Smoothing the Transition to Electric

The SEPA Electrification pathway facilitates the transition of the nation’s vehicles and buildings to be powered by carbon-free electricity. Electrification creates value for society, customers and utilities, providing environmental, cost, convenience, and grid benefits. Thoughtful planning for the growth and management of these new electric loads is critical to successfully minimize system impacts while creating equitable customer and grid value.

Focus Areas

  • Utility rates, tariffs and incentives
  • Distribution planning for EVs
  • Managed charging
  • EV/storage for grid support

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You: Real results

90% of utilities have, or are establishing, transportation electrification teams. But, leveraging electric vehicles as a grid asset in a clean and modern energy system will be complex.

SEPA is ready to help utilities maximize EV benefits through approaches like EV-specific time-varying rates and managed charging programs that your customers will love.

SEPA Expertise
Our electrification capabilities include…

  • Strategy development
  • Market assessment
  • Human sourcing or team building
  • Program design

Trusted Industry Source
SEPA has…

  • More than 23k of your industry peers coming to us for EV insights
  • Surveyed hundreds of utilities
  • Published seven in-depth transportation electrification reports over the last four years
  • Spoken at over 50 events on transportation electrification topics

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Meet Your Experts

Garrett Fitzgerald, PhD

Principal of Electrification

Garrett Fitzgerald, PhD

Garrett joined SEPA in 2021 as Principal, Electrification.  He leads SEPAs work focused on the beneficial electrification of transportation and buildings. Garrett collaborates with the other SEPA pathway teams to help utilities and other stakeholders navigate a smooth transition to a highly electrified and low-carbon future.

Prior to joining SEPA, Garrett spent 8 years working at Rocky Mountain Institute. While at RMI, he built and led the electricity program in India that works to accelerate the integration of electric vehicles and clean energy portfolios. During his tenure at RMI, Garrett managed the Fleet Electrification program, co-led the EV-Grid initiative, and was deeply engaged in work related to energy storage, distributed solar, and load flexibility. He has extensive expertise in technical and business model aspects of EV charging infrastructure, EV-specific tariff design, energy storage, and demand side flexibility.

Garrett holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University and a MS and Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University.

Garrett is passionate about the environment and is an enthusiastic snowboarder, mountain biker, and general lover of the outdoors. He resides in the small town of Carbondale, Colorado with his wife Amy and his toddler son Noah.

Phone: 202.379.1615     Email: gfitzgerald@sepapower.org

Sharon Allan

Chief Strategy Officer

Sharon Allan

Sharon serves as the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer providing leadership and strategic direction for the organization. She is an executive known for business transformation and growth and has advised corporate boards, Fortune 100 companies, venture & private equity companies, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Institute of Standards & Technology, and many U.S. National Laboratories on their efforts to address the transformation of the energy sector.

Prior to joining SEPA, Sharon has driven double-digit growth in both small and large global companies. She has held roles as the CEO of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, managing director/partner, Accenture, president, Elster Integrated Solutions as well as executive roles at ABB. During her time as CEO of SGIP and president of Elster, she executed M&A, launched new software, hardware & service offerings and worked with the respective boards to drive the strategy and growth of the business . At Accenture, she advised top power companies around the world in the areas of innovation, transformation, and new technology

She currently sits on the advisory board of Enertech Capital.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Duke University Fuqua Business School.

Phone: 919.414.2173     Email: sallan@sepapower.org

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Janet Gail Besser

Vice President, Regulatory and Business Innovation

Janet Gail Besser

As Vice President of Regulatory and Business Innovation, Janet Gail Besser leads SEPA’s Regulatory and Business Innovation Pathway and related work.  She brings to this role broad energy industry experience as a regulator, clean energy business association leader, utility executive, developer, consultant, and consumer advocate.  Previously, she was Executive Vice President of the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC), Vice President, Regulatory Strategy and Policy at National Grid, Chair and Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, where she led electric industry restructuring, and an executive and expert consultant at Analysis Group and Lexecon.  She also held senior staff roles at the Massachusetts Energy Office and New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, served as policy director for a DC-based national independent power association, and began her career as a small hydro developer and low-income consumer advocate.  Janet is a nationally recognized expert on a wide range of energy policy issues with deep relationships across the industry.  She earned a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Williams College.

Phone: 202.552.4411     Email: jbesser@sepapower.org

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