Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute
Dr. Lawrence E. Jones is a thought leader and practitioner with over twenty-five years of experience in the energy industry. He joined Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in September 2015 as Vice President, International Programs. Under his leadership, EEI’s International Programs has more than 65-member companies with operations in over 90 countries, and has launched several new strategic initiatives including the annual Global Electricity Forum, the Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange, and the Thomas Edison International Utility Executive Fellowship Program. Prior to joining EEI, Dr. Jones was North America Vice President for Utility Innovation & Infrastructure Resilience at Alstom Grid Inc., where he assisted utilities worldwide with formulating strategies for deploying new technology innovated business solutions. While at Alstom, Dr. Jones he also served as Vice President, Policy, Regulatory Affairs & Industry Relations. He a visiting scientist at EDF in France and worked on power system projects for ABB in Sweden.
Dr. Jones currently serves on the advisory boards of several industry organizations and academic institutions. He is the Chair of the 21st Century Power Partnerships Public-Private Leadership Forum which is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial; and he is also Honorary Industry Fellow at Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute, Monash University in Australia. In June 2014, he was appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, and in 2010 he was appointed by the United States Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Smart Grid Advisory Committee.
He is frequently invited to speak at industry conferences and academic symposia for diverse audiences across the globe. He has published and been cited in scholarly journals, trade magazines and newspapers, and has also appeared on TV & Radio around the world.
Dr. Jones is the editor of the first and second editions of “Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty and Flexibility in Power Grids.” The book was recently published in Chinese. He has received numerous industry awards including: 2017 Global Excellence Award in Renewable Energy from the Energy and Environment Foundation of India; the Renewable Energy World Network 2012 Excellence in Renewable Award for Leadership in Technology, and the Utility Variable Generation Integration Group 2012 Achievement Award. In 2000, while at the Royal Institute of Technology, he co-founded the International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power and Transmission Networks for Off Shore Wind Farms. He holds several patents for technologies for enhancing situational awareness of operators in control centers.
Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Dr. Jones received his MSc, Licentiate and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.