Jill Anderson
Jill Anderson
Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, New York Power Authority

Jill Anderson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), overseeing all wholesale and retail operations. She is responsible for $2 billion in annual revenues from NYPA’s 16 power generation assets, supervising trading, fuel operations, hedging, and business development for new transmission and generation activities. She also oversees customer operations that include sales, marketing, new products and the implementation of over $200 million-a-year in energy efficiency sales. Previously for NYPA, Jill led energy policy, sustainability, corporate communications and public & regulatory affairs. She joined NYPA in 2009, leading supply acquisition and renewable energy.

Kristin Barbato
Kristin Barbato
Energy Management Advisory Services

Kristin Barbato has a long career in energy leadership and has held various executive positions in both private and public sector.  She provides energy management advisory services to help entities optimize their capital and operations planning in areas such as commodity supply, efficiency projects, renewable investments, and operations performance.  She served as Managing Director of Enterprise Development at Edison Energy. Prior to this role, she was Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions at the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and built a new energy services business for their public sector customers.  Before that, she was appointed to Deputy Commissioner / Chief Energy Management Officer for New York City during Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration to manage the country’s largest municipal energy infrastructure and operations with an annual budget of $1.3B.  Ms. Barbato also worked for Veolia Environment, Con Edison, and Florida Power & Light in various departments including Strategic Planning, Customer Operations, Business Development, Engineering, and Information Technology.  
Ms. Barbato graduated Cornell University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.  She also holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and completed her MBA with focus in Finance and Economics from Columbia University in May 2008.  In her personal time, she is an avid squash player and adjunct professor of energy management graduate courses at Columbia and New York University.  She serves on several non-profit Advisory Boards such as The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund to support families of children with cancer, the Cornell’s School of Civil Engineering, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Cameron Bard
Cameron Bard
Director, Cypress Creek Renewables

Cameron Bard is a director at Cypress Creek Renewables focusing on operations, strategy, and public affairs. Before spending a year at startup incubator and seed fund 1776, Cameron previously served as the chief of staff to New York State's energy czar, Richard Kauffman, in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's office. In this role he helped develop, oversee, and execute the administration's clean energy agenda to lead on climate change and grow the state's economy. Cameron is also an adjunct faculty member and instructor at New York University and UCLA.

Alicia Barton
Alicia Barton
President & CEO, NYSERDA

Alicia Barton was appointed president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on June 26, 2017. NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment.

Work History
Ms. Barton has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and companies for over a decade. Immediately prior to her appointment, Ms. Barton served as co-chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, a global law firm based in Boston, where her practice focused on representation of clean energy companies in emerging market areas such as offshore wind and energy storage. Ms. Barton’s other private sector work included serving as chief of operations of the Global Utility business unit at SunEdison where she led teams working on utility-scale wind and solar projects.
Prior to her work in the private sector, Barton served as chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a publicly supported agency that funds and accelerates the development of the clean energy sector. As CEO, Ms. Barton led all of MassCEC’s investments, project finance, partnerships, and commercial operations across a range of clean energy technologies, and helped make the state a national leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and deployment of clean technologies.
Prior to serving as CEO of MassCEC, Ms. Barton was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP); Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office; and Deputy General Counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). She began her career at Foley Hoag as an associate in the firm’s environmental practice.

Nonprofit Boards
Ms. Barton currently serves on boards of several organizations, including Greentown Labs, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Efficiency Forward, and the Advisory Board for the New England Women in Energy and Environment (NEWIEE).

Education
Ms. Barton earned a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University and a juris doctor degree from Boston College Law School.

Pravin Bhagat
Pravin Bhagat
Director, Program Marketing, Itron

Pravin Bhagat is the Director, Program Marketing at Itron and leads the consumer marketing division responsible for developing and deploying customer enrollment programs on behalf of electric utilities. Pravin joined Itron following their acquisition of Comverge in 2017, where he ran program marketing since 2005. Prior to Comverge, Pravin had a distinguished tenure at AT&T where he directed the Consumer Marketing and Sales group. Awarded numerous performance awards by the company, Pravin led several successful customer acquisition and retention campaigns, aggressively growing AT&T’s market share to more than half of the U.S. In addition to marketing and sales management, Pravin held a variety of positions at AT&T, including business strategy development, product management, and finance. Prior to his experience at AT&T, Pravin held executive positions at Deutsche Bank and Enfield India, Ltd. He holds both a B.S. degree from New Delhi University, and an M.B.A. from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Pravin serves on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts, NJ sitting on the CEO Review Committee and the Executive Compensation Task Group. Pravin resides with his daughter, Emma, in Scotch Plains, NJ.

Tamara Bryan
Tamara Bryan
Project Manager, ConEd

Tamara Bryan will lead Con Edison’s Reforming the Energy Vision Demonstration Projects dedicated to ideating, developing, and testing new utility business models and energy solutions for low- and moderate-income customers. Before coming to Con Edison, Tamara held a variety of positions managing projects and strategic initiatives for Baruch College, the New York eHealth Collaborative, and the Center for Environmental Health. Tamara has a BA from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Baruch College.

Scott Clavenna
Scott Clavenna
Co-Founder & CEO, Greentech Media

Scott Clavenna has been leading high-tech market research firms for over 15 years. In his capacity as a trusted analyst and consultant, Scott has helped dozens of companies enter and succeed in complex and intensely competitive markets worldwide. He also has authored more than 30 reports that helped define important emerging market segments in optical and broadband communications.

Prior to founding Greentech Media, Scott was chief analyst at Heavy Reading, the market research arm of Light Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market. CMP bought Light Reading in 2005. Before creating Heavy Reading, Scott founded PointEast Research, providing strategic consulting and market intelligence to a broad mix of startups, venture capitalists and major suppliers in the communications/IT industry, and worked as director of research for Light Reading. In 1997, Scott co-founded Pioneer Consulting, which quickly grew into the leading market research firm covering the optical and broadband communications industry.

Bob Currie
Bob Currie
Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, Smarter Grid Solutions

Bob is Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Smarter Grid Solutions and leads the company’s R&D division.  SGS works with a number of utility companies in Europe, North America and beyond, providing Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems to support Grid Modernization and clean energy objectives.  At present, SGS is managing around 300 MW of DER using its unique distributed real-time control technology.  Bob participated in the UK Smart Grid Forum with a focus on the implementation of the RIIO regulatory framework. In New York, Bob was a member of the REV Market Design and Technology Platform working groups and more recently became a member of the NYSERDA Grid Modernization Committee.  SGS was named a Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer in 2012 and a GreenTech Media Grid Edge Award winner in 2016.  Bob received his Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

Andrew H. Darrell
Andrew H. Darrell
Chief of Strategy, Global Energy & Finance, Environmental Defense Fund

Andy develops solutions that combine policy change and private investment, with a particular passion for ways to deliver clean energy and less pollution in large cities. He is developing strategy for EDF’s efforts to remove policy and finance barriers to clean energy in the US, Europe and internationally. Andy serves as a member of New York City’s Sustainability Advisory Board, beginning with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and continuing in that role with Mayor Bill de Blasio. He has a Masters from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a J.D. (Law Review) from the University of Virginia.

Michael DeSocio
Michael DeSocio
Senior Manager, Market Design, NYISO

Michael DeSocio has been involved in the evaluation, design, implementation, and operation of wholesale electricity markets at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) for nearly 20 years. His tenure at the NYISO includes work in Market Operations, Market Design, Information Technology and Project Management.
Mr. DeSocio is currently responsible for the evolution of the NYISO wholesale electricity markets, improving market signals and incentives that support reliability needs and/or policy objectives. He also leads the NYISO’s efforts with integrating distributed energy and storage resources into New York’s wholesale markets as well as approaches that harmonize New York State’s REV and CES public policy objectives and competitive wholesale markets.
Mr. DeSocio has been involved in a diverse array of projects at the NYISO, including the integrating renewable technologies into the marketplace, working with emerging storage and generation technologies, enhancing interregional trade, minimizing regional congestion, and improving overall market efficiency.
Previously, Mr. DeSocio worked at Central Hudson Gas & Electric in the Engineering Group with responsibilities for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) standards, system protection studies and substation design.
He earned a Masters of Engineering degree in Electrical Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Patricia DiOrio
Patricia DiOrio
Vice President, U.S. Strategy & Technology, National Grid
Patty Durand
Patty Durand
President & CEO, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative

Patty Durand joined the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) in January 2011 as its first Executive Director. In this role, she is responsible for advancing a consumer-friendly, consumer-safe smart grid through research and education. Under her leadership SGCC has grown 85 percent in five years to over 120 members and produced many pieces of foundational consumer focused research. Before joining SGCC, Durand worked for the Georgia Institute of Technology where she assisted in smart grid research projects. While there she helped to submit $10 million in three grant proposals to the Department of Energy and ARPA-E. Prior to her time at Georgia Tech, Durand served as the Executive Director for the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club where she focused on energy policy and climate change programs as well as citizen advocacy. Durand also served on the Board of the Smart Grid Society for the Technology Association of Georgia for two years. In 2013, Durand was named as one of Smart Grid Today’s “Smart Grid Pioneers” of today, an honor given upon experts, thought leaders and risk-takers for newsworthy moves, insights and advances in the industry. Additionally, Durand was named as one of 2012’s “Fierce 15” Women in Energy by FierceEnergy for her dedication to driving consumer awareness and understanding of the smart grid.

Andy Frank
Andy Frank
Founder & CEO, Sealed

Andy is the Founder and CEO of Sealed, an energy services company that finances home performance upgrades with guaranteed energy savings. Customers that work with Sealed's HomeAdvance program receive a no or low cost home performance project, and are guaranteed to only pay based on the energy they save. Sealed works with utilities, local contractors, and other partners to engage customers with its HomeAdvance program. Prior to Sealed, Andy ran business development for Efficiency 2.0, a software company that partnered with utilities to better engage residential customers around saving energy. Prior to Efficiency 2.0, Andy worked as an analyst at GreenOrder, a management consulting firm focused on profitable corporate sustainability strategies. Andy holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College.

Todd Glass
Todd Glass
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Todd Glass is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he leads a market-leading energy development and finance practice focused on the representation of energy companies, project developers, and investment banks in the energy sector in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Todd has extensive experience with the development, purchase, and sale of renewable and thermal generation projects; structuring, negotiation, and implementation of energy transactions and financings; and state and federal regulation of the energy industry. He served various enterprises as lead project counsel in the commercialization, project development, regulatory approvals, and financing of alternative energy projects and technologies, including solar, wind, fuel cells/energy storage, biomass, hydroelectric, natural gas, and clean coal. Notably, he has led some of the most significant energy deals in North America, including landmark projects, such as the 14.2 MW Nellis AFB Solar Project (the first utility scale solar PV project in the US), BrightSource Energy's power purchase agreements (totaling 900 MW) for its Ivanpah project (the world's largest solar thermal power plant), and Stem's 85MW energy-storage enabled distributed demand response agreement in Southern California (a first-of-a-kind utility scale energy storage transaction). 

In addition, Todd represents utility-scale solar and other renewable energy clients in their power sales and renewable energy credit (REC) transactions, and advises energy technology companies on a variety of commercial matters, national and international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and venture and other equity and debt financings. He can be reached at tglass@wsgr.com.

Jon Guerster
Jon Guerster
CEO, Groom Energy Solutions

As CEO of Groom Energy Solutions, Jon is responsible for strategy and overall operations. Prior to co-founding Groom Energy, Jon was a general partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV), a leading venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. At CRV, Jon was an active lead investor, board member or advisor for high profile software and service companies such as BeFree (acquired by ValueClick), eDocs (acquired by Siebel Systems), Vignette (VIGN), Virtusa (VRTU) and Xign Corporation (acquired by JP Morgan Chase).

Before CRV, Jon held senior management positions at Open Market, a start-up ecommerce software company that went public in 1996. Prior to joining the early Open Market team, Jon served in a variety of senior product marketing and sales management roles with both Hewlett Packard and J.P. Morgan.

Jon earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University, where he graduated with distinction. He is a co-founder and Board Member of Digital Lumens, an LED lighting company he co-founded in 2007. Jon is also a past member and committee chair of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering Board of Visitors as well as the Board of Visitors at The Museum of Sciences Boston.

Greg Hale
Greg Hale
Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Greg Hale joined the administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance in May 2013, in which role he focuses on clean energy finance and the development and execution of the Governor’s signature energy policy– Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). Mr. Hale was responsible for overseeing the establishment of the $1 billion NY Green Bank, and was the lead author of NY’s 2015 State Energy Plan.  He currently leads an inter-agency working group developing clean energy solutions for the low to moderate income sector, and is also co-leading a new initiative called RetrofitNY, aimed at creating a self-sustaining market that will deliver deep energy retrofit solutions to New York’s affordable housing stock at scale.

Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Mr. Hale was the Director of Efficiency Finance at NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation, where he focused on developing the market for energy efficiency building retrofits in the commercial, multi-family and institutional property sectors.  At NRDC, Mr. Hale worked closely with multiple stakeholder groups to make the retrofit business case clear to building owners and occupants, and develop and scale various innovative financing mechanisms for the retrofit marketplace.  His work also included an emphasis on green leasing practices. 

Mr. Hale is a founding board member of the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation, where he currently chairs the Huma Resources & Governance Committee, and he served on the steering committee of the PACENow Coalition. 

Prior to NRDC, Mr. Hale spent 17 years in the real estate industry, first as a real estate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, et al., and then as co-owner and general counsel of Cirque Property L.C., a real estate investment company based in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Mr. Hale is a graduate of Dartmouth College and The University of Michigan Law School.

Ryan E. Katofsky
Ryan E. Katofsky
Vice President of Industry Analysis, Advanced Energy Economy

Ryan Katofsky is Vice President of Industry Analysis with Advanced Energy Economy, where he is responsible for supporting AEE’s various initiatives with data-driven analysis, research and thought leadership. He is currently playing a leading role in AEE’s 21st Century Electricity System Initiative, which is focused on accelerating regulatory and business model change in the electric power sector. Prior to joining AEE in May 2013, he spent 20 years consulting to the advanced energy industry, utilities, and the public sector, including nine years at Arthur D. Little, six years at Navigant Consulting, and five years as an independent consultant.  His work has included market and technology assessment, economic analysis, business strategy development, due diligence, lifecycle energy and environmental assessment, long-range energy planning, and analysis of public sector renewable energy programs. He has worked for domestic and international clients.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University in 1990, where he received the British Association Medal for Great Distinction. He received his Master of Science in Engineering degree from Princeton University in 1993, where he was a Guggenheim Fellow. His thesis was a detailed techno-economic analysis of methanol and hydrogen production via biomass gasification.

Richard L. Kauffman
Richard L. Kauffman
Chairman of Energy & Finance, New York State

Richard Kauffman joined the administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as New York State’s first “energy czar” in February 2013. Mr. Kauffman oversees and manages New York State’s entire energy portfolio, including the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Prior to joining the administration, Mr. Kauffman worked in energy and finance at some of the nation’s highest levels, most recently serving as senior advisor to Secretary Steven Chu at the U.S. Department of Energy. In his private sector career, he was chief executive officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in clean energy technologies; a partner of Goldman Sachs where he chaired the Global Financing Group; and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department.

Mr. Kauffman is also chair of NYSERDA’s Board and has served as chairman of the Board of Levi Strauss & Co., and on the boards of several other organizations, including the Brookings Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2014, Mr. Kauffman was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators.

Paul Kazmierczak
Paul Kazmierczak
Principal Program Manager of Market Engagement, National Grid

Paul Kazmierczak is the Principal Program Manager of Market Engagement at National Grid’s New Energy Solutions (NES) team. NES is an agile team focused on developing and launching innovative solutions and technologies that unlock value for National Grid’s customers and communities and accelerate progress towards a sustainable future.

In his current role, Paul is responsible for the performance and future strategy of innovative solutions and technologies leading to the development of stakeholder alliances that deliver value for customers. Prior to the role, he was the Manager of Community & Customer Management. He has a wealth of experience in stakeholder engagement, as well as customer and community management, which has enhanced National Grid’s reputation within the jurisdiction.

Paul has been with National Grid for 27 years. He holds an M.B.A. from St. Bonaventure University, and a B.S. in Energy Engineering Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He also holds an A.A.S. in Air Conditioning Engineering from Alfred State College in NY.

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.

Melissa Kemp
Melissa Kemp
Director of Policy, Northeast, Cypress Creek Renewables

Melissa is the Director of Policy, Northeast for Cypress Creek Renewables - one of the largest solar developers in the US and a long-term owner and operator of utility and community-scale solar projects with an operating portfolio of over 1,000 MW to date. She has over a decade of experience in the solar market in the Northeast, including extensive government policy experience coupled with significant development and technical expertise. She has experience advocating for and developing solutions on many key topics including value of DER tariffs, ISO wholesale market structures, interconnection processes and standards, RPS structures, RPS procurements, REC systems, and carbon cap and trade markets, as well as experience with siting and property tax issues. She holds a BS from Princeton University.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissaakemp/

Matt Ketschke
Matt Ketschke
Vice President, Distributed Resource Integration, Consolidated Edison

Matt Ketschke is currently Con Edison’s vice president of Distributed Resource Integration where he is responsible for the planning and integration efforts related to grid edge customer sided resources and non-traditional utility solutions. He leads Con Edison’s team that is collaborating with regulators and stakeholders on New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) effort. REV is ambitious state policy initiative which is helping to shape the evolution of the electric delivery business model of the future. Matt has been with Con Edison for more than 20 years and has held various positions of increasing responsibility in operations, construction, and engineering. He is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Management) and Columbia University (MBA).

Joshua Kmiec
Joshua Kmiec
Manager, ScottMadden, Inc.

Josh Kmiec interned with ScottMadden in 2013 and joined the firm full time in 2014 after receiving an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, concentrating in consulting, sustainability, and marketing. Josh’s experience includes work in grid transformation and integration of distributed energy resources, post-merger integration, finance and accounting shared services, and project management. Prior to working at ScottMadden, Josh served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force for eight years where his responsibilities included mission planning, targeting, risk/threat assessment, project management, and real-time operational coordination. In addition to an M.B.A., Josh has received a M.A. in international relations from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, with a major in political science and a minor in history.
 

Elta Kolo, Ph.D
Elta Kolo, Ph.D
Analyst, Grid Edge, GTM Research

Elta is a Grid Edge Analyst at GTM Research working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint PhD funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her PhD 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 an MSc in Economics and Management of Network Industries from Spain and France and a BA in Economics from Union College (NY).

Drury MacKenzie
Drury MacKenzie
ESC Customer & Market Innovation Lead, AVANGRID

Drury MacKenzie is an experienced entrepreneur in the international energy space, inspired by her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Haiti. She has also served as a consultant for innovation strategies and business development. She is dedicated to business solutions that increase social and environmental value. At AVANGRID, Drury leads the customer and market-facing platform within New York’s first smart grid ecosystem.

Peter Mandelstam
Peter Mandelstam
Executive Director, GRID Alternatives Tri-State

Peter Mandelstam is Executive Director of GRID Alternatives Tri-State (CT, NJ, NY), an affiliate of GRID Alternatives, Inc., the nation's largest solar non-profit.  GRID has installed over 8,400 single family, multifamily, and community solar systems since 2004, and trained more than 32,000 people. GRID serves low income households.  Previously, Peter was the founder & CEO of a number of on land and offshore wind development companies, including Arcadia Windpower Ltd., Green Sail Energy LLC, and BlueWater Wind LLC. He successfully developed Montana’s first large-scale wind project, and won the Nation’s first offshore wind Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).  As a serial entrepreneur since 1998, Peter has built and sold wind energy companies; and bid & won PPAs totaling 474 MW. In the 1990s, he co-founded and ran a solar energy non-profit that trained solar technicians and installed projects in the US and Latin America. He began his career in New York City politics and as a City housing official. Peter has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including the American Wind Energy Association, the national League of Conservation Voters, Alliance for Clean Energy New York, the Greyston Foundation & Bakery, and Move This World. He is a graduate of Harvard College.

Nilda Mesa
Nilda Mesa
Director, Urban Sustainability & Equity Planning Program, Urban Design Lab/Earth Institute

Mesa brings decades of experience as a practitioner and professor in sustainability, land use and urban systems to the Urban Design Lab. Before joining, Mesa was the Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, where she led OneNYC, the city’s path-breaking long-term sustainability plan under Mayor Bill de Blasio. She also oversaw citywide environmental reviews of projects, as well as policy development and implementation in such areas as energy and climate, renewable energy and power infrastructure, green building standards, recycling and the circular economy, environmental justice, air quality, water, parks and natural resources, and sustainable transportation. In addition, she represented the City in a range of international efforts including the Under2 Coalition, C40, and the  White House US-China Climate City Leaders Initiative.

Prior to joining the de Blasio administration, Mesa worked at Columbia University in several roles, including as the founding assistant vice president of environmental stewardship, adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, and as the associate dean of administrative affairs at the Graduate School of Journalism. In addition to her role in the Urban Design Lab as Director of Urban Sustainability and Equity Planning, Mesa is teaching urban sustainability and equity.

Previously, Mesa served in the Clinton Administration in key environmental policy roles at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, at the U.S. Air Force, and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as counsel to the NAFTA Taskforce. Her areas included airspace and land use, toxics, and the National Environmental Policy Act.  On NAFTA, she led U.S. legal negotiations with Canada and Mexico and implementing legislation related to trade and the environment.

Mesa began her environmental career at the California Attorney General’s Office enforcing toxic waste and natural resources laws, and was a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Alan Cranston. She has served on boards including the NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation, the Urban Green Council and Second Nature. She is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and Northwestern University. She was born in Cuba, and has lived in Harlem since 2001.

Colleen Metelitsa
Colleen Metelitsa
Analyst, Grid Edge, GTM Research

Colleen Metelitsa is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in microgrids. Prior to GTM, Colleen earned her MPA in Energy Finance and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During her Master's program, she worked with the NY Green Bank, GE Ventures, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) on topics ranging from applications of blockchain in energy to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies. She was previously a Consultant in DNV GL's energy practice where she worked with utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy on impact evaluations of demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs. Colleen holds an AB in Environmental Policy from Princeton University.

Sarah Miller
Sarah Miller
Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Sarah Miller joined Booz Allen Hamilton’s energy team in 2011 and has more than eight years of professional experience that includes work across a variety of commercial, public sector, and non-profit projects. She has supported clients ranging from commercial utility companies, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense, including the Army, Air Force, and Navy. Her work has included energy program stand-up and project development support for the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and the Air Force Office of Energy Assurance. She is experienced in program and project lifecycle management and her work has covered renewable energy, microgrids, distributed energy resources, and advanced energy technologies. Sarah has a BA from Transylvania University and an MPA, Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

John Moran
John Moran
Project Manager, sPower

John has been in the solar industry since 2006, having worked across various functions from physically installing residential and commercial projects, to negotiating SREC and EPC contracts, to permitting and developing projects, to financial modeling and selling panels for utility scale projects. Prior to joining sPower, John was a Project Developer for enXco Development Corporation and in Utility Scale sales for Suntech. For the last 3 years, John has been a Project Manager for SPower working on projects in Massachusetts, New York and California

John earned a Bachelor of Science in Science/Business from the University of Notre Dame

Carlos Nouel
Carlos Nouel
Vice President, New Energy Solutions, National Grid

Carlos Nouel is the Vice President of National Grid’s New Energy Solutions (NES) team. NES is an agile team focused on developing and launching innovative solutions and technologies that unlock value for National Grid’s customers and communities and accelerate progress towards a sustainable future.

Before becoming its leader, Carlos was the Director of Partnerships for the NES team. In that role, he was responsible for identifying customer’s energy needs and determining the most comprehensive, cost effective and sustainable strategies to fulfill those needs through the creation of innovative partnerships and alliances with key industry players. In addition, he also leads the development and execution of strategies and tactics for our smart grid programs. Before coming to New Energy Solutions, Carlos developed sourcing strategies to support all the requirements for National Grid’s energy efficiency portfolio valued at $400m per year.

Prior to joining National Grid, Carlos worked for companies such as Pfizer, British American Tobacco, IBM and AES in the supply chain area. Carlos holds an M.B.A. from Hult International Business School, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela. He is also a Certified Energy Manager.

David Oberholzer
David Oberholzer
Vice President, Business & Partner Development, Whisker Labs

Dave Oberholzer, Vice President, Business and Partner Development for Whisker Labs playing a critical role in defining business strategy and models for demand response and energy efficiency initiatives in the industry, as well as major partner development with companies such as Comcast, Honeywell, Nest and many others. 

Dave has more than 10 years of experience in the mobile/wireless industry holding leading positions in the wireless industry with technology companies such as Verizon, Brightkite and InphoMatch. Prior, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, where he flew carrier-based aircraft.

He holds a B.S. in computer science from Villanova University, and an MBA and MIS from the University of Maryland.

Adam Penque, BS, MS
Adam Penque, BS, MS
Director Utility Partnerships & Programs, North America Distributed Energy, Direct Energy

Adam is responsible for Distributed Energy partnership efforts covering Utility Programs nationally for Direct Energy. Adam has spent the past 10+ years working in renewable and distributed energy sector and comes from Lockheed Martin where he was the Business Development leader for their Advanced Energy Generation program. Prior to Lockheed, Adam held positions with GE, AES Power and Scotiabank.   Adam earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and his Master of Science in Earth Resource Engineering from Columbia University.

Adam Procell
Adam Procell
President & CEO, Lime Energy

Adam Procell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark-based Lime Energy and has more than 25 years of experience in the energy efficiency, renewable energy and distributed energy resource industry. Adam has led the development of Lime Energy ’s award-winning small business direct install (SBDI) programs and overseen the national expansion of the business to its current position as the leader in providing energy efficiency to small  and mid-sized business customers. Over the last two decades Adam has worked closely with regulators and legislators on the development of clean energy policies both in Washington and in state capitals across the country. Prior to Lime Energy, Adam  served as National Director of Energy Efficiency & Carbon Management at AECOM Energy. During his 12 years at AECOM he led the development of over $2 billion of energy efficiency and distributed generation programs for utilities and government agencies, and served as the Chairman of the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO). Prior to AECOM he worked with Siemens in Pine Brook, NJ, in their performance-contracting group.

Steve Propper
Steve Propper
Director, Consulting & Content Strategy, GTM Research

Steve is the Director of Consulting & Content Strategy. He previously led GTM Research's Grid Edge program, which includes chairing the annual Grid Edge Live conference, overseeing the Grid Edge Executive Council and developing research related to the changing regulatory and business models associated with the energy system of the future. Before GTM, Steve was a Manager at Ernst & Young counseling power and utility companies on business planning, program development and operational improvement initiatives. Prior to that, Steve spent multiple years at PG&E in a variety of customer engagement and program management roles ranging from the Smart Grid deployment to energy efficiency and demand side management initiatives. Steve holds an MBA from INSEAD and a B.A. in Economics from The George Washington University.

Beth Reid
Beth Reid
CEO, Olivine

Beth Reid is a proven leader with over 15 years of experience in the energy industry including senior management positions at multi-national corporations such as ABB and VECTRA Technologies.  Throughout her career she has specialized in creating and implementing customized solutions for clients in regulated and de-regulated markets that incorporate both technological and non-technological components.  Most recently, she has been focusing on helping clients develop cost-effective solutions in the areas of demand response, renewable resource utilization, and other environmental topics.

Beth is a results oriented professional with a record of implementing successful initiatives in the industry ranging from coordination of regulatory filings, to the development of  innovative demand response programs to market entry for renewable generation resources.  Having worked in both the retail and wholesale sectors, most recently as Managing Director at APX, responsible for the Demand Response and Professional Services group, the breadth of Beth’s experience enables her to bring a unique and valuable perspective to client collaborations.

Through her leadership complex initiatives have come to life.  Olivine provides Beth with an opportunity to leverage these skills and capabilities to contribute lasting value to the shift in our energy use and sources.

Beth holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington and completed her undergraduate degree work with a specialty in Economics at the University of Michigan.

Carlos A. Romero
Carlos A. Romero
Vice President, Energy Portfolio Management , ABB Inc.

Carlos A. Romero is Vice President, Energy Portfolio Management at ABB Inc.  He is responsible for product positioning, business development and overall growth strategy for the Energy Portfolio Management product lines of ABB’s Enterprise Software.  He has over eighteen years of experience in the design and implementation of regulatory framework, business strategies and solutions for generation management, smart grid commercial operations, portfolio optimization, hydro-thermal scheduling, bidding strategies and asset-centric trading operations.  Carlos earned his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from La Salle University and his M.A. in Financial Administration from Business Administration School.  He has worked with many customers around the world implementing software and consulting solutions, and reengineering business workflows to enhance profitability on Utility operations within the Smart Grid framework and GenCo operations.  He has directed and lectured in numerous seminars and conferences focused on the planning, operation, structure and development of various aspects related to competitive and deregulated energy markets worldwide.

Nick Sangermano
Nick Sangermano
Managing Director, CohnReznick Capital

Nick is a Managing Director, leading CohnReznick Capital’s Corporate Finance and Private Placement efforts and is based in the New York office.

Nick was previously a Managing Director of Ambata Securities, advising clients on private capital raises, fundraising and transaction execution with a focus on energy and sustainability, in both US and international markets. Formerly, he was Chief Operating Officer of private equity fund Hudson Clean Energy Partners. As a founding senior team member, he helped establish Hudson’s inaugural $1 Billion AUM fund and focused on fundraising, investor relations and portfolio management. Nick joined Hudson from Credit Suisse, where he was a Director in the Investment Bank. Prior to Credit Suisse, Nick was an Executive Director with CIBC and worked on corporate development transactions totaling over $1 Billion. Nick began his career in energy finance in the power group of Enron North America.

Nick served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as an officer and pilot. He received an MBA from McGill University and an Honors BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Western Ontario. Nick is a member of the selection committee for the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Award, an advisor to the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and a member of the Concordia Summit. Nick is also a Trustee and Director of Riverkeeper, dedicated to protecting the Hudson River and tributaries that provide New York City with its drinking water.

Pat Sapinsley
Pat Sapinsley
Managing Director of Cleantech Initiatives, Urban Future Lab/ NYC ACRE/ Powerbridge at NYU Tandon School of Engineering

A LEED AP architect, Pat holds a Master’s in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has served on their Alumni Council. She is Co-Chair of the Committee on the Environment of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Board of Building Energy Exchange, a frequent lecturer and industry panelist, and an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council and Urban Green. Prior to joining UFL/NYCACRE, Pat worked in venture capital at Good Energies and consulted with start ups in the building energy efficiency space. She was CEO of Watt Not a LED lighting consultancy. She brings 15+ years of experience in the industry, connecting start-ups to sources of funding, customers, and business mentors.

James Schulte
James Schulte
Managing Director, Energy Impact Partners

Mr. Schulte has developed expertise across the electric power industry in a range of functional roles, including strategy, regulatory, operations, and finance. Before joining EIP, Mr. Schulte spent more than two years at McKinsey & Company working closely with electric utility, energy OEM, and industrial clients to develop growth strategies and transform operations. He also worked in energy technology entrepreneurship through business development and finance roles at Energy Intelligence, a winner of the inaugural 43North venture competition, and HEVT Inc., winner of the 2012 Cleantech Open. In addition, Mr. Schulte’s time at Exelon Corporation provided him direct utility and regulatory experience. Mr. Schulte holds a joint JD/MBA from the University of Chicago Law School & Booth School of Business (both High Honors) and a BA from Yale University (Cum Laude).

Dwight Scruggs
Dwight Scruggs
Senior Vice President, Client Services & Business Development, Allconnect

As Senior Vice President for Client Services and Business Development at Allconnect, Dwight is responsible for new Allconnect partnerships and the ongoing management of existing utility relationships nation-wide. He has more than 25 years’ experience assisting utilities and other companies in the development and implementation of solutions and programs that create consumer confidence and increase demand.

Prior to Allconnect, Dwight led efforts to develop technology and customer solutions with CompuCom and Mobil Oil. He also served as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer and received a BS Degree in Accounting from Alabama A&M University.

Dwight is passionate about developing solutions that not only connect customers to and educate them about the products and services they need, but also make things less complicated for them.

Sandy Simon
Sandy Simon
Vice President, Grid Modernization Practice, BRIDGE Energy Group

Ms. Simon leads BRIDGE’s Grid Modernization practice. In this role, she drives strategic advisory and planning initiatives for utilities developing grid modernization and transformation programs across North America. Ms. Simon brings over 20 years of experience with utilities as a results-oriented leader with extensive experience defining and leading transformation through improvement and technology optimization.
Before joining BRIDGE, Ms. Simon was the COO at USGRDCO where she was responsible for the Community Energy Infrastructure Development business, helping create sustainable and resilient energy solutions for communities.  Prior to USGRDCO, Ms. Simon was a consultant at GE helping lead the design, implementation and deployment of an advanced Project Management Office to govern and manage their AMI SaaS initiatives. Her consulting experience also includes delivery and integration of strategic smart grid solutions for HCL America and EnergyGrid Networks. Ms. Simon also served as Executive Director and General Manager, West Division for Comverge, Inc., provider of intelligent energy management solutions, where she was responsible for developing demand management strategies for utility clients.

Prior to her consulting roles, Ms. Simon was the Director of Utility Innovations and Smart Grid Strategy for Xcel Energy, responsible for the integration of smart energy technologies to change how the utility produced and delivered power to consumers. Ms. Simon was instrumental in the incubation, development, launch and oversight of the SmartGridCity™ initiative in Boulder, Colorado.  She has also held project management and IT integration positions at AIMCO, KN Energy, Price Waterhouse and Deloitte & Touché.

Ms. Simon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri as well as an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Jim Steffes
Jim Steffes
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Direct Energy

Jim Steffes is the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Corporate Affairs for Direct Energy and oversees corporate government and regulatory affairs, media relations, community relations and corporate responsibility.

Jim spent nearly a decade with Direct Energy prior to his previous positions as CEO of Circular Energy, an innovative solar and energy solutions firm, and NRG Energy as head of Green Mountain Energy. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the competitive energy industry, serving in various roles including business, operation, regulatory and public affairs functions at several retail energy and wholesale commodity firms.

While at Direct Energy, Jim ran the Texas Residential segment and transformed the trajectory of the business by implementing significant operational improvements, making key acquisitions – including First Choice Power – and launching novel products, including a prepaid electricity plan which leveraged Texas' smart meter deployment and customers' smart phones. Prior to the Texas Residential role, he led the Operations team, supporting more than 1.5 million customers in Texas and Alberta, Canada. The B2B commodity business in the Northeast US was also built during his tenure.
Jim holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He and his family reside in Houston, Texas.

Katherine Tweed
Katherine Tweed
Senior Editor, GTM Creative Strategies

Katherine Tweed writes on smart grid, demand response, energy efficiency and home networking for Greentech Media. Her freelance work has appeared in a range of media outlets, from Scientific American and FoxNews to Audubon Magazine and Men’s Health. She has a master’s degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting from New York University. Katherine never leaves her electronics in stand-by mode.

Vanessa Ulmer
Vanessa Ulmer
Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA

Vanessa Ulmer is a senior project manager with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). She supports NYSERDA’s Energy and Environmental Analysis group, which works to ensure that New York State policymakers and stakeholders have a solid foundation of objective information and data upon which to make decisions. Vanessa is responsible for managing REV Connect, a NYS initiative that brings companies and New York’s electric utilities together to accelerate innovation, adopt new business models and technologies, and develop high-quality REV demonstrations and other innovative projects. She holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.P.A. from Princeton University.

Fei Wang
Fei Wang
Senior Grid Edge Analyst, GTM Research

Fei Wang is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in customer energy management. Fei was previously a consultant in ICF’s energy practice where she worked on assessing the impact of environmental regulations for commercial, government and non-profit clients. Prior to that, Fei earned her Master of International Affairs with a concentration in energy and environment from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). During graduate school, Fei worked with New York Power Authority (NYPA) on renewable energy procurement, the State Energy Plan and the ReCharge New York program. Fei holds a B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College.

Scott Weiner
Scott Weiner
Deputy for Markets & Innovation, New York State Department of Public Service
Nicholas Whitcombe
Nicholas Whitcombe
Managing Director, Investment & Portfolio Management, New York Green Bank

Nicholas Whitcombe oversees investments for NY Green Bank and has extensive experience in originating, structuring, underwriting, and syndicating corporate, leveraged, and project finance loans for a wide range of energy projects.

Prior to joining NY Green Bank, Mr. Whitcombe was a supervisory senior investment officer in the Loan Programs office at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where he was instrumental in leading the negotiations for several nuclear loan guarantees, including more than $8.3 billion in commitments to finance the construction of the first nuclear power plant to be constructed in the U.S. in 30 years. He also led more than $1.0 billion in loan guarantees for distributed solar generation projects and served as program director for the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program. In addition, he worked with White House officials and DOE leadership to assist in achieving clean energy policy goals, including advocating loan guarantees to induce consumer demand and building out national energy infrastructure.

Prior to joining DOE, Mr. Whitcombe was vice president at Jefferies Group Inc., a global investment bank and institutional securities firm headquartered in New York City, where he evaluated lending opportunities in the energy sector and expanded the firm’s product offerings for the energy industry. He was also director of the Energy Group at CIT Group Inc. and vice president of Loan Syndications and structuring at FleetBoston Corp./Fleet Securities Inc.

Mr. Whitcombe earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University.

Joe White
Joe White
Section Manager, Smart Grid - Technology Engineering, Orange and Rockland Utilities

Joe received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in 1998.

He spent 14 years at Southern Company working in various capacities at the subsidiaries of Alabama Power Company, Savannah Electric & Power Company, Mississippi Power Company, and Georgia Power Company in electric transmission, distribution systems and resource policy and planning. Joe’s background includes the areas of Transmission Area Maintenance, Transmission Line Design, Distribution Region Operations, and Distribution Material Standards.  Within the electric utility industry, he have served on various regional committees as part of the Southeast Electric Exchange Working Groups for the Overhead, Underground, Joint-Use, Transformers, National Electric Safety Code (“NESC”), and Pole Line Hardware Committees.

Joe joined Orange and Rockland in 2013 as a Principal Engineer in the Reliability Department where he analyzed outage data, frequent customer complaints, and commission inquiries. He led teams to identify and address the worst performing circuits within the service territory and helped select circuits that could benefit from storm hardening projects. In October 2014 he became Department Manager – Technology Engineering in O&R’s Smart Grid & Distributed Generation Interconnection Department.
His current duties entail implementing Grid Modernization (Smart Grid) Implementation Plans for New York and New Jersey and facilitating the approval of distributed generation interconnections for both states.

Due to the rise of interconnection issues at the state level, he was selected as O&R’s DG Ombudsman in 2016.  The role of the DG Ombudsman is to “involve more programmatic activities directed at continuously improving the interconnection process for all participants. Among these duties, he is also responsible for collecting and reporting to the Department of Public Service and to New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recurring issues; recommending changes to the Standard Interconnection Requirements (SIR) and any other regulations or practices that impact the potential for DER to proliferate across the distribution system; working with stakeholders to develop clear rules for managing the interconnection queue; proposing “best practices” in conjunction with the Joint Utility Technical Working Group; and developing strategies from the results of EPRI’s work that will help to streamline the installation of DER.”

Joshua Wong
Joshua Wong
President & CEO, Opus One Solutions

Joshua Wong is President and CEO at Opus One Solutions where he leads the company mission to empower the decentralized energy economy, for a reliable clean energy grid that is environmentally, technical, and economically sustainable. Prior to Opus One, Joshua was Director of Engineering at eCAMION, an energy storage company, and head of smart grid at Toronto Hydro where he led the policy, strategy, business, and engineering development of Toronto's smart grid infrastructure including a 25-year smart grid roadmap and the smart community initiative. Under Josh’s leadership Opus One is currently leading a $16.4M transactive energy management with Emera; partnering with National Grid to develop a first-of-its-kind “distributed system platform” under New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision, and deploying an enterprise integrated distribution planning project with a large investor owned utility to meet holistic planning requirements by bridging the gap between traditional distribution capacity planning and DER planning.

Alta Yen
Alta Yen
Managing Director, Investment Strategy, GE Energy Financial Services

Alta Yen leads the Investment Strategy group at GE Energy Financial Services, where she is responsible for developing a long-term strategy for the business that holds approximately $16 billion in energy assets.  GE Energy Financial Services’ experts invest globally across the energy spectrum in essential, long-lived and capital intensive energy assets that meet the world’s energy needs.       

Alta joined GE Structured Finance Group, the predecessor business to GE Energy Financial Services, in 1999.  In 2001, she was promoted to Vice President in the global energy portfolio group where she managed a $1.4 billion portfolio consisting primarily of distressed assets related to Enron, PG&E and Mirant.  In 2004, Alta accepted a project manager role, where she helped to establish the newly formed GE Energy Financial Services and in 2005 returned to the Risk function in debt underwriting.  In 2007, she was promoted to Managing Director and served as the chief risk manager for the $4 billion energy lending business.  Alta has been the Managing Director of Investment Strategy since 2013.

Prior to GE, Alta worked at an American law firm with roles in New York and Hong Kong before joining a Taipei-based freight forwarding company in business development. 

Born in York, Pennsylvania, Alta earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University, a certificate in advanced Mandarin from the Inter-University Program (“The Stanford Center”) and holds a Masters of Business Administration, concentrated in finance, from the University of Michigan.