Featuring: Joshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D. Co-author of Report IdeaSmiths LLC Joshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D. is
Joshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D.
Co-author of Report
Joshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D. is a Research Fellow at the Energy Institute and the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin. His current research is in the area of smart grid and the bulk electricity system, including spatial system-level applications and impacts of energy efficiency, resource planning, distributed generation, and storage. He is also interested in policy and the impacts that good policy can have on the efficiency of the micro and macro economy, especially policy that utilizes market forces to increase efficiencies. He consults on a broad range of energy topics as well as vetting for novel technologies — often sitting on vetting committees for companies looking to enter Austin’s technology incubators.
Manager, Government & Regulatory Affairs at Invenergy LLC
Caitlin Smith is Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Invenergy LLC, covering advocacy for Invenergy at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature. Prior to joining Invenergy, Caitlin advocated at the same venues in Texas for a variety of clean energy clients, including wind, solar, storage, distributed generation and demand response interests. Caitlin additionally previously was the Attorney for Potomac Economics, the Independent Market Monitor for the wholesale electricity markets of ERCOT. Caitlin received an L.L.M. in Environmental & Natural Resource Law & Policy from the University of Denver, and a J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law.
Associate Vice President, Clean Energy,
Environmental Defense Fund
John Hall brings years of environmental advocacy leadership experience to lead EDF’s clean energy efforts in Texas. Specifically, he is working to implement a comprehensive plan that will increase the use of Texas’ abundant clean energy resources, including wind, solar, energy efficiency, and demand response. Through legislative and regulatory changes, Hall aims to significantly reduce the state’s carbon emissions by 2030 and help Texas gain a global leadership position in the emerging multi-trillion dollar clean energy economy.
Co-author of Report
Dwain began his career in Austin practicing intellectual property law with a focus on high tech and funding of early stage companies.
In 2003, Dwain began work at the Texas General Land Office as a staff attorney, as Special Counsel to the Commissioner, and finally as the Deputy Commissioner for Renewable Energy.
From 2012 until 2016, Dwain served as Transportation and Policy Research Director of the Texas Sustainable Research Institute at UT San Antonio. Dwain also served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Central Texas Fuel Independence Project, and directed research into stationary energy technologies. From 2016 until the present, Dwain has been the Executive Director for CleanTX. Dwain is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, with a Juris Doctor from UT Law School.
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