Call for Speakers

The deadline to submit an application to speak at this year’s Utility Conference has passed.  All applications will be reviewed and our goal is to notify speakers by January 31.

Top 2019 Speakers

See some of the incredible thought leaders that spoke at the 2019 Utility Conference.

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Jim Alberts

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

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Jim Alberts

Board 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.

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.

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.

Susan Mora

Director of Utility Initiatives, Exelon

Marie Schnitzer

Lead Project Manager, National Grid

Gregg Kresge

Manager, EOT, Hawaiian Electric

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Gregg Kresge

Greggory Kresge is the Manager of Electrification of Transportation-Project Delivery for Hawaiian Electric servicing the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Moloka`i and Oahu. This environment is unique in that all the islands have separate grids with no import or export capability beyond the resident population. Add to this a tremendous amount of renewable energy that can supply up to 80% of the load in the middle of the day – a perfect fit for Time of Use (TOU) pricing and displacement of fossil fuel with renewable energy for the transportation sector. In his role, Gregg works on furthering the electrification of transportation on the 5 islands Hawaiian Electric serves with workplace charging, DC fast charging networks, electric vehicle workforce development, multi-unit dwelling installations, increasing EV adoption in rural communities and managed charging as a grid resource. Gregg also is the Co-chair of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) EV Working Group. He is an EV owner since 2013 and lives in a condominium with no access to dedicated charging, thereby feeling the pain of inoperable public charging and an increased awareness of range anxiety. 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) and a Home Energy Survey Professional (HESP). In his spare time, Gregg takes advantage of the Maui environment and paddles outrigger for the Hawaiian Canoe Club, kayaks, swims and runs.

Kevin Sagara

Chairman & CEO, San Diego Gas & Electric

Michelle Blaise

SVP of Technical Services and Chief Engineer, Commonwealth Edison

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.

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.