Jerry Acton earned his BS in aeronautical engineering from the US Naval Academy in 1971 and his MS in mechanical engineering at North Carolina State University in 1973.  He went on to become a Tactical Coordinator & Mission Commander of a Navy P3-C patrol plane, logging 2500 flight hours on missions throughout the Pacific.  After leaving the Navy in 1977, Jerry worked in Owego, NY for 31 years as a lead systems engineer, systems architect and senior technical staff member for IBM (16 years) and Lockheed Martin (15 years).  He was responsible for architecture, design and operational performance on a wide variety of large complex military, government and commercial systems. Jerry is now applying his system architect skills working with PSE’s Renewable Energy Program to develop a comprehensive state-wide energy transition plan for New York State that achieves emissions reduction goals, renewables deployment goals, and efficiency goals. The plan contains quantitative hydro-electric, wind and solar potential for all 62 counties, and provides installation timelines for renewable energy systems and efficiency improvement technologies across all five sectors: Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Transportation, and Electric Power.