Shashank Adlakha
Shashank Adlakha
Vice President & Head International Business, ReNew Power Ventures Private Limited (ReNew)

Shashank Adlakha is the Head of International Business at ReNew Power Ventures Private Limited (ReNew). He is a Production and Industrial Engineer from Delhi College of Engineering and an MBA from MDI Gurgaon. With an experience spanning almost two decades, Shashank joined ReNew from Moser Baer Solar Limited, where he was the Head of the Supply Chain function.  Shashank has over 10 years of experience in the Renewables sector.

Shashank is part of the senior leadership team at ReNew Power and was recently heading the EPC function before moving to his current role. Shashank has part of the Solar team since 2012 and instrumental in growing its solar portfolio to 1 GW +

Sara Baldwin Auck
Sara Baldwin Auck
Director, Regulatory Program, IREC

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 D. Avallone
Ethan D. Avallone
Senior Market Design Specialist, New York Independent System Operator

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.

Susan Babinec
Susan Babinec
Senior Commercialization Advisor, ARPA-E

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
Kelly Speakes-Backman
CEO, Energy Storage Association (ESA)
Dan Berwick
Dan Berwick
Executive Vice President of Business Development, Borrego Solar Systems

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.

Cassandra Bowe
Cassandra Bowe
Associate Vice President, Energy Impact Partners

Cassie is an Associate Vice President at Energy Impact Partners, a $650m fund investing in energy, 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 and a BA in Economics from Harvard University.

Chris Calavitta
Chris Calavitta
Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Development, Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.

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
Scott Clavenna
Co-Founder & CEO, Greentech Media

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

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

Matineh Eybpoosh, Ph.D.
Matineh Eybpoosh, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Watt-Learn Inc.

Matineh leads Watt-Learn’s technology and product development as its CTO. She has 6+ years of academic and professional experience in developing machine-learning software products in energy domain: from energy wholesale market, to predictive monitoring of energy infrastructures, 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.

Daniel Finn-Foley
Daniel Finn-Foley
Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, GTM Research

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.

Emma Foehringer Merchant
Emma Foehringer Merchant
Writer, Greentech Media

Emma is a staff writer at Greentech Media. She previously covered environmental policy, politics, and climate change at Grist and the New Republic. Emma studied Environmental Analysis at Pomona College.

Justin Gerdes
Justin Gerdes
Contributing Writer, Greentech Media

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.

Stephen Giguere
Stephen Giguere
Engineering Director - US Solar Division, Power-Electronics, Inc.
Terry Grant
Terry Grant
Managing Director, Marathon Capital

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.

Mike Grunow
Mike Grunow
Vice President of Marketing, ViZn Energy Systems

Mike Grunow is the Vice President of Marketing at ViZn Energy Systems and has more than 15 years of experience within rapidly expanding businesses focused on deploying unique and differentiated clean energy technologies. Prior to joining ViZn, Grunow was the Vice President of Marketing for Moventas where he worked with the world’s largest utilities to enhance the profitability of their existing wind energy fleets. At Trina Solar, he excelled in executive marketing and sales leadership roles and helped them grow into the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer. He also was a product line manager for General Electric’s wind energy business, which grew 10X during his tenure. Grunow received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.

Mitalee Gupta
Mitalee Gupta
Analyst, Energy Storage, GTM Research

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.

Jessica Harrison
Jessica Harrison
Director of Research & Development, MISO

Jessica Harrison is Director of Research and Development (R&D) in the Market Services division of MISO. In this role, she coordinates MISO’s R&D policies, objectives, and initiatives. Her focus includes pursuing R&D initiatives and partnerships, researching emerging technologies and supporting the integration of future grid resources. Jessica has a diverse background in clean energy, including experience with engineering analysis, public policy and economic analysis. Prior to joining MISO, she was the Head of Section of Distributed Energy Resources at DNV GL. As an industry consultant, Jessica has studied the impacts of integrating innovative technologies such as distributed energy resources, energy storage and demand response with the electricity grid and the electricity wholesale markets. Ms. Harrison holds dual Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Technology and Policy and in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Michigan.

Larsh Johnson
Larsh Johnson
Chief Technology Officer, Stem

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.

John Jung
John Jung
President & CEO, Greensmith

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.

Shayle Kann
Shayle Kann
Head of GTM Research & Senior Vice President, Greentech Media

Shayle Kann leads GTM Research, the market analysis, advisory and consulting division of Greentech Media. GTM Research analyzes and forecasts the dynamics impacting the transformation of the global electricity sector. An expert on next-generation energy, he has presented at conferences around the world, been featured in publications such as The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Financial Times, spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia, and testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Vibhu Kaushik
Vibhu Kaushik
Principal Manager of Asset Management & Generation Strategy, Southern California Edison

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.

Brian Knowles
Brian Knowles
Energy Storage Lead, Cypress Creek Renewables

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.

Adam M. Knudsen
Adam M. Knudsen
President, Dynapower

As president and a 23-year veteran of Dynapower, Adam has led the Vermont-based power conversion developer and manufacturer through several stages of growth and product line development including the establishment of the company’s Energy Storage Group in 2007. Since then Dynapower ESG has worked alongside utilities, government agencies, universities, developers and battery suppliers to deploy over 250 MWs of energy storage inverters worldwide. Notable Dynapower energy storage projects include America’s largest wind energy storage project in Notrees, Texas developed with Duke Energy, and the Stafford Hill Solar Farm developed alongside Green Mountain Power. Strafford Hill was recently recognized in the 2016 Grid Edge Awards from Green Tech Media for innovation and leadership in energy storage. Working with ESG sales leader, Chip Palombini, and his team, Adam has overseen the development of utility scale installation partnerships with battery manufacturers and the commercializatin of Dynapower’s GEN 3 family of energy storage inverters. In addition to offering custom inverter development and manufacturing from its 150,000 sq. ft. vertically integrated manufacturing facility in Vermont, Dynapower is the only PCS manufacturer to offer a full line of commercial energy storage inverters from 100 kW to 2200 kW for utility-scale, C & I, and solar plus storage applications. Prior to becoming president, in his role as COO, Adam, led the first large market introduction of “Chopper” technology (high frequency converter AC to DC megawatt systems) in the mining and electrochemical industries.

Roy Kuga
Roy Kuga
Vice President, Grid Integration & Innovation, PG&E

Roy Kuga is vice president, Grid Integration & Innovation, a new team that was formed in 2016.

Grid Integration & Innovation is responsible for developing policies, strategies and plans for PG&E's grid of the future, including distributed energy resources including energy storage and demand response, transmission and distribution interface, technology pilots, and transportation electrification.

Kuga previously served as vice president, Energy Supply Management, overseeing the company's energy supply, storage and transmission portfolios for electricity, natural gas, financial hedges and greenhouse gas allowances. His responsibilities included power contracting, wholesale market design and bidding PG&E's energy portfolio into California’s wholesale market.  Earlier in his career, Kuga led the company's strategic planning team for electric industry restructuring, and supported the company through California's energy crisis, and helped build its renewable portfolio. 

Kuga 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.

Stephen Lacey
Stephen Lacey
Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media

Stephen Lacey is Editor-in-Chief of Greentech Media. He manages a team of writers focused on solar, storage, efficiency, mobility, and grid modernization. He’s also host of the Energy Gang podcast, a weekly roundtable on the latest energy and environmental news.

Lisa Laughner
Lisa Laughner
Founder, President and CEO, Go Electric Inc.

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.

Janice Lin
Janice Lin
CEO, Strategen Consulting, Co-Founder, Global Energy Storage Alliance

Janice Lin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategen. She brings more than two decades of experience in clean energy strategy, market development, and corporate strategy to Strategen. During this time 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.

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. Prior to that Janice co-founded the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) in 2009, and remains Executive Director. Janice has also serve 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. She is the winner of ESA's 2013 Phil Symons Energy Storage Award, and NAATBATT’s 2014 Market Development Award.

Dan Loflin
Dan Loflin
CEO, Geli

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 Manghani
Ravi Manghani
Director, Energy Storage, GTM Research

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.

Chadwick Manning
Chadwick Manning
Co-Founder & CEO, ElectrIQ Power
Rachel McMahon
Rachel McMahon
Senior Regulatory Analyst, California PUC

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.

Alyssa McQuilling, Ph.D
Alyssa McQuilling, Ph.D
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Energy & Environment, Southern Research

Alyssa grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and attended North Carolina State University receiving her BS in Environmental engineering in 2010.  She completed her graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University receiving her MS in 2012 and PhD in 2016 in civil and environmental engineering.  She moved to Alabama in late 2015 where she currently works for Southern Research in Birmingham, AL as a post-doctoral researcher focusing on energy storage and the food-energy-water nexus.

Dirk Michels
Dirk Michels
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

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
Troy Miller
Director, Grid Solutions, S&C Electric Company

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
Peter Mostow
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

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.

Dr. Peter Muhoro
Dr. Peter Muhoro
Vice President, Strategic Industry Research & Analysis, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation
Jonathan W. Postal (J.W.)
Jonathan W. Postal (J.W.)
Founder & CEO, Nikola Power

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
Mary Powell
President & CEO, Green Mountain Power Corporation

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.

Julia Pyper
Julia Pyper
Senior Editor, Greentech Media

Julia Pyper is a Senior Editor at Greentech Media covering utilities, grid issues, electric vehicles, the solar industry and energy storage. Find her on Twitter @JMPyper.

Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud
Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud
Research & Development Specialist, Con Edison
Preston Roper
Preston Roper
Chief Marketing & Operating Officer, eMotorWerks

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.

Vic Shao
Vic Shao
Founder & CEO, Green Charge Networks

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.

MJ Shiao
MJ Shiao
Head of Americas Research, GTM Research

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.

Brett Simon
Brett Simon
Analyst, Energy Storage, GTM Research
Dean Solon
Dean Solon
Founder & CEO, Shoals Technologies Group

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 Spector
Julian Spector
Staff Writer, Greentech Media

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
Jeff St. John
Senior Editor, Greentech Media

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
Doug Staker
Vice President Global Market & Business Development, Demand Energy Networks, Inc.

Doug leads Demand Energy’s Business Development group and is responsible for establishing new markets and emerging business cases that leverage the power of energy storage – solving real world grid challenges and supporting expanding renewable energy integration across the grid.

Doug co-founded Demand Energy and is an energy professional who has worked globally for 28 years. He is a pioneer in smart grid technologies with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage. Prior to joining Demand Energy, Doug was a Vice President at Itron (a global leader in smart meter technology) where he held various executive positions and helped Itron to become a world leader in smart grid systems.

Doug’s experience in developing emerging energy technology solutions has helped utilities world-wide enhance their business systems and operational efficiencies. For the past eight years, Doug has worked extensively on how energy storage can help with the expansion of renewable energy systems and develop power grids for the future.

Marco Terruzzin
Marco Terruzzin
Director, Energy Storage, E.ON

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).

Boris von Bormann
Boris von Bormann
CEO, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC
Boris von Bormann is CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, responsible for the development and sale of energy storage systems for residential and utility applications, and other energy services to help facilitate the transition to e-mobility. Prior, he was CEO for the U.S. headquarters of Sonnen, a German-based manufacturer of energy storage solutions. Boris von Bormann has been in the international trade industry for over 18 years and in the solar industry for over 9 years.
Rogers Weed
Rogers Weed
Vice President, Product Management, Doosan GridTech
Alta Yen
Alta Yen
Managing Director, Investment Strategy, GE Energy Financial Services

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

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

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

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

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Initial speakers are currently being confirmed and will be announced shortly.

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2016 Speakers Included

Mateo Jaramillo
Mateo Jaramillo
Vice President of Products & Programs, Tesla Energy

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.

Madeleine Klein
Madeleine Klein
Managing Director, Energy Storage Solutions, Edison Energy

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
Steve Malnight
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, PG&E

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 Chiesa
David Chiesa
Senior Director, Global Business Development, S&C Electric Company

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, CFA
Swami Venkataraman, CFA
Senior Vice President - Power/Utilities - Americas, Moody's Investors Service

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 Kennedy
Susan Kennedy
CEO, Advanced Microgrid Solutions

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.

Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D.
Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D.
Director of Smart Grid & Technology, ComEd

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.

Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson
Smart Cities Chief, Schneider Electric

Mark Johnson is Smart Cities Chief of Schneider Electric and ‘graduated’ from the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC. He founded the clean energy nonprofit Helpanswers.org. He earned his MBA from Loyola Chicago, and his BA from the University of Notre Dame.