Mia collaborates with internal and external stakeholder groups to synthesize market insights and guide the prioritization of investments for the development of new market products. MISO’s markets clear more than $37 billion dollars in energy transactions annually. With an evolving fleet, market strategy focuses on what new products are needed to continue to drive non-discriminatory market efficiency and price transparency, aligned with grid reliability, and also send appropriate price signals to guide investment decisions. Prior to MISO, Mia worked at 3M in Corporate Strategy and in Global Sustainability in Corporate R&D on innovating new products to address major world challenges like climate change and water scarcity. Earlier experiences were gained at Gamesa in wind farm development and in management consulting for market strategy for clean tech and renewable energy clients. Mia has a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Communications and Swedish from North Park University.
Magnus has over 25 years of experience in high-tech, with experience in power electronics, semiconductor manufacture and telecommunications. Prior to SolarEdge, Magnus held positions as Director of Product Management for both SunEdison and Enphase Energy. Magnus’ experience reflects a passion for products and how they are used in real-world applications. Magnus earned an MBA from UC Berkeley and an electrical engineering degree from UC Santa Barbara.
As the Director of IREC’s Regulatory Program, Sara Baldwin Auck develops and oversees IREC’s national regulatory engagement strategy on distributed energy resource policies, in coordination with IREC’s Regulatory Team. Sara is a co-author of IREC’s Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers and led the development of the first-of-its-kind National Scorecard for State Shared Renewable Energy. On behalf of IREC, Sara serves on the Advisory Board of Grid Lab and on the Technical Team for the US DOE SunShot Solar Market Pathways initiative. Prior to joining IREC, Sara was a Senior Policy Associate for Utah Clean Energy, where she directed and implemented strategic clean energy policy and regulatory efforts in Utah and served on the Utah Governor’s 10-Year Energy Initiative, Energy & Environment Subcommittee. Sara was named an “Innovator and Influencer” by Solar Power World in 2017 and one of “Utah’s Enlightened 50″ by the Community Foundation of Utah in 2012.
Ethan Avallone is a Senior Market Design Specialist with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which operates New York’s high-voltage transmission system, manages the state’s competitive wholesale electricity markets, and conducts comprehensive power system planning.
In his role at the NYISO, Mr. Avallone is responsible for advancing energy market design initiatives from the investigative phase through to deployment, working collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders. Elements of the market design process for which he is responsible include research, analyzing market simulation results, collaboration with stakeholders and regulators, and developing tariff revisions for filing with FERC.
Mr. Avallone has led a number of energy market initiatives at the NYISO. His efforts have resulted in the implementation of updated administrative pricing utilized during shortages of operating reserve, modification of the pricing methodology in effect during demand response activations, and improvements to the modeling of block-loaded gas turbines.
The goal of these projects was to establish market price signals to drive more efficient investment decisions.
Ethan holds both a Masters degree in Business Administration from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he double majored in Economics and Psychology.
Sue Babinec is a Senior Commercialization Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). She helps lead ARPA-E's Technology-to-Market effort, which focuses on preparing breakthrough energy technologies for the transition from lab to market.
Babinec has spent her career focused on research and commercial programs in materials, electro-active materials, displays, sensors, and electrochemistry, with extensive experience in Li-Ion batteries. Prior to ARPA-E, Babinec served as Technical Director for A123 Systems, Inc., where she led research groups innovating in Li-Ion materials and cell technologies and also developed an analytical organization in support of the company’s global business.
Babinec spent the first 20+ years of her career at The Dow Chemical Corporation, where she was awarded the Inventor of the Year and was the company’s first woman Corporate Fellow. Her role also included Scientist Partner to the Dow Venture Capital Organization-Physical Sciences, leading technical analysis of investment opportunities and hands-on partnering in start-up investments. Babinec also co-invented a low-cost display technology that was spun out as the venture- funded Aveso Displays.
Babinec received her M.S. in Physical Science from Michigan State University and B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. She holds 40+ patents and has authored or co-authored dozens of journal articles and book chapters on her areas of expertise. She is an active member of The American Chemical Society and The Electrochemical Society.
Kelly Speakes-Backman is the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association. Kelly has spent over 20 years working in energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO and private sectors, including organizations such as United Technologies, SunEdison and Alliance to Save Energy. She is a former Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission where she also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, and member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group. She is a mechanical engineer from Boston University.
Dan Berwick is Borrego Solar’s Executive Vice President of Business Development, based out of the New England regional headquarters. Dan’s primary focus is on shaping Borrego Solar’s unique business strategies and product offerings around the country, with a particular focus on the opportunities created by policy and regulation. Dan has led Borrego Solar’s market expansion efforts in Massachusetts and New York, as well the development of Borrego Solar’s third-party O&M business. He is a leading expert on solar policy design, and the intersection of renewable energy policy and market dynamics. Prior to joining Borrego Solar, Dan worked on renewable energy policy reform at the Texas House of Representatives. He’s also worked in the utilities practice area at The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm, and he supported Federal policy efforts for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Dan earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sloan School of Management and his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Cassie is an Associate Vice President at Energy Impact Partners, a $650m venture capital fund investing in energy technology, where she is responsible for EIP’s west coast presence. Prior to joining EIP, she worked for 5 years at SunPower, one of the largest global solar companies, in policy and strategy. At SunPower she was responsible for global market analysis, legal and regulatory assessment, and new country entry. She has also gained operating experience at energy storage, micro-grid and energy asset management startups in business development and finance roles. Cassie holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BA in Economics from Harvard University, and was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy (2018).
Mr. Calavitta is a senior member of Macquarie Capital’s in-house project development team based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Calavitta joined Macquarie in 2013 and brought with him a unique and complementary background in project finance, project development, M&A and private equity. Over his 24-year career as a transactional finance specialist, Mr. Calavitta has helped close 48 deals with an aggregate transaction value over $5.7 billion, including $3.2 billion of renewable power and energy infrastructure transactions over the past 11 years. Since joining Macquarie, Mr. Calavitta has helped develop and finance over 1,000 MW of wind power and solar power projects and he is currently leading Macquarie’s efforts to commercialize a $200 million contracted portfolio of behind-the meter, battery storage facilities in southern California which Macquarie acquired from and is jointly developing alongside Advanced Microgrid Solutions. Mr. Calavitta attended Tulane University in New Orleans on a full merit scholarship and earned his Bachelor of Science in Management degree with distinction (summa cum laude) in 1993.
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.
Giovanni Damato serves as Senior Project Manager in the Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resource Program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Giovanni has over a decade of professional experience leading the exploration of distributed energy resources (DER), including grid-connected energy storage. Giovanni provides innovative grid storage and DER techno-economic analyses with strategic recommendations to energy industry stakeholders, while managing the program’s integrated modeling frameworks for EPRI’s grid storage practice areas. He leads the collaborative efforts in Grid Services and Analysis through the Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC) and drives StorageVET™ (http://www.storagevet.com) development as its product manager.
At Strategen Consulting, Giovanni led the team’s clean energy value proposition practice for over eight years. Stakeholders sought his expertise to identify use cases, construct evaluation frameworks, and conduct cost effectiveness analyses of various clean energy projects that included the integration of solar, fuel cells, energy storage, and electric vehicles. On the regulatory front, he guided the California Public Utilities Commission’s stakeholder process for the cost effectiveness evaluation of energy storage during the Storage Rulemaking (AB2514) and inclusion of energy storage in California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program.
As a licensed general contractor, Giovanni founded a custom homebuilding business.
Giovanni holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He enjoys trekking—including Mount Everest, Aconcagua, and Kilimanjaro.
Balvinder Deonarine is a Project Manager at Distributed Resource Integration (DRI) Organization of Consolidated Edison Co. of NY. She is a part of the team that developed the company’s initial Distributed System Implementation Plan (DSIP). She has been working to formulate the Non-wires Alternatives process for the company as well as to incorporate it into the company’s current planning processes. She is part of the NYISO/JU taskforce to assist in NYISO DER roadmap. She works closely with the Joint Utilities of NY, NYISO and REV Stakeholders to ensure that the company’s processes are aligned.
Prior to joining the DRI organization, Balvinder spent over a decade in positions of increasing responsibility in various field organizations in Con Edison ranging from Overseeing maintenance and operations of Substations to Managing lower Manhattan’s Electric Distribution System.
Balvinder received her MBA in Finance and Marketing from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from City College of NY. She is also a certified Project Management Professional. She has been a strong supporter of Women in Non-traditional Careers and has been the past Chair of the New York Section of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 2011, she received an IEEE award for her contributions to activities that encourage and engage the next generation of IEEE members and leaders.
Erik Ellis is currently the manager for Technology Assessment and Integration at APS. APS Technology Assessment investigates new distribution, transmission, and DG technologies with respect to technical and business merit. Specific responsibilities include development of the energy storage and microgrid business plans, implementation of projects thereunder, and the design and integration of 1,500 smart inverters under a master controller in the 10 MW APS residential-rooftop Solar Partners Program.
Mr. Ellis joined APS in early 2011. He has over 15 years of experience in the power industry in leadership positions at GE, Areva Solar, and EDF Renewable Energy.
Ugwem is the Co-founder and CEO of Solstice Energy Solutions, an early-stage startup using novel software and IoT from remote, intelligent energy management in emerging markets. Ugwem’s Nigerian heritage created a strong passion for addressing the challenges and opportunities emerging markets, both personally and professionally. Solstice is a product of her studies as a Master’s & admitted PhD student at Stanford University in Civil and Environmental Engineering, where she led research focused on the nexus of energy, environment and infrastructure in Nigeria.
Mr. Evans is the President and CEO, and a founder of ESS Inc. Having started ESS from his garage in 2011, he led the company to the commercialization of the Iron Flow Battery system in 2016. Prior to ESS, Mr. Evans was the Director of Design & Product Development at ClearEdge Power Inc. His team designed the ClearEdge5, a 5kW combine-heat-and-power fuel cell system, which was successfully commercialized in 2010. This product received both CSA International certification in North America and KNREC certification in Asia. Mr. Evans began his career at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) where he held technical leadership positions in their Fuel Cell business and, prior to that, as a project engineer in the Pratt & Whitney aircraft engine business. In 2006, Mr. Evans was awarded the distinguished George Mead Award, the highest honor for individual engineering achievement at UTC.
Mr. Evans has authored over 15 patents and patent applications. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, a MS in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.B.A from Carnegie Mellon University.
Matineh leads Watt-Learn’s technology and product development as its CTO. She has years of academic and professional experience in developing machine-learning software products in energy domain: from energy wholesale market, to predictive monitoring of energy systems, to energy efficiency and energy performance modeling. She has gained her PhD and second MSc degree from Civil and Environmental Engineering program at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where she developed a diverse background in machine learning, computer science, and energy systems. Before Watt-Learn, she was the Director of Data Science at kWantera Inc., an energy management startup, where she led the data science effort to build several machine - learning products for predicting energy wholesale markets in North America. Matineh also holds a MSc degree from Middle East Technical University (METU) and a bachelor’s degree from Tabriz University.
Dan is a Senior Analyst with the Energy Storage team at GTM Research, where he focuses on utility-scale storage applications. He previously worked as a Senior Consultant with DNV GL where he focused on competitive energy markets and the intersection of emerging energy business strategies within the broader evolving technological and regulatory environment. Prior to DNV GL Dan worked with Navigant Consulting and the Department of Energy.
Dan has over 8 years of experience in the energy space as a researcher, consultant, and analyst. Dan holds a Master’s of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Energy Center and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics-Physics from Brown University.
Kyle Garton is a Principal Product Manager at AutoGrid Systems, responsible for virtual power plant applications of energy storage, smart inverters, and electric vehicles for residential to industrial scale deployments across the globe.
Prior to AutoGrid, Kyle held product management positions at Stem and SunPower commercializing distributed behind-the-meter energy storage products. Kyle has been involved in deployments of distributed energy storage systems across the US, Germany, Japan and Australia; providing value to both customers and utilities with local energy optimization and virtual power plants capabilities. Prior to focusing on energy storage, Kyle held a business development role at SunPower, developing landmark solar projects for Fortune 100 clients, ranging from small rooftop systems to >20MW power plants. In his early career Kyle worked in academic research and development of next generation energy harvesting nanomaterials. Kyle holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from UC Berkeley and a M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from UC San Diego.
Justin Gerdes is a San Francisco Bay Area-based independent journalist specializing in energy issues and a Contributing Writer for Greentech Media. His work has appeared at the Guardian, Yale Environment 360, MotherJones.com, Smithsonian.com, Ensia, and City Lab, among others. He is the author of the e-book Quitting Carbon: How Denmark Is Leading the Clean Energy Transition and Winning the Race to the Low-Carbon Future. Find him on Twitter at @JustinGerdes.
Matt Gregori serves as a Technology Development Manager for Low Carbon Resources in the Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) group at SoCalGas. In this role, he seeks out new clean energy technologies that are ready for deployment at the pilot or demonstration scale. His current focus is on technologies that convert renewable electricity into hydrogen or renewable Natural Gas for injection into the natural gas grid.
During his career in the clean energy field, Matt has operated and optimized clean energy projects from food waste anaerobic digesters to biodiesel production facilities.
Matt earned a B.S. in Chemistry at The California Institute of Technology and an MBA at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Terry Grant is Managing Director and head of the solar market practice for Marathon Capital. He is based in San Francisco and focuses on the power, alternative energy and energy technology sectors. Prior to joining Marathon Capital, Mr. Grant was a Managing Director with FBR Capital Markets focused on alternative energy and power portfolio restructurings in the Energy Group. Mr. Grant originally joined FBR in 1997 and founded the equity research practice in energy, covering the IPP and non-utility generation sub-sectors. From 2000-2005, Mr. Grant was involved in energy technology investment ventures both investing, and offering financial advisory services for energy technology and power asset companies. He founded and served as Portfolio Manager in a hedge fund focused on the energy sector. Prior to FBR, Mr. Grant held a variety of positions at US Generating Company – a PG&E and Bechtel partnership in the energy sector. He was involved in project financings totaling over $2 billion, corporate M&A work, and was responsible for project development for the South Western Region of the United States. Mr. Grant received his BA from Wake Forest University and his MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Business at Wake Forest University. Mr. Grant holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses.
Mitalee Gupta is an energy storage analyst at GTM Research, where she focuses on supply chain analysis of the global storage market. Prior to joining GTM, Mitalee worked with Utah Clean Energy, on energy storage, electric vehicles and energy efficiency policy and rate design issues in the southwest region. She has also worked with United Nations Development Programme in the past. Mitalee has a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and pursued her Bachelors in Environmental Engineering from Delhi, India.
Matt Harper is a fifteen-year product development veteran with a track record of repeatedly leading the successful development and commercialization of clean and renewable technologies.His career spans groundbreaking work in fuel cell vehicles (with Ballard Power Systems), hydrogen delivery (with General Hydrogen) and water purification (with Axine Water Technologies). Matt’s experience commercializing flow batteries goes back more than ten years, first as the lead engineer on three successive generations of products for VRB Power Systems and Prudent Energy, then as VP Products and Marketing at Prudent responsible for all aspects of product delivery.
Matt holds a dual Master's degree in Management and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Matt’s multidisciplinary degree from MIT integrated work within the MIT School of Engineering, MIT Sloan School of Business, Harvard Business School and Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government. Matt is a globally recognized expert on energy technology development and commercialization, having presented at conferences across China, Europe, the US and Canada. Matt holds seven US patents, and is a Professional Engineer registered in British Columbia, Canada.
Dr. Craig R. Horne is the Vice President Business Development, Energy Storage for Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and Vice Chair of the Energy Storage Association (ESA). Craig has almost 30 years of experience in the deployment and development of electrochemical energy systems spanning in flow, lead-acid and lithium ion battery technologies as well as fuel cells. Dr. Horne has also been an active participant in regulatory and legislative processes such as California’s landmark energy storage initiative (AB2514). Craig is a girls youth lacrosse coach, has over 15 publications and has been awarded 21 US Patents. Dr. Horne holds degrees in Material Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley (Ph.D), UC Los Angeles (M.S.), and the University of Florida (B.S.).
As Chief Technology Officer, Larsh is leading hardware and software engineering to meet the needs of Stem's C&I, utility, and energy market customers. Prior to joining Stem, Larsh was Chief Technology Officer at Siemens Digital Grid, where he led technology development teams on products spanning from consumer metering, demand response and analytics to control center software and grid automation. He joined Siemens via the acquisition of eMeter, a Bay Area software company of which he was a co-founder and responsible for innovation and development of meter data management, analytics, and advanced smart grid applications. Prior to eMeter, he co-founded CellNet Data Systems, a pioneer in wireless networks for smart metering and distribution automation and now a unit of Landis+Gyr a Toshiba company. Larsh was a founding member of the DOE’s Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC) and remains a Member Emeritus. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Jeremy is responsible for Groom’s generation and storage business, which is focused on utilizing solar, thermal energy storage, battery storage, and CHP to reduce energy costs for Groom’s grocery, food distribution, industrial, and hospitality clients. Prior to joining Groom, Jeremy was a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of SoCore Energy, a distributed solar developer. After co-founding the company in 2008, Jeremy helped grow the business into one of the most successful commercial and industrial solar companies in the U.S., leading up to SoCore’s 2013 acquisition by electric utility holding company, Edison International. Over the last few years, Jeremy has been involved in the development some of the largest grid connected battery projects in the U.S. including several 20-30MW PJM projects. Jeremy has a B.S. in Engineering Management from Miami University, and holds solar licenses in Florida, California, and Illinois in addition to being NABCEP certified.
As President and CEO of Greensmith, John has led the company from concept to market leadership in grid-scale energy storage technology since joining in 2009. He set the technology and strategic vision for Greensmith early on: to provide the energy storage technology platform of choice to customers and partners leveraging a battery-agnostic, software-optimized and distributed network approach. Prior to Greensmith, John spent over 20 years building high-growth, B2B technology companies and was a strategy consultant to a number of vertical sectors including the electric utility industry. John held C-level roles at four venture capital-backed technology companies operating globally, including a consortia-based electronic marketplace that served 21 of the 25 largest electric utilities in North America. John also served as a senior strategy consultant for A.T. Kearney and Braxton Associates in the areas of corporate/business unit strategy, enterprise transformation and portfolio/growth strategy. John holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Sciences from the University of Western Ontario.
Praveen Kathpal is Vice President of Global Market Development at AES Energy Storage and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Storage Association. His responsibilities at AES include accelerating global energy storage market growth, and bringing energy storage to new customers and new applications. Mr. Kathpal joined AES in 2007. Prior to joining AES, Mr. Kathpal was a consultant at ICF International. He holds a BA in Economics and a MBA from the University of Virginia.
Southern California Edison (SCE), the largest subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE: EIX), is the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California, USA. It provides 14 million people with electricity across a service territory of approximately 50,000 square miles.
As the Principal Manager of Asset Management and Generation Strategy group at SCE, Vibhu is responsible for driving the major maintenance and capital investment decisions and maximize the returns for company’s hydroelectric, natural gas, energy storage, and solar power plants; performance benchmarking & asset optimization, water planning, asset condition monitoring, engineering and risk analysis; plant engineering; central work management program; central outage planning and scheduling; documents and records management for all of SCE’s generation assets.
Vibhu was previously Principal Manager for Resource Planning & Optimization where he managed supply and demand bidding strategies, overall utilization of SCE's contracted and utility owned generation portfolio (20,000 MW+) in California ISO markets through preparation of daily resource plans and quantifying the short-term risk of serving SCE’s bundled customer load.
Prior to joining SCE in 2011, Vibhu was section head for generation operations planning group at Manitoba Hydro’s system control center in Canada, where he lead the team responsible for generation reliability, generation modeling and optimal utilization, and outage management functions.
Vibhu earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Manitoba, Canada. He is also a registered professional engineer. He is currently pursuing an executive MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Peter Klauer is a Senior Advisor, Smart Grid Technology, at the California Independent System Operator Corporation in Folsom California. The California ISO provides open and non-discriminatory access to over 80% of the state’s wholesale electricity transmission grid, supported by a competitive energy market and comprehensive infrastructure planning effort.
Peter is responsible for supporting smart grid research and facilitating the integration of emerging smart grid technologies into the ISO’s wholesale energy markets and operational systems. Peter acts in an advisory role on technical programs and research initiatives, including, the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge, local and national laboratory research initiatives and smart grid grant proposals, and California Investor Owned Utility demonstration projects with the ISO. Peter also supports state energy policy development in emerging renewable and smart grid technology areas within the California Public Utilities Commission’s Energy Division.
Prior to joining the Smart Grid team, Peter was a Business Solutions Manager in the ISO Information Technology Division. In this role, Peter was responsible for ISO business unit requirements and system implementations across the ISO’s operational areas including, load and renewable forecasting, outage management, and intertie scheduling.
Prior to joining the ISO, Peter developed his skills as a technical and management professional at Intel Corporation with over 19 years of experience in delivering corporate-wide productivity solutions to the Intel workforce.
Brian Knowles leads the Energy Storage team at Cypress Creek Renewables which works to leverage Cypress’ diverse project development expertise to finance, develop and build solar and storage projects. Prior to joining Cypress Creek Renewables Brian was an early Product Manager at Stem Inc. where he focused on bringing various storage and embedded computing products to market. Before Stem, Brian spent several years at Pacific Gas and Electric as a Principal on the Economic & Project Analysis team investigating impacts from changes in the utility procurement and generation landscape. Brian also served as a nuclear submarine officer in the US Navy where he completed two deployments aboard the USS Scranton and a nuclear de-fueling of the USS Minneapolis-St Paul. Brian has an undergraduate degree in Engineering-Physics from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Roy Kuga is vice president, Grid Integration & Innovation, a team responsible for developing strategies and plans for:
• PG&E's grid of the future
• distributed energy resources, including energy storage, demand response, and net metering
• clean transportation
• technology pilots and demonstration projects.
Roy previously served as vice president, Energy Supply Management, overseeing the Company's procurement of gas and electric supplies, storage, transmission, financial hedging and greenhouse gas allowances. He has worked on renewable and conventional power contracting and resource development, wholesale market design, and bidding, scheduling and dispatching PG&E's energy portfolio into California’s wholesale market. Earlier in his career, Roy led the Company's strategic planning team for electric industry restructuring.
Roy has also worked in the oil and gas and telecom industries. He holds Bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics, and a Masters degree in operations research.
Chris heads eastern US and Latin America business development for Dynapower’s Energy Storage Group. He joined the renewables and storage industry in 1996 heading up the North Carolina Solar Center’s grid interconnection program advising utilities and regulators on interconnection policies. Chris spent 10 years with ABB, starting in ABB’s renewable energy R&D laboratory focused on power electronics and renewable energy and had roles in product management and channel program strategy. He earned a masters in mechanical engineering through NC State University’s Program in Renewable Energy. He graduated magna cum laude in economics from Princeton. Chris and his family are based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle.
Lisa Laughner is the Founder, President and CEO of Go Electric Inc., a green-tech startup focused on behind-the-meter energy services and solutions that bridge the gap between energy resiliency, security and efficiency. A veteran technology entrepreneur, she was formerly Vice President of Rolls Royce Corporate Ventures, and with her colleagues has launched six technology companies over her career.
As Vice President of Grid Services, Audrey leads Sunrun’s efforts to deploy and aggregate residential solar plus storage to create cleaner and less costly grid infrastructure while reducing customers’ bills. Before joining Sunrun, Audrey was responsible for the analytics and operations platform to optimize fleets of distributed energy resources as virtual power plants at Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Inc.. Prior to that, she advised the President of the California Public Utilities Commission on smart grid, energy data, demand response, and energy storage policy. Audrey also worked at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency in Paris. She holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University.
Janice Lin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategen, where she provides insight to global corporations, utilities and public sector leaders, helping them to develop impactful clean energy strategies. Over the past ten years, she has advised a diverse range of clients, including renewable energy equipment manufacturers and service providers, large corporations diversifying into clean energy, and real estate developers building sustainable communities. Janice brings more than two decades of experience in clean energy strategy, market development, and corporate strategy to Strategen.In 2014, Janice co-founded the Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA), an international non-profit organization, and currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Executive Committee. Janice also co-founded the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) in 2009, and currently serves on the Electricity Advisory Council of the US Department of Energy, the Board of Advisors for the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the Energy Storage Committee of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Janice is also a Member of
the Advisory Council of the German American Chamber of Commerce, the UCSD Strategic Energy Initiatives Advisory Council, and Co-Founder and Chair of the annual Energy Storage North America (ESNA) conference. Prior to founding Strategen in 2005, Janice held several senior management positions with PowerLight Corporation (now SunPower Corporation), including Vice President of Product Strategy and Vice President of Business Development. During her tenure at PowerLight, Janice led initiatives in product and new market strategies, business development, regulatory affairs, strategic partnerships, investor relations and customer
finance. Janice holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BS from the Wharton School,University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Olaf Lohr, born in Chemnitz, Germany, has a background in international businesses and market development with over 14 years of experience in market research, market entry and market expansion into the United States. Olaf is the Director of Business Development for sonnen, Inc. (http://www.sonnen-batterie.com), the U.S. branch of the sonnen Group a global pioneer and manufacturer of residential and commercial energy storage solutions and provider of energy services. sonnen is headquartered in Bavaria, Germany, and its U.S. headquarters are located in Los Angeles, CA.
As the Director of Business Development at sonnen, Olaf provides leadership for the company’s expansion into the United States. He is primarily focused on developing new energy storage markets for the commercial, utility, and financing sectors through the implementation of pilot projects and key partnerships across the country. Olaf’s expertise in customer adoption and retention of new technologies is key in educating stakeholders about the benefits of energy storage and defining new products and services for sonnen to meet the increasing demand for clean and reliable energy.
Prior to sonnen, Olaf managed sales and marketing and project development for a residential and commercial solar installation and engineering company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. As an independent business consultant, he provided market research, business and product development, and sales and marketing services to several start-up companies. He served as the Director of Membership for the Surfrider Foundation for five years after moving to California in 2002. Olaf graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a Masters in Business and Sports Management, holds a dual-citizenship (Germany and USA) and currently lives in San Juan Capistrano, California.
Dan Loflin currently serves as the CEO of Geli, a leading supplier of software solutions to the energy storage industry. Under his leadership, Geli closed its Series A funding and expanded business operations to New York City and Australia. Dan comes to Geli with more than 20 years of experience developing and commercializing market-defining technologies, and has held senior management and advisory roles at Locus Energy, IBM, LG Electronics, and McKinsey & Company. Dan holds a BA from Columbia University and a MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Ravi is the Director of Energy Storage at GTM Research, where he focuses on U.S. energy 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, Christian Science Monitor, Wired, and Verge.
Ravi has over 8 years of experience in energy storage 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.
ElectrIQ Power is a leading energy storage and management company that is developing hardware and software technologies for homes and small businesses, as well as energy services for solar installers and utilities. The company’s flagship product, the IQ System, is a fully-integrated energy storage, management and monitoring system that includes, at its base level, a 10 kWh lithium-ion battery and an 8 kW hybrid inverter controlled by a proprietary energy management software that maximizes the value of renewables, batteries and connected appliances using machine learning and controls. Founded in 2014 and based in Palo Alto, California, ElectrIQ Power is on a mission to innovate our way to a smarter, cleaner and more efficient world.
Kim McGrath is the Senior Director of Business Development at Maxwell Technologies, responsible for the company’s global growth strategy and roadmap in emerging renewables markets and applications. With over fifteen years of experience in the development and commercialization of energy storage technologies including ultracapacitors, batteries, and fuel cells, her present focus is the identification of high value storage business models for utility T&D, PV and wind generation, and microgrid projects. Kim holds an PhD in Chemistry from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the Merage School of Business at UC Irvine.
Chris has worked in the energy industry for over 20 years, the last 16 of which at Northern Power. He has led and been a part of the development of power conversion, energy storage, microgrid, and wind turbine systems including Northern Power’s industry-leading 100 kW distributed wind turbine. Chris has also served in a variety of operational and commercial roles, including director positions for both engineering and product management.
Rachel is a Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission on energy storage, where she has focused primarily on station power and multiple use applications for storage resources, as well as procurements in response to Aliso Canyon. She joined the CPUC’s Energy Division in 2013 as Senior Regulatory Analyst on the Demand Response Team, where she was lead staff on matters concerning wholesale market integration and created the Demand Response Auction Mechanism. Before joining the CPUC, she led state and federal in-house regulatory and legislative affairs for utility-scale solar energy companies for four years. Prior to the solar industry, Rachel worked for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies for a decade, most recently as Director of Regulatory Affairs, focused on renewable energy policy and emissions regulation in the electric and transportation sectors.
Dirk Michels, a partner in Ballard Spahr's Energy and Project Finance Group, is one of the leading energy technology and renewable energy attorneys in California. He represents energy technology and renewable energy companies, as well as investors, developers, lenders, and equipment vendors, in developing and financing solar, biomass, wind, thermal, transmission, storage, smart grid, and other energy projects in corporate, M&A, energy project development and financing, debt and equity financings, tax equity financings, joint ventures, and other strategic alliances within the United States and abroad.
During a 20-year career practicing law in California and Germany, he has advised publicly traded and privately held clients in venture funding, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and project financing transactions worth billions of dollars. A recognized leader in the domestic distributed solar energy industry, Mr. Michels has been at the forefront of representing solar, wind, and energy storage projects involving collaboration between U.S., German, and Canadian companies.
Troy Miller is director – Grid Solutions at S&C Electric Company. He has over 21 years of experience in the Power Engineering industry. Miller has a vast history in the application and implementation of all aspects of power electronics and power quality, including energy storage, VAR compensation and Uninterruptible Power Systems. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Peter Mostow is a partner in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on the representation of emerging and mature companies in the fields of energy and clean technology. Peter's background in energy, regulatory, natural resources, and environmental law allows him to assist this client base with the development and finance of energy-generating plants and manufacturing facilities. He represents solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass project sponsors in site acquisition, permitting, power transmission, and offtake agreements; distributed solar power purchase agreement companies in developing their key commercial and financing agreements; and producers of new technologies from energy storage to renewable fuels in drafting and negotiating key commercial transactions. Peter's prior energy industry experience includes project development work for the sponsors of hydroelectric projects, gas-fired power plants, underground natural gas storage facilities, gas pipelines, and liquefied natural gas terminals.
In addition, Peter applies his knowledge of energy and infrastructure project development to assist clients with diligence, negotiations, and legal opinions on a variety of transactions including joint ventures, asset and membership interest acquisitions, venture and later-stage investments, project development and finance, and corporate finance.
Prior to joining the firm, Peter was a partner at Stoel Rives, where he chaired the renewable energy practice.
Following law school, in 1993-94, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle, Washington.
In addition to English, Peter is fluent in German.
West has significant experience in financing renewable energy companies and assets, particularly in leading groundbreaking financial transactions. Prior to joining AMS, West had a successful tenure as Vice President of Structured Finance at SolarCity, since 2011. While there he raised over $2 billion in diversified forms of capital, including pioneering the first solar asset backed securities in the industry and helping position the company in the public markets. West has also held finance management roles at AES Solar and investment roles at US Renewables Group.
Bradley M. Parkhurst currently is the Electricity Sourcing Leader at Owens Corning responsible for sourcing and maintaining relationships with electric suppliers globally. Owens Corning is a Toledo, Ohio based building materials and composite material manufacturer.
After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Business Management, Brad started his career as a Corporate Account Representative at CDW, a leading provider of technology products and services for business.
His career at Owens Corning began as an Area Sales Manager in Phoenix, Arizona. He spent five years successfully managing asphalt shingle distribution in Arizona and southern Nevada. From there he transitioned to Logistics, where he held a couple of leadership positions in operations focused on customer satisfaction and productivity. For five years, he was focused on sourcing multiple modes of transport; including rail, intermodal, dry van, and LTL. He transitioned to his current role in 2016.
Carla J. Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012. Commissioner Peterman is the CPUC’s assigned Commissioner for a number of proceedings including energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy storage, and several rate cases. Commissioner Peterman serves on many boards including the NARUC Board of Directors and the California Broadband Council. She served as the Chair of the Plug in Electric Vehicle Collaborative for 2012-2013.
She was previously appointed by Governor Brown, in 2011, to the California Energy Commission where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, and natural gas.
Commissioner Peterman has conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was an investment banker focused on energy financing at Lehman Brothers.
Commissioner Peterman holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Energy and Resources from The University of California Berkeley. She also earned a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Commissioner Peterman holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University.
J.W. has been a co-founder and driving force behind multiple early innovative companies in the renewable industry. He was the co-founder of Main Street Power, a pioneer in the distributed generation power purchase agreement space and an innovator in clean energy finance, driving the first New Market and Investment Tax Credit portfolio. J.W. has also served as an executive, Chief Development Officer, and Chief Operating Officer with Milender White Construction, SunShare, and Clean Energy Collective — in addition to his work, he serves on the board of the Solar Electric Light Fund (http://www.SELF.org). J.W. is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has a Master's in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Mary Powell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Green Mountain Power Corporation since 2008, following seven years as Chief Operating Officer. Mary initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed Green Mountain Power and has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement. Mary launched an ambitious energy vision to provide low carbon, low cost and reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, the company has built Vermont’s largest wind farm, made Rutland, Vermont the Solar Generation Capital of New England, and has installed smart grid technology across the entire utility infrastructure. Mary is leading an energy transformation, providing customers comprehensive energy makeovers that help them save money and use less energy. GMP is the first utility in the world to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good. In 2012, Mary led an acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service, with a promise to generate $144 million in savings for customers. GMP has grown from serving 88,000 customers in 2008 to serving well over 260,000 customers, with revenues of more than $640 million and $2 billion in assets. In 2014, Mary announced a new partnership with NRG Energy, Inc. to make Vermont a leader in sustainable energy. And in 2015, Mary led another partnership with Tesla, with GMP becoming the first utility to offer the Tesla Powerwall battery. In 2004 Mary was recognized by Fast Company magazine as one of the "top 50 fast leaders" in the US and in 2014 was recognized by PowerGen as the Woman of the Year.
Joshua Rogol has a strong record of commercial leadership within rapidly expanding businesses focused on deploying clean energy solutions. Joshua is focused on growing partnerships and scaling utility scale, C&I, and micro-grid opportunities for ViZn. Prior to ViZn, he was VP of Business Development for UGE International, managing a global development team focused on commercial and industrial solar and micro-grid deployment. He was a founding member at PHOTON Consulting, where he developed a multi-million dollar revenue-generating online market research platform to bring transparency to the PV industry. Joshua holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in International Relations and Environmental Economics from Tufts University.
Preston Roper has more than two decades of experience leading innovative marketing and operations teams at high-growth technology companies, including Honeywell, NetDynamics (acquired by Sun Microsystems/Oracle) and Synopsys (IPO). He has helped advanced energy companies such as Stem and energyOrbit set product strategy, launch sales, and ramp marketing and PR. Previously he served as CMO & VP Corporate Development and EVP of Operations & Marketing at energy companies Cogenra and Tioga Energy, respectively. Preston holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Hardware-Software Co-Design from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Tim is the Principal Advisor for Distributed Energy Resources at the Center for Sustainable Energy, where he leads project proposal development for DER projects involving energy storage and microgrid technologies, and provides technical assistance to CSE’s market transformation programs such as the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP.) He has spent more than 20 years developing and deploying new renewable energy technologies, including fuel cell buses in Europe, wind turbines large and small across the US, and microgrids here in California. Tim’s work focuses on the integration of technical strategies and profitable business models to accelerate the market evolution of emissions-free transportation, power generation and energy consumption. Tim has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and an MBA from the University of California, San Diego.
Alejandro Schnakofsky brings over a decade of experience to NEXTracker’s energy storage solutions business, having developed technologies and services for electrical power systems and bringing them to market. As a technical advisor to NEXTracker’s storage customers, Alejandro specializes in electric power transmission and distribution, smart grid applications, power electronics and energy storage. Prior to NEXTracker, Alejandro led the incubation effort of the NX Drive energy storage system technology as the Director of Applications Engineering & Technical Business Development for Flex’s energy business. A passionate technologist who leverages prior expertise in a variety of technical and management roles at Flex & ABB, Alejandro developed the product and technology roadmap.
Alejandro holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Florida International University and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho, where his research focused on communication networks for the real-time protection and control of the electric power system.
Vic is the founder and CEO of Green Charge , the largest commercial energy storage developer in the U.S. Over the course of seven years, Vic grew the company from an idea all the way to successful acquisition in April, 2016 by ENGIE, the largest independent power producer in the world. Prior to Green Charge, Vic held management positions at various enterprise cloud computing companies, including Oracle. Vic holds an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and an engineering degree from the University of Virginia.
Patrick is the co-founder and CEO of Nanogrid. Before Nanogrid, he worked on the leading electricity rate engine at Genability, developed image processing algorithms at Apple, and applied unsupervised learning to data challenges at the U.S Dept. of Education. He studied Computer Science at UC Davis and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon.
MJ Shiao is the Head of Americas Research for GTM Research and is a leading expert on PV inverters, electronics, and balance of system components. A 9-year veteran of the solar industry, MJ has experience ranging from fabrication of crystalline silicon solar cells to PV project development. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects with Solar Design Associates. Prior to project management, MJ worked at the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). MJ holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, where he was named a National Truman Scholar. A believer in the social benefits of solar power, MJ has researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand and formerly served on the Steering Committee of SustainUS, a non-profit engaging U.S. youth in sustainable development advocacy.
As the President and CEO of Shoals Technologies Group, Dean Solon is responsible for running all facets of the business. Dean has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales and technological growth in the solar industry. Dean founded Shoals in 1996 with partners and in the year 2000, bought all their shares in the business and changed the course of Shoals from manufacturing for the automotive industry to the solar industry. While solar was in it’s infancy, Dean saw an opportunity to bring his extensive automotive knowledge and experience to a fledgling industry. Prior to the founding of Shoals, Dean worked in technical sales at multiple automotive tier one and tier two companies. During that time, Bosch Automotive approached Dean with a request for him to start his own manufacturing business and become their sole vendor for automotive brush cards. This request was the catalyst for Dean to found Shoals Technologies Group and supply Bosch Mexico with product for many years. Dean attended college at Purdue University in 1988 and studied mechanical engineering.
Julian is a staff writer at Greentech Media, where he reports on energy storage and other clean energy sectors. He also has experience covering clean transportation, state and federal energy policy, and climate adaptation. Previously, Julian reported for CityLab at The Atlantic and conducted grant-funded climate change reporting in Bangladesh. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in political science.
Jeff St. John comes to Greentech Media from The Fresno Bee, where he covered solar-power, biofuel and biomass developments in California's Central Valley, and the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash., where his beat included nuclear power and nuclear-waste remediation, as well as the research and development of biofuels, fuel cells, energy-management systems and other energy technologies. He also has written for the Anchorage Daily News, UpsideToday.com, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and he won a National Headliner Award in 2005. Jeff has a master's degree from the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and believes green technology will save the planet.
Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 28 years. He has been a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage. He is currently Vice President of Utility Business Development at Enel X/ Enernoc, a distributed energy management and storage company and is a subsidiary of Enel, a leader in the global utility market.
Enel X partners with utilities and enterprises to reduce costs, manage risks, increase sustainability, and maximize the value of the most promising energy technologies such as demand response, electric vehicles, and distributed energy resources, through customized energy management strategies. A new global business line within the Enel Group, Enel X includes the recently acquired technology and services from global leaders like EnerNOC, Demand Energy, and eMotorWerks.
Carl has over 40 years of utility industry experience managing energy for California’s sixth largest utility, the Imperial Irrigation District, as the Energy Manager and the Portfolio Management Officer. During his tenure at the utility, Carl initiated strategic project management, implemented processes that saved hundreds of millions in costs, and oversaw the implementation of battery storage projects. As a member of the Geothermal Energy Association board, Carl helped initiate the use of renewable energy as a catalyst for addressing the Salton Sea environmental issues.
Carl is the Vice President of Imperial Valley Development and Storage Integration for 8minutenergy. He oversees the development of renewable projects in Imperial Valley and works with 8minutenergy’s storage team to bring energy storage projects to fruition.
Bert leads the energy storage and solar PV programs at Southern Research. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years with technology, consulting and research organizations such as DNV GL, Siemens, General Electric, Versant and Supertex creating, leading and delivering projects for high voltage power transmission and distributed energy resources, electric transportation networks, industrial manufacturing as well as big data analytics and automation software to serve large-scale, mission-critical infrastructures. He earned a Masters and Ph.D. in Technical Cybernetics and Automation from the University of Rostock and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Marco Terruzzin – Based in San Francisco, California, Marco Terruzzin is an internationally recognized expert in clean tech and climate change mitigation strategies having developed 200+ carbon emission reduction projects under the Kyoto protocol (~$2 billion value). With over 20 years of experience, he is an accomplished clean tech executive with a track record of increasing EBITDA and generating multi-million dollar revenue streams across the carbon markets, energy storage and renewable energy industries. Having launched two international companies, Mr. Terruzzin has also developed extensive experience in recruiting and building teams and growing innovative initiatives into multi-million dollar businesses lines. He has held senior management positions at leading energy companies like E.ON Climate and Renewables (one of Europe’s largest public energy companies), General Electric Wind, Evolution Markets and Roland Berger Management Consulting. Mr. Terruzzin holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Darden School of Business, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in Applied Statistics (Energy Economics).
Linh Tran leads LG Chem’s residential and small C&I markets in North America. Linh's professional background includes R&D engineering for US homeland security, utility demand response programs and software analytic sales. She earned her MBA from California State Univ., East Bay. Her responsibilities at LG Chem include all aspects of new product launches, developing supporting product programs and product training for residential markets and small C&I markets. From May 2017, Linh has been focused on the launch of LG Chem’s first home battery in North America. She’s had success in developing the training program, installer certification process and product registration platform in addition to supporting sales & marketing efforts.
Rogers Weed is Vice President of Product Management for Doosan GridTech, responsible for marketing and product-related business decisions such as pricing, packaging and positioning. Rogers has over 15 years of experience in product management and business roles at Microsoft – he was a Corporate Vice President and part of the company’s Marketing Leadership Team. In 2009, Rogers was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire to direct Washington State’s Department of Commerce where he provided leadership on economic development issues including the state’s energy policy. Rogers began his career as a Consultant with Bain & Company.
With over a decade and a half in the solar and storage sectors, Josh serves as NEXTracker’s Storage Integration Director for the NX Flow solar and storage product. He began his solar career at Akeena Solar, one of the leading turnkey residential and commercial solar contractors from 2002 to 2009. Shortly after joining the Akeena team in 2005, Josh took on a supervisory role within the company’s operations departments, opening several remote offices nation-wide and scaling the company’s staffing and infrastructure needs upon Akeena’s IPO filing. Joshua managed the engineering, drafting, and project management teams, supporting over 20 MW of both residential and small commercial PV systems over a 3-year time period.
Josh’s energy storage career began as a co-founder of Green Charge Networks, where he secured a $10M grant by the US DOE to deploy 8 micro-grid and utility-interactive solar + energy storage + electric vehicle chargers projects for the purposes of optimizing behind-the-meter electricity usage. After exiting Green Charge Networks (now owned by Engie) in 2013, Josh has gone on to develop grid-connected energy storage and micro-grid projects with NRG’s Station A team and NEXTracker’s integrated energy storage program, where Josh has played many roles in the development of energy storage products and services, including business, finance, policy, project, product, hardware, and software development.
Josh has been an instructor at UC Berkeley Extension and currently offers solar engineering training and educational resources through SepiSolar. Joshua is fully certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP-certified Solar PV Installer) and has extensive experience training and scaling Project Management and Design teams within the solar PV integration industry. Josh holds a BA in Astrophysics from UC Berkeley and holds a patents (see: Load Isolation Consumption Management Systems and Methods (US 20130285446 A1). For more on Josh Weiner, see https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshuaaweiner/
Elliott is Vice President & Chief Data Scientist at Lineage Logistics. Lineage is the 2nd-largest cold storage logistics network in the world, with capacity for approximately 3 million pallets of frozen and refrigerated commodities across 121 facilities in 4 countries. The Lineage Data Science team does the math underlying the food supply chain, particularly thermo-physics, industrial controls, power-scheduling, logistics routing, facility siting and material handling design. Elliott holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Duke University, an M.S. in Statistics from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. By training he is a mathematical statistician with an expertise in inference, probability theory and mathematical optimization.
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.
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Mateo Jaramillo is the Vice President of Products and Programs for Tesla’s stationary energy storage program. He conceived of and started the effort in 2009, securing initial funding and leading all aspects of business and engineering development along with product deployment. He is currently responsible for Tesla Energy's product line and business model definition, and as well global policy and business development. Mateo joined Tesla in 2009 as the Director of Powertrain Business Development, serving as commercial lead and primary negotiator on over $100M in new development and $500M in production contracts signed for electric powertrain sales. Prior to Tesla, Mateo was Chief Operating Officer and part of the founding team at Gaia Power Technologies, an early distributed energy storage firm. There he pioneered residential and commercial markets for first turn-key energy storage systems and led three generations of product development that grew company sales by 400%. Mateo began his career in the software industry as a Product Manager with Predictive Networks, an interactive TV software provider. Mateo earned his A.B. in Economics from Harvard in 1999 and a Masters in Theology from Yale Divinity School in 2004 where he won the Tew prize for outstanding coursework in Ethics, Philosophy, and History. He is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
As Managing Director of Energy Storage Solutions, Madeleine is responsible for overseeing the origination, development, and execution of energy storage projects. Prior to joining Edison Energy, Madeleine served as both Senior Vice President of Advanced Energy Solutions and Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategy for SoCore Energy, an Edison Energy affiliate specializing in solar energy. In both of these roles, Madeleine specialized in translating market trends into strategic and transformative opportunities for SoCore and its clients.
Madeleine has more than 15 years of experience the clean energy field. Prior to joining SoCore, she was a Senior Policy Advocate with the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago, where she was involved in renewable energy policy development and regulatory proceedings across the Midwest. Madeleine previously served as Deputy Director of Policy & Communications for the City of Knoxville, Tennessee, where she led downtown redevelopment activities and launched the City’s Energy & Sustainability Initiative. Early in Madeleine’s career, she worked as a Policy Analyst for Environment Northeast and as Coordinator of the Community Clean Air Initiative for the City of New Haven, Connecticut.
Madeleine holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a BA from Carleton College.
Steve Malnight is Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is responsible for developing, coordinating and managing policy with state and federal regulatory agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He also is responsible for developing and filing rate proposals with the CPUC, and for oversight of the company’s gas and electric tariffs. Malnight joined PG&E in 2002 and has held diverse leadership positions within the company. After serving as Director of Customer Strategy and then Senior Director of Finance, leading the company’s budgeting and planning process, he became Special Assistant to the Chairman of PG&E’s Corporation in 2007. Subsequent roles included Vice President of Renewable Energy and Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions, an organization providing integrated energy solutions to help customers save energy and money. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs in September 2014. Malnight holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, an organization focused on facilitating electricity utilities in the transition to a clean energy future through research, education, and stakeholder collaboration.
David B. Chiesa is the Senior Director of Global Business Development for S&C Electric Company. In this role, David is responsible for the Profitable growth of S&C's Market Segments Globally. This position is focused on expanding the reach of S&C's products and services within the Market Segments of Renewables, Energy Storage, Data Centers, Microgrids, and Reactive Compensation. He brings 16 years of experience in the direction and management of sales teams across the United States.
Mr. Chiesa began his career in the United States Army, serving as a maintenance company commander, a general officer aide-de-camp, and the U.S. forces maintenance manager for the NATO troops conducting peacekeeping operations in Bosnia.
He holds a BS degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He is a certified Master Black Belt in the Six Sigma quality program and is an active member of IEEE, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Swami Venkataraman is a Senior Vice President in the Global Utilities & Infrastructure Finance Group at Moody’s, covering utilities, merchant power, gas midstream and renewable energy companies. He is a member of Moody’s global Environmental Risk Assessment group and represents Moody’s in the World Economic Forum’s “Future of Electricity” roundtable. Prior to joining Moody’s, Swami was a Director of Project & Export Finance at Standard Chartered Bank in Mumbai, India, responsible for business development and execution of project and export credit financings in India covering power, renewable energy, and other infrastructure sectors. One of his solar PV projects won the “PFI Asia-Pacific Renewables deal of the year” award in 2013. Over the last 15 years, Swami has developed broad expertise in energy, especially clean energy, across geographies and sectors. He has worked in New York, San Francisco, London, Mumbai and Mexico City and his expertise in the clean energy space includes creating project finance methodologies for the first solar PV projects financed in the US capital markets, evaluating commercially unproven technologies for the US Department of Energy loan guarantee program, developing specialized financial products for the carbon markets and green bond assessments. Swami is a CFA charterholder, with a B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.
Susan served for two decades at the highest levels of state and federal government, most recently as chief of staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, cabinet secretary and deputy chief of staff to Governor Gray Davis and communications director for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. She served from 2003- 2006 on California's Public Utilities Commission, regulating the state's investor- owned electric utilities, telecommunications providers and private water companies. Susan was at the center of many of California's groundbreaking environmental policies, including the carbon reduction mandate and cap-and-trade program under AB 32, the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, auto emission standards and Renewable Portfolio Standard. She coordinated the State's emergency demand response efforts during the energy crisis of 2000-2001 and as a member of the PUC she authored what was then the largest energy efficiency program in utility history. She holds a B.A. in Management from Saint Mary's College of California.
Dr. Shay Bahramirad, IEEE Senior Member, the Director of Distribution System Planning and Smart Grid & Technology, serves as a strategic business leader in Commonwealth Edison, the electric Utility in Illinois, working on the transformation to the 21st century power grid and the new energy economy. Her major responsibilities include leading Smart Grid organization across ComEd to develop the vision, business models, and investment strategy of the grid of the future initiatives such as merging technologies, microgrids and smart city deployments as well as leading the design and architecture of distribution system planning and DER interconnection. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching Microgrids, Elements of Sustainable Energy, and Smart Grid.
Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the Chair of the board of IEEE PES Women in Power, Editorial Board Member of Electricity Journal, Editor in Chief of P1854 Smart Distribution Application Guide.