Where Energy Transformation Happens

Three Afternoons. Nine Working Groups. Solving Today's Carbon-Free Transformation Challenges.
September 22 - 24, 2020

The SEPA Working Groups will lead you through short, virtual sessions going deep into the trends and challenges of the transition to a carbon-free energy system.

What to Expect

Forget listen-only mode and get ready to collaborate. You will be joining other practitioners who are ready to roll up their sleeves and tackle some of the tough obstacles facing the electric power industry.

  • Short, In-Depth Sessions
    In 30 minute sprints, you’ll dive deep into various contemporary challenges facing clean energy practitioners
  • Solutions-Focused Content
    You’re here to do more than talk about the problems. Each session is focused on identifying the next steps and remedies needed to grow the carbon-free energy system.
  • Make an Impact After You Log Off
    The work and collaboration continues after the virtual meeting. Each working group will continue working on the solutions identified in the virtual meeting through the Groups Platform.


Community Solar | Customer Grid Edge | Cybersecurity | Grid Architecture | Microgrids | Energy Storage | Electric Vehicles | Transactive Energy | Testing and Certifications | Energy Services Interface

Featured Session Leads

Jared Leader

Manager, Industry Strategy

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.

Outside of business hours, Jared enjoys skiing, hiking and spending time in the great outdoors.

Phone: (202) 609-8938     Email: jleader@sepapower.org

Cynthia Hunt Jaehne

Director, Engagement

Cynthia Hunt Jaehne

Cynthia leads the executive engagement programs, Working Group communities, and online learning at SEPA. Cynthia’s project management experience coupled with her knowledge of the trends, barriers, and approaches relating to the successful and sustainable integration, deployment and utilization of solar and distributed energy resource technologies informs her role developing and executing programs for SEPA.

Prior to joining SEPA, Cynthia was a Project Manager for Morse Associates, Inc. in Washington, DC. Cynthia has more than 10 years of experience managing utility-scale solar PV and CSP studies and initiatives for a number of clients both in the U.S. and internationally.

Cynthia has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Carolina.

Outside of her professional work and interests, Cynthia’s dogs keep her running and she is a comedy-loving movie nerd, a voracious reader, and a classically trained pianist.

Phone: 202.595.1148     Email: cjaehne@sepapower.org

Erika Myers

Principal, Transportation Electrification

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.

In her spare time, Erika volunteers for her city’s Energy Transition Subcommittee where she identified donations for the city’s first bank of public EV chargers. She also volunteers as a regular guest speaker for the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and mentors young professionals interested in a clean transportation career.

Phone: 202.379.1615     Email: emyers@sepapower.org

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