| || Lorraine H. Akiba |
Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Lorraine H. Akiba was appointed to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in January 2012 by Governor Neil Abercrombie for a term to expire June 30, 2018. Prior to this appointment, she worked in private practice as a law partner at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP and Cades Schutte Flemming & Wright LLP. She headed the Environmental Practice Groups at both law firms with an emphasis in environmental and natural resources law in addition to her commercial and business litigation practice.
Commissioner Akiba also previously served the public as the Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and as Chair of the State of Hawaii Environmental Council.
Commissioner Akiba is currently a member of the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute. She has also held leadership positions at a number of professional organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and its Energy Resources and Environment Committee. She also is a member of the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) Financial Solutions Working Group.
Commissioner Akiba holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in political science.
| || Thomas Apalenek |
Senior Principal Systems Engineer
| || David R. Baker |
The San Francisco Chronicle
David R. Baker covers energy and clean tech for The San Francisco Chronicle. He joined the paper in 2000 after spending five years in Southern California reporting for the Los Angeles Times and the Daily News of Los Angeles. He has reported from wind farms, geothermal fields, solar power plants, oil fields and an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, although probably not the one you're thinking of. He also visited Baghdad and Basra in 2003 to write about Iraq's reconstruction. He graduated from Amherst College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in San Francisco with his wife.
| || Frank-Michael Baumann |
Chief Executive Officer
Energie Agentur NRW
| || John Boesel |
President and CEO
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.
| || Doug Bond |
Transportation Services Manager
Doug Bond has worked for Alameda County for the past 5+ years. Before coming to the County, Doug worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car as a Regional Remarketing Manager. He held this position in the private sector for over 15 years. Transportation Services has also taken a lead role in promoting alternative fuel technologies both internally within our fleet as well as externally by organizing conferences and meetings with other local fleets. Alameda County has been on the lead agency for the Local Government EV Fleet project which is deploying 90 all-electric vehicle and 90 EV charging stations in the Bay Area. Alameda County has already installed 40 dual port charging stations throughout the county. Doug currently serves as the President of the Public Fleet Supervisor’s Association (PFSA). PFSA was founded in 1959 and meets six times a year to discuss pertinent fleet issues. It is a means for building relationships between fleet managers in the San Francisco Bay Area and the California central valley. Recent awards include: • Government Fleet magazine named Alameda County General Service Agency’s Transportation Services Manager Doug Bond received the “2010 Environmental Leadership Award” and the “Sustainability All-Star” for 2011, 2012, and 2013. • Alameda County was named the 17th Greenest Fleet in North America in the 2013 Government Fleet Award. Alameda County ranked in the top 40 in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. • Alameda County was named one of the 100 Best Fleets in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. • East Bay Clean Cities recently awarded Doug Bond with their “Clean Air Champion Award” in 2014. • NAFA presented Doug Bond with the honorable mention for their “2010 Sustainable Fleet Award” for the sedan mandated fleet category Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of California at San Diego.
| || JoAnne Butler |
Electricity Resources, Ontario Power Authority
Ms. Butler is currently Vice President, Electricity Resources at the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). Prior to joining the OPA in 2008, Ms. Butler was president of TransAlta Mexico, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the business, including supporting business development and contracting activities as well as the ongoing operation of the company’s two Mexican electricity generating plants. Prior to moving to Mexico in 2001, she was TransAlta’s general manager for western operations in Calgary and was responsible for the operation of four new generating stations. Ms. Butler also worked in the oil and gas exploration sector with Amoco Corporation for 21 years, and in her last assignment as general manager for engineering and construction and Chief Engineer, she led support teams for construction and operations in Canada and internationally. Expatriate roles included temporary assignments in Egypt and Tunisia, and a five-year assignment in the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Butler holds a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in civil engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston. She was an executive of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for her six years in Mexico, including a two-year term as its president. She has a Chartered Director (C. Dir) designation from the Director’s College and is currently a Board member of the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) of Ontario. In 2013, Ms. Butler was one of the Top 100: Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the Public Sector Leaders category.
| || Bill Capp |
Grid Storage Consulting
Bill Capp, President Grid Storage Consulting Bill founded Grid Storage Consulting, LLC in 2012. GSC Provides expertise to utilities, grid operators and equipment manufacturers interested in improving the operation of electrical systems with advanced energy storage systems and understanding markets for grid storage based services. Before founding GSC, he was President and CEO of Beacon Power Corporation for 10 years. He led the development of Beacon’s flywheel energy storage technology while simultaneously working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), grid operators, and public service commissions to create the market for energy storage based frequency regulation. Beacon initiated commercial service in New England in 2008 and inaugurated the first-of-its-kind 20 megawatt frequency regulation facility connected to the New York grid in 2011, ahead of schedule and under budget. Although this facility represents only about 10% of the NYISO market capacity, it provides over 30% of the Area Control Error correction. In response to a price reduction created by low natural gas prices, he led the industry effort to establish higher payment for better regulation performance. FERC order 755 was issued in October 2011. His career includes leadership roles in general management and technology in diverse companies including Ford Motor Company, Torrington, York International and Ingersoll-Rand. He has a BS in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, where he also earned his MBA degree.
| || John Carrington |
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.
| || Cam Carver |
Founding Chair and Board Member
Energy Storage Ontario
Cam Carver is the CEO of Temporal Power Ltd. He brings more than 15 years of experience as a technology entrepreneur and management consultant specializing in clean technologies. Cam is a Co-Founder of Temporal Power and has led the company in private financings and government awarded grants. He is the founding Chair of Energy Storage Ontario (formerly known as Ontario Energy Storage Alliance), Ontario’s energy storage industry group, and also sits on the City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Advisory Council. Cam holds a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization.
| || Colton Ching |
Vice President of Energy Delivery
| || Rajshekhar Chintapalli |
Senior Energy Consultant, Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
Raj joined Customized in August 2004. In his current role, Raj covers ongoing developments in the policies and rules of the Ontario Electricity Markets. Raj is involved in developing analytical models for evaluation of market potential for emerging technologies including energy storage, and optimization of multiple value streams for these technologies in various competitive markets. Raj has been involved in development of the Compressed Air Energy Storage optimization tool using Analytica as the decision support platform. He is lead on maintaining economic dispatch and forecasting models developed by Customized team. Raj developed and maintains pricing information for storage services across North American ISO/RTO markets, and reports on ongoing developments in the policies and rules related to Energy Storage in MISO, Ontario and Alberta. Raj has a Bachelors in Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur, India and has a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business Essentials from The Wharton School.
| || H.G. Chissell |
Senior Vice President
H.G. Chissell is senior vice president, business development Eastern region for Viridity Energy, a software/service firm focused on virtual power generation and advanced energy optimization. He has been with Viridity Energy from its beginning, leading the company’s growth in MWs under management and strategic regional expansion throughout PJM and NYISO across all verticals, including the first commercial frequency regulation battery project in PJM. Chissell graduated from Swarthmore College, studied architecture at Drexel University and received his accreditation as a LEED AP. He focuses on advanced business solutions and partnerships, specifically with the DOD, large industrials, portfolio real estate companies, energy storage integrators, and Retail Energy Providers.
Prior to joining Viridity Energy, Chissell led a sustainability/energy team at Gap International, a global consulting firm specializing in breakthrough leadership. He began his commercial career at RDLA, a healthcare architecture firm in Philadelphia. Chissell also is the co-founder of the National Academy of Natural Sciences’ Profitable Pathways to Sustainability Program.
| || Andrew Chung |
Andrew Chung Partner, Khosla Ventures Andrew is a Partner at Khosla Ventures focused on building transformative companies in the areas of sustainability (energy, food, agriculture), education, health and other emerging technologies. He is one of six partners and leads the firm’s investment and partnership activities in China. Andrew has served as a director, past and present, on the boards of Ambri, BioConsortia, Ecomotors, Incredible Labs [acquired by YHOO], Lanzatech, LS9 [acquired by REGI], Jetpac, Pellion, and Wattpad. Prior to Khosla, Andrew was at Lightspeed Venture Partners and helped build the firm’s cleantech practice, which invested in Solazyme [SZYM], Nest Labs [acquired by GOOG] and Quantumscape, among others. He also helped develop the firm’s practice areas in education and genomics. Andrew represented Lightspeed as a board member or observer for Coaltek, LS9 [acquired by REGI], Natera, Orbis Education, Personalis, Serious Business [acquired by ZYNG], Solazyme [SZYM] and Stion. Andrew is a leading voice in the sustainable technology community and has keynoted at the White House (on innovation & commercialization), Cleantech Forum (on the state of cleantech investing), Economist Innovation Summit I on the impact of Big Data on education & healthcare) and Cleantech Investment World Asia (on inventing Asia’s energy future). He serves on a White House roundtable on advanced manufacturing and frequently advises federal and state government officials on energy policy. Andrew also was the founding chairperson of the cleantech board of The Indus Entrepreneurs group (TiE), the largest global organization focused on fostering entrepreneurship. He is a long-time advisor to the Cleantech Open (CTO), the largest cleantech accelerator in the world. Previously, he worked at Bain Capital and TL Ventures, where he supported buyout and venture investments in healthcare, software and semiconductors. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with honors, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
| || Giovanni Damato |
Giovanni Damato has led Strategen’s Value Proposition Practice in distributed energy storage since 2005. Storage technology providers, global solar integrators, leading real estate developers, and public utility commissions have sought out his expertise to make critical strategic decisions about distributed storage markets, including the integration of storage with renewable energy resources. He is currently advising suppliers and developers as well as clean energy end-users to develop the value proposition and strategic implications of photovoltaic, solar thermal, and advanced energy storage systems for a wide range of key stakeholders. Giovanni brings practical and analytical skills to Strategen from the construction industry. Prior to joining Strategen, Giovanni founded a custom homebuilding business and is a licensed General Contractor in the State of California. Incorporating green building into his homebuilding business ultimately led Giovanni to the clean energy space and Strategen. He has also worked for Granite Construction, a leading U.S. heavy civil transportation contractor, as a Field Engineer on the Las Vegas Monorail Project, where he was responsible for day-to-day construction activities and jobsite/public safety. On the regulatory front at Strategen, Giovanni played an integral role in building the business case for including Advanced Energy Storage in California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), which led to the Public Utility Commission’s (CPUC) favorable ruling to include energy storage in the SGIP program. Giovanni holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
| || Vani Dantam |
Senior Vice President Business Development, Sales & Marketing
Axion Power International
Vani Dantam Senior VP, Business Development, Sales & Marketing Axion Power International, Inc. Vani Dantam has almost 30 years of experience in business development, sales & marketing, program management and product & test engineering. Prior to joining Axion Power, Vani was the V.P. of Business Development & Sales at Ener1, a Lithium ion battery manufacturer. Before that he worked as the global director of Sales & Marketing for EV/Hybrid motor sales at Remy International. He has worked with automotive and heavy duty OEM’s around the world – most notably with Daimler for more than 10 years. Other customers include PACCAR, Volvo, CAT, GM, Ford, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Ferrari, Cummins, Navistar, DDC, Toyota and Hyundai. During his years at Remy he pioneered Remy’s market development in Mexico and South America. He spent 4 years at GM Truck & Bus as an Engineering Manager and over 10 years at Delco Remy – a division of GM prior to formation of Delphi – in a variety of responsibilities from Design Engineer to Program Manager. During his tenure at Delco Remy – Vani helped start battery plants in France, Korea and Brazil and move motor and alternator production out of the U.S. into Mexico and Brazil. He was also instrumental in negotiating J/V and licensing agreements in Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Hungary, China and India. He is fluent in 5 languages including Hindi, Portuguese and Spanish. His educational qualifications include an MBA in Finance & International business from Indiana University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a Quality Engineering Certification from GMI and a BS (Hons) in Metallurgical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University, India.
| || Jacqueline M. DeRosa |
Director of Regulatory Affairs, California
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
As the Director of Regulatory Affairs for Customized Energy Solutions, Jacquie provides consulting services to help clients navigate through complex changes in the energy regulatory and policy arena. At Customized, Jacquie works with organizations who are integrating new technologies into the wholesale markets. Jacquie has over twenty five years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining Customized Energy Solutions, she worked for the California ISO in the areas of 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. She has also worked in project development for an independent power producer, and has worked for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Jacquie has a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.
| || Tim Derrick |
General Manager, North America
TIM DERRICK – ENERGY STORAGE LEADER. Tim leads SunEdison’s project development activity in grid-tied Energy Storage. Tim joined SunEdison in 2011 following the acquisition of Axio Power, a utility-scale PV developer where he was co-founder and CEO, which originated over 150 MW of solar PV projects in the US and Canada. Prior to working in energy storage at SunEdison, Tim served as General Manager of SunEdison’s North American solar business. Tim has 14 years of experience in renewable energy development, beginning his career at Enron Wind and General Electric. Tim holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
| || Chris Edgette |
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.
| || Mike Florio |
California Public Utilities Commission
Mike Florio was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission on January 25, 2011, by Governor Jerry Brown. Prior to this appointment, he was a senior attorney at The Utility Reform Network and served in that capacity since 1978. Florio is a member of California Conference of Public Utility Counsel. He also was a member of the board of governors of the California Independent System Operator from 1997 to 2005. He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a B.A. from Bowling Green State University.
| || Jeanne Fox |
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Jeanne M. Fox, a Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), served as its President and a member of the Governor’s cabinet from January 2002 to January 2010. Ms. Fox was appointed to the NJBPU on January 15, 2002 and was reconfirmed for a second term on March 16, 2009. The NJBPU has regulatory jurisdiction over telephone, electric, gas, water, wastewater and cable television companies and works to ensure that consumers have access to safe, reliable services at reasonable rates.
Under President Fox’s leadership NJBPU has become a leader among states in developing cutting edge clean energy policies, and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency. As a result, under her leadership New Jersey has been second only to California in the number of solar installations. President Fox has received numerous state and national awards for the BPU Clean energy programs.
Ms. Fox is active with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) as a member of the Board of Directors; member of the Sub Committee on Education and Research; Member of the Committee on Energy Resources and Environment; Vice Chair of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure.
She is also Chair of the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Energy Efficiency and Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group; member of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG); member of the National Petroleum Council (NPC), as well the National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP), having served as its chair for 5 years and is on the Board of the National Regulatory Research Institute Research (NRRI) Advisory Committee and serves on the Mid-Atlantic Distributed Resources Initiative (MADRI) Steering Committee. She served as: President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners; a member of the National Academy of Science Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making; National Leadership Group on Energy Efficiency; EPRI Advisory Council to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee; Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee.
Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. Fox served as a Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy.
Ms. Fox has served as a visiting Distinguished Lecturer at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Ms. Fox graduated cum laude from Douglass College, Rutgers University and received a Juris Doctor from the Rutgers University School of Law- Camden.
| || Denis Giorno |
President & CEO
Total New Energies USA
| || Tad Glauthier |
Vice President of Customer Development and Operations
As vice president of customer development and operations, Tad Glauthier is responsible for defining Stem’s commercial product vision. He also oversees the utility and regulatory aspects of the business. Prior to joining Stem, Glauthier worked at the Boston Consulting Group, where he specialized in growth strategies for the petrochemical industry. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in English from Stanford University and received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
| || Camron Gorguinpour |
Executive Director to the Department of Defense Plug-In Electric Vehicle Program
United States Air Force
Dr. Camron Gorguinpour serves as the Director of Transformational Innovation for the United States Air Force, Office of the Assistant Secretary (Acquisitions). In this role, Camron solicits, advocates for, and executes innovative concepts with the potential for broad-ranging and rapid improvements to Air Force acquisition processes and systems. Camron also serves as Executive Director for the Department of Defense Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Program. He is responsible for designing and executing a large-scale, multi-year effort to integrate PEV's into the Defense Department’s non-tactical vehicle fleet. Prior to arriving at the Pentagon, Camron served as Executive Director for Scientists & Engineers for America a 501c-3 nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to engaging scientists and engineers in public policy and political activities. Camron also served for six years as Co-Founder and Executive Director for Space Science Outreach and Research (SSOAR) a 501c-3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science and education. Through SSOAR, Camron executed numerous programs, including the creation of two public charter schools in collaboration with NASA, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation. Camron served for four years as a lecturer and part-time faculty member in the Bioengineering Department of the University of California, Berkeley. In this role, he created and taught courses in the field of Bioastronautics (i.e. human physiology in space). Camron received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley/University of California, San Francisco Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering. His area of emphasis was Bioastronautics, with a focus on the health impacts of space-borne radiation. Camron also holds a bachelors degree in Astrophysics and Physics from the University of California, Berkeley.
| || Dr. Andreas Gutsch |
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Dr. Andreas Gutsch, Coordinator Competence E at the KIT Dr. Andreas Gutsch studied Chemical Engineering at the University Karlsruhe. After his doctorate he started working at Degussa AG in the field of Chemical and Process Engineering. After leading the “Project House Nanomaterials”, he took over the management of the business division “Creavis” within Evonik AG. From 2006 to 2010 Dr. Gutsch held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Li‐Tec Battery GmbH. Dr. Gutsch has several honorary commitments: He is member of the boards of “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” (largest German research funding organization) and the ”BMBF” (German Ministry of Education and Research). Currently, Dr. Gutsch is the coordinator of Competence E, KIT’s umbrella project covering all research activities in the fields of electric energy stores and driving systems.
| || Mark Hardin |
Director of Product Marketing
Mark Hardin (BSME, MBA) has been working in the grid scale energy storage industry for over five years since joining the Younicos (formerly Xtreme Power) in the spring of 2009. In his current role as Director of Product Marketing at Younicos, Mark is responsible for identifying market opportunities for storage, working with engineering and product development to design a storage system that meets the market need, and interfacing 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 of 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.
| || Sean Hearne |
Manager of the Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department
Sandia National Laboratories
Sean J. Hearne, Ph.D. – Is the manager of the Energy Storage Technology and Systems department at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico where he is the program manager of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s Energy Storage program at Sandia. Sean is an elected officer, Secretary, for the Materials Research Society, the largest international society of materials researchers. He received his bachelors’ degree in 1991 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he was trained and licensed as a commercial pilot. He then went on to receive his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Arizona State University in 2000, where his dissertation research emphasized the mechanical properties of materials. Sean worked from 2000 to 2001 at Intel Corporation; where he was a Senior Process Engineer in the Components Research Group in Hillsboro, OR and was responsible for development of new interconnect technologies for use in future generations of microprocessors. Since 2001, Sean has worked for Sandia National Laboratories where he has been an active researcher and manager for electrical energy storage and nano-technology. Sean has published over 30 peer reviewed journal articles, a book chapter and holds multiple patents in topics ranging from fundamental material science through energy storage
| || Mark Higgins |
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.
| || Matt Horton |
Vice President, Sales
Matt Horton is Vice President, Sales at Proterra, where he is responsible for bringing the world's most advanced battery electric transit vehicles to market. Prior to joining Proterra, Horton served as CEO of Propel Fuels, Inc., a leading clean transportation company. Matt led Propel through a period of high growth, earning Propel a spot on the Inc 500 as one of America’s fastest growing companies. While there he was responsible for strategy and planning, government relations, operational execution, financial management, investor relations, communications, partnerships, and corporate development. Horton is an experienced company builder with a passion for growing sustainable businesses. Over the course of his career, he has been an operating executive, venture capitalist, and investment banker, working with dozens of startup and emerging growth companies in Silicon Valley since the late 1990s. Horton is a regular speaker at clean energy industry conferences and was awarded the prestigious Industry Leadership Award at the World Biofuels Forum in Rotterdam for his work in advancing the biofuels industry.
| || Fabrice Hudry |
Vice President/Head of Energy Solution Business
| || Woohyun Hwang |
Head of Smart Grid & ESS Department, Senior Vice President New Growth Engine Development Division
Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco)
Dr. Hwang Woohyun is a Vice President, Head of the Smart Grid & Energy Storage System Department in KEPCO for developing and testing about smart grid products and technology from 2009. He studied electrical engineering at Chung-Ang University and finished his doctorial thesis in 2009 at the Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Industrial and Information Systems, Graduate School of IT policy and researched data mining. He worked in distribution parts such as planning, designing, operation and maintenance in KEPCO from 1986 to 2000. Also he was in charge of distribution automation system as a planning and deployment expert for whole branch office in KEPCO HQ until 2004. In 2005, as a manager of power supply he served customers at branch office. He attended that planning Smart Grid Test Bed Project for Jeju Island from 2008 with Government, where he also working for 4 years as a specialist and general manager at the department of smart grid in KEPCO HQ. Now He is preparing another big project about Smart Grid Deployment for all Metropolitan Area in Korea with Government after the end of smart grid test bed on May 31 in 2013.
| || Mateo Jaramillo |
Director of Powertrain Business Development
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.
| || Michael Johnston |
Executive Director Standards and Safety
National Electrical Contractors Association
| || Judith Judson McQueeney |
Director of Emerging Technologies, U.S.
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
Ms. Judith Judson McQueeney (Formerly Judson) joined Customized Energy Solutions as Director, Emerging Technologies, U.S. in August 2012. In this role, she provides market analysis and consulting to various storage and emerging technology companies. For the past two years Judith has served as the Chair of the Electricity Storage Association Advocacy Council. Under her leadership, the Advocacy Council successfully persuaded the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to remove barriers to new storage technologies and to implement pay-for-performance-based compensation in the ISO/RTO wholesale electricity markets.
Before joining Customized, she served as Vice President of Asset Management and Market Development at Beacon Power LLC. At Beacon Power, Judith played a lead role in facilitating Beacon's commercial deployment of flywheel energy storage plants in the U.S. She successfully worked to reform the way storage resources are compensated to provide frequency regulation service in the electricity markets. As head of asset management, she lead a team responsible for developing the company's energy storage plants, including overseeing the site selection, plant interconnection, project budget and schedule.
Before joining Beacon, Judith served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission, where she regulated the state's $11-billion energy industry and $4-billion telecom industry. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.
| || John Jung |
President & CEO
Greensmith Energy Management Systems
| || Michael Katz |
Michael Katz Energy Consulting
Mike Katz provides consulting services in the following areas: electric and natural gas markets; risk management; strategic planning; and operations and contracting of physical assets.
| || 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.
| || Peter Kelly-Detwiler |
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.
| || Curtis Kirkeby |
Sr. Electrical Engineer - Technology Strategy
Curtis Kirkeby holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from Montana State University and a Masters in Engineering Management (MSEM) from Washington State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Washington and has extensive experience in the electric and gas utility industry; 6 years in substation design, 18 years in GIS, outage management, asset management, advanced metering systems, and engineering modeling, and 8 years in research and development. Mr. Kirkeby is currently responsible for applied research and development, focused on emerging technologies. He has the role of principal investigator for the Avista smart grid project in Pullman, WA which is a subproject of the Department of Energy sponsored Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration led by Battelle as well as the energy storage project also located in Pullman, WA. Mr. Kirkeby is also responsible for the application of innovative design thinking efforts at Avista.
| || Adam Langton |
Senior Analyst Energy Division
California Public Utilities Commission
Adam Langton is the staff lead for the alternative-fueled vehicles proceeding at the California Public Utilities Commission. In this role, he advises the Commission on a range of issues aimed at increasing adoption of zero-emission vehicles for different transportation applications. Langton was the lead technical analyst involved in developing the infrastructure components of the CPUC-NRG settlement, a $100 million investment in charging stations in California. He advises the Governor’s office on the design and implementation of the California zero emission vehicle initiative, including the CAISO-led effort to identify barriers to vehicle-grid integration. Langton also is involved in the implementation of the carbon cap-and-trade program for California’s electricity sector. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston College and a graduate degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, Langton was an analyst at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, analyzing surface transportation programs and policy.
| || Stella Li |
Stella Li - President of BYD Motors Inc. Ms. Li received her Bachelor's Degree in Statistics from Fudan University in 1992 and joined BYD in 1996 as a manager in the Marketing Division. Her responsibility was to train sales teams and marketing strategies for BYD products. In 1997, Ms Li opened BYD’s first overseas office in HK, and then founded the first European office in Rotterdam in 1999. In 2000, she set up BYD NA Headquarter in Chicago. Ms. Li was instrumental in globalizing BYD’s business. She was assigned to BYD Vice President in 2002, and assigned to Senior Vice President of BYD Corporation in 2006. Ms. Li, is the CEO and President of BYD Electronics Group and the head of BYD US corporation, and is responsible for BYD’s overseas business.
| || Don Liddell |
California Energy Storage Alliance
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.
| || Janice Lin |
California Energy Storage Alliance
Janice Lin is the Founder and Managing Partner, Strategen Consulting, LLC; 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.
| || Richard Lowenthal |
Chief Technical Officer
Richard Lowenthal is the chief technical officer of ChargePoint, which he founded in 2007. He was the CEO of ChargePoint from 2007 until 2011. From 1998 until 2007, Lowenthal was instrumental in starting several companies, including Lightera and Procket Networks. From 1996 to 1997, he was a vice president and general manager at Cisco. From 1990 through 1995, Lowenthal was vice president of research and development for StrataCom, a telecommunications equipment company. Prior to StrataCom, he was co-founder and vice president of engineering for Stardent Computers, and vice president of engineering for Convergent Technologies. Lowenthal also is a former Mayor of Cupertino, California, and has been heavily involved in the non-profit world. He has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
| || Greg Miller |
EVP, Market Development
Greg Miller serves as Executive Vice President, Market Development, for Ice Energy. Greg leads utility project and program development with Ice Energy’s municipal and investor owned utility clients. Prior to joining Ice Energy in 2004, Greg served as the Vice President of Sales for Encorp Inc. Encorp is a technology company that developed and trade marked the Virtual Power Plant® networking generation assets of all types to avoid peak energy consumption of utilities and end customers. During Greg’s tenure he created new business opportunities, established strategic partnerships that led to technology integration and new product offerings, and opened sales offices hiring staff domestically and in Mexico that led to Encorp tripling sales revenues annually four consecutive years. Greg’s business development and sales results supported Encorp raising $45 million in venture capital during his tenure. Greg began his career at the early age of 14 accepting an 8 year summer recruit program with Woodward Governor in 1978. After completing the recruit program and securing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at DeVry University, Greg was offered professional employment with Woodward serving many positions including field engineer, test engineer, project management, technical sales, and product development. Greg credits 19 years of services at Woodward as the foundation for his passion for power generation systems, propulsion, compressed natural gas vehicular control, local and remote automation and communications, and is proud of his emphasis on business ethics. Greg’s initial professional years inspired follow on careers that have combined environmental consciousness with energy technologies that focus on betterment of utility and end customer energy usage.
| || Debbie Mursch |
Director Market, Strategy and Development
Debbie Mursch Director Market, Strategy and Development Alstom Power Debbie has over 30 years of experience in the power industry, in operations, engineering and business management roles. She has previously served as Vice President at ABB Service, Vice President, ABB Flexible Automation and Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Acquisitions at Alstom Power.. Prior to her current position, she traveled extensively throughout the world establishing and acquiring companies as Director of Global Boiler Services for Alstom. Debbie’s current role is the Director of Hydro Market, Strategy and Development. Additionally, she is Chairman of the NHA Pumped Storage Council and an NHA Board Member. Debbie is a University of Wisconsin Madison graduate in Mechanical Engineering and earned an MBA from Drexel University. She has also done postgraduate work towards her MS in Mechanical Engineering.
| || Mark Nelson |
Director, Integrated Planning & Strategy
Southern California Edison
Mark Nelson is currently the Director of Integrated Planning and Strategy for Southern California Edison (SCE). Integrated Planning provides analysis, planning, and strategy development needed by SCE for effectively planning and integrating generation, distribution, and transmission assets to provide a safe and reliable power grid for SCE’s 5 million customers. Nelson previously was the Director of Generation Planning & Strategy responsible for the broad support of generation initiatives and regulatory efforts at SCE and the management of the Project Development Division. He was also Director of Retail Energy Operations for Edison Source, a deregulated affiliate. Prior to joining Edison, Nelson held management and analysis positions with subsidiaries of MidAmerican Energy. A published author of energy-related books, he has also served as an adjunct professor of economics.
| || John Norris |
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
John R. Norris was nominated by President Barack Obama to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2010 and reconfirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2012 for a full term expiring in June 2017.
Commissioner Norris, a lawyer, has years of experience in energy policy and regulatory affairs. He most recently served as Chief of Staff to Secretary Tom Vilsack of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to joining the USDA, he served as Chairman of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) from 2005 to 2009. During his tenure as IUB Chairman, Commissioner Norris served on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Electricity Committee and was Co-Chair of the 2009 National Electricity Delivery Forum.
During his IUB tenure, Commissioner Norris also served as a Board Member, Secretary and President of the Organization of Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) States as well as Chairman of the MISO Demand Response Working Group. He also was a member of the FERC/NARUC Demand Response Collaborative.
Commissioner Norris also has served on the Board of Directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute, as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Iowa Power Fund and on the Advisory Councils of the Iowa Energy Center, the Financial Research Institute for the University of Missouri College of Business and the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa.
In 1999 and 2000, Commissioner Norris was Chairman of the Iowa Electric Restructuring Task Force while serving as Chief of Staff for then-Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. He also served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Leonard Boswell (IA-3rd) from 1997 to 1998. From 1989 to 1993 he owned and managed a restaurant in Greenfield, Iowa, and he was State Director of the Iowa Farm Unity Coalition during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s.
Commissioner Norris graduated with distinction from the College of Law at the University of Iowa in 1995 and earned his undergraduate degree in 1981 from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.
Commissioner Norris, his wife, Jackie, and their three sons live in Washington, D.C.
| || 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.
| || Christopher Orzel |
Manager, Energy Storage Development
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 directorsfor the California Wind Energy Association. Orzel earned a BS in Business with a concentration in Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
| || Carla Peterman |
California Public Utilities Commission
Carla Peterman is a Commissioner with the California Public Utilities Commission and the current chair of the Plug in Electric Vehicle Collaborative. Peterman comes to the CPUC from her role as a Commissioner at the California Energy Commission, to which she was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011. At the Energy Commission, Peterman was lead commissioner for renewables, transportation, and the Independent Energy Policy Report. Peterman has conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute and also served on the board of directors for The Utility Reform Network from 2008 to 2011. She will complete her doctoral studies this year in energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned a Master of Science degree in environmental change and management and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
| || Chris Raphael |
California Energy Markets
Chris Raphael is editor of California Energy Markets, the leading trade publication of energy policy in the West. His work has touched on all aspects of energy policy, including renewable power contracting and Cal-ISO market operations. He has an M.A. in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in political science from Loyola University, New Orleans. His work, which has appeared on PBS, washingtonpost.com, and other media outlets, has been honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists, Virginia Press Association, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
| || Stacey Reineccius |
Stacey Reineccius is a lifelong serial entrepreneur experienced in founding, fundraising, product development, marketing, sales and new market identification and creation. With one company public, one sold, one living including having built a successful 180 country VOIP network (hardware, software, billing, anti-fraud), numerous complex multi year development contracts (Video PBX, VOIP platform for Dialogic, VOIP call monitor for Department of Homeland Security), raised $10 million+ in venture capital and public investment, six patents pending, he brings a wealth of hands on experience, insight and a successful perspective of vision that opens new opportunities and captures the value in them.
Reineccius is founder and CEO of Powertree Services Inc. a private owner-operator of integrated solar PV generation, electric vehicle charging and grid interactive energy storage. He developed initial funding, technology (patents), business model, partner and customer relationships. The company will be launching initial network operations in 2013 with over 70 locations in northern California. Previously he was principal at Power and Energy Consulting; founder and chairman of Powergetics (now Stem.com); founder and CEO of Quicknet Technologies; founder and managing director of engineering for FiberCorp International; and founder and CEO of Julian Systems Inc.
| || Peter Rive |
Co-founder and CTO
Peter Rive is SolarCity's co-founder and CTO, and oversees the company's operations and technology development. Rive has helped grow SolarCity into the largest full-service solar provider in the nation— the company is currently providing one in every four new residential solar systems in the U.S. In his role as chief technology officer, Rive oversees the development of SolarCity's next-generation software and hardware technologies, including battery systems and solar mounting hardware. His passion for solar is centered around a concern for climate change and the belief that solar represents the most practical path to sustainable energy production. He continues to push the boundaries of solar operations and technology with the goal of achieving breakthroughs in cost reductions and 24-hour energy delivery.
Rive has held several senior technology positions throughout his career focused on streamlining operational activities through the use of advanced software. Before he co-founded SolarCity, Rive held the position of chief technology officer at Everdream, where he designed a software platform to centralize computer management. Everdream was acquired by Dell in 2007.
| || Matt Roberts |
Energy Storage Association
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| || Michael Rowand |
Director, Technology Development
Mike Rowand is Director, Technology Development for Duke Energy. He is responsible for technology evaluation and development of distributed energy resources, including electric transportation, energy storage, distributed generation, and other end-use energy systems and devices. Mike has over 25 years experience with Duke Energy in various aspects of the utility industry including Transmission and Distribution Engineering, Customer Service, Rates and Regulatory processes, and Marketing. He is an honors graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina, and a Certified Energy Manager. Duke Energy is the largest electric power company in the United States with more than $97 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations server approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at www.duke-energy.com.
| || Eric Schmitt |
Vice President, Operations
Eric Schmitt is Vice President, Operations at the California ISO, where he is responsible for California’s bulk electric system operations, real-time engineering and market services. Mr. Schmitt is a 30-year power industry veteran with a unique blend of experience in operations, engineering, technology, business and environmental program management.
He most recently served as Senior Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), based in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Schmitt also held leadership positions with Capgemini Americas where he served as Global Power Center of Excellence Leader. Other recent positions include Director, Technology Strategy and Planning for Dallas-based TXU (now Luminant) and an array of technical and management positions at TU Electric, Texas Utilities Engineering, Texas Utilities Power Generation, and Florida Power & Light.
Over his career, Mr. Schmitt has held a variety of technical and management positions within the industry, including significant responsibilities in electricity production, operations, technical support, environmental, chemistry, training, quality assurance, information technology, technology and governance. Also, he has consulted at various power stations world-wide, working with clients assisting them with operations, engineering, business process and technology challenges.
Mr. Schmitt’s education includes a Master of Business Administration from University of Texas and a Master of Environmental Science from Florida Institute of Technology. He earned a Bachelor of Science from University of Notre Dame.
| || Charles Schwenck |
Charles E. Schwenck is a partner in K&L Gates' Los Angeles office, a member of the firm's Energy, Infrastructure and Resources ("EIR" )practice, and one of the founders of the firm's energy storage practice. He has more than forty years experience representing developers and other participants in energy,, infrastructure, water and mining projects thoughout the world, with an emphasis on projects relating to the generation, transmission and storage of electric power. His energy storage experience spans a broad range of mechanical, thermal and electro-chemical technologies, from mature, large scale technologies such as pumped storage hydro and compressed air to various emerging battery, thermal and hybrid appoaches; and includes stand-alone gid-connected and behind the meter applications, as well as combinatiions of energy storage with various renewable and traditional electricity generation at commercial and residential sites and industrial facilities. K&L Gates is an international law firm with more than 2.000 attaorneys in 48 offices throughout the world. Its renewables and energy storage practices are significant parts of its core EIR practice area. There are more than 150 attornyes in EIR, among which about a dozen partners in several U.S. and foreign jurisdictions are active in the energy storage practice. In North America, the firm is a member and active participant in the California Energy Storage Alliance, the American Council on Renewable Energy, the Renewables Northwest Project and the National Hydropower Association and other national, regional and local organizations involved in the promotion of energy storage technologies, applications and markets.
| || Vic Shao |
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.
| || Daniel Sowder |
Senior Project Manager - New Technology
Dan Sowder is a Business Development Manager in Duke Energy’s Renewable Generation Development Office. He is responsible for leading the development of business models that incorporate distributed energy technologies. Dan has been with Duke Energy since July 2010 and is has focused on energy storage, microgrids, solar integration, and other distributed energy technologies. Prior to joining Duke Energy, Dan served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy including tours onboard the nuclear submarine USS MARYLAND, the U.S. Navy Europe/Sixth Fleet staff in Naples, Italy, and the Office of Naval Research. In his previous role as a Senior Project Manager for emerging technology, Dan managed the design, installation, and operations of multiple utility-scale energy storage installations designed to demonstrate how this technology can make the electric grid more efficient, support the integration of renewable energy, and create growth opportunities for utilities and their customers. 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.
| || Paul Stith |
Director, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs
Paul Stith – Director, Business Development & Regulatory Affairs - EV Grid. Paul’s work focuses on policy and partnerships at the intersection of transportation and energy industries resulting in compounded benefits that accelerate the growth of electric vehicles, distributed energy storage and renewables grid integration. Prior to joining EV Grid, Paul launched Green OnRamp in 2010 to address the complexities and barriers to sustainable unlimited mobility. He continues to consult with organizations to address early adopter through mass-market electric vehicle adoption strategy, charging infrastructure, education and matters before standards and regulatory bodies. Leveraging his background in government, technology and business he advises clients on initiatives which create a sustainable market that balances both commercial and consumer interests. Active in Local, State and Federal initiatives, Paul is a contributor to the Governor’s ZEV Action Plan, CAISO VGI Roadmap, CPUC Alternative Fuels OIR, Submetering Protocol Roadmap and is a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Working Group on Electric Vehicle Fueling and Submetering. In addition, Paul serves as Legislative and Policy Advocate for Plug In America, supports the Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance and served two years as Vice President, Electric Auto Association, Silicon Valley. In 2012 Paul established the “Electric Vehicle Business & Career Network” that currently connects over 800 members from 23 countries dedicated to electric mobility, sharing information and building opportunities. Paul received his B.A. in Business Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz and studied abroad at Cambridge University. He lives in Scotts Valley, CA with his wife, two daughters, two dogs and three electric vehicles.
| || David Surla |
Development Area Manager
EDF Renewable Energy
David Surla started his career with EDF by working on several construction projects in France (new underground spillway at Le Chambon, Bissorte penstock) and abroad (geotechnical investigations in Laos, Doukkala scheme in Morocco). He was then logically entrusted with design studies (from pre-feasibility studies to detailed design) for future French projects (Gavet for EDF, ANDRA) and international projects (Laos, Iran). He then worked as a project manager (notably for the projects of Bage, Pont de Salars and Petit Saut) within the Civil Engineering department at EDF's Hydro Engineering Centre (CIH) in Le Bourget. David Surla then enrolled in an MBA program in International Business to acquire a more global vision and thus a better command of all project components. Once he received his degree, he joined the Development and Owner Support Unit of the CIH as an Economic Engineer specializing in international development projects (economic, financial and institutional aspects) and the development of national and regional strategic production expansion plans. He was assigned for one year in Greece to develop a pump storage to increase the penetration of wind potential. He is currently in charge of hydropower development in both the Latin American area and North American area.
| || Cynthia Thielen |
State House of Representatives District 50 (Kailua-Kaneohe Bay)
State of Hawaii
Representing Kailua and Kaneohe Bay, State House Representative Cynthia Thielen is a leader committed to protecting Hawaii's natural resources. She has been honored by the Sierra Club, Hawaii Thousand Friends, and many others for her advocacy and serves as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee. Rep. Thielen is Vice Chair of the Energy & Environmental Protection Committee, and ranking member for the Judiciary, as well as the Consumer Protection & Commerce, and Water & Land Committees. She is a tireless advocate for the implementation of renewable energy in Hawai‘i, and recently co-sponsored legislation which enables the State to aggressively pursue the goals set forth in the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative. Representative Cynthia Thielen attended Stanford University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Hawai‘i, graduating with a degree in environmental law. She is a founding member of the UH Law Review.
| || Victor Vilaplana |
Vice President - Electric & Fuel Procurement
San Diego Gas and Electric
Victor Vilaplana Vice President of Electric & Fuel Procurement San Diego Gas & Electric Company. Victor Vilaplana is Vice President of Electric & Fuel Procurement for San Diego Gas & Electric Company. He is responsible for all aspects of acquiring energy and capacity to serve the utility’s bundled ratepayers. This includes long-term contracting for the company to reach its renewable portfolio standard mandate, as well as procurement of conventional resources. The department also does economic dispatch of power plants, trading, risk control and settlements. Prior to this role, Vilaplana was director of investor relations for Sempra Energy where he was responsible for managing communications with Sempra’s investors and analysts. Before that, Vilaplana worked in Sempra Energy’s mergers and acquisitions team where he played a role in a number of the company’s buy and sell-side transactions including the divestiture of the oil, metals and european energy trading business to JP Morgan, and the sale of Sempra Energy Solutions to Noble Group. Vilaplana started his career as part of an Institutional Investor ranked equity research team at Morgan Stanley. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University and earned a master’s in business administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
| || Vinayak Walimbe |
Director - Financial Services
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
Vinayak is a Director – Financial Services at Customized Energy Solutions. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst with extensive experience in power sector. His work includes providing investment analysis and developing proposed price structures for electric power projects. He also conducts market analysis to evaluate competitive energy market opportunities for energy, capacity, demand response and ancillary services, as well as evaluating issues associated with renewable integration. Vinayak was involved in valuing and structuring multimillion dollar deals in Power and Aircraft industries. Before joining Customized, he was Manager at BTU Power, a private equity fund based in Boston where he focused on power project finance and fund raising. Prior to BTU, he worked at RISConsulting, a Boston-based firm, where he was involved in aircraft securitizations and other structured finance products. Previously he had done research in nonlinear control systems where he worked on problems involving differential geometry and bifurcation theory. Vinayak holds Master of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta and Master of Engineering from V.J.T.I. Mumbai. He holds undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli, India.
| || Fong Wan |
Senior Vice President, Energy Procurement
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Fong Wan is Senior Vice President, Energy Procurement, for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and is responsible for gas and electric supply planning and policies, wholesale market design, quantitative analysis, power plant development, commodity procurement and settlements.
Wan joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1988 as a financial analyst and spent six years in the Financial Planning and Analysis organization. He served as director in the Gas Supply and Electric Transmission business units before moving in 1997 to PG&E Energy Trading, an unregulated subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, where he served as Vice President, Structured Transactions.
In 2000, Wan moved to PG&E Corporation and served for four years as Vice President, Risk Initiatives. He was named Vice President, Power Contracts and Electric Resource Development at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 2004 and Vice President, Energy Procurement in January 2006. He was promoted to his current position in 2008. Wan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan
| || Kim Warren |
Vice-President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer
Independent Electricity System Operator
Kim Warren was appointed Vice-President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer in May 2011. In this role, he is responsible for managing the operation of Ontario’s competitive wholesale electricitymarket and for directing the operation of the IESO-controlled grid. With over 35 years of experience in the Ontario electricity industry, Warren recently served as Director of Planning and Assessments where he directed the development of operating policies, reliability standards, system operating limits and grid connections associated with interconnected power system operations. He also has served as Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Manager of System Operations, during which time he was directly responsible for real-time operations in the control room leading to the successful restoration of the province’s power system following the 2003 blackout
| || Brian Warshay |
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Brian leads the North American coverage for the Energy Smart Technologies (EST) practice at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Brian's research focuses on digital energy, including smart grids, microgrids, grid reliability and demand response, as well as energy storage in North America. Prior to BNEF Brian worked as an energy storage analyst at Lux Research. Since 2011 he has performed in depth market research, technology analysis, and evaluation of energy storage and fuel cell projects and policies around the globe. Brian has represented BNEF at thought leadership events led by the US Department of Energy, at New York City Climate Week and at the International Economic Forum of the Americas. Brian received his master's degree in Engineering Systems and Management at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Brian's thesis was a lifecycle assessment of a biofuel production system designed for the Middle East. Prior to Masdar, Brian worked for three and a half years as an environmental consultant focusing on solid waste and recycling programmes, municipal procurement, strategic planning, landfill gas-to-energy and waste-to-energy projects. Brian completed a B.S. in Natural Resources and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering Technology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
| || Eric Wesoff |
Editor in Chief
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.
| || Kenneth Willette |
Division Manager Public Fire Protection Division
National Fire Protection Association
Kenneth R. Willette serves as Division Manager of the Public Fire Protection Division of the National Fire Protection Association and is responsible for managing a technical staff that supports over 90 Standards addressing the needs of the fire service and emergency responders. He has 35 years of diverse experience in the fire service and emergency preparedness planning, serving as an airfield and structural firefighter, shift commander and Chief of Department and Emergency Manager for two communities. He earned a BS in Fire Protection Administration from Empire State University, Stony Brook, NY, graduated from the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) of the National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, MD, and is a Past President of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts.
| || Jeff Wyatt |
General Manager, Energy Storage & Solar Energy
General Electric Power and Water, Renewable Energy
Jeff Wyatt is general manager, Energy Storage & Solar Energy for GE’s renewable energy business, a global provider of wind, energy storage and solar products and services. In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing GE’s competitive business strategy for energy storage and solar. He assumed this position in March 2014. Jeff joined GE through the acquisition of Primestar Solar in 2011, and was named general manager of Solar Technologies. Prior to GE, Jeff served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of PrimeStar Solar, Inc. Before joining PrimeStar, Jeff was Vice President of Western Operations and Practice Manager for VCFO, a professional services firm focused on providing strategic guidance to emerging growth and middle market companies. Prior to VCFO, Jeff was the CFO for Environmental Materials, a national manufacturer of construction products, and held senior financial positions with Zolo Technologies and Colorel Corporation. Jeff began his career in public accounting where he was an Audit Senior with Ernst and Young. His experience includes working with emerging growth companies to scale operations, M&A transactions, and securing capital, successfully closing over $150 million in venture financing. Jeff is a CPA and received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University and his Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys skiing with has two kids, playing lacrosse, being outdoors.