NextWave Greentech Investing is the annual gathering of leading investors, entrepreneurs and senior corporate decision makers to chart a new way forward in the greentech market.
The Future of Cleantech Investing
Building on the success of our inaugural conference in 2013, NextWave 2014 will move beyond establishing a thesis for successful investing in clean energy technology and services to deeper dives into areas where activity is most pronounced – solar power, the ongoing disruption of the electric utility business model, cleanweb, and clean energy project finance.
Join Greentech Media for this year’s conference where we will bring together investors, LPs, entrepreneurs, and corporate decision makers. NextWave will provide a forum to network and discuss the opportunity around greentech market reinvention and the sustained returns to the investor and entrepreneur community.
Rob Day is a Partner with Black Coral Capital, based in Boston. He has been a cleantech private equity investor since 2004, and acts or has served as a Director, Observer and advisory board member to multiple companies in the energy tech and related sectors, currently including Digital Lumens, Next Step Living, Noesis and Powerit Solutions.
Rob was previously a co-founder of the Renewable Energy Business Network, a non-profit organization which was acquired in 2009 by the Clean Economy Network, and he currently serves on the Board of the New England Clean Energy Council. Since 2005 he has also authored the website Cleantech Investing, which currently appears on GreentechMedia.com.
Formerly a consultant with Bain & Company, Rob has worked with companies and evaluated private equity transactions in the energy/ utilities, telecom, IT, medical/pharmaceutical, and retail industries. Earlier in his career, Rob was a member of the World Resources Institute's Sustainable Enterprise Program, where he co-authored the report The Next Bottom Line: Making Sustainable Development Tangible.
Scott heads up Energy Partner Products for Nest Labs, maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns about you and your home to automatically turn itself down when you're away, guide you to energy-efficient temperatures when you’re home, and free you from programming hassles by creating a customized temperature schedule.
Previously, Scott oversaw EnerNOC’s business development activities and continued growth in the Western United States and then outside of the United States, working with utilities, regulators, and customers in demand response program design, and enrolling customers in available programs. In this capacity, Scott opened EnerNOC’s UK office to establish the company’s first presence outside of North America. Earlier in his career, Scott spent a few years as a management consultant for Bain and Company, providing strategic and operational support for electric utilities and other international clients.
Scott holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has been published and spoken extensively on issues relating to breakthrough approaches to energy management, and currently resides in Menlo Park, CA.
Mike Allman is an accomplished CEO and Chairman with a highly successful career growing, restructuring, and optimizing business strategy and operations in both the corporate world and with a top-tier global consulting firm. Since 1998, Mike has held a number of leadership positions with Sempra Energy, a $33 billion Fortune 300 energy services holding company in San Diego, CA. His most recent position was Chairman, President and CEO of Southern California Gas Company, the $4 billion, largest natural gas distribution company in the United States. Previously Mike was President and CEO of Sempra Generation, a $2 billion electric generation business. Earlier, Mike had an 11 year career at The LEK/Alcar Consulting Group, holding Partner-level business development and consulting roles in the U.S., Europe, and South Africa. Mike received an MBA with Finance specialization from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.
Nancy Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors, a venture capital firm located in San Francisco. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of a number of companies, including; SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY), BrightSource Energy, Primus Power, Eco.logic Brands, EcoScraps, OPx Biotechnologies, Powergenix and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media. Previously, Ms. Pfund worked at JPMorgan (then Hambrecht & Quist) from 1984 - 2008 first as a securities analyst and then as a Venture Capital Partner and Managing Director. Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jon Wellinghoff is an internationally recognized energy law attorney and clean tech energy expert. He is co-chair of the Stoel Rives energy team. Jon has nearly 38 years of leadership experience in federal and state energy policy, regulation, and project development. He has particular expertise in emerging clean tech energy system development, including systems for renewable energy production, smart grid, energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and energy infrastructure security, including cyber security. The longest serving chair of the FERC, Jon was first nominated to be a FERC Commissioner in 2006 by President George W. Bush. He was reappointed to the Commission in 2008. In March of 2009 he was named Chairman by President Barack Obama. Previously, Jon founded and led the Beckley Singleton, Chtd. Sustainable Energy and Clean Tech Division (2000-2006), severed as General Counsel at the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (1998-2000), and served two terms as the State of Nevada’s first Advocate for Customers of Public Utilities. As Consumer Advocate, he authored the first comprehensive state utility integrated planning statute. He was also the primary author of the groundbreaking Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard Act and was one of the lead participants in developing the regulations to implement the law. He went on to assist six other states with the development of renewable portfolio standards. During his FERC tenure, Jon worked to make the U.S. power grid cleaner and more efficient. He championed the agency's landmark Order 1000 which required grid planners and public utilities to coordinate regional power line projects and encouraged the integration of solar and wind installations. As Chairman, he also created FERC's Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, which is responsible for investigating and promoting new efficient technologies and practices in the energy sectors under FERC's jurisdiction, and oversaw development of the National Assessment of Demand Response Potential and the National Action Plan for Demand Response. Jon has written and lectured on numerous subjects related to energy policy and practice.
Claire is Chief of New Markets and Services at Next Step Living, a whole home energy efficiency contractor which has a mission to make it easy, affordable and rewarding for homeowners to implement energy-savings solutions. NSL has served over 98,000 customers. Claire was responsible for opening the Connecticut and most recently the New York offices for NSL and also launched NSL’s community solar product. Prior to NSL, Claire was Vice President at Serious Energy, managing the nascent commercial financing program. In 2009-2010, she was the Acting Program Manager of the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs and an energy efficiency advisor to Secretary Chu at the Department of Energy, where she guided deployment of $11 billion in stimulus funds for clean energy while also championing policies that expand the impact of public investment through engagement with private capital.
She is a Co-Founder of SunEdison, North America’s largest solar energy services provider (http://www.sunedison.com) where she was responsible for market development, renewable energy credit portfolio management, sales, marketing, finance and operations. She worked as an electricity deal originator and manager of long term renewable energy contracts at Constellation Power Source, Enron North America and GE Capital. Mrs. Johnson holds a B.A. in Environmental Science & Public Policy from Harvard College, where she helped to create that major, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Prior to forming Upwelling, Joncarlo was a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Alternative Investment Management (AIM) Program at the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the US, with approximately $240 billion in overall assets. He was a part of the senior leadership team responsible for investing in global private equity partnerships and direct investments, with a portfolio that exceeds $48 billion. During his tenure, Joncarlo represented CalPERS on multiple fund advisory boards and held Board of Director observer seats for a number of AIM portfolio companies. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Board for the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) from 2007 to 2010, whose 250 member institutions manage more than $1 trillion of private equity capital. Joncarlo is currently an Advisory Board member for the Private Capital Research Institute (PCRI), a non-profit organization that works with the Brookings Institution to further the understanding of the economic impact of private capital through independent academic studies. He also serves as a Volunteer Advisor for the UC Davis Foundation Finance and Investment Committee. Prior to joining CalPERS, Joncarlo spent six years with Premier Farnell PLC, a global industrial products manufacturing and distribution company. Joncarlo earned an MBA from the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management and received a BA from the University of California, San Diego.