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Hofmeister, Brandon

Visiting Professor
Winter 2015

904 Legal Research
Brandon Hofmeister joined the Wayne State University Law School faculty in fall 2010. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Prof. Hofmeister has taken a leave of absence from Wayne Law to become the executive director of policy research & analysis for Consumers Energy, an electricity and natural gas utility serving 6.5 million Michigan residents. Previously, he served as special counsel for energy and climate policy to Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan. In that role, he served as a member of the Governor's nine-person executive team. His key duties were implementing state energy and climate policy reforms, leading the Governor's clean energy economic development efforts, and coordinating with Congress and the Obama administration on energy and climate policies, including implementation of the Recovery Act provisions related to energy.

Prof. Hofmeister was a driving member of the team that designed and implemented Governor Granholm's Advanced Battery and Vehicle Electrification economic diversification strategy. He was a key negotiator and drafter of Michigan's comprehensive 2008 energy regulatory legislative reform package, which resulted in a renewable portfolio standard, an energy efficiency resource standard, and a net metering program. He drove implementation of other clean energy policies during the Granholm administration, such as an enhanced energy efficient building code, reform of the utility ratemaking process to encourage energy efficiency investments, and creation of an innovative energy efficiency financing program.

In 2009, Prof. Hofmeister took a four-month leave of absence to accept a Chevening Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh's Business School, studying finance and investment in a low-carbon economy with a group of high-level policymakers from around the world. He was one of two Americans to be awarded this fellowship.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Prof. Hofmeister served as a law clerk for Judge John Corbett O'Meara in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.