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Alex Anich is the Manager of Renewable Market Intelligence for NRG, Energy Inc., where he oversees the company’s Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) portfolio. Alex leads NRG’s exploration of the application of blockchain technology to the REC and environmental attribute markets. Prior to joining NRG, Alex headed up the Research & Advisory service of Karbone, an NYC based brokerage, project finance and research firm focused on environmental markets. Alex leverages his experience working in the early days of Shell’s renewable energy business to provide a unique perspective on the evolution of energy markets around the world.
Cassie is an Associate Vice President at Energy Impact Partners, a $650m venture capital fund investing in energy technology, where she is responsible for EIP’s west coast presence. Prior to joining EIP, she worked for 5 years at SunPower, one of the largest global solar companies, in policy and strategy. At SunPower she was responsible for global market analysis, legal and regulatory assessment, and new country entry. She has also gained operating experience at energy storage, micro-grid and energy asset management startups in business development and finance roles. Cassie holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BA in Economics from Harvard University, and was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy (2018).
Paul joined the EDF Group (Électricité de France) Open Innovation team in June 2015. He supports technology scouting for business units within the entire EDF Group, manages relationships with the start-up and innovation ecosystems in North America, participates and leads R&D projects, and assists business units in accelerating new business development.
EDF is an $80B/yr global, integrated energy company and the world’s largest electricity producer. EDF’s 140 GW’s of generation capacity and 150k employees across 30+ countries generate over 650 TWH’s of electricity for 40M customers – and 85% of that electricity generated is carbon free. In the US, EDF operates EDF Renewable Energy (formerly enXco), EDF Trading and Energy Services, Groom Energy, EDF R&D, and ~7 GW of generation capacity. Globally, EDF is active in the entire value chain of the electric industry, including R&D, project development, generation, trading, transmission, distribution, sales, and services.
Paul has over 15 years of experience throughout the value chain of clean energy development, commercialization, and deployment. Prior to EDF, Paul held key roles on the analysis, marketing, product development, project development, business development, and corporate development teams in start-ups and large international energy companies, including QBotix, AUO/BenQ, Suntech/Gemini, and several C&I PV developer/integrators. Paul graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a BSE, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering focused on clean energy technologies, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, and electricity demand forecasting.
Kristen Brown is a Principal with Commonwealth Edison’s Utility of the Future group which is tasked with advancing ComEd’s transition into the future. In this role, Kristen is responsible for identifying and evaluating potential investments in new technologies related to the realities of rapid technical advancement, increasing data availability, pervasive connectivity, and customer choice and control. She specifically focuses on ComEd’s peer-to-peer, transactive energy, and communications infrastructure strategies.
Prior to her role at ComEd, Kristen was a Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). She worked with academic institutions, start-up companies, and large businesses to advance energy technologies in materials design, energy efficiency, and virtual reality. Kristen holds a PhD from Northwestern University in Chemistry and a BS from Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering.
Scott Clavenna has been leading high-tech market research firms for over 15 years. In his capacity as a trusted analyst and consultant, Scott has helped dozens of companies enter and succeed in complex and intensely competitive markets worldwide. He also has authored more than 30 reports that helped define important emerging market segments in optical and broadband communications.
Prior to founding Greentech Media, Scott was chief analyst at Heavy Reading, the market research arm of Light Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market. CMP bought Light Reading in 2005. Before creating Heavy Reading, Scott founded PointEast Research, providing strategic consulting and market intelligence to a broad mix of startups, venture capitalists and major suppliers in the communications/IT industry, and worked as director of research for Light Reading. In 1997, Scott co-founded Pioneer Consulting, which quickly grew into the leading market research firm covering the optical and broadband communications industry.
Gustavo is the Chief Strategy Officer of NAD Grid. He is a scientist, manager, and entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in technology, economic, policy, and social sides of innovation. He is a nationally recognized expert in transportation electrification, having pioneered modeling techniques for infrastructure planning and EV asset valuation. He grew and directed Zero Emission MAP, an initiative involving 20 governments from states, provinces, and cities in North America to support evidence-based policy to advance EV markets.
Before joining NAD Grid, Gustavo was a Sr. Technical Specialist in ICF, a global consulting company with a market cap of $1B. Other positions include Research Director for the UC Davis Policy Institute, co-Founder and CEO of Logios, Chair of the Washington State Electric Vehicle Task Force, and Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Gustavo earned his M.Sc. on Aerospace Engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology, Technion, and his Ph.D. in Transportation Technology and Policy from UC Davis. He has lived and worked in four different continents.
Heather Curlee is an Of Counsel in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s energy practice. The WSGR energy team has financed thousands of megawatts of utility scale and behind the meter renewable energy projects and negotiated purchase agreements with utilities, corporate off-takes, CCAs, as well as residential and commercial energy users. Heather began her career as a litigator representing investor-owned utilities in state and federal proceedings to develop the rules for energy market transactions, as well as the pricing of transmission and distribution services, in both regulated and deregulated energy markets. Since joining WSGR, Heather has represented investors, developers, and operators of renewable energy installations in strategic regulatory litigation proceedings to remove regulatory roadblocks that impede the transition to a clean energy future. In addition, Heather assists the transaction team in providing advice concerning compliance with various state and federal energy regulatory requirements, including PURPA and Sections 203 and 205 of the Federal Power Act.
Rachel Flynn-Kasuba is a Senior Program Manager with National Grid’s New Energy Solutions team, which is focused on developing and launching innovative solutions and technologies that unlock value for National Grid’s customers and communities. She is responsible for identifying and evaluating new partners to make those innovations possible, focusing specifically on the Electric Vehicle space, NY REV Demonstration projects, and Non-Wires Alternatives opportunities. Prior to her role at National Grid, Rachel worked as an Energy Consultant at ICF, focusing on grid modernization for public and private sector clients, including the U.S. Department of Energy. She holds a Dual Masters in Economics and Global Electricity Markets from Johns Hopkins University, SAIS.
Thomas Folker is the Co-Founder and CEO of Leap. Leap is democratizing access to the wholesale energy market. Leap created a simple interface to connect end-users to utilities and wholesale market grid operators.
Thomas specialized in renewable project finance and closed project financings for several large solar and off shore wind projects in Europe. In addition, Thomas developed multiple utility scale solar projects across Europe including Italy, France and Spain. He has advised several Utilities and IPPs on their renewable energy strategies and he was instrumental in the establishment of the first UK based solar PPA offering for the residential market. He has contributed to the start of a veritable clean energy renaissance in the Caribbean through his finance and development work in Aruba and Curaçao. His work for Enphase Energy introduced him to his next passion: creating the most resilient and efficient electric grid for a decarbonized future.
David Groarke is an experienced utility technology and strategy consultant. He has worked with power companies globally to define new growth opportunities, business model evolutions and strategic technology deployments. In this capacity, David has designed large capital technology and modernization programs ($1B+), led cleantech research teams and provided subject matter expertise for a range of utilities in the areas of technology strategy, strategic planning, innovation management, business model evolution, customer engagement, utility automation, distributed energy resource management and data analytics. He has published several industry leading smart grid research reports and grid modernization insight pieces. Prior to Indigo, David held executive positions at Accenture and PA Consulting Group and led innovative research at Greentech Media Research. David holds an Honors Degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and has studied European programs at Roskilde University in Denmark and Lund University in Sweden.
Michael Horwitz is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Greentech Capital Advisors, where he focuses on energy software and services, energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. He joined Greentech from Robert W. Baird where he was Managing Director and Head of the Energy Technology Banking team. Other prior roles include Managing Director and Head of Clean Technology research at Stanford Group Company, and a Partner & Senior Research Analyst in Clean Technology at Pacific Growth Equities LLC.
Joanna Hubbard is the co-founder and COO of Electron, a London based energy tech firm, and a thought leader on the topic of digital transformation in the energy sector. She is a frequent key note speaker at energy and technology events, sits on advisory boards for several UK utilities on digital transformation and community trading models and writes for national newspapers on these topics.
Joanna started her energy career in the early days of the renewable build-out on the asset financing side, at merchant bank Augusta & Co. After this, she moved to international strategy consultancy firm McKinsey & Co, where she focused on digital transformation.
Her enthusiasm for blockchain technology in an energy context stems from its ability to explode the long entrenched, structural trade-offs made by global electricity markets. Blockchain technology enables the coordination of millions of assets and billions of transactive devices, without necessitating a vertically integrated monopoly utility, thus enabling competition and innovation right down the the edge of the grid.
Drury MacKenzie is an experienced entrepreneur in the international energy space, inspired by her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Haiti. She has also served as a consultant for innovation strategies and business development. She is dedicated to business solutions that increase social and environmental value. At AVANGRID, Drury leads the customer and market-facing platform within New York’s first smart grid ecosystem.
Doug McMahon is the Vice President of Corporarte Strategy for the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest state owned electric utility. He is responsible for the development and execution of NYPA’s corporate strategy. In addition, Doug leads incubation and commercialization of new products, services and technologies at NYPA - aimed at catalyzing New York State’s REV and clean energy goals by developing scalable and financeable solutions that make the energy system cleaner and more efficient, intelligent, flexible and resilient.
Colleen Metelitsa is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in microgrids. Prior to GTM, Colleen earned her MPA in Energy Finance and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During her Master's program, she worked with the NY Green Bank, GE Ventures, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) on topics ranging from applications of blockchain in energy to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies. She was previously a Consultant in DNV GL's energy practice where she worked with utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy on impact evaluations of demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs. Colleen holds an AB in Environmental Policy from Princeton University.
Jesse Morris is a Principal in the Electricity Practice of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and co-founder of the Energy Web Foundation, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating development and deployment of blockchain technology in the energy sector. Jesse’s research, convening, and consulting work focuses on understanding the fundamental economics of distributed energy resources and their ability to provide a wide variety of services to the grid through regulatory change and new business models. Over the past several years, he and his colleagues have researched and published in detail RMI’s findings on the economics of battery storage, advanced demand response technologies, and solar plus storage systems in addition to helping large corporates build new business models focused on the grid-edge.Throughout his career in the electricity sector, Jesse has had one focus: partner with utilities, technology providers, developers, and regulatory stakeholders to help distributed energy resources become an integral, widely-accessible part of the global electricity system.
With more than ten years of experience in all aspects of commercial energy efficiency programs – design, management, implementation and marketing – as well as a strong understanding of the Energy Efficiency policy and regulatory environment, Lawrence is well versed in the inner workings of the efficiency industry. Lawrence’s broad industry experience runs the gamut, from field auditing to managing relationships with Fortune 100 utility and corporate clients, affording him a unique ability to draw connections between policy driven utility energy efficiency program requirements and bottom line driven business spending.
Killian is an engineer with an MS in computer science and applied knowledge of system optimization using neural networks and genetic algorithms. Killian has consulted or sold software to utilities for over 18 years. He was responsible for energy platform sales at Oracle Utilities and business development at Uptake (the fastest growing startup of 2015 according to Forbes, beating Slack and Uber).
Adam Richard is a serial entrepreneur, has been a blockchain consultant since 2014, and helps entrepreneurs build successful companies. He is a 3x Rice University startup competition winner, Surge accelerator, Boost VC, and Plug and Play accelerator alumnus, and founded the Houston Bitcoin and Ethereum meetups. He is the co-founder and CEO of Volt Markets, a company that is bridging energy and capital markets to blockchain technology in order to streamline the distribution, tracking and trading of energy commodities.
Ernst is a Partner at Blue Bear Capital, a VC investor for digital technologies in the energy industry. Blue Bear investment themes cover AI, IoT, cyber security, and blockchain technologies, with commercial applications that accelerate the development of wind, solar, and energy storage, while making oil and gas operations more efficient.
Ernst has participated on the Boards of Directors of over a dozen energy companies, and is currently an observer or director on the boards of Shoreline, Mission Secure, Omnidian, MineralSoft, and Element Analytics.
Before Blue Bear, Ernst spent nine years at Riverstone, the world’s leading energy specialist private equity firm with over $35 billion in assets under management across over 130 energy companies. Previously, he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Citigroup covering the oil and gas, renewable energy, and transportation sectors.
Ernst graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a degree in Science, Technology & International Affairs. He received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and London Business School through a joint degree program.
Vikram Singh is currently the Manager of Emerging Technologies at Alectra Utilities. Prior to joining Alectra, Vikram held a variety of Senior Management roles within the energy sector. Most recently, he served as the Director of Business Development at a US technology fund where he led the development of the technical and commercial offering for a revolutionary new fuel injector design to be applied within the distributed generation sector. He also served as a senior member of the management team assigned to finance and implement the commercialization strategy of one of the world’s first utility scale dish-Stirling CSP technologies. Vikram’s current role focuses on identifying ground-breaking new energy solutions that can be piloted within Alectra’s territory and eventually transitioned into full-scale commercial offerings that benefit both the customer and the grid network. Vikram holds a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA from INSEAD in Singapore/France.
Benjamin Tejblum is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and focuses his practice on energy and infrastructure projects and transactions. Mr. Tejblum’s clients include electric utilities, electric transmission owners, independent power producers, power marketers, and public utility holding companies that are active in the electricity markets in the United States. Mr. Tejblum regularly represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and has counseled clients on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, interconnection procedures and agreements, transmission rates and cost allocation, market-based sales of energy, and the development of distributed energy resources.
Mr. Tejblum also focuses on issues associated with applications of blockchain technology in the energy industry, and counsels energy start-up companies on a variety of regulatory matters.