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 facilitates collaboration across the electric power industry to enable the smart deployment and integration of clean energy resources. We focus on solar, storage, demand response, and other enabling technologies.


“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

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Our Leadership

Meet our dedicated researchers & executive council.

Julia Hamm

President & Chief Executive Officer

Julia Hamm

Julia Hamm has 15 years of experience advising and collaborating with utilities, manufacturers and government agencies on renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies and programs. The knowledge and experience she has gained as the President and CEO of SEPA since 2004 makes her one of the world’s foremost experts on the nexus between utilities and solar energy.

Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education and collaboration activities for its 1,000+ member companies. She has expertise on the business models and solar programs of more than 400 utilities throughout the U.S., as well as utilities in Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported the 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.

Email: jhamm@sepapower.org

Ken Doyle

Chief Operating Officer

Ken Doyle

Ken Doyle comes from a family of association professionals, including his father, brother, wife, daughter and daughter-in-law. He arrives 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 Executive Vice President of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), during which time he also formed and served as President of an affiliated nonprofit, 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 from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is also a society fellow.

Phone: 202.753.8775     Email: kdoyle@sepapower.org

Tanuj Deora

Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer

Tanuj Deora

Tanuj Deora joined SEPA in January 2015 to lead SEPA’s research, advisory, communications and programs teams. His previous experience includes wind energy project development, research and design engineering, product management, business development and financial analysis for over a decade of experience in renewable energy after starting his career in the chemical industry.

Tanuj served in the cabinet of Governor John Hickenlooper as Director of the Colorado Energy Office and earlier served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica working on community and environmental health projects. Tanuj has also served as an advisor to the Rational Middle Energy Series and on the boards of the Colorado Renewable Energy Trust and Renewable Energy New England.

He lives in Washington, DC with his family, and enjoys the outdoors, live music, Texas Longhorn sports and the occasional overseas trip when not attempting to maintain his 80 year old house.

Phone: 202.552.4411     Email: tdeora@sepapower.org