Regulatory and Business Innovation

Utilities and Regulators Innovating for the Energy System of the Future

The SEPA Regulatory and Business Innovation pathway facilitates sustainable utility business models and the state regulatory processes needed to achieve a carbon-free energy future. Utilities and regulators must innovate to capture the opportunities in this transition.

Utilities are deploying new resources and advanced technologies, and developing new products and services – on their own and in partnership with others – to meet increasing customer expectations and changing public policy objectives. To succeed, utilities need new business models and processes that exploit this environment, and regulation must align utility incentives with customer and public policy objectives.

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Utilities and electric sector stakeholders are key to the energy system of the future, even as business as usual changes. Distributed generation, distributed energy resources, beneficial electrification, resiliency projects, innovative customer utility programs and carbon reducing policies are compelling important changes to the utilities business model.

SEPA can help utilities and electric sector stakeholders transform to create sustainable value for both the industry and their customers.

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  •  Fostered and built effective stakeholder partnerships in utility communities
  • Created Utility of the Future program concept and design for commission filing
  • 700+ utility memberships who turn to SEPA
  • Expert staff with past experience working at fortune 500 utility companies

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Sharon Allan

Chief Strategy Officer

Sharon Allan

Sharon serves as the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer providing leadership and strategic direction for the organization. She is an executive known for business transformation and growth and has advised corporate boards, Fortune 100 companies, venture & private equity companies, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Institute of Standards & Technology, and many U.S. National Laboratories on their efforts to address the transformation of the energy sector.

Prior to joining SEPA, Sharon has driven double-digit growth in both small and large global companies. She has held roles as the CEO of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, managing director/partner, Accenture, president, Elster Integrated Solutions as well as executive roles at ABB. During her time as CEO of SGIP and president of Elster, she executed M&A, launched new software, hardware & service offerings and worked with the respective boards to drive the strategy and growth of the business . At Accenture, she advised top power companies around the world in the areas of innovation, transformation, and new technology

She currently sits on the advisory board of Enertech Capital.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Duke University Fuqua Business School.

Phone: 919.414.2173     Email:

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Janet Gail Besser

Vice President, Regulatory and Business Innovation

Janet Gail Besser

As Vice President of Regulatory and Business Innovation, Janet Gail Besser leads SEPA’s Regulatory and Business Innovation Pathway and related work.  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.

Phone: 202.552.4411     Email:

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