Grid Edge Innovation Summit is the leading future energy conference that will examine the energy customer of tomorrow and how new innovative business models are quickly emerging.

Join us as we bring together the most forward thinking and prominent members of the energy ecosystem and as our research team explores the future of the market. 

The leading conference on the future of energy

This year we will explore how frontier technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Edge Computing, and Blockchain will impact the sector and how market leaders are innovating core systems at the edge of the grid. In addition, the summit will examine the energy customer of tomorrow and how new innovative business models are quickly emerging. Join us as we bring together the most forward-thinking and prominent members of the energy ecosystem and as our research team explores the future of the market. Major themes include:

  • Frontier Technologies: New, emerging and transformative technologies at the grid edge
  • Innovating the Core: Using innovation to manage the grid, defer investment and improve operations
  • Customer Centricity: Digital strategies, customer journeys and channel management

Speakers

Tom Fanning
Tom Fanning
CEO, Southern Company

Tom Fanning has been chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company since 2010. Under his leadership, our 32,000-strong team continues to build the future of energy and improve peoples’ lives. We focus on finding the best ways to bring clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to all our neighborhoods across the country.

With more than 35 years of experience at Southern Company, Tom also serves as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and holds senior positions in a number of business and public policy organizations. Tom is an internationally respected voice on topics that range from energy innovation and economic growth, to cybersecurity.

From leading the nation’s new nuclear initiative with two state-of-the-art units in Georgia to adding more than 4,000 megawatts of renewable energy since 2012, and exploring beyond-the-meter customer solutions through PowerSecure and our partnership with Silicon Valley's Bloom Energy, Southern Company is the only U.S. energy provider investing in an all-of-the-above approach to America's energy future.

Gil C. Quiniones
Gil C. Quiniones
President & CEO, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Mr. Quiniones was Co-Chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which helped carry out Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's vision for reimagining New York State's energy system through partnerships between the public and private sectors. Under his leadership, NYPA is currently playing a key role in the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision initiative to use market forces and new technology to empower customers and encourage the growth of clean renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Before joining NYPA in 2007 as Executive Vice President of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Quiniones served in several positions in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, including more than four years as Senior Vice President of Energy and Telecommunications. He previously worked for Con Edison for 16 years and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility's unregulated energy services company.

Mr. Quiniones is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry's international research and development organization. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, serves on the boards of the Large Public Power Council and the Alliance to Save Energy and is NYPA's principal representative to the American Public Power Association.

Hilary Flynn
Hilary Flynn
Director, External Innovation, National Grid
Lydia Krefta
Lydia Krefta
Principal Product Manager for Emerging Technologies, Grid Innovation and Integration, PG&E

Lydia Krefta is a Principal Product Manager for Emerging Technologies on the Grid Innovation and Integration (GII) team at PG&E where she has been leading blockchain application development for two energy focused pilots, to be launched in 2018. In addition to blockchain, Lydia is developing and executing pilot projects related to vehicle-to-grid integration, EV communications protocols and residential/commercial/industrial building electrification. Prior to her current role, she developed long-term (15-30 years) gas and electric business model and investment strategies as part of the Corporate Strategy team. Lydia also has experience in the defense industry where she worked on the F-16 program at Northrop Grumman. She holds a B.S. w/Honors in Engineering Science from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from UCLA.

Jon Wellinghoff
Jon Wellinghoff
CEO, Grid Policy Inc.
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.

Josh Gould
Josh Gould
Department Manager, Con Edison

Josh Gould is Department Manager for Con Edison’s “Utility of the Future” group, where he focuses on identifying new business opportunities related to the growth of distributed energy resources, and developing new REV demonstration projects. Prior to joining Con Edison, he led the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) approach to commercializing power systems research.  During his time at ARPA-E, he worked with companies such as AutoGrid, Varentec, Smart Wires, and ProsumerGrid who, in aggregate, raised over $100M in private capital and deployed technology developed in the program to utility customers. Prior to joining ARPA-E, he founded Gould Energy Storage, a firm that helped client Southern California Edison write the winning proposal for what was – at the time – the world's largest lithium-ion grid storage battery at a wind farm in Tehachapi, CA. Prior to this, he worked for Innosight Ventures, an investment firm based on the applied research of Dr. Clayton Christensen, disruptive innovation theorist and a Professor at the Harvard Business School. He holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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

Marco Terruzzin – Based in San Francisco, California, Marco Terruzzin is an internationally recognized expert in clean tech and climate change mitigation strategies having developed 200+ carbon emission reduction projects under the Kyoto protocol (~$2 billion value). With over 20 years of experience, he is an accomplished clean tech executive with a track record of increasing EBITDA and generating multi-million dollar revenue streams across the carbon markets, energy storage and renewable energy industries. Having launched two international companies, Mr. Terruzzin has also developed extensive experience in recruiting and building teams and growing innovative initiatives into multi-million dollar businesses lines. He has held senior management positions at leading energy companies like E.ON Climate and Renewables (one of Europe’s largest public energy companies), General Electric Wind, Evolution Markets and Roland Berger Management Consulting. Mr. Terruzzin holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Darden School of Business, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in Applied Statistics (Energy Economics).

2017 Speakers Included

J. Andrew (Drew) Murphy
J. Andrew (Drew) Murphy
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Edison International

Drew Murphy is senior vice president of strategic planning for Edison International. He is responsible for strategic planning for Edison International and its subsidiaries, advancing strategic initiatives that are key to achieving business growth and long-term shareholder value for the company. He also oversees the analysis of emerging trends in the industry, including distributed renewable generation, commercial and industrial energy services, and competitive transmission. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, and Edison Energy Group, a subsidiary composed of variety of non-regulated businesses in the energy sector.

Prior to joining Edison International, Murphy was senior managing director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, where he headed the utilities, energy and power team. His team was responsible for identifying new investment opportunities and the management of existing investments in regulated utility, power generation and midstream energy industries.

Previously, Murphy served in a number of senior executive positions at NRG Energy, Inc., including executive vice president, Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions, executive vice president and president, Northeast Region, and executive vice president and general counsel.

Murphy has also served as a partner at the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, where he worked in the New York, London and Washington, D.C offices leading the global energy, infrastructure and project finance practice.

Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1983 and a juris doctorate degree from George Washington University in 1987, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review.

Dr. Robert Denda
Dr. Robert Denda
Head of Network Technology & Innovation, Enel

Dr. Robert Denda is Head of Network Technology and Innovation at the Global Infrastructure and Networks business line of the Enel group, responsible for technologies developed and applied at Enel's worldwide distribution grids, serving 65 million grid customers. Previously, from 2014 to 2015 he worked within this business line function as Head of Smart Metering Solutions. Previous responsibilities include the coordination of the smart metering roll-out project of 13 million meters at Endesa in Spain, R&D department director and innovation manager in the telecommunication sector, and Manager of technology services at Endesa Ingenieria. He is also an active participant at European and international associations related to the Energy sector. He holds a diploma degree in Computer Science and Business Administration and a PhD from the University of Mannheim, Germany

Jessica Strömbäck
Jessica Strömbäck
Chairman & Senior Vice President, Europe, Joule Assets

Jessica Stromback leads the Joule business development operations in Europe. Currently she is Technical Manager for the Advanced, an FP7 project involving ERDF, Enel, Iberdrola, and RWE.

She is also is the Executive Director and founder of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC). The SEDC is a Brussels based not-for-profit industry group, which represents the requirements for demand side programs in Europe, this includes programs such as Demand Response, energy usage feedback and information, smart home, in-home and in-building automation, electric vehicle charging management, and other programs. The SEDC vision is to promote the active participation of flexible demand side resources in European electricity markets – to ensure consumer benefits, increase security of supply and reduce carbon emissions. The 47 SEDC Members include aggregators, electricity retailers, DSOs, TSOs and technology providers, representing over 150 million European consumers.

From 2006-2013 Jessica Stromback acted as Chairman of VaasaETT ltd. She has acted as project manager for such projects as ‘SG4-GHG’ an FP 7 project modeling the potential of the Smart Grid to lower green house gas emissions around Europe, ‘Empower Demand’ comparing 100 residential pilot projects according to 23 variables involving over 450,000 households and ‘Respond 2010’ an 18 month multi-client study reviewing the development of residential Smart Metering and Demand Response in 23 national markets. She has also participated in or led consultancy and research projects for: ADEME, Schneider Electric, Microsoft, Nuon, EDF, Capgemini, RWE, Landis & Gyr, Panasonic, CREIPI of Japan, British Gas, Bord Gais, Union Fenosa, BC Hydro, TietoEnator, E-control, Israeli Electric and Onzo, among others.

Aaron Daly
Aaron Daly
Global Director, Energy Management, Whole Foods Market
Caroline Choi
Caroline Choi
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison

Caroline Choi is the Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; analysis and development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and directing case management for key regulatory filings. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs. Choi has served on various non-profit boards and is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the National Forest Foundation and the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Lands. Choi has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

Patrick Flynn
Patrick Flynn
Senior Director of Sustainability, Salesforce

Patrick Flynn is the Senior Director of Sustainability for Salesforce, the world’s leading CRM provider and the fastest growing top 10 software company in the world. Prior to Salesforce, Patrick worked for IO, a leading global colocation data center provider, where he led sustainability strategy and also built and led a San Francisco-based R&D team. He has experience working as a building engineer (he has a P.E. in HVAC) and as an investor in a cleantech venture capital firm, where he focused on green building technologies and software-driven energy efficiency. Patrick holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He received the Thomas R. Peterson Achievement Award and two Peer Recognition Awards for his contributions to the MIT Sloan community.

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.
Adam Gromis
Adam Gromis
Public Policy Manager, Sustainability & Environmental Impact, Uber
Adam is Uber's global lead on sustainability and environmental impact within the Policy & Communications team, based out of San Francisco. Sustainability and cross-disciplinary engagement are running themes throughout his work experience in the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Uber, he worked for five years helping investors build impact investing portfolios with positions at Goldman Sachs Wealth Management, Imprint Capital (a boutique investment advisory firm acquired by Goldman), and the Global Impact Investing Network (a research and advocacy nonprofit). Before impact investing, he spent seven years engaged in efforts to commercialize zero emission vehicle technologies with positions at the California Fuel Cell Partnership (a public-private partnership), the California Air Resources Board, and UTC Fuel Cells (a United Technologies Company). He holds an MBA from NYU Stern, an MPA from NYU Wagner, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and materials science from UC Davis.
agenda 2018 Conference Themes
  • Framing Innovation at the Grid Edge
  • Grid Edge Innovation - Managing Frontier Digital Technologies
  • Innovating the Core - Existing & Emerging Grid Edge Technologies
  • Customer Centricity - Innovating Relationships Behind the Meter
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highlights from last year

  • 1,500 Attendees
  • 96% Recommend a GTM event after attending
  • 30% Utility attendance

Venue

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, California, USA, 94010
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