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.
Stephen works with the Communities, Industry and Electricity practices at RMI. He is particularly interested in developing and advancing new business models that enable all parties to understand and capture the value of distributed resources, large-scale renewables, and energy efficiency. Since joining RMI in August 2013, Stephen has helped universities design a roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality, studied innovative business models and cost-reduction opportunities for distributed solar, and helped design and launch the Institute’s broader university programs.
Stephen comes to RMI from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he focused his attention on renewable energy and sustainability. As a vice-president of Tuck’s Net Impact Chapter and the Dartmouth Energy Collaborative, he organized company visits, educational discussions, and seminars to keep fellow students informed about new developments in the energy industry. In order to develop an understanding of renewable energy development, Stephen spent his summer at Apex Clean Energy in Charlottesville, VA. In addition, Stephen participated in the 2012 and 2013 Ross Renewable Energy Case Competitions, where his team was awarded 4th and 3rd place respectively.
Prior to attending graduate school, Stephen spent four years at an economic consulting firm, where his work focused on understanding and analyzing the financial impacts of corporate decisions. During this time, Stephen developed analytical, programming, and communication skills within a highly rigorous, academic environment. His project experience ranged across a number of industries, including mutual funds, financial services, pharmaceuticals and entertainment.
Master of Business Administration, The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Tuck Scholar, 2013
B.A. in Economics and Computer Science cum laude, Williams College, 2007
Sanjeev Addala is the Chief Digital Officer for GE Renewable Energy. He oversees the vital connection between the Digital and the Industrial, which lies at the heart of GE’s growth strategy. Sanjeev ensures that GE Renewable Energy implements appropriate end-to-end digital business strategies, SW portfolio offerings, investments, digital platforms, and commercial strategies to support growth.
Sanjeev has 25 years of experience in successfully formulating and executing strategies for business and technology, as well as a track record of developing and leading high-performing teams to innovate and grow their businesses. Sanjeev previously held several leadership positions in global companies such as Caterpillar, General Motors and Ford Motor Company. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member at appLariat and was previously a Member of the Board of the Midwest Association for Information Systems.
Sanjeev holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and masters’ degrees in Mechanical Engineering South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and in Information Systems Management and Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He also completed an Executive Leadership program at Duke University.
Norman C. Bay is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and Head of the Energy Regulatory and Enforcement Group in Washington. Mr. Bay advises clients on a range of energy market regulation issues, including those relating to policy, rates, terms, and conditions of service, and mergers and acquisitions. He also focuses on enforcement and compliance and infrastructure development in the energy sector. As a past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Mr. Bay has significant experience with all aspects of FERC’s jurisdiction over the U.S. wholesale natural gas and electricity markets, as well as natural gas and oil pipelines. As a former Director of Enforcement at FERC, he has a deep understanding of FERC’s enforcement jurisdiction and priorities, as well as the new anti-manipulation rules of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Mr. Bay’s white collar defense practice includes handling parallel investigations involving FERC or CFTC and DOJ.
Mr. Bluford has more than 30 years of professional marketing and business development experience and more than five years experience in the solar industry. He has successfully guided several firms from start-up to acquisition. Mr. Bluford is responsible for the strategic vision and development of EnergyBin LLC’s solar ecommerce platform and its membership. Prior to EnergyBin.com, he served as Sr. Vice President of Marketing & Sales of Sunora Energy Solutions, a solar EPC firm responsible for the implementation of more than 76 MW of solar projects from small distributed generation to large-scale utility projects. In addition to business development for Sunora’s EPC services, Mr. Bluford was responsible for creation and development of a new business unit and introduction of a new residential solar product.
Mr. Bluford has spearheaded and managed startup operations for several technology firms with vertical solutions spanning the energy, manufacturing, financial, medical and other industries. He has expertise in strategic business planning, partnership-relationship development and product positioning. He has also guided companies through the process of pre-acquisition and business development to successful acquisition. In addition, Mr. Bluford is experienced in post-acquisition operations. He has functional expertise in mobile marketing, social media, business intelligence, business process optimization and workflow, and financial, credit union and transaction-intensive industries.
He holds a B.S. in Marketing from Oklahoma State University and is a seasoned speaker. He has received several major industry awards for his outstanding efforts in business.
Mary Anne Brelinsky is President of EDF Energy Services, EDF Group’s customer platform for Retail Supply and Generation Optimization Services in North America. Mrs. Brelinsky has held positions in Trading, Origination, and currently serves as an Executive Committee Member for EDF Trading Limited.
Mrs. Brelinsky started her career with Exxon where she held several engineering and operations positions. Mary Anne later accepted a position with Dynegy where she managed power plants, developed bidding strategies, and traded spark spread positions for Dynegy’s generation assets.
Mrs. Brelinsky serves on the Board of Directors for Anahau Energy, Atlas Scholars, DK Energy, the Gulf Coast Power Association, the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School, the Advisory Council for Women’s Energy Network, and the University of Houston’s Energy Advisory Board. She has an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of Houston. Mary Anne lives in Houston with her husband and their three sons.
Allyson currently serves as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel for SRECTrade, an SREC transaction and management firm with more than 320 MW of solar assets under management. SRECTrade facilitates the brokerage of REC transactions and serves clients across the spectrum from competitive electricity suppliers to residential system owners. SRECTrade is one of the leading sources of information regarding SREC price trends and legislative updates, delivering insight and transparency to some of the fastest growing state markets in the solar industry.
At SRECTrade, Allyson monitors policy developments and legislative proceedings that impact the states’ SREC markets and overarching RPS programs. Her regulatory work serves to support the development of sustainable renewable energy policies, the adoption and strengthening of RPS programs, and the improvement of existing SREC programs through resilient economic design. In addition to serving as the firm's Director of Regulatory Affairs, Allyson is General Counsel for the firm and leads contract negotiations for REC transactions and ongoing contract management. Allyson also oversees a team of certification professionals who work closely with the state agencies, installer partners, and clients of SRECTrade to facilitate the SREC certification and registry process.
Prior to joining SRECTrade, Mrs. Browne served as a law clerk at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office for the Public Utilities team and as a Legislative Intern to San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell. Mrs. Browne earned her B.S. in International Business from the USC Marshall School of Business and USC’s sister College of International Studies in Madrid, Spain. Mrs. Browne received her J.D. from Golden Gate University in San Francisco with a focus on Environmental Law and studied European Union law abroad at the Université Paris X Nanterre in Paris, France.
Stephen J. Callahan is IBM’s Vice President of Global Strategy and Solutions for the Energy & Utilities industry and an IBM Industry Academy member. Over his 30 plus year career in industry management and in consulting he has led the development of business and technical strategy and implemented complex processes and systems spanning T&D and customer operations, finance, network and Smart Grid.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Callahan was for fifteen years a Partner for Coopers & Lybrand, PwC and IBM (via successive acquisitions) focused on electric utility restructuring and industry business and technology strategy. He has led numerous large complex process and system implementations. Steve was the lead partner for the implementation of the California ISO and the lead US partner for the IMO in the Provence of Ontario, Canada. He led the creation of the Utility e procurement consortium Pantellos. Mr. Callahan was a pioneer in the large-scale deployment of AMI technology. As Account Partner he led several large system integration projects for clients in the domains of real time T&D, financial, asset management/GIS and customer systems in California and Texas.
Prior to IBM, Mr. Callahan held various management positions over a span of fifteen years at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company in San Francisco in the areas of commercial and industrial energy management, telecommunications network planning, and financial systems. He held positions of Director of IT Strategy and Budget, Director of Network Planning and was the project manager for PG&E’s implementation of SAP.
Mr. Callahan holds degrees in both Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Auditor. He resides in San Francisco, California.
As a Vice President of MP2, Tim delivers effective Demand Response solutions for MP2 Clients and is continuing our expansion of this important segment of MP2’s business. Tim brings an impressive 20 years of experience in the energy field, which makes him uniquely qualified to develop a retail supply product with Demand Response. Tim is committed to providing products that focus on the clients’ needs and fundamentally change the way electricity is packaged and consumed while providing an excellent client experience.
Tim continues to serve as the Chairman of the ERCOT Demand Side Working Group, a position he has held for seven years. Tim was Vice-Chairman for three years prior to being elected Chairman. His service to ERCOT includes leading the development and implementation of many of the demand response opportunities available to Texas customers today.
Caroline Choi is the Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; analysis and development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and directing case management for key regulatory filings. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs. Choi has served on various non-profit boards and is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the National Forest Foundation and the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Lands. Choi has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.
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.
Keith Collins is the Executive Director of the Market Monitoring Unit at the Southwest Power Pool. His role is to independently lead the department in ensuring fair and competitive electricity market outcomes through monitoring market results and participant behavior, and assisting in the development of efficient market rules. Mr. Collins joined the Southwest Power Pool in 2017 and reports directly to the Board of Directors Oversight Committee. Prior to joining the Southwest Power Pool, Mr. Collins was the Manager of the Monitoring and Reporting group within California ISO’s Market Monitoring Department, worked for the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and began his career consulting for the New York Power Pool during its transition to the New York ISO. Mr. Collins earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Bowdoin College and his Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University.
Jon Creyts is a Managing Director at RMI, where he leads research and collaboration activities across all of RMI’s major practice areas, including transportation, electricity, industry, buildings, sustainable communities, and finance. He brings over 20 years of strategy, operations and design experience to resource issues at the interface of markets and technology. He is the founding Director of RMI’s China Program.
Jon is a recognized thought-leader on the business implications of climate change. Over the past decade he has worked with the leadership teams of dozens of leading global companies and institutions, and briefed officials and committees at the highest levels of international, federal and state government on practical solutions to the climate challenge, including the United Nations, the US Congress and the US President’s cabinet. He is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences.
Prior to joining RMI, Jon was a partner with McKinsey and Company for 11 years where he helped found McKinsey’s Sustainability Practice. He served clients extensively on issues related to operations, capital productivity, environmental management, and growth, focusing on the energy, industrial, and technology sectors. During his time at McKinsey, he co-authored the groundbreaking survey Reducing US Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost? which popularized the use of the cost curve as a means to convey the economics of reducing carbon emissions. He was also a principal author of that report’s sequel, Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy, which explored the barriers and solutions to unlocking energy efficiency’s potential at-scale.
Before McKinsey, Jon worked in both the power and aerospace industries. He is an alumnus of Lockheed Martin’s renowned Skunk Works design facility, and spent shorter stints as a power plant designer and engineer.
BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1992)
MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of California – Berkeley (1998)
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of California – Berkeley (2000)
Joram is a managing director in commodity sales, responsible for power and physical gas sales. He first joined Goldman Sachs in 2009 as a vice president and rejoined in 2015 as a managing director. Prior to rejoining the firm, Joram was head of North American Natural Gas and Power Origination at Noble Group. Before that, he worked for Credit Suisse, Allegheny Energy and Merrill Lynch. Joram earned a BA in Economics and an MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University in 1998 and 1999, respectively.
Kerinia Cusick has worked in renewable energy and energy storage since 2008. During that time, she developed renewable energy projects, lobbied on renewable energy legislation, participated in electricity regulation cases, developed strategies for state government procurements of renewable energy, and advised private clients on solar procurement (as well as go-to-market strategies). Kerinia also co-led a team responsible for developing and executing a two-year strategy to launch a world-wide solar company into energy storage. In that role, Kerinia led greenfield development of solar and storage projects in California, participated in M&A to procure operational assets, led storage financeability, and supported joint development of storage-only projects. Most recently, she co-founded Center for Renewable Integration, developing policy solutions to integrate renewables onto the grid without impacting reliability.
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.
Mr. Forth is a senior advisor to Oaktree’s GFI Energy Group. He helps the team anticipate growth opportunities in the power, utility and energy sectors, and invest its capital in leading companies, helping management teams to accelerate the growth of their businesses. Mr. Forth has spent his entire career in the energy industry. He began his career as a design engineer at Power Measurement, Inc., where he was responsible for pioneering research in the field of digital power metering and energy management systems. Mr. Forth remained at Power Measurement in various capacities for 18 years, the last nine as its CEO. In 2006, he joined GFI Energy Group as a partner. Mr. Forth was a former board member of Xantrex Technology and OpTerra Energy Group, and a former board chair of GT Solar Incorporated, Turbine Generator Maintenance, Cannon Technologies and GoodCents. He is currently a board member of Kirlin, one of the nation’s leading privately held mechanical construction companies, board chair of TenK Solar, a supplier of innovative photovoltaic products for commercial applications, and executive chairman of Array Technologies, Inc., a leading supplier of trackers for utility scale solar applications. Mr. Forth received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Victoria in Canada. He was winner of the 2002 Ernst and Young award for “Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year – Technology and Communications” and has been a member of Young Presidents’ Organization since 1998.
With over 20 years of experience spanning startups, private equity, research and operations, Ms. Francetic oversees Invenergy’s sourcing and integration of technology innovation and strategic investments that leverage its operating portfolio. Prior to Invenergy, Francetic served as co-founder and CEO of technology accelerator Clean Energy Trust where she oversaw a portfolio of dozens of early-stage investments across cleantech, which have raised over $100 million in follow-on capital. She also held roles at private equity firm MVC Capital and Stanford Research Institute. Previously, she was co-founder and CEO of a tech company that she sold to Lego Systems.
Francetic serves on Advisory Boards for the WISER Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University and the Museum of Science and Industry. In 2014, she was awarded the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award from the Executives’ Club of Chicago, and Leading Woman in Technology from the Illinois Technology Association. She has a BA from Stanford University.
Prajit Ghosh currently leads a team responsible for developing Wood Mackenzie's views of the North American power and renewables markets. He provides consulting and analytical services pertaining to regional market assessments, fundamental energy market analyses, wholesale and retail price forecasting and asset valuations for renewables and fossil fuels using production cost modelling software applications. Prajit joined Wood Mackenzie in 2006 where he has worked on North American and European gas, power & renewables markets. Before Woodmac, he worked at Constellation focused on US upstream and power markets and also worked with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce focusing on the Indian gas and power sector. He has worked across different aspects of industry fundamentals namely -- renewables technology, policy, and markets; transport and electric cars; load forecasting; supply; emissions’ markets, energy pricing, capacity markets, and asset valuation -- with a focus on linkages between these. He has also worked on various consulting and IRP projects. He has working experience with optimization models/languages like Aurora, GAMS, AIIMS, Python and statistical models like Stata and SPSS. Prajit holds a Masters degree in Energy and Mineral Resources from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Symbiosis College, India and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University, India. He is based in Wood Mackenzie's Houston office.
Todd Glass is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he leads a market-leading energy development and finance practice focused on the representation of energy companies, project developers, and investment banks in the energy sector in North America, Asia, and Europe.
Todd has extensive experience with the development, purchase, and sale of renewable and thermal generation projects; structuring, negotiation, and implementation of energy transactions and financings; and state and federal regulation of the energy industry. He served various enterprises as lead project counsel in the commercialization, project development, regulatory approvals, and financing of alternative energy projects and technologies, including solar, wind, fuel cells/energy storage, biomass, hydroelectric, natural gas, and clean coal. Notably, he has led some of the most significant energy deals in North America, including landmark projects, such as the 14.2 MW Nellis AFB Solar Project (the first utility scale solar PV project in the US), BrightSource Energy's power purchase agreements (totaling 900 MW) for its Ivanpah project (the world's largest solar thermal power plant), and Stem's 85MW energy-storage enabled distributed demand response agreement in Southern California (a first-of-a-kind utility scale energy storage transaction).
In addition, Todd represents utility-scale solar and other renewable energy clients in their power sales and renewable energy credit (REC) transactions, and advises energy technology companies on a variety of commercial matters, national and international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and venture and other equity and debt financings. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
As CEO of Groom Energy Solutions, Jon is responsible for strategy and overall operations. Prior to co-founding Groom Energy, Jon was a general partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV), a leading venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. At CRV, Jon was an active lead investor, board member or advisor for high profile software and service companies such as BeFree (acquired by ValueClick), eDocs (acquired by Siebel Systems), Vignette (VIGN), Virtusa (VRTU) and Xign Corporation (acquired by JP Morgan Chase).
Before CRV, Jon held senior management positions at Open Market, a start-up ecommerce software company that went public in 1996. Prior to joining the early Open Market team, Jon served in a variety of senior product marketing and sales management roles with both Hewlett Packard and J.P. Morgan.
Jon earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University, where he graduated with distinction. He is a co-founder and Board Member of Digital Lumens, an LED lighting company he co-founded in 2007. Jon is also a past member and committee chair of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering Board of Visitors as well as the Board of Visitors at The Museum of Sciences Boston.
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.
Cory Honeyman is the Associate Director of U.S. Solar at GTM Research with a focus on downstream demand in the US. He handles primary data collection and analysis for the SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight reports and covers U.S. utility and commercial project development. His prior internship experiences include work in corporate sustainability and carbon markets. Cory has a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and MS from Columbia University with a concentration in energy and sustainability.
Responsible for leading the development and execution of Microsoft’s global data center energy strategy. These data centers provide the foundational cloud infrastructure for Microsoft’s cloud services for consumers and businesses worldwide. Responsibilities include oversight of all energy strategy, renewable energy, distributed energy, and strategic partnerships to ensure a power supply that is reliable and sustainable. As Director of the Energy Strategy and Research team, he creates end-to-end strategies that will drive innovations in the next generation of Microsoft data centers, and supports efforts to establish energy market policies that will foster end-user innovation.
Zach Kahn is the Director of Government Relations for BYD Heavy Industries, a subsidiary of BYD – the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer – where he oversees the company’s North American government and public affairs efforts. In addition, Zach manages BYD’s business development efforts for the New York City Metro Area focusing on electric buses, trucks and forklifts, as well as BYD’s energy storage systems. Zach joined BYD in 2015 as a Regional Sales Manager at BYD Coach & Bus, working to bring zero emission battery electric buses to transit agencies, universities, and private operators in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West regions. Before joining BYD, Zach was the Vice President of Business Development at WAVE, a wireless charging technology provider based in Salt Lake City where he worked in a variety of commercial and operational roles.
Shayle Kann is Senior Advisor at GTM Research, now Wood Mackenzie. For the past 8.5 years he led 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.
Cesia Kearns is the Sierra Club's Deputy Western Director leading the Beyond Coal team in the Pacific Northwest, Montana, Utah, Alaska, Wyoming and Idaho. She oversees work to stop coal exports, expand rooftop solar access, reduce pollution and support communities transitioning away from coal. She has previously served as Co-Director of the Northwest regional Power Past Coal Coalition with over 115 partner organizations, and served on the steering committees for Alaskans for Energy Freedom, and the Stand Up to Oil coalitions. Cesia started with the Sierra Club in 2004 as a community organizer in Minnesota working to advance clean energy policies and stop new coal-fired power plants, including victories such as a state mercury emissions reduction standard, renewable electricity standard, and stopping the Big Stone II coal plant expansion. She came to Portland in 2009 to launch the Coal Free Northwest campaign which succeeded in securing early retirements for the last remaining coal-fired power plants in the Northwest. She has served as a trainer with the coal campaign strategy and community organizing teams for the Sierra Club in Australia and India, and is part of the Sierra Club’s Equity, Justice, and Inclusion support team. When she is not campaigning on coal to clean energy or social justice issues, Cesia enjoys outdoor adventures, traveling, tango dancing, and reveling in the arts.
Elta is a Grid Edge Analyst at GTM Research working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint PhD funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her PhD she researched demand response policies for the implementation of smart grids, and has presented her work at both U.S. and European conferences in addition to publishing in international scholarly journals. Elta holds an MSc in Economics and Management of Network Industries from Spain and France and a BA in Economics from Union College (NY).
Frances A. Koncilja was appointed to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission by Governor John Hickenlooper in January of 2016 and confirmed by the Colorado Senate in February with almost unanimous bipartisan approval. Her four-year term expires in January of 2020.
Frances, originally from Pueblo, has practiced law in the Denver area since 1972. She began her career with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, and later worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She entered private practice in 1978 and in 1993 founded the law firm Koncilja & Associates, which Frances closed as the result of her appointment to the PUC. For 23 years, the firm handled a broad range of commercial, civil and bankruptcy disputes in state and federal courts.
Throughout her career, Frances has dedicated herself to public service and the people of Colorado. Some of her notable appointments and affiliations have included:
- Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Founding Member
- Colorado Bar Association, President
- Colorado Lottery Commission, Chair and Board Member
- Colorado Economic Development Commission, Board Member
- Colorado Supreme Court & Court of Appeals Nominating Commission
- Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee
- American Bar Association, Standing Committee on the Judiciary
- Justice Center Task Force and Citizens for Safe Denver, Co-Chair
- Better Denver, Co-Chair
- Denver’s Infrastructure priorities Task Force, Member
- Denver Rustlers, Member and Lead Organizer
- State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners, Member
Frances earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado law school. Frances credits any of her successes to her Italian and Slavic blue-collar working class background and the work ethic she learned from her parents, grandparents, friends and family in Pueblo.
Karl graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his PhD in Materials Science researching advanced battery technologies. Prior to attaining his PhD, Karl worked at Southwest Research Institute where he started the Energy Storage System Evaluation and Safety (EssEs) consortium which performed testing, characterization, and research on large format lithium ion batteries for >10 kWh energy storage. The EssEs consortium had 12 industry members from 3 continents with a budget of more than $3mm. Before joining full time, Karl served as a subject matter expert advisor for the Energy group at ConsenSys. He is now the Director of Energy at ConsenSys and is a Cofounder of Grid+.
Jonathan started with Vision Ridge in 2015, bringing more than a decade of policy and management experience in the federal government to the team, first as a policy advisor to then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel and more recently as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Over the course of his career, Jonathan has consistently tackled issues at the intersection of policy, politics, and organizational challenges. He graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with a B.A. in Political Science.
At 7X Energy, Warren cultivates relationships with offtakers, strategic channel partners and investors to drive 7X’s growth in the utility-scale solar sector. He joined 7X from Pattern Energy Group, where he spearheaded renewable energy finance and corporate development. Previously, Warren was the Director of Utility-Scale Project Finance at SunEdison. He also held senior positions at SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners and Babcock & Brown. Warren holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. In addition, he played in the NHL for the Dallas Stars and the New York Islanders.
Clare is the founding consulting principal of the Power & Renewables practice shared between Wood Mackenzie and Greentech Media Research.
Clare's decade of energy sector experience spans solar, power markets, utilities and startups. Prior to joining WoodMac/GTM, Clare was the solar program director at MP2 Energy, the retail electricity provider that pioneered a synthetic net metering product to facilitate SolarCity's launch into ERCOT.
Clare has a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas at Austin, where she published research in utility valuation of distributed solar and community solar business models. During her graduate school tenure, she advised startups in the Austin Technology Incubator’s energy division, and was a member of American Electric Power’s distributed solar task force. She chaired the university’s annual energy conference and founded its university-wide energy club.
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.
Mr. Maselli is currently the Vice President of Development and Strategy at Vistra energy. The parent company of Luminant and TXU in Dallas Texas. In this role he supports the strategy, M&A and development of assets critical to the TXU and Luminant business model. He also provides overall direction for the companies remewable energy portfolio.
Prior to Vistra Energy, he was the Managing Director of Project Development for Con Ed Development. Con Ed Development is the 5th largest Solar owner operator in the US. In this role he has been involved in the renewable energy development of over 1 GW of project development and 400 MWs of wind power projects.
Mr. Maselli has also held key positions such as Vice President of Global Sales for Schneider Electric & Invensys , Sr. Vice President of Altran Solutions Corp., Vice President & Managing Director of HSB Engineering Finance Corporation (“EFC”), General Manager of United American Energy, and other various positions for Consolidated Edison of New York.
Mr. Maselli’s engineering experience includes solar, nuclear, mechanical, electrical, and structural. Mr. Maselli is a recognized engineering expert in the field of power generation and energy conversion.
He holds a BS in Marine Engineering with a concentration in Electrical Engineering from the State of New York State Maritime College. Mr. Maselli did his graduate studies at PACE University in New York, toward an MS in Utility Management. He has also completed the Executive Development Program directed by the Harvard Business School. Mr. Maselli is a registered Professional Engineer several states.
Thomas McAndrew started Enchanted Rock in 2006. Mr. McAndrew brings over 28 years of experience in energy asset management ranging from large, complex nuclear plants to small distributed generation. Mr. McAndrew’s introduction to energy was in engineering and operations on two US Navy nuclear power surface ships, the USS Eisenhower and USS South Carolina. He spent six years operating and maintaining nuclear propulsion plants and qualified as a Naval Nuclear Chief Engineer for the Nimitz Class aircraft carrier. After his time in the US Navy, McAndrew worked as a maintenance support engineer for the Southern Company at their Plant Farley nuclear power station. His grounding in reliability systems came from this time in the nuclear business, where the cost of loss of electricity to critical loads is extremely high. He then shifted to the financial side of energy, helping several energy merchants build highly profitable trade floors. At his last merchant energy company, Calpine, Mr. McAndrew also supervised the commercial startup of many new natural gas combined cycle power plants. He founded Progressive Power Solutions, a firm focused on developing onsite electrical generation to serve critical loads. Mr. McAndrew received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M, Masters Equivalent in Nuclear Power Operations from the US Navy and Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Conor is one of the original members of CohnReznick Capital’s practice and is based in the New York office. He focuses primarily on renewable energy M&A (project, portfolio and platform), corporate capital raising as well as structuring, negotiating and financing tax equity and debt investments.
Since joining in early 2011, Conor’s asset financing and M&A experience has included wind, residential, utility-scale & distributed solar, CSP and biomass transactions. Conor has also led buy-side and sell-side advisory for corporate acquisitions and operating assets. Conor has executed on over 8 GW of renewable energy projects.
Conor brings deep industry expertise to foster CRC’s clients’ growth over long term relationships. He has continuously advised clients such as Banco Santander, Canadian Solar, Capital Dynamics, sPower and Sunnova as well as other strategic, infrastructure and financial institutions.
Conor provides full end to end support for CRC’s clients. In 2013, Conor led CRC’s representation of Fir Tree in the acquisition of Silverado Power. Over the following 3 years, Conor advised sPower across nearly all of its’ financings and acquisitions to reach over 1.3 GW of assets and 10GW+ of pipeline. In early 2017, Conor led CRC’s representation of Fir Tree and sPower on the sale of the company to AES & AIMCo.
Prior to CohnReznick Capital, Conor was a member of the Renewable Energy Structured Finance Group at Evolution Markets, focusing primarily on Renewable Energy Credits and Bundled PPA’s. Prior to joining Evolution Markets, Conor worked in the Investment Team at EcoSecurities in New York, helping to manage one of the world’s largest carbon project portfolios.
Conor received his MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and his CFA charter in 2009. He received a BA from Providence College.
Cheryl Mele became ERCOT’s senior vice president and chief operating officer (COO) in January 2016. She oversees Grid Operations and Planning, Commercial Operations, and Governance, Risk and Compliance.
Prior to joining ERCOT, Ms. Mele served as deputy general manager and COO for Austin Energy, where she led its power operations, compliance and planning activities.
Ms. Mele brings 30 years of experience in the power industry to ERCOT. Her management and executive roles included both power generation and energy delivery before becoming COO at Austin Energy. Ms. Mele worked for General Electric as both an engineer and system programmer before joining Austin Energy in 1991.
A registered professional engineer in Texas, Ms. Mele has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and completed The Utility Executive Course at the University of Idaho.
While at Austin Energy, Ms. Mele served on the boards of the South Texas Nuclear Operating Company, the Texas Public Power Association and the RMEL, an electric industry education and networking trade group. She continues to serve as a board member and chair of the Austin Science Education Foundation, where she has been committed to preparing the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Philip Mihlmester serves as Executive Vice President, Global Energy, at ICF. In this capacity he oversees the firm’s global energy practice coordinating the efforts of over 1,500 energy professionals in the areas of electric power, petroleum, natural gas/LNG, climate change, demand side management, and infrastructure security.
Matt Miller leads the structuring and negotiation of project financings across the capital structure for Recurrent Energy. During his seven years with the company, Matt has negotiated transactions totaling more than $2 billion with counterparties including KKR, Google, NRG, Southern Power, Sempra Renewables, Prudential Capital Group, Nord LB, and Mizuho. Before joining the Project Finance team, Matt worked on Recurrent Energy’s Project Development team, where he successfully brought to operation 208 MW of projects.
Previously, Matt worked for Trina Solar’s business development group based in China, where he supported the company’s post-IPO public financing activities between 2006-2008. Matt holds a BA in English and History from Dartmouth College.
Andrew Mills is a Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Andrew conducts research on the integration of variable generation into the electric power system, evaluating the costs, benefits, and institutional needs of renewable energy transmission and other supporting infrastructure. Andrew has a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Charles Patton is executive vice president – External Affairs for AEP. He leads AEP’s customer services, communications, federal public policy and corporate sustainability initiatives.
Patton previously was president and chief operating officer of Appalachian Power, an operating utility of AEP serving approximately 1 million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.
In previous roles, Patton served AEP as executive vice president – AEP Utilities West and senior vice president – Regulatory and Public Policy. Prior to these roles, a significant amount of Patton’s career was in Texas where he served as president and chief operating officer of AEP Texas as well as in other executive positions. During his tenure in Texas, Patton was appointed by former Texas Gov. George Bush to serve on the Texas Energy Coordination Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Later, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Patton to the Texas Energy Planning Council, which was established to advise the governor on energy matters.
Most recently, Patton was appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to the governor’s Environmental Sustainability Committee and by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to chair the governor’s Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Patton was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s board of directors for a three-year term beginning in 2014. He also serves on the board of Sterling Construction, a large public engineering and construction company located in Houston.
Patton has served and chaired numerous professional and civic organizations in the communities in which he has lived. Most recently, he served on the boards of the University of Charleston, the West Virginia Education Alliance and the West Virginia Regional Technology Park. At AEP, he is an executive sponsor of the African-American Employee Resource Group (AAERG). Patton resides in Columbus, Ohio.
He is an undergraduate of Bowdoin College, located in Brunswick, Maine, and holds a graduate degree from The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Policy.
Ryan Prescott leads the market analytics and structuring team for Tradewind Energy. He is responsible for Tradewind’s long-term energy economic forecasts, energy price and congestion risk assessment, and creation of strategic investment plans for presentation to Tradewind’s board. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Truman State University and a Master’s in Finance from University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Steve is the Director of Consulting & Content Strategy. He previously led GTM Research's Grid Edge program, which includes chairing the annual Grid Edge Live conference, overseeing the Grid Edge Executive Council and developing research related to the changing regulatory and business models associated with the energy system of the future. Before GTM, Steve was a Manager at Ernst & Young counseling power and utility companies on business planning, program development and operational improvement initiatives. Prior to that, Steve spent multiple years at PG&E in a variety of customer engagement and program management roles ranging from the Smart Grid deployment to energy efficiency and demand side management initiatives. Steve holds an MBA from INSEAD and a B.A. in Economics from The George Washington University.
Matt Roberts serves as the Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association, overseeing operations and strategic initiatives for the industry’s trade association. Matt has over 12 years of experience in energy policy, communications and association management with a recognized expertise in renewables, distributed generation, and sustainable infrastructure. Prior to joining ESA, Matt oversaw policy and operations for a global energy trade association focused on reforming the transportation infrastructure and expanding the use of renewable fuels. Matt started his career as a House staffer and speech writer, and has consulted in the energy industry with organizations and companies focused on solar, wind and geothermal energy policy and deployment.
Mike has over 13 years of experience in the semiconductor and solar industries. His background includes over 10 years at Applied Materials working in the Semiconductor and Solar divisions and over 3 years working on leading CIGS technologies to commercialize products at MiaSole and NanoSolar. Currently, Mike serves as the Marketing Manager for SolarEdge North America.
Nick Sellers is senior vice president of business origination for Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company. Southern Power is America’s premier wholesale energy partner, meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives, investor- owned utilities and other energy customers with one of the fastest growing clean energy portfolios in the U.S. In this role, Nick is responsible for business origination with Southeast and national customers, as well as competitive intelligence. He was named to this position in 2017. Most recently, Sellers served as senior vice president of project development and construction for Southern Power, where he was responsible for generation development, siting, construction and state and local affairs. Beginning in 2016, he also served as vice president of external and regulatory affairs. Sellers began his career with Alabama Power in 2003, where he served in leadership assignments including vice president of regulatory and corporate affairs with responsibilities for pricing, rate design, policy and planning, federal affairs and corporate relations. He also served as vice president of corporate relations, leading federal and community relations, workforce development, and volunteer services. In addition, Sellers worked as the assistant to the president and CEO of Alabama Power after joining the company as the federal legislative relations director. Prior to joining Southern Company, Sellers worked for the Business Council of Alabama and as policy advisor and special assistant for economic development for the governor of Alabama. Sellers earned his undergraduate degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and a Juris Doctor from the Birmingham School of Law in 2008. He serves on the boards of directors of A.G. Gaston Enterprises, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Alabama Sports Council, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center, Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Foundation, St. Vincent’s Foundation and the Greater Birmingham Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the 2014 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. Sellers and his wife, Julie, are the parents of three children , Annie, Maria and Nicholas.
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.
Lenae is working at the nexus of technology, markets and policy. She is leading efforts with our demonstration partners to prove the benefits of clean technology innovations and is identifying trends and market opportunities that can be leveraged to accelerate the transformation of the electricity sector.
Alison Silverstein is a consultant, strategist and writer on electric transmission and reliability, energy efficiency, smart grid, renewable energy and technology adoption issues. She serves as project manager for the North American Synchrophasor Initiative (a collaboration between U.S. Department of Energy and the electric industry) and advises private and governmental clients on advanced technology, regulatory and other issues. Notable recent work includes organizing and writing DOE’s “baseload study” for Secretary Rick Perry, leading the independent expert panel whose report led to transformation of Bonneville Power Administration’s transmission planning process. She facilitated the Hawaii PUC’s Reliability Standards Working Group after contributing to the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative framework. Silverstein served as Senior Energy Policy Advisor to Chairman Pat Wood, III, at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from July 2001 through July 2004, co-chairing the Electric Systems Investigation for the US-Canada Joint Power System Outage Task Force and writing the reports on the 2003 Northeast blackout. She has also worked at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., ICF Inc., the Environmental Law Institute, and the U.S. Department of Interior. Silverstein serves on the Board of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the Board of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. She lives with her family near Austin, Texas.
Harry Singh is a Vice President in the US Power trading group at Goldman Sachs. Harry has extensive experience in power market design and renewable energy transactions. Harry’s recent focus includes work on corporate renewable procurement and he was a part of the core team that executed the firm’s first renewable PPA. He has participated in structuring and origination of commercial transactions in power and environmental markets including renewables, energy efficiency and other low carbon resources.
Prior to his current position, he was with RBS Sempra Commodities where he worked on structured renewable transactions under the California RPS. He also served as a Senior Advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and prior to that held various positions at PG&E.
He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently serves as Chairman of WSPP.
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.
Colin Smith is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research leading the U.S Utility PV Market Tracker where his research focuses on the developer landscape, economic and political market drivers, U.S. market trends, and utility solar forecasts. Prior to joining GTM, Colin worked with several companies in the PV sector specializing in sales, online marketing, and operations of small companies. He holds a B.Sc with Honours in Environmental Biology and Sustainability from Queen's University, ON.
Greg Thurnher is the Manager for Shell Energy’s Real-time Eastern Portfolio – which includes assets and/or speculative positions within MISO, SPP, ERCOT, SERC, IESO, NEISO, and NYISO markets. Over the past 17 years, Greg has held various positions in virtually every market segment of the Electric Utility Industry, including Regulated Utilities, Independent System Operators, Independent Power Producers, Competitive Electric Retailers, and Independent Power Marketers. Greg’s passion lies in efficient market design and operation, which he believes will continue to evolve with the proliferation of renewables and distributed generation. Greg holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as an MBA, from Tulane University. He also returns to his alma matter to moonlight as a professor in Tulane’s Masters of Energy Management program.
Scott A. Vogt, Vice President, Energy Acquisition, oversees electricity supply procurement, wholesale contract administration and settling the wholesale power market for the ComEd zone. Additional responsibilities include providing strategic and financial analyses to inform regulatory policy and long-term corporate strategy.
Brian Walker has over 15 years’ experience in manufacturing, materials, and energy. Currently he is a portfolio manager for strategic analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he oversees projects related to the industrial sector, global supply chains, and private sector investment. He has a Ph.D. from MIT and a B.A. from Cornell University.
Michael Wong is a Senior Originator with Avangrid Renewables responsible for commercial and industrial accounts in the PJM region. Prior to Avangrid, he was a Senior Director of Energy Marketing at E.ON Climate & Renewables managing renewable origination efforts in the Western and Southeastern U.S. Before focusing on renewables exclusively, Michael covered the Western gas and power markets for several companies including EDF Trading, Constellation and Shell Trading. Michael holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management.