Pionergy Consulting Firm
Dr. Parviz Adib is the Founder of Pionergy consulting firm, who is currently assisting his clients to enhance their operations in competitive electricity markets.
Director of Systems Operations
Tim Aliff, Director of System Operations
As the Director of System Operations, Tim is responsible for overseeing MISO’s Control Room Operations.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and has 20 years of management, planning, and operations experience in the electric utility industry. Since 2002, Tim has been employed by MISO in various professional and managerial positions, including Shift Engineer, Manager of Central Region Operations Engineering, Senior Manager of Central and South Region Operations, Director Reliability Planning, and most recently Director Central Regional Operations.
Staff Research Scientist, Applied Research Laboratories
The University of Texas at Austin
Alex Athey has been at the University of Texas for more than 10 years as a staff research scientist at the Applied Research Laboratories. Dr. Athey focuses on emerging security and technology as it relates to government and industry needs. Dr. Athey is leading an internal project at ARL:UT to examine multimodal imaging with a number of campus collaborators. The purpose of the project is to provide a path forward for ARL and campus connections to explore collaborative work in the field of functional neuroimaging. This research supports several Federal, DoD, UT System, UT Austin, and ARL strategic objectives. Within the federal government, a strong push is being made to understand brain function, particularly to enhance learning and, separately, improve recovery from traumatic events.
Mohit Aggarwal earned his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 with focus on dynamical systems modeling, stability and control. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He has experience in building real time optimization and control applications for distributed energy systems. Prior to joining ARM research in 2018, he was working as the lead data scientist at Bloom Energy, industry leader in fuel cell technology. He is passionate about clean energy technologies and machine learning.
Strasburger & Price, LLC
Tom Anson, a partner at the law firm of Strasburger & Price, LLC, has a regulatory and administrative law practice that spans over three decades. Tom’s primary area of practice is state and federal energy and utility law, including regulatory, contract, administrative, and litigation matters. This includes a variety of licensing, rate, enforcement, rulemaking, and other regulatory matters before state and federal bodies, such as the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Railroad Commission of Texas, and FERC. It also involves wholesale power matters and retail electric services in the restructured Texas electric market, and advising on various regulatory and quasi-regulatory matters.
Guillermo Bautista Alderete
Direct, Market Analysis and Forecasting
Associate Director, Energy, Technology & Policy
Fred C. Beach, Associate Director, Energy Technology & Policy
Dr. Beach is the Associate 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, The LBJ School of Public Policy, and the McCombs Business School.
Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Beach served for twenty-five years in the United States Navy where he was a qualified Submariner, Naval Aviator, Surface Warfare Officer, and Acquisition Professional.
Jupiter Power, LLC
Andrew Bowman is president of Jupiter Power LLC, a new venture based in Austin, Texas. Bowman has been a serial clean energy entrepreneur since the late 1990s. Most recently he was founder and president of Pioneer Green Energy LLC, a wind and solar development company active across the United States. Previously he was Chief Development Officer of E.On Climate & Renewables, SVP for Development of Airtricity USA and president and founder of Renewable Generation Inc.
He is an adjunct faculty member at UT Law School and is a graduate of Yale University, UT Law School and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Founder and CEO
Mr. Andres Carvallo is the founder and CEO of CMG, a strategy consulting and advisory company focus on enabling Smart Cities, Smart Utilities, and Smart Buildings. Mr. Carvallo is an award winning engineer, speaker, author, and executive with 30 years of experience in the Energy, Telecommunications, Computers and Software industries. Mr. Carvallo is globally recognized by the IEEE as one of the early developers of the smart grid concept and technology. Mr. Carvallo defined the term Smart Grid on March 5, 2004. Mr. Carvallo co-authored the best-selling book “The Advanced Smart Grid”, he has received 36 industry awards since 2005, and he is a popular speaker and guest lecturer.
Mr. Carvallo studied at The University of Kansas, Stanford, Wharton at Penn, and Idaho.
Paul Centolella & Associates
Mr. Paul Centolella, President, Paul Centolella & Associates and Senior Consultant, Tabors Caramanis Rudkevich. With more than 35 years of experience in energy law and economics, Paul's practice focuses on utility regulation, power and environmental markets, emerging technologies and business models. He is a former Commissioner on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He chairs the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Smart Grid Advisory Committee, and has served on U.S. DOE's Electricity Advisory Committee, a National Academy of Sciences committee on advanced energy efficiency and clean energy technologies, MIT's Utility of the Future study Advisory Committee, EPRI's Advisory Council, and the Board of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel.
Center for Applied Environmental Law and Policy
Megan Ceronsky is Executive Director of the Center for Applied Environmental Law and Policy in Colorado. During the Obama Administration, Megan served as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President where her portfolio included energy, environment, lands, and natural resources. Megan first joined the White House as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Energy and Climate Change. Previously, Megan was Director of Regulatory Policy and Senior Attorney with the Domestic Climate and Air program at Environmental Defense Fund and before that practiced energy and environmental law at Van Ness Feldman, LLP.
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The Ohio State University
Antonio J. Conejo, professor at The Ohio State University, OH, US, received an M.S. from MIT, US, and a Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He has published over 190 papers in SCI journals and is the author or coauthor of books published by Springer, John Wiley, McGraw-Hill and CRC. He has been the principal investigator of many research projects financed by public agencies and the power industry and has supervised 20 PhD theses. He is an IEEE Fellow and a former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, the flagship journal of the power engineering profession.
Hugh B. Brown Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
University of Utah Law School
Lincoln Davies is the Hugh B. Brown Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah law school. Davies is co-author of one of the leading energy law casebooks, ENERGY LAW AND POLICY (West Academic, 2018) (with Klass, Osofsky, Tomain, and Wilson). He has written extensively on energy law and policy. His recent articles include Making Sense of the Rapidly Evolving Legal Landscape of Solar Energy Support Regimes; Emerging Shadows in National Solar Policy? Nevada's Net Metering Transition in Context (with Carley); Incomplete Integration: Water, Drought, and Electricity Planning in the West (with Luman); Fukushima's Shadow; and Feed-in Tariffs in Turmoil (with Allen). His scholarship is available at http://ssrn.com/author=195508.
Dr. Edmunds has over thirty years of experience in power plant design, grid operations, and energy economics. He began his career as a nuclear power plant design engineer with Westinghouse and Bechtel Corp. He served on the staff of the Texas Public Utilities Commission in the 1980's during the first stages of industry deregulation. He later served as an independent consultant to cogenerators in Texas, testifying as an expert witness on matters related to production cost models and revenue requirements. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he developed stochastic weather and grid optimization models to study renewable integration issues in California.
He holds BS and MS degrees in nuclear engineering, an MBA, and a PhD in operations research.
Professor Joel Eisen teaches and writes in the areas of energy law, environmental law, and the Smart Grid. He is a co-author of a 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 and renewable energy. His scholarship has appeared in journals at Harvard, UCLA, Duke, Notre Dame, George Washington, Utah, Fordham, Illinois, Wake Forest, U.C. Davis, and William & Mary law schools, among other venues. His most recent article, Free Trade In Electric Power (with Felix Mormann) was published in the Utah Law Review. Recognizing his scholarship, Richmond Law named him the inaugural Austin Owen Research Fellow for 2013-2018.
Co-Founder & President
Fox, Smolen & Associates, Inc.
Marilyn is a professional accountant, specializing in rate regulation of electric, gas and water utilities. Marilyn is a co-founder and the President of Fox, Smolen & Associates, Inc. (FSA) which was founded in 2001.
She has served as an expert witness in local, state and federal proceedings and presented testimony before the Texas Legislature and many city councils. She has filed testimony at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in major rate cases and participated in various rule making workshops.
Marilyn has assisted cities, counties, public power providers and small and large consumers with assessment of their financial options and regulatory requirements related to restructured telecommunications and electricity markets.
Energy Systems Transformation Research Group
Director, Independent Market Monitor
Beth Garza has served as the Director of the ERCOT Independent Market Monitor since September 2014 after serving as the Deputy Director since 2008. Beth is responsible for monitoring market participant activity, evaluating wholesale market operations and recommending improvements to the wholesale market design.
Jamie is a consultant in Accenture’s Transmission and Distribution practice. She works closely with utility clients across the country specializing in grid operations. Jamie has expertise in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Outage Management Systems (OMS), and Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) including Integrated Volt-Var Control (IVVC). Outside of her passions in the electricity sector, Jamie enjoys long distance trail running and traveling to new places. She is a graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and currently resides in Denver, CO.
PhD Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Bowen Hua is currently a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a Research Intern at ISO New England, Midcontinent ISO, and Argonne National Laboratory. His research focuses on the pricing in electricity markets.
High Road Clean Energy, LLC
Monty Humble is currently a managing director of High Road Clean Energy LLC, a company formed to develop utility scale renewable energy projects, and is also an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law, teaching a courses on federal energy policy and energy project development. Previously, he served as senior vice president for a renewable energy company owned by Boone Pickens, and led the renewable policy portion of the Pickens Plan, and before that, Mr. Humble was a partner at Vinson & Elkins for over 20 years where he headed the firm's public policy group.
Thuy Huynh has fifteen years of varied experience in the power industry. Her most recent position prior to joining Potomac Economics was Operations Support Engineer for ERCOT. Since joining Potomac Economics in 2008 her primary focus has been to evaluate ERCOT's operational activities and the associated impacts on market outcomes. Thuy has a M.S. in Engineering from University of Texas Austin and a B.S. in Engineering from Arizona State University.
Ozgur earned a PhD degree from Rice University's Economics Department in 2011. he have been working at Direct Energy since then. He leads the fundamental analysis team, forecasting power prices for ERCOT and capacity prices for NE markets. He also teaches a course on the Economics of Electricity Industry at Rice University's Masters in Energy Economics Program.
Founder & CEO
David Inbar is Founder and CEO of Dejalytics Inc., an Austin-based startup applying data science to wholesale energy markets and accelerating renewables participation in those markets. David has more than 25 years technology and business experience in enterprise data management, integration and analytics. He has led product and services teams in Europe and the US solving the toughest data challenges. David is passionate about understanding customer’s data challenges and designing analytic solutions that deliver significant business advantage.
Manager of Market & Hedge Analytics
Joo Jin is Manager of Market & Hedge Analytics in E.ON Climate and Renewables. He is responsible for providing the price and revenue forecasting for investment, divestment, acquisition, PPA negotiation, Hedge, and other financial decisions of wind, solar, and utility-scale storage projects. He has led data-analytic and market fundamental studies to shape the milestone financial & commercial decisions of E.ON in North America. Before he joins E.ON, he worked at Korea Electric Power Corporation as Distribution Engineer for 3 years. He holds Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Texas at Austin in 2012, and Bachelors Degree with Highest Honor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Yonsei University, South Korea in 2008.
Senior Planning Engineer
Dr. Chunlian (Julie) Jin is a senior planning engineer at ERCOT. Her focus is resource adequacy assessment and modeling of electricity market and ancillary services. She also has extensive experience in energy storage control and optimization. Prior to joining ERCOT in 2014, she led development of energy production cost models and multiple energy storage projects at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and is a Senior Member of IEEE.
Lynne Kiesling is Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Purdue University and the Associate Director of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics. She was recently an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University, where she was also Director of the Electricity Policy Program in the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth. Her research in transactive energy uses transaction cost economics to examine the interaction of market design and technology in the development of retail markets, products and services and the economics of smart grid technologies in the electricity industry.
Research Scientist, The University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Director, Energy Institute
McKnight University Professor
University of Minnesota Law School
Alexandra B. Klass is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She teaches and writes in the areas of energy law, environmental law, natural resources law, tort law, and property law. Her recent scholarly work, published in many of the nation’s leading law journals, addresses regulatory challenges to integrating more renewable energy into the nation’s electric transmission grid, siting and eminent domain issues surrounding interstate electric transmission lines and oil and gas pipelines, and applications of the public trust doctrine to modern environmental law challenges.
Klein Energy LLC
Becky Klein is the Principal of Klein Energy LLC, a consulting firm that works with international and domestic power and water companies. She leverages her expertise in market structures, as well as her regulatory experience, to assist companies interested in deploying or expanding in power and water markets in the U.S. Becky sits on the boards of Avista Corp., Aiqueous LLC, and GNIRE. She was the former Chairman of the Board of the Lower Colorado River Authority and the former Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. She is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve. Becky graduated from Stanford University. She received a Masters from Georgetown University; and a law degree from St. Mary's University Law School.
Javad Lavaei is an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley. He researches on optimization theory, control theory and power systems. He has won several awards, including DARPA Young Faculty Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, Google Faculty Award, and Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE Control Systems Letters, and serves on the conference editorial boards of IEEE Control Systems Society and European Control Association. He is a recipient of INFORMS Optimization Society Prize for Young Researchers, SIAM Control and Systems Theory Prize, Donald P. Eckman Award, INFORMS ENRE Energy Best Publication Award, and PES PSACE paper award.
CEO & Founder
Michael E. Legatt is the CEO and founder of ResilientGrid, Inc., whose mission is to grow resilient infrastructures by optimizing the human side of the infrastructure management, including situational awareness, decision making support and collaboration tools in normal and emergency operations, and in fostering the kinds of organizational culture (high reliability, just culture) that empower humans to work more efficiently and effectively, lowering human error rates. Dr. Legatt has been a programmer for over 20 years, and worked in the energy, financial, medical, neuroscience research and educational sectors. He has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Health Psychology/Neuropsychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Certified Performance Technologist.
As an amateur (ham) radio operator, he received a commendation for helping to provide emergency communications during the 2003 blackout in the northeastern United States, which sparked his interest in the psychology of energy management. He works to build systems designed to provide operators with needed information, optimizing for perception, speed, comprehension, and stress management. He also works at the organizational level to support the growth of the industry's high reliability culture.
Prior to founding ResilientGrid, Michael spent ten years as the principal human factors engineer for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the flow of electricity to over 24 million Texas customers, about 90% of Texas' load. There, his development of the Macomber Map® has been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, T&D World, and Forbes. The Macomber Map has helped ERCOT operators for over nine years, and Southwest Power Pool operators for over two years to maintain situational awareness in a variety of grid conditions, in training, simulations, and real-time operations, including region's top records of wind integration (52% SPP, 48% ERCOT).
He also works on the behavioral aspects of consumer electric use, researching electric vehicle to grid integration, behavioral aspects of conservation and consumer awareness in grid management, and the cybersecurity, behavioral, and reliability issues that arise with integration of new technologies across layers of the grid. He was the principal investigator on a collaborative research project between ERCOT, University of Texas at Austin, EV-TEC and Pecan Street Project, studying the integration of electric vehicle charging and driver behavioral patterns with the bulk electric system. This research project studied the viability of EVs to intelligently charge in a distributed fashion and provide ancillary services, enhancing grid stability and resiliency.
Macomber Map is a registered trademark of Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.
DNV GL Energy Advisory Group
Dr. Jeremy Lin has more than eighteen years of experience in power system planning, operation and markets. He had extensive knowledge about industry restructuring and electricity market developments in the US. He also had significant experience in modeling, simulation, analysis of restructured electricity markets, transmission system analysis, congestion analysis, power flow analysis, and advanced computer technology applications to power system. He is currently affiliated with DNV GL Energy Advisory group. Dr. Lin received his M.S.E.E. in power and energy systems from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ph.D. in electric power engineering from Drexel University. He is a senior member of IEEE.
Chiara Lo Prete
Assistant Professor of Energy Economics
Chiara Lo Prete joined the Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State as an Assistant Professor of Energy Economics in July 2014. Dr. Lo Prete studies the design and operations of electricity markets using quantitative methods at the intersection of economics, operations research and statistics. Her research focuses on strategic behavior in wholesale electricity markets, and environmental policies affecting power systems. Before joining Penn State, Dr. Lo Prete was a Ziff Environmental Fellow at Harvard University. She earned a B.A. in Economics from LUISS University (Italy), a M.A. in Energy Economics from the Scuola Mattei, and a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
Jose Maria Lujambio
Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton
Manager, Market Analysis and Validation
McCamant Consulting LLC
Frank McCamant has been building strong and effective relationships in the energy resource management and smart grid industry for more than 34 years. Based in Austin, Texas, I help public and private entities develop a strategic focus for their business development efforts and translate that strategy into action.
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Associate Professor/Faculty Fellow
Texas A&M/Stanford University
Felix Mormann is Associate Professor at the Texas A&M University School of Law and Faculty Fellow at Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. His research interests lie at the intersection of law and innovation in the context of environmental and energy law and policy. Mormann's recent publications include Constitutional Challenges and Regulatory Opportunities for State Climate Policy Innovation, 41 Harvard Envtl. L. Rev. 189 (2017), Clean Energy Federalism, 67 Fla. L. Rev. 1621 (2015), and Beyond Tax Credits: Smarter Tax Policy for a Cleaner, More Democratic Energy Future, 31 Yale J. Reg. 303 (2014). Professor Mormann's work has been widely cited, including before the U.S. Senate.
Bill Muston is Manager of R&D at Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC, a regulated electric utility in Texas. The role of emerging technologies and their use to improve electric delivery services are his core work. He is as a member of Oncor’s corporate strategy & technology group.
His recent work is in the role of energy storage in utility distribution systems, the role and functionalities of microgrids to complement utility distribution services, the growth of distributed energy resources by utility customers and third parties, and utility adaptations to accommodate smooth grid operation with all the above.
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, and Member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.
His career has been in R&D with Oncor and its predecessor companies, and encompasses the periods of vertically-integrated and now restructured markets. His role has included: R&D planning and management, path to commercial application, technical maturity and risks, and business and regulatory model considerations for emerging technologies in the utility industry.
Mr. Nance is an energy economist with energy sector restructuring experience in a variety of capacities internationally. With Que Advisors, Mr. Nance focuses on financial due diligence, markets and asset transactions in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. He served as Executive Director for North America Power Research for J.P. Morgan, and as President of Teknecon Energy a financial and economic consultancy. He shared responsibility for LCRA managing fixed price risk for a $200 million portfolio. He is Past-President for the United States Association for Energy Economics, and is currently a Senior Fellow. He earned a B.S. from The University of Texas, an M.B.A. from The University of North Carolina, and an M.A. from The University of Texas.
Energy and Environmental Economics (E3)
Arne Olson is a Senior Partner at Energy and Environmental Economics (E3), where he helps clients navigate changes to bulk electric system operations and investment needs brought about by policies promoting clean and renewable energy production. He has consulted extensively for utilities, electricity system operators, asset owners, project developers, electricity consumers, and regulators. His practices areas include resource planning, renewable integration, transmission planning, asset valuation, energy storage and distributed energy resources. Prior to joining E3 in 2002, he served for six years in the Energy Policy Division of the Washington State Energy Office and its successor agencies.
Dalia Patino Echeverri
Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University
Dalia Patiño-Echeverri is associate professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, where she studies the economic and environmental impacts of power generation technologies, market design, and policies affecting capital investment and operating decisions within the electricity industry. She is also adjunct associate professor at the Engineering and Public Policy Department at Carnegie Mellon University and co-principal investigator of the NSF Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making. She received B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in Industrial Engineering from University of The Andes, Bogotá, Colombia and the PhD degree in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Center for Houston's Future
Prior to becoming the CEO of the Center, Brett A. Perlman was a Fellow at the Harvard Electricity Policy Group and the Consortium for Energy Policy Research, programs in the Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.
In 2016, he was a Fellow in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI), an innovative program composed of 50 experienced global leaders focused on developing new approaches to having an impact and solving the world’s most pressing social issues. http://advancedleadership.harvard.edu/
UT Austin Energy Institute
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.
Deputy Director, Independent Market Monitor
Steve Reedy is the Deputy Director of the Independent Market Monitor for ERCOT at Potomac Economics. He has over fifteen years of experience in the power industry.
LBJ School of Public Affairs
Cale Reeves is currently a PhD student in Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs working with Dr. Varun Rai. Cale earned a Masters of Public Affairs and a B.S. in Public Affairs from SPEA at Indiana University. Prior to that he served with the Peace Corps teaching Computer studies and Carpentry at a vocational school in Samoa. His current research interests focus on the individual-level decision-making drivers of policy outcomes, and residential adoption of decentralized energy resources in contexts with social, economic, and physical infrastructure networks. When he is not at school, Cale is probably fixing a 1969 Triumph 500 or riding it, but more likely fixing it.
Wind Coalition, ERCOT & Public Utility Commission of Texas
Walter Reid is currently working with the Wind Coalition at ERCOT as well as providing support for proceedings at the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Walter is also consulting with a number of wind-power developers concerning ERCOT market rules and assisting with the business aspects of various contracting issues. He was heavily involved in the development of both the zonal and the nodal market rules for ERCOT and continues to help update those rules.
Before Walter starting consulting in 1995 he worked for the Lower Colorado River Authority for 25 years in a variety of engineering, managerial, and executive management positions.
Walter received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University.
Vanderbilt Law School
Jim Rossi is a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School. He is nationally recognized for his research on administrative and energy law topics. His recent articles focus on the role of public utility doctrines and principles in modern energy markets, as well as federalism and other shared jurisdictional issues affecting agency regulation. His books include Energy, Economics and the Environment (4th edition, Foundation Press, 2015, with Joel Eisen, Emily Hammond, David Spence, Jacqueline Weaver and Hannah Wiseman); Regulatory Bargaining and Public Law (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and an edited collection of essays, Dual Enforcement of Constitutional Norms: The New Frontier of State Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2010, with James Gardner).
Manager of Operations, Planning Group
Sandip Sharma received his M.S.E.E in Electrical Engineering specializing in Power Systems from University of Texas at Arlington in 2006. He joined the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Inc. after graduation, and has been working in Grid Operations primarily focusing on Renewable Integration, Frequency Response, Ancillary Services and operational readiness. At present, he is the manager of Operations planning group in ERCOT. He is also a member of NERC Resources Subcommittee and in past was a member of NERC Frequency Response Standard Drafting Team (BAL-003) as well as the member of Texas Regional Entity (TRE) BAL-TRE-001 Standard drafting team. He completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University in May 2017.
Senior Director of Technology Innovation and Market Adoption
Environmental Defense Fund
Associate Professor and Fellow
Ramteen Sioshansi is an associate professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering and an associate fellow in the Center for Automotive Research at The Ohio State University. He holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining OSU, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His research focuses on the integration of advanced energy technologies, including renewables, energy storage, and electric transportation, into energy systems. He also works in energy policy and electricity market design, especially as they pertain to advanced energy technologies.
Co-Founder & Vice President
Paul Smolen assists commercial consumers, cities, counties and public power providers with assessment of their financial options and regulatory requirements related to the restructured electricity market in Texas. Paul is a co-founder and the Vice President of Fox, Smolen & Associates, Inc. (FSA), which was founded in 2001. FSA sold its electricity brokerage business to NRG SimplySmart Solutions, LLC. in September of 2014.Paul is the Chair of The Energy Professionals Association.
Senior Vice President, Commercial Analytics
Caleb Stephenson has served as Calpine’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Analytics since May 2014. In this role, he oversees the company’s analysis of factors affecting the company’s commodity margin performance, including market, regulatory, contractual and operational factors. Mr. Stephenson joined Calpine in October 2008 as Vice President of Commercial Analytics. He 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 and social studies from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Washington University.
Principal Engineer, Emerging Technologies for Grid Coordination
Clayton Stice is the Principal Engineer of Emerging Technologies for Grid Coordination at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The Grid Coordination group assists with efforts to maintain long term reliability of the ERCOT grid by including and developing strategies for accommodating Distributed Energy Resources. He joined ERCOT in 2016 and has over 10 years’ experience in distribution systems with an emphasis on DERs and interconnections. Clayton holds a BSChE and an MSEE from UT Austin. He has been a member of the IEEE1547 working group and participated in the IEEE1547-2014a addendum, as well as IEEE1547-2018 revision, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
Capital Alpha Security
Matt Tait is the CEO and founder of Capital Alpha Security, a UK-based cybersecurity consultancy. Prior to founding Capital Alpha Security, Tait worked for Google Project Zero, served as a principal security consultant for iSEC Partners and NGS Secure, and worked as an information security specialist for Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
Senior Energy Economist
Chen-Hao Tsai is Senior Energy Economist at Center for Energy Economics, The University of Texas at Austin. Current research activities cover a wide range of topics related to electricity market, utilities regulation/deregulation, and nuclear energy.
Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Tuttle is a Research Fellow in the Energy Institute at University of Texas at Austin. His lifelong passion in the automotive space intersects with his decades of experience in information technology and interest in the diffusion of innovation in the research areas of Plug-In Vehicle adoption and integration with the grid, alternative fuel and advanced powertrain vehicles, the Smartgrid, and renewable energy systems.
Department of Electrical Engineering, SMU
Jianhui Wang is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA. He also holds a joint appointment as Section Lead for Advanced Power Grid Modeling at the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, USA.
Dr. Wang is the secretary of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Power System Operations, Planning & Economics Committee. He is an associate editor of Journal of Energy Engineering and an editorial board member of Applied Energy. He has held visiting positions in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong including a VELUX Visiting Professorship at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Dr. Wang is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.
Senior Analyst, Market Design and Development
Paul Wattles is Senior Analyst, Market Design and Development, at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Independent System Operator for 90% of Texas electric load. The Market Design team leads initiatives to enhance the long-term efficiency of ERCOT’s markets. Current initiatives include scoping development of real-time co-optimization of the energy and Ancillary Services markets, and developing a framework for market participation by Distributed Energy Resources. Paul has been with ERCOT since May 2004 and has over 17 years of electric industry experience with an emphasis on market design, advanced metering, demand response, and governmental affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson with a degree in journalism.
Director, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy & Society
Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson is a Professor of Environmental Studies and the inaugural Director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society. She studies how energy systems are changing in the face of new technologies and new societal pressures. Her work focuses on the implementation of energy and environmental policies and laws in practice. She studies how institutions support and thwart energy system transitions and focuses on the interplays between technology innovation, policy creation, and institutional decision making. Recent research has examined how energy policy stakeholders view the opportunities and challenges of creating smart grids and decision making within Regional Transmission Organizations.
Oncor Electric Delivery
Taylor Woodruff is a Regulatory Manager for Oncor Electric Delivery, a regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider that serves 10 million customers across Texas. Taylor currently represents Oncor on matters in the ERCOT stakeholder forums and manages initiatives with a market-wide impact, including distributed generation, demand response, and the interaction between wholesale markets and the transmission grid. He began working at Oncor in 2009 and has had roles in various operational, engineering, and regulatory groups. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
Patrick Worrall has over 20 years of corporate finance experience and 10 years in the energy industry, executing over $20B in capital markets transactions. Prior to joining TPM/Extol, Mr. Worrall worked at Constellation Energy as a director in the commodity group, conducting power plant acquisitions, structured coal contracts and upstream oil and gas transactions. Prior to Constellation, he worked as an associate in the leveraged finance group at Deutsche Bank in New York City, executing leveraged loan and high yield bond transactions across a wide spectrum of industries. Mr. Worrall received a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business.