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.
HARC, along with project partners University of Houston and Fugro are creating a user-friendly webtool to promote the deployment of District Energy Systems (DES) and community microgrids.
The ERCOT Interconnection Dashboard helps track investment in new generation across Texas and to identify trends that will facilitate further investment decisions.
The Clean Energy Hub, funded by the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), houses a variety of interactive tools, podcasts, webinars, guides, and case studies to help accelerate the adoption of distributed generation and energy efficiency projects in Texas.
HARC’s most recent Green Paper offers specific examples of how communities can fund recovery along with considerations that should be given to communities and the natural environment.
DOE Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program promotes CHP technology solutions for the industrial and manufacturing sector, critical infrastructure, institutions, commercial facilities, and utilities.
HARC's COVID-19 research studied the regulatory measures enacted by local governments to slow the rate of infection and also the effects stay-at-home orders had on infrastructure systems, communities, and the environment.
HARC worked in partnership with the City of Houston to develop the city’s Climate Action Plan, a roadmap to bring Houston closer to a carbon-neutral future.
Powered for Good is an initiative to design and assist in the implementation of clean, cheap electricity offerings for the approximately two and a half million low income households in Texas that can choose their electricity provider.
Pythias is a tool to improve the ability of governments, businesses, and communities to anticipate future climate impacts.
This toolkit includes recent examples of Climate Adaptation Plans and information includes strategic directions to apply to the City of Houston as a model.
HARC, in partnership with the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), has developed the Texas solar calculator to help you find out. It is easy to use and requires only a few inputs by you
This tool is a step-by-step guide on how to interconnect a 10 MW or larger distributed generation or “generation resource” to the ERCOT transmission grid. This tool can help ensure a successful and timely interconnection process from beginning to end.
TX-PACE is a voluntary financing tool that helps owners of existing commercial, non-profit, industrial, and multifamily (5+ unit) properties invest in energy efficiency, water conservation and distributed generation improvements.
In partnership Texas’s State Energy Conservation Office, this online tool serves home owners as a resource to maintain, build, or renovate homes to increase energy efficiency and sustainability.