Becky Klein

Klein Energy LLC


Rebecca Klein is Principal of Klein Energy, LLC, an energy and water consulting company based in Austin, Texas. Her clients include international and domestic companies focused on penetrating or expanding in North American and whose needs concern regulatory, commercial, financial, strategic, and/or government affairs expertise. Over the last thirty years she has worked in Washington, DC and in Texas in the energy, water and national security arenas. Ms. Klein served as Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and Ex-Officio Board Member of ERCOT, during which time she oversaw the restructuring of the State’s $36 billion electric power industry. She was also the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Lower Colorado River Authority. She has worked at the White House in the Office of Presidential Personnel where she assisted in recruiting and recommending sub-cabinet level presidential appointees in the national security arena of government. Her experience in Washington, DC also includes senior positions at the U.S. Trade Development Agency, the American Enterprise Institute and as a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Ms. Klein serves on numerous boards, both privately-held and publicly-traded. Presently, Ms. Klein sits on the Board of Directors of Avista Corporation, a publicly traded utility serving the Pacific Northwest. Other Boards on which she currently sits include two fast-growth technology companies serving the water and power industries. She was recognized as Most Influential Corporate Board Director by Women Inc. Magazine. She is also the founder of the Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute, a non-profit that addresses the nexus of energy and poverty in Texas. She has previously served on the Diversity Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission. Ms. Klein retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve in January 2015. She received her academic training at Stanford University (B.A., Biology); Georgetown University (M.A., National Security Studies); and St. Mary’s Law School (J.D.). She is currently pursuing her Executive MBA at MIT’s Sloan School of Business (June 2021). She is fluent in Spanish having grown up partly in Venezuela and Mexico. She is a native of San Antonio, TX.

Sessions With Becky Klein

Thursday, 4 March

  • 07:00am - 07:45am (CST) / 04/mar/2021 01:00 pm - 04/mar/2021 01:45 pm

    Strategic Dialogue

    Perspectives on the Texas Power Crunch

    Panel Power & Renewables Geopolitics/Policy/Regulatory
    The Texas power crisis was a wake-up call for the industry. How did a system wide failure paralyze the capital of global energy? What were the flaws in grid infrastructure that left millions of Texans vulnerable to extreme weather? And where did investment fall short, leading to weakness in the system? These are fundamental questions around energy security and the subject of fierce debate. Policymakers, business leaders, and investors have an opportunity to design a resilient response. How can greater reliability and resilience be built into power systems that guard against extreme conditions and advance low-carbon goals? How should power markets be designed to incentivize investment while managing costs for consumers?