2018 Agenda

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Tuesday August 7, 2018

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

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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 - 9:10am Leading from the West: Governors See Economic Opportunity in Advanced Energy Growth

Facilitated by: The Honorable Bill Ritter, Jr., Director, Center for the New Energy Economy and Former Governor of Colorado


9:10am - 9:40am CAISO Energy Imbalance Market: It's Match.com for Electrons

Facilitated by: Will Mitchell, Director of Government Affairs, Recurrent Energy

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

9:40am - 10:20am 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
  • Dan Morain, Senior Editor, CALMatters
  • John Myers, Sacramento Bureau Chief, LA Times

10:20am - 10:50am Networking Break

10:50am - 11:30am Brave New Grid: The Energy Transition and Its Impact on Reliability, Jobs, and Technology

Facilitated by: Tony Brunello, CEO, 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

11:30am - 12:10pm Vehicle Electrification: Who Finances the Revolution?

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

  • Chris King, Smart Grid Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Siemens
  • Cris Liban, Executive Officer - Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Program Management, LA Metro 
  • Salim Morsy, Specialist - Advanced Transportation, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

12:10pm - 1:10pm Networking Lunch

1:10pm - 2:10pm 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

  • Diane Fellman, Senior Policy Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Sunya Ojure, Senior Manager of Sustainability, Salesforce
  • Beth Vaughan, Executive Director, CalCCA

**Additional speakers TBA soon!     

                             

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

Facilitated by: Panama Bartholomy, Director, Investor Confidence Project

  • 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

2:10pm - 2:40pm Networking Break 

2:40pm - 3:10pm 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 

3:10pm - 3:50pm Navigating the Road Ahead: What’s in Store for the Next Administration?

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

4:00pm - 4:30pm Changing of the Guard: Fireside Chat with California's Gubernatorial Hopefuls

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

Sonia Aggarwal
VP, Energy Innovation
Panama Bartholomy

Panama Bartholomy
Director, Investor Confidence Project
Merrian Borgeson

Merrian Borgeson
Sr. Scientist , Natural Resources Defense Council 
Nick Brod

Nick Brod
Vice President, CLEAResult

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 Investor Confidence Project where he works to unlock capital markets for energy efficiency project development and 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.

 

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 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.


Tony Brunello

Tony Brunello
CEO, Gridworks
Autumn Burke

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

Elizabeth Echols
Director, Office of Ratepayer Advocates
Roger Flanagan

Roger Flanagan
Managing Director, Lockheed Martin

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.

Gridworks was started in 2010 to help policy-makers tackle the most difficult issues in decarbonizing electricity grids. Gridworks helps utility commissions, electric utilities, policy advocates and others identify solutions to challenging grid issues, develop solutions and make them operational in practice. 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 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 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).

 

Valerie Fong

Valerie Fong
Vice Chair, Western EIM Governing Board
Lisa Frantzis

Lisa Frantzis
SVP - 21st Century Energy System, AEE
Jennifer Gardner

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

Martin Hermann
CEO, 8minutenergy Renewables

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 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.

 

Commissioner David Hochschild

Commissioner David Hochschild
California Energy Commission
Zach Kahn

Zach Kahn
Director of Government Relations, BYD
Robert Keough

Robert Keough
VP of Communications, AEE
Chris King

Chris King
Smart Grid Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Siemens

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.

 

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.

 

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.


Steve Malnight
Steve Malnight
SVP of Strategy & Policy, PG&E
Danielle Merfeld

Danielle Merfeld
Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy
Will Mitchell

Will Mitchell
Director of Government Affairs, Recurrent Energy
Dan Morain

Dan Morain
Sr. Editor, CALMatters

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.

 

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.

 

Will Mitchell leads the government affairs team at Recurrent Energy, advancing the company’s legislative and regulatory initiatives across the United States. With over a decade in the power development space, Will leads the company’s engagement with the Solar Energy Industries Association and serves on the national leadership committee of the Energy Storage Association. He is a participant in the Harvard Electricity Policy Group and serves on the governing body nominating committee of the California Independent System Operator’s Energy Imbalance Market. He previously served as treasurer of the Large-scale Solar Association. Prior to joining Recurrent Energy, Will spent six years with Competitive Power Ventures, a leading North American independent power producer, where he supported external affairs activities across a multi-state portfolio of combined and simple-cycle natural gas, wind and solar energy facilities. Will is active in his local community where he serves as a volunteer firefighter. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.

 

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.

 

Heather O'Neill

Heather O'Neill
Interim CEO, AEE
Sunya Ojure

Sunya Ojure
Sr. Sustainability Manager, Salesforce
Carla Peterman

Commissioner Carla Peterman
California Public Utilities Commission
Maria Rigatti

Maria Rigatti
EVP & CFO, Edison International

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.

 

Sunya Ojure is the senior sustainability manager for Salesforce, where she leads sustainability communications, event greening and stakeholder engagement initiatives. She is also a champion of Pledge 1%, an integrated philanthropy movement Salesforce cofounded to encourage other companies to leverage their resources for social impact. She is passionate about creating happy, healthy communities. Sunya has an MBA from Presidio Graduate School, BA from Brown University and over ten years of experience building sustainability programs at diverse organizations, from nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. Her best days involve bringing people together, problem solving and crafting stories to inspire change.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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J.R. Tolbert
VP of State 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.

 

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Tuesday August 7, 2018

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

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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 - 9:10am Leading from the West: Governors See Economic Opportunity in Advanced Energy Growth

Facilitated by: The Honorable Bill Ritter, Jr., Director, Center for the New Energy Economy and Former Governor of Colorado


9:10am - 9:40am CAISO Energy Imbalance Market: It's Match.com for Electrons

Facilitated by: Will Mitchell, Director of Government Affairs, Recurrent Energy

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

9:40am - 10:20am 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
  • Dan Morain, Senior Editor, CALMatters
  • John Myers, Sacramento Bureau Chief, LA Times

10:20am - 10:50am Networking Break

10:50am - 11:30am Brave New Grid: The Energy Transition and Its Impact on Reliability, Jobs, and Technology

Facilitated by: Tony Brunello, CEO, 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

11:30am - 12:10pm Vehicle Electrification: Who Finances the Revolution?

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

  • Chris King, Smart Grid Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Siemens
  • Cris Liban, Executive Officer - Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Program Management, LA Metro 
  • Salim Morsy, Specialist - Advanced Transportation, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

12:10pm - 1:10pm Networking Lunch

1:10pm - 2:10pm 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

  • Diane Fellman, Senior Policy Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Sunya Ojure, Senior Manager of Sustainability, Salesforce
  • Beth Vaughan, Executive Director, CalCCA

**Additional speakers TBA soon!     

                             

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

Facilitated by: Panama Bartholomy, Director, Investor Confidence Project

  • 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

2:10pm - 2:40pm Networking Break 

2:40pm - 3:10pm 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 

3:10pm - 3:50pm Navigating the Road Ahead: What’s in Store for the Next Administration?

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

4:00pm - 4:30pm Changing of the Guard: Fireside Chat with California's Gubernatorial Hopefuls

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

Sonia Aggarwal
VP, Energy Innovation
Panama Bartholomy

Panama Bartholomy
Director, Investor Confidence Project
Merrian Borgeson

Merrian Borgeson
Sr. Scientist , Natural Resources Defense Council 
Nick Brod

Nick Brod
Vice President, CLEAResult

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 Investor Confidence Project where he works to unlock capital markets for energy efficiency project development and 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.

 

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 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.


Tony Brunello

Tony Brunello
CEO, Gridworks
Autumn Burke

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

Elizabeth Echols
Director, Office of Ratepayer Advocates
Roger Flanagan

Roger Flanagan
Managing Director, Lockheed Martin

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.

Gridworks was started in 2010 to help policy-makers tackle the most difficult issues in decarbonizing electricity grids. Gridworks helps utility commissions, electric utilities, policy advocates and others identify solutions to challenging grid issues, develop solutions and make them operational in practice. 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 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 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).

 

Valerie Fong

Valerie Fong
Vice Chair, Western EIM Governing Board
Lisa Frantzis

Lisa Frantzis
SVP - 21st Century Energy System, AEE
Jennifer Gardner

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

Martin Hermann
CEO, 8minutenergy Renewables

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 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.

 

Commissioner David Hochschild

Commissioner David Hochschild
California Energy Commission
Zach Kahn

Zach Kahn
Director of Government Relations, BYD
Robert Keough

Robert Keough
VP of Communications, AEE
Chris King

Chris King
Smart Grid Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Siemens

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.

 

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.

 

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.


Steve Malnight
Steve Malnight
SVP of Strategy & Policy, PG&E
Danielle Merfeld

Danielle Merfeld
Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy
Will Mitchell

Will Mitchell
Director of Government Affairs, Recurrent Energy
Dan Morain

Dan Morain
Sr. Editor, CALMatters

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.

 

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.

 

Will Mitchell leads the government affairs team at Recurrent Energy, advancing the company’s legislative and regulatory initiatives across the United States. With over a decade in the power development space, Will leads the company’s engagement with the Solar Energy Industries Association and serves on the national leadership committee of the Energy Storage Association. He is a participant in the Harvard Electricity Policy Group and serves on the governing body nominating committee of the California Independent System Operator’s Energy Imbalance Market. He previously served as treasurer of the Large-scale Solar Association. Prior to joining Recurrent Energy, Will spent six years with Competitive Power Ventures, a leading North American independent power producer, where he supported external affairs activities across a multi-state portfolio of combined and simple-cycle natural gas, wind and solar energy facilities. Will is active in his local community where he serves as a volunteer firefighter. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.

 

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.

 

Heather O'Neill

Heather O'Neill
Interim CEO, AEE
Sunya Ojure

Sunya Ojure
Sr. Sustainability Manager, Salesforce
Carla Peterman

Commissioner Carla Peterman
California Public Utilities Commission
Maria Rigatti

Maria Rigatti
EVP & CFO, Edison International

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.

 

Sunya Ojure is the senior sustainability manager for Salesforce, where she leads sustainability communications, event greening and stakeholder engagement initiatives. She is also a champion of Pledge 1%, an integrated philanthropy movement Salesforce cofounded to encourage other companies to leverage their resources for social impact. She is passionate about creating happy, healthy communities. Sunya has an MBA from Presidio Graduate School, BA from Brown University and over ten years of experience building sustainability programs at diverse organizations, from nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. Her best days involve bringing people together, problem solving and crafting stories to inspire change.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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J.R. Tolbert
VP of State 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.

 

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