ESNA 2017 | August 8 - 10, 2017 in San Diego, California

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.

2017 Featured Speakers

KEYNOTE

Guillermo García Alcocer
Guillermo García Alcocer
President Commissioner
Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
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Guillermo García Alcocer
Guillermo García Alcocer
President Commissioner
Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
Guillermo García Alcocer was appointed Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission by the Mexican Senate on April 28, 2016, for a seven-year term mandate. Mr. García Alcocer has over 10 years of experience in the energy sector, focusing on technical and economic regulation, public policy design, program evaluation and business development. He actively participated in the technical group responsible of drafting and proposing the 2013-2014 Energy Reform. Prior to his appointment at CRE, Guillermo held different positions at the Ministry of Energy (SENER), the Ministry of Finance (SHCP) and the National Savings and Pension System Commission (CONSAR). Guillermo holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
Brian Bentz
Brian Bentz
President and CEO
Alectra
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Brian Bentz
Brian Bentz
President and CEO
Alectra
Brian Bentz is the President and CEO of Alectra Inc., the largest municipally-owned utility by customer base in Canada and the second largest in North America after the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Alectra Inc., through its regulated utility, Alectra Utilities Corporation, provides power and related services to almost one million electricity customers in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. Alectra Inc. also provides innovative energy solutions to consumers through several unregulated subsidiaries including Alectra Energy Solutions Inc.

While Brian played a major role in creating Alectra, his expertise in utility consolidations was demonstrated on several occasions in his previous position as the President and CEO of PowerStream.

His leadership was instrumental in the growth of that utility from its creation following the merger of three local electricity distribution companies in Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan in 2004. He was also a driving force in the acquisition of Aurora Hydro in 2005, the 2009 merger with Barrie Hydro and the 2012 partnership with the Town of Collingwood in the ownership of Collus PowerStream.

Brian has assumed an active leadership role within the energy industry. He currently serves as Chair of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Brian is also on the Board of Directors of Collus PowerStream and the Ontario Energy Association (OEA). Previously, he served as Chair of the OEA, Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), Municipal Electric Association Reciprocal Insurance Exchange (MEARIE), the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and as Vice-Chair of Collus PowerStream’s Board of Directors.

Brian has been recognized on several occasions for his industry leadership. He recently was presented with the LDC ‘Leader Award’ from the MEARIE Group and was a co-winner of the OEA ‘Leader of the Year’ Award in 2016. In previous years, he received the ‘Chair’s Citation’ from the EDA, the Electricity Human Resources Canada ‘Leader of the Year’ Award, the ‘Game Changer’ Award from the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), as well as recognition as a ‘Clean50’ and ‘Clean16’ Champion for leadership in sustainability advancement.

Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Brian has an MBA (McMaster) and a honorary Bachelor of Applied Arts degree (Georgian College). He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant as well as a Certified Engineering Technologist (Electrical/Electronics).
Emilio Camacho, Esq.
Emilio Camacho, Esq.
Chief of Staff to Commissioner Hochschild
California Energy Commission
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Emilio Camacho, Esq.
Emilio Camacho, Esq.
Chief of Staff to Commissioner Hochschild
California Energy Commission
Emilio Camacho, Esq. is Chief of Staff to Commissioner David Hochschild at the California Energy Commission, where he is responsible for managing the office in the areas of renewable energy, research and development of technology, energy efficiency, and power plant siting. He oversees all legal, legislative and policy matters, administrative functions and manages staff for the Commissioner’s office.

In addition, Emilio serves as an Advisor to Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller on California-Mexico Issues and to implement the California-Mexico Energy MOU signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and the administration of Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Prior to joining the California Energy Commission, Mr. Camacho served as an Attorney at the California Office of the Legislative Counsel, providing legal advice to the Members of the Legislature and the Governor of California, in the areas of energy, environmental law, public utilities, water law, and public resources.

At the local level, Emilio serves as Chair of the Berkeley Energy Commission; as a Commissioner for the Community Environmental Advisory Commission at the City of Berkeley; and as a Board Member for Rising Sun Energy Center.

Emilio earned a Philosophy A.B. from the University of California, Davis; a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law; and an Energy and Emerging Technologies Professional Certificate from Stanford University.
Scott Drury
Scott Drury
President
San Diego Gas & Electric
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Scott Drury
Scott Drury
President
San Diego Gas & Electric
Scott Drury is president of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utility. Sempra Energy is a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 873,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

Prior to his current role, Drury served as SDG&E’s chief energy supply officer since 2015. As chief supply officer, Drury was responsible for all aspects of acquiring energy and capacity to serve the company’s customers, including electric transmission, enterprise engineering, strategic planning, and generation and resource planning. Previously, he was SDG&E’s vice president of human resources, diversity and inclusion from 2011 to 2015.

Prior to 2011, Drury was director of safety and emergency services and director of supply management for both SDG&E and SoCalGas.
Drury joined the Sempra Energy family of companies in 1986 and has held various management positions at SDG&E in areas including emergency services, construction, and procurement and logistics.

Drury serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and the advisory board of Alzheimer’s San Diego.

Drury holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University. He holds a certificate in human resources and labor relations from Cornell University.
Angelina Galiteva
Angelina Galiteva
Board of Governors
California ISO
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Angelina Galiteva
Angelina Galiteva
Board of Governors
California ISO
Angelina Galiteva was appointed by California's Governor and confirmed by the State Senate to the 5-member Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator Corporation in 2011 and again in 2014 and 2017 respectively. The Independent System Operator is responsible for the reliable operation of the power grid in the state of California and for the efficient operation of the electricity market, including the integration of renewable energy project as mandated by State Law.

Ms. Galiteva works to structure and advance the implementation of cutting edge energy policies that reflect the increasing role of renewable energy, storage, mobility and distributed energy technologies worldwide. She is the founder and Chair if the Board for the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and also serves as an Expert Renewable Energy Speaker for the U.S. Department of State. She has been sent on numerous missions around the world in this expert capacity.

Ms. Galiteva's industry experience spans from serving as a Principal at NEOptions, Inc., a nrewable energy and new technology product design firm to the utility sector where she worked as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as well as the New York Power Authority. Ms. Galiteva is an attorney and holds a J.D. and LLM Degrees, specializing in Environmental and Energy Law.
Chris Lee
Chris Lee
Representative
Hawaii State Legislature
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Chris Lee
Chris Lee
Representative
Hawaii State Legislature
State Representative Chris Lee serves an Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Energy and Environmental Protection Committee in the Hawaii State Legislature. First elected in 2008, he has since authored Hawaii's Climate Adaptation Initiative, the nation’s first 100% renewable portfolio standard, a net-zero clean energy mandate for all public schools and universities, policies laying the groundwork for a more distributed electric grid, and has been leading efforts to reform the utility business and regulatory models. Rep. Lee serves on the boards of several community non-profit organizations and volunteers his time in the community. He is a graduate of Oregon State University.
Thierry Lepercq
Thierry Lepercq
Executive Vice President, Research, Technology and Innovation
ENGIE
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Thierry Lepercq
Thierry Lepercq
Executive Vice President, Research, Technology and Innovation
ENGIE
Thierry Lepercq (54) has been Executive Vice-President of Engie, in charge of Research, Technology and Innovation since 2016. He is in charge of Engie’s research labs as well as the Group’s venture capital and incubation activities. He oversees the launch of EngieTech, the Group’s entity dedicated to the development of mass-scale businesses in the field of EnTechs (disruptive business models leveraging on decentralized energy and digital technologies).

He was previously President and co-founder of Solairedirect, a global leader of solar power acquired by Engie in 2015. Solairedirect has developed a distinctive business model focused on making solar power the most competitive energy source, by industrializing the development, construction, financing and operation value chains. The company has operations spanning four continents and over 1 GW built.

Prior to founding Solairedirect Mr Lepercq had a 20-year carrier in technology finance, first with Bankers Trust in New York, and later with Banque Arjil (Lagardère Group) and Oddo & Cie. In 1999 he founded NetsCapital, a boutique investment bank focused on information technology which structured 40 transactions for a total of 400 M€. In 2004 Thierry Lepercq set up Réseau Innovation Energie, a think tank with such participants as Caisse des Dépôts, Suez, EDF and Gaz de France. He is a graduate of HEC (Paris).
Steven Martin
Steven Martin
Vice President and Chief Digital Officer
GE Energy Connections
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Steven Martin
Steven Martin
Vice President and Chief Digital Officer
GE Energy Connections
Steven Martin joined GE in October, 2016, as Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for GE’s Energy Connections business.

With the goal of developing end-to-end software and cloud solutions to support Energy Connections customers’ digitization efforts, Steven is responsible for leading and advancing the business’s transversal digital industrial strategy. This includes the activation of product, service and solution roadmaps, and designing new customer experiences and business models.

Prior to joining GE, Steven spent fourteen years at Microsoft and was most recently the general manager and chief data scientist for Azure. In this role, Steven was responsible for global operations, customer acquisition and billing, analytics and data science, as well as the underlying data platform for services management. He was responsible for core business growth of over 100% year over year for five consecutive years. He also served as the chief data scientist for the Cloud and Enterprise Division.

Steven previously held several other roles at Microsoft with increasing responsibility, including General Manager of Business Planning and Strategy, Senior Director Business Operations, Server and Tools Division, the director of Product Management for Microsoft’s Platform Middleware, .NET and App Servers where he drove market share growth from 22% to over 70% and over $4 billion in revenue, and group product manager for E-Business.

Prior to Microsoft, Steven held product management and marketing roles with other tech- related businesses. Steven holds a BS in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and is an ongoing student of Behavioral Economics.
Ronald Nichols
Ronald Nichols
President
Southern California Edison
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Ronald Nichols
Ronald Nichols
President
Southern California Edison
Ronald O. Nichols is president of Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for external affairs, compliance, power production and procurement, and other operations.

Nichols has more than 35 years of experience in the electric and water utility industry. He has been a strategic and operational advisor to utilities, state and local government, power suppliers and the financial community on complex energy and utility matters throughout the United States, particularly in the West.

Previously, Nichols was senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs and Nuclear for SCE, overseeing regulatory policy and affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs.

Prior to joining SCE in 2014, Nichols served for three years as General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), where he provided leadership for the utility in supplying reliable and competitively priced water and electricity while continuing to maintain and implement environmentally conscious policies and priorities.

Previously, Nichols was a managing director at the energy practice of Navigant Consulting, an international consulting organization with over 2,000 employees. From 1980 to 1997, before his position at Navigant, he was a co-founder and Senior Vice President of the energy and water utility consulting firm, Resource Management International, which was headquartered in Sacramento with offices throughout North America and in Europe and Asia. Prior to starting his energy and water utility consulting career in 1980, he held positions with the California Department of Water Resources and the California Energy Commission.

Nichols is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a degree in agricultural economics and business management.
Stephen Prince
Stephen Prince
President and CEO
Younicos Inc.
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Stephen Prince
Stephen Prince
President and CEO
Younicos Inc.
Stephen Prince is President and CEO at Younicos, a global provider of intelligent grid and energy storage solutions. Prior to Younicos, Stephen held VP and C-level positions at Edison Enterprises, SAIC, Excelergy, Oracle and Optisense Network. He is a transaction-oriented executive with more than 25 years of experience growing and leading companies in global markets, as well as a published author and speaker with numerous industry awards. Stephen holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University Fullerton.
Marcos Valenzuela
Marcos Valenzuela
Director of Administration of the Wholesale Electricity Market
CENACE
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Marcos Valenzuela
Marcos Valenzuela
Director of Administration of the Wholesale Electricity Market
CENACE
Marcos Valenzuela Ortiz received a degree in Electromechanical Engineering from the ITR of Tijuana (1979) and a master's degree in Electrical Power Systems from UANL (1992). Marcos has extensive experience in the area of analysis and operation of power systems and in the development and management of energy contracts. He has had substantial interaction with U.S. and Canadian companies in developing energy transactions for the Baja California electrical system. He has been working in the CENACE group in the implementation of the wholesale electricity market in Mexico.
John Zahurancik
John Zahurancik
President
AES Energy Storage
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John Zahurancik
John Zahurancik
President
AES Energy Storage
John Zahurancik leads the energy storage group at The AES Corporation, operating the world’s largest fleet of grid connected batteries. As a co-founder of the AES storage team, he has developed advanced, grid scale storage projects in Chile, the United States, and across the AES footprint. This includes the first power purchase agreement for a storage project for Southern California Edison, the largest existing grid connected lithium ion battery system in West Virginia, and the first commercial battery classified as a wholesale generator. Working with leading utility partners, John’s team manages a portfolio of more than 1,000 MW of storage projects in development and the industry leading Advancion energy storage platform as an alternative for firm, flexible power. John is a frequent industry speaker on energy storage, smart grids, and innovation.

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Dr. Paul Albertus
Dr. Paul Albertus
Program Director
US Department of Energy - ARPA-E
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Dr. Paul Albertus
Dr. Paul Albertus
Program Director
US Department of Energy - ARPA-E
Dr. Paul Albertus currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E includes energy storage for transportation and stationary applications, energy conversion, and energy materials. Dr. Albertus initiated and manages the IONICS program, which is focused on separator technology for high-energy Li metal batteries, flow batteries, and alkaline-based fuel cells and electrolyzers. He also manages numerous other projects from battery, fuel cell, and other programs using electrochemical technologies in the ARPA-E portfolio. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Albertus spent more than four years at the Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, California, working on electrochemical energy storage systems. His work has included mathematical modeling of electrochemical processes, energy storage system and cost analysis, and electrochemical and thermal property measurements. Dr. Albertus completed his B.S.E. at the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, both in Chemical Engineering.
Brian Burandt
Brian Burandt
Vice President, Power Supply and Business Development
Connexus® Energy
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Brian Burandt
Brian Burandt
Vice President, Power Supply and Business Development
Connexus® Energy
Brian Burandt, Vice President Power Supply and Business Development of Connexus Energy, has more than 20 years of utility experience. He is accountable for Connexus’ power supply, including distributed generation, in that it meets the current and evolving needs of the membership. He leads business development, which includes research, strategy, product, service or venture development of core related initiatives that benefit the membership.

He has held multiple positions at Connexus over 18 years. Most recently, he was Connexus’ Manager of Business and Community Relations responsible for energy efficiency, demand response and economic development.

Brian has a Master in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Science in Energy Management from Moorhead State University.
Alejandro Chanona Robles
Alejandro Chanona Robles
Chief of Staff to President Commissioner (CRE), Guillermo Garcia Alcocer
Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
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Alejandro Chanona Robles
Alejandro Chanona Robles
Chief of Staff to President Commissioner (CRE), Guillermo Garcia Alcocer
Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
Alejandro Chanona is an energy sector practitioner, who currently serves as General Director of Planning and International Affairs at Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He previously worked as an advisor to the CEO of Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and the Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons at Mexico’s Energy Ministry (SENER). He holds a master’s degree in energy policy from Columbia University.
Adrian De Luca
Adrian De Luca
Partner, Renewables
TFC Utilities
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Adrian De Luca
Adrian De Luca
Partner, Renewables
TFC Utilities
Adrian De Luca is TFC Utilities Partner overseeing the identification and execution of renewable generation initiatives, both distributed and utility-scale, as well as customer-facing energy management and conservation technologies. De Luca relies on his deep experience in innovative, technology-platformed energy management, monitoring, and supply companies to help select sustainable technology partners and programs to serve the needs of utility stakeholders.

De Luca has over 15 years of experience leading marketing, sales and application engineering teams. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Locus Energy, an Internet of Things software business and provider of SaaS-based solutions for the renewable industry. As part of the founding team, he helped the company grow to become the largest independent provider of asset monitoring solutions in the United States. In 2015, Locus Energy was acquired by Genscape, a leading global provider of real-time data and intelligence for commodity and energy markets. De Luca was also a member of the founding team at GridPoint, where he was the company’s first Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He began his career as an analyst on the investment banking services team at Thomson Financial, leading the convertible bond data products team. De Luca holds a BA, Economics, from Pomona College.
Gus Flores
Gus Flores
Principal Manager, Contract Origination
Southern California Edison
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Gus Flores
Gus Flores
Principal Manager, Contract Origination
Southern California Edison
Jessica Harrison
Jessica Harrison
Director of Research and Development, Market Services Division
MISO
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Jessica Harrison
Jessica Harrison
Director of Research and Development, Market Services Division
MISO
Jessica Harrison is Director of Research and Development (R&D) in the Market Services division of MISO. In this role, she coordinates MISO’s R&D policies, objectives, and initiatives. Her focus includes pursuing R&D initiatives and partnerships, researching emerging technologies and supporting the integration of future grid resources. Jessica has a diverse background in clean energy, including experience with engineering analysis, public policy and economic analysis. Prior to joining MISO, she was the Head of Section of Distributed Energy Resources at DNV GL. As an industry consultant, Jessica has studied the impacts of integrating innovative technologies such as distributed energy resources, energy storage and demand response with the electricity grid and the electricity wholesale markets. Ms. Harrison holds dual Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Technology and Policy and in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Michigan.
Michael Herbert
Michael Herbert
Energy Industry Analyst, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
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Michael Herbert
Michael Herbert
Energy Industry Analyst, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Michael Herbert is an analyst in the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He serves as the electric storage policy coordinator for FERC. He is the technical lead on the notice of proposed rulemaking for electric storage resources and is coordinating storage-related issues for a separate notice of proposed rulemaking on generator interconnection reforms. He worked on FERC’s policy statement regarding the utilization of electric storage resources as transmission assets and numerous filings and technical conferences related to electric storage resources. Prior to coming to FERC, he worked on alternative energy investment analysis for the Department of Defense, with an emphasis on electric vehicles, vehicle-to-grid systems, and renewable energy. Michael received a bachelor’s degree from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, and joint master’s degrees from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Mark Irwin
Mark Irwin
Director, Contract Origination, Energy Procurement & Management
Southern California Edison
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Mark Irwin
Mark Irwin
Director, Contract Origination, Energy Procurement & Management
Southern California Edison
As director of Contract Origination, Mark leads SCE’s Energy Storage procurement activities as
well as other energy procurement programs.

Previously, he led SCE’s Energy Storage Ownership Initiative, the energy storage and transportation research and development activities, and the project management of Advanced Technology’s research portfolio.

Mr. Irwin has over 30 years in the energy business, which includes 24 years with Edison International, leading teams that develop, manage or contract with significant power generation, energy storage and fuel assets.

Mr. Irwin earned an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting from the University of Southern California.
Lorenzo Kristov
Lorenzo Kristov
Principal, Market & Infrastructure Policy
California ISO
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Lorenzo Kristov
Lorenzo Kristov
Principal, Market & Infrastructure Policy
California ISO
Lorenzo Kristov is Principal, Market and Infrastructure Policy at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). For most of the 2000s he was a lead designer of the locational marginal pricing (LMP) market system the CAISO 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. Since then he has focused on integrating distributed energy resources into markets, grid operations and planning. He has written articles and given presentations on the electric industry transition, distribution system operator (DSO) models, transmission-distribution interface coordination and electric system decentralization. He participates for CAISO in national forums on electric system evolution and grid architecture, and in California proceedings related to distributed energy resources.
During the industry restructuring of the 1990s he worked at the California Energy Commission in collaboration with the CPUC and stakeholders to develop the rules for retail direct access. In 1993-4 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia working on a commercial and regulatory framework for direct foreign investment in power generation. He has a B.S. in mathematics from Manhattan College, an M.S. in statistics from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Davis.
Adrienne Lalle
Adrienne Lalle
Project Manager
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
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Adrienne Lalle
Adrienne Lalle
Project Manager
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
Adrienne Lalle is a Project Manager at Con Edison, responsible for testing innovative battery storage business models under New York's Reforming the Energy Vision. Prior to Con Edison, Adrienne worked in corporate strategy at Duke Energy and for five years in management consulting, with a focus in energy management and strategy. Adrienne's experience includes solar valuation, solar and storage strategy, energy analysis and benchmarking, and program management. Adrienne brings a diverse background with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Duke University, with a concentration in energy finance and decision sciences.
Paul Liotsakis
Paul Liotsakis
Customer Programs Manager
MCE Clean Energy
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Paul Liotsakis
Paul Liotsakis
Customer Programs Manager
MCE Clean Energy
Paul oversees the development and implementation of demand side management programs, such as electric vehicles, demand response and battery storage, for California's first Community Choice program, MCE.Paul has implemented cutting edge environmental initiatives for over two decades. As Associate Director at San Francisco Community Power, Paul launched CA's first demand response program for small and medium size businesses. He has engaged over 500 companies, city governments, residents, and civic organizations as decision makers in the discussions to better manage their energy use. Paul holds an MBA from the Presidio School of Management and a certificate in solar and wind systems design and installation from Solar Energy International.
Marcelino Madrigal
Marcelino Madrigal
Commissioner
Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
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Marcelino Madrigal
Marcelino Madrigal
Commissioner
Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
Marcelino Madrigal Martinez, is currently a Commissioner at the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He was elected by the Senate to this post as part of the historical energy sector reforms taking place in México. Before joining the commission he spent almost ten years working internally for The World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank as Senior Energy Specialist where he supported governments, regulatory agencies, and power utilities in the development of investment projects, and policies and regulations focusing on the areas of electricity transmission, distribution, regional energy (electricity and gas) integration, renewable energy integration, and power systems and markets analysis, design and development. He was also previously Deputy General Director of Electrical Reestructuring at CRE and, Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary of Energy of the Mexican Federal Government, and assistant professor at Morelia Institute of Technology. Dr. Madrigal has an engineering, master, and Ph.D degree in power engineering from Morelia Institute of Technology, the University of Nuevo Leon, and the University of Waterloo in Canada, respectively. He has received several awards, among them, the Outstanding Young Power Engineering Award by the IEEE Power and Energy Society in 2006 and has published considerably in power systems operations and markets.
Rachel McMahon
Rachel McMahon
Senior Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst, Energy Storage Grid Planning and Reliability Section
California Public Utilities Commission
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Rachel McMahon
Rachel McMahon
Senior Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst, Energy Storage Grid Planning and Reliability Section
California Public Utilities Commission
Rachel is a Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission on energy storage, where she has focused primarily on station power and multiple use applications for storage resources, as well as procurements in response to Aliso Canyon. She joined the CPUC’s Energy Division in 2013 as Senior Regulatory Analyst on the Demand Response Team, where she was lead staff on matters concerning wholesale market integration and created the Demand Response Auction Mechanism. Before joining the CPUC, she led state and federal in-house regulatory and legislative affairs for utility-scale solar energy companies for four years. Prior to the solar industry, Rachel worked for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies for a decade, most recently as Director of Regulatory Affairs, focused on renewable energy policy and emissions regulation in the electric and transportation sectors.
Randy Nicholson
Randy Nicholson
Energy Policy Manager, Advanced Technology Integration
San Diego Gas & Electric
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Randy Nicholson
Randy Nicholson
Energy Policy Manager, Advanced Technology Integration
San Diego Gas & Electric
Randy joined SDG&E in 2007, and is currently the Energy Policy Manager for SDG&E’s Advanced Technology Integration group. In this role, Randy has primary responsibility for coordinating regulatory and strategic policy for energy storage resources. Before joining the Advanced Technology group in late 2014, Randy was a Policy Manager in
SDG&E’s Federal Regulatory Affairs group, working primarily on procurement, resource adequacy, and CAISO market design initiatives. Randy holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. Prior to joining SDG&E, Randy was Associate General Counsel at the American Samoa Power Authority, a position he regrets leaving whenever it is cold and dreary.
Christopher Parent
Christopher Parent
Director, Market Development
ISO New England
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Christopher Parent
Christopher Parent
Director, Market Development
ISO New England
Mr. Parent is Director of Market Development at ISO New England. In his role, he is responsible for the design and development of changes to the New England wholesale electricity markets. He has been with the ISO since 2004 having held various positions responsible for the settlement of the markets, analyzing market outcomes, implementing market solutions and overseeing quality management programs before taking over his responsibilities in Market Development in 2010.

Prior to joining the ISO, Mr. Parent worked for Accenture (formally Andersen Consulting) in their energy practice, primarily focused on the electricity sector. He was responsible for developing business and technology solutions to implement ISO/RTO market designs and he also worked with a number of energy industry firms to enhance their trading and back office processes and enable them to better integrate with the ISO/RTO markets.

Mr. Parent holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science from St. Michael’s College in Vermont.
Glenn Platt
Glenn Platt
Research Director
CSIRO Energy
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Glenn Platt
Glenn Platt
Research Director
CSIRO Energy
Glenn Platt is an entrepreneur, technology leader and researcher in the renewable energy and clean technology space. Glenn has spun out several businesses working with solar, batteries and clean technologies, and leads the Grids and Energy Efficiency program within CSIRO’s Energy Flagship.

Glenn is a graduate of Harvard Business School, holds PhD and electrical engineering degrees from the University of Newcastle Australia, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to CSIRO, Glenn worked in Denmark with Nokia Mobile Phones on the standardisation and application of cutting-edge mobile communications technology. Before his time in Denmark, Glenn was employed in an engineering capacity for various Australian engineering consultancies, working on industrial automation and control projects.

Glenn is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow, and a recipient of the Australian Financial Review Young Executive of the year award.
Charles Post
Charles Post
Energy Storage Program Manager
Pacific Gas & Electric
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Charles Post
Charles Post
Energy Storage Program Manager
Pacific Gas & Electric
Charles Post is Energy Storage Program Manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). In this role, Charlie is responsible for implementing PG&E’s energy storage program. This includes all aspects of energy storage; Policy, Regulatory and Commercial. Charlie began his career at PG&E in 2000, working in electric transmission rates. In 2004, just as the RPS requirements were being finalized, Charlie moved to Energy Procurement and managed its 2004 and 2005 RPS RFOs. Charlie remained in Energy Procurement until 2014, primarily negotiating RPS PPAs and evaluating potential ownership opportunities for PG&E. Charlie led structuring and negotiations for transactions with a combined value of over $3B. He also managed large transaction teams and procurement process for hundreds of MWs of renewable energy, successfully closing deals negotiated over multiple years. In 2014, Charlie transitioned to the role of Energy Storage Program Manager and became PG&E’s first employee dedicated 100% to Energy Storage.
An Qi
An Qi
Research Associate, Energy System Analysis Center
Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission of P.R.China
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An Qi
An Qi
Research Associate, Energy System Analysis Center
Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission of P.R.China

Edward Randolph
Edward Randolph
Director, Energy Division
California Public Utilities Commission
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Edward Randolph
Edward Randolph
Director, Energy Division
California Public Utilities Commission
Edward Randolph is the Energy Division Director of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Prior to serving in this capacity, Mr. Randolph was the CPUC’s Director of Governmental Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor.

Mr. Randolph joined the CPUC in 2010 from his position as Chief Consultant to the California State Assembly’s Committee on Utilities and Commerce, a position he held since 2003 where he worked extensively on expanding California’s use of renewable power, the creation of the California Solar Initiative, and energy efficiency legislation. Prior to his role with the Committee on Utilities and Commerce, Mr. Randolph served as Senior Consultant to Assemblymember Lloyd Levine, as both Chief of Staff and Senior Consultant to former Assemblymember Joe Canciamilla, and as Chief of Staff to Former Assemblymember Lou 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.
Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud
Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud
Senior Specialist, Research & Development
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
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Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud
Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud
Senior Specialist, Research & Development
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud is a Senior Specialist in the Research & Development department at Con Edison. She designs and manages projects which introduce new technologies into the company infrastructure and operations. Project areas include energy storage, load forecasting, energy efficiency, control room operations, environmental health and safety, and emergency management. Britt’s work in energy storage focuses on how existing and new technologies can be used in innovative ways to reduce operational costs and improve the reliability of the service the utility provides to its customers. Additionally, she leads a company battery safety research effort to support local permitting agencies in assessing battery related hazards and designing operational response procedures for battery fires. Prior to joining Con Edison in 2014 Britt completed her PhD and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Physics at Columbia University.
Heather Sanders
Heather Sanders
Principal Manager, Electric System Planning Strategy and Engagement
Southern California Edison
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Heather Sanders
Heather Sanders
Principal Manager, Electric System Planning Strategy and Engagement
Southern California Edison
Heather Sanders joined Southern California Edison in August 2015. Within electric system planning, her team is focused on planning the subtransmission system, environmental licensing, and strategic engagement to promote grid modernization. Before joining SCE, she held multiple roles at the California Independent System Operator in regulatory policy and smart grid technology and strategy. While at the ISO, she jointly led several road mapping efforts with the CPUC and CEC. These roadmaps outline needed actions to advance California energy and environment objectives with publications focused on Energy Storage, Demand Response and Energy Efficiency, and Vehicle Grid Integration. Prior to the ISO, she worked in the software and consulting business facilitating wholesale energy market participation. Ms. Sanders is a member of the DOE Electricity Advisory Committee and GridWise Architecture Council and serves on the committee for DistribuTech. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and a MBA from the University of Utah.
Neetika Sathe
Neetika Sathe
Director, Emerging Technologies
Alectra
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Neetika Sathe
Neetika Sathe
Director, Emerging Technologies
Alectra
Neetika Sathe is Director, Emerging Technologies at Alectra Energy Solutions. Her role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading-edge innovative technologies and business opportunities. Prior to joining Alectra, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager at Nissan Canada responsible for the launch of the Nissan LEAF in Canada.

She serves on the board of several industry associations such as SmartGrid Canada and Electric Mobility Canada, including Chairing the Board of NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network. Neetika was recognized by Energy Storage North America with the 2016 Champion Award for her leadership and exceptional achievement in advancing energy storage technology.

Neetika has a Masters degree in Physics from Panjab University, followed by an MBA from McMaster University.
Emily Shults
Emily Shults
Vice President, Energy Procurement
San Diego Gas & Electric
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Emily Shults
Emily Shults
Vice President, Energy Procurement
San Diego Gas & Electric
Emily Shults is vice president of energy procurement for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utility. As vice president of energy procurement, Shults is responsible for all aspects of acquiring energy and capacity to serve the company’s customers. This includes long-term contracting for the company to reach its renewable portfolio standard mandate, as well as procurement of conventional and other preferred resources. Shults also oversees resource planning, economic dispatch of power plants, power trading, risk control and settlements.

Prior to this role, Shults has held numerous management positions at Sempra Energy.

Before joining Sempra Energy, Shults worked with the John Zink Company, Williams Energy Marketing & Trading and Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

Shults holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Tulsa.

Shults serves on the Board of Walden Family Services, a nationally-recognized foster care, adoption, and youth services agency founded in 1976.
Jason Zyskowski
Jason Zyskowski
Substation Engineering Manager
Snohomish County Public Utility District
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Jason Zyskowski
Jason Zyskowski
Substation Engineering Manager
Snohomish County Public Utility District
Jason Zyskowski received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. He has worked for Snohomish County PUD since 2004. As manager of substation engineering, his expertise includes transmission, protection, substation engineering and battery storage systems. He is a member of IEEE and registered professional engineer in the state of Washington. He lectures frequently before energy industry trade associations and other regional groups.

ENERGY PLANNER/USER

Ellen Anderson
Ellen Anderson
Executive Director
University of Minnesota, Energy Transition Lab
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Ellen Anderson
Ellen Anderson
Executive Director
University of Minnesota, Energy Transition Lab
From 2012 to 2014, Anderson was senior advisor on energy and environment to Gov. Mark Dayton and assisted the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board on energy and environmental issues. Anderson helped coordinate state climate change planning, led the implementation of Gov. Dayton’s Executive Order 11-32, including organizing the EQB’s Minnesota Environmental Congress, issuing Minnesota’s Environment and Energy Report Card, and initiating and drafting the EQB’s Minnesota and Climate Change: Our Tomorrow Starts Today report.

In March 2011 Gov. Dayton appointed Anderson chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, where she served until early 2012.

Anderson served in the Minnesota Senate from 1993 to 2011 and was re-elected five times, representing several neighborhoods of St. Paul and the city of Falcon Heights. She chaired the Jobs, Energy and Community Development Committee; the Commerce Committee; the Energy and Telecommunications Committee; and the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Finance Committee. Her signature legislation includes the Renewable Energy Standard, the Community Based Energy Development law, the Next Generation Energy Act, and many other energy and consumer protection laws, including a law raising the minimum wage; the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment (co-author); the Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Act; and the first law in the nation, now in federal law, protecting nursing mothers in the workplace.

Anderson holds a B.A. from Carleton College and J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. Most recently, Anderson received the 2013 Ecological Society of America Regional Policy Award for Informing Policy with Ecological Science and served on the advisory committee for the 2014 Midwest Innovation Summit. She currently serves as a member of the Citizens League Electrical Energy Study Committee, an observer to the e21 project on new utility business models, and the advisory boards for the U of MN Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology and the Will Steger Foundation.
Tria Case
Tria Case
University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation
City University of New York
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Tria Case
Tria Case
University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation
City University of New York
ria Case, Esq., is the University Director of Sustainability for the City University of New York (CUNY). Since 2006 Ms. Case has led the development and the implementation of multiple U.S. Department of Energy, NYSERDA, and NYPA funded solar programs on behalf of New York City and now New York State, leading to a significant growth in solar capacity and a more than ten-fold increase in installation companies. One of the current focuses of Ms. Case’s work is to identify and addresses soft or 'Balance of System' costs for the implementation and adoption of solar in NYS. This work is being conducted collaboratively through NYSolar Smart, a program Ms. Case developed that is supported by Federal and State Initiatives. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Ms. Case formed the Smart Distributed Generation Hub, with City, State, and Federal participation, in an effort to integrate solar and DG into emergency power and resiliency deployment. In addition, Ms. Case coordinates and provides resources to CUNY’s 24 institutions of higher education to meet the goal of reducing CUNY’s energy consumption through the Sustainable CUNY Conserves program. Ms. Case has secured funding for a $1-million dollar revolving loan fund, the Sustainability Investment Fund, which supports projects on CUNY campuses producing energy savings and other sustainability benefits. Ms. Case also serves as Vice President of CUNY Ventures Inc., Sustainability Division. Formerly, Ms. Case served as the Director of the office of Environmental Business Services for Empire State Development Corporation and received her undergraduate degree from Union College and earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Margaret (Meg) Cederoth
Margaret (Meg) Cederoth
Sustainability Manager
California High-Speed Rail Authority
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Margaret (Meg) Cederoth
Margaret (Meg) Cederoth
Sustainability Manager
California High-Speed Rail Authority
Margaret Cederoth manages the sustainability program for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Her duties include policy development and implementation, greenhouse gas emissions inventory, tracking, and offsets, renewable energy planning, sustainable design, and district-scale sustainability approaches.

As an AICP and LEED accredited urban planner, she has over 17 years of experience in the areas of transportation and sustainability. Cederoth led sustainability efforts for the Masdar Institute project in Abu Dhabi from 2007 to 2009, and was active on several projects in the region that explored sustainability criteria for infrastructure projects. She has also worked on complex carbon neutral projects and high-performance facilities in the U.S. She has been with Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) since 2002 and currently leads sustainable design and company initiatives at PB.

Cederoth has a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Sachu Constantine
Sachu Constantine
Director of Policy
Center for Sustainable Energy
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Sachu Constantine
Sachu Constantine
Director of Policy
Center for Sustainable Energy
As CSE’s Policy Director, Sachu is responsible for overseeing all areas of policy including: government and regulatory affairs, legislative analysis, strategic planning, program support and analysis, as well as providing guidance to the Board of Directors and senior management on local, state and regional policy. Sachu manages the Policy Team and the Research & Analysis Team. Prior to joining CSE, Sachu worked at SunPower Corporation, a multi-national, vertically-integrated solar PV manufacturer where he was responsible for strategic partnerships and public policy. Sachu also has experience in community development, forestry, energy codes & standards, building energy management and carbon trading.
Rebecca Feuerlicht
Rebecca Feuerlicht
Senior Project Manager of SGIP
Center for Sustainable Energy
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Rebecca Feuerlicht
Rebecca Feuerlicht
Senior Project Manager of SGIP
Center for Sustainable Energy
Rebecca Feuerlicht of the Center for Sustainable Energy (San Diego, Calif.) is the senior project manager of the $11 million Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) in the San Diego Gas and Electric utility service territory, a program critically important to the successful deployment of customer-sited energy storage applications in Southern California. Over the past 15 years, the center has awarded more than $100 million in incentives yielding 60 MW of clean energy.

Rebecca has extensive experience supporting and managing local and statewide education and incentive programs with a focus on environmental sustainability.

As a regional SGIP project manager, Rebecca collaborates with the California Public Utilities Commission and California’s investor-owned utilities to advise and implement program design fostering adoption of clean and efficient distributed energy projects and helping to solve related challenges related to the electric grid. She works with engineering staff, utility customers, project developers and manufacturers representing a broad range of distributed generation technologies including combined heat and power turbines and engines, stationary fuel cells, wind turbines and advanced energy storage.

Rebecca manages the SGIP customer incentive application processes, overseeing marketing, education and outreach efforts; coordinates with statewide program administrators and industry stakeholders to improve policies and reach program goals; and assists in measurement and evaluation activities.

Rebecca graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a bachelor of arts in economics and environmental studies and has a certificate in sustainable business practices from the University of California, San Diego Extension Program.
Rebecca Franklin
Rebecca Franklin
Senior Regulatory Advocate
Association of California Water Agencies
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Rebecca Franklin
Rebecca Franklin
Senior Regulatory Advocate
Association of California Water Agencies
Rebecca Franklin joined the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) as a Regulatory Advocate in June 2015. Her areas of focus for ACWA include energy, climate change, water quality, the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta, and aquatic resources.

Ms. Franklin previously worked as the Environmental Supervisor for the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department in San Bernardino, CA, where she not only worked on various water and wastewater regulatory issues, but also had the opportunity to serve as vice-chair for the water committee of the Southern California Alliance of Publicly- Owned Treatment Works, and the vice chair for the Santa Ana River Dischargers’ Association.


Ms. Franklin received her bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, and her Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from California State University, San Bernardino.
Erika Morgan
Erika Morgan
Executive Director
San Diego Energy District
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Erika Morgan
Erika Morgan
Executive Director
San Diego Energy District
An expert on organizational effectiveness and market transformation in support of renewable energy, Ms. Morgan built four electricity aggregations over 15 years ago. She leads the San Diego Energy District's efforts to build wide-spread public understanding of Community Choice and other topics inherent in the "electricity system of the future".

INDUSTRY

Gavin Bade
Gavin Bade
Editor
Utility Dive
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Gavin Bade
Gavin Bade
Editor
Utility Dive
Gavin is editor of Utility Dive. Before that, he was the editor-in-chief of Georgetown’s alt-weekly newspaper, The Georgetown Voice, and worked for a number of media publishers, including The American Prospect, NPR, the New America Foundation, and WGVU. He has a BS in Culture and Politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Sara Baldwin Auck
Sara Baldwin Auck
Director, Regulatory Program
Interstate Renewable Energy Council
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Sara Baldwin Auck
Sara Baldwin Auck
Director, Regulatory Program
Interstate Renewable Energy Council
As the Director of IREC’s Regulatory Program, Sara Baldwin Auck develops and oversees IREC’s national regulatory engagement strategy on distributed energy resource policies, in coordination with IREC’s Regulatory Team.  Sara is a co-author of IREC’s latest publication, Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers (April 2017) and oversaw the development of the National Scorecard for State Shared Renewable Energy. Prior to joining IREC, Sara was a Senior Policy Associate for Utah Clean Energy, where she directed and implemented strategic clean energy policy and regulatory efforts in Utah and the West. During her 10-year tenure, Sara served on Utah Governor’s 10-Year Energy Initiative, Energy & Environment Subcommittee and contributed to Utah’s 10-year Energy Plan (2011). Sara was named one of “Utah’s Enlightened 50″ by the Community Foundation of Utah in 2012 and served as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance.  
Matthew Barnett
Matthew Barnett
Business Development Director
Highview Power Storage
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Matthew Barnett
Matthew Barnett
Business Development Director
Highview Power Storage
Matthew joined Highview in 2012 from GE Energy, where he had worked on the commercialisation and market development of their novel Waste Heat to Power (WH2P) technology.

Prior to this Matthew started his career in the Oil & Gas industry as a Manufacturing Engineer on subsea control systems for ABB Vetco Grey. Matt has a deep technical and commercial background in technologies and project development, working with one of the UK's fastest growing start-ups, as well as large blue chip organisations in the energy sector. He brings 15 years' experience into his role as Business Development Director for Highview.
Mike Berlinski
Mike Berlinski
Director of Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solutions
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Mike Berlinski
Mike Berlinski
Director of Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solutions
Mike joined Customized Energy Solutions in 2014. Mike assists clients with market intelligence, analysis, and consulting on energy storage and emerging technologies. He has experience in bringing new energy storage projects online, including developing operating strategies, and has assisted with the operational and financial management of projects.

Previously, Mike was Manager of Regulatory Affairs at a leading energy storage developer and was very active in promoting rules for energy storage. 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.
Rolf Bienert
Rolf Bienert
Technical Director
OpenADR Alliance
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Rolf Bienert
Rolf Bienert
Technical Director
OpenADR Alliance
Rolf Bienert is the Technical Director of the OpenADR Alliance. In this capacity, Rolf oversees the technical developments and the certification program of the Alliance. Before going independent, Rolf was the Technical Manager for Telecom and the Global Competence Center for emerging communication protocols at a leading test house. In this role, Rolf was involved in many international standardization efforts and guided the company's efforts in these areas. Rolf has been an active member of the NIST SGTCC, OpenADR Alliance, USNAP Alliance, SunSpec Alliance, ZigBee Alliance, and other organizations driving the development of new technologies with a specific focus on certification and interoperability. Rolf also served as Executive Director at Inventures, managing multiple industry standards.
Daniel Borneo
Daniel Borneo
Engineering Project Manager
Sandia National Laboratory
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Daniel Borneo
Daniel Borneo
Engineering Project Manager
Sandia National Laboratory
Daniel Borneo is an Engineering Program/Project Lead at Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) where he leads a projects team that is part of Sandia’s Stationary Electrical Energy Storage Program. The main emphasis of Dan’s work is to collaborate with utilities, industry partners, academia, and state Energy offices to develop Energy Storage (ES) projects and bring innovative electrical energy storage technologies to commercialization. He also specializes in the commissioning of ES systems, and does work both Nationally and Internationally.

Dan earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, focusing on power and controls. He holds a professional engineering license in the state of New Mexico.

Rick Brown, PhD
Rick Brown, PhD
Executive Vice President
TerraVerde Renewable Partners, LLC
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Rick Brown, PhD
Rick Brown, PhD
Executive Vice President
TerraVerde Renewable Partners, LLC
Dr. Brown launched TerraVerde Renewable Partners, an energy and solar advisory firm in 2009. As President of TerraVerde, over the past seven years the TerraVerde team has developed $327 Million of DERs, including, 70 MWs of solar, 13 MWs storage and energy conservation measures in over 300 buildings on behalf of Schools, Cities, Transit Agencies and Water Districts throughout California; including over $40 Million in Prop 39 projects. Using these and other assets, he leads a company that is now developing programs that will create new revenue streams and reduce power and resource adequacy costs for Load Serving Entities (LSEs) through deployment of DER/non-wire strategies. Dr. Brown has been deeply involved in California legislation and regulation regarding clean energy, including crafting of SB 73, legislation guiding development of California's Prop 39 Clean Energy Jobs Act. He has continued to work closely with the Prop 39 Citizen Oversight Board and CEC Staff to refine and improve the Prop 39 program guidelines. He was involved in the passage of SB 585 in 2012, legislation that filled a $400 Million gap in solar rebate funding. He also led the effort to have the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) select TerraVerde as its energy strategic partner in 2013. More recently, he has been invited by the CPUC to provide testimony on the SGIP program. Previously, in 2006 he successfully helped start-up, build and eventually sell MMA Renewable Ventures (MMARV), one of the very early providers of solar PPA financing, to an international solar company.
Jesse Bryson
Jesse Bryson
VP of Market Development
Advanced Microgrid Solutions
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Jesse Bryson
Jesse Bryson
VP of Market Development
Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Jesse Bryson, former principal manager of energy procurement at Southern California Edison, joined the AMS team as Vice President & Head of Global Market Development. Bryson was a leader in SCE’s energy resource procurement team since 2003, where he championed SCE’s widely acclaimed energy storage and distributed energy resource procurements. In that capacity, he led the first true all-source solicitation in which energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, gas-fired generation and energy storage all competed on a head-to-head basis. SCE’s aggressive pursuit of clean, distributed resources to replace San Onofre nuclear facility is widely recognized as the leading edge of a global revolution in grid modernization. Bryson is credited with “writing the book” on distributed energy resources at SCE and joins AMS at an inflection point in the distributed energy storage industry worldwide. Bryson will lead the company’s market development activities in the U.S. and abroad.
Ed Burgess
Ed Burgess
Senior Manager
Strategen Consulting
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Ed Burgess
Ed Burgess
Senior Manager
Strategen Consulting
Edward Burgess is a Senior Manager in Strategen's Government and Utility Practice. Prior to joining Strategen, Ed worked as an independent consultant for Kris Mayes Law Firm and Schlegel & Associates where he served clients in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, including several Fortune 500 companies, major project developers, trade associations, utilities, government agencies, and foundations. His analysis has helped to shape state regulations and policies related to energy portfolio standards, distributed generation, and transmission planning. In addition to his consulting work, 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. Ed began his career working on environmental policy at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York. He 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.
Jason Burwen
Jason Burwen
Policy & Advocacy Director
Energy Storage Association
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Jason Burwen
Jason Burwen
Policy & Advocacy Director
Energy Storage Association
Jason Burwen is the Policy & Advocacy Director of the Energy Storage Association. Previously, Jason was the Associate Director for Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington DC, where he was also staff director for the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of CEOs led by Bill Gates advocating for federal investments in clean energy technology development. Jason has also previously consulted to utilities on demand response program design and evaluation and worked at the California Public Utilities Commission on renewable energy procurement. Jason is an alumnus of the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Energy and Resources Group, both at the University of California, Berkeley. As a native Californian, he's thrilled that the energy storage industry gives him ample opportunities to return to the West Coast.
H.G. Chissell
H.G. Chissell
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Advanced Energy Group
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H.G. Chissell
H.G. Chissell
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Advanced Energy Group
As CEO of Advanced Energy Group, H.G. Chissell focuses on curating the right collection of top energy leaders in Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. to facilitate an ongoing stakeholder dialogue that expedites real progress towards city and state energy goals. Select stakeholders include the DOD, city governments, portfolio real estate owner/managers, national accounts, transit agencies, regional grid operators, distribution utilities and energy solution providers.

Previously, H.G. Chissell served as SVP of Strategic Accounts for Viridity Energy, a demand response software/service firm focused on consumer-sided virtual power enablement. Chissell was with Viridity Energy from its beginning in 2009 and led the company’s growth of MWs under management and strategic expansion throughout PJM, NYISO and ERCOT across all key verticals, including DOD, C&I, and Healthcare. Key accomplishments include the 1st behind-the-meter freq. reg. battery project in PJM, 1st 1 MW behind-the-meter battery project in Chicago, 1st full spectrum DR battery project in NYC and 1st multi-site EV2Grid project w/ the Pentagon in PJM and ERCOT.
Leslie Cole-Brooks
Leslie Cole-Brooks
Executive Director
Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii
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Leslie Cole-Brooks
Leslie Cole-Brooks
Executive Director
Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii
Leslie Cole-Brooks is the Executive Director of the Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii, a non-profit trade organization dedicated to a sustainable Hawaii. Ms. Cole-Brooks advocates for the DER Council both at the Hawaii state legislature and the Hawaii public utilities commission, and her work has included significant involvement in Integrated Resource Planning, Feed in Tariffs, Decoupling, On-Bill Financing, Green Energy Market Securitization, the Reliability Standards Working Group, 14H Storage and Interconnection Rules, Distributed Energy Resources, the Power Supply Improvement Plan, Community Solar, the Utilities’ Demand Response application, and the State Renewable Energy Investment Tax Incentive Program. Prior to her work with the DER Council, Ms. Cole-Brooks worked as the Executive Director for the Hawaii Solar Energy Association. Cole-Brooks is trained as a geologist, and is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law. She is a current member of the California and Hawaii State Bar Associations.
Andres Cortes
Andres Cortes
Engineer Scientist
EPRI
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Andres Cortes
Andres Cortes
Engineer Scientist
EPRI
Giovanni Damato
Giovanni Damato
Senior Project Manager
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
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Giovanni Damato
Giovanni Damato
Senior Project Manager
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Giovanni Damato serves as a Senior Project Manager in the Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resources Program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Giovanni has over a decade of professional experience leading the exploration of distributed energy resources, including grid-connected energy storage. Giovanni provides leading-edge grid storage techno-economic analyses and strategic recommendations to energy industry stakeholders, while cultivating energy storage frameworks for EPRI’s distribution and customer-sited energy storage practice areas, leading collaborative efforts to support the Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), and is currently the product manager for StorageVET™ (www.storagevet.com). Giovanni holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Jacqueline DeRosa
Jacqueline DeRosa
Vice President of Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solutions
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Jacqueline DeRosa
Jacqueline DeRosa
Vice President of Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solutions
Jacqueline DeRosa is the Vice President of Emerging Technologies for Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd. (CES). She works with clients that are integrating emerging technologies into the wholesale and retail energy markets. Jacquie is an expert in issues impacting the storage community including changes in the resource adequacy construct, demand response, interconnection requirements, energy and ancillary service market design, renewable integration, and data acquisition technologies. She has also advised clients on the complex issues impacting behind the meter storage and micro-grids, including the rule changes needed for participation at the wholesale level. She is a frequent speaker on cutting edge subjects impacting the storage industry at both domestic and international venues. Jacquie has also served as an peer evaluator for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) smart grid and storage projects. Jacquie has over twenty five years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining Customized Energy Solutions in 2007, she worked directly for the California ISO in the areas of policy, market design, and account management. Jacquie’s experience also includes work in the international arena on energy sector regulatory reform and restructuring matters for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She has also worked in project development for an independent power producer, and she began her career at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Jacquie has a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.
David Erickson
David Erickson
Head of Section – Distributed Energy Resources
DNV-GL
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David Erickson
David Erickson
Head of Section – Distributed Energy Resources
DNV-GL
Mr. Erickson has over 10 years of experience in distributed renewable energy planning, analysis and policy, smart grid policy and planning, microgrid development, and strategy development for the utility of the future. Prior to joining DNV GL, he served as an analyst with the California Public Utilities Commission. At DNV GL, he leads the Distributed Energy Resources group with engagements on energy storage, microgrids and evaluation of the economics and technical impacts of variable and distributed renewables on the grid.
Mark Hardin
Mark Hardin
Senior Sales Engineer
NEC Energy Solutions
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Mark Hardin
Mark Hardin
Senior Sales Engineer
NEC Energy Solutions
Mark Hardin (BSME, MBA) has been working in the grid scale energy storage industry for over six years since joining Xtreme Power (now Younicos) in the spring of 2009. After spending five years in various marketing and business development roles with Xtreme Power/Younicos, Mark joined NEC Energy Solutions as a Senior Sales Engineer in October of 2014 where he helps evaluate market opportunities for storage, works with engineering and product development to help define storage system market requirements, and interfaces with the sales organization to communicate product capabilities and value to customers. His roles, experience, and blend of technical and commercial degrees have allowed Mark to gain an in depth understanding on a wide range of topics in the energy storage industry. Mark has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mark Higgins
Mark Higgins
Vice President and COO
Strategen Consulting
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Mark Higgins
Mark Higgins
Vice President and COO
Strategen Consulting
Mark Higgins is Strategen’s COO and leads the company’s consulting practice. Mark’s career in the energy industry has focused on renewables project development and utility regulatory strategy. Prior to Strategen, Mark served as Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s lead on electric transmission policy work at the CAISO, where he worked on formulating PG&E policy on energy storage, demand response, generator interconnection and transmission planning issues. Prior to PG&E, Mark was Director, Utility West at SunEdison (by way of its acquisition of FRV and MMA Renewable Ventures). His responsibilities included management of California utility scale project development strategy and execution. Mark’s portfolio of projects included more than 1 GW of pipeline including SunEdison’s largest development asset, for which he secured 132 MW of PPAs with California utilities. Mark also served as Vice President of Finance of Hu Honua Bioenergy, a 21.5 MW biomass power redevelopment project in Hawaii that was ranked in January 2015 by state government as the “#1 Clean Energy Leader” project in Hawaii. Mark also has a strong private equity, venture capital and investment banking background, including placing over $125 million in equity for publicly traded companies while at Roth Capital Partners, and serving as the founding Associate at Finistere Partners, where he managed the launch of a $70 million Pacific-rim focused venture fund investing in the agricultural biotech and medical devices sectors. Mark has also worked for the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service in Auckland, New Zealand, and as a systems analyst at Deloitte Consulting's Chicago office. Mark holds a Master of Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts in government from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to his role at Strategen, Mark also serves as an advisor to the California Energy Storage Alliance, sits on the Steering Committee of the Australian Energy Storage Alliance, and serves on the City of Lafayette, California’s Environmental Task Force.
Jim Hoelscher
Jim Hoelscher
General Manager, Global Energy Grid Tie div
Parker Hannifin
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Jim Hoelscher
Jim Hoelscher
General Manager, Global Energy Grid Tie div
Parker Hannifin
Electrical Engineer with almost 30 years of experience in power conversion and motor control technologies and systems. Created a diversified growth business unit for applications in the Energy markets in 2007. Since 2008 I have led our Energy Grid Tie team in the design and deployment of over 350 MWs of battery energy storage systems worldwide
Mike Hopkins
Mike Hopkins
Chief Executive Officer
Ice Energy
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Mike Hopkins
Mike Hopkins
Chief Executive Officer
Ice Energy
Mike Hopkins serves as Ice Energy’s CEO. Prior to joining the company in 2009, Mike practiced law for 18 years as a partner with Bennett Jones LLP, a pre-eminent Canadian law firm and global leader in energy and climate change. He specialized in the development and financing of oil and gas fields and power projects, served on the firm’s executive committee and led its utilities, international, and independent power groups. He left Bennett Jones in 2003 to lead the workout of a private data center developer that resulted in its sale. Next, Mike co-founded a geospatial information services company and assisted several other startups. He was honored with a 2014 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal. Mike earned BA and LLB degrees from the University of Ottawa, an M.A. (Law and Economics) from the University of Miami, and an MBA from the University of Alberta.
Anne Hoskins
Anne Hoskins
Chief Policy Officer
Sunrun
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Anne Hoskins
Anne Hoskins
Chief Policy Officer
Sunrun
Anne Hoskins serves as Chief Policy Officer of Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States. She leads Sunrun's policy efforts to expand consumer access to solar energy and deploy local solar energy that modernizes the grid and benefits all grid users. Anne previously served on the Maryland Public Service Commission where she adjudicated merger and rate cases and proceedings related to service quality, consumer protection, community solar, grid reliability and competitive retail supply. She was a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors, Chair of the NARUC International Relations Committee and a board member of the Organization of PJM States (OPSI). Anne also led federal and state advocacy for an electric and gas utility, and served as a Visiting Research Scholar and Instructor at Princeton University, a telecommunications attorney and as a Governor’s policy advisor. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, and Cornell University.
Lon Huber
Lon Huber
Senior Director
Strategen Consulting
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Lon Huber
Lon Huber
Senior Director
Strategen Consulting
Lon Huber is a Senior Director in Strategen’s utility and government practice. He is currently involved in numerous public proceedings across the US, covering such topics as rate design, community solar, energy storage policy, and the designing of new DER market structures. Prior to joining Strategen, Lon worked for the consumer advocate office in Arizona, in the private sector for clean technology firms and in academia at a solar energy focused research institute. He received a congressional recognition award for his work in educating citizens about solar energy. During this time, he was also recognized as an Arizona Daily Star “40 under 40” winner for leadership, community impact, and professional accomplishment. Lon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and Management and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Marissa Hummon
Dr. Marissa Hummon
Head of Demand Management Solutions and Senior Energy Scientist
Tendril
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Dr. Marissa Hummon
Dr. Marissa Hummon
Head of Demand Management Solutions and Senior Energy Scientist
Tendril
Marissa Hummon leads demand management solutions and is a senior energy scientist at Tendril, a provider of customer-facing software to the energy industry, based in Boulder, Colorado. In her current role, Marissa leads the market analysis and technology architecture for Tendril’s connected home demand management solutions, Orchestrated Energy, at Tendril. Previously, she led demand response and distributed energy grid modeling at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the Energy Analysis group. Marissa started her career in grid integration of renewables by looking at some of the core problems with modeling the intermittency and variability of renewable technologies. Before joining Tendril, she worked on quantifying the value of demand response and storage technologies in wholesale electricity markets. She earned her BA in Physics from Colorado College and her PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University.
Larsh Johnson
Larsh Johnson
Chief Technology Officer
Stem
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Larsh Johnson
Larsh Johnson
Chief Technology Officer
Stem
As Chief Technology Officer, Larsh is leading hardware and software engineering to meet the needs of Stem’s C&I, utility, and energy market customers. Prior to joining Stem, Larsh was Chief Technology Officer at Siemens Digital Grid, where he led technology development teams on products spanning from consumer metering, demand response and analytics to control center software and grid automation. He joined Siemens via the acquisition of eMeter, a Bay Area software company of which he was a co-founder and responsible for innovation and development of meter data management, analytics, and advanced smart grid applications. Prior to eMeter, he co-founded CellNet Data Systems, a pioneer in wireless networks for smart metering and distribution automation and now a unit of Landis+Gyr a Toshiba company. Larsh was a founding member of the DOE’s Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC) and remains a Member Emeritus. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
John Jung
John Jung
President & CEO
Greensmith Energy
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John Jung
John Jung
President & CEO
Greensmith Energy
As President and CEO of Greensmith, John has led the company from concept to the recognized technology leader in energy storage market since joining in 2009. John was twice awarded Smart Grid Pioneer by SmartGrid Today and the company was selected as the industry’s fastest growing company by Deloitte Fast 500. Greensmith is reaching 200MW of energy storage deployments globally with both grid-scale and behind-the-meter installations.
Hailing from the B2B data analytics and software space – John firmly believed that grid congestion was more of an IT problem than one solved simply by more or different generation and distribution investments - that energy storage could be the first truly programmable, multi-application appliance available to grid operators. With that vision and now an industry-leading software platform called GEMS, Greensmith is enabling a growing number of the largest power companies globally, including AEP and E.ON who invested in the company, looking to succeed in energy storage.
Prior to Greensmith, John held C-level roles at a number of venture-backed technology companies operating in North America, Europe and Asia, including a software and solutions startup that served 21 of the 25 largest electric utilities in North America. John also served as a strategy practice leader for A.T. Kearney and Braxton Associates and holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He currently resides in the Bay Area.
Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Principal
Northbridge Energy Partners
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Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Principal
Northbridge Energy Partners
Peter Kelly-Detwiler is a Principal and Co-Founder of NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC, a consulting group helping companies navigate the challenges and opportunities of the smart grid. He provides strategic advice to customers concerning dynamic load management, emerging technologies, business models, market trends, and regulatory developments. He also frequently writes about a wide variety of energy-related issues for Forbes.com. Mr. Kelly-Detwiler has been active in the field of energy for 25 years, both in the United States and overseas, with 15 of those years in competitive power markets. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Kelly-Detwiler was an executive at Constellation Energy, and created and led the company’s Load Response business unit. Under his oversight, that team developed VirtuWatt – an industry-leading dynamic energy management platform. The group also developed the capability to dispatch 1,700 megawatts of customer load in U.S. power markets.
Gene Larson
Gene Larson
VP Project Development
SNC Lavalin Power
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Gene Larson
Gene Larson
VP Project Development
SNC Lavalin Power
Mr. Larson has 30+ years of experience in the Power Generation Industry including senior positions in engineering, project management, sales and project development. He currently supports early stage investment decisions by SNC Lavalin Capital in power projects of all kinds. He also supports new technology development related to the Power Industry and is currently working on the deployment of a utility scale energy storage technology.
Jake Levine
Jake Levine
Policy Advisor and Associate
Covington & Burling LLP
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Jake Levine
Jake Levine
Policy Advisor and Associate
Covington & Burling LLP
Jake Levine is an associate and policy advisor in the Los Angeles office of Covington & Burling LLP. His practice focuses on energy, climate, technology, and public policy. Prior to joining Covington, Levine served as Senior Counsel and Principal Consultant to California State Senator Fran Pavley, where he led the successful campaign to enact new climate and environmental justice legislation (SB 32 and AB 197) in California. Levine was Chief of Staff to the President at Opower, a software firm that used big data, behavioral science technology to help consumers take control of their energy use. At Opower, Levine developed business in emerging markets, launching Opower's presence in Brazil, and laying the foundation for new business in China and Mexico. Prior to his work at Opower, Levine served in the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, where he worked on innovative energy policies, including the most stringent fuel economy standards ever set -- and the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and trucks. Levine served as a member of President Obama's delegation to the U.N. Conference of Parties in Copenhagen, as a member of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and during the 2008 presidential campaign, traveled with Senator Obama to more than 20 states and Europe, managing the national press corps. Levine graduated cum laude from Harvard College and received his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Thomas Leyden
Thomas Leyden
Senior Director of Distributed Electricity & Storage
EDF Renewable Energy
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Thomas Leyden
Thomas Leyden
Senior Director of Distributed Electricity & Storage
EDF Renewable Energy
One of the early solar pioneers, Tom began his solar career in 1980 and over the years has held a number of executive management positions. He was VP of Sales and Marketing at EPV, a thin-film PV manufacturer, and at WorldWater, a remote-power and solar-water pumping company that installed solar projects in Africa and Asia. He served as VP of East Coast Operations for PowerLight, the commercial PV pioneer bought by SunPower, where he ran SunPower's East Coast office in Trenton, and later was VP of Commercial Development at SolarCity. In 2012 he became CEO of the energy storage start-up Solar Grid Storage that was acquired by Sunedison in 2015, and recently joined EDF Renewable Energy to help lead its solar plus storage group. Tom has served the industry in various other roles, including President of the Maryland Solar Industry Association, and the Mid-Atlantic Solar Industry Association, board member of national SEIA and PV Now, and advisor to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. He holds a BA from Princeton University. His daughter is in the solar industry with Sol Systems of Washington, DC.
Roger Lin
Roger Lin
Senior Director, Products and Marketing
NEC Energy Solutions
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Roger Lin
Roger Lin
Senior Director, Products and Marketing
NEC Energy Solutions
Roger Lin is Senior Director of Product Marketing at NEC Energy Solutions, where he leads all product management and marketing activities for the company. Focusing on grid energy storage solutions as well as battery systems for commercial and industrial applications, he has over ten years of experience in energy storage technologies and applications. In past roles he was responsible for several successful development efforts ranging from high power energy storage systems for hybrid buses to lithium ion cell technologies at A123 Systems. Prior to joining NEC, he held roles in venture capital fund YankeeTek Ventures, and business development and materials science R&D 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 nine United States patents.
Chet Lyons
Chet Lyons
Director, Energy Storage & Related Markets - Energy Group
Canadian Solar
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Chet Lyons
Chet Lyons
Director, Energy Storage & Related Markets - Energy Group
Canadian Solar
Chet Lyons is Canadian Solar's Director, Energy Storage & Related Markets, where his global responsibilities include development of hybrid solar PV + energy storage projects, microgrids, and storage-only projects. He has over 30 years of experience developing and commercializing advanced energy technologies, including more than 40 megawatts of merchant energy storage in North America for frequency regulation. His understanding of the energy storage industry spans technical, market, regulatory and project finance knowledge domains. He holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA in Finance from Boston University Questrom School of Business.
Ravi Manghani
Ravi Manghani
Director, Energy Storage
GTM Research
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Ravi Manghani
Ravi Manghani
Director, Energy Storage
GTM Research
Ravi is the Director of Energy Storage at GTM Research, where he focuses on U.S. energy storage markets and value chain analysis. As an industry expert, Ravi has been quoted in various publications including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Christian Science Monitor, Wired, and Verge.

Ravi has over 8 years of experience in energy storage as a consultant, analyst and engineer. Ravi holds a Master of International Business degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from University of Washington, Seattle and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.
Kate McGinnis
Kate McGinnis
Western U.S. Market Director
AES Energy Storage
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Kate McGinnis
Kate McGinnis
Western U.S. Market Director
AES Energy Storage
Kate McGinnis is the Western US Market Director for AES Energy Storage. She leads business development and sales in the region for the AES Advancion® platform. Prior to joining AES, she led development of stationary storage projects co-located with oil & gas infrastructure globally at Chevron. While there, she was also involved with renewable projects including geothermal, solar thermal and wind. Kate is treasurer and a board member of the California Energy Storage Association and on the steering committee for Energy Access SF. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from George Washington University and an MBA from Cornell.
Brandon Middaugh
Brandon Middaugh
Senior Program Manager, Distributed Energy
Microsoft
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Brandon Middaugh
Brandon Middaugh
Senior Program Manager, Distributed Energy
Microsoft
As the Senior Program Manager for Distributed Energy at Microsoft, Brandon is responsible for optimizing on-site energy resources at Microsoft Cloud datacenters globally. In her current role, Brandon manages the deployment of new technologies to transform datacenter energy use. Before joining Microsoft, Brandon was a Vice President in the Global Asset Management division at SunEdison. Earlier in her career, Brandon led consulting engagements for energy and automotive clients as a Vice President at the Albright Stonebridge Group. Brandon holds an MBA degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business and environmental science degrees from Yale University. Brandon serves on the board of the Washington State Parks Foundation.
Valery Miftakhov
Valery Miftakhov
Founder and CEO
Electric Motor Werks, Inc.
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Valery Miftakhov
Valery Miftakhov
Founder and CEO
Electric Motor Werks, Inc.
Val Miftakhov is the Founder of eMotorWerks. Over the last dozen years, Val held executive business strategy & operations positions at Google, McKinsey & Company, and Nielsen. He also launched and managed three startup companies, in all of which he held the CTO position. Prior to his industry experience, Val was a high energy physics researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator, a Department of Energy facility. Val received his PhD in Physics from Princeton University and his MS in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He was a two-time winner of the Nationwide Russian Physics Competitions. In whatever spare time he gets, Val tries to get good use out of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.
Margaret Miller
Margaret Miller
Director of Market Intelligence
Customized Energy Solutions
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Margaret Miller
Margaret Miller
Director of Market Intelligence
Customized Energy Solutions
Margaret has seventeen-years of experience in the electric power business. Margaret previously worked for Trimark Associates Inc. as Director of Business Development where she was responsible for leading the development and growth of new business focusing on the solar, storage and microgrid sectors. Prior to joining Trimark, Margaret worked for 3 years at Brookfield Renewable Energy group as Director of Regulatory Affairs where she advised the business on regulatory and compliance matters in organized and bilateral electricity markets in the Western United States. Prior to Brookfield, Margaret worked for eight years at the California ISO where she held various positions and was responsible for managing regulatory affairs, market design and other policy related programs.
Alex Morris
Alex Morris
Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs
California Energy Storage Alliance
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Alex Morris
Alex Morris
Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs
California Energy Storage Alliance
Alex Morris is CESA's Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs. In this role, Alex promotes CESA interests through education and advocacy, ensuring energy storage solutions can support grid reliability and clean energy efforts. Alex directs CESA's engagement in an array of California and Federal agencies, workgroups, and associations. Alex brings a broad spectrum of energy industry, regulatory, and policy expertise to CESA. Alex has nearly 10 years of strategic consulting practice at both Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and at Southern California Edison (SCE), focusing on cutting-edge topics such as AB 2514 Storage Legislation, Electric Market Design, Renewables Integration, FERC Policy, Smartgrid, Electric Transportation and Plug-in Vehicles, Rate Design, and the California Solar Initiative, and more. Alex began his work on energy storage by leading SCE's Tehachapi Storage Project in 2009, a federally funded R&D pilot for wind-energy storage and integration. Most recently, Alex oversaw market affairs and relations for PG&E. Alex has an M.B.A. from U.C. Davis and a B.A. from UCLA in Environmental Studies. Alex also serves as the California State Director for a non-profit paddle-sports and water-way stewardship non-profit, the American Canoe Association.
Ram Ravikumar
Ram Ravikumar
Engineer/Scientist
EPRI
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Ram Ravikumar
Ram Ravikumar
Engineer/Scientist
EPRI
Ram Ravikumar is currently serving as an Engineer/Scientist in the Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resources Program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Ram is involved in the techno-economic value analysis of distributed energy resources, including storage both at front-of-meter and behind-the-meter levels. He is also involved in microgrid feasibility analysis and is one of the technical leads of the Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC) and StorageVET™ (www.storagevet.com).

Ram graduated with a Masters Degree in Power Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Anna University, India.
Charlie Ricker
Charlie Ricker
President
MADA Power
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Charlie Ricker
Charlie Ricker
President
MADA Power
From its founding in January, 2006, Charlie was Senior Vice President of Business Development of BrightSource Energy, one of the world’s largest and most successful developers of utility-scale solar power projects. He wrote the company’s first business plan and built its first financial model. He helped raise its equity capital and led its business development program with major utilities and energy companies. His work at BrightSource resulted in a long list of major accomplishments, the most significant of which were: a) Building what was, at the time, the largest solar project pipeline in the industry. b) Initiating and leading BrightSource’s successful effort to secure a $1.6 Billion DOE Loan Guarantee for BrightSource’s Ivanpah Solar Power Generation Project. Ivanpah was constructed by Bechtel Power and now in commercial operation. It is the largest concentrated solar power generating facility in the world, producing enough electricity for 140,000 homes.

In addition to his work with BrightSource, Charlie’s more than two decades of experience in power generation includes serving as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Falcon Seaboard Power, an Independent Power Producer, and President of Millennium Power Group, which represented US and European manufacturers and developers in South America.

Charlie also compiled an exceptional record of executive success in other industries, both domestic and international. He started his business career with IBM, then co-founded Orba Corporation, a successful developer, builder, and operator of port facilities. Orba was acquired by Litwin Engineers & Constructors, an international engineering and construction company, and Charlie was named Litwin’s Senior Vice President of Business Development. Subsequently, he was recruited to be Managing Director (CEO) of the European subsidiary of H.H. Robertson, Inc., at the time a Fortune 500 manufacturing and construction company, and spent seven years in England in that position.

After leaving BrightSource, Charlie joined with Arnold Goldman, the solar power visionary who founded Luz International and BrightSource Energy, to found MADA Power to develop energy storage projects utilizing a proprietary liquid air thermal storage technology developed by MADA Power’s sister company, MADA Energie.

Charlie is now focused on providing consulting, advisory, and development services for investors, developers, lenders, government agencies, and others in the Renewable Energy industry with a focus on solar power.

Charlie holds an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, a BA from Millsaps College, and is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Sima Seidi
Sima Seidi
Principal Consultant, Microgrids, Smart Grid and Distributed Generation
Tetra Tech Canada Inc.
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Sima Seidi
Sima Seidi
Principal Consultant, Microgrids, Smart Grid and Distributed Generation
Tetra Tech Canada Inc.
Sima Seidi is an energy specialist with Tetra Tech Power Group in Mississauga, Ontario, specialized in modeling, control and financial analysis of Microgrids and Distributed Energy Resources. In addition to providing technical expertise, Sima conducts market assessment, develops business plans, establishes external collaborations and identifies business development opportunities within Tetra Tech. She currently leads the conceptual design of a community microgrid in Ontario and provides technical advisory in the area of microgrids to Tetra Tech clients. Prior to joining Tetra Tech, Sima completed her Ph.D. on Intelligent Control of Power Electronic-based Microgrid Systems from Queen's University, Canada, in 2014.
Vic Shao
Vic Shao
CEO
Green Charge Networks
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Vic Shao
Vic Shao
CEO
Green Charge Networks
Vic Shao is the founder and CEO of Green Charge Networks, leading the development and growth of its award-winning intelligent energy storage solutions. Vic has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Energy, utilities and Fortune 500 companies to develop the industry’s first intelligent energy storage solution specifically engineered to dramatically reduce demand charges and help businesses save money on their electric bills. Prior to Green Charge Networks, Vic held management and engineering positions at several cloud computing software companies including Oracle and MobileAria. With more than 15 years of experience in software development and complex system implementation, Vic is passionate in applying software to improve power efficiency. He holds more than 12 published and granted patents in cloud computing and power efficiency. Vic earned a Master of Business Administration from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Virginia graduating magna cum laude.
Polly Shaw
Polly Shaw
VP, Regulatory Affairs and Communications
Stem
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Polly Shaw
Polly Shaw
VP, Regulatory Affairs and Communications
Stem
As VP of Regulatory Affairs and Communications, Polly is responsible for expanding and leading Stem’s regulatory affairs and communications efforts. She has 24 years of clean, efficient energy policy experience in the U.S. and China. Formerly VP of External Affairs at SunEdison, she managed a team that helped win a range of supportive policies, including long-term extensions of the federal Investment Tax Credit, two 50% renewable portfolio standards, favorable net metering rules, and other policies. Previously, she was Senior Director of External Relations at Suntech America, and earlier Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission where she managed the $2.2 billion California Solar Incentive program. Polly earlier served as a Program Officer at the Energy Foundation, and provided consulting support for EPA greenhouse gas programs while at ICF. She is on the board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and California Energy Storage Alliance, and has served on the board of the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Large-scale Solar Association. Polly holds a BA from Tufts University, a Certificate in Chinese Law from the University of London, and speaks English, French, Chinese and basic Spanish.
Jose Torre-Bueno
Jose Torre-Bueno
Vice President of R&D, CTO
Empowered Energy Solutions
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Jose Torre-Bueno
Jose Torre-Bueno
Vice President of R&D, CTO
Empowered Energy Solutions
A prolific inventor with over 40 patents, Dr. Torre-Bueno's latest work focuses on using advanced mathematics from the biomedical field to optimize energy improvements to a building. His remarks will focus on the role of energy storage in this optimization, and look specifically at the ways in which implementing storage via a Community Choice program can increase those benefits to the customer.
Patrick Verdonck
Patrick Verdonck
Principal
Starwood Energy
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Patrick Verdonck
Patrick Verdonck
Principal
Starwood Energy
Mr. Verdonck is a Principal at Starwood Energy and is responsible for making principal investments in the power sector. He led the establishment of a $100 million storage financing vehicle with Stem, Inc. and was actively involved in the acquisition of Quail Run and Berlin Station. In addition, Mr. Verdonck held an observer role on the board of Nautilus Solar Energy and has worked on several transmission development projects. Prior to joining Starwood Energy, Mr. Verdonck was an investment banker with Citigroup in London and before that worked in corporate strategy with Tractebel EGI (Engie). Mr. Verdonck started his career as an oil & gas lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. Mr. Verdonck holds an M.B.A from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Law degree from the Catholic University of Leuven.
Boris von Bormann
Boris von Bormann
CEO, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas
Mercedes-Benz Energy
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Boris von Bormann
Boris von Bormann
CEO, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas
Mercedes-Benz Energy
Boris von Bormann is CEO of the newly established Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC responsible for the development and sale of stationary energy storage systems for residential, commercial and utility applications for the North American market. Prior to joining Mercedes-Benz Energy, he was CEO for the U.S. headquarters of Sonnen Inc., a German-based manufacturer of energy storage solutions. Boris von Bormann has been in the international trade industry for over 18 years and in the solar industry for over 9 years. He currently lives in Los Angeles.??Mr. von Bormann has been a speaker at many energy conferences, including Energy Storage North America, the Energy Storage Association Annual Conference, Intersolar San Francisco, Greentech Media's Energy Storage Summit, the California Distributed Energy Summit, the Maui Energy Conference, and more.
Richard Walje
Richard Walje
Chief Executive Officer
Magnum CAES
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Richard Walje
Richard Walje
Chief Executive Officer
Magnum CAES
Richard Walje is the CEO of both Magnum CAES, LLC and Magnum Generation, LLC. In these roles, his objectives are to educate and deliver the development and use of compressed air energy storage and natural gas generation using its Gulf Coast quality salt dome located at Magnum's Delta, Utah site. These projects will facilitate the region's transition to increasing use of renewable energy to meet Western customers' energy, environmental and economic goals. 

Rich is also CEO of RAW-Energy, Inc., an energy consultancy focusing on strategic planning to support the industry’s transition to a cleaner future.

He has had a varied career in the electric industry including: working as an IBEW journeyman lineman, a field engineer for General Electric, a substation design engineer for Utah Power & Light and is a seasoned utility veteran with a diverse resume comprised of senior management and executive positions with Utah Power, Rocky Mountain Power, PacifiCorp and ScottishPower; including Chief Information Officer of ScottishPower and President and Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountain Power and the Gateway Transmission Projects.

Rich has a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Utah, and a certificate of completion from the University of Michigan's electric utility executive program. He was recognized as a distinguished alumnus of the U.'s Electrical and Computer Engineering college and by the Utah Association of Energy Users for his long service and contributions to the electric utility industry. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies. He as a long history of supporting non-profit and community philanthropic activities and currently serves on the Buffalo Bill Center of the West's Board of Trustees, the University of Utah's Eccles Business School's National Advisory Board, the Idaho National Laboratory's Strategic Advisory Committee as Chairman, and Envision Utah’s Education Steering Committee.

He likes motorcycling, walking, hiking, biking, golfing, reading, and pontificating - especially on the West's electric energy and environmental future.
Jennifer Worrall
Jennifer Worrall
Co-Founder, President, and CEO
Iteros
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Jennifer Worrall
Jennifer Worrall
Co-Founder, President, and CEO
Iteros
Jennifer has over a dozen years of experience in the energy sector. Most recently, she served as the Director of Information Engineering for a microgrid company, where she was responsible for the design and implementation of their solutions architecture, cyber-physical integration, and cybersecurity policies and procedures. At her prior position at Southern Company Transmission, she was a Senior Technical Architect for their Energy Management System and related applications. Jennifer designed and implemented the patent-pending FractalGrid architecture which is the blueprint for Camp Pendleton's FractalGrid Demonstration.