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Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson currently consults for a variety of energy related interests, preferring to focus on innovative, high growth start-ups.  He also serves as the interim CEO of a nanotechnology start-up, serves on the board of directors of a renewable energy company and is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technology.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Hudson was a gubernatorial appointee to the three-member Public Utility Commission of Texas, serving from August 2003 until September of 2008.  During that tenure he served almost four years as Chairman of the Commission.  Commissioner Hudson worked diligently to open electric and telecommunications markets while demanding that, ultimately they benefit customers.

Also during his tenure, Texas became the national leader in installed wind generation.  Prior to his Public Utility Commission appointment, Mr. Hudson served sequentially as Director of Policy, Deputy Director of Policy, and Policy Director for Business/Regulatory Policy in the Office of the Governor. He has also served as Advisor to Commissioner Brett Perlman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and as a member of the Policy development staff under former PUCT and FERC Chair Pat Wood.

During his career, at various intervals, he has focused on a wide range of policy issues including telecommunications, energy, economic and workforce development, criminal justice, banking and insurance.  Hudson has served on the boards of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the Clean Coal Technology Council, the FERC/NARUC Collaborative on Demand Response, the Western Governor’s Association Working Group on Cross-Border Energy Issues and is currently serving on the board of the Center for the Commercialization of Electricity Technology.  Early in working life, Mr. Hudson was a member of the Austin Fire Department and certified to teach high school economics, government, and history.

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