Pat Wood, III, an energy infrastructure developer based in Houston, 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. In his regulatory career in the natural gas, transportation, telecommunications and electric power industries, Wood was a forceful advocate for competitive energy markets, and he is best-known for his role in developing the Texas competitive power industry.
Today, Wood’s project development focus is on power generation, independent power transmission and new power technology. Wood led a successful effort with Sharyland Utilities and Irish wind developer Airtricity to build power transmission into the Texas Panhandle to attach 8,000 MW of new generation resources. He remains active with Sharyland/Hunt Consolidated in the development of energy infrastructure.
Wood is a director of three public infrastructure companies:
Dynegy (independent power producer, NYSE: DYN): Board Chairman;
SunPower (integrated solar company, NASDAQ: SPWR): Lead Independent Director; and,
Quanta Services (specialty utility construction, NYSE: PWR).
Wood holds a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, where he recently named a Distinguished Graduate of Texas A&M’s Zachry Department of Civil Engineering. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a member of the National Petroleum Council. Prior to his public service, Wood was a project engineer for ARCO Indonesia, and an attorney with Baker & Botts law firm. He and his wife, the former Kathleen Ryder, are the parents of four highly active sons.