Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Adrian Tuck

CEO, Tendril

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Adrian Tuck

Board Director

As CEO of Tendril, Adrian Tuck is responsible for driving the company’s strategic direction and adhering to its purpose – building a growing, profitable business that is a great place to work and is having a positive impact on the planet and our community. Adrian joined Tendril more than 10 years ago with the vision of building a smarter market for energy products and services. Tendril works to deliver on that mission with a suite of energy efficiency, customer engagement and demand management technologies that are offered to electric and gas utilities, and energy retailers.

Adrian has been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Tendril, he served as both interim CEO and executive vice president of Ember Corporation, a leading semiconductor provider to the smart grid, where he guided the company’s strategy through its critical early-growth stage. As an early pioneer of the “Internet of things” market, Adrian was instrumental in the development of the ZigBee standard and served as the vice-chair of the ZigBee Alliance for a number of years.

Adrian has received numerous industry accolades including the prestigious honor of being named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. Adrian attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the British Army’s officer training academy.

Caroline Choi

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison, Board Past-Chair

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Caroline Choi

Board Past-Chair

Caroline Choi is Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for regulatory policy and affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs.

She previously served as Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy and was responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; analysis and development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and directing case management for key regulatory filings.

Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Caroline was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including Director, Energy Policy and Strategy as well as Manager of Federal Public Affairs.

Caroline has served on various non-profit boards and is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the National Forest Foundation and the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Lands. Caroline has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

Chris King

Global Policy Officer, Siemens Digital Grid

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Chris King

Board Director

Chris King is the Global Policy Officer of Siemens Digital 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.

Cris Eugster

Chief Operating Officer, CPS Energy, Board Chair

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Cris Eugster

Board Chair

Cris Eugster has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the energy and technology sectors. Cris currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of CPS Energy, one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned utilities with over 730,000 electric customers and 325,000 gas customers. CPS Energy is vertically integrated and includes generation, transmission and distribution, and retail services with annual revenues of over $2.5 billion and total assets of over $10.5 billion.

As Chief Operating Officer, Cris leads the Operations of CPS Energy and its approximately 2000 team members. Cris also leads overall corporate strategy, integrated resource planning, new products and services, research & development, and environmental oversight, driving the transformation of CPS Energy into a strong, innovative 21st century power provider. The strategy has led to significant investments in low carbon capabilities such as combined cycle natural gas, wind, and solar, in addition to large scale demand response programs and innovative smart grid solutions. CPS Energy is nationally recognized for its efforts in the New Energy Economy and has won numerous awards.

Cris sits on a number of Boards including Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA), Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC), Texas A&M Smart Grid Center Advisory Board (SGC), EPIcenter, Trinity University Business Advisory Council, and the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. Past Boards have included Build SA Green, Solar San Antonio, Mission Verde Alliance, Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association (TREIA), DOE State Energy Advisory Board, and the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In February of 2018, Cris was named co-chair of the Transformation Advisory Council for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) where he will lend his expertise towards creating a sustainable and customer-centric grid.

Prior to coming to San Antonio, Cris was the first Chief Officer for Sustainable Growth for the City of Houston as part of Mayor Bill White’s team. Prior to that Cris was Partner with McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm, serving F100 companies in the Technology, Energy, and Diversified Services markets. He received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT focused on quantum transport research in nanostructures. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University with Magna Cum Laude honors.

Cris is married and has two sons.

Gary Rackliffe

Vice President, Smart Grids, ABB, Inc.

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Gary Rackliffe

Board Director

Gary Rackliffe is the ABB Vice President for Smart Grids North America. He has been in this position since 2009 and leads ABB’s smart grid, grid modernization, and digital grid initiatives in North America. He also is the General Manager for the Smart Grid Center of Excellence located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

With 30+ years of electric grid transmission and distribution experience, Gary has been recognized as an industry leader on smart grid technologies. He is the past chair of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA’s) Smart Grid Council and is a member of the NEMA Distribution Automation Section, Connected Systems Division, and Grid Modernization Leadership Committee. He is also a member of the DistribuTECH Advisory Committee, the Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, the Department of Energy ADMS Steering Committee, the IEC Smart Energy Systems Committee, and is the Technical Advisor for the IEC US National Committee’s advisory group. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (Chairman), the GridWise Alliance (Outreach Committee Chair), the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). He serves on the Smart Grid Advisory Board for Texas A&M University.

Gary holds BS and ME degrees in Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and an IEEE Senior Member. He has co-authored a T&D planning book, and has written numerous technical papers and articles.

Gil Quiniones

President and CEO, New York Power Authority

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Gil Quiniones

Board Director

Gil C. Quiniones has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility since 2011. As a member of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s cabinet, he is responsible for developing and implementing the statewide utility’s strategic vision and mission, supervising operation of its 16 power plants, more than 1,400 circuit miles of transmission lines and overseeing its legal, financial matters and relationships with external stakeholders. Under Mr. Quiniones leadership, NYPA saves customers more than $1 billion a year, helping to create or protect more than 450,000 jobs and spur nearly $40 billion in capital investment at New York State businesses and other entities through allocations of low-cost electricity.

Mr. Quiniones is a leader in the New York State energy industry’s ongoing transformation toward a cleaner, more resilient, reliable and economical power system. An integral part of this effort has been The New York Energy Highway Task Force. As its Co-Chair, Mr. Quiniones helped to design a multi-faceted plan to carry out Governor Cuomo’s vision for re-conceptualizing and strengthening the power grid through partnerships between the public and private sectors. Under Mr. Quinones, NYPA also plays a key role in the Governor’s landmark Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative that uses market forces and new technology to empower customers and encourage the growth of clean renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Mr. Quiniones is leading the charge to create the first fully digital utility in the country: a comprehensive digital infrastructure addressing New York State’s everevolving energy, environmental and economic needs. This bold initiative is groundbreaking in concept and scope, and provides a template for replication throughout the nation. Through full digitization, NYPA will monitor power generation, transmission and use with unprecedented granularity, sophistication and precision. Mr. Quiniones’ approach was initiated with deep consideration for cyber, physical security and network communications. This initiative reaches across every NYPA process and department to facilitate broad collaboration and leverage information in countless ways. As result, the Power Authority will become the first utility in the United States to create digital twins of our entire generation portfolio, substations and transmission system, using data analytics and data visualization tools to optimize our operations, capital and O&M investments. NYPA is building a Digital Foundry that creates an ecosystem where third party technology companies (software and hardware), utilities, research institutions and universities can conduct applied R&D and develop new “Apps”, services and drive innovation at the grid’s edge.

Central to the value created through this program is the way NYPA uses the data generated by the digital twin of our physical infrastructure. NYPA’s Integrated Smart Operations Center (iSOC) acts as a centralized brain, managing information flow and utilizing predictive analytics and machine learning to optimize asset performance. The Center, which went live in 2016, will monitor all of NYPA’s generation assets and be used to predict potential failures and unplanned downtime. These actions will significantly increase system reliability and lower operational costs and risks.

Additionally, with the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute, NYPA has developed the Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy (AGILE) to promote the development and use of smart grid technologies. With these new tools, Mr. Quiniones is driving the use of ”smart grid” and other innovative technologies to upgrade and modernize the NYPA’s generation and transmission facilities. As a result, there has been a heightened emphasis on energy efficiency, localized distributed generation and customer involvement in decisions affecting power use. Under his leadership, NYPA, which owns and operates more than one-third of New York’s high-voltage transmission facilities, is carrying out a $726 million Transmission Life Extension and Modernization (LEM) program. The LEM program has projects ranging from rebuilding a power line more than 70 years old in Northern New York to the installation of state-of-the-art switchyard equipment at the Power Authority’s massive hydroelectric projects on the Niagara and St. Lawrence Rivers.

Mr. Quiniones is also spearheading a series of award-winning efforts to advance energy efficiency and clean energy, including programs to cut energy use in State government buildings by 20 percent by 2020. As part of this effort, the Power Authority established New York Energy Manager (NYEM), the State’s first energy management network operations center. It provides real-time information on energy use at more than 10,000 public facilities, helping to improve efficiency, lower costs and reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.

Over the last decade, Mr. Quiniones has played a major role in crisis management. After Hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated Puerto in the fall of 2017, Mr. Quiniones led the New York State Contingent to help re-electrify the Island. He employed lessons from his experiences with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, which struck parts of
Central New York in 2011. Mr. Quiniones successful led a multi-agency team that responded to these events.
The Puerto Rico relief effort was also guided by Mr. Quiniones’ extensive experience with Superstorm Sandy, when Governor Cuomo named him to oversee power restoration efforts by utilities on Long Island and in other downstate areas. As a member of the Governor’s NYS 2100 Commission, he led the development of various recommendations to enable the State’s energy infrastructure to better withstand extreme weather events. Subsequently, he was among a group of senior utility and trade association officials invited by President Barack Obama to assess means for strengthening future storm responses. A result of Mr. Quiniones’ emphasis on solid financial performance, NYPA has been recognized through upgrades by the three major credit-rating agencies –Standard & Poor’s (AA), Moody’s (Aa1) and Fitch (Positive).

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Mr. Quiniones is one of 18 chief executive officers chosen to represent the electric industry on the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) and co-chair of the R&D Strategic Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry’s international research and development organization in 2015. He is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance to Save Energy, serves on the Boards of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Smart Electric Power Alliance and the Large Public Power Council. He is NYPA’s principal representative to the American Public Power Association.

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After joining NYPA in 2007 as Executive Vice President of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Quiniones was promoted the following year to Chief Operating Officer. He previously served in several positions in the NYC administration under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, including more than four years as Senior Vice President of Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to that, he worked for 16 years at Con Edison, where he was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility’s unregulated energy services company.

During his years in the New York City government, Mr. Quiniones served as the City’s chief consultant on energy policy issues and established and led Mayor Bloomberg’s Energy Policy Task Force, a public-private group that developed a comprehensive strategy for meeting the City’s future energy needs.

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Mr. Quiniones received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from De La Salle University in Manila and has completed graduate courses in engineering management and technology management at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. He has also participated in executive education programs at the Columbia University Business School.

Jim Alberts

Senior Vice President, Customer Service, Hawaiian Electric Company, Board Nominating Committee Chair

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Jim Alberts

Board Nominating Committee Chair

Jim Alberts, Senior Vice President for Customer Service at Hawaiian Electric Company, spearheads the utility’s integration of distributed energy resources to help reach Hawaii’s mandate to run 100 percent on renewables by 2045. Jim joined Hawaiian Electric in 2012 as the Senior Vice President of Customer Service, coming to the company with more than 20 years of utility experience at Kansas City Power & Light and Aquila.

During his career, Jim has led teams and designed and implemented programs that focused on establishing top quality customer service and efficiency. While at KCP&L and Aquila as the Vice President of Customer Service, he was responsible for all customer contact channels, customer relations, quality assurance, e-services, billing, accounts receivable management, field services and meter reading. While at Aquila, he was a Lean Six Sigma Deployment Champion and certified Black Belt leading improvement teams across the Company.

He serves as a Board member of Hospice Hawaii, a non-profit organization dedicated to bring hope, reduce fears and impact lives in end-of-life care, and on the Hawaii Employers Council Board of Governors. Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Minnesota State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Drake University.

Joe Hoagland

Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, Tennessee Valley Authority, Board Executive Committee

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Joe Hoagland

Board Executive Committee Member

Dr. Joe Hoagland is the Vice President of Stakeholder Relations at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He is TVA’s Designated Federal Officer for both the Regional Energy Resource Council and the Regional Resource Stewardship Council. He is responsible for the strategic engagement of stakeholders around various issues including TVA’s energy resources, natural resource stewardship, and other key issues. Joe directs TVA’s strategy on technology innovation, research & development to improve TVA’s power system. He is responsible for TVA integrated resource planning process and is engaged in developing the DER strategy for TVA.

Joe has extensive experience in utility research and development including generation, technologies, distributed resources, storage, and environmental regulations. Some of Joe’s key responsibilities have included environmental policy, strategy, R&D, energy efficiency & renewables, and retail regulation, while serving in numerous TVA organizations including River Operations, Customer Relations and Office of CEO.

Joe has served on boards and committees for several industry related organizations including EPRI, SEPA, Electricity Storage Association, Department of Energy and CASL. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for SEPA. He also serves on EPRI’s Resource Advisory Committee and is chair-elect. He is a Fellow for Energy Policy at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Southern Utah University and master’s and doctorate degrees in physical chemistry from Washington State University.

John Hewa

Vice President, Corporate Services, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Board Treasurer

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John Hewa

Board Treasurer

John D. Hewa serves as REC’s Vice President of Corporate Services and is responsible for key functional areas including Finance and Administration, Human Resources and Employee Development, Safety and Security, and Information and Technology Services.

Hewa has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the electric utility industry and an in-depth knowledge of the cooperative business model. John’s experience spans leadership roles in the municipal, cooperative and energy research sectors. He has served as CEO of electric cooperatives in Texas and Florida, and as Vice President of Research, Engineering, and Technical Services at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in Arlington, Virginia. At NRECA, Hewa worked to advance the adoption of beneficial technologies among the nation’s electric cooperatives and to address technical regulatory matters at the federal level. Prior to his cooperative career, Hewa managed the utilities department for the City of Manassas, Virginia. John brings an innovative approach and perspective on utility management, energy delivery systems, telecommunications and grid technology solutions.

Hewa holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee. John is presently working on postgraduate studies in the engineering management doctoral cohort at The George Washington University. Hewa is a registered professional engineer.

Hewa also serves on the Board of Directors of the Energy Storage Association (ESA), a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, working with utilities, industry, and stakeholders to promote the adoption of beneficial energy storage technologies and to advance energy storage policy.

Mary E. Kipp

President & CEO, El Paso Electric Company, Board Chair-Elect

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Mary E. Kipp

Board Chair-Elect

As President and Chief Executive Officer of El Paso Electric Company, Mary E. Kipp is responsible for oversight of the utility’s overall operations and also serves on the Board of Directors. Mary has been with El Paso Electric in various positions since December 2007, during which time she has overseen a number of divisions at the company, including regulatory and rates, human resources, external affairs, public relations, and environmental, health and safety. Mary has also served as the company’s President, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.

Before rejoining El Paso Electric, Mary spent four years as a senior enforcement attorney in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement in Washington, D.C., where she investigated and prosecuted violations of federal energy laws. Prior to her work at FERC, Mary was an attorney at Greenberg Traurig LLP, El Paso Electric and El Paso Natural Gas Company. She received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Massachusetts, a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and is an alumnus of Exeter College, Oxford University.

Matt Handel

Vice President, Development for Solar, Distributed Generation and Energy Storage, NextEra Energy Resources, Inc.

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Matt Handel

Board Director

Matt Handel, Vice President, Development for Solar, Distributed Generation and Energy Storage, NextEra Energy Resources, Inc. has been serving for 15 years serving in leadership roles throughout the company.

From 2001 through 2006, Matt served as Vice President of Structured Transactions within NextEra Energy’s wholesale trading group working on long-dated customized power deals. During most of that time he focused on restructuring Qualifying Facility (QF) power purchase agreements. In 2006, Matt transitioned to manage power generation assets and served as Vice President of Northeast Generation where he had commercial responsibility for NextEra Energy’s 3 GW portfolio of merchant generating assets including nuclear, hydro, combined cycle and gas peakers in NEPOOL, PJM and the NYISO.

In 2009, Matt served as Vice President of Solar Development with responsibility for growing NextEra Energy’s utility scale solar business, eventually expanding his responsibilities to include establishing and growing a distributed generation division focused on non-residential, customer sited solar projects and reporting directly to the CEO. In 2013, Matt expanded his scope of responsibilities further to include energy storage, a portion of the company that focuses on grid connection and behind-the-meter storage applications, demand side management and microgrids.

Prior to joining NextEra Energy, Matt was a lawyer in New York and then a brewery owner in Colorado. He began his career in the energy business in 1998 at Citizens Power in Boston. Matt is a graduate of Stanford University and Columbia Law and has a wife who is a scientist and three kids aged 9-13.

Paul Lau

Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

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Paul Lau

Board Director

As Chief Grid Strategy and Operations Officer, Paul Lau is responsible for the operations of SMUD’s power markets, transmission and distribution grids, including the Balancing Authority of Northern California (BANC), the development of a holistic smart grid strategy and SMUD’s research and development programs. Departments under his direction include: Energy Trading & Contracts, Grid Operations, Grid Planning, Distributed Energy Strategy, Distribution System Operations and Research & Development.

He is currently the executive sponsor for SMUD’s deployment of advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid initiatives. Prior to this appointment, Paul was the Assistant General Manager of Power Supply and Grid Operations and was responsible for overseeing the purchase and sales of SMUD’s gas and electric commodities, the reliability of the electric generation, transmission, and distribution systems and SMUD’s renewable portfolio standard. Earlier, he served as the Assistant General Manager of Customer, Distribution and Technology and was responsible for overseeing retail and technology operations, including customer services, energy delivery, energy efficiency, customer renewable programs, telecommunications and enterprise business applications.

Paul is an Executive Board Member and Commissioner of the Transmission Agency of Northern California and the Balancing Authority of Northern California. He serves on the Member Advisory Committee to Peak Reliability and he also serves on the boards of the National Hydropower Association and SEPA. Locally, he is the Chair of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce. He is also active in international energy issues, serving as a delegate with the United States Energy Association, where he assisted in electrification, operations, and demand side management in countries such as Bangladesh, India and Jordan.

Paul has over 30 years of utility experience and is a registered professional electrical engineer in the State of California. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical power engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

Peter Muhoro, Ph.D.

Vice President, Strategic Industry Research and Analysis, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC)

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Peter Muhoro, Ph.D.

Board Director

Peter Muhoro is the Vice President of Strategic Industry Research and Analysis at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC), a nonprofit finance cooperative created and owned by America’s electric cooperative network. Peter brings technical knowledge and strategic planning expertise to electric cooperatives, and is responsible for technical and economic industry research, business intelligence, and analysis of advanced technologies trends.

Prior to joining CFC in 2017, Peter held several positions working for and with electric cooperatives. Most recently, he served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest distribution electric cooperative in the United.States. Prior to that, he was an advisor at the Cooperative Research Network, the technology research arm of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He has previously launched several small businesses focused on energy analysis, poverty reduction through electricity access and related issues. He serves on the board of directors of the Energy Storage Association and several other organizations, and is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally. Peter holds a doctorate degree in applied physics, with a focus on energy, from the University of Michigan.

Rob Caldwell

President, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology, Duke Energy

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Rob Caldwell

Board Director

Rob Caldwell is President of Duke Energy Renewables and distributed energy technology at Duke Energy.

Rob leads the company’s commercial portfolio business, which consists of nonregulated renewable energy, energy management, battery storage, and electric transmission businesses. He also has responsibility for distributed energy resources and wholesale power sales for Duke Energy’s regulated utilities. In this role, he is responsible for developing policies, strategies and business development activities related to distributed and renewable energy generation; combined heat and power; and microgrid and energy storage. His responsibilities also include wholesale power origination. Rob assumed his current position in July 2016.

Rob began his career with Progress Energy in 1998 and held various leadership positions. He has managed strategic planning, fuel procurement, power marketing and trading, energy efficiency, demand-side management, electric vehicles, smart grid, wholesale power, and emerging technology.

In addition to serving on the SEPA Board of Directors, Rob serves on the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and North Carolina Energy Policy Council. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Advanced Energy Corporation and board chairman of the Charlotte-based energy accelerator CLT Joules. A native of Michigan, Rob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University.

Ron Binz

Principal, Public Policy Consulting

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Ron Binz

Board Director

Ron Binz is a Principal at Public Policy Consulting, specializing in energy and telecommunications economics and policy issues. On June 27, 2013, President Obama nominated Ron to become Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but following a confirmation hearing in a U.S. Senate committee, he asked the president to withdraw his name from further consideration. He was appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in January 2007 and served until April 2011. As Chairman, Ron led the Colorado PUC in implementing the many policy changes championed by the Governor and the Legislature to bring forward Colorado’s “New Energy Economy.”

Ron was an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, serving as Chair of NARUC’s Task Force on Climate Policy and as a member of both the Energy Resources and Environment Committee and the International Affairs Committee. From 1984 to 1995, Ron directed the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel, the state’s utility consumer advocate. His office represented residential, small business and agricultural utility consumers before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, federal regulatory agencies and the courts. While Consumer Counsel, Ron served as President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA).

Ron received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado.

Seth Frader-Thompson

President, EnergyHub, Board Secretary

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Seth Frader-Thompson

Board Secretary

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 Malnight

Senior Vice President, Energy Supply and Policy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

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Steve Malnight

Board Director

Steve Malnight is Senior Vice President, Energy Supply and Policy, of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

In this role, Malnight leads a team of dynamic and experienced professionals who develop and implement the company’s energy strategy and policy through innovative solutions, partnership integration and public advocacy at the national, state and local level.

In developing and implementing the company’s strategy and policy, Malnight oversees federal, state and local government affairs, corporate sustainability, and community relations, along with PG&E’s energy procurement organization that provides energy service to the 16 million Californians PG&E serves. In addition, under the company’s interim organizational structure, he has responsibility for generation, customer care, real estate and IT.

Malnight held several key executive positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company before his current assignment. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Policy, for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, where he oversaw PG&E’s regulatory policy efforts at the national and state levels, including interaction with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Malnight also served as Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions, Vice President, Integrated Demand Side Management and Vice President, Renewable Energy. Before being named an officer at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Malnight served in the PG&E Corporation Chairman’s office as Special Assistant to the Chairman, and he held management positions in Customer Strategy and Corporate Finance, where he led the company’s budgeting and planning process. He joined PG&E Corporation in 2002.

Malnight holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He has completed the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Malnight is also active in national policy and community engagement. He serves on the board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utility participation in solar activities. He also serves on the Rebuild Northbay Foundation board and the board of Veloz, a non-profit focused on accelerating the shift to electric cars.

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