About SEPA


The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with electric power stakeholders through the most pressing issues affecting the growth and utilization of smart energy. We are a trusted platform for education, research, standards, and collaboration to help utilities, customers, and other players deploy and integrate solar, storage, demand response and other distributed energy resources. Through educational activities, working groups, peer-to-peer opportunities and advisory services, SEPA engages interested parties in facilitating necessary information exchange and knowledge transfer to offer the highest amount of value for our membership and partner organizations.

Smart Energy-Focused

SEPA’s mission is to facilitate the electric power industry’s smart transition to a clean and modern energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration.


“SEPA has done such an excellent job for many years of educating utilities who are dealing with different challenges while being able to provide information that helps them make smarter choices.”

– Darren Deffner, DG Communications Engagement, Pacific Gas Electric Company

SEPA Members

SEPA has over 1,000 members who continuously utilize our data and gain insights. View All Members

Our Leadership

Meet our dedicated leadership team.

Julia Hamm

President & Chief Executive Officer

Julia Hamm

Julia is a visionary non-profit leader at the center of the transformation underway in the electric power sector​ to a clean and modern energy future​.  For the past 20 years she has been advising and collaborating with utilities, solution providers and government agencies on business models, grid modernization, and clean energy policies, strategies and programs.

Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies.  ​She has led the organization through significant expansion in recent years, including rebranding from the Solar Electric Power Association to the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and merging with both the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).

Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program.  Julia – a graduate of Cornell University – walks the talk, living in a PV powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia.

Phone: 202.559.2025     Email: jhamm@sepapower.org

Ken Doyle

Chief Operating Officer

Ken Doyle

Ken Doyle has over 35 years’ experience in the energy sector. As SEPA’s Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for Programs, Finance & Administration, Operations, Membership and Marketing.

Ken Doyle comes from a family of association professionals, including his father, brother, wife, daughter and daughter-in-law. He arrived at SEPA with extensive experience in all aspects of association management, from member engagement and government relations to revenue growth and staff productivity.

Ken spent 34 years as the CEO of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), during which time he also formed and served as President of the The Fuel Foundation. He was a founding member and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the National Association Executives’ Forum, a national association formed in 2000 to provide its members with retirement, deferred compensation and other insurance products.

Ken received a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Arizona. He earned a professional designation as a Certified Association Executive and he is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE.)

Phone: 202.753.8775     Email: kdoyle@sepapower.org

Sharon Allan

Chief Innovation Officer, SEPA

Sharon Allan

Sharon Allan has over 30 years of experience and is an executive known for business transformation and growth. She was CEO of SGIP which merged with SEPA this past year. She is also on the Advisory Board of Enertech Capital. Previously, she was Managing Director of Accenture’s Smart Grid Practice. Other industry roles include President of Elster Integrated Solutions, Chief Knowledge Officer of Elster Electricity, as well as executive roles at ABB, and IBM. Sharon has been recognized throughout the years as a Pioneer by Smart Grid Today, Mover and Shaker by GTM (Greentech Media), Top 3 by Smart Grid News, Technology leader by NCCBI, Platts Energy, and a “Class of 2007 and Alumni” leader by World Generation. Sharon is an honors graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and holds an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua Business School.

Phone: 202.871.7290     Email: sallan@sepapower.org