As the forum in the U.S. for all things DER, demand response, and smart grid, the Grid Evolution Summit – A National Town Meeting, features 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.

Each year we try hard to put together a diverse group of speakers for the Grid Evolution Summit – A National Town Meeting, including some from “outside the box.”

Questions about speaking?
Please contact Jenny Senff at jsenff@sepapower.org or 202.753.8782

Thank you for your submissions. Our Call for Experts has closed.

Call for Experts Notification

The Summit’s Call for Experts closed on March 10, 2017. Abstracts are now being reviewed by the Summit’s Education Committee, and we hope to notify speakers of their selection by early April.


Speaker Registration Discount

Speakers selected to present at the Summit will receive a discounted registration price. Please do not register for the Summit until you have received notice of the status of your speaker application.


2017 speakers:


Paul Tonko | Congressman (D-NY), US House of Representatives

Mary Kipp | CEO, El Paso Electric

Arlen Orchard | CEO & GM, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Michael Picker | President, California Public Utilities Commission

Luis Reyes | CEO & GM, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Doug Little | Commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission

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)

Travis Kavulla | Commissioner, Montana Public Service Commission

John Kliem | Executive Director, Resilient Energy Program Office, US Navy

Kevin Hughes | Chairman, Maryland Public Service Commission

Bud Vos | CEO, Enbala

Chandu Visweswariah | CEO, Utopus Insights

Colleen Quinn | SVP, Global Public Policy, Chargepoint

Elin Katz | Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut

Tom Hassenboehler | Chief Counsel, US House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Rick Kessler | Senior Advisor, US House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Val Jensen | SVP, Customer Operations, ComEd

Julia Hamm | President and CEO, SEPA

Eric Coffman | Chief – Office of Energy and Sustainability, Montgomery County, Maryland

William Ellis | Performance Manager, Pepco Holdings

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

Tanuj Deora | Chief Content Officer, SEPA

Steve Widergren | Principal Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Steve Hambric | SVP, Strategic Sales and Operations, Comverge

Erik Gilbert | Director – Energy, Navigant

Nathan Shannon | Deputy Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC)

Paula Carmody | People’s Counsel, State of Maryland

Scott McGaraghan | Head of Energy Partner Products, Nest

Amena Ali | Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

Sharon Allan | Chief Innovation Officer, SEPA

Josh Gleason | Head of Product Marketing, Bidgely

Kristin Munsch | Attorney and Policy Analyst, Illinois Citizens Utility Board

Nikolas Rechtiene | Customer Strategy Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Michael Murray | Chief Technology Strategist, Mission:Data

Katherine Hamilton | Executive Director, Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA)

Ward Camp | Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer, Edison Energy

Judith Schwartz | Principal, To the Point

Nadav Enbar | Senior Project Manager in the Integrated Distributed Renewables program, EPRI

Ben Fowke | President & CEO, Xcel – Invited

Stacy Derstine | VP Customer Service and Chief Customer Officer, Arizona Public Service – Invited

Chris Castro | Sustainability Director, City of Orlando – Invited

Houtan Moaveni | Assistant Director of NY-Sun, NYSERDA – Invited

Shay Reed | Energy Buyer, Costco Wholesale – Invited

Cheryl Linder | Global Industry Strategy Leader, IBM Energy and Utilities – Invited

2016 speakers included


Mike Champly

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission 

Willie Phillips 

DC Public Service Commission

Phil Jones

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission 

Anne Hoskins

Maryland Public Service Commission 

Ann McCabe

Maryland Public Service Commission 

John Hewa

Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Val Jensen

Senior Vice President, Customer Operations

Paul Lau

Chief Grid and Strategy Operations Officer

Seth Frader-Thompson


Karen Butterfield 

Chief Commercial Officer 

Ron Binz

Public Policy Consulting

Caroline Choi

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs 
Southern California Edison 

Steve Hambric

Senior Vice President, Strategic Sales and Operations 

Gregg Knight

Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer 
CenterPoint Energy

Phil Moeller

Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery and Chief Customer Solutions Officer
Edison Electric Institute

Dennis Elsenbeck

Regional Executive, Western Division 
National Grid

Mike Hopkins

Ice Energy

Sunil Cherian 

Founder and CEO

Bud Vos


Chris King 

Chief Regulatory Officer
Siemens Smart Grid

Jan Ahlen

Senior Regulator Affairs Specialist

Tom Starrs

VP, Market Strategy and Policy

Erika Diamond

VP and GM

Britta Gross

Director, Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy
General Motors

Doug Smith

Director, Power Planning
Green Mountain Power

Stephen Wemple

Director, Utility of the Future Team

Marc Romito

Manager Renewable Energy Program
Arizona Public Service

Lisa Magnuson

Director, Customer Communications
Pacific Gas & Electric

Chris Vlahoplus

Partner and Clean Tech & Sustainability Practice Leader

Bill Mutson

R&D Manager

Carlos Romero

VP Presales, Energy Portfoilo Management 

Inia Burginger

Manager, Demand-Side Management 
Pepco Holdings

Angela Strickland

Director, Energy Innovation
Southern Company

Corey Singletary

Program and Policy Analyst
Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Mark Rothleder

Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration
California ISO

Marianne McElroy

Energy Resource Analyst
Eugene Water & Electric Board

Nick Corsetti

Senior Program Manager
National Grid

Melissa Segrest

Manager of Marketing & Communications 
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative

Stan Williams

Director, Performance Compliance and Market Settlements

Sahar Mishriki

Strategy and Regulatory Manager, Conservation and Demand Management
Hydro One

Dave Packard

Vice President, Utility Solutions

Peter Asmus

Prinicipal Research Analyst

Barry Haaser

Managing Director
OpenADR Alliance

Ahmad Faruqui

The Brattle Group

James Bradbury

Senior Advisor
Energy Policy and Systems Analysis of U.S. Department of Energy

Pete Cappers

Research Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Mark Gately

Data Analytics Manager

Dan Wilson

Renewable Energy Consultant 
Black & Veatch

Eric Mallia

General Manager
Fleet Carma

Stina Brock

Director of Utility Solutions

Ken Collision

Vice President of T&D Planning
ICF International

Tom Ashley

Senior Director Government Affairs and Public Policy

Judith Schwartz

To the Point

Nagarajan Sridhar

Business Development and Marketing Manager, Renewable Energy, Automative, and Industrial Markets

Texas Instruments


Rick Tempchin

Executive Director, Retail Energy Services

Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

Kevin Lynn

Director, Grid Innovation


Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur

Director of Transportation Efficency

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)

Nathan Shannon

Deputy Director

Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

Josh Schellenberg

Principal Consultant


Virginia Lacy


Rocky Mountain Institute

Cristin Lyons

Partner and Grid Transformation Practice Lead

ScottMadden, Inc.

Matt Owens

Director of Business Development 


Cindy Sargent



Jennie Potter

Senior Scientific Engineering Associate

Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory

Thor Hinckley

Senior Program Consultant


Derek Kirchner

Principal Supervisor – Demand Response 

DTE Energy

Bob Graham

Director, EV Everywhere Challenge

US Department of Energy

Alana Lemarchand




Tom Key

Senior Technical Executive


Karen Ehrahrdt-Martinez

Associate Director 



Seth Kiner

Managing Director 

Charlotte Street Advisors

Allison Clements


Sustainable FERC Project at NRDC

Christian Weeks

Senior Director and General Manager of Global Demand Response 


Danny Waggoner

Senior Associate, Public Utility Commission Program

Advance Energy Economy (AEE)

Katherine Hamilton 

Executive Director

Advanced Energy Management Alliance

Larisa Dobriansky

Chief Business and Regulatory Innovations Officer

General Microgrids