2019 Speakers

ESNA speakers are implementing innovative energy storage programs, inventing cutting-edge technologies and developing the next-generation of energy policy. By bringing different stakeholders on stage together, ESNA helps to break down barriers and lay the foundation for new markets.

2019 Featured Speakers

KEYNOTE

Martin Adams
Martin Adams
General Manager and Chief Engineer
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
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Martin Adams
Martin Adams
General Manager and Chief Engineer
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Martin Adams is the General Manager and Chief Engineer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest publicly-owned utility. He took over the leadership role in July 2019 after three years as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the City’s water and power systems.

He leads an organization of more than 10,000 employees delivering water and power to the 4 million residents of Los Angeles. Mr. Adams has more than 35 years of experience with at LADWP, where he started in 1984 as an entry level engineer in the Water System, eventually leading that organization as the Senior Assistant General Manager of Water. During the course of his career, Mr. Adams worked throughout the Water System and was directly involved with the planning and implementation of major changes to water storage, conveyance, and treatment facilities to meet new water quality regulations. He has spent almost half of his career in system operations, including ten years as the Director of Water Operations in charge of the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the Los Angeles water delivery system, including the Los Angeles Aqueduct and other supply sources, pump stations, reservoirs, water treatment, and management of Water System properties.

Mr. Adams is a native of the greater Los Angeles area and lives with his family in Burbank, where he served for nine years on that city’s Water and Power board. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Brad Albert
Brad Albert
Vice President, Resource Management
Arizona Public Service Company
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Brad Albert
Brad Albert
Vice President, Resource Management
Arizona Public Service Company

Brad Albert is Vice President of Resource Management for Arizona Public Service Company (APS). Based in Phoenix, APS is Arizona’s largest electric utility company and serves nearly 1.2 million customers across the state.

Brad is responsible for long-term resource planning; acquisition activities for both conventional and renewable resources; fuel procurement activities, including long-term coal supply contracts and natural gas pipeline transportation contracts; and all energy commodity trading activities for APS. In this role, he has been instrumental in advancing the company’s efforts to study and deploy energy storage technologies.

Brad has been with the company for 35 years and has had a variety of responsibilities, including within the areas of resource planning, resource acquisitions, risk management, energy trading and nuclear power plant licensing.
He is President of the Board for the Valley of the Sun YMCA, where he also serves on the Finance Committee, Financial Development Committee and Executive Committee.
Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Arizona State University.
Raj Apte
Raj Apte
Principal Engineer
X, Alphabet's Moonshot Factory
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Raj Apte
Raj Apte
Principal Engineer
X, Alphabet's Moonshot Factory
Dr. Raj B Apte is Principal Engineer for new projects, responsible for identifying and developing early stage moonshots. He initiated and led project Malta, a breakthrough pumped thermal energy storage solution that will enable greater use of wind and solar energy, a pollution- and carbon-free grid. Prior to joining X in 2015, Raj managed a research team and clean room at Xerox PARC, where he worked on polysilicon circuitry for ultrasonic and x-ray imaging, the internet of things, novel MEMs displays, electronic paper, organic and printed transistors, and amorphous-silicon x-ray cameras. Five start-up companies have licensed his inventions, and he has played a significant role in bringing five new technologies to market: thermal energy storage, ultrasonic fingerprint scanner (in the S10), printed organic electronics, digital x-ray sensors, and micromachined diffractive displays.

Raj holds MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University and BS with Distinction from UC Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering. He has 75 publications and 61 issued patents.
Alicia Barton
Alicia Barton
President & CEO
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
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Alicia Barton
Alicia Barton
President & CEO
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Alicia Barton is president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment.
Ms. Barton has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and companies for over a decade including serving as co-chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, chief of operations of the Global Utility business unit at SunEdison and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a publicly supported agency that funds and accelerates the development of the clean energy sector. Prior to serving as CEO of MassCEC, Ms. Barton was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP); Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office; and Deputy General Counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
Dr. Falk Bomeke
Dr. Falk Bomeke
Director on Bilateral Energy Cooperation
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Dr. Falk Bomeke
Dr. Falk Bomeke
Director on Bilateral Energy Cooperation
Bömeke’s responsibilities cover the bilateral energy cooperation with North America, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Australia as well as the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, a large annual
international energy conference. Bömeke also has led the Economic and Energy Division at the German Embassy in Pretoria. He has also worked as an Economic Counselor at the German Embassy in Washington and in the European Department of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin as well as in the Parliamentary and Cabinet Division, the Automobile and Electric Vehicle Division and the European Law Division at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs.
Prakash Chandra
Prakash Chandra
Renewable Hybrids Leader
GE Renewable Energy
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Prakash Chandra
Prakash Chandra
Renewable Hybrids Leader
GE Renewable Energy
Prakash Chandra is the Renewable Hybrids Leader for GE Renewable Energy since April 1st, 2019. In his role, Prakash Chandra drives the growth strategy for the renewable hybrid initiative that combines solar inverters, energy storage and renewable hybrids capabilities.

Since October 2017, Prakash was Chief Financial Officer for GE Renewable Energy’s Hydro business. Previously, Prakash was the global CFO for the GE Boilers business, within GE Steam Power Systems. Since 2014, Prakash held a dual role as CFO for GE Power in Asia Pacific and Regional CFO for GE in South East Asia (ASEAN).

Prakash started his career with GE in India as part of the Financial Management Program and then joined the Corporate Audit Staff. His experience on these leadership programs over 6 years included financial, compliance, M&A and risk management work across Healthcare, Energy, Media, Commercial Finance, Capital Markets, Consumer Finance and the Reinsurance businesses in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific markets. Over the following 5 years, Prakash held various roles in GE’s Financial services businesses in Asia based in Tokyo and then subsequently in Singapore where he was the CFO for GE Capital in the South East Asia region before moving to his Regional CFO role in GE ASEAN in 2011.

Prakash graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bangalore, India. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Logan Goldie-Scot
Logan Goldie-Scot
Head, Energy Storage
BloombergNEF
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Logan Goldie-Scot
Logan Goldie-Scot
Head, Energy Storage
BloombergNEF
Logan leads BloombergNEF’s analysis on the global energy storage markets, providing insight on technology, markets, policies and regulation, and the competitive landscape. He advises utilities, technology companies, investors, and policymakers; has authored numerous research papers; and regularly speaks at international conferences and in the mainstream media. Previously, Logan was a Senior Associate within the Energy Smart Technologies team and regularly works on consulting projects for clients. He joined BloombergNEF in 2009 as an analyst focused on the wind and solar sectors across the Middle East and Africa. Logan holds an MA (Hons) from Edinburgh University in Arabic
David Hochschild
David Hochschild
Chair
California Energy Commission
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David Hochschild
David Hochschild
Chair
California Energy Commission
David Hochschild was appointed chair of the California Energy Commission by Governor Gavin Newsom in February 2019. He fills the environmental position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members are required by law to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.

Chair Hochschild's career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy, and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a special assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where Chair Hochschild launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He also cofounded the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state, and federal levels. He was executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. From 2007 to 2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

For his work to advance clean energy, Chair Hochschild was awarded the Sierra Club's Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association's Clean Air Hero Award, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Million Solar Roof True Champion Award. Chair Hochschild holds a bachelor of arts from Swarthmore College and a master of public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

Ted Miller
Ted Miller
Manager of Electrification Subsystems and Power Supply Research
Ford Motor Company
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Ted Miller
Ted Miller
Manager of Electrification Subsystems and Power Supply Research
Ford Motor Company
Ted Miller is Ford Motor Company Manager of Electrification Subsystems and Power Supply Research. He is responsible for Ford global electrification subsystem and power supply research. His team delivers battery system design innovations, including advanced cell technology, packaging, thermal, EDS, EMC, charging, power conversion, energy management and modeling. They provide subject matter expertise from raw materials to end-of-life recycling and second use. The team also leads collaboration in energy storage research with university, industrial, and National Lab partners. Mr. Miller is Chairman of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium Management Committee, as well as a member of several strategic and external advisory boards, including Idaho National Lab, the University of Michigan Energy Institute, Cobalt 27, and the Energy Frontier Research Center for Sodium Based Energy Storage.
Ramya Swaminathan
Ramya Swaminathan
CEO
MALTA Inc.
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Ramya Swaminathan
Ramya Swaminathan
CEO
MALTA Inc.
Ramya Swaminathan joined Malta from Rye Development, where she was CEO and Co-founder. Under her leadership, Rye Development grew to be the leading developer of new hydropower projects in the United States and its portfolio of development projects, held at its holdco affiliate, FFP New Hydro, advanced from concept through FERC licensing and late stage development financing. She was also responsible for the expansion of Rye’s platform into energy storage, with the addition of two sizable pumped hydro storage development projects in the Pacific Northwest. At Rye Development, Ms. Swaminathan led a multi-disciplinary team, with specialists in engineering and construction, regulatory and environmental aspects, and power marketing. She also led the company through several financing rounds, both at the platform and the project levels.
Prior to her work in the hydropower space, Ms. Swaminathan was a public finance banker, most recently as a Director at UBS, where she focused on public power clients and senior managed more than $10 billion in financings. Ms. Swaminathan holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Anthropology from Amherst College.
John Zahurancik
John Zahurancik
Chief Operating Officer
Fluence
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John Zahurancik
John Zahurancik
Chief Operating Officer
Fluence
As Chief Operating Officer, John Zahurancik directs the Fluence teams that create and deliver storage solutions and services to leading customers around the world. Working with progressive power system players, John and his teams create valuable business use cases for grid-scale storage, educate storage users in these benefits, manage the deployment of new systems, and help service these systems throughout their complete lifecycle.

John was a cofounder of AES Energy Storage in 2007, a recognized market leader, and led AES' team in pioneering nearly 500MW of utility-scale applications of battery-based energy storage projects in the U.S., Chile, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, and the Dominican Republic.

Accomplishments include the deployment of the world’s largest grid connected lithium ion battery (five times), the first power purchase agreement for energy storage at the 100MW Alamitos Power Center, and the first multi-megawatt scale storage systems approved in six countries.

John is a regular industry speaker on energy storage, innovation, and leadership and is often quoted on these topics in mainstream and industry journals. Prior to energy storage, John worked at AES in retail power and fiber telecommunications, and as a consultant and market analyst to the telecommunications industry.

John holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's in economics and social science from Florida State University.

PRESENTERS

Allan Abela
Allan Abela
CCO & EVP
EPC Power Corp.
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Allan Abela
Allan Abela
CCO & EVP
EPC Power Corp.
Allan Abela, CCO, is a co-founder of EPC Power Corp, with over 15 years in the power electronics industry. Responsible for driving expansion and growth of EPC Power into new market segments and partnering with leaders in the Energy Storage space.
Allan bridges the gap between customer’s technical requirements and the EPC engineering, R&D, and manufacturing teams. Allan has successfully partnered EPC with a number of large OEM’s who have integrated EPC technology into their products.
2020 will see EPC entering the Australian and European markets while at the same time expanding here at home in North America. Allan’s hands-on customer service approach successfully guides new projects from development through manufacturing, deployment, and commissioning.
He, his wife Alyson and their three children live in San Diego, California.
Dr. Fabio Albano
Dr. Fabio Albano
Vice President of Technology
NantEnergy, Inc.
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Dr. Fabio Albano
Dr. Fabio Albano
Vice President of Technology
NantEnergy, Inc.
Dr. Fabio Albano is Vice President of Technology at NantEnergy, Inc. (formerly Fluidic Energy), where he oversees the company’s research and development of advanced battery technologies for large-scale energy storage. He brings extensive experience in battery technology to lead a team that is focused on expanding the performance and efficiency of NantEnergy’s range of rechargeable metal-air batteries based on proprietary cathodes, electrolyte materials, and manufacturing methods.
Prior to joining NantEnergy, Dr. Albano was Vice President of Battery Systems at Fisker Inc., a manufacturer engaged in the development of fully electric vehicles. He also has served as the Chief Technology Officer of ZAF Energy, a Zn-air and Ni-Zn battery manufacturer in Montana using novel manufacturing approaches to 3D electrodes. He was the Chief Scientific Officer of XALT Energy (formerly Dow-Kokam) from 2013 to 2016. He also acted as a founding member of EPS (2011) and Sakti3 (2007), a solid-state Li-ion battery manufacturer acquired by Dyson for $90M in 2015. Dr. Albano is responsible for more than 30 domestic and international patents and publications, and has invented materials recipes for cathode, anode and solid electrolytes. Dr. Albano holds a Ph.D. and Master degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Hala Ballouz
Hala Ballouz
President
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.
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Hala Ballouz
Hala Ballouz
President
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.
Hala N. Ballouz has been a lead consultant in the electric power industry since 1991. She is the Owner and President of Electric Power Engineers, Inc. and has over 20 years’ experience as Professional Engineer (P.E.) in power systems and energy market study.

Ms. Ballouz has been a consultant and advisor nationally and internationally. She is an innovator in the holistic study of planning and operation of transmission and distribution (T&D), and integration of generation, load. and distributed resources.

Hala has also founded GridNEXT, while President of the Texas Renewables Energy Association (TREIA). She is also a board member of several organizations in the energy industry. She is currently leading the innovative development of integrating smart grids into T&D planning and operation through innovative software development and application.

Through an excellent team of power systems engineers, her company is on a path of growth to exceed 40% annually.
Scott Barrington
Scott Barrington
Business Development Manager
Trimark Associates, Inc.
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Scott Barrington
Scott Barrington
Business Development Manager
Trimark Associates, Inc.
Scott Barrington has worked for Trimark Associates for over 9 years . He has managed some of the largest projects that Trimark has completed, including the Navy smart grid infrastructure project. He is the SME for energy storage and microgrid projects for Trimark. Scott has over 20 years of professional experience in computing system design and implementation.
James Bell
James Bell
President & CEO
Viking Cold Solutions
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James Bell
James Bell
President & CEO
Viking Cold Solutions
James Bell was appointed as President & CEO of Viking Cold Solutions in 2015, after almost two decades of experience in the finance, energy services, and renewables industries. James has an extensive background ranging from energy efficiency technologies to renewables to upstream oil and gas. His experience around the globe in energy finance and investing has led to leadership roles in corporations and made him a subject matter expert on energy storage finance. His recent speaking engagements include the 2018 Energy Storage Summit in London, HORIZON18, HORIZON19, NY BEST Energy Storage Innovation Conference 2019, and Solar & Storage Finance & Investment Texas.
Corey Benson
Corey Benson
Manager, Business Development
EnergyHub
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Corey Benson
Corey Benson
Manager, Business Development
EnergyHub
Corey Benson is a Manager of Business Development at EnergyHub, where he is responsible for the development and growth of EnergyHub’s distributed energy resource vendor ecosystem, including the battery companies participating in the National Grid ConnectedSolutions program. Prior to joining EnergyHub, Corey has held positions at Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, and Joule Assets Inc., a boutique project finance firm specializing in energy efficiency investments for commercial buildings.

Corey holds a BA in Political Science from Williams College, and an MSc, Sustainable Development (Energy & Resources) from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Michael Berlinski
Michael Berlinski
Director, Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solutions
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Michael Berlinski
Michael Berlinski
Director, Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solutions
Mike joined CES in 2014 in the Emerging Technologies group and is a recognized leader in the energy storage industry. Mike assists his clients by providing market intelligence, guidance for project development, and market analysis. Mike is an expert in FERC-related energy storage issues, and has specialized expertise in the PJM and New England markets. Mike’s work supports clients engaged in the advancement of nondiscriminatory and efficient wholesale market rules for electric storage resources.
Previously, Mike was Manager of Regulatory Affairs at a leading energy storage developer and was very active in promoting rules to enhance market opportunities for storage resources. He also helped bring new energy storage projects online, and assisted with their operational and financial management. Prior to that, Mike held various energy consulting positions in the private and public sectors. Mike holds an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Wesleyan University.
Louise Bick
Louise Bick
Advanced Technology Policy Manager
San Diego Gas & Electric
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Louise Bick
Louise Bick
Advanced Technology Policy Manager
San Diego Gas & Electric
Louise Bick is the Advanced Technology Policy Manager at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). In this position, Louise is responsible for helping to deploy technologies such as energy storage and microgrids and represents SDG&E’s policy positions in relevant proceedings. Previously, she has held roles in strategic planning and financial analysis at SDG&E. Prior to joining SDG&E, she has held roles in mergers and acquisitions, finance, and treasury at a Fortune 500 energy company based out of Boston, MA. Louise holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University and a master’s degree in business administration from Babson College.
Julie Blunden
Julie Blunden
Chief Commercial Officer
EVgo
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Julie Blunden
Julie Blunden
Chief Commercial Officer
EVgo
Julie Blunden is the Chief Commercial Officer at EVgo, responsible for revenue, partnerships as well as network and market development. Blunden has more than three decades of executive experience, growing rapidly expanding companies in new energy markets, including senior roles at SunPower, Green Mountain Energy, KEMA Xenergy, and SunEdison, as well as serving as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ClimateWorks Foundation. She is Board Chair of CalCEF Catalyst and Board Member of CalCEF Ventures, a Board Member of the Energy Storage Association, as well as former Executive in Residence for the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver’s Business School.
Blunden has an engineering and environmental studies degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Rich Brody
Rich Brody
Director of Sales and Marketing
Lockheed Martin Energy
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Rich Brody
Rich Brody
Director of Sales and Marketing
Lockheed Martin Energy
Richard Brody is Director of Sales and Marketing for Energy Storage at Lockheed Martin Energy, where he launched the GridStar® Lithium system and is now focused on strategy and business development for GridStar® Flow, a new battery technology for large-scale, long duration applications.
Prior to Lockheed Martin, Richard led business development at Primus Power, SustainX, and PowerGenix. In nearly a decade at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Richard was President of international operations in Moscow, then Vice President of International Business Development at UTC Power, where he established the company’s clean energy business in Asia and Europe. Before UTC, Richard worked at the White House as Special Advisor on International Affairs to Vice President Al Gore.
Richard has a B.A. from Columbia University and an MA/Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Brent Buffington
Brent Buffington
Senior Manager, Generation Asset Optimization and Performance Reporting
Southern California Edison
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Brent Buffington
Brent Buffington
Senior Manager, Generation Asset Optimization and Performance Reporting
Southern California Edison
Brent Buffington is a Senior Manager in the Generation Asset Management group at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the largest investor-owned electric utilities in the US. SCE Generation manages a small but diverse resource portfolio including hydroelectric, combined-cycle natural gas, thermal-battery hybrids, and stand-alone energy storage. Brent has held several analytical, operational, and leadership positions within the areas of energy procurement and generation market operations at SCE. He holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economics and Master’s Degree in Economics from California State University, Long Beach.
Ed Burgess
Ed Burgess
Senior Director
Strategen
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Ed Burgess
Ed Burgess
Senior Director
Strategen
Ed helps to lead the utility and government consulting practices at Strategen. He specializes in evaluation and design of policies and programs to advance deployment distributed energy resources, demand-side management programs, energy storage and grid integration of renewable energy. Ed has served clients in renewable energy, energy efficiency, vehicle-to-grid integration and energy storage, including several Fortune 500 companies, major energy project developers, trade associations, utilities, government agencies, universities and foundations. His analysis has given companies strategic insight into clean energy investment opportunities and has helped to guide regulations and policies in many states across the country, including New York’s recent adoption of a 1,500 MW energy storage deployment goal.

Prior to joining Strategen, Ed worked as an independent consultant where he provided technical analysis to a law firm in Arizona, supporting the firm’s clients in cases before the Arizona Corporation Commission. He also worked with Schlegel & Associates to provide technical analysis on demand-side management policies in Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania and several other states that have led to billions of dollars in new energy efficiency investments. Ed also played a lead role in two major initiatives at Arizona State University: The Utility of the Future Center and the Energy Policy Innovation Council where he conducted research and policy analysis for the Governor's Office of Energy Policy, the Department of Environmental Quality, and other major stakeholders in Arizona. At the Utility of the Future Center, he also worked with utilities and former public utility commissioners across the country to develop a strategic approach and model rules for transitioning to a distributed energy future.

Ed earned his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Princeton University and two degrees from Arizona State University - Master of Science (M.S.) in Sustainability and Professional Science Master (P.S.M.) of Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization.
Steve Cummings
Steve Cummings
Director, Sensors Business Unit
Nexceris
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Steve Cummings
Steve Cummings
Director, Sensors Business Unit
Nexceris
Steve Cummings is the Director of the Sensors Business Unit at Nexceris where he has worked for the past 15 years. Steve has worked in the area of battery safety for much of his career including design and development of safety related products for the battery industry. His experience includes battery testing and characterization of off-gas species from lithium ion batteries prior to thermal runaway with a focus on mitigation of battery failures. He is active as a subject matter expert for development of codes and standards addressing gas detection and battery safety.
Maryline Daviaud Lewett
Maryline Daviaud Lewett
Director of Business Development
Black & Veatch
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Maryline Daviaud Lewett
Maryline Daviaud Lewett
Director of Business Development
Black & Veatch
Maryline leads sales and partnerships in distributed infrastructure and sustainable transportation for Black & Veatch's Transformative Technologies business. The group has extensive experience in design and engineering, procurement, and construction of electric vehicle charging infrastructure networks, fuel cell vehicle filling station networks, and behind-the-meter energy storage. Maryline has over 20 years in the CleanTech, Life Sciences, and Software industries.
 Her previous experience includes Management positions in the Electric Vehicles division of Schneider Electric, Akamai Technologies, and TechSoup Global. Maryline holds a BA in Economics from Nantes University, France, and an MBA in Sustainability Management from the Presidio Graduate School, San Francisco.
John Dempsey
John Dempsey
Manager of Transmission Development
PSE&G
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John Dempsey
John Dempsey
Manager of Transmission Development
PSE&G
John is the Manager of Transmission Development at PSE&G. John’s job is to find ways for PSE&G to invest in non-traditional energy infrastructure to support the modern grid. To do this, John evaluates changes in technology and public policy to identify growth opportunities for PSE&G. Specifically, John has focused most recently on investment opportunities in energy storage and offshore wind.

John has been with PSE&G for three years. Prior to PSE&G he spent 8 years at Exelon in various development roles.
Jacqueline DeRosa
Jacqueline DeRosa
VP, Battery Energy Storage Systems
Ameresco
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Jacqueline DeRosa
Jacqueline DeRosa
VP, Battery Energy Storage Systems
Ameresco
As Vice President of Battery Energy Storage Systems, Jacqueline strategically drives energy storage project development opportunities for Ameresco. Jacqueline’s career has covered energy policy and regulatory reform, energy storage consulting, and commercial project development. Before Ameresco, Ms. DeRosa was Vice President for Emerging Technologies at Customized Energy Solutions, where she advised clients on how to value energy storage resources and interpret changing market rules. Jacqueline serves on the Executive Board for the national Energy Storage Association (ESA) and has been involved in ESA’s efforts to educate stakeholders about new technologies and promote fair rules for storage.
Chad Dixon
Chad Dixon
Consultant - Emerging Technology
Customized Energy Solutions
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Chad Dixon
Chad Dixon
Consultant - Emerging Technology
Customized Energy Solutions
Chad is a Consultant in the Emerging Technologies division of Customized Energy Solutions and specializes in the PJM footprint. Chad provides emerging technology investors, project developers, integrators and other market participants with market intelligence and qualitative/quantitative consulting services. Chad also participates in ISO/RTO stakeholder processes involving renewable energy and energy storage technology.

Before joining CES, Chad worked as a Market Analyst and Operator for a Demand Response and Energy Storage startup company. Here he gained experience providing analysis on new and emerging markets for Demand Response and Energy Storage, Utility Demand Management and holds a PJM Generation Operator Certification.
Heather Donaldson
Heather Donaldson
Project Director
Black & Veatch Management Consulting
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Heather Donaldson
Heather Donaldson
Project Director
Black & Veatch Management Consulting
Heather Donaldson is a Project Director with Black & Veatch Management Consulting. Ms. Donaldson is a recognized thought leader serving as a member and advisor in forums focused on enabling technical capabilities, business model and policy changes. Her experience spans electricity industry domains including distribution and transmission planning, distributed energy resource integration, wholesale markets, and grid modernization.

Prior to joining Black & Veatch, Ms. Donaldson served as a Gubernatorial appointee to the California Public Utilities Commission, providing technical expertise concerning grid modernization as well as facilitating interconnection disputes between utilities and developers. Ms. Donaldson joined Southern California Edison (SCE) in August 2015 as a leader in electric system planning. In this role, she focused on bridging the communications gap between engineering need for grid modernization and policy development in regulatory arenas. Before joining SCE, Ms. Donaldson held multiple roles at the California Independent System Operator (ISO) in regulatory policy and smart grid technology and strategy. Prior to the ISO, she delivered software and consulting solutions aimed at facilitating wholesale energy market participation. She is an a former member of the DOE Electricity Advisory Committee, DOE GridWise Architecture Council, and NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee. Ms. Donaldson holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and a MBA from the University of Utah.
Paul Duncan
Paul Duncan
Practice Leader, Energy Storage and Grid Modernization
MPR Associates, Inc.
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Paul Duncan
Paul Duncan
Practice Leader, Energy Storage and Grid Modernization
MPR Associates, Inc.
Mr. Duncan has over 26 years of experience in business and technology development with the last 15 years focused on the energy sector serving electric utilities and their customers. His functional expertise includes substation- and behind-the-meter-scale energy storage, distributed energy resource (DER) assets and their management systems (DERMS), integration of renewable energy, microgrid resiliency, and thought leadership surrounding all aspects of electric utility distribution operations. Recent focal points of work effort include substation microgrid program design/deployment, large-scale smart inverter program design/deployment to include interconnection and low cost monitoring and control, development of DoD microgrid resiliency requirements, and DERMS development/deployment. Mr. Duncan lives in the Washington, D.C. area, has called Virginia home for over 37 years, is married to a beautiful bride for the last 26 years who still tolerates him, and is the proud father to two nationally-ranked divers.
Tom Fenimore
Tom Fenimore
Business Development Manager
Duke Energy
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Tom Fenimore
Tom Fenimore
Business Development Manager
Duke Energy
Currently works in the Duke Energy Distributed Energy Technologies group supporting technical Business Development for Energy Storage and Microgrids across the Duke Energy Regulated territories.

Experience includes design, construction, controls development, commissioning, testing and operational experience with energy storage, solar and microgrids.

Project Highlights include:
• McAlpine Microgrid in South Charlotte. The industries first Distribution Circuit located microgrid provides renewable energy and backup generation for the City of Charlotte, Fire Station #24. Operational since July 2015.
• Developed controls, islanding and protection schemes for a distribution based microgrid consisting of only inverter based (battery and solar) generation.

Currently testing “beyond Lithium Ion” Energy Storage technology including:
• EOS Znyth Battery Chemistry testing at McAlpine Solar field (2019)

Registered Professional Engineer in NC & SC.

Instructor with the NC State University Energy Management Diploma Program.

Member of IEEE and serves as an advisor to the EPRI P94 program on Energy Storage and the EPRI Energy Storage Integration Council.
Yuri Freedman
Yuri Freedman
Senior Director, Business Development
Southern California Gas Company
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Yuri Freedman
Yuri Freedman
Senior Director, Business Development
Southern California Gas Company
Yuri has broad experience in development and acquisitions of energy infrastructure assets. In his current role of Senior Director of Business Development, he manages the portfolio of growth initiatives and R&D activities of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the largest North American gas utility. Prior to his current role he held the position of Director of Commercial Development for Sempra LNG, and previously held the positions of Director of Infrastructure Investments and Director of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions at Sempra Energy.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Yuri held the positions of Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group and Vice President at GE Energy Financial Services. He began his career as a geologist working in Arctic regions of Western Siberia on the development and construction of natural gas pipelines.
Yuri serves on the board of CALSTART. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a PhD in Environmental Science and Energy Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
Mark Frigo
Mark Frigo
Vice President, Head of Energy Storage, North America
E.ON
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Mark Frigo
Mark Frigo
Vice President, Head of Energy Storage, North America
E.ON
Mr. Mark A. Frigo currently is Vice President, Head of Energy Storage, North America for E.ON, an international privately-owned energy supplier which is focused on renewables, energy networks and customer solutions. Mr. Frigo has spent over a decade of his career at E.ON. He currently leads the energy storage business for E.ON in North America, and is responsible for all aspects of that business, including business planning, personnel, and project development and execution.

Mr. Frigo was lead on E.ON’s successful endeavor to establish its first energy storage facility in Arizona, launching the company’s efforts to bring reliable and efficient storage solutions to that region. His team has subsequently built two additional energy storage projects in Texas helping to stabilize the ERCOT grid. During his time at E.ON, Mr. Frigo has also led other critical groups for E.ON’s North American business, including the Energy Marketing group, which was responsible for all revenue related activities including power purchase agreements, hedges, and renewable energy credit transactions, the Market Operations & Analysis group, which is responsible for all generation dispatch and scheduling, regulatory compliance, transmission, and market analysis functions in North America, as well as the Risk & Investment group, which was responsible for all structured finance, credit, financial modeling, and insurance functions. His past accomplishments at E.ON included assisting with implementation of a US$5.7 billion capital build program, which successfully brought 3,136 MW (20 projects) of wind generation and 73 MW (5 projects) of solar generation on-line, enabling E.ON to become one of the top renewable companies in North America. The Congress of the United States has also recognized Mr. Frigo's energy expertise by having him testify to the Subcommittee on Energy on the role of energy storage in the nation's electricity system.
Adam Gerza
Adam Gerza
Chief Operating Officer
Energy Toolbase
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Adam Gerza
Adam Gerza
Chief Operating Officer
Energy Toolbase
Adam Gerza is the Chief Operating Officer at Energy Toolbase, an industry leading software platform that specializes in modeling and proposing the economics of solar and energy storage projects. Adam has worked in the cleantech industry for over a decade, having spent a large part of his career studying the effect of utility rate designs and Net Energy Metering frameworks on the economics of distributed energy projects. Prior to solar, Adam traded energy commodities for a natural gas trading company and a hedge fund. He has a B.S. in finance from the University of Southern California.
Iulia Gheorghiu
Iulia Gheorghiu
Editor
Utility Dive
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Iulia Gheorghiu
Iulia Gheorghiu
Editor
Utility Dive
Iulia Gheorghiu is an editor for Utility Dive covering a range of topics from building out the grid to accommodate distributed energy resources to new evolving utility business models. Before joining Industry Dive, she covered energy for the media and tech company Morning Consult and worked as a communications fellow for the nonpartisan nonprofit Project On Government Oversight.
David Ginder
David Ginder
Global Manager for Validation and Test Engineering
Saft, a company of Total
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David Ginder
David Ginder
Global Manager for Validation and Test Engineering
Saft, a company of Total
David Ginder is the Global Manager for Validation and Test Engineering at Saft, a company of Total. David manages Saft’s overall battery and cell test and certification operations in Jacksonville Florida and Bordeaux France. With over 34 years of engineering experience, David has spent 22 years in the satellite and aviation sectors with 14 of those years in Ni-H2, Ni-Cd, and Li-Ion batteries and systems. David has spent the last 12 years on battery systems for ground-based mobility and stationary energy storage. David joined Saft in 2011 focusing his efforts on lithium systems for Saft’s Mobility and Energy Division.
David has been appointed as a US Delegate to the IEC as a Subject Matter Expert and holds committee membership on NFPA and UL Standards Technical Panels for energy storage. David is an active member with the RTCA for aircraft battery systems and since 2016 sits on the Board of Directors of The Rechargeable Battery Association
Sandy Goldberg
Sandy Goldberg
Advisor to Commissioner
CA Public Utilities Commission
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Sandy Goldberg
Sandy Goldberg
Advisor to Commissioner
CA Public Utilities Commission
Jay Goldin
Jay Goldin
Vice President, Green Tech Solutions
Munich Re
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Jay Goldin
Jay Goldin
Vice President, Green Tech Solutions
Munich Re
Jay Goldin is the Vice President of Green Tech Solutions for Munich Re America. In this role, he works with energy system manufacturers, developers and financiers to support solar, wind, energy storage and bioenergy project development. Prior to Munich Re, Jay led business development at Enphase Energy and received his MBA and AB from Stanford University.
Alan Greenshields
Alan Greenshields
Board Chairman
Innolith
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Alan Greenshields
Alan Greenshields
Board Chairman
Innolith
Alan Greenshields, Chairman Innolith
Alan has been working in the rechargeable battery space for the last 15 years and was co-founder of the company which originally developed an inflammable inorganic electrolyte. He joined as Chairman of the new company Innolith which bought the IP rights. He has been deeply involved in renewable energy innovations and his team has developed major world changing battery chemistry breakthroughs for cost, energy density and cycle life.
He holds a double BS degree in Manufacturing Sciences & Engineering, First Class Honours from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and a Harvard MBA, High Distinction
Hanna Grene
Hanna Grene
Head of Strategy & Partnerships
PXISE Energy Solutions
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Hanna Grene
Hanna Grene
Head of Strategy & Partnerships
PXISE Energy Solutions
Hanna Grene brings over 10 years of consulting, regulatory, legislative, and market development experience to the PXiSE team. Hanna specializes in strategic planning and business development to help innovative companies reach their full potential.

She has worked closely with federal agencies, state and local governments, utilities, and C&I clients across the US to design, fund, and execute renewable energy and grid resilience projects.
Ryan Hamilton
Ryan Hamilton
Senior Advisor
Javelin Capital
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Ryan Hamilton
Ryan Hamilton
Senior Advisor
Javelin Capital
Mr. Hamilton is responsible for strategic planning and client origination at Javelin Capital. He has more than 10 years of experience in energy finance transactions. Prior to Javelin, Ryan worked for Solar Power Partners and NRG Energy. There he worked on over 1GW of utility scale renewables transactions, capital raises and project financings. He has worked for more than 20 years in strategy, business development, technology & finance for multiple developers and asset owner-operators.
Mark Hardin
Mark Hardin
Director, Opportunity Development
NEC Energy Solutions
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Mark Hardin
Mark Hardin
Director, Opportunity Development
NEC Energy Solutions
Mark Higgins
Mark Higgins
COO
Strategen
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Mark Higgins
Mark Higgins
COO
Strategen
Mark is the COO and a board director of Strategen, and oversees the company’s strategy, operations, and consulting business unit. Mark’s broad energy sector experience prior to Strategen includes serving as the Director of Utility West at SunEdison, where he led a portfolio of more than a gigawatt of renewable energy development assets in California. Mark also held the role of Vice President of Finance of Hu Honua Bioenergy, a 21.5 MW biomass power redevelopment project in Hawaii. In addition, Mark led Pacific Gas & Electric Company's work in key policy areas including interconnection and transmission planning, and dealt with technologies ranging from distributed energy storage and demand response to large scale renewables developments. Mark is also knowledgeable about DERMS and transmission-distribution coordination frameworks. Mark has a strong private equity, venture capital and investment banking background, including placing more than $125 million in equity for publicly traded companies and managing the launch of a $70 million Pacific-rim venture fund investing in the agricultural biotech and medical devices sectors. Mark serves on the US Secretary of Commerce’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, has advised the World Bank on DER issues in developing economies, and is a steering committee member of the Australian Energy Storage Alliance. Mark holds a Master of International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts in government from the University of Notre Dame.
Cody Hill
Cody Hill
Director, Energy Storage
LS Power
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Cody Hill
Cody Hill
Director, Energy Storage
LS Power
Cody Hill has been working in the energy storage industry for ten years, and has contributed to the design, construction, development, and operation of over 400 MW of grid-tied battery systems that are currently operational or under construction. He is currently the Director of Energy Storage at LS Power Development, and was previously Power Systems and Controls Engineer at Xtreme Power from 2010 to 2014. Mr. Hill has built and tested MW scale battery systems using a wide variety of chemistries, published IEEE prize paper winning research on designing and operating energy storage in remote power systems, and has operating responsibility for large energy storage projects in ISO markets.
Davion Hill
Davion Hill
Energy Storage Leader
DNV GL
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Davion Hill
Davion Hill
Energy Storage Leader
DNV GL
Dr. Davion Hill is an energy storage expert and business leader. He has managed DNV GL’s energy storage business in the US and globally, and has built new service lines across that organization. He served as President (2015) and Chairman (2016) for NAATBatt International and was an executive board member for 8 years. He also serves on the Board of Directors for NYBEST as Vice Chair at Large. He is a deposed expert witness on energy storage performance and safety issues. He is a patent holder on energy storage sensing technologies, and is a well known advisor on the topics of energy project development and financing, working with lenders and developers to mitigate project risk. He has been principle investigator for energy storage R&D programs with ARPA-e, NYSERDA, the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the California Energy Commission, and led and co-authored joint industry programs on hybrid marine vessels, DNV GL’s GRIDSTOR RP-0043, and was primary author of DNV GL’s first Battery Performance Scorecard. He was also primary author for the public report “Considerations for ESS Fire Safety” which answered battery fire safety questions for Consolidated Edison and FDNY in New York and addressed a significant market bottleneck. He is a thought leader frequently quoted in websites and magazines, and is an accomplished author with over 60 publications. He acquired his PhD in applied materials physics from The Ohio State University in 2006.
Scott Hinson
Scott Hinson
CTO
Pecan Street Inc.
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Scott Hinson
Scott Hinson
CTO
Pecan Street Inc.
Scott leads activities and electrical research at the Pecan Street Lab. He worked at a thin film CIGS solar module manufacturer where he led module packaging, performance, certification and reliability efforts. Prior efforts include work in the military, medical, consumer and oil industries developing power supplies, precision measurement equipment and inductive heating technologies. Scott received his B.S.E.E. from The University of Texas at Austin with undergraduate specializations in both communications systems and power distribution. Scott was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Engineering Award for “transforming the world’s understanding of consumer and community electricity usage” by the the IEEE Power Engineering Society Central Texas Chapter.
Gregor Hintler
Gregor Hintler
Head of USA
The Mobility House
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Gregor Hintler
Gregor Hintler
Head of USA
The Mobility House
Greg is Head of USA at The Mobility House, leading the company’s expansion in the US market. The focus of Greg’s professional career has been on the intersection of the mobility and energy industries. Prior to TMH, he was building digital products at Lab1886 - Mercedes Benz’s Incubator in Silicon Valley, and developed growth strategies and financing mechanism for new energy technologies at NRG Energy and Meister Consultants Group. He has a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale.
Bryan Hoffman
Bryan Hoffman
Operations & Maintenance Manager
Duke Energy
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Bryan Hoffman
Bryan Hoffman
Operations & Maintenance Manager
Duke Energy
Bryan Hoffman leads the Distributed Energy Operations & Maintenance (DEOM) Team within the Distributed Energy, Enablement & Storage group at Duke Energy.
Bryan has worked in Fossil Generation, Nuclear Generation, and Transmission. While in Transmission, he worked in Line Engineering and then moved into Project Management. As a key player on the Distribution System Demand Response (DSDR) project, Bryan managed the upgrade of more than 300 substations in Duke Energy’s North Carolina and South Carolina Territories.
With experience in operations at fossil plants, managing nuclear projects, upgrading 300+ substations, and working on the Transmission and Distribution grid, Bryan’s expertise and contributions to major electric utility projects have positioned him to lead the DEOM team. Bryan is proud to manage the Operations and Maintenance activities for distributed energy resources including batteries, microgrids, and small-scale solar sites.
Sam Huntington
Sam Huntington
Associate Director
IHS Markit
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Sam Huntington
Sam Huntington
Associate Director
IHS Markit
Sam Huntington leads research on energy storage for IHS Markit's North American and Global Power services. Leveraging a background in power market modeling, he conducts analyses on the interaction between renewables, energy storage and conventional resources in wholesale power markets. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Mr. Huntington worked on state energy efficiency policy before completing graduate work on distributed energy resources at MIT. He has presented his research in various forums, including CERAWeek, the MIT Energy Conference, Energy Storage North America 2018, and various Energy Briefings held by IHS Markit.
Jessalyn Ishigo
Jessalyn Ishigo
Connected and Environmental Business Development
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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Jessalyn Ishigo
Jessalyn Ishigo
Connected and Environmental Business Development
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Julian Jansen
Julian Jansen
Research Manager, Energy Storage
IHS Markit
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Julian Jansen
Julian Jansen
Research Manager, Energy Storage
IHS Markit
Julian Jansen is a Research & Analysis Manager at IHS Markit. He leads the group’s global research on stationary energy storage and provides deep insight on the key value drivers and emerging business models accelerating storage deployment across Europe and North America.

Prior to joining IHS Markit, Julian established and managed the energy storage research area at specialist consultancy firm Delta-ee. Julian holds an MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a BBA in European Management from Lancaster University and a BSc in International Management from ESB Business School in Germany.
Erica Johnson
Erica Johnson
Managing Editor
pv magazine
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Erica Johnson
Erica Johnson
Managing Editor
pv magazine
Erica Johnson is the Managing Editor at pv magazine, a global trade media outlet that focuses exclusively on the topics of solar + energy storage. Johnson has worked in the smart energy sector for more than a decade, with the majority of her experience in photovoltaics. She is a media, communications, and policy expert and has worked for solar developers, cleantech consulting agencies and media groups in both California and Germany to drive forward the global energy transition.
Michael Johnston
Michael Johnston
Executive Director Standards and Safety
NECA
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Michael Johnston
Michael Johnston
Executive Director Standards and Safety
NECA
Michael Johnston is NECA’s executive director of standards and safety. Mike holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Mike is a member of the NFPA Standards Council and current member of the NFPA NEC Correlating Committee. Mike is secretary of the NECA Codes and Standards Committee. Mike’s career includes working as a journeyman electrician, foreman, and project manager on residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Johnston career includes work in electrical inspections and supervision of electrical inspectors. Johnston is an active member of ANSI, IAEI, NFPA, SES, ASSE, the UL Electrical Council, the National Safety Council and he is a member of the NFPA Electrical Section.
Vicken Kasarjian
Vicken Kasarjian
Chief Operating Officer
Marin Clean Energy
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Vicken Kasarjian
Vicken Kasarjian
Chief Operating Officer
Marin Clean Energy
As the Chief Operating Officer, Vicken oversees Internal Operations at MCE, including HR, Finance, Treasury, and Accounting, Power Resources, including Scheduling Coordination with CAISO, and Customer Programs, Administrative Services and IT functions at MCE. With a long-term vision of meeting or exceeding environmental goals, Vicken looks forward to developing and establishing internal policies and procedures to help take MCE to the next level of maturity and growth.
Gideon Katsh
Gideon Katsh
Transmission Network Intelligence Lead
National Grid
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Gideon Katsh
Gideon Katsh
Transmission Network Intelligence Lead
National Grid
Gideon is the Transmission Network Intelligence Lead at National Grid, where he provides insight to how electric networks must support and adapt with policy and future drivers of growth, particularly clean energy and new technologies. He has previously worked in National Grid’s Regulatory and Corporate Strategy teams and holds a BA in Economics from Brandeis University and an MBA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.
Ben Kaun
Ben Kaun
Program Manager, Energy Storage and Distributed Generation
EPRI
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Ben Kaun
Ben Kaun
Program Manager, Energy Storage and Distributed Generation
EPRI
Ben Kaun currently manages the Energy Storage and Distributed Generation program at EPRI. He has over 10 years of experience in the field of energy storage, power system modeling, and advanced battery development. His responsibilities cover the evaluation of new technology, techno-economic modeling, and the integration of energy storage projects into planning and operations. In prior roles at EPRI, Ben led the Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), which works collaboratively with industry participants to publish tools and guidelines to support energy storage deployments. Ben also spearheaded development of the publicly-available Storage Value Estimation Tool (StorageVET). He served 2 terms as board member of the Energy Storage Association from 2013-2017. Prior to EPRI, Ben worked with multiple early stage companies to engineer and commercialize Li-ion battery technology, with focus on vehicle electrification. Ben earned a BS in Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly
Director, Microgrid Development
EDF Renewables.
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Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly
Director, Microgrid Development
EDF Renewables.
Patrick leads the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program at EDF Renewables. In this role, Patrick drives new business models to create a complete end-to-end energy solution for fleet and workplace charging. Prior to joining EDF Renewables, he led the industrialization of cutting edge technologies in both the cleantech and semiconductor industries. Patrick also served in the United States Marine Corps as a Weapons Systems Officer in the F/A-18D Hornet where he completed multiple overseas tours. Patrick holds an MBA from the UCSD Rady School of Management and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Principal
NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
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Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Principal
NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
Peter Kelly-Detwiler has 30 years of experience in the area of electric energy, retail power, energy efficiency, and distributed energy assets. Mr. Kelly-Detwiler is a frequent moderator and speaker at industry events concerning the interaction of power markets and emerging technologies, and offers professional workshops on a variety of topics related to the evolving power markets.

He has written comprehensive research papers for clients on diverse topics from the solar industry to datacenters and energy markets. He has contributed nearly 300 energy-related posts to Forbes.com and other publications focusing on subjects related to disruptive innovation and the impact on the electricity infrastructure.
He also provides strategic consulting services to clients in the utilities space, including market research and positioning, due diligence, regulatory analysis, and communications strategies.

Mr. Kelly-Detwiler has spent the majority of his career in various aspects of U.S. competitive power markets and has a deep understanding of how they function. As Senior Vice President at Constellation, he oversaw creation of VirtuWatt – a market leading platform to facilitate real-time awareness of electricity pricing and consumption and bidding of assets into competitive markets. He is currently writing a book on the global transformation of electricity markets.
Emil King
Emil King
Analyst
DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
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Emil King
Emil King
Analyst
DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
As an agency program lead, Emil is overseeing a number of solar, energy storage, and vehicle electrification policy and program development projects under DOEE’s Solar for All Innovation and Expansion Grant program. He is actively engaged in the development and construction of approximately 14 MW of new PV systems coming online this year that will benefit low-income households throughout the District of Columbia. Emil has over 20 years of experience implementing and promoting clean energy projects city-wide, and has advised a number of District mayors and agency heads on cleantech issues. He has a biology degree from Hampton University.
Brian Knowles
Brian Knowles
Sr. Director, Energy Storage & Grid Analytics
Cypress Creek Renewables
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Brian Knowles
Brian Knowles
Sr. Director, Energy Storage & Grid Analytics
Cypress Creek Renewables

Brian Knowles leads the Energy Storage & Grid Analytics team at Cypress Creek Renewables to leverage Cypress’ diverse project development expertise to develop, finance and build solar and storage projects. Prior to joining Cypress Creek Renewables Brian was an early Product Manager at Stem Inc. where he focused on bringing various storage and embedded computing products to market. Before Stem, Brian spent several years at Pacific Gas and Electric as a Principal on the Economic & Project Analysis team investigating impacts from changes in the utility procurement and generation landscape. Brian also served as a nuclear submarine officer in the US Navy, completing two deployments aboard the USS Scranton and a nuclear de-fueling of the USS Minneapolis-St Paul. Brian has an undergraduate degree in Engineering- Physics from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Bernie Kotlier
Bernie Kotlier
Executive Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions
California and Nevada Labor Management Cooperation Committee
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Bernie Kotlier
Bernie Kotlier
Executive Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions
California and Nevada Labor Management Cooperation Committee
Bernie Kotlier directs the development, promotion, and delivery of sustainable energy business development programs, education, and training for electrical contractors who are members of the National Electrical Contractors Association (http://www.necanet.org/), and IBEW electricians, in California and Nevada including energy auditing, energy efficiency, photovoltaics, zero net energy buildings, electric vehicles, energy storage, and micro-grids.

Bernie has been a member of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency Workforce Development, the CPUC Working Group on Lighting, the State of California Schools of the Future Initiative Advisory Committee, and the California Air Resources Board advisory committee on Zero Emission Buses. He currently serves on a number of boards and commissions in these capacities: co-chair of the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (www.CALCTP.org), national co-chair of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program / EVITP (http://evitp.org/), member of the CPUC Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee, and member of the boards of directors of the California Clean Energy Fund / CalCEF (www.calcef.org), CalCharge (www.calcharge.org), and NAATBatt (http://naatbatt.org/about/board-of-directors/).

Prior to his work with the electrical contracting industry, Bernie directed business development for Solectria Renewables in the Western U.S., was President of Brunswick Bicycles International, President of Bell Sports Specialty Retail Division, and President of Service Cycle/Mongoose. He has also been a published contributor to the Harvard Business Review.
Matthew Kozey
Matthew Kozey
Communications Manager
Pepco, An Exelon Company
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Matthew Kozey
Matthew Kozey
Communications Manager
Pepco, An Exelon Company
As Pepco's Communications Manager, Matthew leads the development and execution of integrated communications strategies for the more than 800,000 Pepco customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Matthew has held several roles with Pepco, including overseeing Pepco’s regulatory activity before the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Pepco, Matthew managed projects for a non-profit research firm and spent time as a legal fellow on a U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee staff. Matthew earned a B.A. in Political Science and J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lorenzo Kristov
Lorenzo Kristov
Consultant
Electric System Policy, Structure, Market Design
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Lorenzo Kristov
Lorenzo Kristov
Consultant
Electric System Policy, Structure, Market Design
Lorenzo Kristov is an independent consultant focusing on power system transition to integrate high levels of renewable generation and distribution-connected energy resources (DER). Areas of expertise include: wholesale market design; DER participation in wholesale markets; coordination of transmission & distribution operations, markets and planning; distribution system operator (DSO) models; distribution-level markets; energy resilience strategies and microgrids; whole-system grid architecture.
From 1999 to 2017 Lorenzo worked at California ISO as a principal in market design and infrastructure policy. In that position he was a lead designer of the locational marginal pricing (LMP) market system the ISO implemented in 2009. He later led initiatives to redesign the transmission planning and new generator interconnection processes to accommodate rapid growth of renewable energy projects triggered by California’s renewable portfolio standards. Over the past several years he worked on initiatives to integrate DERs into markets, operations and planning, to advance transmission-distribution coordination between the distribution utilities and the ISO, and has written papers and participated in national and international forums on power system evolution, DSO models and grid architecture.
Prior to joining the California ISO Lorenzo was Energy Economist at the California Energy Commission (1995-9) and Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia (1993-4). He has a BS in mathematics from Manhattan College, MS in Statistics from North Carolina State University, and PhD in Economics from University of California Davis.
Kiran Kumaraswamy
Kiran Kumaraswamy
Vice President of Market Applications
Fluence
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Kiran Kumaraswamy
Kiran Kumaraswamy
Vice President of Market Applications
Fluence
Kiran Kumaraswamy is Vice President of Market Applications at Fluence. In this role, he manages a team of professionals that help customers identify applications that are attractive for energy storage development. As part of his responsibilities, he covers the globe in terms of developing and implementing Fluence's go-to-market strategies for key markets. He also works to educate potential customers and partners on the benefits of energy storage. His work involves implementing regulatory and policy solutions that create access to key markets. Kiran is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on policy issues that impact energy storage development and has testified multiple times at the U.S Congress and FERC on a range of subjects. He serves on the Board of Directors at the US Energy Storage Association (ESA). Prior to joining Fluence, he worked as a Senior Manager in ICF International, advising private sector clients on transmission and wholesale power market issues. He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India.
Patrick Lee
Patrick Lee
CEO
PXISE Energy Solutions
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Patrick Lee
Patrick Lee
CEO
PXISE Energy Solutions
Patrick Lee founded and leads PXiSE Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy with an investment by Mitsui & Co., Ltd., as Chief Executive Officer.

Lee is a proven executive with over 30 years of energy industry experience in electric system planning, design, construction, operations, energy markets, renewables, and technology RD&D. He completed a $1.8B, infrastructure project with 19 awards and has led successful business operations and innovation projects throughout this career.

Lee graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University and holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He is also a registered professional electrical engineer in California. Lee is an emeritus council of advisors for the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, a volunteer and ex officio steering committee for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), as well as an advisory trustee for the California State Parks Foundation.
Jeff Lesk
Jeff Lesk
Cofounder and Vice President
Community Partners Solar
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Jeff Lesk
Jeff Lesk
Cofounder and Vice President
Community Partners Solar
Nixon Peabody partner Jeff Lesk is a nationally-recognized community development and finance attorney. A LEED-Accredited Professional, Jeff has chaired and spoken at several national community development and green building conferences, and has lectured on these topics at DC and Maryland universities and law schools. Jeff is the co-founder of New Partners Community Solar, a nonprofit dedicated to environment justice which developed DC’s first Community Solar initiative and is a first adopter in such varied areas as providing free solar benefits to low-income residents, developing new rooftop applications and developing DC’s first solar+battery storage resiliency center for low-income families
David Liebman
David Liebman
Energy and Sustainability Manager
Sonoma County Junior College District
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David Liebman
David Liebman
Energy and Sustainability Manager
Sonoma County Junior College District
David Liebman has over 7-years of experience infusing energy and sustainability practices into California Public Institutions. Mr. Liebman serves at the Energy and Sustainability Manager for Sonoma County Junior College District, leading the district to the forefront of energy and sustainability work for California Community Colleges. He created energy and sustainability standards for a renewed facilities master plan including Carbon Neutral Operations, Zero Net Energy Source District, and a Zero Net Non-Potable Water Ready District by 2030. Through these initiatives, Mr. Liebman programs and project manages a $40 million-dollar energy and sustainability capital program, of which $6 million came from grants and utility rebates.
Additionally, Mr. Liebman is a lead advisor for the District Sustainability Committee, Student Government Sustainability Committee, and EcoLeaders Student Club. He also leads the Sonoma County Zero Net Energy Working Group and supports the Regional Climate Protection Authority’s Coordination Committee. Mr. Liebman holds a degree in Energy Management & Design from Sonoma State University and a Climate Protection Certificate from Skyline College.
Janice Lin
Janice Lin
CEO & Founder
Strategen
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Janice Lin
Janice Lin
CEO & Founder
Strategen
Janice Lin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategen. She brings more than two decades of experience in clean energy strategy, market development, and corporate strategy to Strategen. During this time she has advised a diverse range of clients including renewable energy equipment manufacturers and service providers, large corporations diversifying into clean energy, and real estate developers building sustainable communities.

In 2014 Janice co-founded the Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA), an international non-profit organization, and currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Executive Committee. Prior to that Janice co-founded the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) in 2009, and remains Executive Director. Janice has also served on the Electricity Advisory Council of the US Department of Energy, the Board of Advisors for the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the Energy Storage Committee of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Janice is also a Member of the Advisory Council of the German American Chamber of Commerce, the UCSD Strategic Energy Initiatives Advisory Council, and Co-Founder and Chair of the annual Energy Storage North America (ESNA) conference.

Prior to founding Strategen in 2005, Janice held several senior management positions with PowerLight Corporation (now SunPower Corporation), including Vice President of Product Strategy and Vice President of Business Development. During her tenure at PowerLight, Janice led initiatives in product and new market strategies, business development, regulatory affairs, strategic partnerships, investor relations, and customer finance.

Janice holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BS from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is the winner of ESA's 2013 Phil Symons Energy Storage Award, and NAATBATT’s 2014 Market Development Award.
Roger Lin
Roger Lin
Vice President of Marketing
NEC Energy Solutions
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Roger Lin
Roger Lin
Vice President of Marketing
NEC Energy Solutions
Roger Lin is Vice President of Marketing at NEC Energy Solutions. Head of global marketing, policy analysis and markets across the globe for grid energy storage solutions and battery systems for commercial and industrial applications, he has over 15 years of experience in energy storage technologies and applications. He was responsible for several successful development efforts ranging from high power battery systems for hybrid electric buses to lithium ion cell technologies.

Prior to joining NEC, he held roles at A123 Systems, a lithium ion battery startup, YankeeTek Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund, and in business development and materials science research and development at Saint-Gobain. Roger received his Master of Engineering degree in Materials Science from MIT, his Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University, and is an inventor on ten United States patents.
Scott Litzelman
Scott Litzelman
Program Director
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
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Scott Litzelman
Scott Litzelman
Program Director
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Dr. Scott Litzelman is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E includes energy storage and carbon capture and storage (CCS). Litzelman perviously served as a Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow working on energy and natural resources policy. For eight years, Litzelman was a technical advisor with Booz Allen Hamilton helping clients develop and manage R&D programs.

Dr. Litzelman holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Amy Liu
Amy Liu
Manager of Applied Technology
Wärtsilä Energy Storage, Solar and Integration
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Amy Liu
Amy Liu
Manager of Applied Technology
Wärtsilä Energy Storage, Solar and Integration
Amy Liu, Manager of Applied Technology at Wärtsilä Energy Storage, Solar and IntegrationAmy Liu has over 10 years professional experience in the energy and utility industries where she has worked as an engineer specializing in renewable energy and energy storage systems EPC. She is currently leading technical sales effort and managing a team in Asia Pacific to deploy utility scale energy storage system. Amy also has a background in finance and risk management and has a passion for bringing commercial aspect into technical decision making process.Currently, Amy is the Manager of Applied Technology at Wärtsilä Energy Storage, Solar and Integration business unit. Previously, she was a Senior Engineer for E.On, a global IPP. Amy graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, and holds a Master of Energy Science Technology and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Lisa Martin
Lisa Martin
Program Manager for Austin SHINES
Austin Energy
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Lisa Martin
Lisa Martin
Program Manager for Austin SHINES
Austin Energy
Lisa Martin, PE is a Program Manager of Advanced Technologies at Austin Energy. Lisa is currently the project manager for Austin SHINES, a project funded in part by the DOE and the TCEQ. Lisa previously worked for Southern California Edison in the field of energy markets and power and gas origination. Lisa has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Christian Brothers University, an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Illinois and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Grant McDaniel
Grant McDaniel
Director of New Products
Wellhead Power Solutions, LLC
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Grant McDaniel
Grant McDaniel
Director of New Products
Wellhead Power Solutions, LLC
Director of New Products, Wellhead Power Solutions.
Grant has over 30 years of power generation experience with Wellhead, General Electric, and Stewart & Stevenson. Grant was a key leader of the Wellhead/GE Electric Gas Turbine (EGT®) hybrid development team and holds multiple patents for simple-cycle and combined-cycle Hybrid EGT® control methodologies.
Kate McGinnis
Kate McGinnis
Managing Director for North America
Fluence
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Kate McGinnis
Kate McGinnis
Managing Director for North America
Fluence
Kate McGinnis is Managing Director for North America at Fluence, a joint venture between Siemens and AES Corporation and a leading global provider of energy storage systems and services. In this role, she leads sales to utilities, IPPs, and developers in the region. Prior to joining Fluence, she spent three years working with AES Energy Storage. Her start in storage was with Chevron Technology Ventures, where she led development of stationary storage projects co-located with oil & gas infrastructure globally. She has nearly two decades of experience in the energy space, and has worked in areas including energy efficiency, carbon markets, and a variety of renewables. Kate is a board member and past chair of the California Energy Storage Alliance. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from George Washington University and an MBA from Cornell.
Mike McManus
Mike McManus
Sr. Director
NEXT, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
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Mike McManus
Mike McManus
Sr. Director
NEXT, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Mike McManus is Sr. Director of Energy Solutions at NEXT – MHPS. NEXT is the newly created entity within MHPS focused on bringing clean energy to the marketplace by identifying opportunities to develop, accelerate, fund and distribute clean energy solutions. One of his key responsibilities at NEXT is the development of innovative products, solutions and collaborative business models for the rapidly evolving clean energy market.

Michael has over 25 years of experience and before joining the NEXT team at MHPS, has held a variety of roles at a global OEM including leading the Strategy and Business Development for Onshore Wind, Product Strategy for Gas Turbines and Combined Cycles, as well as thermal design and new product development of gas turbine combined cycles. Early in his career he worked for an Architect Engineer with roles in operations, commissioning and design of combined cycle facilities.

Mr. McManus joined MHPS in April, 2018 at the launch of NEXT. He received his Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering Systems from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

He is married, has four children and lives in Orlando, Florida.
Ana Sophia Mifsud
Ana Sophia Mifsud
Senior Associate
Rocky Mountain Institute
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Ana Sophia Mifsud
Ana Sophia Mifsud
Senior Associate
Rocky Mountain Institute
Ana Sophia is a Senior Associate within the Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Islands Energy Program, where her work with Caribbean islands helps to reduce their dependence on costly fossil fuels. As a part of this program, she has completed integrated resource plans in partnership with small governments and their utilities. Ana Sophia also supports RMI’s work in Puerto Rico, helping to develop a variety of programs that promote resilience for Puerto Rico’s energy infrastructure using renewable microgrids. She currently manages RMI’s Puerto Rico Renewable Microgrid Schools project and works to install microgrids in 10 schools to ensure uninterrupted access to education for thousands of school-aged children in Puerto Rico. Furthermore, Ana Sophia works on a variety of electric mobility initiatives, including an electric bus pilot in Bermuda and a feasibility study for the government of Saint Lucia’s vehicle fleet. Ana Sophia received her bachelor’s degree in environmental systems engineering from Stanford University and is a Green Biz 2019 30 under 30 awardee.
Salvatore Minopoli
Salvatore Minopoli
Vice President
Highview Power USA
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Salvatore Minopoli
Salvatore Minopoli
Vice President
Highview Power USA
Salvatore Minopoli is an energy industry executive with over 30 years of experience in the origination, project development, engineering, and project management of utility-scale energy projects. He brings extensive experience in the successful development and execution of gas and renewable projects, holding leadership positions for both major U.S. utilities and independent power producers.
Minopoli holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Catholic University, an MS in Engineering Management from George Washington University, and served as an officer in the United States Navy, Naval Construction Battalion.
Alex Morris
Alex Morris
VP Policy and Operations
California Energy Storage Alliance
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Alex Morris
Alex Morris
VP Policy and Operations
California Energy Storage Alliance
Alex Morris is Vice President of Strategen’s consulting and advocacy practice. He is responsible for policy and regulatory affairs, and leads strategic policy consulting for businesses and government groups. Alex is also the Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the California Energy Storage Alliance, where he directs CESA’s engagements in a range of California and federal agencies, workgroups and associations.

Alex has more than 10 years of experience in policy and regulatory work, leading major efforts to shape and promote policy or regulatory outcomes at the California legislature, the CAISO, FERC, and other agencies. Alex also brings years of utility-focused strategic consulting experience to Strategen, and has worked closely with utility, private, and trade groups to shape and execute on strategic business plans. Alex has focused on a broad range of cutting-edge topics such as Storage Legislation, Electric Market Design, Renewables Integration, FERC Policy, Smartgrid, Electric Transportation and Plug-in Vehicles, Rate Design, the California Solar Initiative, and more. Alex joined Strategen in 2015 and previously worked for electric utilities PG&E and SCE after receiving his MBA from the University of California, Davis.
Ahmed Mousa
Ahmed Mousa
Manager of the Utility of the Future
PSE&G
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Ahmed Mousa
Ahmed Mousa
Manager of the Utility of the Future
PSE&G
Ahmed is currently:
• Manager of the Utility of the Future at PSE&G
• Founder/CEO of the Electric Bridge Consulting firm.
• Founder/CEO of the 100% Energy Club
An adjunct professor, senior judge & Industry Advisory Board member at NJIT.
• NJ Association of Energy Engineers board member
• Rutgers University Cyber Security board member
• Author of four (4) books and several PE professional engineering online courses

Prior to that, Ahmed was PSE&G’s transmission and distribution planning manager and Distributed Energy Resources’ interconnection planning manager. Ahmed was Con Edison’s substation planning manager responsible for the 5/10/20/30 year sub-transmission and distribution load relief plan. Ahmed also worked at the Energy Control Center and was the project manager for a SCADA EMS project & President Obama’s D.O.E's stimulus grant. Ahmed was the recipient of the Con Edison’s “ALVA Award for 21st Century Leader” & other awards. Ahmed is the subject matter aspect for: DER grid impact, DSM/DR, VVO, EVs, AMI, T&D short/long-term load forecast & relief, best practice/benchmarking, smart grid, risk management, disruption, climate change studies, microgrids, DMS/ADMS/DERMS, 100% renewable non-carbon mandates & non-wire alternatives (NWA).
Gabriel Murtaugh
Gabriel Murtaugh
Senior Policy Developer
California ISO
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Gabriel Murtaugh
Gabriel Murtaugh
Senior Policy Developer
California ISO
Gabriel is a policy developer at the California ISO specializing in market design work on market power mitigation tools and resource adequacy for renewable generation. He led the team that designed the calculations for marginal operation costs for hydroelectric resources, which included using an array of opportunity costs applicable to specific hydro resources. This methodology is currently being adopted and will serve as the foundation for market power mitigation for hydroelectric resources. Gabriel is currently designing a model to replicate similar costs for storage resources, as well as tools to operationalize these resources as they become more prevalent in the California wholesale energy markets. Critical problems include ensuring that peak energy needs can be met with a specific fleet of resources, inclusive of storage, and ensuring market mechanisms are in place to charge these resources so they will be available when needed.
Dr. Laura Nelson
Dr. Laura Nelson
Executive Director
Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Utah
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Dr. Laura Nelson
Dr. Laura Nelson
Executive Director
Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Utah
Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Dr. Laura Nelson as his energy advisor in May 2016. She also continues to serve as the executive director for the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, a position she has held since 2014. Prior, Dr. Nelson served as the vice president of government and regulatory affairs for Potash Ridge, Corp., the vice president of energy and environmental development for Red Leaf Resources, and the energy advisor for Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman. For two decades, Dr. Nelson has been proactive in defining and supporting balanced and sustainable energy solutions, including providing Congressional testimony, participating in regional collaborations, working with counties and cities, and coordinating across diverse stakeholders to deliver positive policy, regulatory and commercial results. As part of her current duties, she serves as the Chair of the Western State Energy Board, the treasurer of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, and Vice Chair of the National Association of Energy Officials. Dr. Nelson holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah and resides with her family in Salt Lake City, where she is active in the arts community, with non-profits to advance quality of life for women and children and creating positive outcomes for Utah’s underserved citizens
Troy Nergaard
Troy Nergaard
Director of Technical Product Management
Doosan GridTech
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Troy Nergaard
Troy Nergaard
Director of Technical Product Management
Doosan GridTech
As Doosan's Director of Technical Product Management, Troy has overseen the installation of pioneering megawatt-scale battery systems and the deployment of Doosan's energy storage system fleet control and DER optimization software platform for Snohomish County Public Utility District and Austin Energy. Prior to Doosan, Troy was a Sr. Engineering Manager at Tesla Motors where he brought progressive software product developments forward for its emerging electric vehicle charging sector. Troy holds a BSEE from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MSEE, Power Electronics from Virginia Tech.
Michael Norbeck
Michael Norbeck
Senior Manager, Grid Services
Sunrun
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Michael Norbeck
Michael Norbeck
Senior Manager, Grid Services
Sunrun
Michael leads Business Development for Sunrun's Grid Services team, working with utilities and other grid managers to position the company's residential solar+storage products as grid planning and operational assets. Prior to joining Sunrun, he led competitive solicitations for grid services as well as wholesale market integration strategy for emerging aggregated DER configurations at PG&E.
Jon Norman
Jon Norman
President and COO
Hydrostor
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Jon Norman
Jon Norman
President and COO
Hydrostor
Jon is a professional engineer with over 20 years experience in the power industry, management consulting and government. Jon previously held senior roles at Brookfield Asset Management, including SVP for power markets in Europe, and responsibility for regulatory policy and government relations across North America for the power and utilities business. In earlier roles he served as project manager for environmental operations and held senior roles in government, where he led grid and networks policy development in Ontario, as well as interjurisdictional negotiations. Jon holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in engineering and economics from the University of Toronto.
Holly Paeper
Holly Paeper
General Manager, Data Centers & Vice President, Marketing
Ingersoll Rand
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Holly Paeper
Holly Paeper
General Manager, Data Centers & Vice President, Marketing
Ingersoll Rand
Holly Paeper is the General Manager of the Data Center business & Vice President of Marketing for the Commercial Segment at Ingersoll Rand. In this role, Holly leads the Data Center business and all marketing activities across the business streams. She also is the Ingersoll Rand leader of the Women’s Employee Network, a business resource group that champions Paradigm for Parity™ across the organization.

Holly joined Ingersoll Rand in 2016 as the Vice President of Marketing for the Commercial business. She has spent over 20 years in the technology and industrial markets leading businesses, marketing, and strategy. Prior to this role, she was a Vice President for Corning Optical Communications and has also held executive / leadership roles for 3M, Eaton, and Intel.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Minnesota, and lives with her family in Cornelius, North Carolina.
Matt Paiss
Matt Paiss
Technical Advisor
Pacific Northwest National Labs
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Matt Paiss
Matt Paiss
Technical Advisor
Pacific Northwest National Labs
Matthew Paiss serves as a Technical Advisor in the Battery Materials & Systems group for Pacific Northwest National Labs. Prior to joining PNNL, he was the President of Energy Response Solutions, Inc (a Training & Consultation firm) and a Fire Captain with the San Jose Fire Department retiring with 23 yrs of service. His background in renewable energy started in 1982 at ARCO Solar in Camarillo, CA before studying Solar Technology and Fire Science in Santa Cruz, CA. He has 10 years’ experience on RE Codes & Standards committees including NFPA 70 (NEC) and NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems, and UL Standards Technical Panels 61703 & 1741, and 3741. He is a subject matter expert for the National Fire Protection Association on energy storage. He has contributed to the IFC, IRC & NFPA1 fire code sections on PV & ESS. Mr. Paiss has delivered electrical safety training to over 8000 firefighters nationwide including the FDIC and the National Fire Academy. He has spoken in Europe on fire safety and PV design and holds certificates as Registered CA State Fire Instructor, and Certified State Fire Officer.
He has written for Fire Engineering, Home Power, SolarPro and SFPE magazines.
Risto Paldanius
Risto Paldanius
Director Of Business Development, Energy Storage & Integration
Wartsila
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Risto Paldanius
Risto Paldanius
Director Of Business Development, Energy Storage & Integration
Wartsila
Risto Paldanius brings 20 years of experience from different fields of the power generation industry. He has wide experience from different thermal power generation technologies when working at Pöyry as a consultant and as project manager for different power plant projects. While leading General Electric’s Energy Services sales in North Europe, he has gained Gas turbine power plant life cycle optimization and Operation and Maintenance (O&M) sales experience. He also gained an in-depth knowledge of deregulated electricity markets while working at Fortum (a Finnish utility company) as a Key Account Manager for the largest industrial Finnish electricity consumers.

In the last nine years he has held several positions at Wärtsilä Energy Solutions. First as Head of Advisory Services, conducting power system studies and feasibility models for different electricity markets and also project-specific feasibility studies. He has also led the Europe & Africa Area, responsible for the area’s business development, sales, sales support and project delivery functions, with a half a billion P&L responsibility. More recently, he played a key role in developing the co-operative relationship and agreement with Greensmith, culminating as the lead of the due diligence team and eventually leading to the acquisition.

Risto Paldanius has a Master of Science degree in power plant engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.
Mark Paterson
Mark Paterson
Managing Director, Australia & Pacific
Strategen
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Mark Paterson
Mark Paterson
Managing Director, Australia & Pacific
Strategen
Mark Paterson is Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director of the Strategen Australia / Pacific practice based in Australia. Paterson is an influential thought-leader in whole-system grid transformation and has played an integral role in Australia as it navigates to become one of the world’s most deeply decentralized electricity systems.

Most recently, Paterson served as General Manager of the Consumer Energy division at Horizon Power, a Western Australian utility responsible for providing electricity across the most remote one third of the Australian continent. This is the world’s largest territory served by a single utility, with a landmass 5x larger than California and a total population similar to that of Pasadena. In this role, Paterson helped shape the customer-centric High-DER strategy for Horizon Power’s portfolio of 38 microgrids. He also led the development of an entirely new utility asset class that makes it possible for thousands of very remote customers to receive a full electric utility service without the need for a high-risk, high-cost grid connection.

Prior to that, Paterson led the Electricity Grids & Renewable Energy Integration team at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. There, his multidisciplinary team collaborated with over 200 national stakeholders to co-create an integrated set of transition pathways for Australia’s electricity networks to 2027. This national process spanned customer, technological, utility business model, rate design and regulatory domains and was supported by extensive techno-economic modelling. An integrated suite of agreed actions was delivered for navigating the 2017-27 decade and over AU$100bn of economic value was identified through whole-system optimization.

Paterson draws upon a diverse set of disciplines including systems thinking, strategic foresight, behavioural economics and transition road-mapping to support a whole-systems approach. Paterson holds a Master of Enterprise from the University of Melbourne and undergrad qualifications in Business and Engineering. He is a member of the Clean Energy Council’s Distributed Energy Leadership Forum, an Associate Member of the GridWise Architecture Council (US DoE) focused on Transactive Energy Systems and Emeritus Chair of the AS/NZS4755 suite of demand response standards.

Wolfram Pohl
Wolfram Pohl
Partner
Orrick
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Wolfram Pohl
Wolfram Pohl
Partner
Orrick
Wolfram Pohl, a partner in Orrick’s San Francisco office, focuses his practice on the tax aspects of corporate transactions and project finance. He has expertise on the tax implications of transactions involving energy projects and public infrastructure projects. He has represented developers and tax investors in financings for both wind and solar projects. Wolfram has experience in structuring and negotiating transactions to take advantage of tax credits, Treasury cash grants, depreciation benefits, and other available tax benefits. He has experience in a variety of tax issues, including equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and real estate transactions.
Carter Prescott
Carter Prescott
Principal Manager
Southern California Edison
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Carter Prescott
Carter Prescott
Principal Manager
Southern California Edison
Carter Prescott is a Principal Manager of eMobility® Operations at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. Prescott is responsible for operations and deployment activities of SCE’s vehicle electrification pilots and programs, with a planned budget of over $1 billion. For over 15 years, Prescott has supported Customer Service and Transmission & Distribution operations to enable utility customers to achieve their sustainability goals.
Prescott holds an MBA with a concentration in Management & Leadership from the University of La Verne and a B.S. in Accounting.
Sara Rafalson
Sara Rafalson
Director of Market Development
EVgo
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Sara Rafalson
Sara Rafalson
Director of Market Development
EVgo
Sara Rafalson is the Director of Market Development at EVgo. Rafalson brings over 10 years’ experience to EVgo, including leading public policy and market strategy efforts at Sol Systems, serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA), leading national initiatives to increase recruitment and retention of women in cleantech industries through the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and serving as the former President of Women in Solar Energy. She currently sits as a co-chair for the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable energy (WRISE) national leadership forum. At EVgo, Rafalson leads public policy and market strategy efforts, working with utilities, regulators, industry partners, and state legislatures across the country to advance opportunities for DC fast charging and transportation electrification from her office in Oakland, CA.

Rafalson has a degree in International Studies, Sustainability, Hispanic Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ed Randolph
Ed Randolph
Deputy Executive Director for Energy and Climate Policy, Director, Energy Division
California Public Utilities Commission
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Ed Randolph
Ed Randolph
Deputy Executive Director for Energy and Climate Policy, Director, Energy Division
California Public Utilities Commission
Edward Randolph is Deputy Executive Director for Energy and Climate Policy at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), where he leads a diverse team of more than 200 people who are responsible for crafting and implementing landmark energy and climate change policies for the state.

Mr. Randolph is responsible for providing strategic guidance on public policies and issues that help make California a national and international leader on a number of energy related initiatives that benefit consumers, the environment, and the economy. These include the California Solar Initiative, the Renewables Portfolio Standard, energy efficiency incentives, long-term resource planning, and rate design, which are all helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions while putting California at the forefront of efforts to fight climate change and building a clean energy economy.

Mr. Randolph has also led efforts to respond to unprecedented and unplanned outages of critical California energy infrastructure after service was interrupted at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Facility and the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility. In both instances, California was able to maintain overall electric and gas reliability through a focused effort on conservation and new sources of clean energy.

Mr. Randolph has also served as the CPUC’s Director of Governmental Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor.

Mr. Randolph is a seasoned policy and legislative expert with more than two decades of experience in the public sector. Before joining the CPUC in 2010, he served as Chief Consultant to the California State Assembly’s Committee on Utilities and Commerce, a position he held from 2003. He has been directly involved in shaping almost every energy related policy related initiative in California over the past two decades. This includes policies driving California’s aggressive renewable power investments, energy efficiency overhauls, and moving the state to integrated resource planning with a focus on GHG emissions. He also negotiated and drafted a major rewrite of California’s cable statutes to overhaul regulation of cable television and data services in California.
Mr. Randolph also served as Chief of Staff or Senior Consultant to three members of the California Legislature – Assemblymembers Levine, Canciamilla and Papan.

Mr. Randolph earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the McGeorge School of Law, where he graduated with Great Distinction.
Christian Roselund
Christian Roselund
U.S. Editor
pv magazine
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Christian Roselund
Christian Roselund
U.S. Editor
pv magazine
Christian Roselund serves as U.S. editor at pv magazine, and joined in 2014. Prior to this he covered global solar policy, markets and technology for Solar Server, and has written about various aspects of the energy transition for CleanTechnica, German Energy Transition, The Guardian (UK), and IEEE Spectrum.
Nathan Sandvig
Nathan Sandvig
Director, US Strategic Growth
National Grid
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Nathan Sandvig
Nathan Sandvig
Director, US Strategic Growth
National Grid
Nate Sandvig is a seasoned renewable energy developer currently leading US strategic growth and utility-scale energy storage for National Grid Ventures in the western US. Nate was previously at MWH Global and several renewable energy companies, including EDF Renewable Energy, EDP Renewables and Noble Environmental Power. Nate graduated from the United States Military Academy, is a combat veteran and has a Masters in Project Management from George Washington University.
Patrick Shoop
Patrick Shoop
Manager - Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solutions
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Patrick Shoop
Patrick Shoop
Manager - Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solutions
Patrick joined Customized Energy Solutions in 2015 and is a manager within the Emerging Technology group, where he provides market intelligence and technical expertise on energy storage and other emerging energy technologies. He manages the production of regional reports on energy storage in each U.S. wholesale electricity market for the StorageIQ subscription service, and also serves as the lead on energy storage in California, with additional experience in markets such as New York and PJM. His background is diverse, covering technology monitoring, market assessment, and strategy consulting in energy and other technical industries. Patrick holds a BS in Engineering – Product Design from Stanford University’s Mechanical Engineering department.
Stephanie Simons
Stephanie Simons
Mechanical Engineer
Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited
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Stephanie Simons
Stephanie Simons
Mechanical Engineer
Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited
Stephanie was Project Manager for the recently commissioned BELCO battery energy storage project. She is the company’s subject matter expert on the topic and has used industry analysis and generation system modeling software to determine relevant use cases and ROI for the Utility.
Stephanie works in the BELCO Power Generation Engineering & System Reliability Department and is responsible for the Capital Projects portfolio at the BELCO power plant.
Stephanie is a Chartered Engineer with the IMechE has a M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Bill Sproull
Bill Sproull
Vice President of Business Development
ESS, Inc.
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Bill Sproull
Bill Sproull
Vice President of Business Development
ESS, Inc.
Bill Sproull serves in a business development capacity for ESS. Having held executive roles and founded startups in both high tech and emerging clean energy spaces, Bill’s passion centers on bringing disruptive technologies to markets where gaps exist. ESS is deploying flow battery systems, based on a safe and durable iron, salt-water electrolyte, into long-duration energy storage applications worldwide.
Matt Stedl
Matt Stedl
Development Director - Energy Storage
Savion, LLC
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Matt Stedl
Matt Stedl
Development Director - Energy Storage
Savion, LLC
Currently leading energy storage development, Matt has built a portfolio of over 2 GW energy storage at Savion in less than two years. He has over two decades of multidisciplinary experience including energy storage technical and market analysis, strategy, and procurement. Prior roles include directing EPC on some of the first utility-scale energy storage projects in the US (frequency regulation projects in PJM), directing the development of domestic and international energy storage and renewable energy projects, and advising some of the nation's top firms on energy policy and market strategy.

Matt received his Master of Public Policy from The University of Chicago with concentration in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Policy; and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Matt is an active member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and is committed to promoting policies and technologies that are good for the environment and the economy.
Molly Sterkel
Molly Sterkel
Program Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Permitting
California Public Utilities Commission
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Molly Sterkel
Molly Sterkel
Program Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Permitting
California Public Utilities Commission
Molly Sterkel is responsible for Infrastructure Planning and Permitting for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). As a Program Manager in the Commission’s Energy Division, she provides policy leadership and management direction on key California electricity grid planning issues, including generation, transmission, and distribution policies.
Her work frequently revolves around the policy and program innovation issues that are steadily moving California to a low carbon future, such as the State’s first Integrated Resource Planning process, the introduction of an energy storage procurement mandate, and the environmental review of major transmission infrastructure investments needed to support high penetration of renewables. Molly managed the California Solar Initiative, the State’s landmark solar rebate program, led the development of the State’s first local resource adequacy requirements, and co-founded two non-profits related to renewables and climate change, the Center for Resource Solutions and the California Climate Action Registry.
Molly has over 20 years of experience on energy policy; she has a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
Vivian Sultan
Vivian Sultan
Adjunct Professor
California State University, Los Angeles
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Vivian Sultan
Vivian Sultan
Adjunct Professor
California State University, Los Angeles
Dr. Vivian Sultan is a Research Associate in the Advanced GIS lab at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) Center For Information Systems & Technology. The Advanced GIS Lab focuses on advanced spatial analysis, the research and development of advanced GIS solutions.

Dr. Sultan teaches part-time at California State University (CSULA) College of Business & Economics. She is a certified professional in Supply Management with experience in account product management, operations, and automated system projects development.

Dr. Sultan received a BA in Economics and Business Administration from the American University and Ph.D. degree in Information Systems and Technology from Claremont Graduate University.
Marco Terruzzin
Marco Terruzzin
Chief Product Officer
Energy Vault
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Marco Terruzzin
Marco Terruzzin
Chief Product Officer
Energy Vault
Marco Terruzzin is Chief Product Officer of Energy Vault, an IdeaLab portfolio company focused on the development of long duration energy storage solutions.
Mr. Terruzzin is a product innovator and an internationally recognized expert in climate change mitigation strategies (200+ renewable energy and carbon emission reduction projects), with proven track record of growing businesses at the intersection of clean-tech (renewable energy + environmental markets) and digitization. Having launched two international companies, Mr. Terruzzin has also developed extensive experience in building teams and transforming innovative ideas into successful businesses.
He is a board member of the California Energy Storage Alliance, founding advisor of the Energy Blockchain Consortium and has held strategic positions at E.ON Climate & Renewables, Engie, GE, Evolution Markets and Roland Berger Management Consulting. Mr. Terruzzin holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business, a PhD in Energy Economics, and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy). He resides with his wife in California.
Louis Ting
Louis Ting
Director of Power System Planning Development & Engineering
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
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Louis Ting
Louis Ting
Director of Power System Planning Development & Engineering
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Louis Ting is the Director of Power System Planning Development & Engineering for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In his 26th year at LADWP, currently he is responsible for the transition to a clean energy future and the overall regulatory, resource, grid, and strategic planning for the LA’s Power System. Previously, he led teams in completing major renewable, transmission, reliability, and compliance projects for the largest municipal utility in the County. Prior to electric utility experience, he managed water system infrastructure replacement and redevelopment programs for the City of Los Angeles, and engineered fleet replacement programs for LADWP.
Greg Tremelling
Greg Tremelling
Vice President of Business Development
Oztek Corporation
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Greg Tremelling
Greg Tremelling
Vice President of Business Development
Oztek Corporation
Mr. Tremelling is the Vice President of Business Development for Oztek Corporation helping to lead the energy revolution! Prior to this role at Oztek Mr. Tremelling has held various positions over his fifteen+ year professional career at Raytheon, American Power Conversion, A123, Wanxiang and NEC delivering successful products and managing effective engineering teams. Most notably architecting and designing the industries first modular high voltage/ high power lithium ion grid energy storage battery management system which became the standard for the industry. Mr Tremelling graduated with a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with distinction after completing projects for both SLF in Switzerland and NASA in Maryland.
Bryan Urban
Bryan Urban
EVP, Stationary Storage Solutions
Leclanche
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Bryan Urban
Bryan Urban
EVP, Stationary Storage Solutions
Leclanche
Bryan Urban, EVP, Leclanché North America, is an energy industry executive with more than 25 years’ experience in the power generation and energy infrastructure sectors in the Americas and Asia/Pacific. Over his career, Urban has been instrumental in the development of over 9,000 MW of power generation; led over $6 billion in project and corporate financing in both conventional and alternative energy sectors; and has been involved in numerous energy infrastructure projects on a strategic and deal execution basis. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Megan Vidal
Megan Vidal
Business Development
UL
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Megan Vidal
Megan Vidal
Business Development
UL
Megan Vidal has been with UL since 2012 and serves as Business Development Lead for the Energy Systems & e-Mobility team. Her role includes developing new programs and services for batteries, energy storage systems, EV and industrial chargers, drones, e-motorcycles and automated guided vehicles. Megan is responsible for engaging with stakeholders across the value chain including manufacturers, system integrators, developers, utilities and Authorities Having Jurisdiction. She regularly provides guidance and education on UL safety standards such as UL 1973, UL 1974, UL 9540, UL 9540A, UL 2202, UL 2594, UL 2251, UL 3030 and UL 3100. Megan resides in California and has been working in the Certification, Inspection and Testing Service industry for global Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories since 2008.
Catherine Von Burg
Catherine Von Burg
CEO
SimpliPhi Power, Inc.
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Catherine Von Burg
Catherine Von Burg
CEO
SimpliPhi Power, Inc.
Committed to transforming the grid and creating universal access to clean energy, under Catherine’s leadership, SimpliPhi has deployed mobile, residential and commercial energy storage systems in 40+ countries since 2010 in some of the world’s harshest and most remote environments. Her career spans roles in energy, biomedical engineering, health and human services and environmental conservation. She serves on the boards of the California Solar & Storage Association and Footprint Project and is part of an elite U.N. Sustainable Development Goals working group hosted by the State Department. Catherine graduated from Columbia University and earned a master’s from University of Pennsylvania.
Kurt Waldner
Kurt Waldner
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Kurt Waldner
Kurt Waldner
Kurt Waldner is currently the Director – Strategic Marketing and Product Management for GE Energy Storage and is responsible of the overall lifecycle management of GE’s Energy Storage and hybrid subsystem offerings. Kurt has been with GE for 23 years beginning as a design engineer in Aviation with subsequent roles in Aeroderivative Product Management, Reliability Engineering, LTSA Productivity Leader, GM of the Aeroderivative LTSA business along with roles in Commercial Operations and Business Development. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (Masters, Material Science and Engineering) and Xavier University (MBA).
Allison Weis
Allison Weis
Manager of Optimization Analytics
Ascend Analytics
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Allison Weis
Allison Weis
Manager of Optimization Analytics
Ascend Analytics
Dr. Allison Weis leads the Ascend Analytics’ battery storage team, and provides technical guidance on a variety of optimization analytics products for renewable integration, flexible grid resources, and system planning. She leads development of analytics for battery valuation and bidding strategies and optimal resource selection. Dr. Weis brings her understanding of flexible grid resources from her work modeling the integration of wind and solar with batteries and electric vehicle charging at Tesla, and in her PhD from Carnegie Mellon prior to joining Ascend.
Brandie Williams
Brandie Williams
Business Development Director
Johnson Controls
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Brandie Williams
Brandie Williams
Business Development Director
Johnson Controls
Brandie leads originations of renewable energy projects such as solar, lithium batteries and micro-grids for mostly behind-the-meter applications. Brandie leads contract negotiation, planning, and coordination of design presentations for Johnson Controls Inc across the US. Brandie successfully negotiated JCI’s recently announced partnership with Capital Dynamics to grant easier access to funding for customers utilizing a power purchase agreement for projects of varying sizes starting at $1 million by aggregating them into a larger portfolio. Her experience, capabilities, and credentials include sales and consulting with over 25 years of engineering and sales experience. In the technology industry she has served as an advocate for regulatory and regional utility power providers, with a focus on Federal and State policies. Previously, Mrs. Williams served as the Director of Application Engineering and Project Management at SMA America and was also the owner of Your Energy, Inc., a Northern California-based consulting company. Most recently, Brandie was CEO of V2 Energy Solutions, LLC., a Veteran-owned company that is focused on the custom lithium battery solutions for small and mid-sized businesses. Brandie has a strong background in comprehending complex solutions and translating new technology to every level of client personnel committed to helping accelerate its growth.

ADVISORS

Jan Ahlen
Jan Ahlen
Director, Energy Solutions
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
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Jan Ahlen
Jan Ahlen
Director, Energy Solutions
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Terry Boston
Terry Boston
CEO
Terry Boston LLC
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Terry Boston
Terry Boston
CEO
Terry Boston LLC
Terry Boston P.E served as CEO of PJM from 2008 to 2016 and received a 2017 Presidential Appointment to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. He was the 130th president of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and past president of GO 15, the association of the world’s largest power operators. He was unanimously selected the winner of Platt's Global Energy Life Time Achievement Award.

He’s on the Boards of GridLiance, Grid Protection Alliance, Dewberry Engineering, NAPEC & the National Academy's Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. Mr. Boston has a BS, engineering, Tennessee Tech & MS in engineering administration, UT.

Ed Burgess
Ed Burgess
Senior Director
Strategen
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Ed Burgess
Ed Burgess
Senior Director
Strategen
Ed helps to lead the utility and government consulting practices at Strategen. He specializes in evaluation and design of policies and programs to advance deployment distributed energy resources, demand-side management programs, energy storage and grid integration of renewable energy. Ed has served clients in renewable energy, energy efficiency, vehicle-to-grid integration and energy storage, including several Fortune 500 companies, major energy project developers, trade associations, utilities, government agencies, universities and foundations. His analysis has given companies strategic insight into clean energy investment opportunities and has helped to guide regulations and policies in many states across the country, including New York’s recent adoption of a 1,500 MW energy storage deployment goal.

Prior to joining Strategen, Ed worked as an independent consultant where he provided technical analysis to a law firm in Arizona, supporting the firm’s clients in cases before the Arizona Corporation Commission. He also worked with Schlegel & Associates to provide technical analysis on demand-side management policies in Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania and several other states that have led to billions of dollars in new energy efficiency investments. Ed also played a lead role in two major initiatives at Arizona State University: The Utility of the Future Center and the Energy Policy Innovation Council where he conducted research and policy analysis for the Governor's Office of Energy Policy, the Department of Environmental Quality, and other major stakeholders in Arizona. At the Utility of the Future Center, he also worked with utilities and former public utility commissioners across the country to develop a strategic approach and model rules for transitioning to a distributed energy future.

Ed earned his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Princeton University and two degrees from Arizona State University - Master of Science (M.S.) in Sustainability and Professional Science Master (P.S.M.) of Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization.
Melanie Davidson
Melanie Davidson
Director of Marketing
Strategen
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Melanie Davidson
Melanie Davidson
Director of Marketing
Strategen
Melanie Davidson is Director of Marketing at Strategen. Melanie oversees marketing strategy and execution for the three Strategen business platforms of Consulting, Association Management, and Events, including overseeing marketing, communications, and program for Energy Storage North America.

Melanie is passionate about bringing clean technologies to market. She is a Certified Energy Manager and brings ten years of energy and cleantech industry experience to her role with various marketing, sales and engineering positions at Proterra, Commercial Energy, and DuPont. Melanie served as Captain of Team NJ for the 2011 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon during her time at Rutgers University, where she earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Melanie also holds a BA in Political Science from Tulane University and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Buck Endemann
Buck Endemann
Partner
K&L Gates LLP
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Buck Endemann
Buck Endemann
Partner
K&L Gates LLP
I am a partner at K&L Gates in San Francisco, California, specializing in energy, environmental, and utility work. Editor of the K&L Gates Energy Storage Handbook.
Ben Kaun
Ben Kaun
Program Manager, Energy Storage and Distributed Generation
EPRI
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Ben Kaun
Ben Kaun
Program Manager, Energy Storage and Distributed Generation
EPRI
Ben Kaun currently manages the Energy Storage and Distributed Generation program at EPRI. He has over 10 years of experience in the field of energy storage, power system modeling, and advanced battery development. His responsibilities cover the evaluation of new technology, techno-economic modeling, and the integration of energy storage projects into planning and operations. In prior roles at EPRI, Ben led the Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), which works collaboratively with industry participants to publish tools and guidelines to support energy storage deployments. Ben also spearheaded development of the publicly-available Storage Value Estimation Tool (StorageVET). He served 2 terms as board member of the Energy Storage Association from 2013-2017. Prior to EPRI, Ben worked with multiple early stage companies to engineer and commercialize Li-ion battery technology, with focus on vehicle electrification. Ben earned a BS in Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
Jason Prince
Jason Prince
Manager
RMI
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Jason Prince
Jason Prince
Manager
RMI
Jason Prince is a Manager with the Electricity Practice at Rocky Mountain Institute, where he is focused on comprehensive utility planning to enable effective procurement and integration of distributed energy resources. At RMI, Jason has been involved across a range of advisory engagements with private and public sector clients. In addition, he has led thought leadership research on improved practices for distribution planning, and has designed and implemented solar+storage procurements. Prior to RMI, Jason worked in structured finance at SolarCity, and in environmental commodities at Karbone.
Mike Toomey
Mike Toomey
Director
Recurrent Energy
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Mike Toomey
Mike Toomey
Director
Recurrent Energy
Mike Toomey is a Director of Development with Recurrent Energy, a leading solar project developer, where he oversees the company’s project development efforts in the western region of the U.S.
Mike sits on the Board of the Interwest Alliance focused on energy development across the West and was previously a board member for the California Energy Storage Association (CESA, helping to shape policy for energy storage development in California. At the national level, he has served an advisor and industry expert to the Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee on the implementation of energy storage across U.S. markets.
Mike holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of California Berkeley.
Peter Zullo
Peter Zullo
Lendlease Energy Development
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Peter Zullo
Peter Zullo
Lendlease Energy Development