Roger Kranenburg
Roger Kranenburg
Vice President, Energy Strategy and Policy, Eversource Energy

Roger Kranenburg joined Eversource in 2017. Roger is responsible for developing the Company’s long-term clean energy and growth strategy and policies along with the transportation electrification and battery storage initiatives.
Prior to joining Eversource, Mr. Kranenburg was with IHS Markit (formerly CERA or Cambridge Energy Research Associates) advising the top electric utilities and power sector owners/operators and suppliers in North America, Europe, and globally on electric power sector transformation, investment and operations. In addition, in his innovation and technology role, he led the application of data analytics to power sector data and information.
Prior to IHS Markit, he was at the Edison Electric Institute where he led strategy, policy development, analysis, and advocacy for the electric utility industry in the areas of energy supply and taxation. At the Edison Electric Institute, he was instrumental in the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the making permanent of the Bush-era tax cuts on dividends.
Earlier in his career, he led the development and deployment of wireless telecommunications infrastructure JVs in multiple European countries at Teligent. Prior to Teligent at Siemens (formerly Ansaldo-Finmeccanica), he led the development and deployment of automation and power electronics systems targeted in the power generation and other heavy-industry sectors. He has done research and published in the areas of high-temperature superconductors, high-performance electric drive systems and high frequency telecommunications.

Kathryn Chelminski, Ph.D.
Kathryn Chelminski, Ph.D.
Senior Manager, New Market Development, Solar PV, Ameresco

As the Senior Manager of New Market Development, Kathryn is responsible for monitoring policy and regulatory changes, helping to facilitate new market development and keeping Ameresco competitive in ever-changing state solar markets. Prior to joining Ameresco, she was a doctoral research fellow focused on energy and technology policy at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center and at the University of Cambridge, and has held research positions at the United Nations Environment Program and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation. Kathryn holds a PhD in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute, Geneva, for which her research focused on removing financial and regulatory barriers to renewable energy development.

Shyam Mehta
Shyam Mehta
Executive Director, New York Solar Energy Industries Association

Shyam Mehta is Executive Director at NYSEIA, the New York Solar Energy Industries Assocation, the only industry association devoted solely to advancing solar energy use and deployment in New York State. As Executive Director, Shyam leads NYSEIA's solar policy initiatives and represents the voice of the New York solar industry in interfacing with stakeholders including legislators, regulators, state agencies and utilities. Prior to NYSEIA, Shyam spent almost a decade at Greentech Media (GTM), an integrated research, media and events firm covering the global renewable energy industry, where he covered the global PV supply chain.

Amy McDonough
Amy McDonough
Vice President of New York Project Development, Borrego Solar

Amy McDonough is the Vice President of New York Project Development and works from the company’s regional offices in Manhattan, New York. Amy primarily focuses on developing large-scale comprehensive solar power installations for both private and public-sector customers. Her backgrounds in engineering and environmental permitting enable her to better serve her clients as they navigate the complexities associated with developing larger commercial and government solar installations. Amy has successfully managed the application and permitting processes with regulatory agencies and local permitting authorities including the MA office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (DEP, MEPA, NHSEP, DCR, BWSC, etc.), the Army Corp of Engineers, local conservation commissions, zoning, and planning boards. Before joining Borrego Solar, Amy was an Environmental Scientist for Tighe & Bond, a consulting and engineering firm in New England, where she managed the engineering and permitting effort for the City of Easthampton landfill solar power installation; the first municipal landfill solar ground mount to be interconnected in MA. Amy is a LEED® Accredited Professional, and she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Miami University, and her Masters of Science in Geology from the University of Vermont.

John Nordeman
John Nordeman
President, Safari Energy

John brings extensive financial experience as well as deep expertise in the clean tech sector to Safari Energy. In 2003, John joined Eagle Capital Partners, a premier, value-oriented investment fund serving endowments, family offices and high net worth individuals.  At Eagle, John played a key role analyzing and investing in bankruptcy re-emergences, spin-offs and other special situation investments. In addition he helped grow fund assets from $100 million to over $1 billion. Previously, John was an equity analyst with Merrill Lynch. John provides leading solutions in solar project finance to Safari Energy’s portfolio of public and private real estate clients, and oversees the company’s client development efforts. John holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Heather Curlee
Heather Curlee
Of Counsel, Energy & Infrastructure, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Heather Curlee is Of Counsel in the energy and infrastructure practice and specializes in developing and implementing regulatory approaches for the deployment of clean energy policies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy (DOE), and state regulatory commissions across the country. Heather provides strategic business advice to entities seeking to interconnect with and participate in the wholesale markets operated by PJM, MISO, NYISO, ISO-NE, SPP, and CAISO and negotiates power purchase agreements with off-takers in both physical and virtual arrangements. She regularly assists clean energy market participants that are developing solar, wind, and storage assets in securing regulatory approval to transact at market-based rates pursuant to Section 205 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), authorization to consummate transactions in accordance with Section 203 of the FPA, and maintaining compliance with the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 (PUHCA). Her practice focuses on providing cost-effective solutions to novel challenges, while also maintaining compliance with the applicable portions of the FPA and the rules and regulations issued by FERC and state commissions.

In addition to her regulatory work, where necessary, Heather also appears before federal courts to remove barriers to entry for new market entrants seeking access to competitive electricity markets.

Heather is a frequent speaker on emerging energy topics, including the regulatory challenges inherent in implementing clean energy policies and transitioning to the utility of the future.

Chris Stroud
Chris Stroud
CEO, Monolith Solar Associates

Chris is a seasoned energy and manufacturing executive with more than 20 years’ international experience in various leadership roles, from solar power to making sugar in the Panamanian interior. He has more than 10 years in renewable energy, both wind and solar, and is passionate about the legacy we leave for our grandchildren.  Chris has been directly involved in the construction of solar projects in 11 states, as well as ongoing asset management of over 400 solar farms.  His passion is continuous improvement and creating cultures of operational athleticism.

He is a mechanical engineer by training, a Florida PE, and is currently finishing his MBA at Clarkson. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, paddling, furniture making, and craft cider, and is a New York State licensed guide. He lives in New York’s Capital region with his three children.

Eric Macaux
Eric Macaux
Member, Project Development & Finance Practice, Mintz

Eric is a Member of the Mintz Project Development & Finance Practice, which is part of the firm’s Energy & Sustainability Practice. Mintz’s Energy & Sustainability Practice has completed more than 500 transactions across energy sectors totaling over $8.5 billion since 2006. Eric advises energy project sponsors, developers, and investors on a wide variety of transactions, including debt and equity financings, and buying and selling projects and project portfolios. In addition to his financing experience, Eric has extensive experience drafting and negotiating key project documents, including offtake agreements, REC contracts, EPC agreements, feedstock and other supply agreements, and interconnection arrangements. His project experience spans a variety of assets, including solar, wind, hydropower, biogas, and energy storage. Eric also advises cutting-edge energy generation, energy storage, and water technology clients preparing for commercial and pre-commercial deployment. Before joining Mintz, Eric held senior positions at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) as its General Counsel and Senior Director for Strategy.

Hannah Muller
Hannah Muller
Director of Public Policy, Clearway

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.

Tony Orr
Tony Orr
Senior Vice President, Legal, Dynamic Energy Solutions

Tony Orr is Senior Vice President, Legal, for Dynamic Energy Solutions, a solar developer and EPC contractor headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, PA. Tony has managed legal matters for more than 3,500 MW of renewable energy projects. Prior to joining Dynamic Energy, Tony founded a renewable energy law firm, representing clients in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Germany. He previously worked 10 years in the wind power industry, where he served as in-house counsel to three international wind turbine manufacturers.

Rudy Wynter
Rudy Wynter
President & COO, Wholesale Networks and US Capital Delivery, National Grid

Rudolph Wynter oversees businesses with an asset base of $4.5 billion, including one of the largest electric transmission networks in the northeast.  He is leading the transformation of that network into a highly intelligent, resilient system that will meet customers’ long-term needs and enable the clean energy future.

He also oversees the company’s regulated energy storage assets and opportunities, including the development of New England’s first large-scale battery energy storage system on the island of Nantucket.  Mr. Wynter also is responsible for the company’s generation fleet, which provides 4,000 megawatts of electricity to more than a million Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) customers. He oversees National Grid’s energy procurement activities, including a portfolio of natural gas and power supply agreements that total $5 billion annually.  As customers and policymakers increasingly want electricity from lower-carbon energy sources, his team will play a critical role in that transition, while ensuring that energy supplies continue to be reliable and affordable for all customers. Previously Mr. Wynter was senior vice president of US Shared Services, and during his more than 25-year tenure at National Grid and its legacy companies has held positions of responsibility in Customer Operations, Strategic Planning, Engineering, and Operations. 

He is a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Gas Association, and the Edison Electric Institute. 

Mr. Wynter serves on the boards of Ascendant Group Limited, and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

He earned his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute, an MBA from Fordham University, and has completed an executive development program at Harvard University.

Kelly Friend
Kelly Friend
Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Nexamp

Kelly Vogel Friend joined Nexamp as Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs in April of 2018. In this role she leads Nexamp's policy-related efforts, shaping and conducting company and industry engagement in legislative and regulatory processes across key solar markets. Kelly works closely with Nexamp’s project development and finance teams to anticipate policy-based risks and develop strategies to execute on emerging opportunities.
Prior to joining Nexamp, Kelly spent two years as a member of GE’s Government Affairs and Policy team in Washington D.C., managing global government affairs for GE Hitachi and coordinating regulatory engagement and advocacy for GE’s four electricity businesses.
Before GE, Kelly worked for Keller and Heckman in Washington D.C. as an associate in the firm’s chemical control, pesticides, and workplace safety practice groups. At Keller and Heckman, she assisted companies in navigating the complex set of environmental and health and safety regulations that govern the manufacture, sale and use of chemicals.
Kelly holds a law degree from George Mason University School of Law, a Master’s degree in political science from Suffolk University, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of New Hampshire.

Aaron Svedlow
Aaron Svedlow
President, North Light Energy

Aaron Svedlow is the president of North Light Energy, a New England focused renewable energy company. Aaron has over 14 years of experience in project siting, permitting, and development; including solar, energy storage, offshore wind and land-based wind. Aaron has a BS from the University of New Hampshire and a MS from the University of Southern Maine.

Stephan Hartmann
Stephan Hartmann
Manager, Business Development, Ross Solar

Stephan has been with Ross Solar since 2009 and currently serves as Manager of Business Development.  Acquired in 2017 by ConEdison Solutions, Ross Solar now leverages the added resources and capacity of their new parent company to bring their expertise to new geographies at a larger scale.  At their Danbury, CT location, Stephan oversees all sales operations for Ross Solar, and is actively building out new ventures into residential and commercial-scale solar+storage project opportunities.  Connecticut’s energy policy has been undergoing significant changes over the last two years.  Stephan recently served as a member of Governor Lamont’s transition team on the energy committee, and remains active sharing his experience with the CT Green Bank, PURA and DEEP as new programs emerge, providing a much-needed industry perspective for policy makers.

Chad Farrell
Chad Farrell
Founder/CEO, Encore Renewable Energy

Chad Farrell is the Founder and CEO of Encore Renewable Energy, a leading integrated clean energy project development company focusing on commercial-scale solar PV systems and 21st century solutions for underutilized property. He is a developer, project manager and environmental engineer with over 20 years of professional experience in the fields of environmental engineering, professional project management and renewable energy project finance and development. At Encore, Mr. Farrell has led collaborative efforts to design, permit, finance and construct over 65 different commercial scale solar PV projects throughout the State of Vermont and beyond, representing over $80M in total project investment value. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and earned a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont. Chad is a member of the Board of Directors for Renewable Energy Vermont, Vermont’s renewable energy trade organization and serves on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Natural Resources Council, a statewide environmental advocacy organization. Mr. Farrell is also a member of the Vermont Climate Economy Action Team.

Kaitlin Kelly
Kaitlin Kelly
Manager, Solar Programs, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Kaitlin Kelly is the Manager of Solar Programs at DOER. She manages the ongoing administration of the SMART Program, as well as the SREC I and SREC II Programs. Kaitlin has been at DOER for six years. In her years there, she has grown into roles of increasing responsibility for developing solar policy and managing the ongoing administrative requirements qualifying solar capacity in Massachusetts. Prior to her work at DOER, she worked for A Better City and for the MA State Senate for 5 years. When she’s not working on the future of solar in the Commonwealth she loves reading whatever book she can get her hands on, and travelling the world with her husband. She received her B.A. in English from UConn and her M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

Rob Tompkins
Rob Tompkins
Program Manager, Borrego Solar

Rob Tompkins is the Interconnection Program Manager for Borrego Solar, based out of their Massachusetts office in Lowell, MA.  Rob leads his team in the management of over 500MW of in-process interconnections in NY, MA, and IL. Rob is also active in the NY interconnection policy landscape, working with industry, regulatory, and utility stake holders on the Interconnection Policy Working Group to help accelerate NY's adoption of renewable energy.  Rob earned his  undergraduate degree Philosophy from San Jose State University and his Masters in Ethics and Public Policy from Suffolk University in Boston.

Austin Perea
Austin Perea
Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Austin is an analyst for GTM Research covering downstream demand for the U.S. solar market. Prior to joining GTM Research, Austin worked at The Boston Consulting Group, where he supported the energy practice as a research associate. During his undergraduate tenure at the University of New Hampshire, he spent time in Egypt and Jordan researching the potential for Islamic microfinance in poverty alleviation and established the first sustainable investment sector in the University's student-run investment group. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies

Brett Simon
Brett Simon
Senior Analyst, Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

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.

Daniel Finn-Foley
Daniel Finn-Foley
Principal Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Dan is a Principal 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.