After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin and obtaining his Juris Doctor from UT Law School, Dwain Rogers began his career in Austin practicing intellectual property law with a focus on high tech and funding of early stage companies.
In 2003, Dwain began work at the Texas General Land Office, a state agency dedicated to managing state owned lands for the benefit of the Permanent School Fund, which supports public K-12 education in Texas. At the GLO, he held positions as a staff attorney, as Special Counsel to the Commissioner, and finally as the Deputy Commissioner for Renewable Energy. As Deputy Commissioner for Renewable Energy, Dwain worked to bring renewable energy projects to state owned lands, and oversaw management of the first offshore wind leases and the first utility scale solar lease in Texas history. In addition, the Renewable Energy division was responsible for an alternative vehicle program that included administration of a $5 million grant for heavy-duty natural gas vehicles under the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP).
From 2012 until 2016, Dwain served as Transportation and Policy Research Director of the Texas Sustainable Research Institute at UT San Antonio. He supervised research into electric vehicles (EVs) and other alternative fuel vehicles, including adoption models for EVs in Bexar County, a local charging model to predict local grid impacts of EVs and an economic impact model for EVs. Dwain also served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Central Texas Fuel Independence Project, a program aimed at reducing barriers to deployment of EVs and Natural Gas Vehicles funded by the US Department of Energy. He also directed research into stationary energy technologies, with a focus on energy storage, both as a standalone asset and in combination with smart grid/Internet of Things communication protocols, renewable generation and as a provider of ancillary services to the grid.
From 2016 until the present, Dwain has worked as Executive Director for CleanTX, a non-profit that represents a network of over 250 clean tech companies in the Central Texas region and has access to a unique network of academic, government, non-profit, and community stakeholders locally, statewide, and nationally. CleanTX is dedicated to providing education and thought leadership to help propel the clean tech industry forward in order to realize the economic, environmental and social benefits of a clean energy future.