Managing Director & Partner
San Francisco - Bay Area
Tom Baker joined Boston Consulting Group’s San Francisco office as a consultant in 2011. As a core member of the firm’s Energy and Climate & Sustainability practices, he has worked for clients across the energy value chain. He is the global leader for the low carbon energy and infrastructure sector.
Tom has worked on clean-tech, low carbon energy, and other power topics with a variety of clients, including utilities, technology, industrial goods, and public sector companies, as well as clean-tech pure-players. He has rich experience across the US and globally, including project work in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Tom is a scientist with experience and expertise in energy and clean technology—specifically solar photovoltaics (PVs) and other renewables, as well as clean hydrogen, carbon capture and energy efficiency. He has been a featured speaker and panelist at many industry conferences.
Among Tom’s projects are a rooftop-solar investment strategy he developed for a US utility—and a strategy he devised for a PV manufacturer to enter the distributed energy space (energy efficiency, energy storage, demand response). He also helped a US utility transform its business to integrate more renewables and offer new customer solutions.
Before joining BCG, Tom worked in strategic marketing at First Solar and also as a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked with renewable technologies, such as lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. Tom has contributed to several BCG publications on the energy sector.
In his graduate work at Harvard University, Tom focused on computational solid-state physics applied to heterogeneous catalysis and PV.
The window for developing the new technologies needed to slow global warming will soon close. Stakeholder ecosystems can help bring these essential tools to market quickly.
To achieve global net zero by 2050, climate technologies need to deploy and scale more quickly. Here’s how companies and investors can make it happen.
A durable competitive advantage in four clean technologies is possible, according to a new report. To get there, US companies must follow two different paths.
The National Semiconductor Economic Roadmap offers a plan for supporting the US industry and boosting global resilience.
By building a durable competitive advantage in emerging climate-friendly tech, US players can unlock a huge global market.
A collaborative approach to scenario modeling across the ecosystem can improve investment decisions, lower costs, and smooth the journey to net zero.
Expanded use of low-carbon hydrogen and the fuels derived from it is critical to slowing global warming. Can we develop the renewable energy needed to make them?
For Europe to realize this goal, four technologies will require policy support and investment.
The US power grid is at an inflection point, with extreme weather events across the Southeast region highlighting the changing nature and demands of grid resiliency.
President Joe Biden has proposed the most ambitious climate policy in American history. How should companies get ready for the changes that are coming?
By tailoring an incremental approach to their constraints and opportunities, upstream players can reduce their carbon footprint while limiting any negative economic impact.