Grid Edge Live returns bigger and better, bringing together an emerging ecosystem of power industry thought leaders including utilities, innovators and regulatory and policy makers. 

Join us June 23 - 25, 2015 in San Diego, CA at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, an award-winning hotel and golf resort. Our impressive two and a half day agenda addresses key issues facing utilities, technology vendors, advanced energy consumers and regulators.


David Danielson
Asst. Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. David Danielson leads the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As Assistant Secretary, he oversees a broad energy portfolio that is intended to hasten the transition to a clean energy economy. Previously, he was the first Program Director hired by DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). At ARPA-E, he developed and led R&D programs with a budget of more than $100 million that focused on high-risk, high-reward, disruptive clean energy technologies. Prior to joining ARPA-E, he was a clean energy venture capitalist at General Catalyst Partners, a Boston-based venture capital fund. He co-founded the firm's clean energy investment practice and helped build and grow startups in various clean energy technology areas including solar power, wind power, advanced biofuels, bio-gas, carbon capture and storage, and advanced lighting. He was a co-founder of the New England Clean Energy Council. He has authored more than 20 scientific articles in the field of advanced materials. While at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he was the founder and President of the MIT Energy Club and a founding Director of the MIT Energy Conference. For his work in building a strong multidisciplinary energy community at MIT, he was awarded the Karl Taylor Compton Prize, MIT's highest student award. He holds a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jon Wellinghoff
Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

Past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jon Wellinghoff is an internationally recognized energy law attorney and clean tech energy expert. He is co-chair of the Stoel Rives energy team. Jon has nearly 38 years of leadership experience in federal and state energy policy, regulation, and project development. He has particular expertise in emerging clean tech energy system development, including systems for renewable energy production, smart grid, energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and energy infrastructure security, including cyber security. The longest serving chair of the FERC, Jon was first nominated to be a FERC Commissioner in 2006 by President George W. Bush. He was reappointed to the Commission in 2008. In March of 2009 he was named Chairman by President Barack Obama. Previously, Jon founded and led the Beckley Singleton, Chtd. Sustainable Energy and Clean Tech Division (2000-2006), severed as General Counsel at the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (1998-2000), and served two terms as the State of Nevada’s first Advocate for Customers of Public Utilities. As Consumer Advocate, he authored the first comprehensive state utility integrated planning statute. He was also the primary author of the groundbreaking Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard Act and was one of the lead participants in developing the regulations to implement the law. He went on to assist six other states with the development of renewable portfolio standards. During his FERC tenure, Jon worked to make the U.S. power grid cleaner and more efficient. He championed the agency's landmark Order 1000 which required grid planners and public utilities to coordinate regional power line projects and encouraged the integration of solar and wind installations. As Chairman, he also created FERC's Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, which is responsible for investigating and promoting new efficient technologies and practices in the energy sectors under FERC's jurisdiction, and oversaw development of the National Assessment of Demand Response Potential and the National Action Plan for Demand Response. Jon has written and lectured on numerous subjects related to energy policy and practice.

Elisabeth S. Brinton
Industry Thought Leader

Elisabeth Brinton is a trusted senior executive, thought leader and entrepreneur with a track record of successful innovation, execution, value creation and disruption across multiple industries, including Energy, Water, Food, Agriculture, and High Tech. 

Most recently, Elisabeth was the Corporate Strategy Officer for PG&E Corporation, a F200 Energy Holding Company that has been a global utility pioneer in renewables, customer solar, T&D, and energy efficiency.  She launched PG&E’s groundbreaking IOT “Grid of Things” business strategy, ran M&A and strategic investments, and led California’s exploration of new utility business models. Earlier, Elisabeth was the Chief Customer Officer of SMUD, running the $2 Billion Retail P&L for that vertically integrated utility, including complex 24x7, high-stakes operations and a team of 1,000 employees.

An entrepreneur at heart, Elisabeth has been in the C-Suite as an executive officer, CEO or Founder of four successful Silicon Valley start-up companies with technologies and products that were pioneering and disruptive for their time.  Ventures include, Loudcloud that pioneered the ASP business model and the now ubiquitous Cloud, where Elisabeth was on the founding leadership team and ran global marketing, helping the company scale and go public in record time for a US company.  Earlier, Elisabeth was the founder and CEO of her own technical product development and marketing agency where she created a business delivering over $100 million in value, serving both major consumer brands like Pepsico and Nike, and innovative start-ups delivering deep, pioneering work in food, agriculture and high tech, including the development of several patents and commercializing new category creating products like branded, value-added produce and early organic and specialty products from ice cream to natural sodas.

Elisabeth is a chemist and passionate creative, blending scientific/technical expertise with customer centric market innovation, business strategy and policy leadership.  She is a top honors graduate of Principia College with a triple major across scientific and humanities disciplines and both a Harry S. Truman and Lincoln Academy Scholar.  Out of College, Elisabeth worked for the US House of Representatives as a legislative assistant for a member of Congress and the House Judiciary Committee.

Currently, Elisabeth is a voluntary faculty Co-Chair for Singularity University’s Global Energy & Climate track (2013 Executive Program Alum) and serves on the Advisory Boards of Smart Wires, Rancho Purisima Farms, and the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center.

Kevin Collins
CEO and Founder, Bit Stew Systems

Kevin brings more than 25 years experience in architecting and designing world-class technology solutions, both as an entrepreneur and as a corporate executive. Kevin has extensive domain knowledge in the utility sector having assisted BC Hydro in all aspects of its smart grid program from concept through to operations.  Before founding Bit Stew, Kevin worked closely with a number of Silicon Valley companies while at Ernst & Young, and was a key innovator within Navio Systems and NetReliance. Prior to his time in the Silicon Valley, Kevin worked in the high-tech networking and security field and led technology firms specializing in cryptography, public key infrastructures and high-performance and scalable networks.  He also spent many years working on networking technologies at Motorola in their Wireless Research Group. As CEO of Bit Stew, Kevin established the vision and direction for the company, leads the evolution of Bit Stew’s MIx Core™ platform and MIx Director™ application and acts as chief customer advocate.  Kevin remains passionate about the Industrial Internet and works closely with customers to continue Bit Stew’s tradition of innovation.

Bradley R. Williams
VP Industry Strategy, Oracle Utilities

Bradley Williams is Vice President of Oracle Utilities Product Management, and is responsible for outage management, distribution management, mobile workforce management, work and asset management, and load analysis utility applications and smart grid strategy. Mr. Williams has more than 24 years of utility technology innovation experience. Prior to joining Oracle, he was a research director for Gartner's Energy and Utilities Industry Advisory Services, focusing on utility applications of GIS, SCADA/EMS/DMS, outage and work management, and transmission and distribution asset management research. Prior to that, he directed PacifiCorp's T&D asset management and was responsible for long-term asset strategies and business technology that developed and implemented comprehensive IT investment programs. As Director of T&D Infrastructure Planning, he was responsible for PacifiCorp's subtransmission planning, telecommunications, and operations technology development groups. Mr. Williams also worked at Southern California Edison for 10 years, where he was involved in transmission system planning, distribution automation, and reliability programs.

Joe Jankosky
Director, IntelligentHome New Verticals, Time Warner Cable

Joe develops new businesses for Time Warner Cable’s IntelligentHome platform, specifically in energy management, retail electricity and residential solar.  Prior to Time Warner, he managed Southern California Edison's strategic alliances with residential energy management service providers, and before that negotiated long-term energy contracts and PPAs.  Joe has also held leadership positions in the private equity, HVAC manufacturing and management consulting industries. He holds BA, MBA and MPA degrees from Stanford, USC and Harvard, respectively.

Katherine Hamilton
Principal, 38 North Solutions

Katherine Hamilton was the first full time president of the GridWise Alliance, serving from 2008 until 2011, overseeing a more than doubling in size and budget of the organization. Prior to joining the GridWise Alliance, Hamilton was policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a current portfolio in clean energy technologies of more than $6 Billion. Previously, Hamilton co-directed of the American Bioenergy Association, where she worked with entrepreneurs, universities and utilities developing biomass technologies. As President of her company, The Hamilton Group, she worked with the Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council, Midwest Research Institute and other organizations to lobby Congress and statehouses, including Maryland, on various clean energy policies and funding. Prior to that, Hamilton worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to put into place several programs mandated in the Energy Policy Act of 1992, including federal energy audit and water conservation programs. Hamilton also served as NREL’s Manager of Government Relations in the Washington, DC office, becoming an expert witness on renewable energy for the House Committee on Science and serving as an advisor to Vice President Cheney’s Task Force in developing the national energy plan. Hamilton apprenticed as a distribution engineer for Virginia Power (now Dominion Energy) and was a senior analyst in commercial energy efficiency. She has degrees from Cornell University and the University of Paris, Sorbonne.

Jason Handley
Director of Smart Grid Technology & Operations, Duke Energy

Jason Handley, P.E. is Director of Smart Grid Technology and Operations in the Emerging Technology Office at Duke Energy. Jason has over 18 years of electric utility experience specializing in the smart grid, distribution automation, and operations management. This role allows Jason to follow and define new technologies that may be impacting the electrical grid and oversee all of the ongoing operational aspects on new technology pilot projects in the Emerging Technology Office. Jason manages a group that develops, installs, tests, and evaluates new technologies for Duke’s electrical grid. He and his team are responsible for developing and updating the strategic roadmap for power grid devices at Duke Energy. Jason received his electrical engineering degree from Auburn University and is currently pursuing his MBA at Wake Forest University. He is a registered professional engineer and received his electrical contractors unlimited license in 2009.

agenda 2015 Conference Themes
  • Trends Impacting the Energy System of the Future
  • Utility Grid Modernization
  • Advanced Energy Consumers
  • Microgrids
  • Regulatory and Business Model Transformation
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