Greg R. White
Executive Director, NARUC & NRRI
Greg R. White joined the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) in December 2015 as executive director. White held several key positions at the Michigan Public Service Commission, including commissioner from 2009 to 2015. He also worked for the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth; Michigan State University’s Institute of Public Utilities; and the Michigan Energy Administration. White was chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Regulatory Research Institute and chairman of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition’s Executive Committee. He has also provided expert testimony before the U.S. Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. WHite is a lifetime member of the Pi Alpha Alpha, the global honor society for public affairs and administration. He received an MPA from Grand Valley State University and a B.S. from Michigan State.
Carl Pechman, Ph.D.
Before joining NRRI, Pechman served as an economist/supervisory energy industry analyst for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and was assigned as a senior electricity advisor to the United States Department of Energy. He is a co-author of the DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review and his wide-ranging experience includes a body of work that encompasses grid modernization, cost modeling, environmental analysis, market structures and rates. Dr. Pechman is the author of Regulating Power: The Economics of Electricity in the Information Age. His experience also includes 18 years as an economic supervisor on the staff of the New York Public Service Commission in addition to serving as economic adviser to the California State Assembly.
Sherry Lichtenberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Sherry Lichtenberg is NRRI's Principal for Telecommunications Research and Policy. She is a recognized expert on key telecommunications issues, including deregulation, competition, and universal service. Sherry's telecommunications background includes competitive advocacy on the state and federal levels, operational support-systems design, performance metrics, contract arbitration, program management, and third-party testing. She has been a product manager, business manager, and operations team leader for AT&T, MCI, and Verizon Business competitive local services. Sherry joined NRRI in 2010. As the Principal for Telecommunications Research and Policy, she supports state public utility commissions, industry, and others in understanding key telecommunications issues. Sherry has participated on numerous panels with state regulators, industry, and others. Since joining NRRI, Sherry has published numerous papers on telecommunications policy, including a yearly review of telecommunications legislation and studies of quality of service, competition, state universal service funds, and broadband service quality. Sherry received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Rutgers University in New Jersey
Elliott J. Nethercutt
Elliott Nethercutt is a Principal Researcher at the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) where he examines state and federal policy issues related to the reliable, adequate, and affordable supply of electricity. He represents NRRI on NARUC’s Committee on Electricity and supports research efforts of state commissions. Prior to joining NRRI, he worked on market design enhancements at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). Elliott spent the majority of his career at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) managing the development of long-term and seasonal reliability assessments. He is well versed in energy policy, regulatory issues, resource adequacy, and the overall reliability of the bulk power system. He also has experience leading multiple stakeholder groups, including NERC’s Planning Committee. Prior to joining NERC in 2011, Elliott worked in at the U.S. Department of Energy on issues ranging from transmission permitting and siting to smart meter integration. Elliott earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado in 2007 and his master’s degree in applied economics from the Johns Hopkins University in 2012. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding and sailing.
Principal Researcher (Energy and Environment)
Tom Stanton is Principal Researcher, Energy and Environment, at NRRI. He joined NRRI in fall 2010 after a 32-year career in Michigan state government. Mr. Stanton specializes in policy research for renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and global climate change. A lifelong resident of Michigan, Tom worked in Michigan state government—in the fields of public utility regulation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy—including 10 years at the State Energy Office and over 22 years at the Michigan Public Service Commission. For several of those years, he worked on administration of Michigan’s solar and renewable energy tax credits program and later served as manager of the renewable energy section at the Michigan PSC. Mr. Stanton earned a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Journalism, both from Michigan State University, as well as an M.S. in Public Administration from Western Michigan University.
Senior Research Associate
Ms. Kathryn Kline joined NRRI as a Research Assistant in September 2015. She earned her MS in Public Policy from Georgia Tech and her BS in Political Science from Converse College in South Carolina.