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Kay Aikin, Chief Executive Officer, co-founder Introspective Systems. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with one of the first sustainability engineering degrees in the country. She has spent her 25 years career as an energy engineer, architectural designer, design/build contractor and business development executive. She has spent four years with her co-founder Dr. Caryl Johnson studying the application of complex system design to "resource allocation problems", including the integration of Distributed Energy Resources into the electrical grid. Her current work for the Department of Energy involves leading a team of scientists and programmers developing a new Transactive Energy (TE) platform that utilizes one-way local pricing to manage the electric grid. At Isle au Haut, Introspective Systems is deploying that TE control platform to manage the functions of a microgrid controller and active management of heat pump loads to balance high solar periods and minimize battery sizing, lower costs.
Charlotte Ancel is the Director of Strategic Development at Eversource Energy, a publicly traded, Fortune 500 energy company serving 4 million electric, gas, and water customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Charlotte leads Eversource’s electric vehicle, storage, and other clean energy development and policy initiatives. She was previous Vice President of Power Supply and General Counsel at Green Mountain Power where she led the power supply, regulatory, legal, and project development teams. In that time, Charlotte’s team increased the Green Mountain Power supply portfolio from 20% to 60% renewable. She also led the construction of a fleet of low cost solar farms for customers, the acquisition of a fleet of small hydro plants, and obtained regulatory approval for several clean energy transformation initiatives. Charlotte was previously a partner at the law firm of Sheehey Furlong & Behm in Burlington, Vermont where she came of age working on permitting of a 63 MW wind project and various solar and other generation projects. She is a graduate of Boston College and University of New Hampshire Law School, from which she graduated first in her class and was Editor in Chief of the Law Review. Charlotte previously served as President of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Chittenden County and was appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin to chair Vermont’s Blue Ribbon Commission on high quality, affordable childhood care.
Tim Ash is Market Director, US East, for Fluence, the leading global energy storage technology and services company jointly owned by Siemens and AES. Tim works with utilities, system operators, developers, and government agencies in the eastern and central US to identify a business case for energy storage and design and deploy grid-scale energy storage solutions using Fluence’s award-winning battery-based energy storage platforms. Prior to Fluence, Tim worked for SmartSenseCom, a technology start-up commercializing an optical sensing technology for electric power transmission and distribution networks; McKinsey & Company’s Advanced Industries, Clean Technology, and Government practices; and as an Air Force Intelligence Officer. Mr. Ash holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy.
Jamal Burki is the Sr. Vice President at IHI Energy Storage, a subsidiary of IHI Corporation which is a 165-year-old global corporation with businesses in energy, aerospace, social infrastructure and industrial machinery areas. IHI Energy Storage is a systems integrator offering turnkey energy storage systems to global customers. Jamal is responsible for commercial, operations and services for the energy storage business. Previously Jamal was projects and services leader at GE Energy Storage where he led development and deployment of energy storage systems at multiple global locations. Prior to joining Energy Storage industry, Jamal spent over fifteen years in the wireless telecommunications industry developing, leading and deploying new technologies globally. Jamal is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University with degrees in electrical engineering and management.
Shazad Butt is the Vice President of Engineering at Vionx Energy. He joined Vionx with 19 years of experience in research, product development, and manufacturing in the field of alternative energy and advance battery technology.
Prior to Vionx he was Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering at Ambri, and a co-founder of A123 System’s Michigan based automotive battery pack technology. At A123 he was responsible for development of the automotive prismatic battery module and led the launches of multiple lithium ion battery plants across the globe including electrode, cell, module and pack manufacturing.
Shazad began his work in the field of energy at Ford Motor company where he worked on hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicle research and product development for 9 years.
Shazad holds 12 patents in the field of batteries and advanced alternative technologies and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wayne State University.
Jess Brooks is Chief Development Officer at Sunwealth, where she helps investors put their money to work building a more just, sustainable and inclusive energy future. Prior to joining Sunwealth, Jess was a Senior Vice President at Boston Community Capital, a national community development financial institution (CDFI) where she helped grow assets under management from $60 million to over $1 billion, leveraging over $5 billion in public and private investment in underserved communities nationwide; she has also worked as a director of online communities at The New York Times Company, in technology sales and as a securities trader on Wall Street. An active civic leader, Jess serves on boards of Generation Citizen Massachusetts and First Teacher, and chairs Brown University's Advisory Council on Relations with Tougaloo College, a historically black college in Mississippi. She is past chair of the boards of The Food Project, Cascap and Social Venture Partners Boston. Jess holds a BA from Brown University.
Anthony Clark is the Associate Director for Commercial, Industrial & Institutional programs at the Connecticut Green Bank. He is responsible for new product development for CI&I customers and helps lead the Green Bank’s efforts related to high-performance new buildings, energy storage and Grid 2.0. Earlier in his career, Anthony worked on global operations and environmental strategies at General Electric and energy resilience at the New York City Housing Authority. Anthony holds an MBA and Master’s of Environmental Science focused on clean energy finance and sustainable design.
Fouad Dagher is the Director of Innovation at National Grid in Waltham, MA. He leads a team of professionals whose responsibilities are to identify and develop innovative energy solutions for National Grid customers. His areas of focus include smart cities, renewables and storage, electrification of transportation, and energy efficiency. Throughout his tenure, Fouad assumed different engineering and managerial positions within National Grid and led the development of National Grid’s REV demonstration in NY, renewable and storage in MA and the early deployment of National Grid’s network of EV charging stations in MA, NY, and RI.
Fouad holds a Master’s degree in engineering and earned an advanced certificate in Strategy, Innovation and Management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in MA and VT.
Michelle Davis is a senior solar analyst at Wood Mackenzie with a focus on the downstream U.S. distributed solar market. She tracks the competitive landscape of installers, financiers and technology providers in the residential and commercial market segments. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie P&R, Michelle held various research positions focused on renewable energy, covering topics as varied as the energy-water nexus to utility investments in electric-vehicle charging stations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Arizona State University and an MBA from Antioch University with a focus on sustainability.
Robin Dutta joined SunPower in 2015 where he leads the company’s east coast state policy initiatives, as well as supports the company’s Federal Affairs team. Robin is a bit of a throwback, having broken into the industry working on solar water heating policy for Skyline Innovations. His move to the PV space has shifted his focus to net metering/rate design, community solar, energy storage policy, and the next generation of state renewable goals. Robin currently sits on the boards of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Research Institute. Prior to entering the solar industry, Robin worked on various electoral campaigns in New Jersey and Delaware. He holds a M.A. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware, and a B.A. in Political Science from Drew University. Originally from New Jersey, Robin currently resides in Washington, DC.
Dan is the head of the Energy Storage team at Wood Mackenzie (formerly GTM Research), where he focuses on front-of-the-meter energy 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 10 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.
Ilan Gutherz is Borrego Solar’s national Director of Policy and Business Development, based out of the company’s regional headquarters outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Ilan is responsible for setting Borrego Solar’s national policy direction, driving policy changes that promote the development of renewable energy, and catalyzing the organization’s entry into new markets. Prior to joining the Borrego Solar team, Ilan worked in a range of legal and policy roles for clients and organizations in the electric utility, clean energy, storage, transportation, environment, and land use spaces. Ilan is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a law degree from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where he graduated with highest honors.
Cory Honeyman is a Business Development Manager - Chanel Partner & Strategy with AES Distributed Resources.
Previously, Cory was the Director of Solar Research at Wood Mackenzie (previously GTM Research) with a focus on downstream demand in the US. There he handled primary data collection and analysis for the SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight reports and covers U.S. utility and commercial project development. His prior internship experiences include work in corporate sustainability and carbon markets. Cory has a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and MS from Columbia University with a concentration in energy and sustainability.
Audrey deploys and aggregates home solar, batteries, and other energy services to serve residential customers, utilities, and grid operators in creating a more affordable, clean, reliable electricity grid. Audrey also serves on the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee. Previously, Audrey was VP of Analytics & Design at Advanced Microgrid Solutions, where she built the analytics and operations platform to optimize a 50 MW fleet of customer-sited batteries as a virtual power plant in Southern California after the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. This resulted in Series A and B corporate funding and a $200 million project finance raise – the largest dedicated energy storage finance vehicle at the time. Prior to that, Audrey led policy and analysis at the CA Public Utilities Commission President’s office, Harvard University, U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency. She holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University. At home she builds forts and Snap Circuits with her two children.
Ravi is the head of solar research at Wood Mackenzie, where he focuses on solar-plus-storage, solar integration on the grid and related power markets issues. Prior to his current role, he was the head of Wood Mackenzie’s energy storage research practice and covered global 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, National Public Radio, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, Wired, and Verge. Ravi has over 10 years of experience in renewables 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.
Allison is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research, focusing on the competitive landscape of the U.S. downstream solar market. Prior to joining GTM, Allison was a Senior Analyst at Compass Lexecon, an economic consulting firm, where she did research and data analysis for litigation and regulatory cases in the electricity and natural gas industries. Allison holds a B.A. in Economics from Colby College.
Peter Mostow is a partner in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on the representation of emerging and mature companies in the fields of energy and clean technology. Peter's background in energy, regulatory, natural resources, and environmental law allows him to assist this client base with the development and finance of energy-generating plants and manufacturing facilities. He represents solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass project sponsors in site acquisition, permitting, power transmission, and offtake agreements; distributed solar power purchase agreement companies in developing their key commercial and financing agreements; and producers of new technologies from energy storage to renewable fuels in drafting and negotiating key commercial transactions. Peter's prior energy industry experience includes project development work for the sponsors of hydroelectric projects, gas-fired power plants, underground natural gas storage facilities, gas pipelines, and liquefied natural gas terminals.
In addition, Peter applies his knowledge of energy and infrastructure project development to assist clients with diligence, negotiations, and legal opinions on a variety of transactions including joint ventures, asset and membership interest acquisitions, venture and later-stage investments, project development and finance, and corporate finance.
Prior to joining the firm, Peter was a partner at Stoel Rives, where he chaired the renewable energy practice.
Following law school, in 1993-94, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle, Washington.
In addition to English, Peter is fluent in German.
Hannah is Director of Public Policy at Clearway Energy, one of the nation’s largest owner-operators of renewable energy projects including solar and wind, and the leading provider of community solar. Hannah serves as Chair of the Board of the Coalition for Community Solar Access, the national trade association for community solar. She was previously Vice President of Policy & Regulatory Affairs at Clean Energy Collective, the company that pioneered the concept of community solar in 2009. Prior to entering the private sector, Hannah spent 3 years at the advocacy group Vote Solar, where she led campaigns to advance solar in the southeast and to expand community solar nationwide. Hannah also spent 4 years at the U.S. Department of Energy solar office, where she managed the Solar America Cities program to jumpstart solar growth in 25 major U.S. Cities. Hannah holds degrees in Environmental Policy and Political Economy from UC Santa Barbara and Clark University. She is based in upstate New York.
Sandhya is a co-founder of Solstice, an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to expanding access to clean energy to all Americans, where she manages business and product development. Prior to joining Solstice, she worked at Barclays’ investment banking division in New York and London, advising and executing public equity transactions for Technology, Media and Telecom companies. She was also deeply involved in Barclays’ philanthropy work with Endeavor, Women’s World Banking, and Barclays’ Social Innovation Fund. Sandhya holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she received the Sustainability Certificate.
Laura oversees the Community Solar team at CleanChoice Energy that is responsible for community solar market expansion, sales, marketing and operations. Laura has sixteen years of experience in retail energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Prior to joining CleanChoice Energy she led the community solar business at SunEdison, and managed the Green Products division of Washington Gas Energy Services, one of the largest and longest serving electricity, natural gas and green power suppliers in the mid-Atlantic region.
Austin Perea is a senior analyst for Wood Mackenzie and is the lead analyst for the U.S. Solar Market Insight report series. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Austin worked at The Boston Consulting Group, where he supported the energy practice as a research associate. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in economics and political science and a minor in Middle Eastern studies from the University of New Hampshire.
As VP of Regulatory Affairs and Communications, Polly is responsible for expanding and leading Stem’s regulatory affairs and communications efforts. She has 24 years of clean, efficient energy policy experience in the U.S. and China. Formerly VP of External Affairs at SunEdison, she managed a team that helped win a range of supportive policies, including long-term extensions of the federal Investment Tax Credit, two 50% renewable portfolio standards, favorable net metering rules, and other policies. Previously, she was Senior Director of External Relations at Suntech America, and earlier Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission where she managed the $2.2 billion California Solar Incentive program. Polly earlier served as a Program Officer at the Energy Foundation, and provided consulting support for EPA greenhouse gas programs while at ICF. She is on the board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and California Energy Storage Alliance, and has served on the board of the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Large-scale Solar Association. Polly holds a BA from Tufts University, a Certificate in Chinese Law from the University of London, and speaks English, French, Chinese and basic Spanish.
MJ Shiao currently serves as the Director of Community Solar at Arcadia Power, where he works to connect residential customers with community solar projects developed by Arcadia Power's partners. Before Arcadia, MJ held various positions at Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie, including leading GTM Research, a 30-person team tracking, analyzing and forecasting the evolution of the solar, energy storage and grid edge industries. MJ is a leading expert in the transformation of the electricity sector. He has spoken at numerous conferences, testified in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission on solar trade issues and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg and Buzzfeed. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects. He holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, where he was named a National Truman Scholar. A believer in the social benefits of solar power, MJ has also researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand.
Brett Simon is a senior energy storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie - 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.
Caleb Waugh leads energy storage business analytics at Lockheed Martin Energy where he applies advanced analytics to guide market strategy, business development and product design. As part of his role he oversees the design and implementation of high-fidelity techno-economic-financial models and algorithms to evaluate emerging energy technologies and business opportunities in distributed, wholesale market and microgrid applications. Key focus areas include project financial valuation, renewables integration, distributed asset integration, value stacking optimization, risk assessment and total cost of ownership benchmarking for Lockheed Martin's GridStar™ Lithium and Flow battery products.
Previously, Caleb held an internal advisory role with Lockheed Martin’s CTO’s office supporting the VP of Technology and Innovation incubating and developing early-stage technology investments to drive new growth opportunities for the corporation.
Caleb holds dual graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Plasma Physics and Technology and Policy and has published/presented in many leading journals and conferences.