This year's panelists taught us about how climate policy in California is setting bold new precedents, how the national landscape is changing in regard to renewable energy, how renewable energy is changing the nation's energy infrastructure, and what the path toward a decarbonized grid might look like between now and 2050:
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Ross Baldick (Panel 3 Moderator)
Professor and LeLand Barclay Fellow
UT Austin, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Senior Energy & Utilities Consultant, Baker Tilly
Panel 2 Panelist
President & CEO, New York Independent System Operator
Bradley C. Jones became President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) on October 12, 2015. He is a distinguished energy industry executive with 30
years of wide-ranging experience, including grid operations, power plant operations, generation development, project finance, wholesale and retail market design, and regulatory and legislative affairs.
Prior to joining the NYISO, Mr. Jones had been with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) since 2013, where he was a Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Operations, Grid Planning, and Commercial Operations. He had previously served as VP for Commercial Operations at the ERCOT.
Before joining ERCOT, Mr. Jones was VP for Government Affairs at Luminant, the competitive generation subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings. Prior to that, Mr. Jones worked at TXU Corporation where he began as a Plant Engineer and rose through the organization to become VP for Generation Development.
Mr. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University at Lubbock and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Electrical Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Panel 3 Panelist
Dr. César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa
Undersecretary of Electricity of the Ministry of Energy
Senior Analyst; Market Design and Dev., ERCOT
Alexandra B. Klass
Panel 4 Panelist
Panel 1 Panelist
Robert M. Margolis
Group Manager and Senior Energy Analyst, NREL
Manager of R&D, Oncor
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin
Director of Engagement & Integration, Alberta Energy
Panel 1 Panelist
Varun Rai (Panel 2 Moderator)
UT Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs
David Spence (Panel 1 Moderator)
Professor of Law, Politics & Regulation
Dave Tuttle (Panel 4 Moderator)
Energy Institute - UT Austin
Associate Professor, Stanford Law
Senior Analyst, Market Design and Development, ERCOT
Assistant Professor, South Carolina School of Law
Director, Business Intelligence,PG&E Corporation
He has an MBA from Duke and a law degree from the University of Western Australia.