John D. Wilson

Deputy Director for Regulatory Policy
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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


SACE Input on the Georgia Power IRP (Integrated Resource Plan)

SACE formally intervenes in the Georgia Power IRP (Integrated Resource Plan) process. This blog summarizes our recommendations for expanding energy efficiency and renewables in the plan.


Alabama Power coal plant retirement: Customers stuck with the bill

Alabama Power is retiring Plant Gorgas, but only after investing over $425 million. Now too expensive to operate, customers will continue to pay over $60 million per year for the rest of…


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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