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Nathan Adams leads ABB’s microgrid group for North America and the Caribbean which focuses on providing microgrid solutions for high renewable penetration applications. Prior to joining ABB, Nathan was Vice President of Strategy and Development for Green Mountain Power where he developed solar and microgrid projects for the utility. Before Green Mountain Power, Nathan led the corporate development group at Puget Sound Energy where he developed a number of wind, solar, natural gas and energy storage projects. Nathan holds a BA from the University of Vermont and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Vikram Aggarwal is the founder and chief executive of EnergySage, the industry’s leading online solar marketplace for rooftop solar, community solar, and financing. He started EnergySage after more than 15 years of experience with Fidelity Investments, where he specialized in private equity investing, growth strategy, marketing, and new business development. His thought leadership on solar industry innovation has appeared in Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Forbes, Kiplinger, Money Magazine and Scientific American. He was named to the Boston Globe’s 2016 Game Changers list, one of only two cleantech entrepreneurs included. He holds an MBA from Northeastern University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Amena Ali is chief revenue officer at Whisker Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Earth Networks, dedicated to bringing next generation home energy intelligence technologies to market. In this role, Amena oversees business development, product offerings and implementation, go-to-market initiatives and strategic partnerships for the business.
Amena joined the company in 2011 and previously served as CMO. Previously Amena was CMO at Arxan Technologies, and held senior executive level positions at Softek Storage Solutions, EMC Corporation, Legato Systems, OTG Software, and MCI. Amena also spent several years with Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale.
Sharon Allan has over 30 years of experience and is an executive known for business transformation and growth. She was President and CEO of SGIP which merged with SEPA. She is also on the Advisory Board of Enertech Capital. Previously, she was Managing Director of Accenture’s Smart Grid Practice. Other industry roles include President of Elster Integrated Solutions, Chief Knowledge Officer of Elster Electricity, as well as executive roles at ABB, and IBM.
Sharon has been recognized throughout the years as a Pioneer by Smart Grid Today, Mover and Shaker by GTM (Greentech Media), Top 3 by Smart Grid News, Technology leader by NCCBI, Platts Energy, and a “Class of 2007 and Alumni” leader by World Generation. Sharon is an honors graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and holds an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua Business School.
Mallik Angalakudati serves as Vice President, Corporate Strategy at PG&E Corporation. Prior to this role, he oversaw investment planning, resource management, strategy, process and quality excellence and contract management functions as Vice President, Gas Business Performance Management.
Mallik came to PG&E with more than 15 years’ experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining PG&E, Mallik worked at National Grid in both operational as well as process leadership positions. His experience also includes management consulting and energy pricing and risk management.
He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina, and a BS in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. Mallik also earned an executive education certificate in Leading Change and Organizational Renewal from the Harvard Business School and a Master Blackbelt certification from the Villanova University. Mallik serves on the Operating Committee of MIT's Leaders for Global Operations program, Utility Analytics Institute Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Business Administration at St. Mary's College.
Dave is the Chief Technology Officer for GE Current, located in San Ramon, California. Current, a digital power service, brings innovation in one place by combining GE’s capabilities in LED, Solar, Energy Storage, Onsite generation, and Electric Vehicle infrastructure into a sustainable energy ecosystem that benefits customers and partners.
Dave was the Chief Technology Officer for GE Aviation. Prior to joining GE, Dave was IBM's Vice President of Smarter Physical Infrastructure, and a key spokesperson for IBM's "Smarter Planet.”
Dave earned his MBA at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, in addition to completing graduate programs in Computer Science and Project Management. Dave is also a biologist with a degree from the State University of New York.
Jonathan Blansfield is the Manager of Strategic Alliances for the Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI). In this capacity, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations, programming and strategic growth of the Technology Partner Roundtable, a select group of innovative technology companies working to bring to market solutions required by an evolving electric distribution network. Mr. Blansfield works with utility and technology company executives to ensure that the Roundtable is a forum that advances technological, policy and regulatory solutions for consumers and utilities. Prior to joining IEI, Mr. Blansfield held a wide variety of positions in energy law, regulation and policy, including with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of the General Counsel, the Solar Energy Industries Association, and a private energy regulatory law firm in Washington, D.C. Mr. Blansfield holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School and a B.A. from the University of Connecticut.
Josh Bode is a Vice President in Nexant’s Customer Strategy, Planning and Analysis group. He is a national expert on valuation of distributed energy resources, targeted demand management, program evaluation and data analytics using large volumes of hourly and sub-hourly building and distribution system data. He has led over 50 studies including analysis of the impact of DERs and renewables on system planning and operations, redesign of programs to align with grid value, and energy and demand impacts of new and established utility programs and technologies.
Mr. Brody is Americas Strategy Leader, Technology Sector at EY. He is proficient in mobile finance strategy planning, technology of mobility and internet of things. He has 20 years of consulting and strategy experience in mobile and electronics. Prior to joining EY, he served as Vice President and Global Industry Leader of Electronics at IBM. Mr. Brody graduated from Princeton University and major in Economics and African Studies.
John Bubb is a Principal Advisor, IT Architecture & System Design at SCE. John has over 25 years of industry experience and has held a variety of roles at Southern California Edison. He was instrumental in SCE’s past SmartConnect Metering program. He has a BS EE from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Lisa Cagnolatti is vice president of the Business Customer Division of Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) Customer Service Operating Unit. She oversees the company’s relationships with its major industrial, commercial, and government customers as well as SCE’s efforts to stimulate business development in the 15 counties the company serves. Cagnolatti joined SCE in 1996 and has held a variety of duties with the company in a broad range of management positions. She previously was the director of the company’s call center operations, which handles more than 13 million calls a year. In addition, Cagnolatti was the director of SCE’s billing, payment, and credit activities; a region manager in SCE power delivery and construction organization; and the manager of SCE’s rural district organization, which encompasses approximately 39,000 miles and serves 150,000 customers, some of whom also get water and gas from SCE. Before joining SCE, Cagnolatti worked 11 years with Southern California Gas Company in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility including sales management, marketing, environmental policy, and regulatory affairs. Cagnolatti worked two years for Procter & Gamble as a paper manufacturing team manager before joining the Gas Company. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Cagnolatti serves in a leadership capacity for numerous community organizations focused on improving educational opportunities for under-served youth and enhancing the lives of women and girls around the world. She is Board Chairwoman for the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, and a Board Member of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, The American Association of Blacks in Energy, and the National College Resources Foundation. Cagnolatti earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
David B. Chiesa is the Senior Director of Global Business Development for S&C Electric Company. In this role, David is responsible for the Profitable growth of S&C's Market Segments Globally. This position is focused on expanding the reach of S&C's products and services within the Market Segments of Renewables, Energy Storage, Data Centers, Microgrids, and Reactive Compensation. He brings 16 years of experience in the direction and management of sales teams across the United States.
Mr. Chiesa began his career in the United States Army, serving as a maintenance company commander, a general officer aide-de-camp, and the U.S. forces maintenance manager for the NATO troops conducting peacekeeping operations in Bosnia.
He holds a BS degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He is a certified Master Black Belt in the Six Sigma quality program and is an active member of IEEE, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Scott Clavenna has been leading high-tech market research firms for over 15 years. In his capacity as a trusted analyst and consultant, Scott has helped dozens of companies enter and succeed in complex and intensely competitive markets worldwide. He also has authored more than 30 reports that helped define important emerging market segments in optical and broadband communications.
Prior to founding Greentech Media, Scott was chief analyst at Heavy Reading, the market research arm of Light Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market. CMP bought Light Reading in 2005. Before creating Heavy Reading, Scott founded PointEast Research, providing strategic consulting and market intelligence to a broad mix of startups, venture capitalists and major suppliers in the communications/IT industry, and worked as director of research for Light Reading. In 1997, Scott co-founded Pioneer Consulting, which quickly grew into the leading market research firm covering the optical and broadband communications industry.
Clay was most recently the Co-Founder and CEO of Akuacom, the inventor of the full suite of software and hardware that created the Automated Demand Response market and led to the OpenADR standard with the support of Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, and the California Energy Commission. Honeywell acquired Akuacom in 2010 and Clay spent three years in Business Development domestically and internationally.
Clay received a B.A. in Physics from UC Berkeley, and has patented multiple technologies in the areas of geospatial and energy systems and software.
Mr. Michael Conway is Borrego's Director of Grid Integration, based out of the New England regional headquarters. Through ongoing engagement in state-level initiatives, Michael aims to influence technical standards and policies surrounding interconnection and grid integration. Through those initiatives, Mike identifies strategic pathways and highlights new market opportunities around the rapidly evolving intersection between distributed generation and the traditional grid. Michael is a technical expert on interconnection practices across the country, and is currently Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Technical Standards Review Group.
Before joining Borrego Solar, Michael worked on the utility side completing system impact studies and designing system modifications and for oncoming distributed generation. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master's of Science in Energy Systems from Northeastern University.
Ed Cortez is the Principal Engineer managing Communications, System Planning, Substation Engineering and Protection groups at Riverside Public Utilities (RPU). He is responsible for the deployment and integration of RPU systems to support the business processes related with advanced grid technologies and system reliability. Mr. Cortez has over 25 years of experience in electric transmission and distribution system capital improvement, reliability, automation and power quality projects. He has extensive experience in evaluating and recommending electric system infrastructure improvements that meets current and future needs. Prior to joining RPU, Mr. Cortez was the lead engineer, providing application support to DNV-GL’s Synergi Electric software products on a global basis. He was responsible for the electric industry support in power system design, theory, operations, model development, and training implementations.
Dr. Matthew Croucher leads the Demand Side Analytics group at CPS Energy, one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned gas and electric utilities.
Dr. Croucher and his team oversee the company’s load research, the development of short and long-term forecasts for energy demand, the effectiveness of demand response, energy efficiency, customer related research and he leads the big data analytics efforts for the company.
Before joining CPS Energy he held positions at Arizona Public Service Company. He was also an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Economics in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
Dr. Croucher earned his B.A. in Economics at the University of Sheffield (England), followed by his M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from Arizona State University.
Gregg is a recognized leader in the electric utility industry providing strategic insight to over 30+ clients across the globe. Gregg focuses on providing value based services to clients in a broad range of management consulting areas including; asset management and enabling IT strategies, operational excellence improvement initiatives integrated with regulatory and labor strategies. Additionally, he has assisted clients in the areas of strategic sourcing and most recently helped develop and implement innovative strategies for reliability improvement and Smart Grid initiatives. Currently is the Global Leader for PA’s Electric Utility Asset Management offering and the Transmission and Distribution Polaris Benchmarking and Best Practices program.
Based at S&C Electric Company’s headquarters in Chicago IL, Michael Edmonds is the Chief Commercial Officer of the company. Responsibilities include all aspects of the business go-to-market strategy that solve customer problems - ranging from traditional switching & protection, grid reliability, consulting services, microgrids, & the management of the electrical power grid. Previous roles at S&C include President US business, VP Strategic Solutions covering strategy, product management, and marketing.
Before joining S&C Electric Company in 2010, his previous roles included VP & GM of Siemens Energy Automation and Power Technologies Inc (PTI). With these positions, he was responsible for the business of real-time energy management (EMS/DMS) and transmission network planning businesses.
Ahmad Faruqui is an energy economist. His areas of expertise include rate design, demand response, energy efficiency, distributed energy resources, advanced metering infrastructure, plug-in electric vehicles, energy storage, inter-fuel substitution, combined heat and power, microgrids, and demand forecasting. He has worked for 125 clients on five continents. These include electric and gas utilities, state and federal commissions, independent system operators, government agencies, trade associations, research institutes, and equipment manufacturers. Ahmad has testified or appeared before commissions in Alberta (Canada), Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, FERC, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario (Canada), Pennsylvania, ECRA (Saudi Arabia), Texas and Washington. He has advised governments in Australia, Egypt, Ireland, Jamaica, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the United Kingdom and given lectures on all six continents. His research on the energy behavior of consumers has been cited in Business Week, The Economist, Forbes, National Geographic, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He has appeared on Fox Business News, National Public Radio and Voice of America. He has published four books and more than 150 articles, papers and reports on energy matters. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Energy Economics, Energy Journal, Energy Efficiency, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics and trade journals such as The Electricity Journal and the Public Utilities Fortnightly. He taught economics in the MBA program at San Jose State University. He holds B. A. (Honors) and M.A. degrees from the University of Karachi, where he was awarded the Rashid Minhas Gold Medal. He holds a Ph. D. in economics from The University of California at Davis, where he served as Regents Fellow.
Zach leads business development for SunShare where he analyzes new market opportunities in sales, acquisitions, joint ventures, RFPs and subscriptions. With a background in law, he also tracks policy and legislation in emerging markets. Zach’s experience includes both legal and business development work for solar developers, energy efficiency companies, energy consultants, and many other players in the renewable industry. He spent time as an energy regulator and in-house counsel for a business incubator. He has also lead the renewable energy business development efforts for Grynberg Petroleum Company. Additionally, he acted as lead counsel and business development for Gravity Renewables and Bella Energy, which included solar, hydroelectric and wind development. In 2013, he opened his own firm with the focus of environmental and energy work. Zach has his Juris Doctor at Vermont Law School and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law and Policy. Prior to law school, he completed a B.A. in English and Political Science at the University of Vermont.
Angelina Galiteva was appointed by California’s Governor and confirmed by the State Senate to the 5 member Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator Corporation in 2011 and again in 2014. The Independent System Operator is responsible for the reliable operation of the power grid in the state of California and for the efficient operation of the electricity market, including the integration of renewable energy project as mandated by State Law. Ms. Galiteva actively works to structure and advance the implementation of cutting edge energy policies that reflect the increasing role of renewable energy, storage, mobility and distributed energy technologies worldwide. In the non government organization (NGO) arena, she is the founder and Chair of the Board for the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and also serves as the Chairperson for the World Council for Renewable Energy. Both organizations are dedicated to the successful deployment of renewable energy technologies and the policies that support them on a global scale. Ms. Galiteva, is also a Principal at NEOptions, Inc., a renewable energy and new technology product design and project development firm. Her industry experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and head of its Green LA, Environmental Affairs and New Product Development Organization. While at the municipal utility, she was responsible for strategic positioning and the environmental compliance departments. Her career also includes working with the New York Power Authority as well as California ISO and Power Exchange Trusts on their initial launches. Ms. Galiteva is an attorney and holds a J.D. and LLM Degrees, specializing in Environmental and Energy Law.
Dr. Sonja Glavaski is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) overseeing portfolio of projects developing innovative and disruptive technologies that would facilitate cost-effective building energy audits, more efficient renewable energy generation, and enable electricity grid to be more responsive and resilient. Her technical focus area is data analytics, and distributed control of complex, cyber-physical systems with emphasis on operations and security of energy systems. Dr. Sonja Glavaski spearheaded development and is currently helming ARPA-E Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) Program that aims to develop transformational grid management and control methods to create a virtual energy storage system based on use of flexible loads and distributed energy resources (DERs).
Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Glavaski served as Control Systems Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center advancing knowledge and technology in the area of control & intelligent systems. Before being at UTRC, Dr. Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs. During her 20-plus-year career, Dr. Glavaski has contributed significantly to technical advancements in numerous product areas, including energy systems, hybrid vehicles, energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, and aircraft systems. Dr. Glavaski received Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and Dipl. Ing and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Belgrade.
Matt is CEO of Open Energy Efficiency (OpenEE), which is leading development of the Open EE Meter, a fully open source tool for measuring energy savings and load shape based on smart meter data. Matt is working with stakeholders in California to help develop a pay-for-performance pilot where metered savings can be acquired like a resource, and can lead to efficiency procured as a form of demand capacity in emerging distributed energy markets. Matt leads Environmental Defense Fund’s Investor Confidence Project implementing a system to credential Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ projects, designed to reduce transaction costs, and develop actuarial data to unlock capital markets for commercial and multifamily retrofit projects. Previously, Matt founded Recurve, which developed tablet based energy auditing software for the residential energy efficiency industry based on real world experience gained through thousands of energy efficiency audits and retrofits as a licensed CA energy efficiency contractor. Recurve was acquired by Tendril Networks in 2012.
Jenna Goodward is an Energy Technology Program Manager at Microsoft, and works on commercializing new solutions to power a cleaner cloud and smarter grid. Jenna began her career in environmental finance, but has extensive experience working on energy and sustainability from multiple perspectives. Prior to Microsoft, she worked at or consulted to: Autodesk, Calpine, EnerNOC, SolarCity, SunFunder, and the World Resources Institute. She works with three design principles: Integration is everything. Focus on the value streams. Future proof it. Jenna has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Economics and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Camron Gorguinpour serves as the Director of Transformational Innovation to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitions (SAF/AQ) and is responsible for designing and executing reform efforts with potential for rapid and dramatic improvement to Air Force acquisition activities. He works with internal and external stakeholders to solicit, advocate for, and implement transformative concepts in a wide range of subject areas. In addition to these duties, Dr. Gorguinpour serves as Executive Director for the Department of Defense Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Program. He is responsible for designing and executing a large-scale, multi-year effort to integrate PEV's into the Defense Department’s non-tactical vehicle fleet.
David Grant joined Tendril in September 2015 as SVP of Sales and Marketing. His team helps leading energy providers establish a competitive advantage by acquiring, engaging and activating their customers using individualized data sets and highly accurate predictions of household energy consumption. Grant previously spent fifteen years at Teradata - eleven at the VP level. His team examined the business models, challenges and opportunities of the 18 vertical industry markets they served, including utilities, to understand how to make those businesses more effective through the use of data and analytics. As a graduate of the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business, Grant earned a BS in business administration with a concentration in computer science. He is an active member of the Business Marketing Association (BMA) and holds a seat on BMA’s Corporate Advisory Council.
Billy Grayson currently serves as the Director of Corporate Sustainability for Liberty Property Trust, an $8.6 billion real estate investment trust which owns and manages 105 million square feet of industrial and office space throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Liberty is a recognized leader in energy efficiency and sustainable, high-performing development. Prior to Liberty Property Trust, Billy managed a global social compliance program for the electronics industry at EICC, and managed corporate sustainability for WESCO – a Fortune 500 Electrical Distributor. He holds a MBA and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and is a LEED AP.
Aakriti Gupta is a Grid Analyst at GTM Research, focusing on soft grid, IOT and data analytics. Prior to GTM Research, Aakriti worked at Bank of America as a Quantitative Management Associate (a data analytics position operating across different lines of business). She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an MS and BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a double major in Engineering and Public Policy, focusing on power systems. She has been a strategy intern at GE with the digital energy group and a business analyst for a boutique consulting firm. She has also worked as a research analyst at CMU for a number of projects in the power systems domain.
Sachin is focused on helping to create market-facing grid application software solutions, including developing and integrating demand side management solutions as part of smart grid strategies and frameworks. Prior to joining OMNETRIC Group, he worked for Siemens as global product manager, tasked with the creation of Siemens commercial demand response management software. Prior, Sachin worked at EnerNOC, Grantek and Johnson Controls.
Doug Gross is a sales and business development executive with a focus on clean technology solutions at the intersection of energy, information, and analytics. At Sunverge, Doug is charged with building and managing key strategic alliances and channel partnerships. Prior to joining Sunverge, Doug served in various sales and business development capacities at Nexant, SAS Institute, Opower, Hara and Thomson Reuters. Doug holds a MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in History from Colorado College.
Mr. Hague serves as Senior Director of Marketing & Technology Partnerships for Gehrlicher Solar America Corp (A Company of M+W Group). His charter is to integrate market ready grid stabilization and storage solutions into commercial and utility scale PV systems. Mr. Hague's experience in renewable energy spans the value chain from device design though project development. Highlights include inventing a demand response controller to balance load against available sun, developing capital equipment for polysilicon, CDTE, and CIGS production lines, utility scale PV project development, and market analysis. He co-authored the U.S. Smart Grid Vendor Ecosystem report for the US-Department of Energy and lead research for US-Environmental Protection Agency, Shaw, Navigant Consulting, and F1000 companies to assess markets and technologies. Mr. Hague serves as Vice-Chair for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) Grid Integration Task Force, an advocate for the expansion of solar with integrated storage, co-gen, and stabilizing technologies. Mr. Hague holds a B.S in Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Katherine is a Partner and Co-Founder at 38 North Solutions, a boutique consulting firm that provides a suite of business strategy, public policy and communications services to innovative businesses and organizations. Katherine is currently President of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum‘s Future of Energy Global Future Council. Katherine served as President of the GridWise Alliance, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the Recovery Act. Prior to that role, Katherine was a policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a portfolio in clean energy technologies of nearly $6 billion. She co-directed the American Bioenergy Association, working with the states of Maryland and New Jersey to develop renewable portfolio standards. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Katherine led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. Katherine spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Katherine studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. Katherine is part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media.
Julia Hamm has more than 15 years of experience advising and collaborating with utilities, manufacturers and government agencies on renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies and programs. The knowledge and experience she has gained as the President and CEO of SEPA since 2004 makes her one of the world’s foremost experts on the nexus between utilities and solar energy. Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,000 member companies. She has expertise on the business models and programs of utilities throughout the U.S., as well as utilities in Europe and Asia. Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program. Julia - a graduate of Cornell University - walks the talk, living in a PV powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia.
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.
As Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, Fielder Hiss is responsible for distilling business strategy, translating customer needs and market opportunities into robust technology products, and developing and executing a successful marketing strategy. Fielder joined EnerNOC from 3D software company Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, where he most recently served as Vice President of Product Marketing and Product Management. At SolidWorks, Fielder held several product management roles, leading successful teams and achieving company-leading results. He has also held positions at CADD Edge, Inc. (a DS SolidWorks reseller) and Intelligent Quotations, Inc. As a member of the invitation-only Boston Product Executives Forum, Fielder is also a frequent speaker on software development. Fielder holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Dr. Enes Hosgor is the founding CEO of EEme, a building energy analytics spin-out from Carnegie Mellon University based in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Hosgor previously worked in the venture capital industry, specifically with Foundation Capital, a Silicon Valley VC firm, and New Venture Partners, the former venture arm of The Bell Labs. Prior to that he was an energy consultant with IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates in Houston, TX. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University where he also teaches new technology commercialization on a part-time basis. His doctoral dissertation was titled "Virtual Home Energy Auditing: A Statistical Investigation Using Publicly Available Data on Gainesville, FL, Building Stock". Some of his academic work can be found in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Energy and Buildings, Journal of Energy Conversion and Management, Journal of Energy Policy and Journal of Risk Research. He received a Master’s degree in Energy and Earth Resources from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He completed his undergraduate studies in Geological Engineering and Geographic Information Systems at Middle East Technical University in Turkey.
Alice K. Jackson is President of Xcel Energy – Colorado, a company serving 1.4 million electric customers and 1.3 million natural gas customers. The company is a recognized industry leader in delivering affordable and reliable service, providing clean energy choices, and in reducing carbon and other emissions. Since joining Xcel Energy in 2011, Ms. Jackson has held various positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently Ms. Jackson was Vice President of Strategic Revenue Initiatives, where she built a team to generate new revenues through exploring and integrating new technologies and economic development initiatives in addition to looking at new options for Xcel Energy’s unregulated businesses. Prior to her corporate strategic role, Alice held the lead regulatory position with Xcel Energy—Texas/New Mexico and then with Xcel Energy—Colorado.
Before her time with Xcel Energy, Alice spent close to 10 years with Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) managing the energy needs of this large consumer across the country. Through her involvement in the federal and state electric markets, multiple rate cases, and interaction with customers large and small, Alice developed a unique respect for utilities and their contributions to society.
Because having a full-time career, being married to her high school sweetheart and having four sons is not enough of an adventure in life, Alice recently took on the challenge of advancing her business acumen. In 2017 Alice completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard University. Before her professional experience, Alice obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University.
Dolf Joekes joined RWE’s Silicon Valley Innovation team as SVP Global Innovation and Cooperation in March 2015, focusing on disruptive business models for the utility of the future. Prior to joining the Silicon Valley team, Dolf worked at Essent, RWE’s daughter company and leading utility in the Netherlands, where he assessed the business viability and commercialization potential of a wide range of cleantech, from biomass conversion to distributed marketplaces for electricity. Having lived and worked in Shanghai, China for 6 years before moving into the utility industry, Dolf experienced the need for mass deployment of cleantech solutions first-hand, and has been driven to commercialize cleantech ever since.
As Chief Technology Officer, Larsh is leading hardware and software engineering to meet the needs of Stem's C&I, utility, and energy market customers. Prior to joining Stem, Larsh was Chief Technology Officer at Siemens Digital Grid, where he led technology development teams on products spanning from consumer metering, demand response and analytics to control center software and grid automation. He joined Siemens via the acquisition of eMeter, a Bay Area software company of which he was a co-founder and responsible for innovation and development of meter data management, analytics, and advanced smart grid applications. Prior to eMeter, he co-founded CellNet Data Systems, a pioneer in wireless networks for smart metering and distribution automation and now a unit of Landis+Gyr a Toshiba company. Larsh was a founding member of the DOE’s Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC) and remains a Member Emeritus. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Ben is the Director of Grid Research for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Formerly GTM Research), specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, formerly a green energy and healthcare consulting firm, where his research focused on AMI deployment and smart grid regulatory policy. Prior to Knwldg Houston, Ben was a policy intern with Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates where he performed research for energy, transportation, and defense clients.
He has authored multiple studies on the smart grid market, concentrating on policy evolution, technology innovation, the market's competitive landscape and project economics. Ben has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences, moderated and participated in panels covering a variety of topics, and regularly hosts industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money, NPR, and the Texas Tribune. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.
Wes Kennedy has nearly 20 years experience in the solar industry. He has a Bachelors in International Relations from United States International University but has always bolstered a love of technology and passion for solar. A solar veteran, Kennedy started in the off-grid and battery-based tech days of the 1990’s. He founded Colorado’s largest installation firm, Namaste Solar. Kennedy has held other capacities in the solar industry as well, including managing application engineer for distributor gro Solar, PV module manufacturer Abound Solar, modeling and simulation company PV*Sol, and inverter manufacturer SMA.
Kennedy is a Colorado native and is an avid cyclist. He is also a proud father of a teenage girl and certified yoga and meditation instructor.
Curt Kirkeby holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from Montana State University and a Masters in Engineering Management (MSEM) from Washington State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Washington and has extensive experience in the electric and gas utility industry; 6 years in substation design; 18 years in GIS, outage management, asset management, advanced metering systems, engineering modeling; and 14 years in applied research and development focused on energy storage, renewable integration, smart grid, and smart cities. Mr. Kirkeby is currently responsible for innovation strategy and applied research and development, focused on technologies and solutions that enhance the grid and deliver increased value to customers.
Peter has been involved in the semiconductor industry for 20 years in roles in sales and market development at STMicroelectronics and Mitsubishi Semiconductor, and as a design engineer early in his career in Canada’s telecommunication and energy management sectors. Most recently, Peter was based in Europe as solution sales leader for GE Energy’s smart grid business, developing the Central and East Europe smart metering and utility-focused industrial networking markets. At Renesas, Peter works to expand the possibilities of embedded computing and IoT connectivity for smart energy applications. Peter has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and a second degree in Communication from McMaster University.
Elta is the Grid Edge Content Lead at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly GTM Research), working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint Ph.D. funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her doctoral studies, she researched demand response policies for the implementation of smart grids and has presented her work at both U.S. and European conferences in addition to publishing in international scholarly journals. Elta holds a Master of Science degree in economics and management of network industries and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Union College.
Lee is director of new ventures for PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC, evangelizing PXiSE Advanced Controller Technology (“ACT”), a patented, high-speed advanced grid control technology developed to meet the evolving needs of the modern energy ecosystem. PXiSE ACT software enables the energy industry to extract greater value from energy storage and increase the amount of renewables on the grid with its unique functionality, enabling zero spinning inertia and reserve, cost-optimized island energy production, blinkless carbon-free microgrids, and fast SCADA for utility-scale renewable energy.
Previously, Lee was director of new ventures for Sempra Renewables, a leading developer of clean energy solutions in markets throughout the U.S. The company jointly owns and operates nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind and solar generating capacity, including two of the largest photovoltaic solar plants in the U.S., and an energy storage facility that provides ramping capability to a wind farm in Maui. He was responsible for leading the development of distributed energy solutions including solar, load optimization, bio-methane, electric vehicle charging, energy Blockchain, and microgrids.
Lee has over three decades of experience in the energy and technology industries While working at San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, he founded and served as director of smart grid and led SDG&E’s smart grid and electric vehicle initiatives. Lee was twice named one of the top 100 movers and shakers influencing the smart grid market by GreenTech Media and twice recognized as a Top 12 “Mover and Shaker” in the utility industry by Intelligent Utility Magazine. He has also been recognized as a Privacy Ambassador by The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.
Lee is a champion for sustainability on a national level. He serves on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance, where he led the development of the GridWise Alliance Grid Modernization Index (GMI). The GMI has been used since 2013 to evaluate the status of electric grid modernization in the United States, to identify and promote best practices, and to provide insights to state policy makers, regulators, and other stakeholders regarding the progress of their grid modernization.
Lee currently serves on the Board of GridX, a startup that has developed the industry’s first revenue grade, utility scale, cloud-based billing engine, as a business advisor to PI Energy, a startup commercializing nano-photonic materials, and as an advisory member on the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center's Leadership Council.
Prior to joining the Sempra Energy family of companies, Lee led several software development teams at Tandem Computers, and was a partner at TransPac Software, a startup in Silicon Valley. He received a bachelor’s degree with university honors in applied mathematics/computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Most weekends he performs in improv and musical improv comedy shows.
Rick Kubin is Vice President at Clean Energy Blockchain Network, the North American channel partner for Power Ledger, and leads solution architecture and and energy blockchain evangelism for the western US. Rick has been involved in sustainability and disruptive innovation for over two decades and is passionate about defining strategies and technical architectures to deliver the transactive energy ecosystem of the future, with a focus on the intersection of distributed networks (blockchain), AI and analytics. With a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Victoria he excels in analyzing complex problems crossing multiple domains, synthesizing information and defining innovative solutions with real-world execution plans. Rick is a successful change agent who understands the balance between people and technology and has previously led successful architecture practices and advanced tech projects at PG&E and SunEdison.
Gary Levitan is the Director for Energy and Corporate Procurement for Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). Gary’s responsibilities span all of HBC’s banners, including Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th in the United States and Hudson’s Bay and Home Outfitters in Canada. He directs the company’s energy and corporate procurement function and also is responsible for managing and financing all capital projects relating to energy and utilities for the entire organization.
Gary has been managed some of the retail industries largest energy-related capital projects including one of the first large-scale LED lighting retrofits within the luxury retail sector and the single largest fluorescent replacement project in North America.
Pete Maltbaek is the Executive Vice President and General Manager, North America of Smarter Grid Solutions. He has over 30 years of experience in business development, sales and strategic planning, and has been in the electricity power industry for the past 17 years, where he has worked with regulators and utilities across the world. Pete’s technical expertise includes smart grid systems, power market management systems and grid control and communications systems, the design and implementation of energy demand response programs and data center control and energy efficiency systems, he has been an integral part of the sales and marketing functions for major companies across the US, including global conglomerates like ABB, where he was involved in the sale and deployment of the power market and grid management systems at the California ISO, ERCOT, the Ontario IESO and the New York ISO. He has also stood as Vice President in various Silicon Valley start-ups, including Nexant, CPower, Power Assure and Silver Spring Networks
Ravi is the head of solar research at Wood Mackenzie, where he focuses on solar-plus-storage, solar integration on the grid and related power markets issues. Prior to his current role, he was the head of Wood Mackenzie’s energy storage research practice and covered global storage markets and value chain analysis. As an industry expert, Ravi has been quoted in various publications including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, National Public Radio, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, Wired, and Verge. Ravi has over 10 years of experience in renewables as a consultant, analyst and engineer. Ravi holds a Master of International Business degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from University of Washington, Seattle and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.
Andy is an experienced product leader in advanced energy technology with a focus on technologies that enable renewable energy penetration. He currently leads product development and commercialization for Landis+Gyr’s Distributed Generation and Energy Storage hardware and software platform. Prior to Landis+Gyr, Andy was a product leader with SunEdison and he was also a business and product developer with the energy storage start-up, Primus Power. At SunEdison, Andy led commercialization and deployment of the company’s renewable SCADA solutions across renewable technologies for both central and distributed power plants. With Primus, Andy made the company’s first commercial sales, supported project execution, and led new product introduction. Andy started his career with McKinsey & Co, leading consulting engagements in operation effectiveness and technology strategy, and he earned a Ph.D. and B.S in Chemistry from Stanford and Notre Dame, respectively.
Vince Martinelli is responsible for managing the company's product roadmap and articulating the business case for agile grid infrastructure. Vince brings over 25 years of product experience and an in-depth understanding of how to effectively drive new technology into legacy systems, transforming them in the process. He joined Gridco Systems in 2013 from Amazon Robotics (formerly Kiva Systems), where he led a team responsible for the integration of Kiva's robotic order fulfillment system into Amazon's global network. Prior to Amazon, Martinelli led the North American arm of Professional Services at Sycamore Networks. He has also held senior management positions at Corning Inc., including product management roles in the Optical Fiber business. Vince earned both the SB and SM degrees in Materials Science & Engineering, with a concentration in Economics, from MIT, where he was a Tau Beta Pi Fellow and an Academic All-American athlete.
Mark Martyak is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer and has utilities and large energy users for the past thirty four years. Mark holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration from University of Pittsburgh, Purdue University and Tennessee State University. Mark specializes in Distributed Generation Systems. He has consulted with over 100 utilities and 500 mission critical facilities nationally and has served as Engineer of Record for over 800 MWs of Distributed Generation Projects. Mark’s experience also includes an emphasis on integrating DG technology with code required standby power systems.
Mark is a founding member of PowerSecure, Inc. (NYSE) and has served as Executive Vice President of Engineering & Operations, Distributed Generation Group President and is currently serving as Chief Sales Officer. Mark serves on the Board of the Hope for Haiti Foundation, and volunteers on a number of charitable organizations.
Lee Mazzocchi is senior vice president of grid solutions for Duke Energy, where he leads the company's focus on grid investment, innovation and standardization. His responsibilities include grid strategy and implementation, distribution standards and governance, and various support functions to regional field operations. He is also responsible for emerging technologies, fleet services and enterprise asset management system support.
Previously, Mazzocchi served as Duke Energy’s senior vice president and chief integration and innovation officer. In that role, he led the company’s merger integration efforts, following the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy. In addition, he was responsible for emerging technology, enterprise asset management, performance improvement and sustainability.
Mazzocchi has more than 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry, serving in the areas of transmission, distribution, customer service and supply chain. Prior to the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in 2012, he served as vice president of supply chain and chief procurement officer for Progress Energy, where he was responsible for the company’s acquisition of products and services, totaling approximately $3 billion per year. Before taking responsibility for the company's supply chain organization in 2009, he served as Progress Energy's vice president of distribution, where he was responsible for the Progress Energy Carolinas distribution system serving 1.4 million customers. He also served as executive sponsor for Progress Energy's initial investments in the smart grid initiative to save energy, strengthen system reliability and improve customer service through the use of advanced technology.
Doug McMahon is the Vice President of Corporarte Strategy for the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest state owned electric utility. He is responsible for the development and execution of NYPA’s corporate strategy. In addition, Doug leads incubation and commercialization of new products, services and technologies at NYPA - aimed at catalyzing New York State’s REV and clean energy goals by developing scalable and financeable solutions that make the energy system cleaner and more efficient, intelligent, flexible and resilient.
Andrew is a senior grid analyst at GTM Research, where he has authored research on venture investment, grid modernization, demand-side management and unregulated utility service offerings. His coverage spans across a variety of technologies and services that enable end users to manage energy consumption and costs, with a particular focus on the non-residential market. Prior to joining the analyst team, Andrew worked on digital marketing for Greentech Media's online team. Andrew formerly worked for Climate Corps, a corporate energy efficiency program within the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Green Project at NDN, a think tank and advocacy organization. He graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations.
Michael is co-founder and Chief Technology Strategist of Mission:data Coalition, a trade association promoting Green Button and streamlined access to smart meter data for the energy management sector. Previously, Michael co-founded Lucid in 2004, an energy management software company serving commercial building owners, and served as its CEO and President. Michael earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies with highest honors from Oberlin College.
Amit is the founder and CEO of AutoGrid. Prior to founding AutoGrid, he was the Director of Smart Grid Research in Modeling & Simulation at Stanford University. Amit also served as Vice President of Products at Magma Design Automation and as founding CEO of Berkeley Design Automation, a venture-backed company in semiconductor design software. Amit has a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and a B Tech. in EE from IIT Kanpur.
Carlos Nouel is the Vice President of National Grid’s New Energy Solutions (NES) team. NES is an agile team focused on developing and launching innovative solutions and technologies that unlock value for National Grid’s customers and communities and accelerate progress towards a sustainable future.
Before becoming its leader, Carlos was the Director of Partnerships for the NES team. In that role, he was responsible for identifying customer’s energy needs and determining the most comprehensive, cost effective and sustainable strategies to fulfill those needs through the creation of innovative partnerships and alliances with key industry players. In addition, he also leads the development and execution of strategies and tactics for our smart grid programs. Before coming to New Energy Solutions, Carlos developed sourcing strategies to support all the requirements for National Grid’s energy efficiency portfolio valued at $400m per year.
Prior to joining National Grid, Carlos worked for companies such as Pfizer, British American Tobacco, IBM and AES in the supply chain area. Carlos holds an M.B.A. from Hult International Business School, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela. He is also a Certified Energy Manager.
With more than ten years of experience in all aspects of commercial energy efficiency programs – design, management, implementation and marketing – as well as a strong understanding of the Energy Efficiency policy and regulatory environment, Lawrence is well versed in the inner workings of the efficiency industry. Lawrence’s broad industry experience runs the gamut, from field auditing to managing relationships with Fortune 100 utility and corporate clients, affording him a unique ability to draw connections between policy driven utility energy efficiency program requirements and bottom line driven business spending.
Edwin has over 18 years of IT experience in finance, telecom, energy and utilities. Prior to founding the Energyworx company in 2012, he worked for a variety of companies delivering innovative technology solutions to complex business problems. He is a multi-disciplinary software technology specialist and enterprise IT architect, designing complex multi-channel and service-oriented architectures (SOA), delivering high-tech solutions for large banking, telecom and utility companies.
The past ten years he has been working for several Energy companies on strategic level, defining enterprise IT strategies and roadmaps. He has been an entrepreneur for more than 10 years and ran his own consulting firm delivering innovative software development and architecture solutions.
Edwin finds challenge in designing and developing sophisticated data management, analytics and data visualization models supporting the flood of data that is entering the smart grid in the energy and utilities sector. He firmly believes that Open Source technology will play an important role in the shift towards energy democracy driven by people and communities, leading the way as a pioneer by founding the Energyworx company.
Dan joined Google in 2012 and is responsible for sales & technical sales, partnerships, and business development for Google’s Cloud products and services. Previously he was VP at Amazon where he was responsible for all sales and partnerships worldwide for Amazon Web Services. Prior to Amazon, Dan enjoyed a 20 year career at IBM leading many strategic and business initiatives focusing on the next generation of computing: Cloud (Public & Private), Enterprise Software, Virtualization, Grid computing, Linux, SOA, Storage & Open Source and Systems.
Dan is also the founder of World Community Grid - [url=http://www.worldcomunitygrid.org]http://www.worldcomunitygrid.org[/url], a grid for good that allows PC users to donate their spare PC CPU Cycles to work on projects that help the planet. Today WCG has contributed enough computing power to make this the largest volunteer effort of its kind worldwide.
Dan received his MBA from the Wharton Business School, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Mathematics from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) & associate's degree from Jamestown Community College in Computer Science. He is also avid technology/gadget enthusiast, and has been playing Ultimate Frisbee for over 20 years.
Steve is the Director of Consulting & Content Strategy. He previously led GTM Research's Grid Edge program, which includes chairing the annual Grid Edge Live conference, overseeing the Grid Edge Executive Council and developing research related to the changing regulatory and business models associated with the energy system of the future. Before GTM, Steve was a Manager at Ernst & Young counseling power and utility companies on business planning, program development and operational improvement initiatives. Prior to that, Steve spent multiple years at PG&E in a variety of customer engagement and program management roles ranging from the Smart Grid deployment to energy efficiency and demand side management initiatives. Steve holds an MBA from INSEAD and a B.A. in Economics from The George Washington University.
Josh Prueher is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FlexGen, an energy technology company based in Houston, Texas. FlexGen designs and builds innovative power solutions for industrial and utility customers worldwide.
Josh founded FlexGen Power Systems in 2009 after five years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, where he was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division. Prior to that, he served for eight years as a U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer specializing in precision targeting systems and counter-terrorism. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the University of Oxford, where he was a FitzGerald Scholar.
Josh and his wife, Kate, reside in Houston.
Russell Ragsdale is a Strategic Planning Principal Manager of Grid Modernization at Southern California Edison. In his current role, he is working to develop strategy for and implement distribution grid modernization. This effort includes enhanced distribution and substation automation, advanced communications networks, IT system architecture and cybersecurity, as well as a suite of planning and operations tools to enable integration of DERs into planning and operations. In addition to deployment of technology, grid modernization will result in an evolved workforce and streamlined processes that can complement technology to provide safe, reliable service to electric customers. Russell has over 10 years of experience in distribution system planning, distribution operations engineering, system planning software development, and strategic planning. Most recently, he led several efforts as part of SCE’s Distribution Resource Plan team where SCE outlined their plan to facilitate the integration of DERs and modernize the distribution Grid. Russell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Russell lives in Rancho Cucamonga, California with his wife and their 2 children. When not working, he enjoys hiking, camping, and family vacations.
Omar Saadeh is a Senior Analyst with GTM Research and is the lead author of the Grid Edge Customer Network executive briefings. Omar has published numerous utility and smart grid market reports covering policy development, the competitive technology landscape, market evolution and business model economics. He has delivered keynote presentations at industry conferences and has contributed to publications such as Bloomberg, ComputerWorld, E&E’s ClimateWire, PV-Tech, Utility Dive, Yahoo News, and others.
Before joining GTM Research, Omar completed a Master of Engineering degree in power engineering at McGill University, where he was awarded a Graduate Excellence Fellowship, authored research for IEEE and Cigré, and contributed as a staff writer to The McGill Daily. He has also worked as a building efficiency sales associate at Johnson Controls and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McGill University with a minor in economics.
Innowatts is an energy technology company headquartered out of Houston. It was founded in 2013 with the vision of empowering energy consumers with personalized plans and services. The machine learning enabled e-Utility platform provides energy analytics services to electric utilities across the world. Innowatts was voted the “Top Nine Most Innovative Start-Up Companies” by TIE.org in 2015. Sid focuses on overall business strategy at Innowatts, and is working closely with some of world’s leading energy providers on building the Utility of the Future. Prior to founding Innowatts, Sid spent 15 years working across continents and companies, like Sony, Indian Navy, Air Mauritius, NTT, and NRG Energy. At NRG, he built an energy forecasting and analytics group, enabling more than $4 billion of power procurement on an annualized basis. Sid frequently speaks on Digital Utility Solutions and most recently contributed to the Energy Reliability study commissioned by the Governor of the state of Maryland in US. Sid holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India and a Masters in Business Economics from the University of Delhi.
Catherine J.K. Sandoval was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2011 to serve as a Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Her appointment and confirmation to that post made her the first Latino to serve as a CPUC Commissioner in the agency's 100-year history. She serves as the Co-Vice-Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Telecommunications Committee, on the NARUC Federalism and Telecommunications Committee, and on the NARUC Utility Market Access Committee. She is the Policy Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services. She has served since 2007 on the California Emerging Technology Fund Board of Expert Advisors. She is a tenured professor at Santa Clara University School of Law where she joined the faculty in 2004 and taught Telecommunications, Broadcast, and Internet Law, Antitrust Law, and Contracts. As an Adjunct Professor at U.C. Berkeley School of Law she taught Communications and Internet Law. She served as Undersecretary and Staff Director of the State of California's Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency, which oversaw 47,000 employees, and worked on California’s energy crisis, restructuring, and development of demand response programs from 2001-2004. She directed the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities and was a senior manager at the FCC from 1994-1999.
She clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after earning her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She earned a Masters of Letters in Politics from Oxford University in England where she was the first Latina to win a Rhodes Scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Yale University. She hails from East Los Angeles and Montebello, California, and lives with her husband in California's Silicon Valley.
Drs Jeroen (J.P.) Scheer MScM is CTO at Alliander, the Dutch leading energy company, and is part of the Management Team of Alliander IT. His day to day responsibilities include the direction and leadership of all energy transition related digital innovations, solutions and investments within Alliander. Jeroen Scheer is worldwide recognized as one of the core leaders and architects managing the transition of the energy sector and the grid in a transition that brings one of a very complex ecosystem from a rather mechanical entity to the age of digital. Previously, Mr. Scheer initiated and led the Alliander domain Energy Transition & New Energy Business Models. Mr. Scheer has been active in the energy sector for more than sixteen years, in several roles and within several energy companies in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland and Sweden. He also presides several worldwide standardization bodies regarding the energy transition and its digital solutions.
Allan Schurr joined the Enchanted Rock team in 2018 and brings go-to-market expertise from over 30 years of experience in commercial and industrial energy services and innovative utility solutions. Allan is responsible for direct sales, corporate and product marketing, and channel sales functions.
Prior to joining Enchanted Rock, Allan was founding president of Edison Energy LLC, an energy advisory and solutions unit of Edison International, was vice president for IBM’s Energy and Utilities industry, led marketing and business development at Silicon Energy, a pioneer in enterprise energy management software that was later acquired by Itron, and utility and non-utility senior roles at Pacific Gas and Electric.
Allan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis, a masters degree in business administration from St. Mary’s College in California, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. He is co-inventor on seven patents related to distributed energy.
With more than seven years of experience in the solar energy space, Mr. Schwartz manages project development for large commercial and industrial portfolio customers in the manufacturing, education, technology, and mining spaces as well as involvement in special projects. He utilizes his extensive experience in solar market and project development to provide guidance to corporate customers of how to utilize renewable energy projects to provide economic benefits through efficient project planning and structuring. Prior to NRG, Schwartz spent five years at SPG Solar, leading marketing strategy, partnership development, and small utility project development for the company. Schwartz holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from the University of Virginia.
Justin Segall is the President and Founder of Simple Energy, an energy customer engagement software company. Simple Energy delivers a turnkey solution to help utilities build a customer relationship for the future by motivating customer action and streamlining transactions and program adoption. The Simple Energy customer engagement and marketplace solutions use data science, behavioral psychology, energy analytics, and integrated incentives with e-commerce to deliver energy and demand savings while enabling distributed energy resource adoption. With years of experience serving utilities across the US and Canada, Simple Energy offers proven technology and marketing capabilities to help utilities profit from the sale of new products and services while improving customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Justin brings experience in the energy industry, community engagement, and business development. Justin leads strategy, partnerships, sales and operations for Simple Energy. Previously he served as VP of Resource Development for Renewable Choice Energy. Justin led the firm’s trading and origination, executing significant transactions in renewable energy and carbon markets. Previously Justin served in senior roles with the $3 billion Atlanta BeltLine project, the largest, most comprehensive sustainable urban redevelopment project in the U.S. He helped secure project funding and led many early elements of project implementation. Justin graduated cum laude from Duke University where he spearheaded Duke’s path to leadership in sustainability.
Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE, TERP), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. He is the author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. After SunEdison, Jigar served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Generate Capital, the Carbon War Room and SunEdison all follow from Jigar’s vision that business model innovation will unlock the largest wealth creation opportunity – resource efficiency. Jigar is committed to helping entrepreneurs and large companies alike implement resource efficiency solutions using “pay as you save” project finance models. Jigar holds an MBA from The University of Maryland and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He sits on the boards of sPower and the Rocky Mountain Institute. Jigar lives in New York City and is trying to find the perfect cocktail.
At Intel Geoff helps energy and industrial companies develop solutions to business challenges by applying “Internet of Things” technologies in their operations. Throughout his career, Geoff has combined technical, operational and business understanding to bring new technologies to market.
He has worked for a US and a European utility, internet and enterprise software companies, as well as wind and solar companies including such companies at Google, EDF and PSE&G. Roles have included finance, engineering, supply chain and sales.
Geoff holds an MBA from Cornell University and degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Ryan Sims holds a Masters in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde where he specialized in power systems and renewable energy. He joined Smarter Grid Solutions in 2010, soon after the company was founded, with the aim of bringing distributed generators on to the grid quicker and cheaper using its Active Network Management (ANM) technology. Since then he has worked on projects in the UK and the US related to integrating a range of technologies in constrained grid locations, including: distributed generators, grid scale batteries, electric vehicles, and controllable load. Ryan has also spent time working on rural electrification in developing countries, spending time in both the Gambia and the Philippines.
Matthew has over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in the energy, home computer, and consumer electronics industries, At Silver Spring Networks Matthew sets the global business and product strategy for the grid management line-of- business. This involves managing company initiatives to provide networking solutions that enable utility use cases such as FLISR, CVR/IVVC, demand response, distributed energy resource (DER) management, & outage management. Prior to Silver Spring Networks Matthew worked at Greenbox Technology, an early leader in customer-facing smart grid applications, where he was head of Marketing and Sales. Matthew earned his MBA from the Presidio School of Management and his B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
As the Director of Strategy and Innovation at 3Degrees, Katie is responsible for identifying, developing, and executing growth initiatives for the company, including a major focus on community solar. Before joining 3Degrees, Katie spent four years at the Pacific Gas & Electric Company driving tax equity financing investments for distributed generation, smart grid initiatives, and strategic planning. Prior to PG&E, Katie worked in a variety of product management and marketing roles at Microsoft where she led the go-to- market strategy for three server products and managed a major product launch. She studied Ethics, Politics, and Economics at Yale University and holds a MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Scott Stephens, a Director of Technology Development, is leading NRG Renewables’ solar technology adoption efforts based on comprehensive engagement with upstream technology development and manufacturing firms. Key focus areas include emerging technology diligence, quality assurance process development, market analysis, and technical engagement with tax equity investors. These efforts increasingly include the integration of storage and controls into advanced photovoltaic (PV) systems. Prior to NRG, Stephens served as a portfolio manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Program. In this role, Stephens lead technical management of solar manufacturing projects including due diligence review of over 40 companies as well as technical oversight of construction and operations for ten ground-mount solar projects totaling over 2.5GW and $8.7 billion in debt financing. Prior to the DOE Loan Program, Stephens served as a PV technology manager for the DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Program. In this role, Stephens managed over $100 million of annual grant funding across universities, national labs, and start-up photovoltaic manufacturers. More generally, this time at the DOE offered Stephens a unique vantage point on an industry undergoing tremendous change. Stephens started his career at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examining applications pertaining to optical systems. He earned a M.S. in Physics researching thin film PV at the Institute of Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware and a B.A. in Physics from Gustavus Adolphus College in MN.
Dr. Emma Stewart is a deputy group leader, and research scientist in Grid Integration at LBNL, and the lead for the Berkeley Lab Grid Initiative. She completed her undergraduate degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2009. Her field of research included the electrical integration of hydrogen and renewable technologies to power systems and she completed this research at Sandia National Laboratories in conjunction with Strathclyde. Prior to joining LBNL Dr Stewart was a senior engineer at BEW Engineering (now DNV GL) in the Transmission and Distribution consulting team. Dr. Stewart led distribution modeling and analysis and high renewable penetration studies for customers such as Hawaiian Electric Companies and Sacramento Municipal Utilities District and she developed proactive planning methodologies to quantify high penetration of PV impacts. Dr. Stewart joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories in 2013, and is currently engaged in distribution measurement, modeling and analysis techniques for smart grid applications.
Jeff St. John comes to Greentech Media from The Fresno Bee, where he covered solar-power, biofuel and biomass developments in California's Central Valley, and the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash., where his beat included nuclear power and nuclear-waste remediation, as well as the research and development of biofuels, fuel cells, energy-management systems and other energy technologies. He also has written for the Anchorage Daily News, UpsideToday.com, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and he won a National Headliner Award in 2005. Jeff has a master's degree from the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and believes green technology will save the planet.
Dr. Adam Stotz developed an interest in computers at a young age hacking around AOL in the era of noisy ear piercing dial-up connections. From that point on, he saw the value and role that computers would increasingly have in people’s everyday lives and wanted to be a part of it. Adam attended the University at Buffalo where he completed his studies with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Operations Research. He began his career applying those skills as a Principal Research Scientist helping grow his division at CUBRC, Inc. from 2 to more than 30 individuals. His work in the US Defense and Intelligence community, where he successfully oversaw millions of dollars of research and development, culminated in the deployment of the analytical core of the US Navy’s next generation command and control system. Dr. Stotz is now scratching his entrepreneurial itch managing TROVE’s team of data scientists and engineers building a next-generation capability in consumer behavior predictive analytics and demonstrating its capability in utility and other markets.
Adam lives in Buffalo, NY with his wife Jennifer and Boston Terrier, Sophie. He volunteers as Vice President on the board of the local Boy’s and Girl’s Club and actually enjoys the snow so he can carve through the soft powder on his snowboard. In the short 2 months of summer there, he enjoys golf, basketball, and the outdoors in general. His vices are a good bourbon and cigar.
Rick Thompson co-founded Greentech Media in 2007, leading the company from unknown upstart to the authoritative information services provider covering the transformation of the global electricity system.
Prior to GTM, Thompson spent 15 years at leading technology startups, incumbent networking and telecommunications companies, and technology media and market research firms. Rick was senior telecom analyst at Light Reading/Heavy Reading, the dominant online media & research firm in the telecommunications market, acquired by CMP Media in 2005. Mr. Thompson previously served as the vice president of marketing at PanGo Networks, a wireless software startup, and as director of product management and marketing at Sycamore Networks Inc., where he defined the product strategy and launch of the industry’s first intelligent optical switching platform through their IPO in 1999. Under his leadership, Sycamore deployed several of the world’s largest intelligent optical network infrastructures. Prior to joining Sycamore, Rick held product management positions with Packet Engines, a pioneer of Gigabit Ethernet switching that was later acquired by Alcatel; and FORE Systems, a leader in ATM networking that was later acquired by Marconi and, subsequently, Ericsson. Mr. Thompson earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Drew Torbin is the CEO of Black Bear Energy Inc., a buyer’s agent for commercial and industrial renewable energy. Together with Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room, Mr. Torbin launched Black Bear to accelerate the adoption of clean energy by large property owners and users. Black Bear assists clients with identification and procurement of solar and other renewable energy projects within their real estate portfolio. Black Bear’s clients own, manage or control over 800 million square feet of property throughout the U.S. Prior to starting Black Bear, Mr. Torbin founded and led the renewable energy group at Prologis, the global leader in industrial real estate. During his tenure the group deployed over 120 megawatts of distributed solar projects across North America, Europe and Asia. Before Prologis, Mr. Torbin held positions at Litchfield Capital Management, LLC, a U.S. equity long/short hedge fund, and at Wells Fargo. Mr. Torbin received his M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and his B.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also a graduate of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Executive Leadership Program and serves on the Colorado New Energy Improvement District board.
Katherine Tweed writes on smart grid, demand response, energy efficiency and home networking for Greentech Media. Her freelance work has appeared in a range of media outlets, from Scientific American and FoxNews to Audubon Magazine and Men’s Health. She has a master’s degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting from New York University. Katherine never leaves her electronics in stand-by mode.
Russ Vanos, vice president sales and marketing, global software and services for Itron, is a utility industry and connected city visionary who played a major role in driving early smart grid technology adoption in North America. Named to this position in November 2015, Vanos is leading Itron's global software and services teams to enable true solution selling in collaboration with Itron's Electricity, Gas and Water business lines. He is also integral to the Internet of Things and smart cities initiatives for the company.
Vanos joined Itron in 1980 and has held various leadership positions across sales, marketing and operations, both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Vanos served as Itron's senior vice president of corporate strategy and business development.
Vanos is on the boards of the Washington State University Energy Innovation Center and Envision Charlotte, is a member of Edison Electric Institute (EEI), sits on the Cisco Internet of Things Steering Committee, and is a founding member of the Smart Cities Council.
Jan van der Lee is Director of EDF Innovation Lab in the USA, which belongs to EDF R&D. Prior to his current position, Jan van der Lee was Director of the Materials Ageing Institute (MAI), an EDF-owned international organization of scientific collaboration among the world’s largest nuclear utilities and related industries from France, USA, UK, Russia, China and Japan. Among others, he created the MAI Scientific Network, gathering experts in materials degradation science from about 20 universities worldwide. Janvan der Lee furthermore collaborated in several international initiatives which focus on safe long-term operation of nuclear power plants and was member of several scientific committees and societies.
Before joining EDF in 2009, he was researcher and professor at Mines-ParisTech for 20 years. He received his M.S. degree in hydrodynamics from the Amsterdam Free University in 1989 and a Ph.D. from Mines-ParisTech. Jan is married, has three sons and is fluent in English, French, German and Dutch.
With more than 17 years of energy industry experience, Bud Vos has in-depth experience with providing high-value software solutions to utilities. As president and CEO of Enbala, Bud is leading the company through the next phase of its business growth as it continues to expand its industry-leading Virtual Power Plant and DERMS solutions. Bud previously served as the COO of Simple Energy, a SaaS-based company that leverages data analytics to motivate utility customers to save energy. He was also senior vice president of utility sales and CTO of Comverge, a leading provider of integrated demand response, energy efficiency and customer engagement solutions. In addition, Bud was founder and vice president of engineering at Sixth Dimension, a provider of Internet-based control systems for demand response and distributed generation systems.
Paul Wattles is Senior Analyst, Market Design and Development, at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Independent System Operator for 90% of Texas electric load. The Market Design team leads initiatives to enhance the long-term efficiency of ERCOT’s markets. Among the group's current initiatives are scoping development of real-time co-optimization of the energy and Ancillary Services markets, and developing a framework for wholesale market participation by Distributed Energy Resources. Paul has been with ERCOT since May 2004 and has over 16 years of electric industry experience with an emphasis on market design, advanced metering, demand response, and governmental affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson with a degree in journalism.
Bradley Williams is Vice president of Oracle Utilities Innovation Engineering, and is responsible drive innovation in electric, gas and water utility operational solutions including outage management, distribution management, distributed energy resource management, mobile workforce management, work and asset management, and analytics solutions as well as smart grid strategy.
Williams has more than 32 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 (T&D) 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. Williams also worked at Southern California Edison for 10 years, where he was involved in transmission system planning, distribution automation, and reliability programs. Brad holds 4 US patents and is a licensed professional engineer in California USA.
Tom Willie, CEO of Blue Pillar, brings over 15 years of visionary leadership, entrepreneurial success, and product innovation to Blue Pillar and is an avid evangelist and active change agent for the transformation of the global energy ecosystem from the utility down to the consumer. As CEO of Blue Pillar, he is leading the company’s efforts to bring disruptive change by using energy network of things solutions to make the world’s facilities and critical infrastructure more energy efficient, resilient, and self-sufficient.
Tom Wilson joined Honeywell Elster in 2015, with responsibilities including technology strategic planning and research collaboration. For 25 years, he has led innovation teams bringing utility and telecom customers new IP data networks, machine to machine sensor and control applications, as well as emerging analytics and software solutions. In the last decade, Tom has focused on making the industrial Internet of things vision a reality, including delivering massive scale IPv6-based field area networks and converged edge intelligence solutions supporting major smart grid and smart cities initiatives. Prior to joining Honeywell Elster, Tom held executive and senior manager roles with American Electric Power and Sprint.