Rod E. Williamson
Rod E. Williamson is the Practice Group Director supporting Clark Hill’s energy and environment legal practices. Rod is responsible for the strategic planning, business development, and daily operations of these practice areas. Rod also leads the firm’s Energy Management Consulting group. Rod provides unbiased energy management for large electric and natural gas customers.
He structures and negotiates complex natural gas and electricity supply contracts, manages utility natural gas and electricity interconnections, implements demand response programs, and develops energy risk management programs for large energy users.
Rod has significant experience managing industrial customer interventions in natural gas and electricity regulatory proceedings at state public service commissions, developing state and federal energy policy recommendations, testifying before state legislative energy committees, and drafting state energy legislation.
Rod advises hotels, casinos, and other hospitality and gaming industry clients helping them evaluate and navigate complex energy issues to take advantage of new technologies, markets, and opportunities to better serve their guests, save money, and increase revenue. Rod, along with Clark Hill’s energy practice team, help clients obtain lower energy prices while meeting sustainability and carbon footprint goals and limiting risk, by negotiating electricity and natural gas supply agreements in states with competitive energy markets, negotiating special contracts with regulated utilities, and implementing on-site generation, backup generation, and emerging technologies such as battery storage and micro-grid designs.
Prior to joining Clark Hill, Rod was the Global Energy Category Manager for Dow Corning Corporation where he was responsible for setting energy supply strategy and implementing a global energy category management process. Rod led a team of local energy category managers in Europe, Asia, and Brazil and had direct responsibility for establishing business relationships with energy suppliers as well as government and regulatory agencies.
Rod currently serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Businesses Advocating for Tariff Equity (ABATE) providing strategic direction and energy expertise for this group consisting of the largest industrial energy consumers in the state of Michigan. Rod also serves as the Executive Director of the Industrial Energy Consumers of Pennsylvania (IECPA). Additionally, Rod has also served as a board member of KIUC, the Kentucky Industrial Utility Customer group, and AIEC, the Alabama Industrial Energy Customer group, and was a member of TVIC, the Tennessee Valley Industrial Committee.
Executive Director, Association of Businesses Advocating for Tariff Equity (ABATE)
Executive Director, Industrial Energy Consumers of Pennsylvania (IECPA)
Past Board Member, the Kentucky Industrial Utility Customer group (KIUC)
Past Board Member, the Alabama Industrial Energy Customer group (AIEC)
Past member, Tennessee Valley Industrial Committee (TVIC)