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Featured Speakers

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Thomas Apalenek
BAE Systems
Thomas Apalenek
Senior Principal Systems Engineer
BAE Systems
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Stan Atcitty
Sandia National Laboratories
Stan Atcitty
Power Electronics Program Lead
Sandia National Laboratories
Dr. Stan Atcitty received his BS and MS degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University in 1993 and 1995, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Virginia Tech University in 2006. He is presently a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in the Energy Storage Technology and Systems department. He leads the power electronics subprogram as part of the DOE Energy Storage Program and his interest in research is power electronics necessary for integrating energy storage and distributed generation with the electric utility grid. Stan has over 40 publications and holds three patents and another three pending.
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Al Baez
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Al Baez
Program Supervisor
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Alfonso Baez is the Program Supervisor for the Best Available Control Technology (BACT) group at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Since joining the SCAQMD in June 1988 he has worked in various departments including Engineering Permit Processing and Compliance, Rule Development, Public Affairs Small Business Assistance and currently in the Science and Technology Advance Office. Al is currently the lead project officer for the demonstration and deployment of stationary renewable energy and storage projects. He received a B.S. in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and earned an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Design from California State University at Los Angeles.
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David R. Baker
The San Francisco Chronicle
David R. Baker
Staff Writer
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.
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Michael Berlinski
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
Michael Berlinski
Senior Consultant - Emerging Technologies
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
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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Justin Bieber
Pacific Gas and Electric
Justin Bieber
Principal Regulatory Analyst
Pacific Gas and Electric
Justin is a Principal Regulatory Analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric, specializing in critical initiatives before the CAISO and FERC including transmission planning, generator interconnection and market initiatives. Previously, Justin supervised Transmission Operations for PG&E’s Electric Generation Interconnection department, where he managed the portfolio of transmission interconnections with new generators in the PG&E service territory. Justin also worked for Jacobs Engineering and Nehemiah Construction in project management on bridge, highway, and refinery projects. Justin has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke, and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
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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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Doug Bond
Alameda County
Doug Bond
Transportation Services Manager
Alameda County
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.
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Kristin Brief
Ambri Inc.
Kristin Brief
Vice President of Corporate Development & Treasurer
Ambri Inc.
Kristin is the VP of Corporate Development and Treasurer of Ambri. Kristin joined Ambri in March 2012, with over ten years of experience in the energy industry. Kristin brings to Ambri a broad base of knowledge on the electric power sector, including wholesale market design and utility regulation. Kristin’s primary focus at Ambri is on market development, and she is also in charge of finance, human resources, and marketing. Prior to joining Ambri, Kristin was a senior manager at EnerNOC, where she focused on developing demand-side management partnerships with utilities and grid operators worldwide. Prior to EnerNOC, Kristin was an analyst in the energy practice of NERA Economic Consulting. Kristin has a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College
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Bill Capp
Grid Storage Consulting
Bill Capp
President
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.
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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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Cam Carver
Energy Storage Ontario
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.
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Rajshekhar Chintapalli
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
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.
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H.G. Chissell
Viridity Energy
H.G. Chissell
Senior Vice President
Viridity Energy
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.
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Leslie Cole-Brooks
Hawaii Solar Energy Association
Leslie Cole-Brooks
Executive Director
Hawaii Solar Energy Association
Leslie Cole-Brooks is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association, a non-profit trade organization which has been working for sustainability and energy independence in Hawaii since 1977. Ms. Cole-Brooks is trained as a geologist, and is a current member of the California and Hawaii State Bar Associations. She has worked in the energy field for several years, beginning with SMUD's Peak Corps program, and then later as an environmental and energy analyst for the Hawaii State Legislature. Ms. Cole-Brooks covers legislative and regulatory matters for HSEA, and is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law.
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Giovanni Damato
Strategen Consulting
Giovanni Damato
Senior Manager
Strategen Consulting
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.
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Vani Dantam
Axion Power International
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.
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Jacqueline M. DeRosa
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
Jacqueline M. DeRosa
Director of Regulatory Affairs - West
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.
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Tim Derrick
Sunedison
Tim Derrick
General Manager, North America
Sunedison
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.
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Chris Edgette
Strategen Consulting
Chris Edgette
Senior Director
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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Garrett Fitzgerald
Rocky Mountain Institute
Garrett Fitzgerald
Associate in Electricity Practice
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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Tom Flynn
California ISO
Tom Flynn
Infrastructure Policy Development Manager
California ISO
Over the last couple years at the California ISO, Tom has led numerous initiatives to develop infrastructure policy solutions to address generator and energy storage interconnection issues. He has previously held positions with Navigant Consulting, Southern California Edison, and all of the California's energy agencies including the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Electricity Oversight Board, and California Power Authority.
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Dave Fribush
PG&E
Dave Fribush
Project Manager, Battery Storage
PG&E
Dave Fribush is project manager for the deployment and integration into utility operations of PG&E’s first grid-scale battery energy storage systems. These pilot projects are testing the multiple functions that battery storage can provide, both to the distribution grid and in CAISO markets. His work has included a number of innovations at the company, including creating new cross-departmental processes for testing, evaluating, and operating energy storage assets and developing a new dispatch control system for energy storage assets. He is currently leading a project under the EPIC program to automate and explore the performance of the battery systems in CAISO markets. Dave has worked for Johnson Controls, Honeywell, the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and Rocky Mountain Institute on a variety of innovation projects at the intersection of energy, strategy, and communications. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Sustainable Global Enterprise, from which he received dual MBA and MS (environmental science) degrees. Prior to this, he survived a long, traffic-filled exile in Los Angeles working in the entertainment industry. Once upon a time, he received a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University.
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Tad Glauthier
Stem, Inc.
Tad Glauthier
Vice President of Customer Development and Operations
Stem, Inc.
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.
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Camron Gorguinpour
United States Air Force
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 bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics and Physics from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Thomas Griffin
FedEx Express
Thomas Griffin
Chief Engineer Global Vehicles
FedEx Express
Chief Engineer for Global Vehicles for FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company providing package delivery to every address in the U.S. and to more than 220 countries and territories around the planet. FedEx’s fleet encompasses tens of thousands of delivery vehicles and aircraft ground support equipment, thus producing a wide variety of applications and duty cycles. Thomas is responsible for studying technologies associated with conventional and alternative drivetrain solutions for fleet vehicle improvements to enhance ground vehicle safety, fuel efficiency and reliability.
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Darren Hammell
Princeton Power Systems
Darren Hammell
Chief Strategy Officer
Princeton Power Systems
Mr. Hammell graduated with honors from Princeton University with a B.S.E. in Computer Science. After winning first place in the 2001 Princeton University Business Plan Contest, he co-founded Princeton Power Systems. Mr. Hammell has served in various roles at PPS as President & CEO, Executive Vice President of Business Development, and currently Chief Strategic Officer. He was named one of Red Herring Magazine’s “Young Moguls” in 2005 and NJ-BIZ’s “Forty Under 40” business leaders in New Jersey the same year. He is a member of the State of New Jersey’s Clean Energy/Clean Technology Industry Workforce Advisory Council and a Founding Trustee of the non-profit New Jersey Solar Industry Manufacturer’s Association. He joined the Einstein’s Alley Board of Directors in 2012, and the New Jersey Technology Council Board of Directors the same year.
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Mark Hardin
Younicos
Mark Hardin
Director of Product Marketing
Younicos
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.
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Mark Higgins
Strategen Consulting, LLC
Mark Higgins
Senior Director
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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Bill Holmes
K & L Gates
Bill Holmes
Partner
K & L Gates
Bill Holmes is a partner in the Portland office of K&L Gates. Bill advises clients in negotiating major power purchase agreements (including for energy storage), agreements for the acquisition or sale of energy projects, EPC agreements, O&M agreements, fuel supply agreements, project development agreements, and other transactions, particularly in the areas of wind energy, solar energy, energy storage, hydroelectric power, gas-fired power, biomass, geothermal, and carbon offsets. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Energy Law, 2007-2015 and served as an Adjunct Professor of Renewable Energy Law at the University of Oregon from 2008 to 2012.
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Matt Horton
Proterra
Matt Horton
Vice President, Sales
Proterra
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.
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Fabrice Hudry
Samsung SDI
Fabrice Hudry
Vice President/Head of Energy Solution Business
Samsung SDI
Fabrice Hudry is Vice President of Samsung SDI's Energy Solutions business for the Americas, dedicated to transforming the energy world by creating innovative and practical value propositions for the successful development and implementation of Energy Storage Systems with local teams, partners and customers, across the energy sectors ranging from utility/MWs scale and Commercial & Industrial to telecommunications, Uninterruptible Power Supply, Battery Backup Units, and to residential end users. With over 17 years of technical and international business experience in the energy, electricity and software industry, Fabrice began his career with Cegelec in France as a Power Systems Engineer working on Energy Management Systems software before transitioning in 1997 to Cegelec's Automation Unit in WA, USA, which subsequently became Alstom Grid. There he managed the Dispatcher Training Simulator (DTS e-terra simulator) business creating state-of-the-art training & testing simulation systems. In 2005, he received the Frost & Sullivan Energy Industry Training Product award for his industry achievements. In 2007, Fabrice was appointed head of Alstom Grid’s New Zealand business, developing and executing Transmission & Distribution projects with its strategic key accounts, ranging from the National Control Center Markets & Energy Management Systems to large Gas Insulated Switchgear and HVDC/FACTS turnkey substations. Upon returning to the USA in 2009, Fabrice served as Alstom Grid’s Business Development Director and then as Smart Grid Director for North America, across a wide range of Product Lines, technologies and solutions including: smart control center solutions, smart power electronics, digital substations, condition monitoring & assets management, microgrids, Energy Storage Solutions, and renewable integration. Fabrice received his Master's Degree in Power Systems from the French École Spéciale de Mécanique et d’Électricité Sudria school of Paris. He has also completed the Harvard Business School's Corporate Executive Program and has been an IEEE Power Engineering Society member since 1999.
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Michael Johnston
National Electrical Contractors Association
Michael Johnston
Executive Director Standards and Safety
National Electrical Contractors Association
Michael Johnston is NECA’s executive director of standards and safety. Mike holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Mike is the Chairman of the NEC Correlating Committee. He served on NEC CMP-5 in the 2002, 2005, and chair of CMP-5 representing NECA for the 2011 NEC cycle. Among his responsibilities for managing the codes, standards, and safety functions for NECA, Mike is secretary of the NECA Codes and Standards Committee. Johnston is a member of the IBEW and is an active member of ANSI, IAEI, NFPA, SES, ASSE, ANSI-EVSP and ANSI-ESSCC, and the UL Electrical Council, the National Safety Council and Vice Chair of the NFPA Electrical Section.
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Judith Judson McQueeney
Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd.
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.
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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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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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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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Curtis Kirkeby
Avista
Curtis Kirkeby
Sr. Electrical Engineer - Technology Strategy
Avista
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.
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Ramkumar Krishnan, PhD
Fluidic Energy
Ramkumar Krishnan, PhD
Chief Technology Officer
Fluidic Energy
Dr. Ramkumar Krishnan is the Chief Technology Officer of Fluidic Energy and brings over 20 years of education, leadership and expertise in the areas of electrochemistry and energy storage, generation and conversion technologies. Dr. Krishnan joined Fluidic in March 2008 and has led product and R&D teams in the development of world’s first commercially available rechargeable metal-air battery system for peak shaving applications. Fluidic’s commercial battery systems have been installed at hundreds of locations worldwide and have reliably provided power in over 500,000 real world cycles. Prior to Fluidic Energy, he was a member of the technical staff in the Energy Technology Laboratory of Motorola’s Embedded Systems Research Laboratories in Tempe, Arizona. He has also served as a lecturer in the Department of Electronic Systems at Arizona State University. Dr. Krishnan received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from MIT; an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville; and a bachelor’s degree in chemical, and electrochemical engineering from the Central Electrochemical Research Institute in Tamil Nadu, India. Dr. Krishnan holds several patents both from Fluidic and Motorola in the areas of batteries and fuel cells. He has also published a variety of journal articles in nanotechnology and electrochemistry related areas.
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Pramod Kulkarni
Customized Energy Solutions
Pramod Kulkarni
Senior Advisor
Customized Energy Solutions
Pramod Kulkarni is a Senior Advisor at the Customized Energy Solutions. He works in the Emerging Technologies Group and specializes in regulations, technology and market developments that create opportunities for clients in the energy storage industry. Pramod brings 30+ years of experience of developing, financing and commercializing energy technologies. Prior to joining Customized Pramod worked at the California Energy Commission for 22 years where is managed programs that financed developments and demonstrations of renewable energy, energy storage and industrial energy efficiency. Many of the projects funded by his program laid the foundation for California’s energy regulations and commercialization of clean energy technologies. Before joining the Energy Commission Pramod worked in the private sector. He worked for a Fortune 100 company, in an energy consulting company, as an advisor to an angel investor and a startup company. Pramod has a BS and MS from India and an MBA from the USA. Pramod brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of energy storage. He started and managed the Energy Storage Program at the California Energy Commission. As program manager he funded and managed a portfolio of $90 million energy projects that included several energy storage technologies. He worked collaboratively with the US DOE and Sandia National Laboratory in developing program strategies to help commercialize energy storage technology. Pramod has been a US DOE energy storage program reviewer since 1997, has been on the Advisory Board for Energy Storage Handbook and has contributed to or authored several energy storage publications.
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Adam Langton
California Public Utilities Commission
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.
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Patrick Leslie
Puget Sound Energy
Patrick Leslie
Emerging Technologies Program Manager
Puget Sound Energy
Patrick evaluates new energy technologies and manages pilot projects for Puget Sound Energy, the largest electric and natural gas utility in Washington. Patrick the lead project manager on two innovative battery storage projects: 1) 0.5MW/1.0 MWh zinc-bromine flow battery, and 2) 2.0MW/4.4MWh lithium-ion system. Prior to his current role he worked on power plant development and acquisitions. Before moving to Seattle, Patrick was a project manager for solar and wind power company in the Bahamas. Patrick has an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BA from Dartmouth College.
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Don Liddell
California Energy Storage Alliance
Don Liddell
General Counsel
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.
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Janice Lin
California Energy Storage Alliance
Janice Lin
Executive Director
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.
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Richard Lowenthal
ChargePoint
Richard Lowenthal
Chief Technical Officer
ChargePoint
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.
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Herve Mazzocco
Imergy Power Systems
Herve Mazzocco
Senior Director Business Development
Imergy Power Systems
Dr. Hervé Mazzocco, LEED™ AP Senior Director, Business Development Dr. Hervé Mazzocco has more than 10 years experience in the power industry working in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. With expertise focused in the field of distributed generation and smart microgrid solutions for mission critical and remote energy operations, he has spent the last decade engaged in the development and execution of projects including grid-tied PV installations, and the development of hybrid systems for off-grid applications including PV, Diesel and energy storage. Dr. Mazzocco was president of RA Energie from 2007 to 2013, a distributed renewable energy systems company with installations in the U.S., MEA and France. Prior to that he was Director, Systems Integration for Petra Solar. And before joining Petra Solar, Dr. Mazzocco was with consulting firm Delta Créa designing the rural electrification program for the Congo Department of Energy. Dr. Mazzocco earned a Bachelor of Science degree in fundamental Physics and a Masters of Science degree in Climate and Atmospheric Physics from Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand. He earned a Doctorate degree in Hydrodynamics Engineering and Environmental Modeling from the Università di Padova, Padua, Italy.
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Greg Miller
Ice Energy
Greg Miller
EVP, Market Development
Ice Energy
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.
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Sam Min
Energy Storage Solution
Sam Min
Advisor
Energy Storage Solution
Sam Min is Chair and Professor of the Marketing Department at California State University, Long Beach. He is Advisor and one of the founding members of Energy Storage Solution (ESS). He has been President of the Global Korea Foundation since 2008. His research interests include marketing strategy, business model innovation, and new market entry. His research appears in top academic journals of Entrepreneurship and Marketing. He holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from Purdue University and an MBA from Korea University.
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Debbie Mursch
Alstom Power
Debbie Mursch
Director Market, Strategy and Development
Alstom Power
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.
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Gerrit Nicholas
K Road DG
Gerrit Nicholas
President and Managing Partner
K Road DG
Prior to joining K Road DG, Gerrit spent 4 years as President and Managing Partner of K Road Power where he led the development of 2,000 MWs of utility scale solar projects in the United States. Before K Road Power Gerrit spent six years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as Head of Environmental Commodity Sales where he led J Aron's U.S. renewable energy and carbon market transactions. Gerrit was responsible for the risk management associated with renewable energy and carbon offset projects including the development of physical power purchase agreements ("PPAs") and financial swaps for brown power, RECs, and carbon credits. While at Goldman Sachs, he also led commodity risk management for the US municipal and cooperative power sectors. Previously, Gerrit headed development and merger and acquisition activities for The AES Corporation in Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy. While at AES Gerrit led the successful gas conversion and re-development of the 900 MW Tizsa II power station in Hungary as well as the conception, development, and financing of the 1,200 MW greenfield Cartagena CCGT project in southern Spain. Gerrit's responsibilities in southern Europe included directing a team that established one of AES's earliest forays into renewable energy, focused on the development and acquisition of wind and biomass projects. Gerrit's focus on the balance between energy and the environment has shaped his career from the beginning. In 1981, as a college freshman, Gerrit co-founded Fuel Tech Inc., a fuel efficiency technology company dedicated to reducing fuel consumption and mitigating harmful environmental emissions (NASDAQ: FTEK). Later he joined MMT, Inc. an MIT start up technology company that developed systems for turning hazardous waste into chemical feedstocks and clean combustible fuels. Gerrit has a BA from Harvard University cum laude, and an MA from The School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
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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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Mike O'Connell
Frito-Lay North America
Mike O'Connell
Senior Director Fleet Supply Chain
Frito-Lay North America
Michael O’Connell, Sr. Director of Fleet Operations for Frito-Lay North America (FLNA), oversees one of the largest privately owned fleets in the United States. In this role, Mike is responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s sustainability strategy for fleet. This transformation encompasses upgrading existing assets, as well as the identification and integration of innovative “green” technologies and vehicles. The ultimate goal for the company is to become the “most fuel efficient fleet in the U.S.” Under Mike’s guidance, the company has been implementing initiatives such as route and asset optimization, operator training, aerodynamics, GPS, Electric Vehicles, CNG, and developing partnerships with organizations like the Department of Transportation and its SmartWay program. Mike started with FLNA in 1991 at its Wooster, Ohio facility. In his 23 years with the company, he has worked in a number of field positions in Service & Distribution, Finance, and Supply Chain at various FLNA sites including Frankfort, Indiana one of the company’s largest manufacturing facilities. Mike also served as Chairman for the Board of Directors of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency a Non-Profit focus on advancing the efficiency of freight in North America. He received his MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and a combined B.S.B.A. (finance and operations management) from The Ohio State University.
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Christopher Orzel
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 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.
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Titiaan Palazzi
Rocky Mountain Institute
Titiaan Palazzi
Special Aide to the Chief Scientist
Rocky Mountain Institute
Titiaan is the special aide to Amory Lovins, co-founder and Chief Scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute. He holds degrees in civil engineering and renewable energy technologies from Delft University, ETH Zürich and MIT. Titiaan has previously worked with Nest Labs, leading product research in Germany and with FirstFuel, developing software to identify energy saving potential in buildings. As a student, Titiaan founded a catering company, a student-entrepreneur network, and a project to finance solar panels on elementary schools by the local community, documented by TEDxAmsterdam. Titiaan recently taught at MIT Medialab’s Design Initiative in Mumbai, India and he was a founding member of Spokes America, an annual bicycle tour across the U.S. to teach hands-on engineering classes to high school students.
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Chip Palombini
Dynapower
Chip Palombini
Sales Manager of Energy Management Systems
Dynapower
Chip Palombini currently leads the sales efforts at Dynapower Company of South Burlington, Vermont. Dynapower Is the world's leading Independent manufacturer of power conversion systems for a variety of applications. Prior to leading the sales team, Chip was a research and development engineer and project manager responsible for the development of the first commercially available multi-port solar and storage Inverter system. During his work as a development engineer Chip was responsible for power conversion systems for battery energy storage applications, primarily for the integration of large scale distributed renewable generation. These developments have been Integral to Dynapower capturing >50% of the domestic energy storage market. Chip has authored patent applications on unique control, construction and heating power systems. Chip started his career as an electronics engineer at iTherm Technologies LP, an Intellectual Property Intensive start-up company where he worked his way into a partnership position shortly before Dynapower acquired iTherm Technologies in 2010.Chip has oversight of the strategic direction, expansion, and development of both grid tied and microgrid inverters, which have defined Dynapower Company as the leader In energy storage Inverters for customers around the world. Dynapower sets the standard for innovation and performance of bi-directional Inverters for use in energy storage applications with innovative features like multi-port inverters, combining PV and battery energy storage, and Dynamic Transfer, which enables backup power applications through seamless transition from grid forming to grid tied mode.
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Jacques Poulin
ABB Rail Transportation
Jacques Poulin
Product Manager - Energy Storage
ABB Rail Transportation
Currently Product Manager for Energy Storage in Transportation at ABB, Jacques Poulin holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from McGill University. Prior to joining ABB, he has held numerous management and executives positions in the telecom, datacom and solar industries. Over the last 15 years, Jacques held global responsibility for the DC power product portfolio at Emerson Network Power, and more recently founded Solpowered, an EPC firm developing rooftop solar systems in Canada. He joined ABB in 2012 and launched the ENVILINE Energy Management and Storage System which recycles train braking energy while voltage support and peak shaving of the traction power.
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Chris Raphael
California Energy Markets
Chris Raphael
Editor
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.
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Stacey Reineccius
Powertree Services
Stacey Reineccius
CEO
Powertree Services
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.
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Brendan Riley
BYD Motors
Brendan Riley
Vice President of Fleet Sales
BYD Motors
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Matt Roberts
Energy Storage Association
Matt Roberts
Executive Director
Energy Storage Association
Matt Roberts Executive Director Energy Storage Association Matt Roberts serves as the Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association, overseeing operations and strategic initiatives for the industry’s trade association. Matt has over 10 years experience in energy policy, communications and association management, with a recognized expertise in renewables, distributed generation, and sustainable infrastructure. Prior to joining ESA, he oversaw policy and operations for a global energy trade association focused on reforming transportation infrastructure and expanding the use of renewable fuels. Matt started his career as a House staffer and speech writer, and has consulted in the energy industry with organizations focused on solar, wind and geothermal energy policy and deployment. He has testified as an expert witness for the U.S. Congress and has spoken at conferences around the globe on energy policy and sustainability.
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Ben Rogers
Broadscale Group
Ben Rogers

Broadscale Group
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Charles Schwenck
K&L Gates
Charles Schwenck
Partner
K&L Gates
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.
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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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Chris Shelton
AES Energy Storage
Chris Shelton
President
AES Energy Storage
As President of AES Energy Storage, LLC, Chris Shelton leads the AES Corporation business area with 200 MW of advanced energy storage systems in operation and construction and another 1000 MW of projects in near-term development. He has over 20 years of technology related development and systems architecture experience and has been a leader in the origination of new business efforts at AES. These efforts include the launch of a retail electricity business where he pioneered the bundling of environmental offsets with customer electricity consumption and began the first AES wind development efforts. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and serves on the Electricity Advisory Committee to the U.S. DOE. He recently served as Chairman of the Energy Storage Association.
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Michael Smith
Exelon
Michael Smith
Vice President Constellation Technology Ventures
Exelon
Mike leads Constellation Technology Ventures (CTV), the venture capital investing arm of Exelon. CTV originates, executes and manages minority investments in a portfolio of start-up companies in the energy technology space. CTV is actively investing in early stage companies across the energy tech space with an eye toward commercializing new technologies across the Exelon platform. Previously, Mike was responsible for overseeing the strategy, development and implementation of Constellation’s renewable and sustainable retail product offerings, including onsite generation, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction strategies. In this capacity, Mike led Constellation's retail solar power and energy efficiency origination efforts and a dedicated commercial sales team focused on the deployment of solar installations and energy conservation measures for customers across the United States. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami and a JD from the Duke University School of Law.
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Ron Somers
India First Group
Ron Somers
CEO
India First Group
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Daniel Sowder
1Energy Systems
Daniel 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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Heiko Staubitz
Germany Trade and Invest
Heiko Staubitz
Senior Manager Smart Grid & Energy Storage
Germany Trade and Invest
Heiko Staubitz has been senior manager in the department for Energy, Environment & Resources within GTAI since 2007. He is head of task force smart grid and responsible for the industrial settlement of international investors in Germany in the field of energy storage and smart grids. He studied mechanical engineering and worked for many years as product developer in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency at Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW).
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Paul Stith
EV Grid
Paul Stith
Director, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs
EV Grid
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.
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Heiko Stutzinger
German Energy Storage Association (BVES)
Heiko Stutzinger
Board Member
German Energy Storage Association (BVES)
Head of Renewable Energy Fairs at Messe Düsseldorf GmbH as well as founding member, member of the board of directors and vice treasurer of the Bundesverband Energiespeicher e.V. [German Energy Storage Association], Berlin. Born in 1974 in the Rhineland, Heiko M. Stutzinger studied business administration at the European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel (Germany), Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the University of California in Berkley (USA). During his studies, he already gained extensive practical experience, i.e. at Ernst & Young, Arthur D. Little, the advertising agency Grey and Accenture. At the beginning of his professional career, he worked as a consultant at the Monitor Group. Between 2000 and 2003, he supervised numerous national and international large projects there. Following his employment at the Monitor Group, he looked for a challenge as an entrepreneur. The management consultancy that he founded, Stutzinger und Kollegen, successfully worked on a multitude of strategies and solutions for small and medium sized enterprises. The portfolio of services also included commercial services such as financial accounting and payroll accounting as well as training and coaching. In 2008, he initially started at Messe Düsseldorf as an Account Manager. Right at the start, he was assigned global responsibility for the trade fair product family in the area of glass and solar technology. In the summer of 2012, he was promoted to Head of Renewable Energy Fairs, and so today, he has global responsibility for the development of the product portfolio of Messe Düsseldorf in the area of renewable energies and glass technology. Furthermore, he is responsible for new trade fair projects – from planning to realisation. In addition, he is also responsible for the Energy Storage Europe in Düsseldorf, Germany, the Energy Storage North America, Energy Storage China as well as the Energy Storage India.
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David Surla
EDF Renewable Energy
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.
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Peter Thomas
FIAMM Energy Storage Solutions
Peter Thomas
Chief Strategic Officer
FIAMM Energy Storage Solutions
Peter Thomas is the Chief Strategic Officer of FIAMM Energy Storage Solutions. FIAMM is one of the largest privately held global battery manufacturers. His responsibilities include all activities related to FIAMM’s North American strategic initiatives, including commercializing innovative new technologies and M&A. Prior to joining FIAMM, Mr. Thomas was a senior executive in both the utility and telecom industries. He was the president of several American Electric Power (AEP) and Sprint subsidiaries, the vice chairman of GE’s largest telecom exposure and was an executive team leader at Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL). Mr. Thomas has been leading the development of smart grid infrastructure projects and enabling regulations since 1997. He is the former Treasurer of the Electricity Storage Association (ESA) Advocacy Council and is currently a member of the ESA Leadership Circle and the California Energy Storage Alliance.
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Rob Threlkeld
General Motors Company
Rob Threlkeld
Global Manager, Renewable Energy
General Motors Company
Rob Threlkeld is Global Manager, Renewable Energy for General Motors. In this role he manages the nearly 70 megawatts of renewable energy that make up GM’s global renewable energy portfolio. He is responsible for accessing the feasibility of future projects as they pertain to GM’s overall sustainability strategy and negotiating long-term power purchase agreements with projects underway at various facilities across the globe. Threlkeld is also engaged with OnStar in looking at ways to integrate electric vehicles with battery storage and renewable energy to tap in to the distributed generation and frequency regulation markets as a means to further financially support renewable energy projects. As part of GM’s sustainability team, Threlkeld is charged with sharing renewable energy best practices to an internal and external audience to further GM’s reputation as a responsible corporate citizen. He travels around the country to speak to a number of different groups on the topic of renewable energy, explaining how companies large and small, alike, can benefit from the use of renewables. Threlkeld is also actively involved in the Solar Energy Industries Association. He urged GM to join with this NGO to help support other large end users in their deployment of solar. He is also actively involved with the Association of Energy Engineers, Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Solar Power International Advisory Council. He also retains status as Certified Hazardous Material Manager through the Institute of Hazardous Material Managers and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) through the Association of Energy Engineers. Threlkeld began his career at General Motors in 2000 as manager of the Powerhouse and Wastewater Treatment Plant operations at GM’s Lordstown (Ohio) Assembly Complex. He holds a bachelor and master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
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Kim Warren
Independent Electricity System Operator
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
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Brian Warshay
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Brian Warshay
Analyst
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.
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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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Ted Wiley
Aquion Energy
Ted Wiley
Vice President of Product and Corporate Strategy
Aquion Energy
Ted Wiley arrived at Aquion Energy as the first employee of the company in 2009 and ran all day-to-day operations for the first two years. He is currently focused on product development and corporate strategy. Prior to Aquion, he was a senior associate at Hudson Clean Energy Partners where he helped develop the firm’s strategy on bio-fuels while working actively on two solar investments. Before Hudson, Ted deployed to Iraq as an Army platoon leader for the 1st of the 23rd Infantry Battalion leading hundreds of combat missions and helping to organize the country’s first free elections. Ted earned a BS in Physics at Seattle University and an MBA from Harvard Business School with concentrations in clean technology entrepreneurship. He was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
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Kenneth Willette
National Fire Protection Association
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.
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Olaf Wollersheim
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Olaf Wollersheim
Systems Management Competence
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Dr. Olaf Wollersheim is a physicist managing the Project Competence E of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) jointly with his colleague Dr. Andreas Gutsch since 2011. The project integrates the competencies of the KIT in the area of lithium ion batteries for stationary and mobile applications. Major achievements are the development and successfull implementation of 1 MW PV powered stationary storage systems and battery electric city busses. From 2009 to 2011 he was responsible as Chief Administrative Officer of a private Swiss-based Foundation for international Bio and FairTrade Certification Services. Before he was working as assistant to the Executive Board of the National Lab Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Vice-Director of the Institute of Nanotechnology.
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Jonathan Word
Alton Energy
Jonathan Word
Director of Strategic Operations
Alton Energy
Jonathan Word focuses on Alton Energy’s renewable power and bulk energy storage development strategy. His company is currently developing the 1000 MW Bison Peak Pumped Storage project near Tehachapi CA. This project will ultimately be linked with wind and solar to create a hybrid firm renewable product that provides important near-zero carbon fast ramping flexible capacity attributes to the Southern California load center. Jonathan has participated in several CPUC Proceedings, focusing on the economic competitiveness of bulk energy storage, low carbon electricity, and Long Term Procurement Planning. Jonathan participates on the Steering Committee of the California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study (LCGS), a robust study that explores how the California electric sector can cost-effectively support deep, statewide reductions in GHG emissions. Prior to joining Alton Energy, Jonathan was U.S. Project Manager for The Wind Company GmbH (TWC), based out of Vienna, Austria during their expansion into the Americas. Jonathan has also worked as International Operations Consultant with Mundo Investments, consulting to various international clients with an array of start-up business models, and worked as US Land Entitlement Manager for a European base firm where he managed the entitlements and acquisitions for the company’s US operations. Jonathan is a graduate from Arizona State University, in International Business and Spanish. Jonathan has completed an MBA in Energy Management from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, in Vienna Austria, and is currently finalizing his master thesis sponsored by Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, focusing on California low carbon electricity beyond 2020, and the role and competitiveness of hybrid renewables.