John Adams is a principal engineer at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. He has worked in ERCOT operations, planning, and Nodal development since 1996, where he held positions in operations engineering, grid management, and process development. He has over 30 years’ experience in grid operations and planning at Houston Lighting and Power and ERCOT.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M University and a BSEE from University of Texas at Austin. He performed post graduate work at University of Houston.
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 also 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.
Dr. Parviz Adib is the founder of Pionergy consulting firm, which is currently working on the development of value-added services to meet retail energy consumers’ needs and preferences.
Dr. Adib retired from the Public Utility Commission of Texas in 2007, and was well known to market players as the head of the “MOD Squad”, the first Market Monitoring Unit for ERCOT market, between 2000 and 2006. He also led PUCT Staff and advised the Commission in finalizing the energy-only resource adequacy mechanism for ERCOT market.
Dr. Adib has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses.
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.
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 Securities Board, the state agency that regulates the securities and investment advisory industry in this state. He served on the Board until December 2006. Mr. Anderson has served as the Texas representative on the Energy Regional State Committee (ERSC) since its formation in December 2009. Mr. Anderson was elected President of the ERSC in August 2010. He 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. Since May 2012 Mr. Anderson has served on the Texas Reliability Entity’s board of directors. 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.
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. Dr. Baldick won a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award that same year. Baldick researches electricity systems, electricity markets and electric transmission. 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.
Dr. Beach is a fellow at both the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (Jackson School of Geosciences) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His research covers the interplay between the development of energy policy, environmental policy, and technology policy. The focus is to investigate the role that sound physics, science, and systems engineering play in the development of successful policy.
Chad Blevins is the chief financial analyst and ERCOT market analyst for the Butler Firm. He advises on topics of energy finance, energy policy, and emerging technology markets. His practice includes building financial cash flow models using specific market structures, statistical analyses, and incorporating uncertainty (using Excel and Monte Carlo simulator @Risk); building computational economic models of resource trading; and monitoring ERCOT and PUCT stakeholder deliberations.
Mr. Blevins is the vice chair of the Emerging Technologies Working Group at ERCOT and is on the CleanTX Leadership Council. Before he joined 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 Public Citizen where he successfully supported the passage of ten energy efficiency bills. Mr. Blevins is an Air Force Distinguished Graduate and Summa Cum Laude alumnus of Saint Edward’s University (international relations with a thesis focus on the economics of sustainability).
Andy Bowman is president of Pioneer Green Energy, a utility scale wind and solar development company based in Austin, Texas. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry. Over his career Andy has managed development of 1,700 MW of fully constructed projects which total more than $3 billion in capital costs. In 2002 he was a founder of Renewable Generation Inc., which was sold to Dublin-based Airtricity in 2005. In 2008 Airtricity was acquired by German utility E.On Climate & Renewables North America, where Andy became chief development officer with responsibility for the U.S. and Canada.
Andy is a graduate of Yale University and received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and his MPAff from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas.
Amanda Brown brings in-depth regulatory and market policy experience to her role as Xtreme Power’s Vice President, Market Policy and Regulatory Affairs. She represents Xtreme Power at the ISOs, PUCs, energy commissions, legislatures and other organizations that influence and impact energy storage policy. She advocates for and participates in the creation and implementation of policies and ISO protocols that support utility-scale adoption of energy storage and promote the growth of the energy storage industry. Mrs. Brown also served as regulatory compliance manager for E.ON Climate and Renewables North America, where she managed FERC & NERC compliance the company’s North American operating asset fleet of 1,800MW of renewable energy. She is an active member in the Emerging Technologies Working Group at ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas). Mrs. Brown holds a B.A. in and English Literature and History from the University of Texas- Austin, and an M.A. in Political Science and Legal Studies with Honors from Texas State University.
Jeremy Brown is a research fellow at the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He previously practiced at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Mark Bruce is a Founder and Principal of Stratus Energy Group with more than 12 years of experience in energy policy development and advocacy, beginning with 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. Mr. Bruce currently serves as Chairman of the ERCOT Emerging Technologies Working Group.
James Bushnell is an associate professor at the Dept. of Economics at UC Davis Center and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has previously served as the director of the Biobased Industry Center at Iowa State University and spent 15 years as the Research Director of the University of California Energy Institute in Berkeley.
Prof. Bushnell has been actively involved in energy and environmental policy for over a decade. During 1999 and 2000, he served as a member of the Market Monitoring Committee (MMC) of the California Power Exchange. Since 2002, he has served as a member of the Market Surveillance Committee (MSC) of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). In addition to his public committee positions in California, Dr. Bushnell has also directed prospective and retrospective analyses of several electricity markets, including the Spanish, South Korean, and ISO-NE markets.
Andres is an award-winning engineer, executive, speaker, and author. Andres is one of the early
pioneers and developers of the Smart Grid concept and technology. He championed Austin Energy’s
vision, program, and implementation from 2003 – 2010, as their CIO, and co-authored the book “The
Advanced Smart Grid”. He is a member of the IEEE and ASME. He has over 26 years of experience in
the Energy, Wireless, Software and Computer industries.
He is currently the EVP & chief strategy officer at Proximetry, offering AirSync - the first smart grid network management platform. He is a board member of the Utility Telecom Council’s Smart Networks Council, and an advisor to KU, UCLA, UT
Austin, KLD Energy, Amperion, and Zpryme. He has received over 33 awards for his industry
contributions. He is a well-known speaker on energy, telecommunications, and IT topics. He has a B.S.
in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas and he has completed executive programs at
Stanford University in business, at The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania in quality
management, and at The University of Idaho in electric utility management. Andres started his career at
Microsoft as a product manager for Windows in 1986. You can follow Andres on twitter @ciomaster.
Dr. Dhiman Chatterjee manages the development of design enhancements and new products and services for the MISO Energy and Operating Reserves markets. Before that, he was responsible for the administration of the Financial Transmission Rights (FTR) market at the Midwest ISO. He received a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Allison Clements is the Director of the Project for the Sustainable FERC Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Project represents a coalition of energy policy and environmental non-profit organizations at FERC and at the ISO/RTO level. They pursue a sustainable and efficient transmission system that can accelerate deployment of renewable energy and demand-side resources. Allison spent three years serving as NRDC’s corporate counsel and maintained a policy practice in renewable energy deployment. Before joining NRDC, Allison worked as a project finance attorney at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP in New York, where she represented developers and lenders in financing traditional and renewable energy and biofuels facilities. As an associate at Troutman Sanders, LLP, she advised utilities, independent power producers and other energy companies regarding Federal Energy Regulatory Commission law. Allison holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan and a J.D., with honors, from the George Washington University Law School.
Christopher Dann is a vice president in Booz & Company’s Energy, Chemicals and Utilities practice. For over 17 years, he has consulted with CEOs and senior executives on corporate and business unit strategies and risk management. Mr. Dann specializes in strategic decision making and risk management in the energy, industrial and infrastructure industries. Recently, his work has been focused in three main areas:
• Corporate strategic decision-making and planning for energy, specialty chemicals and other industrial companies including growth strategy, new asset acquisition and development and corporate portfolio strategy
• Generation portfolio strategy, environmental strategy and capital allocation for some of the largest generation portfolios in the US
• Enterprise risk management and risk analysis of large capital investments or major ventures in energy and infrastructure
Mr. Dann has extensive experience in strategic planning and decision-making in the US power and gas industry. Mr. Dann has worked with many of the leading US power generation and electric utilities to evaluate strategy, manage risk and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their decision making.
Before joining Booz & Company, Mr. Dann was a partner and director, Energy and Environment at Strategic Decisions Group (SDG). Prior to SDG, Mr. Dann was a principal with Charles River Associates and an associate director with Arthur D. Little.
Mr. Dann is a recognized industry expert and active participant in industry events. He produces and publishes thought leadership on industry issues. For example, he recently published “Renewables at a Crossroads,” Booz & Company’s latest view on the renewables market.
Mr. Dann received an Msc. in economics from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. He has earned a certificate in strategic decision and risk management at Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development. Mr. Dann also holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License (#01412011).
Lincoln Davies is Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where his research and teaching focuses on energy law and policy, environmental law, and water law. Professor Davies’ recent research centers on renewable portfolio standards, nuclear energy, and utility and regulatory innovation. His published work includes: "Reconciling Renewable Portfolio Standards and Feed-In Tariffs", 32 Utah Envtl. L. Rev. 311 (2012); "Beyond Fukushima: Disasters, Nuclear Energy, and Energy Law", 2011 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 1937; "Power Forward: The Argument for a National RPS", 42 Conn. L. Rev. 1339 (2010); "State Renewable Portfolio Standards: Is There a 'Race,' and Is It 'To the Top?'", 3 San Diego J. of Climate & Energy L. 3 (2011-12); and "Incentivizing Renewable Energy: Assessing Renewable Portfolio Standard and Feed-in Tariff Design and Performance", 1 KLRI J. of L. & Legis. 39 (2011). Professor Davies is a principal investigator for the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, where his research concentrates on carbon capture and sequestration and technology-forcing regulation. 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.
Mark Dreyfus serves as the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Communications at Austin Energy, where he is responsible for representing Austin Energy’s federal and state legislative interests. In December of 2009, Mr. Dreyfus was elected to represent the municipal market segment as a member of the ERCOT Board of Directors. He served in 2007 and 2008 as Chair of ERCOT’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), the stakeholders’ committee to the ERCOT Board of Directors, and as the TAC Vice Chair during 2005 and 2006. Mr. Dreyfus also served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) from 2005 to 2009.
Before he joined Austin Energy, Mr. Dreyfus worked at the PUC as Chief Economist in the Office of Policy Development and as Advisor to Commissioner Pat Curran. He also worked as an economic consultant at National Economics Research Associates (NERA) and the Environmental Protection Agency as supervisory economist in the Office of Toxic Substances.
Mr. Dreyfus is a Plan II, Liberal Arts Honors graduate of the University of Texas. He holds a Master's of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University.
In November 2004, Dumas joined ERCOT’s Operations Planning Group, where he was responsible for the seasonal planning, which includes load and wind power forecasting and ancillary service requirements. He was also responsible for advanced network applications, including the State Estimator and the Voltage Stability Analysis Tool.
Prior to joining ERCOT, he was employed by TXU for 18 years, where he served as a subject matter expert for all energy trading system platforms that were focused on the ERCOT market. In 2002 he served as chairman of the ERCOT Performance Disturbance Compliance Working Group in which members of ERCOT focused on maintaining good and proper frequency control. While at TXU, he was also the technical lead responsible for installing TXU’s Generation Control System, designed to operate in the ERCOT Zonal market when it first went live in 2002.
Roger Duncan is a research associate at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. Roger is also the former General Manager of Austin Energy, the municipal utility for Austin, Texas. Before that, Roger served in various executive roles for Austin Energy and the City of Austin.
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 he's chairman of the board of the Pecan Street Project, an Austin smart grid initiative. 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.
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, TX energy network to one based on significant use of renewable energy and smart grid technology. He recently became director of the UT Energy Institute.
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, with its third edition published in 2010, and numerous books, book chapters, treatises, and law review articles on electric utility regulation, renewable energy, and brownfields law and policy. His scholarship has appeared in journals at Harvard, Duke, Notre Dame, Fordham, Illinois, Wake Forest, and William & Mary law schools, among other venues. 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.
Professor Eisen teaches courses in environmental law, energy law, law of clean and renewable energy, and environmental and energy law in China. He also teaches the environmental law and policy course to undergraduate students in the University of Richmond’s Environmental Studies program. In recognition of his contributions to teaching, scholarship and service, he was named the University of Richmond’s Distinguished Educator for 2010-2011. In spring 2009, Professor Eisen was a Fulbright Professor of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China. He 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.
Dan Farber is the Sho Sato Professor of law and chair of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the co-director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment. Professor Farber serves on the editorial board of Foundation Press. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a life member of the American Law Institute. He is the editor of Issues in Legal Scholarship and the author of over a hundred law review articles and 18 books.
Professor Farber is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned his BA, MA, and JD degrees. He graduated summa cum laude from the College of Law, where he was the class valedictorian and served as editor-in-chief of the University of Illinois Law Review. After graduation from law school, he was a law clerk for Judge Philip W. Tone of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and then for Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court of the United States. Professor Farber practiced law with Sidley & Austin, where he primarily worked on energy issues, before joining the University of Illinois College of Law faculty in 1978. He was a member of the University of Minnesota Law School faculty from1981 to 2002, where he was the McKnight Presidential Professor of Public Law. He also has been a visiting professor at the Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, and the University of Chicago Law School.
Dr. Michael Giberson is an assistant professor of practice in energy commerce with the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. He teaches U.S. Energy Policy and Regulation, Energy Economics, and other energy-related courses. Before he joined Texas Tech, Giberson was an economist with Potomac Economics, where he contributed to their RTO/ISO market analysis and market power mitigation efforts. He also worked as an independent energy industry analyst, was a research fellow with George Mason University's Critical Infrastructure Protection Project, and worked for the Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets and Argonne National Lab.
Giberson holds a B.A. in Economics from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University. He is co-author, with Lynne Kiesling, of the blog Knowledge Problem.
Gautam Gowrisankaran is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Arizona where he is also an affiliated faculty of the Institute of the Environment. His research focuses on industrial organization, environmental and energy economics, and health economics. Prof. Gowrisankaran has also served as a regular or visiting faculty member at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Yale University and Washington University in St. Louis. Prof. Gowrisankaran is also Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Professeur Afilié at the HEC Montréal Business School. He received his B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College in 1991 and his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1995.
Prof. Gowrisankaran has researched extensively on valuing intermittency in renewable energy, understanding optimal dynamic tradeoffs in environmental policy, hospital quality and competition, and the dynamics of durable goods, among other topics. Prof. Gowrisankaran’s work has been published in leading economics journals including Econometrica, the RAND Journal of Economics, and Journal of Econometrics. He has served as principal investigator on three National Science Foundation grants, and one grant each from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and the Commonwealth Fund. He currently serves on the Board of Editors of the American Economic Review, Journal of Business and Economics Statistics and Economic Inquiry. Prof. Gowrisankaran has served as a consultant and/or expert witness to the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, state Attorneys General, and private consulting firms on numerous competition matters. During the 2011-12 academic year, he gave invited seminars at Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, École Polytechnique (France), Harvard University, Ohio State University, the University of Mannheim (Germany), and invited conference presentations at the University of California POWER Conference, the University of Florida Energy Policy Conference, and the ZEW Energy Conference, among many others. He is the recipient of the 2009 Kalt Prize for best doctoral student mentoring at the Eller College of Management.
Jim Greer, P.E. is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas. He is an active member and has held leadership positions in the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Mr. Greer is a past recipient of the Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year and Van Trump awards from the Fort Worth Chapter of TSPE. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Mr. Greer holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, a MBA from the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Greer resides in Keller, Texas with his wife, Stella, and sons Michael and Bradford, and daughter, Laura.
Mike Gregerson has over 30 years of management, executive and consulting experience in the electric utility arena. As an energy policy consultant, Mike worked with the Great Plains Institute and the Midwestern Governors Association to advance clean energy and regional transmission initiatives. As VP of Customer Care for Xcel Energy, he managed customer billing, call centers and credit operations for 3 million electric and gas customers. As Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs for Northern States Power (now a unit of Xcel Energy), he led company efforts to deal with acid rain, hazardous waste disposal, power plant and high voltage transmission line impact issues. Gregerson holds a B.S. degree in engineering and Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota.