Speakers

We work hard to assemble the most exciting and thoughtful minds in the industry to speak at the Grid Evolution Summit. If you are interested in speaking at the 2020 Summit, please contact Andrew Jerdonek.

Arlen Orchard

CEO and General Manager, SMUD

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Arlen Orchard

Arlen Orchard, who previously served as SMUD’s General Counsel, was named Chief Executive Officer and General Manager in April, 2014. He reports to the SMUD Board of Directors. As CEO, he leads the sixth largest community-owned electric utility in the nation serving a population of 1.5 million residents and managing a $1.6 billion budget. Orchard serves on the boards of directors of the American Public Power Association and the Northwest Public Power Association; and on the boards of directors and executive committees of the California Municipal Utilities Association and the Large Public Power Council. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Valley Vision, WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment), and the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council. Orchard frequently speaks on issues impacting the electric utility industry. He received a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno, and attended UCD’s Graduate School of Management.

Colette Honorable

Partner, Reed Smith (Former FERC Commissioner)

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Colette Honorable

Colette is a member of Reed Smith’s Energy and Natural Resources Group resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Colette is a highly regarded thought leader and practitioner in domestic and international energy sectors. Colette recently served as Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was nominated by President Barack Obama in August 2014, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014 for a term that expired in June 2017. At FERC, Honorable focused on reliability oversight of the bulk power system, cyber and physical security, oversight of wholesale markets, transmission planning and cost allocation in regional transmission organizations, gas-electric coordination, renewables integration, energy storage integration and valuation, enforcement, ratemaking, infrastructure development, and enforcement matters. Colette joined the FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC), where she served since October 2007, and led as Chairman from January 2011-January 2015.

Jennifer Potter

Commissioner, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

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Jennifer Potter

Jennifer M. Potter was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission by Governor Ige in March 2018 for a term to expire June 30, 2024.

Commissioner Potter was previously a faculty member at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), an independent research institute within the University of Hawaii, where she conducted research on demand response, Distributed Energy Resource (DERs) technologies, locational benefits of DERs, and energy efficiency.

Prior to joining HNEI, Commissioner Potter was a Sr. Scientific Engineering Associate in the Electricity Market and Policy group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where she was the project lead on the 2025 California Demand Response Potential Study for the California Public Utilities Commission. During her tenure, she conducted a number of studies on demand response and integrated demand side management for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Commissioner Potter previously worked at Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) as the Project Manager on SMUD’s SmartSacramento team working on the Department of Energy’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded Consumer Behavior Study, known as SmartPricing Options pricing pilot. While at SMUD, she also worked as the Customer Strategy Planner for residential and small commercial EE and DR programs, as well as serving as the Enterprise Performance Data Manager. Commissioner Potter also worked as the Principal Market Analyst in the Pricing and Resource Planning department at SMUD.

Prior to her time at SMUD, Commissioner Potter worked at City of Roseville, Roseville Electric, as the principal load and revenue forecaster, load researcher, and business analyst for the utility.

Commissioner Potter holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Economics from Southern Oregon University.

David Eves

Group President, Utilities, Xcel Energy

Kay Aikin

Chief Executive Officer

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Kay Aikin

Kay Aikin is the CEO of Introspective Systems, a software company based in Portland Maine. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and holds a degree in energy/sustainability engineering. She has spent her career as an energy engineer, architectural designer, and business development executive, currently the CEO of an AI-based complex systems software company.
She has spent several years working with partner, Dr. Caryl Johnson studying the application of AI/complex systems to the integration of Distributed Energy Resources into the electrical grid as an expansion of her experience in sustainable technologies. She is a recognized Transactive Energy expert and is a regular speaker at conferences on this topic as well as distributed intelligence on the edge. She is a member of IEEE power and Energy Society, Smart Electric Power Alliance, Seismological Society of America. She is an active participant in the Transactive Energy Working Group, Building to Grid Working group for the Smart Electrical Power Alliance, Grid Wise Architecture Council and the International Transactive Energy Working Group.

Marc Asano

Director, T&D and Interconnection Planning, HECO

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Marc Asano

arc is the Director of T&D Planning for HECO, leading the development of long range plans and strategies to achieve 100 percent renewable energy, including significant quantities of distributed energy resources. Marc is actively involved in Hawaiian Electric’s innovative Integrated Grid Planning process that seeks to integrate transmission and distribution planning with customer resources. Most recently, he played an instrumental role in the development of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ Grid Modernization Strategy. Previously, Marc led the distribution planning department for Hawaiian Electric.

Ani Backa

Director, Regulatory Strategy and Utility Initiatives, Sonnen

Dan Berwick

General Manager, Energy Storage Division, Borrego Solar

Mark Bielecki

Associate Director, Global Energy Practice, Navigant

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Mark Bielecki

Mark Bielecki is an associate director in Navigant’s Energy practice. He has ten years of experience in the energy industry, and currently holds lead managing roles for Navigant’s demand-side engagements with several utility clients. He has experience designing and evaluating customer programs, engaging with stakeholders, conducing technical field studies, and supporting utility clients to achieve compliance with regulatory directives. Mark has contributed project management, technical analysis, market research, and detailed reporting for a broad range of energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable energy projects.

Bielecki’s work has included engagements with utilities, private entities, and the Department of Energy. During his tenure with Navigant and prior graduate research experience with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, he has developed a strong working knowledge of the challenges and opportunities related to the evolving market for distributed energy resources and demand-side load management. Bielecki is a member of Navigant’s engineering leadership team, where he helps facilitate idea sharing and innovative problem solving across Navigant’s technical staff.

Armond Cohen

Executive Director, Clean Air Task Force

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Armond Cohen

Armond has been a global leader in the global quest for clean energy for three decades. Trained as a lawyer at Harvard, in 1996 he founded the Clean Air Task Force, a US-based expert organization that searches the world for the best low emissions energy technologies, and works with energy companies, finance and government to scale them up through business strategy and smart policy. In addition to driving the Task Force’s business and policy vision, Armond builds coalitions with philanthropists, advocates, scholars, and the media to mobilize civil society to support the critical clean energy changes that need come.

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.

Patty Cook

SVP, Market Development, ICF

Phillip Court

Product and Company Strategy

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Phillip Court

With an education in mathematics, physics and computer science, Philip’s career has spanned both technical and team leadership roles in industrial process control, mobile device and business computing solutions through to technology development for electric vehicles and distributed energy systems. His current focus is helping to accelerate humanities transition to distributed renewable energy while leveraging Open Source infrastructure and Agile development processes to speed this process.

Email: phillip.court@ecogysolar.com

Paul DeMartini

Managing Partner, Newport Consulting Group

Erika Diamond

VP, Utility and Market Services, 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.

Patty Durand

Executive Director, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative

Cris Eugster

Chief Operating Officer, CPS Energy, Immediate Past Board Chair

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Cris Eugster

Immediate Past 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.

Drew Frye

Power Utilization Engineer, TVA

Seth Frader-Thompson

President, EnergyHub, Board Nominating Committee Chair

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Seth Frader-Thompson

Board Nominating Committee Chair

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.

Matt Green

Chief Information Officer, PPL Corporation

Marion Gold

Commissioner, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

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Marion Gold

Marion Gold was appointed to the Commission by Governor Gina Raimondo in June 2016. Commissioner Gold had previously served as Commissioner of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER). As leader of the OER, Dr. Gold was dedicated to working with public and private sector partners to provide sustainable, secure, and cost-effective energy services to all sectors of the community. Prior to joining the OER, she was the Director of the Outreach Center at the University of Rhode of Island where she established the URI Partnership for Energy and directed extension programs for communities and the public in energy, environmental horticulture, and urban agriculture. She served on the URI President’s Council for Sustainability and on the RI Energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council. Dr. Gold serves as an adjunct professor of Environmental and Resource Economics. She enjoys teaching courses on energy and energy economics, serving on graduate committees, and advising Energy Fellows. Dr. Gold holds a BS with honors in Natural Resource Science and Policy from the University of Michigan, a MS in Environmental Economics from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. She is married with two children and lives in North Kingstown, RI. When not learning about the intricacies of energy systems, Dr. Gold enjoys hiking, travel, and spending time with family and friends

Verónica Gómez

SVP Regulatory and Energy Policy and General Counsel, ComEd

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Verónica Gómez

Board Director

As Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Energy Policy and General Counsel, Verónica serves as the primary legal advisor to ComEd’s senior management and oversees the company’s regulatory policy and strategy and rates functions.
ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. ComEd delivers electricity to approximately 3.8 million residential and business customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.

Exelon is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider and does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is a family of companies representing every stage of the energy value chain, including Exelon Generation, one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,700 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets; Constellation, which provides energy products and services to approximately 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100; and Exelon’s six utilities, which deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco subsidiaries.

Prior to assuming her current role, Verónica served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Litigation at Exelon. In that role, she and her team were responsible for handling and supervising litigation on behalf of all Exelon companies (including ComEd). This litigation included death cases, multimillion dollar vendor disputes, and litigation in support of multi-billion dollar transactions.

Verónica has been practicing commercial litigation since 1994, when she graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. She spent the first 13 years of her career at Schopf & Weiss, a commercial litigation boutique, where she served over the years as Hiring Partner, chair of the Marketing Committee, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Immediately before joining Exelon, Verónica was a litigation partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg where she also served on the Associate Review Committee.

Verónica serves on the Board of Directors of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; the Chicago Bar Foundation, where she currently serves as Second Vice President; and Friends of Jones College Prep. She also serves as a Governing Member Ambassador for the Chicago Zoological Society.

Verónica grew up in Darien, Illinois, and graduated from Hinsdale South High School. She received an A.B. in Political Science and Economics with departmental honors in Political Science from Stanford University. She lives in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago with her husband, Jeff Bushofsky, and their three children.

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.

Devin Hampton

CEO, Utility API, Inc.

John Hewa

Vice President, Corporate Services, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Board Secretary

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John Hewa

Board Secretary

John D. Hewa serves as REC’s Vice President of Corporate Services and is responsible for key functional areas including Finance and Administration, Human Resources and Employee Development, Safety and Security, and Information and Technology Services.

Hewa has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the electric utility industry and an in-depth knowledge of the cooperative business model. John’s experience spans leadership roles in the municipal, cooperative and energy research sectors. He has served as CEO of electric cooperatives in Texas and Florida, and as Vice President of Research, Engineering, and Technical Services at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in Arlington, Virginia. At NRECA, Hewa worked to advance the adoption of beneficial technologies among the nation’s electric cooperatives and to address technical regulatory matters at the federal level. Prior to his cooperative career, Hewa managed the utilities department for the City of Manassas, Virginia. John brings an innovative approach and perspective on utility management, energy delivery systems, telecommunications and grid technology solutions.

Hewa holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee. John is presently working on postgraduate studies in the engineering management doctoral cohort at The George Washington University. Hewa is a registered professional engineer.

Hewa also serves on the Board of Directors of the Energy Storage Association (ESA), a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, working with utilities, industry, and stakeholders to promote the adoption of beneficial energy storage technologies and to advance energy storage policy.

Ryan Hledik

Principal, The Brattle Group

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Ryan Hledik

Mr. Hledik has consulted for more than 50 clients across 30 states and eight countries. He has supported clients in matters related to energy storage, load flexibility, distributed generation, electrification, retail tariff design, energy efficiency, and grid modernization.

Mr. Hledik’s work has been cited in regulatory decisions establishing procurement targets for energy storage and demand response, authorizing billions of dollars in smart metering investments, and approving the introduction of innovative rate designs. He is a recognized voice in debates on how to price electricity for customers with distributed generation. He co-authored Saudi Arabia’s first Demand Side Management (DSM) plan, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s landmark study, A National Assessment of Demand Response Potential.

Mr. Hledik has published more than 25 articles on retail electricity issues and has presented at industry events throughout the United States as well as in Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Poland, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. His research on the “grid edge” has been cited in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and in trade press such as GreenTech Media, Utility Dive, and Vox. He was named to Public Utilities Fortnightly’s Under Forty 2019 list recognizing rising stars in the industry.

Mr. Hledik received his M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, where he concentrated in Energy Economics and Policy. He received his B.S. in Applied Science from the University of Pennsylvania, with minors in Economics and Mathematics. Prior to joining Brattle, Mr. Hledik was a research assistant with Stanford University’s Energy Modeling Forum and a research analyst at Charles River Associates.

Damei Jack

Manager, Customer Energy Solutions, Con Edison

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Damei Jack

Damei is currently the manager for non-wires solutions at Con Edison. She joined Con Edison in 2013, where she has worked on the development and execution of a variety of energy efficiency and demand management programs, including the Brooklyn-Queens Demand Management Program, the system-wide peak reduction, and commercial & industrial programs. Her current role focuses on increasing the adoption of innovative technologies across various customer segments, in targeted areas needing load relief to serve as an alternative solution to traditional infrastructure upgrades. Damei obtained her Bachelors and Masters from NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She is excited to animate the market and continue learning from and enabling the new and innovative energy projects

Vibhu Kaushik

Director of Grid Technology & Modernization, Southern California Edison

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Vibhu Kaushik

Southern California Edison (SCE), the largest subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE: EIX), is the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California, USA. It provides 14 million people with electricity across a service territory of approximately 50,000 square miles.

As the Principal Manager of Asset Management and Generation Strategy group at SCE, Vibhu is responsible for driving the major maintenance and capital investment decisions and maximize the returns for company’s hydroelectric, natural gas, and solar power plants; performance benchmarking & asset optimization, water planning, asset condition monitoring, engineering and risk analysis; plant engineering; central work management program; central outage planning and scheduling; documents and records management for all of SCE’s generation assets.

Vibhu was previously Principal Manager for Resource Planning & Optimization where he managed supply and demand bidding strategies, overall utilization of SCE’s contracted and utility owned generation portfolio (20,000 MW+) in California ISO markets through preparation of daily resource plans and quantifying the short-term risk of serving SCE’s bundled customer load.

Prior to joining SCE in 2011, Vibhu was section head for generation operations planning group at Manitoba Hydro’s system control center in Canada, where he lead the team responsible for generation reliability, generation modeling and optimal utilization, and outage management functions.

Vibhu earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Manitoba, Canada. He is also a registered professional engineer. He is currently pursuing an executive MBA from UCLA Anderson.

Chris King

Global Policy Officer, Siemens Digital Grid

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Chris King

Board Director

Chris King is the Global Policy Officer of Siemens Digital Grid, leading policy and strategy initiatives worldwide, emphasizing renewables integration, energy efficiency, grid efficiency, demand response and customer engagement.

Prior to Siemens, Chris held management or executive positions at the U.S.’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric and three Silicon Valley energy start-ups. An internationally recognized expert, author and frequently invited speaker, Mr. King’s recent writings include a chapter in Distributed Generation and its Implications for the Utility Industry and an article on time-vary rates for the Public Utilities Fortnightly. Mr. King co-founded and chairs the Brussels-based Smart Energy Demand Coalition, is Vice Chair of the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid and is a member of the Advanced Energy Economy Business Council. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, several U.S. states and international regulatory bodies. In 2009, he co-hosted a meeting of the U.S. Congressional Delegation at the Copenhagen U.N. Climate Summit.

Mr. King holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from Stanford University, a master’s from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a doctorate from Concord Law School. He has received three patents related to advanced metering and smart grids.

Jen Kinney

CTO, Simple Energy

Manoj Kumar

CEO, Powerley

Mike Kurzeja

CEO, EZ-EV

John Lampe

Business Development Director, Grid Management, Itron

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John Lampe

An early pioneer of IoT, Mr. Lampe has been a thought leader in the space since 2001. He is Business Development Director, DA at Itron, and held the same role at Silver Spring Networks prior to Itron’s acquisition. His utility experience also includes being Principal of Lampe Consulting, where he helped Southern California Edison lead smart grid design, and roles as VP Strategic Engagements at Trilliant Networks and CEO of IAP Solutions, Inc. Previously, he was a founder of three firms and was the first engineer hired at two others. These include LaserTools (acquired by Adobe), and Pachyderm Project where he was CEO of a revolutionary social networking service. He has also invested in and advised other start-ups, including Sunrise Micro Devices (acquired by ARM), CPlane and LN2 dB. From 2001 – 2008 Mr. Lampe lived and worked in Berlin, where he played a key role at Nanotron Technologies, leading the IoT (smart energy, consumer, mobile, industrial) and location (RTLS/Active RFID) market as VP Business Development then VP North America. He holds a B.A. degree in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Melissa Lavinson

Senior VP of Government and External Affairs, Pepco

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Melissa Lavinson

Melissa Lavinson is senior vice president, governmental and external affairs, Pepco Holdings. Lavinson is responsible for the design and implementation of Pepco Holdings’ stakeholder relations and issues management programs, involving, state and local officials, community leaders, business, consumer, and nonprofit groups in each jurisdiction (New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia). Based in Washington, D.C., Pepco Holdings employs more than 4,600 people, owns more than $21 billion in assets and generates approximately $4.8 billion in annual revenues. Pepco Holdings serves 2 million customers as the parent company of Pepco, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey. Pepco Holdings is a recently acquired subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading energy services companies. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.

Paul Lau

Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

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Paul Lau

Board Director

As Chief Grid Strategy and Operations Officer, Paul Lau is responsible for the operations of SMUD’s power markets, transmission and distribution grids, including the Balancing Authority of Northern California (BANC), the development of a holistic smart grid strategy and SMUD’s research and development programs. Departments under his direction include: Energy Trading & Contracts, Grid Operations, Grid Planning, Distributed Energy Strategy, Distribution System Operations and Research & Development.

He is currently the executive sponsor for SMUD’s deployment of advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid initiatives. Prior to this appointment, Paul was the Assistant General Manager of Power Supply and Grid Operations and was responsible for overseeing the purchase and sales of SMUD’s gas and electric commodities, the reliability of the electric generation, transmission, and distribution systems and SMUD’s renewable portfolio standard. Earlier, he served as the Assistant General Manager of Customer, Distribution and Technology and was responsible for overseeing retail and technology operations, including customer services, energy delivery, energy efficiency, customer renewable programs, telecommunications and enterprise business applications.

Paul is an Executive Board Member and Commissioner of the Transmission Agency of Northern California and the Balancing Authority of Northern California. He serves on the Member Advisory Committee to Peak Reliability and he also serves on the boards of the National Hydropower Association and SEPA. Locally, he is the Chair of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce. He is also active in international energy issues, serving as a delegate with the United States Energy Association, where he assisted in electrification, operations, and demand side management in countries such as Bangladesh, India and Jordan.

Paul has over 30 years of utility experience and is a registered professional electrical engineer in the State of California. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical power engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

Howard Learner

Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Dillon McDonald

VP, Incubation, National Grid

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Dillon McDonald

I am a 3x entrepreneur turned sustainability investor in San Francisco, CA – currently working with National Grid Partners on early stage venture investments. I believe in the possibility of a handful of people to change the world, and enjoy the power of startups and innovation in affecting those changes. I am on a journey to discover the unlocked potential in each person, especially myself, and love the challenge of building and leading teams to do something extraordinary together. I am the proud father of Sara and Julian, and I am a science fiction nerd.

Don McPhail

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Uplight

Ron Melton

Administrator, GridWise Architecture Council

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Ron Melton

Dr. Ron Melton is the Team Lead for Electricity Infrastructure Systems, a Senior Power Systems Researcher and Project Manager in the Electricity Infrastructure Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He is the Principal Investigator for the DOE Advanced Grid Research project for an ADMS Open Source Platform, a member of the core team for the DOE Grid Architecture project, and Administrator of the GridWise® Architecture Council. He was the Project Director of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration that concluded in June 2015. He has 10 years of experience in cyber security for critical infrastructure systems and over 30 years of experience applying computer technology to a variety of engineering and scientific problems. Dr. Melton is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery. He chairs the IEEE Power and Energy Society Smart Buildings, Loads, and Customer Systems Technical Committee and the Smart Electric Power Alliance Grid Architecture Working Group. Dr. Melton received his BSEE from University of Washington and his MS and PhD in Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology

Susan Mora

Director of Utility Initiatives, Exelon

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.

Willie Phillips

Chariman, DC Public Service Commission

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Willie Phillips

Willie L. Phillips was appointed to the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSC) by Mayor Vincent Gray in 2014 and reappointed by Mayor Bowser to serve as Chairman in 2018.

Chairman Phillips is an experienced regulatory attorney combining over a decade of legal expertise in private practice and as in-house counsel. He has an extensive background in the areas of public utility regulation, bulk power system reliability, and corporate governance. Chairman Phillips has represented the District of Columbia in national and international energy policy discussions, including dialogues at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. Congress, and U.S. Department of State. He has also led efforts to influence PSC communications and to update public-facing platforms.

Prior to coming to the PSC, Chairman Phillips served as Assistant General Counsel for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a not-for-profit international regulatory authority, in Washington, D.C.; he also worked for a Washington, D.C. law firm, Van Ness Feldman LLP, where he advised clients on regulatory compliance and policy matters and assisted on litigation and administrative proceedings on the Federal and State level.

Chairman Phillips is an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) where he currently serves on the NARUC Board of Directors, as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity, and a member of the Electricity Committee. He is also Second Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC), a member of the Advisory Council to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Harvard Electricity Policy Group, Keystone Policy Center Energy Board, Energy Bar Association, Dentons Smart Cities & Communities Think Tank, and the American Association of Blacks in Energy. And he serves on the Board of Directors of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI) and the Living Classrooms Foundation of the National Capital Region.

Chairman Phillips has a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montevallo. He is also a member of the District of Columbia Bar and Alabama State Bar Association.

Jeff Ressler

CEO, Clean Power Research

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Jeff Ressler

As the president of the Software Services Group at Clean Power Research, Jeff has led the business and technical aspects of the company?s cloud software services, including PowerClerk, WattPlan and SolarAnywhere for nearly 10 years. Seeing the parallels with the early software and PC markets, Jeff is applying his insight and expertise to software solutions that power intelligent decision-making processes for utilities, renewable energy professionals and consumers. Jeff’s career includes stints at both Oracle and Disney in addition to more than a decade at Microsoft. During his tenure at Microsoft, Jeff served as Director of Product Management for Exchange Server and Lead Product Manager for SQL Server, among other roles. For more than two years, he was the speech manager for Bill Gates, who was Microsoft’s Chairman and Chief Software Architect at the time. Jeff holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Preston Roper

General Manager, e-Mobility, Enel X (eMotorWerks)

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Preston Roper

As GM, North America e-Mobility for Enel X (formerly Chief Marketing & Operating Officer at eMotorWerks), Preston Roper has brought more than two decades of experience forming and growing innovative marketing, sales, and operations teams at high-growth technology companies, including Honeywell, NetDynamics (acquired by Sun Microsystems/Oracle) and Synopsys (IPO). Under his leadership, eMotorWerks was acquired by Enel, and scaled operations globally. As a strategic advisor, he has helped advanced energy companies such as Stem, Bidgely, and WegoWise set product strategy, raise capital, and launch innovative software and hardware solutions. Previously he served as CMO & VP Corporate Development and EVP of Operations & Marketing at Cogenra (acquired by SunPower) and Tioga Energy (acquired by sPower), respectively. In addition to renewable energy, he brings expertise in SaaS, business intelligence, and enterprise software. Roper holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science in Hardware-Software Co-Design from Stanford University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University.

Josh Richman

VP, Global Business Development and Policy, Bloom Energy Corporation

Vic Shao

CEO, Amply Power

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Vic Shao

Vic is the Founder and CEO of AMPLY Power, a Charging-as-a-Service provider de-risking and accelerating the adoption of electric buses, trucks, and passenger vehicles by commercial and public fleets through its price-per-mile-driven model. Vic founded AMPLY Power in 2018 and previously served as the Founder & CEO of Green Charge Networks (GCN), an energy storage company that manages electric demand and renewable deployment for customers. After GCN was acquired by the international energy provider ENGIE in 2016, Vic oversaw global project development for ENGIE Energy Storage. Prior to founding GCN, Vic served as COO and VP of Product Development at MobileAria, which provides security and productivity telematics applications for the transportation industry and private fleets. Vic received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Aram Shumavon

CEO, Kavala

Doug Staker

Vice President of Utility Business Development, Enel X

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Doug Staker

Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 27 years. He has been a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage. He is currently Vice President of Utility Business Development at Enernoc, a distributed energy management and storage company and is a subsidiary of Enel, a leader in the global utility market

Jim Spiers

Senior Vice President, Business and Technology Strategies, NRECA

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Jim Spiers

For more than 25 years, Jim Spiers’ energy sector experience has spanned operations, planning, rate setting, regulation, restructuring, technology and business strategy.

Before joining NRECA in 2014 as vice president of technology, engineering and economic analysis, Jim served as senior vice president of business strategy and chief technology officer at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. He directed high-profile rate and resource planning, forecasting and modeling tool development, information technologies and enterprise risk management and research initiatives, including carbon dioxide mitigation through inducement prize development (XPRIZE); development of an R&D test center at a coal-fired power facility; and formation of an international network of researchers focused on converting carbon emissions into an asset.

Prior to his tenure at Tri-State, Jim was an independent energy consultant. From 1986 to 1991, he was director of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. He has a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and a B.A. from Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Tom Starrs

Vice President, Global Market Strategy and Policy, SunPower Corporation

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Tom Starrs

Board: Director

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

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

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

Bruce Thompson

Chief Strategy & Partnerships Officer, GreenSync

Scott Ungerer

Founder and Managing Director, Enertech Capital

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Scott Ungerer

Scott has been a visionary and recognized leader in venture capital investing for the traditional and advanced energy sectors since 1994. He is also one of the few with an extensive and proven investment and management operations history. Currently, Scott specifically looks for opportunities that reduce the cost and/or improve the customer experience related to all aspects of energy supply, delivery and usage. His specific areas of experience, interest and expertise include companies that sell into the following industry sectors: central and distributed power generation; electric transmission; electric, natural gas and water distribution; energy management for the C&I customer premise; all aspects distributed energy resources; and transportation.

​Scott has worked with more than 20 early-to-mid stage private companies providing both strategic and operational guidance and advice as a board member and investor. He currently sits on the boards of GeoDigital Inc. (Chairman), The NanoSteel Company, Tangent Energy Solutions (Chairman), Enbala Power Networks, N-Dimension Solutions Inc., Ushr (Chairman) and Power Survey. Scott managed investments in and formerly sat on the boards of Clean Air Power (L: CAP)- sold; CURRENT Group – sold; Catalytic Solutions (L: CTSU)- sold; Enerwise – purchased by Comverge; Intellon (NASDAQ: ITLN) – purchased by Atheros/Qualcom, Comverge (NASDAQ: COMV) – purchased by private equity investor, and CoaLogix (NASDAQ: ACORN) – purchased by private equity investor.

​Scott shares his expertise and viewpoints with the core energy/power industry through participation in a select few organizations: currently the E-Source Executive Advisory Board; and formerly as: Industrial Internet Consortium (Chairman of the SmartGrid TestBed Program’s Advisory Group); a board member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP); Chairman of the VC Advisory Board for the National Renewable Energy Lab; member of the Battelle Energy Advisory Council; and member of the Cleantech Venture Network Advisory Board.

Prior to EnerTech, Scott spent 16 years in the power industry as an operating executive with Atlantic Energy culminating in his role as one of five senior officers, and as President & COO of the entire set of the company’s non-regulated enterprises.

Scott received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University; he has also attended several graduate level Business, Strategy and Management courses at Wharton.

Bud Vos

President and CEO, Enbala

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Bud Vos

With over 15 years of energy industry experience, Bud Vos has in-depth knowledge of and experience with providing high-value software solutions to utilities. As president and CEO of Enbala, Bud is leading the company through the next phase of its business as it continues to expand its energy balancing platform capabilities and applications for the utility market. Previously, Bud worked as the COO of Simple Energy and was also senior vice president of utility sales and the chief technology officer at Comverge, where he oversaw the company’s technology architecture while working with the utility client base to identify and deliver high value projects using smart grid technology. At Comverge, Bud also served as senior vice president of product strategy and vice president of marketing, products and alliances. Prior to Comverge, Bud was founder and vice president of engineering at Sixth Dimension, a provider of Internet-based control systems for demand response and distributed generation systems. Sixth Dimension acquired Comverge in 2003. Bud holds a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University.

Mike Waters

Director, Utility Solutions - East, ChargePoint

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Mike Waters

Mike Waters serves as Director of Utility Solutions for ChargePoint which operates the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network with more than 46,000 spots to plug in and charge. In this role, Mike works with utilities to develop and implement programs to expand access to smart charging infrastructure in a way that supports the EV driver, the host site, and the grid. Prior to ChargePoint, Mike served as the EV program manager for both Duke Energy and Progress Energy. He has a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech, an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, and is a licensed professional engineer.

Mark Webb

Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Dominion Energy

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Mark Webb

Mark is the Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Dominion Energy. He is responsible for all efforts to foster innovation, creativity and development in Dominion Energy’s people, processes and strategies. Webb joined Dominion in 1997 as assistant general counsel, where he worked with Dominion’s unregulated operations at Dominion Energy, Dominion Capital and Dominion Lands. In 2004, he was promoted to deputy general counsel overseeing corporate securities, finance and mergers and acquisitions, where his group led several major acquisitions and divestitures, including the 2007 sale of Dominion Exploration & Production and the acquisition of the Cove Point LNG import facility. Webb also served as director–Policy & Business Evaluation in Alternative Energy Solutions and then deputy general counsel responsible for electric regulation, litigation and environment. He was named vice president and general counsel in January 2013 and assumed the responsibilities of chief risk officer in January 2014. He was named senior vice president, general counsel and chief risk officer in May 2016. He became senior vice president–Corporate Affairs and chief legal officer in 2017, senior vice president–Corporate Affairs and chief innovation officer in July 2018 and assumed his current post in February 2019. Prior to joining Dominion, he was an associate at Andrews & Kurth in Houston from 1993 to 1995 and at Hunton & Williams in Richmond from 1995 to 1997. Webb currently serves on the boards of directors of the Richmond Forum and the YMCA of Central Virginia, and is immediate past chairman of the board of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.