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Olya Anguelov is a Principal in PG&E’s Integrated Grid Planning organization. She manages the PG&E owned IFTM Energy Storage installations, Energy Storage pilots and utility owned projects in the bi-annual Energy Storage RFO. In her prior role, as a Sr. Manager of Process Improvement, she led a team of Lean Six Sigma professionals and drove operational improvement in PG&E’s Electric T&D business. Prior to PG&E, Olya developed software and designed PCBs for Analytical Instrumentation applications. Olya holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada and an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles.
Deepak Aswani is a Senior Engineer at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). His recent work at SMUD entails demonstration projects and research on both business models and grid integration of energy storage systems, electric vehicles, and other distributed energy resources. Prior to SMUD, Deepak worked in business operations at American Governor Company which develops power plant automation systems and as an Engineer at Ford Motor Company designing powertrain controls and battery management systems for hybrid electric vehicles. He is credited to over a dozen US Patents on automotive and energy technologies. Deepak received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and MBA from Cornell University.
Alex Au leads NEXTracker’s technology and engineering, driving the creation of the NEXTracker120 and SPT products and now the NX Horizon and NX Fusion. The NEXTracker co-founder has over 13 years of PV product development experience, ranging from residential to utility scale applications. As director of advanced technology R&D at Akeena Solar, he helped to invent the Andalay AC module. At SPG Solar he led the SunSeeker G3.2 tracker design, reducing cost by more than 30% compared to previous versions. Au is listed as the sole inventor for the first PV tracker designed to stow for high wind speeds up to 155 mph, and he holds design patents on the Andalay rack and framing, the SunSeeker tracker, and the NEXTrackerSPT. He studied mechanical engineering at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
Mr. Babbitt is a passionate visionary who has been on the forefront of the energy storage industry since the 1980s. A technical expert in energy storage, as well as a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Babbitt has analyzed over 140 energy storage technologies currently available or under development. Today Mr. Babbitt leads the development and design of energy storage systems and maintains supplier relationships in support of RES’ expanding global business which spans across North America, UK, Europe, Turkey and Australia. Previously, he co-founded the energy storage division in RES and then directed RES’ efforts in grid scale energy storage development, engineering, construction, and operations in North and South America. This includes 15 battery based utility-scale energy storage projects either in operation or current construction, for a total of 145 MW (290 MW of resource), not including supporting the world’s first non-fuel Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) plant. Mr. Babbitt previously founded Battery Power Systems of Seattle, Washington. He worked as a program manager at Microsoft Advanced Technologies. He is the inventor of four issued U.S. Patents, one UK Patent, and five current U.S. and international patent applications.
Scott Baker is a senior business solutions analyst in the Applied Solutions department of PJM Interconnection and leads PJM’s Emerging Technologies Pilot Program. As a senior business solutions analyst, Mr. Baker evaluates emerging technology and policy issues in the electric power sector. In this role, he administers technology demonstration projects with PJM members, research institutions, and the industry at large. Recently, this work has focused on market evolution initiatives related to Demand Response and Energy Storage technologies participating in the PJM Capacity and Ancillary Services markets. Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Baker worked as a researcher and project manager at the University of Delaware’s Center for Carbon-free Power Integration on Vehicle-to-Grid technology, helping to successfully deploy the first electric vehicles to provide ancillary services to the electric system in October 2007. Mr. Baker has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Ithaca College in New York, and a Master’s degree from the University of Delaware studying the offshore wind power resource in the Atlantic Ocean and the related electric system integration issues.
Commander Jesse Black is an Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) currently serving as a Federal Senior Sustainability Officer for Energy in White House Counsel of Environmental Quality. Here he assists agencies with implementation of various sustainability and energy focused initiatives, Executive Orders, and Presidential Memoranda. He facilitates the use of innovative financing and contracting mechanisms to assist meeting Administrative energy goals. His portfolio includes Renewable Energy and Alternative Energy, Energy Finance and Contracting, including Energy Savings Performance Contracts, and Power Purchase Agreements. He is also working on Green Building Energy.
His pervious Engineering Duty assignments have included major overhauls of the fast attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) and the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower (CVN 69). His last assignment was Assistant Program Manager for the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) where he was responsible for the delivery of the ship’s propulsion and electric plant. This is the Navy’s newest first of a class stealth destroyer. Commander Black also served as the shipyard Docking Officer for both Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he was responsible for taking ships and submarines in and out of the water. As a Surface Warfare Officer, he served four years on board USS Cape St. George (CG 71). His assignments included, Electrical Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant, Assistant Chief Engineer, Combat Information Center Officer, and Navigator. In 2003 the ship deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Commander Black entered the Navy in 1990 as an Electronics Technician and graduated from the Navy Nuclear Power pipeline in 1992. He served on board USS Bainbridge (CGN 25) from 1992 to 1995.
Commander Black graduated from the University of Idaho in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in hydro dam construction and environmental engineering. In 2007 he earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in power from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Breyer is a consultant and energy storage subject matter expert within Black & Veatch's renewable energy group. Breyer has diverse experiences in solar pv and energy storage project development and engineering. Specifically he has helped clients design, model, cost, and implement grid-scale and behind-the-meter energy storage systems. In addition, Breyer has deep experience in energy storage product evaluation through his time spent leading bankability studies, independent engineering, owner's engineering, and EPC electrical design and procurement activities.
Richard Brody is Director of Sales and Marketing for Energy Storage at Lockheed Martin Energy. Richard joined the company in July 2015, and has more than 15 years of executive-level sales and marketing leadership experience. Throughout his career he has acquired deep domain knowledge in energy storage and distributed generation, as well as a proven track record developing strategy, sales channels, joint ventures and partnerships in the United States, Asia and Russia. Prior to Lockheed Martin, Richard was vice president of Business Development and Sales at Primus Power, a flow battery company, where he led the customer-facing team. Before that, Richard led product, market and partnership initiatives at SustainX, a developer of isothermal compressed air energy storage systems. Previously, Richard was vice president of Business Development and Strategic Marketing at PowerGenix, where he helped re-target the company’s Ni-Zn battery solutions for electric vehicles, stationary storage and military applications. In nearly a decade at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), he served first as president of International Operations in Moscow, then as vice president of International Business Development at UTC Power, where he established the company’s clean and renewable power generation business in Asia and Europe. Prior to UTC, Richard worked at the White House as special advisor to Vice President Al Gore on International Affairs. Richard has a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.A./Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Jason Burwen is the Policy Vice President of the Energy Storage Association, leading the industry’s state, federal, and RTO/ISO engagements. Previously, Jason was the Associate Director for Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he directed research and advocacy on U.S. energy R&D and tax policy. He also served as staff director of the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of CEOs led by Bill Gates to advocate for greater federal investments in clean energy technology development. Jason has also consulted to utilities on demand-side management programs for FSC Group/Nexant and reviewed renewable energy procurement processes and trends for the California Public Utilities Commission.
As Chief Commercial Officer, Karen is responsible for building and leading Stem’s commercial enterprise, including: strategy, policy, sales, marketing and product management. Her team at Stem has successfully deployed a large fleet of customer-sited storage with software and analytics that serve both commercial customers at the site and electric utilities and wholesale markets. Prior to joining Stem, she was a Managing Director in the commercial systems group at SunPower. Her teams successfully deployed large PV systems on DOD, DOE and VA facilities throughout the United States. Additionally, Karen led the key account efforts at SunPower with responsibility for Apple, Verizon, Macy’s and other Fortune 500 customers. Karen has consulted in utility-scale energy programs and spent 10 years at Honeywell Grid Solutions designing and delivering energy efficiency, demand response and smart metering programs. She currently serves as Treasurer on the board of directors of the Energy Storage Association ESA and holds a board seat on the SmartElectric Power Alliance (SEPA). Karen graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in economics.
Ed Chiao is co-founder & CEO of Amber Kinetics, a manufacturer and project developer of utility-scale flywheel energy storage systems. Headquartered in Union City, CA, the company’s product line includes an 8kW, 4-hour duration, 32 kWh “mechanical” battery which features a 5,000 lb. all-steel flywheel to store energy in kinetic form. A major California IOU signed a 20-year ESA with Amber Kinetics for 20MW/80MWh, the largest announced flywheel project in the world. Prior to Amber Kinetics, Ed worked in utility-scale solar development with Cleantech America, which when acquired in 2010 by Meridian Energy was a leading developer of PV farms in California, with a pipeline of over 380 MW of utility-scale solar projects throughout the U.S. Ed received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and has completed additional coursework in energy policy and cleantech entrepreneurship at Stanford University. He is the recipient of the Chinese Institute of Engineering Scholarship Award, presented by Dr. Steven Chu, the former U.S. Secretary of Energy.
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.
Eric Clifton is Founder and CEO of Orison, an energy storage company. Orison plug-and-play energy storage provides control and security over your energy while contributing to a self-healing, efficient energy grid. Eric is a prolific developer and visionary with experience in corporate strategy and sustainable development.
He has over 15 years of experience and expertise in product development of smart home technologies for construction of residential communities built with sustainable strategies. Eric began his career as an entrepreneur over 15 years ago by securing a $10M investment and has continued to achieve success with multiple companies.
He was a Member of the National Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Counsel. Eric is a member of the California Smart Inverter Working Group (SIWG).
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.
Colin Cushnie is vice president of Energy Procurement & Management in the Power Supply unit at Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for SCE’s energy contracting, energy and emissions trading, and energy market operations.
Previously, Cushnie was director of Portfolio Planning & Analysis in the Power Supply unit at SCE, responsible for the company’s wholesale market solicitation valuations, energy portfolio analysis and risk assessment, demand and price forecasting, and transmission congestion risk management.
Cushnie also served as director of Regulatory Affairs for SCE, based in the company’s San Francisco office. He was responsible for representing SCE before the California Public Utilities Commission and other agencies on matters relating to energy procurement and market design.
Cushnie was responsible for coordinating SCE’s energy requirements with the California Department of Water Resources during the state’s 2000-2002 electricity crisis, which required the state of California to assume responsibility for power procurement for the state’s financially distressed investor-owned utilities.
Cushnie joined SCE in 1987, serving in a variety of management and analyst positions related to natural gas fuel supply, contract management, and construction and material procurement.
Cushnie graduated cum laude from Whittier College with a bachelor degree in both economics and business administration.
Simon Daniel is a serial innovator, and founder of Moixa – a UK pioneer in new energy R&D, Distributed Energy Storage, and DC Microgrids. Moixa is the UK leader in home energy storage and VPP/Aggregate storage models, with over £5m of UK delivery across Utilities, DECC, Networks. Simon also joined the former PM at the Northern Future Forum to discuss new Energy Pension finance model for behind meter assets. Simon holds multiple patents on advanced mobile interfaces, consumer and smart battery technologies. He was previously at Accenture as a senior manager/tech evangelist and holds an MA in Physics from Cambridge, attended the inaugural Singularity University Summer in 2009. [url=http://www.moixa.com]http://www.moixa.com[/url]
Mike Della Penna, Principal on PG&E’s Energy Storage Development team, leads the company’s efforts identifying and developing opportunities for utility-owned, in front of the meter energy storage projects across PG&E’s territory. Over the past two years, Mike led project development and internal negotiations for PG&E’s utility-owned project proposals in the 2016 Energy Storage RFO and the 2018 Local Sub Area RFO. He joined PG&E in 2012 as an analyst working on customer rate analytics and served as an expert witness in support of PG&E’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Education Program application with the CPUC. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame and is currently pursuing an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.
Jacqueline assists her clients to evaluate and integrate emerging technologies into the energy markets. She is an expert in the energy regulatory arena and wholesale market rules. She helps her clients with interconnection, pricing, contract evaluation, and understanding the requirements for participation in the wholesale market. Jacquie has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining CES in 2007, she worked for the California ISO in the market design and account management areas. She has also worked on international energy sector restructuring matters for the USAID, and in project development for an independent power producer. She began her career at the FERC. Jacquie has a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.
Farid Dibachi, CEO and founder of JLM Energy, is a visionary motivated by impacting behavioral change. He is passionate about changing the way we acquire and use power. He believes it is time that more Americans understand there is a better way to address our insatiable appetite for electricity. The conventional power grid is undergoing a transformation from centralized to locally generated electricity. This transition is being driven by improved energy efficiency, plentiful renewable energy, and enhanced energy storage. People can go grid synergistic, or grid independent. It is an economic decision. Mr. Dibachi is a successful entrepreneur who previously founded technology companies Arzoon and Diba. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Additionally, Mr. Dibachi holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Mr. Dibachi has said he considers himself “first, a citizen of the world and second, an American, and third, an Iranian whose native country has been perpetually and permanently scarred by conflict brought upon its people because of its rich fossil fuel resources.”
Dan is the head of the Energy Storage team at Wood Mackenzie (formerly GTM Research), where he focuses on front-of-the-meter energy storage applications. He previously worked as a Senior Consultant with DNV GL where he focused on competitive energy markets and the intersection of emerging energy business strategies within the broader evolving technological and regulatory environment. Prior to DNV GL Dan worked with Navigant Consulting and the Department of Energy.
Dan has 10 years of experience in the energy space as a researcher, consultant, and analyst. Dan holds a Master’s of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Energy Center and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics-Physics from Brown University.
Daniel Friberg is Division Engineering Manager at Parker-Hannifin’s Global Energy Grid Tie (EGT) division with global headquarter in Charlotte NC. In this role he is responsible for system engineering and integration of Parkers grid tie inverters as well as batteries in energy storage applications. Daniel has a strong technical background in inverter technology, control systems and electrical engineering, with 25 years of experience working for leading electrical engineering companies. He earned a BS degree in Mechanical engineering from Jonkoping, Sweden 1990 and also received a diploma in the subject of Electrical Machines, Motors & Generators (1993). Many years were spent as field service engineer and systems design engineer, inverters and controls, before becoming engineering manager in 2010. Daniel has been working in the power electronics and grid integration business for the last nine years with focus on energy storage and STATCOM (Static VAr Compensation) applications. His engineering teams have designed and successfully deployed a number of multi megawatt systems worldwide.
Josh Gerber is Manager of Smart Grid at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a Sempra Energy utility. In his role leading enterprise-wide smart grid strategy, policy, and project alignment, Josh manages the development and implementation of SDG&E's Smart Grid Deployment Plan. Prior to joining Sempra, Josh was a Systems Engineer at Inflow, Inc., now part of SunGard Availability Services. In his 10+ years with the Sempra utilities, Josh has held multiple senior positions involving the planning, architecture, and implementation of smart grid, advanced metering, and other technology infrastructure.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 840,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.
Terry Grant is Managing Partner and head of the solar market practice for Marathon Capital. He is based in San Francisco and focuses on the power, alternative energy and energy technology sectors.
Prior to joining Marathon Capital, Mr. Grant was a Managing Director with FBR Capital Markets focused on alternative energy and power portfolio restructurings in the Energy Group. Mr. Grant originally joined FBR in 1997 and founded the equity research practice in energy, covering the IPP and non-utility generation sub-sectors. From 2000-2005, Mr. Grant was involved in energy technology investment ventures both investing, and offering financial advisory services for energy technology and power asset companies. He founded and served as Portfolio Manager in a hedge fund focused on the energy sector.
Prior to FBR, Mr. Grant held a variety of positions at US Generating Company – a PG&E and Bechtel partnership in the energy sector. He was involved in project financings totaling over $2 billion, corporate M&A work, and was responsible for project development for the South Western Region of the United States.
Mr. Grant received his BA from Wake Forest University and his MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Business at Wake Forest University. Mr. Grant holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses.
Ervan Hancock, Manager of Georgia Power’s Renewable Implementation Department and is responsible for development of the company’s renewable generation portfolio, research programs and strategy. In this role he has been pivotal in the development and implementation of the Company’s Advanced Solar Initiative and creation of the recently approved Renewable Development Initiative (REDI) which will increase the total amount of solar and renewable energy under contract in Georgia Power’s service territory to almost 3400 MWs by 2022.
This will make Georgia one of the national leaders in solar development with the one of largest portfolio of solar photovoltaic on the east coast. Mr. Hancock is also responsible for the company’s other efforts in the area of renewable leading the acquisition of 250MW of wind generation and more than 270MW of biomass generation.
Ervan previously served on the Board of Directors of the Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA) and currently serves on Solar Energy Trade Show Association (SETS). SEPA is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios. SETS plays a pivotal role in supporting the rapid growth of the U.S. solar industry, significant job creation and increased energy independence. SETS is responsible for the largest solar industry trade show, Solar Power International, with over fifteen thousand solar industry professionals in attendance.
Hancock earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in May 1999 and has attended executive education at the Wharton School.
Joe Heinzmann is the Senior Account Manager for General Electric’s Energy Storage Business. In this role Joe is responsible for developing cost effective technical solutions for GE’s customers around the world in a manner that maximizes the sustainability, economics and efficiency of customer’s and utilities energy system. Joe has led directly to the placement of large scale Energy Storage Systems in Hybrid Electric Gas Turbines, Balancing Areas, energy management and renewable integration applications in North America and Worldwide. Joe was elected to the Secretary/Treasurer Position of the California Energy Storage Association and is on the Leadership Circle of the National Energy Storage Association Joe holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the California Maritime Academy.
Since 2014, Fabrice Hudry is the Vice President of Samsung SDI's Energy Storage Solutions business for the Americas, dedicated to transforming the energy world by creating innovative and practical value propositions for the successful development and implementation of Energy Storage Systems with local teams, partners and customers, across the energy sectors ranging from utility-scale and Commercial & Industrial to Telecommunications, Uninterruptible Power Supply, Battery Backup Units, and to residential end users.
With over 19 years of technical and international business experience in the energy, electricity and software industry, Fabrice began his career with Cegelec in France as a Power Systems Engineer working on Energy Management Systems software before transitioning in 1997 to Cegelec's Automation Unit in WA, USA, which subsequently became Alstom Grid. There he managed the Dispatcher Training Simulator (DTS e-terra simulator) business creating state-of-the-art training & testing simulation systems. In 2005, he received the Frost & Sullivan Energy Industry Training Product award for his industry achievements.
In 2007, Fabrice was appointed head of Alstom Grid’s New Zealand business, developing and executing Transmission & Distribution projects with its strategic key accounts, ranging from the National Control Center Markets & Energy Management Systems to large Gas Insulated Switchgear and HVDC/FACTS turnkey substations.
Upon returning to the USA in 2009, Fabrice served as Alstom Grid’s Business
Development Director and then as Smart Grid Director for North America, across a wide range of Product Lines, technologies and solutions including: smart control center solutions, smart power electronics, digital substations, condition monitoring & assets management, microgrids, Energy Storage Solutions, and renewable integration.
Fabrice received his Master's Degree in Power Systems from the French École Spéciale de Mécanique et d’Électricité Sudria school of Paris. He has also completed the Harvard Business School's Corporate Executive Program and has been an IEEE Power Engineering Society member since 1999.
Since April, 2017, as Director of Energy Contract Management, Mark leads the management and settlement of all energy contracts. He also leads SCE’s Energy Storage Initiative. Previously as Director of Contract Origination, Mark led SCE’s Energy Storage procurement activities as well as other energy procurement programs.
In addition, he previously led SCE’s energy storage and transportation research and development activities, and the project management of Advanced Technology’s research portfolio.
Mr. Irwin has over 30 years in the energy business, which includes 25 years with Edison International, leading teams that develop, manage or contract with significant power generation, energy storage and fuel assets.
Mr. Irwin earned an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting from the University of Southern California.
Mateo Jaramillo is the Vice President of Products and Programs for Tesla’s stationary energy storage program. He conceived of and started the effort in 2009, securing initial funding and leading all aspects of business and engineering development along with product deployment. He is currently responsible for Tesla Energy's product line and business model definition, and as well global policy and business development. Mateo joined Tesla in 2009 as the Director of Powertrain Business Development, serving as commercial lead and primary negotiator on over $100M in new development and $500M in production contracts signed for electric powertrain sales. Prior to Tesla, Mateo was Chief Operating Officer and part of the founding team at Gaia Power Technologies, an early distributed energy storage firm. There he pioneered residential and commercial markets for first turn-key energy storage systems and led three generations of product development that grew company sales by 400%. Mateo began his career in the software industry as a Product Manager with Predictive Networks, an interactive TV software provider. Mateo earned his A.B. in Economics from Harvard in 1999 and a Masters in Theology from Yale Divinity School in 2004 where he won the Tew prize for outstanding coursework in Ethics, Philosophy, and History. He is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
Harjeet Johal is a Senior Manager with ICF International and an expert in energy economics and power system consulting. He has over 10 years of experience in electrical engineering, energy planning, economic evaluation, and policy research. He has led numerous consulting studies in renewable integration, T&D planning, financial due diligence, and power system strategy.
Harjeet holds a PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology and has authored several patents, journal articles, and industry papers.
As President and CEO of Greensmith, John has led the company from concept to market leadership in grid-scale energy storage technology since joining in 2009. He set the technology and strategic vision for Greensmith early on: to provide the energy storage technology platform of choice to customers and partners leveraging a battery-agnostic, software-optimized and distributed network approach. Prior to Greensmith, John spent over 20 years building high-growth, B2B technology companies and was a strategy consultant to a number of vertical sectors including the electric utility industry. John held C-level roles at four venture capital-backed technology companies operating globally, including a consortia-based electronic marketplace that served 21 of the 25 largest electric utilities in North America. John also served as a senior strategy consultant for A.T. Kearney and Braxton Associates in the areas of corporate/business unit strategy, enterprise transformation and portfolio/growth strategy. John holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Sciences from the University of Western Ontario.
Praveen Kathpal is Vice President of Global Market Development at AES Energy Storage and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Storage Association. His responsibilities at AES include accelerating global energy storage market growth, and bringing energy storage to new customers and new applications. Mr. Kathpal joined AES in 2007. Prior to joining AES, Mr. Kathpal was a consultant at ICF International. He holds a BA in Economics and a MBA from the University of Virginia.
Susan served for two decades at the highest levels of state and federal government, most recently as chief of staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, cabinet secretary and deputy chief of staff to Governor Gray Davis and communications director for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. She served from 2003- 2006 on California's Public Utilities Commission, regulating the state's investor- owned electric utilities, telecommunications providers and private water companies. Susan was at the center of many of California's groundbreaking environmental policies, including the carbon reduction mandate and cap-and-trade program under AB 32, the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, auto emission standards and Renewable Portfolio Standard. She coordinated the State's emergency demand response efforts during the energy crisis of 2000-2001 and as a member of the PUC she authored what was then the largest energy efficiency program in utility history. She holds a B.A. in Management from Saint Mary's College of California.
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.
Peter Klauer is a Senior Advisor, Smart Grid Technology, at the California Independent System Operator Corporation in Folsom California. The California ISO provides open and non-discriminatory access to over 80% of the state’s wholesale electricity transmission grid, supported by a competitive energy market and comprehensive infrastructure planning effort.
Peter is responsible for supporting smart grid research and facilitating the integration of emerging smart grid technologies into the ISO’s wholesale energy markets and operational systems. Peter acts in an advisory role on technical programs and research initiatives, including, the California Energy Commission’s EPIC Program, the US Department of Energy’s ARPA-e agency, national laboratory research initiatives, EPRI, and California Investor Owned Utility demonstration projects with the ISO.
Peter also supports state energy policy development in emerging renewable and smart grid technology areas within the California Public Utilities Commission’s Energy Division and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
As Managing Director of Energy Storage Solutions, Madeleine is responsible for overseeing the origination, development, and execution of energy storage projects. Prior to joining Edison Energy, Madeleine served as both Senior Vice President of Advanced Energy Solutions and Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategy for SoCore Energy, an Edison Energy affiliate specializing in solar energy. In both of these roles, Madeleine specialized in translating market trends into strategic and transformative opportunities for SoCore and its clients.
Madeleine has more than 15 years of experience the clean energy field. Prior to joining SoCore, she was a Senior Policy Advocate with the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago, where she was involved in renewable energy policy development and regulatory proceedings across the Midwest. Madeleine previously served as Deputy Director of Policy & Communications for the City of Knoxville, Tennessee, where she led downtown redevelopment activities and launched the City’s Energy & Sustainability Initiative. Early in Madeleine’s career, she worked as a Policy Analyst for Environment Northeast and as Coordinator of the Community Clean Air Initiative for the City of New Haven, Connecticut.
Madeleine holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a BA from Carleton College.
As president and a 23-year veteran of Dynapower, Adam has led the Vermont-based power conversion developer and manufacturer through several stages of growth and product line development including the establishment of the company’s Energy Storage Group in 2007. Since then Dynapower ESG has worked alongside utilities, government agencies, universities, developers and battery suppliers to deploy over 250 MWs of energy storage inverters worldwide. Notable Dynapower energy storage projects include America’s largest wind energy storage project in Notrees, Texas developed with Duke Energy, and the Stafford Hill Solar Farm developed alongside Green Mountain Power. Strafford Hill was recently recognized in the 2016 Grid Edge Awards from Green Tech Media for innovation and leadership in energy storage. Working with ESG sales leader, Chip Palombini, and his team, Adam has overseen the development of utility scale installation partnerships with battery manufacturers and the commercializatin of Dynapower’s GEN 3 family of energy storage inverters. In addition to offering custom inverter development and manufacturing from its 150,000 sq. ft. vertically integrated manufacturing facility in Vermont, Dynapower is the only PCS manufacturer to offer a full line of commercial energy storage inverters from 100 kW to 2200 kW for utility-scale, C & I, and solar plus storage applications. Prior to becoming president, in his role as COO, Adam, led the first large market introduction of “Chopper” technology (high frequency converter AC to DC megawatt systems) in the mining and electrochemical industries.
David Lentsch specializes in distribution, transmission and generation including utility scale renewable, alternative energy and distributed energy projects. He is experienced in the planning, origination, development and implementation of utility T&D projects, distributed and renewable energy generation systems and grid level renewables integration with major investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities and electric cooperatives. David is also experienced in utility and industrial, commercial, government and institutional level microgrid projects.
Mr. Lentsch’s responsibility at Maxwell Technologies is business development for advanced energy storage systems. He is responsible for utility and partner engagement and regulatory matters. His objective is to apply Maxwell’s energy storage products, technologies and advanced energy storage skill to produce effective, timely and cost-effective solutions that meet utility, PUC, state and federal objectives.
Prior to joining Maxwell Technologies, Mr. Lentsch held senior positions with utility energy leaders for which he led renewable and alternative energy, smart grid, distributed generation and demand response initiatives and projects. He served as Director Business Development with Gridco, Vice President with utility solar developer 8minutenergy Renewables, Director with Uni-Solar, and Director with Comverge, a supplier of energy and capacity to utilities for demand response systems. He also served as VP, Product and Technical Marketing for Gould.
Mr. Lentsch earned a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Kent State University in Ohio where he graduated magna cum laude. He also graduated from the U.S. Naval College in San Diego where he majored in electronics and physics. Mr. Lentsch is a military veteran having served in the United States Coast Guard. Married with one daughter, he enjoys sailing and travel.
One of the early solar pioneers, Tom Leyden began his solar career in 1980 and over the years has held a number of executive management positions. He was VP of Sales and Marketing at EPV, a thin-film PV manufacturer, and at WorldWater, a remote-power and solar-water pumping company that installed solar projects in Africa and Asia. He served as VP of East Coast Operations for PowerLight, the commercial PV pioneer bought by SunPower, where he became SunPower’s East Coast Managing Director, and later was VP of Commercial Development at SolarCity. In 2012 he became CEO of the energy storage start-up Solar Grid Storage that was acquired by Sunedison in January 2015 where he became VP of Energy Storage Deployment.
Tom has served the industry in various other roles, including President of MDV-SEIA and Mid‐Atlantic Solar Energy Industry Association, board member of national SEIA and PV Now, and advisor to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. He holds a BA from Princeton
Roger Lin is Senior Director of Product Marketing at NEC Energy Solutions, where he leads all product management and marketing activities for the company. Focusing on grid energy storage solutions as well as battery systems for commercial and industrial applications, he has over ten years of experience in energy storage technologies and applications. In past roles he was responsible for several successful development efforts ranging from high power energy storage systems for hybrid buses to core lithium ion cell technologies at A123 Systems. Prior to joining NEC, he held roles in early stage venture capital fund YankeeTek Ventures, and business development and materials science research and development at Saint-Gobain. Roger received his Master of Engineering degree in Materials Science from MIT, his Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University, and is an inventor on nine United States patents.
Dan Loflin currently serves as the CEO of Geli, a leading supplier of software solutions to the energy storage industry. Under his leadership, Geli closed its Series A funding and expanded business operations to New York City and Australia. Dan comes to Geli with more than 20 years of experience developing and commercializing market-defining technologies, and has held senior management and advisory roles at Locus Energy, IBM, LG Electronics, and McKinsey & Company. Dan holds a BA from Columbia University and a MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Elena is co-founder and CEO of UtilityAPI, a company that automates the process of collecting electricity data for solar, energy storage, and energy management companies. Elena began her career at PG&E, where she worked on low income energy efficiency programs and distributed generation. Forbes named her 30 Under 30 in 2016. She is on the board of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability and co-chair of the finance committee. She holds a Master’s of International Economics with a focus on econometrics and energy policy from UC San Diego.
Jeff MacAulay is Chief Operating Officer for Enbala Power Networks, where he oversees Project Delivery, Product Development and Operations. MacAulay is an innovative leader with 15 years of energy industry experience. With a strong combination of software and hardware development, project management, operational management and financial acumen, he was previously COO for Endurance Wind Power, where he led the distributed wind turbine company’s operations in five countries. MacAulay also spent several years with Schnieder Electric, where he developed three-phase power meter applications as a hardware and firmware engineer and was project manager for R&D Hardware. He holds an electrical engineering degree from Victoria University.
Steve Malnight is Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is responsible for developing, coordinating and managing policy with state and federal regulatory agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He also is responsible for developing and filing rate proposals with the CPUC, and for oversight of the company’s gas and electric tariffs. Malnight joined PG&E in 2002 and has held diverse leadership positions within the company. After serving as Director of Customer Strategy and then Senior Director of Finance, leading the company’s budgeting and planning process, he became Special Assistant to the Chairman of PG&E’s Corporation in 2007. Subsequent roles included Vice President of Renewable Energy and Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions, an organization providing integrated energy solutions to help customers save energy and money. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs in September 2014. Malnight holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, an organization focused on facilitating electricity utilities in the transition to a clean energy future through research, education, and stakeholder collaboration.
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.
Peter Mathews leads the North America team as General Manager for SolarEdge in the Americas and is responsible for all business activities. He is a veteran of more than 25 years in the global semiconductor and solar industries in senior sales, marketing and business development roles. He has led various companies through the start-up, IPO and growth phases including Enecsys, Solyndra and FormFactor.
Jim McDowall has worked in the battery industry since 1977 and is currently in the position of Business Development Manager with Saft, primarily associated with grid systems. Involved in the energy storage market since 1998, Jim was a Director of the Energy Storage Association for 14 years and is a past Chair of the organization. Jim is a Senior Member of IEEE and is Standards Coordinator of the IEEE Stationary Battery Committee, the Chair of two of its working groups, and a past Chair of the main committee. Jim is a frequent speaker at energy storage conferences and related events.
Dirk Michels, a partner in Ballard Spahr's Energy and Project Finance Group, is one of the leading energy technology and renewable energy attorneys in California. He represents energy technology and renewable energy companies, as well as investors, developers, lenders, and equipment vendors, in developing and financing solar, biomass, wind, thermal, transmission, storage, smart grid, and other energy projects in corporate, M&A, energy project development and financing, debt and equity financings, tax equity financings, joint ventures, and other strategic alliances within the United States and abroad.
During a 20-year career practicing law in California and Germany, he has advised publicly traded and privately held clients in venture funding, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and project financing transactions worth billions of dollars. A recognized leader in the domestic distributed solar energy industry, Mr. Michels has been at the forefront of representing solar, wind, and energy storage projects involving collaboration between U.S., German, and Canadian companies.
Peter Mostow is a partner in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on the representation of emerging and mature companies in the fields of energy and clean technology. Peter's background in energy, regulatory, natural resources, and environmental law allows him to assist this client base with the development and finance of energy-generating plants and manufacturing facilities. He represents solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass project sponsors in site acquisition, permitting, power transmission, and offtake agreements; distributed solar power purchase agreement companies in developing their key commercial and financing agreements; and producers of new technologies from energy storage to renewable fuels in drafting and negotiating key commercial transactions. Peter's prior energy industry experience includes project development work for the sponsors of hydroelectric projects, gas-fired power plants, underground natural gas storage facilities, gas pipelines, and liquefied natural gas terminals.
In addition, Peter applies his knowledge of energy and infrastructure project development to assist clients with diligence, negotiations, and legal opinions on a variety of transactions including joint ventures, asset and membership interest acquisitions, venture and later-stage investments, project development and finance, and corporate finance.
Prior to joining the firm, Peter was a partner at Stoel Rives, where he chaired the renewable energy practice.
Following law school, in 1993-94, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle, Washington.
In addition to English, Peter is fluent in German.
A co-founder, Ken leads company operations, strategic development, corporate financing and M&A activity. Ken’s core focus is building Sunverge into an energy services company on the leading edge of smart grid optimization and virtual power plant services through innovative energy storage solutions comprising best-in-class hardware and software. Prior to starting Sunverge, Ken held various executive management roles with Inertia Engineering, Kinetec, Inc. and Motion Control Engineering, Inc. He holds a B.A. degree from California State University, Sacramento, and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Gregg Murphy first found his passion for renewable energy in 1994 where he built an off grid solar powered home. Gregg's home was featured in The Solar Home Tour. From that point he founded Solar Northwest where he taught college extension courses on renewable energy and helped many people cut the cord to carbon based fuel utility power.
Gregg most recently was the Director of Sales and a Partner at Revolusun in Honolulu. He developed the (RevoluSun Way) selling process and authored the (Solar Masters) training course. Under Gregg's leadership Revolusun won numerous awards, locally and nationally. He was pivotal in growing Revolusun as a market leader, as well as developing and managing franchisee’s whom purchased a RevoluSun Franchise.
Currently Gregg is the V.P. of Sales for Blue Planet Energy responsible for managing multiple channel selling strategies. Building, developing and managing a sales team to help decrease our nations dependency on carbon based fuels for energy.
Gregg has been married for 21 years, is a father of two children, volunteers as a Pastor at CrossRoad Ohana International Equipping Center at Ko'Olina Resort, and enjoys paddle surfing.
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.
Beth Reid is a proven leader with over 15 years of experience in the energy industry including senior management positions at multi-national corporations such as ABB and VECTRA Technologies. Throughout her career she has specialized in creating and implementing customized solutions for clients in regulated and de-regulated markets that incorporate both technological and non-technological components. Most recently, she has been focusing on helping clients develop cost-effective solutions in the areas of demand response, renewable resource utilization, and other environmental topics.
Beth is a results oriented professional with a record of implementing successful initiatives in the industry ranging from coordination of regulatory filings, to the development of innovative demand response programs to market entry for renewable generation resources. Having worked in both the retail and wholesale sectors, most recently as Managing Director at APX, responsible for the Demand Response and Professional Services group, the breadth of Beth’s experience enables her to bring a unique and valuable perspective to client collaborations.
Through her leadership complex initiatives have come to life. Olivine provides Beth with an opportunity to leverage these skills and capabilities to contribute lasting value to the shift in our energy use and sources.
Beth holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington and completed her undergraduate degree work with a specialty in Economics at the University of Michigan.
Amrit earned his B.S. in Atmosphere/Energy Engineering at Stanford University. He has relevant domain experience in sales, project management, business development, and engineering.
After completing his degree, he worked at QBotix (which made robotic tracking systems for solar PV) as an assistant to the CEO where he helped to build the business case, develop the marketing materials, and deliver the sales presentation that led to the company's first sale.
He spent three years at Clark Energy Group (CEG), where he co-led the sales, development, and engineering of a $100MM energy efficiency retrofit project for a national supermarket chain. The project included a broad set of energy and water upgrades in 74 supermarkets, but it could not effectively address the single-largest portion of the supermarkets’ energy bills: refrigeration. Amrit ultimately left CEG to solve this painful problem. While at CEG, he also co-led the development of a $13MM energy efficiency project, helped craft the go-to-market strategy for new market verticals, and helped to grow the company's sales pipeline by over $80MM.
Amrit and Anthony Diamond co-founded Axiom Exergy in November of 2013 in order to bring this disruptive energy storage solution to market. He developed the company's product market-fit, helped build a world-class team, recruited a strong advisory board, co-led early technology development, helped develop a sales pipeline of over $10MM with multiple national supermarket chains and electrical utilities, and led Axiom Exergy through two successful rounds of fundraising.
Amrit is a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers) and a jazz/reggae/funk/salsa trumpet player.
As a successful entrepreneur, technologist and visionary for breakthrough innovation and business transformation, Mr. Rojas has developed and later transferred technology to electrical utilities and large industries for over 20 years. Within the capital expenditure and regulatory constraints of his customers, he has lead and contributed in the fields of Smart Grid monitoring and control systems, renewable integration, energy storage integration, and predictive maintenance technologies. Mr. Rojas was granted a number of U.S. patents in all of these fields.
In his role within Ameren's Innovation and Corporate Strategy function, Alex is developing the organizational vision for technologies, systems, and capabilities for a successful and sustainable business.
Mr. Rojas has held leadership roles in challenging engineering positions at global technology groups, including Siemens, General Electric, and ABB. Mr. Rojas holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University and Michigan Technological University and an MBA degree from Southern Methodist University.
Bob Rudd has been with SolarCity for over 4 years and currently serves as SolarCity’s Vice President, Project Development, Energy Storage & Microgrids. In this role, Mr. Rudd is responsible for all business development activities in the C&I / Utility energy storage space, as well as in the provision of holistic microgrid solutions for utilities, governments, and other unique energy consumers. Under Mr. Rudd’s leadership, SolarCity has contracted over 100 MWh of energy storage projects, including several marquee customers in the F500, Public Sector, and Utility market segments. Prior to SolarCity, Mr. Rudd spent many years in leadership positions within the solar industry, most recently working for Sharp Electronics focused on M&A of utility scale solar projects both domestically and abroad. Mr. Rudd holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado and was an NCAA Division 1 swimmer.
Chip Russell is the Manager of Business Development at Eos, primarily responsible for market valuation and strategic partnerships. Chip joins Eos after 5 years of management consulting, specializing in utility economics and wholesale electricity markets. Chip’s work and expertise covers a wide range of topics including utility rate structures, asset valuation, price forecasting and optimization strategies for the dispatch of advanced storage systems in de-regulated markets. Chip brings an interdisciplinary background to Eos with a B.A in applied economics and a Masters in Environmental Management with a concentration in energy systems.
After graduating from university, Philipp Schröder founded a consulting company for renewable energy. From 2011 to 2012 he had a managing position in the photovoltaics division of Juwi, a nationwide project developer for renewable energy. In 2012 he became head of sales and business development of sonnen GmbH, market leader for smart lithium storage systems in Germany. In 2014 he left sonnen, becoming Country Director Germany of Tesla, where he vastly increased sales and presence of Tesla. In the end of 2015 he returned as a Managing Director to sonnen where he became Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.
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.
Brett Simon is a senior energy storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie - formerly GTM Research, focusing on the U.S. behind-the-meter energy storage market. He leads GTM Research’s quarterly U.S. storage market report, The U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, published in collaboration with the Energy Storage Association. Prior to joining GTM, Brett earned a Master of Science degree in sustainable systems at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. He first became interested in energy storage systems and their potential to revolutionize the energy sector through his coursework and master's project. Brett also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and environmental studies from New York University.
Leland R. Snook is Arizona Public Service Company’s Director, Rates and Rate Strategy. Mr. Snook’s areas of expertise include development and analysis of electric utility revenue requirements, modeling of cost of service, rate schedule design, embedded and marginal cost analysis and formulation of utility service policies. Mr. Snook has previously testified before the Arizona Corporation Commission on customer contracts, cost recovery mechanisms, fair value of utility property, rate schedules and pricing. Mr. Snook holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University and is a registered professional electrical engineer in the state of Arizona.
Arcady Sosinov is the CEO of FreeWire Technologies, a company he co-founded in 2014 to solve the challenges of large-scale electric vehicle charging and distributed energy storage. He has led the company from ideation, formation, incubation, and now customer acquisition and revenue growth. Prior to FreeWire Technologies, Arcady spent seven years in the finance industry, most recently with a $130B investment firm called GMO. His responsibilities included quantitative analysis and application development, with a focus on emerging markets. Arcady holds two bachelor’s degrees from Boston University, as well as an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Dan Sowder, P.E. is Vice President of Power Systems Integration at Doosan GridTech, responsible for the design, installation, and deployment of operational energy storage hardware and software projects for electric utilities. Dan is a recognized industry expert in energy storage and distributed energy integration, leading the design, installation, and operations of multiple utility-scale energy storage systems while at Doosan GridTech (formerly 1Energy Systems) and previously in Duke Energy’s Emerging Technology Office. He has led multiple grid technology deployments and business model initiatives designed to enhance the value of renewable energy on the grid. Prior to working at Duke Energy, Dan served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.
Julian is a staff writer at Greentech Media, where he reports on energy storage and other clean energy sectors. He also has experience covering clean transportation, state and federal energy policy, and climate adaptation. Previously, Julian reported for CityLab at The Atlantic and conducted grant-funded climate change reporting in Bangladesh. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in political science.
Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 30 years. He has been a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage. He is currently Vice President of Business Development at CarbonQuest and is focused on technology that can increase decarbonization now. Prior to joining CarbonQuest, Stake was Vice President of Utility Business Development for Enel X, a global power company. Enel X acquired Demand Energy, in 2017, where Stake was a cofounder and a specialist in distributed energy storage systems. Prior to Demand Energy, Stake was a Vice President in various roles at Itron, a global leader in smart metering. Stake is applying his experience in developing new markets for emerging technologies that can have impact today. He is a third-generation power engineer who grew up in the energy industry. Stake is an active industry participant and his ability to explain complex technology into understandable terms has resulted in groups requesting his contribution in frequent speaking events and industry panels.
Sahir serves as Co-chair of Mintz Levin’s Energy Technology Practice. Sa represents emerging growth and established energy technology, information technology and life sciences companies, investors and investment banks in public offerings and private financings, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships. In 2013, Sa was listed among the Top 100 Cleantech & Renewables Lawyers by Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy. He has worked on a wide variety of capital-raising and related projects, with a focus on equity and debt financings, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, with aggregate proceeds of more than $10.6 billion. Sa recently represented Aspen Aerogels in its $82,500,000 Initial Public Offering.
Sa has an M.B.A. in corporate finance and focuses on adding value in complex financing structures and helping younger companies navigate the challenges of the public and private markets. He also has extensive international experience, having represented clients in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere
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.
Mr. Adam Todorski is a Senior Technical Solutions Architect at AutoGrid and has founded several technology startups, led technology teams in business software and scientific computing, as well as designed hardware control and communication systems for industrial automation. He started his career designing controls for distributed power generation and automated DR, including starting an ISO New England IBCS provider in 2006, PowerComm LLC. He has run wholesale market operations desks in multiple US markets, developed and operated grid-scale energy storage, and put large industrials into ancillary services markets. Mr. Todorski holds a BS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is both a PJM and ISO New England certified supply resource operator.
With more than 30 years of experience, Ron Van Dell has an exceptional track record of success and proven leadership skills in early-stage, turn-around and established businesses. His background covers a broad range of industries in semiconductors and electronics – power, communications, computing, industrial control, electrical distribution and clean tech. As President and CEO of SolarBridge Technologies, Van Dell led the development and launch of a ground-breaking microinverter solution for AC Solar Modules, reaching eight digits in sales, while raising four rounds of funding. Before SolarBridge, Van Dell served as President and CEO at Primarion (sold to Infineon), President and CEO at Legerity (spin off of Communication Division of AMD), General Manager for Dell Computer’s Dimension Line of Business ($6B in sales), and VP-GM of the Communication Products Business at Harris Semiconductor (now Intersil Corporation). He also held previous international management positions in the U.S. and in Europe at Groupe Schneider, Square D Company and General Electric.
Van Dell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from Michigan Technological University and was a member of Eta Kappa Nu. He received Key Technologist and Management Awards at General Electric, served on the Board of Directors - NC State University Engineering Foundation, on the Europe Committee of the Confederation of British Industry, was Cited as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and Co-chaired a Session on High Performance Teams at the World Economic Forum, served as Chairman’s Delegate to the US-ASEAN Business Council, received the first-ever Technology Achievement Award by B’nai B’rith International, was inducted into ECE Academy - Michigan Technological University and has served on both public and private company Boards of Directors.
Van Dell currently chairs the Industrial Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at Michigan Technological University, served as Chairman of the Clean Energy Council for the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2012, was appointed by Austin City Council to its Local Solar Advisory Committee in 2012, serves on the Oversight Committee for the M-TRAC commercialization program of the Michigan EDC and as an Advisory Fellow, NSF Center for Next Gen PV, University of Texas.
Swami Venkataraman manages the development of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analytic tools, assessments and the integration of ESG considerations into Moody’s credit ratings and research. As senior vice president-manager in Moody’s ESG group, he also leads Moody’s global renewable energy task force, is a member of the Infrastructure Finance Franchise Committee, and a ratings chair for the North American utilities and infrastructure ratings team.
Before moving to the ESG team, Venkataraman was a lead analyst in the North American utilities and infrastructure team since 2014. Prior to joining Moody’s, Swami was a director of project & export finance at Standard Chartered Bank in Mumbai, India, responsible for business development and execution of project and export credit financings in Asia covering power, renewable energy, and other infrastructure sectors. One of his solar PV projects won the “PFI Asia-Pacific Renewables deal of the year” award in 2013.
Venkataraman has broad expertise in energy and infrastructure, especially clean energy, across geographies over the past 20 years. He is a CFA charterholder, with a B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras and an M.B.A. in finance and information systems from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta.
Catherine Von Burg is President and CEO of SimpliPhi Power, a technology company that designs and manufactures intelligent, non-toxic, efficient, energy-dense storage and management systems. Her career spans a diverse portfolio of strategic planning, policy development, executive management, and multidisciplinary team building. Committed to the transformation of the power grid and adoption of clean energy and distributed energy storage, she has conducted biomedical research, published white papers and spearheaded national program, policy and business-driven initiatives with organizations such as Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Institute, Columbia University, NY March of Dimes Foundation, John Hopkins School of Biomedical Engineering, Wilderness Education Association and First 5 Commission of California. Catherine graduated from Columbia University in New York and holds a Master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy.
Gabriel serves as a Director of Development with Hecate Energy where he is responsible for ongoing project development and execution efforts including site selection and permitting, offtake negotiation, subcontractor selection and contracting, and technology selection.
Prior to joining Hecate Energy Gabriel served in several business development roles for Yingli Solar. Initially Gabriel managed US utility scale business development for Yingli. Subsequently Gabriel managed all Latin American business development for Yingli Americas. He establishing business units in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico and cultivated customers in nine Latin American countries.
Gabriel began his career as an investment banker in the Power and Utilities Group Barclays Capital. His advisory work focused on the acquisition and divestiture of power generation assets.
Gabriel holds a BS with Honors in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Business.
Eric Wesoff is Editor-at-Large at Greentech Media. Prior to joining GTM, Eric Wesoff founded Sage Marketing Partners in 2000 to provide sales and marketing-consulting services to venture-capital firms and their portfolio companies in the alternative energy and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Wesoff has become a well-known, respected authority and speaker in these fields.
His expertise covers solar power, fuel cells, biofuels and advanced batteries. His strengths are in market research and analysis, business development and due diligence for investors. He frequently consults for energy startups and Silicon Valley's premier venture capitalists.
Rick Winter, BE(Mech), UET’s President & COO with a focus on corporate & product strategy with 25 years’ experience innovating and applying grid storage technologies, ranging from deploying microgrids in Australia’s Torres Strait to managing PG&E’s Energy Storage Program, and leading product development at five advanced battery companies. Rick led development of the world’s first flow battery product and invented the single loop flow battery (Pat#8039161). He holds 17 US patents with numerous abroad and several patents pending. Rick is a founding member of the Electricity Storage Association that was created in 1991 as the national trade group for the industry, twice serving as chairman and 18 years on the board. In 2011, Rick was awarded the prestigious Phil Symons award for his “instrumental role in the evolution of storage technologies in both the utility and battery manufacturing industries”. UET is spearheading a $300MM consortium manufacturing the only containerized vanadium flow battery with MW-scale field deployments. The product leverages next generation electrochemistry designed at PNNL with extensive industrial engineering and a multinational, high volume supply chain. Key attributes of UET’s factory integrated product include no capacity fade, 100% duty cycle flexibility, 20-year durability and 100% recyclability.
Greg Wolfson is the senior director of storage product line at Enphase Energy, where he leads the successful market introduction and growth of Enphase’s platform of storage solutions. Greg began his career in the semiconductor field, and worked at companies including Intel, Boeing, PsomasFMG, and Mariani Energy Group. Greg offers insights from a formidable portfolio of utility scale, on and off grid renewable energy projects in the U.S. and Europe, directing all technical aspects of solar energy systems. Greg holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.