2020 Speakers

You'll find the most exciting and thoughtful minds in the industry speaking at the Grid Evolution Summit.

Kevin Lucas

Director of Rate Design, SEIA

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Kevin Lucas

Kevin Lucas is Director of Rate Design for SEIA. In this role, he performs analysis and develops testimony for utility rate cases focused on solar issues such as net metering and export compensation. He also works with other State Affairs team members providing technical support for policy and regulatory issues across the country. Prior to joining SEIA, Kevin worked at the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-profit focused on implementing technology-neutral energy efficiency policies and programs. Before that, Kevin was Director of Policy for the Maryland Energy Administration, focused on efforts including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas reduction. 


Natalia Mathura

Principal of Utility Business Models, SEPA

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Natalia Mathura Natalia Mathura joined SEPA in 2019 as Principal, Utility Business Models with 19 years of regulated and non-regulated electric utility experience. She currently leads SEPA’s utility models content portfolio and engagement opportunities focused on carbon reduction, customer engagement and innovation strategies for utility deployment. Prior to this, she spent nearly fourteen years as Manager, Energy Services and Utility of the Future for Pepco Holdings, Inc utilities covering New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia regulatory constructs related to retail choice, smart community, and electric vehicle programs. She also worked as a utility consultant for KPMG Consulting at a number of Fortune 500 US utility firms focused on software implementations, new technology strategies, and mergers and acquisitions. Natalia received her Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Mary Washington College and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Drew Murphy

Senior Vice President. Strategy and Corporate Development, Edison International

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Drew Murphy Drew Murphy is senior vice president of strategy and corporate development for Edison International. He is responsible for managing the strategic planning process for Edison International and its subsidiaries and oversees the analysis of emerging trends in the industry and their impact on Edison’s regulated utility and competitive businesses. In this role, he has responsibility for advancing strategic initiatives and assessing new opportunities that are key to achieving business growth and long-term shareholder value for the company. He also oversees the competitive businesses of Edison International including Edison Energy. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, and Edison Energy Group, a subsidiary composed of a variety of non-regulated businesses in the energy sector. Prior to joining Edison International, Murphy was senior managing director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, where he headed the utilities, energy and power team in North America. His team was responsible for identifying new investment opportunities and the management of existing investments in the regulated utility, power generation and midstream energy industries. Previously, Murphy served in a number of senior executive positions at NRG Energy, Inc., including executive vice president, Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions; executive vice president and president, Northeast Region; and executive vice president and general counsel. Murphy was also a partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, where he worked in the New York, London and Washington, D.C offices leading the global energy, infrastructure and project finance practice. Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1983 and a juris doctorate degree from George Washington University in 1987, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review.

Brittany Syz

Director of Environmental Services and Sustainability, SDG&E

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Brittany Syz

Brittany Syz is Director of Environmental Services and Sustainability at SDG&E where she manages environmental compliance and sustainability planning.  In her prior role, she was Director of Clean Transportation where she oversaw SDG&E’s transportation electrification strategy and programs. This team is responsible for electric vehicle adoption in SDG&E’s territory, which assists with the State of California’s goals for GHG reduction. 

Prior to this position, Brittany was Senior Counsel of Real Estate at SDG&E and she previously worked as General Counsel and VP of Business Development at Oberon Fuels, an alternative fuels producer.

April Bolduc

President, S Curve Strategies

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April Bolduc S Curve Strategies develops transportation electrification programs for utilities, states and municipalities across the U.S. creating electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, e-mobility and customer engagement strategies that result in increased EV adoption. The company president, April Bolduc, developed one of the first utility EV programs in the U.S. resulting in the region with the highest adoption rate of EVs in the nation. S Curve Strategies continually demonstrates that the most successful EV programs build off of best practices, create alignment with stakeholders and focus on a positive customer experience. The company has implemented numerous EV programs from time-of-use EV rates to full-scale charging installation programs.

Devin Hampton

CEO, Utility API

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Devin Hampton Devin Hampton is the Chief Executive Officer at UtilityAPI, a software company that is building the foundation for the new energy economy by providing a fast and secure platform for exchanging energy data. Before UtilityAPI, he worked as a consultant for clean energy startups and investors. Prior to that he was appointed by the Obama White House as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency as well as to a series of leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Energy. Before his time in federal service, Devin worked in local politics in Washington State. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and has been recognized by the Atlantic Council as an Emerging Leader in Environment and Energy Policy.

Manoj Kumar

CEO, Powerley

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Letha Tawney

Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission

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Letha Tawney

Letha Tawney was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission by Governor Kate Brown in June 2018. Commissioner Tawney represents Oregon on the Electricity and the Critical Infrastructure committees for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). She also serves on the Energy Trust of Oregon Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Energy Imbalance Market Board of State Regulators (EIM-BOSR), engaging closely on Western electricity market development in several forums.

 

Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Tawney was an expert on electric utility business models, state regulation, clean energy development, and large customer buying strategies for World Resources Institute (WRI). As the WRI Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy, she propelled innovation in business and regulatory models in the power sector. Commissioner Tawney has a deep understanding of the constraints and interests driving both utilities and their customers as technology creates large-scale change in the sector.

Commissioner Tawney holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from George Fox University in business and computer science.

Barbara O'Neill

Manager, Grid Integration, NREL

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Meredith Alexander

Policy Director, Calstart

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Sara Rafalson

Senior Director of Market Development, EVGo

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Noel Crisostomo

Air Pollution Specialist, California Energy Commission

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Noel Crisostomo

Noel Crisostomo is an Air Pollution Specialist leading transportation electrification and grid integration policy at the California Energy Commission. In this role, he coordinates interagency regulatory analysis, technology assessment, incentive design, and forecasting efforts for plug-in electric vehicle charging. Previously, Noel was lead utilities regulatory analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission, where he oversaw the investor-owned utility design of electric vehicle programs in dynamic electricity rates, charging infrastructure, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and demonstrations leveraging electric vehicles as demand response and storage resources. Noel was a Schneider Fellow (a.k.a. MAP Sustainable Energy Fellow) at Rocky Mountain Institute, where he analyzed utility energy efficiency programs and distributed generation. At San Diego Gas & Electric, Noel supported customer programs in local government partnerships, sustainable communities, and advanced meter infrastructure deployment. Noel holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in energy science and policy from the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University.

Stephen S. Kalland

Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center

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Stephen S. Kalland Steve Kalland, Executive Director of the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center in the College of Engineering at NC State University, has over 25 years of experience in the clean energy field. Steve directs the strategic vision of the Center and its programs, including activities in renewable energy and clean power, energy efficiency and green buildings, and clean transportation. Programs include technical assistance, economic development, energy policy and workforce development. Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors of the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), the Advisory Board of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) in Washington, DC and the Duke Energy (NC) State President's Advisory Council. He is a past board member of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the US Combined Heat and Power Association (USCHPA), and NC GreenPower. Previously, Steve was the director for Government Relations and Grid-Tied Markets at Xantrex Technology, Inc., executive director of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA), and Director of State Programs and Policy Analysis at the national SEIA. Steve graduated in 1991 from the College of William and Mary and in 1993 from the University of Rochester (NY). He lives in Cary, NC with his wife, Tricia, his three children, and a Golden Retriever named Tucker.

Bridget Dockter

Manager, Policy and Outreach, Xcel Energy

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Bridget Dockter

Bridget Dockter has worked with Xcel Energy for 18 years.  She is the Manager of Policy and Outreach in the regulatory department where she is involved in numerous regulatory proceedings, including Xcel Energy’s Performance Based Ratemaking.  Bridget also manages the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership for the Company.  During her time with Xcel Energy, Bridget has overseen the Company’s Minnesota foundation, volunteerism efforts, and worked on the demand side management regulatory team. Bridget has a Master of Business Administration from Hamline University in Minnesota.


Richard Farinas

Manager of Research, SEPA

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Richard Farinas

Richard Farinas joined SEPA in September 2019, and supports the four SEPA Pathways (Regulatory Innovation, Utility Business Models, Grid Integration, and Transportation Electrification) with research, industry perspectives, thought leadership, and data analysis. He also supports the Renovate Initiative, a collaborative effort focused on state regulatory process innovation. His primary research areas of interest include transportation electrification, utility innovation, decarbonization strategies, performance-based regulation, traditional and alternative forms of regulation, rate design, distributed energy resources, and future of energy topics.

Prior to joining SEPA in 2019, Richard worked as a Sr. Rate Analyst at Pepco and a Consultant at Concentric Energy Advisors. While at Pepco, Richard provided electric rate design expertise, contributed to alternative ratemaking initiatives, and supported the company’s development and implementation of transportation electrification programs across the PHI operating companies. As a consultant with Concentric Energy Advisors, Richard worked across the firm’s practice areas in electric and natural gas markets including regulation, financial advisory, litigation, markets and resource planning, and the future of energy.

Richard holds an M.S. in Applied Economics and a B.S. in Political Science, both from The Florida State University.

Doug Scott

Vice President of Electricity and Efficiency, Great Plains Institute

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Doug Scott

Doug Scott is Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives at the Great Plains Institute. In that role, Scott works on issues involving climate strategy and regulatory response; carbon capture, sequestration and usage; and issues involving the changing utility business model. Before joining GPI in February of 2015, Scott served as Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, and prior to that as Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Scott’s public service also includes a term as Mayor of Rockford, Illinois; three terms as an Illinois State Representative; and ten years as an attorney for the City of Rockford Legal Department. Scott earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Tulsa, and a J.D. with honors from Marquette University.  

Chris Johnson

CEO, Blue Planet Energy

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John Vernacchia

Renewable Energy Segment Manager, Eaton

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John Vernacchia John Vernacchia is the Segment Manager for Renewable Energy solutions within Eaton's electrical business. Vernacchia has over 35 years of experience in marketing, sales, product management and operations. He has played a major role in the development of Eaton’s Renewable Energy solutions to help customers connect solar, wind, energy storage and microgrids to buildings and the utility grid. Vernacchia is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and Smart Grid Community and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Gary Oppedahl

Vice President of Emerging Technologies, Emera

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Jared Leader

Manager of Industry Strategy, SEPA

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Jared Leader

Jared joined SEPA in 2017. In his role, he develops strategic plans for programs, products, and service offerings for utility and industry stakeholder members and clients that facilitate the integration of distributed energy resources, non-wires alternatives and microgrids onto the modern grid. Jared leads SEPA’s Microgrids Working Group and co-led D.C. Public Service Commission’s grid modernization working groups.

Prior to joining SEPA, he spent several years working as an environmental engineer and consultant for utility, municipal and commercial clients in the energy and water sectors.

He has a MS, Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Eva Gardow

Principal Technical Lead, EPRI

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Ryan Hledik

Principal, The Brattle Group

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Ryan Hledik Ryan Hledik is a Principal in The Brattle Group’s San Francisco office. His consulting practice is focused on regulatory and planning matters related to emerging energy technologies and policies. His research on the “grid edge” has been cited in federal and state regulatory decisions, as well as by Forbes, The New York Times, Utility Dive, Vox, and The Washington Post. He has supported clients across 35 states and 9 countries in matters related to load flexibility, energy storage, distributed generation, electrification, retail tariff design, energy efficiency, and grid modernization. Ryan received his M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, where he concentrated in Energy Economics and Policy. He received his B.S. in Applied Science from the University of Pennsylvania, with minors in Economics and Mathematics.

Ben Ealey

Principal of Grid Integration, SEPA

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Ben Ealey

Ben joined SEPA in 2020 as Principal, Grid Integration. He leads SEPA’s Grid Integration pathway focused on integrating increased penetrations of carbon-free energy with positive impacts to affordability, safety, security, reliability, resiliency and customer satisfaction.

Ben spent the previous 10+ years working at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducting research on information and communication technologies for distributed energy resources. He has strong expertise related to the development and implementation of control, monitoring, and communication technologies to support scalable integration of new energy resources like smart solar, storage, and flexible loads. Ben has led and served on several industry committees related to interoperability and DERs.

Ben holds his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and is the author of numerous industry technical publications.

Jason Salmi Klotz

Manager of Regulatory and Policy Strategy of Grid Architecture of Integration and System Operations, Portland General Electric

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Patty Cook

Senior Vice President, ICF

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Patty Cook Patty Cook serves as Sr. Vice President for ICF’s Market Development practice, where she is responsible for overseeing the design and delivery of technology-enabled pilots and programs that provide greater customer and grid value. She has over 25 years of experience in energy, environmental policy and management consulting for the energy industry. Her work across the U.S. helps clients navigate the transformation being shaped by customer preferences and behaviors, regulatory policy and the rapid proliferation of technology to enable a clean, customer-centric and decentralized grid.

David Meisegeier

Vice President and Senior Technical Director, ICF

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David Meisegeier Mr. Meisegeier is a Vice President and Senior Technical Director at ICF with more than 27 years of experience in energy efficiency, distributed energy resources and customer engagement for utility programs. His professional skills include: innovating, designing and implementing strategic energy programs; performing market and technology assessments of energy products and systems; and developing information technology solutions. Having previously served as ICF’s Residential Sector Lead, Mr. Meisegeier now focuses on helping utilities develop solutions for their rapidly changing landscape including distributed energy resources, customer facing programs and grid modernization. Mr. Meisegeier has innovated energy programs and solutions that leverage the Internet of Things and mobile technologies, including overseeing development of Power Rebate – the industry’s first mobile rebate app.

Bud Vos

President and CEO, Enbala

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Bud Vos Arthur (Bud) Vos President and CEO, Enbala With more than 20 years of experience with distributed energy and start-ups, Bud Vos has in-depth experience with providing high-value software solutions. As president and CEO of Enbala, Bud is leading the company as it continues to expand its industry-leading Virtual Power Plant and DERMS solutions. Bud previously served as the COO of Simple Energy, a SaaS-based company that leverages data analytics to motivate utility customers to save energy. He was also senior vice president of utility sales and CTO of Comverge, a leading provider of integrated demand response, energy efficiency and customer engagement solutions. In addition, 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.

Brett Feldman

Research Director, Guidehouse

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Brett Feldman Brett Feldman is a research director with Guidehouse. With over 20 years of experience in the energy sector, Feldman focuses on distributed energy resources (DER) and their implications for the global power industry. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Feldman was a principal for demand response at Constellation Energy, an energy efficiency program manager for Eversource, and an energy consultant for ICF and Nexant. He currently serves as a member of the US Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. 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. A Certified Energy Manager, he is a recipient of the Peak Load Management Alliance’s 2014 Outstanding Market Research Award and 2017 Thought Leader Award. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Boston University.

Aaron Smallwood

Vice President, Industry Solutions, 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.

Jigar J. Shah

Manager, Distributed Energy and Grid Services, Electrify America

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Jigar J. Shah Jigar is the Manager for Distributed Energy and Grid Services at Electrify America. Jigar is responsible for optimizing Electrify America’s energy portfolio, including managing rate structures, leveraging energy storage to manage exposure to demand charges, engaging with utilities and wholesale energy markets, as well as addressing vehicle-grid integration matters. Jigar has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a minor in Business, from Cornell University, and a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. Prior to his role at Electrify America, Jigar was a Principal Consultant within the Energy and Utilities Practice at West Monroe Partners, where he advised utility clients on smart grid modernization topics, including rate structures and the use of energy storage to defer utility distribution investments. Previous to this, Jigar was a Senior Researcher at Envision Energy focused on wind farm (plant level) controls and analytics to lower the levelized cost of renewable energy, and an Edison Engineer at General Electric Global Research focused on wind turbine control systems and distributed energy resource (“DER”) controls, including for electric vehicle fleet charging to minimize demand charge costs. Jigar has publications in prominent scientific journals including IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and Wind Energy Science and has five filed patent applications on topics spanning electric vehicle charging, electric grid congestion, and wind energy control systems.

Erika Myers

Principal of Transportation Electrification, SEPA

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Erika Myers

Erika H. Myers joined SEPA in 2015 and leads SEPA’s transportation electrification research. She has 16 years of experience in the clean energy sector and specializes in the nexus between the grid, electric vehicles, and renewable energy.

Erika currently serves on an electric vehicle (EV) steering committee for the U.S. Department of Energy and is an EV advisor for the National Energy Foundation, a non-profit organization developing curriculum to increase EV literacy in K-12 schools. She was awarded the 2019 Public Utility Fortnightly “Fortnightly Under 40” award for her work on vehicle-grid integration.

Prior to joining SEPA, Erika worked as a consultant with ICF International where she helped electric utilities and local governments develop EV readiness plans. She also served as the Renewable Energy Manager for the South Carolina Energy Office and was a Clean Cities Coordinator for the Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition. In these roles, she oversaw the development and execution of key state renewable energy and clean transportation policies, regulations, and grant programs.

Erika has a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina with a specialization in clean energy and climate science.

Gary Smith

Director of Programs, Sagewell, Inc

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Gary Smith Gary Smith works closely with Sagewell's utility clients to design, implement and analyze EV load management, and beneficial electrification programs. Gary has worked with utilities of all sizes to increase off-peak kWh sales and reduce peak load through increased adoption of EVs, heat pumps, and analysis of AMI data using Sagewell's SageSight analytics platform.Gary coordinates Sagewell's business development and works closely with Sagewell's software and analytics teams.

Chris King

SVP, Siemens eMobility

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Chris King Chris King is SVP-eMobility for Siemens, leading global strategic partnering and policy initiatives. He founded or co-founded three energy start-ups, and headed rate design at PG&E prior to that. An international thought leader, he was Chair of Smart Energy Europe and is on the Board of the Smart Electric Power Association. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, state public utility commissions, and international regulatory agencies on advanced clean energy technologies and co-hosted the U.S. Congressional Delegation to the U.N. Climate Summit in Copenhagen. Chris holds masters degrees in science and business from Stanford, and a JD from Concord Law School. He is recipient of three patents related to advanced metering and intelligent grids. Chris recently co-authored the article, “EV Charging Tariffs that Work for EV Owners, Utilities, and Society,” in The Electricity Journal.

Ron Cunningham

IT Enterprise Architect, AEP

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David Forfia

Senior Consultant, Utilicast

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David Forfia David Forfia is Chair of the Gridwise Architecture Council where he has been a member since 2013 and a Principal Consultant at Utilicast. He has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and began his career at Austin Energy where he ultimately served in the CIO role. Prior to joining Utilicast, David held multiple positions at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, including Senior Director IT, and Director of Enterprise Architecture and IT Transformation and Infrastructure Program Manager on the Texas Nodal implementation. David has served as member and Chair of SGIP, was a member of the SEPA Board of Directors and Chair of SEPA’s Technical Advisory Council. He has a bachelor's from the University of Texas and MBA from St. Edward's University, both in Austin.

Gerard Rendell

Lead Business and Technical Consultant, Duke Energy

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Gerard Rendell Lead Business and Technical consultant in Enterprise Data Analytics, an advanced analytics incubator and solution development provider within Duke Energy that focuses on using data science and machine learning to build a smarter energy future. Working on market research and strategy for transformational solutions across the generation, transmission, distribution and customer landscape. Interested in the intersection of design thinking, computational economics, abstract algebra and the use of machine learning with ontologies to solve strategic problems. Gerard gained a Ph.D. from University of London (Kingston in 2012) with concentrations in computing and mathematics with a thesis on evolving machines with human like characteristics of early childhood mathematics development using a cognitive model from Jean Piaget. Latest external project is working with SEPA to develop a Transactive Energy Conceptual Model and Ontology for the electric grid using OWL, Python and DGraph.

Ron Melton

Administrator of GridWise Architecture Council, PNNL

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Brenda Chew

Senior Manager of Research, SEPA

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Brenda Chew

Brenda leads SEPA’s Research team and has focused much of her time at SEPA investigating the proliferation of flexible resources along the grid. 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.

Dana Cabbell

Director, SCE

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Dana Cabbell Dana Cabbell, P.E has worked for Southern California Edison (SCE) for 37 years in the areas of transmission, and distribution long-term grid planning. Currently, she is the Director of Integrated System Strategy (ISS) in the Asset Management, Strategy, & Engineering (AMSE) organization. In this position, her responsibilities include bringing a strategic and integrated focus to system planning through: • translation of SCE and T&D objectives/initiatives into system strategies through the creation of strategic roadmaps, and • providing technical and strategic direction for all transmission and distribution long-term system planning functions to ensure a safe, reliable, clean, and resilient SCE power grid. Throughout Dana’s career, from Power System Planning engineer to managing Electric System Planning and Distribution Engineering organizations, her responsibilities included long-range adequacy and reliability of SCE’s transmission and distribution electric grid, evaluating interconnections with other utilities, technical assessment of new transmission and generation interconnections, performing joint studies with the California Independent System Operator and neighboring utilities, and ensuring compliance with mandatory NERC Reliability Standards and WECC Reliability Criteria. Dana graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1982. She became a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer with the state of California in 1989.

Joe Paladino

Senior Advisor, DOE

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Joe Paladino

Mr. Joseph Paladino has worked for most of his career in the advancement and commercialization of technology to address energy and environmental issues.  His efforts in both private and public organizations have focused on waste management, energy efficiency, and energy infrastructure modernization.  Over the past several years, he led efforts to convey the impact of the smart grid technologies advanced in projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  His current focus is to leverage this information to help decision-makers, including regulators, make informed infrastructure investments given the rapid advancement in technology, particularly with regard to the function and structure of the electric distribution system.


Mr. Paladino has an A.B. in Biology from Middlebury College and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.  He also holds a patent for a design for a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility.

Jennifer Potter

Commissioner, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

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Jennifer Potter Commissioner Jennifer Potter began her term with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in July 2018 for a term to expire June 30, 2024. Jennifer was previously a faculty member at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI). Prior to joining HNEI, Jennifer was a Sr. Scientific Engineering Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Preceding her stint in academia, Jennifer worked for Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Roseville Electric as a Principal Forecaster, Project Manager, and Enterprise Performance Manager. Jennifer has a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Studies from Southern Oregon University.

Samir Succar

Director of Distributed Energy Resources, ICF

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Samir Succar Samir is a member of ICF’s Distributed Grid Strategy group focused on distribution system planning, grid modernization strategy and distributed energy resource (DER) integration. He works with utility, government and NGO clients in evaluating the impact of DER and the implications for utility business models and system planning processes. Samir’s work also includes distribution system operations as well as aspects of DER aggregation, optimization and coordination. Focus areas include DER forecasting, hosting capacity analysis, energy infrastructure resilience and integrated planning processes across transmission, resource and distribution. Dr. Succar has a B.A. in Physics from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

Andrew Ioan

Electrical Engineer, Southern California Edison

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Andrew Ioan Electrical engineer experienced in conducting pilot projects related to distributed energy resources (DERS) and transportation electrification focused on grid reliability and modernization. Recently our group has been working on piloting DERMS solutions for grid reliability and market use-cases and studying the effects of large-scale DER adoption on the power system. Prior to that, I've worked on many of our company's pilot project evaluations of plug-in electric vehicles and energy storage systems for utility applications.

John Borland

President, J.O.B Technologies

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Robert Tucker

Director of Industry Strategy, SEPA

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Robert Tucker

Robert Tucker is an energy industry professional with 25 years of experience working with utilities across the US. Robert has helped utilities with a wide range of business and technology solutions to solve complex business problems or changing regulatory requirements. Robert has worked with utilities and regulators to address the challenges and opportunities of grid modernization and the growth of DERs. Prior to SEPA Robert worked for both consulting firms and technology/ service providers to the utility industry. Robert earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. 


Becca Jones-Albertus

Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

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Becca Jones-Albertus Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus is the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). SETO has an annual budget of $280 million to support research and development projects to advance photovoltaic and concentrating solar-thermal power technology, improve solar’s ability to support the reliability and resilience of the electric grid, and provide technical information to support decision-makers. Dr. Jones-Albertus also works with DOE leadership on key cross-cutting issues such as grid modernization, energy systems integration and workforce training. Dr. Jones-Albertus has spent her career advancing solar technology, from fundamental research and development to manufacturing. Her research roles have spanned academia, industry and the national laboratories. She has been at SETO since 2013, serving first as the photovoltaics program manager and then as SETO’s deputy director. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Jones-Albertus worked at Solar Junction, where she led efforts to develop solar cells that twice achieved world-record efficiencies and then transitioned the technology to manufacturing.  Dr. Jones-Albertus graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S. in electrical engineering and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She has more than 10 patents and 40 technical publications.

Whitman Fulton

Founder and CEO, ConnectDER

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Whitman 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. He currently serves as the CEO of ConnectDER, a technology company focused on addressing natural resource issues while providing meaningful work for every employee. ConnectDER's flagship product lowers the cost of integrating solar PV with the grid by standardizing the connection points for power and data. Prior to founding ConnectDER, Whit honed his analysis, negotiation, and product development skills through a series of senior managerial positions at cleantech companies including ICF International, Gridpoint, and Performance Systems Development. Whit holds a B.A. from Reed College and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins SAIS Program.

Kimberly Britton

CEO, EPIcenter

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Kimberly Britton Kimberly M. Britton is the Chief Executive Officer of EPIcenter, a nonprofit created by CPS Energy, OCI Solar, Itron and Landis+Gyr. EPIcenter propels energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, and critical conversations around energy. Britton leads the organization’s delivery of ideas, solutions and models that support an advanced energy economy and make the production and use of energy cleaner, better, and more cost-effective. Her areas of expertise include energy trends, strategy, visioning, cross-functional teams, negotiation and building organizations from the ground up. Britton has decades of experience leading organizations in the sectors of energy, government, health care, and the arts with emphasis in nonprofits, government relations, land use politics, public and community relations as both a founder and senior leader. She is a Fort Worth native and graduate of Texas Christian University residing in San Antonio with her husband Gary Britton, principal of his own executive coaching and consulting firm, and their very personable dog Ruby.

Hitesh Soneji

Manager, Solutions Engineering, Olivine, Inc.

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Hitesh Soneji Hitesh Soneji is Manager of Solutions Engineering at Olivine, Inc, where he leads development of systems for vehicle to grid integration, EV fleet planning, and Virtual Power Plant design. Soneji led Olivine’s contribution to the California Energy Commission funded California E-Bus-to-Grid Integration Project; and the design and implementation of an innovative Electric School Bus Renewables Integration Pilot with PG&E. Olivine provides infrastructure and services that enable distributed and aggregated resources. Olivine has been a trailblazer in California electricity markets, designing first-of-a-kind projects that integrate demand-side and renewable resources into wholesale markets. Soneji holds a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science in sustainability science from the University of Lund, Sweden.

Jessica Shipley

Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project

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Jessica Shipley Jessica Shipley liaises with regulators, policymakers, nongovernmental organizations and other stakeholders to provide policy support to decision-makers in the U.S. She provides critical analysis of policy options for modernizing utility regulation, beneficial electrification, renewable energy and climate policy, competitive electricity market design, coordination of resource and distribution planning, and rate design. Ms. Shipley came to RAP in early 2017 after serving as a senior policy analyst with the Oregon Department of Energy, where she was the agency’s lead analyst and advisor on climate and energy policy issues. She conducted technical analyses of energy strategies for meeting climate goals and participated in multistate efforts to coordinate policy and regulatory action. Prior to working for the state of Oregon, Ms. Shipley was a senior advisor on energy and environmental policy at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. Ms. Shipley holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeff Guldner

CEO, Arizona Public Service

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Jeff Guldner

Jeff Guldner leads Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its primary subsidiary, Arizona Public Service Company (APS). The companies are headquartered in Phoenix.

APS employs more than 6,000 people and serves nearly 1.3 million customers across Arizona. The company is among the nation’s top utilities for delivering clean and reliable energy to its customers and has announced an ambitious commitment to deliver 100% clean, carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. APS operates the Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest energy producer—all of it carbon-free, and ranks among the top five investor-owned utilities for solar energy capacity.

Guldner was promoted to his current position in November 2019 from his dual roles as president of APS and executive vice president, public policy of Pinnacle West. Since joining APS in 2004, Guldner has held a number of leadership positions responsible for areas including legal, rates and regulation, government affairs and customer service.

Prior to APS, Guldner was a partner in the Phoenix office of Snell & Wilmer LLP, where he practiced public utility, telecommunications and energy law. Before practicing law, Guldner served as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy and was an assistant professor of naval history at the University of Washington.

Guldner is dedicated to community involvement and actively serves on boards of directors, including the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Partnership for Economic Innovation, the National Association of Manufacturers and Arizona Theatre Company. He is chair of the East Valley Partnership board of directors.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and graduated magna cum laude from the Arizona State University College of Law. Guldner also completed the Reactor Technology Course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Advanced Management Program at Columbia Business School.

Christine Martin

Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability, PPL

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Christine Martin

Christine Martin joined PPL in June 2003. She oversees the corporation’s advocacy and policy development, corporate communications and sustainability efforts. Before coming to PPL, she was deputy secretary for water management in Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, where she was responsible for statewide water resources management and policy. Martin also served as senior policy manager for environmental, infrastructure, energy and regulatory issues for Governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker and as executive policy specialist for Governor Ridge.

Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/International Studies with minors in Economics and French from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Administration from The Pennsylvania State University. She also completed studies at the University of Nancy in France.

A native of Pennsylvania, Martin serves on the boards of the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, the PA Chamber PAC and the Public Affairs Council. She also serves on the Baum School Board of Trustees.

Jacqueline Sargent

General Manager, Austin Energy

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Jacqueline Sargent

Jackie Sargent rejoined the Austin Energy team as General Manager in August 2016. She brings almost 30 years of utility experience, as well as the focus and passion to continue the utility’s cutting edge reputation while providing tremendous community benefits.

From 2010 to 2012, Sargent served as Senior Vice President of Power Supply and Market Operations at Austin Energy before joining Platte River Power Authority in Fort Collins, Colorado, as General Manager and CEO. Sargent also served as Vice President of Power Supply and Renewables Integration for Black Hills Corporation in South Dakota.

Susan Gray

Global Head of Sustainable Finance Business and Innovation, S&P Global

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Susan Gray

Susan Gray is Global Head of Sustainable Finance Business and Innovation, responsible for S&P Global Rating’s ESG and sustainable finance business strategy and initiatives.

Susan joined S&P Global in 2015 to lead S&P’s new Global Infrastructure Practice. Susan’s role expanded to Global Corporates, Infrastructure and Sustainable Finance in 2017, where she led a team of 540 analysts providing credit opinions on around 5000 companies and $15t of debt. In this role, Susan led the development of S&P’s Green Evaluation and ESG Evaluation sustainability assessments.

Susan has 20 years global investment banking experience with Macquarie Capital in America, Asia and Australia focused on infrastructure, M&A, investment, financing and capital raising. As Head of Infrastructure Sponsor Coverage and Head of Airports for the Americas, she led growth of Macquarie’s third party advisory business with institutional investors. She established Macquarie’s infrastructure business in Indonesia and led major transport and airport transactions in Australia. Previously, Susan was a senior policy advisor to an Australian Federal Government Cabinet Minister on trade and industry policy.

She has been based in New York for the last 14 years. Susan graduated from the University of Sydney with Honors in Economics and a Law degree. Susan has been an active not for profit Director of publicly owned authorities and cultural institutions for almost 20 years, and is a National Association of Corporate Directors Leadership Fellow.

Mike Niggli

Chairman of the Board, ESS, Inc.

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Jeff Kotkin

Vice President of Investor Relations, Eversource Energy

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Ken Adams

Managing Director, Group Head of IG Research, TIAA Investments

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Richard McMahon

Senior Vice President of Energy Supply and Finance, Edison Electric Institute

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Mary Powell

Co-Founder, Spot the Dog, Former CEO, Green Mountain Power

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Maria Korsnick

President and Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear Energy Institute

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Maria Korsnick

Maria Korsnick is NEI’s president and chief executive officer.

Drawing on her engineering background, hands-on experience in reactor operations and a deep knowledge of energy policy and regulatory issues, Korsnick aims to increase understanding of nuclear energy’s economic and environmental benefits among policymakers and the public.

Before joining NEI, she was senior vice president of Northeast Operations for Exelon Corp., responsible for overseeing operation of the Calvert Cliffs 1 and 2, R.E. Ginna, and Nine Mile Point 1 and 2 nuclear power plants.

Before Exelon, Korsnick served as chief nuclear officer (CNO) and acting chief executive officer at Constellation Energy Nuclear Group. She began her career at Constellation in 1986 and held positions of increasing responsibility, including engineer, operator, manager, site vice president, corporate vice president and CNO.

Korsnick holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Maryland and has held a senior reactor operator license.

Sharon Allan

Chief Strategy Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance

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Peter Kelly Detwiler

Co-Founder, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

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Lorraine Akiba

CEO, LHA Ventures, Former Hawaii PUC Commissioner

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Lorraine Akiba

Lorraine H. Akiba is President/CEO of LHA Ventures. She is a recognized thought leader with technical expertise and knowledge in the development of Hawaii’s renewable and clean energy policy and regulatory framework.

She served from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2018 as a commissioner on the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission which presides over all regulated public utility matters including electric, gas, private water and wastewater, telecommunications, water transportation and motor carrier transportation utilities.

Prior to this appointment, she worked in private practice as a law partner at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP and Cades Schutte LLP. She headed the Environmental Practice Groups at both law firms with an emphasis in environmental and natural resources law in addition to her commercial and business litigation practice.

She currently co-chairs the Low Income Community Solar Working Group of the Low Income Issues Forum. She is a member of the Resiliency Strategy Steering Committee for the City and County of Honolulu.

Ms. Akiba previously served as member of the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute; the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and its Energy Resources and Environment Committee; the U.S. DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group and the State and Local Efficiency Action Network (SEE Network) Financial Solutions Working Group.

Janet Gail Besser

Managing Director, Smart Electric Power Alliance

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Janet Gail Besser

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. 


Josh Gould

Director of Innovation, Duquesne Light

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Josh Gould Josh is Director of Innovation at Duquesne Light Company, where he leads Company’s Innovation Center, identifies and maintains a portfolio of innovation opportunities, and serves as the principal liaison with external parties focused on innovation. Prior to joining Duquesne Light in 2019, Josh founded and led a new innovation department called the Innovation Hub at Con Edison. Previously he led the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E’s) commercialization efforts focused on the electric grid where we worked with companies such as AutoGrid, Varentec, and Smart Wires who raised over $300M from investors such as Bill Gates. The remainder of Josh’s career has been spent at the intersection of energy and innovation, including a stint at Innosight Ventures, an investment firm based on the applied research of the late Dr. Clayton Christensen, disruptive innovation theorist and Professor at Harvard Business School.

Danielle Sass Byrnett

Director, Center for Partnerships & Innovation, NARUC

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Danielle Sass Byrnett Danielle Sass Byrnett has been Director of NARUC’s Center for Partnerships & Innovation (CPI) since December 2017. She leads this grant-funded team focused on identifying emerging challenges and connecting state public utility commissions with expertise and strategies to navigate complex decision-making. CPI builds relationships, develops resources, and delivers training in areas ranging from energy efficiency and distributed energy resources to natural gas infrastructure to cybersecurity and more. Danielle launched and leads the NARUC-NASEO Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning. Prior to joining NARUC, Danielle served in the federal government and consulting roles at the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Patrick Lee

President and CEO, PXiSE Energy Solutions

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Patrick Lee Patrick Lee is the co-founder and CEO of PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC., a subsidiary of Sempra Energy with an investment by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. PXiSE offers high-speed, advanced control technology for autonomous control of the modern power grid. Lee is also the Vice President of Infrastructure and Technology at Sempra Energy. With over 30 years of energy industry experience, he joined the Sempra family of companies in 1991 and has provided oversight and governance for large projects in electric system planning, design, construction, operations, energy markets, renewables, and technology RD&D. Lee is a registered professional electrical engineer in California and a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is also a council member and distinguished expert of the California Council on Science and Technology, an advisory trustee for the California State Parks Foundation, and an advisor for IEEE Smart Village. Previously, he served as an advisor for the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Lee graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University and holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Sacramento.

Anne-Laure Chassanite

VP, Power Supply, ENGIE North America

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Anne-Laure Chassanite

Anne-Laure Chassanite is the Vice President of Supply at ENGIE Resources. She had previously served as Director of Gas Portfolio Management since 2019.

Anne-Laure has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry, working on the whole value chain mainly in Europe. After having managed Back Office operations in Gas Wholesale, she switched to managing a commercial retail group and then led operations at the French Gas Utility to operate the Gas network and its transformation to biomethane. Anne-Laure also led many information technology projects and was handling interventions abroad with partners to share Engie’s knowledge or learn from our competitors.

She initially joined ENGIE in Paris in 2007. Prior to this, she was a change management consultant, working on Information Technology Systems deployment and financial performance.  She was mainly working for Energy companies and industries with heavy processes to restructure.

Anne-Laure holds a Master’s degree in Law and Economics from Sciences Po Paris Management School.

Michael Backstrom

Managing Director, Energy and 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. Included in his area of responsibility are SCE’s policy positions and regulatory submissions related to advancing electric transportation. Mr. Backstrom joined SCE in 2005 as an attorney, responsible for regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Pepperdine University and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California.

Bill Elrick

Executive Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership

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Bill Elrick

Bill Elrick is the California Fuel Cell Partnership’s Executive Director, with over 25 years of experience in the alternative fuel transportation industry. Under his leadership, CaFCP members have developed new analysis tools and detailed roll-out plans that industry, state and federal agencies reference in planning support for hydrogen stations. He works directly with industry stakeholders including automakers, station developers, medium and heavy duty fuel cell vehicle developers, and government to facilitate collaborative actions that fulfill each organization’s needs. He serves as a member of the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Advisory Committee. Bill has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Indiana. 


William Ellis

Sr. Portfolio Manager, Energy Efficiency, Pepco Holdings

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William Ellis As Senior Portfolio Manager of Energy Efficiency, William is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic vision for increasing Demand Side Management programs across Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco. Work includes increasing adoption of behind the meter technology and programs to help customers better manage their energy usage, while leveraging these assets to maximize grid utilization. As Sr. Portfolio Manager, William oversees the development of key strategies for creating customer programs including Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, and the use of Data Analytics to meet aggressive state goals in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. William was a member of Pepco Holdings’ first Engineering Intern class in 2001. William also helped to start and was the first member of first Engineering Rotation class. William has also led PHI’s Mentoring and Diversity Councils and the founder of the Biennial Engineering Career Fair. Civic Involvement William Ellis is a 5th Generation Washingtonian and a past Elected Official in Washington D.C. serving in the capacity as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. William currently sits on the board of Clean Air Partners (Chair), Alumni Governors of Catholic University of America, Association of Energy Service Professionals (Treasurer), and Maryland Clean Energy Center Board Advisory Council. In his free time William enjoys volunteering with the National Society of Black Engineers participating in SAT Preparation Courses, as well as Engineering Fairs and Career Days Education and Professional Licenses William Ellis is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a master’s degree in Engineering Management and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. William is also a University of Idaho Utility Executive Curriculum alumnus, and has a Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University, which he completed in 2014. William is also a currently certified Project Management Profession (PMP).

Michael Ducker

VP, Renewable Fuels & Western Region, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.

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Candice Tsay

Sr. Planning Analyst, REV Demonstration Projects, Con Edison

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Candice Tsay Candice Tsay is a Senior Planning Analyst at Con Edison, responsible for implementing an innovative rate and smart home technology initiative. Her work is focused on testing new ideas and grid edge technologies to give Con Edison’s customers more control and choice over their energy use. Before joining Con Edison, she worked on energy and climate policy at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. She holds a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University

Kristy Fleischmann Groncki

Manager, Strategic Programs, Baltimore Gas & Electric

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Kristy Fleischmann Groncki

Kristy Fleischmann Groncki is Manager of Strategic Programs at BGE with a decade of experience with innovative programs including Energy Efficiency, Smart Grid data analytics and Utility of the Future programs. Most recently, Kristy has been leading BGE’s EVsmart program which provides rebates to residential and multi-unit dwellings for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure as well as providing innovative rate structure to promote electric vehicle adoption. Kristy is also leading the efforts to install a network of BGE-owned public charging infrastructure throughout their service territory.

Seth Frader-Thompson

President, EnergyHub

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Seth Frader-Thompson

Seth co-founded EnergyHub in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Under his leadership, EnergyHub has become a leading Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) provider used by more than 30 utilities. As the creator and forerunner of the Bring Your Own Thermostat® (BYOT) model, EnergyHub offers utilities end-to-end demand response program management, including program design, marketing, and customer support services.

EnergyHub's Mercury DERMS platform for distributed energy resource (DER) management enables utilities and consumers to benefit from participation in demand response programs. Seth is a frequent speaker on DERs, demand response, connected home issues, and he serves on the Executive Committee as a member of the Board of Directors of the Smart Electric Power Alliance.

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 an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.