Melisa Johns
Melisa Johns
Vice President Business & Product Development, Duke Energy

Melisa Johns is vice president of Business and Product Development for Duke Energy’s Distributed Technology team.  She is responsible for leading the development, origination, execution and implementation of investment opportunities and customer offers related to distributed assets for the regulated companies which includes solar, wind, energy storage, CHP and micro grids.

Previously, Melisa was responsible for developing strategy for the Emerging Technology team and directing Duke Energy’s technology demonstration projects which provide lessons learned regarding the technology application, operational implications, and technology transfer within the business.

During her tenure with Duke Energy,  she also served as director of wholesale origination and was responsible for leading the wholesale origination team in the execution of long-term sales contracts from the regulated generation portfolios of Duke Energy Carolinas and Indiana and for the procurement of supply side resources for the company. In addition, she has operational experience in system, planning and operating, and power delivery, as well as experience in regulatory affairs and business planning.

Melisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree, in Electrical Engineering, from Clemson University. She has also completed the Strategic Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Margarett Jolly
Margarett Jolly
Director, Demonstration Projects, Customer Energy Solutions, Con Edison

Margarett Jolly collaborates with technology leaders to develop new solutions that open the grid for customers and grid participant.  Her professional and personal background provides her the technical and policy tools, partnerships and passion that are making the grid a better place.

She is recent Director of R&D at Con Edison and currently Director Demonstration Projects in the Customer Energy Solutions organization where her team solicits, develops, demonstrates, and scales alternative ways of doing business with the utility.  Demonstrations include new business models for storage, solar, rate design, low and middle-income customers, and web portals to connect residential and commercial customers with innovative energy management tools.

She has been with Con Edison since 1997.  Margarett’s early career included power plant control systems and boiler operations, followed by regulatory and energy markets policy, electric distribution engineering, and as the Company’s DG Ombudsperson.

She graduated from New York City Technical College in 1993 and from the Cooper Union in 1997 with a BE in Mechanical Engineering.  A licensed Professional Engineer in New York State since 2004, Margarett serves on the Boards of Green City Force and Grid Alternative Tri-State, and NY-Best.

Margarett speaks regularly about the evolving role of the electric grid.

Mike Della Penna
Mike Della Penna
Principal, Energy Storage Development, PG&E

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.

Cris Eugster
Cris Eugster
Chief Operations Officer, CPS Energy

Cris Eugster has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the energy and technology sectors. Cris currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of CPS Energy, one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned utilities with over 821,000 electric customers and 347,000 gas customers. CPS Energy is vertically integrated and includes generation, transmission and distribution, and retail services with annual revenues of over $2.5 billion and total assets of over $11 billion.

As Chief Operating Officer, Cris leads the Operations of CPS Energy and its approximately 2000 team members.  Cris also leads overall corporate strategy, integrated resource planning, new products and services, research & development, and environmental oversight, driving the transformation of CPS Energy into a strong, innovative 21st century power provider. The strategy has led to significant investments in low carbon capabilities such as combined cycle natural gas, wind, and solar, in addition to large scale demand response programs and innovative smart grid solutions. CPS Energy is nationally recognized for its efforts in the New Energy Economy and has won numerous awards.

Cris sits on a number of Boards including Chairman of Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA), Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC), Chair of the EPIcenter, Texas A&M Smart Grid Center Advisory Board (SGC), Trinity University Business Advisory Council, and the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.  Past Boards have included Build SA Green, Solar San Antonio, Mission Verde Alliance, Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association (TREIA), DOE State Energy Advisory Board, and the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In February 2018, Cris was named
Co-Chair of the Transformation Advisory Council for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) and in August 2018 he was named to the Southern States Energy Board Blue Ribbon Task Force where he will lend his expertise towards creating a sustainable and customer-centric grid.

Prior to coming to San Antonio, Cris was the first Chief Officer for Sustainable Growth for the City of Houston as part of Mayor Bill White’s team.  Prior to that Cris was Partner with McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm, serving Fortune 100 companies in the Technology, Energy, and Diversified Services markets.  He received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT focused on quantum transport research in nanostructures. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University with Magna Cum Laude honors.

Cris is married and has two sons.

Jackie Sargent
Jackie Sargent
General Manager, Austin Energy

Jackie Sargent rejoined the Austin Energy team as General Manager in August 2016. She brings almost 30 years of utility experience, as well as the focus and passion to continue the utility’s cutting edge reputation while providing tremendous community benefits.
From 2010 to 2012, Sargent served as Senior Vice President of Power Supply and Market Operations at Austin Energy before joining Platte River Power Authority in Fort Collins, Colorado, as General Manager and CEO. Sargent also served as Vice President of Power Supply and Renewables Integration for Black Hills Corporation in South Dakota.

Throughout her career, Sargent has demonstrated leadership by working with teams to accomplish goals and plan for the future. Some notable accomplishments include managing major construction projects, developing resource plans, supporting acquisitions and mergers, leading utility rate cases, negotiating power purchase and sale agreements, developing and growing energy marketing departments, integrating renewable resources, and creating collaborative energy efficiency programs.

Sargent believes Austin Energy can be a great value to its customers by focusing on these five core values: safety, financial integrity, operational excellence and reliability, exceptional customer service, and engaged employees. A strong financial base along with operational excellence allows a publicly owned utility to be competitive while creating value for the community. By continuing Austin Energy’s standard of exceptional reliability and advancements in grid technology, the utility will be able to offer new levels of communication and collaboration with its customers. But these achievements can only happen with engaged employees in a safe environment that extends to the customers the utility serves.

Sargent is a licensed professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Technology Management from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Evan Riley
Evan Riley
Vice President Development, Cypress Creek Renewables

As Vice President of Development, Evan leads the development team at Cypress Creek. The scope of this team is to move projects from confirmed site control to shovel and project finance ready. Evan formerly led the PV Performance Services Group at Black & Veatch where he provided independent engineering and/or development support for over 6,000 MW of utility, commercial and residential scale photovoltaic projects in various stages of development, construction and operation. Evan received a Master’s in Solar Engineering from the European Solar Engineering School and a BS in Physics & Mathematics from Indiana University.

Marco Terruzzin
Marco Terruzzin
Director, Energy Storage, E.ON

Mr. Terruzzin is an innovator and internationally recognized expert in climate change mitigation strategies with proven track record of growing businesses at the intersection of clean-tech (renewable and energy storage) and digitization (IoT + blockchain). Having launched two international companies, Mr. Terruzzin has also developed extensive experience in building teams and transforming innovative ideas into successful businesses. He is Director - Energy Storage at E.ON Climate & Renewables, founding advisor of the Energy Blockchain Consortium and has held strategic positions at GE, Evolution Markets and Roland Berger Management Consulting. Mr. Terruzzin holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business, a PhD in Applied Statistics (Energy Economics), and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy).

Boris Schubert
Boris Schubert
General Manager, Solar and Storage Projects, Shell New Energies

Mr. Boris Schubert is General Manager, solar and storage, at Shell New Energies and a Director at Silicon Ranch Corporation. With more than 15 years of experience in cleantech, electric utilities, technology and consulting, Borish has held executive roles at Q-Cells International USA Corporation, ET Solar Industry Limited, ET Capital Solar Partners, Inc., and Hanwha Q CELLS USA. He has deep expertise in solar project financing, development, EPC and O&M management. He started his career as a management consultant at Accenture, where his client work included developing market entry strategies for Distributed Energy Resource players, B2B CRM process optimization and data warehousing, and analytics reporting for utilities. Boris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Augsburg, Germany.

Mark Irwin
Mark Irwin
Director of Energy Contract Management, Energy Procurement & Management , Southern California Edison

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.

Lara Pierpoint
Lara Pierpoint
Senior Fundamental Program Strategy Manager , Exelon

Lara Pierpoint joined Exelon in October 2016, focusing on energy technology innovation. She leads the Corporate Strategy technical team from her post in Danville, California, advising the company on energy technology trends and running Exelon’s partnership R&D program. Prior to joining Exelon, she directed the Office of Energy Supply Security in the U.S. DOE Office of Policy and Systems Analysis, where she was responsible for policy and analysis related to coal, gas, and nuclear power and energy cyber and physical security. Before her work at DOE she served as an AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, focusing on nuclear power and waste issues, energy finance, and electricity storage. She received her PhD in 2011 from MIT in Engineering Systems, studying deployment of advanced technologies for nuclear waste recycling, and she holds dual masters degrees from MIT in nuclear engineering and technology policy. She is a native Californian, and completed her B.S. in physics at UCLA in 2004.

Shounok Sinha
Shounok Sinha
Principal - Products & Structuring, Constellation

Shounok currently leads the Products & Structuring function for Constellation Energy’s Distributed Energy business. He is based in Baltimore and focuses on the renewable and distributed energy sector. At Constellation, Shounok has led the new product development, financial structuring and asset acquisition efforts for competitive bidding and internal underwriting helping deploy over $1B of capital on Distributed Energy development; opportunities span multiple asset classes including Solar PV, Storage, Fuel Cells & Biomass. In addition, Shounok has extensive experience in Project Financing and was involved in non-recourse debt offerings on utility scale renewable and gas generation assets totaling over $1.5B. Shounok holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumentation Engineering from BMS College of Engineering, India and has a MBA from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Kari Smith
Kari Smith
Grid Planning & Reliability - Senior Utility Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission

Kari Smith manages energy storage policy and procurement at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Prior to the CPUC, she served as the Director of Policy and Market Development for SunPower Corporation, one the world’s leading solar manufacturers.  Kari led renewable and energy efficiency policy advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and served on the board of directors of numerous clean energy trade associations, including the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA).  Kari co-founded the Solar Alliance and Texas Solar Power Association.  She is a graduate of the University of California and has a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado.

Howard Smith
Howard Smith
Manager of Distributed Energy Resource Policy, Southern Company

Howard Smith graduated Clemson University in 1977 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. 

Currently, Howard is the Manager of Distributed Energy Resource Policy.  In this role, he is responsible for tracking current and future trends and activities involving the broad aspects of DER.  Also, he is responsible for developing plans and policy positions related to DER in support of Executive Management’s efforts in the establishment of goals, actions and policies for the Southern system.

At the present time, Howard is on the Advisory Council for the new Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) which is the merged Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Association of Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) associations.  In addition, he was formerly the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the ADS, and he served on the Alabama Governor’s Advisory Team for Industrial Energy Efficient and CHP.  He has made numerous regional and national presentations on integrated resource planning, demand-side management, smart grid and other electric industry related topics. 

Prior Work Experience:

Duke Power

While attending Clemson, he worked as a student engineer for Duke Power Company in their Anderson operating district. Upon graduation, Howard worked as a Quality Assurance/Special Project engineer in distribution.  In 1979, he worked in the Duke Power corporate office as a distribution staff engineer responsible for distribution design and equipment standards, outdoor lighting, and special projects.

Georgia Power

In July 1981, Howard went to work for Georgia Power in their Transmission Substation Design department.  From 1983 through 1992, he held various jobs within Transmission, Generation and Market Planning.  In 1993, Howard became responsible for developing the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). In addition, he was responsible for the development, filing and approval of Purchase Power Contracts that were the result of competitive bidding of generation needs through a Request-for-Proposals process.    Also, in 2003, Howard became the Metro Team Manager for Key Accounts in the Sales Organization.  In 2005, he became the Manager of Technical Sales and his team was responsible for promoting electric end use processes for non-electrical customer processes.  Also, his team was responsible for the evaluation of Customer Cogeneration Opportunities.

Alabama Power

In May 2008, Howard became the Manager of Resource Planning and Demand Response Operations for Alabama Power.  He was responsible for the development of the generation supply-side and demand-response plan to meet the future needs of Alabama Power’s customers.  This responsibility includes seeking cost effective resources such as: combined heat and power generation, renewable resources (wind, solar, biomass, etc.), traditional generation and customer energy efficiency and demand controlled resources.

Kelly Speakes-Backman
Kelly Speakes-Backman
CEO, Energy Storage Association (ESA)

Kelly Speakes-Backman is the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association. Kelly has spent over 20 years working in energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO and private sectors, including organizations such as United Technologies, SunEdison and Alliance to Save Energy. She is a former Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission where she also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, and member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group.  She is a mechanical engineer from Boston University.

Dean Solon
Dean Solon
Founder & CEO, Shoals Technologies Group

As the President and CEO of Shoals Technologies Group, Dean Solon is responsible for running all facets of the business. Dean has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales and technological growth in the solar industry. Dean founded Shoals in 1996 with partners and in the year 2000, bought all their shares in the business and changed the course of Shoals from manufacturing for the automotive industry to the solar industry. While solar was in it’s infancy, Dean saw an opportunity to bring his extensive automotive knowledge and experience to a fledgling industry. Prior to the founding of Shoals, Dean worked in technical sales at multiple automotive tier one and tier two companies. During that time, Bosch Automotive approached Dean with a request for him to start his own manufacturing business and become their sole vendor for automotive brush cards. This request was the catalyst for Dean to found Shoals Technologies Group and supply Bosch Mexico with product for many years. Dean attended college at Purdue University in 1988 and studied mechanical engineering.

Stephen T. Johnston
Stephen T. Johnston
Growth Development Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

Stephen T Johnston is the Growth Development Manager at San Diego Gas & Electric Company.  In that role, Stephen advances growth opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional activities.  He is responsible for SDG&E’s intellectual property portfolio, non-tariffed opportunities, and aspects of SDG&E’s energy storage filings.  He has held previous roles in customer service, engineering, and notably the customer generation group which led California through the Net Energy Metering cap and the launch of the Renewable Meter Adapter.  Prior to SDG&E, he worked in the high-tech and semiconductor markets.  Stephen holds an M.S. in Physics, an MBA from London Business School, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Anastasia Palivos
Anastasia Palivos
Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission

Anastasia Palivos was appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission by Governor Bruce Rauner on January 19, 2018, to a five-year term.  An Illinois native, Palivos is the first Greek-American woman appointed to the Commission and, at 28, the youngest-ever appointed commissioner.  During her first five months at the Commission, Palivos hosted a policy session to examine the nexus between electric vehicles and grid stabilization, and later published an article in Public Utilities Fort Nightly discussing EV deployment in Illinois.  Palivos also hosted a policy session on the future of energy storage in Illinois, which provided an overview of the history of energy storage, explored the various types of energy storage, and considered best practices to operate and integrate energy storage with the electric grid.

Prior to her appointment, Palivos was a legal and policy advisor to the chairman of the ICC from April 2015 to July 2016.  During that time, Palivos planned, organized, and moderated policy sessions on important and emerging industry issues, such as business and IT investments in cloud computing arrangements, energy efficiency in affordable housing, smart cities, and solutions to resource adequacy.  Palivos also spearheaded a Notice of Inquiry to explore the prudency of utility investment in cloud computing by evaluating issues such as cybersecurity and customer rate impacts of such investments.  Her efforts ultimately led to a Commission rulemaking proceeding.

Most recently, Palivos worked as a business development strategy analyst for a Chicago-based health intelligence firm.  She graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and later earned her Juris Doctor at DePaul University College of Law.  During her studies, she engaged in a number of volunteer opportunities, including volunteering at the Domestic Violence Courthouse and received the Chancellor’s Service Award.  Palivos is a founding board member of the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation, which provides philanthropic support for cancer research teams at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

Bill Bush
Bill Bush
Chief Financial Officer, Stem

As Stem’s Chief Financial Officer, Bill Bush manages the company’s corporate and project financing efforts, guiding Stem from a startup to a $200 million-invested leader in the energy storage industry. Before joining Stem, Bill spent more than seven years as CFO of Borrego Solar Systems Inc., where he helped the company achieve 10 times growth and profitability. He was previously CFO of Solar Semiconductor Inc., a leading private, vertically integrated manufacturer and distributor of high-quality PV modules and systems with operations in India, helping it break $100 million in sales in less than 15 months. Bill has served as CFO and Corporate Controller for numerous high-growth solar, software, and online media companies, and was a founder of Buzzsaw.com, a spinoff of Autodesk. Prior to his work with Buzzsaw.com, Bill served as Corporate Controller for Autodesk, Inc. and worked for seven years in public accounting with Ernst & Young (EY) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Bill holds a B.S. in business administration from UC Berkeley and is a certified public accountant.

Kevin Short
Kevin Short
General Manager, Anza Electric Cooperative

Kevin is General Manager of Anza Electric Cooperative, Inc., located in Southern California’s Riverside County. One of only three electric distribution cooperatives in the Golden State, Anza Electric serves 5,000 meters across a 550 square mile rural area.

With a background in electrical engineering and solar contracting, Kevin has brought a fresh perspective to the business operations of Anza Electric. After 67 years, the Cooperative still maintains a rate structure far below the surrounding investor owned utilities while retiring more than $11M in capital credits to their members. 

In late 2012, Kevin laid the ground work for ConnectAnza, a high speed broadband ISP offering for Anza Electric members. This is a full fiber-to-the-premises deployment, bringing a 100 Mb/s symmetric initial offering to its members for $49 per month. Near future plans include full megabit speeds for all subscribers. Since Anza Electric is a not-for-profit cooperative, the ConnectAnza service is offered at cost for members. Anza is one of the first electric cooperatives in the nation to not only offer high speed internet, but to do so at cost.

In 2015, ConnectAnza won a competitive grant from the California Public Utilities Commission in support of rural broadband deployment in the amount of $2.7M, the first such grant in Riverside County. ConnectAnza began construction in December 2015, and now has over 500 miles of aerial fiber deployed, with nearly 2,000 area businesses and residents signed up for service. In 2018, another grant was received by the cooperative for an additional $1.2M in funding to complete their fiber build out.

In late 2016, The Anza Board of Directors approved the installation of an Electric Vehicle Charging station, open to the public. The station is the first in the region, serving more than 700 square miles previously unserved by EV infrastructure. This project was funded through the California Pollution Control Financing Authority’s California Capital Access Program (CalCAP). Anza’s loan was the very first successful loan in this state program.

Anza dedicated its SunAnza Solar project in June 2017, a 2 MW solar array adjacent to their headquarters. The second phase of the project will include an additional 1.7 MW of generation, as well as battery storage facilities for peak load reduction and micro grid capability. The second phase of this project will feature microgrid capability through additional solar and battery deployment.

David Peterson
David Peterson
Advisor, Consumer Technology, Arizona Public Service

David leads distributed solar and battery market research initiatives at Arizona Public Service, where he monitors and analyzes solar and battery market activity, policy drivers, industry players, customer acquisition strategies, and customer value proposition.  Prior to joining APS, David was a project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Treasury Section 1603 grants program and state government agencies tasked with designing effective solar policies.  David holds a B.S. in Microbiology from The Ohio State University and a Master of Public Policy from University of Denver.

Miriam Makhyoun
Miriam Makhyoun
Power Supply Contracts Manager, MCE

Miriam Makhyoun is a Power Supply Contracts Manager at MCE, California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program. Miriam supports MCE’s portfolio management and is responsible for oversight of power supply contracts, Request for Offer administration, Integrated Resource Planning, supplier performance monitoring, and portfolio optimization activities.  She managed MCE’s May 2018 Energy Storage Request for Offer process, focusing on grid asset and behind-the-meter energy storage products.  Her past experience includes portfolio management at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) procuring Resource Adequacy and carbon compliance instruments as well as educational non-profit work focused on promoting and developing cleaner energy options at Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), where she also focused on energy storage, authoring the 2014 report, “Electric Utilities, Energy Storage and Solar: Trends in Technologies, Applications and Costs” and at North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA).

Michael DeSocio
Michael DeSocio
Senior Manager - Market Design, NYISO

Michael DeSocio has been involved in the evaluation, design, implementation, and operation of wholesale electricity markets at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) for nearly 20 years. His tenure at the NYISO includes work in Market Operations, Market Design, Information Technology and Project Management.

Mr. DeSocio is currently responsible for the evolution of the NYISO wholesale electricity markets, improving market signals and incentives that support reliability needs and/or policy objectives. He also leads the NYISO’s efforts with integrating distributed energy and storage resources into New York’s wholesale markets as well as approaches that harmonize New York State’s REV and CES public policy objectives and competitive wholesale markets.
Mr. DeSocio has been involved in a diverse array of projects at the NYISO, including the integrating renewable technologies into the marketplace, working with emerging storage and generation technologies, enhancing interregional trade, minimizing regional congestion, and improving overall market efficiency.

Previously, Mr. DeSocio worked at Central Hudson Gas & Electric in the Engineering Group with responsibilities for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) standards, system protection studies and substation design.
He earned a Masters of Engineering degree in Electrical Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Carl Stills
Carl Stills
Vice President, Storage Integration, 8minutenergy Renewables

Carl has over 40 years of utility industry experience managing energy for California’s sixth largest utility, the Imperial Irrigation District, as the Energy Manager and the Portfolio Management Officer. During his tenure at the utility, Carl initiated strategic project management, implemented processes that saved hundreds of millions in costs, and oversaw the implementation of battery storage projects. As a member of the Geothermal Energy Association board, Carl helped initiate the use of renewable energy as a catalyst for addressing the Salton Sea environmental issues.

Carl is the Vice President of Imperial Valley Development and Storage Integration for 8minutenergy. He oversees the development of renewable projects in Imperial Valley and works with 8minutenergy’s storage team to bring energy storage projects to fruition.

Bryant Robbins
Bryant Robbins
Chief Operations Officer, United Power

Bryant has been with United Power Inc. for the past 15 years. He has been in his current position as COO for the past 2 years.  He is part of an executive team who are trying to implement leading edge technology, including battery storage, in providing outstanding service and reliability to its members. His group is continually looking at ways to implement resources into the system that brings financial value to the membership. His team has recently installed a 4 MW / 16 MWH battery system onto their distribution system.
Mr. Robbins has over 35 years in electric utility business. He spent the first 20 years working with Texas Utilities in various areas of the business. In 2001, he signed on with Panda Energy as a Construction Project Director building merchant natural gas-fired power plants before coming to United Power.

Mr. Robbins has a BS in Management from Amber University in Dallas, Texas.

John Cerveny
John Cerveny
Director of Resource Development, NY-BEST

John Cerveny is the Director of Resource Development for NY-BEST where he leads efforts to make connections between and among members, funding sources and the community at large. Immediately prior to his work with NY-BEST, he was founder and President of New Energy Resources in Schenectady and Vice President at TechCity Properties in Kingston NY.

Cerveny previously held senior leadership positions at several cleantech companies—including Plug Power, GE MicroGen, MTI MicroFuel Cells and Lilliputian Systems—where he led efforts that resulted in creation of hundreds of jobs, modification of regulations to pave the way for new products, and public-sector funding of over $100 million. He was a founder of the US Fuel Cell Council and has provided merit review services for the US Department of Energy. Cerveny serves as a consultant and advisor to numerous energy storage startups, and also serves on the board of the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, NY.

Cerveny earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Lally School at RPI.

Dan Loflin
Dan Loflin
CEO, Geli

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.

Ravi Manghani
Ravi Manghani
Director, Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Previously GTM Research)

Ravi is the Director of Energy Storage at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables - formerly GTM Research, where he focuses on U.S. energy 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, Christian Science Monitor, Wired, and Verge.

Ravi has over 8 years of experience in energy storage 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.

Scott Zimmermann
Scott Zimmermann
Associate, Energy & Infrastructure, Wilson Sosini Goodrich & Rosati

Scott Zimmermann is an attorney in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the firm's energy and infrastructure practice, focusing his practice on representing the leading and emerging companies in the distributed solar, energy storage and energy efficiency markets. Scott advises new and established companies and their investors on issues affecting the energy, infrastructure, and clean tech industries, including project development, energy regulatory counseling, debt and tax equity project finance, joint ventures, and start-up counseling. Having previously supported the design and construction of international oil and gas projects, Scott brings over 20 years of experience working in the energy industry to his practice. His clients include Stem, Vivint Solar, Sunrun, Carbon Lighthouse and Redaptive.

Angelina Galiteva
Angelina Galiteva
Founder, Renewables 100 Policy Institute & CAISO Board Member

Angelina Galiteva was appointed by California’s Governor and confirmed by the State Senate to the 5 member Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator Corporation in 2011 and again in 2014. The Independent System Operator is responsible for the reliable operation of the power grid in the state of California and for the efficient operation of the electricity market, including the integration of renewable energy project as mandated by State Law. Ms. Galiteva actively works to structure and advance the implementation of cutting edge energy policies that reflect the increasing role of renewable energy, storage, mobility and distributed energy technologies worldwide. In the non government organization (NGO) arena, she is the founder and Chair of the Board for the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and also serves as the Chairperson for the World Council for Renewable Energy. Both organizations are dedicated to the successful deployment of renewable energy technologies and the policies that support them on a global scale. Ms. Galiteva, is also a Principal at NEOptions, Inc., a renewable energy and new technology product design and project development firm. Her industry experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and head of its Green LA, Environmental Affairs and New Product Development Organization. While at the municipal utility, she was responsible for strategic positioning and the environmental compliance departments. Her career also includes working with the New York Power Authority as well as California ISO and Power Exchange Trusts on their initial launches. Ms. Galiteva is an attorney and holds a J.D. and LLM Degrees, specializing in Environmental and Energy Law.

Scott Clavenna
Scott Clavenna
Chairman, Greentech Media

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.

Dirk Michels
Dirk Michels
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

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.

Matt Owens
Matt Owens
Business Development Executive, West Monroe Partners

Matt Owens has 20 years experience in the energy technology and utilities industry working in product marketing, product management and business development roles.  He has significant experience with Smart Grid and DER solutions and he is currently leading West Monroe Partners market and business development initiatives in the west region.   Matt previously worked at Stem where he lead utility business development and Itron where he lead Product Marketing and Management for Itron’s Smart Grid solutions.  Matt earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis and his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Mitalee Gupta
Mitalee Gupta
Analyst, Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Mitalee Gupta is an energy storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables - formerly GTM Research, where she focuses on supply chain analysis of the global storage market. Prior to joining GTM, Mitalee worked with Utah Clean Energy, on energy storage, electric vehicles and energy efficiency policy and rate design issues in the southwest region. She has also worked with United Nations Development Programme in the past. Mitalee has a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and pursued her Bachelors in Environmental Engineering from Delhi, India.

David Kirkpatrick
David Kirkpatrick
Director, Marathon Capital

David Kirkpatrick is a Director at Marathon Capital where he has led multiple project and company M&A transactions in the wind and solar industries along with capital raising for emerging growth and technology companies. Prior to joining Marathon Capital, Mr. Kirkpatrick worked for 20 years as an executive in the energy arena for companies including Ernst & Young, the Boston Consulting Group, General Electric Wind Energy, EDF-EN/enXco, Imperium Biofuels, and NRG Solar. Mr. Kirkpatrick has closed over $3 billion worth of transactions including company and project acquisitions and sales, venture investments, power purchase agreements, procurement of GW’s of wind/solar equipment, joint development agreements, land acquisitions, procurement of feedstocks and chemicals, rail/barge/and storage leases, and EPC contracts in the wind, solar, and biofuels industries.

Mr. Kirkpatrick completed his MBA at Harvard Business School, post graduate work at the University of St. Andrews as a Robert T. Jones Scholar, and his BA, cum laude at Emory University. Mr. Kirkpatrick holds his Series 63 and 79 licenses.

Peter Klauer
Peter Klauer
Senior Advisor, Smart Grid Technology, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)

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.

Brett Simon
Brett Simon
Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Previously GTM Research)

Brett Simon is a senior energy storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables - 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.

Brad Leufkens
Brad Leufkens
Senior Principal, Infrastructure & Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Brad Leufkens has been involved in the energy and infrastructure sectors for over eight years and has significant experience structuring and executing investments in international power markets. In his current role, Brad oversees Ontario Teachers' renewable energy portfolio which includes investments in the Americas and Europe.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Brad worked in investment banking with the Royal Bank of Canada structuring infrastructure investments in Canada and originating sub investment grade credit in the US Capital Markets.

Brad holds an Honours B.Sc degree in Physics from the University of Guelph. He also serves on the Young Leaders Board for the St. Michael's Hospital Foundation in Toronto.

Bert Taube
Bert Taube
Senior Principal Investigator, Energy Storage & Solar PV, Southern Research

Bert leads the energy storage and solar PV programs at Southern Research. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years with technology, consulting and research organizations such as DNV GL, Siemens, General Electric, Versant and Supertex creating, leading and delivering projects for high voltage power transmission and distributed energy resources, electric transportation networks, industrial manufacturing as well as big data analytics and automation software to serve large-scale, mission-critical infrastructures. He earned a Masters and Ph.D. in Technical Cybernetics and Automation from the University of Rostock and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Daniel Finn-Foley
Daniel Finn-Foley
Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Previously GTM Research)

Dan is a Senior Analyst with the Energy Storage team at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables - formerly GTM Research, where he focuses on utility-scale 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 over 8 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.

Emma Foehringer Merchant
Emma Foehringer Merchant
Writer, Greentech Media

Emma is a staff writer at Greentech Media. She previously covered environmental policy, politics, and climate change at Grist and the New Republic. Emma studied Environmental Analysis at Pomona College.

Julian Spector
Julian Spector
Staff Writer, Greentech Media

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.

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2017 Speakers Included

Mary Powell
Mary Powell
President & CEO, Green Mountain Power Corporation

Mary Powell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Green Mountain Power Corporation since 2008, following seven years as Chief Operating Officer. Mary initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed Green Mountain Power and has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement.  Mary launched an ambitious energy vision to provide low carbon, low cost and reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, the company has built Vermont’s largest wind farm, made Rutland, Vermont the Solar Generation Capital of New England, and has installed smart grid technology across the entire utility infrastructure.  Mary is leading an energy transformation, providing customers comprehensive energy makeovers that help them save money and use less energy.  GMP is the first utility in the world to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good. In 2012, Mary led an acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service, with a promise to generate $144 million in savings for customers. GMP has grown from serving 88,000 customers in 2008 to serving well over 260,000 customers, with revenues of more than $640 million and $2 billion in assets. In 2014, Mary announced a new partnership with NRG Energy, Inc. to make Vermont a leader in sustainable energy. And in 2015, Mary led another partnership with Tesla, with GMP becoming the first utility to offer the Tesla Powerwall battery.  In 2004 Mary was recognized by Fast Company magazine as one of the "top 50 fast leaders" in the US and in 2014 was recognized by PowerGen as the Woman of the Year.

Boris von Bormann
Boris von Bormann
CEO, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC
Boris von Bormann is CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, responsible for the development and sale of energy storage systems for residential and utility applications, and other energy services to help facilitate the transition to e-mobility. Prior, he was CEO for the U.S. headquarters of Sonnen, a German-based manufacturer of energy storage solutions. Boris von Bormann has been in the international trade industry for over 18 years and in the solar industry for over 9 years.
Kelly Speakes-Backman
Kelly Speakes-Backman
CEO, Energy Storage Association (ESA)

Kelly Speakes-Backman is the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association. Kelly has spent over 20 years working in energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO and private sectors, including organizations such as United Technologies, SunEdison and Alliance to Save Energy. She is a former Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission where she also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, and member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group.  She is a mechanical engineer from Boston University.

Carla J. Peterman
Carla J. Peterman
Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Carla J. Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012. Commissioner Peterman is the CPUC’s assigned Commissioner for a number of proceedings including energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy storage, and several rate cases. Commissioner Peterman serves on many boards including the NARUC Board of Directors and the California Broadband Council. She served as the Chair of the Plug in Electric Vehicle Collaborative for 2012-2013.
She was previously appointed by Governor Brown, in 2011, to the California Energy Commission where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, and natural gas.
Commissioner Peterman has conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was an investment banker focused on energy financing at Lehman Brothers.
Commissioner Peterman holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Energy and Resources from The University of California Berkeley.  She also earned a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Commissioner Peterman holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University.

Roy Kuga
Roy Kuga
Vice President, Grid Integration & Innovation, PG&E

Roy Kuga is vice president, Grid Integration & Innovation, a team responsible for developing strategies and plans for:

• PG&E's grid of the future
• distributed energy resources, including energy storage, demand response, and net metering
• clean transportation
• technology pilots and demonstration projects.

Roy previously served as vice president, Energy Supply Management, overseeing the Company's procurement of gas and electric supplies, storage, transmission, financial hedging and greenhouse gas allowances.  He has worked on renewable and conventional power contracting and resource development, wholesale market design, and bidding, scheduling and dispatching PG&E's energy portfolio into California’s wholesale market.  Earlier in his career, Roy led the Company's strategic planning team for electric industry restructuring. 

Roy has also worked in the oil and gas and telecom industries.  He holds Bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics, and a Masters degree in operations research.

Janice Lin
Janice Lin
California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) Founder and CEO, Strategen

Janice Lin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategen, where she provides insight to global corporations, utilities and public sector leaders, helping them to develop impactful clean energy strategies. Over the past ten years, she has advised a diverse range of clients, including renewable energy equipment manufacturers and service providers, large corporations diversifying into clean energy, and real estate developers building sustainable communities. Janice brings more than two decades of experience in clean energy strategy, market development, and corporate strategy to Strategen.In 2014, Janice co-founded the Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA), an international non-profit organization, and currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Executive Committee. Janice also co-founded the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) in 2009, and currently serves on the Electricity Advisory Council of the US Department of Energy, the Board of Advisors for the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the Energy Storage Committee of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Janice is also a Member of
the Advisory Council of the German American Chamber of Commerce, the UCSD Strategic Energy Initiatives Advisory Council, and Co-Founder and Chair of the annual Energy Storage North America (ESNA) conference. Prior to founding Strategen in 2005, Janice held several senior management positions with PowerLight Corporation (now SunPower Corporation), including Vice President of Product Strategy and Vice President of Business Development. During her tenure at PowerLight, Janice led initiatives in product and new market strategies, business development, regulatory affairs, strategic partnerships, investor relations and customer
finance. Janice holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BS from the Wharton School,University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Erik Ellis
Erik Ellis
Manager, Technology Assessment & Integration, APS

Erik Ellis is currently the manager for Technology Assessment and Integration at APS.    APS Technology Assessment investigates new distribution, transmission, and DG technologies with respect to technical and business merit.    Specific responsibilities include development of the energy storage and microgrid business plans, implementation of projects thereunder, and the design and integration of 1,500 smart inverters under a master controller in the 10 MW APS residential-rooftop Solar Partners Program.  

Mr. Ellis joined APS in early 2011.    He has over 15 years of experience in the power industry in leadership positions at GE, Areva Solar, and EDF Renewable Energy.

Alta Yen
Alta Yen
Managing Director, Investment Strategy, GE Energy Financial Services

Alta Yen leads the Investment Strategy group at GE Energy Financial Services, where she is responsible for developing a long-term strategy for the business that holds approximately $16 billion in energy assets.  GE Energy Financial Services’ experts invest globally across the energy spectrum in essential, long-lived and capital intensive energy assets that meet the world’s energy needs.       

Alta joined GE Structured Finance Group, the predecessor business to GE Energy Financial Services, in 1999.  In 2001, she was promoted to Vice President in the global energy portfolio group where she managed a $1.4 billion portfolio consisting primarily of distressed assets related to Enron, PG&E and Mirant.  In 2004, Alta accepted a project manager role, where she helped to establish the newly formed GE Energy Financial Services and in 2005 returned to the Risk function in debt underwriting.  In 2007, she was promoted to Managing Director and served as the chief risk manager for the $4 billion energy lending business.  Alta has been the Managing Director of Investment Strategy since 2013.

Prior to GE, Alta worked at an American law firm with roles in New York and Hong Kong before joining a Taipei-based freight forwarding company in business development. 

Born in York, Pennsylvania, Alta earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University, a certificate in advanced Mandarin from the Inter-University Program (“The Stanford Center”) and holds a Masters of Business Administration, concentrated in finance, from the University of Michigan.