Speakers

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Alice Jackson

President, Xcel Energy Colorado

Jeremy Rifkin

President, The Foundation on Economic Trends

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Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin is the author of 20 bestselling books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. The books have been translated into more than 35 languages. His most recent books include the international bestsellers, The Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014), The Third Industrial Revolution(2011), The Empathic Civilization (2010), The European Dream (2004), The Hydrogen Economy(2002), The Age of Access (2000), The Biotech Century (1998), and The End of Work (1995).

Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the leadership of the European Union since 2000. He has advised three presidents of the European Commission – Romano Prodi, Jose Manuel Barroso, and the current President, Jean-Claude Juncker – as well as the European Parliament, and numerous EU heads of state, including Germany’s Angela Merkel, on the ushering in of a smart green Third Industrial Revolution economy.

Mr. Rifkin is also advising the leadership of the Peoples Republic of China on the build out and scale up of the Internet Plus Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to usher in a sustainable low-carbon economy.

Mr. Rifkin is a principal architect of the European Union’s long term Third Industrial Revolution economic vision and development plan to usher in an Internet of Things digital infrastructure across the European Union and its partnership regions to create a smart post-carbon economy, ecological society, and the world’s largest single integrated economic marketplace. The plan is called “Smart Europe.”

Mr. Rifkin is the President of the TIR Consulting Group, LLC comprising many of the leading renewable energy companies, electricity transmission companies, engineering companies, construction companies, architectural firms, ICT and electronics companies, transport and logistics companies, advanced manufacturing companies, and economic modelers. His global economic development team is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop the Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure for a Collaborative Commons and a Third Industrial Revolution. The TIR Consulting Group LLC is currently working with the regions of Hauts-de-France, the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam and The Hague, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the conceptualization, build out, and scale up of a smart Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to transform their economies.

Mr. Rifkin is ranked 123 in the WorldPost / HuffingtonPost 2015 global survey of “The World’s Most Influential Voices.” Mr. Rifkin is also listed among the top 10 most influential economic thinkers in the survey.

Carlos Nouel

VP of New Energy Solutions, National Grid

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Carlos Nouel

Carlos Nouel is the Leader of National Grid’s New Energy Solutions (NES) team. NES is an agile team focused on developing and launching innovative solutions and technologies that unlock value for National Grid’s customers and communities and accelerate progress towards a sustainable future. This includes things like: Smart Grid, Distributed Resources, Alternative Transportation and Connected Home Solutions. Before becoming its leader, Carlos was the Director of Partnerships for the NES team. In that role, he was responsible for identifying customer’s energy needs and determining the most comprehensive, cost effective and sustainable strategies to fulfill those needs through the creation of innovative partnerships and alliances with key industry players. Prior to joining National Grid, Carlos worked for companies such as Pfizer, British American Tobacco, IBM and AES in the supply chain area. Carlos holds an M.B.A. from Hult International Business School, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela. In 2015 Carlos was named one of the Worcester Business Journal’s top business leaders under the age of 40 in its annual “40 Under 40” rankings.

Lorraine Akiba

Commissioner, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

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Lorraine Akiba

Lorraine H. Akiba was appointed to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in January 2012 for a term to expire June 30, 2018. She was previously a law partner at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP and Cades Schutte Flemming & Wright LLP, where she headed each firm’s Environmental Practice Group.

She previously served as Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and as Chair of the State of Hawaii Environmental Council.

Commissioner Akiba is a member of the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute. She is a member of the U.S. DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group. She also serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Board of Directors and its Energy Resources and Environment Committee. She also is a member of the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) Financial Solutions Working Group. She also serves on the City and County of Honolulu Resilience Strategy Steering Committee.

Ann Delenela

VP and Chief Information Security Officer, Ameren

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Ann Delenela

Ann Delenela is a security executive with expertise spanning across 20+ years in the realm of information technology, information security and cyber/physical security management. She is currently Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Ameren Services. Prior to joining Ameren, Ann was Chief Security Officer for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. In 2018 Ann was appointed by the Department of Energy’s Secretary of Energy into the Electricity Advisory Committee, a group of selected thought leaders in the electricity sector. She is also an appointed member of the NERC Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center Member Executive Committee partnering with the NERC Board to provide governance oversight to the EISAC. Ann was also an appointed member of the Texas Private Sector Advisory Council to advise the Governor’s office on homeland security issues. Ann was prior elected Chairman for the North American Independent System Operator/Regional Transmission Organization Security Working Group. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of North Texas.

Aaron Smallwood

Senior Director, Technical Services, SEPA

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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

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Alfredo Martinez-Morales

Dr. Alfredo Martinez-Morales is the Managing Director of the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) and Research Faculty at the Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) and the Winston Chung Global Energy Center (WCGEC) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Dr. Martinez-Morales received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering from UCR. His current research includes perovskite solar cells, lithium-ion batteries, highly integrated renewables, energy storage systems, and microgrids. Dr. Martinez-Morales took on his current role in 2010. His research experience include materials science, device fabrication, systems engineering, distributed generation, and manufacturing of advanced photovoltaic and battery technologies. Dr. Martinez-Morales has authored or coauthored numerous research articles in the fields of nanoelectronics, energy generation, energy storage, and microgrids. Dr. Martinez-Morales is one of the principal investigators in the Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative (SIGI) at UCR, and has contributed in the design, permitting, and implementation of the SIGI smartgrid testbed system and multiple microgrids throughout Southern California.

Alana Lemarchand

Principal Consultant, Demand Side Analytics

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Alana Lemarchand

Ms. Lemarchand’s work has focused an array of DER topics from solar PV to EVs to smart thermostat DR all in the context of Non Wires Alternative assessment and sustainable DER rate and program design. This work has included DER valuation, research design and analysis to align DER program and rate design with corporate goals, and strategic Utility of the Future road mapping for utilities seeking to incorporate DERs into distribution planning and corporate strategy. Most recently she has been supporting research and rate design for a technology agnostic DER, prices-to-devices pilot for a large utility in the Northeast.

Andrew Papson

Electric Bus Program Manager, Foothill Transit

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Andrew Papson

Andrew Papson is the Electric Bus Program Manager at Foothill Transit, managing one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the nation. Andrew is responsible for tackling and overcoming many of the barriers to growing to 100% electric, including charging and grid issues, regulatory and legislative actions, and funding opportunities.

Outside of Foothill Transit, Andrew has participated in the nationwide conversation within the transit industry on how to build successful electric bus programs. He works with industry partners, environmental nonprofits, and other stakeholders to advance electric bus goals. Andrew has shared lessons learned at industry forums domestically and abroad.

Andrew has deep experience in electric transit, heavy duty vehicles and the environmental impacts of transportation. His career has included environmental consulting and clean transportation nonprofits. He holds a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering and Energy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science Engineering from Stanford University.

Asim Haque

Chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

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Asim Haque

Asim Z. Haque is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He was appointed to the PUCO by Governor John R. Kasich in 2013, and reappointed by Gov. Kasich to serve a second term in 2016.

Chairman Haque, an attorney, began his professional career at a large general practice firm in Columbus where he represented a broad spectrum of clients in energy and utility matters. He went on to serve as internal legal counsel for a global auto manufacturer, a role he held immediately prior to his appointment to the Commission.

Chairman Haque has represented Ohio’s interests in energy and utility matters within the state, nationally and internationally. He has testified before members of the Ohio General Assembly, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and has educated regulators abroad through formal partnerships with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Chairman Haque is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and political science. He received his juris doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Adam Cooper

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

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Adam Cooper

Adam Cooper is Senior Director of Research and Strategy at The Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI). In this capacity he: frequently publishes articles and issue briefs that assess how technology, public policy, and market structures are shaping an increasingly clean and innovative electric power sector. Specific research interests include how utilities are integrating distributed energy resources into the grid, use of smart grid technologies and data analytics to realize operational efficiencies and deliver customer solutions, improving efficiency in the built environment, and transportation electrification initiatives.

Ann Rendahl

Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

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Ann Rendahl

Ann Rendahl was appointed by Gov. Inslee in December 2014. She previously was the Director of Policy and Legislation for the UTC. 

Prior to leading the UTC’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Section, Ann served as the Director of the Administrative Law Division, as an administrative law judge for the UTC, and as an assistant attorney general representing the Utilities and Transportation Division. 

Ann currently serves on the Electricity and Critical Infrastructure Committees for the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC). She recently served as co-chair of NARUC’s Task Force on Transportation, focusing on railroad safety issues.   She serves as the vice-chair of the Body of State Regulators for the California ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market, having served as the chair from 2015 to 2017, and serves as a voting member of the EIM Nominating Committee. Ann also serves as the chair of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) Committee.

Ann is a graduate of Wellesley College and received a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her law degree from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco.

Andrew Levitt

Sr. Market Strategist, PJM Interconnection

Brett Feldman

Principal Research Analyst

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Brett Feldman

Brett Feldman is a principal research analyst with Navigant, focusing on demand response programs and their implications for the global power industry. Prior to joining Navigant Research, he was a principal for demand response at Constellation Energy and a demand response program manager at Eversource. He has also served as the chair of the Business Issues Committee of the Association of Demand Response and Smart Grid, the chair of the New York Independent System Operator Price Responsive Load Working Group, the vice chair of the Independent System Operator-New England Demand Resources Working Group, and the co-chair of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Committee. He is a recipient of the Peak Load Management Alliance’s 2014 Outstanding Market Research Award and 2017 Thought Leader Award.

Brett Hauser

CEO, Greenlots

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Brett Hauser

Brett Hauser has helped shape the electric vehicle (EV) industry by advocating for open standards and supporting the broad-based deployment of EV charging infrastructure to enable the transition to electrified transportation. As CEO of Greenlots, a global provider of EV charging and grid management software, Hauser is leading the company through strategic investments, market expansion, and scaling new product and services with some of the largest utilities, municipalities, cities, and automakers.

Hauser spent more than 25 years in strategic and financial planning, product management and business development roles. As a private equity investor, Hauser was responsible for restructuring various multi-million-dollar transactions in telematics, mobile resource management, telecommunications and natural resources. Hauser currently sits on the Board of Directors for Greenlots, the Alliance of Transportation Electrification, and the Open Charge Alliance. Hauser earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Brien Sheahan

Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission

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Brien Sheahan

Brien J. Sheahan is the Chairman and CEO of the Illinois Commerce Commission. He was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner on January 20, 2015 for a five-year term.

Recognized as a national leader among state regulatory commissioners for his promotion of innovation and forward looking regulatory policy, Sheahan was asked to chair the Presidential Task Force on Innovation for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He also serves on the NARUC Board of Directors, and speaks and publishes frequently on the role of state utility commissioners in driving modernization of the nation’s utility infrastructure and regulatory paradigms.

As Chairman and CEO of the Illinois Commerce Commission Sheahan has driven an agency reorganization by, among other things, initiating the first rigorous strategic plan for the agency in a generation, and establishing a first of its kind Office of Cybersecurity and Risk Management and Office of Diversity and Community Affairs. He has also spearheaded Illinois’ exploration of the “utility of the future” with a study called NextGrid. Sheahan has also led a nationally recognized effort to diversify the ranks of ICC leadership including the commission itself which is the most diverse in the United States.

Prior to being appointed to the Commission, Sheahan was a senior advisor to Governor Rauner’s successful 2014 campaign, counsel to the Governor’s transition committee, and Director of Government Relations for an Illinois based Fortune 500 industrial manufacturer.

His extensive background in government includes serving three Illinois Governors in senior leadership roles, and as General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party.
Sheahan was also an elected member of the DuPage County Board for ten years, and served on the staffs of the Office of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and the Illinois Commerce Commission. He was also Deputy Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, a $2 Billon quasi-public affordable housing lender, where he was oversaw government relations, legal, human resources, and information technology.

Sheahan received his Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning, with High Honors, from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law. He resides with his wife and son in Hinsdale, Illinois.

Brenda Chew

Research Analyst, SEPA

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Brenda Chew

Brenda joined SEPA in 2017. She manages SEPA’s Annual Utility Survey and Snapshot Series, and supports a range of research efforts on the integration of distributed energy resources. Prior to SEPA, Brenda worked as a consultant at ICF, focusing on distributed energy resources, Utility of the Future and grid modernization efforts.

She holds a master’s degree in sustainable development from the University of St. Andrews, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental studies from Emory University.

Phone: 202.753.8955     Email: bchew@sepapower.org

Cliff Fietzek

Director of Technology, Electrify America, LLC

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Cliff Fietzek

Cliff Fietzek is the Director of Technology for Electrify America, LLC. In this role, he is responsible for all Charging Hardware, Battery Storage, the backend IoT platform as well as all other technology deployments.
Previously, Cliff held the position of Manager connected e-mobility at BMW of North America, where he was responsible for all Engineering aspects around the BMW i Program, including vehicle development and validation, public infrastructure, smart charging and battery second life.

Christian Sobrino Vega

Chief Economic Advisor, Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico

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Christian Sobrino Vega

Christian Sobrino serves as the Governor’s Representative on the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico. He is the President of the Government Development Bank. He also serves as Governor Rosselló’s Chief Advisor on Economic Development. From 2015 to 2016, Mr. Sobrino worked as director of the ethics and compliance program of AbbVie’s Puerto Rico affiliate. In this role, Mr. Sobrino formed part of the affiliate management team overseeing the commercial operations of the company in the Island. Prior to that, he served in the Corporate Departments of San Juan-based law firms Pietrantoni Méndez & Álvarez (PMA) from 2013 to 2015, and O’Neill & Borges from 2009-2015. At both firms, he specialized in commercial lending, financial restructuring, corporate and public finance, acquisitions and dispositions of landmark assets, and general corporate law. Mr. Sobrino holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and a J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico. He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Chris King

Global Policy Officer, Siemens Digital Grid

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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, Board Chair

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Cris Eugster

Board Chair

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 and Energy Practice Leader, ScottMadden, Inc.

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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.

Christine Stearn

Senior Manager, 51st State Initiative , SEPA

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Christine Stearn

Christine joined SEPA in 2015. She has advised utilities on strategic and operational plans for programs, products and services that will drive integration of clean energy resources into utility resource portfolios and business operations. Currently, she manages SEPA’s 51st State Initiative (http://sepa51.org), a collaborative platform that is an alternative to the contentious debates surrounding market and rate reform occurring in many jurisdictions. The initiative creates an ongoing, safe forum for experts and industry leaders to shape the evolution of the utility sector.

Prior to SEPA, Christine has had a variety of rewarding work experiences ranging from startups to working at a global sustainability think tank, to building an analytic program for a $3 billion operating organization. Christine presents on energy, sustainability, technology, climate and risk topics. Christine earned both a MBA and a M.Sc. from Columbia University and her BS from Babson College where she majored in Management Information Systems.

Christine has a love of travel, a taste for pancakes, an aptitude for technology, an itch to run and a desire to connect with others.

Phone: 202.753.8926     Email: cstearn@sepapower.org

Cuong Nguyen

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

Dave Herlong

Senior Director, Distribution Control Center & Smart Grid Operations, Florida Power & Light

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Dave Herlong

Dave Herlong is senior director distribution control center and smart grid operations at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).

Previously, Mr. Herlong served as director smart grid and innovation where he was responsible for key strategies in smart grid analytics, upgrading grid technology to improve situational awareness and leveraging the Power Delivery Diagnostic Center (PDDC) capabilities. Prior to that he served as manager of distribution operations where he was responsible for the overall engineering, maintenance, restoration, and safe operation of the distribution network in both the Boca Raton and Treasure Coast areas. Since joining the company in 1996, Mr. Herlong has held many leadership positions, including technology program manager, control center lead, construction workload manager, streetlight services manager, vegetation program manager and as an FPL United Way Loaned Executive.

Mr. Herlong earned his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida in 1995. He is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, in Quantico, Virginia, and is a certified Six Sigma quality black belt. He has recently earned an Executive Certificate in Strategy & Innovation from Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

Devin Hampton

VP of Corporate Development, Utility API, Inc.

David Dzierski

Program Manager, Centerpoint Energy

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David Dzierski

David was born and raised in a small town approximately 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along the Allegheny River. He began his career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pa. as a field engineer in the Power Generation Services Division. While at Westinghouse, David traveled to numerous electric generating stations in the northeast providing technical support for steam turbine maintenance and repair.

David moved to Houston Texas in 1979 and worked for Houston Lighting and Power Company in the Fossil Plant Engineering Department for 25 years. After deregulation, David continued his career at Reliant Energy supporting the operating power plants by providing design engineering support and metallurgical failure analysis.

Reliant Energy closed its engineering offices and David went to work at Centerpoint Energy in 2004 as an Energy Efficiency Program Manager. During the last 10 years David has worked on numerous energy efficiency programs including Energy Star for New Homes, Commercial and Industrial Standard Offer, Multifamily Gas, Commercial Load Management, A/C Tune-up and Hospital Energy Efficiency Programs (HEEP). David likes to say that he spent the first 25 years of his career generating electricity and the last part of his career helping people to use it wisely.

Doug Staker

Vice President of Utility Business Development, Enel X

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Doug Staker

Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 27 years. He has been a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage. He is currently Vice President of Utility Business Development at Enernoc, a distributed energy management and storage company and is a subsidiary of Enel, a leader in the global utility market

Erika Diamond

VP and GM, Energy Markets, EnergyHub

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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.

Evalene Wright

Sr. Community Relations Specialist, Pepco Holdings

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Evalene Wright

Evalene Wright, Sr. Community Relations Specialist for Pepco Holdings (PHI) has been instrumental in facilitating grassroot efforts to increase awareness about New Jersey Energy Assistance Programs since joining the Customer Advocate Team in December 2016.

In this role, Evalene works in cooperation with regional Public Affairs and Media Relations, community local officials to strategically implement programs, services and or activities that will improve corporate image and customer satisfaction. Evalene fosters and supports community based partnerships, low-income initiatives and other corporate programs for Atlantic City Electric’s community relations and outreach events.

Evalene has been employed at PHI for over 18 years with former roles in Customer Operations to include Sr. Community Relations Specialist and Call Center Sr. Supervisor.

Eric Lightner

Director of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, US Department of Energy

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Eric Lightner

Eric Lightner has worked as a program manager for advanced technology development at the Department of Energy for the last 27 years, and for the past 14 years has focused on the modernization of America’s electric grid. As part of this work, he conceived of and championed the smart grid program and its associated activities at the Department of Energy. Currently, Mr. Lightner is the Director of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force within the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability whose mission is to ensure awareness, coordination and integration of smart grid related activities both within the Department of Energy and across other federal agencies. In addition to directing the Federal Smart Grid Task Force, Mr. Lightner is leading the development of an industry led Voluntary Code of Conduct for data privacy related to customer energy usage information, managing research in Advanced Distribution Management Systems and Low Cost Sensors, and leading several efforts regarding Smart Grid Customer Engagement. Mr. Lightner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Erika Myers

Director, Research, SEPA

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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 & Analysis, MIT Energy Initiative

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Francis O’Sullivan

Dr. Francis O’Sullivan is the Director of Research and Analysis for the MIT Energy Initiative, and a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also Co-Director of the MIT’s Electric Power System Center. His work focuses on questions related to energy markets, financing, technology evolution and regulation. Major elements of Frank’s current research portfolio include the development of new modeling tools to understand and evaluate the value of solar, wind and energy storage assets on power system as their penetration levels increase; and the assessment and modeling of how the geology and technology learning combine to impact well productivity in unconventional oil and natural gas resource development.

Dr. O’Sullivan has written and spoken widely on these topics, and has made presentations to the U.S. President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, the EIA, the EPA, the IEA, the Brookings Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the National Governors’ Association, the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners, at CERAWeek, the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union and to numerous other academic, policy and industry forums. He is a lead author of the 2011 MIT Future of Natural Gas study, the 2015 MIT Future of Solar Energy study, and the upcoming MIT Future of Storage study.

Dr. O’Sullivan is a member of the U.S. National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, he is a Senior Associate with the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and he is a Distinguished Associate with the Energy Futures Initiative. He has also served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s working group on methane emissions, and as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy for the 2016 Quadrennial Energy Review.

Prior to joining MIT, Dr. O’Sullivan was a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he worked on engagements related to investment analysis and risk management, strategic planning, and operations in the private equity, oil and gas, electric utility, and renewable energy sectors.

Dr. O’Sullivan received his Ph.D., E.E., and S.M. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.E. degree from the National University of Ireland, all in electrical engineering.

Gary Rackliffe

Vice President, Smart Grids, ABB, Inc.

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Gary Rackliffe

Board: Director

Gary Rackliffe is the ABB Vice President for Smart Grids North America. He has been in this position since 2009 and leads ABB’s smart grid, grid modernization, and digital grid initiatives in North America. He also is the General Manager for the Smart Grid Center of Excellence located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

With 30+ years of electric grid transmission and distribution experience, Gary has been recognized as an industry leader on smart grid technologies. He is the past chair of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA’s) Smart Grid Council and is a member of the NEMA Distribution Automation Section, Connected Systems Division, and Grid Modernization Leadership Committee. He is also a member of the DistribuTECH Advisory Committee, the Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, the Department of Energy ADMS Steering Committee, the IEC Smart Energy Systems Committee, and is the Technical Advisor for the IEC US National Committee’s advisory group. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (Chairman), the GridWise Alliance (Outreach Committee Chair), the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). He serves on the Smart Grid Advisory Board for Texas A&M University.

Gary holds BS and ME degrees in Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and an IEEE Senior Member. He has co-authored a T&D planning book, and has written numerous technical papers and articles.

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.

Greg Brehm

Director of Power Resources, MCE Clean Energy

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Greg Brehm

Greg has led MCE’s resource planning and procurement through seven expansions since 2012 with average annual growth in excess of 35%. In 2017, MCE delivered 89% carbon free and 62% renewable energy to retail customers at rates 3% to 5% lower than the incumbent utility PG&E, even after accounting for a state mandated exit fee or PCIA (Power Charge Indifference Adjustment) of ~30%. MCE is the first operating Community Choice Aggregator in California, currently the third largest public utility in California serving 477,000 customers, and the first CCA to achieve an investment grade credit rating. He leads MCE’s local development, contract origination and management, power settlements, load forecasting, operations, and scheduling. By 2025, MCE expects to deliver 100% Carbon Free energy to its customers and its current emissions factor of 109 lbs/CO2e/MWh is already 61% below its 2030 mandate.

Greg Dudkin

President, PPL Electric Utilities

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Greg Dudkin

Gregory N. Dudkin is president of PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, the subsidiary that provides electric delivery services to 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania. PPL Electric Utilities operates and maintains a vast electric delivery system that spans 10,000 square miles and serves a population of more than 3 million.

Under Dudkin’s leadership, the utility ranks among industry leaders in reliability and customer satisfaction. Significant investments in the transmission and distribution grids, coupled with improvements like smart grid automation and comprehensive vegetation management, made 2017 the most reliable year in the utility’s history.

Dudkin has more than three decades of experience in telecommunications, electric and gas utility operations. He was named to his current position in March 2012. He joined PPL in 2009 as senior vice president of Operations.
Previously, he spent three years as Comcast’s senior vice president of technical operations and fulfillment. Prior to that, he served as regional senior vice president.

He has 24 years of wide-ranging electric and gas utility experience at subsidiaries of Exelon Corp. During his years in the utility business, he
was executive vice president of Energy Delivery Operations at Chicago-based ComEd and in customer service and operations leadership
positions at Philadelphia-based PECO Energy Company.

Dudkin holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware and a master’s in business administration from
Widener University of Chester, Pa.

Henry Yoshimura

Director of Demand Resource Strategy, ISO New England

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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

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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.

Jonathan Levy

VP of Strategic Initiatives, EVgo

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Jonathan Levy

Jonathan Levy is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at EVgo, the nation’s largest public network of fast chargers for electric vehicles. In this role, he works hand-in-hand with the rest of the executive team in exploring new commercial opportunities and ways to continue to deliver on EVgo’s commitments to its partners and the EV driving public. Prior to joining EVgo, Jonathan was the Director of Policy and Strategy at Vision Ridge Partners, an investment firm focused on sustainable real assets where he remains an advisor. Levy started his career on Capitol Hill as a policy advisor to then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel and served in the Obama Administration in a variety of positions at the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House, concluding his federal service as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Over the course of his career, Levy has consistently tackled issues at the intersection of policy, politics, and execution. Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors of Veloz and Gourmet Symphony. He graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with a B.A. in Political Science.

Jason Handley

Director – Smart Grid Emerging Technology and Operations, Emerging Technology Office, Duke Energy

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Jason Handley

Jason is a respected utility industry professional with over 20 years of utility experience specializing in the smart grid, distribution automation, and operations management. Jason defines and develops new technologies effecting the electrical grid and oversees all the ongoing operational aspects on new technology pilot projects in Duke Energy’s Smart Grid Emerging Technology group.

Judith Schwartz

President, To the Point

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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, Content, SEPA

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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

Justin Segall

President and Founder, Simple Energy

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Justin Segall

Justin Segall is the President and Founder of Simple Energy, an energy customer engagement software company. Simple Energy delivers a turnkey solution to help utilities build a customer relationship for the future by motivating customer action and streamlining transactions and program adoption. The Simple Energy customer engagement and marketplace solutions use data science, behavioral psychology, energy analytics, and integrated incentives with e-commerce to deliver energy and demand savings while enabling distributed energy resource adoption. With years of experience serving utilities across the US and Canada, Simple Energy offers proven technology and marketing capabilities to help utilities profit from the sale of new products and services while improving customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Justin brings experience in the energy industry, community engagement, and business development. Justin leads market strategy, partnerships, sales and customer operations for Simple Energy. Previously he served as VP of Resource Development for Renewable Choice Energy. Justin led the firm’s trading and origination, executing significant transactions in renewable energy and carbon markets. Previously Justin served in senior roles with the $3 billion Atlanta BeltLine project, the largest, most comprehensive sustainable urban redevelopment project in the U.S. He helped secure project funding and led many early elements of project implementation. Justin graduated cum laude from Duke University where he spearheaded Duke’s path to leadership in sustainability.

Jim Bruce

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

John Bubb

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

Julia Hamm

President & Chief Executive Officer

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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

José Román Morales

Former President, Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC)

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José Román Morales

José H. Roman, PE got his baccalaureate degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Power Systems from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. In 1996, he began specialized graduate studies in Power Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. The studies covered generation, transmission and distribution of electric energy.

During his graduate studies, he joined the Power Systems Division of General Electric in Schenectady, New York. He designed utility scale generators for different thermal plants throughout the world.
He continued his professional development with several US firms, designing the electrical infrastructure of hotels, residential buildings, convention centers, computer centers, among others. Several of his designs achieved LEED certification.
In 2013, he was certified as an energy manager (Certified Energy Manager) by the Association of Energy Engineers.

On December 1st, 2014, he was appointed Associate Commissioner of the newly formed Puerto Rico Energy Commission by Gov. Alejandro García Padilla.

Jon Pettit

Manager, Advanced Metering System, Oncor Electric Delivery

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Jon Pettit

Jon has been with Oncor Electric Delivery for over 30 years. He started his career as a nuclear power plant engineer working on construction, startup, operations, and technical support. Following this, he was an energy consultant, project manager, business planner, and asset manager. He then served a one year tour with an energy retailer as a Community Relations Manager before having the welcome opportunity to return to Oncor. Jon was the project manager during Oncor’s AMI deployment from 2008 to 2012. He is currently the Manager of the Advanced Metering System program for Oncor and works daily to “tweak” the system.

Jon is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas with a BS in electrical engineering from Texas A&M and an MBA from Tarleton State University. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife and two children.

Julie Blunden

Executive Vice President, Business Development, EVgo

Ken Wacks

President, Ken Wacks Associates

Lon Huber

Director, Navigant

Lawrence Orsini

Founder and CEO, LO3 Energy

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Lawrence Orsini

Lawrence Orsini is the founder of LO3 Energy, a groundbreaking energy and tech company working on innovative new hardware and software products within the emerging distributed energy and computation industry.

His wide range of experience in the energy sector ranges from the development of policy and regulatory frameworks to relationship management on energy solutions with Fortune 100 utility and corporate clients.

Prior to LO3 Energy, Lawrence was the Director of New Products for CLEAResult, working as the strategic lead on the development, piloting and deployment of new utility service offerings. This focused on energy efficiency, microgrid, and load management for commercial, industrial and residential market sectors.

Lincoln Wood

Product Manager, Southern Company

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Lincoln Wood

Lincoln is a Product Manager at Atlanta-based Southern Company, focusing on electric vehicle technology and policy issues. He joined the company in 2006 in marketing research and has progressed through other roles, each of them focusing on the customer. Lincoln is a graduate of the University of Georgia, a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, and a Certified Energy Manager.

Michael Backstrom

Managing Director, Energy & Environmental Policy, Southern California Edison

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Michael Backstrom

Michael Backstrom is the Managing Director, Energy & Environmental Policy for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this role, he is responsible for leading the analysis of proposed energy and environmental regulations; developing regulatory engagement strategies; overseeing advocacy at state and federal environmental agencies; and ensuring effective case management of key energy policy proceedings.

Mr. Backstrom joined SCE in 2005 as an attorney in the legal department, responsible for regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission. He subsequently held positions in both regulatory and legislative affairs, developing policy positions and advocating for the company in Washington D.C. and California.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University in 1997, and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California in 2000.

Michael Lustig

Senior Editor, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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Michael Lustig

Michael Lustig is a senior editor at S&P Global Market Intelligence covering the North American electric utilities sector. He was previously a reporter and editor at SNL Energy, Io Energy and Financial Times Energy.

Mike Carlson

President, Digital Grid NA, Siemens

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Mike Carlson

Mike Carlson is a global management executive with more than 25 years of experience in finance, technology and operations management across industries. Currently, Mike is President of Siemens Digital Grid North America and CEO of eMeter, A Siemens Business. Mike’s initial background began in finance and systems and he has dedicated his 20+ years in the energy industry to harnessing technology to achieve value through business transformation and grid modernization.

As the former CIO of Xcel Energy, Mike was a key player in designing and implementing the utility’s business transformation and smart grid strategy. In his current role at Siemens, Mike is responsible for driving the business strategy and execution for the Digital Grid business and global software development.

Prior to Siemens, Mike served as the General Manager for Energy Software Solutions in GE’s Energy Services’ Digital Energy business.

With leadership experience as the Executive Vice President of Smart Grid Operations at Gridpoint, Inc. and Vice President and CIO for Xcel Energy, Mike’s expertise has focused on developing and applying advanced technologies to grid management for improved efficiency, reliability and performance.

Mark Knight

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

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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.

Mike Waters

Director, Utility Solutions - East, ChargePoint

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Mike Waters

Mike Waters serves as Director of Utility Solutions for ChargePoint which operates the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network with more than 46,000 spots to plug in and charge. In this role, Mike works with utilities to develop and implement programs to expand access to smart charging infrastructure in a way that supports the EV driver, the host site, and the grid. Prior to ChargePoint, Mike served as the EV program manager for both Duke Energy and Progress Energy. He has a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech, an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, and is a licensed professional engineer.

Nelson Hastings

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

Nisha Desai

Board Member, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)

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Nisha Desai

Ms. Desai is the Managing Director of Aurora Clean Energy Partners, a company she founded to provide strategic consulting and business development services in renewables, distributed energy, and clean technology. Her clients have included large retail energy companies, project developers, and energy technology startups.

Previously, Ms. Desai was Vice President, Distributed Generation for NRG Energy. In that role, she led a team of strategy, sales, business development, and engineering professionals to provide resilient, sustainable, on-site energy solutions for commercial and industrial customers. Before NRG, Ms. Desai was the founder and CEO of a startup company developing a software service to manage performance and reporting of solar asset portfolios.

Ms. Desai’s experience includes a number of other startup ventures in solar power, energy storage, water, internet services, and energy venture capital. She also brings several years of management consulting experience with the energy practice of Booz Allen Hamilton (now Strategy&, a PWC company). She holds a degree in economics and political science from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was an American Association of University Women Selected Professions Fellow.

Ms. Desai resides in Houston, Texas. She currently serves on the board of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and on the board of BikeHouston. She has previously served as a board member for the Texas Renewable Energy Industry Alliance.

Noel Zamot

Revitalization Coordinator, The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (FOMB)

Parina Parikh

Clean Transportation Business Development Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

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Parina Parikh

Parina directs all business development activities related to Clean Transportation, from overseeing the business concept phase, to approval from executive officers, to regulatory filing and securing authorization from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). She manages strategic partnerships and advocacy efforts to advance SDG&E’s transportation electrification goals and is the lead over all electric vehicle policy issues. She has testified before the state legislator and the CPUC.

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

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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.

Sharon Allan

Chief Innovation Officer, SEPA

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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

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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.

Steve Wemple

General Manager, Utility of the Future, Con Edison

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Steve Wemple

Stephen Wemple is the General Manager of Con Edison’s Utility of the Future Team responsible for the energy policy issues associated with New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.

Mr. Wemple has been an active participant in the New York, New England and PJM energy markets and is a prior Chair of the NYISO’s Business Issues Committee. He has worked for the Con Edison family of companies for over 30 years with responsibilities ranging from resource planning for steam-electric generation, the design and implementation of energy efficiency programs, the development of retail access programs as well as marketing and business development for the wholesale and retail commodity businesses.

Mr. Wemple received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees from Cornell University and is a volunteer firefighter.

Seth Frader-Thompson

President, EnergyHub, Board Secretary

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Seth Frader-Thompson

Board: Secretary

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.

Susana Reyes

Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

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Susana Reyes

In her capacity as the Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Susana Reyes serves as the Director of Low-Income Customer Access at L.A. Department of Water and Power. She uses equity as the foundational value for developing strategies and initiatives that will allow low-income customers to effectively access energy and water efficiency programs and low-income discounts and rebates. Part of her portfolio is the pilot project she started at the Mayor’s Office where as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Sustainability Team, she led the team which garnered a $1.7 million grant from the CA Air Resources Board for an EV car sharing pilot program in disadvantaged communities. Susana serves as the City’s EV carshare project liaison to the CA Air Resources Board. The BlueLA electric carshare offers 100 electric vehicles and 200 charging stations in central L.A. areas most impacted by poor air quality and health hazards.

Susana’s career portfolio spans across many areas including environmental justice, air quality, sustainable procurement, zero waste, and corporate performance measures. Previous stints included a pioneering role as Manager of the City of L.A.’s Facilities Recycling Program.

Scott Vogt

Vice President, Energy Acquisition, ComEd

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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

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Sanem Sergici

Dr. Sanem Sergici is a principal in The Brattle Group’s Boston, MA office with expertise in electricity markets and applied econometrics.

At Brattle, the focus of Dr. Sergici’s work has been on assisting electric utilities, regulators, market operators, and technology firms in their strategic questions related to energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, and understanding behavior of electricity prosumers. Dr. Sergici has been at the forefront of the design and analysis of dynamic pricing, enabling technology, and behavior-based energy efficiency programs in the North America.

Dr. Sergici has completed numerous resource planning projects that involved development of scenarios and strategies for electric systems to meet long-range electric demand while considering the growth of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other demand-side resources. She also has significant expertise in development of load forecasting models; ratemaking for electric utilities; and energy litigation. Most recently, in the context of the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (NYREV) Initiative, Dr. Sergici has been studying the incentives required for and the impacts of incorporating large quantities of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) including energy efficiency, demand response, solar PVs, and energy storage in New York.

Dr. Sergici is a frequent presenter on the economic analysis of DERs and regularly publishes in academic and industry journals. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Northeastern University in the fields of applied econometrics and industrial organization.

Tammie Rhea

Senior Product Manager, Westar Energy

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Tammie Rhea

Tammie began working at Westar Energy 10 years ago. She began her career working in Energy Efficiency but has spent the last 4 years working in renewables both interconnections and green product programs.

Tanuj Deora

Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer, SEPA

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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, POWERGRID International magazine

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Teresa Hansen

Teresa Hansen is editor in chief of PowerGrid International, Electric Light & Power and Utility Products, anchor of the semiweekly Web site video, Energy News Wrap Up, and conference chairwoman for DistribuTECH Conference.

Teresa has 23 years’ experience as a technical magazine editor, with 20 years at PennWell. Teresa’s previous energy-related experience includes 13 years of service at a nuclear power plant and a brief stint as a senior research analyst for an energy marketing and trading company.

Tom Figel

Policy and Regulatory Manager - Community Solar, GRID Alternatives

Tim Lindahl

CEO, Wheat Belt Public Power District

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Tim Lindahl

Tim has served as general manager and CEO of Wheat Belt Public Power since 2008. He has over twenty years of experience in technology planning, integration, and support in lower and higher education, small business, agricultural, and rural utility industries. In 1995, he co-founded and led a technology group to help underserved rural areas, with a focus on educational institutions, before becoming involved in the rural electric industry as an Information and Technology Manager in 2005. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Concordia University.

Ted Trabue

Managing Director, District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)

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Ted Trabue

Mr. Trabue serves as the Managing Director of the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility and he is the Co-Founder of the Green Builders Council of the District of Columbia. Prior to his current position, he was the Vice President for District of Columbia Affairs at PEPCO. Mr. Trabue has worked at the Greater Washington Board of Trade as Staff Director for Critical Issues for the District of Columbia and Maryland. Prior to joining the Board of Trade, Mr. Trabue served as Chief of Staff for Council Chairman Linda Cropp.

Ted Trabue served on the District of Columbia State Board of Education for over five years. He served as President of the Board for two years between 2010 and 2012 and Vice President of the Board in 2009. Mr. Trabue was appointed to the DC State Board of Education in 2007. In November 2008, he was elected to the At-Large Seat, receiving over 145,000 votes.

Mr. Trabue is a fourth generation Washingtonian and like his mother and grandmother, he attended District of Columbia Public Schools. He graduated from St. John’s High School, received a degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Howard University School of Law. Mr. Trabue is a member of the DC Bar and serves on the boards of directors of DC Appleseed and DC VOICE.

William Ellis

Performance Assessment Manager, Exelon Utilities

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William Ellis

As Exelon Utilities, Performance Assessment Manager, William is responsible for developing and driving strategy and priorities for core functions across all of Exelon. Work includes identifying and ensuring adoption of best practices by benchmarking and drawing expertise from across the OpCo’s, the industry and outside the industry. As Performance Assessment Manager, William chairs Exelon Utilities “peer groups” which includes Demand Side Management, Solar, and eChannels. His work there includes leading and supporting side by side peer group comparisons with a focus on Critical Performance Elements. Leading self assessments and analyzing metrics while recommending solutions for improvement in areas that are not performing optimally. As a subject matter expert in Energy Efficiency and Distributed Energy Resources, William has delivered numerous white papers and presentations including recent work on Combined Heat and Power. He has earned numerous awards and honors including: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star Partner of the Year, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Young Energy Professional of the Year, and most recently Association of Energy Services Professional, One to Watch Award.