About SEPA

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is a nonprofit organization that envisions a carbon-free energy system by 2050. We are one of many entities globally required to make this vision a reality. 

On A Clean Energy Mission

SEPA has a very specific role in the journey towards carbon-free. Our mission is to facilitate the electric power industry’s smart transition to a clean and modern energy future through education, research, standards, and collaboration.


What Guides Us

In our work towards a carbon-free energy system by 2050, we are guided by these principles.

Clean Energy

Significant increases in clean energy, generated from existing and new technologies, are needed to achieve a carbon-free future.

Grid Modernization

Investment in the transmission and distribution system is foundational to achieving a carbon-free energy future.

Diverse Portfolio

The future will be a diverse mix of large-scale generation, distributed energy resources (DER), energy efficiency and enabling technologies.

Business Models

Diverse business models supporting carbon reduction will be deployed by utilities and other providers that account for geographic, business, and policy differences.


Success will require a deliberate collaborative process and proactive engagement with stakeholders and customers.


Reductions in carbon emissions will occur as the transportation, building and industry sectors become more electrified.


Changes to the power sector need to evolve in a manner that is safe, reliable, secure and affordable.

“SEPA really facilitates a fantastic dialogue about what the future of the electric system is, where it’s going, and what’s the best way of getting there.”

– Caroline Choi, SVP of Corporate Affairs at Edison International and Southern California Edison

SEPA Members

SEPA has over 1,000 members (including 700+ utilities) who continuously rely on us to make smart clean and modern energy choices. 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

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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 Strategy Officer

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: 919.414.2173     Email: sallan@sepapower.org

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