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Melody Agustin is the Manager of Demand Response (DR) Operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Her team is responsible for day-to-day DR program operations, and for delivering the operational systems to support the evolving customer landscape and enable DR for California's future. Since joining PG&E, Melody was focused on demand side management strategy and implementation, including roles in DR portfolio management, Distributed Generation strategy, and Energy Efficiency emerging technologies. Prior to joining PG&E, she was a member of the Chief Technology Office of Applied Materials focused on semiconductor strategy and development. Melody has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Materials from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University.
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.
John Anderson is Director of Energy Markets at OhmConnect, a California-based residential demand response provider with a fun and engaging app that incentivizes users to reduce electricity while simultaneously controlling Internet of Things (IoT) devices within their homes. He leads the company's efforts on CPUC regulatory proceedings and CAISO stakeholder initiatives to facilitate direct participation by demand response resources in California’s wholesale electricity markets. Prior to joining OhmConnect, John was Senior Market Design Analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), where he worked on CAISO and FERC wholesale electric market design, analysis, and strategy. John holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary, an M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
Tim Ash is Market Director, US East, for Fluence, the leading global energy storage technology and services company jointly owned by Siemens and AES. Tim works with utilities, system operators, developers, and government agencies in the eastern and central US to identify a business case for energy storage and design and deploy grid-scale energy storage solutions using Fluence’s award-winning battery-based energy storage platforms. Prior to Fluence, Tim worked for SmartSenseCom, a technology start-up commercializing an optical sensing technology for electric power transmission and distribution networks; McKinsey & Company’s Advanced Industries, Clean Technology, and Government practices; and as an Air Force Intelligence Officer. Mr. Ash holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy.
Phil is the Director, Solutions Delivery for National Grid. In this capacity, he is responsible for delivering the complex projects assigned to the New Energy Solutions team. Examples include the Reforming the Energy Vision or REV Demonstration Projects within New York State. Phil has been in the energy industry for almost 30 years. During this time he has held various assignments within Nuclear Operations, Electric Design & Construction, Electric Service, Electric Sales & Marketing, Energy Efficiency and most recently with New Energy Solutions. Prior to his work in the energy industry, Phil served on active duty for six (6) years in the United States Navy (USN). During this time he held various shipboard assignments and was also a member of the Commander-in- Chief, Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT) Propulsion Examining Board (PEB). After leaving active duty, Phil served in the Naval Reserves as a Naval Intelligence Officer retiring at the rank of Commander in May of 2001. Phil is a 1981 graduate of the United States Naval Academy (USNA). He currently resides in Mount Sinai, NY with his wife and three (3) children.
Previously Energy & Utilities Security Lead at IBM and Senior Advisor at the Chertoff Group in Washington, DC, Andy is a frequent speaker, standards developer and adviser on topics at the intersection of grid modernization and security. He has provided analysis on energy sector security standards and gaps to DOE, DOD, NIST, NARUC, and state utility commissions, most recently testifying to FERC on energy sector supply chain issues.
Paul Dick joined Tendril in 2015 as the Vice President of Utility Solutions and Strategy. In this role, he helps utility executives find new opportunities to manage and grow the business in the areas of energy efficiency, customer engagement, regulatory change, and grid innovation. Paul brings 29 years of experience working for utility and telecommunications companies in a variety of leadership, business and technology positions. Prior to joining Tendril, Paul held the position of Executive Advisor and Principal Consultant for the SAS Institute, Energy Business Unit. In this role, Paul helped utilities find strategic and operational value in data and analytics across the business using connected technologies like smart grid and the Internet of Things. Paul gained much of his industry experience at OGE Energy Corp., where he helped bring solutions to the business communities that solved problems around asset management, reliability, and energy management. He also created opportunities to leverage the power of customer experience in a connected grid world. He co-architected and designed an award-winning program called Information Factory that created solutions from new data sources of the smart grid including strategic and operational capabilities. Paul has provided leadership on multiple industry councils over the years including the inaugural Utility Analytics Institute Executive board. Paul has also presented at a wide range of events, panels, authored whitepapers, media articles, and executed workshops on many industry topics including demand response, geospatial asset analytics, dynamic customer intelligence, utility economic impacts through analytics, utility business transformation, and enterprise information architecture. Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University.
Eric has been with Silver Spring Networks since it was founded in 2002 and has more than 14 years of experience in developing Smart Grid solutions to address the industry’s most pressing challenges. Eric has been instrumental to the growth of the company and currently leads the company’s global development. He has also held various leadership roles in customer development, new product development and product introductions. Eric is a frequent speaker on topics related to smart grids and energy efficiency and has served on the board of directors of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), Demand Response and Smart Grid (DRSG) Coalition and the Automatic Meter Reading Association’s (AMRA) Marketing and Development Committee. He was also the founding member of OpenAMI. Eric previously spent 9 years at Procter & Gamble in various sales and marketing roles. He holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Maria has a 20-year history working in strategy, business development, venture capital and M&A in a range of industries including energy, aerospace, biotech, medical devices as well as non-profits. At Joule Assets, a real assets fund dedicated to efficiency and demand management project finance, Maria works on fund build out and development strategy with a range of fund partners including family offices, consultants, endowments and large institutional investors with strategic interest in this emerging asset class.
Peter D. Fuller is Vice President, Market & Regulatory Affairs for NRG Energy Inc. In this position, he leads policy development for NRG's state, regional and federal regulatory and policy activities primarily in the New England, New York and PJM market areas, including the company’s interactions with the RTOs as well as supporting the company’s asset optimization and business development efforts in the region. Mr. Fuller’s work encompasses wholesale market design, climate change and related environmental policies, renewable and distributed energy policy, microgrids, demand response, and electric vehicles. Mr. Fuller is Vice Chair of the Independent Power Producers of New York and immediate past state Chair of the Solar Energy Industries Association for New York, and previously served as Chairman of the New England Power Generators Association, from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Fuller is a former Chair of the NEPOOL Participants Committee and Chair of the NEPOOL Budget & Finance Subcommittee. He also served NEPOOL from 2004-2013 as the Vice Chair of the Participants Committee representing the Generation Sector. Prior to joining NRG, Mr. Fuller was Director of Market Affairs for Mirant Energy Trading from 2000-2007. Prior to joining Mirant in 2000, Mr. Fuller held a number of positions in power supply, planning and engineering with Eastern Utilities Associates. Mr. Fuller holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.
Sean Gallagher is Vice President of State Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) where he oversees SEIA’s legislative, regulatory, and policy development work in states nationwide, including efforts to drive new markets for solar power through implementation of the US EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Before joining SEIA late in 2014, he served as an executive for firms developing utility scale solar power projects, including the first utility scale solar plant developed on an Indian reservation in the U.S.
Sean was the director of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Energy Division for nearly four years, where he led the Commission’s work establishing the California Solar Initiative (CSI), implementing California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, planning transmission for renewables, and managing interactions with the California ISO. Previously he was an attorney for the CPUC and in private practice in San Francisco.
He has a wide range of expertise in the solar industry and government sector, having worked with legislatures and agencies in California, Nevada, and Arizona, as well as with the Congress and federal agencies including the Departments of Energy, Interior, and FERC. In those roles he has supported utility-scale solar project development and worked on development and implementation of the Section 1603 Treasury Grant Program, the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, state RPSs, state tax incentive and rebate programs in California and Nevada, energy storage policy and rate design.
Named a Top 10 Energy Financier by New York Energy Week and Breaking Energy, Mike Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets, has pioneered the inauguration of Energy Reduction Asset markets and founded global companies at the intersection of energy and finance. Gordon has been an architect of new financing solutions for the energy efficiency marketplace, serving as counsel to U.S. and European governmental bodies and regulators including FERC, The European Commission and The United Nations’ Conference of Parties on Climate Change.
In 2000 Mike founded and sold (to Constellation Energy) the first firm in the US to create and monetize demand response assets, ConsumerPowerline. In just 3 years, Gordon was managing more than 1GW, achieving 30 percent returns and paying participating customers $100M annually. The model that Mike created there was emulated a few years later by EnerNOC and Comverge and let to Mike being a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
After selling CPower, Mike co-founded Joule Assets in 2012 with the goal of delivering new financing solutions for the underserved small-to-midsized energy efficiency markets and forging a channel that turns those markets into an investment opportunity for qualified investors. Gordon is a regular speaker at leading energy and sustainability conferences throughout the United States and the world. In 2015, Mike was elected as a Co-Chair for Sustainable Westchester’s Board of Directors. Under his leadership, Mike helped usher in New York State’s first community choice aggregation program, which is helping the state meet the goals set out in Governor Cuomo’s Reforming Energy Vision.
Gordon holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School, a and Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Josh is Director of Innovation at Duquesne Light Company, where he leads Company’s Innovation Center, identifies and maintains a portfolio of innovation opportunities, and serves as the principal liaison with external parties focused on innovation. Prior to joining Duquesne Light in 2019, Josh founded and led a new innovation department called the Innovation Hub at Con Edison. Previously he led the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E’s) commercialization efforts focused on the electric grid where we worked with companies such as AutoGrid, Varentec, and Smart Wires who raised over $300M from investors such as Bill Gates. The remainder of Josh’s career has been spent at the intersection of energy and innovation, including a stint at Innosight Ventures, an investment firm based on the applied research of the late Dr. Clayton Christensen, disruptive innovation theorist and Professor at Harvard Business School. Josh has a Certificate in Electrical Engineering from Siemens Power Academy, a Master’s of Business Administration from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College.
Asim has worked extensively in the areas of market and business development, marketing, sales enablement, and product management in early stage, high growth clean technology companies. He is the Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience at Bloom Energy, a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean, reliable, and highly-efficient power onsite. Asim's responsibilities at Bloom Energy include new market development, sales enablement, customer engagement and experience, and corporate and product marketing.
Prior to Bloom Energy, Asim worked for CURRENT Group, a Smart Grid solutions provider, as the Chief of Staff for the CEO focused on building the executive team and strategic planning as well as marketing and business development activities. At CURRENT Group, Asim developed an industry leading value model to quantify the monetary benefits of various Smart Grid applications. He previously also advised electric utility and telecommunication clients on strategy and systems integration initiatives while working for Deloitte Consulting.
Asim earned a BS in Commerce with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
Bruce Husta has been an industry insider and large-scale systems expert for more than 30 years. During his career, he has worked with utilities to implement software solutions and smart grid projects. In his current role as Area Vice President for the eastern United States and Canada at Itron, he is leading business development and has been involved with many of the AMI projects Itron has implemented in North America.
Richard Kauffman joined the administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as New York State’s first “energy czar” in February 2013. Mr. Kauffman oversees and manages New York State’s entire energy portfolio, including the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Prior to joining the administration, Mr. Kauffman worked in energy and finance at some of the nation’s highest levels, most recently serving as senior advisor to Secretary Steven Chu at the U.S. Department of Energy. In his private sector career, he was chief executive officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in clean energy technologies; a partner of Goldman Sachs where he chaired the Global Financing Group; and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department.
Mr. Kauffman is also chair of NYSERDA’s Board and has served as chairman of the Board of Levi Strauss & Co., and on the boards of several other organizations, including the Brookings Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2014, Mr. Kauffman was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators.
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.
Chris King is Global Chief Regulatory Officer of Siemens Digital Grid, leading policy and strategy initiatives in renewables integration, energy efficiency, demand response, and customer engagement, including extensive experience in rate design and advanced metering infrastructures. Earlier, he held executive leadership positions at Pacific Gas & Electric and three Silicon Valley energy start-ups, including one that delivered AMI systems for over 10 million electric metering points. Chris is on the Board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, the Brussels-based Smart Energy Demand Coalition, and the Advanced Energy Economy Business Council. He has testified on energy technologies, including smart meters and smart grids, before the U.S. Congress and international regulatory bodies and co-hosted the U.S. Congressional Delegation at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. Chris holds bachelors and masters degrees in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, a masters in business from Stanford, and a JD from Concord Law School. He holds three patents related to smart grids.
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.
In his current position, Mr. Magee is responsible for co-leading the Company’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project. The AMI Project scope includes a full scale rollout of AMI smart meters and supporting infrastructure for the Company’s electric and gas customers. Mr. Magee is the business lead for the initiative and is responsible for overseeing Con Edison effort to evaluate and deploy AMI across Con Edison’s service territory. Mr. Magee joined Con Edison in 1985 as a management intern. He has held several positions of increasing responsibility, including watch supervisor, Ravenswood Generating Station; associate engineer, Electrical Engineering; and engineer, Fossil Power Engineering. Mr. Magee was also project manager, Energy Management - Plant Divestiture; section manager, Steam Distribution Engineering; section manager, East River Repowering Project; and technical manager, East River Generating Station. Mr. Magee was the General Manager of Con Edison’s Smart Grid Implementation Group from 2010-2015, responsible for the Implementation of Con Edison’s Smart Grid Projects that were co funded by the Department of Energy. Mr. Magee also served as the rate case manager for the 2015 electric rate case.
As Renewable Energy Policy Advisor, Ben works to expand penetration of distributed clean energy resources throughout New York City. In particular, he promotes policies and programs that make cleaner energy and transportation modes accessible to more of New York’s residents, with particular focus on distributed solar energy and electric vehicles. Ben represents the Mayor’s Office in the New York City Solar Partnership, which runs the Solarize NYC program for limited-time group purchasing campaigns of solar photovoltaic technology. Prior to joining the City of New York, he was Energy Law & Policy Fellow at NYU School of Law. Ben holds Masters degrees in Public Policy and Energy & Resources from UC-Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University.
As Chief Operating Officer of NYSERDA, David plays a key role in New York's Reforming the Energy Vision, where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and systems to stimulate private sector investment in cleaner and more affordable energy in New York. Throughout his career, David has developed and managed strategy, systems, technology, and teams that transform service delivery in complex, archaic, and regulated environments. He has a track record of building high performance organizations with cultures rooted in problem solving, learning, people development, and teamwork. David has reimagined a variety of business and government services – overcoming constraints and inertia to build new service models. David led NYC’s efforts to make government more usable for businesses - and drove improvements to customer service across multiple City agencies. As a software executive at Accela, he grew the company’s ability to implement technology that automates government services. He has a history of creating value from underperforming assets. When tasked with fixing NYC's job placement services, he led his team to build a staffing service that resulted in a 25x increase in placements over 9 quarters. When revitalizing NYC’s business services, he led development of a services that matched 1,000+ businesses to private financing. David is motivated to reduce bureaucracy and friction in order to accelerate economic progress – and is passionate about business models that improve service delivery through technology.
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.
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.
Matt Owens has 20 years experience in the energy technology and utilities industry working in product marketing, product management and business development roles. He has significant experience with Smart Grid and DER solutions and he is currently leading West Monroe Partners market and business development initiatives in the west region. Matt previously worked at Stem where he lead utility business development and Itron where he lead Product Marketing and Management for Itron’s Smart Grid solutions. Matt earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis and his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Francis (Frank) Peverly is Vice President – Operations for Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R). He is responsible for providing administrative, operational and management leadership for the operating and engineering organizations in the company. Serving 96 communities over a three-state region just north of New York City, O&R Operations controls the essential elements of the company’s business for the transmission and distribution of electricity and natural gas including the systems’ design, engineering, construction, maintenance and operations. Over his past 30 years in the utility business, Frank has held a number of progressive management and engineering assignments in Electric Operations, Gas Operations and Construction Management. Frank joined O&R from Central Hudson Gas and Electric as an electric operations line supervisor in 1989. He steadily rose through the ranks, serving in numerous engineering and operating positions of increasing responsibility. In 2006 he joined Con Edison as general manager, Bronx/Westchester Electric Operations. Prior to his return to O&R as Vice President - Operations, Frank served as general manager of Construction Management in Central Operations at Con Edison. Frank is a member of the Edison Electric Institute’s Transmission and Distribution Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Gas Association, serves on the Executive Committee of NYSEARCH, sits on the National Advisory Board for Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment, is a member of the Board of Trustees at Tuxedo Park School and is a Board and Executive Committee member for the SUNY Orange Foundation. Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution from Clarkson University, and an MBA from Marist College. He also is certified as a Project Management Professional.
Evan Pittman guides sales and product strategy for Itron’s Distributed Energy Management business (formerly Comverge), where he applies his expertise on the benefits of demand response and distributed resource management for utilities and their customers across diverse business models and regulatory structures. Before joining Comverge, Evan worked in The Brattle Group’s energy consulting practice where he advised utilities, independent system operators, and other electricity market clients on a broad range of issues, including auction design and administration, market structure, and retail pricing. Evan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he concentrated in Finance and Economics, and a BA in Economics & Mathematics from Emory University.
Adam Procell is President and Chief Executive Oﬃcer of Newark-based Lime Energy and has more than 25 years of experience in the energy eﬃciency, renewable energy and distributed energy resource industry. Adam has led the development of Lime Energy ’s award-winning small business direct install (SBDI) programs and overseen the national expansion of the business to its current position as the leader in providing energy eﬃciency to small and mid-sized business customers. Over the last two decades Adam has worked closely with regulators and legislators on the development of clean energy policies both in Washington and in state capitals across the country. Prior to Lime Energy, Adam served as National Director of Energy Eﬃciency & Carbon Management at AECOM Energy. During his 12 years at AECOM he led the development of over $2 billion of energy eﬃciency and distributed generation programs for utilities and government agencies, and served as the Chairman of the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO). Prior to AECOM he worked with Siemens in Pine Brook, NJ, in their performance-contracting group.
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.
Gary Rahl leads Booz Allen Hamilton’s energy business, which serves clients across commercial, international and federal markets. Gary is the Officer-in-Charge for some of Booz Allen’s highest visibility and most important energy engagements including:
- its 17 microgrid feasibility studies conducted under the NY Prize program
- its deal-making support to all parts of the Department of Defense for renewable project development on military bases;
- its support to the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency – Energy (or ARPA-e), which is investing in high-potential, high-impact, next-generation energy technologies
Under Gary’s leadership, Booz Allen has focused on delivering key organizational capabilities that utilities will need to thrive in a more distributed, networked, market-oriented, and customer-focused future. Today, Booz Allen delivers cybersecurity, engineering, cloud infrastructure, analytics, and strategy solutions to utilities across the country. Gary joined Booz Allen after serving as an officer in the US Navy, and he is a graduate of MIT and Harvard.
Linda Richardson has 18 years of experience as a sales and account management leader, responsible for delivering enterprise software platforms to the power industry. She leads the Northeast region for Enbala, where she is an active member of a number of New York stakeholder groups: Joint Utilities Distribution System Planning Stakeholder Engagement Group, NY-BEST Policy Stakeholder Group and the Advanced Energy Economy NY Stakeholder Group. Her in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the power business, from generation to customer engagement has proven an essential resource throughout her career. As the region lead for Enbala, she is actively managing multiple NY projects such as the NYSERDA initiative to provide small C&I customers with a dispatchable DER platform allowing them to earn market revenues through NYISO and Con Edison demand response programs, and an ARPA-E project partnering with GE to deliver a transformational market solution that optimally leverages the flexibility available in a large number of loads and DERs. Linda holds a Masters of Science Degree from Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business.
A LEED AP architect, Pat holds a Master’s in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has served on their Alumni Council. She is Co-Chair of the Committee on the Environment of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Board of Building Energy Exchange, a frequent lecturer and industry panelist, and an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council and Urban Green. Prior to joining UFL/NYCACRE, Pat worked in venture capital at Good Energies and consulted with start ups in the building energy efficiency space. She was CEO of Watt Not a LED lighting consultancy. She brings 15+ years of experience in the industry, connecting start-ups to sources of funding, customers, and business mentors.
As Senior Vice President for Client Services and Business Development at Allconnect, Dwight is responsible for new Allconnect partnerships and the ongoing management of existing utility relationships nation-wide. He has more than 25 years’ experience assisting utilities and other companies in the development and implementation of solutions and programs that create consumer confidence and increase demand.
Prior to Allconnect, Dwight led efforts to develop technology and customer solutions with CompuCom and Mobil Oil. He also served as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer and received a BS Degree in Accounting from Alabama A&M University.
Dwight is passionate about developing solutions that not only connect customers to and educate them about the products and services they need, but also make things less complicated for them.
Vic is the founder and CEO of Green Charge , the largest commercial energy storage developer in the U.S. Over the course of seven years, Vic grew the company from an idea all the way to successful acquisition in April, 2016 by ENGIE, the largest independent power producer in the world. Prior to Green Charge, Vic held management positions at various enterprise cloud computing companies, including Oracle. Vic holds an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and an engineering degree from the University of Virginia.
John Shipman heads up Con Edison’s Demand Management, Customer Engagement & Electric Vehicle Programs within the Distributed Resources Integration organization. His background includes time as Con Edison’s Chief Automotive Engineer, Department Manager of Secondary Systems Analysis and Manager of Gas Business Development. Mr. Shipman combines a Mechanical Engineering Degree with graduate work in Energy Management. In his current role, he is responsible for the Indian Point Demand Management Program, Commercial and Industrial energy efficiency programs, Small Business Direct Install programs, major account executives and electric vehicles.
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.
Eleanor Stein served as an Administrative Law Judge at the New York State Public Service Commission from 1994-2014; until November 2015 she was Project Manager for the Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative for a more customer-centered, renewable, and distributed energy future. In 2015 she received a Master of Laws degree with distinction in climate change law and policy from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She teaches Law of Climate Change: Domestic & Transnational at Albany Law School and the Power Dialog at the State University of New York. While at the NY PSC, she presided over or mediated the Renewable Portfolio Standard (2004), the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (2007) and the Con Edison Resiliency Collaborative (2013-14). Her areas of interest include public policy dispute resolution, mobilizing public participation in energy matters, and climate justice. She is on the Board of EcoViva, a US-based project in solidarity with climate adaptation and sustainability in rural El Salvador. She is an expert with America’s Power Plan.
Jeff leads EPRI's Distribution Operations and Planning team. Through collaborative research, the group aims to modernize distribution planning and operational tools, methods, and analytics to incorporate new technologies in a cost-effective and reliable manner. Jeff also manages EPRI's Power System Studies group, which has been responsible for EPRI's modeling and simulation of distributed energy resources on distribution systems, development of hosting capacity methods, and guided usage of smart inverters. Jeff has more than 20 years of experience modeling and simulating power systems, with the bulk of his efforts focused on interconnection and integration of renewables in both transmission and distribution systems.
Mark F. Thielking is one of the founders and the Executive Director of the Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC), a New York State Not for Profit, Local Development Corporation controlled by member municipalities and organized to facilitate the improvement of local buildings to lower energy costs and reduce fossil fuel use. EIC operates Energize NY Residential, Energize NY Commercial and Energize NY (PACE) Finance. Energize NY helps property owners in member municipalities to implement energy related improvements that meet or exceed state standards through innovative community based outreach and by offering PACE financing for those improvements.
Prior to Mark’s involvement with Energize NY and NY State’s effort to scale clean energy, he spent 18 years in the capital markets and served as a Managing Director within the UBS Investment Bank’s Environmental Advisory Group (EAG) where PACE financing was one tool being considered to include in a suite of environmental services to UBS clients. Prior to this position, Mark was the Desk Head for US Dollar Government Sponsored Entity bond trading. Mark also owns Logical Efficiency LLC, an energy finance company based in Katonah, NY.
As an innovative leader in leveraging the power of the capital markets and community action to achieve local and regional clean energy and economic development goals, Mark has presented at numerous clean energy conferences and events sponsored by New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), North East Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), PACE University Land Use Center, Citibank, PACEnation, and others.
Mark holds a BA degree in Economics from Boston University and is a member of the Board of the Bedford 2020 Coalition ([url=http://www.bedford2020.org]http://www.bedford2020.org[/url]), a member of the Town Of Bedford Energy Advisory Panel and the Katonah-Lewisboro School District Sustainability Committee.
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.
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.
Marisa Uchin is Director, Regulatory Affairs and Market Development for Oracle | Opower where she is responsible for expanding markets for demand side resources, and shaping regulatory and legislative policy that advances utility investment in technology innovation. Marisa joined Oracle | Opower from Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where she held a variety of roles including Sr. Manager of Customer Energy Solutions and Manager of Federal Affairs where she led policy strategy on a broad set of issues including climate change, natural gas distribution and transmission, energy efficiency, renewables, and transportation electrification. Prior to joining the energy industry, Marisa held a variety of leadership and advisory roles in strategy, marketing and communications at companies including XM Satellite Radio, General Motors, and Fleishman Hillard. Marisa is a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
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.
Daniel Zarrilli was appointed Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs for the City of New York in January 2016 and is serving as New York City’s Chief Resilience Officer, overseeing the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and the City’s OneNYC program. Prior to this, he was named the first Director of a new NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency in March 2014, and had served as the Acting Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability from February to December 2014. After Hurricane Sandy, he served on the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, a task force that developed an award-winning climate adaptation program for New York City.
Daniel was recently appointed by the NOAA Administrator to a 3-year term to the Sustained National Climate Assessment advisory board, is serving a 3-year term on FEMA’s National Advisory Council, and is advising the State of Louisiana on its 2017 Coastal Master Plan update. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation and also spent five years with Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation. Daniel is a New York State Professional Engineer and holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University. He resides in Staten Island with his wife and three children.