Advisory Board

William M. Pentland, J.D.

William M. Pentland, J.D. is Senior Energy Systems Analyst at Pace University.
Bill began his tenure at the Pace Energy and Climate Center in early 2010. Equipped with an extensive background in energy finance, environmental trading and commercial law, he focuses on the full spectrum of market, regulatory, and policy issues pertaining to distributed generation applications like combined heat-and-power, district heating, and small-scale renewable energy systems. In addition, as the Center’s Senior Energy Systems Analyst, he promotes the adoption of a “systems” perspective across the Center’s diverse portfolio of research projects in an effort to enhance cross-sector collaboration and encourage comprehensive market and policy strategies.
Prior to joining PECC, he cofounded Maximum Generation, LLC, a commercial-finance firm based in Darien, Connecticut, which focuses on innovative financing vehicles for small-scale CHP and DG projects in the commercial and institutional sectors. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003, he served as a law clerk in the Northern District Court of California for the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen. Subsequently, he practiced law in New York City for a number of years at Paul Weiss Rifkind Garrison & Wharton, LLP and Jenner & Block, LLP.
After attending Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Bill worked as a staff writer at Forbes where he wrote about energy and environmental issues. He has also written about energy and environmental issues for The Nation, Mother Jones, and several other publications.
Bill authored How to Spot an American Spy, Look for the Prius, Senators Back Legislation to End Ethanol Subsidy, Transmission Bottlenecks Bad News for Renewable Energy, Energy Deals Derailed by Obscure Accounting Rule, Nanocone-Tips Take Solar Cell Efficiency to Next Level, Cap-and-Trade Best Financed Cause in U.S. History, Study Says, Frontiers in Cellular Service: Ma Bell’s Remote Mobility Zone, Mega U.S. Solar Project Threatened by Unlikely Foe, and Perfect Power: Clean Energy’s Killer App.
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