2019 SEPA Grid Evolution Summit – A National Town Meeting

July 29 - August 1, 2019
Washington, DC
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Speakers

We work hard to assemble the most exciting and thoughtful minds in the industry to speak at the Grid Evolution Summit. Although we will not be conducting a formal Call for Speakers for 2019, we welcome your input and speaker suggestions. If you are interested in speaking at the 2019 Summit, please contact Jenny Senff.

 

2018 Speakers Included:

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Alice Jackson

President, Xcel Energy Colorado

Jeremy Rifkin

President, The Foundation on Economic Trends

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Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin is the author of 20 bestselling books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. The books have been translated into more than 35 languages. His most recent books include the international bestsellers, The Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014), The Third Industrial Revolution(2011), The Empathic Civilization (2010), The European Dream (2004), The Hydrogen Economy(2002), The Age of Access (2000), The Biotech Century (1998), and The End of Work (1995).

Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the leadership of the European Union since 2000. He has advised three presidents of the European Commission – Romano Prodi, Jose Manuel Barroso, and the current President, Jean-Claude Juncker – as well as the European Parliament, and numerous EU heads of state, including Germany’s Angela Merkel, on the ushering in of a smart green Third Industrial Revolution economy.

Mr. Rifkin is also advising the leadership of the Peoples Republic of China on the build out and scale up of the Internet Plus Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to usher in a sustainable low-carbon economy.

Mr. Rifkin is a principal architect of the European Union’s long term Third Industrial Revolution economic vision and development plan to usher in an Internet of Things digital infrastructure across the European Union and its partnership regions to create a smart post-carbon economy, ecological society, and the world’s largest single integrated economic marketplace. The plan is called “Smart Europe.”

Mr. Rifkin is the President of the TIR Consulting Group, LLC comprising many of the leading renewable energy companies, electricity transmission companies, engineering companies, construction companies, architectural firms, ICT and electronics companies, transport and logistics companies, advanced manufacturing companies, and economic modelers. His global economic development team is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop the Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure for a Collaborative Commons and a Third Industrial Revolution. The TIR Consulting Group LLC is currently working with the regions of Hauts-de-France, the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam and The Hague, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the conceptualization, build out, and scale up of a smart Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to transform their economies.

Mr. Rifkin is ranked 123 in the WorldPost / HuffingtonPost 2015 global survey of “The World’s Most Influential Voices.” Mr. Rifkin is also listed among the top 10 most influential economic thinkers in the survey.

Carlos Nouel

VP of New Energy 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.

Lorraine Akiba

Commissioner, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

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Lorraine Akiba

Lorraine H. Akiba was appointed to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in January 2012 for a term to expire June 30, 2018. She was previously a law partner at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP and Cades Schutte Flemming & Wright LLP, where she headed each firm’s Environmental Practice Group.

She previously served as Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and as Chair of the State of Hawaii Environmental Council.

Commissioner Akiba is a member of the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute. She is a member of the U.S. DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group. She also serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Board of Directors and its Energy Resources and Environment Committee. She also is a member of the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) Financial Solutions Working Group. She also serves on the City and County of Honolulu Resilience Strategy Steering Committee.

Ann Delenela

VP and Chief Information Security Officer, Ameren

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Ann Delenela

Ann Delenela is a security executive with expertise spanning across 20+ years in the realm of information technology, information security and cyber/physical security management. She is currently Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Ameren Services. Prior to joining Ameren, Ann was Chief Security Officer for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. In 2018 Ann was appointed by the Department of Energy’s Secretary of Energy into the Electricity Advisory Committee, a group of selected thought leaders in the electricity sector. She is also an appointed member of the NERC Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center Member Executive Committee partnering with the NERC Board to provide governance oversight to the EISAC. Ann was also an appointed member of the Texas Private Sector Advisory Council to advise the Governor’s office on homeland security issues. Ann was prior elected Chairman for the North American Independent System Operator/Regional Transmission Organization Security Working Group. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of North Texas.

Ann Rendahl

Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

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Ann Rendahl

Ann Rendahl was appointed by Gov. Inslee in December 2014. She previously was the Director of Policy and Legislation for the UTC. 

Prior to leading the UTC’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Section, Ann served as the Director of the Administrative Law Division, as an administrative law judge for the UTC, and as an assistant attorney general representing the Utilities and Transportation Division. 

Ann currently serves on the Electricity and Critical Infrastructure Committees for the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC). She recently served as co-chair of NARUC’s Task Force on Transportation, focusing on railroad safety issues.   She serves as the vice-chair of the Body of State Regulators for the California ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market, having served as the chair from 2015 to 2017, and serves as a voting member of the EIM Nominating Committee. Ann also serves as the chair of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) Committee.

Ann is a graduate of Wellesley College and received a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her law degree from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco.

Asim Haque

Chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

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Asim Haque

Asim Z. Haque is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He was appointed to the PUCO by Governor John R. Kasich in 2013, and reappointed by Gov. Kasich to serve a second term in 2016.

Chairman Haque, an attorney, began his professional career at a large general practice firm in Columbus where he represented a broad spectrum of clients in energy and utility matters. He went on to serve as internal legal counsel for a global auto manufacturer, a role he held immediately prior to his appointment to the Commission.

Chairman Haque has represented Ohio’s interests in energy and utility matters within the state, nationally and internationally. He has testified before members of the Ohio General Assembly, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and has educated regulators abroad through formal partnerships with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Chairman Haque is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and political science. He received his juris doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Brett Hauser

CEO, Greenlots

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Brett Hauser

Brett Hauser has helped shape the electric vehicle (EV) industry by advocating for open standards and supporting the broad-based deployment of EV charging infrastructure to enable the transition to electrified transportation. As CEO of Greenlots, a global provider of EV charging and grid management software, Hauser is leading the company through strategic investments, market expansion, and scaling new product and services with some of the largest utilities, municipalities, cities, and automakers.

Hauser spent more than 25 years in strategic and financial planning, product management and business development roles. As a private equity investor, Hauser was responsible for restructuring various multi-million-dollar transactions in telematics, mobile resource management, telecommunications and natural resources. Hauser currently sits on the Board of Directors for Greenlots, the Alliance of Transportation Electrification, and the Open Charge Alliance. Hauser earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Brien Sheahan

Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission

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Brien Sheahan

Brien J. Sheahan is the Chairman and CEO of the Illinois Commerce Commission. He was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner on January 20, 2015 for a five-year term.

Recognized as a national leader among state regulatory commissioners for his promotion of innovation and forward looking regulatory policy, Sheahan was asked to chair the Presidential Task Force on Innovation for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He also serves on the NARUC Board of Directors, and speaks and publishes frequently on the role of state utility commissioners in driving modernization of the nation’s utility infrastructure and regulatory paradigms.

As Chairman and CEO of the Illinois Commerce Commission Sheahan has driven an agency reorganization by, among other things, initiating the first rigorous strategic plan for the agency in a generation, and establishing a first of its kind Office of Cybersecurity and Risk Management and Office of Diversity and Community Affairs. He has also spearheaded Illinois’ exploration of the “utility of the future” with a study called NextGrid. Sheahan has also led a nationally recognized effort to diversify the ranks of ICC leadership including the commission itself which is the most diverse in the United States.

Prior to being appointed to the Commission, Sheahan was a senior advisor to Governor Rauner’s successful 2014 campaign, counsel to the Governor’s transition committee, and Director of Government Relations for an Illinois based Fortune 500 industrial manufacturer.

His extensive background in government includes serving three Illinois Governors in senior leadership roles, and as General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party.
Sheahan was also an elected member of the DuPage County Board for ten years, and served on the staffs of the Office of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and the Illinois Commerce Commission. He was also Deputy Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, a $2 Billon quasi-public affordable housing lender, where he was oversaw government relations, legal, human resources, and information technology.

Sheahan received his Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning, with High Honors, from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law. He resides with his wife and son in Hinsdale, Illinois.

Gary Rackliffe

Vice President, Smart Grids, ABB, Inc.

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Gary Rackliffe

Board Director

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

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

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

Greg Dudkin

President, PPL Electric Utilities

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Greg Dudkin

Gregory N. Dudkin is president of PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, the subsidiary that provides electric delivery services to 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania. PPL Electric Utilities operates and maintains a vast electric delivery system that spans 10,000 square miles and serves a population of more than 3 million.

Under Dudkin’s leadership, the utility ranks among industry leaders in reliability and customer satisfaction. Significant investments in the transmission and distribution grids, coupled with improvements like smart grid automation and comprehensive vegetation management, made 2017 the most reliable year in the utility’s history.

Dudkin has more than three decades of experience in telecommunications, electric and gas utility operations. He was named to his current position in March 2012. He joined PPL in 2009 as senior vice president of Operations.
Previously, he spent three years as Comcast’s senior vice president of technical operations and fulfillment. Prior to that, he served as regional senior vice president.

He has 24 years of wide-ranging electric and gas utility experience at subsidiaries of Exelon Corp. During his years in the utility business, he
was executive vice president of Energy Delivery Operations at Chicago-based ComEd and in customer service and operations leadership
positions at Philadelphia-based PECO Energy Company.

Dudkin holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware and a master’s in business administration from
Widener University of Chester, Pa.

Julie Blunden

Executive Vice President, Business Development, EVgo

Justin Segall

President and Founder, Simple Energy

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Justin Segall

Justin Segall is the President and Founder of Simple Energy, an energy customer engagement software company. Simple Energy delivers a turnkey solution to help utilities build a customer relationship for the future by motivating customer action and streamlining transactions and program adoption. The Simple Energy customer engagement and marketplace solutions use data science, behavioral psychology, energy analytics, and integrated incentives with e-commerce to deliver energy and demand savings while enabling distributed energy resource adoption. With years of experience serving utilities across the US and Canada, Simple Energy offers proven technology and marketing capabilities to help utilities profit from the sale of new products and services while improving customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Justin brings experience in the energy industry, community engagement, and business development. Justin leads market strategy, partnerships, sales and customer operations for Simple Energy. Previously he served as VP of Resource Development for Renewable Choice Energy. Justin led the firm’s trading and origination, executing significant transactions in renewable energy and carbon markets. Previously Justin served in senior roles with the $3 billion Atlanta BeltLine project, the largest, most comprehensive sustainable urban redevelopment project in the U.S. He helped secure project funding and led many early elements of project implementation. Justin graduated cum laude from Duke University where he spearheaded Duke’s path to leadership in sustainability.

Lawrence Orsini

Founder and CEO, LO3 Energy

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Lawrence Orsini

Lawrence Orsini is the founder of LO3 Energy, a groundbreaking energy and tech company working on innovative new hardware and software products within the emerging distributed energy and computation industry.

His wide range of experience in the energy sector ranges from the development of policy and regulatory frameworks to relationship management on energy solutions with Fortune 100 utility and corporate clients.

Prior to LO3 Energy, Lawrence was the Director of New Products for CLEAResult, working as the strategic lead on the development, piloting and deployment of new utility service offerings. This focused on energy efficiency, microgrid, and load management for commercial, industrial and residential market sectors.

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.

Parina Parikh

Clean Transportation Business Development Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

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Parina Parikh

Parina directs all business development activities related to Clean Transportation, from overseeing the business concept phase, to approval from executive officers, to regulatory filing and securing authorization from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). She manages strategic partnerships and advocacy efforts to advance SDG&E’s transportation electrification goals and is the lead over all electric vehicle policy issues. She has testified before the state legislator and the CPUC.

Scott Vogt

Vice President, Energy Acquisition, ComEd

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Scott Vogt

Scott A. Vogt, Vice President, Energy Acquisition, oversees electricity supply procurement, wholesale contract administration and settling the wholesale power market for the ComEd zone. Additional responsibilities include providing strategic and financial analyses to inform regulatory policy and business development decision making.

Vogt joined ComEd in 1998 as a financial analyst, and served a variety of positions in Finance including Director of Exelon Corporate Planning, where he was responsible for the development of monthly financial forecasts, monthly financial reporting packages, and Exelon Project Evaluation. Vogt also held positions as the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for both Exelon Nuclear and ComEd.

Vogt was a key member of the development and negotiation teams for both the Electric Infrastructure Modernization Act and Future Energy Jobs Act.

Prior to his appointment as Vice President of Energy Acquisition, Vogt was the Vice President of Regulatory Projects where he was responsible for supporting the Transmission and Distribution rate making processes as well as leading a team evaluating post-EIMA regulatory structures.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Analysis from Indiana University.

Steve Wemple

General Manager, Utility of the Future, Con Edison

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Steve Wemple

Stephen Wemple is the General Manager of Con Edison’s Utility of the Future Team responsible for the energy policy issues associated with New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.

Mr. Wemple has been an active participant in the New York, New England and PJM energy markets and is a prior Chair of the NYISO’s Business Issues Committee. He has worked for the Con Edison family of companies for over 30 years with responsibilities ranging from resource planning for steam-electric generation, the design and implementation of energy efficiency programs, the development of retail access programs as well as marketing and business development for the wholesale and retail commodity businesses.

Mr. Wemple received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees from Cornell University and is a volunteer firefighter.

Tim Lindahl

CEO, Wheat Belt Public Power District

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Tim Lindahl

Tim has served as general manager and CEO of Wheat Belt Public Power since 2008. He has over twenty years of experience in technology planning, integration, and support in lower and higher education, small business, agricultural, and rural utility industries. In 1995, he co-founded and led a technology group to help underserved rural areas, with a focus on educational institutions, before becoming involved in the rural electric industry as an Information and Technology Manager in 2005. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Concordia University.

Cris Eugster

Chief Operating Officer, CPS Energy, Board Chair

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Cris Eugster

Board Chair

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

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

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

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

Cris is married and has two sons.

Dave Herlong

Senior Director, Distribution Control Center & Smart Grid Operations, Florida Power & Light

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Dave Herlong

Dave Herlong is senior director distribution control center and smart grid operations at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).

Previously, Mr. Herlong served as director smart grid and innovation where he was responsible for key strategies in smart grid analytics, upgrading grid technology to improve situational awareness and leveraging the Power Delivery Diagnostic Center (PDDC) capabilities. Prior to that he served as manager of distribution operations where he was responsible for the overall engineering, maintenance, restoration, and safe operation of the distribution network in both the Boca Raton and Treasure Coast areas. Since joining the company in 1996, Mr. Herlong has held many leadership positions, including technology program manager, control center lead, construction workload manager, streetlight services manager, vegetation program manager and as an FPL United Way Loaned Executive.

Mr. Herlong earned his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida in 1995. He is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, in Quantico, Virginia, and is a certified Six Sigma quality black belt. He has recently earned an Executive Certificate in Strategy & Innovation from Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

Erika Diamond

VP and GM, Energy Markets, EnergyHub

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Erika Diamond

Erika is the VP and GM of Energy Markets at EnergyHub, where she manages the company’s demand response aggregation business. With more than 15 years of experience in the energy space, Erika is EnergyHub’s resident expert on wholesale energy markets, customer marketing/engagement, and regulatory affairs. Before joining EnergyHub, she was the SVP of Corporate Development and Strategy at Recyclebank, where she developed corporate and industry partnerships and drove development and maintenance of Recyclebank’s core products. Previously, Erika was head of Business Development at ThinkEco, where she helped build utility, retail, and corporate business while playing a key role in product development.

Seth Frader-Thompson

President, EnergyHub, Board Secretary

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Seth Frader-Thompson

Board Secretary

Seth Frader-Thompson co-founded EnergyHub in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Under his leadership, the company has become a leading provider of both utility-installed and Bring Your Own Thermostat demand response services. EnergyHub offers utilities end-to-end demand response program management, including program design, installation, marketing and customer support services, as well as EnergyHub’s Mercury software platform for device control, with the goal of enabling both utilities and consumers to benefit from participation in DR and DER programs. Simultaneously, EnergyHub works with the leading device manufacturers and home services companies to bring their customers into utility programs.

Seth is a frequent speaker on demand response and connected home issues and is a board member of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid. Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on robotics projects for NASA and developed bomb-disposal robots for the military. He was the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue robots.
Seth has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.

Tammie Rhea

Senior Product Manager, Westar Energy

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Tammie Rhea

Tammie began working at Westar Energy 10 years ago. She began her career working in Energy Efficiency but has spent the last 4 years working in renewables both interconnections and green product programs.