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Personal Interests

Academic Affiliation
Boston University

Dr. Peter Fox-Penner is a Professor of the Practice at the Boston University Questrom School of Business where he is leading the creation of a University-wide Institute for Sustainable Energy. He is also an academic advisor to The Brattle Group and chief strategy officer of Energy Impact Partners, a private equity firm. His practice centers on energy and environmental policies and electric regulation, planning, and competition issues. He is also experienced in the natural gas, communications, transportation, and environmental industries and is a frequent expert witness on these issues. His research has been widely cited, including in one Supreme Court decision. Drawing upon his expertise as a utility consultant, he is often asked to lead strategic planning projects and board level strategy sessions for utilities across the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Fox-Penner is a frequent speaker on energy topics and the author of numerous published articles and books, including the highly acclaimed Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities (Island Press, 2010). In Smart Power, he provides an in-depth look at the policy and business challenges electric utilities face due to the combined impacts of climate change, the smart grid, and energy efficiency policies.

Dr. Fox-Penner’s background includes service as a senior official in the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as well as staff positions in the Illinois Governor’s office. In addition to his consulting practice, Dr. Fox-Penner is on the board of directors of The Solar Foundation and the advisory boards of Enviance, Inc. and Gridpoint. He is also an occasional guest blogger on Climate Progress and The Huffington Post.

Representative Engagements
Innovation, Meet Deployment: Climate Policy's Twin Imperatives
January 5, 2016
Published in The Huffington Post
Comparative Generation Costs of Utility-Scale and Residential-Scale PV in Xcel Energy Colorado’s Service Area
July 2015
Prepared for First Solar
Market Power and Market Manipulation in Energy Markets: From the California Crisis to the Present
April 2015
Gerald A. Taylor, Shaun D. Ledgerwood, Romkaew P. Broehm, and Peter S. Fox-Penner
Published by PUR Inc.
Public Power in the Age of Smart Power
October 6, 2014
Presented to the American Public Power Association
Utility Investments in Resiliency: Balancing Benefits with Cost in an Uncertain Environment
June 2014
William P. Zarakas, Sanem Sergici, Heidi Bishop, Jake Zahniser-Word, and Peter S. Fox-Penner
Published in The Electricity Journal, Volume 27, Issue 5
Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT, Part III: The Role of Demand Response, Energy Efficiency, and Combined Heat & Power
May 29, 2014
Prepared for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC)
Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT Part II: Future Generation Scenarios for Texas
December 10, 2013
Prepared for The Texas Clean Energy Coalition
From ERG to the Smart Grid: One Illini’s Journey
October 9, 2013
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
A Trip to RIIO in Your Future?
October 2013
Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly
Partnering Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT
June 11, 2013
Prepared for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition; sponsored by the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
The Future of US Energy Utilities
February 1, 2013
Published in The Oxford Energy Forum
The Smart, Low Carbon Grid
December 10, 2012
Presented at the Texas Renewables Energy Industries Association (TREIA) Conference, Lost Pines, TX
Telecom Transformation
November 29, 2012
Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly's Spark
Review of EIPC’s Phase 1 Report
May 22, 2012
Prepared for the Working Group for Investment in Reliable and Economic Electric Systems (WIRES)
SureWest's Transformation and its Lessons for Today's Electric Utilities
December 2011
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
The Future of Utilities: Business Models and Strategy
October 19, 2011
Presented to Accenture, London, UK
Energy Efficiency and Utility Demand-Side Management Programs
July 14, 2011
Presented to The World Bank
Comments of Romkaew P. Broehm, Peter S. Fox-Penner, Oliver Grawe, and James Reitzes to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Regarding the Analysis of Horizontal Market Power Under the Federal Power Act, Docket No. RM11-14-000
May 23, 2011
Prepared for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Staff
Comments of Romkaew P. Broehm and Peter S. Fox-Penner, re: Market-Based Rates for Wholesale Sales Of Electric Energy, Capacity and Ancillary Services by Public Utilities
May 2011
Policy Challenges Associated with Renewable Energy Integration
April 2011
Prepared for the 2011 MITEI Symposium: Managing Large-Scale Penetration of Intermittent Renewables
Comments for Docket No. RM10-23-000, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation by Transmission Owning and Operating Public Utilities
September 2010
Prepared for the FERC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation by Transmission Owning and Operating Public Utilities
An Introduction to Electricity Grid Infrastructure: System Complexity in a Rapidly Changing Industry
August 31, 2010
Presented at Department of Defense/Monitor 360's Complexity of the Smart Grid Conference
For Grid Expansion, Think ‘Subregionally’
June 8, 2010
Published in The Energy Daily
Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities
Published by Island Press
Transforming America's Power Industry: The Investment Challenge 2010-2030
November 2008
Prepared for The Edison Foundation

Peter serves on a number of boards and has extensive management and advisory experience, including:

  • Board of Directors, the Solar Foundation (2010-Fall 2012)
  • Advisory Board, Enviance, Inc. (provider of greenhouse gas, environmental life cycle cost, and supply chain management software) (2007-present)
  • Advisory Board, Gridpoint, Inc. (smart grid and energy efficiency firm) (2009-2012)
  • Co-founder and Vice Chair, ENpartners LLC (greentech advisory and PE firm)
  • Past Advisor to the Center for National Policy and Progressive Policy Institute (1996-2007)