Director of Rate Design, SEIA
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.
Principal of Utility Business Models, SEPA
Senior Vice President. Strategy and Corporate Development, Edison International
Director of Environmental Services and Sustainability, SDG&E
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.
President, S Curve Strategies
CEO, Utility API
Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission
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.
Manager, Grid Integration, NREL
Policy Director, Calstart
Senior Director of Market Development, EVGo
Air Pollution Specialist, California Energy Commission
Stephen S. Kalland
Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center
Manager, Policy and Outreach, Xcel Energy
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.
Manager of Research, SEPA
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.
Vice President of Electricity and Efficiency, Great Plains Institute
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.
CEO, Blue Planet Energy
Renewable Energy Segment Manager, Eaton
Vice President of Emerging Technologies, Emera
Manager of Industry Strategy, SEPA
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.
Principal Technical Lead, EPRI
Principal, The Brattle Group
Principal of Grid Integration, SEPA
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
Senior Vice President, ICF
Vice President and Senior Technical Director, ICF
President and CEO, Enbala
Research Director, Guidehouse
Vice President, Industry Solutions, SEPA
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
Principal of Transportation Electrification, SEPA
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.
Director of Programs, Sagewell, Inc
SVP, Siemens eMobility
IT Enterprise Architect, AEP
Senior Consultant, Utilicast
Lead Business and Technical Consultant, Duke Energy
Administrator of GridWise Architecture Council, PNNL
Senior Manager of Research, SEPA
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.
Director, Integrated System Strategy, SCE
Senior Advisor, DOE
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.
Commissioner, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Director of Distributed Energy Resources, ICF
Electrical Engineer, Southern California Edison
President, J.O.B Technologies
Director of Industry Strategy, SEPA
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.
Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Founder and CEO, ConnectDER
Manager, Solutions Engineering, Olivine, Inc.
Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project
CEO, Arizona Public Service
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.
Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability, PPL
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.
General Manager, Austin Energy
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.
Global Head of Sustainable Finance Business and Innovation, S&P Global
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.
Chairman of the Board, ESS, Inc.
Vice President of Investor Relations, Eversource Energy
Managing Director, Group Head of IG Research, TIAA Investments
Senior Vice President of Energy Supply and Finance, Edison Electric Institute
Co-Founder, Spot the Dog, Former CEO, Green Mountain Power
President and Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear Energy Institute
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.
Chief Strategy Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Co-Founder, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
CEO, LHA Ventures, Former Hawaii PUC Commissioner
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
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.
Director of Innovation, Duquesne Light
Danielle Sass Byrnett
Director, Center for Partnerships & Innovation, NARUC
President and CEO, PXiSE Energy Solutions
VP, Power Supply, ENGIE North America
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.
Managing Director, Energy and Environmental Policy, Southern California Edison
Executive Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership
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.
Sr. Portfolio Manager, Energy Efficiency, Pepco Holdings
VP, Renewable Fuels & Western Region, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Sr. Planning Analyst, REV Demonstration Projects, Con Edison
Kristy Fleischmann Groncki
Manager, Strategic Programs, Baltimore Gas & Electric
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.
Joep van Genuchten
Data Architect, Alliander
Joep specializes in information modeling in UML and OWL and adoption of information standards like IEC-CIM and Inspire.
I believe that thorough data management starts with good information modeling: how can you manage your data if you don't really know what it represents? How can data help an organization if it doesn't reflect it's processes? No matter what your data management challenges, the solution starts with a data model, ideally based on standards, that addresses the challenges that an organization faces and relates to the words that the organization uses to describe it's challenges: data is language.