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North American Energy Standards Board

801 Travis, Suite 1675, Houston, Texas 77002

Phone: (713) 356-0060, Fax: (713) 356-0067, E-mail: naesb@naesb.org

Home Page: www.naesb.org




NAESB Board of Directors Meeting – September 5, 2013

Speaker & Panelist Biographies

Gerry Cauley, President and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation

Gerry W. Cauley was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in November 2009 and assumed the role in January 2010. Mr. Cauley is responsible for overseeing NERC’s mission to ensure the reliability of the North American bulk power system. As President and CEO, Mr. Cauley leads key programs affecting over 1900 bulk power system owners, operators, and users, including standards and training, critical infrastructure, risk analysis, compliance monitoring, enforcement, situation awareness, reliability assessment, and government relations. Mr. Cauley also oversees the operation of eight regional entities engaged in implementation of delegated responsibilities. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Cauley served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the SERC Reliability Corporation, a reliability region covering 16 states in the southeastern and central United States. During this time he established new programs for monitoring and enforcing compliance with mandatory standards, developed training and educational programs, and a program to track reliability recommendations. Prior to his CEO career, Mr. Cauley served as Vice President and Director of Standards at NERC and was instrumental in preparing NERC’s application to become the ERO. He spearheaded the development of an initial set of standards to ensure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America. Mr. Cauley was also a lead investigator of the August 2003 Northeast blackout and coordinated the NERC Y2k program, supervising the reporting and readiness of 3,100 electric organizations in the United States and Canada. Additionally, Mr. Cauley has served in various positions of leadership during his career, including program manager of grid operations and planning at the Electric Power Research Institute, training consultant for electric system operations, nuclear and fossil plant operations, substations, and distribution. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Cauley has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland in nuclear engineering, and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola College - Baltimore. Mr. Cauley is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.



Robert W. Gee, President of Gee Strategies Group LLC

Robert W. Gee is President of Gee Strategies Group LLC, a consulting firm providing policy analysis, advocacy, and litigation support services for the energy, electric utility and critical infrastructure industries based in Washington, D.C. A thought leader for the energy industry for over 30 years, his diverse client base includes investors, trade associations, utilities, and public sector institutions. He bears an impressive record of achievement as a seasoned Washington and Texas-based senior public official, attorney, and executive performing complex assignments involving major energy and telecommunications issues at the state, national, and international level. He has testified numerous times before the United States Congress, and quoted by news media, including Reuters, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, National Journal, BBC television, and CNBC television. His editorials have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle. He served as Vice President for Development and Partner Relations for the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), an affiliate of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he advocated development of the “smart grid” to digitize the electric utility power delivery system. From 1997 to 2000 he served as Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs and as Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy of the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He chaired the Energy Department’s Central Asia/Caspian energy strategy, and was responsible for the timely completion of the Department's 1998 Comprehensive National Energy Strategy. He also oversaw the operation of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and the national research program to develop and demonstrate advanced clean coal, natural gas, and petroleum technologies. From 1991 until 1997 he served on the Public Utility Commission of Texas and as its Chairman from 1991 through 1995. During his service, he chaired the Committee on Electricity for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He has served as an Attorney Advisor at the Interstate Commerce Commission and as a Supervisory Trial Attorney at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He held the position of General Attorney at Tenneco Oil Company, and was Of Counsel to the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. He currently serves as President of Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment, and Commerce (AE2C), and as a member of the Development Advisory Board of C12 Energy, and of the Board of the Northeast-Midwest Institute. He is also a member of the National Petroleum Council, a federal advisory committee to the US Secretary of Energy. He is a member of the Committee of 100, and previously served on its Board. His additional past affiliations included serving as a Trustee for St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, and as a member of the Dallas Regional Panel of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. Mr. Gee received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in government with honors from the University of Texas and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Sheila Slocum Hollis, Partner, Duane Morris

Sheila Slocum Hollis is chair of the Washington, D.C. office and serves on the firm's Executive Committee and Partners Board. Ms. Hollis practices in the areas of energy transactional and regulatory law and international and administrative law before government agencies, Congress and other entities. She focuses on domestic and international energy, water and environmental matters, representing governmental bodies and the power and natural gas industries. With a long career in issues relating to infrastructure, natural gas development transportation and distribution, energy reliability, enforcement and compliance, and international energy policy, Ms. Hollis successfully represented the District of Columbia in a key electric reliability case and represents the towns of Plymouth, Massachusetts and Scriba, New York, and Oswego County in tax and related infrastructure safety, environmental protection and security negotiation matters. She served as lead investigator of a grid operator's market monitoring practices, and as lead investigator for an electric grid in a Congressional investigation of a major blackout. She also has represented numerous clients in investigations related to natural gas and oil development, trading, transportation and other energy and environmental activities. Ms. Hollis has served twice in Federal service. She was the first director of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, establishing the office and its policies and procedures, serving from 1977 to 1980. Those policies and procedures remain in place today. She began her energy law career as a trial lawyer at the Federal Power Commission from 1974 to 1975, serving as lead counsel on the Pennzoil-United spinoff case. Over the course of her career, she has played a key role in the formation and implementation of energy law and policy. As a Professorial Lecturer in the Law at George Washington University School of Law, she has taught energy law for 20 years to over 600 students in the Environmental and Energy Law Program. Ms. Hollis has received numerous prestigious awards and recognitions for her many accomplishments. To name a few, Ms. Hollis was named one of the 50 Key Women in Energy Worldwide and received the 2011 Lifetime Achievement in Energy in Platt's Global Energy Awards. She is the first attorney in private practice to receive the Platt’s Award. She was ranked by The National Law Journal as one of the United States' top 20 energy lawyers and is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-present), AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for 25+ years, Who's Who in America (1990-present), Who's Who in the World (1990-present) and other biographical directories, including The World's Leading Oil and Gas Lawyers and The World's Leading Project Finance Lawyers. In 2011, Ms. Hollis was selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal Directory for Oil and Gas. (The attorneys included in this publication were selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and oil and gas lawyers in private practice worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.) Ms. Hollis is widely published in energy law and policy matters, having co-authored two energy law texts and numerous articles on energy policy, energy enforcement, natural gas, independent power and cogeneration, hydroelectric energy regulation and related environmental topics. A Colorado native, she is a 1973 graduate of the University of Denver College of Law and a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, cum laude in general studies, honors in journalism.

Annie McIntyre, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ardua Strategies, Inc.

Annie McIntyre is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ardua Strategies, Inc., a Texas Corporation, providing solutions for the cyber and operational security issues of energy and infrastructure. She is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Technology Leadership Institute. Prior to founding Ardua Strategies, Ms. McIntyre was a Principal Member of Technical Staff and Program Manager at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her research areas at Sandia included threats, vulnerabilities, and protection of critical infrastructure systems, and cyber security for fossil and renewable energy systems. She managed the Sandia-Forest City Strategic Partnership program for sustainability, and participated in programs such as the Institute for Infrastructure Information Protection (I3P), and National SCADA Test Bed. Ms. McIntyre conducted the first cyber analysis of a renewable system in 2007 for the Department of Energy. Prior to work in critical infrastructure, Ms. McIntyre worked extensively in the defense sector on information warfare and survivability, serving as IO Laboratory Chief and Information Warfare Lead for Future Combat Systems Assessments at the Army Research Laboratory. She previously served as New Mexico Regional Manager for Concurrent Technologies Corporation, a defense and energy contractor, and performed systems analysis and engineering in the bioinformatics field for Molecular Informatics, Inc. Ms. McIntyre conducts extensive work on cyber policies as they relate to energy and infrastructure, and enjoys a close relationship with the American Petroleum Institute and the North American Energy Standards Board. She maintains strong ties with customers at the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as across industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science from New Mexico Tech, a Master of Science from Troy State University, and has been a lifelong member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.



Emil Pena, Executive Director of Rice University's Energy and Environmental Systems Institute

Former Department of Energy (DOE) official Emil Peña is the executive director of Rice's Energy and Environmental Systems Institute. A Texas native, Peña joined Rice Oct. 15 following a stint as the DOE's deputy assistant secretary of natural gas and petroleum technology. While there he was responsible for administering oil and gas programs, including research and development, planning and environmental analysis, and import and export activities. Prior to his DOE appointment in 2000, Peña owned and operated a Houston-based lobbying firm for 15 years, representing clients from Louisiana to New Mexico. Prior to that, Peña served as assistant director of public affairs for field operations at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), where he represented the company before state and local government bodies, elected officials and industry associations in an 11-state region. Peña has also worked in government, community and public affairs for several firms, including Miller Brewing Company and LoVaca Gathering Company. Peña holds a master's in environmental management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a bachelor's in political science, history and sociology from Texas A&I University in Kingsville. He also attended the School of Law at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Peña's ties to Rice are lengthy. He's been involved for a number of years with the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and is a long-time acquaintance of Ray Martinez, Rice's new director of governmental relations. Peña's professional and civic activities include the Texas Oil and Gas Association, Latin American Management Association Board, U.S. Latino Coalition board, U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce board and Upper Kirby Tax Reinvestment Zone No. 19 Board. He was also a member of the National Petroleum Council. He serves on the boards of directors of CORRPRO Company, GCCTT, the GenOil Co. advisory board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Methane 2 Markets Program.



Timothy Alan Simon, Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Timothy Alan Simon was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on February 15, 2007.  As a former securities and banking industry attorney involved in financial products and services, Commissioner Simon firmly supports investment in California’s utility infrastructure as being critical to California’s economic future, and encourages a balanced public policy in areas of utility regulation.  He actively promotes and encourages diversity in utility procurement, educational opportunities, and the workplace. On the national level, Commissioner Simon is Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Natural Gas.  He also is a member of NARUC's Board of Directors, Critical Infrastructure Committee, Consumer Affairs Committee, Utility Market Access Partnership Sub-committee, Gas Speculation Task Force, and Wireless Task Force.  In his role as NARUC Gas Committee Chair, Commissioner Simon also sits on the National Petroleum Council, an oil and gas advisory committee to the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE).  Commissioner Simon is a member of the First Friday Caucus, a national educational group on competitive utility markets, the Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States (ABACCUS) reporting committee, and the former Chair of the Liquefied Natural Gas Partnership between NARUC and DOE. At the state level, Commissioner Simon is a member of the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative at U.C. Berkeley, and the California Green Collar Jobs Council.  Prior to joining the CPUC, Commissioner Simon served as the Appointments Secretary to Governor Schwarzenegger, the first African American in California history to hold that post.  Commissioner Simon received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco, and a Juris Doctor from Hastings College of the Law, University of California.  He currently is an adjunct professor of Securities Regulations at the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, and acts as an advisor on international securities in Golden Gate’s U.S. Legal Studies Program. As an active member of the Bay Area community, Commissioner Simon serves on several non-profit boards, including the Saint Ignatius College Preparatory Board of Regents, Catholic Charities/CYO of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Megan Furth Catholic Academy.  He is engaged and is the proud father of three children and one grandchild. 



Marc L. Spitzer, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP

Marc L. Spitzer is a partner in Steptoe's Washington and Phoenix offices, where he is a member of the Regulatory & Industry Affairs Department. Mr. Spitzer served as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from July, 2006 to December, 2011. At the FERC, Mr. Spitzer participated in Commission technical conferences, initiatives, and proceedings, including 2005 Energy Policy Act and other rulemakings, rate, enforcement and reliability cases, electric transmission policy, natural gas infrastructure, and oil pipeline matters. In 2002 he was elected chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) by his colleagues. As Chairman of the ACC, he focused on policies that encouraged the expansion of natural gas infrastructure, specifically distribution and storage; creating a demand side management policy; enhancing the ACC’s renewables standard; and advancing consumer privacy concerns in telecommunications. In 1992, he was elected to the Arizona State Senate for District 18. Mr. Spitzer also served in the Legislature as Chair of the Judiciary and Finance Committees and was elected by his peers to the position of Senate Majority Leader in 1996. As an attorney since 1982, Mr. Spitzer has represented public companies and private entities in disputes with Internal Revenue Service before IRS Audit and Appellate Divisions and United States Tax Court.



Terry Thorn, KEMA Gas Consulting Services

Terence (Terry) Thorn is a 35-year veteran of the natural gas industry and has held a wide variety of senior positions beginning his career as Chairman of Mojave Pipeline Company and President and CEO of Transwestern Pipeline Company. He has served as COO of a Six Company Gas Distribution Joint Venture in Korea and was a member of its Board of Directors. He also served as EVP, Global Affairs, served on the Executive Management Committee of Enron Corp and was its first Chief Environmental Officer. Terry was selected by the United States Government to represent the US Energy industry on ten Presidential Trade Missions. His last corporate assignment was Managing Director Enron Middle East where he was responsible for midstream project development for the $5 billion Qatar/UAE Dolphin natural gas pipeline and the Country Manager for Saudi Arabia where he and his team were selected by the Saudi Government to participate in the Saudi Gas Infrastructure Initiative. Terry developed greenfield projects in 14 countries on five continents where governments were allowing the private development of energy projects for the first time or state owned companies were being privatized. These efforts not only involved dealing with the project economics but also developing the national regulatory and financial laws to support private ownership. Terry is a past Chairman of the International Finance Committee for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, former principal liaison for President Clinton’s Council for Sustainable Development and was a member of the Department of Commerce’s Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Board. He was one of the first U.S. Department of Commerce appointed representatives to serve on the Energy Working Group for APEC. Residing in Houston, as representative for KEMA’s Gas Consulting Services, Terry is promoting the utilization of new natural gas systems and technologies in three areas: (1) the operation, maintenance, replacement and expansion of natural gas delivery systems with a focus on safety and reliability, integrity management and asset optimization; (2) smart grids and energy systems that integrate the use of electricity, natural gas, and renewables; and (3) gas quality issues including the utilization of biogas. He has published numerous articles on energy, risk management and corporate governance and was author of the International Energy Agency’s 2007 North American Gas Market Review. As advisor to European gas companies and regulators he co-authored Natural Gas Transmission Business -a Comparison Between the Interstate US-American and European Situations (September 2011) and Environmental Issues Surrounding Shale Gas Production, The U.S. Experience, A Primer (November 2011). As a participant in the National Petroleum Council Study Prudent Development: Realizing the Potential of North America’s Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Resources (September 2011), Terry wrote the section on electric/gas harmonization, co-authored the chapter on electric generation and advised on the residential commercial chapter. He occasionally lectures at Rice University on managing business risk in developing countries and navigating business ethics in different cultures.

Christine Tezak, Managing Director - Research, ClearView Energy Partners, LLC


Ms. Tezak is a veteran energy macro analyst renowned for gutsy, fact-based calls. She is responsible for lead macro coverage of electricity markets, interstate pipelines, energy infrastructure and U.S. environmental policy. Her two decades of experience in electric utility and natural gas pipeline sectors enable her to craft prescient, timely and impactful analysis, particularly as energy and environmental issues have converged. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Tezak covered the federally regulated electricity and natural gas sectors and environmental policy as a senior research analyst and Director at Robert W. Baird & Co. Ms. Tezak also served as senior vice president with the Washington Research Group and, earlier in her career, she was a research associate with HSBC Securities, Inc. and NatWest Securities. Ms. Tezak is actively involved in energy policy and related activities. She has testified before the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. House of Representatives. She is an eight-term board member, and current Past President of the Washington, D.C.-based Women's Council on Energy & the Environment, and a member of the Natural Gas Roundtable. Ms. Tezak holds a bachelor's degree in Russian from Boston College and an MBA in Finance from the George Washington University.

Pat Wood, III, Principal, Wood3 Resources

Pat Wood, III, an energy infrastructure developer based in Houston, has a long career in energy. Pat Wood is the past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. In his regulatory career in the natural gas, transportation, telecommunications and electric power industries, Wood was a forceful advocate for replacing government-centered energy regulation with competition. Pat Wood believes that robust infrastructure is essential for energy markets to work well, so today his project development focus is on clean power generation, independent power transmission and natural gas facilities. Mr. Wood led a successful effort with Sharyland Utilities and Irish wind developer Airtricity to build power transmission into the Texas Panhandle to attach 10,000 MW of new generation resources. He remains involved with Sharyland/Hunt Transmission in the development of infrastructure. Wood also serves as a strategic advisor to Natural Gas Partners, a private equity firm, and is an independent director of five infrastructure companies: SunPower, Quanta Services, Xtreme Power Solutions, TPI Composites, and FirstWind. Mr. Wood serves as the non-executive chairman of the board of directors of Dynegy, Inc. since October 2012. Mr. Wood previously served as a director of First Wind Holdings Inc. from 2010 to June 2012. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and is on the Board of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). Under Governor George W. Bush, Pat Wood chaired the Public Utility Commission of Texas, which introduced competition to the wholesale and retail electric power industries. The restructured Texas electric market is considered to be the most robustly competitive energy market in the country with over three-fourths of customers choosing competitively provided service, and over $31 billion invested in new power infrastructure since the Texas restructuring law was passed in 1999, including over 9,000 MW of new renewable energy. During his four years at the helm of the FERC, Pat Wood led the response to the 2000-2001 California energy crisis, the bankruptcy of Enron, the significant rise in fuel prices and the 2003 Northeastern power blackout. In doing so, he promoted the development of a cleaner, more competitive power generation fleet, liquefied natural gas terminals, and a more robust power transmission grid, all in the context of well-ordered competitive energy markets. Pat Wood holds degrees from Texas A&M University (civil engineering) and Harvard Law School.



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