Full Name
Peter Fox-Penner
Job Title
Chief Impact Officer
Energy Impact Partners
Speaker Bio
Peter Fox-Penner
Chief Impact Officer and Senior Advisor
Peter Fox-Penner is Partner and the Chief Impact Officer of Energy Impact Partners and a Senior Advisor at The Brattle Group. In his EIP capacity he directs all ESG and impact measurement and reporting, works with EIP’s portfolio companies to improve their ESG performance, and collaborates with EIP’s limited partners to accelerate their clean energy transitions. In his capacity as Brattle Senior Advisor, he continues his wide-ranging work on electricity industry issues and climate policy. He also serves on the Global Leadership Council of the World Resources Institute and as a co-founder and member of the steering committee of both Project Frame and the Venture Climate Alliance. He is also co-founder and senior fellow of the Boston University IMAP program, a collaboration between industry and academia to improve ESG metrics.
Prior to EIP, Peter served for over two decades as Principal and Chairman of The Brattle Group, a leading energy consultancy, as a Professor of the Practice at the BU Questrom School of Business, and as the founding director of the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy, now the Institute for Global Sustainability. He also previously served as a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has served on the boards and advisory boards of numerous companies, including EOS Energy Storage (EOSE), Gridpoint, the Global Energy Group (GHG), and Lighting Retrofit, Inc (now Envocore).
Peter is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on clean energy and ESG topics and the author of numerous published articles and books, including the highly acclaimed Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities (Island Press, 2010) and its sequel Power After Carbon: Building a Clean, Resilient Grid (Harvard University Press, 2020). His research has been widely cited, including in one Supreme Court decision.
Peter holds degrees in Electrical Engineering (BA, 1976) and Mechanical Engineering (MS, 1978) and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (1987).