James Gallagher brought more than 40 years of energy policy and industry experience to his role as Executive Director of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium, which extended from April 2013 until the Consortium’s dissolution in June 2019.
As Executive Director, he oversaw the statewide implementation of a safe, secure, and reliable “smart grid,” and most recently led the consortium’s efforts to assist Puerto Rico in developing a long-term grid roadmap following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. He also served as the co-leader of the Market Design and Platform Technology Working Group for the New York State Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Reforming the Energy Vision Proceeding.
Prior to joining the Smart Grid Consortium, Gallagher served as Manager of Strategic Planning at New York Independent System Operator Inc., and as Director of Energy Policy for the City of New York under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He also served as Director of the Office of Electricity and Environment for the PSC, where he enjoyed a 21-year career.
In the late 1970s, he managed the Tennessee Valley Authority’s pioneering Solar Homes for the Valley Project, that involved the construction of 44 demonstration passive solar homes throughout the Tennessee Valley region.
Gallagher earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.