2018 Speakers Included:

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Jim Alberts

Senior Vice President, Customer Service, Hawaiian Electric Company, Board Nominating Committee Chair

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Jim Alberts

Board Nominating Committee Chair

Jim Alberts, Senior Vice President for Customer Service at Hawaiian Electric Company, spearheads the utility’s integration of distributed energy resources to help reach Hawaii’s mandate to run 100 percent on renewables by 2045. Jim joined Hawaiian Electric in 2012 as the Senior Vice President of Customer Service, coming to the company with more than 20 years of utility experience at Kansas City Power & Light and Aquila.

During his career, Jim has led teams and designed and implemented programs that focused on establishing top quality customer service and efficiency. While at KCP&L and Aquila as the Vice President of Customer Service, he was responsible for all customer contact channels, customer relations, quality assurance, e-services, billing, accounts receivable management, field services and meter reading. While at Aquila, he was a Lean Six Sigma Deployment Champion and certified Black Belt leading improvement teams across the Company.

He serves as a Board member of Hospice Hawaii, a non-profit organization dedicated to bring hope, reduce fears and impact lives in end-of-life care, and on the Hawaii Employers Council Board of Governors. Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Minnesota State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Drake University.

Caroline Choi

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison, Board Past-Chair

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Caroline Choi

Board Past-Chair

Caroline Choi is Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for regulatory policy and affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs.

She previously served as Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy and was responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; analysis and development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and directing case management for key regulatory filings.

Prior to 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 as well as Manager of Federal Public Affairs.

Caroline has served on various non-profit boards and is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the National Forest Foundation and the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Lands. Caroline has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

Danielle Murray

Manager, Solar Energy Services, Austin Energy

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Danielle Murray

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

Ray Brooks

Manager of Renewable Energy, Arizona Public Service

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Ray Brooks

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

Adrianne Rogers

Senior Energy Services Specialist, City of Colton Electric Utility

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Adrianne Rogers

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

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

Alanya Schofield

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

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Alanya Schofield

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

Daniel Payares Luzio

Project Manager, New Energy Solutions, National Grid

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Daniel Payares Luzio

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

Gregg Kresge

Director, Renewable Energy Projects, Maui Electric Company

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Gregg Kresge

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

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

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

Jim Kelly

Vice President, Corporate Relations, Hawaiian Electric Company

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Jim Kelly

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

Kathy Knoop

Principal Environmental Scientist - Electric Transportation, Salt River Project

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Kathy Knoop

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

Matthew Wallace

Lead Systems Architect, PPL Electric Utilities

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Matthew Wallace

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

Nathan Shannon

Deputy Director, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative

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Nathan Shannon

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

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Application deadline is November 30, 2018