Illinois Commerce Commission
An advocate of energy and climate change research and development, David Lawrence leverages a leadership background that spans Royal Dutch Shell in London and Shell Upstream Americas in Houston. David Lawrence presently heads Lawrence Energy Group, an energy advisory firm that seeks energy investment opportunities of all kinds and advises on energy transitions.
With the US Environmental Protection Agency in flux when it comes to tackling climate change, some states are moving proactively to take up the slack. The Illinois Commerce Commission recently announced an amended Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan that incorporates changes designed to encourage access and installation of renewable energy.
At the center of the plan is a 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act mandate that the Illinois Power Agency must procure one-fourth of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The final document eliminates spot procurements from the equation, with that money instead allocated toward major clean energy projects that will help meet long-term objectives.
Another change is that the plan looks beyond the large utilities and includes rural and municipal electric cooperatives within its scope. Through the Illinois Solar for All Program, it also seeks to increase solar power adoption among residents of limited financial means.
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Former Shell executive David Lawrence attended Yale University, where he earned a PhD in geology and geophysics. After more than a decade with Shell, he now serves as the CEO and chairman of the Lawrence Energy Group, an energy consultancy firm. Along with his professional responsibilities, David Lawrence conducts seminars and lectures for organizations such as the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Founded in 1900, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies focuses on providing research studies on the global environment as well as regional and local environmental issues. The school encourages a deeper understanding of how humans affect the global climate and steps they can take to help maintain a better ecosystem.
The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies publishes a research newsletter to keep students apprised of relevant topics such as holistic ecosystem management and the effect of Lyme disease on human behavior. Readers can choose to subscribe to the newsletter weekly or monthly, or simply visit the newsletter’s website at environment.yale.edu/news/category/research.
Shell Wind Energy
Retired Shell executive David Lawrence is the founder and chairman of Lawrence Energy Group LLC, an energy investment and advisory firm focused on diverse energy investment opportunities. During his time with Shell, David Lawrence oversaw many diverse energy initiatives including Shell Wind Energy.
As part of its renewable and alternative energy strategy, Shell maintains a portfolio of six operating wind projects throughout the United States. Conducted as 50:50 non-operated ventures, the projects produce approximately 425 megawatts (MW) of energy capacity net to Shell.
In California, Shell established the first commercial-scale wind project in the state at the Cabazon wind farm. Located west of Palm Springs, the Cabazon area has played host to wind turbines since the 1980s. Shell oversees a project area with 62 turbines, each of which produces 660 kilowatts of energy. The Cabazon wind project alone produces enough electricity every year to power 12,000 homes.
Together with Mitsui Wind, Shell also operates the Brazos wind farm in West Texas. Home to 160 1-MW turbines, the Brazos wind farm produces enough energy to power some 48,000 homes every year.