2019 Speakers

Adam Ward

VP Environmental Affairs, Sustainability & Energy Policy, American Municipal Power

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Adam Ward

Ward is responsible for ensuring that American Municipal Power, Inc.’s (AMP) diverse generation fleet operates in compliance with state and federal regulatory obligations. In addition, facing an evolving energy industry and regulatory landscape, he provides strategic direction and leadership to AMP’s corporate sustainability initiatives and economic development efforts.

Adrienne Lalle

Manager, Utility of the Future, Con Edison

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Adrienne Lalle

Adrienne Lalle is a Project Manager in Con Edison’s Utility of the Future group, responsible for storage strategy and testing innovative battery storage business models under New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision. She launched two projects, Storage On Demand and Commercial Battery Storage which each test unique use cases to achieve a stacked value for battery storage and is currently working on executing the storage strategy and response to December 2018 Storage Order. Prior to Con Edison, Adrienne worked in corporate strategy at Duke Energy and management consulting, with a focus in energy management and strategy. Adrienne’s experience includes solar valuation, solar and storage strategy, energy analysis and benchmarking, and program management. Adrienne brings a diverse background with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Duke University, with a concentration in energy finance and decision sciences.

Andy Satchwell

Principal Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Andy Satchwell

Andrew Satchwell is a Principal Scientific Engineering Associate and Assistant Group Leader for the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Andy conducts research and analysis on demand response, energy efficiency, distributed energy resources, and regional planning. Presently, he leads the quantitative analysis of regulated electric utility business models and the impacts of distributed energy resources on utility shareholders and ratepayers. Andy is also currently developing estimates of demand response resource potential for the Western Interconnection’s regional transmission and capacity expansion plans, and developing methodologies for modeling demand response in production cost models. Andy has published several peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, and reports. He is also a reviewer for The Energy Journal, Energy: The International Journal, Energy Policy, and Utilities Policy. Previously, Andy worked with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, where he served as an expert economics and policy witness on behalf of ratepayers. He also served as co-chair of the Resource Adequacy Working Group of the Organization of Midwest ISO States (OMS). Andy has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. in West European Studies from Indiana University.

Bill LeBlanc

Chief Instigation Agent, ESource

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Bill LeBlanc

Bill LeBlanc is a recognized leader in utility customer programs and strategies, with particular expertise in program design, marketing, market research, new product development, and behavior change. He assists utility clients in understanding their customer markets, providing tools and messages to sway customer demand, and creating overall market strategies. He has been a leader and innovator in energy efficiency and renewables throughout his 20+ year career, working for PG&E, EPRI, E Source, and consulting firms. In 1990, he founded the Association of Energy Services Professionals, still the industry’s major society. Bill is known for his creativity and problem-solving ability and is a sought-after public speaker. Before joining the utility industry, Bill worked for Disney as well as Apple.
In his spare time, Bill is also a standup comedian who performs all around the Denver metro area. He likes to incorporate humor, as well as his entertaining “man-on-the-street” PowerWalking videos to drive home his points.

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.

Carla Frieh

Director of Engineering, Commonwealth Edison

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Carla Frieh

Frieh is responsible for planning, designing and deploying the next generation of distribution automation and communication infrastructure on the power grid at ComEd and has a key role in developing the utility of the future. A unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, ComEd delivers electricity to approximately 4 million residential and business customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.

Frieh has been in the utility industry for 15 years. She has held various engineering and management roles of increasing responsibility throughout her career at ComEd. Prior to becoming director of engineering, Frieh was the manager of reliability programs, where she was responsible for setting the strategy for ComEd’s reliability investments to ensure maximum customer benefits. Before that, she established ComEd’s Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) Operations department. As lead of the AMI team, she was responsible for the health of ComEd’s smart meter system, including ensuring meters communicate reliably with the network and the successful integration of smart city applications on the AMI network. Frieh is also a technology lead on the IEEE Industry Technical Support Task Force.

Carla earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering from Purdue Calumet and her MBA from Lewis University.

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

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.

David Lawrence

Manager, Technology Development, Duke Energy

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David Lawrence

David Lawrence is a Technology Development Manager with Duke Energy working in the Emerging Technology Office. In this role, he provides leadership on a portfolio of technologies to support the Future Grid. He is a founding technologist in the development of the OpenFMB platform. He is currently working on Grid distributed applications, microgrids, DC services and metering, and Grid edge analytics, with a focus on Cybersecurity (IIoT – PKI).

Mr. Lawrence has 40 years of experience in the energy industry. He worked in R&D and IT management for electric metering, transformer, and switchgear product manufacturing. His roles included embedded systems development, engineering management, global engineering information systems, manufacturing execution (MES) and scheduling systems (ERP), product life-cycle management (PLM), and IT management. A native of Portsmouth, VA., Mr. Lawrence earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and has been awarded six US Patents.

Ellyse Mazzi

Program Manager, DER Strategy and Policy, Hawaiian Electric Company

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Ellyse Mazzi

Ellyse Mazzi is the Program Manager for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Strategy & Policy at the Hawaiian Electric Companies. She managed the successful implementation of the companies’ most recent DER programs in 2018 and 2019, which earned her a nomination for the Project Management Institute’s Project Manager of the Year. She joined the utility in 2017 after working for several years in the photovoltaic construction industry in the Aloha State. Although a native of North Carolina, she’s called Hawai`i home for the last ten years and, when not working hard on projects related to DER strategy and policy, enjoys sailing with her husband and friends.

Elody Samuelson

Program Manager, Consumers Energy

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Elody Samuelson

Elody Samuelson is the program manager for Consumers Energy’s Green Generation and Large Customer Renewable Energy Programs, serving customers from the residential sector to large industrial customers. Previously, Elody has managed each of the renewable energy programs Consumers Energy offers and served as program manager for the residential demand response program. She has worked within the renewables group since 2016 and joined Consumers Energy in 2014. Prior to joining Consumers Energy, Elody worked within the energy sector in demand response for many years and served in management in the healthcare sector. She is a co-founder of the PLMA Women in Demand Management Group and a former Executive Committee Member and PLMA Co-Chair. She is a passionate advocate for the rights and advancement for those who have been historically under-represented in the energy workforce and its leadership and is a proud steering committee member and secretary of the Pride Alliance of Consumers Energy (PACE). Elody holds an MBA from Western Washington University and BA in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her preferred pronouns are she/her/hers.

Emily Felt

Policy Director, Duke Energy

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Emily Felt

Emily is a policy director at Duke Energy, where she is responsible for developing and advocating for sound policies to promote renewable development, energy storage deployment, and natural resource protection. Previous to this role, she served as the company’s state renewable strategy and policy director, where she designed comprehensive policies for distributed and renewable generation in Duke Energy’s retail service areas. From 2010-2012, she managed Duke Energy’s compliance with the North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. Prior to that, Emily worked as an industrial business developer for nearly ten years. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard University. She resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Emilie Bolduc

VP, New York Energy Manager, New York Power Authority

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Emilie Bolduc

Emilie Bolduc is the Vice President of the New York Energy Manager for the New York Power Authority. She is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the New York Energy Manager (NYEM), a digital energy management advisory service. NYEM gathers, stores, and presents compelling views of public building energy data on the web, allowing government facility managers across New York State to improve energy performance and manage utility costs in rapid ways not previously available. NYEM enables portfolio level energy performance benchmarking; virtual energy audits; prescriptive analytics; improved operations management; and supports measurement and verification of the impacts of solutions, programs, and projects in support of further investment in clean energy. Emilie is currently pursuing an MBA in Sustainability from Bard. She earned her Bachelor’s from Vassar and is a Certified Energy Manager through the Association of Energy Engineers.

Fernando Valero

Advanced Technologies Integration Manager, Energy Storage, San Diego Gas & Electric

Galen Barbose

Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Galen Barbose

Galen Barbose is a Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Galen has been with the lab for more than 15 years, conducting analysis and providing technical assistance to policymakers on issues in the electricity industry related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric system planning. Galen is one of the principal investigators leading the group’s solar energy-related research activities, with a focus on utility rates and regulatory policy for distributed solar.

Gary Brinkworth

Director, Enterprise Research & Technology Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority

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Gary Brinkworth

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

Guy Sliker

Director, Product Development, New York Power Authority

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Guy Sliker

Guy Sliker is the Director of Energy Service Product Development at the New York Power Authority, the nation’s largest state-owned power organization. Mr. Sliker has been working in the distributed generation and renewable energy fields for 20 years, primarily with public and private electric utility companies. At his current position at the New York Power Authority Mr. Sliker is responsible for the implementation of the company’s product development activities related to distributed energy resources. Mr. Sliker has a BA in Economics and an MS in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Massachusetts.

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.

Hannon Rasool

Clean Transportation Transformative Initiatives Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

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Hannon Rasool

Hannon Rasool is the Transformative Initiatives Manager in San Diego Gas & Electric Company’s (SDG&E) Clean Transportation department. Mr. Rasool has been part of the Clean Transportation team for two years with a primary focus on medium-duty and heavy-duty electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. More recently, his responsibilities have expanded to include projects across all EV vehicle segments and regionwide initiatives. From 2009 to 2016, he was a member of SDG&E’s Regulatory Affairs department working on an array of proceedings ranging from renewable energy mandates, energy storage, demand response, net energy metering and distribution level interconnection.

Jim Alberts

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

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Jim Alberts

Board Chair-Elect

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

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

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

Joachim Seel

Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Joachim Seel

Dr. Joachim (Jo) Seel is a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate at the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on solar and wind market developments, the integration of high shares of intermittent and distributed renewable generation into the electricity grid, and associated effects on electricity markets. Of special interest to him are international comparative studies and the deduction of best practices, such as in his study explaining PV pricing trends in both the United States and Germany. He presented in front of the California Governor, the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and at academic and industry conferences. His past work experience includes stations at the European Parliament in Belgium, the American Wind Energy Association in Washington, D.C., the Commission for Renewable Energy Development at the Chinese Energy Ministry in Beijing and the German Federal Ministry for Energy and the Economy in Berlin. He has consulted a number of private and public sector clients on energy economics, renewable energy technologies and energy policy including a major American utility, a multinational electrical device manufacturer, solar thermal project developers and enterprises in the biogas sector. Joachim Seel holds a PhD and MS of Energy and Resources and a Master in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. A native of Hamburg, Jo came to the Bay Area from the international Jacobs University in Germany, where he studied environmental policies and international relations.

John Pinho

Energy Innovation Advisor, Arizona Public Service

Joy Fryer

Product Manager, Avista

Julia Eagles

Public Policy & Strategy Manager, Xcel Energy

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Julia Eagles

Julia Eagles is a Public Policy and Strategy Manager at Xcel Energy – an electric and natural gas utility that serves more than 3 million customers across eight Western and Midwestern States and is leading the industry with a bold vision to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. In this capacity, she works on developing carbon reduction implementation strategies, coordinating policy positions on behalf of the regulatory and legislative teams, and tracking national trends around evolving utility business models. Before joining Xcel Energy, Eagles spent eight years working for local energy and environmental organizations in Minnesota. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Macalester College. In her free time she enjoys biking, cross-country skiing, taking trips to beautiful locations, and growing and eating good food.

Kevin Johnson

Program Manager, National Grid

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Kevin Johnson

Kevin is a Program Manager at National Grid where he is the Smart Home/Smart Business solutions SME, using IoT and advanced software capabilities to solve customer needs. In addition, he is engaged in Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) strategy and leads the creation of the Customer Engagement Plans for the company’s Smart Meter regulatory filings. Kevin received a BS from Northwestern University in Computer Engineering and a MS in Energy Systems from Northeastern University.

Kevin Sagara

Chairman & CEO, San Diego Gas & Electric

Louise Bick

Advanced Technology Policy Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

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Louise Bick

Louise Bick is the Advanced Technology Policy Manager at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). In this position, Louise is responsible for helping to deploy innovative technologies such as energy storage and microgrids and represents SDG&E’s policy positions in relevant proceedings. Previously, she has held roles in strategic planning and business optimization at SDG&E. Prior to joining SDG&E, she has held roles in treasury management, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions at a Fortune 500 midstream energy company based out of Boston, MA. Louise holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University and a master’s degree in business administration from Babson College.

Luis Reyes

CEO & General Manager, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Inc.

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Luis Reyes

Mr. Luis Reyes has been Chief Executive Officer and General Manager at Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Inc. (KCEC) since 1993. KCEC’s solar fleet serves 10% of capacity. KCEC has undertaken constructing a Solar Deployment Plan in 2017. Solar energy will account for approximately 40% of KCEC’s energy needs to serve its current and future member’s loads. KCEC’s goal is to be able to build to approximately 100% of KCEC’s daily electrical energy needs by 2023 by utilizing solar electric generation capacity in approximately 1 MW facilities located in various locations around KCEC’s service territory.

Marie Schnitzer

Lead Project Manager, National Grid

Michelle Blaise

SVP of Technical Services and Chief Engineer, Commonwealth Edison

Michael Coddington

Principal Engineer, NREL

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Michael Coddington

Michael is a principal engineer at NREL, and spent 19 years in the utility sector prior to coming to NREL ten years ago. His work has included the development and improvement of grid integration technical issues, standards and codes development, and improving technical screens. Much of Michael’s work today is focused on electric distribution system planning, and he leads the Grid Modernization Lab Consortium project on distribution planning and tools development. Michael has been very active in the development of standards and codes for the interconnection of distributed energy resources such as solar photovoltaic systems. Michael is working on the full revision of IEEE 1547 and helped develop the smart inverter standard UL1741SA.

Patricia Taylor

Manager, Regulatory Policy & Business Programs, American Public Power Association

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Patricia Taylor

Patricia Taylor serves as the American Public Power Association’s Manager of Regulatory Policy and Business Programs where she supports the Public Power Forward Strategic Initiative, which revolves around preparing members for this new era in the electric sector. Her focus areas include distributed energy resources, utility business models, and rate design. When Patricia first joined the Association in 2015, she served as the Engineering Services Specialist, working on safety, mutual aid, security, and the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo. As a native Marylander, she earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.S. in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University. Patricia also completed a fellowship program at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute.

Paul Halstead

Business Development Manager, Duke Energy

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Paul Halstead

Paul Halstead has over 10 years experience within the utility industry working through financing, accounting and regulatory structures with a focus over the last several years on renewable programs that meet Duke Energy’s customer sustainability goals. Prior to working with the utility industry he worked 10 years in the finance/accounting industries where he earned a CPA and MBA.

Peter Westlake

Manager, Strategic Customer Projects, Finance and Contracts, Orlando Utilities Commission

Rachel Huang

Director, Energy Strategy, Research & Development

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Rachel Huang

Rachel Huang is the Director of Energy Strategy, Research & Development at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Her responsibilities include the development of the strategic roadmap for distributed energy resources, the research and demonstration of innovative and emerging technologies, and the coordination of their execution across the enterprise. During her tenure at SMUD, Rachel has had oversight of strategic planning for customer solutions and operations, SMUD’s Customer Experience efforts, as well as New Business Development. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, and did graduate work in Energy & Environmental Policy at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Rachel serves on the board for the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) and represents Region 6 on the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Development (DEED) Program Board.

Rick Luna

Interim Director, Technology & Product Innovation, CPS Energy

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Rick Luna

Rick Luna is Interim Director of Technology and Product Innovation for CPS Energy. In this role, Rick oversees an innovative product portfolio that is transforming how the utility meets the needs of its customers. The products developed and managed by Rick’s team include distributed solar, energy efficiency, demand response, electric vehicle and resiliency programs. All together, these programs have helped customers save 710 MW of electric demand since 2009.

Robert Thomas

Manager of Pricing Design, Regulatory Operations, Southern California Edison

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Robert Thomas

Robert A. Thomas is a Principal Manager at Southern California Edison (SCE) with responsibility for the development of SCE’s pricing designs, marginal costs determination and rate class level sales forecasts. Prior to his current position, his responsibilities have included providing customer specific rate and financial analyses involving self-generation, load growth, contract rates, demand response and hourly pricing options, dispute resolution, processing applications, program promotion. Robert also served as SCE’s lead representative on the Self Generation Incentive Program Working Group from 2001 through 2004. Prior to his roles in the regulatory environment, Robert held various engineering positions in the Power Supply and Customer Service Departments. Robert holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, an MBA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Professional Engineering License in Mechanical Engineering.

Sam Choi

Manager, Emerging Technologies, Orlando Utilities Commission

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Sam Choi

Sam Choi is the Manager for Emerging Technologies and Renewables for OUC—The Reliable One, the 14th largest municipal utility in the United States. Sam is responsible for overseeing the development of new renewable energy projects and programs as well as evaluating and demonstrating emerging technologies. His efforts are key to OUC meeting its sustainability goals and staying on the cutting edge of clean energy technology. Sam is currently leading OUC’s efforts in acquiring new utility-scale solar power, development of a microgrid, and advancing integration of distributed energy resources and battery storage in OUC’s grid.
Previously, Sam was a Project Director at Boston Pacific Company, Inc., an energy consulting firm in Washington DC that specialized in financial and technology advisory of power project investments in the electric utility industry. For close to a decade at the firm, Sam consulted for a number of investor owned utilities, state public utilities commissions, and federal government agencies on several billion dollars of new investment. His work leading such efforts spanned a range of technologies from solar, wind, geothermal, to energy storage, ocean energy and HVDC transmission.
Sam received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University. Sam serves on the Florida Energy Systems Consortium Advisory Board. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Susan Mora

Director of Utility Initiatives, Exelon

Sangeeta Ranade

VP, Clean Energy Business, New York Power Authority

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Sangeeta Ranade

Sangeeta leads the New York Power Authority’s Clean Energy Business which is developing and financing distributed energy resource projects across New York State. Her responsibilities include managing the team’s profit and loss, signing over $300M in construction contracts per year, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions for NYPA’s governmental customers 40% by 2030. Sangeeta currently serves as a Board Member to the New York State Smart Grid Consortium and the Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center. She is also a member of the Building Energy Exchange’s Industry Leadership Council. She holds an MBA and MS in Environmental Management from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a BS in environmental engineering from Northwestern University.

Tom Bialek

Chief Engineer, San Diego Gas & Electric

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Tom Bialek

Thomas Owen Bialek, Ph.D., P.E. Chief Engineer SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC Tom received a Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1982 and 1986 respectively. He also obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2005. He is currently employed by San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”) as a Chief Engineer. His present responsibilities involve technology strategy and policy for transmission and distribution issues including equipment, operations, planning, distributed generation and development of new technologies. He was also the Principal Investigator on DOE and CEC funded Micro Grid projects. He is also a frequently requested external speaker and DOE R&D peer reviewer. Tom was also recognized by Greentech Media in its inaugural 100 Top Movers and Shakers in Smart Grid. In 2009 Tom was recognized with SDG&E’s Cornerstone award and in 2010 received the Outstanding Engineer award from the San Diego County Engineering Council. He has held various positions with other North American utilities and equipment manufacturers since graduating in 1982. His experience includes electric utility design, planning and operation and equipment design, development and manufacturing. Tom is an IEEE Senior Member. Tom sits on the DOE Electricity Advisory Committee as the Smart Grid Subcommittee Vice Chair. Tom also chairs the NREL’s Electric System Integration Technical Review Panel. Tom is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. He is also a registered Professional Engineer, Electrical Engineering, in the State of California. He has authored a variety papers on a diverse of subjects such as distribution fault location, surge protection of equipment and testing of cables and has been awarded three patents.

Tim Harvey

Environmental Program Coordinator, Austin Energy

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Tim Harvey

Tim Harvey is the Solar Program Manager for Austin Energy. Tim began working with Austin Energy in the Solar Rebate Program in 2006. Tim conceptualized, analyzed and helped implement Austin Energy’s Value of Solar Rates, and has played key roles in the development and management of AE’s Solar Program offerings.

Val Jensen

SVP, Strategy & Policy, Exelon Corporation

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Val Jensen

As senior vice president for Strategy and Policy, Mr. Jensen is responsible for formulating and executing the strategic framework and long-term road map for the Exelon Utilities’ technology and business evolution. He leads the development of both operating and revenue models to support the utilities’ platform. Previously, Mr. Jensen served as senior vice president for Strategy and senior vice president of Customer Operations at Commonwealth Edison. In those positions he directed development and delivery of the Company’s customer-facing products and services, including the customer contact center, eChannels, metering, billing and ComEd’s $350 million annual portfolio of demand response and energy efficiency programs. He also was responsible for development of ComEd’s utility of the future strategy. Prior to joining ComEd in 2008, Mr. Jensen held a variety of positions with ICF International, the US Department of Energy and the State of Illinois.