Next Energy US works at the nexus between the practicalities of competitive markets, effective public policy, and the opportunity created by technological and institutional innovation, with a particular focus on bringing greater mutual understanding among diverse stakeholders where that can advance business, consumer, and environmental opportunities related to energy utility services.
Dr. Robin Roy, principal of Next Energy US, advises government, industry and environmental organizations on energy policy and strategy, focusing primarily on practical steps toward an energy future that is deeply decarbonized, abundant, resilient, and economically vibrant. Focus areas include beneficial electrification (including serving as Vice Chair of the Beneficial Electrification League), advanced storage and grid-responsive consumer technologies to integrate clean electricity, and in this highly dynamic sector. Robin also currently coordinates a multi-party assessment of clean ammonia for energy storage and beneficial electrification.
Robin previously co-founded and continues as a director of Next Energy Pty Ltd, a Sydney Australia-based adviser to government, industry and environmental organizations on energy policy, strategy and project management. He was formerly Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, focusing on new directions for federal and state clean energy policy, and continues to consult to NRDC.
Robin served as Project Director and Fellow at the U.S Congress Office of Technology Assessment, advising the Congress on vulnerability of electricity systems to terrorism and natural disaster, energy efficiency in the federal government and housing sectors, competition in the electricity market, fusion energy research, and nuclear power plant life extension and decommissioning. Early in his career, he was with Pacific Gas and Electric Company developing strategic opportunities in demand response and in combined heat and power.
Robin serves on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Energy and Environment Directorate Advisory Committee, the Next Step Network Board of Directors, and has served on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s federal advisory committee on manufactured housing.
Robin received a PhD in Civil Engineering, MS in Engineering-Economic Systems and BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.