We talked with Bill Hederman, who has just left government service as senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.
Through early July, Bill Hederman was senior advisor to Dr. Ernie Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy, and counselor to the director of energy policy and systems analysis.
Bill began his career as a systems integration engineer at Bell Labs in the directorate that later developed the cell phone system. He then served on the RAND Corporation’s research team that pioneered analysis of federal government technology demonstrations. Bill also worked as the Congressional Budget Office’s first energy and science budget analyst.
After that, he led the establishment of the policy analysis department at INGAA, the pipeline association. And then he led the establishment of the International Energy Agency’s gas technology center.
Later, Bill was vice president for business development and strategic initiatives at Columbia Transmission Companies. He was on the management team that brought Columbia out of bankruptcy and sold it to another utility at an attractive price for shareholders.
During the Enron and California crises, FERC Chairman Pat Wood asked Bill to join the agency and form the office of market oversight and investigations. Bill’s team has been credited with playing a major role in the restoration of confidence in electricity and natural gas regulatory oversight.