Dr. Lawrence E. Jones is a thought leader, and practitioner with over twenty years of experience in the energy industry. His expertise includes the application of smarter technologies in the engineering and operations of cyber-physical infrastructures including electric power grids and power markets. He also focuses on integration of renewable energy and distributed energy resources, system resiliency, disruptive and innovative business and regulatory models, strategies for addressing challenges at the food-energy-water nexus, and big data and advanced analytics for efficient power grids and markets.
He joined Alstom Grid Inc. in 2000 and is currently North America Vice President for Utility Innovations and Infrastructure Resilience and serves on the company’s global Business Development team for Smart Grids and Smart Cities. He was previously Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, Policy and Industry Relations in North America. From 2000 – 2010 he held several positions in the company in the diverse areas including strategy, sales and marketing, and product management.
In October 2014, Dr. Jones was appointed to serve on the United States Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. In September 2010, Dr. Jones was appointed to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to serve a three-year term on the 15-member Federal Smart Grid Advisory Committee. In 2013 he was reappointed to serve another three-year term which ends in 2016. Dr. Jones’ thought leadership in smart cities has been internationally recognized. The Smart Cities Council chose him as one the three people to watch in the emerging field of smart cities.
Dr. Jones is an advocate for the use of smart, clean, and renewable energy technologies enabled by resilient infrastructures around the world. He is Editor of the new book “Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty and Flexibility in Power Grids.” He was the principal investigator of the 2010/11 Global Survey on Renewable Energy Integration in Power Grids funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at U.S. Department of Energy. For this work, he received the Renewable Energy World Network 2012 Excellence in Renewable Award for Leadership in Technology and the Utility Variable Generation Integration Group 2012 Achievement Award. In 2000, while at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, he co-founded the International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power and Transmission Networks for Off Shore Wind Farms, one of the prominent wind energy conferences in Europe today.
Lawrence serves on the Advisory Boards of several industry conferences and smart grid research programs within the Americas, Europe and Africa. He is a member of the industrial advisory board of: “ICT-PSI”, a project funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and being conducted at Lund University and the Royal Institute of Technology; and the iTESLA project funded by the European Union. Dr. Jones is also a member of the reference group for the “Electricity Based Economy 2050” project financed by VINNOVA of Sweden and conducted at Lund University. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Yale Climate Dialogue.
He is involved with several entrepreneurial and philanthropic initiatives. He serves on the Advisory Committee of LightSwitch AB, and is on the Board of Advisors of MWETANA Consulting and Technology Group. He is co-founder and President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Sustainable Development in Africa (CSDA) and serves on the Advisory Committee of The Energy Action Project (EnAct) – a multimedia platform which seeks to help a global audience understand the scope of the energy poverty challenge and the collaborative action needed to address it.
Dr. Jones is passionate and of the strong conviction that innovation is necessary for sustainable energy development. He is frequently an invited speaker at industry conferences and academic symposia for diverse audiences including: utility engineers and executives, investors and policy makers in Brazil, Canada, Ghana, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Republic of South Africa, United States of America and more than 15 countries in the European Union. He has published and been cited in scholarly journals, trade magazines and newspapers and has also appeared on TV & Radio around the world.
Dr. Jones received his MSc, Licentiate and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.