Governor Abbott Names Chair and Appoints Four to State Energy Plan Advisory Committee

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Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Daniel Hall, Castlen Moore Kennedy, Joel Mickey, and Phil Wilson to the State Energy Plan Advisory Committee for terms at the pleasure of the Governor. Additionally, the Governor named Wilson as chair of the Committee.

Daniel Hall of Hurst is the Vice President of Measurement and Billing for Oncor, and served in various roles at Oncor since 2009. Previously, he worked for Alcatel-Lucent and TXU Business Services. He is a member of the Southeast Electric Exchange Engineering & Operations Committee. Hall received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Technology from Texas A&M University.

Castlen Moore Kennedy of Houston is Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for the Apache Corporation, and served in various roles at Apache since 2006. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, S&B Infrastructure, and RWE Trading Americas. She is a board member of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, president and board member of The Texas Lyceum, and board member of Springboard, an educational nonprofit in Egypt. Additionally, she is an advisory board member of The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) School of Natural Science, UT Austin Jackson School Energy and Earth Resources Program, and the UT Austin Kay Bailey Hutchison Energy Center. Kennedy received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Master of Arts in Energy and Earth Resources, and a Master of Public Affairs from UT Austin.

Joel Mickey of Georgetown is an energy and power industry consultant. Previously, he worked for ERCOT for almost 20 years, as well as Altra Energy and Houston Lightning & Power. He is a board member for Oklahoma University’s College of Computer and Electrical Engineering Steering Committee, Keys Property Management, and Heartland Health Management, and a former board member of the North American Energy Standards Board. Mickey received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science from Houston Baptist University and attended the Accelerated Development Program at Rice University.

Phil Wilson of Austin is the General Manager for the Lower Colorado River Authority. Previously, he served as the Acting Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Executive Director for the Texas Department of Transportation, and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, and as a corporate officer for Luminant. Additionally, he was appointed as Texas Secretary of State in 2007, and he served as chair of the Governor’s Competitiveness Council and on the Texas Border Security Council. He is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization, board member of the Large Public Power Council, advisory member of The Texas Lyceum, and former board chair of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Hardin-Simmons University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

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