ESNA Conference and Exhibition | November 5-7, 2019 in San Diego, California

Keynotes

President and CEO
CALSTART
John Boesel
President and CEO
CALSTART
John Boesel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CALSTART. The public/private nature of CALSTART is reflected in John's background. Upon graduating from the University of California, Davis, in 1982, John worked in the California legislature as a legislative aide to then Assemblyman (now Congressman) Sam Farr. In that position he managed energy and environmental legislation for nearly four years.

He received his MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley in 1989. After graduating from business school he worked as a commercial banker in Wells Fargo's Corporate Headquarters building in San Francisco. In 1993 John joined CALSTART as the Vice President of Technology Programs. In 2001 the Board of Directors promoted him to the position of President and CEO.

John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University and is also a board member of the Clean Vehicle Foundation.
Commissioner
California Public Utilities Commission
Carla Peterman
Commissioner
California Public Utilities Commission
Carla J. Peterman is the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) assigned Commissioner for a number of proceedings including energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy storage, and several rate cases. She was previously a Commissioner with the California Energy Commission where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, and natural gas. Commissioner Peterman holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Energy and Resources from The University of California Berkeley. She also earned a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Commissioner Peterman holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University.
Executive Director, Electrification
Cummins Inc.
Julie Furber
Executive Director, Electrification
Cummins Inc.
Julie Furber is the Executive Director of the Electrified Power segment at Cummins. She is responsible for overseeing the development and acceleration of Cummins knowledge and capability in electrification, positioning the company to be the leading provider of electrified powertrains in commercial and industrial markets.
A disruptor at heart, Julie has been at the forefront of identifying the products and solutions critical to the success of Cummins customers. Prior to leading the Electrification business, Julie was responsible for product planning and product management across the company’s $8-billion Engine Business, the largest of Cummins’ four business segments. This included all new product programs, market-based innovation and new business incubation.
Julie joined Cummins in 2005 as the Global Finance Director for Cummins Generator Solutions, based in Stamford, England. She then moved to the United States where she has held a variety of key commercial roles, which included leading the global off-highway business for Cummins Emission Solutions, serving as the Global Integrated Account Management leader for PACCAR, Cummins’ largest customer, and leading the entire North American Truck team.
Prior to joining Cummins, Julie had more than 15 years of business leadership experience in sales, operations and finance in diverse industries, including security printing, glass and food.
A native of the United Kingdom, Julie is a qualified accountant and holds bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics from Oxford University. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. Julie and her husband, Paul, have two daughters, Megan and Ella, and reside in Columbus, Indiana.
Senior Policy Advisor
Tesla
Sarah Van Cleve
Senior Policy Advisor
Tesla
Sarah manages Tesla’s state-level energy policy development, collaborating with regulators and legislators on policies affecting the development of energy storage and solar systems, predominantly in the United States. She leads Tesla’s policy on various energy policy issues related to utility-scale and customer-sited systems, including resource planning, procurement, and interconnection. Prior to working at Tesla, Sarah managed energy storage policy at Southern California Edison where she helped guide the utility’s groundbreaking procurement of more than a gigawatt-hour of energy storage systems. Sarah started her career as a financial analyst in electricity and emissions markets working in operations, trading, and market design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA.

Welcome General Session (ESNA+CALSTART) | Where the Future of Power and Transportation Meet

November 6, 2018  5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Energy storage will be critical to helping build out electric vehicle infrastructure. Key stakeholders from government, industry and policy will discuss the transition to a clean transportation future

Senior Vice President of BYD Company Limited & President of BYD Motors Inc.
BYD Motors LLC
Stella Li
Senior Vice President of BYD Company Limited & President of BYD Motors Inc.
BYD Motors LLC
Stella Li is Senior Vice President of BYD Company Limited and President of BYD Motors Inc. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning for BYD’s North American and Latin American operations. Under Stella’s leadership, BYD has achieved exponential international market growth and became a dominant global force in clean technology and consumer electronics. BYD Motors Inc. is an American manufacturing company and a wholly owned subsidiary of BYD Company Ltd, a global technology company with over $15B in revenue annually and over 220,000 employees across the globe. BYD was founded in 1995 as a battery manufacturer and advanced consumer electronics company. In 2003, BYD entered the
automotive market and began to apply its battery expertise to the challenge of transportation, becoming the largest domestic car manufacturer in China. BYD’s unique combination of battery and automotive experience is now revolutionizing every aspect of clean transportation, with a product line of 100% electric buses, trucks, forklifts, passenger vehicles, and monorail systems. BYD’s clean energy division also produces energy storage systems, solar panels, and LED lights.

Keynote 1 | Global Growth in Energy Storage and the Role it Can Play in Transportation Electrification

November 7, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am

This keynote will explore how international cooperation can accelerate global progress in energy storage. Ms. Li will discuss what is happening in transportation and grid sectors in China as it relates to Energy Storage and how that will influence other parts of the world. Ms Li will also touch on how BYD is overcoming supply chain challenges in the energy storage sector.

SVP & Chief Customer Officer
Eversource Energy
Penni McLean-Conner
SVP & Chief Customer Officer
Eversource Energy
Penni McLean-Conner is Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President of Customer Group for Eversource Energy. She is responsible for providing Eversource’s 3.5 million electric and gas customers with high quality customer service and delivering a cost-effective portfolio of electric and gas energy efficiency programs.

Penni is a recognized thought leader in the utility industry with over 25 years of experience implementing positive change, particularly in the areas of leadership, superior customer service and energy efficiency programs. In her current role, Penni leads an integrated team of customer service employees, charged with delivering consistent, positive customer experiences across multiple platforms. This also includes management of an energy efficiency portfolio of programs that tops $500 million annually and provides Eversource customers with highly-valued energy efficiency services ranked number one in the nation.

She is a published author and the customer service columnist for Electric Light and Power Magazine. Penni’s most recent book “Profiles in Excellence: Utility Chief Customer Officers,” shares the stories of eight all-star chief customer officers who have demonstrated success in creating a customer- focused culture. Penni has also published “Customer Service: Utility Style,” and “Energy Efficiency: Principles and Practices.”

Penni is a 2016 recipient of the New England Women in Energy and the Environment Achievement Award. She was also honored in 2017 with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Management.

Penni holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered Professional Engineer. She is active in the industry and her community, serving on several organizations including the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, CS Week, and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission among others.

Keynote 2 | Turning Talk into Action: Delivering on the Massachusetts Energy Storage Mandate

November 7, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am

This keynote will explore the plan for the State of Massachusetts to address its lofty climate policy goals, and how Eversource Energy will leverage energy storage and vehicle electrification to make it happen.

Keynote 3 | Renewable Energy Breakthroughs and the Tipping Point for Storage

November 7, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am

We are at an amazing tipping point with recent renewable energy breakthroughs. To achieve a carbon-free world, the challenge is staggering, but so is the size of the opportunity. Technology and innovation pioneer Bill Gross shares new developments that make this tipping point for energy storage a reality.

Keynote 4 | Raising Voices Against Rising Seas: How Bold Policies are Needed to make Change Happen

November 7, 2018  4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

California Senator Skinner has been a true champion for the environment as the co-author of SB 100 for 100% Clean Electricity by 2045 in California. This inspirational keynote will be a call to bold action for policies that can make a big and urgently needed difference globally for the planet.

Keynote 5 | GHG Free by 2045: Role of Energy Storage in California’s Clean Energy Future

November 7, 2018  4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

With the signing of SB100, the role of energy storage in California’s clean energy future has never been more important. This keynote panel session will feature the architects of California’s bold clean energy future, and their vision for how the electric, transportation and gas sectors must work in concert to realize California’s ambitious goals.

Keynote 6 | From Bio Tech to Clean Tech: How Harnessing Biology and Breakthrough Innovation can Drive Grid Equity and Change the World

November 8, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am

The distinguished Dr. Soon-Shiong, surgeon, entrepreneur, and philanthropist will address the ESNA audience about the role of innovation in bringing clean energy to the developing world. Through his company NantEnergy, over 100 villages in Asia and Africa - many previously that lacked electricity - now have deployed microgrids with energy storage. NantEnergy is helping reinvent the power sector for all with long duration energy storage at <$100/kWh.

Keynote 7 | Energy Storage: A View from New York

November 8, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am

Chair of the New York Public Service Commission and Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Public Service, John Rhodes, will present about updates.

Keynote 8 | Mexico’s Energy Sector Transformation Progress to Date and Storage as an Accelerator

November 8, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am

Energy Commissioner Marcelino Madrigal Martinez will kick off a day of Global Grid discussions and address Mexico's energy market deregulation and the country's efforts to modernize its power sector regulations.