Speaker's Biography:

Pat Wood III
Former Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Independent Energy Developer

Pat Wood III is former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and an Independent Energy Developer. During his four years at the FERC, he 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. From 1995 to 2001, Wood chaired the Public Utility Commission of Texas, which led successful efforts to introduce competition and deregulation to the retail electric power and telecommunications industries. He has also been legal counsel to a member of the Texas Railroad Commission, an attorney with the Baker & Botts law firm in Washington, D.C., and an associate project engineer with Arco Indonesia in Jakarta. Wood's Houston-based energy-infrastructure development business, Wood3 Resources, is focused on competitive, clean power generation, independent power transmission and liquefied natural gas. He has been named to head the North American Advisory Committee for Airtricity, a leading international wind energy company. Wood received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.