Mr. Jones currently serves as Executive Director of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification (ATE), which is a recently established industry-funded non-profit association. It goals are to promote activities in the States, especially at the Public Utility Commissions, to promote the acceleration of transportation electrification deployments, a robust utility role, and interoperability and open standards. He also serves as a Board Advisor to Energy Impact Partners (EIP), based in New York City, which is a private equity infrastructure fund comprised of major utility investors that seeks to invest in innovative technology companies focused on the energy sector. He also serves on the non-profit Board of Directors of Climate Solutions, based in Seattle, that advocates for low carbon and clean transportation solutions in Oregon and Washington.
Mr. Jones is concurrently President of Phil Jones Consulting LLC based in Seattle, Washington, that provides expert advice and consulting services for organizations in the fields of energy and utility regulation, and cybersecurity compliance and regulation. He continues work in the areas of reliability and resiliency of electric and gas utilities, the potential development of broader electricity markets to facilitate renewable energy integration, as well as ratemaking and treatment of the increasing number of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), including electric vehicles and related infrastructure in distribution grids.
Mr. Jones served as a Commissioner on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) for 12 years from 2005 to 2017. He served in many leadership positions in NARUC (National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners) during his tenure, which included service on the Board of Directors (and Chair) of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI). Mr. Jones served as President of NARUC for one year in 2012-13 when he made cybersecurity of electric, gas, water distribution systems his Presidential theme and top priority. Mr. Jones also continues to serve (as he did as Commissioner) on the Advisory Council of EPRI, the Electric Power Research Institute, which is the public interest voice to advise the leading electric utilities as it carries out R&D activities.
Mr. Jones is a native of Spokane, Washington and graduated with a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard College in 1977.