Dr. Milton L. Holloway, President and COO
Dr. Milton L. Holloway is the President & COO of the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) in Austin. His primary function at CCET is to direct the organization, including the development and oversight of electric technology projects.
During the last eight years Dr. Holloway has led CCET in the development of CCET's technical advisory groups, forty-plus meetings of the Board of Directors, development of alliances with ERCOT, EPRI, DOE and other organizations and in the planning and execution of several technology and demonstration projects. The projects have included a distribution-level monitoring device design (Distribution Remote Terminal Unit), a demand response program in ERCOT that leveraged the deployment of Advanced Metering Systems at Oncor and CenterPoint, promotion of the CIMs protocol for distribution systems applications and in the planning and deployment of a major DOE Smart Grid Regional Demonstration grant (SGRD). The SGRD five-year project has seven technology and consumer response components that span the Texas geography from north to south and the electric systems from wind generation and transmission to consumer direct load control and pricing experiments, all focused on wind resource integration in the ERCOT grid.
Dr. Holloway was appointed by Governor's Briscoe and Clements to direct the Texas energy policy office during the energy crises of the 1970s and early 80s where he was responsible to a 22-member Board of Directors Co-chaired by the Governor and Lt. Governor with the Speaker as Vice-Chair. Board members included Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission and Public Utility Commission, the Attorney General, Commissioners of the General Land Office and Agriculture, Comptroller, Chairman of the Water Development Board and Air Control Board, Chairs of the energy committees of the House and Senate and four private sector representatives. He served at the pleasure of the Governor for eight years. He has taught in the Executive MBA programs at UT Austin, Baylor University and St. Edward's University and carried out an active consulting practice for over 30 years. Dr. Holloway holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Oregon State University.
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Mr. Robert S. Howden, VP Communications
Robert S. Howden currently serves as the VP of Communication for the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET). Prior to his work with CCET, Mr. Howden was an essential part of most major business reform efforts in Texas over the past ten years. He led the coalition that advocated sweeping asbestos litigation reforms that more precisely defined parameters for asbestos lawsuits. He served as executive director of a communications coalition whose efforts helped usher in competition in the cable industry.
During the most recent special legislative session, Mr. Howden served as executive director of Governor Perry's Texas Tax Reform Commission, a gubernatorially-appointed, bi-partisan panel of 24 Texas business and civic leaders who examined the state's tax structure and system of financing schools. The recommendations of the Commission served as a guidepost for that year's landmark tax and school funding reforms.
In 2004, Mr. Howden was a senior staff member in the office of Texas Governor Rick Perry. He served in the Perry Administration from 2000-04 first as communications director and later as senior adviser to Governor Perry. As senior adviser, he counseled the Governor on special needs for cities, businesses and organizations throughout the state. Additionally, Mr. Howden managed economic development issues where he oversaw the Governor's Task Force on Economic Growth, chaired by business leader Ross Perot, Jr. During this time, Mr. Howden was the Governor's official surrogate to hundreds of events throughout the state.
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Mr. Bill Muston, Secretary
Mr. Bill Muston serves as Secretary for the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET). Bill is the Manager of Research and Development for Oncor Electric Delivery, an electric utility serving three million customers in Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His career focus is research and development for electric utility needs. His present emphasis is the application of new technologies, and related technical and institutional advancements that bring technology to commercial use. Responsibilities include technology assessment; program management; and external collaborations. He also supports critical infrastructure protection programs of the electric industry through participation in related NERC and ERCOT groups.
Bill is a member of the IEEE and AAAS, and is a registered professional engineer in Texas. He attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering, with a focus on power systems engineering.
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Mr. Stephen W. Bezecny, Treasurer
Stephen W. Bezecny serves as Treasurer of Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET). Steve is Director, Regulatory Affairs, for CenterPoint Energy, a company that serves over 5 million metered customers through electric and gas distribution services and is the electric delivery company for the Houston metropolitan area. He has worked in the electric utility industry for over twenty-five years and has been involved in many facets of the restructuring of the electric industry in Texas that have occurred over the last thirteen years.
Steve has worked for CenterPoint Energy or its predecessor for most of his career. In 2001, he transitioned to Reliant Energy when investor owned utilities were unbundled as result of 1999 legislation restructuring the Texas electric industry. He worked at Reliant Energy until 2009 with a focus on advancing the competitive retail market in Texas through his work on legislative policy, regulatory policy and compliance initiatives. Steve returned to CenterPoint Energy in 2009 where he remains focused on regulatory affairs and related activities.
Steve is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs and is a licensed CPA in Texas. He received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Houston.
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