Kevin B. Jones is the Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School. At the IEE, Kevin leads the Smart Grid Project and the Energy Clinic and is co-author of the book from Praeger, “A Smarter, Greener Grid: Forging Environmental Progress through Smart Energy Policies and Technologies.” Kevin is also a Senior Fellow with the New Economy Law Center at Vermont Law School and a Lecturer in the University of Vermont's Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA program.
Seeking solutions to America's energy and environmental policy challenges has been the focus of his career. His areas of expertise include the smart grid, solar PV, and other distributed energy resources. He has been at the center of the transformation of the electric power industry in the Northeast as the director of power market policy for the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and as the former director of energy policy for the City of New York. While at LIPA, he collaborated on energy policy with both the Large Public Power Council and the New York Transmission Owners. He has also consulted on energy issues as an associate director with Navigant Consulting and Resource Management International.
He received a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lally School of Management and Technology, a masters from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin and a BS from the University of Vermont. While at RPI his doctoral research compared the market-based approach to regulating acid rain in the United States to the command and control approach of the European Union. Kevin also teaches the course Sustainable Energy Technology and Policy in the University of Vermont's new Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA program and collaborates with other Drive Electric Vermont stakeholders to advance the electrification of our transportation system.
“How Virtual Power Plants Can Advance Electrification and Mitigate Infrastructure Needs as We Race to Meet Our Climate Challenges” (with Franco, M., Mashke, K., Pardee, S.A.), San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law (2022).
"Running Dry: An Emptying Hourglass on Biden’s Climate Goals" (with Adam Washburne), Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (December 2021).
Kevin Jones and Mark James (with former IEE Research Associate Heather Huebner JD/MERL '17), "Do You Know Who Owns Your Solar Energy: The Growing Practice of Separating Renewable Attributes from Renewable Energy Development and its Impact on Meeting our Climate Goals,” 28 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 197 (2017)
Kevin Jones, Samantha Ruiz (MELP '13), and Katie Thomas (JD/MELP '13), Promoting Clean Reliable Energy Through Smart Technologies and Polices: Lessons from Three Distributed Energy Case Studies, San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law, Volume 6, June/July 2015.
Kevin Jones, Dan Nugent, Sylvia Bartel, Jonathan Hart, and Achyut Sherestha, The Urban Microgrid: Smart Legal and Regulatory Policies to Support Electric Grid Resiliency and Climate Mitigation, Fordham Urban Law Journal, Fall 2014.
Kevin B. Jones, Taylor Curtis, Matthew Roche, Dan Sauer, and Marc de Konkly Thege, “The Distributed Utility: Conflicts and Opportunities,” in Future of Utilities – Utilities of the Future: How Technological Innovations in Distributed Generation will Reshape the Electrical Power Sector, Academic Press, Forthcoming Spring 2016.
Panelist, "Energy Resilience and Extreme Weather Panel," Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law, University of San Diego, (November 5, 2021).
"Puerto Rico’s Road to Resilience: An Island’s Challenging Transition to a Cleaner, More Resilient Future," 3rd Biennial University of the West Indies Faculty of Law Oil and Gas Law Conference, and the Just Transition Initiative Conference, Port of Spain, Trinidad, March 29, 2019.
Presenter, “Public Interest Environmental Litigation,” Supreme People’s Court Judicial Cases Research Institute 14th Forum, National Judges College, Beijing, China, December 12, 2018.
Presenter, “US Policy for Powering the Green Economy: Lagging Federal Policy, Leading State Policy and Emerging Corporate Excellence,” Tsinghau University, Beijing, China, December 11, 2018.
Presenter, "Vermont Law School's Energy Clinic," 82nd Loujia Lecture Series on Environmental Law and Policy, Wuhan University’s Research Institute for Environmental Law, China, December 10, 2018.
Presenter, “Rooftop Solar and the Future of the Electricity Grid,” PURPA @ 40 Conference, University of Utah’s Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and Environment, November 9, 2018.
Panelist for the American Resilience Project’s talk on A Strategic Narrative for Modernizing the Grid in NYC on May 31, 2018.
“Promoting Meaningful Community Solar as a Bridge to Climate Justice” at the conference “The Just Transition towards a Low-Carbon Economy – Integrating Climate, Energy and Environmental Justice” sponsored by the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 1-2, 2018.
Panelist, “Examining FERC’s Role in RTO Governance” at Powershift: Regulating the Evolving Electricity Sector," Harvard’s Environmental Law Program, Duke’s Nicholas Institute and UNC’s Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics at Duke University, Washington, DC, February 11, 2018.
Presenter, "The Past, Present and Future of Battery Storage" Solar Power International and Energy Storage International, Las Vegas, September 12, 2017.
Presenter, "VLS Energy Clinic’s Community Solar Model" at the Community Distributed Generation Summit sponsored by the Adirondack North Country Association at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY, March 31, 2016.
Participant, New Business and Regulatory Models for the Utility of the Future, sponsored by King Abdullah’s Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), New York City, NY, March 29, 2016.
"Renewable Energy Credits / Vermont's Energy Policy," Strafford Selectboard Informational Meeting, Strafford, VT, September 15, 2015.
Panelist, "Smart Grid and Climate Mitigation: Savings and Emission Reductions," National Summit on Smart Grid and Climate Change, Washington, DC, December 2, 2014.