Grid Evolution Summit – A National Town Meeting

July 9 - 12, 2018
Washington, DC
Register Now

Speakers

We are working hard to assemble the most exciting and thoughtful minds in the industry to speak at this year’s summit.

Although we will not be conducting a formal Call for Speakers this year, we welcome your ideas and suggestions. If you are interested in speaking in July, please contact Jenny Senff at jsenff@sepapower.org with your proposal.

We are actively working to confirm 2018 speakers now, so please check back to this page for updates.

Ann Delenela

VP and Chief Information Security Officer, Ameren

Brien Sheahan

Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission

Jim Bruce

Senior Vice President and Chief Energy Policy Officer for Global Public Affairs, UPS

Nisha Desai

Board Member, PREPA

Ann Rendahl

Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

Aaron Smallwood

Senior Director, Technical Services, SEPA

x
Aaron Smallwood

Aaron has been in Information Technology for 20 years and in the utility industry for the last 15 years. As Director of IT Operations at the Electric Reliability of Council of Texas (ERCOT), Aaron was responsible for the multi-data center IT operations of ERCOT’s real-time grid and market systems, deregulated retail market systems, Enterprise Data Warehouse, systems integration, and market settlement systems. In other roles at ERCOT he led business/technology alignment, IT strategy development, program financial management for the Texas Nodal Market Implementation, IT stakeholder relationship management, and the IT divisional project office.

Prior to ERCOT, Aaron was responsible for managing the relationship between IT and utility business units at Aquila, Inc., working with utility and IT leaders to ensure that IT services were aligned with business objectives and that IT was positioned to support their needs.

Phone: 202.871.7414     Email: asmallwood@sepapower.org

Alfredo Martinez-Morales

Managing Director of the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy, University of California Riverside

Andrew Papson

Electric Bus Program Manager, Foothill Transit

Asim Haque

Chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Adam Cooper

Senior Director, Research and Strategy, Institute for Electric Innovation (IEE)

Andrew Levitt

Sr. Market Strategist, PJM Interconnection

Christian Sobrino Vega

Chief Economic Advisor, Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico

Chris King

Global Policy Officer, Siemens Digital Grid

x
Chris King

Board: Director

Chris King is the Global Policy Officer of Siemens Digital Grid, leading policy and strategy initiatives worldwide, emphasizing renewables integration, energy efficiency, grid efficiency, demand response and customer engagement.

Prior to Siemens, Chris held management or executive positions at the U.S.’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric and three Silicon Valley energy start-ups. An internationally recognized expert, author and frequently invited speaker, Mr. King’s recent writings include a chapter in Distributed Generation and its Implications for the Utility Industry and an article on time-vary rates for the Public Utilities Fortnightly. Mr. King co-founded and chairs the Brussels-based Smart Energy Demand Coalition, is Vice Chair of the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid and is a member of the Advanced Energy Economy Business Council. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, several U.S. states and international regulatory bodies. In 2009, he co-hosted a meeting of the U.S. Congressional Delegation at the Copenhagen U.N. Climate Summit.

Mr. King holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from Stanford University, a master’s from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a doctorate from Concord Law School. He has received three patents related to advanced metering and smart grids.

Cris Eugster

Chief Operating Officer, CPS Energy

x
Cris Eugster

Board: Chair-Elect

Cris Eugster has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the energy and technology sectors. Cris currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of CPS Energy, one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned utilities with over 730,000 electric customers and 325,000 gas customers. CPS Energy is vertically integrated and includes generation, transmission and distribution, and retail services with annual revenues of over $2.5 billion and total assets of over $10.5 billion.

As Chief Operating Officer, Cris leads the Operations of CPS Energy and its approximately 2000 team members. Cris also leads overall corporate strategy, integrated resource planning, new products and services, research & development, and environmental oversight, driving the transformation of CPS Energy into a strong, innovative 21st century power provider. The strategy has led to significant investments in low carbon capabilities such as combined cycle natural gas, wind, and solar, in addition to large scale demand response programs and innovative smart grid solutions. CPS Energy is nationally recognized for its efforts in the New Energy Economy and has won numerous awards.

Cris sits on a number of Boards including Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA), Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC), Texas A&M Smart Grid Center Advisory Board (SGC), EPIcenter, Trinity University Business Advisory Council, and the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. Past Boards have included Build SA Green, Solar San Antonio, Mission Verde Alliance, Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association (TREIA), DOE State Energy Advisory Board, and the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In February of 2018, Cris was named co-chair of the Transformation Advisory Council for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) where he will lend his expertise towards creating a sustainable and customer-centric grid.

Prior to coming to San Antonio, Cris was the first Chief Officer for Sustainable Growth for the City of Houston as part of Mayor Bill White’s team. Prior to that Cris was Partner with McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm, serving F100 companies in the Technology, Energy, and Diversified Services markets. He received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT focused on quantum transport research in nanostructures. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University with Magna Cum Laude honors.

Cris is married and has two sons.

Cristin Lyons

Partner, ScottMadden

x
Cristin Lyons

Cristin Lyons is a partner with ScottMadden and leads the firm’s Grid Transformation practice, which helps clients adapt to the operational, planning, customer, and regulatory changes driven by the increasing penetration of distributed energy resources.

Since joining the firm in 1999, Cristin has consulted with myriad transmission and distribution clients on issues ranging from process and organizational redesign to merger integration to project and program management. She is also a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences across the country.

Cristin earned a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Gettysburg College, and an M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

Cuong Nguyen

Leader, Smart Grid Testing and Certification Project, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Doug Staker

Vice President of Global Business Development, Demand Energy

Erika Diamond

VP and GM, Energy Markets, EnergyHub

x
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.

Erika Myers

Director, Research, SEPA

x
Erika Myers

Erika Myers joined SEPA in July 2015. In her role, Erika directs research team activities, oversees research collaborations with key partners, and manages the development of content. She specializes in renewable energy and electric vehicle infrastructure and staffs SEPA’s Electric Vehicle Working Group. She has authored and co-authored numerous reports, briefs, articles, and blogs while at SEPA and regularly speaks at trade events around the country.

Prior to joining SEPA, Erika spent nearly four years as a consultant with ICF International and five years with the South Carolina Energy Office with a focus on renewable energy and alternative transportation fuel policy and regulatory planning and development. She also had a short stint as a supervisor at a solar installation firm in the southeast, before deciding she much preferred being behind a desk and not on top of a roof.

Erika has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Clemson University and a master’s degree in earth and environmental resources from the University of South Carolina.

Phone: 202.379.1615     Email: emyers@sepapower.org

Francis O’Sullivan

Director of Research and Co-Director of Electric Power Systems Center, MIT

Gary Brinkworth

Director, Enterprise Research & Technology Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority

x
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.

Greg Brehm

Director of Power Resources, MCE Clean Energy

Gregory Dudkin

President, PPL Electric Utilities

Henry Yoshimura

Director of Demand Resource Strategy, ISO New England

x
Henry Yoshimura

Henry Yoshimura is the Director of Demand Resource Strategy for ISO New England where he is responsible for integrating distributed energy resources (energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation) into the New England wholesale electricity market. He began his career with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities where he directed the regulatory effort making Massachusetts among the first states to incorporate energy efficiency into the utility planning, resource acquisition and ratemaking processes.

As a Senior Consultant for La Capra Associates, he advised the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on the terms and conditions for restructuring the Massachusetts electricity industry. At ISO New England, he worked with industry stakeholders to develop the market design and rules allowing New England to be the first region to integrate distributed energy resources into the Forward Capacity Market.

Mr. Yoshimura serves on the Advisory Council for SEPA, chairs the Demand Resources Working Group on behalf of NEPOOL, and testifies frequently on distributed energy resource and market design issues. Mr. Yoshimura holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Montana and a certificate in leadership development from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Howard Smith

Manager of Distributed Energy Resource Policy, Southern Company Service

x
Howard Smith

Howard Smith graduated from Clemson University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Currently, Howard is the Manager of Distributed Energy Resource Policy. In this role, he is responsible for tracking current and future trends and activities involving the broad aspects of DER. Also, he is responsible for developing plans and policy positions related to DER in support of Executive Management’s efforts in the establishment of goals, actions and policies for the Southern system.

At the present time, Howard is on the Advisory Board for the new Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) which is the merged Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Association of Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) associations. In addition, he was formerly the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the ADS, and he served on the Alabama Governor’s Advisory Team for Industrial Energy Efficient and CHP. He has made numerous regional and national presentations on integrated resource planning, demand-side management, smart grid and other electric industry related topics.

Judith Schwartz

President, To the Point

x
Judith Schwartz

Judith Schwartz is President of To the Point, a human-centered design consultancy focused on consumers’ engagement with sustainability issues, the Smart Grid, alternative energy and the digital home. Working at the nexus of public policy, technology, communications and business, she consults to utilities, national organizations and research companies.

Schwartz is also a Commissioner on the Utility Advisory Commission which provides advice on acquisition, development and environmental implications of electric, gas and water resources as well as conservation and demand management for the City of Palo Alto municipal utility.

Jennifer Szaro

Senior Director, Programs, SEPA

x
Jennifer Szaro

Jennifer Szaro joined SEPA in 2015 as Senior Director of Programs and currently manages SEPA’s extensive portfolio of educational offerings, including joint venture events such as Solar Power International (SPI) and targeted events like the Utility Solar Conference and annual Fact Finding Missions.

Prior to this, she spent nearly nine years as Renewable Energy Manager for the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) leading their solar energy, corporate sustainability and electric vehicle programs. She also conducted applied photovoltaic systems research for eight years as Senior Energy Analyst for the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of the University of Central Florida (UCF). Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Environmental Science and Chemistry from Florida International University in 1997 and holds an MBA from UCF.

She has served on the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including: SEPA, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the Florida Renewable Energy Association (FREA), Project Get Ready Central Florida and Drive Electric Florida. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and currently sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Sciences and the board of the Electric Vehicle Transportation Center.

Phone: 202.559.2023     Email: jszaro@sepapower.org

Jeremy Rifkin

President, The Foundation on Economic Trends

Justin Segall

President and Founder, Simple Energy

John Bubb

Principal Manager - Smart Meter Operations, Development & Quality, Southern California Edison

Julia Hamm

President & Chief Executive Officer

x
Julia Hamm

Julia is a visionary non-profit leader at the center of the transformation underway in the electric power sector​ to a clean and modern energy future​.  For the past 20 years she has been advising and collaborating with utilities, solution providers and government agencies on business models, grid modernization, and clean energy policies, strategies and programs.

Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies.  ​She has led the organization through significant expansion in recent years, including rebranding from the Solar Electric Power Association to the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and merging with both the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).

Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program.  Julia – a graduate of Cornell University – walks the talk, living in a PV powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia.

Phone: 202.559.2025     Email: jhamm@sepapower.org

Jon Pettit

Manager, Advanced Metering System, Oncor

Ken Wacks

President, Ken Wacks Associates

Lon Huber

Head of Consulting, Strategen

Lincoln Wood

Product Manager, Southern Company

Larsh Johnson

CTO, STEM

x
Larsh Johnson

As Chief Technology Officer, Larsh is leading hardware and software engineering to meet the needs of Stem’s C&I, utility, and energy market customers. Prior to joining Stem, Larsh was Chief Technology Officer at Siemens Digital Grid, where he led technology development teams on products spanning from consumer metering, demand response and analytics to control center software and grid automation. He joined Siemens via the acquisition of eMeter, a Bay Area software company of which he was a co-founder and responsible for innovation and development of meter data management, analytics, and advanced smart grid applications. Prior to eMeter, he co-founded CellNet Data Systems, a pioneer in wireless networks for smart metering and distribution automation and now a unit of Landis+Gyr a Toshiba company. Larsh was a founding member of the DOE’s Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC) and remains a Member Emeritus. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Martha Mitchell

VP of Customer Success, CPS Energy

Mike Carlson

President, Smart Grid NA, Siemens

Mark Knight

Chief Engineer in the Integration Team of the Energy and Environment Directorate, Electric Infrastructure Group, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

x
Mark Knight

Mr. Knight joined PNNL in 2016 and is a Chief Engineer in the Integration Team of the Energy and Environment Directorate, Electric Infrastructure Group. Mr. Knight is an experienced professional with deep experience of utility companies. His experience includes distribution, transmission, metering, systems integration, deregulation, smart grid, interoperability, asset management, risk management, and transactive energy systems. He is also Emeritus Chair of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC), a group formed by the U.S. Department of Energy to promote and enable interoperability among the many entities that interact with the nation’s electric power system.

Mr. Knight is responsible for providing thought leadership and project/program management for the Laboratory’s research portfolios in interoperability and transactive systems. These roles include collaborating with other national laboratories as part of the GMLC to improve interoperability and adoption of transactive energy systems. Mr. Knight also provides technical direction, connecting research to industry needs though interaction and participation in industry groups.

Nelson Hastings

Technical Project Leader for Voting Standards, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Ron Melton

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

Rick Counihan

Head of Energy Regulatory & Governmental Affairs, Nest Labs

x
Rick Counihan

Rick Counihan is the Head of Energy Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Thermostat. In that capacity he is responsible for relations with the Federal and State governmental energy agencies.

Rick has over 25 years experience in the energy and utility fields, with employment stints in state, local and federal government, as well as the private sector. Prior to Nest, Rick was Vice President of Government Affairs for EnerNOC, Inc., a leader in demand response and energy management services for the commercial and industrial sectors for eight years. Before EnerNOC, Rick was Vice President at the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), a nonprofit research institute affiliated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to build public/private partnerships to improve the nation’s electricity systems and an early research center on the Smart Grid. Rick has also been Vice President at Green Mountain Energy Company, a retail energy service provider selling renewable power. Rick worked in regulatory affairs for five years with Southern California Edison and was a professional staffer for the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for six years.

Rick has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Pomona College and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University. Rick sits on the boards of the Center for Resource Solutions and the Association for Demand Response and SmartGrid.

Parina Parikh

Clean Transportation Business Development Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

Sharon Allan

Chief Innovation Officer, SEPA

x
Sharon Allan

Sharon Allan has over 30 years of experience and is an executive known for business transformation and growth. She was CEO of SGIP which merged with SEPA this past year. She is also on the Advisory Board of Enertech Capital. Previously, she was Managing Director of Accenture’s Smart Grid Practice. Other industry roles include President of Elster Integrated Solutions, Chief Knowledge Officer of Elster Electricity, as well as executive roles at ABB, and IBM. Sharon has been recognized throughout the years as a Pioneer by Smart Grid Today, Mover and Shaker by GTM (Greentech Media), Top 3 by Smart Grid News, Technology leader by NCCBI, Platts Energy, and a “Class of 2007 and Alumni” leader by World Generation. Sharon is an honors graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and holds an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua Business School.

Phone: 202.871.7290     Email: sallan@sepapower.org

Steve Hambric

Vice President, Distributed Energy Management, Itron

x
Steve Hambric

At Itron, Steve leads the Corporate Strategy, Regulatory, Sales Operations and Technical Sales teams. He’s often found collaborating with utility partners on demand side programs and other concepts that take advantage of new innovations. He is proud to be part of an industry segment that delivers more reliable, affordable, and clean energy. Prior to Comverge, Steve’s career was focused on customer-facing utility programs, including his positions at Opower, Sapient and McKinsey. Steve is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Virginia, and also has his MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Shay Bahramirad

Director, Distribution System Planning, Smart Grid and Innovation, ComEd

x
Shay Bahramirad

Dr. Shay Bahramirad, IEEE Senior Member, the Director of Distribution System Planning, Smart Grid & Innovation, serves as a strategic business leader in Commonwealth Edison, the electric Utility in Illinois, working on the 21st century power grid transformation and the new energy economy. Her major responsibilities include leading Smart Grid organization across ComEd to develop the vision, business models, and investment strategy of the grid of the future initiatives such as emerging technologies, microgrids, and smart city deployments. She is also in charge of Distribution Planning and Generation Interconnections, each working to provide technical leadership and expertise that impact the long term safety, reliability, and affordability of the electric grid. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching Microgrids, Elements of Sustainable Energy, and Smart Grid and serves as an executive board member of IEEE/PES on New Initiatives and Outreach working with industry executives, policy makers and legislators globally on new energy economy.

Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is an Editorial Board Member of Electricity Journal, and Editor in Chief of P1854 Smart Distribution Application Guide.

Sharon Thomas

Senior Analyst, Research, SEPA

x
Sharon Thomas

Sharon joined SEPA in 2018. She is responsible for developing research content on a variety of distributed energy resource (DER) topics, specifically for SEPA’s 51st State Perspectives and Beyond the Meter series. Prior to joining SEPA, Sharon worked at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) on DER, smart grid, and critical infrastructure protection topics. Sharon holds a master’s degree in public policy from George Washington University with a concentration in energy policy, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan with majors in political science and organizational studies.

Phone: 202.869.4289     Email: sthomas@sepapower.org

Scott Vogt

Vice President, Energy Acquisition, ComEd

x
Scott Vogt

Scott A. Vogt, Vice President, Energy Acquisition, oversees electricity supply procurement, wholesale contract administration and settling the wholesale power market for the ComEd zone. Additional responsibilities include providing strategic and financial analyses to inform regulatory policy and business development decision making.

Vogt joined ComEd in 1998 as a financial analyst, and served a variety of positions in Finance including Director of Exelon Corporate Planning, where he was responsible for the development of monthly financial forecasts, monthly financial reporting packages, and Exelon Project Evaluation. Vogt also held positions as the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for both Exelon Nuclear and ComEd.

Vogt was a key member of the development and negotiation teams for both the Electric Infrastructure Modernization Act and Future Energy Jobs Act.

Prior to his appointment as Vice President of Energy Acquisition, Vogt was the Vice President of Regulatory Projects where he was responsible for supporting the Transmission and Distribution rate making processes as well as leading a team evaluating post-EIMA regulatory structures.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Analysis from Indiana University.

Sanem Sergici

Principal, The Brattle Group

Tanuj Deora

Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer, SEPA

x
Tanuj Deora

Tanuj Deora joined SEPA in January 2015 to lead SEPA’s research, advisory, communications and programs teams. His previous experience includes wind energy project development, research and design engineering, product management, business development and financial analysis for over a decade of experience in renewable energy after starting his career in the chemical industry.

Tanuj served in the cabinet of Governor John Hickenlooper as Director of the Colorado Energy Office and earlier served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica working on community and environmental health projects. Tanuj has also served as an advisor to the Rational Middle Energy Series and on the boards of the Colorado Renewable Energy Trust and Renewable Energy New England.

He lives in Washington, DC with his family, and enjoys the outdoors, live music, Texas Longhorn sports and the occasional overseas trip when not attempting to maintain his 80 year old house.

Teresa Hansen

Editor-in-Chief, PennWell

Tom Figel

Policy and Regulatory Manager - Community Solar, GRID Alternatives

Tim Lindahl

CEO, Wheat Belt Public Power District