Speakers
Allyson Browne
Director of Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel, SRECTrade

Allyson currently serves as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel for SRECTrade, an SREC transaction and management firm with more than 230 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.

Keith Collins
Manager, Monitoring & Reporting, California ISO

Mr. Keith Collins is the Manager of the Monitoring and Reporting group within the California ISO’s Department of Market Monitoring.  His responsibilities include development of the department’s annual, quarterly, semi-yearly and monthly reports, day-to-day monitoring of the ISO markets, commenting on natural gas and electric coordination matters, and overseeing the development of negotiated default energy bids.  Mr. Collins joined the ISO in May 2010.  Before the ISO, Mr. Collins worked for the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as the Branch Chief of the Electric Analysis group.  His responsibilities included managing the FERC’s analysis of electric markets under its jurisdiction throughout the country.  During his time at the FERC, he developed the Annual State of the Markets Report and assisted in the Summer Assessment, and led analyses that focused on the cost of new entry for electric generation and financial transmission rights.  Mr. Collins began his career working for the Law and Economics Consulting Group as a consultant for the New York Power Pool before and after to its transition to an ISO.  He spent most of his time analyzing market outcomes and providing input on market enhancements and design.  Mr. Collins earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Bowdoin College and his Master of Public Policy from George Mason University.  Mr. Collins lives in Roseville with his wife and three children.

Kerinia Cusick
Co-Founder & Partner, Center for Renewables Integration

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.

Amy Francetic
Senior Vice President, New Ventures & Corporate Affairs, Invenergy

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.

Todd Glass
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

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 tglass@wsgr.com.

Julia Hamm
President & CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Julia Hamm has more than 15 years of experience advising and collaborating with utilities, manufacturers and government agencies on renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies and programs.  The knowledge and experience she has gained as the President and CEO of SEPA since 2004 makes her one of the world’s foremost experts on the nexus between utilities and solar energy.  Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,000 member companies.  She has expertise on the business models and programs of utilities throughout the U.S., as well as utilities in Europe and Asia.  Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program.  Julia - a graduate of Cornell University - walks the talk, living in a PV powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia.

Brian Janous
Director of Energy Strategy, Microsoft

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.

Cesia Kearns
Deputy Western Director, Sierra Club

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.

Rao Konidena
Rao Konidena
Principal Advisor, Policy Studies, MISO
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.

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