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

2018 Speakers

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

2018 Featured Speakers

KEYNOTE

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

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

John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University and is also a board member of the Clean Vehicle Foundation.
Caroline Choi
Caroline Choi
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Southern California Edison
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Caroline Choi
Caroline Choi
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Southern California Edison
Caroline Choi is senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this role, she is responsible for the Company’s regulatory strategy and policy at the national and state levels, including regulatory affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs.

Choi previously served as vice president of Energy and Environmental Policy, where she oversaw the analysis of energy and environmental policies; development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and management of regulatory efforts at the California Public Utilities Commission and other state energy and environmental agencies.

Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs.

Choi is active in national policy and community engagement, where she serves as Chairman of the Board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utilities in the implementation and deployment of clean energy and distributed resources. She also serves as a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Forest Foundation. Choi holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.
Colin Cushnie
Colin Cushnie
Vice President, Energy Procurement & Management
Southern California Edison
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Colin Cushnie
Colin Cushnie
Vice President, Energy Procurement & Management
Southern California Edison
Colin Cushnie is vice president of the Energy Procurement & Management organization at Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for SCE’s wholesale energy contracting and management activities, energy and emissions trading, wholesale energy market operations and energy contract and organized market settlement operations.

Previously, Cushnie was director of Portfolio Planning & Analysis in the Power Supply unit at SCE, responsible for the company’s wholesale market solicitation valuations, energy portfolio analysis and risk assessment and demand and price forecasting.

Cushnie also served as director of Regulatory Affairs for SCE, based in the company’s San Francisco office. He was responsible for representing SCE before the California Public Utilities Commission and other agencies on matters relating to wholesale energy procurement and market design.

Cushnie joined SCE in 1987, serving in a variety of management and analyst positions related to wholesale energy procurement, natural gas fuel supply, contract management and construction and material procurement.

Cushnie graduated cum laude from Whittier College with a bachelor degree in both economics and business administration.
Julie Furber
Julie Furber
Executive Director, Electrification
Cummins Inc.
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Julie Furber
Julie Furber
Executive Director, Electrification
Cummins Inc.
Julie Furber is the Executive Director of the Electrified Power segment at Cummins. She is responsible for overseeing the development and acceleration of Cummins knowledge and capability in electrification, positioning the company to be the leading provider of electrified powertrains in commercial and industrial markets.
A disruptor at heart, Julie has been at the forefront of identifying the products and solutions critical to the success of Cummins customers. Prior to leading the Electrification business, Julie was responsible for product planning and product management across the company’s $8-billion Engine Business, the largest of Cummins’ four business segments. This included all new product programs, market-based innovation and new business incubation.
Julie joined Cummins in 2005 as the Global Finance Director for Cummins Generator Solutions, based in Stamford, England. She then moved to the United States where she has held a variety of key commercial roles, which included leading the global off-highway business for Cummins Emission Solutions, serving as the Global Integrated Account Management leader for PACCAR, Cummins’ largest customer, and leading the entire North American Truck team.
Prior to joining Cummins, Julie had more than 15 years of business leadership experience in sales, operations and finance in diverse industries, including security printing, glass and food.
A native of the United Kingdom, Julie is a qualified accountant and holds bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics from Oxford University. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. Julie and her husband, Paul, have two daughters, Megan and Ella, and reside in Columbus, Indiana.
Bill Gross
Bill Gross
Founder and Chairman
Idealab
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Bill Gross
Bill Gross
Founder and Chairman
Idealab
Amazed by the inventions of Thomas Edison and Leonardo da Vinci, Bill Gross grew up dreaming of being an inventor. He started his first company – Solar Devices – in high school during the energy crisis of 1973 with a dream of making solar energy practical on a small scale. He sold more than 10,000 kits and plans for solar energy products by mail order in the back of Popular Science and Scientific American magazines. These sales helped him pay his way through college at the California Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1981."
While at Caltech, Bill invented and patented a new high-performance loudspeaker design and started a company to manufacture those speakers called GNP Loudspeakers (Gross National Products). Those speakers went on to become a model for many other high-end audiophile products.
After Caltech, Bill and his brother created HAL, the natural language interface for the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, which was at the time the leading software in the world. Bill’s company was acquired by Lotus, and while there he created many software products, including the award-winning Magellan for finding and searching personal information.
In 1991, Bill started a new company called Knowledge Adventure, an educational software publisher that grew to be the third largest in the world. The company created the Jumpstart series of education products, sold 20 million copies to children all over the world, and revolutionized multimedia educational software. The company was acquired by Vivendi in 1995."
In 1995, Bill founded CitySearch, the world’s first online interactive city guide. After expanding to many cities across the country, the company went public in 1998. The company added online ticketing by merging with Ticketmaster, and eventually the combined company was acquired by Barry Diller’s InterActiveCorp to create the leading local portal and transaction company.
In 1996, filled with ideas, Bill decided to start his dream laboratory – a company “incubator” – modeled after Edison’s lab. Named Idealab, the company’s mission is to challenge the status quo, to be bold, and to tackle big ideas that others would not. Idealab just celebrated its 21st anniversary, and during its more than two
decades, it has started more than 150 companies, created more than 10,000 jobs, and had more than 45 successful IPOs and acquisitions.
Among the transformative changes that Bill has wrought is the invention of the business model that powers most of the monetization of the internet. Bill invented the “paid click”, or CPC (cost-per-click) model with the company GoTo.com/Overture, which he founded in 1998. After a successful IPO and becoming the global market leader in paid search, the company was acquired by Yahoo in 2003 for $1.6 billion. Today, Bill’s pioneering idea is used by millions of websites around the world and remains one of his most significantly impactful inventions.
Bill’s newest effort in renewable energy is Edisun Microgrids, a company whose breakthrough technology will meaningfully contribute to the world’s efforts to minimize reliance on fossil fuels.
In addition to serving as Idealab’s board chairman, Bill is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology and of the Art Center College of Design.
Stella Li
Stella Li
Senior Vice President of BYD Company Limited & President of BYD Motors Inc.
BYD Motors LLC
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Stella Li
Stella Li
Senior Vice President of BYD Company Limited & President of BYD Motors Inc.
BYD Motors LLC
Stella Li is Senior Vice President of BYD Company Limited and President of BYD Motors Inc. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning for BYD’s North American and Latin American operations. Under Stella’s leadership, BYD has achieved exponential international market growth and became a dominant global force in clean technology and consumer electronics. BYD Motors Inc. is an American manufacturing company and a wholly owned subsidiary of BYD Company Ltd, a global technology company with over $15B in revenue annually and over 220,000 employees across the globe. BYD was founded in 1995 as a battery manufacturer and advanced consumer electronics company. In 2003, BYD entered the
automotive market and began to apply its battery expertise to the challenge of transportation, becoming the largest domestic car manufacturer in China. BYD’s unique combination of battery and automotive experience is now revolutionizing every aspect of clean transportation, with a product line of 100% electric buses, trucks, forklifts, passenger vehicles, and monorail systems. BYD’s clean energy division also produces energy storage systems, solar panels, and LED lights.
Janice Lin
Janice Lin
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Strategen
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Janice Lin
Janice Lin
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Strategen
Janice Lin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategen. She brings more than two decades of experience in clean energy strategy, market development, and corporate strategy to Strategen. During this time she has advised a diverse range of clients including renewable energy equipment manufacturers and service providers, large corporations diversifying into clean energy, and real estate developers building sustainable communities.

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

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

Janice holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BS from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is the winner of ESA's 2013 Phil Symons Energy Storage Award, and NAATBATT’s 2014 Market Development Award.
Marcelino Madrigal Martinez
Marcelino Madrigal Martinez
Commissioner
Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission
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Marcelino Madrigal Martinez
Marcelino Madrigal Martinez
Commissioner
Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission
Marcelino Madrigal Martinez, is a commissioner at the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission. (CRE) Before being named a commissioner by the Mexican Senate, Dr. Madrigal was a Sr. Energy Specialist at the central Energy Unit of the Sustainable Development Vice-presidency at the World Bank. He specialized in the technical and economic operations and planning of power systems and electricity markets. Prior to joining the Bank, in 2008, he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank in the areas of electricity transmission, distribution, and regional energy (electricity and gas) integration and market design projects. Among the titles he had are the Deputy General Direction of Electrical Reestructuring also at CRE and ,Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary of Energy of the Mexican Federal Government. Dr. Madrigal graduated from the Morelia Technology Institute and received the degrees of Master of Science and PhD by the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has received several awards, among them, the Outstanding Young Power Engineering Award by the IEEE Power and Energy Society in 2006.
Penni McLean-Conner
Penni McLean-Conner
SVP & Chief Customer Officer
Eversource Energy
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Penni McLean-Conner
Penni McLean-Conner
SVP & Chief Customer Officer
Eversource Energy
Penni McLean-Conner is Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President of Customer Group for Eversource Energy. She is responsible for providing Eversource’s 3.5 million electric and gas customers with high quality customer service and delivering a cost-effective portfolio of electric and gas energy efficiency programs.

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

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

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

Penni holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered Professional Engineer. She is active in the industry and her community, serving on several organizations including the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, CS Week, and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission among others.
Val Miftakhov
Val Miftakhov
CEO & Founder
eMotorWerks
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Val Miftakhov
Val Miftakhov
CEO & Founder
eMotorWerks
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.
Carla Peterman
Carla Peterman
Commissioner
California Public Utilities Commission
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Carla Peterman
Carla Peterman
Commissioner
California Public Utilities Commission
Carla J. Peterman is the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) assigned Commissioner for a number of proceedings including energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy storage, and several rate cases. She was previously a Commissioner with the California Energy Commission where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, and natural gas. Commissioner Peterman holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Energy and Resources from The University of California Berkeley. She also earned a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Commissioner Peterman holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University.
Robert Powelson
Robert Powelson
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Water Companies
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Robert Powelson
Robert Powelson
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Water Companies
Robert F. Powelson is the president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC).

Prior to joining NAWC, he served as a Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner. Powelson was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J.
Trump in May 2017, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 4, 2017. Commissioner Powelson came to FERC from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, where he served since June 2008, and led as Chairman from February 24, 2011-May 7, 2015. Under Commissioner Powelson's leadership, Pennsylvania ratepayers have had an active voice on issues such as nuclear power production, renewable investment, broadband deployment, infrastructure development, unaccounted-for water and cyber security.

In 2011, Commissioner Powelson served on Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, which reviewed the Commonwealth’s existing statutes, regulations and policies and provided recommendations to develop a comprehensive strategic proposal for the responsible and environmentally sound development of Marcellus Shale. Powelson is past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, where he also was a member of the Board of Directors. He served as chairman of the NARUC Committee on Water and represented the Water Committee on NARUC’s Task Force on Climate Policy. He was active in NARUC activities involving critical infrastructure and nuclear waste disposal. Commissioner Powelson worked very closely with NARUC leadership on aggressive pipeline safety standards with the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Prior to joining the Pennsylvania PUC, Powelson served as president of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry. In 2005, he was selected by the Eisenhower Presidential Fellows to be a U.S. fellow in Singapore and Australia. His previous employment includes service as the director of Government Relations for the Delaware County Chamber and staff assistant to former Congressman Curt Weldon.
A native of Pennsylvania, Powelson is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University and received a Master of Governmental Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Powelson was previously president of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry. He has served on the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute and Drexel University
John Rhodes
John Rhodes
Chair
New York Public Service Commission
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John Rhodes
John Rhodes
Chair
New York Public Service Commission
On June 21, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo designated John B. Rhodes as Chair of the Public Service Commission and Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Public Service. His term began on June 21, 2017 and runs through February 1, 2021.
Prior to starting with the Commission, Mr. Rhodes served as President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). While leading NYSERDA, Mr. Rhodes was instrumental in developing innovative clean energy policies and initiatives to support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading strategies to combat climate change including the Clean Energy Standard for 50 percent of electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030 and Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), the state’s strategy to build a cleaner more resilient and affordable energy system and grow New York's economy. He also oversaw the $5 billion Clean Energy Fund focused on stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency as it supports the creation of thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors.

Mr. Rhodes brings more than 30 years of experience in business with a focus on the financial and energy industries having lived and worked internationally, including India, Germany, Brazil, and Argentina.

Prior to his appointment at NYSERDA, Mr. Rhodes served as the Director for the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), he worked to channel private capital towards environmentally beneficial investments, with a focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, green infrastructure, and sustainable food and agriculture.

Previously, Mr. Rhodes was a senior executive at Good Energies, a leading global cleantech investor, focused on wind, solar, storage and energy efficiency.

Mr. Rhodes was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton where he provided strategic consulting for clients across technology–intensive industries including energy, aerospace, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Additionally, Mr. Rhodes is a member of the NARUC Committee on Electricity. He also serves on the boards of the New York Institute for Special Education and the American Federation for Aging Research.

Mr. Rhodes holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in management from the Yale School of Management.

Mr. Rhodes currently resides in New York City.
Mark Rothleder
Mark Rothleder
Vice President Market Quality and Renewable Integration
California Independent System Operator Corporation
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Mark Rothleder
Mark Rothleder
Vice President Market Quality and Renewable Integration
California Independent System Operator Corporation
Mark Rothleder is Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration at the California Independent System Operator Corporation and is leading the ISO’s renewable integration work. Mr. Rothleder has held several critical positions at the ISO after joining the grid operator as one of its first employees in 1997. He is now the longest serving ISO employee. Before being named vice president, he was Executive Director of Market Analysis and Development. His previous positions included Principal Market Developer and Director of Market Operations.

In spring 2009, Mr. Rothleder led a multifunctional team in designing and implementing market rules and software modifications related to the ISO’s Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU). Since joining the ISO twenty-one years ago, Mark has worked extensively on implementing and integrating the approved market rules for California’s competitive wholesale energy and reserves markets.

Mr. Rothleder is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of California and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento. He has taken post-graduate coursework in Power System Engineering from Santa Clara University and earned an M.S. in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the ISO, Mr. Rothleder worked for eight years in the electric transmission department of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where his responsibilities included operations engineering, and transmission planning & sub-station design.
Nancy Skinner
Nancy Skinner
State Senator
State of California
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Nancy Skinner
Nancy Skinner
State Senator
State of California
Elected in November of 2016, State Senator Nancy Skinner represents California’s 9th Senate District, which includes the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, Rodeo, San Leandro and San Pablo.

A social justice advocate, energy and climate change trailblazer, and accomplished legislator, Skinner completed three terms in the State Assembly.

In the Assembly, Skinner served as Chair of three key committees: Budget, Rules and Natural Resources. As Budget Chair she oversaw the largest funding boost to childcare and preschool in over a decade; increased state support to our State University and UC systems, cut the number of juveniles incarcerated in state facilities by half, and established a new dedicated fund to reduce prison recidivism.

Skinner took on the Gun Lobby, successfully passing two groundbreaking gun violence prevention measures. To get corporations to pay their fair share, Skinner authored the bill that requires Amazon and other internet retailers to collect sales tax which is now bringing close to a $1 billion a year in new revenue to support vital services for California families. An environmental and climate protection champion, Skinner carried measures that doubled rooftop solar and renewable energy.

A graduate of UC Berkeley with a BS and an MA, Skinner co-founded the labor union representing graduate student instructors and was a leader in the UC South Africa Divestment movement.

Senator Skinner began her public service in 1984 as the first and only student to be elected to the Berkeley City Council. On Council Skinner introduced the nation’s first Styrofoam ban and co-founded an international association of cities, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. After her term on the City Council, Skinner served as Executive Director of ICLEI’s US office and International Director of ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program which engaged cities worldwide to take action to stop climate change.

Skinner is a past member of the East Bay Regional Park District Board, a former small business owner and an advocate to increase women in elected office. She served on the Board of the East Bay Women’s Political Caucus and launched the statewide Women in Power Pac (WIP Pac) to support Democratic women.

Skinner and her husband, a retired city employee, are 40 year residents of Berkeley, her daughter Sirona and her wife, Sinead, live in Richmond. Three of Skinner’s eight brothers and sisters also live in the East Bay along with many nieces and nephews.
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
NantWorks, LLC
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Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
NantWorks, LLC
Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., a physician, surgeon, scientist, inventor, technologist and philanthropist, has devoted his career to understanding the fundamental biology driving life-threatening diseases and translating these insights into medical innovations with global impact.

He currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NantWorks, LLC. a holding company devoted to the transformation of healthcare and utilizing artificial intelligence to win the war against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease – two of the most serious diseases affecting the aging population.

Over the course of Dr. Soon-Shiong’s career, he has pioneered novel therapies for both diabetes and cancer, including the revolutionary drug Abraxane, which has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, lung cancer and advanced pancreatic cancer in both the U.S. and E.U., published more than 100 scientific papers, and has been granted more than 230 patents worldwide for groundbreaking advancements spanning myriad fields of technology and medicine.

As a surgeon, Dr. Soon-Shiong performed the world’s first encapsulated human islet transplant, the first engineered islet cell transplant and the first pig-to-man islet cell transplant in patients with diabetes.

Dr. Soon-Shiong’s path to cancer research began while doing research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that involved harnessing stem cells to make insulin. In 1991, he founded a biotechnology company to develop a novel nanoparticle anti-cancer drug with the concept of using “the tumors biology against itself.”

From 1996 to 2010, Dr. Soon-Shiong served as Founder, Chairman and CEO of two global pharmaceutical companies: American Pharmaceutical Partners and Abraxis BioScience. It was during Dr. Soon-Shiong’s tenure at Abraxis that the company manufactured the world’s first protein nanoparticle drug for breast, lung and pancreatic cancer—Abraxane. In 2008, Dr. Soon-Shiong sold American Pharmaceutical Partners to Fresenius for approximately $4.6 billion and in 2010, sold Abraxis BioScience to Celgene for approximately $3.8 billion.

Following the sale of these two companies, Dr. Soon-Shiong established NantWorks, LLC, an ecosystem of companies with deep understandings in a wide variety of complex industries, from science to data, communication and mobility. Under the NantWorks umbrella, Soon-Shiong currently serves as Chairman and CEO of NantKwest, a Nasdaq-listed immunotherapy company focusing on natural killer cells, and Chairman and CEO of NantHealth, a Nasdaq listed transformational healthcare company converging biomolecular medicine and bioinformatics with technology services to empower physicians, patients, payers, pharma and researchers to transcend the traditional barriers of today’s healthcare system. When NantKwest went public in 2015, it was the largest biotech IPO by market valuation in history.

In January 2016, Dr. Soon-Shiong announced the formation of Cancer Breakthroughs 2020, a comprehensive collaboration of researchers, insurers, academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies to accelerate the potential of combination immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer.
Sharon Tomkins
Sharon Tomkins
Vice President, Customer Solutions and Strategy
Southern California Gas Company
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Sharon Tomkins
Sharon Tomkins
Vice President, Customer Solutions and Strategy
Southern California Gas Company
Sharon Tomkins is vice president, customer solutions and strategy for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. She is responsible for developing and delivering the information, products and services that meet customers’ energy needs and support state environmental and social policy objectives.

Tomkins leads the company's advocacy campaign for energy choice, affordability and reliability. Her responsibilities include renewable natural gas, near zero emissions transportation, emerging technologies and energy efficiency. Previously, she was vice president and general counsel for SoCalGas.

Tomkins joined SoCalGas in 2010 as regulatory assistant general counsel. Prior to this, she was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where she was a founding member of the firm’s Energy, Natural Resources & Environmental Practice and represented clients in a variety of litigation, regulatory and appellate proceedings. Tomkins’ energy focus began during her representation of various clients, including Sempra, during the California energy crisis. She also developed and taught the law school class, Energy Law, Policy & Climate Change, at UCLA law school. After graduating from law school, Tomkins clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs.

Tomkins serves on the board of directors of the California Minority Counsel Program, Los Angeles Library Foundation, Constitutional Rights Foundation and Civil Justice Association of California. She previously served on the board of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and Uncommon Good.

Tomkins graduated Order of the Coif from the USC Gould School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in English, with High Distinction, from Pennsylvania State University.
Sarah Van Cleve
Sarah Van Cleve
Senior Policy Advisor
Tesla
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Sarah Van Cleve
Sarah Van Cleve
Senior Policy Advisor
Tesla
Sarah manages Tesla’s state-level energy policy development, collaborating with regulators and legislators on policies affecting the development of energy storage and solar systems, predominantly in the United States. She leads Tesla’s policy on various energy policy issues related to utility-scale and customer-sited systems, including resource planning, procurement, and interconnection. Prior to working at Tesla, Sarah managed energy storage policy at Southern California Edison where she helped guide the utility’s groundbreaking procurement of more than a gigawatt-hour of energy storage systems. Sarah started her career as a financial analyst in electricity and emissions markets working in operations, trading, and market design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA.

PRESENTERS

Dr. Salvador Acha Daza
Dr. Salvador Acha Daza
Head of Modernization Unit
CENACE Mexico
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Dr. Salvador Acha Daza
Dr. Salvador Acha Daza
Head of Modernization Unit
CENACE Mexico
Dr. Acha holds a Ph. D. in Power Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington, USA. He spent a Postdoctoral year at the Energy System Research Center, University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds a M. Sc. in Power Engineering from Seccion de Graduados ESIME-IPN, México City.

Responsibilities and Main interests
Network planning, power system operation, security and reliability, modeling and analysis of AC-DC electric power systems, monitoring and control in the context of wide area measurements and protection measures for large electrical power systems as applied to “intelligent networks”. He is a promoter of HVDC ties between countries and electric regions as a means to fully take advantage of energy exchanges for economics and system reliability enhancement.

Dr. Acha has been involved for quite a few years in specialized training for utility engineers in Mexico, Central and South America, and firmly believes in training to advance utility’s personnel into more deep and wide understanding of the fundamental principles that govern the functioning of electrical power systems.

Has several years of experience in power system operation and worked previously for the National Control Center (CENACE) as part of CFE, Mexico. He has been involved with various Mexican universities to direct and conduct applied research in the planning and operation of electric utilities. Has published several research papers in the areas of interest and the book “Electric Power System Fundamentals”, Sep 1, 2016.
Dr. William Acker
Dr. William Acker
Executive Director
New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium
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Dr. William Acker
Dr. William Acker
Executive Director
New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium
Dr. William Acker is a well known and highly regarded scientist and entrepreneur in the field of Energy. He currently serves as the first Executive Director of NY-BEST, the New York Battery and Energy Storage Consortium. Under his leadership, NY-BEST has grown to more than 150 member companies, created the BEST Test and Commercialization Center and new battery prototyping capabilities, and performed pioneering work in advancing markets, policy, technology and product development. Dr. Acker's more than 25-year career in energy includes management and leadership roles with Optiwind, MTI and MTI MicroFuel Cells, Plug Power, and Texaco. He received a B.S in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale University.
Marty Adams
Marty Adams
Chief Operating Officer
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
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Marty Adams
Marty Adams
Chief Operating Officer
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Martin L. Adams is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. As COO, Mr. Adams oversees the Water System, the Power System, and Joint System Services.
Mr. Adams brings to the post more than 30 years of experience, leadership, and understanding of LADWP operations. Most recently, Mr. Adams has been Senior Assistant General Manager of the Water System. He has been involved in local and regional water issues for more than 30 years with a career that has touched on most every aspect of Los Angeles’ water system, including planning, design, and operation. Prior to leading the Water System, he headed the LADWP Water Operations Division, which is responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the City’s water supply system.
A civil engineer by training, Mr. Adams is a native of Glendale, California, and attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Outside of work, he also serves as Chairman of the Board of the new San Fernando Community Health Center and recently completed nine years on the Water and Power Board for the City of Burbank.
Timothy Allen
Timothy Allen
Senior Director - Energy Storage
Sempra Energy
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Timothy Allen
Timothy Allen
Senior Director - Energy Storage
Sempra Energy
Timothy Allen is Senior Director – Energy Storage & Business Development. Mr. Allen is responsible for development and growth of Sempra’s in-front of and behind-the-meter energy storage business. He has previously held positions of Director – Project Development, Director of Engineering & Construction and Senior Director of Construction & Operations for Sempra Renewables. Mr. Allen began his career in the power industry with San Diego Gas and Electric in 2000 where he worked in various engineering and supervisory roles. Mr. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and is a registered Electrical Engineer in the state of California.
Mr. Allen is also a member of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Electrical Engineering Industry Advisory Board.
Paul Augustine
Paul Augustine
Senior Manager of Sustainability
Lyft
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Paul Augustine
Paul Augustine
Senior Manager of Sustainability
Lyft
Paul Augustine is the Senior Manager of Sustainability for Lyft, where he leads efforts to reduce Lyft's environmental footprint. Prior to joining Lyft, Paul served as an energy and utilities consultant for West Monroe Partners, driving transformational change for electric utilities in nearly every region of the country. Paul entered the consulting space from Southern California Edison, where he was responsible for the company’s implementation of California’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. Previously, he was a trader for a New York-based investment firm with responsibility for a large portfolio of environmental commodities. Early in his career, Paul served as a Presidential Management Fellow for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Engineering and Economics from Yale University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University.
Gabriela Azuela
Gabriela Azuela
Global Lead Clean Energy
The World Bank Group
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Gabriela Azuela
Gabriela Azuela
Global Lead Clean Energy
The World Bank Group
As a Global Lead, Gabriela Azuela supports the EEXGP in developing a modern strategic vision and learning agenda for the development of clean energy projects at the global level. She is an industrial engineer with an MSc in Environmental Water Resources Engineering and PhD in Energy Economics. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in the environmental and energy fields with specializations in power sector reform, regulatory design, private sector development, power sector planning, renewable energy, and climate change. Gabriela has a proven track record of effective project management and contribution to successful and transformational energy projects at the global and country levels. She is also lead author of numerous reports and papers.
Hala Ballouz
Hala Ballouz
President
Electric Power Engineers
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Hala Ballouz
Hala Ballouz
President
Electric Power Engineers
Hala N. Ballouz has been a lead consultant in the electric power industry since 1991. She has over 20 years of experience in power systems and energy market.

Ms. Ballouz is also founding partner and director of the Institute of Geotechnics and Materials, International, SARL (IGM), the president of the Texas Renewables Energy Association (TREIA) and currently serves as board member of several organizations. An accomplished industry author and presenter, Ms. Ballouz backs her work with certifications in substation engineering and design as well as wind energy and wind turbines. Additionally, Ms. Ballouz served as expert witness on resource adequacy and transmission grid reliability in California and provides the same expertise in Texas. She is a registered Professional Engineer in several states as well as other countries.
Matthew Barnett
Matthew Barnett
Business Development Director
Highview Power
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Matthew Barnett
Matthew Barnett
Business Development Director
Highview Power
Matthew Barnett joined Highview in 2012 from GE Energy, where he played a key role in the commercialization of a novel waste heat to power technology. The business was acquired in 2010 from a Californian based technology company, where Matthew led the transition into the GE European business. Qualified in Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, Matthew started his career in the Oil & Gas industry as a Manufacturing Engineer for ABB on the first deepwater project for Shell Nigeria and also Statoil’s first offshore LNG development on the Norwegian continental shelf. Matthew has a broad technical and commercial background in technology, project and business development in the energy sector, including a top 10 Fast Track 100 UK Company and global blue chip corporations. He brings over 15 years experience to his role as Business Development Director for Highview.
Mike Berlinski
Mike Berlinski
Director, Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solutions
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Mike Berlinski
Mike Berlinski
Director, 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. Mike holds an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Wesleyan University.
Julie Blunden
Julie Blunden
Executive Vice President, Business Development
EVgo
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Julie Blunden
Julie Blunden
Executive Vice President, Business Development
EVgo
Julie Blunden is the Executive Vice President of Business Development of EVgo. Blunden brings more than three decades of executive experience to EVgo, including growing rapidly expanding companies in new energy markets, including senior roles at SunPower, Green Mountain Energy, KEMA Xenergy, and SunEdison, as well as serving as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ClimateWorks Foundation. She is Board Chair of CalCEF Catalyst and Board Member of CalCEF Ventures, as well as founder of her own consulting practice, and former Executive in Residence for the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver’s Business School.

Blunden has an engineering and environmental studies degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Doron Brenmiller
Doron Brenmiller
Executive Vice President
Brenmiller Energy
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Doron Brenmiller
Doron Brenmiller
Executive Vice President
Brenmiller Energy
Doron is leading the Global business development and sales activities at Brenmiller Energy, an innovation oriented company with vast experience in developing groundbreaking technologies. Brenmiller Energy has developed a new way to handle energy storage in a cost efficient and environmentally friendly way by utilizing its thermal storage generation unit – the bGen. Doron Holds an MBA from Insead Business School in France and a B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronics engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Jack Brouwer
Jack Brouwer
Director
National Fuel Cell Research Center
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Jack Brouwer
Jack Brouwer
Director
National Fuel Cell Research Center
Jack Brouwer is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC), and Associate Director of the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
Through Dr. Brouwer’s leadership, NFCRC and APEP are focusing research, education, beta testing, and outreach on high-efficiency, environmentally preferred energy conversion and power generation technology advancement with fuel cell and gas turbine systems as the principal targets. Current research projects address ultra-high efficiency and ultra-low emissions high temperature fuel cell systems, integrated hybrid fuel cell gas turbine systems, renewable power intermittency and integration, battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle evaluation and infrastructure development, advanced fuel cell and gas turbine dynamic operations, hydrogen and electricity infrastructure development, and power electronics and energy conversion devices for the smart grid. Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Brouwer was on the faculty at the University of Utah, a senior engineer at Reaction Engineering International, and a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories.
Jack Brouwer holds a doctor of philosophy degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with master and bachelor of science degrees in mechanical engineering from UCI.
Brian Burandt
Brian Burandt
Vice President of Power Supply and Business Development
Connexus Energy
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Brian Burandt
Brian Burandt
Vice President of Power Supply and Business Development
Connexus Energy
Brian Burandt is Vice President of Power Supply and Business Development for Connexus Energy and has more than 20 years of utility experience. Connexus Energy is the largest customer-owned utility in Minnesota, providing electricity and related products and services to approximately 132,000 homes and businesses in portions of 7 different counties.

Burandt is accountable for Connexus Energy’s power supply, including distributed generation, and that it meets the current and evolving needs of the membership. He leads business development, which includes research, strategy, product, and service or venture development of core-related initiatives that benefit the membership.

Brian has held multiple positions at Connexus Energy over 18 years. Most recently, he was Connexus Energy’s manager of business and community relations, responsible for energy efficiency, demand response, and economic development. In between his positions at Connexus Energy, Burandt was a senior rate and financial analyst for Power System Engineering, Inc., performing rate studies and filings for utilities mostly in the Midwest.

Burandt has a Master in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Science in Energy Management from Moorhead State University.
Bjoern Christensen
Bjoern Christensen
Chief Strategy Officer
Nuvve
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Bjoern Christensen
Bjoern Christensen
Chief Strategy Officer
Nuvve
Bjoern joined Nuvve in 2011 as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and is responsible for developing and implement strategies for Nuvve’s expansion into the world market.

He brings more than 30 years of international experience in Technology, Marketing, Business Development and Corporate Venture Capital.

Prior to Nuvve, Bjoern co-founded the Corporate Venture fund Siemens Mustang Ventures in Silicon Valley in 1998 and was named President & CEO.

Mustang Ventures invested in some of the most successful IT/Networking startups of the time and helped them towards successful IPOs (COM21, Efficient Networks, Extreme Networks, Phone.Com, Virata, Sycamore Networks, Cambridge Silicon Radio). Through these investments Siemens gained access to best in class technologies on favorable conditions. Furthermore, he facilitated a number of M&A transactions, where Siemens acquired the portfolio companies.

From 2001 - 2005 Bjoern was named President & CEO of Siemens Venture Capital (SVC), with worldwide responsibility for all Siemens AG venture investments. SVC had over 660M Euro under management in five funds: Energy, Industry, Healthcare , IT/Networking and Fund-in-Funds. Bjoern helped SVC to become one of the worlds most prominent and successful Corporate Venture Groups with 70+ direct investments and 30+ fund investments and with offices in San Jose, Boston, Munich, Beijing and Tel Aviv.

Bjoern holds a Master of Science from the Technical University of Denmark and has lived in Silicon Valley since 1997.





Dan Cohee
Dan Cohee
Vice President
PDE Total Energy Solutions
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Dan Cohee
Dan Cohee
Vice President
PDE Total Energy Solutions
Dan leads the design, implementation, integration and construction of advanced energy storage and distributed generation projects for PDE. He led groundbreaking projects of grid tied lithium ion energy storage for a California Municipal Utility and completed a microgrid installation which combined solar, fuel cell, clean burning generator, and energy storage. He has managed design-build of over 30 MW in DC energy storage projects. Dan also is the Principal Investigator for the ESTCP 2012 Sodium-Metal-Halide Battery Energy Storage project at 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Forbes Online recognized this project as a “Top 12 Energy Project in 2012” and is the largest military type 2B microgrid in the US. Dan led the team on PDE’s leading-edge, Smart Microgrid project at the Electrical Training Institute. The system is a first of its kind, combining energy storage, solar generation, electrical vehicle charging and building load management in one unit. This project was awarded the 2013 Los Angeles National Electrical Contractor’s Excellence Award. Dan is currently leading the design efforts for a smart microgrid project for Penn State University and recently completed the Cuisinart microgrid in the Caribbean. This microgrid powers a reverse osmosis plant which produces between 250,000 to 300,000 gallons of water each day with solar being the sole generation source. This is the largest installation of its kind in the region and is a potential game changer for energy policy and delivery in the region. PDE was recently selected as EPC for the largest privately owned Net Zero Energy retrofit in the U.S. This project features a microgrid, advanced electronics, battery storage, solar, lighting controls and a high efficiency mechanical system. Dan has just completed the Port Hueneme off grid photo voltaic and flow battery micro grid for the CEC to demonstrate how flow batteries can provide: demand charge savings, increased renewable generation on military micro grids through ramp rate control, and provide reliable power during utility outages. Currently Dan is heading the engineering, procurement, and construction for the micro grid Test Bed for NAVFAC at the Port of Ventura. This project will build the AC and DC backbone for NAVFAC to test and integrate technologies of today and of the future to facilitate deployments of micro grids around the world. This project will be both grid connected and designed to island and will support Naval operations during power outages.

Prior to joining PDE, Dan was responsible for 5 western states at MCI Telecommunications (now Verizon) and successfully managed over 60 million dollars in electrical, mechanical, and control construction projects.
Rob Del Core
Rob Del Core
Director
Fuel Cell Power Systems and Hydrogen Infrastructure
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Rob Del Core
Rob Del Core
Director
Fuel Cell Power Systems and Hydrogen Infrastructure
Rob Del Core is a seasoned expert in the hydrogen fuel cell and heavy-duty hybrid electric drive systems industry. He has over 17 years engineering experience in system integration and product development for zero emission transport, with a primary focus on hydrogen fuel cell power systems technology. Rob has successfully led more than 20 zero emission drive system programs for hydrogen electric commercial vehicles. One of his signature integration projects was leading an international team of engineers to design and develop the Fuel Cell Hybrid Buses for Transport for London, UK in 2010. In 2012, Rob rejoined Hydrogenics Corp with a mandate to develop the hydrogen heavy duty vehicles market, electrolysis and hydrogen refueling infrastructure market in US. He designed the latest fuel cell power system, CelerityTM and Celerity PlusTM for Hydrogenics, dedicated for heavy duty transportation with the goal to enable commercialization and mass deployment of heavy duty hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles, which led to two CEC awards to develop a fuel cell truck and a fuel cell bus with Celerity Plus. He is also the originator of the concept of Bundled Fleet and Fuel solutions that can remove the barrier of hydrogen heavy duty vehicle adoption by delivering perfect union of hydrogen on site generation and matching fleets.
Jacqueline DeRosa
Jacqueline DeRosa
Vice President Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solution
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Jacqueline DeRosa
Jacqueline DeRosa
Vice President Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solution
Jacqueline is the Vice President of Emerging Technologies for Customized Energy Solutions. At CES, she leads a team of experts which help utilities, developers, technology providers and financial institutions understand the market rules and value proposition of energy storage. Jacqueline actively contributed to the well-known State of Charge report for the state of Massachusetts, which quantifies the system benefits of energy storage, and offers policy and programmatic recommendations. She has served as an expert on evaluation panels for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) smart grid and storage projects. Jacqueline is a Board member of the US Energy Storage Association.
Jacqueline has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining CES in 2007, she worked for the California ISO in the market design and account management areas. She has also worked on international energy sector restructuring matters for the USAID, and in project development for an independent power producer. She began her career at FERC. Jacquie has a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.
Michael DeSocio
Michael DeSocio
Senior Manager – Market Design
New York Independent System Operator
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Michael DeSocio
Michael DeSocio
Senior Manager – Market Design
New York Independent System Operator
Michael DeSocio has been involved in the evaluation, design, implementation, and operation of wholesale electricity markets at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) for nearly 20 years. His tenure at the NYISO includes work in Market Operations, Market Design, Information Technology and Project Management.
Mr. DeSocio is currently responsible for the evolution of the NYISO wholesale electricity markets, improving market signals and incentives that support reliability needs and/or policy objectives. He also leads the NYISO’s efforts with integrating distributed energy and storage resources into New York’s wholesale markets as well as carbon pricing approaches that harmonize New York State’s REV and CES public policy objectives and competitive wholesale markets.
Mr. DeSocio has been involved in a diverse array of projects at the NYISO, including the integrating renewable technologies into the marketplace, working with emerging storage and generation technologies, enhancing interregional trade, minimizing regional congestion, and improving overall market efficiency.
Previously, Mr. DeSocio worked at Central Hudson Gas & Electric in the Engineering Group with responsibilities for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) standards, system protection studies and substation design.
He earned a Masters of Engineering degree in Electrical Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.
Mihir Desu
Mihir Desu
Manager
Strategen
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Mihir Desu
Mihir Desu
Manager
Strategen
Mihir Desu is a Manager in Strategen’s consulting practice. He is currently involved in corporate strategy work and public proceeding support across the US, covering such topics as rate design, electric vehicle and energy storage policy, project development strategy, and designing new market structures that accurately value and compensate distributed energy resources (DERs). Prior to joining Strategen, Mihir worked for Portland General Electric, an investor-owned electrical utility in Oregon, where he supported DER rate design and policy proceedings and developed models to value qualifying facilities, demand response, and electric vehicles. He has also worked as a consultant for The Cadmus Group evaluating demand-side management programs for utilities and government organizations. He started his career analyzing ISO markets for energy traders and developers with EnergyGPS. Mihir holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Binghamton University.
Eva Diess
Eva Diess
Vice President
The Mobility House
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Eva Diess
Eva Diess
Vice President
The Mobility House
Eva Diess is VP of Vehicle-Grid integration at The Mobility House LLC, a company offering services for electric mobility. Before that she was project manager for stationary energy storage projects at Mobility House in Germany working on site development for first- as well as second-use battery storage systems. She previously also researched Second-Life applications for EV batteries as part of her Master’s program in industrial engineering. Eva has spoken at the 1st CharIN North America Conference on March 19th, 2018, at Intersolar 2018 and several other CleanTech events.
Chad Dixon
Chad Dixon
Consultant
CES
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Chad Dixon
Chad Dixon
Consultant
CES
Chad is a consultant for the Emerging Technologies division of CES and specializes in the PJM footprint. Currently, Chad provides emerging technology clients with market intelligence and consulting on energy storage and other emerging technologies.

Before joining CES, Chad worked as a Market Analyst and Operator for a Demand Response and Energy Storage startup company. Here he gained experience providing analysis on new and emerging markets for Demand Response and Energy Storage, Utility Demand Management and holds a PJM Generation Operator Certification.

Chad’s prior experience includes work as an Energy Auditing Associate and Technology Marketing Intern for the University of Delaware. He also worked as a Business Pathways Intern at the Department of Energy. Chad graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Energy Policy concentrating in Economics.
Jake Edie
Jake Edie
Business Development Director
S&C Electric Company
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Jake Edie
Jake Edie
Business Development Director
S&C Electric Company
Jake Edie is the Manager-EPC Proposals in the U.S. Power System Solutions group of the S&C Electric Company. He currently leads S&C'ss relationships with the company's energy storage supplier partners, evaluating each supplier from a commercial, technical, and safety perspective. During his career at S&C, he has also held the roles of Energy Storage Solutions Architect and Business Development Director. Prior to joining S&C, Mr. Edie served as Vice President, Business Development for lithium-ion battery integrator AllCell Technologies where he had responsibility for sales and marketing. Earlier in his career, Mr. Edie held leadership positions in the professional services organization of analytical software start-up DemandTec, Inc. where his contributions supported the company's rapid growth and IPO in 2007. Mr. Edie also spent time as a management consultant at Booz-Allen & Hamilton. Mr. Edie received an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern University and a Master's of Science in environmental science and policy from the University of Chicago.
Miles Evans
Miles Evans
Engineer Scientist I
Electric Power Research Institute
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Miles Evans
Miles Evans
Engineer Scientist I
Electric Power Research Institute
Miles Evans joined EPRI in 2017 as an engineer scientist. Miles is involved in valuation, data analysis, and modeling efforts in the energy storage and distributed generation program. He works on simulating the operation of, valuing the effects of, and characterizing the real-world performance and reliability of energy storage systems.
Nicola Falcon
Nicola Falcon
General Manager Forecasting
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
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Nicola Falcon
Nicola Falcon
General Manager Forecasting
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
Experienced leader and manager, with over 15 years' demonstrated history in the energy sectors in Australia and overseas. Skilled in providing strategic advice on issues relating to energy markets and systems, as well as market modelling, statistical, economic and commercial analysis.
I am committed to helping ensure Australia's future energy system is reliable, sustainable, secure and affordable.
John Fernandes
John Fernandes
Manager
Customized Energy Solutions
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John Fernandes
John Fernandes
Manager
Customized Energy Solutions
John has recently joined Customized Energy Solutions after nearly 5 years in the development, construction, and IPP sectors managing policy and creating new market opportunities across renewable, fossil, transmission, and energy storage business lines. Prior to his time in the commercial space, John was on staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and a regulatory manager for an investor-owned utility.
John has operated in every US wholesale energy market and has offered expertise in international markets, including Canada, the UK, Mexico, and Australia. He has helped shaped policy for numerous states as well as the US Department of Energy. John has an MBA from the University of Delaware, a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and is a guest lecturer for the University of Colorado at Denver Global Energy Management Program.
Gus Flores
Gus Flores
Principal Manager of Origination
Southern California Edison
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Gus Flores
Gus Flores
Principal Manager of Origination
Southern California Edison
Gus Flores is the Principal Manager of Origination in Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Energy Procurement and Management organization. He and his team are responsible for conducting solicitations and negotiations for various energy products and contracts including energy storage, renewable energy, distributed energy resources, and resource adequacy. Previously he was Principal Manager of the Energy Trading group overseeing the execution of electricity, natural gas, and emissions transactions. Prior to joining SCE, he held several roles with Constellation Energy. Mr. Flores earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
James Frasher
James Frasher
Distributed Energy Strategy Group
SMUD
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James Frasher
James Frasher
Distributed Energy Strategy Group
SMUD
James Frasher joined SMUD 1 year ago and has over 12 years of battery management system experience with extensive knowledge of the electric vehicle, energy storage and battery technology industries. At SMUD he is part of the Distributed Energy Strategy Group, specifically focused on integration of energy storage and DER operation into SMUDs overall grid strategy. Before joining SMUD, Frasher served as Vice President of Engineering at both Greenlots and CODA Energy. In these roles he developed battery-backed DC fast charging solutions and led the design of behind the meter battery systems ranging in size from 30kW to over 1MW. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Gianluca Gigliucci
Gianluca Gigliucci
Head of Energy Storage Innovation
Enel Green Power
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Gianluca Gigliucci
Gianluca Gigliucci
Head of Energy Storage Innovation
Enel Green Power
Gianluca Gigliucci has bee with Enel since 2001, lucky enough to be able to focus his activities towards almost all Enel group business lines, from thermal generation, to renewable generation, from large centralized plants to distributed generation, storage, smart grids, microgrids and and new services to customers.
I had the chance to lead the creation of research labs on Photovoltaics (Catania), on Energy storage and microgrids (Livorno) and on Domotic applications (Pisa).

After a couple of years devoted to innovation of our hydro fleet, I am back to energy storage, in the moment in which we are trying to make it another pillar of our growth strategy. Glad to be here!
Marissa Gillett
Marissa Gillett
Vice President
Energy Storage Association
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Marissa Gillett
Marissa Gillett
Vice President
Energy Storage Association
Marissa Paslick Gillett is the Vice President of External Relations for the Energy Storage Association (ESA). In this capacity, Marissa is responsible for providing the strategic vision and leadership regarding ESA’s overall brand, as well as providing leadership of the events, marketing, and communications teams. Previously, Marissa served as the Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission, providing legal, policy, and technical support to the chairman and other commissioners. In her role at the Maryland Commission, Marissa advised on matters such as: the State’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; the implementation of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act; and the advancement of non-wires alternatives in energy sector planning. Marissa also chaired the Maryland Commission’s electric vehicle work group, initiated as part of the Maryland grid modernization proceeding.

Marissa holds a B.S. in Bioengineering from Clemson University, and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Logan Goldie-Scot
Logan Goldie-Scot
Team Leader, Energy Storage Insight
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
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Logan Goldie-Scot
Logan Goldie-Scot
Team Leader, Energy Storage Insight
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Logan heads up the Energy Storage insight team at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He leads the company’s analysis on the global energy storage markets, providing insight on technology, markets, policies and regulation, and the competitive landscape.
He advises utilities, technology companies, investors and policymakers across these fields. He has authored numerous research papers and regularly speaks at international conferences and in the mainstream media. He was previously a Senior Associate within the Energy Smart Technologies team and regularly works on consulting projects for clients, such as the Zayed Future Energy Prize where he was the Project Manager from 2011 to 2013. He joined the company in 2009 as an analyst focused on the wind and solar sectors across the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to joining the company, he has previously worked at the Next Century Foundation which is a nonprofit political think tank focused on conflict resolution. He holds an MA (Hons) from Edinburgh University in Arabic.
Jay Goldin
Jay Goldin
Vice President, Green Tech Solutions
Munich RE
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Jay Goldin
Jay Goldin
Vice President, Green Tech Solutions
Munich RE
Jay Goldin is the Vice President of Green Tech Solutions for Munich Re America. In this role, he works with energy system manufacturers, developers and financiers to support solar, wind, energy storage and bioenergy project development. Prior to Munich Re, Jay led business development at Enphase Energy and received his MBA and AB from Stanford University.
Mark Hardin
Mark Hardin
Manager, Opportunity Development
NEC Solutions
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Mark Hardin
Mark Hardin
Manager, Opportunity Development
NEC Solutions
Mark Hardin started his career in grid scale energy storage in 2009 with Xtreme Power (now Younicos) in Austin, Texas. During his five-year- tenure there, Mark worked to size and optimize energy storage systems for specific applications comparing a variety of battery technologies, developed valuation tools and proformas to assess grid storage project business cases, and led the proposal management team and product marketing teams. In the fall of2014, Mark joined NEC Energy Solutions as a Sales Engineer and helped NEC double its grid scale energy storage system installation base in 2016-2017. Mark is currently Manager of Opportunity Development at NEC ES and part of the proposal management team where he is able to continue to help NEC ES customers find the optimal grid storage solution for their project. Mark has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA and an MBA from University of Texas at Austin.
Austin Heyworth
Austin Heyworth
Public Affairs Manager in California
Uber
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Austin Heyworth
Austin Heyworth
Public Affairs Manager in California
Uber
Austin Heyworth is the Public Affairs Manager in California for Uber Technologies, representing the company on state policy and regulatory issues. At Uber, he has led policy work on autonomous vehicles, electric vehicle programs, and the transition to a multi-modal platform including the launch of JUMP bikes in California markets. Before Uber, he worked in the State Assembly for six years, as a Special Assistant to Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, and most recently for Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin. His policy work focused on the issues of higher education, technology and privacy, emergency services; and as the primary staffer for the Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee. He has also built experience running state-level political campaigns, as well as Speaker Perez's statewide campaign for Controller. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with degrees in Economics and Political Science and played quarterback on the football team.
Mark Higgins
Mark Higgins
Chief Operating Officer
Strategen
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Mark Higgins
Mark Higgins
Chief Operating Officer
Strategen
Mark is the COO of Strategen, and oversees the company’s strategy and day-to-day operations. Mark’s broad energy sector experience prior to Strategen includes serving as the Director of Utility West at SunEdison, where he led a portfolio of more than a gigawatt of renewable energy development assets in California. Mark also held the role of Vice President of Finance of Hu Honua Bioenergy, a 21.5 MW biomass power redevelopment project in Hawaii. In addition, Mark led Pacific Gas & Electric Company's work in key policy areas including interconnection and transmission planning, and dealt with technologies ranging from distributed energy storage and demand response to large scale renewables developments. Mark has a strong private equity, venture capital and investment banking background, including placing more than $125 million in equity for publicly traded companies and managing the launch of a $70 million Pacific-rim venture fund investing in the agricultural biotech and medical devices sectors. Mark holds a Master of Pacific International Affairs from UC-San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts in government from the University of Notre Dame.
Davion Hill
Davion Hill
Energy Storage Leader, Americas
DNV GL
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Davion Hill
Davion Hill
Energy Storage Leader, Americas
DNV GL
Dr. Davion Hill is former President and Chairman of NAATBatt International and continues to serve on the Executive Board. Dr. Hill is also Vice Chair of the NYBEST Board of Directors. Dr. Hill leads DNV GL's energy storage business in the Americas region and has led or managed nationally significant programs related to battery testing for safety and performance, integration of batteries into marine and aviation applications, and more transparent evaluation metrics for energy storage during the technical due diligence process in energy project finance.
William Holmes
William Holmes
Partner
K&L Gates
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William Holmes
William Holmes
Partner
K&L Gates
William (Bill) Holmes is a partner in the Portland office of K&L Gates. He focuses his practice in the area of energy and infrastructure projects and transactions with an emphasis on wind energy, solar energy, hydroelectric power, geothermal, biomass, natural gas, carbon offsets, and energy storage. His experience extends into corporate transactions, water law, and real estate law. Bill also advises clients in negotiating major power purchase agreements, acquisition and sale of energy projects, EPC agreements, O&M agreements, fuel supply, and energy project development agreements. Bill has worked in conjunction with numerous energy storage clients, the representative work for which is as follows: - Represented energy storage developers in the negotiation of energy storage agreements with Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric; - Represented an energy storage developer in commenting on a utility's proposed form of agreement in a Hawaii-based energy storage RFP; - Represented the National Hydropower Association in the preparation of comments filed by NHA in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's notice of intent and subsequent notice of proposed rulemaking on the treatment of energy storage facilities (including pumped storage hydro) in certain markets (Order 784); and - Represented the developer of a grid-scale pumped storage hydropower facility in California in preparing a white paper entitled "White Paper on Removing Federal Barriers to Grid-Scale Energy Storage". Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Holmes was a partner in the Portland office of Stoel Rives LLP. Bill currently sits on the board of directors of the Energy Storage Association (ESA).
Matt Horton
Matt Horton
Chief Commercial Officer
Proterra
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Matt Horton
Matt Horton
Chief Commercial Officer
Proterra
Horton brings a broad range of experience in transportation, operations, and finance to his role as Chief Commercial Officer. For Proterra, he oversees the end-to-end customer lifecycle for the rapidly growing number of municipal, university and commercial transit agencies deploying Proterra's battery-electric buses throughout North America. Since joining in 2014, Horton has helped establish the company as the leading innovator in the electric mass transportation industry. In 2016 alone, Horton helped Proterra achieve more than 225% sales growth, a number that has continued to grow in 2017 as the company expands in different infrastructure categories like airports, universities, corporate enterprises, national parks and ski resorts.

Prior to joining Proterra, Horton most recently served as CEO of Propel Fuels, Inc., a leading clean transportation company. Matt led Propel through a period of high growth, earning Propel a spot on the Inc 500 as one of America’s fastest growing companies. While there he was responsible for strategy and planning, government relations, operational execution, financial management, investor relations, communications, partnerships, and corporate development. Horton is an experienced company builder with a passion for growing sustainable businesses.
Ashley Horvat
Ashley Horvat
VP of Public and Private Partnerships
Greenlots
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Ashley Horvat
Ashley Horvat
VP of Public and Private Partnerships
Greenlots
As Vice President of Public & Private Partnerships, Ashley Horvat is leading a new infrastructure ownership model for Greenlots. She brings more than a decade of electric vehicle industry expertise to the company. Horvat most recently served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at PlugShare. She also served as the Chief EV Officer for the state of Oregon, where she led EV policy development, authored the eight-state Zero-emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan, chaired the public-private Energize Oregon Coalition, coordinated agency EV actions, created and implemented public-private partnership EV initiatives, and led all EV infrastructure programs for the state. She earned a bachelor’s in American public policy and environmental studies from Western Michigan University.
Sam Huntington
Sam Huntington
Senior Research Analyst
IHS Markit
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Sam Huntington
Sam Huntington
Senior Research Analyst
IHS Markit
Sam Huntington is a Senior Research Analyst for IHS Markit's North American Power Analytics group, focusing on energy storage and market fundamentals. He specializes in the use of power system models to conduct economic analysis and long term scenario planning. Recent work focuses on the capacity value of battery storage, market opportunities for hybrid storage resources, and the impacts of distributed resources on energy and peak demand growth. He holds a BA from Colby College and a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Suresh Jayanthi
Suresh Jayanthi
Vice President Energy Services
Chanje
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Suresh Jayanthi
Suresh Jayanthi
Vice President Energy Services
Chanje
Suresh's team finds new ways to integrate a suite of renewable energy solutions for Chanje’s customers. Through sustainable generation, EV charging, storage, and micro grid systems, the delivery and transportation industries are making radical advancements to reduce impact on the communities they serve.

Chanje is a California-based OEM delivering medium duty electric vehicles and turnkey energy infrastructure services for the last mile industry. Our vision is to create sustainable urban solutions that improve the last mile and positively impact people, businesses, and communities.
Julie Johnson
Julie Johnson
Manager, National Business Development
Ryder System, Inc.
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Julie Johnson
Julie Johnson
Manager, National Business Development
Ryder System, Inc.
Julie Johnson is Manager, National Business Development – Advanced Vehicle Technologies for Ryder System, Inc., a $7.3 billion FORTUNE 500 commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company with more than 36,000 employees. Ms. Johnson is responsible for helping leading companies intelligently convert their fleets to advanced vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles. Her mission is to leverage Ryder’s investment and industry leadership to establish and grow the use of advanced vehicle technologies in both large and small truck fleets. Ms. Johnson believes that advanced vehicle technologies are the key to energy independence for the United States.

Ms. Johnson has held a variety of impactful roles. Prior to assuming her advanced vehicle technology role, Ms. Johnson was a Senior Sales Specialist for Janssen Pharmaceuticals & Quintiles Inc where she was responsible for sales and marketing to a variety of healthcare stakeholders in the San Francisco Bay Area.

During her career, Ms. Johnson has served in a variety of key sales management and marketing executive positions at leading companies, including Salix Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, JCP Disclosures/First American Title, New Leaf Paper, Solbright Inc., Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.

Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware.
Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones
Managing Director
ITM Power Inc.
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Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones
Managing Director
ITM Power Inc.
Steve joined ITM in 2005 as a research technologist and is currently Managing Director for ITM Power Inc. based in Irvine, California.
Steve has held positions in R&D, product, systems and business development roles and as such has an excellent understanding of the technical and commercial aspects of the business.
Steve is a board member of the California Hydrogen Business Council and Vice chair for its Energy storage working group. He holds a BSc and MPhil in Materials Science from Birmingham University, a MBA from Sheffield University and is a chartered manager.
John Jung
John Jung
President & CEO
Greensmith Energy Management Systems, a Wärtsilä Company
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John Jung
John Jung
President & CEO
Greensmith Energy Management Systems, a Wärtsilä Company
As President and CEO of Greensmith Energy, John has led the company from concept to the recognized technology leader in the US energy storage market over the past decade. John was twice awarded Smart Grid Pioneer by SmartGrid Today and selected New Energy Pioneer by Bloomberg. Greensmith was awarded as the industry’s fastest growing company by Deloitte Fast500 and was elected a member of World-Gen’s Class of 2018. Greensmith Energy was acquired by Wärtsilä in July of 2017. Having built multiple VC-backed startups in B2B software, data analytics and
distributed computing, John firmly believes that intelligent energy storage represents the first programmable, multi-application appliance available to all grid operators to solve a multitude of grid congestion problems, ideally integrated with multiple power generation and network assets. With that vision - the company serves and partners with some of the largest power companies and developers globally and has installed
over 70 grid-scale deployments in nine countries to-date.
Prior to his startup career, John 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 San Francisco Area.
Haresh Kamath
Haresh Kamath
Senior Program Manager for Distributed Energy Resources
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
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Haresh Kamath
Haresh Kamath
Senior Program Manager for Distributed Energy Resources
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Haresh Kamath is Senior Program Manager for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), managing the Institute’s research into the development, assessment, and application of energy storage technologies for grid storage applications as well as the implementation and integration of storage, distributed generation, smart inverters, microgrids, and other distributed resources into the grid.

Kamath joined EPRI in 2002 as a project engineer in energy storage and distributed generation. He was an author for the first edition of the EPRI-DOE Handbook of Energy Storage and served on the board of directors of the Energy Storage Association from 2005 to 2013. After taking the role of Program Manager in 2011, Kamath took steps to create the EPRI Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), a technical forum to facilitate the deployment and use of utility-scale energy storage systems.

Before joining EPRI, Kamath worked at Lockheed Martin Space Systems as a product engineer responsible for spacecraft batteries. He also served as an applications engineering and business development manager at a startup energy storage company.

Kamath received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Stanford University.
Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Principal
NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
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Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Principal
NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
Danny Kennedy
Danny Kennedy
Managing Director
California Clean Energy Fund
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Danny Kennedy
Danny Kennedy
Managing Director
California Clean Energy Fund
Danny Kennedy leads the California Clean Energy Fund, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. This includes overseeing the CalSEED.fund of $25m for very early stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy. Additionally, CalCEF runs a network of incubators and accelerators globally called New Energy Nexus. Kennedy is also the President of CalCharge, a public-private partnership with DoE National Labs and universities in California, unions and companies, working to advance energy storage.

Kennedy co-founded Sungevity in 2007, the company that created remote solar design, and Powerhouse, a smart energy incubator and accelerator. He was the first backer of Mosaic in 2011, the $2B solar loan provider, and remains on the Board of Powerhive, a solar mini-utility in Kenya and Sunergise, a solar-as-a-service business out of Fiji and the EnergyLabAustralia. He is also a Director of the organizations VoteSolar, Power for All and Confluence Philanthropy and adviser to SolarPhilippines. Kennedy authored the book Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Our Planet – from Dirty Energy in 2012. Prior to being an entrepreneur, he worked at Greenpeace and other NGOs on climate and energy issues for 20+ years.

Jagmeet Khangura
Jagmeet Khangura
Western Region Microgrid Solution Lead
Black & Veatch
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Jagmeet Khangura
Jagmeet Khangura
Western Region Microgrid Solution Lead
Black & Veatch
Jagmeet Khangura currently supports the Distributed Generation/Microgrid Program at Black & Veatch's. Her experience includes resource assessments, technical feasibility analysis and integration of microgrids and renewable energy resources. She has evaluated renewable installations and microgrids at commercial building, industrial facilities, as well as the utility distribution system. Prior to joining the Microgrid group, Jagmeet was a Renewable Energy Consultant in Consulting Engineering Services / Renewable Services within Black & Veatch's global energy business. She was active in many renewable energy projects, including resource assessments, feasibility studies, due diligence (technical and economic analysis) of specific technologies, optimization of solar plant design, and economic analyses of renewable energy projects.
Bernie Kotlier
Bernie Kotlier
Executive Director
IBEW-NECA California & Nevada
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Bernie Kotlier
Bernie Kotlier
Executive Director
IBEW-NECA California & Nevada
Bernie Kotlier directs the development, promotion, and delivery of sustainable energy business development programs, education, and training for electrical contractors who are members of the National Electrical Contractors Association (http://www.necanet.org/), and IBEW electricians, in California and Nevada including energy auditing, energy efficiency, photovoltaics, zero net energy buildings, electric vehicles, energy storage, and micro-grids.

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

Prior to his work with the electrical contracting industry, Bernie directed business development for Solectria Renewables in the Western U.S., was President of Brunswick Bicycles International, President of Bell Sports Specialty Retail Division, and President of Service Cycle/Mongoose. He has also been a published contributor to the Harvard Business Review.
Lee Krevat
Lee Krevat
CEO
Krevat Energy Innovations
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Lee Krevat
Lee Krevat
CEO
Krevat Energy Innovations
Lee has over three decades of experience in the energy and technology industries. At SDG&E, he founded and served as director of smart grid and led SDG&E’s smart grid and electric vehicle initiatives, evangelizing Grid Modernization and Electric Vehicle grid integration. Lee was twice named one of the top 100 movers and shakers influencing the smart grid market by GTM and twice recognized as a Top 12 Utility Mover and Shaker by Intelligent Utility Magazine.
Lee recently founded Krevat Energy Innovations, dedicated to climate change mitigation by consulting with start-ups, utilities, regulators, legislatures, and environmentally focused companies and communities.
He was a partner at TransPac Software, a startup in Silicon Valley and received a bachelor’s degree with university honors in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Lee serves on the Board of the GridWise Alliance, GridX, and as a business advisor to PI Energy. Most weekends he performs improv comedy.

Lorenzo Kristov, PHD
Lorenzo Kristov, PHD
Independent Consultant
Former Principal, Market Design, California ISO
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Lorenzo Kristov, PHD
Lorenzo Kristov, PHD
Independent Consultant
Former Principal, Market Design, California ISO
Lorenzo Kristov is an independent consultant focusing on power system evolution toward high levels of renewable generation and distribution-connected energy resources (DER), and a more decentralized structure. Areas of expertise include: wholesale market design; DER participation in wholesale markets; coordination of transmission-distribution operations, markets and planning; distribution system operator (DSO) platforms and distribution-level markets; microgrids and energy resilience strategies; whole-system grid architecture.
From 1999 to 2017 Lorenzo worked at California ISO as a principal in market design and infrastructure policy. In that position he was a lead designer of the locational marginal pricing (LMP) market system the ISO implemented in 2009. He later led initiatives to redesign the transmission planning and new generator interconnection processes to accommodate rapid growth of renewable energy projects triggered by California’s renewable portfolio standards. Over the past several years he worked on initiatives to integrate DERs into markets, operations and planning, to advance transmission-distribution coordination between the distribution utilities and the ISO, and has written papers and participated in national and international forums on power system evolution and architecture.
Prior to joining the California ISO Lorenzo was Energy Economist at the California Energy Commission (1995-9) and Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia (1993-4). He has a BS in mathematics from Manhattan College, MS in Statistics from North Carolina State University, and PhD in Economics from University of California Davis.
Kiran Kumaraswamy
Kiran Kumaraswamy
Market Applications Director
Fluence
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Kiran Kumaraswamy
Kiran Kumaraswamy
Market Applications Director
Fluence
Mr. Kiran Kumaraswamy is a Market Applications Director at Fluence. In this role, he works on identifying applications that are attractive for energy storage development and educating potential customers on the benefits of energy storage. His work involves implementing regulatory and policy solutions that create access to key markets. Kiran is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on policy issues that impact energy storage development and has testified multiple times at the U.S Congress and FERC on a range of subjects including wholesale market reforms and multiple use-cases for energy storage. Kiran works closely with electricity industry stakeholders, NGO’s, trade associations and state regulators to develop policy priorities and market action plans. Prior to joining Fluence, he worked as a Senior Manager in ICF International advising private sector clients on wholesale power market and transmission issues. He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India.
Megha Lakhchaura
Megha Lakhchaura
Director of Policy
EVBox
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Megha Lakhchaura
Megha Lakhchaura
Director of Policy
EVBox
Megha Lakhchaura is the Director of Policy and Utility Programs for EVBox, North America. EVBox is the global market leader in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and related cloud-based services, with an installed base of over 50,000 charging points over 32 countries. Prior to joining EVBox, Megha was Policy Director at Sunrun Inc. and drove the the company’s market and regulatory policy in California. Before working at Sunrun Inc., Megha was with the California Public Utilities Commission for over seven years working on wholesale electricity market issues including power planning and procurement, Resource Adequacy and Renewable Portfolio Standards. She has an MPP from University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from the Symbiosis University, India.
Gene Larson
Gene Larson
Vice President, Energy Storage
SNC-Lavalin Clean Power
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Gene Larson
Gene Larson
Vice President, Energy Storage
SNC-Lavalin Clean 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 leads SNCL’s deployment of utility scale energy storage technologies. He has worked with SNCL Capital supporting early stage investment decisions in renewable and fossil fueled power projects. He reviews new technology development related to the Power Industry with the Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) of SNCL’s power sector business units looking for those technologies where SNCL can assist them on the path to commercial products.
Patrick Lee
Patrick Lee
CEO/Founder
PXiSE
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Patrick Lee
Patrick Lee
CEO/Founder
PXiSE
Patrick Lee is vice president of infrastructure and technology at Sempra Infrastructure, LLC, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. In his current role, Lee founded and now leads the Sempra Energy investment in PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC. Lee is a proven executive with a successful track record. He completed a $1.8B, infrastructure project with 19 awards and has led numerous business operations with significant financial outcomes. He has over 30 years of energy industry experience in electric system planning, design, construction, operations, energy markets, renewables, and technology RD&D. Lee graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University and holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He is also a registered professional electrical engineer in California and serves as treasurer and finance committee chair of IEEE Smart Village and on the council of advisors for the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.
Steven Lichtin
Steven Lichtin
Director of Business Development
Go Electric Inc.
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Steven Lichtin
Steven Lichtin
Director of Business Development
Go Electric Inc.
Steven Lichtin is the Director of Business Development at Go Electric Inc., which develops customer side of the meter energy solutions that help facilities, communities, and military bases be energy resilient and sustainable. Steven has a been building and developing clean and resilient energy projects for nearly a decade, and previously worked in finance after completing his undergraduate degree. He holds an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College, and a BA in Economics, with a minor in Finance, from Vanderbilt University.
Mark MacCracken
Mark MacCracken
Vice President
TRANE
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Mark MacCracken
Mark MacCracken
Vice President
TRANE
In November 2017, Mark MacCracken became the VP, CALMAC Portfolio for TRANE. Prior to CALMAC’s purchase by Ingersoll Rand, he was CEO of CALMAC, which is one of the largest manufacturers of Thermal Energy Storage equipment in the world, with over 4,500 installations in 60 countries. In his 40 years with the firm, he has assisted in the design of hundreds of Ice Storage systems around the world. Some of the recent installations in New York City where for Rockefeller Center, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and the Bank of America Tower.

He was the Principal Investigator on research projects with Oak Ridge National Labs, NASA and National Renewable Energy Research Lab. He has his BS in Mechanical Engineering, three U.S. Patents, is a Professional Engineer and LEED® Fellow.
He is, or recently has served as:
• USGBC’s 2011 Chairman of the Board of Directors,
• AEE’s Energy Engineer of the Year,
• ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.
• Board of Directors of
o Urban Green,
o New Buildings Institute and
o AHRI
Ben Mandel
Ben Mandel
Northeast Regional Director
CALSTART
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Ben Mandel
Ben Mandel
Northeast Regional Director
CALSTART
Ben Mandel is Northeast Regional Director at CALSTART, where he works with private and public fleets to integrate cleaner, more efficient vehicle technologies. Ben leads CALSTART’s work on market acceleration and policy development in the Northeast, including administration of workplace electric vehicle charging and truck voucher incentive programs. Ben also works with regional partners on multi-state, market-driven policy solutions to reduce transportation emissions and elevate advanced technologies.

Prior to joining CALSTART, Ben worked under Mayor Bill de Blasio at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, where he led policy development and implementation activities with City agencies on transportation and energy supply initiatives in pursuit of New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. He also previously worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was a fellow at NYU School of Law.

Ben holds Masters degrees in Public Policy and Energy & Resources from UC-Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Mathematical Economics and Hispanic Literature & Culture.
Allan Marks
Allan Marks
Partner
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
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Allan Marks
Allan Marks
Partner
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Allan Marks is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and a member of the firm’s Global Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance Group and Latin America Practice Group.

Allan represents developers, investors and lenders in the development, acquisition and financing of complex infrastructure projects, with special expertise in the energy, transportation and water sectors. Allan structures innovative commercial transactions and leads project financings, acquisitions, restructurings, securities offerings and private placements for a variety of sophisticated institutional clients throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe.
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Allan is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading project finance lawyers by Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America. He is also named a “Leading Lawyer” for Project Finance in IFLR1000, an “Expert” by Who’s Who Legal for Project Finance, and a “Leading Lawyer” in Energy: Renewable/Alternative in Legal 500. He was named one of California’s “Top 50 Development Lawyers” by the Daily Journal.
Allan is an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley Law School and Haas School of Business, where he was recognized as a member of the Haas Business School’s “Club 6” list of exceptional faculty. He was previously an adjunct lecturer for the post-graduate program in Derecho de Empresa at the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. Allan is the founding co-chair of the State Bar of California Real Estate Section’s Subsection on Public-Private Infrastructure.
Florian Mayr
Florian Mayr
Partner
Apricum
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Florian Mayr
Florian Mayr
Partner
Apricum
Florian Mayr, partner at Apricum, is an expert on strategy, business development and transaction advisory in the global renewable energy markets, including energy storage.

Florian leads Apricum’s energy storage practice and is responsible for the company’s international activities in this field. In particular, he supports Apricum’s clients in successfully accessing new markets and seizing attractive business opportunities. He is also active in advising cleantech companies on corporate and project financing, including M&A, fund raising and due diligence. In addition, he is a regular contributor to external publications and a frequently booked speaker on the topic of energy storage.
Dr. Karl Meeusen
Dr. Karl Meeusen
Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Regulatory Policy
CAISO
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Dr. Karl Meeusen
Dr. Karl Meeusen
Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Regulatory Policy
CAISO
Karl Meeusen, Ph.D. – Dr. Meeusen works in the CAISO’s Markets and Infrastructure Policy group as the Senior Advisor – Market Design and Regulatory Policy, a position he has held since 2016. He has been a core member of the CAISO’s policy team since 2011. Dr. Meeusen develops and evaluates new wholesale electricity market designs for a variety of issues related to the CAISO’s ongoing efforts to integrate renewable resources into the CAISO electricity market and electric grid, including changing resource adequacy needs to accommodate the increased presence of renewable resources and maintaining flexible capacity resources for resource integration. Prior to joining the CAISO, Dr. Meeusen served as Energy Advisor to CPUC President Michael Peevey, advising on issues such resource adequacy, long-term resource procurement, demand response, and FERC related issues. Dr. Meeusen’s experience prior to joining the CPUC, included research positions at the National Regulatory Research Institute and the U.S Department of Justice, Antitrust Division and independent consulting. Dr. Meeusen has a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics from The Ohio State University
Erika Meyers
Erika Meyers
Director of Research
Smart Electric Power Alliance
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Erika Meyers
Erika Meyers
Director of Research
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Erika Myers is the Director of Research for the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on working with electric utilities and the broader industry to integrate clean energy and distributed energy resources, including energy storage, demand response, and solar energy. She specializes in electric vehicle infrastructure and staffs SEPA’s Electric Vehicle Working Group. She has authored and co-authored numerous reports, briefs, and articles while at SEPA and regularly speaks at events around the country.
Prior to joining SEPA, Erika spent nearly four years as a consultant with ICF International and five years as the Renewable Energy Manager with the South Carolina Energy Office, specializing in renewable energy and alternative transportation fuel policy and regulatory planning and development.
Erika has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Clemson University and a master’s degree in earth and environmental resources from the University of South Carolina.
Peter Mockel
Peter Mockel
Principal Industry Specialist
International Financial Corporation (IFC)
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Peter Mockel
Peter Mockel
Principal Industry Specialist
International Financial Corporation (IFC)
Peter Mockel is a Principal Industry Specialist at the International Financial Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group.

He focuses on energy storage and smart grid technology for emerging markets. Previously CTO with a Berlin-based smart electricity metering start-up, and with more than 10 years in telecommunications with Deutsche Telekom AG as VP Strategy Development and SVP R&D, and in consulting with Booz, Allen & Hamilton.

He co-author of “Applied Technology and Innovation Management” (Springer 2010) and “Technological Trends in ICT” (Springer 2012).

Peter holds a B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in Computer Science from Cambridge University, UK, as well as a M.Sc. in Software Engineering from TU Aachen, Germany
Alex Morris
Alex Morris
Vice President Policy and Operations
CESA
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Alex Morris
Alex Morris
Vice President Policy and Operations
CESA
Alex Morris is Vice President of Policy and Operations for California Energy Storage Association (CESA).
Alex has more than 10 years of experience in policy and regulatory work, leading major efforts to shape and promote policy or regulatory outcomes at the California legislature, the CAISO, FERC, and other agencies. Alex also brings years of utility-focused strategic consulting experience to CESA, and has worked closely with utility, private, and trade groups to shape and execute on strategic business plans. Alex has focused on a broad range of cutting-edge topics such as Storage Legislation, Electric Market Design, Renewables Integration, FERC Policy, Smartgrid, Electric Transportation and Plug-in Vehicles, Rate Design, the California Solar Initiative, and more. Alex joined CESA in 2015 and previously worked for electric utilities PG&E and SCE after receiving his MBA from the University of California, Davis.
Stephen Mushegan
Stephen Mushegan
Associate Director
Clinton Foundation
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Stephen Mushegan
Stephen Mushegan
Associate Director
Clinton Foundation
Stephen Mushegan is the Associate Director of the Clinton Foundation's Islands Energy Program, focused on assisting Caribbean small island developing states in their transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. He leads a team of country project managers supporting governments and utilities in the development of solar, wind, geothermal, and microgrid projects. As a prior project manager for the team, Stephen oversaw the procurement and contract negotiations for Saint Lucia’s first ever utility-scale renewable energy project, a 3 megawatt (MW) solar farm, and assisted the development and procurement for 1 MW solar PV in Turks and Caicos, distributed across 5 islands. He has supported technical and economic analysis for Saint Lucia’s National Energy Transition Strategy, and is overseeing a long-term Sustainable and Resilient Energy Plan in Dominica, in partnership with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, Stephen was an energy engineer focused on the commercial and industrial sector, specializing in combined heat and power, heat recovery, and electrical energy efficiency. He is experienced in feasibility studies, front-end engineering design, and project implementation.

Stephen brings a passion for clean energy and social impact, and balances a high-level understanding of energy systems and stakeholders with the ability to conduct deep technical and economic analysis. He holds an M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (and Minor in International Studies) from the University of California, San Diego.
Jon Norman
Jon Norman
President & Chief Operating Officer
Hydrostor
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Jon Norman
Jon Norman
President & Chief Operating Officer
Hydrostor
Jon Norman is President & COO of Hydrostor Inc. Jon is a professional engineer with nearly 20 years of experience in the power industry, environmental sector, management consulting and government. Jon previously held senior roles at Brookfield Asset Management, most recently as VP responsible for regulatory policy and government relations across North America for the power and utilities business. In earlier roles he served as project manager for environmental operations and held senior roles in government, where he led grid networks policy development in Ontario as well as interjurisdictional negotiations. Jon holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in engineering and economics from the University of Toronto. Jon has been a regular speaker on the International power sector conference circuit, appearing on 5-10 panels per year including ESA Boston (April 2018), Energy Storage Europe Dusseldorf (March 2018), IESO 2018 Electricity Summit, ESA Energy Storage Studio (November 2017), S&P Global Power Markets Conference (April 2017), and most recently the Australian Energy Storage Conference (May 2018).
Hector Olea
Hector Olea
President and CEO
Gauss Energia
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Hector Olea
Hector Olea
President and CEO
Gauss Energia
With more than 23 years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Hector Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energy in the country. Since 2004, Hector Olea is President and CEO of Gauss, a business development firm specialized in the energy sector. Gauss activities are focused in the identification, development and structuring investment opportunities in renewable energy projects, which accounts for more than
US $700 million in greenfield projects. Before, he acted as CEO of Suez in Mexico, where he led
Its transformation into a nationwide energy company. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Olea acted as Chairman of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), and as Chairman of the Mexican Section of the Mexico‐US Business Energy Council from 2016 to 2018. He is President of the Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex). He is an economist from ITAM (Mexico) and earned his Master and PhD in Economics at Rice University (US). In 1989, he was distinguished with the Banamex Economics Award.
Hasan Ozdem
Hasan Ozdem
Head of Technology Management
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
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Hasan Ozdem
Hasan Ozdem
Head of Technology Management
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Hasan Oezdem started his career in the research field at the Technical University Berlin, holding a master degree in medical physics. He has now more than 15 years' experience in the private sector, mainly managing and leading innovative topics and technologies. Hasan spent most of his career in the transportation sector creating a network of engineering and innovation sites across the globe. Since 2016, working in the wind energy sector, he is leading the Technology Management function, responsible for future products like large storage and hybrid. Next to his responsibilities he is the chairman of the executive council and also an advisor to the executive committee regarding digitalization.
Matthew Paiss
Matthew Paiss
Captain
San Jose Fire Department
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Matthew Paiss
Matthew Paiss
Captain
San Jose Fire Department
Fire Captain Matthew Paiss is a 22 year veteran of the San Jose Fire Department. He is the IAFF primary representative to NFPA 70 (NEC) and NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems standards. He is a subject matter expert for the National Fire Protection Association on energy storage, President of Energy Response Solutions, Inc. and has contributed to the IFC & NFPA1 fire code sections on PV & ESS.  CA Paiss has delivered PV Safety training to over 7000 firefighters nationwide including the FDIC and the National Fire Academy.  He has spoken in Europe on fire safety and PV design and holds certificates as a credentialed California Technical Education Teacher, Registered State Fire Instructor, Certified State Fire Officer, and is a member of UL Standards Technical Panels 1703 & 1741.
Anastasia Palivos
Anastasia Palivos
Acting Commissioner
Illinois Commerce Commission
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Anastasia Palivos
Anastasia Palivos
Acting Commissioner
Illinois Commerce Commission
Anastasia Palivos was appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission by Governor Bruce Rauner on January 19, 2018, to a five year term. An Illinois native, Palivos is the first Greek-American woman appointed to the Commission and, at 28, the youngest-ever appointed commissioner. Prior to her appointment, she was a legal and policy advisor to the chairman at the ICC from April 2015 to July 2016. During that time, Palivos planned, organized, and moderated policy sessions on important and emerging industry issues, such as business and IT investments in cloud computing arrangements, energy efficiency in affordable housing, smart cities, and solutions to resource adequacy. Palivos also led a Commission-adopted Notice of Inquiry to explore the prudency of utility investment in cloud computing by evaluating issues such as cybersecurity and customer rate impacts of such investments. She most recently worked as a business development strategy analyst for a Chicago-based health intelligence firm. Palivos graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and later earned her Juris Doctor degree at DePaul University College of Law. During her studies, she engaged in a number of volunteer opportunities, including volunteering at the Domestic Violence Courthouse, and received the Chancellor’s Service Award. Palivos is a founding board member of the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation, which provides philanthropic support for cancer research teams at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
Lorraine Paskett
Lorraine Paskett
Commercial Director Networks
Reactive Technologies
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Lorraine Paskett
Lorraine Paskett
Commercial Director Networks
Reactive Technologies
Lorraine Paskett has more than 25 years of experience in the energy, water, and environmental sectors, with 15 years of focused experience in the energy sector. Ms. Paskett has served as a director for a California investor-owned utility, leading a team through the California energy crisis and sponsoring a suite of initiatives including energy market reform, climate change policy, renewable energy market development, and corporate tax reforms. Ms. Paskett later served as a senior executive for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, leading a comprehensive approach for sustainable utility practices. The focus of her service included revamping utility programs to support accelerated adoption of alternative vehicle fuel sources in Southern California, overseeing electric system transmission permitting, new wind and solar electric generation project permitting, and managing greenhouse gas emissions programs across the utility operations.

Currently, Ms. Paskett owns and manages Cambridge LCF Group. Cambridge LCF Group works with conventional and emerging energy companies, focusing on alternative energy, energy markets, climate change policies, and improving air quality in the Los Angeles and San Joaquin Valley basin.
Mark Paterson
Mark Paterson
General Manager
Horizon Power
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Mark Paterson
Mark Paterson
General Manager
Horizon Power
Mark Paterson is the General Manager of Horizon Power’s Consumer Energy division. Horizon Power is responsible for providing electricity across regional Western Australia, which is the world’s largest service territory served by a single utility. Covering diverse terrain, various climate zones and a wide range of demographic groups, including a significant indigenous population, this is also one of the most sparsely populated areas of the world with only one customer per 50km².

Before joining Horizon Power in late 2016, Mark led the Electricity Grids & Renewable Energy Integration research stream at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. During this time he chaired the national Future Grid Forum and was Program Director for the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap. In his new role with Horizon Power, Mark draws upon his international experience to lead the development of innovative new energy solutions for customers in regional WA and beyond.
Puon Penn
Puon Penn
Executive Vice President/Head of Technology Capital
Wells Fargo
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Puon Penn
Puon Penn
Executive Vice President/Head of Technology Capital
Wells Fargo
Puon Penn is Executive Vice President/Head of Technology Capital which invests in innovative companies focus on advancing new technologies and business models to solve some of the most complex problems facing humanity including global population growth, climate change and environmental impacts, and the ongoing fight against diseases. Puon started Wells Fargo’s Global CleanTech Group in 2009 to provide expertise, financial services, and resources to help companies focused on decreasing the use of fossil fuels, fertilizers, industrial chemicals, and other activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions or other harmful environmental effects. Wells Fargo financed over $84 billion for green business, renewable energy projects, green buildings, and clean energy customers from 2005 to 2017.
Mike Petouhoff
Mike Petouhoff
Executive Director
One Grid Energy Solutions
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Mike Petouhoff
Mike Petouhoff
Executive Director
One Grid Energy Solutions
Mike in a tenacious leader in the World of Energy. He helped define the productive roles energy end users can take, having founded Apple’s Global Energy Team, and leading Apple to achieve its 100% Renewable Energy Goal in the US and now 43 countries. Mike was the architect and chief Implementer of Apple’s 100% Renewable program to zero its carbon footprint from energy globally- with efficiency, renewables, and storage- and working with regulators, developers and utilities worldwide. For Apple’s new campus- Apple Park- Mike lead the energy design track to create- a state of the art 100% renewable microgrid with storage, integrating resources in front of, and behind the meter, to achieve a zero carbon microgrid campus. Now as Executive Director, of One Grid Energy Solutions, Mike has turned his attention to what it will take to bring the rest of the world to reach a goal of 100% Renewable Energy.

The work at Apple included both deep energy efficiency and creative technical and regulatory approaches to renewable energy. Green peace acknowledged Apple’s Global Energy Team’s work in their 2017 report, giving Apple’s energy program top ranking for three year’s running for 2014, 15 and 16. https://www.businessinsider.com/apple-greenest-tech-company-greenpeace-2017-1

Previously at Chevron Energy Solutions, Mike worked with UC Davis to create the first zero net energy town in CA to generate renewable energy to meet all its needs within its own footprint, through renewables and efficiency- West Village. More recently, Mike has been serving on the Industry Advisory Panel of the State of New York’s NYSERDA’s REV (Reforming the Energy Vision) CONNECT, along with Ron Nichols, President, Southern California Edison (the other Californian on the Panel), as well as Co-Chairing the Bay Area Council’s Energy Committee along w Tony Early, President of PG&E, and advising ULCA on their Grand Challenge to make LA County 100% renewable while electrifying transportation. At the same time, he has been providing Business Development leadership for commercial companies especially in the energy as a service sector.
Katie Pickrell
Katie Pickrell
Principal
PG&E
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Katie Pickrell
Katie Pickrell
Principal
PG&E
Katie Pickrell is a principal on PG&E’s Clean Transportation team, where she supports various strategic initiatives to expand adoption of clean vehicles in PG&E’s service territory. Katie previously served as Chief of Staff to PG&E’s SVP of Strategy and Policy. Before joining the utility, she worked as a consultant at E3, contributing to projects in DER compensation, deep decarbonization scenario development, and targeted rates for electric vehicles. Katie holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BS in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford.
John Pinho
John Pinho
Energy Innovation Advisor
Arizona Public Service
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John Pinho
John Pinho
Energy Innovation Advisor
Arizona Public Service
John Pinho is an Energy Innovation Advisor and Subject Matter Expert at Arizona Public Service Company’s Customer Technology group. He is responsible for the development and implementation of their Energy Storage, Microgrids and Electrification initiatives. Prior to joining APS, he was the Global Director for Capital Projects at A123 Systems and Senior Manager for Facility Technology Development at Intel Corporation. John has been a technology and operations consultant for many leading edge technology sectors. He has a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Lisa Ann Pinkerton
Lisa Ann Pinkerton
Founder & President
Technica Communications
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Lisa Ann Pinkerton
Lisa Ann Pinkerton
Founder & President
Technica Communications
Lisa Ann Pinkerton is an award-winning former NPR and PBS journalist, consultant to national and international technology organizations, a keynote speaker and a skilled facilitator/moderator. She specializes in topics related to clean technology, renewable energy, public relations, networking, social media and the rise of women in leadership.

Lisa Ann brings the wisdom and institutional knowledge of the media from working in the space since 1999. She motivates and inspires while sharing tools and techniques to help the audience meet their professional and personal goals. Meeting planners enjoy working with Lisa Ann because her energetic delivery and dynamic personality make events lively and memorable.
Charles Post
Charles Post
Energy Storage Program Manager
PG&E
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Charles Post
Charles Post
Energy Storage Program Manager
PG&E
Jason Prince
Jason Prince
Senior Associate
Rocky Mountain Institute
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Jason Prince
Jason Prince
Senior Associate
Rocky Mountain Institute
Jason Prince is a Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute where he works in the electricity practice. Currently, Jason is focused on strategies to improve distribution planning processes to more deeply consider DERs and non-wires solutions. He also leads direct procurement work in Texas where he his managing a solar+storage procurement on behalf of 7 electric cooperatives and 1 university. Prior to Rocky Mountain Institute, Jason worked in Structured Finance at SolarCity, and before that he led the research group at Karbone, an energy financial services firm.
Edward Randolph
Edward Randolph
Energy Division Director
California Public Utilities Commission
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Edward Randolph
Edward Randolph
Energy Division Director
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.
Ram Ravikumar
Ram Ravikumar
Engineer & Scientist
Electric Power Research Institute
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Ram Ravikumar
Ram Ravikumar
Engineer & Scientist
Electric Power Research Institute
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.
Jeffery Reed
Jeffery Reed
Chief Scientist
UC Irvine
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Jeffery Reed
Jeffery Reed
Chief Scientist
UC Irvine
Jeffrey Reed currently serves Chief Scientist, Renewable Fuels and Energy Storage at the Advanced Power and Energy Program at UC Irvine and is the Chair of the CHBC.

Dr. Reed’s areas of focus include clean transportation, distributed generation, storage, renewable natural gas, efficient end-use technologies, and hydrogen-natural gas synergies. Prior to joining APEP, Dr. Reed was Director of Business Strategy and Advanced Technology for the Southern California Gas Company, where he led technology advancement activities. Jeff holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkley and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.
Ted Reguly
Ted Reguly
Director of Growth and Technology Integration
San Diego Gas and Electric
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Ted Reguly
Ted Reguly
Director of Growth and Technology Integration
San Diego Gas and Electric
Ted Reguly is the Director of Growth and Technology Integration at San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). He is responsible for overseeing SDG&E’s Growth in non-traditional Utility areas, including Energy Storage, Microgrids and other areas as it relates to SDG&E’s leadership in clean, safe, and reliable energy delivery.

Reguly’ s previous director positions were at Sempra Renewables Operations, SDG&E’s Substation and Transmission Operations and Maintenance, Customer Programs, Smart Meter, and Customer Services Organizations.

Reguly is a registered California Mechanical Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State, Long Beach and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from San Diego State University.
Ed Reid
Ed Reid
Director Of Quality Assurance
Centrica
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Ed Reid
Ed Reid
Director Of Quality Assurance
Centrica
Experienced Director Of Quality Assurance with a demonstrated history of driving organisational efficiency through effective sourcing, digitisation and automating of Quality Assurance process’s using latest tooling and AI capabilities. Skilled in organisation design, Business Process, Requirements Analysis, Agile Methodologies, IT Service Management, Big data and Non-functional Testing. Strong quality assurance professional with over 15 years experience in Information Technology QA.
Bernhard Rill
Bernhard Rill
Member of the Board The German Energy Storage Association
BVES
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Bernhard Rill
Bernhard Rill
Member of the Board The German Energy Storage Association
BVES
Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson
Principal Advisor of Market Design
MISO
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Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson
Principal Advisor of Market Design
MISO
Michael Robinson is Principal Advisor of Market Design at MISO. He provides expertise in the design and analysis of the markets operated by MISO, including the imbalance energy, ancillary services, and congestion management markets. He assesses the potential effects of market rules and design features on market performance. He was primarily responsible for crafting the Midwest Market Protocols document during 2003 that formed the basis for the energy markets tariff filed at FERC on 31 March 2004 and conditionally accepted by FERC on 6 August 2004. In addition, the Market Protocols document is the foundation upon which the Business Practices Manuals have been written. He also was part of the team that crafted the rules, business practices and tariff for market-based ancillary service procurement. His major projects currently include further developing a resource adequacy construct in the MISO footprint, incorporating demand resources into MISO markets, reducing uplifts and incorporating shortage pricing in MISO markets, and addressing MISO needs for short-run reliability-must-run contracts.
Christian Roselund
Christian Roselund
Americas Editor
PV Magazine
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Christian Roselund
Christian Roselund
Americas Editor
PV Magazine
Christian Roselund serves as Americas Editor at PV Magazine, and joined in 2014. Prior to this he covered global solar policy, markets and technology for Solar Server, and has written about clean energy for German Energy Transition, Truthout, The Guardian (UK), and IEEE Spectrum.
Abby Roy
Abby Roy
Managing Director
New Ventures Southern Company
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Abby Roy
Abby Roy
Managing Director
New Ventures Southern Company
Abbey Roy is Managing Director, New Ventures, at Southern Company, America’s premier energy company. Southern Company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and nationally recognized provider of energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications.

In her current role, Abbey is responsible for developing the commercialization strategy for energy storage, distributed generation, and microgrids across Southern Company. She is focused on assembling strategic partnerships with industry leading suppliers as well as new product development efforts ongoing in-house with the Research and Development team and collaboration with the operating companies.

In 2014, Abbey joined Southern Company in the Engineering and Construction Services Organization. While in this department, she supported projects for various operating companies including Construction contracting, project engineering, and renewable acquisition development support.

Before joining Southern Company, Abbey worked for Houston based KBR, a global provider of professional services and technologies across the asset and program lifecycle. She served in a variety of positions, including engineering, construction, and business development, during her 12 years with the company.

Abbey earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering later followed by her Executive Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Alabama.
John Schaaf Jr.
John Schaaf Jr.
Managing Director
Con Edison Battery Storage
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John Schaaf Jr.
John Schaaf Jr.
Managing Director
Con Edison Battery Storage
John Schaaf is Managing Director of Distributed Energy Storage at Con Edison Battery Storage. His areas of expertise include distributed energy resources, building technology, and corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. In his 27 years with Johnson Controls, John has held leadership roles in all of the company's businesses. He has led the Distributed Energy Storage startup from its inception in 2014 to its current status as a standalone business. He previously led market development for the Power Solutions advanced battery technology group, and federal government marketing for Building Technologies & Solutions. John began his career serving on active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1985 to 1990 as a contracting officer working in systems acquisition and manufacturing. He is a 1984 graduate of Clemson University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.
David Schlosberg
David Schlosberg
Vice President Energy Market Operations
eMotorWerks
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David Schlosberg
David Schlosberg
Vice President Energy Market Operations
eMotorWerks
David Schlosberg is VP, Energy Market Operations and leads the company's participation in energy markets and other programs operated by regulatory agencies. He also provides industry leadership on EVs and distributed energy resources in regulatory and legislative forums. Previously, he was Principal, Energy Market Analysis, within the Alphabet / Google Access & Energy division, where he was responsible for regulatory activities as well as related business development initiatives with utilities, energy management providers and renewable energy companies. Previously, David held regulatory and government affairs roles with BrightSource Energy, a provider of large scale solar thermal power plants. David received his BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
Ryan Schuchard
Ryan Schuchard
Policy Director
CALSTART
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Ryan Schuchard
Ryan Schuchard
Policy Director
CALSTART
Ryan Schuchard is Policy Director for CALSTART. He is responsible for developing and passing new laws, regulations, and appropriations for sustainable transportation; assisting state and national governments to achieve air quality and climate protection targets; and helping companies interested in sustainable transportation to engage in climate policy for vehicles and fuels.

Prior to CALSTART, Ryan spent eight years at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), where he launched and led a diverse portfolio of research, consulting, and cross-sector collaboration including the overall climate change program, Future of Fuels working group, and numerous sustainable supply chain and logistics initiatives. Ryan has been a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Commercial Driver (CDL) and has authored dozens of articles on sustainable energy and transportation. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, where he learned Russian.

Ryan has a B.S. in Finance from Oregon State University and M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Kevin Schwain
Kevin Schwain
Electric Vehicle Program Lead
Xcel Energy
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Kevin Schwain
Kevin Schwain
Electric Vehicle Program Lead
Xcel Energy
Kevin Schwain is the Electric Vehicle Program Lead at Xcel Energy. He is responsible for the development and delivery of electric vehicle services Xcel Energy offers across its service territory. Kevin has been with Xcel Energy since 2008 developing pilots and programs that help customers save money and reduce the impact of their energy usage. He previously held leadership positions with Target Corporation, Advanced Technology Materials, and Hewlett Packard. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Anthony Seipolt
Anthony Seipolt
Advisor
Australian Energy Regulator
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Anthony Seipolt
Anthony Seipolt
Advisor
Australian Energy Regulator
Anthony is an expert energy consultant and strategic thinker with a passion for improving outcomes at the interface between the technical, commercial and regulatory spheres.

Over a 30 year career, Anthony has advised governments, industry and consumers across a range of energy topics. Coming from a technical background, Anthony has worked around the globe pursuing energy reform and consumer outcomes. He has worked with over 200 electricity, water and gas companies in relation to business performance and improvement.

In recent years, Anthony has worked extensively in the area of energy regulation – both application and policy design. Anthony also sits on a number of industry and commercial panels with a focus on emerging technology and industry reform.

He has a Master of Business Administration and is a former National Manager and Director of Parsons Brinckerhoff Associates.
Yayoi Sekine
Yayoi Sekine
Energy Storage Analyst
Bloomberg NEF
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Yayoi Sekine
Yayoi Sekine
Energy Storage Analyst
Bloomberg NEF
Yayoi Sekine leads the Americas coverage for Energy Storage practice at Bloomberg NEF based out of New York. Yayoi's research focuses on US energy storage markets, providing insight on technology, markets, policies and regulation, and the competitive landscape. She advises utilities, technology companies, investors and policymakers across these fields. She has authored numerous research papers and regularly speaks at international conferences and in the mainstream media. She was previously Research Analyst based in Sao Paulo having spent four years covering Latin American renewable energy market development through Bloomberg NEF. Her specialization includes expertise on energy storage, renewable energy projects and financing, knowledge of policy framework for project development in key markets in the US and Latin American region. Yayoi holds a BSc in Global Resource Systems with focus on Latin America from the University of British Columbia (Canada). Recent prior speaking engagements: - Bloomberg NEF Future of Energy Summit 2018 - Speaker and Moderator - "Will Renewables Plus Energy Storage Compete Against Gas?" panel - ESA 28th Annual Conference 2018 - Speaker - "Global Analyst Perspectives" panel - NY-BEST Capture the Energy 2018 - Featured Speaker - "The Changing Grid: Rise of Renewables, Electric Vehicles, and the Role of Energy Storage" presentation
Patrick Shoop
Patrick Shoop
Manager, Emerging Technology
Customized Energy Solutions
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Patrick Shoop
Patrick Shoop
Manager, Emerging Technology
Customized Energy Solutions
Patrick joined Customized Energy Solutions in 2015 and is a manager within the Emerging Technology group, where he provides market intelligence and technical expertise on energy storage and other emerging energy technologies to clients. He also manages the production of regional reports on energy storage in each U.S. wholesale electricity market for the StorageIQ subscription service and serves as the lead consultant on energy storage in New York State, as well as a supporting consultant in other regions such as PJM. His background is diverse, covering technology monitoring, market assessment, and strategy consulting in energy and other technical industries. Patrick holds a BS in Engineering – Product Design from Stanford University’s Mechanical Engineering department.
Fred Silver
Fred Silver
Vice President
CALSTART
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Fred Silver
Fred Silver
Vice President
CALSTART
As Vice President at CALSTART, Fred Silver provides executive oversight on the Low Carbon Bus Program. He has worked with the Federal Transit Agency for more than eighteen years focusing on the commercialization of new bus technologies including Zero Emission Fuel Cell and Battery Buses, Hybrid Vehicles and Advanced Bus Rapid Transit Vehicles.

Fred also acted as the Director of the California Hybrid and Efficient Advanced Truck Research Center administered by CALSTART. The CalHEAT Truck Research Center developed a Technology and Market Transformation Roadmap which illustrated a pathway for California to meet their emissions and environmental policies as they relate to medium and heavy duty trucks.

Fred also provides executive oversight on CALSTART's First Mile Program with a focus of encouraging a modal shift to cleaner mobility, especially as it relates to transit connections, as well as fostering the integration of small electric vehicles and bicycles into the low carbon transportation plans for cities and regions.

Fred has a background in power electronics including a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Harmeet Singh
Harmeet Singh
Chief Technology Officer
Greenlots
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Harmeet Singh
Harmeet Singh
Chief Technology Officer
Greenlots
Harmeet Singh has nearly two decades of experience leading technology teams that have built scalable, reliable and high-performance software systems in energy, transportation and telecommunications industries. As Chief Technology Officer at Greenlots, Singh has been at the forefront of designing interoperable system architecture for Greenlots’ award winning SKY™ EV charging network software. This platform has been adopted by global automakers like BMW and utilities including BC Hydro, SCE, Avista, Southern Company and many others to economically manage electric vehicle fleets. Prior to joining Greenlots in 2012, Harmeet was Blackberry’s Lead Engineer and product manager, where he brought his technical background to business operations and product development. During his tenure at Blackberry, Harmeet was key in setting the product vision both internally and externally by identifying new potential products, generating product requirements, and gathering market research for product innovation. Harmeet also served as a Technical Architect and Senior Software Engineer for Pillar Data Systems, as a Senior Consultant at Burntsand, and as an analyst at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which is part of India’s largest industrial conglomerate. Singh holds a Master of Science degree in Software Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Douglas Staker
Douglas Staker
Vice President
Enernoc
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Douglas Staker
Douglas Staker
Vice President
Enernoc
Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 27 years. He has been a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage. He is currently Vice President of Utility Business Development at Enernoc, a distributed energy management and storage company and is a subsidiary of Enel, a leader in the global utility market.
Enel/Enernoc is a thought leader in the development of both delivery and supply rate structures that align the goals of utility load management with commercial power and energy savings. Enernoc has led the growth of Behind-The-Meter energy storage in New York City and has been collaborative with the local approval agencies in developing the permitting process for in building installations.
Sam Staples
Sam Staples
Market Development Manager
Australian Energy Storage Alliance
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Sam Staples
Sam Staples
Market Development Manager
Australian Energy Storage Alliance
Matt Stedl
Matt Stedl
Development Director - Energy Storage
Tradewind Energy
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Matt Stedl
Matt Stedl
Development Director - Energy Storage
Tradewind Energy
Currently leading energy storage development at Tradewind Energy, Matt has over two decades of multidisciplinary experience as a project developer, energy consultant, policy advisor, and project manager. In his most recent roles, Matt has directed the development of utility-scale energy storage projects in multiple US Markets, with extensive energy storage technical and market analysis, strategy, and procurement experience. Prior roles include directing the development of domestic and international renewable energy and conventional power generation projects, and advising some of the nation's top firms on energy policy and market strategy.

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

Matt is also an active member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and is committed to promoting policies and technologies that are good for the environment and the economy.
Andrew Tang
Andrew Tang
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Green Smith Energy
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Andrew Tang
Andrew Tang
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Green Smith Energy
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Andy Tang
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Andy brings over two decades of experience in business development, strategic planning, corporate finance and M&A transactional experience to Greensmith. For the past seven years, Andy has been at the forefront of deploying the Smart Grid leading PG&E's upgrade to digital wireless SmartMeters as well as developing and executing demand side management strategies including those focused on the delivery and provision of distributed generation, demand response, the electrification of the transportation sector and energy efficiency. He has been in the role of the regulated service provider as well as in the private sector working for early-stage technology companies.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Wesleyan University where he was awarded the White Fellowship. In addition, Andrew studied International Economics and History at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.
Bert Taube
Bert Taube
Energy Storage and Solar PV Manager
Southern Research
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Bert Taube
Bert Taube
Energy Storage and Solar PV Manager
Southern Research
Dr. Taube is an innovative strategy and technology leader who drives sustainable growth in clean technology, energy/automation, software/Big Data, and electronic manufacturing industries by leveraging deep expertise in strategy, business, technology, marketing, and operations. His core competencies include corporate strategy and execution, merger integration, marketing, sales and business development, product and program management, and accounting and finance. He generated +$55M in new sales to utility markets for Siemens Energy. Recent positions with Versant and HV ASIC focused provided experience in big data, revenue development, and capital reduction.
Heiko Tautor
Heiko Tautor
Head of Market Management Energy
WAGO
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Heiko Tautor
Heiko Tautor
Head of Market Management Energy
WAGO
After graduating in 1993, Heiko Tautor worked for several years in electrical wholesaling and was primarily responsible for customers in the field of energy supply and distribution. In 2003, he started with Thuringia as a technical sales consultant at WAGO Kontakttechnik GmbH and Co. KG. From 2013, he was responsible for the area of ​​renewable energies in Market-Management Energy as a "Global Key Account". Since 2016 Tautor has been responsible for the international orientation of the WAGO Group in the energy sector, among other things as head of the Energy group.
Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas
Principal Manager
Southern California Edison
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Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas
Principal Manager
Southern California Edison
Robert A. Thomas is a Principal Manager at Southern California Edison (SCE) with responsibility for the development of SCE’s rate designs, marginal costs determination and rate class level sales forecasts. Prior to his current position, his responsibilities have included providing customer specific rate and financial analyses involving self-generation, load growth, contract rates, demand response and hourly pricing options, dispute resolution, processing applications, program promotion. Robert also served as SCE’s lead representative on the Self Generation Incentive Program Working Group from 2001 through 2004. Prior to his roles in the regulatory environment, Robert held various engineering positions in the Power Supply and Customer Service Departments.

Robert holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, an MBA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Professional Engineering License in Mechanical Engineering.
Louis Ting
Louis Ting
Director of Power System Planning Development & Engineering
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
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Louis Ting
Louis Ting
Director of Power System Planning Development & Engineering
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Louis Ting is the Director of Power System Planning Development & Engineering for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In his 26th year at LADWP, currently he is responsible for the transition to a clean energy future and the overall resource, grid, and strategic planning; engineering and systems implementation for the LA’s Power System.
Jasna Tomic
Jasna Tomic
Research Director
CALSTART
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Jasna Tomic
Jasna Tomic
Research Director
CALSTART
Jasna Tomic is Research Director at CALSTART where she leads the vehicle and technology assessment end evaluation activities. She works with fleets, OEMs, suppliers and manufacturers to conduct in-use field testing and deliver results-driven reports to inform the marketplace and support the business case of alternative vehicles. Her expertise includes research in vehicle-grid integration (VGI). She holds a Ph.D. in Fuel Science from Pennsylvania State University and a BS in Chemical Engineering. jtomic@calstart.org
Megan Vidal
Megan Vidal
Business Development
UL
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Megan Vidal
Megan Vidal
Business Development
UL
Megan Vidal has been with UL since 2012 and has served as both a Sales Executive and Business Development for Energy Systems & e-Mobility. Her role includes developing new programs and services for the Energy Systems & e-Mobility group focusing on Energy Storage Systems, Batteries, Chargers, Drones and Personal e-Mobility. Megan is responsible for business development engagements with manufacturers and system integrators for the UL 9540A Test Method. She is part of team that launched UL safety standards such as UL 1973 - Stationary Batteries and UL 9540 - ESS as well as related e-mobility safety standards such UL 3030 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems and UL 3100 - Automated Guided Vehicles. Megan resides in California and primarily supports the North American market.
Kurt Waldner
Kurt Waldner
Leader – Strategic Marketing and Product Management
GE Energy Storage
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Kurt Waldner
Kurt Waldner
Leader – Strategic Marketing and Product Management
GE Energy Storage
Kurt Waldner is currently the Leader – Strategic Marketing and Product Management for GE Energy Storage and is responsible of the overall lifecycle management of GE’s Energy Storage and hybrid subsystem offerings. Kurt has been with GE for 22 years beginning as a design engineer in Aviation with subsequent roles in Aeroderivative Product Management, Reliability Engineering, LTSA Productivity Leader, GM of the Aeroderivative LTSA business along with roles in Commercial Operations and Business Development. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (Masters, Material Science and Engineering) and Xavier University (MBA).
Laura Walter
Laura Walter
Senior Lead Economist
PJM
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Laura Walter
Laura Walter
Senior Lead Economist
PJM
Ms. Walter evaluates strategic market design and economic issues for PJM, including quantitative and qualitative analytical support on topics that impact PJM strategy, including state and federal policy initiatives, technological advances and broader economic trends. Ms. Walter focuses on market design and economic trends in electricity markets and grid operations. Currently, Laura is leading a team to implement FERC Order 841: Electric Storage Participation in Markets Operated by RTOs and ISOs in PJM.
 
Previous roles at PJM included stints in Performance Compliance, Market Analysis, Finance and Emerging Markets. Prior to joining PJM in 2008, Ms. Walter worked in Commodity Supply Planning at FirstEnergy Solutions and Rates and Regulatory Affairs at FirstEnergy Corp. Ms. Walter earned a Master’s degree in economics from Kent State University.
Caleb Waugh
Caleb Waugh
Head of Business Analytics
Lockheed Martin Energy
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Caleb Waugh
Caleb Waugh
Head of Business Analytics
Lockheed Martin Energy
Caleb Waugh leads energy storage business analytics at Lockheed Martin Energy where he applies advanced analytics to guide market strategy, business development and product design. As part of his role he oversees the design and implementation of high-fidelity techno-economic-financial models and algorithms to evaluate emerging energy technologies and business opportunities in distributed, wholesale market and microgrid applications. Key focus areas include project financial valuation, renewables integration, distributed asset integration, value stacking optimization, risk assessment and total cost of ownership benchmarking for Lockheed Martin's GridStarâ Lithium and Flow battery products. Previously, Caleb held an internal advisory role with Lockheed Martin's CTO's office supporting the VP of Technology and Innovation incubating and developing early-stage technology investments to drive new growth opportunities for the corporation. Caleb holds dual graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Plasma Physics and Technology and Policy and has published/presented in many leading journals and conferences.
Karim Wazni
Karim Wazni
Managing Director
Younicos
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Karim Wazni
Karim Wazni
Managing Director
Younicos
As the Managing Director of Younicos, Karim Wazni is driving the integration of the energy storage pioneer's solutions into Aggreko's product line. After an early career in the aerospace sector, Karim expanded his business education working for the Boston Consulting Group in Paris. For the last decade, he has worked in the energy sector focusing on renewables and energy storage. He joined Aggreko in 2016 to establish the go-to-market strategy for the company's solar-diesel hybrid offering and grow the business. Karim holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University, and an MSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole des Ponts et ChaussÃes (ParisTech).
Urban Windelen
Urban Windelen
Executive Director
BVES E.V. - GERMAN ENERGY STORAGE ASSOCIATION
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Urban Windelen
Urban Windelen
Executive Director
BVES E.V. - GERMAN ENERGY STORAGE ASSOCIATION
Urban Windelen is Executive Director of BVES Bundesverband Energiespeicher, the German Energy Storage Association. Preceding this position, he worked as political and strategic advisor for companies and associations such as Royal Dutch Shell and BDE, the Association of German Recycling Industry - always with a strong focus on energy and environmental politics and law. Mr. Windelen studied at the University of Bonn and the University of Trier and holds a degree in law.
Nathan Wyeth
Nathan Wyeth
Director, Grid Services
Sunrun
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Nathan Wyeth
Nathan Wyeth
Director, Grid Services
Sunrun
At Sunrun, Nathan Wyeth leads engagement with utilities and wholesale markets, enabling residential solar+storage to deliver value to the grid. Prior to this role, he served as Chief of Staff to Sunrun’s CEO and worked in emerging markets in renewable energy development and mobile financial services.
Rudolf Zauner
Rudolf Zauner
Head of Hydrogen Center
VERBUND
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Rudolf Zauner
Rudolf Zauner
Head of Hydrogen Center
VERBUND
Rudolf Zauner
Rudolf Zauner studied process engineering at the Technical University of Graz, Austria and obtained a PhD in chemical engineering from University College London, UK.
He subsequently worked in technical process development and scale-up at BASF AG in Ludwigshafen, Germany, followed by a placement at the Center for Innovative Sintered Products in State College, Pennsylvania, US (2001-2003). From 2003 to 2008 he worked for Austrian Research Centers, developing a powder technology business unit and managing both industry and EU-funded projects.
Since 2008 he has been working at VERBUND. He has formerly been responsible for operation of the 420 MW VERBUND wind fleet in Austria, Germany, Romania and Bulgaria, for renewables R&D and for plant optimization before becoming Head of Hydrogen Center at Verbund Solutions GmbH.