Pat Wood, III
Principal, Wood3 Resources
Energy infrastructure developer Pat Wood, III has a long career in energy. He is the past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). The son of a small businessman, Wood has been a forceful advocate throughout his career for replacing government-centered regulation with customer-focused competition.
Today, Wood’s development focus is on clean power generation, independent power transmission and new energy technologies. Wood is President of Hunt Energy Enterprises BEE Network, an energy storage development company.
Wood is also the Lead Independent Director of integrated solar company SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) and Director of utility construction firm Quanta Services (NYSE: PWR). He has also served as Board Chairman of independent power producer Dynegy, until its recent merger with Vistra Energy.
In 1995, Governor George W. Bush named Wood to head the PUCT with a mandate to free up power and telecom customers from monopoly utility control. The resulting restructured Texas electric market (ERCOT) is considered to be the most robustly competitive energy market in the country, with high infrastructure investment, diverse service and technology offerings, and customer prices well below what they were under regulation. Texas leads the nation in renewable energy investment; the state’s orderly regulatory environment, reliable energy supplies and open markets underpin its economic development.
During his four years at the helm of the FERC, under President George W. Bush, Wood led the responses to the 2000-2001 California energy crisis, the bankruptcy of Enron, and the 2003 North American power blackout. By 2005, over two-thirds of the country was served by the organized wholesale power markets he championed. Under his leadership, the FERC promoted the development of a cleaner, more competitive power generation fleet, significant natural gas infrastructure expansions, and a more robust power transmission grid — all in the context of well-ordered competitive energy markets.
Wood holds a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to his public service, Wood was a project engineer for ARCO Indonesia, an attorney with Baker & Botts law firm and legal counsel to the Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. Today, Wood is a member of the National Petroleum Council, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory External Advisory Council, and the Texas A&M Smart Grid Council. He serves on the Executive Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star and The Joy School Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of four sons, and they are proud to call Houston home.