ESNA 2018 | November 6-8, 2018 (Expo November 7-8)in Pasadena, 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.
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.
Penni McLean-Connor
Penni McLean-Connor
SVP & Chief Customer Officer
Eversource Energy
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Penni McLean-Connor
Penni McLean-Connor
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.
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.
Mary Powell
Mary Powell
President & CEO
Green Mountain Power
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Mary Powell
Mary Powell
President & CEO
Green Mountain Power
Mary Powell is nationally recognized as an energy visionary, positioning Green Mountain Power as a leading energy transformation company. Delivering clean, cost-effective and highly reliable power to customers all across Vermont, GMP offers cutting-edge products and service to reduce costs and carbon. In 2017, GMP was named one of the top 10 energy companies in the world by Fast Company. GMP has also achieved one of the top scores for mid-sized utilities in the East Region in J.D. Power’s 2017 electric utility residential customer satisfaction study.

Mary has served as president and chief executive officer for GMP since 2008. She initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed GMP, and she has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement. Fast, fun, and effective is her motto. Under Mary’s leadership, GMP became the first utility in the world to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good.

Mary has delivered on an ambitious energy vision to provide low-carbon, low-cost and highly reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, GMP became the first utility to offer to help customers go off-grid, built Vermont’s largest wind farm, made Rutland, Vermont, the Solar Generation Capital of New England, and installed smart grid technology across GMP’s service territory.
Maria Rigatti
Maria Rigatti
EVP & CFO
Edison International
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Maria Rigatti
Maria Rigatti
EVP & CFO
Edison International
Maria Rigatti is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and Edison Energy Group, a portfolio of competitive businesses engaged in renewable generation, energy services for commercial and industrial customers, and delivery or use of electricity.

Prior to her current role, Rigatti was senior vice president and chief financial officer at SCE. She was responsible for the utility company’s financial management and fiscal integrity, directing both corporate and business unit financial planning and budgeting, treasury, accounting, tax and risk management.

Previously, Rigatti was senior vice president and chief financial officer at Edison Mission Energy (EME), a competitive generation subsidiary of Edison International at the time. She served in a variety of positions at EME during her 15 years with the company, including vice president and treasurer and vice president, project structuring and valuation, and was actively involved in the sale of substantially all of the assets of EME to NRG Energy in 2014.

Before joining EME, Rigatti held positions at PIRA Energy Group, an energy consulting firm, and at Gas Energy Inc., a subsidiary of the former KeySpan Corp., a group of regulated natural gas and electric utilities with unregulated subsidiaries, which is now part of National Grid. She also worked at The Chase Manhattan Bank.

Rigatti graduated with honors from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in finance, and she earned an MBA in finance from New York 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.

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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.
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.
Mihir Desu
Mihir Desu
Manager
Strategen Consulting LLC
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Mihir Desu
Mihir Desu
Manager
Strategen Consulting LLC
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.
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.
Peter Kelley Detwiler
Peter Kelley Detwiler
Principal
NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
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Peter Kelley Detwiler
Peter Kelley Detwiler
Principal
NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
Alex Morris
Alex Morris
Vice President Advocacy
Strategen Consulting LLC
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Alex Morris
Alex Morris
Vice President Advocacy
Strategen Consulting LLC
Alex Morris is Vice President of Strategen’s consulting and advocacy practice. He is responsible for policy and regulatory affairs, and leads strategic policy consulting for businesses and government groups. Alex is also the Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the California Energy Storage Alliance, where he directs CESA’s engagements in a range of California and Federal agencies, workgroups and associations.

Alex has more than 10 years of experience in policy and regulatory work, leading major efforts to shape and promote policy or regulatory outcomes at the California legislature, the CAISO, FERC, and other agencies. Alex also brings years of utility-focused strategic consulting experience to Strategen, and has worked closely with utility, private, and trade groups to shape and execute on strategic business plans. Alex has focused on a broad range of cutting-edge topics such as Storage Legislation, Electric Market Design, Renewables Integration, FERC Policy, Smartgrid, Electric Transportation and Plug-in Vehicles, Rate Design, the California Solar Initiative, and more. Alex joined Strategen in 2015 and previously worked for electric utilities PG&E and SCE after receiving his MBA from the University of California, Davis.
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.
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.