Mike Jacobs

Senior Energy Analyst, Climate and Energy Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Mike Jacobs is the lead on Electricity Markets and Regulatory efforts in the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) headquartered in Cambridge. He develops UCS policy to shape federal, regional and state electricity markets, regulation and policies to encourage demand-side and renewable energy resources in electricity markets, transmission planning and operations.
 
Prior to coming to UCS, Mr. Jacobs worked at a two renewable energy and energy storage companies that together built 4 storage facilities in Hawaii. Two of these facilities demonstrated grid support and transmission capabilities. While on the staff of the American Wind Energy Association, he led settlement efforts at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to streamline generator interconnection rules for wind and small distributed generation. Most recently, Mr. Jacobs was part of the Electricity Storage Association Advocacy Council.  At that time, he co-authored a paper with PJM staff of Energy Storage as Transmission. Prior to this work, Mr. Jacobs was liaison from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to FERC.  Mr. Jacobs began his career on the staff of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. He has served on the boards of Wind on the Wires, the Wind Coalition, Interwest Energy Alliance, Vineyard Power Co-operative and the Northern Maine Independent System Administrator. 
 
Mr. Jacobs earned a B.A. in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.