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Membership Elects New Directors to Board

Washington, D.C. –  The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has announced the results of the nonprofit organization’s annual elections for its Board of Directors. Five new members were elected to the Board in elections held last month. The newly elected directors are:

  • Jill Anderson, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Business Development, New York Power Authority
  • Karen Butterfield, Chief Commercial Officer, Stem
  • Caroline Choi, Vice President, Energy and Environmental Policy, Southern California Edison
  • Joe Hoagland, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Chris King, Chief Regulatory Officer, Siemens Smart Grid

In addition, the board appointments of Jim Rogers, former Chairman and CEO of Duke Energy, and Ron Binz, former Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, were ratified by the membership through the election. Both individuals were appointed by Steve Malnight, Board Chairman, earlier this year to fill midterm vacancies.

“Our board represents the growing diversity of the organizations and individuals involved in the evolution of the electric utility industry,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA President and CEO. “In addition to leaders from the utility and solar industries, our governing body now includes a former regulator and executives from companies focused on storage and smart grid technologies that are critical to helping SEPA advance holistic solutions and business models that will provide sustainable winwinwin scenarios for utilities, technology companies and customers.”

SEPA’s 20-member Board of Directors are all elected by the association’s membership.

About SEPA: SEPA is an educational nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to enabling the transition to a clean energy economy by facilitating utility integration and deployment of solar, distributed energy resources, and supporting technologies onto the grid . SEPA is the founder and coorganizer of Solar Power International, the nation’s largest solar energy conference and trade show. SEPA provides a range of reports, educational events, networking opportunities and advisory consulting services to its members.

Media contact: K Kaufmann, 202-379-1637 or [email protected].


New directors elected to the SEPA Board of Directors: Individual profiles

Jill Anderson, New York Power Authority Jill Anderson is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development at the New York Power Authority (NYPA). She is a member of NYPA’s Executive Management Committee and also serves as Chief of Staff. Anderson leads new power generation and electric transmission project development initiatives and new business development and is responsible for energy policy, external relationship management, communications, regulatory strategy, and sustainability. Prior to joining NYPA, Anderson held positions at Hess Corporation and Con Ed in New York. She holds a Master of Business Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Boston University.

Karen Butterfield, Stem Karen Butterfield is Chief Commercial Officer at Stem, a Californiabased distributed energy storage provider. She leads the commercialization of the company’s distributed energy storage offering, overseeing strategy, policy, marketing, business development and channel partnering. With more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector, Butterfield worked at SunPower and Honeywell Grid Solutions prior to joining Stem. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in economics.

Caroline Choi, Southern California Edison Caroline Choi is Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy at Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies, and analysis and development of longterm environmental, energy and technology strategies for SCE. She also directs case management for key regulatory filings and develops and maintains partnerships with state and federal environmental policymakers. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, she held various positions at Progress Energy. Choi holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

Joe Hoagland, Tennessee Valley Authority Joe Hoagland is Vice President for Stakeholder Relations at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), responsible for strategic engagement of stakeholders for the agency’s energy resources and natural resource stewardship efforts. He also directs the planning and implementation of research to improve TVA’s power system and develops its Integrated Resource Planning Process. A TVA employee since 1992, Hoagland earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Southern Utah University and holds master’s and doctorate degrees in physical chemistry from Washington State University.

Chris King, Siemens Smart Grid Chris King is Global Chief Regulatory Officer of Siemens Smart Grid, leading worldwide policy and strategy initiatives that emphasize renewables integration, energy efficiency, grid efficiency, demand response and customer engagement. Prior to Siemens, King held management or executive positions at the U.S.’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, and three Silicon Valley energy startups. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from Stanford University, a master’s from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and a doctorate from Concord Law School.