Advisory Council

Advisory Council on Demand Response and Smart Grid

Andrew Levitt

Sr. Market Strategist, PJM Interconnection

Chris King

Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Siemens Smart Grid


Board: Director

Chris King is the Global Chief Regulatory Officer of Siemens Smart Grid, leading policy and strategy initiatives worldwide, emphasizing renewables integration, energy efficiency, grid efficiency, demand response and customer engagement.

Prior to Siemens, Chris held management or executive positions at the U.S.’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric and three Silicon Valley energy start-ups. An internationally recognized expert, author and frequently invited speaker, Mr. King’s recent writings include a chapter in Distributed Generation and its Implications for the Utility Industry and an article on time-vary rates for the Public Utilities Fortnightly. Mr. King co-founded and chairs the Brussels-based Smart Energy Demand Coalition, is Vice Chair of the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid and is a member of the Advanced Energy Economy Business Council. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, several U.S. states and international regulatory bodies. In 2009, he co-hosted a meeting of the U.S. Congressional Delegation at the Copenhagen U.N. Climate Summit.

Mr. King holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from Stanford University, a master’s from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a doctorate from Concord Law School. He has received three patents related to advanced metering and smart grids.

Christopher Gillman

Director of Demand Response Operations, Duke Energy


Christopher Gillman is the Director of Demand Response Operations for Duke Energy. He is responsible for a portfolio that spans across six states, consists of approximately 3,000 MWs of load reduction, includes over 800,000 participants and incorporates residential, commercial and industrial programs.

Christopher’s career began in 1996, as an environmental consultant, where he managed the design, construction and operation of water and soil remediation systems. Upon joining the utility, he continued his focus on environmental stewardship, technology development and sustainability with roles in Environmental Services, Demand Side Management (DSM), Emerging Technology and Retail Strategy.

During this tenure, Christopher led teams responsible for environmental and regulatory compliance, measurement and evaluation of program performance, design and implementation of new programs, research of new technologies and development of retail strategy. He is a certified energy manager and demand-side management professional and holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering, along with a master’s in business administration from the University of Florida.

Dan Violette

Managing Director, Navigant

Derek Kirchner

Supervisor – Demand Side Management


Derek is a Principal Supervisor in Demand Side Management at DTE Electric Co. In this role, he is responsible for managing approximately 600 MW of Demand Response resources ranging from a residential direct load control air conditioning program to a number of commercial and industrial interruptible tariffs. He is charged with expanding Demand Response capacity through both existing programs and integration of new technologies and rate design, while increasing integration with existing energy efficiency programs.

Mr. Kirchner has worked in several areas at the company over his 17 years including Marketing, Generation Optimization, Major Account Services, Integrated Resource Planning and Regulatory Pricing. He has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

Frank Lacey

Principal, Electric Advisors Consulting, LLC


Board: Director

Frank Lacey, Principal at Electric Advisors Consulting LLC, has worked in the electricity industry for over 20 years, initially consulting for utilities then moving into the customer-facing sector. He has been involved in various phases of industry re-structuring throughout his entire career and has recently launched his own consulting firm, Electric Advisors Consulting LLC, assisting energy companies and end-use customers strategize around the maze of constantly evolving regulations.

Frank previously worked as Senior Vice President for Regulatory and Market Strategy at Comverge Inc./CPower, Director at Direct Energy, the North American affiliate of Centrica, PLC, and in energy and environmental consulting with Arthur Andersen LLP and Putnam, Hayes and Bartlett Inc.

In addition to serving as a Board Director with SEPA, Frank serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) and previously on the Board of Directors of ERCOT. Frank holds an MSIA degree from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University with dual concentrations in finance and environmental management.

Henry Yoshimura

Director of Demand Resource Strategy, ISO New England


Henry Yoshimura is the Director of Demand Resource Strategy for ISO New England where he is responsible for integrating distributed energy resources (energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation) into the New England wholesale electricity market. He began his career with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities where he directed the regulatory effort making Massachusetts among the first states to incorporate energy efficiency into the utility planning, resource acquisition and ratemaking processes.

As a Senior Consultant for La Capra Associates, he advised the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on the terms and conditions for restructuring the Massachusetts electricity industry. At ISO New England, he worked with industry stakeholders to develop the market design and rules allowing New England to be the first region to integrate distributed energy resources into the Forward Capacity Market.

Mr. Yoshimura serves on the Advisory Council for SEPA, chairs the Demand Resources Working Group on behalf of NEPOOL, and testifies frequently on distributed energy resource and market design issues. Mr. Yoshimura holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Montana and a certificate in leadership development from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Howard Smith

Manager of Distributed Energy Resource Policy, Southern Company Service


Howard Smith graduated from Clemson University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Currently, Howard is the Manager of Distributed Energy Resource Policy. In this role, he is responsible for tracking current and future trends and activities involving the broad aspects of DER. Also, he is responsible for developing plans and policy positions related to DER in support of Executive Management’s efforts in the establishment of goals, actions and policies for the Southern system.

At the present time, Howard is on the Advisory Board for the new Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) which is the merged Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Association of Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) associations. In addition, he was formerly the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the ADS, and he served on the Alabama Governor’s Advisory Team for Industrial Energy Efficient and CHP. He has made numerous regional and national presentations on integrated resource planning, demand-side management, smart grid and other electric industry related topics.

Josh Schellenberg

Principal, Utility Services, Nexant


Josh Schellenberg is a utility industry expert in measuring and understanding consumer behavior change in response to pricing, information feedback and utility incentives. He has helped dozens of utilities throughout North America design and evaluate several different types of demand response and energy conservation programs for residential and business customers. Mr. Schellenberg is also a recognized expert in estimating customer interruption costs and incorporating customer benefits into utility reliability planning. His work in this area was recently cited in a report by President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Judith Schwartz

President, To the Point


Judith Schwartz is President of To the Point, a human-centered design consultancy focused on consumers’ engagement with sustainability issues, the Smart Grid, alternative energy and the digital home. Working at the nexus of public policy, technology, communications and business, she consults to utilities, national organizations and research companies.

Schwartz is also a Commissioner on the Utility Advisory Commission which provides advice on acquisition, development and environmental implications of electric, gas and water resources as well as conservation and demand management for the City of Palo Alto municipal utility.

Rick Counihan

Head of Energy Regulatory & Governmental Affairs, Nest Labs


Rick Counihan is the Head of Energy Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Thermostat. In that capacity he is responsible for relations with the Federal and State governmental energy agencies.

Rick has over 25 years experience in the energy and utility fields, with employment stints in state, local and federal government, as well as the private sector. Prior to Nest, Rick was Vice President of Government Affairs for EnerNOC, Inc., a leader in demand response and energy management services for the commercial and industrial sectors for eight years. Before EnerNOC, Rick was Vice President at the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), a nonprofit research institute affiliated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to build public/private partnerships to improve the nation’s electricity systems and an early research center on the Smart Grid. Rick has also been Vice President at Green Mountain Energy Company, a retail energy service provider selling renewable power. Rick worked in regulatory affairs for five years with Southern California Edison and was a professional staffer for the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for six years.

Rick has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Pomona College and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University. Rick sits on the boards of the Center for Resource Solutions and the Association for Demand Response and SmartGrid.

Seth Frader-Thompson

President, EnergyHub


Board: Director

Seth Frader-Thompson co-founded EnergyHub in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Under his leadership, the company has become a leading provider of both utility-installed and Bring Your Own Thermostat demand response services. EnergyHub offers utilities end-to-end demand response program management, including program design, installation, marketing and customer support services, as well as EnergyHub’s Mercury software platform for device control, with the goal of enabling both utilities and consumers to benefit from participation in DR and DER programs. Simultaneously, EnergyHub works with the leading device manufacturers and home services companies to bring their customers into utility programs.

Seth is a frequent speaker on demand response and connected home issues and is a board member of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid. Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on robotics projects for NASA and developed bomb-disposal robots for the military. He was the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue robots.
Seth has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.

Steve Cowell

Chairman & CEO, E4TheFuture


Stephen Cowell founded Conservation Services Group (CSG), now known as E4TheFuture, in 1984 and is the organization’s chairman and chief executive officer. Mr. Cowell has been the founder and director of numerous energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations during his career. For the past 30+ years, he has been involved in energy efficiency programs around the country and has successfully advocated for energy efficiency as a least-cost power supply option. He has helped create and build the industry through sound public policy, legislation and establishment of trade ally networks as well as the delivery of cost-effective residential energy efficiency programs.

Under Steve’s leadership, CSG has designed and implemented conservation and renewable energy programs for utilities, state agencies and other groups throughout the U.S., providing services to more than 3.8 million businesses and households. Mr. Cowell is a graduate of Brown University.

Ward Camp

Chief Policy & Governmental Advisory Officer, Edison Energy LLC


A 30+ year veteran of the energy and utility industry, Camp is in charge of advising Edison Energy’s clients on Governmental and Regulatory matters. He is also past-Chair and current board member of the Demand Response and Smart Grid coalition (DRSG). He has been a board member of the GridWise Alliance, the Association of Demand Response and Smart Grid, the Smart Meter Manufacturers Association of America as well as the company representative on the Advanced Energy Economy’s Business Council.

He is past co-Chair of the SGIP Business and Policy Domain Expert Working Group as well as a council member of the Gridwise Architecture Council.Previously, he was VP, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for Landis +Gyr Energy Management Solutions N.A and served in executive roles as part of the Senior Management of DCSI (now Aclara), USPowerSolutions and Avistar, a Public Service Company of New Mexico subsidiary. Camp has worked extensively with utilities and public utility commissions throughout the United States. He spent the first 17 years of his career as an attorney with a focus in energy and utilities. Mr. Camp is also past-President of Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity.

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