Joe Chaisson is a Co-founder of Energy Options Network who works closely with energy developers and technology companies to evaluate and help develop and deploy emerging technologies. He has delivered Congressional hearing testimony on these topics, as well as made many presentations to senior federal legislative staff and executive branch officials.
Joe is also the Co-founder of the Clean Air Task Force (CATF), leading its research and technical work since 1996. Prior to that, he essentially invented the comprehensive power company energy efficiency program concept and lead teams of practitioners to design and track performance of such programs in New England.
While at CATF, Joe was one of the first people to recognize the potential for fossil carbon capture and sequestration technology and helped move the technology into mainstream climate advocacy thinking. Later he organized a zero-carbon ammonia fuels project that was the first such mainstream climate NGO treatment of ammonia fuel. He has commissioned and supervised millions of dollars of direct technology and policy research during his 35-year career authoring, co-authoring and/or supervising scores of energy and environmental studies and analyses.
Joe has served on several scientific and academic advisory committees including MIT’s Future of Coal report advisory committee and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Geo-engineering. He also regularly advises utility, technology companies, policymakers and foundation officials on key technical and policy issues. From 1987-1996 he was Technical and Research Director at the Conservation Law Foundation’s Energy Project, where he managed development, implementation and evaluation of the first comprehensive electric utility energy conservation programs. From 1973-1980, he worked in several environmental and energy policy areas in Maine state government.