Jason Makansi is an independent consultant in the power generation industry. For 30 years, he has been analyzing the technological, business, environmental and regulatory issues in electricity production and delivery and has visited power plants and electricity infrastructure installations around the globe. Jason is also a prolific author, respected industry thought leader, and sought-after communicator. He spends much of his time speaking to industry, business and community groups on energy issues. His third book, Lights Out: The Electricity Crisis, the Global Economy, and What It Means to You, was called a “must read for anyone even slightly interested in the adequacy of the U.S. power sector and what the future may hold,” and received glowing reviews from industry observers and critics in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch to name just a few. Jason has appeared on CNBC, TheStreet.com, and the Financial News Network and has been interviewed several times on NPR. He has been interviewed for and quoted in The New York Times, Newsweek and CFO magazine, has written special sections on energy for Business Week, and has had articles published in Power magazine, Electric Power International, Global Energy Business, Electrical World, Power Engineering, Combined Cycle Journal, IEEE Spectrum, and others. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in New York.