Matt Lecar is a Principal Consultant with GE Energy Consulting where he advises utility clients on the business case, strategy, and road map for the deployment of smart grid technology. He led a year-long US Trade Development Agency (USTDA) funded study of smart grid best practice and the development of standards and regulation for the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI). He also led a study of UC Davis West Village, a Zero Net Energy housing development in Davis, California. Current projects focus on the business case for Distribution Automation in improving grid reliability and storm resiliency. Mr. Lecar serves as Operations Lead for Distribution System Testing and Applications Research (DSTAR), a multi-utility research consortium, which GE Energy Consulting has administered for over 20 years.
During a long career in the energy utility industry, Matt spearheaded new product development for Pacific Gas & Electric Company and developed and managed partnerships between US energy technology startups and the Electricité de France Group. He also served as Fund Manager for the California Clean Energy Angel Fund, a seed stage venture capital investment fund focused exclusively on clean energy technology.
Matt is a regular contributor to Greentech Media, Energy Priorities, Smart Grid News, Smart Energy International and Metering International magazines, and wrote a chapter of “Inside the Minds: Energy Venture Capital Best Practices”.
He serves on Advisory Boards for Smart Energy International, the California Integrated Renewable Energy Systems (Cal-IRES) institute at UC Davis, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Energy Investment Fund, Fountain Blue’s Clean Energy Entrepreneur series, Green21 Media and Climate Healers. He represents GE on energy issues with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Bay Area Council. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s degree with high honors in physics and political science from UC Berkeley.