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lived in Texas for fourteen years and have found a permanent home in
Leander. My two sons are grown; one works in energy like his father,
the other for an Alzheimer’s non-profit. My spouse is a native Texan
with two daughters attending UT and a third living at Marbridge.
undergraduate degree in is economics from DePaul University in Chicago;
my master’s is in international relations from the Fletcher School of
Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. Born in Chicago but have
in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, London, San Francisco, and Austin. I have
spoken at energy conferences in over three dozen countries across five
continents, sometimes as conference chair or keynote speaker. In 2021 I
was awarded the LAC-CORE Energy Award for my lifelong work to attract
investment into clean energy technologies.
career began in international banking with a focus on energy finance.
I’ve financed nuclear power plants; spent years overseas helping
harness the best local power resources in many countries: hydro power
from rivers in countries like Colombia; wind energy and natural gas
from the Argentine Patagonia; solar energy in the Chilean Atacama
Desert. In Texas my focus has been on natural gas and wind: tapping
into the resources that are in greatest abundance and lowest cost. I
have also worked on rooftop solar frameworks and have learned that
unless done properly to protect users, it easily backfires. Attempting
to implement this with no prior experience is dangerous.
My leadership roles in energy-related institutions include:
Central Texas I’ve worked for a large energy engineering firm, then
later for Cedar Park-based Voltabox (now E-daptive), a manufacturer of
energy storage solutions using lithium-ion technology. This in turn led
me to become interested in working on the resiliency of energy
infrastructure such as PEC’s. Far more needs to be done to protect our
battered electric grid.
partnership with Bill Richardson, a past U.S. Secretary of Energy,
along with the heads of some of the largest oil & gas companies
the Middle East, established the Middle East-Americas Energy Council to
help promote greater cross-country energy investment;
the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber, which in partnership with the
government and U.S. embassy helped establish policies that attracted
foreign investment in energy;
member of the Washington-based Latin American & Caribbean
on Renewable Energy, promoting U.S. investment across the hemisphere;
Texas I joined the board of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries
Association and quickly got to work on merging the institution with
CleanTX and working to interconnect the Texas-Mexico power markets.
moving to Leander, I was struck by my new community’s friendliness. How
can you not fall in love with Leander? I was selected member of the
city’s Parks and Recreation Committee, then to its Economic Development
Committee, then member of Leander’s quinquennial Charter Review
Commission. Seeing the city’s growing pains up close, I brought
together a handful of local leaders to establish a new non-profit, the
Leander Foundation: we raise money to take on projects so they don’t
have to come from our taxes. Much of my own personal focus is to ensure
conservation of the city’s oldest trees to further promote the city’s
traditions -- and to create greater pride in our history. I also
established Keep Leander Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep Texas
Beautiful, as a mechanism to facilitate beautification projects.
never run for a board seat that required a public vote like PEC’s until
the increasingly devastating power outages made me realize it must be
addressed; not nearly enough is being done on PEC’s grid. People are
suffering because of these outages. I cannot image a more pressing
topic for the board to address.
so I seek a position on the board of the Pedernales Electric Coop for
District 2. I am well qualified to bring in rooftop solar and to
address ways PEC can act on power outages. I have a three-part process
addressing what needs to be done for our coop: a short-term, a
medium-term and a long-term goal: (1) PEC must become far more active
in helping its members when power outages take place; (2) the grid’s
resiliency needs to be properly addressed so we have less outages in
the future; and (3) it’s time PEC takes on a leadership role in the
U.S. as a model electric coop. My website addresses this in detail.
is destined to be an important city in Central Texas and deserves to
have a clear and strong voice representing its interests.
St.James for Pedernales Electric Coop
- e-mail: StJames4PEC@gmail.com
- Website: www.carlosstjames.org,
where you can find out more about my experience and confirm my claims.
Copies of my position papers, industry analyses and video clips from
some of my speeches and awards too.