Grid Edge Innovation Summit comes to San Diego for its sixth year for two full days of data-intensive presentations from the leading grid edge research practice in America and industry-led discussions on how data analytics, AI, DERMs and other smart grid innovations are enhancing grid reliability, optimization and planning. 

THE PREMIER CONTENT-LED EVENT FOR SMART GRIDS AND T&D INNOVATION

Speakers

Initial speakers are being confirmed and will be announced soon.

Advisory Board

Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D
Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D
Vice President, Engineering & Smart Grid, ComEd

Dr. Shay Bahramirad, IEEE Senior Member, is ComEd's Vice President of Technology and Smart Grid. Prior to that position, she was the Director of Smart Grid and Technology, serving as a strategic business leader in Commonwealth Edison, the electric Utility in Illinois, working on the transformation to the 21st century power grid and the new energy economy. Her major responsibilities include leading Smart Grid organization across ComEd to develop the vision, business models, and investment strategy of the grid of the future initiatives such as merging technologies, microgrids and smart city deployments. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching Microgrids, Elements of Sustainable Energy, and Smart Grid.

Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the Chair of the board of IEEE PES Women in Power, Technical Chair of the 2016 IEEE PES T&D Conference, Advisory Committee Member of the Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy, Guest Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and Guest Editor-in-Chief of the Electricity Journal, special issue on Energy of the Future Applications to Illinois.

Sergej Mahnovski
Sergej Mahnovski
Director, Growth & Innovation, Edison International

Sergej Mahnovski is Director of Growth and Innovation at Edison International, where he leads a team focused on the identification, incubation and commercialization of growth opportunities from emerging technologies, new business models and strategic collaborations in four key focus areas of clean energy, transportation electrification, grid edge, and customer choice.

Sergej previously served as the Director of the Utility of the Future team at Consolidated Edison. Sergej also served as the head of New York City’s energy and sustainability agency for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where his team developed a blueprint for reducing carbon emissions in NYC by 80 percent by 2050, and a comprehensive strategy for rebuilding critical energy infrastructure after Superstorm Sandy. The team was awarded the Citizens Budget Commission Prize for Public Service Innovation for developing new approaches to reducing air pollution in NYC. Sergej also served as a Chair and co-founder of the NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation.

Sergej has served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He was previously Director for the Global Power Group at IHS CERA and Doctoral Fellow at RAND Corporation. Sergej holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A. in History from Stanford University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School.

Alexandre Torreele
Alexandre Torreele
Head of Innovation, Strategy & Business Development, Elia
Doug McMahon
Doug McMahon
Vice President of Strategy, New York Power Authority

Doug McMahon is the Vice President of Strategy for the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest state public power organization. He is responsible for the development and execution of NYPA’s 2020 strategic vision - transforming The Authority into a 21st century utility of the future. In addition, Doug leads the creation of new strategic programs aimed at catalyzing New York State’s REV and clean energy goals by developing innovative solutions to make the energy system more efficient and the grid more resilient. He has over 15 years’ experience helping utilities navigate complex technology, regulatory or market change across generation, transmission and distribution businesses.

Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Utility of the Future, ComEd

Kristen Brown is a Principal with Commonwealth Edison’s Utility of the Future group which is tasked with advancing ComEd’s transition into the future. In this role, Kristen is responsible for identifying and evaluating potential investments in new technologies related to the realities of rapid technical advancement, increasing data availability, pervasive connectivity, and customer choice and control. She specifically focuses on ComEd’s peer-to-peer, transactive energy, and communications infrastructure strategies.

Prior to her role at ComEd, Kristen was a Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). She worked with academic institutions, start-up companies, and large businesses to advance energy technologies in materials design, energy efficiency, and virtual reality. Kristen holds a PhD from Northwestern University in Chemistry and a BS from Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering.

Eliano Russo
Eliano Russo
Head of e-industries, Enel
Ben Kellison
Ben Kellison
Director, Grid Research, GTM Research

Ben is the Director of Grid Research for GTM Research, specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, formerly a green energy and healthcare consulting firm, where his research focused on AMI deployment and smart grid regulatory policy. Prior to Knwldg Houston, Ben was a policy intern with Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates where he performed research for energy, transportation, and defense clients.

He has authored multiple studies on the smart grid market, concentrating on policy evolution, technology innovation, the market's competitive landscape and project economics. Ben has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences, moderated and participated in panels covering a variety of topics, and regularly hosts industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money, NPR, and the Texas Tribune. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.

Elta Kolo, Ph.D
Elta Kolo, Ph.D
Research Manager, Grid Edge, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly GTM Research)

Elta is a Research Manager for the Grid Edge team at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly GTM Research), working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint Ph.D. funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her doctoral studies, she researched demand response policies for the implementation of smart grids and has presented her work at both U.S. and European conferences in addition to publishing in international scholarly journals. Elta holds a Master of Science degree in economics and management of network industries and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Union College.

agenda 2019 Conference Themes
  • Making the Most of T&D Data Across Connected Grids to Enhance System Reliability, Optimization and Planning
  • DERs as Key Enablers of a Flexible and Decentralized Grid
  • The Evolution of the Utility Business Model: From Commodity Providers to Value Enablers
  • Automation, AI and Edge Computing: Behind the Meter Applications, Including Load Forecasting and Asset Control
  • The Impact of EVs on the Grid of the Future
  • Transactive Energy and Peer-to-Peer Trading: DERMs and Blockchain Applications
  • Federal and State Policy Updates on DERs and Grid Modernization Incentives
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