Geography 2050

Ms. Kristin Mayes

School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State Universityy

Ms. Mayes serves as the Director of the ‘Utility of the Future Center and the Energy Policy Innovation Council at Arizona State University, where she is also a professor of utility law and policy at the Global Institute of Sustainability and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Prior to her career in education, she served as a Republican member of the Arizona Corporation Commission from 2003 to 2010. In her roles a member and as Chair of the ACC, Ms. Mayes has been an advocate for renewable energy, co-authoring the Arizona Renewable Energy Standard. The ARES requires that by 2025, regulated utilities must generate 15 percent of their overall energy portfolio from renewable sources such as: wind, solar, biomass, biogas, geothermal and other technologies. She also helped establish an energy efficiency standard that requires utilities to sell 22 percent less energy by 2020, and supported crafting the state’s solar net metering standard. Ms. Mayes currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and Vote Solar and serves on the NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility Technical Advisory Board. She is also part of the LightWorks® organization, which focuses on discovering and inventing energy solutions to the world’s fuel, electric and social challenges. Ms. Mayes earned her BA in Political Science and Government in 1994 from the Barrett Honors College at ASU, followed by an MA in Public Administration from Columbia University in 1999. She earned her Doctor of Law degree in 2003 from ASU.