2018 Agenda

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Tuesday August 7, 2018

AEE Lobby Day & Capitol Reception (AEE Members-only and invited legislators)  
Sacramento, CA

To save your spot, RSVP to: eolson@aee.net


Wednesday August 8, 2018

Pathway to 2050 Main Conference
VENUE: Sacramento Convention Center
Rooms 306-308 (3rd Floor Ballroom)
1400 J Street
Sacramento


7:30am Breakfast & Registration

8:30am Opening Remarks

Presented by: Heather O'Neill, Interim CEO, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)


8:35am Welcome from the Board

Presented by: Prasanna Venkatesan, President and CEO, Landis+Gyr


8:40am - 9:20am Leading From the West: Expanding Economic Opportunity Through a Regional Approach  

Facilitated by: Malcolm Woolf, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, AEE

  • The Honorable Bill Ritter, Jr., Director, Center for the New Energy Economy and Former Governor of Colorado
  • Norman Bay, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Former FERC Chairman
  • Commissioner Travis Kavulla, Vice Chairman, Montana Public Services Commission and Member, Western EIM Governing Body

9:20am - 9:50am CAISO Energy Imbalance Market: It's Match.com for Electrons

Facilitated by: McCall Johnson, Sr. Manager - Government Affairs, Recurrent Energy

  • Valerie Fong, Chair, Western EIM Governing Body
  • Jennifer Gardner, Senior Staff Attorney - Clean Energy Program, Western Resource Advocates

9:50am - 10:30am Brown’s Last Stand: Media Perspectives on the Governor’s Legacy, Battles with Trump, and What’s To Come

 Facilitated by: Robert Keough, Vice President of Communications, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

  • Katie Fehrenbacher, Senior Writer and Analyst, Transportation, GreenBiz and VERGE Transport
  • Emma Foehringer Merchant, Staff Writer, Greentech Media
  • Dan Morain, Senior Editor, CALMatters
  • John Myers, Sacramento Bureau Chief, LA Times

10:30am - 11:00am Networking Break

11:00am - 11:45am Brave New Grid: The Energy Transition and Its Impact on Reliability, Jobs, and Technology

Facilitated by: Tony Brunello, Founder, Gridworks

  • Elizabeth Echols, Director, Office of Ratepayer Advocates
  • Martin Hermann, CEO, 8minutenergy Renewables
  • Steve Malnight, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Policy, PG&E
  • Mark Rothleder, Vice President of Market Quality and Renewable Integration, California ISO
  • Polly Shaw, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Communications, Stem

11:45am - 12:30pm Vehicle Electrification: Who Finances the Revolution?

Facilitated by: Matt Stanberry, Vice President of Market Development, AEE

  • Dr. Holmes Hummel, Principal, Clean Energy Works and Former Sr. Policy Advisor, Department of Energy
  • Chris King, Chief Policy Officer - Digital Grid, Siemens
  • Dr. Cris Liban, Executive Officer - Environment and Sustainability, LA Metro 
  • Salim Morsy, Specialist - Advanced Transportation, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

12:30pm - 1:30pm Networking Lunch

1:30pm - 2:30pm Break-out Sessions

◈ Redrawing the Map on California’s Electricity Load: CCAs – at the forefront or in the crosshairs?  

Facilitated by: Tom Starrs, Vice President of Market Strategy & Policy, SunPower

  • Mike Florio, Senior Fellow, Gridworks and Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Kip Lipper, Chief Policy Advisor - Energy & Environment, Senate pro Tem, California State Senate
  • Jerry Meek, Sr. Energy & Water Manager, Genentech 
  • Beth Vaughan, Executive Director, CalCCA
                             

◈ Long Live Energy Efficiency -- Does the Clean Grid Need It? 

Facilitated by: Panama Bartholomy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition

  • Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist - Power Sector, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Nick Brod, Vice President of California, CLEAResult
  • Commissioner David Hochschild, California Energy Commission
  • Scott Tew, Executive Director - Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand 

 

◈ It’s All About Jobs - Building a Skilled Advanced Energy Workforce 

Facilitated by: J.R. Tolbert, Vice President of State Policy, AEE

  • The Honorable Autumn Burke, Assembly District 62, California State Assembly
  • Zach Kahn, Director of Government Relations, BYD
  • Jennifer Kropke, Director of Workforce & Environmental Engagement, IBEW Local 11

2:30pm - 3:00pm Networking Break 

3:00pm - 3:30pm A New Utility Business Model: Resiliency for the Future

Facilitated by: Lisa Frantzis, Senior Vice President of 21st Century Energy System, AEE

  • Roger Flanagan, Managing Director,Lockheed Martin
  • Maria Rigatti, Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer, Edison International 

3:30pm - 4:15pm Navigating the Road Ahead: What’s in Store for the Next Administration?

Introduction presented by: F. Bo Clayton, Partner, Modern Energy and Head of Sales & Trading, American Efficient

Facilitated by: Danielle Merfeld, Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy

  • The Honorable Nancy Skinner, Senate District 9, California State Senate
  • Sonia Aggarwal, Vice President, Energy Innovation
  • Commissioner Carla Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Commissioner Janea Scott, California Energy Commission

*Agenda and speakers are subject to change.
Speakers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sonia Aggarwal

Sonia Aggarwal
VP, Energy Innovation
Panama Bartholomy

Panama Bartholomy
Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition
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Norman Bay
Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Former FERC Chairman
Merrian Borgeson

Merrian Borgeson
Sr. Scientist , Natural Resources Defense Council 

Sonia Aggarwal is the Vice President of Energy Innovation, where she leads the firm’s work on Power Sector Transformation and Energy Policy Solutions. In 2012, Sonia spearheaded the creation of America’s Power Plan, Energy Innovation’s platform for innovative thinking on policy solutions for clean, reliable, and affordable electric power in the U.S. America’s Power Plan produces and curates expert information for decision-makers—utility regulators, governors’ staffs, power system operators, and many more—providing tailored advice on how to lead and support the transition to a decarbonized power system. For Energy Policy Solutions, Sonia leads Energy Innovation’s work in identifying and designing the top energy policies to reduce emissions. The program uses a computer model developed in-house, the Energy Policy Simulator, to quantify the cost and emissions impacts various combinations of climate and energy policies have within a region. In addition to the quantitative model, which helps to identify which policies can make the biggest impact, the Energy Policy Solutions program also provides tailored advice on how to design those policies for maximum effectiveness.Before Energy Innovation, Sonia managed global research at ClimateWorks Foundation, worked on the McKinsey carbon abatement cost curves, advised the International Energy Agency’s “Accelerating Technology Transitions” project, advised clean energy companies on technology and financial communications, and even worked in accident prevention design engineering at a nuclear power plant. Sonia holds a B.S. from Haverford College in astronomy and physics, and an M.S. from Stanford University in engineering, focused on energy.

 

Panama Bartholomy is not a futurist. He is not a Blockchain expert. He is not part of the Internet of Things. He is not providing THE platform for anything. Panama is the Director of the Building Decarbonization Coalition, a multi- sector forum advocating for and creating solutions for our pollution intensive building stock. He used to work for the Legislature, Energy Commission, State Architect, California Conservation Corps and is a Gemini. Previously, Panama was the Advisor on Energy and Natural Resources to California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez. He has served as Deputy Director of the California Energy Commission’s Efficiency and Renewables Division and advisor for Chairwomen Douglas and Pfannenstiel, worked for the California Conservation Corps on vocational environmental education, and ran the Sustainable Schools program for the Division of the State Architect. Panama served on the City of Sacramento Planning Commission and the County of Sacramento Environmental Commission, and is a former board member on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and past president of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC.

 

Norman C. Bayis a partner and head of the energy regulatory and enforcement group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Washington, DC. Norman represents clients on a range of energy issues, including regulatory and policy matters, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure development, enforcement and compliance, and litigation. Norman was Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from 2015 to 2017. Before becoming Chairman, he was the Director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC from 2009 to 2014. He was previously a federal prosecutor and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, as well as a Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow with Duke University and a member of the NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions. Norman is a member of the Class of 1982 at Dartmouth College and a graduate of Harvard Law School.

 

Merrian Borgeson champions stronger climate policies by providing analysis and strategic guidance to help us shift to efficient, renewable energy. She works closely with policymakers and stakeholders at the state, regional and national levels. Prior to joining NRDC, she worked as a team leader at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She also served as the first director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and as the managing director (and later the board chair) of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Borgeson is currently a trustee for the Goggio Family Foundation and sits on the advisory boards of the Schumacher Center for New Economics. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s from the University of California, Berkeley, Energy and Resources Group; and an MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is based in San Francisco.

 

Nick Brod

Nick Brod
Vice President, CLEAResult
Tony Brunello

Tony Brunello
Founder, Gridworks
Autumn Burke

The Honorable Autumn Burke
Assembly District 62, California State Assembly
Elizabeth Echols

Elizabeth Echols
Director, Office of Ratepayer Advocates

Nick Brod oversees all program, people and policy operations in California for CLEAResult. CLEAResult is the largest energy efficiency program implementer in North America serving over 700 programs to 275 utility clients in 40+ states and Canadian provinces and one of the largest third-party program implementers in California. Nick leads P&L, growth, and portfolio responsibilities for over 50 energy efficiency programs and projects in the commercial, industrial, agricultural, residential, and public sectors. He also leads policy and legislative activities to help guide California’s path towards the goals of SB350 and SB32. Formerly, he was the Director of a national practice of unique energy efficiency programs focused on the refrigeration sector. Prior to CLEAResult, Nick worked for 5 years across the world as part of the global management program at Vestas - the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer working in power plant construction, sales, strategy, and marketing. Nick transitioned careers during an MBA with a rapid introduction to the world of cleantech finance and socially responsible investing. Prior to his MBA, he had an entirely different career for 11 years as an Interactive Producer and Designer in the museum, design agency, and consulting sectors. Nick holds an MBA from Yale, an MSc in Multimedia Design from London Guildhall, and a BSc in Engineering from Exeter University, England. He lives in Berkeley, California.

First elected in 2014, Autumn R. Burke represents the 62nd District in the California State Assembly. Her economically and ethnically diverse district is home to some of the world’s most successful technology and aerospace companies, several of the region's most popular beaches, Los Angeles International Airport, and the Forum. A Los Angeles native, Assemblywoman Burke is an entrepreneur and small business owner with a proven record of business development and community outreach. She's worked to help provide pathways to green technology and energy efficiency for neighborhoods big and small. She's taken that same passion for innovation to Sacramento with a focus on policy to expand access to health care, education and solid jobs for all. While in Sacramento, she has achieved legislative successes to positively impact the lives of all Californians, including; extending California’s Cap & Trade market system which has become a model for the rest of the country and the world to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change while transitioning to a clean energy economy, increasing electric vehicle charging stations around the state, and convening The Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force with the goal of reducing child poverty across the state. Throughout her career, Burke has maintained a passion for serving the community. She is a member of Count Me In for Women, an organization that promotes the growth of women-owned businesses. She's also a board member of the Yvonne Burke Foundation, which provides scholarships for young people in Los Angeles County to attend colleges and universities as well as career training program. A longtime supporter of the Compton Jr. Posse, Burke helps give at-risk youth alternatives to street life through creative programs that foster a greater sense of belonging. Burke is the daughter of former Los Angeles County Supervisor, Assemblywoman and U.S. Congresswoman, Yvonne Burke. Autumn Burke's election to the legislature marks the first time in California history that a mother and daughter have both served in the State Assembly. Assemblywoman Burke is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation. She also serves as the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Career Technical Education and Building a 21 Century Workforce, and a member of the Assembly Committees on Accountability and Administrative Review, Health, Housing and Community Development, Utilities and Commerce. She represents the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and Del Rey, and communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey.

Tony Brunello, a former top energy official in California, has worked on energy and environmental issues at the state, national, and international level for the past 20 years for industry, government and nonprofit organizations. Tony founded Gridworks and is also a Partner at California Strategies, one of California’s largest strategic policy consulting firms. Tony has a Master’s degree in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London and undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters.

Elizabeth Echols was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as Director of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Office of Ratepayer Advocates in February 2016. Ms. Echols previously served as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Pacific Region. Under Ms. Echols’ leadership, her region led the nation in supporting more than 28,000 small business loans worth over $12 billion. She also launched a new initiative to assist small businesses in gaining access to capital to “green” their businesses, and leverage opportunities in clean tech and energy efficiency. Ms. Echols served as Director of the Northern California chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council from 2009 to 2010 where she built the public policy program to successfully impact green building policy and regulation, including advancing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation. She was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team from 2008 to 2009, Director of Policy at Google Inc. from 2004 to 2008, and Chief Executive Officer at OpNet Community Ventures from 2001 to 2004. Ms. Echols served as Executive Director of the E-Commerce Working Group at the White House from 1999 to 2001, Senior Advisor on telecommunications and Internet policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1994 to 1999, and an attorney at Steptoe and Johnson from 1990 to 1994. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.


Roger Flanagan

Roger Flanagan
Managing Director, Lockheed Martin
Mike Florio

Mike Florio
Senior Fellow, Gridworks and Former Commissioner, CPUC
Valerie Fong

Valerie Fong
Chair, Western EIM Governing Board
Lisa Frantzis

Lisa Frantzis
SVP - 21st Century Energy System, AEE

Roger Flanagan is Managing Director of Lockheed Martin Energy, leading the company’s business unit with electric and gas utilities in North America. LM Energy provides utilities with distributed energy resources through energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, cogen, storage, and microgrids. LM Energy also provides utilities with advanced technology in transmission & distribution automation, grid & customer analytics, information & operations technology, and cyber security. Mr. Flanagan has 30 years of professional experience in energy and national security with Lockheed Martin and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He has worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is formerly the Director of the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis and Andrews Air Force Bases. He has held senior technical and management positions in electric power generation, transmission & distribution, and has managed technical operations support groups at Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia National Laboratories. Mr. Flanagan earned a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Tennessee and Master’s and Bachelor’s of Science degrees in engineering from West Virginia University. He is a registered professional engineer (inactive) and the author of numerous publications on energy, materials and engineering science. Mr. Flanagan serves on the board of directors of the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) and serves on the board of directors of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).

 

Mike Florio is a consultant on energy policy, regulation and markets, and a Senior Fellow at Gridworks, an Oakland non-profit that convenes stakeholder meetings and publishes papers on issues related to decarbonization of the electric sector. Mr. Florio was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in January of 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown, and served a full six-year term through the end of 2016. As part of his work at the CPUC, Mr. Florio oversaw proceedings dealing with resource planning, ratemaking, demand response and the integration of distributed energy resources. Prior to his CPUC appointment, he served for over 30 years as an attorney for The Utility Reform Network (TURN), the leading utility consumer advocate group in California. Mr. Florio also served on the governing board of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) from May of 1997 through early 2005, and on the board of the California Power Exchange from May of 1997 until January of 2001. During his tenure on the CPUC, he represented the commission in a variety of western states forums, including the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation, the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners, and the Transmission Expansion Policy Planning Committee of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). In 1978 Mr. Florio received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a Masters of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was admitted to the California State Bar that same year.

 

Valerie Fong has a strong diverse background in the market of electricity. She held several industry positions over her 35 year career with Pacific Gas and Electric, Alameda Power & Telecom, and the city of Palo Alto. Her most recent role was the Director of Utilities for the city of Palo Alto, from which she retired in 2015. In this role she was responsible for oversight of five utilities including the city’s water, gas and electric utilities, the commodity portfolios, commodity risk management, distribution planning and maintenance, and policy development. Ms. Fong has served on several boards including the Power Association of Northern California, Board Member; PG&E-designated representative on the California Power Exchange Board of Governors; City of Alameda and City of Palo Alto Alternate Commissioner for the Northern California Power Agency; City of Alameda’s Commissioner for the Transmission Agency of Northern California (TANC); City of Palo Alto Alternate Commissioner for TANC; Member of the Board of Governors for the California Municipal Utility Agency; Member and Secretary for the Transmission Dependent Utilities; California Independent System Operator Governing Board Nominating Stakeholder Group; and, is a current Board Member of the St. Mary’s Medical Center Community Board. Ms. Fong graduated from the University of California and is a licensed Civil Engineer. Ms. Fong was appointed to the EIM Governing Body July 1, 2016.

 

Lisa Frantzis is a Senior VP at Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business association whose mission is to transform policy to ensure a more secure, clean, and affordable energy system throughout the U.S. At AEE, she leads an initiative to accelerate the transition to a 21st Century Electricity System. The two primary activities of the initiative are 1. CEO Forums/Public Utility Commission (PUC) Forums that convene utility executives, PUC Commissioners, and advanced energy companies to develop a vision for reform that is responsive to the needs of each state and drives towards concrete action, and 2. participation in key regulatory proceedings where AEE Institute develops joint positions with its members, provides analysis for justification of these positions, and assists in implementation plans. Lisa served as a Managing Director in Navigant Consulting's Energy Practice since 2002, responsible for leading the renewable and distributed energy business. Prior to Navigant, she consulted at Arthur D. Little for 23 years in energy efficiency and clean energy. Over her 35 years of consulting experience, she has identified energy program options for international government agencies; determined renewable energy integration options for utility companies; developed business strategies for clean energy manufacturers; and conducted due diligence for financial firms considering clean energy investments. Lisa is currently on the Board of Directors of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and previously on the Boards of three other organizations: the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). She is also on the Executive Leadership Council of SEPA's 51st State Initiative.

 

Jennifer Gardner

Jennifer Gardner
Sr. Staff Attorney, Western Resource Advocates
Martin Hermann

Martin Hermann
CEO, 8minutenergy Renewables
Commissioner David Hochschild

Commissioner David Hochschild
California Energy Commission
Hummel-1

Dr. Holmes Hummel
Principal, Clean Energy Works

Jennifer Gardner is an attorney and policy analyst with an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Policy. Her practice focuses on Western Interconnection grid reliability, energy markets, distributed generation, and rate design. Ms. Gardner is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Clean Energy Program at Western Resource Advocates (WRA). In this capacity, she represents WRA as an attorney and policy advocate before western state public utility commissions, regional energy planning forums, legislative bodies, and other venues where energy decisions impacting the West are made.

 

Martin Hermann is the CEO and Founder of 8minutenergy Renewables. He is a serial entrepreneur with 26 years of experience in the solar, clean-tech and high-tech industries, who has closed business transactions in excess of $5.3B. He founded 8minutenergy, which is now among the largest independent developers of solar PV in the U.S. with a portfolio of more than 5,500 MWs and a track record of 1,500 MWs in executed PPAs. Martin also developed a 100 MW solar PV module manufacturing plant as Chief Strategy Officer with Advent Solar. Prior to his engagement in renewables, he owned a semiconductor tools company for 10 years, which he sold to Intel in 2001. For six years after the acquisition, Martin served on the executive management team with Intel’s wireless business group.

 

David Hochschild was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. He fills the environmental 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.

Commissioner Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In 2007-2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

For his work to advance clean energy, Commissioner Hochschild was awarded the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Hero Award and the Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roof True Champion Award. Commissioner Hochschild holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

 

Dr. Holmes Hummel founded Clean Energy Works to accelerate investments in the clean energy economy through utility financing. As a champion for the Pay As You Save (PAYS) system, Dr. Hummel led Clean Energy Works to win three international searches for breakthrough climate strategies, including the FiRe Award for high-impact innovation at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance “Future of Energy Summit” and PAYS for Clean Transport was selected by the Global Lab for Climate Finance as a top finance instrument in 2018. Previously, Dr. Hummel served for four years as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Department of Energy’s policy office, and among other responsibilities, led the agency’s finance working group. In the private sector, Dr. Hummel developed corporate energy strategies and utility software products at Silicon Energy (now Itron), and today serves on the board of Cornerstone Capital, an advisory firm specializing in the development of values-aligned investment portfolios. Dr. Hummel holds a doctorate degree from Stanford University for research on global energy technology scenarios for climate stabilization.

 

Zach Kahn

Zach Kahn
Director of Government Relations, BYD
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Commissioner Travis Kavulla
Vice Chairman, Montana PSC and Member, Western EIM Governing Body
Robert Keough

Robert Keough
VP of Communications, AEE
Chris King

Chris King
Smart Grid Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Siemens

Zach Kahn is the Director of Government Relations for BYD Heavy Industries, a subsidiary of BYD – the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer – where he oversees the company’s North American government and public affairs efforts. In addition, Zach manages BYD’s business development efforts for the New York City Metro Area focusing on electric buses, trucks and forklifts, as well as BYD’s energy storage systems. Zach joined BYD in 2015 as a Regional Sales Manager at BYD Coach & Bus, working to bring zero emission battery electric buses to transit agencies, universities, and private operators in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West regions. Before joining BYD, Zach was the Vice President of Business Development at WAVE, a wireless charging technology provider based in Salt Lake City where he worked in a variety of commercial and operational roles. Zach has served in various roles at the intersection of government and business with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Mayor of New York City, and Goldman Sachs.

 

Travis Kavulla was elected to Montana’s Public Service Commission, first in 2010 and again in 2014, to a term expiring in 2018. In addition to his role on Montana PSC, Mr. Kavulla is co-chairman of the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation (CREPC), which leads West-wide discussions on energy policy, wholesale electric markets, and the reliability of the grid. He has also previously served as the cochairman for the Northern Tier Transmission Group (NTTG) Steering Committee and on the Board of Directors and Member Advisory Committee of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). Mr. Kavulla also served as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in 2015-2016, and continues to serve on the association’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He represents NARUC on the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In addition to his work in energy, Mr. Kavulla works frequently on policy related to other network industries. In 2017, Mr. Kavulla was appointed by the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to lead the North American Numbering Council, which advises on emerging topics in nextgeneration communications technologies. As well, Mr. Kavulla was a principal author of the legal reforms that liberalized the passenger transportation sector in Montana, and as a regulator has worked to simplify or repeal legacy regulations of the telecommunications sector. Prior to his service as a Montana regulator, Mr. Kavulla worked as a journalist, writing on political economy, culture, and development. He also served as associate editor for National Review. Mr. Kavulla received his bachelor’s in History at Harvard University, and holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, England, where he was a Gates Scholar. Mr. Kavulla was appointed to the EIM Governing Body on July 1, 2018. His term ends June 30, 2021.

Robert Keough is responsible for internal and external communications and media relations. A communications professional with nearly 30 years' experience in journalism, government, and public issues, Bob served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) under Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary Ian Bowles. At EEA, he was responsible for reports and publications, policy announcements, media outreach, crisis response, and social media for six state agencies and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public entity that provides support for advanced energy companies. Coverage of Massachusetts's nation-leading energy reforms appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Associated Press, National Public Radio, New England Cable News, and numerous local network affiliate television stations.

Before entering state service in 2007, Bob was editor of Commonwealth, a quarterly magazine of politics, ideas, and civic life in Massachusetts published by the nonprofit Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth. His articles have appeared in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine and Ideas section, New Republic Online, Governing Magazine, Education Week, Teacher magazine, Boston Phoenix, Downbeat Magazine, and other publications. He holds an A.B. degree from Brown University.

Chris King is the Global Policy Officer of Siemens Digital Grid, leading policy and strategy initiatives worldwide, emphasizing renewables integration, energy efficiency, grid efficiency, demand response and customer engagement.Prior to Siemens, Chris held management or executive positions at the U.S.’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric and three Silicon Valley energy start-ups. An internationally recognized expert, author and frequently invited speaker, Mr. King’s recent writings include a chapter in Distributed Generation and its Implications for the Utility Industry and an article on time-vary rates for the Public Utilities Fortnightly. Mr. King co-founded and chairs the Brussels-based Smart Energy Demand Coalition, is Vice Chair of the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid and is a member of the Advanced Energy Economy Business Council. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, several U.S. states and international regulatory bodies. In 2009, he co-hosted a meeting of the U.S. Congressional Delegation at the Copenhagen U.N. Climate Summit. Mr. King holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from Stanford University, a master’s from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a doctorate from Concord Law School. He has received three patents related to advanced metering and smart grids.


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Jennifer Kropke
Director of Workforce & Environmental Engagement, IBEW Local 11
Cris Liban

Dr. Cris Liban
Executive Officer - Environment & Sustainability, LA Metro
Steve Malnight

Steve Malnight
SVP of Strategy & Policy, PG&E
Jerry Meek

Jerry Meek
Sr. Manager, Energy & Water, Genentech

Jennifer Kropke is a partner and head of the energy regulatory and enforcement group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Washington, DC. Norman represents clients on a range of energy issues, including regulatory and policy matters, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure development, enforcement and compliance, and litigation. Norman was Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from 2015 to 2017. Before becoming Chairman, he was the Director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC from 2009 to 2014. He was previously a federal prosecutor and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, as well as a Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow with Duke University and a member of the NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions. Norman is a member of the Class of 1982 at Dartmouth College and a graduate of Harvard Law School.

 

Dr. Cris Liban is an internationally recognized expert in the field of resource management, energy technologies, transportation, environmental protection, and sustainability. He is currently the Executive Officer for Environment and Sustainability at the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. LA Metro is the 3rd largest transportation agency in the United States in the 20th largest economy in the world. He was appointed by President Barack Obama’s US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator as a Council Member of the USEPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology where he and his colleagues provide policy guidance and future direction of the USEPA. Dr. Liban also holds concurrent Commissioner political appointments in the Los Angeles County Beach Commission and the City of Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commissioners. In those capacities, he contributes to the development and implementation of safe, resilient, equitable and environmentally protective policies throughout Southern California.

Steve Malnight is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Policy for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He joined the company in 2005. In this role, Malnight leads a team of dynamic and experienced professionals who develop and implement the company's energy strategy and policy through innovative solutions, partnership integration and public advocacy at the national, state and local level. Malnight oversees Federal Affairs, California External Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Sustainability, and Community Relations, as well as PG&E's Energy Policy and Procurement organization which provides energy service to the 16 million Californians PG&E serves. Malnight held several key executive positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company before accepting his current position. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, overseeing PG&E's regulatory policy efforts at the national and state levels, including interaction with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Malnight also served as Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions, Vice President of Integrated Demand Side Management and Vice President of Renewable Energy. Prior to being named an officer at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Malnight served in the PG&E Corporation Chairman's office as Special Assistant to the Chairman, and he held management positions in Customer Strategy and Corporate Finance, where he led the company's budgeting and planning process. Malnight holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Malnight is active in national policy and community engagement, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Solar Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utility participation in solar activities.

 

Jerry has been the Genentech Energy and Water Manager since January 2010. He created an energy team that has reduced site energy consumption every year. The work completed by the team has improved HVAC operations. Before relocating to the Genentech SSF campus, Jerry worked at the Roche Pharmaceuticals Palo Alto Site for 19 years as the Utility Operations Manager. During the period, his Utility Operations Department has successfully reduced energy and water consumption, waste and chemical use. The Roche Palo Alto Site has received numerous awards for pollution prevention / resource conservation. Jerry was honored as an Association of Energy Engineers Energy Manager of the year for Region 5; seven western states. Jerry was the co-chair for the Silicon Valley Leadership Groups energy committee for three years.

 

Danielle Merfeld

Danielle Merfeld
Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy
McCall Johnson

McCall Johnson
Sr. Manager - Government Affairs, Recurrent Energy
Dan Morain

Dan Morain
Sr. Editor, CALMatters
Salim Morsy” title=

Salim Morsy
Advanced Transport Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Danielle Merfeld is the Chief Technology Officer of GE Renewable Energy, reporting to the CEO. In this role, she leads technical efforts to develop differentiated products and services across the broadest renewable energy portfolio in the industry, including on-shore wind, off-shore wind, solar PV, batteries, and hydro. Danielle is also currently the co-leader of the GE Women’s Network, a global organization focused on the recruiting, retention, development and promotion of talented women across GE. Prior to her role at GE Renewable Energy, Danielle was the Vice President & General Manager at GE Global Research. Danielle received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. She has authored or co-authored over 70 papers in refereed technical journals and has given presentations at conferences and symposiums around the world. Danielle is a member of several technical associations and a Trustee at the University of Notre Dame. She also is on the board of Advanced Energy Economy, an organization of businesses working to make energy secure, clean, and affordable.

McCall Johnsonserves as Senior Manager of Government Affairs for Recurrent Energy, one of the largest solar project developers in the U.S. Based in San Francisco, California, she drives the company’s legislative initiatives and regulatory affairs across the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), and the Midcontinent System Operator (MISO), and the Mountain West area in the Western Coordinating Council (WECC). McCall holds leadership positions across the industry including Chair of the Solar Energy Industry Association Intermountain West Committee, President of the Texas Solar Power Association, and Board Member for Interwest. She served as an Advisor to Chairman Donna Nelson at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) prior to joining Recurrent Energy. She completed her graduate work in Public Administration with a concentration in Energy Policy at the American University of Paris and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas. In addition to co-founding the Austin based non-profit Fresh Chefs Society, McCall sits on the Gulf Coast Power Association emPOWERing Women Committee.

 

Dan Morain, former editorial page editor and political affairs columnist at The Sacramento Bee, is bringing his decades of experience and institutional knowledge to CALmatters. Morain has been The Sacramento Bee’s editorial page editor since 2013 and a columnist and editorial writer at The Bee since 2010. Morain spent 27 years at the Los Angeles Times, covering the California Supreme Court when Rose Bird was chief justice, the Legislature when Willie Brown was speaker and the Governor’s Office during Gray Davis’ tenure. His final assignment for The Times was to be part of the team that covered the 2008 presidential campaign. After nine months working in public relations for Consumer Attorneys of California, he joined The Bee’s editorial board. Morain is a California native. He and his wife, Claudia Morain, have three grown children.

 

Salim Morsy is an Advanced Transport analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, based in New York City. He focuses on the electrification of the global transportation sector as well as new mobility business models. Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2011, he worked in energy derivatives trading and strategy consulting. He has a BA from Bard College, an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from NYU. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Bogotá, Colombia


John Myers

John Myers
Sacramento Bureau Chief, LA Times
Heather O'Neill

Heather O'Neill
Interim CEO, AEE
Carla Peterman

Commissioner Carla Peterman
California Public Utilities Commission
Maria Rigatti

Maria Rigatti
EVP & CFO, Edison International

Carla J. Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012. Commissioner Peterman is the CPUC’s assigned Commissioner for a number of proceedings including energy efficiency, the Renewables Portfolio Standard, alternative transportation, energy storage, and several general rate cases. Commissioner Peterman serves as Board member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and as a Steering Committee member of the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative. She was previously appointed by Governor Brown, in 2011, to the California Energy Commission where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, natural gas, and the 2012 Integrated Energy Policy Report. She is the first African-American female to be appointed to both Commissions. Commissioner Peterman has conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Commissioner Peterman has also served as an environmental business analyst at community redevelopment non-profit Isles Inc., and an associate focused on energy financing in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers. Commissioner Peterman holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Energy and Resources from the University of California Berkeley. She also earned a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Commissioner Peterman holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

 

John Myers joined the Los Angeles Times as Sacramento bureau chief in 2015 after more than two decades in radio and television news, much of that as an award-winning reporter covering statehouse policy and politics. During a decade of work for San Francisco's NPR affiliate, his unique online projects included everything from one of Sacramento's original politics blogs to California’s first politics podcast. He also served as the moderator of gubernatorial debates in 2014 and 2010. Often cited by state and national news organizations as one of Sacramento's top journalists, he's a graduate of Duke University and the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Heather O'Neill is interim CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE). AEE is a fast-growing national organization of businesses using policy advocacy, analysis, and education to grow a prosperous economy that runs on secure, clean, affordable energy. Prior to assuming the interim CEO role, Heather was Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, responsible for deepening and broadening AEE's relationships with funders and foundations, as well as building partnerships with allied organizations that advance industry growth. Heather brings multi-sector experience to AEE, having helped build organizations in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors in her career. Before joining AEE, Heather built and led the clean energy and environment portfolio at the Robertson Foundation, a $1B family philanthropy. Previously, she was Director, Public Affairs, for Danco Laboratories LLC, a start-up women's health pharmaceutical company. Heather graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Government and returned to Harvard's Kennedy School of Government to receive a Master in Public Policy.

 

Maria Rigatti is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and Edison Energy Group, a portfolio of competitive businesses engaged in renewable generation, energy services for commercial and industrial customers, and delivery or use of electricity. Prior to her current role, Rigatti was senior vice president and chief financial officer at SCE. She was responsible for the utility company’s financial management and fiscal integrity, directing both corporate and business unit financial planning and budgeting, treasury, accounting, tax and risk management. Previously, Rigatti was senior vice president and chief financial officer at Edison Mission Energy (EME), a competitive generation subsidiary of Edison International at the time. She served in a variety of positions at EME during her 15 years with the company, including vice president and treasurer and vice president, project structuring and valuation, and was actively involved in the sale of substantially all of the assets of EME to NRG Energy in 2014. Before joining EME, Rigatti held positions at PIRA Energy Group, an energy consulting firm, and at Gas Energy Inc., a subsidiary of the former KeySpan Corp., a group of regulated natural gas and electric utilities with unregulated subsidiaries, which is now part of National Grid. She also worked at The Chase Manhattan Bank. Rigatti graduated with honors from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in finance, and she earned an MBA in finance from New York University.

 

Bill Ritter

Bill Ritter, Jr.
Director, Center for the New Energy Economy & Former CO Governor
Mark Rothleder

Mark Rothleder
VP of Market Quality & Renewable Integration, CAISO
Janea Scott

Commissioner Janea Scott
California Energy Commission
Nancy Skinner

The Honorable Nancy Skinner
California State Senator

Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center employs an assistant director, three senior policy advisors, an executive assistant and a team of student researchers. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policymakers, and other decision makers. It provides technical assistance to help officials create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy. Ritter authored a book that was published in 2016 entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution. Ritter was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006, and built consensus to tackle some of the state's biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that replaced nearly a gigawatt of coal-fired generation with natural gas. In total, the Colorado new energy economy created thousands of new jobs. Ritter is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and a senior fellow and member of the board of directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. Ritter earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). With his wife Jeannie, he operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. He then served as Denver's district attorney from 1993 to January 2005.

Mark Rothleder is Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration at the California Independent System Operator Corporation and is leading the ISO’s renewable integration work. Mr. Rothleder has held several critical positions at the ISO after joining the grid operator as one of its first employees in 1997. He is now the longest serving ISO employee. Before being named vice president, he was Executive Director of Market Analysis and Development. His previous positions included Principal Market Developer and Director of Market Operations. In spring 2009, Mr. Rothleder led a multifunctional team in designing and implementing market rules and software modifications related to the ISO’s Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU). Since joining the ISO over fifteen years ago, Mark has worked extensively on implementing and integrating the approved market rules for California’s competitive wholesale energy and reserves markets. Mr. Rothleder is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of California and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento. He has taken post-graduate coursework in Power System Engineering from Santa Clara University and earned an M.S. in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the ISO, Mr. Rothleder worked for eight years in the electric transmission department of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where his responsibilities included operations engineering, transmission planning and substation design.

 

Janea A. Scott is one of five Commissioners on the California Energy Commission. The Energy Commission is the State's primary energy policy and planning agency. Ms. Scott was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed in January 2016 to serve as the Commission's public member. She is the lead Commissioner on transportation and western regional planning, and in 2014 Ms. Scott led the 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update. Ms. Scott serves as the chair of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, a public/private organization focused on accelerating the adoption of PEVs to meet California's economic, energy and environmental goals. She is also a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Ms. Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund in both the New York and Los Angeles offices as a senior attorney in the climate and air program. Ms. Scott was also an AmeriCorps member working at the San Francisco Urban Service Project from 1996-1997. Ms. Scott earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and her M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

 

A social justice advocate, energy and climate change trailblazer, and accomplished legislator, State Senator Nancy Skinner has a long legislative background in energy and climate change. In the State Assembly, Skinner authored the bills that lifted the cap on solar net metering, established the PACE (Property Assisted Clean Energy) program, continued the Self-Generation Incentive Program, directed the CPUC to include energy storage in utility procurement (AB2514), and required the CEC to develop a statewide plan to increase the energy efficiency of buildings built pre-Title 24 (AB758). Skinner is also known for groundbreaking gun violence prevention laws and the “E-Fairness” bill that requires Amazon and other internet retailers to collect sales tax. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Skinner was a co-founder of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and directed ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program developing the first carbon counting tools used by cities and counties. Skinner also served as US Director of The Climate Group, where she worked with Fortune 500 companies to address climate change.

 

Polly Shaw

Polly Shaw
VP of Regulatory Affairs & Communications, Stem
Matt Stanberry

Matt Stanberry
VP of Market Development, AEE
Tom Starrs

Tom Starrs
VP of Market Strategy & Policy, SunPower
Scott Tew

Scott Tew
Executive Director - Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand

Polly Shaw has served as Stem, Inc.’s VP of Regulatory Affairs and Communications since 2016. Polly has 25years of clean energy and energy efficiency policy experience in the U.S. and China. Formerly VP of External Affairs at SunEdison, she managed a team that helped win a range of supportive policies, including long-term extensions of the federal Investment Tax Credit, two 50% renewable portfolio standards, favorable net metering rules, and other market-creating rules. Previously, she was Senior Director of External Relations at Suntech America, and earlier Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission where she managed the $2.2 billion California Solar Initiative. Polly earlier served as a Program Officer at the Energy Foundation, and provided consulting support for EPA greenhouse gas programs while at ICF. She currently serves on the board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, and has served on the board of the California Energy Storage Alliance, Solar Energy Industries Association, the Large-scale Solar Association, and the Solar Alliance. Polly holds a BA from Tufts University, a Certificate in Chinese Law from the University of London, and speaks English, French, Chinese, and basic Spanish.

 

Matt Stanberry leads AEE's analytics team and oversees the organization’s engagement at the federal and state levels regarding EPA’s regulation of carbon from the power sector. Matt is an energy expert covering the industry as well as its environmental and public health impacts. Before joining AEE in 2011, Matt was a management consultant within Navigant’s Energy Practice, focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and emerging technology markets, business strategy and implementation. Prior to Navigant, Matt was a consultant for ICF International addressing energy, climate, and other environmental and public health issues. He holds a Bachelors degree from Duke University and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Tom Starrs serves as SunPower Corporation’s vice president, market strategy and policy, where he is responsible for the company’s global market assessment, market strategy and public policy initiatives. He has more than 20 years of experience in and around the solar power industry, including senior management positions with Iberdrola Renewables, PPM Energy, and Schott Solar. Starrs is widely recognized as a leading strategist on solar energy market development, business strategy and policy. He serves on the boards of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Tom holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley's Energy and Resources Program, and a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley’s School of Law.

 

Scott Tew is the founder of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand (CEES) which supports all of the company’s strategic brands—Club Car, Ingersoll Rand, Trane and Thermo King—and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives aimed at transitioning to more efficient and climate-friendly solutions, and minimizing resource use within company facilities.In addition, Tewserves as a featured speaker and thought leader in linking public policy, economic impacts and a value-stream approach to sustainability. His recent efforts have led to the development of world-class initiatives including thecreation of the EcoWiseTMproduct portfolio, personalized employee engagement, unique research on unmet needs in the green space, and sustainability-related solutionconcepts like building a $300 house. Prior to this role, heled high profile programs to advocate for energy efficiency, green buildings and global greenhouse gas emissions standards and policies.Tewholds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University. He plays key roles in several important groups including: the World EnvironmentCenter; the Alliance to Save Energy; the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD); the EDGE Center for Energy and the Global Environment at Duke University; and the US and India Green Building Councils. Heis the author of myriad white papers related to energy efficiency and sustainable practices and contributed to the recently released book, Practicing Sustainability, by Springer Publishing.

 
JR Tolbert title=

J.R. Tolbert
VP of State Policy, AEE
Beth Vaughan title=

Beth Vaughan
Executive Director, CalCCA
Prasanna Venkatesan

Prasanna Venkatesan
President & CEO, Landis+Gyr
Malcolm Woolf

Malcolm Woolf
SVP, Policy, AEE

J.R. Tolbert oversees AEE’s policy development and campaigns at the state-level and coordinates policy with 14 of AEE’s state partner groups. J.R. has worked on energy policy for more than a decade for a variety of non-profit organizations. Prior to joining AEE, J.R. served as the Executive Director of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, a nonpartisan organization of state legislators who are committed to finding solutions to climate and energy issues. J.R. graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Political Science in 2001, and is a 2008 graduate of Green Corps – the field school for environmental organizing. He lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Mary and son Sullivan. If you want to find Sully and J.R. on the weekends look at the golf course or anywhere showing Auburn football.

 

Beth Vaughan is Executive Director of the trade association representing Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs). CalCCA advocates for community choice at the legislature and in regulatory forums, and develops best practices to support the expanding number of local governments forming CCAs. Ms. Vaughan has experience in public policy, strategic planning, project management, public relations and information technology. She has consulted with government agencies, non-profits, and private sector interests, on energy and environmental public policy issues. Ms. Vaughan has extensive international experience and served five years in the New Zealand parliament as senior advisor to the Environment and Conservation Cabinet Ministers

 

Prasanna Venkatesan currently serves as President & CEO of Landis+Gyr Americas. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the Company, including full P&L responsibilities for operations in both North and South America, customer satisfaction, overall growth strategy, and managing a broad portfolio of innovative products, solutions, and services to empower utilities and end-customers to improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy costs and contribute to a sustainable use of resources. Additionally, Mr. Venkatesan serves as Executive Vice President of Landis+Gyr Holdings where he develops and executes corporate strategy in conjunction with worldwide company leadership. Prior to his current role, Mr. Venkatesan served as Senior Vice President & General Manager for Landis+Gyr North America, and was responsible for the introduction and execution of all smart grid solution deployments for North American utilities including projects such as AEP-Texas, Oncor, and Hydro Quebec. Previous to this assignment, he served as VP of research and development with Cellnet Technology, Inc, before its acquisition by Landis+Gyr in 2007. Mr. Venkatesan also held senior level engineering and operations management positions during his 21 years at Schlumberger, where he was involved in the development, manufacturing and supply chain operations for technologies used in the oil and gas exploration industry. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from University of Oklahoma, Norman.

 

Malcolm Woolf leads AEE’s public policy efforts to promote the advanced energy industry, including federal, state legislative, and state regulatory initiatives, outside of California. These efforts include campaigns to expand corporate access to advanced energy, remove regulatory barriers in retail and wholesale markets, and inform policy makers about innovative, new technologies transforming the energy system. Before joining AEE, Malcolm served as a Cabinet-level official with Governor Martin O'Malley. As head of the Maryland Energy Administration, he helped design, enact and implement an ambitious package of state laws to promote affordable, reliable, and clean energy. One of the programs launched to achieve the new standards was recognized by Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School as one of the “top 25 innovations in American government.” An energy expert with experience at the national level and in the private sector, Woolf was chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, and has been appointed to serve on several US DOE and EPA Advisory Committees. Woolf previously served as the director of the National Governors Association's Natural Resources Committee and counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He also was a senior attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and an associate with the law firms of Winston & Strawn and Piper & Marbury. Malcolm received his B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University, with a year at Pembroke College, Oxford University. He earned his law degree, as well as a Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy, from the University of Virginia.


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Tuesday August 7, 2018

AEE Lobby Day & Capitol Reception (AEE Members-only and invited legislators)  
Sacramento, CA

To save your spot, RSVP to: eolson@aee.net


Wednesday August 8, 2018

Pathway to 2050 Main Conference
VENUE: Sacramento Convention Center
Rooms 306-308 (3rd Floor Ballroom)
1400 J Street
Sacramento


7:30am Breakfast & Registration

8:30am Opening Remarks

Presented by: Heather O'Neill, Interim CEO, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)


8:35am Welcome from the Board

Presented by: Prasanna Venkatesan, President and CEO, Landis+Gyr


8:40am - 9:20am Leading From the West: Expanding Economic Opportunity Through a Regional Approach  

Facilitated by: Malcolm Woolf, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, AEE

  • The Honorable Bill Ritter, Jr., Director, Center for the New Energy Economy and Former Governor of Colorado
  • Norman Bay, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Former FERC Chairman
  • Commissioner Travis Kavulla, Vice Chairman, Montana Public Services Commission and Member, Western EIM Governing Body

9:20am - 9:50am CAISO Energy Imbalance Market: It's Match.com for Electrons

Facilitated by: McCall Johnson, Sr. Manager - Government Affairs, Recurrent Energy

  • Valerie Fong, Chair, Western EIM Governing Body
  • Jennifer Gardner, Senior Staff Attorney - Clean Energy Program, Western Resource Advocates

9:50am - 10:30am Brown’s Last Stand: Media Perspectives on the Governor’s Legacy, Battles with Trump, and What’s To Come

 Facilitated by: Robert Keough, Vice President of Communications, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

  • Katie Fehrenbacher, Senior Writer and Analyst, Transportation, GreenBiz and VERGE Transport
  • Emma Foehringer Merchant, Staff Writer, Greentech Media
  • Dan Morain, Senior Editor, CALMatters
  • John Myers, Sacramento Bureau Chief, LA Times

10:30am - 11:00am Networking Break

11:00am - 11:45am Brave New Grid: The Energy Transition and Its Impact on Reliability, Jobs, and Technology

Facilitated by: Tony Brunello, Founder, Gridworks

  • Elizabeth Echols, Director, Office of Ratepayer Advocates
  • Martin Hermann, CEO, 8minutenergy Renewables
  • Steve Malnight, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Policy, PG&E
  • Mark Rothleder, Vice President of Market Quality and Renewable Integration, California ISO
  • Polly Shaw, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Communications, Stem

11:45am - 12:30pm Vehicle Electrification: Who Finances the Revolution?

Facilitated by: Matt Stanberry, Vice President of Market Development, AEE

  • Dr. Holmes Hummel, Principal, Clean Energy Works and Former Sr. Policy Advisor, Department of Energy
  • Chris King, Chief Policy Officer - Digital Grid, Siemens
  • Dr. Cris Liban, Executive Officer - Environment and Sustainability, LA Metro 
  • Salim Morsy, Specialist - Advanced Transportation, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

12:30pm - 1:30pm Networking Lunch

1:30pm - 2:30pm Break-out Sessions

◈ Redrawing the Map on California’s Electricity Load: CCAs – at the forefront or in the crosshairs?  

Facilitated by: Tom Starrs, Vice President of Market Strategy & Policy, SunPower

  • Mike Florio, Senior Fellow, Gridworks and Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Kip Lipper, Chief Policy Advisor - Energy & Environment, Senate pro Tem, California State Senate
  • Jerry Meek, Sr. Energy & Water Manager, Genentech 
  • Beth Vaughan, Executive Director, CalCCA
                             

◈ Long Live Energy Efficiency -- Does the Clean Grid Need It? 

Facilitated by: Panama Bartholomy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition

  • Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist - Power Sector, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Nick Brod, Vice President of California, CLEAResult
  • Commissioner David Hochschild, California Energy Commission
  • Scott Tew, Executive Director - Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand 

 

◈ It’s All About Jobs - Building a Skilled Advanced Energy Workforce 

Facilitated by: J.R. Tolbert, Vice President of State Policy, AEE

  • The Honorable Autumn Burke, Assembly District 62, California State Assembly
  • Zach Kahn, Director of Government Relations, BYD
  • Jennifer Kropke, Director of Workforce & Environmental Engagement, IBEW Local 11

2:30pm - 3:00pm Networking Break 

3:00pm - 3:30pm A New Utility Business Model: Resiliency for the Future

Facilitated by: Lisa Frantzis, Senior Vice President of 21st Century Energy System, AEE

  • Roger Flanagan, Managing Director,Lockheed Martin
  • Maria Rigatti, Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer, Edison International 

3:30pm - 4:15pm Navigating the Road Ahead: What’s in Store for the Next Administration?

Introduction presented by: F. Bo Clayton, Partner, Modern Energy and Head of Sales & Trading, American Efficient

Facilitated by: Danielle Merfeld, Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy

  • The Honorable Nancy Skinner, Senate District 9, California State Senate
  • Sonia Aggarwal, Vice President, Energy Innovation
  • Commissioner Carla Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Commissioner Janea Scott, California Energy Commission

*Agenda and speakers are subject to change.
Speakers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sonia Aggarwal

Sonia Aggarwal
VP, Energy Innovation
Panama Bartholomy

Panama Bartholomy
Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition
Norman Bay” title=

Norman Bay
Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Former FERC Chairman
Merrian Borgeson

Merrian Borgeson
Sr. Scientist , Natural Resources Defense Council 

Sonia Aggarwal is the Vice President of Energy Innovation, where she leads the firm’s work on Power Sector Transformation and Energy Policy Solutions. In 2012, Sonia spearheaded the creation of America’s Power Plan, Energy Innovation’s platform for innovative thinking on policy solutions for clean, reliable, and affordable electric power in the U.S. America’s Power Plan produces and curates expert information for decision-makers—utility regulators, governors’ staffs, power system operators, and many more—providing tailored advice on how to lead and support the transition to a decarbonized power system. For Energy Policy Solutions, Sonia leads Energy Innovation’s work in identifying and designing the top energy policies to reduce emissions. The program uses a computer model developed in-house, the Energy Policy Simulator, to quantify the cost and emissions impacts various combinations of climate and energy policies have within a region. In addition to the quantitative model, which helps to identify which policies can make the biggest impact, the Energy Policy Solutions program also provides tailored advice on how to design those policies for maximum effectiveness.Before Energy Innovation, Sonia managed global research at ClimateWorks Foundation, worked on the McKinsey carbon abatement cost curves, advised the International Energy Agency’s “Accelerating Technology Transitions” project, advised clean energy companies on technology and financial communications, and even worked in accident prevention design engineering at a nuclear power plant. Sonia holds a B.S. from Haverford College in astronomy and physics, and an M.S. from Stanford University in engineering, focused on energy.

 

Panama Bartholomy is not a futurist. He is not a Blockchain expert. He is not part of the Internet of Things. He is not providing THE platform for anything. Panama is the Director of the Building Decarbonization Coalition, a multi- sector forum advocating for and creating solutions for our pollution intensive building stock. He used to work for the Legislature, Energy Commission, State Architect, California Conservation Corps and is a Gemini. Previously, Panama was the Advisor on Energy and Natural Resources to California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez. He has served as Deputy Director of the California Energy Commission’s Efficiency and Renewables Division and advisor for Chairwomen Douglas and Pfannenstiel, worked for the California Conservation Corps on vocational environmental education, and ran the Sustainable Schools program for the Division of the State Architect. Panama served on the City of Sacramento Planning Commission and the County of Sacramento Environmental Commission, and is a former board member on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and past president of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC.

 

Norman C. Bayis a partner and head of the energy regulatory and enforcement group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Washington, DC. Norman represents clients on a range of energy issues, including regulatory and policy matters, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure development, enforcement and compliance, and litigation. Norman was Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from 2015 to 2017. Before becoming Chairman, he was the Director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC from 2009 to 2014. He was previously a federal prosecutor and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, as well as a Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow with Duke University and a member of the NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions. Norman is a member of the Class of 1982 at Dartmouth College and a graduate of Harvard Law School.

 

Merrian Borgeson champions stronger climate policies by providing analysis and strategic guidance to help us shift to efficient, renewable energy. She works closely with policymakers and stakeholders at the state, regional and national levels. Prior to joining NRDC, she worked as a team leader at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She also served as the first director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and as the managing director (and later the board chair) of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Borgeson is currently a trustee for the Goggio Family Foundation and sits on the advisory boards of the Schumacher Center for New Economics. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s from the University of California, Berkeley, Energy and Resources Group; and an MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is based in San Francisco.

 

Nick Brod

Nick Brod
Vice President, CLEAResult
Tony Brunello

Tony Brunello
Founder, Gridworks
Autumn Burke

The Honorable Autumn Burke
Assembly District 62, California State Assembly
Elizabeth Echols

Elizabeth Echols
Director, Office of Ratepayer Advocates

Nick Brod oversees all program, people and policy operations in California for CLEAResult. CLEAResult is the largest energy efficiency program implementer in North America serving over 700 programs to 275 utility clients in 40+ states and Canadian provinces and one of the largest third-party program implementers in California. Nick leads P&L, growth, and portfolio responsibilities for over 50 energy efficiency programs and projects in the commercial, industrial, agricultural, residential, and public sectors. He also leads policy and legislative activities to help guide California’s path towards the goals of SB350 and SB32. Formerly, he was the Director of a national practice of unique energy efficiency programs focused on the refrigeration sector. Prior to CLEAResult, Nick worked for 5 years across the world as part of the global management program at Vestas - the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer working in power plant construction, sales, strategy, and marketing. Nick transitioned careers during an MBA with a rapid introduction to the world of cleantech finance and socially responsible investing. Prior to his MBA, he had an entirely different career for 11 years as an Interactive Producer and Designer in the museum, design agency, and consulting sectors. Nick holds an MBA from Yale, an MSc in Multimedia Design from London Guildhall, and a BSc in Engineering from Exeter University, England. He lives in Berkeley, California.

First elected in 2014, Autumn R. Burke represents the 62nd District in the California State Assembly. Her economically and ethnically diverse district is home to some of the world’s most successful technology and aerospace companies, several of the region's most popular beaches, Los Angeles International Airport, and the Forum. A Los Angeles native, Assemblywoman Burke is an entrepreneur and small business owner with a proven record of business development and community outreach. She's worked to help provide pathways to green technology and energy efficiency for neighborhoods big and small. She's taken that same passion for innovation to Sacramento with a focus on policy to expand access to health care, education and solid jobs for all. While in Sacramento, she has achieved legislative successes to positively impact the lives of all Californians, including; extending California’s Cap & Trade market system which has become a model for the rest of the country and the world to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change while transitioning to a clean energy economy, increasing electric vehicle charging stations around the state, and convening The Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force with the goal of reducing child poverty across the state. Throughout her career, Burke has maintained a passion for serving the community. She is a member of Count Me In for Women, an organization that promotes the growth of women-owned businesses. She's also a board member of the Yvonne Burke Foundation, which provides scholarships for young people in Los Angeles County to attend colleges and universities as well as career training program. A longtime supporter of the Compton Jr. Posse, Burke helps give at-risk youth alternatives to street life through creative programs that foster a greater sense of belonging. Burke is the daughter of former Los Angeles County Supervisor, Assemblywoman and U.S. Congresswoman, Yvonne Burke. Autumn Burke's election to the legislature marks the first time in California history that a mother and daughter have both served in the State Assembly. Assemblywoman Burke is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation. She also serves as the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Career Technical Education and Building a 21 Century Workforce, and a member of the Assembly Committees on Accountability and Administrative Review, Health, Housing and Community Development, Utilities and Commerce. She represents the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and Del Rey, and communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey.

Tony Brunello, a former top energy official in California, has worked on energy and environmental issues at the state, national, and international level for the past 20 years for industry, government and nonprofit organizations. Tony founded Gridworks and is also a Partner at California Strategies, one of California’s largest strategic policy consulting firms. Tony has a Master’s degree in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London and undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters.

Elizabeth Echols was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as Director of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Office of Ratepayer Advocates in February 2016. Ms. Echols previously served as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Pacific Region. Under Ms. Echols’ leadership, her region led the nation in supporting more than 28,000 small business loans worth over $12 billion. She also launched a new initiative to assist small businesses in gaining access to capital to “green” their businesses, and leverage opportunities in clean tech and energy efficiency. Ms. Echols served as Director of the Northern California chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council from 2009 to 2010 where she built the public policy program to successfully impact green building policy and regulation, including advancing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation. She was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team from 2008 to 2009, Director of Policy at Google Inc. from 2004 to 2008, and Chief Executive Officer at OpNet Community Ventures from 2001 to 2004. Ms. Echols served as Executive Director of the E-Commerce Working Group at the White House from 1999 to 2001, Senior Advisor on telecommunications and Internet policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1994 to 1999, and an attorney at Steptoe and Johnson from 1990 to 1994. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.


Roger Flanagan

Roger Flanagan
Managing Director, Lockheed Martin
Mike Florio

Mike Florio
Senior Fellow, Gridworks and Former Commissioner, CPUC
Valerie Fong

Valerie Fong
Chair, Western EIM Governing Board
Lisa Frantzis

Lisa Frantzis
SVP - 21st Century Energy System, AEE

Roger Flanagan is Managing Director of Lockheed Martin Energy, leading the company’s business unit with electric and gas utilities in North America. LM Energy provides utilities with distributed energy resources through energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, cogen, storage, and microgrids. LM Energy also provides utilities with advanced technology in transmission & distribution automation, grid & customer analytics, information & operations technology, and cyber security. Mr. Flanagan has 30 years of professional experience in energy and national security with Lockheed Martin and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He has worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is formerly the Director of the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis and Andrews Air Force Bases. He has held senior technical and management positions in electric power generation, transmission & distribution, and has managed technical operations support groups at Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia National Laboratories. Mr. Flanagan earned a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Tennessee and Master’s and Bachelor’s of Science degrees in engineering from West Virginia University. He is a registered professional engineer (inactive) and the author of numerous publications on energy, materials and engineering science. Mr. Flanagan serves on the board of directors of the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) and serves on the board of directors of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).

 

Mike Florio is a consultant on energy policy, regulation and markets, and a Senior Fellow at Gridworks, an Oakland non-profit that convenes stakeholder meetings and publishes papers on issues related to decarbonization of the electric sector. Mr. Florio was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in January of 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown, and served a full six-year term through the end of 2016. As part of his work at the CPUC, Mr. Florio oversaw proceedings dealing with resource planning, ratemaking, demand response and the integration of distributed energy resources. Prior to his CPUC appointment, he served for over 30 years as an attorney for The Utility Reform Network (TURN), the leading utility consumer advocate group in California. Mr. Florio also served on the governing board of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) from May of 1997 through early 2005, and on the board of the California Power Exchange from May of 1997 until January of 2001. During his tenure on the CPUC, he represented the commission in a variety of western states forums, including the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation, the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners, and the Transmission Expansion Policy Planning Committee of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). In 1978 Mr. Florio received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a Masters of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was admitted to the California State Bar that same year.

 

Valerie Fong has a strong diverse background in the market of electricity. She held several industry positions over her 35 year career with Pacific Gas and Electric, Alameda Power & Telecom, and the city of Palo Alto. Her most recent role was the Director of Utilities for the city of Palo Alto, from which she retired in 2015. In this role she was responsible for oversight of five utilities including the city’s water, gas and electric utilities, the commodity portfolios, commodity risk management, distribution planning and maintenance, and policy development. Ms. Fong has served on several boards including the Power Association of Northern California, Board Member; PG&E-designated representative on the California Power Exchange Board of Governors; City of Alameda and City of Palo Alto Alternate Commissioner for the Northern California Power Agency; City of Alameda’s Commissioner for the Transmission Agency of Northern California (TANC); City of Palo Alto Alternate Commissioner for TANC; Member of the Board of Governors for the California Municipal Utility Agency; Member and Secretary for the Transmission Dependent Utilities; California Independent System Operator Governing Board Nominating Stakeholder Group; and, is a current Board Member of the St. Mary’s Medical Center Community Board. Ms. Fong graduated from the University of California and is a licensed Civil Engineer. Ms. Fong was appointed to the EIM Governing Body July 1, 2016.

 

Lisa Frantzis is a Senior VP at Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business association whose mission is to transform policy to ensure a more secure, clean, and affordable energy system throughout the U.S. At AEE, she leads an initiative to accelerate the transition to a 21st Century Electricity System. The two primary activities of the initiative are 1. CEO Forums/Public Utility Commission (PUC) Forums that convene utility executives, PUC Commissioners, and advanced energy companies to develop a vision for reform that is responsive to the needs of each state and drives towards concrete action, and 2. participation in key regulatory proceedings where AEE Institute develops joint positions with its members, provides analysis for justification of these positions, and assists in implementation plans. Lisa served as a Managing Director in Navigant Consulting's Energy Practice since 2002, responsible for leading the renewable and distributed energy business. Prior to Navigant, she consulted at Arthur D. Little for 23 years in energy efficiency and clean energy. Over her 35 years of consulting experience, she has identified energy program options for international government agencies; determined renewable energy integration options for utility companies; developed business strategies for clean energy manufacturers; and conducted due diligence for financial firms considering clean energy investments. Lisa is currently on the Board of Directors of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and previously on the Boards of three other organizations: the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). She is also on the Executive Leadership Council of SEPA's 51st State Initiative.

 

Jennifer Gardner

Jennifer Gardner
Sr. Staff Attorney, Western Resource Advocates
Martin Hermann

Martin Hermann
CEO, 8minutenergy Renewables
Commissioner David Hochschild

Commissioner David Hochschild
California Energy Commission
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Dr. Holmes Hummel
Principal, Clean Energy Works

Jennifer Gardner is an attorney and policy analyst with an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Policy. Her practice focuses on Western Interconnection grid reliability, energy markets, distributed generation, and rate design. Ms. Gardner is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Clean Energy Program at Western Resource Advocates (WRA). In this capacity, she represents WRA as an attorney and policy advocate before western state public utility commissions, regional energy planning forums, legislative bodies, and other venues where energy decisions impacting the West are made.

 

Martin Hermann is the CEO and Founder of 8minutenergy Renewables. He is a serial entrepreneur with 26 years of experience in the solar, clean-tech and high-tech industries, who has closed business transactions in excess of $5.3B. He founded 8minutenergy, which is now among the largest independent developers of solar PV in the U.S. with a portfolio of more than 5,500 MWs and a track record of 1,500 MWs in executed PPAs. Martin also developed a 100 MW solar PV module manufacturing plant as Chief Strategy Officer with Advent Solar. Prior to his engagement in renewables, he owned a semiconductor tools company for 10 years, which he sold to Intel in 2001. For six years after the acquisition, Martin served on the executive management team with Intel’s wireless business group.

 

David Hochschild was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. He fills the environmental 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.

Commissioner Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In 2007-2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

For his work to advance clean energy, Commissioner Hochschild was awarded the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Hero Award and the Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roof True Champion Award. Commissioner Hochschild holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

 

Dr. Holmes Hummel founded Clean Energy Works to accelerate investments in the clean energy economy through utility financing. As a champion for the Pay As You Save (PAYS) system, Dr. Hummel led Clean Energy Works to win three international searches for breakthrough climate strategies, including the FiRe Award for high-impact innovation at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance “Future of Energy Summit” and PAYS for Clean Transport was selected by the Global Lab for Climate Finance as a top finance instrument in 2018. Previously, Dr. Hummel served for four years as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Department of Energy’s policy office, and among other responsibilities, led the agency’s finance working group. In the private sector, Dr. Hummel developed corporate energy strategies and utility software products at Silicon Energy (now Itron), and today serves on the board of Cornerstone Capital, an advisory firm specializing in the development of values-aligned investment portfolios. Dr. Hummel holds a doctorate degree from Stanford University for research on global energy technology scenarios for climate stabilization.

 

Zach Kahn

Zach Kahn
Director of Government Relations, BYD
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Commissioner Travis Kavulla
Vice Chairman, Montana PSC and Member, Western EIM Governing Body
Robert Keough

Robert Keough
VP of Communications, AEE
Chris King

Chris King
Smart Grid Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Siemens

Zach Kahn is the Director of Government Relations for BYD Heavy Industries, a subsidiary of BYD – the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer – where he oversees the company’s North American government and public affairs efforts. In addition, Zach manages BYD’s business development efforts for the New York City Metro Area focusing on electric buses, trucks and forklifts, as well as BYD’s energy storage systems. Zach joined BYD in 2015 as a Regional Sales Manager at BYD Coach & Bus, working to bring zero emission battery electric buses to transit agencies, universities, and private operators in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West regions. Before joining BYD, Zach was the Vice President of Business Development at WAVE, a wireless charging technology provider based in Salt Lake City where he worked in a variety of commercial and operational roles. Zach has served in various roles at the intersection of government and business with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Mayor of New York City, and Goldman Sachs.

 

Travis Kavulla was elected to Montana’s Public Service Commission, first in 2010 and again in 2014, to a term expiring in 2018. In addition to his role on Montana PSC, Mr. Kavulla is co-chairman of the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation (CREPC), which leads West-wide discussions on energy policy, wholesale electric markets, and the reliability of the grid. He has also previously served as the cochairman for the Northern Tier Transmission Group (NTTG) Steering Committee and on the Board of Directors and Member Advisory Committee of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). Mr. Kavulla also served as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in 2015-2016, and continues to serve on the association’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He represents NARUC on the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In addition to his work in energy, Mr. Kavulla works frequently on policy related to other network industries. In 2017, Mr. Kavulla was appointed by the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to lead the North American Numbering Council, which advises on emerging topics in nextgeneration communications technologies. As well, Mr. Kavulla was a principal author of the legal reforms that liberalized the passenger transportation sector in Montana, and as a regulator has worked to simplify or repeal legacy regulations of the telecommunications sector. Prior to his service as a Montana regulator, Mr. Kavulla worked as a journalist, writing on political economy, culture, and development. He also served as associate editor for National Review. Mr. Kavulla received his bachelor’s in History at Harvard University, and holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, England, where he was a Gates Scholar. Mr. Kavulla was appointed to the EIM Governing Body on July 1, 2018. His term ends June 30, 2021.

Robert Keough is responsible for internal and external communications and media relations. A communications professional with nearly 30 years' experience in journalism, government, and public issues, Bob served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) under Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary Ian Bowles. At EEA, he was responsible for reports and publications, policy announcements, media outreach, crisis response, and social media for six state agencies and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public entity that provides support for advanced energy companies. Coverage of Massachusetts's nation-leading energy reforms appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Associated Press, National Public Radio, New England Cable News, and numerous local network affiliate television stations.

Before entering state service in 2007, Bob was editor of Commonwealth, a quarterly magazine of politics, ideas, and civic life in Massachusetts published by the nonprofit Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth. His articles have appeared in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine and Ideas section, New Republic Online, Governing Magazine, Education Week, Teacher magazine, Boston Phoenix, Downbeat Magazine, and other publications. He holds an A.B. degree from Brown University.

Chris King is the Global Policy Officer of Siemens Digital Grid, leading policy and strategy initiatives worldwide, emphasizing renewables integration, energy efficiency, grid efficiency, demand response and customer engagement.Prior to Siemens, Chris held management or executive positions at the U.S.’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric and three Silicon Valley energy start-ups. An internationally recognized expert, author and frequently invited speaker, Mr. King’s recent writings include a chapter in Distributed Generation and its Implications for the Utility Industry and an article on time-vary rates for the Public Utilities Fortnightly. Mr. King co-founded and chairs the Brussels-based Smart Energy Demand Coalition, is Vice Chair of the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid and is a member of the Advanced Energy Economy Business Council. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, several U.S. states and international regulatory bodies. In 2009, he co-hosted a meeting of the U.S. Congressional Delegation at the Copenhagen U.N. Climate Summit. Mr. King holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from Stanford University, a master’s from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a doctorate from Concord Law School. He has received three patents related to advanced metering and smart grids.


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Jennifer Kropke
Director of Workforce & Environmental Engagement, IBEW Local 11
Cris Liban

Dr. Cris Liban
Executive Officer - Environment & Sustainability, LA Metro
Steve Malnight

Steve Malnight
SVP of Strategy & Policy, PG&E
Jerry Meek

Jerry Meek
Sr. Manager, Energy & Water, Genentech

Jennifer Kropke is a partner and head of the energy regulatory and enforcement group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Washington, DC. Norman represents clients on a range of energy issues, including regulatory and policy matters, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure development, enforcement and compliance, and litigation. Norman was Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from 2015 to 2017. Before becoming Chairman, he was the Director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC from 2009 to 2014. He was previously a federal prosecutor and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, as well as a Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow with Duke University and a member of the NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions. Norman is a member of the Class of 1982 at Dartmouth College and a graduate of Harvard Law School.

 

Dr. Cris Liban is an internationally recognized expert in the field of resource management, energy technologies, transportation, environmental protection, and sustainability. He is currently the Executive Officer for Environment and Sustainability at the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. LA Metro is the 3rd largest transportation agency in the United States in the 20th largest economy in the world. He was appointed by President Barack Obama’s US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator as a Council Member of the USEPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology where he and his colleagues provide policy guidance and future direction of the USEPA. Dr. Liban also holds concurrent Commissioner political appointments in the Los Angeles County Beach Commission and the City of Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commissioners. In those capacities, he contributes to the development and implementation of safe, resilient, equitable and environmentally protective policies throughout Southern California.

Steve Malnight is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Policy for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He joined the company in 2005. In this role, Malnight leads a team of dynamic and experienced professionals who develop and implement the company's energy strategy and policy through innovative solutions, partnership integration and public advocacy at the national, state and local level. Malnight oversees Federal Affairs, California External Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Sustainability, and Community Relations, as well as PG&E's Energy Policy and Procurement organization which provides energy service to the 16 million Californians PG&E serves. Malnight held several key executive positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company before accepting his current position. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, overseeing PG&E's regulatory policy efforts at the national and state levels, including interaction with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Malnight also served as Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions, Vice President of Integrated Demand Side Management and Vice President of Renewable Energy. Prior to being named an officer at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Malnight served in the PG&E Corporation Chairman's office as Special Assistant to the Chairman, and he held management positions in Customer Strategy and Corporate Finance, where he led the company's budgeting and planning process. Malnight holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Malnight is active in national policy and community engagement, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Solar Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utility participation in solar activities.

 

Jerry has been the Genentech Energy and Water Manager since January 2010. He created an energy team that has reduced site energy consumption every year. The work completed by the team has improved HVAC operations. Before relocating to the Genentech SSF campus, Jerry worked at the Roche Pharmaceuticals Palo Alto Site for 19 years as the Utility Operations Manager. During the period, his Utility Operations Department has successfully reduced energy and water consumption, waste and chemical use. The Roche Palo Alto Site has received numerous awards for pollution prevention / resource conservation. Jerry was honored as an Association of Energy Engineers Energy Manager of the year for Region 5; seven western states. Jerry was the co-chair for the Silicon Valley Leadership Groups energy committee for three years.

 

Danielle Merfeld

Danielle Merfeld
Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy
McCall Johnson

McCall Johnson
Sr. Manager - Government Affairs, Recurrent Energy
Dan Morain

Dan Morain
Sr. Editor, CALMatters
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Salim Morsy
Advanced Transport Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Danielle Merfeld is the Chief Technology Officer of GE Renewable Energy, reporting to the CEO. In this role, she leads technical efforts to develop differentiated products and services across the broadest renewable energy portfolio in the industry, including on-shore wind, off-shore wind, solar PV, batteries, and hydro. Danielle is also currently the co-leader of the GE Women’s Network, a global organization focused on the recruiting, retention, development and promotion of talented women across GE. Prior to her role at GE Renewable Energy, Danielle was the Vice President & General Manager at GE Global Research. Danielle received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. She has authored or co-authored over 70 papers in refereed technical journals and has given presentations at conferences and symposiums around the world. Danielle is a member of several technical associations and a Trustee at the University of Notre Dame. She also is on the board of Advanced Energy Economy, an organization of businesses working to make energy secure, clean, and affordable.

McCall Johnsonserves as Senior Manager of Government Affairs for Recurrent Energy, one of the largest solar project developers in the U.S. Based in San Francisco, California, she drives the company’s legislative initiatives and regulatory affairs across the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), and the Midcontinent System Operator (MISO), and the Mountain West area in the Western Coordinating Council (WECC). McCall holds leadership positions across the industry including Chair of the Solar Energy Industry Association Intermountain West Committee, President of the Texas Solar Power Association, and Board Member for Interwest. She served as an Advisor to Chairman Donna Nelson at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) prior to joining Recurrent Energy. She completed her graduate work in Public Administration with a concentration in Energy Policy at the American University of Paris and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas. In addition to co-founding the Austin based non-profit Fresh Chefs Society, McCall sits on the Gulf Coast Power Association emPOWERing Women Committee.

 

Dan Morain, former editorial page editor and political affairs columnist at The Sacramento Bee, is bringing his decades of experience and institutional knowledge to CALmatters. Morain has been The Sacramento Bee’s editorial page editor since 2013 and a columnist and editorial writer at The Bee since 2010. Morain spent 27 years at the Los Angeles Times, covering the California Supreme Court when Rose Bird was chief justice, the Legislature when Willie Brown was speaker and the Governor’s Office during Gray Davis’ tenure. His final assignment for The Times was to be part of the team that covered the 2008 presidential campaign. After nine months working in public relations for Consumer Attorneys of California, he joined The Bee’s editorial board. Morain is a California native. He and his wife, Claudia Morain, have three grown children.

 

Salim Morsy is an Advanced Transport analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, based in New York City. He focuses on the electrification of the global transportation sector as well as new mobility business models. Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2011, he worked in energy derivatives trading and strategy consulting. He has a BA from Bard College, an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from NYU. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Bogotá, Colombia


John Myers

John Myers
Sacramento Bureau Chief, LA Times
Heather O'Neill

Heather O'Neill
Interim CEO, AEE
Carla Peterman

Commissioner Carla Peterman
California Public Utilities Commission
Maria Rigatti

Maria Rigatti
EVP & CFO, Edison International

Carla J. Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012. Commissioner Peterman is the CPUC’s assigned Commissioner for a number of proceedings including energy efficiency, the Renewables Portfolio Standard, alternative transportation, energy storage, and several general rate cases. Commissioner Peterman serves as Board member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and as a Steering Committee member of the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative. She was previously appointed by Governor Brown, in 2011, to the California Energy Commission where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, natural gas, and the 2012 Integrated Energy Policy Report. She is the first African-American female to be appointed to both Commissions. Commissioner Peterman has conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Commissioner Peterman has also served as an environmental business analyst at community redevelopment non-profit Isles Inc., and an associate focused on energy financing in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers. Commissioner Peterman holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Energy and Resources from the University of California Berkeley. She also earned a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Commissioner Peterman holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

 

John Myers joined the Los Angeles Times as Sacramento bureau chief in 2015 after more than two decades in radio and television news, much of that as an award-winning reporter covering statehouse policy and politics. During a decade of work for San Francisco's NPR affiliate, his unique online projects included everything from one of Sacramento's original politics blogs to California’s first politics podcast. He also served as the moderator of gubernatorial debates in 2014 and 2010. Often cited by state and national news organizations as one of Sacramento's top journalists, he's a graduate of Duke University and the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Heather O'Neill is interim CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE). AEE is a fast-growing national organization of businesses using policy advocacy, analysis, and education to grow a prosperous economy that runs on secure, clean, affordable energy. Prior to assuming the interim CEO role, Heather was Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, responsible for deepening and broadening AEE's relationships with funders and foundations, as well as building partnerships with allied organizations that advance industry growth. Heather brings multi-sector experience to AEE, having helped build organizations in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors in her career. Before joining AEE, Heather built and led the clean energy and environment portfolio at the Robertson Foundation, a $1B family philanthropy. Previously, she was Director, Public Affairs, for Danco Laboratories LLC, a start-up women's health pharmaceutical company. Heather graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Government and returned to Harvard's Kennedy School of Government to receive a Master in Public Policy.

 

Maria Rigatti is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and Edison Energy Group, a portfolio of competitive businesses engaged in renewable generation, energy services for commercial and industrial customers, and delivery or use of electricity. Prior to her current role, Rigatti was senior vice president and chief financial officer at SCE. She was responsible for the utility company’s financial management and fiscal integrity, directing both corporate and business unit financial planning and budgeting, treasury, accounting, tax and risk management. Previously, Rigatti was senior vice president and chief financial officer at Edison Mission Energy (EME), a competitive generation subsidiary of Edison International at the time. She served in a variety of positions at EME during her 15 years with the company, including vice president and treasurer and vice president, project structuring and valuation, and was actively involved in the sale of substantially all of the assets of EME to NRG Energy in 2014. Before joining EME, Rigatti held positions at PIRA Energy Group, an energy consulting firm, and at Gas Energy Inc., a subsidiary of the former KeySpan Corp., a group of regulated natural gas and electric utilities with unregulated subsidiaries, which is now part of National Grid. She also worked at The Chase Manhattan Bank. Rigatti graduated with honors from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in finance, and she earned an MBA in finance from New York University.

 

Bill Ritter

Bill Ritter, Jr.
Director, Center for the New Energy Economy & Former CO Governor
Mark Rothleder

Mark Rothleder
VP of Market Quality & Renewable Integration, CAISO
Janea Scott

Commissioner Janea Scott
California Energy Commission
Nancy Skinner

The Honorable Nancy Skinner
California State Senator

Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center employs an assistant director, three senior policy advisors, an executive assistant and a team of student researchers. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policymakers, and other decision makers. It provides technical assistance to help officials create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy. Ritter authored a book that was published in 2016 entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution. Ritter was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006, and built consensus to tackle some of the state's biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that replaced nearly a gigawatt of coal-fired generation with natural gas. In total, the Colorado new energy economy created thousands of new jobs. Ritter is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and a senior fellow and member of the board of directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. Ritter earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). With his wife Jeannie, he operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. He then served as Denver's district attorney from 1993 to January 2005.

Mark Rothleder is Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration at the California Independent System Operator Corporation and is leading the ISO’s renewable integration work. Mr. Rothleder has held several critical positions at the ISO after joining the grid operator as one of its first employees in 1997. He is now the longest serving ISO employee. Before being named vice president, he was Executive Director of Market Analysis and Development. His previous positions included Principal Market Developer and Director of Market Operations. In spring 2009, Mr. Rothleder led a multifunctional team in designing and implementing market rules and software modifications related to the ISO’s Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU). Since joining the ISO over fifteen years ago, Mark has worked extensively on implementing and integrating the approved market rules for California’s competitive wholesale energy and reserves markets. Mr. Rothleder is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of California and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento. He has taken post-graduate coursework in Power System Engineering from Santa Clara University and earned an M.S. in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the ISO, Mr. Rothleder worked for eight years in the electric transmission department of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where his responsibilities included operations engineering, transmission planning and substation design.

 

Janea A. Scott is one of five Commissioners on the California Energy Commission. The Energy Commission is the State's primary energy policy and planning agency. Ms. Scott was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed in January 2016 to serve as the Commission's public member. She is the lead Commissioner on transportation and western regional planning, and in 2014 Ms. Scott led the 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update. Ms. Scott serves as the chair of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, a public/private organization focused on accelerating the adoption of PEVs to meet California's economic, energy and environmental goals. She is also a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Ms. Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund in both the New York and Los Angeles offices as a senior attorney in the climate and air program. Ms. Scott was also an AmeriCorps member working at the San Francisco Urban Service Project from 1996-1997. Ms. Scott earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and her M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

 

A social justice advocate, energy and climate change trailblazer, and accomplished legislator, State Senator Nancy Skinner has a long legislative background in energy and climate change. In the State Assembly, Skinner authored the bills that lifted the cap on solar net metering, established the PACE (Property Assisted Clean Energy) program, continued the Self-Generation Incentive Program, directed the CPUC to include energy storage in utility procurement (AB2514), and required the CEC to develop a statewide plan to increase the energy efficiency of buildings built pre-Title 24 (AB758). Skinner is also known for groundbreaking gun violence prevention laws and the “E-Fairness” bill that requires Amazon and other internet retailers to collect sales tax. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Skinner was a co-founder of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and directed ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program developing the first carbon counting tools used by cities and counties. Skinner also served as US Director of The Climate Group, where she worked with Fortune 500 companies to address climate change.

 

Polly Shaw

Polly Shaw
VP of Regulatory Affairs & Communications, Stem
Matt Stanberry

Matt Stanberry
VP of Market Development, AEE
Tom Starrs

Tom Starrs
VP of Market Strategy & Policy, SunPower
Scott Tew

Scott Tew
Executive Director - Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand

Polly Shaw has served as Stem, Inc.’s VP of Regulatory Affairs and Communications since 2016. Polly has 25years of clean energy and energy efficiency policy experience in the U.S. and China. Formerly VP of External Affairs at SunEdison, she managed a team that helped win a range of supportive policies, including long-term extensions of the federal Investment Tax Credit, two 50% renewable portfolio standards, favorable net metering rules, and other market-creating rules. Previously, she was Senior Director of External Relations at Suntech America, and earlier Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission where she managed the $2.2 billion California Solar Initiative. Polly earlier served as a Program Officer at the Energy Foundation, and provided consulting support for EPA greenhouse gas programs while at ICF. She currently serves on the board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, and has served on the board of the California Energy Storage Alliance, Solar Energy Industries Association, the Large-scale Solar Association, and the Solar Alliance. Polly holds a BA from Tufts University, a Certificate in Chinese Law from the University of London, and speaks English, French, Chinese, and basic Spanish.

 

Matt Stanberry leads AEE's analytics team and oversees the organization’s engagement at the federal and state levels regarding EPA’s regulation of carbon from the power sector. Matt is an energy expert covering the industry as well as its environmental and public health impacts. Before joining AEE in 2011, Matt was a management consultant within Navigant’s Energy Practice, focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and emerging technology markets, business strategy and implementation. Prior to Navigant, Matt was a consultant for ICF International addressing energy, climate, and other environmental and public health issues. He holds a Bachelors degree from Duke University and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Tom Starrs serves as SunPower Corporation’s vice president, market strategy and policy, where he is responsible for the company’s global market assessment, market strategy and public policy initiatives. He has more than 20 years of experience in and around the solar power industry, including senior management positions with Iberdrola Renewables, PPM Energy, and Schott Solar. Starrs is widely recognized as a leading strategist on solar energy market development, business strategy and policy. He serves on the boards of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Tom holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley's Energy and Resources Program, and a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley’s School of Law.

 

Scott Tew is the founder of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand (CEES) which supports all of the company’s strategic brands—Club Car, Ingersoll Rand, Trane and Thermo King—and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives aimed at transitioning to more efficient and climate-friendly solutions, and minimizing resource use within company facilities.In addition, Tewserves as a featured speaker and thought leader in linking public policy, economic impacts and a value-stream approach to sustainability. His recent efforts have led to the development of world-class initiatives including thecreation of the EcoWiseTMproduct portfolio, personalized employee engagement, unique research on unmet needs in the green space, and sustainability-related solutionconcepts like building a $300 house. Prior to this role, heled high profile programs to advocate for energy efficiency, green buildings and global greenhouse gas emissions standards and policies.Tewholds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University. He plays key roles in several important groups including: the World EnvironmentCenter; the Alliance to Save Energy; the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD); the EDGE Center for Energy and the Global Environment at Duke University; and the US and India Green Building Councils. Heis the author of myriad white papers related to energy efficiency and sustainable practices and contributed to the recently released book, Practicing Sustainability, by Springer Publishing.

 
JR Tolbert title=

J.R. Tolbert
VP of State Policy, AEE
Beth Vaughan title=

Beth Vaughan
Executive Director, CalCCA
Prasanna Venkatesan

Prasanna Venkatesan
President & CEO, Landis+Gyr
Malcolm Woolf

Malcolm Woolf
SVP, Policy, AEE

J.R. Tolbert oversees AEE’s policy development and campaigns at the state-level and coordinates policy with 14 of AEE’s state partner groups. J.R. has worked on energy policy for more than a decade for a variety of non-profit organizations. Prior to joining AEE, J.R. served as the Executive Director of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, a nonpartisan organization of state legislators who are committed to finding solutions to climate and energy issues. J.R. graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Political Science in 2001, and is a 2008 graduate of Green Corps – the field school for environmental organizing. He lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Mary and son Sullivan. If you want to find Sully and J.R. on the weekends look at the golf course or anywhere showing Auburn football.

 

Beth Vaughan is Executive Director of the trade association representing Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs). CalCCA advocates for community choice at the legislature and in regulatory forums, and develops best practices to support the expanding number of local governments forming CCAs. Ms. Vaughan has experience in public policy, strategic planning, project management, public relations and information technology. She has consulted with government agencies, non-profits, and private sector interests, on energy and environmental public policy issues. Ms. Vaughan has extensive international experience and served five years in the New Zealand parliament as senior advisor to the Environment and Conservation Cabinet Ministers

 

Prasanna Venkatesan currently serves as President & CEO of Landis+Gyr Americas. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the Company, including full P&L responsibilities for operations in both North and South America, customer satisfaction, overall growth strategy, and managing a broad portfolio of innovative products, solutions, and services to empower utilities and end-customers to improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy costs and contribute to a sustainable use of resources. Additionally, Mr. Venkatesan serves as Executive Vice President of Landis+Gyr Holdings where he develops and executes corporate strategy in conjunction with worldwide company leadership. Prior to his current role, Mr. Venkatesan served as Senior Vice President & General Manager for Landis+Gyr North America, and was responsible for the introduction and execution of all smart grid solution deployments for North American utilities including projects such as AEP-Texas, Oncor, and Hydro Quebec. Previous to this assignment, he served as VP of research and development with Cellnet Technology, Inc, before its acquisition by Landis+Gyr in 2007. Mr. Venkatesan also held senior level engineering and operations management positions during his 21 years at Schlumberger, where he was involved in the development, manufacturing and supply chain operations for technologies used in the oil and gas exploration industry. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from University of Oklahoma, Norman.

 

Malcolm Woolf leads AEE’s public policy efforts to promote the advanced energy industry, including federal, state legislative, and state regulatory initiatives, outside of California. These efforts include campaigns to expand corporate access to advanced energy, remove regulatory barriers in retail and wholesale markets, and inform policy makers about innovative, new technologies transforming the energy system. Before joining AEE, Malcolm served as a Cabinet-level official with Governor Martin O'Malley. As head of the Maryland Energy Administration, he helped design, enact and implement an ambitious package of state laws to promote affordable, reliable, and clean energy. One of the programs launched to achieve the new standards was recognized by Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School as one of the “top 25 innovations in American government.” An energy expert with experience at the national level and in the private sector, Woolf was chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, and has been appointed to serve on several US DOE and EPA Advisory Committees. Woolf previously served as the director of the National Governors Association's Natural Resources Committee and counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He also was a senior attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and an associate with the law firms of Winston & Strawn and Piper & Marbury. Malcolm received his B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University, with a year at Pembroke College, Oxford University. He earned his law degree, as well as a Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy, from the University of Virginia.


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