Dr. Jerry Jackson is the leader and research director of the Smart Grid Research Consortium. He is an energy economist with more than thirty years of experience in utility forecasting, utility program development and financial analysis, and new energy technology market analysis.
The SGRC, which began as a research/service project at Texas A&M University in early 2010 transitioned to an independent research and consulting firm in January 2011. The SGRC Smart Grid Investment Model has been applied for 16 municipal and cooperative utilities including eight Texas utilities. A current SGRC project addresses Texas cooperative utility demand response potentials including both customer engagement programs and voltage control.
He was previously a professor at Texas A&M University and Chief of the Applied Research Division at Georgia Tech Research Institute. He is also president of Jackson Associates where he works with utilities, state regulatory agencies, equipment manufactures and others in addressing energy industry issues. His clients include utilities ranging from small coops and municipal utilities to the largest investor owned utilities in the US and Canada. He has assisted leading technology companies in analyzing and evaluating markets for new energy-related technologies including fuel cells, microturbines, combined heat and power, cool storage, solar technologies, flywheels, energy-efficiency/demand response technologies and demand response programs. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Florida.