John D. Wilson, Research Director

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John D. Wilson directs research activities for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, with a focus on utility planning, finance and regulation. He has published reports and testified on a wide range of topics, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, coal plant finances, and resource planning.

He has participated in a number of state commissions to study global warming solutions in partnership with government staff, utilities, business, and community leaders. In 2008, John co-authored Cornerstones: Building a Secure Foundation for North Carolina’s Energy Future. He also maintains SACE’s technical publications related to the potential for cost-effective energy efficiency programs and renewable energy resources in the Southeast. John has testified before the Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina utility commissions, the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors, and several state legislatures.

John is an public policy analyst with over 20 years of experience working on a range of environmental and other issues. He has been formally recognized for his accomplishments by conservation organizations, academic institutions and by the City of Houston. John holds a BA in Physics and History from Rice University and a MPP from the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. John previously served as the executive director of the Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention (GHASP). Other highlights from his work experience include consulting on “smart growth” transportation projects, research for the Florida Legislature on a wide range of issues, and global warming research in Texas and for the US EPA.