Peter R. Smith serves as the Managing Director for the Climate Change, Energy and the Environment Group for the Pataki-Cahill Group. Smith joined Pataki-Cahill after serving for nearly four years as the President and CEO of the New York State Energy and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Mr. Smith brings more than 30 years of experience in the energy field
The Pataki-Cahill Group, founded by former New York State Governor George E. Pataki and John P. Cahill, is a strategic consulting and project development firm dedicated to helping business and governmental interests maximize opportunities and limit risk in addressing climate change and the related issues of developing clean and renewable fuels and deploying innovative energy and environmental practices and technologies. The Pataki-Cahill Group has a wide range of clients, ranging from clean energy funds, domestic and international utilities, “clean tech” start-up companies, international solar photovoltaic developers, commercial real estate developers to high voltage electric transmission developers.
While leading NYSERDA, Peter oversaw a $400 million dollar budget dedicated to research, economic development and deployment of progressive energy programs and technologies throughout the State of New York. Mr. Smith, as President and CEO, helped establish nearly 3,000 energy efficiency, conservation, renewable resource, and economic development and research projects throughout New York State. Mr. Smith also serves on the Boards of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the Public Sustainability Partnership. He is the former chairman of the National Association of State Energy Officials and the former chairman of the Gas Technology Institute Public Interest Advisory Committee.
Mr. Smith has a Masters of Public Administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany and a Bachelor of Arts in History from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York.