Mr. Paul A. DeCotis - (Chair)
West Monroe Partners, LLC
Paul DeCotis is Director and East Coast Lead in the Energy and Utilities practice at West Monroe Partners. Formerly, he was Managing Director at Long Island Power Authority where he oversaw utility operations and services and compliance management, and before that, Vice President of Power Markets where he oversaw integrated electric resource planning, including all fuels and sources; fuel, energy and capacity purchases and sales; power project development and management; and participation in the region’s wholesale power markets. Prior to this Paul was Energy Secretary in New York, serving as senior energy advisor to Governor Spitzer and Governor Paterson. Paul was also Chair of the State Energy Planning Board. Paul previously served as Director of Energy Analysis for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority where he oversaw corporate strategy and planning, forecasting and analysis, and energy efficiency, renewable energy, and R&D program evaluation. Prior to this, Paul was Chief of Policy at the State Energy Office. Until his appointment by Governor Spitzer, Paul was a management consultant specializing in executive and Board development, strategy, and mediation. Since 1985, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities including Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Sage Graduate School. Paul is a member of the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC; Editorial Board member of the Energy Efficiency Journal; and a member of Montclair Publishing LLC. “Who’s Who in North America”. Paul is most recent past Board member of the US Offshore Wind Collaborative; Board member of the Clean Energy States Alliance; Executive Committee member of the New York State Reliability Council; and New York’s representative to the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council, among other boards and committees. Paul has served on and chaired many professional organizations and associations and has extensive community service experience. Paul has published dozens of articles and professional papers on energy and industry matters. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in International Business Management from the State University College at Brockport, his Master of Arts in Economics from the University at Albany, and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Sage Graduate School at Russell Sage College.
Mr. James A. Ajello
Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.
James A. (Jim) Ajello is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. as of January 2009. His responsibilities include management of strategic planning, accounting, tax, investor relations, financial reporting, corporate finance, treasury and capital allocation, and enterprise risk management across the HEI companies of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., and American Savings Bank. Jim serves on the Board of the HEI Community Foundation. Prior to joining HEI, Jim was Senior Vice President-Business Development at Reliant Energy, Inc. (Reliant, now NRG). In that role, he was responsible for leading Reliant's effort to expand and grow competitive electricity markets across the United States. Jim joined Reliant in 2000 as President of Reliant Energy Solutions LLC and was named Reliant's Senior Vice President and General Manager of Commercial & Industrial Marketing in 2004. In those roles, he led the development and operations of a new line of business to provide integrated energy solutions to commercial and industrial customers in seven states. Having developed and grown this business over a period of 9 years into one of the largest of its type in the nation, Jim helped manage the sale of it to NRG. Jim's experience prior to joining Reliant includes serving as Managing Director of the Business Development/Corporate Finance Group of UBS Securities, Inc. and as Managing Director of the Energy & Natural Resources Group of UBS Warburg/UBS Securities LLC. In those roles, he was responsible for corporate finance, project finance, advisory products, equity and debt issuance, and underwriting products for selected energy, natural resource, and other corporate clients, worldwide. Jim also worked at Enron North America, and was responsible for a team originating business with large industrial clients. Before Enron, his work experience included a project management role at the U. S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation and as a management intern with the U. S. Department of Energy focusing on renewable energy development and naval nuclear reactors. Jim holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York (1975) and a MPA from Syracuse University (1976). In addition, he is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau, France. Jim is a board member of Crius Energy Trust (TSX: KWH). Jim also serves as chairman of the U.S. Department of Energy's Environmental Management Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hawaii Pacific University (and chairs its budget and foundation committees) and its affiliate The Oceanic Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Enterprise Honolulu (Oahu Economic Development Board).
Dr. William L. Fisher
The University of Texas at Austin
William L. Fisher (NAE) is a Professor and the Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He has extensive experience in academia and in state and federal government, including service as Texas State Geologist and director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, and as Assistant Secretary of the Interior. Dr. Fisher is past president of the Association of American State Geologists, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), American Geological Institute (AGI), American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. He has received the Powers Medal from AAPG, the Campbell Medal from AGI, the Parker Medal from AIPG, and the Hedberg Medal from the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man. His research interests include energy and mineral policy, basin analysis, energy and mineral resource evaluation, stratigraphic facies analysis, seismic stratigraphic analysis, oil and gas recovery, environmental geology, and waste disposal. Dr. Fisher is a former member of the NRC's Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources, former chair of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, and a former member of the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. Dr. Fisher was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1994.
Mr. Sam Kalen
University of Wyoming
Sam Kalen is a Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Wyoming, and Director of the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies. He joined the College in 2009 as an assistant professor of law. Professor Kalen comes to the University of Wyoming after practicing in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years, both in the private and public sectors. He practiced at an energy, environment and natural resources law firm, and worked in the Solicitor’s Office at the Department of the Interior. He also has held various teaching positions at the University of Baltimore, Florida State University, Washington & Lee University, and Penn State University. Immediately after law school, Professor Kalen began his career as a law clerk for Justice Warren D. Welliver of the Missouri Supreme Court. Professor Kalen’s research focuses on the fields of energy, environment, public lands and natural resources, administrative law, and constitutional law. He has published numerous law review articles, one of which was cited in a Supreme Court opinion. Professor Kalen also is active in the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, having served as a Chair of two committees and Vice-Chair on several committees. He teaches courses in energy, energy and climate change, renewable energy resources, environmental law, Indian law, administrative law, legislation, and legal history. He has a B.A. from Clark University and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
Ms. Jackalyne Pfannenstiel
U.S. Navy [Retired]
Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment, where she was responsible for achieving aggressive energy goals for renewable resources, energy efficiency, and biofuels. She was also responsible for enhancing the environmental quality on shore and afloat. Prior to this, she served a five-year term as Commissioner and Chairman of the California Energy Commission, a full-time energy regulatory and policy agency responsible for licensing thermal power plants, mandating energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances, and managing a $100 million public interest research program, as well as developing strategies promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency and assuring the development of stable, long-term supplies of electric power, natural gas, and transportation fuels. As chair, she had overall responsibility for the Commission’s policies and programs and was responsible for a number of key initiatives, such as a 2008 energy roadmap for reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to 1990 levels. She has also been an energy consultant, held a number of positions during a 20-year career at Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation including Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, and Vice President, Corporate Planning. Prior to 1980, she was Senior Economist, California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and Economist, Connecticut PUC. She has a wealth of energy policy experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric utility systems. She has been a member, Board of Directors, Alliance to Save Energy, the California Clean Energy Fund, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure, and the Western Interstate Energy Board. She served as Chair, Energy Conservation Study, Energy Modeling Forum (1992-1993); she received the Civilian Service Award (2012) from the Navy, and the Star of Energy Efficiency award (2011) from the Alliance to Save Energy. She has a B.A. in economics, Clark University, an M.A. in economics, University of Hartford, and attended the Executive Program, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.