Pat Wood III has been the chief executive of the Hunt Energy Network since February 2019. Best known for his role in setting up competitive utility markets while serving as chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Pat is an evangelist for the decentralized, decarbonized, democratized and digitized future of power. At the Hunt Energy Network, Wood and his team are deploying a portfolio of distributed power assets across Texas. Presently, they have 140 MW of operational assets; by 2026, the team expects to have a portfolio of 1,000 MWs of batteries and peaker generation attached to the ERCOT power grid.
Earlier in his career, Pat was an associate project engineer with oil and gas producer Arco Indonesia, in Jakarta, an attorney with global law firm Baker & Botts and legal counsel to the Railroad Commission of Texas chairman. Pat has served on the boards of a number of publicly traded companies: Board Chairman of independent power producer Dynegy, a lead independent director of solar pioneer SunPower Corp., and a director of energy infrastructure contractor Quanta Services, natural gas producer Memorial Resource Development, Inc., wind blade fabricator TPI Composites and small modular nuclear reactor sponsor Spring Valley Acquisition Corp (NuScale). He was a founding member of the Texas A&M Smart Grid Council, chairman of Irish wind developer Airtricity’s North American Advisory Committee, Executive board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, and a member of the National Petroleum Council.
Pat is presently Chairman of Luma, the joint venture rebuilding and operating Puerto Rico’s electric power system. And he is on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s External Advisory Council. Pat is a Texas Aggie and a Harvard lawyer. He and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of four sons, so there is never a dull moment.