RenewElec Team - Senior Personnel
RenewElec is a collaborative effort funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the RK Mellon Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Heinz Endowments, and lead by Carnegie Mellon University's Engineering and Public Policy Department. Bios for the project team can be found below.
Professor Dworkin was a utility regulator, an environmental litigator, and a small businessman before becoming a professor. He now teaches at Vermont Law, where he also directs the Institute for Energy and the Environment. The Institute offers an advanced curriculum on energy and regulatory law, provides forums and conferences for professional education and issue development, publishes on environmental and energy issues, and serves as a center for commissioned research on these topics. Professor Dworkin earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Middlebury College in 1975, and his J.D., cum laude, from the Harvard Law School in 1978. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Catherine Kelly of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. After his clerkship, he spent five years in the U.S. EPA’s Office of General Counsel, where he focused on the development and appellate defense of standards that reduced air and water pollution, including appellate defense of the rules that removed most toxic metals from U.S. waste streams. In 1984, he joined the Vermont Public Service Board, where he represented the Board in litigation before the Federal Communications Commission and as a hearing officer. From 1988 to 1995, Mr. Dworkin was general counsel of the Vermont Public Service Board. In 1995, he became general counsel and a managing partner in Riser Management Systems, LP, an engineering and consulting firm. He returned to public service in 1999 as the chair of the Vermont Public Service Board and remained in that post until 2005, when he joined the faculty at Vermont Law School and launched the Institute for Energy and the Environment. Michael Dworkin is now a Director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and of the Electric Power Research Institute. He has been elected as the moderator of East Montpelier (Vermont) Town Meeting since 2005, a role he calls “a truly Norman Rockwell-esque experience.”