Gavin Dillingham, PhD

Program Director | Clean Energy Policy

Dr. Gavin Dillingham is Director for Clean Energy Policy and Director of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Southcentral and Upper West Combined Heat and Power TAP. Dr. Dillingham joined HARC in 2012 where he leads multi-stakeholder efforts focusing on policy and programs to improve the climate resilience of power infrastructure and built environment and to help usher in the energy transition via a variety of clean energy and energy efficiency initiatives.

Dr. Dillingham has worked on clean energy and climate related matters for the last twenty years in the private and public sector. This work includes identifying, developing and implementing innovative and market-oriented policies and programs to support climate action planning and greenhouse gas mitigation. Most recently, he led the HARC team in the drafting of the City of Houston’s first community wide Climate Action Plan.

He builds and leads strong, well balanced teams of experts to successfully implement large, multi-year clean energy projects. His current projects include being the principal investor for the DOEs Solar Energy Technology Office grant on solar+storage in low income Texas neighborhoods; the DOE’s Advance Manufacturing Office grant to develop a micro-grid feasibility analytics tool; and for the DOEs Southcentral and Upper West CHP Technical Assistance Partnership grant. Recently, he led the effort to build out and launch the Texas Clean Energy Hub. The Hub includes a variety of tools, resources, webinars and podcasts to help spur along the clean energy transition in Texas.

Dr. Dillingham is also leading efforts to commercialize HARC’s research. With the HARC team, University of Houston and Lehigh University, he led the start-up of Pythias Analytics, Inc. Pythias Analytics is a start-up company focused on providing climate risk analytics and scenario planning for the energy sector.

Dr. Dillingham received a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and his PhD in Political Science from Rice University in 2008. He holds the Climate Change Professional certifications from the Association of Climate Change Officers and the Sustainability Associate from the Institute for Sustainable Professionals.

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