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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.
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.
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).
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.
David’s interest in renewable energy started in his youth, initially focusing on energy inefficient residential building design in Southern California during the early 1970s. He joined the American Solar Energy Society in 2003, and has attended all annual conferences since 2005. From 2009-2013, David supported the Department of Energy, helping develop the Department’s first Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, as well as its first greenhouse gas inventory. He also supported the Federal Energy Management Program in the areas of renewable energy and technology deployment.
His work with the Maryland Energy Administration (2013-present) focuses on the technical and economic feasibility of installing renewable energy on Maryland schools and state buildings. One project supports the State’s effort to design and implement Net Zero Energy schools. David’s academic credentials include receiving a BS (Systems Engineering) from the US Naval Academy; a MS (Management) from National-Louis University; and an MS (Energy Policy and Climate Change) from Johns Hopkins University.
Suparna Kadam is a Business Development Director with EnterSolar focused on providing enterprise clients with comprehensive solar and storage solutions with a compelling, long-term ROI. EnterSolar is a leading national commercial solar & storage developer.
With over 15 year in the solar industry, she has worked throughout the solar value chain at solar module, electronics and mounting manufacturers and within commercial and residential sales and business development. As a cofounder of a microinverter startup built from technology concept to commercial sales, she’s led the efforts to make solar cheaper and simpler for customers. After raising Series A venture funding and reaching sales targets, she sold the company to SunEdison, a Fortune 500 company, for over 3x valuation. She continued developing new technologies and markets for SunEdison’s Technology and Residential divisions.
Suparna holds an MS in Chemical Engineering and MBA from MIT and a B.S. Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
Sam was born and raised in central Maine, where he developed a love for outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, swimming and kayaking as well as team sports such as soccer and basketball. His father, an engineer for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, taught him the value of our planet and the importance of minimizing our impact on it.
Sam’s environmentalist roots continued to grow as he moved to Vermont to study economics at the University of Vermont. Sam spent a summer as an intern building a carbon footprint for a business that was trying to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, wrote a number of articles in the campus newspaper related to climate change, and wrote a thesis related to the impact of various businesses on the environment and how environmental externatilities could be included in the price of goods through government regulation.
After graduating from college, Sam moved to the New York City metro area where he worked for a solar integrator for 5 years in finance and business operations before deciding to move back closer to his roots in Maine. He currently works to manage the complex world of solar power purchase agreements, organizing pro forma agreements, billing, and contract presentation and negotiation with leading environmentally-minded institutions throughout the Northeast.
Laura oversees the Community Solar team at CleanChoice Energy that is responsible for community solar market expansion, sales, marketing and operations. Laura has sixteen years of experience in retail energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Prior to joining CleanChoice Energy she led the community solar business at SunEdison, and managed the Green Products division of Washington Gas Energy Services, one of the largest and longest serving electricity, natural gas and green power suppliers in the mid-Atlantic region.
Angela Monroe is a Senior Analyst with the Maine Public Utilities Commission with nearly three decades of experience in energy policy and utility regulation. Ms. Monroe has worked on the front-lines of energy policy and regulation during extensive transformations of Maine’s electric industry. She has served as senior member of the Maine Public Utilities Commission staff for over twenty-five years, as well as serving as the Director and Deputy Director of the Maine Governor’s Energy Office under two different Maine Governors between 2016 and 2019. Ms. Monroe is a native of South Thomaston, Maine and received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine in 1988.
As Vice President of New Market Development, Ben Downing focuses on Nexamp’s expansion into new markets, leading the company’s strategic development efforts across growing geographies and product lines. Notably, he leads the firm’s entry into the exciting energy storage market – identifying development opportunities, building partnerships and more. Prior to joining Nexamp, Ben represented the state's largest Senate district while serving as State Senator for 52 communities in Western Massachusetts including his hometown of Pittsfield. During his decade-long tenure, he was the leading voice in the legislature on clean energy and climate issues, along with being an advocate for tackling poverty, revitalizing Gateway Cities and expanding civil rights.
Ben graduated in 2003 from Providence College with a B.A. in Political Science. In 2008, he received an M.A. from Tufts University, where he is currently an adjunct faculty member. Ben is married to Micaelah B. Morrill and together they are the proud parents of Malcolm, who may never stop growing.
Noah Shaw is Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Practice at Hodgson Russ LLP, a New York-based multidisciplinary law firm where Noah and his colleagues represent a broad range of renewable energy and energy efficiency market participants including developers, lenders, government entities and others. Prior to joining Hodgson Russ in September 2019, Noah was General Counsel at the New York State Energy Research and Development Association (NYSERDA) where he had a hand in the New York State’s 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, its 2016 Clean Energy Standard, large-scale renewable energy procurements, design and implementation of the offshore wind program, including leading all legal and regulatory work concerning contract design and compliance, and the state's electric vehicles, community solar, energy storage, Property Assessed Clean Energy, building efficiency and related initiatives. Before joining NYSERDA, Noah was Senior Advisor to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy, and he began his career at the law firm Mintz Levin, in Boston.
Matt Hankey is the Co-Founder, President & CEO of New Energy Equity, LLC. Under Matt’s leadership New Energy Equity has installed more than 165 renewable energy installations in 11 different states, totaling more than $440,000,000 in total transactional value and was ranked by Solar Power World in 2019 as the 36th largest solar company in the United States and as the 491st fastest-growing company in the US by Inc. Magazine. Prior to NEE, Matt held senior management positions with two Mid-Atlantic renewable energy companies where he was responsible for the management of the development and implementation of renewable energy projects within each companies footprint. Prior to entering into the renewable energy industry in 2010, Matt worked in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate finance with M&T Investment Banking Group in Baltimore, MD where he assisted in the execution of multiple corporate finance transactions totaling over $430 million in enterprise value. He received his BS in Finance, Magna Cum Laude, from Ohio State University.
Brandon Smithwood is the Director of Policy at Dimension Renewable Energy, a national developer of solar and energy storage projects. Prior to joining Dimension, Brandon worked in solar trade associations, first as the California Director for the Solar Energy Industries Association and then as the Policy Director for the Coalition for Community Solar Access. Brandon’s previous energy policy work included managing state policy work for the non-profit Ceres and federal policy work for Westborough-based energy efficiency program administrator Conservation Services Group.
Brandon has a master’s degree from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree from Colby College. Brandon began his career as a corps member of Teach for America where he taught fifth grade in New Mexico.
James McGinniss is Co-Founder and CEO of David Energy. David Energy is creating a new kind of electricity provider by becoming the first Retail Electricity Provider to focus exclusively on customers with behind-the-meter assets.
Prior to founding David Energy, James founded and led a team of 30+ UT-Austin engineers that competed in the Elon Musk led SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, where teams were invited to build pods to race on a one-mile test track. They won the SpaceX Innovation Award after two years spent building their prototype, one of three teams to be recognized.
James holds an M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Physics and Math.
Zeryai is the Deputy Director of the Office of Markets and Innovations at the NYS Department of Public Service (DPS), where he leads the Clean Energy, Wholesale Market Issues, Utility Business Model and Transportation sections of the Office of Markets and Innovations.
Prior to his appointment to the DPS, Mr. Hagos was the Senior Director of Business Development at Tendril (renamed Uplight in 2019), where he helped grow a new distributed energy resources platform called Orchestrated Energy.
Mr. Hagos began his career at General Electric, where he most recently served as the Growth & Strategy Director for GE’s Power business in the US. Zeryai’s responsibilities at GE included leading cross- business growth initiatives in the electric power sector, managing GE's long-term power market forecast in North America and serving as a subject matter expert for the US power markets in support of corporate strategy.
Zeryai holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and political science from Bucknell University and a master’s degree in economic forecasting at the State University of New York at Albany. Zeryai recently re-located back to NY’s Capital Region with his wife and daughter.
Selya oversees the Residential Solar Investment Program (RSIP) which provides upfront rebates and performance-based incentives for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. Prior to RSIP, Selya served in two roles since joining the Green Bank in 2010, including implementation of technology innovation programs for pre-commercial, clean energy technologies, and leading CT’s first participation in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge to address solar PV soft cost issues. Before joining the Green Bank, Selya was a Senior Analyst for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Washington D.C. focusing on analysis and research for the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program. Selya has a BS in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MA in Mathematics from the City College of New York.
Austin Perea is a senior analyst for Wood Mackenzie and is the lead analyst for the U.S. Solar Market Insight report series. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Austin worked at The Boston Consulting Group, where he supported the energy practice as a research associate. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in economics and political science and a minor in Middle Eastern studies from the University of New Hampshire.
Brett Simon is a senior energy storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie - formerly GTM Research, focusing on the U.S. behind-the-meter energy storage market. He leads GTM Research’s quarterly U.S. storage market report, The U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, published in collaboration with the Energy Storage Association. Prior to joining GTM, Brett earned a Master of Science degree in sustainable systems at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. He first became interested in energy storage systems and their potential to revolutionize the energy sector through his coursework and master's project. Brett also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and environmental studies from New York University.
Ravi is the head of solar research at Wood Mackenzie, where he focuses on solar-plus-storage, solar integration on the grid and related power markets issues. Prior to his current role, he was the head of Wood Mackenzie’s energy storage research practice and covered global storage markets and value chain analysis. As an industry expert, Ravi has been quoted in various publications including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, National Public Radio, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, Wired, and Verge. Ravi has over 10 years of experience in renewables as a consultant, analyst and engineer. Ravi holds a Master of International Business degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from University of Washington, Seattle and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.
Karl-Erik is the managing editor of Greentech Media’s newsroom, based in New York. Before joining GTM in spring 2019, Karl-Erik spent 10 years covering the global renewable energy market at Recharge, first as a London-based Europe correspondent and then as managing editor for North America. Karl-Erik has reported from more than 20 countries as a business journalist. He holds a BA in Human Biology from Michigan State University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Southern California.
Elta is a Research Manager for the Grid Edge team at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly GTM Research), working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint Ph.D. funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her doctoral studies, 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 a Master of Science degree in economics and management of network industries and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Union College.
Dan is the head of the Energy Storage team at Wood Mackenzie (formerly GTM Research), where he focuses on front-of-the-meter energy storage applications. He previously worked as a Senior Consultant with DNV GL where he focused on competitive energy markets and the intersection of emerging energy business strategies within the broader evolving technological and regulatory environment. Prior to DNV GL Dan worked with Navigant Consulting and the Department of Energy.
Dan has 10 years of experience in the energy space as a researcher, consultant, and analyst. Dan holds a Master’s of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Energy Center and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics-Physics from Brown University.
Fei Wang is a Grid Edge Analyst with Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.