About SEPA

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is a nonprofit organization that envisions a carbon-free energy system that is safe, affordable, reliable, resilient and equitable.

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On A Clean Energy Mission

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


What Guides Us

In our work towards a carbon-free energy system, 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.


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

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.

Social Equity

Diversity, equity, inclusion and access for all are required for a fair and just carbon-free energy future.


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



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

“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.

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Our Leadership

Meet our dedicated leadership team.

Julia Hamm

President & Chief Executive Officer

Julia Hamm

Julia has served as SEPA’s President & CEO since 2004, providing leadership and strategic direction for the organization. She is responsible for guiding and overseeing all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies and the broader energy industry.

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.

She has led SEPA 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, driving an EV and living in a PV-powered home in Northern Virginia with her husband, two children, and dog.

Phone: 202.559.2025     Email: [email protected]

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Ken Doyle

Chief Operating Officer

Ken Doyle

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

He comes from a family of association professionals, including his father, brother, wife 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.

He 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.)

Ken is an avid skier and boater, has five grown children and six grandchildren.  He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Laura.

Phone: 202.753.8775     Email: [email protected]

Sharon Allan

Chief Strategy Officer

Sharon Allan

Sharon serves as the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer providing leadership and strategic direction for the organization. She is an executive known for business transformation and growth and has advised corporate boards, Fortune 100 companies, venture & private equity companies, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Institute of Standards & Technology, and many U.S. National Laboratories on their efforts to address the transformation of the energy sector.

Prior to joining SEPA, Sharon has driven double-digit growth in both small and large global companies. She has held roles as the CEO of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, managing director/partner, Accenture, president, Elster Integrated Solutions as well as executive roles at ABB. During her time as CEO of SGIP and president of Elster, she executed M&A, launched new software, hardware & service offerings and worked with the respective boards to drive the strategy and growth of the business . At Accenture, she advised top power companies around the world in the areas of innovation, transformation, and new technology

She currently sits on the advisory board of Enertech Capital.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Duke University Fuqua Business School.

Phone: 919.414.2173     Email: [email protected]

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