Secretary and Member, Board of Directors
Foundation for Resilient Societies
Areas of Expertise:Energy Economics, Infrastructure, Regulation
With international legal training (Harvard Law, J.D. 1966) and a background in environmental litigation, Mr. Harris supervised energy research projects at RAND (nuclear fuel cycles and weapons proliferation; the "right to light" supporting solar systems; deregulation of natural gas wellhead pricing; energy and air quality. He redrafted inspection protocols for arms control treaties INF; START I; START II; and designed elements of Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers.) Currently, he participates in interdisciplinary research for the Foundation for Resilient Societies, emphasizing electric grid reliability improvements.
Recent Comments by William Harris
- "The Angela Erickson study, The Production Tax Credit: Corporate Subsidies & Renewable Energy, Nove"
The Problem with Renewable Energy Subsidies
- "Another perspective: Even though Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) may be more expensive to operate than existing light water reactors, this new class of"
Can Small Modular Reactors Save Nuclear Power?
- "My former RAND colleague, Ben Zycher, illuminates and enjoys reviewing the absurdity of cost-benefit analyses of proposed federal regulations as appli"
The Magical Powers of the Social Cost of Carbon
- "How should the federal government develop priorities for electric grid reliability?
At the Foundation for Resilient Societies, we support "all hazard"
Grid Reliability: What Congress Can Learn From New York’s REV Initiative
- "Assuming, after court appeals, that the EPA Clean Energy Plan will accelerate closures of coal-fired electric generation over the coming decade, feder"
What Should Our Policymakers Focus On?
- "The robust debate on the consequences of EPA regulations under the Clean Air Act indicates that most commentators agree that the electric utility indu"
Obama’s EPA to Cost Americans Billions of Dollars and Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs
- "Because renewable energy production peaks are generally earlier in the diurnal cycle than peak electric demand, and earlier in the seasonal cycle than"
Can Natural Gas and Renewables Be Synergistic, Not Competitive?
- "What are the appropriate "measures of merit" that should shape a national energy policy, and more specifically, energy tax policies? "
Simplifying the Energy Tax Code
- "With the passing of Ronald H. Coase earlier this month, it is worthwhile to consider how regulatory and tax policies can both achieve energy policy go"
Assessing the Impacts of EPA’s New Coal Power Plant Rules
- "The State of Maine has the ability to assess, via Maine PUC study and updates, the cost-effective options to protect transformers at 14 or more substa"
What Maine Did to Secure Its Electric Grid from Electromagnetic Pulse and Geomagnetic Disturbance