The following are confirmed presenters for the
2017 Energy Policy Outlook Conference :
Manager, Utilities Policy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Brendon Baatz joined ACEEE in the fall of 2014. Brendon’s research focuses on state energy efficiency policy, utility regulation, energy markets, utility resource planning, and utility-sector efficiency programs. Prior to joining ACEEE, Mr. Baatz worked for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Maryland Public Service Commission, and Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. He holds a master of public affairs in policy analysis from Indiana University and a bachelor of science in political science from Arizona State University.
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Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Council on Competitiveness
William Bates is Executive Vice President of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and was the founding Executive Director of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. Mr. Bates is a recognized expert in global competitiveness and innovation and provides policy analysis and strategic advice to the Council’s president & CEO. He coordinates special projects and supervises the organizations’ outreach to both domestic and foreign government policymakers and the international media. He previously served as Director of Government Relations for the United States Telecom Association. Prior to that, he was Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to House Commerce Committee member, U. S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA). Before joining Ms. Eshoo, he was an Associate with the Washington, DC-based public affairs company, Cassidy & Associates. He holds a master degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor degree in Government and History from Cornell University.
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Manager, Microgrids and Distributed Energy Resources Program, Schneider Electric
Chris Bleuher joined forces with Schneider Electric in 2011 and since then has played an integral role in driving their microgrid market strategy beginning with the company’s first formal response to Connecticut’s microgrid program in 2013. Subsequently, he was involved with the creation of Schneider Electric’s Microgrid Competency Center in 2014 responsible for the business development side of the market. As part of that role he drives the direction and execution of the Company’s strategy in their eastern U.S. microgrid business. He has been instrumental in envisioning how best to reduce internal barriers in order to create a streamlined and efficient approach towards bringing Schneider’s deep and varied equipment and engineering solutions to bear on this emerging market.
Mr. Bleuher has championed Schneider Electric’s ‘Microgrids as a Service’ approach which has resulted in successful local and county government reliability projects in Connecticut, New York, Maryland and Massachusetts. He has is currently on the board of directors at the Renewable Energy & Efficiency Business Association (REEBA). He has an MBA from the University of Hartford and a B.S. in Biology from Colorado State University.
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Incident Response Manager, Mandiant, a FireEye Company
Nick Carr is a senior manager of security consulting and incident response at Mandiant, FireEye's consulting unit. Mr. Carr provides expertise as both a technical investigative lead and as a project manager for some of Mandiant's largest engagements. He is also responsible for monitoring and detection initiatives within Mandiant and drives implementation of attacker methodology detection in the FireEye product suite. Prior to joining Mandiant, he served as Chief of Technical Analysis and incident response team lead for DHS ICS-CERT, focusing on SCADA systems and critical infrastructure cyber attack readiness and response. A computer engineer and graduate from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Cyber Operations program, Mr. Carr has spent his career in computer security, network analysis, and intelligence roles in the U.S. Government and private industry.
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Administrator, Idaho Office of Energy Resources, Member, National Council on Electricity Policy
Prior to being appointed Administrator of the Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources (OEMR) in September of 2014, John Chatburn had served as Interim Administrator and Program Services Manager for OEMR from 2009 - 2014.
Some of Mr. Chatburn's other duties for the State currently include; Western Interstate Energy Board, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Board of Directors, Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance Board of Directors, Governor Otter’s designated representative on the Western Governors’ Association’s (WGA) Staff Council, Co-Chair Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation, Northern Tier Transmission Group Planning Committee, Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body, National Council on Electricity Policy Executive Committee, and serves as Governor Otter’s Energy Policy Advisor.
During his career with the State of Idaho, he has served as the Special Assistant for Energy under Governor Otter from 2007- 2009. He was Deputy Administrator for the Idaho Department of Agriculture, in the Division of Animal Industries from 2002-2007. John was also the Special Assistant to the Director, Idaho State Department of Agriculture from 1999 – 2002, and Energy and Natural Resource Policy Advisor for Governor Phil Batt, 1995 – 1998.
He is a graduate of Boise State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
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Engineer, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy
Zachary Clement serves as an Engineer for the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the US Department of Energy, where he provides legislative, technological and market analysis of all forms of energy and fuel. Before that, he worked as a General Engineer for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, examining various types of offshore energy sources. He earned a BS in Environmental Systems Engineering from Penn State in 2010 and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2014.
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Air Quality Planner, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Angela Conroy is an Air Quality Planner for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Ms. Conroy manages the Volkswagen environmental mitigation efforts at DEQ including the public stakeholder process and development of the state mitigation plan. She also leads DEQ’s greenhouse gas planning efforts such as a multi-state bioenergy analysis and the Clean Power Plan. Ms. Conroy has 20 years’ of experience in environmental program and project management for federal government agencies including the U.S EPA, DOE, DOD, Department of Interior, the Veterans Administration, VA DEQ, and the Massachusetts Department of Health. She has co-authored technical guidance such as Best Practices for Siting Photovoltaics on Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, and published articles for the Global Association of Risk Professionals and other non-profit organizations. Ms. Conroy has a B.S. in Environmental from Ferrum College, an M.B.A. and M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland, graduate studies in Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Tech, and is a Certified Sustainable Development Professional through the Association of Energy Engineers.
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Cybersecurity Specialist, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Chair, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Dr. Costantini is an information technology professional with more than 30 years of experience in the electric utility sector. She has held executive level positions including Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, where she helped launch the Electricity Sector ISAC. As a subject matter expert on cyber security, Dr. Costantini has written federal and state regulations that are intended to protect electric utilities from cyberattacks and has testified before Congress regarding utilities’ cyber disaster preparedness. Her responsibilities at the NJ Board of Public Utilities include building and sustaining effective partnerships with government and private sector stakeholders to foster cyber security information sharing.
Dr. Costantini holds a D.Sc. from New Jersey City University, an MBA from Rider University, and a BA in Economics from Seton Hall University. Her doctoral research focused on ways to improve partnership outcomes between government and private sectors in critical infrastructure industries. She serves on a Doctoral Program Advisory Board at Henley-Putnam University and is an Adjunct Professor in the Professional Security Studies department at New Jersey City University. She is a member of the ISC2 New Jersey Chapter and the National Association of Professional Women, and volunteers as a mentor for young women interested in STEM education and careers.
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The Honorable Kevin Cramer
Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Kevin Cramer was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Congressman Cramer serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has the broadest jurisdiction of any committee in Congress. He is assigned to three subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Environment and the Economy, and Oversight and Investigations. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Northern Border Caucus, which fosters continued growth in the relationship between the United States and Canada, and is a founding Chair of the Congressional Kids’ Safety Caucus.
He is North Dakota’s only member of the House of Representatives. Congressman Cramer has made constituent outreach a top priority, describing interacting with the public as “the best part of public service.” According to Legistorm, the Capitol Hill government issues website, for the past two years he has held the most town halls of any Member of Congress.
Congressman Cramer has had a distinguished career in public service. In 1991, he was elected Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, making him the youngest member of the Republican National Committee. From 1993 to 2000, he served in Governor Ed Schafer’s cabinet, first as State Tourism Director from 1993 to 1997, then as State Economic Development & Finance Director from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003, he was Executive Director of the Harold Schafer Leadership Foundation, which connects emerging leaders from the University of Mary in Bismarck with community business leaders. In 2003, then-Governor John Hoeven appointed him to the Public Service Commission, and in 2004 he was elected to the position, gaining more than 65 percent of the vote. He was re-elected in 2010 with 61.5 percent of the vote in a three-person contest.
As North Dakota Public Service Commissioner, Congressman Cramer helped to oversee the most dynamic economy in the nation. He worked to ensure North Dakotans enjoy some of the lowest utility rates in the nation, enhancing their competitive position in the global marketplace. An energy policy expert, he understands America’s energy security is integral to national and economic security.
A strong advocate for the free market system, Congressman Cramer has a proven record of cutting and balancing budgets, encouraging the private sector through limited, common sense regulations and limited government.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, and was conferred the degree of Doctor of Leadership, honoris causa, by the University of Mary on May 4, 2013. He is a native of Kindred, North Dakota, where he received all of his primary and secondary education.
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Director - Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Molly Cripps serves as Director of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs (TDEC OEP). TDEC OEP oversees the U.S. DOE-funded State Energy Program, Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program, and State Gov’t Energy Assurance Capabilities Grant, as well as various special projects.
Ms. Cripps oversaw the University of Tennessee’s efforts on the Volunteer State Solar Initiative (VSSI), which included the Tennessee Solar Institute and the 5MW West Tennessee Solar Farm. Through TDEC OEP, Ms. Cripps participates in the oversight of the Pathway Lending Energy Efficiency Loan Program, a public-private collaboration that has leveraged state, private and utility capital. She served on the Energy Efficient Schools Council and the Tennessee State Advisory Board for the Electric Vehicle Project. She also currently assists the Tennessee Electric Vehicle Advisory Council.
Prior to joining the State, Ms. Cripps practiced law for over eleven years, eight of which were spent representing local governments. Cripps attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in History and Political Science in 1994. She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1998.
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Vice President, Governance and Advocacy, Calvert Investments
Stu Dalheim has led Calvert's shareholder advocacy program, which continues to grow as Calvert engages with more companies through direct dialogue, standard-setting exercises and partnerships as well as shareholder resolutions, since 2005. Mr. Dalheim has focused on corporate governance, transparency and environmental issues and works with policy makers and regulators to advance the interests of sustainable and responsible investors. He was the lead author on a Calvert report that benchmarked the environmental programs and performance of major U.S. homebuilders in 2008 and co-author of a 2010 report that assessed corporate board oversight of environmental and social risks. He serves on the board of Bethesda Green and is a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Council of the Council of Institutional Investors. Mr. Dalheim earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Wesleyan University and is a LEED accredited professional.
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Senior Principal, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Keith Dennis is Senior Principal, End-Use Solutions and Standards, Energy and Power Division of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Mr. Dennis has an interdisciplinary background in engineering, business, and law and collaborates closely with the Legislative, Regulatory Policy, and Technical teams on issues related to energy end use, including energy efficiency and demand response. He joined NRECA in 2012 directly from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) where he led a Policy and Guidance Team for a $3.2 billion energy efficiency and conservation grant program. While at DOE, Mr. Dennis served an eight month detail at The White House Council on Environmental Quality where he supported several large energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. He holds an A.B. in Engineering and Environmental Sciences from Dartmouth College, a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) and Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M.) from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law (M.S.E.L), summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School. He is also licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.).
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Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Tanuj Deora joined the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) in January 2015 to lead its research, advisory, communications, and programs teams. His previous experience includes wind energy project development, research and design engineering, product management, business development, and financial analysis for over a decade of experience in renewable energy after starting his career in the chemical industry. Mr. Deora served in the cabinet of Governor John Hickenlooper as director of the Colorado Energy Office, and earlier served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica working on community and environmental health projects. He has also served as an advisor to the Rational Middle Energy Series and on the boards of the Colorado Renewable Energy Trust and Renewable Energy New England.
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Program Manager, State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Energy Assurance, Infrastructure Security and, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
Matthew Duncan serves as the Program Manager of the State, Local, Tribal, & Territorial (SLTT) Energy Assurance Program inside the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE). His work on SLTT Energy Assurance focuses on building stronger relationships with states and local communities, and improving the resilience of the energy sector. Prior to his arrival at DOE, Mr. Duncan deployed for two years as a civilian at the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan with the U.S. Department of State and held positions at the Department of Defense and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Joseph’s University, and a M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
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Senior Director for Research, The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Neal Elliott is the Senior Director for Research at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), coordinating ACEEE's overall research efforts. Mr. Elliott has been with ACEEE since 1993, and is an internationally recognized expert and author on energy efficiency programs and policies, industrial energy policy, combined heat and power, electric motors and a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences. He is the recipient of the 2014 Industrial Energy Technology Conference Energy Award.
Prior to joining ACEEE, he was an adjunct associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University and Senior Engineering Project Manager at the N. C. Alternative Energy Corp. (now Advanced Energy). Mr. Elliott received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and was a Dean's Fellow and received a Ph.D. from Duke University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and holds six patents. Elliott serves on the Boards of the Industrial Energy Technology Conference, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition and Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance.
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Director, Policy and External Relations, Diesel Technology Forum
Ezra Finkin has served with the Diesel Technology Forum since July 2012. As the policy and outreach director, Mr. Finkin works to educate policy makers, elected officials and thought leaders about the importance of diesel technology and the clean air and economic benefits of continuing investments in clean diesel technologies. Previously, Mr. Finkin served as a policy and industry affairs representative for several trade associations representing retailers, manufacturers and the ocean transportation and goods movement industries. Mr. Finkin worked with many industry groups to develop environmental programs at blue water ports to improve air quality from many maritime operations. Mr. Finkin holds a B.A from Kenyon College and a M.A. from the School for Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins University).
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Staff Scientist, Office of Strategic Planning and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Sarah Forbes is a scientist at the US Department of Energy (DOE) where she applies her ecological perspective to the regulatory, policy and engineering challenges associated with demonstrating and deploying new energy technologies, especially carbon capture and storage (CCS). Prior to her current position at DOE, Ms. Forbes was a senior associate at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a nonprofit environmental think tank. She also worked at the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Her experience includes testifying for US congress on both CCS and US-China cooperation on clean energy, and authoring and co-authoring publications, including the WRI Guidelines for Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transport, and Storage and the Guidelines for Community Engagement in CCS Projects. She has received a B.S. in biology from Wheaton College in Illinois and an M.S., also in Biology, from Mississippi State University.
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Director, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, U.S. Department of Energy
Anna Garcia is the Director of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy (DOE). She provides leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy through technology deployment, accessing new partnerships and resources, and communications and outreach activities.
Previously, Ms. Garcia served as Executive Director of the Ozone Transport Commission, the organization of 12 states and the District of Columbia created by Congress in 1990 to assess and coordinate the development of policies to reduce regional ground-level ozone or "smog" in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Before joining the Commission, she was Director of Operations and State Programs for the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, a non-profit that is a division of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation. She provided unique environmental and energy expertise through creating partnerships with and among state agencies to design multi-pollutant strategies that have both environmental and economic benefits.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Princeton University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University.
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General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
Jeffrey C. Genzer joined Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. in 1985. His practice has concentrated on energy and environmental counseling and litigation. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, bulk power supply, transmission system issues, contract negotiation, franchise and municipalization issues, alternative energy sources, conservation and energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management and integrated resource planning programs.
In the environment area he has been involved especially in Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act issues and all phases of environmental reviews for energy projects.
He has appeared before a variety of federal agencies and state and federal courts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of state commissions, agencies and courts. He also has an active federal legislative practice. He has worked with a number of local and state governments throughout the United States from New York to Hawaii. Mr. Genzer presently serves as General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association and the Energy Programs Consortium. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal legislative activities, energy, environmental and utility issues.
Prior to entering law school, Mr. Genzer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia. He worked on a number of development projects and served as the first energy planner in the region. Mr. Genzer supervised, planned, and constructed numerous water systems and other construction projects. He also prepared legislation and successful grant proposals. While in law school, Mr. Genzer was employed at the National Consumer Law Center.
He monitored legislative and regulatory activities and wrote legal and policy memoranda in the field of energy law. After his second year of law school, Mr. Genzer clerked for Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Prior to returning to the firm, he served as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors' Association. In that role he drafted legislation in the energy and environmental area, and served as the chief energy lobbyist for the Association. He provided legal analysis for the Governors on such issues as electric utility regulation, nuclear waste, oil overcharge refunds, toxic victims compensation, and natural gas regulation and a variety of environmental issues. Mr. Genzer also coordinated the activities of the state energy offices. His practice is focused on energy, environmental, utility and legislative matters.
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Senior Advisor and Program Manager, Home Energy Score Program, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Joan Glickman joined the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy in 1997 and has held a variety of positions there including Deputy Director of the Federal Energy Management Program. Since January 2010, Ms. Glickman has led DOE’s development of the Home Energy Score, a program designed to provide homeowners with a better understanding of their home’s energy performance. She currently oversees the implementation of that program through 30 Partners across the country. In October 2011, she also began managing DOE’s Commercial Building Energy Asset Score program. Ms. Glickman has a master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in African History from Amherst College.
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Matt Godlewski serves as President of NGVAmerica. Mr. Godlewski has more than 20 years of
experience building effective teams, developing and executing strategic plans and working to shape policy at all levels of government. Most recently, he served on the leadership team of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers as Vice President of State Affairs. Prior to joining the Alliance, he worked in the wine and spirits industry, serving as Director of State and Federal Policy at Pernod Ricard USA. He also served in the Global External Affairs Office of Seagram/Universal Studios, where he lobbied on
state and federal issues. Mr. Godlewski is a graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College and holds a bachelor's degree in American Public Affairs.
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Director, Government Relations, Edison Electric Institute
Eric Grey is a Director of Government Relations for the Edison Electric Institute – the trade association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric utilities, international affiliates and industry associates worldwide. Specifically, Eric is the lead tax and financial issues lobbyist for EEI in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining EEI, Mr. Grey was the Manager of Federal Government Affairs for Wisconsin Energy Corporation for close to five years handling multiple issue areas including tax and financial policy. Additional experience includes serving six and a half years on Capitol Hill as Legislative Director and Senior Legislative Assistant for United States Representative Jerry Weller and as Legislative Assistant for United States Representative Phil Crane.
He has a BS in Political Science and a BS in Interdisciplinary Social Science, both from Florida State University.
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Director, Security and Risk Management, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers
Jeff Gunnulfsen, Director of Security and Risk Management for the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), manages AFPM’s Security Committee and all security related issues and activities. In this capacity Mr. Gunnulfsen organizes AFPM’s annual security conference, represents AFPM on the Oil and Natural Gas and Chemical Sector Security Councils, and advocates AFPM security issues with DHS and Congressional staff. He is also a planning board member of the Chemical Sector Security Summit. Prior to joining AFPM, Mr. Gunnulfsen was the Senior Manager of Government Relations for the specialty chemical association, Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), where he worked on security and environmental issues. Mr. Gunnulfsen holds a bachelor of science in geography and environmental planning.
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Manager, ICF International
Charlie Haack is a consultant with ICF International, where he works on residential energy efficiency policy development, energy code development, and utility energy efficiency program implementation. Charlie has provided technical programmatic support for the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program since 2010. Prior to joining ICF International, Mr. Haack served as ASHRAE’s public policy intern in Washington, DC. He is a BPI certified Building Analyst and LEED accredited professional.
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State Liaison Team Manager, Energy Services Coalition
Presently Dale Hahs serves as a Technical Assistance Provider for the Energy Services Coalition Cooperative Agreement with the United States Department of Energy. He has previously served as the Executive Director of the Energy Services Coalition where he filled the role of Technical Assistance Subject Matter Expert for Guaranteed Energy Saving Performance Contracting (GGESPC) under contract with the United States Department of Energy, assisted in the customization of GESPC programs for multiple states within their legislative and administrative framework, managed and coordinated the continuous improvement of the nation’s compendium of best practices tools, resources, instruments and guides for GESPC coordinating contributions from the National Association of State Energy Officials, National Association of Energy Services Companies, League of Municipalities and the National Council of State Legislatures, provided technical assistance and guidance for state administrators of GESPC and delivered national, state and local presentations, webinars, training sessions and coordinated working groups. Prior to this role, Mr. Hahs was a member of the leadership team of an ESCO for over a decade.
He has also served multiple terms as the President of the Board of Directors of the Energy Services Coalition and has been engaged in the energy industry providing client solutions for over 25 years.
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ENERGY STAR National Manager, Public Sector, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Caterina (Katy) Hatcher is the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR Public Sector National Manager. She works with public sector organizations, such as government agencies and schools, to help improve energy performance through the use of ENERGY STAR tools and resources, including ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager. Ms. Hatcher has been working for EPA since 1996. She holds a degree from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture in City Planning. By the end 2016, more than 500,000 properties have been benchmarked in Portfolio Manager, representing 50 percent of the nation’s commercial building space. Portfolio Manager has become the standard national platform for benchmarking energy use in commercial buildings in the United States and Canada. It has been adopted for use by leading US commercial real estate, retail, healthcare, and educational organizations. Many local governments incorporate Portfolio Manager into state and local voluntary or mandatory benchmarking requirements.
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Manager, Cross Sector, Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
Fred Hintermister is Manager, Cross Sector, at Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). He is also Vice Chair, National Council of ISACs (NCI), and Vice Chair of the Capabilities Working Group, Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO) Voluntary Standards Development Initiative. A participant on the Joint Cross Sector Councils, he is an experienced leader in unified sector coordination for the North American Power Grid. Mr. Hintermister has represented the electric sector in most UCG real world and national level exercise events for the last 5 years, and works closely with the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council (ESCC), its Secretariat and Senior Executive Working Group. Past positions have included public and private sector leadership roles in defense, technology, commercial insurance and critical infrastructure. In addition to his current graduate study in executive cybersecurity at Brown University, he holds MBA and undergraduate degrees from Cornell University, a Master of Science and Technology Commercialization from University of Texas at Austin, and an Associate in Arts from Penn State University.
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Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
Patrick Hughes is Senior Director of Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). Mr. Hughes is the principal lead for NEMA's legislative and regulatory government relations work on grid modernization, high-performance buildings, energy storage systems, electric vehicles, and more. He also leads NEMA's Strategic Initiatives program—an idea incubator and accelerator that establishes short-term, innovative programs and projects to prepare NEMA members for emerging opportunities and technologies, including smart cities, Internet of Things, high-performance buildings, and the energy-water nexus.
Before joining NEMA, Mr. Hughes was a Senior Associate at the Energy Future Coalition, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, where he focused on developing new methods to increase the energy efficiency of the commercial building stock in the United States, as well as advocating for policies that encourage the build-out of the electric grid to interconnect remote renewable energy resources. Prior to that, he worked in the office of Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-California). He has a M.S. in Energy Policy and Climate Science from Johns Hopkins University and received B.A. degrees in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Rochester.
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Director, Regional/National Response Division, Michigan Agency for Energy
Robert Jackson is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of industrial energy efficiency and environmental engineering experience. Mr. Jackson is currently the Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. He is directly responsible for the state of Michigan’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Revolving Loan Program, and the State Energy Program’s Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing, Technology Demonstration and Deployment Programs, and Agricultural Energy Programs.
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President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Lisa Jacobson serves as the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization. Lisa has advised states and federal policymakers on energy, tax, air quality and climate change issues. She serves as a private sector observer to the World Bank's Climate Investment Fund and is a member of the Department of Energy's State Energy Efficiency steering committee. Lisa has testified before Congress and has represented clean energy industries before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to her position with the BCSE, Lisa was a legislative aide to the U.S. Congress; received a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.
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Executive Director, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association
Morry Markowitz serves as Executive Director of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association. Utilizing his extensive government relations and communications background, he leads the association’s outreach efforts both in our nation’s capital and across the country. Morry has wide-ranging expertise in the energy and automotive fields, as well as over twenty years of senior-level association management experience.
Prior to coming to the FCHEA, he was the Group Director of External Affairs at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). Before his work at EEI, he was the Vice President of Public Affairs with the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. Mr. Markowitz has worked on Capitol Hill, as well as the Executive Branch of government. He is a graduate of George Washington University and has a law degree from George Mason University School of Law.
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Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Andrew McAllister was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2012. He fills the Economist Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.
Mr. McAllister has over 20 years of technical, programmatic and policy experience in the fields of energy management, efficiency and renewable generation. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the California Center for Sustainable Energy for six years, most recently as managing director and director of policy and strategy. Previously, he worked with NRECA International Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of load management, generation and utility planning projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has published on various energy topics in academic, trade, and popular journals.
Andrew studied both engineering sciences and art history at Dartmouth College and holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
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Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery and Chief Customer Solutions Officer, Edison Electric Institute
The Honorable Philip D. Moeller is Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery and Chief Customer Solutions Officer at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). EEI is the association that represents all of the nation’s investor-owned electric utilities.
At EEI, Mr. Moeller has responsibility for policies related to energy delivery, all of which are focused on enhancing the reliability and resiliency of the grid and meeting the needs of the diverse set of customers served by EEI’s member companies. Energy delivery policies are becoming increasingly important as the electric system is undergoing rapid transformation both at the wholesale and retail levels of electricity service.
Similarly, EEI’s member companies increasingly are focused on delivering innovative solutions that meet customers’ changing expectations. In his role as Chief Customer Solutions Officer, Mr. Moeller works with EEI’s member companies to identify policy solutions and business opportunities to better serve customers.
Prior to joining EEI in February 2016, Mr. Moeller served as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), ending his tenure as the second-longest serving member of the Commission. In office from 2006 through 2015, Mr. Moeller ended his service as the only Senate-confirmed member of the federal government appointed by both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. At FERC, Mr. Moeller championed policies promoting improved wholesale electricity markets, increasing investment in electric transmission and natural gas pipeline networks, and enhancing the coordination of the electric and natural gas industries.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Moeller headed the Washington, D.C., office of Alliant Energy Corporation. He also served as a Senior Legislative Assistant for Energy Policy to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA), and as the Staff Coordinator of the Washington State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee in Olympia, Washington.
Mr. Moeller was born in Chicago and raised on a ranch near Spokane, Washington. He received a BA in Political Science in 1983 from Stanford University.
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Global Head of Commodities, Citi Research
Edward Morse is the Global Head of Commodities at Citi Research in New York. He previously held similar positions at Lehman Brothers, Louis Capital Markets and Credit Suisse. Widely cited in the media, he is a contributor to journals such as Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post and was most recently ranked #23 among the “Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2012‘ by Foreign Policy. He worked in the US government at the State Department, and later was an advisor to the United Nations Compensation Commission on Iraq as well as to the U.S. Departments of State, Energy and Defense and to the International Energy Agency on issues related to oil, natural gas and the impact of financial flows on energy prices.
A former Princeton professor and author of numerous books and articles on energy, economics and international affairs, Mr. Morse was the publisher of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly and other trade periodicals and also worked at Hess Energy Trading Co. (HETCO).
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Principal Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute
Ram Narayanamurthy is a Technical Executive at EPRI and leads research in the areas of integrated buildings, Zero Net Energy and the Connected Customer. In the area of high performance buildings, his current investigations include evaluation of field performance and grid integration of ZNE communities, deep retrofits in low income housing, and evaluation of demand response ready devices such as smart thermostats. In addition to the current ZNE community development, he also leads a large demonstration of smart thermostats and their impacts on Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, covering more than 10,000 homes around the country in more than 15 utility territories. As part of this demonstration, his team is also research advanced data analytics to enable “pay for performance” models for EE and DR. Prior to joining EPRI, Mr. Narayanamurthy was Chief Science Officer at EchoFirst, Inc where he developed whole home energy management systems and integrated PV and solar thermal systems. He was also the Director, Product Development at Ice Energy where he was the architect of the Ice Bear energy storage product. He holds a total of 25 patents on solar PV/Thermal systems, building energy management, communicating thermostats, thermal energy storage, HVAC systems and advanced heat transfer surfaces.
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Policy Advisor, Office of Mayor William Peduto, Pittsburgh
Alex Pazuchanics serves as Policy Advisor for Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. He manages the City's legislative and policy agenda across local, state, and federal levels, and coordinates interdepartmental initiatives such as transportation, process improvement, affordable housing, and storm water management. Mr. Pazuchanics led Pittsburgh's response to the USDOT Smart City Challenge, which was one of 7 finalists from 78 applications. A graduate of The George Washington University, he previously worked in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Pittsburgh City Council.
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Energy Policy Advisor, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, Office of Energy Effici, U.S. Department of Energy
Eleni Pelican is a Policy Advisor for the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program Office at DOE. She currently manages the portfolio of technical assistance available to state and local governments to support their innovative energy efficiency financing efforts. This portfolio includes diverse topics such as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), On-Bill Financing, and Bonding. Eleni has been with DOE since 2006 when she joined as a Presidential Management Fellow and holds an MBA from George Washington University.
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Chief Business Development Officer, Propane Education and Research Council
Tucker Perkins is the chief business development officer for the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Perkins leads the team responsible for creating propane-fueled products and works with manufacturers, distributors, and users to commercialize them.
Before joining PERC, Mr. Perkins was the president and chief operating officer of CleanFuel USA, a leading supplier of propane engine systems and infrastructure equipment with offices in Georgetown, Texas, and Detroit.
Mr. Perkins has worked in the propane industry for 23 years, having served as director of business development for Inergy, CEO of Premier Propane, and chief operating officer of Columbia Propane, a unit of the Columbia Energy Group. He is also the former chairman of a PERC advisory committee on engine fuel matters and is active with the National Propane Gas Association and the Virginia Propane Gas Association.
A Virginia Tech graduate with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, he earned his MBA from the University of Richmond.
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Manager, State Energy Program, Missouri Division of Energy
Andy Popp recently oversaw the development of the Missouri Comprehensive State Energy Plan. Over the last six years, Mr. Popp has focused on improving energy efficiency related to residential, manufacturing and agricultural sectors in the State of Missouri. During that time, he was instrumental in the development and oversight of over 150 successful energy efficiency projects across the state. With over 30 years of project management experience, Mr. Popp has made presentations to many segments of the Missouri economy on energy efficiency and Missouri’s program development that would result in significant long-lasting impact on those segments.
Prior to coming to the Division of Energy, he was Operations Manager for a manufacturing facility leading over 200 employees in day to day operation of the facility. During that time, he was responsible for all segments of plant operation including planning, P&L, purchasing, manufacturing, processing, continuous improvement, warehousing and shipment of products, and plant safety. Has a demonstrated record of cost reduction in all phases of manufacturing including production development and process improvement strategies.
Mr. Popp received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Additional coursework has included Profiles in High Performance, Measurement Quality, Statistical Management Systems, Managing for Continuous Improvement, Managing by Objectives, and Team Facilitation.
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President, American Energy Alliance
Thomas J. Pyle is the president of the American Energy Alliance (AEA). In this capacity, Pyle brings a unique backdrop of public and private sector experience to help manage AEA’s Washington, DC-based staff and operations. He also helps to develop the organization’s free market policy positions and implement education efforts with respect to key energy stakeholders, including policymakers, federal agency representatives, industry leaders, consumer entities and the media.
Previously, Mr. Pyle was the founder of his own consulting firm, Pyle Consulting, Inc., an active public affairs consulting firm with a wide range of private and not-for-profit customers. Prior to starting his own firm, he served as vice president of the Rhoads Group in Washington, DC where he represented and advised a variety of association and corporate clients in meeting their strategic public policy goals and priorities. Additionally, he also served as director of federal affairs for a major integrated manufacturing and services company focusing on energy, environment, regulatory and transportation issues.
Before coming to the private sector, Mr. Pyle held numerous positions on Capitol Hill including serving a policy analyst for the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives and as staff director for the Congressional Western Caucus, as well as other legislative staff positions.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.
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Head of Environmental Markets and Cross-sector Research, North America, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Colleen Regan is the Head of North American Environmental Markets and Cross-sector Research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In this role, she directs the team’s analysis of regional cap-and-trade schemes, power purchase agreements, utility strategy, and renewable electricity certificate markets. She also oversees BNEF’s research on Environmental Protection Agency regulations and their impact on carbon emissions and electricity markets.
Prior to joining BNEF, Ms. Regan researched climate-related finance for developing countries at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. She also worked at Credit Suisse AG, where she assisted hedge fund clients with capital raising.
She has a BSc in International Political Economy from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an MA in International Economics and Energy Policy from Johns Hopkins University.
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Senior Sustainability Analyst, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
As a Senior Analyst in L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainability Team, Susana ensures that policies and initiatives align with the goals of the Sustainable City Plan – a roadmap to the city’s environmental, economic, and equitable future. Susana initiated the Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure and Fleet Working Groups which focus on transitioning City light duty vehicles to EV fleet, piloting grid-tie backup systems, expanding public EV charging infrastructure, and conducting community engagement on EV-related initiatives outlined in the plan. As the Mayor’s EV Liaison, she led the team which garnered a $1.6 million grant from the CA Air Resources Board for an electric vehicle car sharing pilot program in disadvantaged communities. Most recently, she assembled a team of internal and external stakeholders to put together a comprehensive Green City Initiative proposal to Volkswagen’s Electrify America. She co-leads the Mobility Working and Environmental Justice Working Groups; advises the City on sustainable procurement practices and zero waste legislative and policy developments; and serves as liaison to department sustainability officers on program implementation, metrics, and performance measures. In the 1990’s, Susana pioneered the City of L.A.’s Facilities Recycling Program in over 350 city-owned and leased properties. Susana graduated magna cum laude from Saint Paul College with a Communications degree and subsequently completed a Civic Engagement Leadership and Management certification from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
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Manager, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, PJM Interconnection
Evelyn Robinson develops and maintains effective relationships with consumer advocates and public interest groups in the PJM region. As such, she is the primary point of contact for organizations such as the Ohio Consumers' Counsel and Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy.
Ms. Robinson has forged a working relationship with the consumer advocates and the public interest groups to ensure they are effectively apprised of issues and developments affecting end-use customers within the PJM footprint.
Prior to joining PJM, Ms. Robinson was manager – Government Affairs with Green
Mountain Energy Company. She led the regulatory effort as Green Mountain successfully provided cleaner energy to NOPEC, the largest governmental aggregation in the country at that time.
Ms. Robinson began her career in the utilities industry with the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC). She served as assistant consumers' counsel for almost 17 years, where she represented residential utility consumers before state and federal regulatory agencies and the courts. Ms. Robinson is most proud of her opportunity to argue before the Ohio Supreme
Court while at OCC.
Ms. Robinson earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montevallo, Montevallo,
AL. She earned her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law.
Ms. Robinson is a member of the National Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and the American Association of Blacks in Energy, Destiny's Child After-School Tutoring
and the Reynoldsburg Band Boosters.
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Building Energy Senior Technical Associate, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Kevin Rose guides and coordinates stakeholders across the northeast region – from Maine to Maryland – to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of building energy policies and programs in those states. He also leads regional initiatives to promote building energy codes (such as leading NEEP’s Energy Codes Leadership Group) and building energy rating (such as co-managing the HELIX project) in the building and real estate industries. Prior to joining NEEP in 2013, Mr. Rose modeled, tested, and rated high performance homes in New York state. He is a BPI-certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional and was published in the Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management for his research on applying agent-based modeling and game theory techniques to environmental policy-making. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Engineering Studies from Lafayette College.
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President, Cascade Associates
Jennifer Schafer is the President of Cascade Associates, a governmental affairs consulting firm located in Washington, DC. Cascade Associates primarily represents the energy efficiency community, companies and organizations. The firm advocates policies that advance the position of energy efficiency and clean energy technology in an environmentally-friendly manner, and works to ensure adequate research, development and demonstration funding for such technologies.
Ms. Schafer has almost twenty five years of public policy experience in energy and environmental issues. She began her work in governmental affairs for private clients in 1992 and has worked extensively with several Congressional Committees and Offices. Ms. Schafer began her Washington tenure at the office of Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, later serving as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy.
She was a graduate of the University of Oregon Robert Clark Honors College in 1988 and has worked for the University in a consultancy role in 1991-1993 and from 2000 to the present.
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Vice President, Energy Policy and Government Affairs, Spectra Energy
Pete Sheffield is Vice President of Energy Policy and Government Affairs for Spectra Energy Corp. He oversees the company’s U.S. and Canadian federal government relations activities and public policy issues, as well as U.S. state government affairs. He also manages Spectra Energy’s Washington, D.C., office, where he is the company’s primary liaison with members of Congress, Congressional staff and the Executive Branch.
In addition, Mr. Sheffield works actively with national trade associations representing natural gas and related energy industries, including the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and the American Gas Association. He joined Spectra Energy’s predecessor company, Duke Energy, in 2002, serving in a number of capacities, including national media spokesman, manager of media relations and director of external relations, responsible for the company’s communications with external audiences.
Before joining Duke Energy, he was press secretary to the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce, serving as primary spokesman and senior advisor to two chairmen. Mr. Sheffield assumed his current role in January 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in Durham, NC.
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Kelley Smith Burk
Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Kelley Smith Burk serves as the Director for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Energy. The office is responsible for the development of energy policy and programs for the state as well as promoting the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. Ms. Burk’s responsibilities include supervision and oversight of policy development, program and grant design, and legislative tracking. Prior to her work with the Office of Energy, Ms. Burk worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Strategic Projects and Planning. In this role, Ms. Burk staffed the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change, providing a range of services including managing the transportation and land use technical working group, developing reports and helping draft the Team’s Phase I and Phase II reports. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University.
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Executive Director, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates
David Springe was named Executive Director of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) in December of 2015. Prior to his appointment at NASUCA, Mr. Springe served as Consumer Counsel of the Kansas Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) from 2002-2015. CURB is the statutory advocate for residential and small commercial utility customers in proceedings before the Kansas Kansas Corporation Commission, Kansas courts and the Kansas legislature. Prior to being named Consumer Counsel at CURB, Mr. Springe spent nine years as an economist and expert witness for both CURB and the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Mr. Springe received his M.A. in Economics and Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas. Mr. Springe has represented consumer interests on numerous boards, including serving as Vice-Chair of the EPRI Energy Efficiency and Grid Modernization Public Advisory Board, as well as serving on the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Efficiency Advisory Board, the University of Missouri Financial Research Institute Advisory Board and the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities Advisory Board. He also serves on the Energy Board of the Keystone Center. Mr. Springe was the President of the NASUCA from 2007-2009.
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Secretary of Energy and Environment, Oklahoma Executive Office of the Governor
Michael Teague serves as Oklahoma’s first Secretary of Energy and Environment. Appointed in 2013, he is responsible for coordinating over 30 state agencies, boards, compacts, and commissions in advancing policies that encourage energy production and environmental stewardship throughout Oklahoma.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Teague served in the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years before retiring with the rank of Colonel. As the commander of the Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers he managed a civil works program encompassing all of Oklahoma, a large portion of southern Kansas and the panhandle of northern Texas. He oversaw over 700 employees in engineering, construction, and operations, with an annual budget of $700 million.
Throughout his career, Mr. Teague has dealt with construction, power generation and distribution, water supply and flood control, and environmental impact studies. He has facilitated and negotiated numerous solutions involving federal and state agencies, tribes, and local stakeholders.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Norwich University. He also received master’s degrees in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
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Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.
Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
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Managing Director, Research, ClearView Energy Partners LLC
Christine Tezak is a veteran energy analyst who leads ClearView’s coverage of electricity markets, interstate pipelines, energy infrastructure and U.S. environmental policy. Her two decades of experience in electric utility and natural gas pipeline sectors enable her to craft prescient, timely and impactful analysis, particularly as energy and environmental issues have converged.
Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Tezak was a senior research analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. and a senior vice president with the Washington Research Group. She has testified before the FERC and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ms. Tezak is Past President of the Washington, D.C.-based Women's Council on Energy & the Environment. She remains active in WCEE and is a member of the Natural Gas Roundtable.
Ms. Tezak holds a bachelor's degree in Russian from Boston College and an MBA in Finance from the George Washington University.
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Director of Public Affairs, CTC Global Corporation
David Townley works with CTC Global Corporation as Director of Public Affairs where he communicates with Federal and State policy makers about the benefits of using high performance transmission conductors to increase electric grid efficiency, capacity, and resilience. With over 36 years of experience in energy service and technology companies, his experience has been in both the regulated electric utility industry as well as the fast-paced electric technology development world. He is an executive with S&P 100 managerial experience, an adviser to multiple electric technology startup companies, and participated in the White House Executive Exchange Program. Mr. Townley has a Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering (Georgia Tech); Bachelor of Arts – Religion, Psychology (Lee University); MBA Studies at Georgia State University; and International Business Studies at Harvard University.
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Chief of Program Development, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
Becca Trietch's work at the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) focuses on energy efficiency and the Governor’s Lead by Example initiative which aims to reduce State-owned facility energy use by 10% in the next three years. She also supports working groups on building energy labeling and zero-net energy buildings and leads an effort to develop Rhode Island’s first building stretch code in coordination with National Grid, the Rhode Island Code Commission, and other key stakeholders. She holds a Masters of Environmental Science and Management with a focus in Policy and Management from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University.
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Laura Van Wie McGrory
Vice President, Policy, Alliance to Save Energy
For almost two decades, Laura Van Wie McGrory has been managing international energy efficiency projects in Asia, Africa, SE Europe, and Latin America. As Vice President, Policy at the Alliance, she manages international energy efficiency policy development and program activities of Alliance international staff and contractors. Her work at the Alliance focuses on international energy productivity, green building certification, building code implementation, energy efficiency policy and regulatory reform, utility demand-side management capacity building, municipal energy efficiency programs and financing, energy efficient transportation, gender and climate change, and water and energy efficiency in water supply and wastewater systems. She also serves as Vice President for North America with the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC).
Ms. Van Wie McGrory previously worked with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for nine years, as a Program Manager and then as Head of the Washington, DC office. At LBNL, she worked with the US DOE to draft rulemakings for U.S. energy efficiency appliance standards, provided technical support to USDOE for the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and managed a range of international energy efficiency programs for USDOE and other funders. Prior to that, she helped produce climate change mitigation reports as a Program Specialist with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She also has consulted with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the World Bank, and has published numerous reports and articles related to international energy efficiency.
She has a bachelor’s in Geography and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and a master of international affairs focusing on International Environmental Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
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Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Chair, National Association of Regulatory Utility
Chris Villarreal joined the Minnesota PUC in May 2015 as its Director of Policy. In this role, he provides policy research and assistance to the Commissioners and analyzes policy considerations for future and on-going policy development, including on issues such as grid modernization, rate design, data access and privacy, and cybersecurity.
Mr. Villarreal is the Chair of the Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Under his leadership, the Staff Subcommittee recently released the “Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation” Manual to assist utility commissions around the country in considering the impacts of distributed energy resources on rate design and compensation methodologies.
He is on the Board of Directors for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, and is also on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB). At NAESB, he chairs the Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI) Task Force which is the standard that supports Green Button, and the Data Privacy Task Force. Chris is also an Associate Member of the GridWise Architecture Council.
Prior to joining the Minnesota PUC, Mr. Villarreal spent 9 years at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as a Senior Regulatory Analyst. At the CPUC, he worked on a variety of CPUC proceedings, including on Smart Grid, data privacy and data access, cybersecurity, demand response, and rate design. He also authored several White Papers on topics such as pre-pay, cybersecurity, and microgrids. Before the CPUC, he worked in Washington, D.C. as an energy law paralegal focusing on FERC matters. Mr. Villarreal has a B.A. in History from Baylor University.
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Dr. Chandu Visweswariah
IBM Fellow, Smarter Energy and Environmental Science, Director, Smarter Energy Research Institute
Dr. Chandu Visweswariah is the Director of the Smarter Energy Research Institute at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. He was named an IBM Fellow in 2013, the highest technical honor conferred by IBM. His team applied analytics and big data techniques to help energy utilities run their operations more efficiently -- from predicting and preparing for outages to managing assets to integrating renewable sources of energy. Prior to this position, he was a Distinguished Engineer in Electronic Design Automation in IBM's Systems and Technology Group, where he led a team responsible for correct signal timing in all IBM chips, and drove the invention and deployment of such innovations as statistical timing and automatic circuit tuning.
Dr. Visweswariah joined IBM Research in 1989 after obtaining a PhD in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2002, he was a visiting faculty member at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He won an "Innovator of the Year" award from EDN Magazine in 2006 for his work on statistical timing. He has won numerous IBM Corporate Awards, Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, Outstanding Innovation Awards and Best Paper Awards. He is an IBM Fellow, Fellow of the IEEE, Member of the IBM Academy of Technology, IBM Master Inventor, and has over 100 publications and 99 granted patents to his name. He recently won the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
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Senior Director, Policy Development and Planning, Nuclear Energy Institute
Matt Wald is a senior communications advisor at the Nuclear Energy Institute, the trade association of the nuclear power industry. He has been deeply involved in energy issues since 1979.
Mr. Wald was a reporter at The New York Times from 1977 to 2014, where he wrote extensively on energy, environment and technology topics. He has toured more than two dozen power reactors and research reactors, as well as Yucca Mountain, the leading candidate for disposal of nuclear waste.
In the 1980’s and 1990’s he wrote extensively about the production of materials for nuclear weapons, and the resulting environmental problems. His work has covered oil refining, alternative fuels including biofuels, oil and natural gas production, oil spills including the Exxon Valdez and the oil fires set by the Iraqis in Kuwait at the end of the first gulf war. He also writes about batteries, the electric grid, fuel cells, carbon capture, wind energy and solar energy, and efficiency techniques.
His work has also appeared in Scientific American, MIT Technology Review, and the journal Nature. In his 2015 interview in the Electric Research Power Institute’s EPRI Journal magazine, Of Oboes and the Public Interest, Wald explains how optimizing the power generation mix and taking a national perspective can support a robust electric grid.
He holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University, and a Certificate in Auto Mechanics from the Providence Vocational Technical Facility.
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Director, District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment
Tommy Wells is the Director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment
(DOEE). Appointed January 2015, Mr. Wells leads a team of approximately 300 environmental
professionals collectively working to improve the quality of life for the residents and natural inhabitants of the nation’s capital by protecting and restoring the environment, conserving our natural resources, mitigating pollution, reducing energy consumption, increasing renewable energy generation and clean power usage, and educating the public on ways to secure a sustainable future. He previously served as a DC Councilmember—a position he held since 2006. During his time on Council, he garnered broad support for his efforts to make the District livable and walkable for all. In 2009, he crafted The Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009, to implement $0.05 fee on disposable bags. This landmark legislation prompted thousands of District residents to curb use of plastic bags and instead opt for reusable, green alternatives. A passionate innovator and student of cutting edge solutions, Mr. Wells earned his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1991 and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota in 1983.
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Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
As Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Mr. Williams’ primary responsibility is to guide policy development for NYSERDA. He also leads the effort to complete the New York State Energy Plan, serving as the Director of the multi-agency Working Group of the State’s Energy Planning Board. Mr. Williams oversees NYSERDA’s Energy and Environmental Analysis unit, which is organized to provide objective economic analysis and scientific research to best inform policy-makers in energy and environmental issues. Mr. Williams also oversees the Authority’s Government Affairs functions, working with federal, state and local officials to shape energy and environmental policy for the benefit of all New Yorkers. Mr. Williams’ previous work experience includes serving as Energy Counsel for the New York State Assembly; Staff Attorney for The Energy Project of the Pace University School of Law; and Financial Analyst for the Public Service Company of New Mexico, a utility company serving the largest markets in the state of New Mexico.
Mr. Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Columbia University, a Juris Doctor degree from the St. John’s University School of Law, and a Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law from the Pace University School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in the states of New York and New Jersey.
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Director of Programs and Initiatives, Colorado Energy Office
Christian Williss is the Director of Programs and Initiatives at the Colorado Energy Office. He oversees a team of program managers and engineers responsible for managing existing programs and launching new initiatives including energy performance contracting, residential energy efficiency, alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, and agricultural energy efficiency. Previously he worked as Sustainability Program Administrator at the City and County of Denver where he led a number of citywide sustainability initiatives including the City’s energy efficiency program. Mr. Williss holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Science in Construction Management.
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Executive Director, Energy Programs Consortium
Mr. Wolfe directs the activities of the Energy Programs Consortium (EPC), an energy policy research organization sponsored by the four national organizations representing state energy program and regulatory officials. As part of his responsibilities, he is currently overseeing a national project to develop secondary market options residential energy efficiency loan programs as well as a project to analyze lessons learned from foundation and federal efforts to finance multi-family housing energy efficiency retrofits. He also serves as a senior editor for the State and Local Energy Report.
Mark Wolfe also serves as the Executive Director of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NEADA), representing the state directors of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). NEADA is the primary educational and policy organization representing state low-income energy directors.
He has testified before Congress and is frequently cited in the national media on energy issues. Previous positions have included serving as a Senior Advisor to the US Treasury Department, Deputy Director for the Coalition of Northeastern Governors and Senior Analyst for the Congressional Research Service.
Mr. Wolfe has a M.S. degree in Public Policy from the State University of New York and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Antioch College. He also serves on US Department of Energy’s State Energy Efficiency Action Network and several boards including the National Home Performance Council and the National Low Income Energy Consortium.
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