Jeffrey D. Byron

Former California State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commissioner; Co-Chairman of the Board, Cleantech Open; Member and Investor, Band of Angels
Los Altos, CA

JByronJeffrey (Jeff) Byron has nearly 40 years of experience in emerging energy technologies, customer requirements, and energy policy. His focus has been on the technical, regulatory, and financial implications of clean energy and smart grid technologies.

He consults with a number of startup companies developing unique generation and control technologies, energy management, and consumer-oriented smart grid devices. Jeff is Co-Chairman of the National Board of the Cleantech Open; a not-for-profit organization that runs the world’s largest accelerator for clean technology startup companies. He is a member of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest seed funding organization. Jeff recently served for five years on the California Energy Commission presiding over numerous power plant siting cases, public interest research and development, and state energy policy.

He began his career at GE’s Nuclear Energy Division and has been involved in all aspects of electric power generation and has held executive positions at NRG Energy and Calpine. Jeff managed research at the Electric Power Research Institute in both fossil and nuclear power generation and commercialization roles culminating in the formation of the Hillview Group, a for-profit subsidiary. He co-founded BrightLine Energy, a distributed energy provider, and was Energy Director at Oracle Corporation.

Jeff is an expert on energy policy and clean-energy technologies who has developed strong relationships with energy providers, legislative, regulatory, and academic leaders. He received a BS and MS from Stanford University.