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 Andrew Jerdonek.

Mary E. Kipp

President & CEO, El Paso Electric Company, Board Chair

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Mary E. Kipp

Board Chair

As President and Chief Executive Officer of El Paso Electric Company, Mary E. Kipp is responsible for oversight of the utility’s overall operations and also serves on the Board of Directors. Mary has been with El Paso Electric in various positions since December 2007, during which time she has overseen a number of divisions at the company, including regulatory and rates, human resources, external affairs, public relations, and environmental, health and safety. Mary has also served as the company’s President, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.

Before rejoining El Paso Electric, Mary spent four years as a senior enforcement attorney in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement in Washington, D.C., where she investigated and prosecuted violations of federal energy laws. Prior to her work at FERC, Mary was an attorney at Greenberg Traurig LLP, El Paso Electric and El Paso Natural Gas Company. She received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Massachusetts, a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and is an alumnus of Exeter College, Oxford University.

Jennie Potter

Commissioner, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

Patty Durand

Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

David Eves

Group President, Utilities, Xcel Energy

Marc Asano

Director, T&D and Interconnection Planning, HECO

Ani Backa

Director, Regulatory Strategy and Utility Initiatives, Sonnen

Dan Berwick

General Manager, Energy Storage Division, Borrego Solar

Phil Blythe

Founder & CEO, GreenSync

Patty Cook

SVP, Market Development, ICF

Paul DeMartini

Managing Partner, Newport Consulting Group

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.

Matt Green

Director of Business Strategy & Development, PPL Corporation

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Matt Green

Matthew Green is an 11-year veteran of the electric utility industry, and is currently serving as the Director of Business Strategy & Development for PPL Electric Utilities. He joined PPL in 2005, and has held multiple manager and director level Engineering, Operations, Planning and Strategy positions throughout his career. He has served as an industry leader in the deployment of Smart Grid technology, leading the team that developed and deployed a $40-million Smart Grid Investment Grant through the Department of Energy. In his current role, he is responsible for developing PPL’s long term strategic plan by assessing the myriad of new technologies in the marketplace as well as trying to understand how business models and regulatory environments may change in the future. Prior to coming to PPL, he was a lead researcher at the Intelligent Systems Laboratory where he wrote several notable papers in pattern recognition and face detection. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from RPI.

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.

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

Jen Kinney

CTO, Simple Energy

Manoj Kumar

CEO, Powerley

Mike Kurzeja

CEO, EZ-EV

John Lampe

Business Development Director, Grid Management, Itron

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

Don McPhail

Solution Lead, Demand Management, Tendril Networks

Ron Melton

Director of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Val Miftakhov

CEO, eMotorWerks

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Val Miftakhov

Valery Miftakhov is the Founder and CEO of eMotorWerks. Over the last dozen years, Val held executive business strategy and operations positions at Google, McKinsey & Company, and Nielsen. He also launched and managed three startup companies, in all of which he held the CTO position. Prior to his industry experience, Val was a high energy physics researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator, a Department of Energy facility. Val received his PhD in Physics from Princeton University and his MS in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He was a two-time winner of the Nationwide Russian Physics Competitions. In whatever spare time he gets, Val tries to get good use out of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.

Susan Mora

Director of Utility Initiatives, Exelon

Arlen Orchard

CEO and General Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (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.

Jeff Ressler

President - Software Services, 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.

Josh Richman

Vice President, Business Development & Regulatory Affairs, Bloom Energy Corporation

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

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.

Jim Taylor

Vice President, Energy Solutions, Digital Grid, Siemens

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.

Mark Webb

Senior Vice President & CIO, Dominion Energy