Rice alumnus Jeff Bishop ’04 receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award

Clean energy entrepreneur recognized for his accomplishments in the industry and service to the community.

Jeff Bishop

The George R. Brown School of Engineering and the Rice Engineering Alumni board recently announced Jeff Bishop as one of the three recipients of the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award. The Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award was first presented by the Rice Engineering Alumni in 1974, with George R. Brown being the inaugural recipient. It recognizes Rice engineering alumni for outstanding professional achievement and service to society. 

Since 2016, Jeff has been the CEO and co-founder of Key Capture Energy, one of America's largest owner/operators of stand-alone battery storage projects. Key Capture Energy develops, constructs and operates energy storage solutions to create a more stable electric grid. Prior to founding this company, Bishop worked for EDP Renewables North America and Brookfield Renewable.

Bishop launched his career in renewable energy in 2002 through the Leadership Rice Mentorship Experience, a summer internship program for Rice undergraduates who wish to develop their professional, personal, and civic capacities through the mentorship of experienced professionals. As part of this program, he interned with a wind energy developer in Morocco. He realized during this internship that a career in renewable energy encompassed all his interests: technology, business, finance, and policy. After graduation, he went on to study renewable energy in Uganda and Botswana with a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Bishop holds a MBA from Chicago Booth and a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Rice University. 

As a longtime advocate for renewable energy, he has served on boards of clean energy advocacy organizations at the federal, regional, and state level — including Advanced Energy United, Energy Storage Association, Renewable Energy Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition, the Maine Renewable Energy Association, and the Alliance for Clean Energy New York. Bishop has also served the community on boards advocating for public transportation through BikeHouston and LGBTQ+ equality through the Montrose Center.

The Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award is fitting for Jeff Bishop, who has demonstrated his commitment both to the sustainable energy infrastructure and to the community. Bishop and other 2023 alumni award recipients will be honored at the 2024 George R. Brown School of Engineering Alumni Awards Celebration.