2018 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.

2018 Featured Speakers

KEYNOTE

Raj Apte
Raj Apte
Principal Engineer
Google X
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Raj Apte
Raj Apte
Principal Engineer
Google X
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).
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.
Ernesto Ciorra
Ernesto Ciorra
Chief Innovability Officer
Enel
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Ernesto Ciorra
Ernesto Ciorra
Chief Innovability Officer
Enel
Ernesto Ciorra was born in 1971, graduated in Business Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, magna cum laude, worked many years in consultancy, and then joined Enel on October 2014 as Chief Innnovability Officer. Founder of Ars et Inventio (2003), a consulting firm focused only on innovation and creativity, he has supported many companies at designing and launching innovative products and services that have become popular worldwide. Nokia, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Poste Italiane, Eni, GDF, Edison, the P&G Fater and Fameccanica joint-ventures, Unilever, RCS, Sole24Ore, BNP, Unicredit and American Express are some of the firms he cooperated with. Lecturer of Innovation Management in Italian and Spanish universities and business schools (director of the “Programa Avanzado de Gestión de la Innovación” at Istituto de Empresa de Madrid, professor and member of the Scientific Committee of the “Master in Innovazione Strategica” at Cà Foscari), he has also authored three collections of verses and a theatrical play acted in several theatres in Italy (in Milan, Bologna, Taormina and Siracusa). Professors Henry Chesbrough of Berkeley and Mark Kramer of Harvard have written two business cases regarding his activity as Chief Innovability Officer at Enel. The two business cases are available on www.hrb.org and are used in several courses at Berkeley and Harvard.
Andreas Feicht
Andreas Feicht
State Secretary
German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
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Andreas Feicht
Andreas Feicht
State Secretary
German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Andreas Feicht is State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. His portfolio covers energy policy.
Eleni Kounalakis
Eleni Kounalakis
Lieutenant Governor
State of California
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Eleni Kounalakis
Eleni Kounalakis
Lieutenant Governor
State of California
Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis was sworn in as the 50th Lieutenant Governor of California by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7th, 2019. She is the first woman elected Lt. Governor of California. A native Californian, she visited each of the state’s 58 counties during her historic campaign.

From 2010 to 2013, Kounalakis served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary. Kounalakis was the first Greek-American woman – and at age 43 one of America’s youngest – to serve as U.S. Ambassador. Her highly acclaimed memoir, “Madam Ambassador, Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest” (The New Press, 2015), chronicles the onset of Hungary’s democratic backsliding.

Governor Jerry Brown appointed Kounalakis to chair the California Advisory Council for International Trade and Investment in 2014. Kounalakis was a Virtual Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) between 2014 and 2017, specializing in international trade and immigration. She is currently a director of the Association of American Ambassadors and a National Democratic Institute (NDI) “Ambassadors Circle” advisor.

Prior to her public service, Kounalakis was president of one of California’s most respected housing development firms, AKT Development, where she worked for 18 years. She built master-planned communities and delivered quality housing to the Sacramento region’s working families – recognizing her as one of the capital region’s most prominent businesswomen. Passionate about early childhood development, Kounalakis served as a member of California’s First 5 Commission and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.

Eleni Kounalakis graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989 and earned her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1992. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the American College of Greece.
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

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
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Michael Berlinski
Michael Berlinski
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.
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.
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.
Henry Feintuch
Henry Feintuch
President
Feintuch Communications for Leclanche
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Henry Feintuch
Henry Feintuch
President
Feintuch Communications for Leclanche
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.
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
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
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.
Andrew Goldstone
Andrew Goldstone
Director West - Distributed Solutions
EDF Renewables
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Andrew Goldstone
Andrew Goldstone
Director West - Distributed Solutions
EDF Renewables
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
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.
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.
David Jeon
David Jeon
Head of Engineering and Operations
PXiSE
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David Jeon
David Jeon
Head of Engineering and Operations
PXiSE
Mr. Jeon’s responsibilities are to direct engineers and provide technical support to various groups within Sempra Renewables, ranging from Origination to Operations. He has been with Sempra since 2004 and has over 18 years of experience in the Power industry.
Vicken Kasarjian
Vicken Kasarjian
Chief Operating Officer
MCE
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Vicken Kasarjian
Vicken Kasarjian
Chief Operating Officer
MCE
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.
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.
Ramkumar Krishnan
Ramkumar Krishnan
Chief Technology Officer
NantEnergy
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Ramkumar Krishnan
Ramkumar Krishnan
Chief Technology Officer
NantEnergy
Dr. Ramkumar Krishnan, NantEnergy’s Chief Technology Officer, joined the company in 2008 and leads product and R&D teams in the development of the company’s game-changing rechargeable and long duration metal air energy storage technology. Prior to NantEnergy, Krishnan was a member of the technical staff in the Energy Technology Laboratory of Motorola’s Embedded Systems Research Laboratories in Tempe, Arizona. He has also served as a lecturer in the Department of Electronic Systems at Arizona State University. Under his leadership, NantEnergy (formerly Fluidic) has received numerous awards including 2015 Global Cleantech 100, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance “New Energy Pioneers 2017”.
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
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.
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
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.
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).
Dr. Laura Nelson
Dr. Laura Nelson
Executive Director
Governor’s Office of Energy Development
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Dr. Laura Nelson
Dr. Laura Nelson
Executive Director
Governor’s Office of Energy Development
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.
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.

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.
Yayoi Sekine
Yayoi Sekine
Energy Storage Analyst
BloombergNE
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Yayoi Sekine
Yayoi Sekine
Energy Storage Analyst
BloombergNE
Yayoi Sekine leads the Americas coverage for Energy Storage practice at BloombergNEF based out of New York. Yayoi’s research focuses on US energy storage markets, providing insight on technology, markets, policies and regulation, and the competitive landscape. She was previously Research Analyst based in Sao Paulo having spent four years covering Latin American renewable energy market development through BNEF.
Yayoi holds a BSc in Global Resource Systems with focus on Latin America from the University of British Columbia (Canada).
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.
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.
Vivian Sultan
Vivian Sultan
Dr.
California State University, Los Angeles
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Vivian Sultan
Vivian Sultan
Dr.
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.
Andy Tang
Andy Tang
Vice President, Energy Storage, Solar and Integration, Energy Business
Wärtsilä
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Andy Tang
Andy Tang
Vice President, Energy Storage, Solar and Integration, Energy Business
Wärtsilä
Andy Tang is the Vice President, Energy Storage, Solar and Integration, Energy Business for Wärtsilä. He has nearly three decades of experience in business development, strategic planning, corporate finance and M&A transactional experience. He’s been at the forefront modernizing the electric grid including leading Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s upgrade to digital wireless SmartMeters.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Wesleyan University where he was awarded the White Fellowship. In addition, Andrew studied International Economics and History at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Wassink
Paul Wassink
Senior Engineer
National Grid
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Paul Wassink
Paul Wassink
Senior Engineer
National Grid
Paul Wassink is a Senior Engineer in National Grid’s New Energy Solutions group where he leads the development of new electrical demand management and demand response solutions for commercial and industrial customers. Paul manages National Grid's innovative ConnectedSolutions demand response program.


Paul received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida.
Caleb Waugh
Caleb Waugh
Head of Energy Storage Analytics
Lockheed Martin Energy
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Caleb Waugh
Caleb Waugh
Head of Energy Storage Analytics
Lockheed Martin Energy
Caleb Waugh leads energy storage business analytics at Lockheed Martin Energy helping to guide market strategy, business development and product design for Lockheed Martin's GridStar(R) Lithium and Flow battery solutions. He oversees the design and implementation of high-fidelity techno-economic-financial models to evaluate emerging business opportunities in distributed, wholesale and microgrid applications. Caleb has conducted extensive work on project financial valuation, renewables integration, distributed asset integration and value stacking optimization for projects globally.

Caleb holds dual graduate degrees from MIT in Plasma Physics and Technology and Policy and has published and presented in many leading journals and conferences.
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.