Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Bruce Edelston

Vice President, Energy Policy, Southern Company

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Bruce Edelston

Board: Director

Bruce Edelston was appointed Vice President, Energy Policy with Atlanta-based energy provider Southern Company in March 2016. In this position he is responsible for helping the company develop and coordinate a response to policy issues across its various operating companies and subsidiaries and for supporting state and federal policy efforts.

Prior to rejoining Southern Company, Bruce was president of the Energy Policy Group, a consulting firm he founded to provide technical and policy advice on current strategic issues to utilities, law firms, energy companies and government agencies. While at the Energy Policy Group, Bruce also served as executive director of the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy and as president of the Electric Markets Research Foundation.

Prior to founding the Energy Policy Group, Bruce held previous positions at Southern Company, with his last role being director of energy policy. At Southern Company and subsidiary Georgia Power, Bruce had responsibilities for developing corporate policy positions on industry structure and environmental issues and responding to federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives.

Before then, he held several positions at the Edison Electric Institute, where he was involved in legislative and regulatory initiatives involving transmission access, industry structure, markets and state regulatory policy. He also has prior experience with Charles River Associates (CRA) International and the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He holds a B.S. degree in electric engineering/engineering and public policy and an M.S. degree in urban and public affairs, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

Caroline Choi

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

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Caroline Choi

Board: 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.

Courtney McCormick

Vice President, Renewables & Energy Solutions, PSE&G

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Courtney McCormick

Board: Director

Courtney McCormick was named Vice President of Renewables and Energy Solutions in December 2015, with responsibility for PSE&G’s renewable and other energy service programs. The organizations reporting to her include marketing, solar energy, demand response and energy efficiency. She also has responsibility for solar and energy efficiency programs offered by PSEG Long Island.

Prior to her current role, Courtney was vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary. She was responsible for the company’s corporate governance and corporate transactions, including financing, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings. Courtney also had oversight responsibility for the company’s business assurance and resilience function, which included claims, corporate security and business continuity, and for shareholder services, corporate records management, legal administration functions, securities and stock exchange matters and reporting compliance.

Before joining PSE&G, Courtney worked at the law firms of King & Spalding LLP as well as Pillsbury Winthrop LLP. She is admitted to the State Bars of New York and New Jersey and is a 2011 Leadership New Jersey graduate, a 2013 YWCA TWIN Honoree, was named to the NJBIZ 2013 “Forty Under 40” list of the state’s outstanding young business leaders and was a recipient of Corporate Secretary Magazine’s “Rising Star” award in 2014. Courtney graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law and Barnard College with a bachelor’s degree.

Cris Eugster

Chief Operating Officer, CPS Energy, Board Chair-Elect

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Cris Eugster

Board: Chair-Elect

Cris Eugster leads the Generation and Strategy Group for 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 billion and total assets of over $10 billion.

Cris is responsible for the overall operations, dispatch and evolution of CPS Energy’s generation capabilities that include approximately 6,500 MW of traditional power plants (natural gas, nuclear and coal) and 1,100 MW of renewables (wind, solar, and landfill gas). The Generation and Strategy Group includes energy supply and market operations to serve retail load and to support ERCOT wholesale transactions.

Cris also leads overall corporate strategy, integrated resource planning, new products and services, research and 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 the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), the EPIcenter and the Trinity University Business Advisory Council. 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). 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 and Company, an international management consulting firm, serving F100 companies in the Technology, Energy, and Diversified Services markets.

He received his PhD and Master of Science 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.

David Forfia

Director, Enterprise Architecture & IT Transformation, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

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David Forfia

Board: Director

David Forfia is Director of Enterprise Architecture and IT Transformation at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, where he is responsible for the architecture for the systems which operate the Texas electric grid operations and implementing the programs that transform the delivery of IT services to ERCOT’s stakeholders. Previously, he was responsible for ERCOT’s IT functions supporting the bulk electric system including application development, network and telecommunications, data center operations, application production support and IT infrastructure. He also served in multiple leadership positions during the implementation of the Texas Nodal program, including the deployment of the technology infrastructure, integration, testing and internal operational readiness for the systems.

David served on the SGIP Board of Directors beginning in 2011, was Board and Executive Committee Chair from 2015 to 2017 and was Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit and Technical Committees. David is also a member of the GridWise Architecture Council and has been Chairman since 2015. David began his career at Austin Energy Director of Information Technology Services for Austin Energy and was Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer for an $18B pension fund. David holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from St. Edward’s University.

Frank Lacey

Principal, Electric Advisors Consulting, LLC

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Frank Lacey

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.

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 and grid modernization 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 the 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 (Vice Chair), the GridWise Alliance (Outreach Committee Chair), and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).

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.

Jill Anderson

Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, Energy Solutions, New York Power Authority

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Jill Anderson

Board: Director

Jill Anderson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), overseeing market activities to generate more than $2 billion in annual revenue from marketing NYPA’s assets. Her team is responsible for power generation trading, fuel operations and hedging. She leads development of new transmission and generation and also manages federal and state regulatory affairs.

Previously, Jill served as Chief of Staff to the President & Chief Executive Officer and also led energy policy, sustainability, supply acquisition and renewable energy for NYPA, responsible for energy procurement including solar, wind and biomass.

Prior to joining NYPA, Jill was the Project Office Manager for Hess Corporation, leading projects in the areas of refining, offshore oil and gas production, corporate risk, electricity expense reduction, biofuel strategy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

Jill worked for Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) prior to joining Hess. At Con Edison, she held positions of increasing responsibility in field operations and supervision in electric, gas and steam distribution. Additionally, Jill has experience in power generation design and construction, working as a field engineer for Parsons Brinckerhoff in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jill serves on the Board of Directors for SEPA and also the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx), both educational non-profit entities focused on promoted clean and efficient energy. Jill serves on the Board of the New York State Women in Communications and Energy and formerly served as President.

Jill received a Master of Business Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. She completed a certificate at Vermont Law School in Legal Essentials for Utility Executives and executive education programs at Columbia University. She holds certifications in engineering, project management and process improvement. She was selected as New York City & State Rising Stars, “40 under 40 class of 2012” and one of the “2015 Women Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband James and their daughter Vivian.

Jim Alberts

Senior Vice President, Customer Service, Hawaiian Electric Company

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Jim Alberts

Board: Director

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 Policy Committee Chair

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Joe Hoagland

Board: Director, Policy Committee Chair, Executive Committee

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 strategic engagement of stakeholders around various issues including TVA’s energy resources, natural resource stewardship, and other key issues. In addition, Joe directs TVA’s strategy on technology innovation research, development and implementation to improve TVA’s power system. He previously was the Vice President of Enterprise Relations and Innovation.

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, R&D strategy 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 CASL and SEPA. He also serves on EPRI’s Executive Resource Advisory Committee and 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 is the Vice President of Corporate Services at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, located in Fredericksburg, VA. He previously served as the CEO of Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc. (PEC), the nation’s largest electric distribution cooperative. PEC provides energy services to the Texas Hill Country, one of the fastest growing regions in the U.S., bordering the cities of Austin and San Antonio.

John’s experience spans leadership roles in the municipal, cooperative and energy research sectors. John brings an innovative approach and perspective on utility management, energy delivery systems, telecommunications and grid technology solutions.

Prior to joining PEC, John served as the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Vice President of Research, Engineering and Technical Services in Arlington, VA. John’s role at NRECA included leading the Energy and Power Division, addressing technical regulatory matters at the federal level, heading up NRECA’s Cooperative Research Network and facilitating the advancement of beneficial technologies among the nation’s electric cooperative network.

Earlier in his career, John served as General Manager of Talquin Electric Cooperative and Talquin Water and Wastewater, delivering utility services in north Florida. During his time in Florida, John served on the Board of the Florida Electric Cooperative Association and as a Board of Director for Seminole Electric Cooperative, a generation and transmission cooperative providing wholesale power supply for over one million Floridians.

John served as the Director of Utilities for the City of Manassas, VA, overseeing the City’s delivery of water, wastewater, electric and telecommunication services. He began his career designing transmission and distribution infrastructure at Bristol Tennessee Electric System.

John presently serves on the SEPA Board of Directors. He has proudly served the utility industry on various committees throughout his career, which include working to support the efforts of NRECA and the American Public Power Association. John holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Tennessee. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Karen Butterfield

Chief Commercial Officer, STEM, Board Nominating Committee Chair

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Karen Butterfield

Board: Director, Nominating Committee Chair, Executive Committee

Karen Butterfield is the Chief Commercial Officer at Stem. In her role, Karen is responsible for building and leading Stem’s commercial enterprise, including strategy, policy, sales, marketing and product management. Her team at Stem has successfully deployed a large fleet of customer-sited storage with software and analytics that serve both commercial customers at the site and electric utilities and wholesale markets.

Prior to joining Stem, Karen was a Managing Director in the commercial systems group at SunPower. Her teams successfully deployed large PV systems on DOD, DOE and VA facilities throughout the U.S. Additionally, Karen led the key account efforts at SunPower with responsibility for Apple, Verizon, Macy’s and other Fortune 500 customers. Karen has consulted in utility-scale energy programs and spent 10 years at Honeywell Grid Solutions designing and delivering energy efficiency, demand response and smart metering programs.

She currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Energy Storage Association ESA in addition to serving as Nominating Committee Chair on the SEPA Board of Directors. Karen graduated from Bowdoin College with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Mary E. Kipp

President & CEO, El Paso Electric Company

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Mary E. Kipp

Board: Director

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.

Raiford Smith

Vice President, Energy Technology & Analytics, Entergy Corporation

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Raiford Smith

Board: Director

Raiford Smith and his team lead Entergy’s pursuit of new, enabling technologies such as Distributed Energy Resources, big data analytics, and the development of customer-facing products and services. Raiford is based out of Entergy’s offices in The Woodlands, TX. Entergy is an integrated energy company that owns and operates approximately 30GW of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Raiford has 26 years of experience in the energy industry, including various roles in legal, planning and analytics, smart grid, customer management, demand-side management, pricing and rates, product development, wholesale deal structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and technology.

A native of Savannah, GA., Raiford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Georgia, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and a Juris Doctor from the Charlotte School of Law.

Raiford is a licensed attorney and member of the North Carolina Bar Association; holds several patents on grid optimization and electric grid technologies; has published several papers on the future of the smart grid, energy efficiency, asset optimization, and price forecasting; has earned his Six Sigma Green Belt certification; and is a member of advisory boards for SAS, Tendril, Intel, and NEST Labs.

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, Strategy and Policy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Board Past-Chair

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Steve Malnight

Board: Past-Chair

Steve Malnight is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Policy for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is responsible for strategy; policy; grid integration and innovation; local, state and federal government affairs; and community relations. He also is responsible for energy procurement.

Steve joined PG&E in 2002 and has held diverse leadership positions within the company. After serving as Director of Customer Strategy and then Senior Director of Finance, leading the company’s budgeting and planning process, he became Special Assistant to the Chairman of PG&E’s Corporation in 2007. Subsequent roles included Vice President of Renewable Energy and Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions, an organization providing integrated energy solutions to help customers save energy and money. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs in September 2014. In this role, Steve was responsible for developing, coordinating and managing policy with state and federal regulatory agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He also developed and filed rate proposals with the CPUC and provided oversight of the company’s gas and electric tariffs.

Steve serves as Chairman of the Board of the SEPA. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for The Salvation Army of Alameda County, a non-profit organization committed to serving families in crisis. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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