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.

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.

Mark Frigo
Mark Frigo
Vice President, Head of Energy Storage, North America, E.ON

Mr. Mark A. Frigo currently is Vice President, Head of Energy Storage, North America for E.ON, an international privately-owned energy supplier which is focused on renewables, energy networks and customer solutions.  Mr. Frigo has spent over a decade of his career at E.ON.  He currently leads the energy storage business for E.ON in North America, and is responsible for all aspects of that business, including business planning, personnel, and project development and execution.  Mr. Frigo was lead on E.ON’s successful endeavor to establish its first energy storage facility in Arizona, launching the company’s efforts to bring reliable and efficient storage solutions to that region.  His team has subsequently built two additional energy storage projects in Texas helping to stabilize the ERCOT grid.  During his time at E.ON, Mr. Frigo has also led other critical groups for E.ON’s North American business, including the Energy Marketing group, which was responsible for all revenue related activities including power purchase agreements, hedges, and renewable energy credit transactions, the Market Operations & Analysis group, which is responsible for all generation dispatch and scheduling, regulatory compliance, transmission, and market analysis functions in North America, as well as the Risk & Investment group, which was responsible for all structured finance, credit, financial modeling, and insurance functions.  His past accomplishments at E.ON included assisting with implementation of a US$5.7 billion capital build program, which successfully brought 3,136 MW (20 projects) of wind generation and 73 MW (5 projects) of solar generation on-line, enabling E.ON to become one of the top renewable companies in North America.

Jason Handley
Jason Handley
Director of Smart Grid Technology & Operations, Duke Energy

Jason Handley, P.E. is Director of Smart Grid Technology and Operations in the Emerging Technology Office at Duke Energy. Jason has over 18 years of electric utility experience specializing in the smart grid, distribution automation, and operations management. This role allows Jason to follow and define new technologies that may be impacting the electrical grid and oversee all of the ongoing operational aspects on new technology pilot projects in the Emerging Technology Office. Jason manages a group that develops, installs, tests, and evaluates new technologies for Duke’s electrical grid. He and his team are responsible for developing and updating the strategic roadmap for power grid devices at Duke Energy. Jason received his electrical engineering degree from Auburn University and is currently pursuing his MBA at Wake Forest University. He is a registered professional engineer and received his electrical contractors unlimited license in 2009.

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.

Tilak Gopalarathnam
Tilak Gopalarathnam
Director of Energy Technology Partnerships, LG Corp

Tilak Gopalarathnam is currently the Director of Energy Technology Partnerships at LG Corp., the parent company of LG Electronics and LG Chem. In this role, he is responsible for open innovation, partnerships and new business development in solar photovoltaics, energy storage and grid edge technologies.

This corporate role enables Tilak to work across business units and develop the technology strategy for new solutions in partnership with startups as well as established companies. One of his focus areas has been the development of corporate strategy and solar + storage solutions for the residential, commercial and utility markets.

Tilak has been working on various aspects of renewable energy and energy efficiency for the past 20 years, including solar module manufacturing innovations, solar power conversion and automotive hybrid system power electronics. He has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a power electronics focus.

Kate McGinnis
Kate McGinnis
Managing Director for North America, Fluence

Kate McGinnis is Managing Director for North America at Fluence, a joint venture between Siemens and AES Corporation and a leading global provider of energy storage systems and services. In this role, she leads sales to utilities, IPPs, and developers in the region. Prior to joining Fluence, she spent three years working with AES Energy Storage, resulting in nearly 200MW of contracted projects in the western US. Her start in storage was with Chevron Technology Ventures, where she led development of stationary storage projects co-located with oil & gas infrastructure globally. She has nearly two decades of experience in the energy space, and has worked in areas including energy efficiency, carbon markets, and a variety of renewables. Kate is a board member and past chair of the California Energy Storage Alliance. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from George Washington University and an MBA from Cornell.

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.

Brandon Middaugh
Brandon Middaugh
Senior Manager, Distributed Energy, Microsoft

Brandon currently leads Distributed Energy innovation & integration for Microsoft's Energy Strategy & Research team. Her background combines renewable energy asset management and project finance experience with political risk consulting and environmental policy. Prior to joining Microsoft, she has held senior positions at SunEdison, Bloom Energy and Albright Stonebridge Group. Brandon holds a BA, Environmental Studies and a MESc Environmental Science from Yale University; and an MBA from Stanford University.

Seth Baruch
Seth Baruch
National Director Energy & Utilities, Kaiser Permanente

Seth Baruch is National Director for Energy and Utilities at Kaiser Permanente and is responsible for managing sustainable energy programs across the organization, including solar projects at a hundred different hospitals, data centers and medical office buildings. Part of this program includes the development of microgrids and rapid installation of electric vehicle charging stations at selected sites in California. Seth is also helping lead the effort for Kaiser Permanente to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020.

Kevin Vannoy
Kevin Vannoy
Director of Market Design, MISO

Kevin Vannoy is MISO’s Director of Market Design.  He has over twenty three years of Management and Consulting experience in the electric utility industry, including Regional Transmission Organizations, and regulated and deregulated markets.  He has been with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) since 2005. 

He was MISO’s Director of Forward Operations Planning from June 2015 to September 2017, his responsibilities included; Transmission and Generation Outage Coordination, Tariff Administration and Scheduling, Forecast Engineering and Seams Administration.

He was MISO’s Director of Market Administration from 2010 to June 2015, responsible for administering Auction Revenue Rights (“ARRs”), the Financial Transmission Rights (“FTR”) Markets, the Day-Ahead Energy and Operating Reserves Markets, Resource Adequacy Administration, Forecast Engineering, the Forward Reliability Assessment Commitment and Real-Time Ex-post Locational Marginal Pricing functions. 

Kevin managed Market Services starting in 2005 following the launch of the Midwest Energy Markets.  He led Market Quality and Dispute Resolution, Market Settlements, Tariff Pricing and Transmission Settlements until 2010. 

Kevin has been involved with numerous Market development and improvement initiatives at MISO, including the Ancillary Services Markets implementation, Revenue Sufficiency Guarantee Allocation Redesign, Financial Transmission Rights Funding efforts, Transmission Multi-Value Project Auction Revenue Rights Allocation, Annual Resource Adequacy Auctions, and Extended Locational Marginal Pricing.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.  Prior to joining MISO, he held management roles with both the Structure Consulting Group LLC in their Regional Transmission Organization Consulting Practice, and Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) in their Utilities Industry Practice.  Prior to joining Andersen Consulting in 1995, he served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy.

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.

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).

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.

Apurva Somani, Ph.D.
Apurva Somani, Ph.D.
Research & Development Lead, Dynapower

Dr. Apurva Somani holds a Ph.d. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and is currently the Research and Development Lead for the Dynapower Energy Storage Group. He was responsible for leading the team that developed and deployed Dynapower’s award-winning family of DC/DC converters (250kW/375kW/500kW).

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.

Sonja Glavaski
Sonja Glavaski
Program Director, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Sonja Glavaski is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) overseeing  portfolio of projects developing innovative and disruptive technologies that would facilitate cost-effective building energy audits, more efficient renewable energy generation, and enable electricity grid to be more responsive and resilient. Her technical focus area is data analytics, and distributed control  of complex, cyber-physical systems with emphasis on operations and security of energy systems.  Dr. Sonja Glavaski spearheaded development and is currently helming ARPA-E Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) Program that aims to develop transformational grid management and control methods to create a virtual energy storage system based on use of flexible loads and distributed energy resources (DERs).

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Glavaski served as Control Systems Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center advancing knowledge and technology in the area of control & intelligent systems. Before being at UTRC, Dr. Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs. During her 20-plus-year career, Dr. Glavaski has contributed significantly to technical advancements in numerous product areas, including energy systems, hybrid vehicles, energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, and aircraft systems. Dr. Glavaski received Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and Dipl. Ing and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Belgrade.

Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
Managing Director, Development, Recurrent Energy

Michael Arndt is the Managing Director of Development for Recurrent Energy and oversees a team of 35 people as well as the company’s 5 GW solar and storage project pipeline in the U.S. and Canada.

Recognized in 2018 by Renewable Energy World as part of the Solar 40 Under 40, Mike has nearly 15 years of experience in the renewable energy industry, particularly in solar, wind and energy storage project development. Throughout his career, Mike has developed over 1,500 MW of energy projects that are either operating or under construction, with a total investment of over $3 billion. He has demonstrated success in M&A, power marketing, PPA negotiations and building, advancing and extracting value from development pipelines. He also has direct experience with the CAISO, WECC, MISO, PJM and SPP markets.

Mike joined Recurrent Energy from NRG, where he served as the Vice President for West Region Business Development. Prior to NRG, he held various leadership roles at Element Power, from Senior Vice President of Development to Chief Operating Officer. He holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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.

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.

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.

Erin Minear
Erin Minear
Technical Leader - Energy Storage Program, EPRI

Erin Minear is a Technical Leader for the Energy Storage Program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), managing projects related to integrating energy storage assets into the utility grid. Erin has previous experience in developing commercial behind-the-meter and utility distribution-connected energy storage systems for an engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) firm. She also has 7 years of experience as a power systems engineer implementing projects to drive reliability and efficiency improvements, including transmission and distribution upgrades, microgrids, renewable energy, and energy storage. Erin is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of California and has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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.

Natalia Eisele
Natalia Eisele
Associate, SUSI Partners

Natalia is an Investment Professional with over 5 Years of experience in the Financial Industry. She joined the SUSI Energy Storage team in 2016 where she was involved in several storage opportunities worldwide. Prior to joining SUSI, she worked at UBS in Zurich and São Paulo, where she gained in-depth knowledge in Fixed Income Investments with a special focus on Emerging Markets, as well as international M&A Transactions. Natalia speaks 5 languages and holds a Master Degree in Banking and Finance with specialization in Quantitative Finance from the University of Zurich.

Jim Hughes
Jim Hughes
CEO and Managing Director, Prisma Energy

Jim Hughes has over 25 years of experience in electric power and gas infrastructure.  He is CEO and Managing Director of Prisma Energy Capital, a private entity focused on investments in energy storage.  He serves as Director on several Boards including Alcoa Corporation, TPI Composites Inc., and Eos Energy Storage.  He was also appointed to the Los Angeles Branch Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on September 2013.

He is the former Chief Executive Officer and Director of First Solar, Inc., a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology.  He joined First Solar, Inc. in March 2012 as Chief Commercial Officer and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in May 2012.  He stepped down as Chief Executive Officer on June 30, 2016 and resigned from the Board on September 1, 2016.

Prior to joining First Solar, Mr. Hughes served, from October 2007 until April 2011, as Chief Executive Officer and Director of AEI Services LLC, a private company that owned and operated power distribution, power generation (both thermal and renewable), natural gas transportation and services, and natural gas distribution businesses in emerging markets worldwide.  From 2004 to 2007, he engaged in principal investing with a privately held company based in Houston, Texas that focused on micro-cap investments in North American distressed manufacturing assets.

He served as a Non-Executive Director of APR Energy plc, from 2012 to 2016. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Prisma Energy International, which was formed out of former Enron interests in international electric and natural gas utilities.  Prior to that role, Mr. Hughes spent almost a decade with Enron Corporation in positions that included President and Chief Operating Officer of Enron Global Assets, President and Chief Operating Officer of Enron Asia Pacific, Africa and China, and Assistant General Counsel of Enron International.

Mr. Hughes holds a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, a Certificate of Completion in international business law from Queen Mary’s College, University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

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.

Edouard Bulteau
Edouard Bulteau
Investment Director, Total Energy Ventures

Edouard Bulteau is an Investment Director at Total Energy Ventures (TEV), the corporate venture arm of the energy major, Total. TEV identifies, funds and fosters innovative startups helping to solve the energy transition challenge. Edouard has been investing and working with startups in energy storage, smart grids, energy access and solar in the US, Europe and Africa. Prior to joining TEV, Edouard worked in academic research on systems engineering and ecology. He holds a M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley and a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Ecology from Ecole Polytechnique in France.

Andrew Tang
Andrew Tang
Senior Vice President of International Business Development, Greensmith

As Senior Vice President of International Business Development, Andy leads business development for energy storage and integration for Greensmith, a Wärtsilä Company.  Andy brings over two decades of experience in business development, strategic planning, and corporate finance experience to Greensmith. For the past decade, Andy has been at the forefront of defining and deploying energy storage systems and the Smart Grid.  Andy previously led PG&E’s upgrade to SmartMeters, creating and executing demand side management strategies through distributed generation, demand response, and the electrification of the transportation sector and building energy efficiency programs. He has held senior roles at both a regulated utility as well as in the vendor community working on new technologies for the electric power grid.

Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Wesleyan University where he was awarded the White Fellowship.

Kyle Garton
Kyle Garton
Director of Product Development, AutoGrid Systems

Kyle Garton is Director of Product Development at AutoGrid Systems, responsible for DERMS and virtual power plant applications of energy storage, demand response and any flexible energy resource for residential to industrial scale deployments across the globe.

Prior to AutoGrid, Kyle held product management positions at Stem and SunPower commercializing distributed behind-the-meter energy storage products. Kyle has been involved in deployments of fleets of distributed energy resources across the US, Germany, Japan and Australia; providing value to both customers and utilities with local energy optimization and grid services capabilities. Prior to focusing on energy storage, Kyle held a business development role at SunPower, developing landmark solar projects for Fortune 100 clients, ranging from small rooftop systems to >20MW power plants. In his early career Kyle worked in academic research and development of next generation energy harvesting nanomaterials. Kyle holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from UC Berkeley and a M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from UC San Diego.

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.

Peter Frischmann
Peter Frischmann
CEO & Co-Founder, Sepion Technologies

Following a lifelong passion to power cars with solar energy, Pete has devoted the past 15 years to advanced materials development for breakthrough energy storage technologies.  He co-founded Sepion Technologies in 2015 to commercialize must-have membrane components that boost the energy density, safety, and lifetime of lithium and beyond lithium batteries. His background in self-assembly and synthetic chemistry provides a unique vantage point to leverage innovative materials to solve long-standing battery problems.  Pete is an alumnus of the prestigious Cyclotron Road Energy Technology Incubator, and previously was a Project Scientist at Berkeley Lab, an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Würzburg in Germany, and he holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. in chemistry from Idaho State University.

Tal Sholklapper
Tal Sholklapper
CEO & Co-Founder, Voltaiq

Dr. Tal Sholklapper has an extensive record of success as a cleantech engineer and entrepreneur. Prior to founding Voltaiq, he worked as the lead engineer on a DOE ARPA-E funded project at the CUNY Energy Institute, developing an ultra low-cost grid-scale battery. Before joining CUNY, Dr. Sholklapper co-founded Point Source Power, a low cost fuel-cell startup based on technology he developed while at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley, where he also did his graduate work in Materials Science and Engineering. As a Materials Postdoctoral Fellow at LBNL, he successfully led the transfer of lab-scale technology to industry partners.

Ajay Kochhar
Ajay Kochhar
CEO, Li-Cycle

Ajay has a depth of technology and project development experience, gained through progressive roles with Hatch's Industrial Clean Tech and Advisory practices. While working in the Industrial Clean Tech practice, Ajay gained in-depth engineering and project management experience through clean technology development in the lithium, cobalt, nickel, copper, gold, lead, zinc, molybdenum, and rare earth metals industries. His technical expertise spans the entire project lifecycle, from conceptual and pre-feasibility studies to construction and commissioning. Currently, Ajay serves as CEO of Li-Cycle™, a clean tech company with a proprietary and commercially scalable solution to recycle spent lithium-ion batteries. Ajay originally graduated from the University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering with honours.

Mike Pintar
Mike Pintar
COO, NETenergy

Mike Pintar is an energy entrepreneur and the COO of NETenergy, a thermal energy storage company based in Chicago, IL.  Mike has 10 years of energy industry experience, including time spent building a solar powered house and creating a wholesale electricity procurement system.  He has led all business development, fundraising and operations for NETenergy.  He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the Chicago Booth School of Business.

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.

Stephen Lacey
Stephen Lacey
Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media

Stephen Lacey is Editor-in-Chief of Greentech Media. He manages a team of writers focused on solar, storage, efficiency, mobility, and grid modernization. He’s also host of the Energy Gang podcast, a weekly roundtable on the latest energy and environmental news.

Christopher Tilley
Christopher Tilley
President & CEO, ENGIE Storage

Prior to joining ENGIE Storage, Chris worked at Alta Energy as Chief Strategy Officer where he helped guide the expansion of service offerings for large corporate customers. Prior to Alta, Chris was CEO of SunLink, a balance of system equipment and service provider to the solar industry where he grew the company from its earliest stages to market leader. Prior to SunLink, Chris was President & CFO of Prevalent Power, a leading California solar integrator. Earlier in his career, Chris worked at Bechtel, Booz Allen and Santander Investment with a focus on the energy sector. Chris holds a BSME from LSU, an MSME from Purdue University, and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Brad Leufkens
Brad Leufkens
Senior Principal, Infrastructure & Natural Resources, 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.

Rahul Walawalkar
Rahul Walawalkar
Executive Director, Indian Energy Storage Alliance

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar is President & MD of Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. He leads the Emerging Technologies practice for Customized Energy Solutions globally with focus on energy storage, renewables, demand response, electric vehicles and smart grid technologies. Rahul is founder and Executive Director of India Energy Storage Alliance since 2012. He served as board member for Energy Storage Association, USA during 2009-15 and currently serves as Chair for Global Energy Storage Alliance. In 2014, he was nominated as part of Standing Committee on Energy Storage and Hybrid systems by MNRE and is currently working on drafting the national energy storage mission. He served as member of national taskforce for renewable integration by Central Electricity Authority & Ministry of Power during 2013-14. Under Rahul’s leadership Customized Energy Solutions’ has received various awards including IPPAI Power Innovation Award for creation of India Energy Storage Alliance in 2016-17, Brad Roberts Award for outstanding industry contribution by Energy Storage Association (USA) in 2016, USAID’s PACEsetter Fund Award for MICRO initiative in 2016 and CII Innovative Energy Services Award for Tata Power Demand Response program in 2012. He was recognized with India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) President’s Award in 2018 for outstanding contribution to growth of smart grids in India. He is also recipient of Energy Storage Crusader Award from Renewable Energy India Expo in 2017, DSK Energy Award from Institution of Engineers (India) in 2014 and Computer Society of India’s Young IT Professional Award for 2000 and 2001. Rahul holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, M.S. in Energy Management from NYIT and B.E. from Walchand College of Engineering.

Kenneth Seeton
Kenneth Seeton
Energy Manager, California State University Dominguez Hills

Kenny Seeton is the Central Plant/Energy Manager for Cal State Dominguez Hills, and has occupied that position since 2011. He currently manages a team of nine employees responsible for the heating, cooling and maintenance of approximately 1.2 million square feet of classroom and office space on campus, as well as Central Plant equipment.  As the campus energy manager, he also oversees sustainability, lighting retrofits, MBCx on buildings, and HVAC optimization and controls for the campus. He enjoys working with students and his crew to come up with innovative ways to increase comfort and reduce energy. 

Arthur (Bud) Vos
Arthur (Bud) Vos
President & CEO, Enbala Power Networks

With more than 17 years of energy industry experience, Bud Vos has in-depth experience with providing high-value software solutions to utilities. As president and CEO of Enbala, Bud is leading the company through the next phase of its business growth as it continues to expand its industry-leading Virtual Power Plant and DERMS solutions. Bud previously served as the COO of Simple Energy, a SaaS-based company that leverages data analytics to motivate utility customers to save energy. He was also senior vice president of utility sales and CTO of Comverge, a leading provider of integrated demand response, energy efficiency and customer engagement solutions. In addition, Bud was founder and vice president of engineering at Sixth Dimension, a provider of Internet-based control systems for demand response and distributed generation systems.

Rick Chamberlain
Rick Chamberlain
Vice President of Engineering, Cadenza Innovation

With 20 years’ experience developing technology and products for the lithium-ion battery industry, Rick understands how innovation gets designed and commercialized to meet customer and market demands. Rick has contributed to multiple worldwide patents, presented at numerous industry-leading conferences, led global R&D organizations, and supported building and qualifying a 300 MWh cell factory in China. Rick holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary and a Ph. D in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Enrico Ladendorf
Enrico Ladendorf
Managing Director and Founder, Pason Power

Enrico Ladendorf is the managing director and founder of Pason Power.  Pason Power offers an end-to-end energy intelligence software platform to design, control, manage, and aggregate advanced energy storage systems. Pason Power solutions are compatible with leading component suppliers and enable energy storage systems that reduce costs for end users, serve as reliable grid assets for utilities, and empower developers to deploy storage systems of all sizes with confidence.

Pason Power is backed by its parent company, Pason Systems Inc. (TSX:PSI), and leverages robust, industrial technology and expertise which has established Pason Systems as a world leader in energy data management and controls automation. Pason enjoys one of the strongest balance sheets in the industry and has a 40-year track record of adding value through energy data.

Enrico also serves as a Director in the Pason Systems New Ventures group which works to identify, assess, and execute upon new strategic business opportunities through organic growth in new markets, acquisitions and partnerships.

Enrico has been with Pason for over 10 years and has over 18 years of experience in engineering and business leadership positions.

Enrico Ladendorf holds bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ryan Wartena
Ryan Wartena
Co-Founder & President, Director of Product, Geli

As Founder and President of Geli Ryan Wartena brings over 10 years of experience in computational and battery R&D and 10 years experience in energy storage business and control platform technologies. Since 2010, Ryan has served as CEO, Chief Strategy Officer, Director of Product, and President of Geli, a San Francisco & Melbourne based energy software and business solutions company. Ryan directs Geli’s collection of software products to create the Geli Internet of Energy platform to support all ecosystem partners to provide energy services from networked assets.

Prior experience includes computational software development, UL/ETL storage product validation, organizing battery pack manufacturing in US and Japan, developing solid-state Li‐ion microbatteries, and integrating energy storage systems into grid networks. He is the author of patents in energy storage and energy computing technologies. Ryan holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from UC San Diego, Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Post Doc research at Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC and MIT. Ryan loves long-lived energy networks and his goal in life is to see the world operate on a renewably energized Internet of Energy.

Ben Kass
Ben Kass
Attorney, Husch Blackwell

Ben Kass is an attorney with the law firm Husch Blackwell LLP, with over 30 dedicated renewable energy attorneys in offices across the U.S. Ben has worked on the development, construction, financing, operation, acquisition and sale of more than 3,000 MW of solar, wind, and battery storage projects in 24 U.S. States, Guam, Canada and Mexico. His clients include project developers, BOP/EPC providers, independent power producers, yieldcos and other project owners, as well as end users and corporate off-takers. Ben previously served as in-house counsel for a large international renewable energy development and construction company where, among other duties, he assisted in developing several utility-scale solar and battery storage projects, and helped launch the company’s distributed solar group, catering to utilities, municipal and regional cooperatives and corporate clients.

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.

Joe Zhou
Joe Zhou
CEO, Quidnet Energy

Joe Zhou is the CEO of Quidnet Energy, which commercializes a breakthrough in geomechanical pumped hydro for energy storage. Quidnet has completed a successful demonstration facility in Texas, and is underway to develop a set of grid-scale commercial facilities. Prior to Quidnet Energy, Joe worked at Green Charge Networks, a California-based energy storage project developer that was acquired by Engie in 2016. Joe started his career in advisory for heavy-industry capital projects at McKinsey, and in process engineering and hydraulics at ExxonMobil. Joe holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a MBA.

Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones
Commercial & Industrial Energy Solutions, Groom Energy - Groupe EDF

Jeremy is responsible for Groom’s generation and storage business, which is focused on utilizing solar, thermal energy storage, battery storage, and CHP to reduce energy costs for Groom’s grocery, food distribution, industrial, and hospitality clients. Prior to joining Groom, Jeremy was a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of SoCore Energy, a distributed solar developer.  After co-founding the company in 2008, Jeremy helped grow the business into one of the most successful commercial and industrial solar companies in the U.S., leading up to SoCore’s 2013 acquisition by electric utility holding company, Edison International.  Over the last few years, Jeremy has been involved in the development some of the largest grid connected battery projects in the U.S. including several 20-30MW PJM projects. Jeremy has a B.S. in Engineering Management from Miami University, and holds solar licenses in Florida, California, and Illinois in addition to being NABCEP certified.

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.

David Kim
David Kim
CEO, GridWiz

David Kim is the CEO of GridWiz. He is a well known and highly regarded entrepreneur in the field of clean energy in Korea. A veteran at creating technology startups, David has over 20 years’ experience in new product development and technology commercialization. David also co-founded Crocus company, the Silicon Valley-based energy efficiency solution provider. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from Busan National University.

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.

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.

Wade Bitaraf
Wade Bitaraf
Global Head of Energy & Sustainability, Plug & Play

Wade is the Global Head of Energy & Sustainability practice at Plug and Play - the most active early stage investor in U.s and a global corporate innovation center. He has built a collaborative platform with Siemens, PG&E, Dominion Energy, Tokyo Gas, Enerjisa and several other innovative utilities and energy corporates in oil and gas, to accelerate digital transformation. His mission at Plug and Play is to bring innovation into energy industry by bridging the startup ecosystem and corporate world. Wade holds master degrees in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.

Eric Wesoff
Eric Wesoff
Founder , Sage Marketing

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.

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, Strategic Planning, GE

Alta Yen is the Managing Director of Strategic Planning for General Electric Company as of February 2018.  In this role, she is responsible for managing long-term strategic planning across GE.  As a 20-year veteran in the energy industry, Alta is a consummate analyst who seeks to maximize value and drive outcomes using data, numbers and good judgment.  Her experience spans several business cycles, multiple large-scale energy crises and the massive disruption currently undertaking the energy industry.

In 1999, Alta joined GE Structured Finance Group as a portfolio manager where she ultimately managed and worked-out a $1.4 billion portfolio consisting primarily of distressed assets related to Enron, PG&E and Mirant.  In 2004, she helped launch GE Energy Financial Services, a debt and equity investor specializing in the energy sector through an operational role and in 2005, she returned to the investing side.  In 2007, Alta was promoted to Managing Director and served as the Chief Risk Manager for the $4 billion energy lending business. There she led or played a critical role in numerous transactions, most notably the ~$1 billion project finance loan acquisition from the Bank of Ireland.  In 2013, Alta became head of the Investment Strategy team responsible for developing long-term investing strategies based upon energy fundamentals and leading the unit’s new business development activities, notably in the commercial & industrial solar and storage sectors.

Prior to joining GE, Alta worked in New York City and Hong Kong before joining a Taipei-based freight forwarding company in business development. 

Alta earned a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, a certificate in advanced Mandarin from the Inter-University Program (“The Stanford Center”) and received a M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from The University of Michigan.  In 2016, she co-founded the Greater New York City Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network where she remains a board member today.