Prof. Paul Johnson

Prof. Paul Johnson, MA

Instructor in Environmental Mission
Natural Resource Management Specialist
International Experience:  Cambodia, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, USA





  • Master of Arts, Environmental Studies, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies, Bemidji State UniversityBemidji, MN

Teaching Specializations

  • Renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass, hydro)
  • Power supply planning
  • Emerging energy technology assessment

Academic & Professional Experience

  • President, S&P Energy, LLC, Plymouth, MN
  • Director, Resource Planning and Bidding, Xcel Energy, Minneapolis, MN
  • Manager, Power Supply Planning, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Glen Allen, VA
  • Sr Manager, North Central and Eastern Regions, RES Americas, Minneapolis, MN
  • Renewable Energy Project Development Manager, Minnesota Power, Duluth, MN
  • Project Leader, Strategic Initiatives, Minnesota Power, Duluth, MN
  • Project Leader, Generation Development, Minnesota Power, Duluth, MN

Electric Utility Industry Committee Leadership

  • Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Renewables Committee
    • Committee developed policy proposals on federal renewable policy initiatives to reflect position of member investor-owned utilities. My participation focused on gaining EEI advocacy to US Congress for balanced clean coal technology policy and Department of Energy (DOE) funding to implement.

  • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Storage and Renewables Task Force (Biomass/Waste Fuel Working Group Chair)
    • Efforts with utility/EPRI/DOE alliance resulted in Congress approving $85 million DOE funding to complete engineering and build first 100 MW biomass power using “whole tree energy” technology
  • Chair, National biomass technology symposium jointly hosted by Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, DC.