2017 Grid Evolution Summit – A National Town Meeting

July 25 - 27, 2017
Washington, DC
Conference Technical Program: July 25 & 28th

Speakers

We’ve assembled the most exciting and thoughtful minds in the industry to help you build our electric future. Grid Evolution Summit – A National Town Meeting, is the only electric industry conference where you’re actually building the grid of the future. We’ve created a program full of diverse experts and speakers who take the measure of the state of the industry, indicate what’s to come in the year ahead, and report on best practices and projects in the field.

Use their expertise and knowledge to help guide you as you roll up your sleeves and get to work.

We are constantly adding new speakers, please check back to this page frequently for updates.

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

Amena Ali

Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

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Amena Ali

Amena Ali is chief revenue officer at Whisker Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Earth Networks, dedicated to bringing next generation home energy intelligence technologies to market. In this role, Amena oversees business development, product offerings and implementation, go-to-market initiatives and strategic partnerships for the business. Amena joined the company in 2011 and previously served as CMO. Previously Amena was CMO at Arxan Technologies, and held senior executive level positions at Softek Storage Solutions, EMC Corporation, Legato Systems, OTG Software, and MCI. Amena also spent several years with Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale.

Angela Strickland

Expert Consultant, ICF International

Anna Chittum

Visiting Fellow, Industry, ACEEE

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Anna Chittum

Anna leads research on the value to utilities and communities of combined heat and power (CHP), district energy systems, and energy efficiency. She has published extensively on best practices in program design, governance models for district-scale energy systems, and the value of increased resilience and reliability. She was previously a Fulbright Fellow in Denmark, where she studied how CHP and district heating systems leverage locally available energy assets and help support intermittent grid resources. Anna holds a master of science degree in urban planning from Columbia University and a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Gonzaga University.

Arlen Orchard

CEO and General Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

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Arlen Orchard

Arlen Orchard, who previously served as SMUD’s General Counsel, was named Chief Executive Officer and General Manager in April, 2014. He reports to the SMUD Board of Directors. As CEO, he leads the sixth largest community-owned electric utility in the nation serving a population of 1.5 million residents and managing a $1.6 billion budget. Orchard serves on the boards of directors of the American Public Power Association and the Northwest Public Power Association; and on the boards of directors and executive committees of the California Municipal Utilities Association and the Large Public Power Council. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Valley Vision, WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment), and the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council. Orchard frequently speaks on issues impacting the electric utility industry. He received a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno, and attended UCD’s Graduate School of Management.

Brett Hauser

CEO, Greenlots

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Brett Hauser

Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots, leads the company’s global business with a particular focus on establishing company partnerships and ongoing expansion efforts. In coordination with the Board of Directors, Hauser is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategic roadmap, introducing new solutions and services while leveraging the existing projects that Greenlots has successfully deployed around the world since 2008. Prior to joining Greenlots, Hauser served as Chief Operating Officer for EV Connect where he was responsible for the company’s operational leadership. While at EV Connect Hauser was instrumental in securing key infrastructure grants, negotiating and managing relationships with auto manufacturers and electric vehicle supply equipment manufacturers Before EV Connect, Hauser spent more than eighteen years in strategic and financial planning, product management and business development roles. Most recently, at Columbus Nova, a Manhattan based private equity investment firm, Hauser was responsible for restructuring various multi-million dollar corporations in telematics, mobile resource management, telecommunications and natural resources. He has also served on numerous boards for companies including Vericom Technologies, sentitO Networks, Virginia Diamond Fields and Clareos. Hauser earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Brian Janous

Director of Energy Strategy, Microsoft

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Brian Janous

Brian is responsible for leading the development and execution of Microsoft’s global data center energy strategy. These data centers provide the foundational cloud infrastructure for Microsoft’s online and cloud services for consumers and businesses worldwide. His responsibilities include oversight of all energy supply agreements, renewable energy purchasing, distributed generation, and strategic partnerships to ensure a power supply that is reliable and sustainable. As Director of the Energy Strategy and Research team, he creates end-to-end strategies that will drive innovations in the next generation of Microsoft data centers, and supports efforts to establish energy market policies that will foster end-user innovation. Brian joined Microsoft in 2011 after 12 years in the energy industry where he worked as a consultant at Brubaker & Associates, assisting Fortune 500 companies with energy procurement, policy and sustainability matters. Brian holds an MBA from Webster University, a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Missouri.

Bud Vos

CEO, Enbala

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Bud Vos

With over 15 years of energy industry experience, Bud Vos has in-depth knowledge of and experience with providing high-value software solutions to utilities. As president and CEO of Enbala, Bud is leading the company through the next phase of its business as it continues to expand its energy balancing platform capabilities and applications for the utility market. Previously, Bud worked as the COO of Simple Energy and was also senior vice president of utility sales and the chief technology officer at Comverge, where he oversaw the company’s technology architecture while working with the utility client base to identify and deliver high value projects using smart grid technology. At Comverge, Bud also served as senior vice president of product strategy and vice president of marketing, products and alliances. Prior to Comverge, Bud was founder and vice president of engineering at Sixth Dimension, a provider of Internet-based control systems for demand response and distributed generation systems. Sixth Dimension acquired Comverge in 2003. Bud holds a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University.

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.

Chandu Visweswariah

CEO, Utopus Insights

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Chandu Visweswariah

Dr. Chandu Visweswariah is the President and CEO of Utopus Insights, an energy analytics company based in Valhalla, NY. Prior to this, he was an IBM Fellow and Director of the Smarter Energy Research Institute at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY.

Cheryl Linder

Global Industry Strategy Leader, IBM - Energy and Utilities

Chip Wood

Principal, CW Consulting

Chris Castro

Director of Sustainability, City of Orlando

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Chris Castro

Chris Castro is an award-winning sustainability professional, eco-entrepreneur, and community organizer with a passion for accelerating the transition to a smart, resilient and sustainable future. Chris is known for his work as the founder and president of IDEAS For Us, and international nonprofit and United Nations accredited organization working to develop, fund, and scale environmental solutions around the World; and co-creator of the famous ?Fleet Farming? urban ag program started in Orlando! Among some of his recognition, Chris has been called the ?Guru of Green? in Orlando by the Orlando Business Journal, selected as a GreenBiz ?30 Under 30? sustainability professional in the U.S., and recognized as a ?Grist 50 Fixer?, one of the top 50 emerging sustainability leaders around the World. Chris is currently the Director of Sustainability and Co-chair of the Smart Cities Initiative for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando. In his role at the City, he works to develop cross-sector policies, programs, and initiatives that support the sustainability, energy, and climate-related goals of the ?Green Works Orlando? initiative. Over the last 10 years, Chris has consulted for governments, academia, business chambers, companies, nonprofits and communities to implement sustainability projects that include a wide variety of topics, specifically smart cities, solar energy development, building efficiency, electric vehicles, local food systems, water quality, ecological restorations and more. In 2012, Chris co-founded a clean energy consulting and development firm called Citizen Energy, specializing in custom clean energy solutions for small and mid-sized commercial and multifamily buildings in Florida and the Greater Washington DC-area. Chris also sits on several nonprofit boards, including the US Green Building Council of Florida (USGBC-FL), Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (FGCC), Florida Renewable Energy Association (FREA), and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community. Chris also recently joined the Advisory Board for the University of Central Florida?s clean energy research institute, the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), and the Valencia College?s Engineering and Computer Science department. Chris holds a B.S. Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Energy & Sustainability from the University of Central Florida, and has several technical certifications including LEED accreditation.

Chris Greer

Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office and National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Chris Greer

Chris Greer is Senior Executive for Cyber Physical Systems, Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office, and National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His responsibilities include promoting the emergence of a globally interoperable Internet of Things and coordinating the development of a framework for smart grid interoperability. Prior to joining NIST, Chris served as Assistant Director for Information Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Cybersecurity Liaison to the National Security Staff. His responsibilities there included networking and information technology research and development, cybersecurity, and digital scientific data access. He has also served as Director of the National Coordination Office for the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. This program coordinates IT R&D investments across the Federal government.

Chris Raup

Director - Distributed Resource Integration, ConEd

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Chris Raup

Christopher Raup is a Director in the Utility of the Future group at Consolidated Edison. Mr. Raup works with internal groups and external stakeholders on issues related to the Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding. He is leading the company’s efforts on participating directly in renewable projects aligned with the Clean Energy Standard. His past work has included developing the Company’s comments on the New York State Climate Action Plan and the State Energy Plan, and coordinating Con Edison’s position on the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. Mr. Raup has also worked in Con Edison’s Energy Markets Policy Group, addressing wholesale energy market issues for the Company, including coordinating transmission planning and market design activities with the New York Independent System Operator and PJM, and conducting natural gas quality discussions with the interstate gas pipelines. Prior to joining Con Edison in 2006, Mr. Raup worked for KeySpan Corporation in various engineering and strategy related positions. Mr. Raup received an MBA in 2005 from the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.

Chris Sturgill

Senior Associate, ScottMadden

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Chris Sturgill

Chris Sturgill is a senior associate with ScottMadden and has worked primarily in 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 2015, Chris has consulted on a number of distribution utility projects on issues ranging from process improvement, distribution planning, and project and program management. Chris earned a B.S. in engineering science and mechanics from Virginia Tech and an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina. He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Colton Ching

Senior Vice President, Planning & Technology

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Colton Ching

Colton has responsibility for planning Hawaiian Electric’s 100% renewable energy grid and integrating needed new technologies into the system. He previously served as Vice President of Energy Delivery as well as Vice President of System Operation and Planning and has 27 years of utility experience.

In addition to his work at Hawaiian Electric, Colton serves on the Corporate Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Hawai‘i, the Executive Board of the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America, and on the Advisory Council to the State of Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency. Colton is also one of 13 inaugural cohorts in the Omidyar Fellows Leadership program.

Colton was born and raised on the island of Maui and is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He now calls Kāneʻohe home where he resides with his wife Vicky and their son Jacob.

Hawaiian Electric serves 95% of Hawaii’s electric customers with a service area made up of five separate islanded electric systems. At 27% RPS with 17% of its customers deploying various rooftop solar systems, Hawaiian Electric has taken a leading role in the integration of renewable and DER systems.

Courtney McCormick

Vice President, Renewables & Energy Solutions, PSE&G

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Courtney McCormick

Board: Director

Courtney McCormick was named Vice President of Renewables and Energy Solutions in December 2015, with responsibility for PSE&G’s renewable and other energy service programs. The organizations reporting to her include marketing, solar energy, demand response and energy efficiency. She also has responsibility for solar and energy efficiency programs offered by PSEG Long Island.

Prior to her current role, Courtney was vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary. She was responsible for the company’s corporate governance and corporate transactions, including financing, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings. Courtney also had oversight responsibility for the company’s business assurance and resilience function, which included claims, corporate security and business continuity, and for shareholder services, corporate records management, legal administration functions, securities and stock exchange matters and reporting compliance.

Before joining PSE&G, Courtney worked at the law firms of King & Spalding LLP as well as Pillsbury Winthrop LLP. She is admitted to the State Bars of New York and New Jersey and is a 2011 Leadership New Jersey graduate, a 2013 YWCA TWIN Honoree, was named to the NJBIZ 2013 “Forty Under 40” list of the state’s outstanding young business leaders and was a recipient of Corporate Secretary Magazine’s “Rising Star” award in 2014. Courtney graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law and Barnard College with a bachelor’s degree.

Cristin Lyons

Partner, ScottMadden

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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.

Cuong Nguyen

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

Dave Hardin

Chief Architect, SEPA

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Dave Hardin

Dave Hardin has extensive experience designing, integrating and managing enterprise information and automation in the energy and manufacturing sectors. He has held senior technical and management positions at EnerNOC and Schneider/Invensys. Dave has been active in Smart Grid initiatives since 2006 including serving on the OpenADR Alliance Board of Directors, SGIP Board of Directors, co-chair of the SGIP Architecture Committee, chair of the SGIP Industrial-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Group and vice chair of the SGIP Transactive Energy Coordination Group. Dave is also serving on the OPC Foundation Technical Advisory Council and is member emeritus of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC), a Registered Professional Engineer (PE), Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP), and an IEEE Certified Professional Software Engineering Master (PSEM).

Phone: 202.871.7444     Email: dhardin@sepapower.org

Dave Packard

Vice President of Utility Solutions, Chargepoint

David Littell

Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

Donald Hammerstrom

Senior Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

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Donald Hammerstrom

Don led two of the nation’s most visible smart grid field demonstrations: the GridWise Testbed demonstrations (Grid Friendly Appliances and Olympic Peninsula study) and the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration. He is the principal author of the three technical reports that resulted from these two field demonstrations. Don developed PNNL’s Grid Friendly Appliance Controller, an electronic controller that senses the local frequency and voltage and advises its host electric load how to respond in a way that benefits the power grid. Don work has influenced architectures of transactive systems. He has authored or coauthored 22 U.S. patents since 2001 in various topic areas.

Don Von Dollen

Senior Program Manager, EPRI

Doug Benevento

Vice President of Public Affairs, Xcel Energy

Doug Lewin

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Market Development, CLEAResult

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Doug Lewin

Doug Lewin leads CLEAResult’s policy and market development efforts. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, CLEAResult designs, markets, and implements energy efficiency programs for over 250 utilities and businesses in 40 states and provinces. Prior to joining CLEAResult, Lewin was the founding Executive Director of the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER). SPEER was recognized by the US Department of Energy as the regional energy efficiency organization (REEO) for Texas and Oklahoma, working with a network of REEOs throughout the US to advance energy efficiency. Lewin worked at the Texas Legislature for five years, primarily on clean energy issues for three different elected officials in the House and Senate. Lewin earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

Doug Little

Commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission

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Doug Little

Commissioner Doug Little was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) in November 2014 and sworn into office on January 5, 2015. He served as ACC Chairman from January ? December 2016. As an Arizona Corporation Commissioner, Little is responsible for making multi-million dollar regulatory decisions for energy, water, and telecommunications utilities in Arizona. Commissioner Little has proven skills in strategic planning, regulatory rate design and in evaluating the important legal, regulatory, economic, and political considerations that shape energy, water, and telecommunications policy in Arizona. During his tenure as a Commissioner he has developed a regional and national reputation as a thought leader in the areas of Integrated Resource Planning, Regional Transmission Planning, and the developing regional energy markets in the Western United States. Since coming to the Commission in 2015, he has pioneered key energy, water and telecommunication policy initiatives including: Reforms to Net Metering Policy that modernized how distributed resources are compensated for the excess energy they produce Reforms in Electricity Rate Design Review of the Arizona Renewable Energy Standard Ensuring the Security of Critical Grid Infrastructure Investments in Grid Infrastructure and Technology Spearheading a Water Policy Reform Workshop Advocating for a Water System Improvement Benefit Program Initiating the Commission?s Affiliated Interest Rules Reform Commissioner Little has also been very involved in a variety of initiatives and organizations at a regional and national level. They include: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Member – NARUC Board of Directors Executive Board ? Western Conference of Public Utility Commissioners NARUC Electricity Committee Task Force on Telecommunication Act Modernization Western Energy Imbalance Market Vice Chairman of the EIM Body of State Regulators EIM Governing Board Nominating Committee Western Interconnect Regional Advisory Board As a strong supporter of a diverse energy portfolio, Commissioner Little has long advocated for traditional generation technologies like natural gas, nuclear, and clean coal. He is also a strong advocate for the adoption of new technologies like grid-scale solar, energy storage, as well as energy efficiency, and energy conservation programs. Prior to his election to the ACC, Little spent more than three decades in the computer software industry. Throughout his career, he was engaged with companies that delivered cutting-edge solutions and major innovations in project management, database, software development and web-based technologies.

Elaine Sison-Lebrilla

Renewable Energy Program Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

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Elaine Sison-Lebrilla

Elaine Sison-Lebrilla is a Senior Project Manager at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) with over 28 years of experience in Energy. She oversees the Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Program in the Energy Research & Development department. Previous to SMUD, Elaine worked for the California Energy Commission as Manager of the Geothermal Program and the Energy Generation Research Office under the Public Interest Energy Research Program. Elaine has a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley and is a registered Professional Engineer in California.

Elin Katz

Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut

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Elin Katz

Elin Swanson Katz has served as Consumer Counsel for the State of Connecticut by since 2011. She heads the Office of Consumer Counsel, an independent state agency established in 1975, which advocates on behalf of consumers in matters relating to electricity, water, natural gas, and telecommunications. Her agency also includes the Connecticut State Broadband Office. As Connecticut’s Consumer Counsel, Ms. Katz serves on the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board, the Commission for Education Technology, and the Water Planning Council Steering Committee, among other state boards. Ms. Katz is Vice-President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (“NASUCA”). She is also NASUCA’s representative on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. Ms. Katz also serves as Governor Malloy’s designee on the FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Commission, for which she serves as Chair. Ms. Katz is on the Advisory Committee for the Critical Consumer Issues Forum, a joint initiative of NARUC, NASUCA and EEI. She recently was named the “2016 Local Internet Choice State Champion” by the Coalition for Local Internet Choice. She was also the recipient of the New England Women in Energy and Environment’s (NEWIEE) 2014 Achievement Award. Prior to becoming Consumer Counsel, Ms. Katz practiced at law firms in Washington, D.C.; Boston; and Hartford. She also served as Assistant Counsel at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, taught at Trinity College in Hartford, and served as a legal consultant. Ms. Katz served on the West Hartford, Connecticut Board of Education from 2009 to 2013. Ms. Katz holds degrees from Cornell University (B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations), Boston University School of Law (J.D. cum laude), and Trinity College (M.A. in English (Writing, Rhetoric, and Media Arts), with honors).

Eric Coffman

Chief - Office of Energy and Sustainability, Montgomery County - Maryland

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Eric Coffman

Eric Coffman leads the Office of Energy and Sustainability within the Montgomery County Department of General Services. OES is responsible for coordinating and implementing efforts across County government to reduce the impact of County operations on the environment. Areas of focus include energy and climate, waste reduction, transportation, green buildings, resiliency, water, biodiversity, green purchasing and communicating County successes to help members of the community solve their own environmental challenges. Eric joined DGS to establish OES after eight years with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. While with DEP, Eric was responsible for overseeing a wide array of energy and greenhouse gas reduction programs. His broader background includes private and public sector experience with energy, water, forest conservation, environmental health and safety, outreach, communications, energy financing, and other activities. Eric is a Certified Public Manager, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Procurement Professional and a United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.

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.

Erik Gilbert

Director, Navigant Energy Practice

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Erik Gilbert

Erik Gilbert is a Director with Navigant’s Energy Practice. He leads Navigant’s Grid Modernization Solutions, and focuses on grid integration, including DER and DSM analysis and technology strategy, with emphasis on cost-benefit and risk assessment. Mr. Gilbert has over twenty years of experience in developing and managing complex products and market programs as well as performing program evaluations and assessments. Mr. Gilbert serves on the GridWise Alliance Board of Directors. Prior to joining Navigant, Mr. Gilbert served as Director of smart-energy products for energy management system vendor Tendril Networks, Inc., where he defined and executed their hardware product roadmap, including end-use energy management technologies and strategies. Previously, Mr. Gilbert managed several product lines at Internet infrastructure provider Cisco Systems, Inc., and developed technology strategy for many clients with Ernst & Young Management Consulting. Mr. Gilbert began his career as a design engineer. He holds BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

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

Gavin Bade

Editor-in-Chief, Utility Dive

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Gavin Bade

Gavin Bade has edited Utility Dive since 2014. Prior to that, he was the editor-in-chief of Georgetown’s alt-weekly newspaper, The Georgetown Voice, and worked for a number of media publishers, including The American Prospect, NPR, the New America Foundation, and WGVU. He has a BS in Culture and Politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.

Jan Ahlen

Regulatory Advocate, Government Relations

Jeff Ressler

President - Software Services, Clean Power Research

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Jeff Ressler

As the president of the Software Services Group at Clean Power Research, Jeff has led the business and technical aspects of the company?s cloud software services, including PowerClerk, WattPlan and SolarAnywhere for nearly 10 years. Seeing the parallels with the early software and PC markets, Jeff is applying his insight and expertise to software solutions that power intelligent decision-making processes for utilities, renewable energy professionals and consumers. Jeff?s career includes stints at both Oracle and Disney in addition to more than a decade at Microsoft. During his tenure at Microsoft, Jeff served as Director of Product Management for Exchange Server and Lead Product Manager for SQL Server, among other roles. For more than two years, he was the speech manager for Bill Gates, who was Microsoft?s Chairman and Chief Software Architect at the time. Jeff holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

John Kliem

Executive Director - Resilient Energy Program Office, US Navy

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John Kliem

John A. Kliem is the Executive Director of the Department of Navy’s Resilient Energy Program Office (REPO). Mr. Kliem oversees the planning, coordination, and integration of energy security-enhancing resiliency projects at REPO in Naval Facilities Engineering Command, directly reporting to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations, Energy and Environment). Mr. Kliem served for 26 years as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer in the United States Navy achieving the rank of Captain. Additionally, he served as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment and as the Base Operations Support Director for Commander, Navy Installations Command.

John Sterling

Senior Director, Advisory Services, SEPA

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John Sterling

John Sterling, Senior Director of Research & Advisory Services with the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), is responsible for helping SEPA members drive the integration of distributed energy resources into utility portfolios and business operations. Mr. Sterling assists SEPA members in their consideration, development, and ultimate implementation of innovative customer programs, business models, and rate designs. He has facilitated multiple stakeholder processes across the country on issues such as distributed solar valuation methodologies, pilot program design, and retail rate modifications. At SEPA he has co-authored multiple reports, including: “Blueprints for Electricity Market Reform: Building a Structure for Collaborative Stakeholder Discussions” (SEPA 2016) and “Proactive Solutions to Curtailment Risk: Identifying New Contract Structures for Utility-Scale Renewables” (SEPA 2017). Prior to joining SEPA, Mr. Sterling spent 11 years at Pinnacle West Capital Corporation/Arizona Public Service. He holds a BS in Finance and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Phone: 202.559.2022     Email: jsterling@sepapower.org

Josh Gleason

Head of Product Marketing, Bidgely

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Josh Gleason

Josh leads Product Marketing at Bidgely, a software company that is transforming utility customer engagement by leveraging the power of energy disaggregation. Prior to Bidgely, Josh co-founded a company providing clean water solutions to utilities, and before that, he worked for Morgan Stanley. Josh holds degrees from Stanford and UCLA.

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.

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

Katherine Hamilton

Executive Director, Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA)

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Katherine Hamilton

Katherine is Executive Director of Advanced Energy Management Alliance, a trade association of advanced energy management providers and consumers that advocates for policies to empower and compensate customers to manage their energy usage to make the electric grid more efficient, more reliable, more environmentally friendly, and less expensive. Katherine is also principal and co-founder of 38 North Solutions, a public policy firm specializing in clean energy and innovation. She ran the GridWise Alliance, focused on smart grid and served as policy advisor for Good Energies, a private investment company with a clean energy portfolio. She led American Bioenergy Association, developing renewable portfolio standards in states, including Maryland and New Jersey. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Katherine worked in buildings research and government relations. Katherine spent a decade at an investor-owned utility, designing electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Katherine holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. She was appointed an Ambassador to the Secretary of Energy’s C3E Program under the Clean Energy Ministerial; is a co-host of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media; serves as President of the Board of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic; and is Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Energy.

Ken Wacks

President, Ken Wacks Associates

Kerrick Johnson

Co-Founder, Chief Ecosystem Officer, Utopus Insights

Kevin Hughes

Chairman, Maryland Public Service Commission

Kristin Munsch

Attorney and Policy Analyst, Illinois Citizens Utility Board

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Kristin Munsch

Kristin Munsch is the Deputy Director of the Illinois Citizens Utility Board, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group that represents the interests of residential and small-business utility customers through outreach, education, litigation and policy advocacy. She focuses on regulatory issues, including distributed energy resource planning, procurement and regulation; customer education and rate design; data access and the challenges of designing regulatory policy for customer benefits. Ms. Munsch is currently a member of the Illinois Smart Grid Advisory Council as well as a board member for the Energy Foundry and the Consumer Advocates of PJM States. Prior to joining CUB, she was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois in the Public Utilities Bureau. Before entering law school, Ms. Munsch primarily focused on program design and implementation of federal workforce development programs, serving as Associate Director of the Chicago Workforce Board and a policy analyst for the City of Chicago. Ms. Munsch is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Luis Reyes

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

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Luis Reyes

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

Martin Milani

Chief Operating Officer, Sunverge

Matt Green

Director of Business Strategy & Development, PPL Corporation

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Matt Green

Matthew Green is an 11-year veteran of the electric utility industry, and is currently serving as the Director of Business Strategy & Development for PPL Electric Utilities. He joined PPL in 2005, and has held multiple manager and director level Engineering, Operations, Planning and Strategy positions throughout his career. He has served as an industry leader in the deployment of Smart Grid technology, leading the team that developed and deployed a $40-million Smart Grid Investment Grant through the Department of Energy. In his current role, he is responsible for developing PPL’s long term strategic plan by assessing the myriad of new technologies in the marketplace as well as trying to understand how business models and regulatory environments may change in the future. Prior to coming to PPL, he was a lead researcher at the Intelligent Systems Laboratory where he wrote several notable papers in pattern recognition and face detection. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from RPI.

Matthew McDonnell

Attorney, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

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Matthew McDonnell

Matthew T. McDonnell serves as Commission Counsel at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, where he leads or supports numerous efforts, including power system planning, demand response, community solar, and other DER-related issues. Mr. McDonnell has previous experience in energy consulting and the utility regulatory process, with a particular focus on DERs and the development of new utility regulatory and business models. As a consultant, Mr. McDonnell has advised clients on a variety of issues including independent review of generation options analysis, prospects for municipalization, as well as, regulatory issues involving the transmission and sale of electricity. Mr. McDonnell’s clients have ranged from municipalities and energy firms, to public utilities and stakeholder groups. Mr. McDonnell has authored numerous publications on diverse topics including Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, Renewable Energy Credits in Arizona, and utility business models that engage and empower consumers. Mr. McDonnell has a B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona and. He is licensed to practice law in both Arizona and Hawaii.

Michael Murray

Chief Technology Strategist, Mission:Data

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Michael Murray

Michael served as Mission:data’s Chief Technology Strategist from 2014-2016 and now as its President. Previously, he co-founded Lucid in 2004, an energy management software company serving commercial building owners. He has over fifteen years of experience with building automation, sub-metering and liberating data from utilities for energy management applications. Michael earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies with highest honors from Oberlin College.

Michael Picker

President, California Public Utilities Commission

Nadav Enbar

Senior Project Manager - Integrated Distributed Renewables Program, EPRI

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Nadav Enbar

Nadav Enbar is a Principal Project Manager in the Integration of Distributed Renewables program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His research activities are focused on helping energy companies recognize and manage the challenges of incorporating increasing levels of distributed energy resources on the transmission and distribution network. He is also spearheading EPRI’s effort to evaluate innovative utility solar business models, forecast PV adoption, and document DER interconnection best practices. Mr. Enbar has provided analysis of the energy sector since 2003.

Nathan Shannon

Deputy Director, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative

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Nathan Shannon

Nathan Shannon is the Deputy Director of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative. In this role, he is responsible for advancing a consumer-friendly, consumer-safe smart grid through research and education. SECC has grown to over 150 members and produced many pieces of foundational consumer focused research. Nathan is also responsible for member recruitment and engagement as well as presenting SECC research at conferences and providing thought-leadership on smart grid enabled technologies and programs. In his previous role as Director of Operations and Major Gifts Officer at Athens Land Trust he had a focus on policy and sustainability through his work with land conservation and carbon credits. He also gained extensive knowledge in the realm of non-profit development and capacity building. Nathan has a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Georgia and a background in financial management.

Nikolas Rechtiene

Customer Strategy Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

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Nikolas Rechtiene

Nikolas Rechtiene is a senior strategic planner in SMUD’s Customer Retail Strategy team. Rechtiene joined SMUD in 2011and leads the strategic analysis and planning for key technology and consumer trends impacting the utility industry. He advises SMUD’s executive and senior leadership teams on strategic market and business challenges and opportunities

Pat Egan

SVP Renewable Energy and Smart Infrastructure, NV Energy

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Pat Egan

Pat Egan is SVP, Renewables & Smart Infrastructure at NV Energy and resides with his family in Las Vegas, Nevada. Previously, Egan served for seven years as VP, Customer and Community Affairs at Pacific Power, based in Portland, OR. Egan’s current core duties include managing NV Energy’s renewable energy assets, customer programs and energy efficiency services. In addition Egan leads NV Energy efforts to better leverage technology to more efficiently deliver energy services and reduce costs for Nevadans. Egan also works closely with other Berkshire Hathaway Energy businesses to share best practices in the deployment of new energy technologies for the benefit of customers. Egan is an attorney and has served directly for two Oregon Governors, including Chief of Staff to Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Legislative Director and Senior Policy Adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber. Egan has also held positions as State Affairs Manager at the Port of Portland and Chief of Staff to the House Democratic Caucus in the Oregon Legislature. [He is past Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission and served on the boards of the NW Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Pacific NW Utilities Conference Committee, and was President of the Oregon State University Alumni Association Board.] He now serves on the boards of the Western Energy Institute and the Desert Research Institute Foundation in Nevada. Egan earned a law degree from the Willamette University College of Law and holds a bachelor’s of science degree from Oregon State University.

Paul Tonko

Congressman (D-NY), US House of Representatives

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Paul Tonko

Congressman Paul Tonko is currently serving his fifth term representing New York’s 20th District in the U.S. House of Representatives including the communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and Amsterdam. A nationally recognized expert on clean energy policy and the environment, Tonko served 15 years as Chair of the NYS Assembly Energy Committee, and as President/CEO of the New York State Energy Research Development Authority. He currently serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee as the highest ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Environment.

Paula Carmody

People's Counsel, State of Maryland

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Paula Carmody

As Maryland People’s Counsel, Paula Carmody represents residential utility customers in state and federal regulatory proceedings. She is a past-President of NASUCA and a member of the DOE Electric Advisory Committee. Ms. Carmody previously represented low-income households and autoworkers in a variety of civil matters as an attorney with the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. and the UAW-GM Legal Services Plan.

Rick Kessler

Senior Advisor, US House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Robert Chiste

CEO, Encycle

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Robert Chiste

Encycle Corp brings a multi-patented comprehensive demand management solution to C&I customers having 4 or more RTU packaged units deployed. Its “Swarm Logic(tm)” solution is delivered through its Energy as a Service program named EASE(tm). Mr. Chiste was the founding CEO of Comverge, Inc in 2001 and led its IPO in 2007. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of the broad Demand Management industry as it is known today.

Ronny Sandoval

Director - Grid Modernization, Environmental Defense Fund

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Ronny Sandoval

As Director, Grid Modernization, Ronny Sandoval manages EDF’s national grid modernization efforts in driving investments that increase the efficiency of the electric system and enable the integration of renewables and other emerging sources of energy. Ronny works with a variety of stakeholders, including national and regional organizations, to maximize opportunities for clean energy adoption. Before joining EDF, Ronny managed efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce peak electricity use in capacity constrained areas of the system as part of Con Edison?s Energy Efficiency and Demand Management department. Ronny was also responsible for forecasting the long-range impacts of energy efficiency programs for system and capital planning purposes. Prior to this role, Ronny developed plans and performed engineering analyses to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the Transmission and Distribution systems at Con Edison. Ronny has also held management positions across Con Edison?s electric, gas, and steam organizations. Ronny holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from New York University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Ronny also obtained his Master of Business Administration from New York University and is a Certified Energy Manager. Ronny currently serves on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance – a leading business forum for development of a smart, sustainable, modern electric grid.

Scott Baker

Senior Business Solutions Analyst, PJM

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Scott Baker

Scott Baker is a Sr. Business Solutions Analyst and leads PJM’s Advanced Technology Pilot program, which evaluates emerging technology and policy issues affecting RTO operations, markets, and planning processes. Recently, this work has focused on the integration of distributed energy resources into all aspects of PJM’s business practices, as well as exploring future technologies and strategies to integrate increasing amounts of DER into the power system.

Seth Kiner

Managing Director, Charlotte Street Advisors

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.

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.

Steve Corneli

Principal, Strategies for Clean Energy Innovation

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Steve Corneli

Steve Corneli is an independent advisor to companies and organizations on clean energy innovation, policies and strategies. He has worked in the power sector since 1990, focusing on the intersection of new technologies and business models with the key policy-making institutions of state and federal government. From 2001 to 2016, Steve served in various leadership roles at NRG Energy, including wholesale market design and advocacy, government and regulatory affairs, climate policy, and clean energy policy and strategy. Prior to NRG, Steve was a utility consumer advocate in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office and a regulatory specialist serving competitive power sector clients in the law firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard. Earlier in his career he managed a 600 acre family farm for more than a decade. Steve serves on the board of the Climate Action Reserve, the Executive Leadership Council of the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s 51st State initiative, RMI’s eLab Advisory Council, and has served on the board of the Solar Energy Industries Association and as a member of the Operating Committee of North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC). Steve has a MA in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute, concentrating on energy, environment and technology policy, and a BA degree from St. John’s College.

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 Widergren

Principal Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

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Steve Widergren

Steve Widergren contributes to new solutions for reliable operation of electric power systems. Common throughout his career is the application of information technology to power engineering problems including, simulation, control, and system integration. He is a principal engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he directs electric power projects and supports the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a past member of the board and Plenary Chair for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and was also the founding administrator for the GridWise® Architecture Council – both groups formed with the mission to enable interoperability of automated systems related to the electric system. Prior to joining the Laboratory, Mr. Widergren worked in industry for an electricity control center supplier, and electric utility service providers. In these positions, he engineered and managed energy management systems products for electric power operations and supported power system computer applications, including information modeling, SCADA systems, and power system reliability assessment tools. He received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is actively involved in the IEEE Power & Energy Society and participates in standards efforts that bridge power engineering with information technology.

Stuart Laval

Director, Emerging Technologies, Duke Energy

Stuart McCafferty

Vice President, EnergyIoT | Hitachi Americas Ltd.

Scott McGaraghan

Head of Energy Partner Products, Nest

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Scott McGaraghan

Scott was Nest’s first employee dedicated to establishing partnerships with energy companies. He currently heads up Energy Product Strategy for Nest, defining and delivering the next generation of products and service to sell to and through enterprise partners. Previously, Scott worked for demand response aggregator EnerNOC, overseeing business development activities in the Western US and internationally. In this capacity, Scott opened EnerNOC’s UK office, the company’s first outside of North America. Scott holds Engineering and Business degrees from Stanford. He has been published and spoken extensively on issues relating to breakthrough approaches to energy management, and currently resides in Menlo Park, CA.

Suzanne Lightman

Senior Information Security Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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.

Tom Hassenboehler

Chief Counsel, US House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Tom Starrs

Vice President, Global Market Strategy and Policy, SunPower Corporation

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Tom Starrs

Board: Director

Tom Starrs serves as SunPower Corporation’s Vice President, Global Market Strategy and Policy, where he is responsible for the company’s global market assessment, market strategy and public policy initiatives. He has more than 20 years of experience in and around the solar power industry, including senior management positions with Iberdrola Renewables, PPM Energy and Schott Solar.

Tom is widely recognized as a leading strategist on solar energy market development, business strategy and policy. In addition to SEPA, he serves on the boards of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Tom holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Program, and a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley’s School of Law.

Travis Kavulla

Commissioner, Montana Public Service Commission

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Travis Kavulla

Travis Kavulla was elected to office in 2010 and again in 2014, and has served as both chair and vice chair of the Montana Public Service Commission. Mr. Kavulla recently concluded a term as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute. He also serves as co-chairman of the Northern Tier Transmission Group (NTTG) Steering Committee and was a member of the California ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) Transitional Committee. Mr. Kavulla previously has led Western state utility regulators’ efforts on the creation of efficient wholesale markets, emissions allowance trading, and the reliability of the bulk electric system. Previous to his election to the Public Service Commission, Mr. Kavulla worked as a journalist. Mr. Kavulla received his bachelor’s in History at Harvard University, and holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, England, where he was a Gates Scholar. Mr. Kavulla is a fourth-generation Montanan.

Val Jensen

SVP - Customer Operations, ComEd

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Val Jensen

Val Jensen Senior Vice President, Customer Operations ComEd As senior vice president for Customer Operations, Mr. Jensen is responsible for managing development and delivery of the Company’s customer-facing products and services. He is also responsible for deployment and management of ComEd’s AMI system and associated customer products and services, and for leading development of the Exelon Utilities business intelligence/data analytics strategy. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Jensen was vice president for Marketing and Environmental Programs. Val joined ComEd in 2008 after eight years at ICF Consulting, where he served as senior vice president managing the firm’s San Francisco office. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Department of Energy from 1994-1999, where he served on the staff of the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and directed the Chicago regional office.

Val Miftakhov

CEO, eMotorWerks

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Val Miftakhov

Valery Miftakhov is the Founder and CEO of eMotorWerks. Over the last dozen years, Val held executive business strategy and operations positions at Google, McKinsey & Company, and Nielsen. He also launched and managed three startup companies, in all of which he held the CTO position. Prior to his industry experience, Val was a high energy physics researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator, a Department of Energy facility. Val received his PhD in Physics from Princeton University and his MS in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He was a two-time winner of the Nationwide Russian Physics Competitions. In whatever spare time he gets, Val tries to get good use out of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.

Ward Camp

Principal, East Fork Group

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Ward Camp

A 35+ year veteran of the energy and utility industry, Camp is in charge of advising Edison Energy’s clients on Governmental and Regulatory matters. He is also past-Chair of the Demand Response and Smart Grid coalition (DRSG). He has been a board member of the GridWise Alliance, the Association of Demand Response and Smart Grid, the Smart Meter Manufacturers Association of America, as well as the Company representative on the Advanced Energy Economy’s Business Council. He is past co-Chair of the SGIP Business and Policy Domain Expert Working Group as well as a council member of the Gridwise Architecture Council. Previously, he was VP, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for Landis +Gyr Energy Management Solutions N.A and served in executive roles as part of the Senior Management of DCSI (now Aclara), USPowerSolutions and Avistar, a Public Service Company of New Mexico subsidiary. Camp has worked extensively with utilities and public utility commissions throughout the United States. He spent the first 17 years of his career as an attorney with a focus in energy and utilities. Mr. Camp is also past-President of Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity.

Whit Fulton

Founder and CEO, ConnectDER

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Whit Fulton

Whit is a recognized entrepreneur, market analyst, and speaker who has spent his 20 year career pushing the leading edge of clean business models for the power generation and delivery sector. Whit founded and currently serves as CEO of ConnectDER, a provider to utilities of simplified grid integration technology for solar and other distributed energy resources. In prior roles, Whit honed his analysis, negotiation, and product development skills through a series of senior managerial positions in energy analytics consultancies and cleantech startups including ICF International and Gridpoint. He has built complex power dispatch models to simulate market rules for more than 15 countries, negotiated enterprise licensing agreements with multinational strategic vendors, and brought new cleantech products to market. He holds multiple patents, a B.A. from Reed College, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an abiding love for karaoke.

William Ellis

Performance Manager, Pepco Holdings

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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.