Staff Speaking Engagement eLab Accelerator 2020 Mini-Conference #1 July 9, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. MDT Register for Staff Speaking Engagement Welcome to eLab Accelerator! eLab Accelerator is a project bootcamp, an invitation-only series of working meetings to accelerate high-impact, innovative, and scalable projects in the electricity system. Trained facilitators and technical experts will lead your team through effective collaborative processes, and provide customized topical coaching, targeted training, and tailored feedback to support each team’s unique project. Project support in 2020 is happening virtually between May and September. All elements of eLab’s Accelerator are designed to advance the ground-breaking work of your teams and to support you with the insights, connections, and inspiration needed to succeed. This July 9th Accelerator mini-conference is provided as an opportunity to meet eLab faculty and others experts within the eLab Network, as they share insights on topics that are critical to the energy transition. Faculty and RMI staff will participate in hosted conversations on the following themes, with time for open dialogue with Accelerator participants: Ambitious goals for clean energy: both feasible and more critical now than ever Performance-Based Regulation (PBR) Insights on Utility Innovation from a customer, regulator, and utility perspective Planning for equity in the clean energy transition We ask that the teams plan for at least one team member to be in attendance at each of the sessions, to ensure the information shared is brought back to the project team and can inform their work. Please register to attend mini-conference #1 and confirm your participation in Accelerator 2020. eLab will email attendees the detailed agenda and Zoom logins upon validation. Share Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on LinkedIn About the Speaker Janet Gail Besser Managing Director, SEPA As Managing Director, Janet Gail Besser oversees strategy for the SEPA Pathways – Utility Business Models, Regulatory Innovation, Grid Integration and Transportation Electrification – and leads content development and execution for Regulatory Innovation. She brings to this role broad energy industry experience as a regulator, clean energy business association leader, utility executive, developer, consultant, and consumer advocate. Previously, she was Executive Vice President of the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC), Vice President, Regulatory Strategy and Policy at National Grid, Chair and Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, where she led electric industry restructuring, and an executive and expert consultant at Analysis Group and Lexecon. She also held senior staff roles at the Massachusetts Energy Office and New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, served as policy director for a DC-based national independent power association, and began her career as a small hydro developer and low-income consumer advocate. Janet is a nationally recognized expert on a wide range of energy policy issues with deep relationships across the industry. She earned a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Williams College.