Clark W. Gellings, P.E.
Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
Clark Gellings is vice president of innovation at the Electric Power Research Institute. He has been at EPRI since 1982; prior to that he was with Public Service Enterprise Group in New Jersey. Mr. Gellings is both an electrical and mechanical engineer with a strong background in the development of new products and services for the energy industry, especially applied to the power industry. He has many accomplishments in developing systems for demand side management, optimal and cost-effective utility management, applying digital technology in the power sector in order to gain efficiencies in generation, dispatching, and end use. He is a member of numerous professional associations and has received many prizes for his work over the years. He has authored or co-authored over 400 articles or papers and 10 books. He has an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, an M.S. in management science from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Newark College of Engineering.
Michehl R. Gent
Michehl Gent is retired president and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC). He joined NERC in 1980 as executive vice president and was elected president in 1982. Prior to joining NERC, he was general manager of the Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group--a voluntary power pool for Florida's electric utilities. Previous to this, he held several positions in both operations and planning at the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. He earned his BSEE at Texas A&M and MSEE at the University of Southern California (USC). He has taught in the graduate schools of USC and Loyola and is a registered Professional Engineer. Mr. Gent currently serves on several policy committees and boards, including the United States Energy Association and the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee.
Iowa Utilities Board
Diane Munns has served as a member of the three-member Iowa Utilities Board since her appointment in June 1999 following 15 years of service as a regulatory attorney. She was appointed Chairman of the Board in October of 2001 and served in that position until March 10, 2005. Her current term as a member of the Board ends April 30, 2009. Ms. Munns assumed the presidency of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in mid-term 2005 and will lead the organization through 2006. She is a member of the Committee on Electricity, a member of the Executive Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors. She is past chair of the NARUC Committee on Finance and Technology. She serves on the Advisory Council to the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, is a member of the Advisory Council of the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities, and serves on Energy Board of the Keystone Center of Science and Public Policy. Ms. Munns is also co-chair of the Leadership Group for the Energy Efficiency Action Plan for the EPA. She has served on the Executive Committee for OMS. Ms. Munns received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and her law degree from Drake University.
Sharon L. Nelson
Washington State Attorney General's Office
Sharon Nelson is chief of the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office. She served as the director of the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce, and Technology at the University of Washington School of Law from 2000-2003. She served as chair of the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission from 1985-1997 and as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in 1989-1990. She also serves on the boards of Itron and Consumers Union, and was first elected to the North American Electric Reliability Council Board of Trustees in 1999. She recently served as a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy. She received her B.A. from Carleton College, M.A.T. from the University of Chicago, and J.D. from the University of Washington.
David K. Owens
Edison Electric Institute
David Owens is executive vice president, Business Operations, Edison Electric Institute (EEI). Previously, Mr. Owens served as EEI senior vice president of finance, regulation, and power supply policy, focusing on enhancement of industry representation on such issues as the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA), the Federal Power Act, cogeneration and independent power production, transmission access, and bulk power and transmission pricing, which affect the national interest. He also has responsibility for representing the industry in the areas of finance, ratemaking, regulation, accounting, and taxes. Mr. Owens also served as vice president of power supply policy, overseeing a broad range of issues related to power supply policy and the regulatory structure of the electric utility industry. He joined EEI in 1980 as director of rates and regulation. His responsibilities included coordinating industry positions on rate-related matters before federal, executive and congressional committees. Prior to EEI, Mr. Owens served as chief engineer of the Division of Corporate Regulation of the Securities and Exchange Commission. This division is responsible for regulating public utility holding companies. Mr. Owens also was an engineer in the Division of Rates and Corporate Regulation at the former Federal Power Commission and worked as a design and test engineer for General Electric and Philadelphia Electric Companies respectively. He is also a member of the National Academies Board on Energy & Environmental Systems. Mr. Owens holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from Howard University and an M.S. in engineering administration from George Washington University.
Louis L. Rana
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
Louis Rana is president and chief operating officer of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, a position to which he was elected effective September 1, 2005. Mr. Rana joined Con Edison in 1969 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in electric operations, system operations, and engineering. From February 2003 until his election to president, Mr. Rana was senior vice president of Electric Operations, with overall responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the company's electric system in New York City and Westchester County. He was appointed chief engineer of Distribution Engineering in 1993. He served as general manager of Manhattan Electric Operations in 1997 and general manager of System Operations during 1997 and 1998. Mr. Rana was named vice president of System and Transmission Planning in 1998 and vice president of Manhattan Electric Operations in 2000. Mr. Rana is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Research Advisory Committee for the Electric Power Research Institute. He received a B.S. in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Mr. Rana is a licensed professional engineer.
B. Don Russell, Jr.
Texas A&M University-College Station
Don Russell (NAE) is Regents Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research interests are in electric power engineering, power systems protection, control, and computer automation. His policy interests are in energy systems and economics. He is also the director of the Texas A&M Power Systems Automation Laboratory. Prior to his current appointment, he held several key positions in the Texas A&M System, including associate vice chancellor for engineering research, executive associate dean of the College of Engineering, and deputy director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. His industrial interests include the presidency of Power Solutions, an engineering design firm. Dr. Russell has received a number of IEEE awards and is member of at least a dozen professional societies. He is past president of the IEEE Power Engineering Society. Dr. Russell is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Richard E. Schuler
Richard Schuler is a P.E. in electrical engineering and has been professor of economics and of civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University since 1972, where he has also been an adjunct professor in the Johnson Graduate School of Management since 1991. His research focuses on the role of infrastructure in supporting modern societies, including its organization, management, regulation, pricing, and its regional economic and environmental impact. He has worked extensively using both analytic and experimental techniques on developing efficient markets for reliable, deregulated electricity supplies that incorporate proper customer participation while encouraging needed investment. Together with colleagues from the Santa Fe Institute, he is also using numerical methods to explore the optimal structure of organizations in the information age. From 1995 to 2001, he directed the Institute for Public Affairs, Cornell's MPA program, and he helped form and directed the Cornell Waste Management Institute from 1987 to 1993, during which time he was also associate director of Cornell's Center for the Environment. Previously, Prof. Schuler served as a Public Service Commissioner in New York State (1981-1983), as an energy consultant with Battelle Memorial Institute (1967-1968), and was an engineer and manager with the Pennsylvania Power and Light Co. from (1959-1967). He has served as a faculty-elected trustee of Cornell University from 1994-1998, during which time the board appointed him to its executive committee, and, since its formation in 1998, he has been a member of the board of directors of the New York Independent System Operator (responsible for operating the state's electricity system reliably and conducting an efficient wholesale market), where he chairs the Market Performance Committee. Prof. Schuler's degrees are a B.E. in electrical engineering from Yale in 1959, an M.B.A. in business from Lehigh University in 1969, and a Ph.D. in economics from Brown in 1972.
Philip R. Sharp
Resources for the Future, Inc.
Phil Sharp is president of Resources for the Future. Previously, he was acting director of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He was a senior research fellow in the Environment and Natural Resources Program, a lecturer in public policy (1995-2001), and director of the Institutes of Politics (1995-1998) at the Kennedy School. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Energy Foundation; the Cinergy Corporation; the New England Electric Power Co. (a subsidiary of National Grid USA); and Proton Energy Systems, Inc. He chaired the Secretary of Energy's Task Force on Electric Systems Reliability, which issued its report September 1998. He was a member of the National Academies Committee on Effectiveness and Impact of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards, which issued its report in July 2001, and is also a member of the National Academies Board on Energy & Environmental Systems. He was a Member of Congress from Indiana (1975-1995) and served as chair of the Energy and Power Subcommittee (1986-1995). Dr. Sharp graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and received his Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University.
Carson W. Taylor
Bonneville Power Administration [Retired]
Carson Taylor (NAE) is retired principal engineer for the Bonneville Power Administration, where he has worked since 1969. His background and experience are in R&D of advanced control and operating strategies to increase transmission transfer capability and power systems reliability, and in training in modeling and simulation techniques. He has also been active in investigating power outages, system stability, security issues, and other system anomalies. He is active in IEEE, has received several awards, and publishes books and articles on a variety of power systems subjects. He is also active in training and education, passing on what he has learned through seminars and short courses. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has a B.S in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in electric power engineering from the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.
Susan F. Tierney
Sue Tierney is a managing principal at Analysis Group and is an expert on energy policy and economics, especially in the electric and gas industries. Her areas of expertise include electric industry restructuring, market analyses, wholesale and retail market design, market monitoring, contract disputes, resource planning and analysis, asset valuations, regional transmission organizations, the siting of generation and transmission and natural gas pipeline projects, natural gas markets, electric system reliability, and environmental policy and regulation. Prior to joining Analysis Group, she was senior vice president at Lexecon. She has also served as the assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She was also Secretary for Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts under Governor William Weld, and commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, to which she was appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis. She was executive director of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council. Dr. Tierney has authored numerous articles and speaks frequently at industry conferences. She serves on a number of boards of directors and advisory committees, including the National Commission on Energy Policy. She is chair of the boards of the Energy Foundation and of Clean Air-Cool Planet and is a director of Catalytica Energy Systems Inc., the Northeast States Clean Air Foundation, Electric Power Research Institute, and the Climate Policy Center. Dr. Tierney is a member of the Harvard Electric Policy Group, the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Advisory Council, the Environmental Advisory Council of the New York Independent System Operator, and the China Sustainable Energy Program's Policy Advisory Council. She was previously chair of the Electricity Innovations Institute and a member of the Advisory Council of the Independent System Operator-New England. She has taught at the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Tierney earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in regional planning at Cornell University and her B.A. at Scripps College.
Arizona State University
Vijay Vittal (NAE) is the Ira A. Fulton Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Arizona State University. His research interests are in the area of power system dynamics, dynamic security assessment of power systems, power system operation and control, and application of robust control techniques to power systems. He is the author and co-author of several papers in his field. In 1992, he co-authored the textbook entitled Power System Transient Stability Assessment Using the Transient Energy Function Method with A.A. Fouad, and, in 1999, he co-authored the textbook entitled Power System Analysis with A.R. Bergen. During 1993-1994 he was the program director of the Power Systems Program at the National Science Foundation. He has been the recipient of several awards, including several from the IEEE, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received a B.E. in electrical engineering from the B.M.S. College of Engineering, Bangalore, India, in 1977; an M.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1979; and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, in 1982.
Paul C. Whitstock
Marsh USA Inc.
Paul Whitstock is a managing director with Marsh USA Inc., a risk and insurance services firm. He has been active in the energy industry and is well connected with insurance markets specializing in utility and power generation risks. He is the client executive for several global energy companies and is actively involved in managing and placing insurance programs for large generating asset and transmission system portfolios. As the power & utility practice leader for Marsh's Mid-Atlantic Zone, Mr. Whitstock acts in both a consulting and brokerage capacity, lending his expertise in such areas as deal facilitation, risk transfer strategies, and traditional and advance risk financing strategies (including weather hedges and energy trading risks). Mr. Whitstock also has extensive experience with construction and commissioning risks associated with large power generation projects. Mr. Whitstock has a B.S. in business administration from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. He has also completed a wide array of risk management and insurance courses at the College of Insurance in New York. In 1992, he received his Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation.