John D. Wilson

Deputy Director for Regulatory Policy

For more than a decade, John has directed SACE’s research activities and led SACE’s utility reform campaigns. He often represents SACE in formal or informal stakeholder engagement with utilities, and has participated in a number of state commissions to study energy policy and global warming solutions. John directs SACE’s technical studies related to utility planning and finance, energy efficiency program design, and renewable energy markets in the southeast, and supervises staff with responsibilities on wind, solar, energy efficiency, utility rates, power markets and other energy policy issues.

John is a public policy analyst with over 30 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. He 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 U.S. EPA.

John D.'s Recent Posts

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A mystery: Peaking power plants using more natural gas than ever in the Southeast

In 2016, there was an unusual spike in the operation of natural gas combustion turbine plants at several Southeastern utilities. At just 14 plants, fuel expenses increased by $210 million compared to…

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Can you win this Bluff the Reader game?

Here are two recent websites. Can you guess which one is real news and which one is the hoax? No Googling and put your answers in as a comment below! Thanks for…

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Can Southern Company really eliminate its carbon pollution?

Southern Company's CEO Tom Fanning made a bold statement yesterday, announcing that the company he leads is now working to "take down carbon emissions to zero." Speaking at the Bloomberg Global Energy…

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News & Resources

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Seasonal Electric Demand in the Southeast United States

Seasonal Electric Demand in SE - SACE - March 2017