2018 Speakers

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

2018 Featured Speakers

KEYNOTE

Raj Apte
Raj Apte
Principle Engineer
Google X
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Raj Apte
Raj Apte
Principle Engineer
Google X
Dr. Raj B Apte is Principal Engineer for new projects, responsible for identifying and developing early stage moonshots. He initiated and led project Malta, a breakthrough pumped thermal energy storage solution that will enable greater use of wind and solar energy, a pollution- and carbon-free grid. Prior to joining X in 2015, Raj managed a research team and clean room at Xerox PARC, where he worked on polysilicon circuitry for ultrasonic and x-ray imaging, the internet of things, novel MEMs displays, electronic paper, organic and printed transistors, and amorphous-silicon x-ray cameras. Five start-up companies have licensed his inventions, and he has played a significant role in bringing five new technologies to market: thermal energy storage, ultrasonic fingerprint scanner (in the S10), printed organic electronics, digital x-ray sensors, and micromachined diffractive displays.

Raj holds MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University and BS with Distinction from UC Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering. He has 75 publications and 61 issued patents.
Alicia Barton
Alicia Barton
President & CEO
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
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Alicia Barton
Alicia Barton
President & CEO
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Alicia Barton is president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment.
Ms. Barton has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and companies for over a decade including serving as co-chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, chief of operations of the Global Utility business unit at SunEdison and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a publicly supported agency that funds and accelerates the development of the clean energy sector. Prior to serving as CEO of MassCEC, Ms. Barton was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP); Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office; and Deputy General Counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
Ernesto Ciorra
Ernesto Ciorra
Chief Innovability Officer
Enel
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Ernesto Ciorra
Ernesto Ciorra
Chief Innovability Officer
Enel
Ernesto Ciorra was born in 1971, graduated in Business Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, magna cum laude, worked many years in consultancy, and then joined Enel on October 2014 as Chief Innnovability Officer. Founder of Ars et Inventio (2003), a consulting firm focused only on innovation and creativity, he has supported many companies at designing and launching innovative products and services that have become popular worldwide. Nokia, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Poste Italiane, Eni, GDF, Edison, the P&G Fater and Fameccanica joint-ventures, Unilever, RCS, Sole24Ore, BNP, Unicredit and American Express are some of the firms he cooperated with. Lecturer of Innovation Management in Italian and Spanish universities and business schools (director of the “Programa Avanzado de Gestión de la Innovación” at Istituto de Empresa de Madrid, professor and member of the Scientific Committee of the “Master in Innovazione Strategica” at Cà Foscari), he has also authored three collections of verses and a theatrical play acted in several theatres in Italy (in Milan, Bologna, Taormina and Siracusa). Professors Henry Chesbrough of Berkeley and Mark Kramer of Harvard have written two business cases regarding his activity as Chief Innovability Officer at Enel. The two business cases are available on www.hrb.org and are used in several courses at Berkeley and Harvard.
Ramya Swaminathan
Ramya Swaminathan
CEO
MALTA Inc.
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Ramya Swaminathan
Ramya Swaminathan
CEO
MALTA Inc.
Ramya Swaminathan joined Malta from Rye Development, where she was CEO and Co-founder. Under her leadership, Rye Development grew to be the leading developer of new hydropower projects in the United States and its portfolio of development projects, held at its holdco affiliate, FFP New Hydro, advanced from concept through FERC licensing and late stage development financing. She was also responsible for the expansion of Rye’s platform into energy storage, with the addition of two sizable pumped hydro storage development projects in the Pacific Northwest. At Rye Development, Ms. Swaminathan led a multi-disciplinary team, with specialists in engineering and construction, regulatory and environmental aspects, and power marketing. She also led the company through several financing rounds, both at the platform and the project levels.
Prior to her work in the hydropower space, Ms. Swaminathan was a public finance banker, most recently as a Director at UBS, where she focused on public power clients and senior managed more than $10 billion in financings. Ms. Swaminathan holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Anthropology from Amherst College.

PRESENTERS

Corey Benson
Corey Benson
Manager, Business Development
EnergyHub
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Corey Benson
Corey Benson
Manager, Business Development
EnergyHub
Corey Benson is a Manager of Business Development at EnergyHub, where he is responsible for the development and growth of EnergyHub’s distributed energy resource vendor ecosystem, including the battery companies participating in the National Grid ConnectedSolutions program. Prior to joining EnergyHub, Corey has held positions at Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, and Joule Assets Inc., a boutique project finance firm specializing in energy efficiency investments for commercial buildings.

Corey holds a BA in Political Science from Williams College, and an MSc, Sustainable Development (Energy & Resources) from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Maryline Daviaud Lewett
Maryline Daviaud Lewett
Director of Business Development
Black & Veatch
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Maryline Daviaud Lewett
Maryline Daviaud Lewett
Director of Business Development
Black & Veatch
Maryline leads sales and partnerships in distributed infrastructure and sustainable transportation for Black & Veatch's Transformative Technologies business. The group has extensive experience in design and engineering, procurement, and construction of electric vehicle charging infrastructure networks, fuel cell vehicle filling station networks, and behind-the-meter energy storage. Maryline has over 20 years in the CleanTech, Life Sciences, and Software industries.
 Her previous experience includes Management positions in the Electric Vehicles division of Schneider Electric, Akamai Technologies, and TechSoup Global. Maryline holds a BA in Economics from Nantes University, France, and an MBA in Sustainability Management from the Presidio Graduate School, San Francisco.
John Dempsey
John Dempsey
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John Dempsey
John Dempsey
Jacqueline DeRosa
Jacqueline DeRosa
VP, Battery Energy Storage Systems
Ameresco
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Jacqueline DeRosa
Jacqueline DeRosa
VP, Battery Energy Storage Systems
Ameresco
As Vice President of Battery Energy Storage Systems, Jacqueline strategically drives energy storage project development opportunities for Ameresco. Jacqueline’s career has covered energy policy and regulatory reform, energy storage consulting, and commercial project development. Before Ameresco, Ms. DeRosa was Vice President for Emerging Technologies at Customized Energy Solutions, where she advised clients on how to value energy storage resources and interpret changing market rules. Jacqueline serves on the Executive Board for the national Energy Storage Association (ESA) and has been involved in ESA’s efforts to educate stakeholders about new technologies and promote fair rules for storage.
Henry Feintuch
Henry Feintuch
President
Feintuch Communications for Leclanche
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Henry Feintuch
Henry Feintuch
President
Feintuch Communications for Leclanche
Logan Goldie-Scot
Logan Goldie-Scot
Head, Energy Storage
BloombergNEF
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Logan Goldie-Scot
Logan Goldie-Scot
Head, Energy Storage
BloombergNEF
Logan leads BloombergNEF’s analysis on the global energy storage markets, providing insight on technology, markets, policies and regulation, and the competitive landscape. He advises utilities, technology companies, investors, and policymakers; has authored numerous research papers; and regularly speaks at international conferences and in the mainstream media. Previously, Logan was a Senior Associate within the Energy Smart Technologies team and regularly works on consulting projects for clients. He joined BloombergNEF in 2009 as an analyst focused on the wind and solar sectors across the Middle East and Africa. Logan holds an MA (Hons) from Edinburgh University in Arabic
Andrew Goldstone
Andrew Goldstone
Director West - Distributed Solutions
EDF Renewables
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Andrew Goldstone
Andrew Goldstone
Director West - Distributed Solutions
EDF Renewables
Alan Greenshields
Alan Greenshields
Board Chairman
Innolith
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Alan Greenshields
Alan Greenshields
Board Chairman
Innolith
Alan Greenshields, Chairman Innolith
Alan has been working in the rechargeable battery space for the last 15 years and was co-founder of the company which originally developed an inflammable inorganic electrolyte. He joined as Chairman of the new company Innolith which bought the IP rights. He has been deeply involved in renewable energy innovations and his team has developed major world changing battery chemistry breakthroughs for cost, energy density and cycle life.
He holds a double BS degree in Manufacturing Sciences & Engineering, First Class Honours from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and a Harvard MBA, High Distinction
Ryan Hamilton
Ryan Hamilton
Senior Advisor
Javelin Capital
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Ryan Hamilton
Ryan Hamilton
Senior Advisor
Javelin Capital
Mr. Hamilton is responsible for strategic planning and client origination at Javelin Capital. He has more than 10 years of experience in energy finance transactions. Prior to Javelin, Ryan worked for Solar Power Partners and NRG Energy. There he worked on over 1GW of utility scale renewables transactions, capital raises and project financings. He has worked for more than 20 years in strategy, business development, technology & finance for multiple developers and asset owner-operators.
Mark Higgins
Mark Higgins
COO
Strategen
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Mark Higgins
Mark Higgins
COO
Strategen
David Jeon
David Jeon
Head of Engineering and Operations
PXiSE
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David Jeon
David Jeon
Head of Engineering and Operations
PXiSE
Mr. Jeon’s responsibilities are to direct engineers and provide technical support to various groups within Sempra Renewables, ranging from Origination to Operations. He has been with Sempra since 2004 and has over 18 years of experience in the Power industry.
Emil King
Emil King
Analyst
DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
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Emil King
Emil King
Analyst
DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
As an agency program lead, Emil is overseeing a number of solar, energy storage, and vehicle electrification policy and program development projects under DOEE’s Solar for All Innovation and Expansion Grant program. He is actively engaged in the development and construction of approximately 14 MW of new PV systems coming online this year that will benefit low-income households throughout the District of Columbia. Emil has over 20 years of experience implementing and promoting clean energy projects city-wide, and has advised a number of District mayors and agency heads on cleantech issues. He has a biology degree from Hampton University.
Bernie Kotlier
Bernie Kotlier
California and Nevada Labor Management Cooperation Committee
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Bernie Kotlier
Bernie Kotlier
California and Nevada Labor Management Cooperation Committee
Matthew Kozey
Matthew Kozey
Communications Manager
Pepco, An Exelon Company
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Matthew Kozey
Matthew Kozey
Communications Manager
Pepco, An Exelon Company
As Pepco's Communications Manager, Matthew leads the development and execution of integrated communications strategies for the more than 800,000 Pepco customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Matthew has held several roles with Pepco, including overseeing Pepco’s regulatory activity before the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Pepco, Matthew managed projects for a non-profit research firm and spent time as a legal fellow on a U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee staff. Matthew earned a B.A. in Political Science and J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ramkumar Krishnan
Ramkumar Krishnan
Chief Technology Officer
NantEnergy
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Ramkumar Krishnan
Ramkumar Krishnan
Chief Technology Officer
NantEnergy
Dr. Ramkumar Krishnan, NantEnergy’s Chief Technology Officer, joined the company in 2008 and leads product and R&D teams in the development of the company’s game-changing rechargeable and long duration metal air energy storage technology. Prior to NantEnergy, Krishnan was a member of the technical staff in the Energy Technology Laboratory of Motorola’s Embedded Systems Research Laboratories in Tempe, Arizona. He has also served as a lecturer in the Department of Electronic Systems at Arizona State University. Under his leadership, NantEnergy (formerly Fluidic) has received numerous awards including 2015 Global Cleantech 100, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance “New Energy Pioneers 2017”.
Jeff Lesk
Jeff Lesk
Cofounder and Vice President
Community Partners Solar
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Jeff Lesk
Jeff Lesk
Cofounder and Vice President
Community Partners Solar
Nixon Peabody partner Jeff Lesk is a nationally-recognized community development and finance attorney. A LEED-Accredited Professional, Jeff has chaired and spoken at several national community development and green building conferences, and has lectured on these topics at DC and Maryland universities and law schools. Jeff is the co-founder of New Partners Community Solar, a nonprofit dedicated to environment justice which developed DC’s first Community Solar initiative and is a first adopter in such varied areas as providing free solar benefits to low-income residents, developing new rooftop applications and developing DC’s first solar+battery storage resiliency center for low-income families
Janice Lin
Janice Lin
CEO & Founder
Strategen
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Janice Lin
Janice Lin
CEO & Founder
Strategen
Janice Lin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategen. She brings more than two decades of experience in clean energy strategy, market development, and corporate strategy to Strategen. During this time she has advised a diverse range of clients including renewable energy equipment manufacturers and service providers, large corporations diversifying into clean energy, and real estate developers building sustainable communities.

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

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

Janice holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BS from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is the winner of ESA's 2013 Phil Symons Energy Storage Award, and NAATBATT’s 2014 Market Development Award.
Scott Litzelman
Scott Litzelman
Program Director
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
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Scott Litzelman
Scott Litzelman
Program Director
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Dr. Scott Litzelman is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E includes energy storage and carbon capture and storage (CCS). Litzelman perviously served as a Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow working on energy and natural resources policy. For eight years, Litzelman was a technical advisor with Booz Allen Hamilton helping clients develop and manage R&D programs.

Dr. Litzelman holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lisa Martin
Lisa Martin
Program Manager for Austin SHINES
Austin Energy
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Lisa Martin
Lisa Martin
Program Manager for Austin SHINES
Austin Energy
Lisa Martin, PE is a Program Manager of Advanced Technologies at Austin Energy. Lisa is currently the project manager for Austin SHINES, a project funded in part by the DOE and the TCEQ. Lisa previously worked for Southern California Edison in the field of energy markets and power and gas origination. Lisa has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Christian Brothers University, an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Illinois and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Troy Nergaard
Troy Nergaard
Director of Technical Product Management
Doosan GridTech
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Troy Nergaard
Troy Nergaard
Director of Technical Product Management
Doosan GridTech
As Doosan's Director of Technical Product Management, Troy has overseen the installation of pioneering megawatt-scale battery systems and the deployment of Doosan's energy storage system fleet control and DER optimization software platform for Snohomish County Public Utility District and Austin Energy. Prior to Doosan, Troy was a Sr. Engineering Manager at Tesla Motors where he brought progressive software product developments forward for its emerging electric vehicle charging sector. Troy holds a BSEE from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MSEE, Power Electronics from Virginia Tech.
Jon Norman
Jon Norman
President and COO
Hydrostor
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Jon Norman
Jon Norman
President and COO
Hydrostor
Jon is a professional engineer with over 20 years experience in the power industry, management consulting and government. Jon previously held senior roles at Brookfield Asset Management, including SVP for power markets in Europe, and responsibility for regulatory policy and government relations across North America for the power and utilities business. In earlier roles he served as project manager for environmental operations and held senior roles in government, where he led grid and networks policy development in Ontario, as well as interjurisdictional negotiations. Jon holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in engineering and economics from the University of Toronto.
Matt Paiss
Matt Paiss
Standards Representative
International Association of Fire Fighters
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Matt Paiss
Matt Paiss
Standards Representative
International Association of Fire Fighters
Fire Captain (Ret) Matthew Paiss is a 23 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 NFPA on energy storage, and President of Energy Response Solutions, Inc (a training and consultation firm). He has contributed to the IFC & NFPA1 fire code sections on PV & ESS. CA Paiss has delivered PV/ESS Safety training to over 8000 firefighters nationwide.
He is a member of UL STP's 61703 & 1741, and 3741.
Andy Tang
Andy Tang
Vice President, Energy Storage, Solar and Integration, Energy Business
Wärtsilä
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Andy Tang
Andy Tang
Vice President, Energy Storage, Solar and Integration, Energy Business
Wärtsilä
Andy Tang is the Vice President, Energy Storage, Solar and Integration, Energy Business for Wärtsilä. He has nearly three decades of experience in business development, strategic planning, corporate finance and M&A transactional experience. He’s been at the forefront modernizing the electric grid including leading Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s upgrade to digital wireless SmartMeters.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Wesleyan University where he was awarded the White Fellowship. In addition, Andrew studied International Economics and History at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.
Bryan Urban
Bryan Urban
EVP, Stationary Storage Solutions
Leclanche
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Bryan Urban
Bryan Urban
EVP, Stationary Storage Solutions
Leclanche
Bryan Urban, EVP, Leclanché North America, is an energy industry executive with more than 25 years’ experience in the power generation and energy infrastructure sectors in the Americas and Asia/Pacific. Over his career, Urban has been instrumental in the development of over 9,000 MW of power generation; led over $6 billion in project and corporate financing in both conventional and alternative energy sectors; and has been involved in numerous energy infrastructure projects on a strategic and deal execution basis. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Catherine Von Burg
Catherine Von Burg
CEO
SimpliPhi Power, Inc.
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Catherine Von Burg
Catherine Von Burg
CEO
SimpliPhi Power, Inc.
Committed to transforming the grid and creating universal access to clean energy, under Catherine’s leadership, SimpliPhi has deployed mobile, residential and commercial energy storage systems in 40+ countries since 2010 in some of the world’s harshest and most remote environments. Her career spans roles in energy, biomedical engineering, health and human services and environmental conservation. She serves on the boards of the California Solar & Storage Association and Footprint Project and is part of an elite U.N. Sustainable Development Goals working group hosted by the State Department. Catherine graduated from Columbia University and earned a master’s from University of Pennsylvania.
Paul Wassink
Paul Wassink
Senior Engineer
National Grid
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Paul Wassink
Paul Wassink
Senior Engineer
National Grid
Paul Wassink is a Senior Engineer in National Grid’s New Energy Solutions group where he leads the development of new electrical demand management and demand response solutions for commercial and industrial customers. Paul manages National Grid's innovative ConnectedSolutions demand response program.


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

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