2018 Speakers

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Caroline Choi

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Southern California Edison

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Caroline Choi

Caroline Choi is senior vice president of Corporate Affairs for Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and its parent company, Edison International. Choi is responsible for overseeing Government Affairs, Public Affairs, and Corporate Communications on national, state, and local levels.

Previously, Choi served as senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs at SCE. In this role, she was responsible for the company’s regulatory strategy and policy at the national and state levels, including regulatory affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs.

Choi previously was vice president of Energy and Environmental Policy at SCE, where she oversaw the analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and management of regulatory efforts at the California Public Utilities Commission and other state energy and environmental agencies.

Before 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 and manager, Federal Public Affairs.

Choi is active in national policy and community engagement, where she serves on the executive board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utilities in the implementation and deployment of clean energy and distributed resources. She also serves on the boards of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification and the National Forest Foundation. Choi holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

Danielle Murray

Manager, Solar Energy Services, Austin Energy

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Danielle Murray

Danielle Murray is Austin Energy’s Manager of Solar Energy Services, overseeing the utility’s renewable energy offerings and local solar programs. These include the wind-based GreenChoice program, Community Solar program, rooftop solar incentive programs, solar inspections, solar rate development, and programs to expand access to solar to hard to reach markets. Previously, Danielle was the Renewable Energy Program Manager for the City and County of San Francisco, where she led efforts to develop the local solar market, reduce soft costs, and implement innovative financing mechanisms; coordinated wind, wave, and district energy research and development; and served as chair of the Mayor’s Renewable Energy Task Force. Prior to that, she worked for the City of Toronto’s Energy Office, where she designed and implemented the Toronto Neighborhoods Initiative which provided grants and low-interest loans to homeowners to install solar water heating systems and other energy efficiency improvements. Danielle has also worked for the Earth Policy Institute in Washington DC, researching and writing on the intersection of food, energy, and climate change, as well as serving in various volunteer and fellowship assignments in east and west Africa. Danielle received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and Master’s degrees in Planning and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto.

Mark Rathbun

Renewable Resources Lead, Great River Energy

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Mark Rathbun

As a member of Great River Energy’s Resource Planning team, Mark is responsible for developing and implementing GRE’s portfolio renewable resource strategies and assisting their member cooperatives with distributed energy resource additions. Mark has led several successful wind, solar and biomass request for proposals and power purchase agreement negotiations. Mark oversees GRE’s renewable energy standard compliance and M-RETS administration. He is a graduate of Hibbing Community College and the Red Wing Energy Center where his studies focused on solar energy technologies.

Jim Alberts

Senior Vice President Business Development and Strategy, Hawaiian Electric Company, Board Chair Elect

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Jim Alberts

Board Chair-Elect

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.

Adrianne Rogers

Senior Energy Services Specialist, City of Colton Electric Utility

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Adrianne Rogers

Adrianne Rogers has worked for the City of Colton Electric Utility (CEU) since 2008. She is the Senior Energy Services Specialist, responsible for advocating Energy Efficiency (EE) and assisting all customer classes with achieving measurable efficiency goals. Ms. Rogers is the Key Accounts Representative for the utility and works directly with the Industrial customers on Demand Side Management, Rate Analysis, Efficiency Rebates, Billing, and Outage Management. She manages all EE programs for the utility and processes coordinating rebates. As the Senior Energy Services Specialist she is also responsible for the Utility’s Photovoltaic (PV) program and assists customers with evaluating their solar needs, provides rebate approval, and guides customers through interconnection. Additionally, she is a part of the marketing team and plans special events for the utility.

Ms. Rogers is the 2017 Chair of the Public Benefit committee for Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) and the Co-Chair for the Customer Service working group and represents the City of Colton Electric Utility in the Key Account, and Community Solar working groups. She is also a new member to the Planning Committee for the Utility Energy Forum, and a member of the Association of Women in Water, Energy, and the Environment (AWWEE). Ms. Rogers has a Masters degree in Communication Studies from California State University, San Bernardino.

Ahmed Mousa

Manager, Distribution Planning, PSE&G

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Ahmed Mousa

Ahmed has over 15 years of field, planning, operations, design, project management, training, DERs, energy efficiency, DR, EVs, VVO, AMI, DMS/ADMS, load relief, load forecast, emergency response, DMS, best practice/benchmarking, risk management and climate change studies experience in generation, transmission, substations and distribution systems at Con Edison, PSE&G, PEPCO, and First Energy.

Ahmed is the distribution and 69 kV transmission system planning manager at PSEG, New Jersey, where he manages the: • Distribution System • 69 kV Transmission System (as well as the 345, 230, 138 kV supply substations) • Substation life cycle program • Short & long-term electric load forecast (developed own method) • Short & long-term load relief program • Future transmission/distribution system reinforcements • 26 to 69 kV conversion program • Transmission & distribution system outage planning group • Transmission & distribution system load flow/short circuit studies • Distributed Energy Resources grid studies/interconnections (developed substation and limits) Ahmed is currently the PSE&G technical lead/adviser for: • Energy storage • Solar • Voltage VAR Optimization (VVO) • Distribution Management System (DMS) • Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) • Smart Grid • Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) • Microgrisd • Electric Vehicles • Clean Energy Future • SGIP/SEPA • Georgia Tech NEETRAC.

Prior to joining PSE&G, Ahmed was Con Edison’s substation planning manager responsible for the 5/10/20/30 year sub-transmission and distribution load relief plan. Ahmed also worked at the Energy Control Center. Ahmed conducted several studies, i.e. EVs/DER, steam to AC conversion and energy efficiency grid adoption. Ahmed was the project manager for a SCADA EMS project and the project manager for President Obama’s D.O.E’s stimulus grant for at Con Edison.

Andrew Schroeder

Consultant, Customer Technology Product Development

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Andrew Schroeder

Drew Schroeder is a Consultant in APS’s Customer Technology Product Development team. His role is to develop solutions that enable APS customers to achieve their energy goals in mutual customer and grid value relationships, specifically as that relates to interactions with the Arizona Corporate Commission. His experience at APS includes time as a real-time power/natural gas trader, as well as helping APS integrate into the Energy Imbalance Market.

Alanya Schofield

Senior Director, Strategy, Consulting & New Products, E Source

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Alanya Schofield

Alanya Schofield manages the E Source DER practice area, including the subscription-based DER Strategy research service and DER consulting practice. She is also responsible for corporate strategy initiatives and new product development. She has expertise in strategy, policy, program design, and communications, with a focus on distributed energy resources and other emerging technologies. Before joining E Source, Alanya was the Strategy, Communications & Continuous Improvement Director for Duke Energy’s Emerging Technology Office. Prior to that role, she worked in Duke’s Office of the Chairman & CEO, Regulated Utility Renewable Strategy, Integrated Resource Planning, and Corporate Communications groups. She has also worked for GE Wind, Southern Company, and UNI-SOLAR. Alanya has an MBA/MS from the University of Michigan and a BA in architecture from Yale University.

Brenda Chew

Senior Manager, Research, SEPA

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Brenda Chew

Brenda leads SEPA’s Research team and has focused much of her time at SEPA investigating the proliferation of flexible resources along the grid. Prior to SEPA, Brenda worked as a consultant at ICF, focusing on distributed energy resources, Utility of the Future and grid modernization efforts.

She holds a master’s degree in sustainable development from the University of St. Andrews, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental studies from Emory University.

Phone: 202.753.8955     Email: bchew@sepapower.org

Bryan Hannegan

President & CEO, Holy Cross Energy

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Bryan Hannegan

Bryan Hannegan is President and CEO of Holy Cross Energy, a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative utility providing electricity and energy products and services to more than 55,000 customers in Western Colorado. Prior to joining Holy Cross in July 2017, Bryan was the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Systems Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he co-founded the US Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative and started up the successful Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), a unique “distribution grid in a box” enabling utilities, entrepreneurs and consumers to work together on cleaner, more affordable and more reliable energy systems.

Earlier in his career, Bryan served in multiple executive roles over seven years at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), leading power sector industry R&D programs in environmental science, energy analysis, fossil generation and renewable energy. From 1999-2006 Bryan was an active high-level contributor to U.S. and global energy and environmental policy, first as Staff Scientist to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, then as Associate Director for Energy and Transportation (and later Chief of Staff) for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). He also served as acting Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, helping to formulate the Advanced Energy Initiative and to implement the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Bryan holds a Doctorate in earth system science and a Master of Science in engineering, both from the University of California, Irvine; and a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

Carlos Nouel

VP of Smart Grid Solutions, National Grid

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Carlos Nouel

Carlos Nouel is the Leader of National Grid’s New Energy Solutions (NES) team. NES is an agile team focused on developing and launching innovative solutions and technologies that unlock value for National Grid’s customers and communities and accelerate progress towards a sustainable future. This includes things like: Smart Grid, Distributed Resources, Alternative Transportation and Connected Home Solutions. Before becoming its leader, Carlos was the Director of Partnerships for the NES team. In that role, he was responsible for identifying customer’s energy needs and determining the most comprehensive, cost effective and sustainable strategies to fulfill those needs through the creation of innovative partnerships and alliances with key industry players. Prior to joining National Grid, Carlos worked for companies such as Pfizer, British American Tobacco, IBM and AES in the supply chain area. Carlos holds an M.B.A. from Hult International Business School, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela. In 2015 Carlos was named one of the Worcester Business Journal’s top business leaders under the age of 40 in its annual “40 Under 40” rankings.

Christine Stearn

Senior Manager, SEPA

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Christine Stearn

Christine joined SEPA in 2015. She has advised utilities on strategic and operational plans for programs, products and services that will drive integration of clean energy resources into utility resource portfolios and business operations. Currently, she manages SEPA’s 51st State Initiative (http://sepa51.org), a collaborative platform that is an alternative to the contentious debates surrounding market and rate reform occurring in many jurisdictions. The initiative creates an ongoing, safe forum for experts and industry leaders to shape the evolution of the utility sector.

Prior to SEPA, Christine has had a variety of rewarding work experiences ranging from startups to working at a global sustainability think tank, to building an analytic program for a $3 billion operating organization. Christine presents on energy, sustainability, technology, climate and risk topics. Christine earned both a MBA and a M.Sc. from Columbia University and her BS from Babson College where she majored in Management Information Systems.

Christine has a love of travel, a taste for pancakes, an aptitude for technology, an itch to run and a desire to connect with others.

Phone: 202.753.8926     Email: cstearn@sepapower.org

Clay Norris

Power Management Manager, Tacoma Power

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Clay Norris

Clay Norris has been the Power Management Section Manager (functionally, the power supply officer) for Tacoma Power section since 2015. Clay’s responsibilities include planning and managing the power supply portfolio, resource planning, marketing and selling wholesale power, scheduling and dispatching electricity generated at Tacoma Power’s hydroelectric projects, managing the utility’s energy efficiency services, energy policy, and overseeing its community and residential solar programs.

Clay has more than 30 years of energy industry experience, including a role as division director of power resources for Eugene Water & Electric Board, senior vice president of planning and marketing for ElectriCities of North Carolina, and various positions at Illinois Power Company.

Daisy Chung

Manager, Special Projects

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Daisy Chung

Daisy Chung joined SEPA’s research team in 2014 to lead specialized research ranging from nationwide policy to utility customer offerings. She focuses on utility deployment at the distribution level, with specialty in asset management and operations & maintenance. She also collaborates with industry stakeholders such as electric service providers and integrators.

Daisy comes with seven years of thin‐films engineering, process implementation, as well as technical knowledge transfer experience from Samsung. Through her global experience, she specialized in system start‐ups, qualification, standardization, and failure and root-cause analysis through Six Sigma data analytics and system monitoring strategies.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, with minors in Business Foundation and Chinese Language from the University of Texas; she is also an honor’s graduate of the Master in International Public Affairs program, specializing in Energy Analysis and Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Longhorns and badgers play nicely together in her household.

Phone: 202.559.2027     Email: dchung@sepapower.org

Dan Chwastyk

Manager, Utility Strategy, SEPA

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Dan Chwastyk

Dan Chwastyk joined SEPA in 2015, where he works as Utility Strategy Manager on the Advisory Services team. Dan helps utilities develop and execute customer facing renewable energy offerings and leads SEPA’s research into community solar programs across the country.

Dan formerly worked for Navigant where he worked primarily on energy efficiency, smart grid and demand response issues for government, utility and private sector clients. He holds his bachelor’s in structural engineering from Penn State University and his master’s of business administration from Wake Forest University.

Phone: 202.660.0861     Email: dchwastyk@sepapower.org

Derek Kirchner

Supervisor – Demand Side Management, DTE Energy

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Derek Kirchner

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

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

Daniel Payares Luzio

Project Manager, New Energy Solutions, National Grid

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Daniel Payares Luzio

Daniel is a Project Manager for New Energy Solutions (NES) at National Grid. In this capacity, he is responsible to drive innovation by leading complex projects that integrate new technology, renewable energy, and customer-centric research in order to create new business models and opportunities for National Grid to build the utility of the future. Currently, he is managing the first of its kind Distribution System Platform (DSP) pilot in Buffalo, NY while collaborating on other projects that involve renewable energy, Blockchain, and IoT. Daniel has experience in large scale deployment planning of smart grid technologies for utilities, electrical substations design, management of energy audits and energy efficiency projects within the Energy and Oil & Gas industries, as well as electrical installation project design for large residential and commercial buildings. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Daniel also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Hult International Business School in Boston and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela.

Dave Hardin

Chief Architect, SEPA

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Dave Hardin

Dave Hardin has extensive experience designing, integrating and managing enterprise information and automation in the energy and manufacturing sectors. He has held senior technical and management positions at EnerNOC and Schneider/Invensys. Dave has been active in Smart Grid initiatives since 2006 including serving on the OpenADR Alliance Board of Directors, SGIP Board of Directors, co-chair of the SGIP Architecture Committee, chair of the SGIP Industrial-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Group and vice chair of the SGIP Transactive Energy Coordination Group. Dave is also serving on the OPC Foundation Technical Advisory Council and is member emeritus of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC), a Registered Professional Engineer (PE), Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP), and an IEEE Certified Professional Software Engineering Master (PSEM).

Phone: 202.871.7444     Email: dhardin@sepapower.org

Erika Myers

Principal, Transportation Electrification

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Erika Myers

Erika H. Myers is a Principal of Transportation Electrification for the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). Erika has 16 years of experience in the clean energy sector and specializes in the nexus between the grid, electric vehicles, and renewable energy. She leads SEPA’s content for transportation electrification and manages SEPA’s Electric Vehicle Working Group. She has authored and co-authored numerous reports, briefs, and articles and regularly speaks at events around the country.

Prior to joining SEPA, Erika spent four years as a consultant with ICF International and five years as the Renewable Energy Manager for the South Carolina Energy Office, specializing in renewable energy and alternative transportation fuel policy and regulatory planning and development.

Erika has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Clemson University and a master’s degree in earth and environmental resources from the University of South Carolina with a specialization in clean energy.

Phone: 202.379.1615     Email: emyers@sepapower.org

Ed Thomas

Executive Director, PLMA

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Ed Thomas

Ed has been PLMA’s Executive Director for over 5 years. PLMA was founded in 1999 as the voice of demand response practitioners. It is a community of experts and practitioners dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing resources to promote inclusiveness in the design, delivery, technology, and management of solutions addressing energy and natural resource integration.

Everett Aragon

Engineer Manager, Grid Modernization, Southern California Edison

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Everett Aragon

Engineer Manager for the Grid Modernization Grid Apps Integration team leading efforts to implement software solutions to plan and operate SCE’s grid of the future.

Industry Background

    • 10 years industry experience with SCE in areas of Distribution Field Engineering, Transmission and Distribution System Planning, and Grid Modernization.

Educational Background

    • Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University Pomona
    • Master’s of Science in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Gary Brinkworth

Director, Enterprise Research & Technology Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority

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Gary Brinkworth

Gary Brinkworth has over 34 years of utility industry experience in generation and transmission planning, forecasting, and demand-side management evaluation. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, and is a registered professional engineer in 4 states. Gary began his career at Southern Company in Birmingham, AL where he worked for about 6 years in generation and transmission planning, and then moved to Tallahassee, FL where he worked for 20 years for the municipal utility there in various assignments related to system planning, rate and debt analysis, power contract negotiations, and customer care and billing. He joined TVA in March 2009 where he managed the development of long-term capacity plans, resource portfolio evaluations, and capacity optimization studies. In that role, Gary led the analytical team that developed TVA’s Integrated Resource Plan that was published in March 2011. In July 2013 he left the system planning group to become the project manager for the 2015 IRP study. Following the successful completion of that project, he took on a new role at TVA as Director of Enterprise Research & Technology Innovation, where he leads the team responsible for coordinating the company’s R&D efforts.

Gary Stern

Managing Director of Regulatory Operations, Southern California Edison Company

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Gary Stern

Gary Stern is the Managing Director of Regulatory Operations in the Regulatory Affairs organization for Southern California Edison Company (SCE). In this capacity, he oversees all California Public Utilities Commission jurisdictional revenue requirements, revenue forecasting, load research, rate design and tariff functions. His responsibilities also include management oversight of SCE’s General Rate Cases (GRC) and Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA) proceedings. Previously, Gary directed SCE’s energy policy organization, and before that, resource planning, market design and analysis, and strategic project groups. Gary Stern holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at San Diego. He has an M.A. in Economics, and a B.A. in mathematics also from UC San Diego.

Gerald Buydos

Solar and Electric Vehicle Program Manager, Riverside Public Utilities

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Gerald Buydos

Gerald Buydos has been working in the utility industry for the last 20 years. The last 15 years with Riverside Public Utilities serving as a Senior Account Manager, Legislative Affairs Manager, Economic Development Manager, and Solar and Electric Vehicle Program Manager. In this latest role, Gerald manages the Solar Program/Electric Vehicle programs and oversees the Public Benefits and Water Conservation programs and staff at RPU.

Prior to Riverside Public Utilities, Gerald served as a Program Manager in the Electric Transportation Division of Southern California Edison overseeing the training of utility staff in electric vehicle operations and compliance of the Federal Energy Policy Act regarding clean fuel vehicles. Gerald also served as corporate spokesperson and public affairs manager for SCE.

Gregg Kresge

Director, Renewable Energy Projects, Maui Electric Company

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Gregg Kresge

Greggory Kresge is the Director of Renewable Energy Projects for Maui Electric and works collaboratively across the three Hawaiian Electric Industries companies. Gregg is responsible for the implementation and technical analyses of distributed energy resource programs and interconnections, acquisition, integration and contract administration of renewable generation resources, and leading new customer programs. One such program is the JumpSmartMaui electric vehicle initiative and furthering the electrification of transportation in Maui County.

Gregg has a wealth of experience in the Asia-Pacific Region working in the utility, government and private sectors. At Maui Electric, Gregg previously served as the Environmental Compliance Engineer, Interim Manager and Environmental Specialist for the Power Supply Department. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii Maui College in the Sustainable Science Management program. Prior to Maui Electric, he was the Deputy Director of the Department of Environmental Management at the County of Maui. In addition to his experience in Hawaii, Gregg lived and worked on Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands where he was an environmental planner for the utility, an environmental investigator for the Attorney General’s Office, private environmental consultant and President of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce.

Gregg holds several degrees including Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainability and Green Building, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Science in Environmental Management, and Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Communications. Gregg is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction (AP BD&C), Home Energy Survey Professional (HESP) Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and an Eagle Scout.

Jeanne Boyce

Director, Business Customer Division, Southern California Edison

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Jeanne Boyce

Jeanne is the Director of the Government Segment at SCE. She leads a team of managers whose teams support Federal, State, City, County, hospital, agriculture and water customers served by SCE. These customers include some of Southern California’s largest agencies and businesses including military bases, correctional institutions, universities and colleges, acute care hospitals, water and sanitation districts, farms and dairies. Jeanne has also worked in Advanced Technology and was tasked with overseeing the coordination and collaboration of all RD&D activities within the Company and worked as a cross functional team to prioritize and agree upon RD&D activities and resource allocation for the Company. In addition, she was responsible for oversight in development and implementation of process controls, assurance of regulatory and corporate compliance, contract, budgets, and business support. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University California San Diego in Communications, MBA from the University of Redlands and a certificate in Innovation from M.T.I.

Jeffrey Taft

Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Jeffrey Taft

Jeff is the Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. As a member of the Energy and Environment Directorate, he is responsible for development and articulation of large scale architecture for grid modernization, as well as support of many cross-cutting activities at the Laboratory, including the Future Power Grid Initiative, advanced computing, and the Control of Complex Systems Initiative. He began working in the grid modernization area in 2001 and has held smart grid chief architect roles with Cisco, Accenture, and IBM. Jeff formerly worked for Westinghouse and has participated in several key smart grid projects since he first began to develop sensor architectures and analytics for distribution grids, and then became involved in the larger issues of end-to-end grid structure, integration, and control. Jeff earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh with a dual specialization in digital signal processing and digital control systems in 1986. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, is an emeritus member of the GridWise Architecture Council and is the holder of 37 patents in control systems, signal processing, and grid modernization.

Jennifer Szaro

Vice President, Research and Education, SEPA

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Jennifer Szaro

Jennifer Szaro joined SEPA in 2015 as Senior Director of Programs and currently manages SEPA’s extensive portfolio of educational offerings, including joint venture events such as Solar Power International (SPI) and targeted events like the Utility Solar Conference and annual Fact Finding Missions.

Prior to this, she spent nearly nine years as Renewable Energy Manager for the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) leading their solar energy, corporate sustainability and electric vehicle programs. She also conducted applied photovoltaic systems research for eight years as Senior Energy Analyst for the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of the University of Central Florida (UCF). Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Environmental Science and Chemistry from Florida International University in 1997 and holds an MBA from UCF.

She has served on the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including: SEPA, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the Florida Renewable Energy Association (FREA), Project Get Ready Central Florida and Drive Electric Florida. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and currently sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Sciences and the board of the Electric Vehicle Transportation Center.

Phone: 202.559.2023     Email: jszaro@sepapower.org

Jessica Lim

Principal Manager, Product Management, Southern California Edison

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Jessica Lim

Jessica Lim is the Principal Manager of Product Management at Southern California Edison. She is responsible for a portfolio of programs that enable customer choice, ranging from customer distributed generation to the implementation of rate options. Prior to this role, Jessica was responsible for SCE’s marketing and digital organization. Jessica began her career at SCE in 2005 as the Senior Manager of SCE’s Customer Strategy where she advanced foundational customer experience initiatives. Prior to SCE, Jessica grew the e-commerce division at Epson America and launched new brands and products at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising Worldwide and Ketchum Communications.

Jim Kelly

Vice President, Corporate Relations, Hawaiian Electric Company

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Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly is Vice President of Corporate Relations at Hawaiian Electric Company. Before joining Hawaiian Electric in 2016, Kelly worked as manager of member services and communications for Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative. Kelly joined the energy industry after a 30-year career as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Massachusetts, Minnesota, California and Hawai‘i. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

John Pinho

Energy Innovation Advisor, Arizona Public Service

Joe Barra

Senior Consultant, Customer Strategies & Business Development, Portland General Electric

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Joe Barra

As Senior Consultant – Business Model Development for Portland General Electric, Joe Barra manages the company’s R&D activities and develops business opportunities in the areas of Smart Cities, Community Solar and Distributed Energy Resources.

Josh Cisney

Renewable Energy Project Developer, Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative

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Josh Cisney

As a Project Developer in the renewable energy department at Hoosier Energy, Josh Cisney is responsible for the development of Hoosier Energy’s renewable portfolio, consisting of solar, wind, hydro, and landfill gas to energy projects. Josh has developed and managed the construction of 7MW of utility owned solar projects in Indiana as well as the negotiation and analysis for several hundred MWs of solar and wind PPAs – including a recent 200MW solar project. Additionally, Josh has worked with the 18 Hoosier Energy member cooperatives to develop a community solar program and member-owned distributed generation interconnection standards and agreements. Josh has an undergraduate degree in physics and a master’s in energy policy, both from Indiana University.

Justin Woodard

Principal Engineer, National Grid

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Justin Woodard

Justin Woodard is a Principal Engineer in the New Energy Solutions group at National Grid. His current area of focus includes developing company owned solar and storage programs. Mr. Woodard is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, and has received a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His areas of interest include power quality and the integration of distributed energy resources.

Kerry Klemm

Manager, Renewable Choice Programs, Xcel Energy

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Kerry Klemm

Kerry Klemm manages Xcel Energy’s Renewable Choice Programs team, overseeing the implementation and operations of the Company’s opt-in programs for renewable energy and alternate rates, including the nation’s largest community solar garden program, a leading subscriber green energy program called Windsource, and Renewable*Connect – the company’s latest evolution in green pricing options.

Kerry has spent most of her career at Xcel Energy working in Corporate Communications, DSM program operations and leading product development before transitioning into renewable programs.

Kate Strickland

Manager, Utility and Regulatory Strategy

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Kate Strickland

Kate works across SEPA’s Research and Advisory Services teams, with a focus on utility business models and regulatory innovation. In addition, she is the staff co-lead for SEPA’s Energy Storage Working Group, and a team member of the Renovate Initiative, a collaborative effort focused on state regulatory process innovation. Previously at SEPA, she worked with the 51st State Initiative, shaping the evolution of the utility sector, and supported the engagement facilitating the D.C. Public Service Commission’s grid modernization (MEDSIS) initiative in the District.
Prior to SEPA, Kate completed her master’s degree from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in International Relations & Economics, with a concentration in Energy, Resources & Environment. In addition, she completed a graduate consultant project for BP Global on the future of the U.S. transportation sector, as well as graduate internships at the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and Fresh Energy. Prior to SAIS, she worked in Kyoto-fu, Japan for the JET Programme, and was the development manager for Milkweed Editions, an independent book publisher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a B.A. in art history and political science. Kate has worked and lived in Japan, Italy, India, and South Africa, and is always planning her next adventure.

Phone: 202.350.4667     Email: kstrickland@sepapower.org

Kimberly Winslow

Director, Energy Solutions, Kansas City Power & Light

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Kimberly Winslow

Kim Winslow – Director, Energy Solutions, Kansas City Power & Light
With 25 years of utility experience, Ms. Winslow is currently the Director of Energy Solutions at Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L). In Ms. Winslow’s role, she oversees the company’s product and services strategy as it relates to demand side management, electrification, and small scale renewables. In addition, she is responsible for the company’s economic development and key accounts teams. She has led her team to implement energy efficiency programs under the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act (MEEIA). She has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology and an MBA from Rockhurst University.

Kathy Knoop

Principal Environmental Scientist - Electric Transportation

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Kathy Knoop

Kathy Knoop is a Principal Environmental Scientist at Salt River Project the our Sustainability Policy and Programs department. She is responsible for SRP’s electric vehicle program including customer support, system impacts, fleet electric vehicles and employee programs. During Kathy’s 25 years at Salt River Project as a senior chemist, environmental scientist and sustainability analyst. Kathy was born in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Arizona State University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

Kent Walter

Manager, Customer Technology Product Development, Customer Technology, Arizona Public Service

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Kent Walter

Kent Walter is the Manager of Customer Technology Product Development. Customer Technology’s goal is to enable APS customers to achieve their energy related goals in mutual customer and grid value relationships. In his more than 10 years of energy experience, Kent has been the Regulatory contact for the wholesale power trading operations, Leader of Energy Accounting, and helped integrate APS into the regional Energy Imbalance Market.

Meghan Weinman

Product Development Manager, Puget Sound Energy

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Meghan Weinman

Meghan Weinman is a Product Development Manager at Puget Sound Energy, focused on new product and service offerings for PSE’s customers around transportation electrification. Prior to joining PSE, Meghan managed domestic and international programs focused around climate, environment, and natural resources. Meghan holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (at Northwestern), a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas, and a BS in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Matthew Wallace

Lead Systems Architect, PPL Electric Utilities

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Matthew Wallace

Matthew’s focus at PPL is enabling the adoption of distributed energy resources, including renewables, energy storage, and microgrids. He is the lead systems architect for PPL’s Keystone Project, integrating behind the meter resources into distribution system planning and operations.

Michael Backstrom

Managing Director, Energy & Environmental Policy, Southern California Edison

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Michael Backstrom

Michael Backstrom is the Managing Director, Energy & Environmental Policy for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this role, he is responsible for leading the analysis of proposed energy and environmental regulations; developing regulatory engagement strategies; overseeing advocacy at state and federal environmental agencies; and ensuring effective case management of key energy policy proceedings.

Mr. Backstrom joined SCE in 2005 as an attorney in the legal department, responsible for regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission. He subsequently held positions in both regulatory and legislative affairs, developing policy positions and advocating for the company in Washington D.C. and California.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University in 1997, and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California in 2000.

Mike Bull

Director of Policy, MNCEE (Center for Energy & Environment)

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Mike Bull

As Director for Policy and Communications for the Center for Energy and Environment, Mike Bull is responsible for development, evaluation and communication of effective clean energy solutions for CEE. Over the years, Mike has held a number of policy positions in Minnesota state government, including Senior Policy Advisor for Energy and the Environment for former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and later worked for Wind on the Wires, the Midwest regional partner for the American Wind Energy Association, and Xcel Energy, one of the nation’s largest combination electric and gas utilities.

Significant projects Mike has worked on since joining CEE include:

– Minneapolis Energy Pathways project, resulting in the formation of the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership, the first City-Utility clean energy partnership in the nation between Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy
– Designing a net-zero carbon emission strategy for the Destination Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota, and
– Co-directing a nation-leading utility business model project known as the Minnesota e21 Initiative.

Mike earned a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, and a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Nick Smith

Senior Product Manager, Alliant Energy

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Nick Smith

Nick Smith is the Senior Product Manager for Solutions Operations at Alliant Energy. Nick started with Alliant in 2007 and manages the Iowa distributed generation interconnection process, independent power producers, and negotiates Power Purchase Agreements. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Mount Mercy University.

Nathan Shannon

Deputy Director, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative

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Nathan Shannon

Nathan Shannon is the Deputy Director of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative. In this role, he is responsible for advancing a consumer-friendly, consumer-safe smart grid through research and education. SECC has grown to over 150 members and produced many pieces of foundational consumer focused research. Nathan is also responsible for member recruitment and engagement as well as presenting SECC research at conferences and providing thought-leadership on smart grid enabled technologies and programs. In his previous role as Director of Operations and Major Gifts Officer at Athens Land Trust he had a focus on policy and sustainability through his work with land conservation and carbon credits. He also gained extensive knowledge in the realm of non-profit development and capacity building. Nathan has a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Georgia and a background in financial management.

Naim Darghouth

Senior Scientific and Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Naim Darghouth

Naïm is a researcher in Berkeley Lab’s Electricity Market and Policy group, and conducts research and analysis on renewable energy policy, including electricity rate design and its impact on the value of residential renewable energy systems, economics of renewable energy technologies, and federal and state energy policies, having authored over 40 peer-reviewed journal publications, LBL reports, and conference proceedings. Naïm has a PhD in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, and holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively, as well as a master’s degree in Energy and Resources at UC Berkeley.

Nick Esch

Manager, Research, SEPA

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Nick Esch

Nick Esch joined SEPA as a Research Associate in August 2015 after interning with the research team since January 2015. Nick is the lead on SEPA’s annual utility data collection effort, leads SEPA’s Energy Storage Working Group and is SEPA’s subject matter expert on all things energy storage.

Nick was a Fall 2016 Fellow in the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) in Washington D.C., a leadership development organization dedicated to building a diverse community of professionals to advance innovative clean energy solutions.

Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in climate science from the University at Albany and master’s degree in solar energy engineering and commercialization from Arizona State University.

Phone: 202.559.1535     Email: nesch@sepapower.org

Patrick McCoy

Strategic Business Planner, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

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Patrick McCoy

Patrick McCoy is a Strategic Business Planner with the Energy Strategy Research and Development department within SMUD’s Grid Strategy and Operations business unit. Patrick is responsible for business strategy and planning encompassing both customer and utility sited solar PV. The strategy and planning responsibilities covers both stand-alone solar PV as well as an integrated distributed energy resource technology. Patrick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis.

Ray Brooks

Manager of Renewable Energy, Arizona Public Service

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Ray Brooks

Ray Brooks is responsible for distributed energy resource policy at Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electric utility serving 2.7M people across the state. Ray’s other responsibilities include managing applications for interconnection to the APS distribution grid; representing renewable energy programs at the Arizona Corporation Commission and interfacing with the media and other public stakeholders as APS’s principal spokesperson for the company’s 1.4-gigawatt renewable energy resource portfolio.

Richard Benedict

Director, Project Development, Indianapolis Power & Light Co.

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Richard Benedict

Richard Benedict is the Director of Project Development at Indianapolis Power & Light Company, and has helped move the utility from a generation mix in 2007 dominated by coal and oil (86%), with no renewable energy, to a mix in 2018 where wind, solar and natural gas make up 55% of the portfolio. He developed the 20 MW Advancion® lithium-ion battery project in Indianapolis, which is the first such grid-scale system in MISO.

Richard’s work also helped position Indianapolis to be #4 in United States for solar photovoltaics per capita through a feed-in-tariff. In his career, Richard has developed 3.1 GW of power projects in the United States, Canada, Colombia, and Argentina.

Richard earned his bachelors at the University of Chicago and an MBA at Harvard. He is married with two adult children.

Rosella Motoki

Energy Contract Manager, Hawaiian Electric Company

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Rosella Motoki

Rosella has been with Hawaiian Electric for over 25 years. She implemented the Company’s Feed-In Tariff program in 2010 and has been deeply involved in regulatory policy issues related to distributed generation. Reflecting Hawaii’s challenge to operate a reliable and stable grid, Rosella’s latest assignment is to explore innovate contracting options for new renewable generation.

Ronny Sandoval

Director - Grid Modernization, Environmental Defense Fund

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Ronny Sandoval

As Director, Grid Modernization, Ronny Sandoval manages EDF’s national grid modernization efforts in driving investments that increase the efficiency of the electric system and enable the integration of renewables and other emerging sources of energy. Ronny works with a variety of stakeholders, including national and regional organizations, to maximize opportunities for clean energy adoption. Before joining EDF, Ronny managed efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce peak electricity use in capacity constrained areas of the system as part of Con Edison?s Energy Efficiency and Demand Management department. Ronny was also responsible for forecasting the long-range impacts of energy efficiency programs for system and capital planning purposes. Prior to this role, Ronny developed plans and performed engineering analyses to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the Transmission and Distribution systems at Con Edison. Ronny has also held management positions across Con Edison?s electric, gas, and steam organizations. Ronny holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from New York University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Ronny also obtained his Master of Business Administration from New York University and is a Certified Energy Manager. Ronny currently serves on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance – a leading business forum for development of a smart, sustainable, modern electric grid.

Tanuj Deora

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Market Development, Simple Energy

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Tanuj Deora

Tanuj Deora is Vice President of Market Development at Simple Energy. He was previously Chief Strategy Officer at SEPA. He can be reached at tanuj@simpleenergy.com.

Tammy Bramlett

Director, Business Development and Renewables, Tennessee Valley Authority

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Tammy Bramlett

Tammy Bramlett is the Director of TVA’s Business Development and Renewables group. She is responsible for guiding and shaping TVA’s renewable energy direction, mainly at the distributed generation level. She is also responsible for new business ventures and business development growth, adding value to the public power model. Over the 20yrs that Tammy has been with TVA, she has served as strategist, project manager, and in product manager roles associated with TVA’s commodity management, energy trading, industrial marketing, and energy efficiency functions.

Valerie von Schramm

Strategic Research and Innovation Manager, CPS Energy

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Valerie von Schramm

Dr. Valerie von Schramm has over 30 years experience. She has been part of CPS Energy’s innovation group for 17 years, working on energy efficiency, renewables, and electric transportation.