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Mia collaborates with internal and external stakeholder groups to synthesize market insights and guide the prioritization of investments for the development of new market products. MISO’s markets clear more than $37 billion dollars in energy transactions annually. With an evolving fleet, market strategy focuses on what new products are needed to continue to drive non-discriminatory market efficiency and price transparency, aligned with grid reliability, and also send appropriate price signals to guide investment decisions. Prior to MISO, Mia worked at 3M in Corporate Strategy and in Global Sustainability in Corporate R&D on innovating new products to address major world challenges like climate change and water scarcity. Earlier experiences were gained at Gamesa in wind farm development and in management consulting for market strategy for clean tech and renewable energy clients. Mia has a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Communications and Swedish from North Park University.
Dr. Bianco has held engineering, business development and strategy positions in power generation in the US, Germany, Sweden and Italy. He started his career in nuclear technology and successively turned his attention towards distributed energy resources, renewable energy and energy storage. Dr. Bianco holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from La Sapienza University in Rome, a M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Pisa, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Munich. Dr. Bianco has originated, developed and designed the Texas Waves project, two utility scale energy storage projects co-located to E.ON Wind Farms in West Texas.
Jason Burwen is the Policy Vice President of the Energy Storage Association, leading the industry’s state, federal, and RTO/ISO engagements. Previously, Jason was the Associate Director for Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he directed research and advocacy on U.S. energy R&D and tax policy. He also served as staff director of the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of CEOs led by Bill Gates to advocate for greater federal investments in clean energy technology development. Jason has also consulted to utilities on demand-side management programs for FSC Group/Nexant and reviewed renewable energy procurement processes and trends for the California Public Utilities Commission.
Stephen Dictor is a wind performance management specialist working with Uptake the past two years to drive digital strategies for operators in the renewable energy sector. Prior to joining Uptake, Stephen developed deep experience working in the renewables industry across three continents managing performance tools & processes for wind project optimization; overseeing operational assets, service agreements and PPAs; and leading the strategic sourcing of new assets and maintenance agreements for renewables projects globally.
Travis manages the Balance of Plant and SCADA technical sales team of Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. in Portland, OR. Previously at Vestas, he served two years as a technical sales specialist for the western region where he focused on turbine supply for new wind energy projects, and the technology commercialization of tall towers, Aircraft Detection Lighting Systems (ADLS), and avian detection and deterrence. Before finding inspiration in the future of energy and the grid, he spent 10 years in aeronautics. He holds an MBA in sustainable business and MS and BS degrees in aerospace engineering.
Rafael Esteban is Chief Executive Officer of ACCIONA Energy US & Canada Global, a subsidiary of ACCIONA Energy, S.A, one of the world’s largest power companies devoted entirely to renewable sources of energy. Rafael is responsible for all activities of ACCIONA Energy within US and Canada, from development through operation of renewable energy assets. He was appointed to his current position in July 2017.
Rafael joined ACCIONA Energy in March 2010. Prior to his position at ACCIONA Energy US & Canada, Rafael served in several international roles at the company, including Managing Director of ACCIONA Energy Italy, Director of Europe (excluding Spain) and most recently as CEO of ACCIONA Energy South Africa. In these positions, he has been responsible for the development, construction and operation of new and existing renewable energy plants in the countries under his management.
Rafael earned a law degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and master’s degrees in Business Administration and Tax Advisory from the Instituto de Empresa of Madrid.
Audrey Fogarty is Vice President of Energy Storage at Jupiter Power LLC, an independent cleantech asset developer. Audrey has spent over 15 years in the energy industry, primarily in the renewables and energy management sectors, and has been active in the energy storage sector since 2011. In her previous roles, Audrey has worked at a battery manufacturer, where she led the commercial deployment of a battery storage system at the largest integrated wind/storage facility in North America, and a storage systems integrator where she was responsible for the roll-out of one of the first ‘plug-and-play’ distributed storage solutions. One of Audrey’s key focus areas is the development of operating approaches for energy storage in wholesale energy markets, and she continues to look for opportunities to maximize market benefits from exciting emerging technologies. Audrey received her MBA from INSEAD France, and holds B.A. and MSc degrees in Economics and Financial Mathematics.
David Halligan is co-founder of Datawatt Energy, a renewable energy company using blockchain technology to allow people everywhere to invest in renewable energy projects anywhere in the world. David believes blockchain is a developing technology, which will bring efficiencies to help expand the global proliferation of renewable energy. Prior to co-founding Datawatt Energy, David was chief executive of Goldwind Americas, subsidiary of China-based Goldwind Science & Technology, where he helped launch and lead the commercialization of Goldwind's wind turbine technology in the Americas. David’s renewable energy experience includes working with wind project developer First Wind and global electricity producer, Enel.
Kate is a Storage Engineer with Invenergy, identifying and securing opportunities to add to Invenergy’s energy storage pipeline of 1500MW+ world-wide. Kate joined Invenergy in 2015 and started on the Operations Electrical Engineering team, focusing on Invenergy’s 67MW operating energy storage portfolio and 112MWac operating solar portfolio. Previously, Kate worked at an engineering design firm as an electrical consultant for building systems. Realizing her design experience would be strengthened by field work, she switched jobs and moved to New Orleans to rehab houses as an electrician. After two and a half years in the field, Kate was ready to bring her experience to the renewable industry. She received her Electrical Engineering degree in 2010 from the University of Virginia.
Mallory is the market leader for Westwood’s national solar team. She is responsible for developing the strategy for Westwood’s pursuit of commercial and utility-scale solar and energy storage markets and overseeing the execution of the engineering, surveying and environmental services provided to our clients. Mallory closely monitors renewable energy policies and trends to support Westwood’s strategic growth, including new client, service, and geographic initiatives. She is a shareholder in the company and an experienced, client-focused senior project manager for renewable energy projects.
Mallory has expanded Westwood's visibility in her 10 years with the firm by championing community involvement, increasing media exposure, and being involved with numerous industry organizations. She actively volunteers her time at charitable events and participates in industry conferences and committees. Prior to joining Westwood, Mallory worked for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and interned with two National Weather Service offices.
Chris joined GlidePath Power with 15 years of energy experience. Prior to GlidePath, Chris held advancing roles in engineering, project management, transmission, and power marketing at Lincoln Renewable Energy and was instrumental in bringing 500MW of wind and 40MW of solar to construction. Prior to this, Chris was responsible for engineering, construction, and testing critical transmission & distribution equipment at GE Energy and ComEd, an Exelon Company.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Reinhard Sander is Vice President of Engineering & Technology for Goldwind Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology Co., Ltd. With more than 27,000 turbines installed globally, Goldwind is one of the world’s largest suppliers of wind turbines. Mr. Sander serves as the head of engineering and technology functions for the North American region, charged with driving key product and technology innovation for Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Central America.
Prior to joining Goldwind in 2017, Mr. Sander spent almost nine years at Nordex USA, Inc. where he was responsible for mechanical and electrical engineering, wind resource assessment, quality management and technical localization for the Nordex US operation. Prior to Nordex, Mr. Sander lead engineering organizations for Rite-Hite Corporation and subsidiaries in the U.S. and Europe.
Mr. Sander holds a master’s degree in engineering from University of Bochum, Germany and a MBA from Marquette University and is based at Goldwind’s North American headquarters in Chicago.
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.