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Del Allison
ViZn Energy Systems Inc.
Del Allison
VP World Wide Sales
ViZn Energy Systems Inc.
Del Allison is a senior executive with ViZn Energy (www.Viznenergy.com) with over 30 years of experience in microelectronics, telecommunications and cutting edge solutions for the renewable and energy storage sector. He has extensive domestic and international experience with major equipment OEM’s, EPC’s, developers, channel partners and Utilities in the energy space. Mr. Allison has spoken at domestic and international forums on technology and trends in renewable energy as well as the American Electronics Association financial conference. Mr. Allison has served on boards in the United States, Canada and China and was formally a Vice President and senior executive at Lucent Microelectronics and SolarBridge Technologies.
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Gavin Bade
Utility Dive
Gavin Bade
Associate Editor
Utility Dive
Gavin is associate editor of Utility Dive. Before that, he was the editor-in-chief of Georgetown’s alt-weekly newspaper, The Georgetown Voice, and worked for a number of media publishers, including The American Prospect, NPR, the New America Foundation, and WGVU. He has a BS in Culture and Politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
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Hala N. Ballouz PE, M.Sc
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.
Hala N. Ballouz PE, M.Sc
President
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.
Hala N. Ballouz, the President and Owner of Electric Power Engineers, with multiple offices in the U.S. and internationally, is a lead consultant in the Electric Power Industry since 1991. She is an international expert in integration of renewable energy and national expert in market studies for generation development. She has over 20 years of experience in transmission system analysis, substation and distribution system design, resource and grid feasibility studies, renewable energy, generation development, and distribution system planning and operations. Ms. Ballouz is also founding partner and Director of the Institute of Geotechnics and Materials, International IGM, s.a.r.l. She also currently serves as President of the Texas Renewables Energy Association (TREIA). Before practicing professional engineering consulting, she earned her Bachelor of Science (1989) and Master of Science (1991) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. An Aggie at heart, Ms. Ballouz learned to also love the City of Austin where she resides and currently is the proud owner of the old Backyard concert venue which hosted Willy Nelson and other legendary bands throughout the 1990’s. She has extensive experience in renewable energy integration, power market analysis, and design of wind, solar, biomass, as well as energy storage, with numerous significant publications in the power industry. Ms. Ballouz has also served as expert witness on resource adequacy and transmission grid reliability in California and provides same expertise in Texas. An accomplished and published industry writer and presenter, Mrs. Ballouz backs her work with certifications in substation engineering and design as well as wind energy and wind turbines. She is a registered Professional Engineer in several States and other countries. Ms. Ballouz also serves as a board member of several organizations including Association of Women in Energy (AWE), and the Wind Coalition.
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Kevin Bell
Imergy Power Systems
Kevin Bell
Director - US Sales
Imergy Power Systems
Kevin Bell Director of Sales Imergy Power Systems Kevin is the Director of Sales for Imergy Power Systems, a leader in stationary energy storage solutions located in Silicon Valley. He has more than 20 years of proven experience in project development and implementation focusing on energy storage, renewable energy, and public infrastructure projects. He is adept at managing multi-stakeholder development processes and negotiations, including integrators, utilities, and regulators. His previous experience includes years in energy efficiency performance contracting, fuel cells, photovoltaics, and other renewable combined heat and power technologies. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
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Mike Berlinski
Customized Energy Solutions
Mike Berlinski
Senior Consultant - Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solutions
Mike joined Customized Energy Solutions as a Senior Consultant in 2014. Mike assists clients with market intelligence, analysis, and consulting on energy storage and emerging technologies. He has experience in bringing new energy storage projects online, including developing operating strategies, and has assisted with the operational and financial management of projects. Previously, Mike was Manager of Regulatory Affairs at Beacon Power and was very active in promoting rules for energy storage. Prior to that, Mike supported Investment Strategy in GE Energy Financial Services and also held various energy consulting positions in the private and public sectors. Mike holds an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Wesleyan University.
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Chad Blevins
The Butler Firm
Chad Blevins
Senior Consultant
The Butler Firm
Chad Blevins, The Butler Firm
Chad serves as the chief financial analyst and ERCOT market analyst for the Butler Firm, where he provides regulatory support to many of the world's most successful solar development companies. Chad has experience building financial models for more than a billion dollars worth of PV projects, is an Air Force trained GIS specialist, is Co-Founder and CFO of Smart Power Maps (a geospatial cash flow modeling software as a service company), and he is Chairman of the ERCOT Emerging Technologies Working Group, where he has authored several ERCOT Nodal Protocol Revision Requests, each of which he has marshalled through to passage by the ERCOT Board of Directors. He has worked at a 35,000 acre coal mine, the Energy Resources Division of the General Land Office, a vertically-integrated grid-scale battery storage company, and at the Austin Technology Incubator. Mr. Blevins served as the President of the Energy Resources Group at the University of Texas while he was a graduate student in the Energy & Earth Resources masters program. Chad is an Air Force Honors Graduate and Distinguished Graduate, and is a Summa Cum Laude alumnus of Saint Edward’s University. He has Chaired the ERCOT Emerging Technologies Working Group since 2013.
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John Boesel
CALSTART
John Boesel
President and CEO
CALSTART
John Boesel is the President and CEO of CALSTART, a national organization with more than 150 member companies that is dedicated to the growth of the clean transportation technology industry. John joined the organization a Vice President and was promoted to his current position in 2001. Prior to joining CALSTART, John worked as a legislative aide in the California State Assembly as well as being a banker for Wells Fargo. John has an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University, a member of the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative, and a board member of the Clean Vehicle Foundation. Under John’s leadership at CALSTART, the organization has established itself as a leader of the clean transportation technology industry in California and natoinally. In 2007, CALSTART played a leadership role in sponsoring and supporting the passage of California Assembly Bill 118, a measure which generates nearly $200 million per year from various fees to support the development and deployment of a broad array of clean vehicles and fuels. While working to expand the industry in California, over the last decade CALSTART has also lead several key national initiatives, including efforts to advance the high-efficiency, clean commercial vehicle market. CALSTART presently has offices in California, Colorado, and Michigan and will soon be one in New York.
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Michael Breen
Siemens Inc.
Michael Breen
Energy Storage
Siemens Inc.
Active in Energy Storage for more than 10 years , including Co-Founder and CFO for Xtreme Power, CEO for GELI, and board member for two battery technology companies in Silicon Valley area. Recently started working for Siemens to help create an Energy Storage execution plan.

Experienced and skilled in Raising, Investing, Preserving and Optimizing the capital companies need to grow. Leveraging 25+ years as an executive and capital markets focused professional in Energy, Clean Tech and across an array of other industries.

With deep network within the Clean Energy Venture Capital Industry with broad knowledge of the market dynamics across the entire Clean Tech sector. Strong qualification in Finance. Member of several Boards for Non Profits, early stage companies and industry trade organizations. Discipline, Focused, Mature, Success Oriented. Prior to Xtreme Power, I was a middle-market Investment banker with scores of client-businesses, raising capital through IPO's, Private Equity and M&A transactions.
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Hugh Bromley
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Hugh Bromley
Senior Research Associate
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Hugh Bromley is a Senior Research Associate with Bloomberg New Energy Finance where he leads the firms’ analysis of distributed energy technologies, business models and financing vehicles. Hugh joined Bloomberg in New York in 2011, where he focused on US tax-equity financing models for small-scale PV. He later led Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s carbon and conventional power analysis in Sydney and has previously worked as an energy consultant specialising in smart-grid and distributed technology integration. Hugh holds a BE (Hons) in photovoltaic and solar energy engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
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Ed Burgess
Strategen Consulting
Ed Burgess
Manager
Strategen Consulting
Edward Burgess is a Manager in Strategen's Government and Utility Practice. Prior to joining Strategen, Ed worked as an independent consultant for Kris Mayes Law Firm and Schlegel & Associates where he served clients in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, including several Fortune 500 companies, major project developers, trade associations, utilities, government agencies, and foundations. His analysis has helped to shape state regulations and policies related to energy portfolio standards, distributed generation, and transmission planning. In addition to his consulting work, Ed also played a lead role in two major initiatives at Arizona State University: the Utility of the Future Center and the Energy Policy Innovation Council where he conducted research and policy analysis for the Governor's Office of Energy Policy, the Department of Environmental Quality, and other major stakeholders in Arizona. Ed began his career working on environmental policy at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York. He earned his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Princeton University and two degrees from Arizona State University - Master of Science (M.S.) in Sustainability and Professional Science Master (P.S.M.) of Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization.
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Jason Burwen
Energy Storage Association
Jason Burwen
Policy & Advocacy Director
Energy Storage Association
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Douglass L. Campbell
DC Systems
Douglass L. Campbell
President and CEO
DC Systems
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John Carrington
Stem, Inc.
John Carrington
CEO
Stem, Inc.
John Carrington, CEO and Director, has a distinguished track record with over 25 years of proven leadership in technology, energy and industrial companies. John comes to Stem from thin film solar company MiaSole, the largest CIGS-based solar company globally with over $550 million of investment, where he was Chief Executive Officer. John executed on the sale of Miasole to Hanergy in December 2012. Prior to MiaSole, John was Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at First Solar where he grew the company revenue from $400 million to $2 billion, opening markets in the US, Asia and Europe. John also spent over 16 years at General Electric, most recently as General Manager and Chief Marketing Officer of the $7 billion GE Plastics global organization where he led global innovation, new technology efforts and product strategy for over 30,000 customers. John was part of a small executive team that executed on the $12 billion sale of GE Plastics to SABIC in 2007. While at GE, John led innovation efforts in the healthcare, electronics, business equipment, transportation and aviation, solar, wind, defense, telecommunications, security and media sectors. He is an alumnus of the University of Colorado.
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H.G. Chissell
GridMarket
H.G. Chissell
Chief Commercial Officer, CoFounder
GridMarket
H.G. Chissell is Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of GridMarket, accountable for the organization’s integrated commercial success in conjunction with property owners, solution providers, utilities and key stakeholders. H.G. Chissell is responsible for strategic direction and execution with regard to all commercial functions including sales, marketing, partnerships, business development and customer experience. 


Prior to GridMarket, H.G. Chissell was Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts for Viridity Energy, a software/service firm focused on virtual power generation and advanced energy optimization. Mr. Chissell was with Viridity Energy from its beginning in 2009, leading the company’s growth in MWs under management and regional expansion throughout PJM and NYISO across all verticals. Key accomplishments include the first behind-the-meter frequency regulation battery project in PJM, first 1 MW behind-the-meter battery project in Chicago, first full spectrum DR battery project in New York City and multi-site EV2Grid project with the Pentagon in PJM and ERCOT.

Mr. Chissell graduated from Swarthmore College, studied architecture at Drexel University and received his accreditation as a LEED AP. Mr. Chissell began his commercial career at RDLA, a healthcare architecture firm in Philadelphia. H.G. Chissell is the Founder of the Chicago Advanced Energy Stakeholders Series and Advisory Board member for the Energy Storage Association and lead facilitator for the ConEdison Energy Storage Working Group. In 2014, Mr. Chissell received the Federal Energy and Water Management Award for his work with Fort Meade and American Water.
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Cedric Christensen
Strategen Consulting
Cedric Christensen
Director – Origination and Portfolio Design
Strategen Consulting
Cedric Christensen is a Director in Strategen’s Government and Public Sector practice. He manages projects with the U.S. Department of Energy and State Energy Agencies, including the DOE Global Energy Storage Database - the wikipedia of Energy Storage (goo.gl/xAbvxG). He leads policy and value proposition work on demand side management and serves a range of clients including renewable energy equipment manufacturers, developers, and service providers as well as corporations diversifying into clean energy. Cedric led CESA’s expansion in the midst of AB2514 implementation – the Energy Storage Assembly Bill. Since he joined the organization, he has worked on a number of strategic market development initiatives with key regulatory agencies (CPUC, CEC, CAISO, and the CA Governor’s Office). His work includes launching Energy Storage North America, the largest Energy Storage Conference in North America. Prior to CESA, he was General Manager for Agrion - a global network of Fortune 500 companies focused on Energy and Sustainability. Former United Nations Strategy Consultant with extensive international experience including managing sustainability and renewable energy projects with UNDP in Ecuador, the Global Environmental Fund and Ubifrance, French embassy trade office. Cedric received his Master's Degree in Policy & International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris.
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Frances Cleveland
MESA Standards Alliance
Frances Cleveland
Technical Consultant
MESA Standards Alliance
Ms. Frances Cleveland is President of Xanthus Consulting International, consulting on Smart Grid projects. Her expertise has focused primarily on Smart Grid information interoperability standards, cyber security, resilience, and integration of systems, including distributed energy resources (DER), energy storage (ESS), electric vehicles, distribution automation, SCADA systems, and energy market operations.
In California, she leads the Smart Inverter Working Group (SIWG), developing recommendations for DER smart inverter functions to update the CPUC’s Rule 21, including 40+ smart DER functions and their communications requirements. She is also leading the MESA Alliance Technical Working Group on communication specifications for energy storage systems. She is also participating in California’s Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) discussions for incorporating DER into utility planning.
In the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), she is convenor of IEC TC57 WG15 for IEC 62351 cybersecurity standards and is editor for WG17 of IEC 61850-7-420 information standards for DER. In the IEEE she is participating in the updating of IEEE 1547 on the interconnection of DER systems.
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Jacqueline M. DeRosa
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
Jacqueline M. DeRosa
Director of Emerging Technologies - US
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
Jacqueline DeRosa is the Director of Emerging Technologies - US for Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd. (CES). She works with clients that are integrating emerging technologies into the wholesale and retail energy markets. Jacquie is an expert in issues impacting the storage community including changes in the resource adequacy construct, demand response, interconnection requirements, energy and ancillary service market design, renewable integration, and data acquisition technologies. She has also advised clients on the complex issues impacting behind the meter storage and micro-grids, including the rule changes needed for participation at the wholesale level. She is a frequent speaker on cutting edge subjects impacting the storage industry at both domestic and international venues. Jacquie has also served as an peer evaluator for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) smart grid and storage projects. Jacquie has over twenty five years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining Customized Energy Solutions in 2007, she worked directly for the California ISO in the areas of policy, market design, and account management. Jacquie’s experience also includes work in the international arena on energy sector regulatory reform and restructuring matters for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She has also worked in project development for an independent power producer, and she began her career at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Jacquie has a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.
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Tim Derrick
SunEdison
Tim Derrick
General Manager, SunEdison Advanced Solutions
SunEdison
Tim leads the Advanced Solutions team at SunEdison where he leads the deployment of energy storage solutions and technologies complementary to solar and wind. Tim joined SunEdison in 2011 following the acquisition of his company Axio Power, where he was CEO and co-founder, a utility-scale project development company which delivered over 150 MW of solar PV projects in the US and Canada. Prior to leading Energy Storage at Advanced Solutions, Tim served as General Manager of SunEdison’s North American solar business and as Vice President of Global Services. Tim has 14 years of experience in wind and solar, serving in project development roles at Enron Wind, General Electric, and 3 Phases Energy. Tim holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and lives in Marin County, California.
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Jennifer Didlo
AES Southland
Jennifer Didlo
President
AES Southland
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Paul Douglas
AerisWeather
Paul Douglas
President, Senior Meteorologist
AerisWeather
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Kirk Drees
Johnson Controls
Kirk Drees
Director Energy Services, Research & Modeling
Johnson Controls
Kirk Drees is Director Energy Services, Research & Modeling for the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls. He holds 25 US patents and has 35 years of experience spanning research, advanced development and productization focused on delivering high customer value solutions into the commercial marketplace. He currently manages research and advanced development teams responsible for developing and demonstrating novel optimization and predictive optimal control technologies.

Kirk has also managed and served as an individual contributor in analytic development and productization of several other technologies including: automated fault detection & diagnostics, measurement & verification, and predictive optimal control solutions.
Kirk is a registered professional engineer with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Iowa State University and Purdue University.
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Joe Eberhardt
EDF Renewable Energy
Joe Eberhardt
Director, Hydropower - West
EDF Renewable Energy
JOE EBERHARDT, EDF RENEWABLE ENERGY Joe is the EDF Renewable Energy Director of Hydropower for the West Region in Portland, OR, and leads development of the proposed pumped storage hydropower Swan Lake North project near the Oregon-California border. EDF-RE is expanding into storage as a means to support renewable energy development. The Swan Lake North project is the one of the most advanced PSH projects in the West, featuring a closed loop system filled by private groundwater rights with minimal environmental impact and maximum flexibility. Joe has a 12 year background with PGE, the largest Oregon utility. His experiences range from trading & structuring transactions to utility procurement to renewable energy project development. He has two master’s degrees, one in economics and one in resource planning, and utilizes a cross discipline approach to developing pumped storage hydropower.
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Chris Edgette
Strategen Consulting
Chris Edgette
Senior Advisor
Strategen Consulting
Chris Edgette has over a decade of experience in renewable energy strategy, policy, product development, and construction. For the last several years, Chris has specialized in grid storage market policy, application, and detailed value proposition analysis. Chris started his career in the clean energy industry in 2002 at PowerLight, then world’s largest photovoltaic system integrator. After the acquisition of PowerLight by SunPower, Chris became the first supervisor of SunPower’s global construction management group. In all, Chris directly managed or oversaw 25 MW of installations worldwide and participated in development of two rooftop PV systems and the SunPower tracker. Chris then served as Director of Commercial Projects at SolarCity, which is currently the largest U.S. solar system integrator. He founded SolarCity’s commercial projects division and developed processes and products for SolarCity installers nationwide. Now a Senior Director at Strategen Consulting, Chris works on behalf of the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), where he has been active across diverse California regulatory proceedings. He has been a key stakeholder at the California Independent System Operator and the California Public Utilities Commission. He was a key participant in the implementation of the Energy Storage Rulemaking, which was the first U.S. legislation specifically directed at grid storage.
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Robert H. Edwards JD/MBA
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Robert H. Edwards JD/MBA
Partner and Co-Head Energy, Project Finance & Clean Technologies Practice
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Rob Edwards is a Partner and Co-Head of the Energy, Project Finance & Clean Technologies Practice at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Rob collaborates with attorneys across the Firm to bring innovative structuring and financing solutions to technology, developer and finance companies operating across the clean energy and traditional energy sectors. Rob is a recognized leader and domain expert in energy storage. In 2015 Rob was selected as one of 20 clean energy professionals nation wide to participate in the National Renewable Energy Lab's EnergyExecs Program. Rob has served as the Chairman of the Energy Storage North America Confernce for the last two years. Rob counsels developers, technology companies, financiers, private equity and utilities involved in deploying energy storage systems. Prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend, Rob was a banker with the JP Morgan Global Commodities Group in NYC. Rob worked with clients in structuring financial and physical hedges in the power, oil and natural gas sectors and on structuring project financed deals. He advised the GCG Senior Management Team on energy policy developments in Washington, DC and how the same would impact U.S. and global commodities markets. Prior to joining JP Morgan, Rob served as the Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, a senior Presidential appointee from 2009-2011. During this time, Rob was one of the leaders at the DOE responsible for the deployment of more than $35 billion in Recovery Funds into the clean energy sector. Prior to his government service Rob practiced as a Partner on the Global Projects Team of two AM Law 100 firms where he advised IPP developers and utilities on a wide variety fo energy projects including inside the fence projects, M&A deals for power generating facilities and electric sector restructuring in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.
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Simon Ellgas
BMW of North America
Simon Ellgas
Senior Engineer Sustainable Mobility
BMW of North America
Simon Ellgas is a Senior Engineer for Sustainable Mobility with BMW Group USA. In this role, he is leading the BMW i ChargeForward pilot program, aiming to lever the value of electric vehicles’ smart integration into the electricity grid as well as the value of EV battery 2nd life applications. Before joining the BMW Technology Office USA in Mountain View, CA, in 2013, Simon worked for BMW Germany as a R&D engineer. In this role, he was part of the BMW i3 and i8 development team. Simon has a background in Physics and finished his Ph.D. about cryogenic hydrogen combustion in 2007.
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Mike Ferry
Center for Sustainable Energy
Mike Ferry
Senior Manager
Center for Sustainable Energy
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Brad Fiebig
Lockheed Martin Energy Solutions
Brad Fiebig
Business Development and Product Manager, Advanced Energy Storage
Lockheed Martin Energy Solutions
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Garrett Fitzgerald
Rocky Mountain Institute
Garrett Fitzgerald
Senior Associate
Rocky Mountain Institute
Dr. Garrett Fitzgerald is an associate at Rocky Mountain Institute working on distribution scale dispatch modeling as well as balance of system work for behind-the-meter distributed energy storage. Garreett studied Mechanical engineering at Santa Clara University with a focus on sustainable energy engineering. At SCU he participated in the DOE sponsored solar decathlon, designing and building a stand alone solar home. Garrett completed his M.S. and Ph.D in Earth Resource Engineering at Columbia University, studying a novel method of producing natural gas while sequestering carbon dioxide in the arctic permafrost regions. During his doctoral work he co-founded Solar Journey USA, an education and outreach project focused on demonstrating the potential of PV and EV integration. The portable PV power station was then used for relief efforts during the months following hurricane Sandy in NYC and finally the system was disturbed to NYC schools as educational kits in collaboration with the WWF.
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Audrey Fogarty
Younicos
Audrey Fogarty
Vice President Product Management
Younicos
Audrey Fogarty is Vice President of Product Management & Marketing at Younicos, a leading battery storage systems integrator. In her role Ms. Fogarty ensures that best-fit energy storage solutions are deployed for grid operators, wholesale market participants and energy end-users. Ms. Fogarty has been active in the storage industry since 2011, working with stakeholders in markets throughout the US as well as emerging storage markets in Europe. Prior to entering the storage industry, Ms. Fogarty spent ten years working in renewable energy markets in Europe and the US, serving as Vice President of Energy Dispatch at E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, LLC and Trading Development Manager at the Irish renewable energy utility, Airtricity . Ms.Fogarty holds a BA degree in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, a MSc degree in Financial Mathematics from DCU, Ireland and received her MBA from INSEAD, France.
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Kevin Fok
LG Chem
Kevin Fok
Senior Project Manager
LG Chem
Kevin Fok, Senior Project Manager, leads the LG Chem project management and execution in North America for electric grid energy storage ranging from residential systems up through large, utility-scale systems. He is responsible for end-to-end project management, which includes onsite project execution, installation, commissioning, field deployment, and ongoing deployment support. He was integral in the founding efforts to develop and grow the energy storage business at LG Chem and led sales and business development efforts in the US in both securing and managing several projects with major utility customers, including a large 8 MW/32 MWh turnkey project, a residential energy storage project, and other projects with key customers. He has over 19 years of sales, business development, marketing, engineering, and project management experience in renewable and alternative energy, including lithium-ion batteries, solar photovoltaics (PV), nickel-metal hydride batteries, fuel cells, and hydrogen storage. His customers have included the military, state governments, systems integrators, and utilities. Mr. Fok has presented at numerous conferences, moderated and served on several conference panels, and organized trade show exhibits. Mr. Fok has authored and co-authored numerous publications, including a magazine feature cover story. He has been acknowledged and cited in several technical publications and textbooks. Mr. Fok is a co-inventor of 13 U.S. patents. He has Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Spencer Gerber
Olivine Inc.
Spencer Gerber
Senior Consultant
Olivine Inc.
Spence Gerber is an expert in wholesale market operations and demand response. Spence brings considerable experience to Olivine with over 25 years in the electric utility industry ranging from retail customer accounts to system operations and wholesale trading. At Olivine, Spence uses these experiences leading consulting projects, influencing strategy, and leading other corporate initiatives.

Early in Spence’s career, he progressed through a variety of positions at Portland General Electric in Portland, Oregon before joining the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) in 1997. In addition to establishing the interchange scheduling group during CAISO start-up, he also held the roles of Director of Settlements and MRTU Program Director. He then worked at APX from 2006 to 2010 serving as MRTU Readiness Project Manager and as a management consultant on various APX client engagements including system operations, demand response and energy efficiency projects.
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Tad Glauthier
Stem, Inc.
Tad Glauthier
Vice President of Customer Development and Operations
Stem, Inc.
As VP of Hawaii Operations, Tad is responsible for executing on Stem’s customer and utility-facing market development activities in Hawaii including Business Development, Marketing, Regulatory Affairs and Utility Relations. Prior to joining Stem, Tad worked at the Boston Consulting Group, where he specialized in growth strategies for Fortune 500 Companies. Tad graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in English from Stanford University and received his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
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Devi Glick
Rocky Mountain Institute
Devi Glick
Senior Associate
Rocky Mountain Institute
Devi Glick is a Senior Associate in the Electricity Practice of the Rocky Mountain Institute. In the Electricity Practice, Devi splits her time between the Electricity Platform Program, where she works to develop new pricing structures and business models to transition the U.S. electricity sector towards a highly distributed and renewable energy future, and the Renewables Solutions Program, where she works with Solar PV, Battery Storage, and other distributed energy technologies to increase their integration with the grid.

Devi works closely with electric utilities, solar developers, regulators, and other electricity sector players, and has co-authored two papers, that seek to better understand and effectively communicate the real benefits and costs of distributed energy resources as part of the electricity system. The first, The Benefits and Costs of Distributed PV was published in 2013 and lays out the categories and services of value that can be provided by, and are required for, distributed PV. The most recent, Rate Design for the Distribution Edge, picks up where the PV study left off in offering a framework and path for incorporating more accurate valuation into electricity pricing and rate design more broadly.

Devi holds a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College.
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Vipul Gore
Gridscape Solutions
Vipul Gore
President and CEO
Gridscape Solutions
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Ryan Hanley
SolarCity
Ryan Hanley
Senior Director of Grid Engineering Solutions
SolarCity
Ryan Hanley is the Senior Director of Grid Engineering Solutions at SolarCity. He leads SolarCity’s efforts to leverage distributed energy resources – including residential and commercial solar, batteries, load management systems, smart inverters and microgrids – to benefit the electric grid and its customers. Ryan and his team work collaboratively with utilities, regulators, vendors, national research laboratories and other industry stakeholders to leverage distributed energy resources to tackle some of the most challenging topics in grid design and operations. Ryan oversees SolarCity’s Power Systems Engineering, Advanced Grid Product Management, and Market Integration teams. Prior to SolarCity, Ryan managed the Pacific Gas & Electric’s emerging technology and smart grid portfolio for electric distribution where he directed $80M in pilot and demonstration projects. Ryan holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, an MS in Civil Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
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Mark Hardin
NEC Energy Solutions
Mark Hardin
Senior Sales Engineer
NEC Energy Solutions
Mark Hardin (BSME, MBA) has been working in the grid scale energy storage industry for over six years since joining Xtreme Power (now Younicos) in the spring of 2009. After spending five years in various marketing and business development roles with Xtreme Power/Younicos, Mark joined NEC Energy Solutions as a Senior Sales Engineer in October of 2014 where he helps evaluate market opportunities for storage, works with engineering and product development to help define storage system market requirements, and interfaces with the sales organization to communicate product capabilities and value to customers. His roles, experience, and blend of technical and commercial degrees have allowed Mark to gain an in depth understanding on a wide range of topics in the energy storage industry. Mark has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Eli Harland
California Energy Commission
Eli Harland
Associate Energy Specialist
California Energy Commission
Eli Harland is an Electric Generation System Specialist in the Energy Research and Development Division at the California Energy Commission. Eli implements the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) and focusses on energy system and renewable energy integration research with an emphasis on research initiatives that contribute to the commercialization of energy storage technologies and microgrid systems. Prior to working on RD&D activities, Eli served as an advisor to Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas and supported the Commissioner with power plant licensing decisions and with developing the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Eli earned a Master of Science in Urban Land Development from Sacramento State University.
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Rob Harvey
Hydrogenics
Rob Harvey
Director of Energy Storage
Hydrogenics
Rob Harvey is the Director of Energy Storage at Hydrogenics. In this role he works closely with utilities, regulators and associations to identify market opportunities and refine the business case for Power-to-Gas. A former Principal with PHB Hagler Bailly and energy consultant with Oliver Wyman, Rob has worked with several leading North American electric utilities, as well as startup biogas and waste-to-energy ventures, in the areas of strategic analysis and business planning. Rob graduated from the University of Waterloo in Systems Design Engineering and has a MBA from Regent University in Virginia. He serves on the Board of Energy Storage Ontario.
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Pat Hayes
ABB Inc
Pat Hayes
Business Development Manager Energy Storage Solutions
ABB Inc
Pat Hayes is Business Development for Energy Storage Systems at ABB in North & South America. His experience includes more than 20 years of account management, project and technical consulting for the power industry. He has authored and presented technical presentations at many industry events such as IEEE, CIGRE, Minnesota Power Systems Conference, CEATI International and ABB Automation & Power World. He has taught metering classes at the Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and is an active IEEE member. Pat has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota.
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Joseph Heinzmann
General Electric
Joseph Heinzmann
Global Sales Engineer – Energy Storage Global Grid Connect
General Electric
Joe Heinzmann is the global sales engineer for General Electric’s energy storage business.
In this role he is responsible for developing cost effective technical solutions for GE’s customers around the world in a manner that maximizes the sustainability, economics and efficiency of the power grid. Heinzmann has led directly to the placement of battery systems around the world to support customer value and grid stability in energy management and renewable integration applications. He holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the California Maritime Academy.
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Tim Hennessy
Imergy Power Systems
Tim Hennessy
President and Chief Operating Officer
Imergy Power Systems
TIMOTHY HENNESSY President and Chief Operating Officer Tim has over 25 years experience in the power industry, working in Africa, Europe, the USA and China. Over the last ten years he has been at the forefront of Energy Storage including in 2008, having developed the extension in the law to include energy storage for the California Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). He was President of Prudent Energy Inc. from 2009 until 2013. Tim pioneered megawatt scale, behind the meter energy storage in California using tax structured entities in 2011. Prior to Prudent Energy, he was CEO of VRB Power Systems Inc. which commercialized the VRB® technology. He has held several other positions in the energy field including Managing Director European Operations of LECTRIX (a Bechtel: AEP: Siemens JV), Vice President of PacifiCorp Energy Services, Quality of Supply Manager for ESKOM in South Africa and was a founder and Principal of Power Quality Technology. A published author and editor, Tim has published over 25 papers as well as editing of the Power Quality Blue Book. He has served on the boards of several public companies and holds a Master of Science & Engineering and a MDP. He is a registered professional engineer and holds 65 international patents.
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Mark Higgins
Strategen Consulting, LLC
Mark Higgins
Vice President and COO
Strategen Consulting, LLC
Mark Higgins brings deep wholesale energy market experience to Strategen. Mark’s career in the energy industry has focused on renewables project development and utility regulatory strategy. Mark most recently served as Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s lead on electric transmission policy work at the CAISO, where he worked on formulating PG&E policy on energy storage, demand response, generator interconnection and transmission planning issues. Prior to PG&E, Mark was Director, Utility West at SunEdison (by way of its acquisition of FRV and MMA Renewable Ventures). His responsibilities included management of California utility scale project development strategy and execution. Mark’s portfolio of projects included more than 1 GW of pipeline including SunEdison’s largest development asset, for which he secured 132 MW of PPAs with California utilities. Mark also served as Vice President of Finance of Hu Honua Bioenergy, a 22 MW biomass power redevelopment project in Hawaii with an $85 MM development and construction budget. Mark also has a strong private equity, venture capital and investment banking background, including placing over $125 million in equity for publicly traded companies while at Roth Capital Partners, and serving as the founding Associate at Finistere Partners, where he managed the launch of a $70 million Pacific-rim focused venture fund investing in the agricultural biotech and medical devices sectors. Mark has also worked for the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service in Auckland, New Zealand, and as a systems analyst at Deloitte Consulting's Chicago office. Mark holds a Master of Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts in government from the University of Notre Dame.
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Cody Hill
LS Power Development
Cody Hill
Manager, Energy Storage Systems
LS Power Development
Cody Hill is the Manager of Energy Storage Systems development at LS Power , an independent power company that develops, owns, operates, and invests in power generation and electric transmission infrastructure throughout the United States. Since its inception in 1990, LS Power has developed, constructed, managed or acquired more than 31,000 MW of competitive power generation and 470 miles of transmission infrastructure, and has raised over $29 billion in debt and equity financing. Prior to joining LS Power, Cody was with Xtreme Power from 2010-2014, an Austin Texas based start-up that designed, built, and operated over 70 MW of grid-connected battery energy storage systems. He holds a MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
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Lon Huber
Strategen Consulting, LLC
Lon Huber
Director
Strategen Consulting, LLC
Lon Huber is a Director in Strategen’s Government and Utility Practice. Prior to joining Strategen, Lon worked for the ratepayer advocate office in Arizona where he was the staff lead on key issues facing the electric utilities in the state. In this position he shaped high profile decisions around net metering, resource procurement, and distributed generation. Lon got his start in the policy field at a University of Arizona based energy research institute. Subsequently, he worked in the private sector for several years in positions related to energy policy and economic development. His experience spans leading project finance for a solar integrator to managing regional policy efforts for a large solar panel manufacturer. Due to his efforts in the community, Mr. Huber received a congressional recognition award for his work in educating citizens about solar energy. During this time, he was also recognized as an Arizona Daily Star “40 under 40” winner for leadership, community impact, and professional accomplishment. Lon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and Management and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Arizona
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Eugene Hunt
Trevi Communications, Inc.
Eugene Hunt
Principal and Co-Founder
Trevi Communications, Inc.
Gene Hunt is Principal and Co-founder of Trevi Communications, a specialty marketing communications and PR firm focused on advancing emerging technologies and related professional services. A marketing communications strategist and writer with more than 30 years of experience, Gene works with new and established technology companies and innovators. With particular expertise in the energy storage and renewable energy sectors, he combines a passion for sustainable solutions with journalistic insight to craft effective and compelling communications. Early in his career, Gene held communications management positions in both the U.S. and Europe for global B2B firms including Agfa-Gevaert, Bayer AG, Tyco Electronics, Raytheon and others. Since 2002, he has focused on energy storage and renewable energy, directing communications strategy and programs for clients covering a range of technologies including advanced batteries, flywheels, compressed air, power electronics and inverters. Gene is on the Advisory Boards of the California Energy Storage Alliance, Global Energy Storage Alliance, and Energy Storage North America. He holds a B.A. in communications from Suffolk University and speaks three languages.
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Mike Jacobs
Union of Concerned Scientists
Mike Jacobs
Markets Lead
Union of Concerned Scientists
Mike Jacobs is the lead on Electricity Markets and Regulatory efforts in the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) headquartered in Cambridge. He develops UCS policy to shape federal, regional and state electricity markets, regulation and policies to encourage demand-side and renewable energy resources in electricity markets and transmission planning. He has been directly involved in the interconnection of several hundred megawatts of wind and solar generation plants, as well as two battery storage facilities in Hawaii. Prior to coming to UCS, Mr. Jacobs worked as the markets and policy director at a number of renewable energy and energy storage companies, and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). While with AWEA, he led settlement efforts at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to streamline generator interconnection rules for wind and small distributed generation. Most recently, Mr. Jacobs was part of the Electricity Storage Association Advocacy Council. Prior to this work, Mr. Jacobs was liaison from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to FERC. Mr. Jacobs began his career on the staff of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. He has served on the boards of SolarGridStorage, Wind on the Wires, the Wind Coalition, Interwest Energy Alliance, Vineyard Power Co-operative and the Northern Maine Independent System Administrator.
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Mateo Jaramillo
Tesla Motors
Mateo Jaramillo
Director of Powertrain Business Development
Tesla Motors
Mateo Jaramillo Director of Powertrain Business Development Tesla Motors As Director of Powertrain Business Development at Tesla Motors, Mateo Jaramillo leads the efforts to commercialize and deploy the company's all electric powertrain products for applications outside of Tesla’s vehicles, as well as for external applications that support Tesla EVs. These products include Tesla’s industry leading battery systems, electric motors, power electronics modules, and charging systems. Mateo’s responsibilities include being commercial lead on development and production contracts with Daimler and Toyota, and worldwide site acquisition for supercharging, an effort he started. In addition, Mateo incubated the stationary storage project at Tesla and is responsible for its sales and product direction. Prior to Tesla, Mateo was Chief Operating Officer and part of the founding team at Gaia Power Technologies, an early distributed energy storage firm. Mateo began his career in the software industry as a product manager with Predictive Networks, an interactive TV software provider. He has an AB in Economics from Harvard and a Masters in Theology from Yale.
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Rick Jones
The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co.
Rick Jones
Senior Vice President, Engineering and Research
The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co.
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John Jung
Greensmith Energy Management Systems
John Jung
President & CEO
Greensmith Energy Management Systems
As CEO, John has led the company from concept to market leadership in grid-scale energy storage technology since joining in 2009. He set the commercial 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.
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Shayle Kann
Greentech Media Research
Shayle Kann
Senior Vice President
Greentech Media Research
Shayle Kann is the Senior Vice President of Research at Greentech Media, where he leads GTM Research, the market analysis and advisory arm of the company. An expert on the future of electricity, 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, and spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia. He has also testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on the state and future of the U.S. solar market.

Prior to joining GTM, Shayle was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Australia, studying the impacts of the global financial crisis on wind project finance. He has a Bachelor’s cum laude, phi beta kappa from Pomona College.
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Michael Katz
Michael Katz Energy Consulting
Michael Katz
Energy Consultant
Michael Katz Energy Consulting
Mike Katz has over 30 years experience in electric and natural gas markets, risk management, strategic planning and operations of physical assets. He has been consulting for the last 9 years. His most recent work is being an Independent Evaluator for San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E’s) and Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) procurement RFOs. He worked at PG&E from 1983 through 2004 in various departments, including being the vice president of California Gas Transmission, Lead Director of Power Generation, Director of Generation Portfolio Management (Wholesale Energy Sales) and positions in various planning groups. Mike graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and earned an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a registered Mechanical Engineer in California.
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Ben Kaun
Electric Power Research Institute
Ben Kaun
Senior Project Manager
Electric Power Research Institute
Ben Kaun has over 10 years of professional experience in energy storage and is currently a Senior Project Manager in EPRI’s Energy Storage Program. He dedicates his career to advancing the application of energy storage to the electric power system. In 2013, Ben managed a public EPRI cost-benefit study to inform the stakeholders in the California PUC decision to set a 1.3 GW procurement target. He is currently leading a project to advance the model used in that study to provide a transparent storage valuation model to the public. Ben currently leads the Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), a technically focused collaborative initiative facilitated by EPRI to advance the integration and deployment of energy storage. Ben has served one term on the board of the ESA with and multiple leadership roles in the organization. These include membership chair, nominating committee chair, modeling tools task force chair, member of the governance committee. Prior to EPRI, Ben worked with multiple early stage electric vehicle and battery companies to develop novel technology, test, and commercialize advanced batteries for vehicle electrification. Ben earned a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
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Tim (TJ) Keating
SunSpec Alliance
Tim (TJ) Keating
Development Director
SunSpec Alliance
Tim Keating is the SunSpec Alliance Development Director and Specialist on distributed energy resources (solar PV plus storage) plant finance, development and asset management. Current projects include solar PV plus energy storage specifications and field deployment trials, and the development of use models and cost models for solar plus storage operations and finance. As an industry consultant and an advisor to NREL’s Solar Access to Public Capital Initiative; he is coauthor of NREL’s O&M Financial Cost Model and Best Practices as well as SANDIA’s O&M Action Plan for 2014. Tim was Senior VP for the financial software platform company Mercatus Inc., where he drove strategic marketing, software product definition and the fund raising program during the company's launch and A-Round fund raising. Previous to this, he was VP of Marketing and Field Operations at Skyline Solar from Series A to C round funding; here he drove business development , certification and field operations delivering 7 solar grid connected projects in Italy, Qatar, Arizona, San Jose California, Mojave California, Hawaii, and Mexico. Before entering renewables, Tim was the COO at ZVUE from company turn around funding to NASDAQ exit. Tim was also at Intel Corporation as Managing Director of Intel Capital Europe where his team made 105 high tech investments over a four year period. Tim’s other roles at Intel included European General Business Manager for Processors and World Wide Director of Pentium Marketing during the development and rollout of Intel’s first branded microprocessor. Tim is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School (PMD 1990) and University of California where he receive a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
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Stephen Kelley
Green Charge Networks
Stephen Kelley
Senior Vice President
Green Charge Networks
Steve is Senior Vice President of Sales of Green Charge Networks and heads up our customer facing business units. Mr. Kelley brings more than twenty-five years of experience in growing companies in emerging markets. Steve comes to Green Charge Networks from the solar industry where he held leadership roles at SoCore Energy, DRI Energy and SunPower Corporation. Steve's prior management experience includes management positions at Solectron, Oracle, Visa, and IBM. Steve received his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.
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Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Northbridge Energy Partners
Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Principal
Northbridge Energy Partners
Peter Kelly-Detwiler is a Principal and Co-Founder of NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC, a consulting group helping companies navigate the challenges and opportunities of the smart grid. He provides strategic advice to customers concerning dynamic load management, emerging technologies, business models, market trends, and regulatory developments. He also frequently writes about a wide variety of energy-related issues for Forbes.com. Mr. Kelly-Detwiler has been active in the field of energy for 25 years, both in the United States and overseas, with 15 of those years in competitive power markets. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Kelly-Detwiler was an executive at Constellation Energy, and created and led the company’s Load Response business unit. Under his oversight, that team developed VirtuWatt – an industry-leading dynamic energy management platform. The group also developed the capability to dispatch 1,700 megawatts of customer load in U.S. power markets.
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Susan Kennedy
Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Susan Kennedy
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
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 to Governor Gray Davis and communications director for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. She served from 2003 - 2006 as Commissioner 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 groundbreaking environmental policies, including California’s carbon reduction and cap‐and‐trade program (AB 32), the Low‐Carbon Fuel Standard, Green Building Standards and Renewable Portfolio Standard. She coordinated the State's emergency demand response efforts duringthe energy crisis of 2000‐2001 and as a member of the PUC she authored the largest energy efficiency program in utility history. She holds a B.A. in Management from Saint Mary's College of California. 
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Alexander Keros
General Motors
Alexander Keros
Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy
General Motors
Alex Keros is a Manager at General Motors working on vehicle, fuels, and advanced technology policy. He is responsible for policy considerations and technical support for the commercialization of GM’s advanced vehicle portfolio and associated infrastructure. Alex is known for his collaborative work with across a variety of stakeholders, including automakers, utilities, suppliers, regulators, local officials, and non-governmental organizations. Through these efforts, he works to create complementary policies that enable sustainable market strategies for advanced technologies.

Alex has a unique balance of backgrounds which include project management, energy policy, environmental engineering, and business strategy. He has spent his career at General Motors engaging a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders to enable broader perspective across various business functions. Whether leading the development of the California Fuel Cell Partnership’s Hydrogen Roadmap or working alongside Drive Oregon Steering Committee to ensure practical vehicle incentives, Alex remains focused on customer-enabling solutions.

Alex began his career in environmental consulting where he managed the assessment and remediation of hazardous waste sites. He has extensive experience in environmental policy design and implementation. Alex also grew up learning the ropes in his family-owned restaurant, the American Coney Island. Founded in 1917, the restaurant is widely recognized as the creating the tradition of the Detroit’s chilidog. Alex earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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Sean Kiernan
SunEdison
Sean Kiernan
Vice President, Grid Connected Energy Storage
SunEdison
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Ted Ko
Stem, Inc.
Ted Ko
Director of Policy
Stem, Inc.
Ted is the Director of Policy for Stem, working towards building thriving markets for distributed energy storage nationwide. Prior to Stem, Ted was co-founder and Associate Executive Director of the Clean Coalition, where he wrote or influenced dozens of bills and regulatory decisions, across a range of distributed energy resources topics. To the smart energy space, Ted also brings extensive experience as a software engineer and product manager, helping start several Internet companies and managing millions of customers at Yahoo. Ted received his BS and MS in computer science from MIT and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.
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Don Liddell
Douglass & Liddell
Don Liddell
Principal
Douglass & Liddell
Don Liddell is a Principal of Douglass & Liddell, and specializes exclusively in energy business transactions and regulatory proceedings involving a broad array of energy-related products and services. He is also General Counsel for the California Energy Storage Alliance. Don has over 30 years of experience in the private and government sectors of the industry. Prior to joining with Dan Douglass to form Douglass & Liddell, Don was Assistant General Counsel for Sempra Energy. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Energy Producers Association from 1990 to 1997, including a term as Chairman. As an Adjunct Professor, he helped create and taught a course in Energy Law and Policy at the University of San Diego's School of Law. Prior to joining Sempra's predecessor companies in 1982, he was counsel to the United States Department of Energy's San Francisco office. He received an LL.M from the London School of Economics, a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and his B.A. with honors from San Diego State University.
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Janice Lin
Strategen Consulting
Janice Lin
Founder and Managing Partner
Strategen Consulting
JANICE LIN FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER, STRATEGEN CONSULTING, LLC
 CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CALIFORNIA ENERGY STORAGE ALLIANCE (CESA) BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND CHAIR OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, GLOBAL ENERGY STORAGE ALLIANCE (GESA) Janice 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 currently serves on 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 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.
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Josh London
Glenwood Management Corp.
Josh London
Vice President
Glenwood Management Corp.
Joshua London, Vice President of Management, Glenwood Management Corp. NYC Mr. London is the VP of Management at Glenwood. He has worked at Glenwood for 20 years. Mr. London supervises the day to day operation of all of the Glenwood properties. The properties are hi-rise residential rental buildings in New York City. Mr. London is also in charge of all energy efficiency programs, including all upgrades, demand response, energy storage, as well as energy purchasing. Mr. London has worked in real estate management for 7 years before joining Glenwood. Mr. London attended Johns Hopkins University for undergrad, and Brooklyn Law School after that.
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Neil Maguire
JuiceBox Energy, Inc.
Neil Maguire
CEO
JuiceBox Energy, Inc.
Neil Maguire is Founder and CEO of JuiceBox Energy, a manufacturer of lithium-ion energy storage systems for solar. Neil previously ran Texas Instruments’ Automotive Battery Management System semiconductor business unit. Prior to TI, Neil was VP of Marketing and Business Development at Imara Corporation, a lithium-ion cell manufacturing start-up. Neil moved to Silicon Valley from the Detroit area 10 years ago after his software start-up was acquired by Agile Software (now Oracle). His career started in the automotive industry where he worked at GM on the first ethanol fuel system and at Ford on fuel cell developments and 42V power systems. Neil has degrees in Materials Science from Michigan State, Mechanical Engineering from Kettering and an MBA from Oakland University.
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Ravi Manghani
GTM Research
Ravi Manghani
Senior Analyst, Energy Storage
GTM Research
Ravi is a Senior Energy Storage Analyst 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. Before joining GTM Research, Ravi was a lead analyst at Photon Consulting where he covered downstream solar and started their energy storage practice. Prior to that, Ravi worked with Ecoult, helping with their US grid-scale energy storage market development. 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.
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Cheryl Martin
Harwich Partners
Cheryl Martin
Founder
Harwich Partners
Dr. Cheryl Martin recently launched the consulting firm, Harwich Partners, to work with public and private sector entities to identify critical business, technology, finance, regulatory and policy drivers that would accelerate adoption of new technologies into key markets. She is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Prior to this Dr. Martin served as the Acting Director of the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E). In addition, she was the Deputy Director for Commercialization at the agency where she developed ARPA-E’s Technology-to-Market program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace.
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Sierra Martinez
National Resources Defense Council
Sierra Martinez
Legal Director, California Energy Project, Energy & Transportation Program
National Resources Defense Council
SIERRA MARTINEZ is the Legal Director of California Energy Projects in the San Francisco office of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Sierra advocates for clean energy solutions as a strategy to fight climate change. He focuses on regulating energy utilities and grid operators in the public interest to improve energy services for people.

Sierra testifies on energy issues regularly before the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Legislature, and the California Independent System Operator. He has lectured on energy and environmental issues for a number of academic institutions, including UC Berkeley Law, Stanford University School of Engineering, and UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Mr. Martinez represents NRDC in press interviews and has been featured on NPR's California Report. Sierra sits on the Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric procurement review groups, and the California inter-agency Demand Analysis Working Group.

Sierra holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from Stanford University.
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Jeff McAulay
EnerNOC
Jeff McAulay
Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships
EnerNOC
Jeff is the Sr. Manager of Strategic Partnerships at EnerNOC, where he is developing a partner ecosystem to expand the company’s enterprise energy intelligence software platform. Jeff has led the strategy for EnerNOC's distributed generation efforts including the recently announced partnership with SunPower. Prior to EnerNOC, Jeff was the founding TechBridge Program Manager at Fraunhofer CSE, an applied R&D organization focusing on photovoltaic modules, building energy efficiency and electric grid control systems. Jeff built an international partnership program to validate early stage technologies and accelerate commercialization. TechBridge client technologies included advanced lighting systems, lightweight materials, energy data algorithms, and power electronics. Jeff has an interdisciplinary engineering background, having also worked on medical devices at Boston Scientific, and catalytic fuel reformation at Nuvera Fuel Cells. He holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and a master's degree from the Engineering Systems Division at MIT.
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Suzi McClellan
Good Company Associates
Suzi McClellan
State Affairs Director
Good Company Associates
Suzi McClellan brings over 20 years of Texas regulatory and legislative experience to her position as State Affairs Director at Good Company Associates in Austin, Texas. Ms. McClellan currently focuses on energy storage, renewable energy, and demand response policies in ERCOT. Ms. McClellan previously served as Public Counsel at the Office of Public Utility Counsel. She was first appointed in 1995 by then-Governor Bush and reappointed by Governor Perry to that position where she served for over 12 years. Ms. McClellan directed the agency during the transition to competition of both the electric and telecommunications industries. Ms. McClellan has worked extensively with the legislature on a variety of electric and telecommunications issues, including the electric restructuring legislation. Ms. McClellan served on the Board of Directors of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas from 1999-2007. During this time, ERCOT transitioned into the Independent System Operator that is responsible for operating the electric grid as well as managing the competitive wholesale and retail markets. Ms. McClellan, an attorney, received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law and her Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Texas.
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Alexander McIsaac
NRStor Inc.
Alexander McIsaac
Manager, Business Development & Projects
NRStor Inc.
As a founding employee of NRStor, Alexander helped secure NRStor’s first round of funding and oversaw the planning, development and commissioning of Canada’s first contracted commercial flywheel energy storage facility. He was NRStor’s lead project manager overseeing the primary EPC contractor for the 2MW Flywheel energy storage Facility located in Minto, Ontario. The Facility was successfully commissioned on July 7th, 2014 and provides regulation service to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Alexander helped NRStor secure $3 million project debt financing from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and led the due diligence process and negotiations; the financing closed in July, 2014. Alexander is responsible for NRStor’s government advocacy efforts and represents NRStor who is an active member of Energy Storage Ontario and the Advocacy Council. Alexander holds Board positions on Energy Storage Ontario and CAMH Engage. He holds a Bachelors of Science Honors from Queens University and an Honors Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
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Glen Merfeld
GE Global Research
Glen Merfeld
Platform leader Energy Storage Technologies
GE Global Research
Dr. Glen Merfeld Platform Leader - Energy Storage Technologies GE Global Research Niskayuna, New York Glen Merfeld is the GE Platform Leader for Energy Storage Technologies with a span that includes all forms of industrial scale energy storage. In this capacity, he is responsible for program activities and strategic developments across GE Global Research as well as for integration with GE Businesses. Additionally, Glen assesses emerging technologies in support of GE Venture investments. Glen is a Chemical Engineer with a B.S. from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin
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Valery Miftakhov
Electric Motor Werks, Inc.
Valery Miftakhov
Founder and CEO
Electric Motor Werks, Inc.
Val Miftakhov is the Founder of eMotorWerks. Over the last dozen years, Val held executive business strategy & operations positions at Google, McKinsey & Company, and Nielsen. He also launched and managed three startup companies, in all of which he held the CTO position. Prior to his industry experience, Val was a high energy physics researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator, a Department of Energy facility. Val received his PhD in Physics from Princeton University and his MS in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He was a two-time winner of the Nationwide Russian Physics Competitions. In whatever spare time he gets, Val tries to get good use out of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.
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Margaret Miller
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
Margaret Miller
Director of Market Intelligence
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
Margaret has seventeen-years of experience in the electric power business. Margaret previously worked for Trimark Associates Inc. as Director of Business Development where she was responsible for leading the development and growth of new business focusing on the solar, storage and microgrid sectors. Prior to joining Trimark, Margaret worked for 3 years at Brookfield Renewable Energy group as Director of Regulatory Affairs where she advised the business on regulatory and compliance matters in organized and bilateral electricity markets in the Western United States. Prior to Brookfield, Margaret worked for eight years at the California ISO where she held various positions and was responsible for managing regulatory affairs, market design and other policy related programs.
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Troy Miller
S&C Electric Company
Troy Miller
Senior Manager – Business Development, Power Quality Products
S&C Electric Company
Troy Miller is the Manager of Business Development and Marketing in the Power Quality Division of the S&C Electric Company. He has over 24 years of experience in the Power Engineering industry. Mr. Miller has lengthy experience in the application and implementation of all aspects of power electronics and power quality. Mr. Miller is the Secretary of the Board of Directors at the Energy Storage Association (ESA), and a member of the board at the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt) and the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK). Mr. Miller is a speaker at industry events around the world covering market trends and economic benefit analysis. He has published numerous papers and articles in technical journals and media outlets. He is currently responsible for Power Quality activities at S&C Electric. These include: Energy Storage, VAR compensation and Uninterruptible Power Systems.
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Paul Mitchell
Energy Systems Network
Paul Mitchell
President and CEO
Energy Systems Network
Paul J. Mitchell is President and CEO of Energy Systems Network (ESN), a consortium of companies and institutions focused on the development of Indiana’s energy technology sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members who are seeking to commercialize new energy technologies in a diversity of markets. To date, ESN has launched four commercialization projects focused on dramatically reducing emissions/fuel consumption of heavy trucks (Hoosier Heavy Hybrid Partnership); allowing for an all-electric commute powered by a smart utility grid (Project Plug-IN); supplying our military bases with reliable homegrown energy (MicroGreen); and creating a single point of access for battery research, development, testing and commercialization (Battery Innovation Center). ESN member companies/institutions include, among others: Duke Energy, Cummins, Toshiba, ITOCHU, MISO, Vectren Corporation, Delphi, Toyota, Bollore Group, Indianapolis Power & Light, SAIC, Underwriters Laboratories, Purdue University, Ivy Tech Community College, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane. Prior to joining ESN, Mr. Mitchell served in the Office of Governor Mitch Daniels where he was Policy Director for Economic Development, Workforce, & Energy. In this capacity he oversaw legislation, policy, and program development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and Indiana Department of Labor, and acted as Governor’s liaison to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. During his tenure with the Governor’s Office, Mr. Mitchell also led the formation of and directed the Indiana Office of Federal Grants and Procurement. A native of West Lafayette, Indiana he holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington, Indiana where he graduated as valedictorian.
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Jesse Morris
Rocky Mountain Institute
Jesse Morris
Manager, Transportation and Electricity
Rocky Mountain Institute
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Alex Morris
Strategen Consulting
Alex Morris
Director of Policy
Strategen Consulting
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Terry Murphy
Hammond Group, Inc.
Terry Murphy
CEO
Hammond Group, Inc.
Terrence Murphy is CEO of the Hammond Group (HGI), a well-established chemical manufacturing company specializing in the optimization of energy storage requirements for Lead-Acid batteries; with manufacturing facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Prior to joining HGI, he was the founding CEO of SolarReserve, which utilizes thermal energy storage technology (molten salt) to provide over 500,000 MW-hours/year of solar power “on-demand”. The first project, Crescent Dunes, is located in Nevada and expected to be on-line this year, will be the first utility-scale facility in the world to feature this advanced power tower energy storage capability. Mr. Murphy began his career and spent over 25 years in aerospace; attaining senior executive positions at The Boeing Company and United Technologies where his Advanced Programs organization produced rocket engines and power systems for deep space exploration. He also spearheaded initiatives to leverage these core competencies into clean, renewable and sustainable energy systems for terrestrial applications. Mr. Murphy has a degree in Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters in System Management from the University of Southern California.
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Peder Norby
County of San Diego
Peder Norby
San Diego County Planning Commissioner
County of San Diego
Peder along with his wife Julie, are native Californians and residents of Carlsbad Ca. Peder is a public official, and a consultant in the fields of economic development, planning, and transportation.

He is currently under contract with the City of Carlsbad and the The Leichtag Foundation.

In 2008 Peder and his wife Julie, received the “Energy Excellence Award” given to one residential project a year, from the Center for Sustainable Energy, for the construction of Herons’ House, their Net Zero Energy home in Carlsbad Ca. Peder was also a "BMW Field Trial" driver from 2009 to 2014 in the BMW Mini-E and BMW ActiveE, logging a total of 130,000 miles in various electric vehicles.

Their home, Herons’ House, generates 100% of the energy required for their home and their two electric BMW i3’s, via Solar PV with an excess annual bill credit of $700-$1000 per year.

Regionally, Peder serves in the nations fifth largest county by population, as a San Diego County Planning Commissioner. He has held this post for eight years.,

Peder is currently serving as the Chairman of the Technical Advisory
Committee (TAC) that is drafting the “Renewable Energy Master Plan" for the County of San Diego.
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Peter Nortman
Coda Energy Holdings
Peter Nortman
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer
Coda Energy Holdings
Peter Nortman brings more than 20 years of automotive and battery engineering experience to CODA Energy Holdings. Nortman is responsible for the overall engineering and operations of the company’s core technology products. Pete is a recognized leader in the development of vehicle systems, engineering design, battery-traction system integration and renewable energy systems and his focuses include CODA’s battery management system (BMS), battery cell and pack development, and all high voltage software and hardware. Nortman also oversees the research and development for all energy storage related engineering. Prior to CODA, Nortman was the president and chief executive officer of EnergyCS, a leading BMS company acquired by CODA in 2011. Prior to Energy CS, Nortman worked for AeroVironment, US Electricar and DEMI. Nortman holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
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Christopher Orzel
Invenergy
Christopher Orzel
Manager, Energy Storage Development
Invenergy
Christopher Orzel Manager, Energy Storage Development Invenergy Christopher Orzel is responsible for managing a variety of aspects of Invenergy's storage business, including market creation and early stage development activities across all geographic regions. He also directs the company's regulatory activities across Western North America. Prior to joining Invenergy, Orzel held positions in finance, risk management, and regulatory affairs at NextEra Energy, PepsiCo, and Motorola. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Independent Power Producers of New York and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario. He previously served on the board of directors for the California Wind Energy Association. Orzel earned a BS in Business with a concentration in Finance from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.
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Shana Patadia
Strategen Consulting
Shana Patadia
Associate
Strategen Consulting
Shana Patadia is an Associate at Strategen Consulting. Prior to her role at Strategen, Shana worked on a range of federal consulting projects. She has developed several modeling methodologies and tools for valuing energy security, analyzing utility rate impact for renewables, and modeling large federal funds. Shana’s initial involvement in the energy sector was through green jobs analysis with UC Berkeley, the results of which were published in a widely cited paper in Energy Policy, “Putting Renewables and Energy Efficiency to Work.” Subsequently Shana has worked on a range of projects including electric vehicle to grid modeling for California, renewable energy project analysis, and the economics of carbon capture. Shana received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from UC Berkeley. She received her Masters of Environmental Management, focused on Energy and Environment, from Duke University’s Nicholas School of Environment.
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Patricia Phillips
Energy Storage Ontario
Patricia Phillips
Executive Director
Energy Storage Ontario
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Hank Price
Abengoa Solar
Hank Price
Chief Technology Officer
Abengoa Solar
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Beth Reid
Olivine, Inc.
Beth Reid
Chief Executive Officer
Olivine, Inc.
Beth Reid is a proven leader with over 15 years of experience in the energy industry including senior management positions at multi-national corporations such as ABB and VECTRA Technologies. Throughout her career she has specialized in creating and implementing customized solutions for clients in regulated and de-regulated markets that incorporate both technological and non-technological components. Most recently, she has been focusing on helping clients develop cost-effective solutions in the areas of demand response, renewable resource utilization, and other environmental topics.

Beth is a results oriented professional with a record of implementing successful initiatives in the industry ranging from coordination of regulatory filings, to the development of innovative demand response programs to market entry for renewable generation resources. Having worked in both the retail and wholesale sectors, most recently as Managing Director at APX, responsible for the Demand Response and Professional Services group, the breadth of Beth’s experience enables her to bring a unique and valuable perspective to client collaborations.

Through her leadership complex initiatives have come to life. Olivine provides Beth with an opportunity to leverage these skills and capabilities to contribute lasting value to the shift in our energy use and sources.

Beth holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington and completed her undergraduate degree work with a specialty in Economics at the University of Michigan.
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Jason Rioux
NrStor Inc.
Jason Rioux
Vice President
NrStor Inc.
Jason Rioux, Vice President, NRStor Inc. Jason Rioux has a proven track record in developing and operating all forms of energy projects, especially carving new paths through Ontario’s complex energy market, contracting, regulatory, and political environments. As Vice President of NRStor, Jason leads the operations and business development activities, and thrives on the challenge of marrying new storage technologies with new commercial business models -- a key success factor in developing energy storage projects. Previously the Director of Business Development for Thermal generation projects at OPG, Jason led a wide variety of business development initiatives, including the repowering of coal plants to natural gas and biomass, new gas fired generation development, combined heat and power development, partnership management of joint venture gas fired facilities – Brighton Beach and Portlands Energy Centre, advanced biomass research and development, and new technologies projects such as energy storage. Jason served as Commercial Manager of the Portlands Energy Centre, a 550 MW natural gas fired generation station located in downtown Toronto. He developed and led the commercial organization of this $730 million facility, with responsibility for all gas and power trading activities. Prior to these roles, Jason held many positions at OPG, in the areas of business development, strategic planning, and within hydroelectric, nuclear, and coal fired plant operations.
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Johannes Rittershausen
Convergent Energy + Power
Johannes Rittershausen
Managing Director
Convergent Energy + Power
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Paul Rogers
New York City Fire Department
Paul Rogers
Lieutenant, Hazardous Materials
New York City Fire Department
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Marc Roper
CODA Energy
Marc Roper
Chief Commercial Officer
CODA Energy
Marc Roper, Chief Commercial Officer at CODA Energy, is responsible for managing market growth, including sales and channel partnering, marketing, strategic product development and business development. A veteran in the industry, Marc Roper brings more than 20 years of experience developing emerging, distributed, renewable energy markets in the United States. Prior to CODA Energy, Marc served as Executive Vice President for solar power purchase agreement provider (PPA) Tioga Energy. At Tioga Energy, he led sales, marketing and project financing activities for the company and successfully developed more than 100 solar PPA projects around the United States. Marc previous experience includes running solar developer Sovereign Modular as CEO and managing member.
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Bob Rudd
SolarCity
Bob Rudd
Director, Project Development - Energy Storage
SolarCity
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Mavis Scanlon
California Energy Markets
Mavis Scanlon
Associate Editor
California Energy Markets
Mavis Scanlon is associate editor of California Energy Markets, where she covers the California Energy Commission, power plant development and energy and utility-related legislation, litigation and water issues. Before joining CEM, Mavis covered the banking and energy beats at the East Bay Business Times, where her work won several awards for business and investigative/enterprise reporting. She has also covered the energy and oilfield service sectors at TheStreet.com, and the cable TV industry for CableWorld magazine. Mavis earned an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from St. Francis University. A Long Island, N.Y. native, Mavis now lives in Oakland with her family. She volunteers on the board of the parent-faculty club at her daughter’s elementary school, and loves to read, practice yoga, and make jewelry.
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John Schaaf
Johnson Controls
John Schaaf
VP, Distributed Energy Storage
Johnson Controls
John Schaaf is Vice President and General Manager of Distributed Energy Storage for Johnson Controls, Inc., a Fortune 100 company and a global leader in advanced automotive batteries, automotive interiors, energy efficiency for buildings, and building technology and services. John’s areas of expertise include corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, new market development and scaling businesses. He also has experience with federal and state policy on energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy storage.

During his 25 years with Johnson Controls, he has held leadership positions in the company’s various business units, including Building Efficiency, Power Solutions and the Corporate Office. From 2010 through 2014, he led Market Development for the Power Solutions business unit’s advanced battery technology group. From 2003 through 2009, he was head of the Building Efficiency business unit’s Federal Government vertical market for energy efficiency and security technologies and services. He has also held a number of positions in Building Efficiency’s field organization including regional and branch management. In the early 1990’s, John was a sales engineer with Servidyne Inc., a part of which was subsequently acquired by Johnson Controls.

John started his career on active duty in the US Air Force from 1985 to 1990 as a Contracting Officer working in systems acquisition and manufacturing.

John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University in 1984.
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Vic Shao
Green Charge Networks
Vic Shao
CEO
Green Charge Networks
Vic Shao is the CEO of Green Charge Networks. Since 2009, he and his team have been collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy and a host of Fortune 500 companies on an energy storage appliance with economic ROI for the private sector, complementary to solar PV. This transformational product called the GreenStation is newly launched in 2013. Shao started his high tech career with Oracle Corporation, eventually leading engineering and product teams in Oracle’s middleware enterprise software division. He co-founded MobileAria, an enterprise cloud computing service provider, and built it into a profitable & sustainable business prior to founding Green Charge Networks. Shao holds numerous patents in cloud computing and power efficiency. He received his engineering degree from The University of Virginia and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
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Paul Siblerud
ViZn Energy Systems Inc.
Paul Siblerud
EVP
ViZn Energy Systems Inc.
Paul Siblerud is the executive vice president of the energy storage company ViZn Energy Systems Inc. in Montana. Siblerud is pioneering the development and market adoption of energy storage using flow battery technology for applications behind the meter and utility scale. Previous to joining ViZn in 2013, Siblerud worked at Semitool Inc. for 20 years in engineering, product management and marketing specializing in capital equipment for interconnect electroplating and advanced Wafer Level Packaging. As VP of Marketing and Electroplating he managed a division of more than $100M. In 2009, Applied Materials acquired Semitool and Siblerud assumed the position of CMO for the new division through 2012. During his tenure in semiconductor equipment industry, Siblerud started and managed two international consortiums promoting the technology of 3-D interconnect using Thru-Silicon-Via (TSV) and electroplated flip chip, EMC-3D™ and SECAP™ respectively. Prior to his semiconductor career, Siblerud worked at Biola University in LaMirada California as a system manager in the for the university computer center. Studies in Electrical Engineering and Bio-Medical Engineering at Pacific Lutheran University.
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Bradley Smith
Nissan North America
Bradley Smith
General Manager, US4R
Nissan North America
Brad is leading the development of a new business utilizing used Nissan EV batteries in non-automotive (stationary) systems, so-called “second life” applications. He and his team work closely with Japan-based 4R Energy Corporation, a joint venture between Nissan and Sumitomo. Additionally, as a dual-role Director, Brad serves as Nissan North America’s Overseas Program Director for EV – primarily LEAF. Prior to joining Nissan in 2012 Brad was Director Business Development at eVgo, a division of NRG Energy Inc, working with global auto makers, charging hardware manufacturers and others in the EV infrastructure industry. Prior to that, he was Global Asset Development and Operations Manager at Shell Hydrogen, working with auto makers and other stakeholders to develop several industry-first hydrogen fueling stations. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and earned a Professional Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston and his MS and PhD, both in Chemical Engineering, from University of Pittsburgh.
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Jan Smutny-Jones
Independent Energy Producers Association
Jan Smutny-Jones
Executive Director
Independent Energy Producers Association
Jan Smutny-Jones is Executive Director of the Independent Energy Producers Association (IEP) located in Sacramento, California. He has represented IEP since 1987. Smutny-Jones has been a pivotal player in the California restructuring efforts, market reform, global climate change, and renewable energy policies. He served as chair of the Governing Board of the California Independent System Operator, was a member of the Governing Board of the California Power Exchange, and he served on the Board of Directors for the Renewable Certification Program, “Green-E”. He also served as a member of the California Air Resources Board’s Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee for Climate Change, and is an active member of the Yolo Basin Foundation.

Smutny-Jones is a graduate of Loyola Law School and is a member of the American, California State and Sacramento County Bar Associations. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach, and he holds a certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Southern California.
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Dan Sowder
1Energy Systems
Dan Sowder
Director, Power System Integration
1Energy Systems
Dan Sowder is Director of Power System Integration for 1Energy Systems, responsible for the design, installation, and deployment of operational projects. 1Energy Systems delivers standards-based software for energy storage systems and other value-added assets of intelligent electric power systems and is involved in multiple energy storage projects across several utilities internationally. Prior to joining 1Energy Systems, Dan led the design, installation, and operations of multiple utility-scale energy storage systems while working in Duke Energy’s Emerging Technology Office. He led multiple grid technology deployments and business model initiatives designed to enhance the value of renewable energy on the grid. Prior to working at Duke Energy, Dan served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy (2001), a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University (2008), and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on sustainability (2010). Dan is a certified Professional Engineer (NC) in Electrical Power Systems.
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Jeff St. John
Greentech Media
Jeff St. John
Reporter
Greentech Media
Jeff St. John is a reporter and analyst covering green technology, with a particular focus on smart grid, smart buildings, energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, green IT, renewable energy and technology to integrate distributed, intermittent green energy into the grid. A 2001 University of California, Berkeley Journalism School graduate, he worked as a newspaper reporter at the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska, the Tri-City Herald in Washington state and The Fresno Bee in California’s Central Valley, before joining Greentech Media as a reporter in 2008. St. John was named senior editor of smart grid in 2011, responsible for daily coverage and in-depth coverage of the utility and energy sector’s intersection with communications and information technology, from smart meters to synchrophasors. He has a particular interest in smart grid’s role in integrating renewable energy, demand-side energy management, electric vehicles, energy storage, and microgrid and virtual power plant technologies.
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Doug Staker
Demand Energy Networks, Inc.
Doug Staker
VP, Business Development & International Sales
Demand Energy Networks, Inc.
Doug Staker is vice president of international sales and business development at Demand Energy Networks Inc., a distributed energy management and storage company based in Washington State. Involved in the energy business worldwide for 30 years, he joined Demand Energy in early 2009. Prior to joining Demand Energy, Staker was a vice president of Itron, a global leader in smart meter technology, where he held various executive positions and helped grow their revenue beyond $2 billion annually. His past experience in developing emerging energy technology solutions has helped Demand Energy to build a global platform for distributed energy storage.

Staker’s firsthand knowledge of product line management and product development has been a key factor in advancing Demand Energy’s flagship product, Joule.System™, from the R&D stage to product launch as one of the first commercially available integrated energy management and storage systems available on the market today. Staker holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho.
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Tom Stepien
Primus Power
Tom Stepien
Chief Executive Officer
Primus Power
Tom Stepien is CEO of Primus Power, a leader in grid-scale electrical energy storage. He helped launch Primus Power in 2009 and has raised over $80 million from venture capital sources, strategic investors and government grants. He has over 30 years of engineering, operations and general management experience at small and large companies. Prior to joining Primus, Tom was a Vice President and General Manager at Applied Materials, a Fortune 500 provider of semiconductor, solar and flat panel display equipment and services. He had P&L responsibility for a $500M business unit with complex set of systems, global customers, manufacturing and support. He holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
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Kirk Stokes
Sharp Electronics
Kirk Stokes
Director of Sales, Energy Systems and Services Group
Sharp Electronics
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Andrew Tanner
Growing Energy Labs Inc (GELI)
Andrew Tanner
VP Business Development
Growing Energy Labs Inc (GELI)
A recipient of the 2014 Advance Global Australian of the Year in Clean Technology, Andrew is a professional engineer with over a decade of experience in developing and deploying renewable energy technologies. He is a graduate of the Global Executive MBA from the University of Sydney and his undergraduate mechanical engineering thesis was on energy storage for utility scale solar back in 2002. In early 2014 he commenced work at Growing Energy Labs Inc (otherwise known as Geli) in the role of VP of Business Development. Utilizing Geli’s world class analytics, he has been transitioning hundreds of solar developers to become solar + storage energy developers. The company has over 200 projects and 100MW of energy storage and microgrid projects in development with its partners which will utilize the Geli Energy Operating System (Geli EOS) as the software platform.
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Daniel Tobin
US Department of Energy, Loan Program Office
Daniel Tobin
Senior Investment Officer
US Department of Energy, Loan Program Office
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William Torre
University of California – San Diego
William Torre
Director
University of California – San Diego
William Torre, PI, UCSD Program Director of Energy Storage William Torre serves as University of California San Diego Program Director of Energy Storage and Systems with oversight of power system research, development and testing of advanced energy storage systems, and integration of renewable energy systems. In November 2012, he retired from San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E) after 30 years, and his last assignments from 2010-2012 were as SDG&E’s Manager of Research and Development, Manager of Technology Innovation and Development group in Transmission & Distribution Engineering division where he led the installation of several energy storage projects as part of the SDG&E smart grid program . From 2008 – 2010 held the position of Chief Engineer at SDG&E, and provided Engineering oversight and coordination for all engineering. Relevant to the value streams from distributed generation associated with the T&D issues from the decommissioning of SONGS, he served from 1996 to 2008 as SDG&E’s Manager of Transmission Engineering & Design where he managed 27 engineers and designers for engineering all overhead and underground transmission lines for the SDG&E’s service territory. From Jan, 1981 - June, 1988; Adjunct Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Initiated the successful power engineering program at SDSU.
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Herman Trabish
Utility Dive
Herman Trabish
Journalist
Utility Dive
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Adam Tuck
National Research Council Canada
Adam Tuck
Program Leader, Energy Storage for Grid Security and Modernization
National Research Council Canada
Adam Tuck, B.A.Sc., is the Program Leader for the National Research Council of Canada’s initiative on Energy Storage for Grid Security and Modernization. Adam completed his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with Professional Internship at Queen’s University. Upon graduation, Adam joined Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT), a start-up company based in Kingston, Ontario. He quickly progressed from junior design positions to Lead Engineer at FCT, working on commercializing both Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) and Aluminum-Air battery products. In 2006 Adam moved to Vancouver to join NRC where he works with academic and industrial partners to deliver key projects and programs in the fields of Fuel Cells, Bio-Energy and Energy Storage.
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Swami Venkataraman
Moody's Investors Service
Swami Venkataraman
Vice President - Senior Credit Officer
Moody's Investors Service
Swami Venkataraman is a Vice President – Senior Credit Officer in the Global Utilities & Infrastructure Finance Group at Moody’s, covering utilities, natural 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 financing 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, and developing specialized financial products for the carbon markets. Swami is a CFA charterholder, with a B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata.
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Boris von Bormann
Sonnenbatterie, Inc.
Boris von Bormann
CEO
Sonnenbatterie, Inc.
Boris von Bormann, born in Hamburg, Germany, has been involved in the international trade industry for over 17 years and in the solar industry for over 8 years.

Boris von Bormann is the CEO for Sonnenbatterie, Inc (www.sonnenbatterie.de) the North American operations of the lithium energy storage manufacturer from Bavaria, Germany, with its’ US headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.

Boris also has ownership in SK Solar, Inc. a residential and commercial solar installation and engineering company with its headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to opening SK Solar, Boris von Bormann was the Director for Soltecture, Inc., US subsidiary for the German CIGS solar module manufacturer Soltecture GmbH. In 2002 Boris von Bormann also founded accessio an independent consulting company that focuses on the cross- cultural business aspects.

Through his position with accessio, he was involved in various interim positions in IT, Film & Entertainment & Biotech industries. Boris also founded the German American Business Association - Southern California Chapter, a non- profit organization in Southern California.

Boris von Bormann holds a dual-citizenship (German and USA), currently lives in Los Angeles, California and can be contacted directly at boris.vb@sonnen-batterie.com
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Ryan Wartena
Growing Energy Labs, Inc.
Ryan Wartena
CEO and Founder
Growing Energy Labs, Inc.
Ryan holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from UC San Diego and the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2001. As a post-doctoral researcher at the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC, Ryan set up a battery development & testing laboratory and worked on energy harvesting & microbattery technologies. His development of micro- and nano-batteries continued at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he co-led the engineering team that introduced the world’s first self-assembled battery.
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Byron Washom
University of California, San Diego
Byron Washom
Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives
University of California, San Diego
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Eric Wesoff
Greentech Media
Eric Wesoff
Editor in Chief
Greentech Media
Prior to joining Greentech Media, Eric Wesoff founded Sage Marketing Partners in 2000 to provide sales and marketing-consulting services to venture-capital firms and their portfolio companies in the alternative energy and telecommunications sectors. He has become a well-known, respected authority and speaker in these fields. He also was the publisher of the Venture Power newsletter, a subscription-only newsletter covering venture-capital investment in renewable energy.

Wesoff’s expertise covers solar power, fuel cells, biofuels and advanced batteries. His strengths are in market research and analysis, business development and due diligence for investors. He frequently consults for energy startups and Silicon Valley's premier venture capitalists. From 1988 to 1996, Wesoff served as product marketing manager for Siemens Optoelectronics, where he oversaw complex product lines and managed relationships with global customers. He then became the U.S. marketing and sales manger for Akzo Nobel Photonics, which was acquired by JDS Uniphase. Wesoff later served as the sales director for Dicon Fiber Optics, where he was responsible for selling millions of dollars of fiber-optic telecom-equipment. He has consulted for Merck, JDSU, Coherent, IBM and scores of other firms, governments and organizations.
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Clint Wilder
Clean Edge
Clint Wilder
Senior Editor
Clean Edge
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John Wood
Ecoult
John Wood
CEO
Ecoult
John Wood is the Chief Executive Officer of Ecoult. He joined the energy storage community in 2008 having previously launched technologies globally in Security, Identity, Payment Technology, and Telecommunications. As a technology CEO for more than 20 years, John has had the good fortune to have worked with excellent individuals and led excellent teams that have created businesses and numerous successful products and solutions from the ground up that are used and trusted by many of the world’s largest enterprises and governments, either directly or under license by many of the largest global technology enterprises. John is now leading the Ecoult effort to commercialize UltraBattery® storage solutions.
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Tim Zgonena
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Tim Zgonena
Principal Engineer
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Timothy Zgonena - Principal Engineer for Distributed Energy Resources Equipment and Systems. Has worked for UL LLC since 1990. His responsibilities include the development, maintenance and application of UL's certification requirements and delivery of UL conformity assessment services in the following categories: Utility interconnection systems equipment, inverters and converters, PV BOS equipment, engine generators, wind turbines and wind turbine system components. Tim serves on several Distributed Generation IEEE, IEC and AWEA Working Groups and he is a member of NFPA 70, NEC Code Making Panel 4. 2012 IEC 1906 Award Recipient.