Consultant, Alison Silverstein Consulting

Alison Silverstein is a consultant, lecturer and writer on electric transmission and reliability, infrastructure security, energy efficiency, smart grid, renewable energy, demand response and technology adoption issues. She does extensive work on electric transmission issues for the U.S. Department of Energy, including work as lead author for the Department’s National Electric Transmission Congestion Study. Silverstein serves as project manager for the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative, a collaboration between NERC, DOE and the electric industry, and facilitates the multi-stakeholder Reliability Standards Working Group in Hawaii. She also advises a variety of private and governmental clients on technology, regulatory and other issues.

Silverstein is president of the Board of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and serves on the Board of Economic and Environmental Systems of the National Academy of Sciences and the board of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. She is a member emeritus of the GridWise Architecture Council.

Silverstein worked as senior energy policy advisor to Chairman Pat Wood, III, at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), from July 2001 through July 2004. She was a co-chair of the Electric Systems Investigation for the U.S.-Canada Joint Power System Outage Task Force and principal author of the Interim and Final Blackout Reports. Before moving to the FERC, she worked as advisor to
Chairman Wood at the Public Utility Commission of Texas for six years, covering both electricity and telecommunications matters. Silverstein has also worked for Pacific Gas and Electric Co., ICF Inc., the Environmental Law Institute and the U.S. Department of Interior.

Silverstein has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science in engineering in systems analysis from Johns Hopkins and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. She lives with her family near Austin, Texas.