2020 SEPA Grid Evolution Summit

July 27 - 29, 2020
Washington, DC
Registration will be available soon.

Top 2019 Speakers

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Manoj Kumar

CEO, Powerley

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.

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.