Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Brian Kunz

VP, Project Development, FirstSolar


Board: Director

Brian Kunz is First Solar’s Vice President for Project Development in North and South America. He is responsible for the siting, development and origination of First Solar’s pipeline of utility-scale solar energy projects. At First Solar he has created an industry-leading pipeline of over 6,000 MW of solar projects in operation, construction or in active development.

Brian joined First Solar in July 2010 through the company’s purchase of NextLight Renewable Power, a large independent U.S. solar power plant developer. Brian was a cofounder of NextLight and served as its Vice President of Development.

Prior to joining NextLight, Brian was Vice President and Regional Executive of Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) where he led the regional business and project development activities in California for new fossil and wind facilities. Brian has also held senior business development roles at PPM Energy and PG&E Enterprises where he was Country Manager for Australia.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Caroline Choi

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison


Board: Chair-Elect

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 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.

Courtney McCormick

Vice President, Renewables & Energy Solutions, PSE&G


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

Group Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, CPS Energy


Board: Treasurer

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.

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.

Jill Anderson

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


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


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.

Jim Rogers

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Duke Energy


Board: Director

Jim Rogers was the chairman of the board at Duke Energy until his retirement on December 31, 2013. He also served as Duke Energy’s President and CEO from April 2006 until July 2013. Jim became President and CEO of Duke Energy following the merger between Duke Energy and Cinergy in 2006. Before the merger, he served as Cinergy’s chairman and CEO for more than 11 years. Prior to the formation of Cinergy, he joined PSI Energy in 1988 as the company’s Chairman, President and CEO.

During his 25 years as a CEO in the utility industry, Jim engineered a series of acquisitions and mergers creating the largest electric utility in the U.S., as measured by market capitalization. Also, he delivered an average annual shareholder return of more than 12 percent by focusing on sustainable growth during his tenures as CEO. He also owned and/or operated assets in 17 countries in Africa, South Asia, Europe, Central and Latin America. Under Jim’s leadership, Duke Energy was recognized as a leader in sustainability. In 2010 and 2011, the company was named to the elite Dow Jones Sustainability World Index; it has been a part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America for the past nine years.

In 2013, Jim was awarded the Edison Electric Institute’s Distinguished Leadership Award by his industry peers in recognition of his 25 years of service and exemplary contributions to the electric utility industry. The Alliance to Save Energy honored Jim with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Prior to becoming a CEO, Jim served as deputy general counsel for litigation and enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); executive vice president of interstate pipelines for the Enron Gas Pipeline Group; and as a partner in the Washington, D.C., law office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Jim has also served as assistant to the chief trial counsel at FERC; as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Kentucky; and as assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where he advocated for the state’s consumers in gas, electric and telephone rate cases. Jim was also a reporter for the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader for three years.

In the course of his career, Jim has served on the boards of directors of eight Fortune 500 companies, and is currently a director of Cigna Corp. and Applied Materials Inc. In 2010 and 2011, he was named by the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Directorship magazine to its annual Directorship 100, recognizing the most influential people in corporate governance. Jim also serves on the boards of the Aspen Institute, Brookings Institute, Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, The Nature Conservancy and Asia Society. He also serves on a number of advisory boards including Bloomberg’s Clean Energy Finance Group. Jim is also a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Jim has been recognized as an outspoken and accessible voice for business, earning the reputation as a “CEO Statesman.” In 2009, Newsweek named him one of “The 50 Most Powerful People in the World.” He has testified more than 20 times before U.S. Congressional Committees, and addressed international forums including the United Nations General Assembly, the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Jim has advocated investing in energy efficiency, modernizing the electric infrastructure, and pursuing advanced technologies and nuclear energy to grow the economy and transition to a low-carbon future. He serves as vice chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is a member of the global board of directors of The Nature Conservancy. Jim was also a founding member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a collaboration of leading businesses and environmental groups that came together to call on the federal government to enact legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In the U.S., he was chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) when it changed its position to support federal climate change legislation in 2007. He served on the executive committee of EEI. He was also the founding chairman of the Institute for Electric Efficiency, former co-chair and current board member of the Alliance to Save Energy and past co-chair of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency. He was a former member of the Boards of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and the World Association of Nuclear Operators. Jim has been honored with various awards and recognition. In 2014, he was inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame. He is the 2013 recipient of the United States Energy Association Award. He was named the most influential person in the power generation industry by Power Engineering magazine and the energy industry’s CEO of the Year by Platts. He was also named to the STEMconnector® List of 100 CEO Leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). In 2011, he was presented with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Lifetime Achievement Award and the Charlotte Regional Partnership Jerry Award. The Charlotte Business Journal also named Jim its Business Person of the Year for 2011.

In 2011, Jim received the Asia Society of Washington’s International Business Leadership Award and the Committee of 100’s Business Excellence Award for his efforts to improve business relations between the U.S. and China that benefit customers, the environment and improve dialogue between the two nations. He was also recognized by the U.S.-China Policy Foundation with their Global Executive Leadership Award. Later the same year, the Asia Society elected Jim to serve a four-year term on the organization’s board of trustees. Jim is an active community leader and has received a number of honors and awards for his service including the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Honoree from the Mecklenburg County Council, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), the 2006 Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee, Cincinnati Chapter, the 2005 Ronald McDonald House Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2005 Keystone Center Leadership in Industry Award, the 2004 National Conference for the Community and Justice (NCCJ) Distinguished Service Citation, the 1998 Hebrew Union College Cincinnati Associates Tribute Honoree and the 1996 Energy Daily Corporate Leadership Award.

Jim earned Bachelor of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal and Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society.

Joe Hoagland

Vice President of Enterprise Relations & Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority


Board: Director, 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

Chief Executive Officer, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc


Board: Secretary

John D. Hewa is 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: Director, 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.

Mark Nielson

Vice President, Staff Services, Delaware Electric Cooperative


Board: Director

Mark Nielson has over 30 years of experience with Delaware Electric Cooperative, a non-profit rural electric distribution cooperative, serving 90,000 members in the state of Delaware. Serving as Vice President, Staff Services for the past 13 years, Mark oversees the cooperatives’ strategic planning, rates, power supply and regulatory requirements which include an aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standard requiring the cooperative to have 25% renewables by 2025 with 3½% of that coming from solar.

Prior to his promotion to Vice President, Mark spent 20 years in the engineering, operation, safety and construction side of the cooperative business. Mark oversees the development of energy efficiency and demand-side management strategies and programs and manages various grant programs for the cooperative which includes a significant number of photovoltaic net metering members. Under Mark’s leadership, Delaware Electric Cooperative was the only utility in Delaware meeting state legislated reductions in capacity and energy of 15% by 2015 saving the cooperative millions in future compliance costs.

Mark has contributed to drafting significant legislation in Delaware, including net-metering, renewable portfolio standards and energy efficiency legislation. Mark serves on various committees including the Governors Energy Advisory Council, the Delaware Renewable Energy Taskforce, Delaware Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, Low-Income Energy Efficiency Committee, Rural Electric Management Development Council and the Delmarva Peninsula Planning Committee. Mark received a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Administration from Wilmington University in Delaware.

Matt Handel

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


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, Power Supply & Grid Operations, Sacramento Municipal Utility District


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.

Rob Caldwell

President, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology


Board: Director

Rob Caldwell, President of Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology, manages and continues to expand a portfolio of wind and solar projects across the country.

Rob leads Duke Energy Renewables’ commercial portfolio, which consists of nonregulated renewable energy 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 energy resources, which includes solar photovoltaic, distributed and renewable generation; cogeneration/combined heat and power; and energy storage. He manages the regulated utilities’ compliance with renewable portfolio standards and wholesale power origination, both on the purchase and sales side.

Rob began his career with Progress Energy in 1998 and held various leadership positions. He has managed 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 as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Advanced Energy and serves as a Director of NC GreenPower and the North Carolina Theatre. 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


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: 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 Malnight

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Relations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Board: Chair

Steve Malnight is Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is 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 is responsible for developing and filing rate proposals with the CPUC and for oversight of the company’s gas and electric tariffs.

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.

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.

Tom Starrs

Vice President, Global Market Strategy and Policy, SunPower Corporation


Board: Director

Tom Starrs serves as SunPower Corporation’s Vice President, Market Strategy and Policy, where he is responsible for the company’s global market assessment, market strategy and public policy initiatives. He has more than 20 years of experience in and around the solar power industry, including senior management positions with Iberdrola Renewables, PPM Energy and Schott Solar.

Tom is widely recognized as a leading strategist on solar energy market development, business strategy and policy. In addition to SEPA, he serves on the boards of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Tom holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Program, and a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley’s School of Law.

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