Rick Weston is RAP’s Director of Policy. In this role, he focuses on identifying and developing responses to new trends in energy production and use, greater integration of RAP’s regional programs, and development of RAP’s staff and intellectual resources. Since 2000, he has been a principal in RAP’s China Program, which he directed from 2011 to 2018. The program works closely with central governmental and provincial decision-makers on power sector policy and reform, with particular emphasis on governance and regulation, system operations and market design, planning, renewables, air quality management, and low-carbon programs, including emissions trading schemes and multi-pollutant strategies. Mr. Weston has also worked extensively with RAP’s U.S., Europe, and India programs.
He joined RAP in 1999 after eleven years as an economist and hearing officer with the Vermont Public Service Board, since renamed the Public Utility Commission. His work there covered a variety of matters, including the design and implementation of integrated least-cost plans, investment decisions and power purchases, rate-setting and rate design, competition in local telecommunications service, and the creation of Efficiency Vermont, the nation’s first “energy efficiency utility.” In the mid-1990s, he was co-chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) staff subcommittee to the Committee on Energy Conservation (now Energy Resources and the Environment). He also served as co-chair of NARUC’s Staff Subcommittee on Electric Industry Restructuring.
Before joining the Public Service Board, Mr. Weston was an energy and economic consultant for clients in the U.S. and Middle East, and was employed with the American International Group in Saudi Arabia from 1981 to 1984.
Mr. Weston earned his master’s in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and his bachelor’s from Middlebury College. He received advanced intensive training in Arabic from the American University in Cairo.