NASEO 2015 Annual Meeting

September 13-16, 2015
Wyndham San Diego Bayside, San Diego, CA

Presenters

The following are confirmed presenters for the NASEO 2015 Annual Meeting:

Jeff Ackermann
Director, Colorado Energy Office

Jeff Ackermann is the Director of the Colorado Energy Office.  Prior to this, Mr. Ackermann worked at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, focusing on issues ranging from electric system planning to the effective use of energy efficiency and renewable energy.  In addition, he was manager of the state’s low-income DSM programs at the state’s energy office.  Mr. Ackermann has worked in the philanthropic world, promoting various advocacy strategies for low-income households. He was a product developer at Public Service Company of Colorado, where he was the team lead for the design, development and implementation of Windsource, the nation’s most successful customer-driven renewable energy development.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

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Elena Alschuler
Building Technologies Project Manager, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

As a Project Manager in the Building Technologies Program, Elena Alschuler is responsible for developing tools and standards that make it easier to manage, analyze and share empirical information about building energy performance, including the Buildings Performance Database, the SEED Platform and the Building Energy Data Exchange Specification.  Ms. Alschuler is also leading DOE’s efforts to strengthen the evidence linking building energy performance with financial performance, and encourage commercial real estate appraisers, brokers, and lenders to fully incorporate these benefits in real estate transactions. Ms. Alschuler received a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a Research Assistant for the MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, she worked closely with Duke Energy to design the Smart Energy Now commercial building advanced metering pilot in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, she worked as a Senior Analyst at HR&A Advisors, where she served as the project manager for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA's) Focus on Commercial Real Estate program.

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Dave Ashuckian
Director, Efficiency Division, California Energy Commission

Dave Ashuckian is the Director of the California Energy Commission’s Efficiency Division.  The Division is responsible for designing, developing, and implementing programs, policies, and regulations that achieve California’s energy efficiency goals.  This includes efficiency standards for new buildings and appliances and achieving greater energy efficiency in existing buildings.  The Division also is responsible for implementing efficiency funding and financing programs that help public buildings and schools, including The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) funding for efficiency upgrades to K-12 schools.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Ashuckian served as Deputy Director of the Division of Ratepayer Advocates at the California Public Utilities Commission.  He is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer.

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Ken Baker
Senior Manager, Sustainable Regulation, Walmart

Ken Baker is currently working as Senior Manager for Sustainable Regulation and Legislation For Walmart Stores, Inc.  Mr. Baker has also assisted in the past with drafting and negotiating renewable energy contracts for Walmart.  He has filed numerous comments in regulatory proceedings, and has testified in several hearings across the country concerning policy issues involving energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to joining the Walmart Energy Department, he worked in Walmart's Real Estate Distribution Center Department where he located land, and negotiated agreements for constructing distribution centers at those locations.   Prior to coming to Walmart, Mr. Baker practiced general law in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has a B.S. degree in Health Science from the College of St. Frances and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

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Cody Becker
Director of Programs, Clean Tech San Diego

As Director of Programs, Cody Becker leads Cleantech San Diego’s Capital and Resources committee, SCRUB program, and Smart Cities San Diego initiatives. Mr. Becker is pursuing his MBA at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego and brings valuable experience working with The Cleantech Open. Prior to The Cleantech Open, Cody worked on board a nuclear-powered submarine operating under the Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet.

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Colin Bishopp
Vice President, Renewable Funding

Colin Bishopp is Vice President at Renewable Funding, an energy finance company that provides innovative clean energy finance solutions to governments, utilities and contractors. Mr. Bishopp leads Renewable Funding’s efforts to expand the residential energy efficiency market and also supports the State of Hawaii’s Green Energy Market Securitization program. He joined Renewable Funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he managed initiatives related to clean energy finance and deployment. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Colin worked in the non-profit sector, helping several cities and states to establish their energy efficiency loan programs. In 2004, he taught courses in American politics and culture at Benedictine University. Mr. Bishopp earned his master's degree at the University of Chicago and his bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Ben Bixby
General Manager of Energy and Enterprise Products, Nest Labs

Ben Bixby is the general manager of energy and enterprise products at Nest Labs, where he steers Nest's new product and global business development with its energy and enterprise partners. Mr. Bixby came to Nest in early 2013 when Nest acquired MyEnergy, the venture-backed energy data technology company he founded in 2007 and led as its CEO -- and which now powers a number of Nest's energy data capabilities.  He earned his BS from Georgetown University. Together with his wife and son, he resides in Boston and Palo Alto. 

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Cameron Brooks
President, Tolerable Planet

Cameron Brooks is President of Tolerable Planet Enterprises, an advisory firm that provides a unique combination of regulatory engagement, business development and policy strategy. He is also the founder and President of E9 Insight, a Boulder, Colorado, firm that tracks regulatory proceedings and provides customized research for U.S. electric utility industry companies, agencies, and organizations. In these capacities he has worked with organizations including U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, Google, Energy Foundation, Tendril, Varentec, Navigant Research, Mission:data, Gridwise Alliance, and the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative. Previously, he was Vice President of Policy at Tendril, responsible for regulatory engagement and market segmentation. He holds an M.B.A. from Cornell University with a focus on energy markets and a B.A. from Yale University.

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Matthew Brown
Principal, Harcourt Brown & Carey Energy & Finance

Matthew Brown has worked in the energy finance and policy field for more than 20 years, beginning his work with the accounting and consulting firm of KPMG in its New York City office.  Mr. Brown has led HB&C’s engagement with the four California investor owned utilities to develop and implement energy efficiency financing programs as well as a similar engagement to develop a third party financing program with utility bill collections in for the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Additionally, he leads the firm’s engagement with Xcel Energy advising on financing.  He has worked extensively with a number of financial institutions to advise on deployment of capital through loans and leases for clean energy in the western United States as well as nationally.  Finally, Mr. Brown possesses unique expertise in advising governments that are looking to support financing program development.  He has developed multiple public-private partnerships between state governments and private capital providers and lenders.  Mr. Brown graduated from Brown University in 1986 with a BA, and continued on to New York University, where he received an MBA.

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Jessica Burdette
Conservation Improvement Program Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Commerce

Jessica Burdette oversees staff and programs to develop, promote and implement energy efficiency and energy conservation through administration of CIP.  Ms. Burdette coordinates with over 180 natural gas and electric utilities to ensure achievement of the 1.5% energy savings goal through cost-effective demand-side management activities. She is also responsible for a $225 million annual gas and electric CIP budget; and a $3.6 million annual research and development grant program budget.  She has previous experience working as a consultant developing and managing CIPs for many utilities throughout Minnesota with specific focus on commercial and industrial energy management.

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David Cohan
Building Energy Codes Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

David Cohan is the Building Energy Codes Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy.  Mr. Cohan has worked in energy efficiency for over 20 years in a variety of capacities including evaluation, program design and, for the past ten years, the development and implementation of building energy codes which mandate minimum efficiency levels for all new buildings constructed in the United States. Mr. Cohan is particularly focused on ways to increase compliance with the codes so that the potential energy savings are actually realized. He has worked at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance since 2000 and is currently on special assignment to US DOE where he was brought in to reinvigorate their energy codes program. He holds an MS in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Literature from the University of California, San Diego.

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Ken Colburn
Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project

Ken Colburn advises energy and environmental regulators on air quality and climate-related issues, as well as on opportunities associated with regulatory compliance, energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation, integrated resource planning, and other energy policy matters.

Mr. Colburn came to RAP as a senior associate in early 2011 from Symbiotic Strategies, where he led several state climate planning processes and provided strategic assistance to foundations, progressive companies, and nongovernmental organizations in their efforts to address climate and energy issues. Previously Mr. Colburn was executive director of the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and led the Air Resources Division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). He helped position New Hampshire as a leader in reducing air pollution with the nation’s first “4-pollutant” law and the first greenhouse gas emissions reduction registry. Before joining NHDES, Mr. Colburn was vice president of energy and environmental policy at the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire (BIA), representing the state’s business community on environmental, energy, and telecommunications matters in legislative and regulatory forums.

Mr. Colburn holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and master’s degrees in business administration and education from the University of New Hampshire. He serves on the board of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, the National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NRECA), and several non-profit organizations.

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Allan Connolly
Chief Executive Officer and President, Aclara

Allan Connolly, an operations and technology executive with broad global leadership experience, is Chief Executive Officer and President of Aclara Technologies LLC. Connolly formerly was Chief Operating Officer of Culligan, a world leader in the water treatment industry. Prior to his tenure at Culligan, where he spent seven years in leadership positions of increasing responsibility, he held executive and management roles with GE Energy and GE Global Research. A native of Australia, Mr. Connolly holds a Doctorate in engineering from the Australian National University, as well as Master of Science and Bachelor of Engineering degrees from the University of Wollongong, in Australia.

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Steve Cowell
Chief Executive Officer, E4TheFuture (formerly known as Conservation Services Group)

Stephen Cowell founded Conservation Services Group (CSG), now known as E4TheFuture, in 1984 and is the organization’s chairman and chief executive officer. Mr. Cowell has been the founder and director of numerous energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations during his career.  For the past 30+ years, he has been involved in energy efficiency programs around the country and has successfully advocated for energy efficiency as a least-cost power supply option. He has helped create and build the industry through sound public policy, legislation, and establishment of trade ally networks as well as the delivery of cost-effective residential energy efficiency programs. Under Steve’s leadership, CSG has designed and implemented conservation and renewable energy programs for utilities, state agencies, and other groups throughout the U.S., providing services to more than 3.8 million businesses and households.  Mr. Cowell is a graduate of Brown University.

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Todd Currier
Division Manager, Washington State University (WSU) Extension Energy Program

Todd Currier has three decades of experience in energy efficiency program development, implementation and evaluation – the last 25 of which have been in supervisory and management positions.

Mr. Currier is currently Assistant Director at the Washington State University (WSU) Extension Energy Program. He represents the organization in a variety of forums at the state, regional and national levels.

He is the leader of professional and technical staff members engaged in building science and research, building code development and implementation, indoor air quality improvement, workforce development issues and trends, federal and local government resource conservation programs, industrial energy efficiency, renewable energy programs and technology, energy efficiency upgrades for middle income homes and small businesses, program evaluation and data analysis.

Prior to his role with the WSU Extension Energy Program, he served as the Assistant Energy Services Manager and the Assistant Energy Conservation Manager for Tacoma Power and Tacoma Public Utilities. Mr. Currier also applied his energy expertise in former roles with the City of Tacoma and Seattle City Light.
 

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Scott DiBiasio
Manager of State and Industry Affairs, The Appraisal Institute

Scott DiBiasio is the Manager of State and Industry Affairs for the 21,000 member Appraisal Institute.  Based in the real estate appraiser trade association’s Washington, D.C. office, Mr. DiBiasio is responsible for tracking state legislative and regulatory issues affecting the real estate appraisal profession across the country.  He is also responsible for tracking and working to influence state legislative proposals regarding background checks, appraisal review licensing requirements, and alternate valuation standards.  He also works with the leaders and members of the Institute’s 89 chapters to assist them in developing and executing their state government affairs programs.

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David Eijadi
Principal, Business Development, The Weidt Group

David Eijadi, FAIA, is a Principal at The Weidt Group directing the firm’s development and deployment of advanced energy performance simulation software. Under his direction, the firm provides energy and daylighting design assistance services for high performance buildings to over 300 commercial projects a year in both the public and private sectors. Over the past two decades, Mr. Eijadi has developed and directed commercial new construction programs for six utility companies. Among his many roles, he is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and has also served on the boards of the USGBC-Minnesota Chapter and the IESNA Committee for Daylighting Metrics.

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Mark Frankel
Technical Director, New Buildings Institute

Mark Frankel is the Technical Director for New Buildings Institute. Currently, Mr. Frankel is involved in national coalitions to improve building performance feedback, market adoption strategies for net zero energy and deep energy retrofits, and in the development and implementation of innovative codes and programs focused on building performance outcome and benchmarking. He has been consulting on energy efficiency and sustainable design for over 20 years. His work in this period has encompassed a broad range of technical topics, including lighting and daylighting, passive and high performance mechanical systems, commissioning, energy modeling, and site design, IAQ, stormwater management, water efficiency, and others. This work has included life cycle cost evaluation for a range of public and private development models. Mr. Frankel has consulted on hundreds of capital projects, ranging in scale from single and multi-family residential projects to large commercial buildings and portfolio strategies. Mr. Frankel also has extensive experience with the USGBC’s LEED program, both as consultant to projects successfully targeting LEED, and as a technical consultant to the USGBC on the LEED program. Mr. Frankel serves on the board of the US Green Building Council, and the Seattle 2030 District. He is a LEED Fellow and a licensed architect.

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AnnaMaria Garcia
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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Jeff Genzer
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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Mark Glick
Administrator, Hawaii State Energy Office

Mark Glick has been at the forefront of establishing alternative fuel policies and programs in the United States and abroad dating back to his tenure as senior advisor to the Texas Land Commissioner from 1987 to 1991, when he played a decisive role in passage of landmark amendments to the Texas Clean Air Act and similar provisions in the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.  For the next decade, he was a successful small business owner focused on reducing air pollution in urban areas, securing contracts and grants for clean fuel and emissions reductions projects from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Gas Research Institute, Southern California Gas Company, Pacific Gas & Electric and the New York City Department of Transportation in Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco and New York City.  Returning to the public sector in 2003, Mr. Glick headed operations and economic development for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs from 2003 to 2010.  At the State Energy Office, Mr. Glick has managed the $9.5 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant and was tasked to the Hawaii Economic Development Task Force created by The Food and Energy Security Act 73(10) serving as the principal author of the Task Force’s Report to the 2011 Hawaii Legislature.  Mr. Glick joined DBEDT in July of 2010.

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Karen Glitman
Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Karen Glitman is the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC).  In this role she leads the policy development and strategic direction of the organization in the promotion of electric, thermal and transportation efficiency.  Ms. Glitman was VEIC’s first Director of Transportation Efficiency where she developed and oversaw the strategic direction for VEIC transportation efficiency efforts including  management of the Way to Go, Go Vermont and Drive Electric Vermont programs as well as the development of a Transportation Efficiency Utility (TEU).

She served as the Director of the UVM National University Transportation Center (UTC) and interim co-director of the UVM TRC and is the author of numerous publications including the annual Vermont Transportation Energy Report. She served as the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator (2007-2009).

At the Vermont Agency of Transportation she served as Director of Policy and Planning, Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (1995-2003).

She was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1990 and served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1985-1990.

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Angela Gould
Renewable Energy Specialist, Renewable Energy Division, California Energy Commission

Angela Gould is the Verification and Compliance Technical Lead for California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) program at the California Energy Commission. The Energy Commission determines the RPS eligibility of generators, verifies the claims of all California utilities, and determines the publicly owned utilities’ compliance with their RPS requirements. Ms. Gould has worked at the Energy Commission for 9 years. She received her bachelor of science degree in Physics from the University of California at Davis.

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Stephen Harper
Global Director, Environment and Energy Policy, Intel Corporation

Stephen Harper is Global Director, Environment and Energy Policy, at the Intel Corporation. He also serves as co-chairman of the Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign, a coalition of leading IT companies and energy efficiency advocacy groups focused on the role of IT in driving energy efficiency and sustainability solutions in the U.S., China, and India.  Outside Intel, Mr. Harper serves on the board of directors of both the Center for Environmental Policy at American University and the Chesapeake Conservancy. Prior to Intel, he served in senior positions at Amoco Oil Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ICF Consulting, and the California State Coastal Conservancy.  He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, where he graduated with highest honors. He also has a Master’s in International Affairs from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Tim Hayes
Sales Director, BuildingIQ

Tim Hayes is the Southwest Sales Director for BuildingIQ, for the past 20 years he has performed sales and business development functions for software firms focused on energy data, ecommerce and wireless communications.  He is a specialist in creating alliances leading to integrated solutions with large technology leaders such as Siemens, Alcatel-Lucent, Qualcomm, and Cisco.  These alliances foster faster adoption in the marketplace by delivering less risk and better value to all stakeholders. Most recent focus has been creating solutions for Local Government, Commercial Real Estate, Healthcare and Higher Education.

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Edwin Hornquist
Emerging Technologies Program Manager, Southern California Edison

Edwin Hornquist manages Southern California Edison’s Emerging Technologies Program, which aims to support increased energy-efficiency product market demand and technology supply by contributing to the development and deployment of new and underutilized energy-efficiency technologies. He began his career working for public and investor-owned utilities focusing on energy efficiency, demand-side-management, supply resource planning, and advanced meter data acquisition systems. During the early years of the deregulated electricity market in California, Mr. Hornquist held key positions managing retail commodity operations for several prominent energy service providers, and he helped launch and lead the operations of a building energy analytics and management start-up. Mr. Hornquist is a mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in business administration.

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Ruth Horton
Senior Technical Advisor, National Association of State Energy Officials

Ruth Horton currently serves as Senior Technical Advisor for the National Association of State Energy Officials.  Prior to this, she was a Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.  Her focus was on market development aspects of energy efficiency and alternative fuels for the commercial/industrial sector including efforts to encourage the supply chain to offer efficient products and services to their customers.  Ms. Horton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany.
 

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Robert Jackson
Director, Michigan Energy Office

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 Energy Office, Michigan Economic Development Office.  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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Mateo Jaramillo
Director of Powertrain Business Development, Tesla Motors

Mateo Jaramillo is the Director of Powertrain Business Development at Tesla Motors, where he focuses on expanding Tesla's electric Powertrain supply to vehicle OEMs, and developing applications of the technology both in and outside the vehicle environment. Prior to Tesla Motors, Mr. Jaramillo was an independent consultant for grid connected energy storage applications, where he co-authored a winning grant for DOE Smart Grid Energy Storage Demonstration funding, and before that served as Chief Operating Officer at Gaia Power Technologies, a provider of distributed turn-key energy storage systems for the retail and utility markets. As the COO at Gaia, Mr. Jaramillo managed all operational aspects of Gaia's backup power and utility business, as well as developed and maintained multiple sales channels, including pilot projects with national retail outlets, and an OEM relationship for Gaia's products with a leading manufacturer of high-end surge protection equipment. Previous to Gaia, Mr. Jaramillo served as Product Marketing Director for Interactive Television at Predictive Networks a set top box software provider. Mr. Jaramillo holds a Masters in Theology from Yale Divinity School and graduated cum laude from Harvard with an A.B. in Economics.

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Mike Kaplan
Director, Oregon Department of Energy

The Oregon Department of Energy is overseen by director Michael Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan joined ODOE in August 2013 and was appointed director in November 2014. He leads a team of just over 100 employees who care deeply about the future of Oregon and who are committed to delivering on behalf of the Governor, the Legislature, and Oregonians in every corner of the state.  Prior to joining ODOE, he worked for two Oregon governors – first as part of Governor Ted Kulongoski’s Economic Recovery Executive Team, which was responsible for implementing and monitoring the distribution of nearly $4 billion of Recovery Act funding, and later as Governor John Kitzhaber’s Deputy Legislative Director. He also helped develop and lead the implementation of Oregon’s Hardest Hit foreclosure prevention program and served as a budget analyst for the Department of Administrative Services. His professional experience includes positions at Portland State University and the Port of Portland. Mr. Kaplan has a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Maryland.

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Kristina Klimovich
Director, Communications and Market Research, PACENow

Kristina Klimovich joined PACENow, a national non-profit advocacy organization, in March 2012 and she is in charge of PACENow’s communications strategy and market research efforts. She provides states and municipalities with the proper tools to advocate for PACE-enabling legislation and implement successful PACE programs. She is passionate about promoting sustainability in the built environment. Ms. Klimovich holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the New School University and a Bachelor's degree from University of Alaska.

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Laszlo Korsos
Project Leader, The Boston Consulting Group

Laszlo Korsos is a Project Leader in the San Francisco office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He is a core member of BCG's Energy Practice.  Mr. Korsos has spent most of his consulting career in Europe, working on strategy development, organizational, operations and regulation topics in the power and gas sectors. He transferred to the West Coast in 2014 and is primarily focusing on the transformation of utilities driven by the ongoing market and regulatory evolution. He holds a master's degrees in Economics from Budapest Corvinus University and the Passau University and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD.

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Aaron Kraus
Deputy Director, Policy and Electricity Markets, Solar City

Aaron Kraus is a Deputy Director of Policy and Electricity Markets for SolarCity. With more than 12,000 employees, SolarCity is one of the largest solar power providers in North America. His focus is on the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) segment of the market. He works with a multidisciplinary team (project development, operations, structured finance, legal, and grid integration) to create and maintain market and policy foundations to enable scalable solar deployment around the country.  Prior to SolarCity, he was a member of the energy practice of the consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton where he helped develop renewable energy projects for the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. Kraus earned his graduate degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University and his undergraduate degree in Government from the University of Maryland.

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David Lee
Residential Program Supervisor, Building Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy

David Lee is currently the Supervisor for the Residential Building Technologies Program at DOE. He has served as the Director for the Residential Branch, overseeing the ENERGY STAR New and Existing Homes Program at the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to the ENERGY STAR Program, Mr. Lee was the branch chief responsible for the regulatory program to phase out the use of ozone depleting chemicals at EPA. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya.

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Dan LeFevers
Senior Development Leader, Gas Technologies Institute

Dan LeFevers is currently a Senior Development Leader at Gas Technology Institute (GTI).  He is responsible for engaging partners and clients in RD&D projects and programs focusing on natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency.   Mr. LeFevers was previously the Executive Director of Washington Operations for GTI and the Vice President of Federal Public Affairs for Waste Management.  Dan has over 20 years’ experience with energy policy and projects including extensive collaboration with scientists and engineers to develop, deploy and demonstrate new energy technologies.  He has a BA in Speech Communications and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, both from Lewis University in Illinois.

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Ward Lenz
Director of Government Relations, Advanced Energy

Ward Lenz works as the director of government relations and emerging markets for Advanced Energy, a planning, technical and engineering services firm that provides market-based energy solutions. He manages staff and budget for a wide-range of programs, and serves as a representative to numerous stakeholder groups including NASEO and ASERTTI.  On a daily basis, Mr. Lenze creates and maintains strategic partnerships with local, state and national partners. Prior to his current role at Advanced Energy, he served as the director of the North Carolina State Energy Office.

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Megan Levy
Director of Local Energy Programs, Wisconsin State Energy Office

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Megan Levy has spent a decade working with building energy efficiency both in the low-income weatherization program and with the Wisconsin State Energy Office. Ms. Levy also oversees the Energy Independent Communities program in Wisconsin, which counts more than 140 communities as members.

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Alice Lippert
Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

Alice Lippert has over 33 years in federal service.  She currently serves as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Energy Infrastructure Analysis and Modeling Division in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.  She has also held the position of Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for this Division.  The Division is responsible for energy infrastructure and risk analyses, grid modeling and assessments; transmission reliability and clean energy analysis and programs; and data integration and visualization.  Prior to this position, Ms. Lippert served as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division (ISER).  Prior to joining the current office, Ms. Lippert was employed as an Energy Economist with the Energy Information Administration (EIA) where she served as one of EIA’s resident senior petroleum analysts and managed several large energy data collection surveys.  Ms. Lippert holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Dakota.

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Molly Lunn
Acting Deputy Director, Illinois Energy and Recycling Office

Molly Lunn is the Acting Deputy Director for the Illinois Office of Energy & Recycling, in the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.  In this capacity, she manages a variety of energy and environmental programs and planning efforts that save energy, generate clean and reliable electricity, and promote sustainable transportation – with the ultimate goal of growing the State’s clean energy economy.  Before joining the State, Ms. Lunn was with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and has also worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and was a Presidential Management Fellow.

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Kristy Manning
Deputy Director for Policy, Missouri Division of Energy

Kristy Manning is the Deputy and Director of Policy for the Division of Energy at the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Ms. Manning has more than a decade of experience working with state agencies, stakeholders, advocates and members of the General Assembly to develop, work to pass and implement policies and legislation. With her wide-ranging knowledge in energy and public policy development and significant background in stakeholder engagement, her primary focus since joining the Division last year has been the development of the Comprehensive State Energy Plan. She has also focused on securing a number of technical assistance opportunities and competitive grants on energy efficiency, renewable energy and rate design. She has extensive legislative experience having served as Deputy Legislative Director for Governor Nixon for six years and a Legislative Aide in the Missouri Senate for six years. Ms. Manning is a co-chair of the NASEO Affiliates’ State Energy Planning Taskforce and serves as the Governor’s Energy Advisor to the National Governor’s Association. She earned a Master‘s Degree in Public Administration from the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.

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Emily Martin Fadrhonc
Program Manager, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Emily Martin Fadrhonc is a Program Manager in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her work focuses on energy efficiency financing and program design as means to enable the deployment of energy efficiency. Current projects include investigating the potential of capital markets to increase the impact of energy efficiency financing programs and exploration of lessons learned from ARRA-funded energy financing activities.  Prior to joining LBNL, she worked with CH2M HILL, Clean Energy Solutions, the American Hospital Association, and Harvard University on a range of renewable energy, sustainability program design, and energy efficiency issues.  Ms. Fadrhonc has an MBA from the University of North Carolina, a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University, and a BA in Environmental Studies from Harvard University.

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Andrew McAllister
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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Janet McCabe
Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Janet McCabe is the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, having previously served as OAR’s Principal Deputy to the Assistant Administrator.  Prior to joining EPA in November 2009, Ms. McCabe was Executive Director of Improving Kids’ Environment, Inc., a children’s environmental health advocacy organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana and was an adjunct faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health.  From 1993 to 2005, Ms. McCabe held several leadership positions in the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Air Quality and was the office’s Assistant Commissioner from 1998 to 2005. Before coming to Indiana in 1993, Ms. McCabe served as Assistant Attorney General for environmental protection for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Assistant Secretary for Environmental Impact Review. Ms.  She grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Harvard College in 1980 and Harvard Law School in 1983.

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Bruce McDowell
Managing Director, Policy Analysis, American Gas Association

Bruce McDowell started his energy career as an industry economist at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the Office of Regulatory Analysis.  Mr. McDowell later took a position at a consulting firm, Energy and Environmental Analysis, where he was involved in energy forecasting and fuel use economics.  Bruce was then hired by the American Gas Association where he authored studies on a variety of energy topics.  He later moved to Washington Gas, the local gas utility in the Washington DC area, where he managed the Corporate Planning department and later worked in their Marketing department. Mr. McDowell returned to AGA in 1996, where he oversees the analysis of various energy issues including financial and operational benchmarking, residential and commercial energy use, utility rate statistics and issues, and regulatory impacts on the natural gas industry.  He was then promoted to Managing Director, working on strategic short and long term challenges to the gas utility industry such as line extension policies and impacts of tax structures changes on utility operations.

Mr. McDowell has a BA in Economics and Political Science from Dickinson College and an MBA in Business - Government Relations from George Washington University.

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George Minter
Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, Southern California Gas Company

George Minter is regional vice president of external affairs and environmental strategy for SoCalGas. He leads the company’s public affairs, environmental and energy policy, community relations, and media and employee communications efforts.

Before re-joining SoCalGas, he was Managing Principal for LA-based public affairs firms Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM/Public Affairs. There he managed strategic communications programs and public policy initiatives to approve large land use and energy projects. Prior to that, he was the director of public affairs for SoCalGas.

Mr. Minter is a Phi Beta Kappa and Honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

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Terry O’Day
Vice President, NRG EVgo

Terry O'Day began his career in electric vehicle charging infrastructure in 1996 with Edison EV. He went on to co-found EV Rental Cars, which was the first rental company in the United States to offer only environmental vehicles, such as hybrid, natural gas, and electric cars to the general public. It served fifteen airports in six states and more than 500,000 customers, with over 700 cars. Most recently, Mr. O'Day was Executive Director of Environment Now foundation, a strategic, entrepreneurial, activist leader in California. He serves as one of seven members of the Santa Monica City Council, a position to which he was elected in November 2010. Terry led a six-year process to update the City’s General Plan – the leading example of environmental land use planning in the state, reducing per capita greenhouse gas emissions from land use by 31 percent by 2030.

Mr. O'Day holds an MBA from The UCLA Anderson School of Management and completed the Coro Public Affairs Fellows Program in Los Angeles. He received a BA with honors in Public Policy at Stanford University, with a thesis addressing public finance and demand management of electricity. He has been active with community organizations throughout California and Mexico, including Coro Southern California, the USC Center for Sustainable Cities, Environmental Entrepreneurs and as the Board Chair of the Coalition for Clean Air.

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Aidoo Osei
Director, Business Development, Smart Cities / Industrial IOT, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Aidoo Osei is the Director for Qualcomm’s New Market Development program focused on Smart Cities and the Industrial Internet.   In this role, he is responsible for working with municipal and industry leaders to develop opportunities to “re-imagine” city infrastructure and services leveraging Qualcomm’s partner ecosystem and deep technology portfolio. During his seven-year tenure, Mr. Osei has played a key role in inventing and commercializing technologies in retail, finance, and now public sector verticals.  Prior to joining Qualcomm, he had Product and IT management responsibilities at Bank of America and SunTrust Bank focusing on mobile and online platform solutions.  He completed graduate studies at the University of Michigan’s Gerald Ford School of Public Policy.

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Jeff Pillon
Director of Energy Assurance, National Association of State Energy Officials

Jeff Pillon is the Director of Energy Assurance for the National Association of State Energy Officials. Mr. Pillon has lectured nationally on energy assurance planning and preparedness and designed and assisted in conducting a series of multi-state regional energy emergency exercises and after action workshops. Mr. Pillon worked for the State of Michigan from 1973 to 2009. During this time he was Manager of Energy Data and Security for the Michigan Public Service Commission and was responsible for monitoring energy supply and demand, short term energy forecasting, emergency preparedness, and management of the Commission’s website and information technology applications. He also served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and represents the department at the State Emergency Operation Center. Mr. Pillon is a graduate of Michigan State University in Political Science.

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Scott Pokrywa
Senior Director of Energy Intelligence, EnerNOC

As the Senior Director of our Energy Intelligence team, Scott Pokrywa manages a diverse group of Analysts and Engineers, Practice Leads and Energy Advisors spread throughout North America. They incubate new service offerings, provide customer-facing analytics and intelligence and synthesize configurations within and across product lines to enable clients to maximize their investment. The Energy Intelligence team ensures optimal performance through management of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in the areas of revenue, margin, growth and net customer retention. Mr. Pokrywa has deep experience working closely with utilities, ISOs, suppliers and end use customers and has effectively implemented EnerNOC’s energy efficiency, supply and demand response solutions globally.   Mr. Pokrywa has over 15 years experience in the energy sector. Before joining EnerNOC, he worked at Constellation NewEnergy where he was a power trader in the Eastern United States. He has also worked as a consultant at Wood Mackenzie where he developed research and consulting services for the North American power market. He received a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and an MBA from Boston College.

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Jesse Pompa
Senior Associate Engineer, Inland Empire Utilities Agency

Jesse Pompa is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and has worked for the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) since 2010 in Planning and Water Resources. His responsibilities have included air quality compliance, energy management, and recycled water planning. Mr. Pompa received a Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 2006. He also serves as the Chair of the Energy Committee for the Southern California Alliance of Publicly-Owned Treatment Works (SCAP).

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Galen Rasche
Senior Manager, Cybersecurity, Electric Power Research Institute

Galen Rasche, a technical executive in the R&D Group’s Senior VP Office at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), coordinates cyber security research across the Power Delivery and Utilization, Generation, and Nuclear sectors. Before joining EPRI in 2010, he worked at the Southwest Research Institute and at the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technology. Mr. Rasche received B.S.E.E. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Maria Redmond
Senior Analyst and Program Manager, Transportation Fuels, Wisconsin State Energy Office

Maria Redmond serves as the Senior Analyst and Program Manager for Transportation Fuels for the Wisconsin State Energy Office (SEO). Ms. Redmond has served in her position since February of 2001 and is the lead in all of the federally-awarded fuel and vehicle related programs for the SEO. In her position, she assisted the SEO in securing $81 million in federal grant funding for energy related programs for local governments and businesses in Wisconsin. Ms. Redmond manages federal contracts related to grant awards, as well as state and local government/private business contracts; implements Executive Orders; advises legislative committees related to energy and transportation fuels; and serves as an energy project liaison with state agencies, universities, granting agencies, contractors, municipalities, private sector, national and international organizations.  She also serves as the Chair of the Transportation Committee for the National Association of State Energy Officials.

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Curt Rich
President and Chief Executive Officer, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Curt Rich serves as President and CEO of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), where he is responsible for charting the strategic direction of the organization as it leverages the significant role of insulation in achieving energy efficiency.  Mr. Rich was most recently Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy for United Technologies Corporation (UTC), responsible for directing government affairs objectives for UTC’s building and industrial systems businesses.  Prior to joining UTC, he was a partner at the Washington, D.C. based law and policy firm of Van Ness Feldman where he represented companies, trade associations and local governments before Congress and federal agencies on issues related to tax policy, energy, the environment and natural resources. He also served as legislative counsel to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and served as legislative counsel to U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where he advised the senator on a wide range of policy issues, including energy, natural resources, environment and economic development.  Mr. Rich holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Whitman College and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Montana.

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April Salas
Planning Section Chief, Energy Response Organization, Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration, U.S. Department of Energy

April Salas is the Planning Section Chief for the U.S. Department of Energy's Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.  Within the Preparedness and Response Directorate, her primary focus is state energy assurance and resilience, as well as, energy supply disruption analysis and response.  Before joining DOE, Ms. Salas lived in Paris, France for four years working at the European headquarters of a US energy finance-consulting firm as an analyst and consultant in downstream oil and gas.  She has also held positions at UNESCO on post-conflict reconstruction in Africa, as well as, the United Nations Headquarters' Department of Peacekeeping Operations Africa Desk on the Sudan/Darfur and Ethiopia/Eritrea conflicts.  She is pursuing a double Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY, and Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  She holds two Masters Degrees: one in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development and a second in International Security and Economics from the American University of Paris and L'Institut Catholique de Paris, respectively.  She also holds a BA in International Relations/Pre-Law from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

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Colin Santulli
Senior Manager for Transportation, Center for Sustainable Energy

As Senior Manager of Transportation Programs, Colin Santulli directs the Center for Sustainable Energy’s alternative fuel programs including the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (for the California Air Resources Board) and similar statewide incentive projects in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  These statewide, multi-faceted market transformation projects include broad consumer outreach components, consumer and dealer surveys and data analysis, as well as the processing and distribution of thousands of incentives per month. He also oversees the development and implementation of regional plug-in electric and alternative-fuel vehicle readiness plans as well as various vehicle adoption programs and consumer awareness initiatives, most notably, the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Commission’s Experience Electric campaign that provided PEV test drives for more than 4,250 drivers during a six-month promotion.

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Thomas Siebel
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, C3 Energy

As the founder, chairman, and CEO of Siebel Systems—one of the world’s fastest-growing software companies, Mr. Siebel built the foundation of the CRM market. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems rapidly became a leader in application software with more than 8,000 employees in 32 countries, over 4,500 corporate customers, and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion before it merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Now as chairman and CEO of C3 Energy, he leads an accomplished team of machine learning, computer science, power system, and engineering experts to tackle one of the toughest technology challenges—to apply the sciences of big data, analytics, and machine learning to today’s energy industry to unlock significant value across the power grid.  Mr. Siebel is the chairman of the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, which funds projects to support energy solutions, educational and research programs, public health and the homeless and underprivileged. In 2015 the Foundation launched the Siebel Energy Institute, a global consortium for innovative and collaborative energy research for the public domain.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.A. in history, an M.B.A., and an M.S. in computer science.

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Lisa Smith
Senior Planner, Maine Energy Office

Lisa Smith is a Senior Planner with the Governor’s Energy Office in Maine.  The Energy Office is responsible for planning and coordinating state energy policy, and also serves as primary policy advisor to the Governor.  Ms. Smith coordinates all the office activities, including grant administration, constituent matters, and policy research, and she participates on several energy related advisory boards and working groups.  She also represents the Office before the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee in the Maine Legislature.  Her background is in energy and environmental policy and planning.  She was both a planner and a legislative liaison with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, where she worked on a myriad of issues, including energy efficiency, air and water quality, waste management, and appropriations.  Her educational background is in environmental science and economics.  She attended Colby College, where she majored in both economics and biology, and her graduate level work was in natural resource economics at the University of Massachusetts.

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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.  Mrs. 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, Mrs. 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.  Ms. Burk 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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Mike Sokol
Energy Generation Specialist, Energy Research and Development Division, California Energy Commission

Michael Sokol is a Renewable Energy Integration Specialist in the Research and Development Division at the California Energy Commission, where he has worked for the past 6 years. His work at the Commission includes assisting in the development and implementation of the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, and he has served as the technical lead for the community-scale renewable energy and solar forecasting research programs. Mr. Sokol received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Mike Stone
Field Representative, West Coast, National Electrical Manufacturers Association

Mike Stone is the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) West Coast Field Representative since August 2012.  He is the alternate member representing NEMA on Code Making Panel 1 for the 2017 National Electrical Code.  He also serves as Vice Chair of the California Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical and Energy Code Advisory Committee to the CA Building Standards Commission.  He has participated in Energy and Electrical Code adoption activities in the 11 Western states as well as at the national level.  Prior to his tenure at NEMA, Mr. Stone worked for over 25 years in California building departments at the County of Monterey and the Cities of Monterey, Salinas and, most recently, as Building Official for the City of Watsonville.

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Jessie Stratton
Policy Director, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Jessie Stratton was appointed Policy Director for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in May 2011. In that capacity she is responsible for overall policy coordination for the three branches of the agency.  In particular she has oversight of the development of a 21st century state energy policy and integrating it into the agenda of the Environmental Quality and Environmental Conservation branches of the agency.  Prior to joining the Department Ms. Stratton was Director of Government Relations for ENE (Environment Northeast), a not-for-profit regional research and advocacy organization, that concentrated on energy, climate and air quality issues.  She also served in the CT General Assembly from 1989-2003 where she chaired the Environment Committee for 10 years.  In that capacity she also served as the eastern region and later national co-chair of the Council of State Government’s Energy and Environment Committees. She currently serves as the executive branch co-chair of the Council’s National Energy and Environment Committee.

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Janet Streff
Manager, Minnesota Division of Energy Resources

Janet Streff is the manager of the State Energy Office, located in the Minnesota Department of Commerce. In this capacity she directs professional staff with responsibilities for the state's utility conservation program, other state incentive and rebate programs as well as multiple programs funded through the US Department of Energy.

The US Department of Energy programs include the State Energy Program, which promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy by providing technical assistance and consumer information, the new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, which provides targeted funding to cities and counties, and the Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides energy conservation improvements to low-income homes.

Janet was appointed by Secretary Chu in November 2009 to chair the State Energy Advisory Board, a board established by Congress in 1991 to advise the US Department of Energy on the implementation of its EERE programs and the deployment of new technologies. She is also a past chair of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and sits on the board of MN GreenStar, a residential sustainable building certification organization.

Prior to joining the State Energy Office in1995, Janet managed commercial construction. She is a certified building official, holds a B.A. from the University of North Dakota and an M.A. (Public Administration) from Hamline University.

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Jimmy Taeger
Climate Services, National Weather Service Forecast Office, San Diego

Jimmy Taeger is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in San Diego, CA. He has forecasting experience in various regions of the United States, ranging from the Southeast, to the Northern Plains, to the extreme Southwest. Mr. Taeger has a bachelor's and master's degree in Meteorology from Florida State University, and has been forecasting for the National Weather Service since early 2011. He is the California State Co-Coordinator for the volunteer precipitation network, CoCoRaHS, and is an active member of the local and national American Meteorological Society.

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Dub Taylor
Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Dub Taylor is the Director of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), which is operated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Under his direction, SECO helps the state make the most of domestic energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies. SECO's mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment.  Prior to joining SECO in 1999, Taylor’s public sector experience includes six years with the Texas Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division. Taylor's private sector experience was focused in commercial real estate, property appraisal and property tax consulting.  Mr. Taylor is a native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

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David Terry
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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Gene Therriault
Energy Policy and Outreach Director, Alaska Energy Authority

Elected at the age of 32, Gene Therriault served in the Alaska Legislature for 17 years during which he served two terms as Co-Chair of the House Finance Committee and one term as President of the Alaska Senate.  Following his time in elected office, Mr. Therriault worked in the Alaska Governor’s office on In-state Energy; later joining the staff at Golden Valley Electric Association as Vice President of Resource Development and External Affairs.  In 2012, he joined management at the Alaska Energy Authority.  As Director of Energy Policy and Outreach, Mr. Therriault oversees state programs dealing with immediate energy needs, community assistance, long term energy planning and assists with special projects.

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Tony Usibelli
Director, Washington State Energy Office

Tony Usibelli is the Director of the Washington State Energy Office in the Department of Commerce.  The Energy Office analyzes, develops and implements state energy policy as well as managing efficiency and renewable energy projects.  Previously, Mr. Usibelli worked at the Washington State University Energy program, managed the energy efficiency-section of Washington State Energy Office, and was a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Evergreen State College.  He holds a Master of Science in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Classical Archaeology.

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Alecia Ward
Leader, Program and Business Development, Environmental Energy Technologies Area, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Alecia Ward serves as Leader of Program and Business Development, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she is responsible for growth and development of Energy Technologies Area (ETA) research portfolio funding.  Ms. Ward is an expert on energy efficiency, sustainability and climate policy and adds valuable insight into the process of designing, deploying, managing, and evaluating energy efficiency, demand-side management, demand response, and renewable energy programs and policies.  Prior to this, she was Director of Government Relations and Business Development at The Weidt Group.  She has served at the pleasure of two members of Congress and one President and has coordinated extensively with federal agencies and state and local governments. Before joining The Weidt Group, Ms. Ward served as President and CEO of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), a regional non-profit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency across a nine-state footprint.

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Karen Wayland
Deputy Director for State and Local Cooperation, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Karen Wayland is the Deputy Director for State and Local Cooperation in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at DOE. She is a recognized expert in national energy and environmental policy and comes to DOE after two years of providing strategic consulting to business and nonprofit clients.  Dr. Wayland served as a Senior Advisor to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and was named by Roll Call magazine as one of Capitol Hill’s top 10 energy staffers to know. In that role, she worked on comprehensive climate legislation, response to the BP oil spill, and a host of other energy and environmental legislation. She was the Legislative Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council for five years, where she oversaw the 400-person organization’s federal environmental initiatives.  She received a M.S. from the University of Connecticut and a Dual Ph.D. in the fields of geochemistry and resource development from Michigan State University; her research has focused on environmental geochemistry, watershed management, and hydrologic modeling. She is an environmental scholar at Georgetown University’s Science in the Public Interest, where for six years she taught a seminar on national science policy.

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Tommy Wells
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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Roy Willis
President and Chief Executive Officer, Propane Education and Research Council (PERC)

Roy Willis is the president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), a congressionally authorized commodity check-off program. Since 1998, he has led implementation on a multidisciplinary program of research and development, education, safety, and training. PERC programs have touched a variety of industries including fleet vehicle management, landscaping, residential and commercial construction, agriculture, and material handling.

The founding chairman of the Global Technology Network of the World LP Gas Association, Willis served as SVP and acting president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America for seven years. Willis spent 10 years as a senior congressional staffer and four years as an aide in the Louisiana legislature. A U.S. Navy veteran, Willis has also served as chairman of the National Energy Resources Organization and the president of an advertising agency.

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Michael Winka
Senior Policy Advisor, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Michael Winka currently serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), on clean energy issues including developing a system of Combined Heat and Power facilities/microgrids for storm response and emergency preparedness; and Smart Grid/Distribution Automation. Mr. Winka is the BPU lead for development of the New Jersey Energy Resiliency Bank (NJ-ERB).  The NJ-ERB’s mission is to help develop energy resilience for New Jersey’s critical facilities through financing of distributed energy generation – microgrid projects.  He worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for 22 years. His past duties included Chief in the Bureau of Resource Recovery which including the permitting of 5 county Waste to Energy Facilities for over 200 MW; and Administrator for the Office of Innovative Technology and Market Development.  Additionally, Mr. Winka assisted in the development and implementation of New Jersey’s Sustainability Greenhouse Gas/Climate Change Action Plan and also worked with the New Jersey team in developing and implementing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative within the 10 northeast States and New Jersey.

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Katherine Young
Senior Energy Analyst, RAPID Toolkit Project, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Since 2008, Ms. Young has been working as a senior energy analyst for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, focusing her exploration analyses, regulatory and permitting concerns, and more recently on resource reporting methodologies.  Ms. Young has developed innovative tools, such as the Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID) Toolkit, a collection of publicly available information about permits and regulations affecting energy and bulk transmission project development.  Previously, Ms. Young worked as a water engineer for Martin and Wood in the state of Colorado.  During this time, she located, designed, and performed construction observation of sedimentary and fractured-rock aquifer water wells, developed MODFLOW groundwater models for dewatering analysis, designed and implemented water quality testing programs, and aided in project permitting.  She received a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering and geology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a masters’ degree in Geochemistry from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She has also worked as a field engineer for Schlumberger Dowell, a geology instructor, a database software designer and developer.

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Chris Yunker
P.E., Energy Systems and Transportation, Hawaii State Energy Office

Chris Yunker is the Energy Systems and Transportation Program Manager for the Hawaii State Energy Office.  Mr. Yunker is an energy industry professional with a broad range of experience in a variety of functions and roles including start-ups, venture capital, and central station power plant development. Most recently Chris was the Rates and Analysis Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric where he oversaw rate design, forecasting and load analysis. Prior to that he held positions at SDG&E in Strategic Planning, Finance, RD&D, and Resource Planning. In these roles he oversaw the development of applications and served as an expert witness in proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission covering topics ranging from rate policy, rate design, procurement and finance.  In addition Mr. Yunker has worked for Sempra Connections which installed micro-turbines in combined heat and power applications on the customer side of the meter as well as for GEA Power Cooling Systems, Inc. which developed condensing systems for steam turbines in utility scale central station power plants.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of California – San Diego and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.  He is also a professional engineer (PE) in mechanical engineering and a certified energy manager (CEM) through the association of energy engineers.

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Johanna Zetterberg
SEE Action Network Coordinator, U.S. Department of Energy

Johanna Zetterberg supports states implementing policy and program initiatives to increase investments in energy efficiency through the State Energy Program and the State Energy Efficiency Action Network.  Ms. Zetterberg is a graduate of the Presidential Management Fellowship Program and is a French-American Foundation Young Leader. She holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. from Pomona College. She has previous experience at the California Public Utilities Commission, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Sierra Club.
 

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Amy Zimpfer
Associate Director, Air Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region Nine

Amy Zimpfer is Associate Air Division Director for United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 9 in San Francisco, California.  She provides senior leadership for USEPA’s climate change and clean energy initiatives as well as clean air regulatory actions throughout the Southwestern United States including the US/Mexico border.  Ms. Zimpfer has managed a wide variety of water, hazardous waste and Superfund programs at USEPA and the State of California.  In 2008, Ms. Zimpfer served as an Embassy Science Fellow at the US Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, focusing on European and Portuguese renewable energy and climate change efforts.  She has also served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary Partnership and as a Commissioner for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.  Early in her career, Ms. Zimpfer worked for the Town of Breckenridge, the City of Littleton and the State of Colorado.  She is a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.

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