear Energy, and Energy Law; and Power Forward: The Argument for a National RPS. His scholarly work is available here.

Mark Dreyfus

Mark Dreyfus is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Communications at Austin Energy, the 8th largest municipally owned utility in the U.S., where he is responsible for managing market policy and planning, local government issues, governmental relations, public information, and marketing communications. Dreyfus joined Austin Energy in 1999 as Director of Market Policy and Planning. He managed Austin Energy’s preparation and planning for the conversion of systems and processes for participation in the competitive wholesale market in ERCOT, which opened in summer of 2001. 

Beginning in 2010, he successfully led a two-year process to design and implement the utility’s first electric base rate increase and rate restructuring in 18 years. Today, Dreyfus manages Austin Energy’s interests before the Austin City Council, the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature, and has represented the municipal utility segment on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Board of Directors since 2010. 

Prior to joining Austin Energy, Dreyfus worked at the Public Utility Commission of Texas as an Advisor to then Commissioner Pat Curran and Commissioner Judy Walsh and before that as Chief Economist in the PUC’s Office of Policy Development. He served as an economic consultant for National Economic Research Associates (NERA) from 1991 to 1993 and from 1984 to 1989 worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Toxic Substances as a Supervisory Economist. Dreyfus earned a BA in Economics from the University of Texas, a Masters of Public Policy (MPP) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a PhD in Economics from Duke University.

John Dumas

John Dumas is the Director of Wholesale Market Operations where he is responsible for all Day-Ahead, Real-Time and Congestion Revenue Rights market activities. Prior to this position, Mr. Dumas served as Manager of Operations Planning where he was responsible for wind integration, advanced network applications and load forecasting. Mr. Dumas has 27 years of experience in the electric power industry beginning as a transmission lineman with TXU Electric in 1986. John transferred to the Texas Utilities System Operations center in 1990 where he supported generation control and power trading after deregulation. He joined ERCOT Operations in 2004. Mr. Dumas earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Roger Duncan

Roger Duncan is a research assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. Roger is also the former general manager of Austin Energy, the municipal utility for Austin, Texas. It is the 9th largest public power utility and has been recognized as a leader in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart grid activities. Prior to that position, Roger served in various executive roles for Austin Energy and the City of Austin, with management over government relations, water and air quality, sustainability and various environmental initiatives. 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 is President of the Pecan Street Project, an Austin smart grid initiative. Roger also serves on the Electric Advisory Committee for the Department of Energy. 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, Texas 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" and numerous books, book chapters, treatises, and law review articles on electric utility regulation, renewable energy, and brownfields law and policy. His work has appeared in journals at Harvard, Duke, Notre Dame, Fordham, Illinois, Wake Forest, and William & Mary law schools, among other venues. In recognition of his contributions, Richmond Law named him the inaugural Austin Owen Research Fellow in 2013. 
 

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. He was the University of Richmond’s Distinguished Educator for 2010-2011, and in spring 2009, a Fulbright Professor of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China. Professor Eisen 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.

Daniel Farber

Daniel Farber is the Sho Sato Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches and writes about constitutional law and environmental law. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Farber has authored or coauthored over a dozen books, including an environmental law casebook (now in its 9th edition) and "Eco-Pragmatism: Making Sensible Environmental Decisions in an Uncertain World" (1999). 

His recent scholarship focuses on issues relating to climate change. Before coming to Berkeley, he was on the faculties of the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois.

Talat Genc

Mr. Genc is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics of the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph. He specializes in Industrial Organization and Energy Economics. His current research interests concern market power issues and optimal bidding in wholesale electricity markets, regulation and deregulation issues in energy markets, capacity investments in market settings, resource allocations under indivisibility's, and equilibrium characterization and computations under uncertainty in large-scale oligopolies. He teaches graduate and undergraduate level Industrial Organization and Economics of Regulation at the University of Guelph.

Emily Grubert

Emily is an environmental engineer and PhD student in Stanford’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, where she studies lifecycle impacts of electricity production. Emily also has experience with energy and water system modeling, increasing operational efficiency in mines, and improving industrial safety in high hazard industries.

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Kristian Hanelt

Kristian Hanelt is SVP of Renewable Capital Markets at Clean Power Finance where he has led efforts to help traditional power companies invest in residential solar. He has spent his career financing energy projects across a variety of energy sectors. Before joining CPF, Kristian was the Vice President of Project Finance and member of the founding team at Tioga Energy. Previously, Kristian worked as an Associate at ArcLight Capital Partners, an energy infrastructure-focused private equity investor. 

Prior to ArcLight, he was the Financial Manager for Gunnison Energy Corporation, where he controlled all finance-related activities for the startup natural gas producer. Kristian has also worked for Goldman Sachs in its Industrial and Natural Resources group, and for PA Consulting’s Wholesale Energy Markets practice. Kristian is a sought-after speaker at major solar and finance industry events. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Boston University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Chuck Harder

Chuck Harder is the Senior Director of Regulatory Policy and External Relations for CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP). Mr. Harder is responsible for developing CNP’s regulatory and legislative policies and strategies and for promoting collaborative relationships with the state public utility commissions and cities that regulate the Company’s energy delivery business. CNP is one of the nation’s largest combined electricity and natural gas delivery companies with approximately 5 million metered electric and natural gas customers in six states.

From 1989 through May 2004, he served as in-house counsel for CNP and provided legal representation in numerous rate and regulatory matters before state public utility commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other government agencies.

Mr. Harder has chaired the American Gas Association’s State Regulatory Committee; the advisory board of the Financial Research Institute, which is affiliated with the University of Missouri-Columbia; and the Regulated Market Sector Council of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas. He serves on the advisory board of the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities, the Edison Electric Institute’s Rate Committee and a number of other professional and trade organizations.

Mr. Harder is both a Certified Public Accountant and an attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Harder worked as a Tax Manager at a CPA firm in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Charlie Hemmeline

Charlie Hemmeline returned to Austin after working for more than 8 years with the US Department of Energy in Washington, DC. With the US Department of energy, Hemmeline led programs to accelerate wide-scale adoption of clean energy technologies. Through efforts in both energy efficiency (Energy Star, Rebuild America) and solar energy (Solar America Cities, Solar Instructor Training Network), he has helped states and communities bring these vital technologies into the mainstream. Charlie served as the President of Solar Austin in 2013 and is passionate about helping make Texas a leader in solar.

He holds a Master’s of Public Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in mechanical engineering, both from Texas A&M University.

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 bio fuel regulation; optimal subsidies for bio fuels; and the market design of cap and trade programs.

Charles Hong

Work History: Energy Efficiency Engineer (civilian), 502nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Fort Sam Houston, TX 2012-Present Facilities Engineer, Department of Veterans Affairs, San Antonio, TX 2011-2012 Materials Engineer (civilian), 809th Maintenance Support Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, UT 2009-2011 U.S. Army Engineer Officer (active duty) 2001-2007

Education: M. Eng Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2009 M.S. Quality Assurance-Manufacturing Concentration, California State University- Dominguez hills 2005 B.S. Textiles and Apparel- Fiber Science Concentration, Cornell University 2001

Frank Horak

Frank Horak has over thirty years experience in energy, economics and valuation. He has been a special consultant to the United States Departments of Energy, Defense and Justice on large asset oversight, project due diligence and financial feasibility studies specific to energy related matters. He held managerial positions with several international consulting firms before forming his own firm, Astek Environmental, Inc. in 1990. 
 

Subsequently he played a lead role in the concept development, management and oversight of venture based technology projects including energy economics, portfolio valuation modeling and renewable energy development. His firm currently provides valuation and economic feasibility services to the oil, gas and renewable energy industry. Frank is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Engineering Management and with an MBA in Finance. He was an instructor in Finance and Director of the Real Estate Group at the University of Texas Graduate School Of Business.

Chad Horton

Mr. Horton joined RES Americas in August 2008 as the Land Acquisitions Manager for the South Central Region responsible for the leasing and transmission right of way efforts for all projects across the region. In July 2009 Mr. Horton was named Development Manager responsible for Colorado, Texas and New Mexico. In January 2012 Mr. Horton was named Director of Development for the South Central Region. 
 

During his time at RES Americas Mr. Horton has been a key contributor on deal teams responsible for successfully closing 937.5 MW of wind projects totaling over $1.5B. Prior to joining RES Americas Mr. Horton was a Sr. Land Agent for JMP Land Services for over 6 years. He was responsible for wind energy land acquisitions, utility planning and right of way acquisitions including public roads, gas pipelines and transmission electric lines. Mr. Horton offers a broad base of experience in energy markets, power marketing, power purchase agreements, asset sales, project management, budgeting, development, permitting, risk identification and mitigation with a strong background in real estate.

Monty Humble

Monty Humble is currently the President of Brightman Energy, which is a developer of energy related projects. Humble is also an adjunct professor at The University of Texas, teaching a course on federal renewable energy policy. Previously, he served as senior Vice President for a renewable energy company owned by Boone Pickens, and worked on the Pickens Plan. Before that, Mr. Humble was a partner at Vinson & Elkins for over 20 years where he headed the firm’s public policy group.

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.

Joe Jordan

Joe Jordan - Director, Business Development at Panda Power Funds. He is currently responsible for power generation development activities at Panda Power Funds. Prior to joining Panda, Mr. Jordan was one of the first hires at Lincoln Renewable Energy, LLC where he led development efforts for NJ Oak Solar, a 10 megawatt solar plant in Southern New Jersey. 
 

While at Lincoln, Mr. Jordan originated and managed a portfolio of wind and solar development assets across the eastern United States and Texas. Prior to Lincoln, Mr. Jordan held analyst, project management, and business development positions with Horizon Wind Energy and Chemonics International, an international development consulting firm in Washington, D.C. He also served as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in El Salvador. Mr. Jordan received his B.A. from Austin College in Sherman, Texas and his M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

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 provides insightful business development support and assistance to emerging energy technology companies, and established companies wishing 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, prior to the advent of wholesale competition. He helped launch a number of ‘smart-energy’ companies, and introduce 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, serving as the youngest senior manager at the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1979, and as an energy policy advisor to the Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, and the Lt. Governor and Governor of Texas. He was also an energy policy advisor to the Governor of California for two years.

Alexandra Klass

Alexandra B. Klass is a 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 recent scholarly work was published in many of the nation’s leading law journals. It addresses regulatory challenges to integrating more renewable energy into the nation’s electric transmission grid, federal financial support for renewable energy development, eminent domain issues surrounding interstate transmission lines and oil and gas pipelines, and the legal issues associated with using carbon capture and sequestration technology to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. 

She is a co-author of The Practice and Policy of Environmental Law (Foundation Press, 3d ed. 2014) and a co-author of Energy Law and Policy (West Academic Publishing, forthcoming 2014). 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 for the 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. She served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota Law School from 2010-2012.

Gus Lott

Dr. Lott is the Principal Engineer at YarCom Inc, a professional engineering firm with offices in Texas and Nevada. He has 30+ years of professional engineering experience in telecommunications, meteorology, horology, and cryptography. He specializes in design of high assurance, high reliability systems, measurement of electromagnetic noise and interference, industrial control system and SCADA security, isolated and harsh environment energy production, mission critical communications, critical infrastructure protection; geo-positioning, and, automated test and measurement. 
 

He has assisted globally dispersed clients in achieving statutory and regulatory compliance for assurance of corporate and governmental cyber infrastructure. He has earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Applied Mathematics, M.B.A. (accounting), and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Lott is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Alabama, Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Virginia. He is a IEEE Senior Member, and he is a member of The IET, NSPE, and Sigma Xi.

Melissa Lott

Melissa C. Lott has worked for more than 10 years as an energy systems engineer and consultant in the United States and Europe. She specializes in technology, economic, and policy analysis, in particular related to energy system efficiency optimization. Before joining the University College London, Ms. Lott worked at the International Energy Agency and was the primary author on the IEA’s Technology Roadmap on Energy storage. She has also worked on federal-level energy policy as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy and at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

An active writer and public speaker, Ms. Lott currently writes for Scientific American’s "Plugged In" blog. She also serves as an adviser on Alstom’s International Science and Technology Committee. In 2013 Forbes Magazine named her as a “30 under 30 in Energy”.  Ms. Lott holds two masters degrees – in Mechanical Engineering and Public Affairs – from UT Austin in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Biological Systems Engineering from the UC Davis. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the UCL's Institute for Sustainable Resources London, United Kingdom.

David 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 is currently supervisor of the Market Analysis team. His group is primarily 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. 


Erin Mansur

Erin Mansur is an associate professor in the department of economics at Dartmouth College and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research interests are in the fields of industrial organization and environmental economics, focusing primarily on questions regarding energy markets and policy. His recent research examines firm behavior in restructured electricity markets, the effects of environmental regulation on emissions, profits and employment, and the productivity effects of blackouts. He has held previous positions at the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and a B.A. from Colby College.

Neil McAndrews

Mr. McAndrews has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He has an established enterprise risk management consultancy developing fuel and power trading risk programs at utilities in several NERC regions. He works primarily with executive staff and boards of directors. He has extensive power hedging experience with some of the longest dated wholesale power transactions in Texas, California, and in PJM over the last five years. He has developed renewable purchase programs at several utilities to manage regulatory and price risk. He has conducted risk management training at the Texas Public Power Association and the American Power Association membership seminars, and is the author of numerous technical papers in the subject of economics and finance related to enterprise risk management in power markets.

Brewster McCkracken

Brewster McCracken is President and CEO of the Pecan Street Research Institute and Pike Powers Laboratory and Center for Commercialization. In 2013, Smart Grid Today named him one of the nation’s “50 Smart Grid Pioneers”, and GreenBiz.com named him on its VERGE list of 25 U.S. smart grid leaders. He is a regular contributing columnist for IEEE’s transportation electrification newsletter, and the author of several research reports on customer energy use. 
 

Headquartered at The University of Texas, the institute’s original customer research focuses on electric and gas reliability and environmental and behavioral economics aspects of energy use. It operates the world’s largest research database on customer electricity use and data-intensive consumer research trials in three states. He was elected to two terms on the Austin City Council, serving in a city-wide at large position. 

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 bio-science and wireless technologies and served for six years as a board member of Austin Energy, the nation’s fourth largest municipally-owned utility. Prior to holding elected office, he practiced commercial litigation for nearly a decade with two large international law firms. 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 Hammond

Emily Hammond 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 Hammond 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 Hammond 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 the 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.

Joel Mickey

Joel Mickey is Director of Market Design and Development for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) His team is tasked with providing technical and business expertise in support of stakeholder, IMM, and PUCT activities related to strategic market design initiatives. Currently this includes Resource adequacy issues, redesign of the ancillary services market, demand response, and development of pilot projects. Mr. Mickey’s previous roles at ERCOT include: Director of Grid Operations 2009-2012, Director, Wholesale Market Operating Systems 2006-2009, and Manager, Market Operations Support 2000 to 2006 Prior to joining ERCOT, Mr. Mickey worked as a staff consultant at a software development firm specializing in energy Trading and Risk management systems for restructured electric and gas markets. 
 

He started his career in the power industry as a graduate of a power line installer program at Northwest Iowa Technical College in Sheldon, Iowa, in 1981. In 1981 he joined Houston Lighting and Power (now CenterPoint Energy, and Reliant) where he worked for 15 years in various positions including underground network tester, system controller, and staff consultant. Mr. Mickey received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science from Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas, in 1996. 

He served on various committees for the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) including Definition of Bulk Electric System, the Standards Development team for Interchange, and the Electronic Scheduling Committee. He currently is a board member on the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB). He is a board member of OUs College of computer and electrical engineering steering committee. At ERCOT, Mr. Mickey served as the co-chair of the Texas Nodal Team’s market operations concept group and chaired the Nodal Transition Plan Task Force.

John Moore

A 40-year veteran of the energy marketplace, John Moore brings a broad range of expertise in electricity system analysis, electricity market analysis, market rule and policy development, emerging technology deployment and market transaction support to clients facing many uncertainties in today’s power marketplace. He provides transmission and resource planning to both regulated and unregulated entities including generation portfolio analysis and generation interconnection studies to help assure effective market positioning for future asset ownership and operation. Moore has completed asset valuation and operational analyses in plant due diligence studies assisting in asset transactions and mergers. Moore has directed strategic, management, financial, policy, and economic consulting services to the energy industry during periods of considerable change.

Felix Mormann

Felix Mormann is Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Law and Faculty Fellow at Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Professor Mormann's research interests lie at the intersection of law and innovation in the context of environmental and energy law and policy. Drawing on his background as an internationally trained corporate and energy lawyer, Mormann currently investigates domestic and international regulation and policy related to clean-energy technologies. His often-comparative research starts from the premise that environmentally sustainable energy solutions require an economically sustainable policy landscape to leverage necessary investment.

Bill Muston

Bill Muston is Manager of R&D for Oncor, a regulated electric utility in Texas delivering electricity to over three million customers in the competitive ERCOT electric market. He focuses on assessment of emerging technologies and related business and regulatory model considerations for practical application. He is a member of the project management board for a Department of Energy Smart Grid Demonstration Grant to the Center for Commercialization of Electric Technologies. 
 

Named ‘Discovery Across Texas’, the project is focused on integrating wind power into grid operations and retail electric markets. He also is Secretary to CCET’s Board of Directors. Present interests include the role of distributed energy storage and solar systems in local grid reliability. Earlier career work included R&D for electric power generation, delivery, and use in vertically-integrated markets, as well 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. in Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

Hari Osofsky

Hari Osofsky is a Professor of Law; the 2013-14 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs; and the Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science, and Technology at the University of Minnesota Law School. She also is on the faculty of the Conservation Biology Graduate Program, an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society, and a Fellow with the Institute on the Environment. She received a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oregon. Osofsky’s interdisciplinary law and geography scholarship, has been published with Cambridge University Press and leading law and geography journals. It focuses on governance and justice concerns related to energy and climate change. 
 

She has been awarded the Daniel B. Luten Award for the best paper by a professional geographer by the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, and her articles have twice been runner-up for inclusion in Land Use and Environment Law Review’s annual compilation of the top land use and environmental law articles. Osofsky is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law; the International Law Association’s Committee on the Legal Principles of Climate Change; the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers(SALT); and the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law School’s Section on Property, which she chaired in 2013. She also has served as President of the Association for Law, Property, and Society.

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.

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Phillip O'Connor

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 Perlman

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.

Robert Powers

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 Price

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.

Varun Rai

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: raivarun@utexas.edu.

Shalini Ramanathan

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

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.

Sandy Rizzo

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

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

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

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.

Amy Stein

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 Stephens

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

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

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. 

Carmine Tilghman

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.

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

Nat Treadway

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 marketplace.

Brian Tulloh

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

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 Wara

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.

Paul Wattles

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.

Robert Webb

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.

Michael Webber

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

Steven Weissman

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 Wiese

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

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

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

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).

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.