The following are confirmed presenters for the
NASEO 2018 Annual Meeting:
David Althoff Jr.
Director, Energy Programs Office, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Member, NASEO Board of Directors
David has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for 25 years. During his time with DEP, David has worked in the Bureau of Land Recycling and Waste Management and then in 1998 began working for the Pennsylvania State Energy Office located within DEP. David’s role in the Pennsylvania Energy Office, currently named the Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance is to develop and manage programs designed to encourage the development and deployment of alternative energy projects resulting in environmental improvement. David, as Director of the Energy Office, oversaw the deployment and use of over $125 Million of ARRA Stimulus funding as well as Pennsylvania’s $100 million Pennsylvania Sunshine Program. David is currently serving as the Principal Investigator for the U.S. DOE funded PA Solar Future Initiative and is also the program point of contact for the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. David assists in the management of DEP’s Green Energy Loan fund as well as providing key oversight of DEP’s responsibilities for Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard. David has been responsible for the management of DEP’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, the Natural Gas Energy Development Program and currently is a key contributor in the development of an Electric Vehicle Deployment Plan for PA as well as designing future programs resulting from the historic Volkswagen Settlement. David is a two-time recipient of DEP’s Individual Award for Excellence.
David is an avid hunter, gardener as well as enjoying traveling and fine dining. David was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and lives with his wife Lori and son Digby in Hummelstown, PA.
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Director, Energy Program, National Conference of State Legislatures
Glen Andersen is the director of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Energy Program, which provides state legislators and staff with outreach and policy analysis on a wide range of energy issues. Glen oversees, develops and coordinates much of the program’s outreach efforts, including publications, trainings, workshops and institutes. He also assists state policymakers in their efforts to develop effective and informed policies on energy generation, utility regulation, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and grid technologies.
Glen has testified before numerous state legislative committees on a variety of energy policy topics. He has also authored numerous articles and publications on a variety of topics, including utility regulation, renewable energy, energy planning, carbon emissions reduction policy and energy efficiency.
Mr. Andersen received his Master of Science degree in environmental health from the University of Michigan and his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota.
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Principal, The Weidt Group
Chris Baker, a Principal at The Weidt Group, works on commercial new construction utility DSM programs, benchmarking existing buildings, and developing efficiency analysis software.
Mr. Baker received an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas. He is a Registered Architect, a Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional, an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional and Building Energy Assessment Professional.
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Director, Kentucky Office of Energy Policy; Member, NASEO Board of Directors
John Rick Bender recently joined the energy team of Secretary Charles Snavely as Director for the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy under the Energy and Environment Cabinet. Before coming to the Office of Energy Policy he was part of the executive management team at BlackRidge Resources Partners LLC as Vice President of Land and Administration where he oversaw leasing and land acquisition, rights-of-way and easements, title and regulatory compliance, and general office administration. Prior to joining BlackRidge, Mr. Bender served as Vice President – Land at Magnum Hunter Production, Inc. and its predecessor NGAS Production Co. from November 2007 to October 2011. For the previous twelve years, Mr. Bender was the Director of the Division of Oil and Gas at the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources. During his tenure as Director, he served as the Governor’s Representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. He also served on the STRONGER Board of Directors. Before joining the Division of Oil and Gas, Mr. Bender worked in the oil and gas sector, both public and private, for ten years. He is a registered professional geologist, a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Bender holds a B.S. degree in geology from the University of Kentucky.
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Energy Programs Administrator, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Ben helps administer TDEC Office of Energy Program’s (OEP) activities under the US DOE-funded State Energy Program Annual Formula and Competitive Awards dealing with energy assurance, the energy-water nexus, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency in wastewater treatment plants. Specifically, Ben is the Principal Investigator and Technical Lead for the 2015 DOE Competitive Award for “Advancing Energy Efficiency in Wastewater Utilities and Other Underserved Sectors.” Ben also serves as the lead Emergency Services Coordinator (ESC) to fulfill OEP’s responsibilities for transportation and heating fuels under for Emergency Support Function 12 (Energy Assurance), which is part of Tennessee Emergency Management Plan managed by TEMA.
Prior to joining the State, Ben was an environmental scientist providing technical support to public and private clients facing environmental compliance issues. He managed projects providing expertise in air permitting, indoor air quality, fugitive dust issues, ecology, and environmental public relations. Early in his environmental career, Ben directly assisted TDOT in development of their award-winning Diesel Retrofit Grant Program, the first federally-funded grant program to reduce emissions in locomotives. Ben served for 9 years on the Tennessee Water & Wastewater Finance Board, which oversees financially distressed municipal water and wastewater systems. He is a native of Columbia, Tennessee, and holds a B.A. in English and B.S. in biology from Birmingham-Southern College.
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Policy and Research Associate, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership
Samantha works in a cross-functional position to support NEEP’s work in public policy, buildings and market strategies. Samantha helps advance energy efficiency through tracking and analyzing public policy trends in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic region, providing technical asstistance on state and local programs, and advancing knowledge and best practices across sectors. Samantha also helps facilitate the HELIX project and manages the Regional Energy Efficiency Database (REED).
Prior to joining NEEP, Samantha worked on the Worcester Smart Energy Solutions Pilot with National Grid. Samantha has experience working in renewable energy, energy efficiency, grassroots campaigning, and government affairs. Samantha completed an accelerated program at Clark University, graduating in 2015 with a B.A. in Global Environmental Studies and Spanish, and in 2016 with a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy.
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NASEO Board of Directors
Vice President, Energy and Environment, Electric Power Research Institute
Rob Chapman is Vice President, Energy and Environment, at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the team responsible for research and analysis on environmental science and technology issues from the generation, transportation, and use of energy. The research addresses environmental, health, and economic issues focusing on air, land, water, and energy challenges; informing public policy; enabling sustainable practices; and improving occupational health and safety.
Chapman brings to the Energy and Environment Sector broad knowledge of EPRI’s research portfolio, strong relationships with EPRI’s member companies, and in-depth understanding of industry perspectives. In addition, he is accountable for EPRI’s Efficient Electrification R&D initiative that is focused on demonstration of electric technologies and strategies that could be implemented today, that assist utilities and their customers in boosting energy efficiency, grid flexibility, productivity, product quality and grid flexibility; all while providing societal benefits including supporting emissions reduction, improved air quality, opportunities for water savings, sustainability commitments, and safety.
He joined EPRI in 1999 as Director of North American Technical Advisory Services. In 2006 he was named Vice- President of Member & Technical Services, where he focused on improving the value members receive from EPRI research and development programs and where he worked to foster active participation and R&D collaboration supporting the electricity sector’s operating, technological and environmental objectives.
Prior to joining EPRI, Chapman was Director of Western Sales for PG&E Energy Services during which time he led efforts to establish premium power services for technology companies in the Silicon Valley, California.
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Program Manager, NASEO
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Molly oversees the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs (OEP), which is comprised of two sections: the Governor-designated State Energy Office (SEO) and the State Facility Utility Management Section (SFUM). OEP promotes the efficient, effective use of energy to enhance the environmental and economic health of the state through. Efforts and activities include education, outreach, technical assistance, and/or funding and financing opportunities that focus on energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, utility data management, energy assurance and resiliency, sustainable transportation, and alternative fuels.
Molly has been named the Administrative Lead for Tennessee’s Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust allocation and serves as the TDEC representative to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Distributed Generation Information Exchange, Energy Efficiency Information Exchange, and Solar Strategies Working Group. She has served on the NASEO Board of Directors since 2014 and is presently serving as the Secretary of Executive Committee.
Prior to joining the State in 2010, Molly spent several years practicing law in Tennessee, with a focus on compliance and municipal liability defense. She holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Tennessee and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.
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Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Keith Dennis is Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, in the Business and Technologies Strategies Division of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Keith has an interdisciplinary background in engineering, business, and law and works with NRECA's Legislative, Regulatory Policy, and Technical teams on issues related to energy end use, including energy efficiency and demand response.
Keith joined NRECA in 2012 directly from the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) where he led a Policy and Guidance Team for a $3.2 billion energy efficiency and conservation grant program and completed an eight month detail at the White House. Keith is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds Masters degrees in engineering management and environmental law from Dartmouth College and Vermont Law School. He is also licensed Professional Engineer.
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Director of Finance, Ameresco
Assistant Director, Energy Division, Washington State Department of Commerce
Michael joined the Department of Commerce in 2014 and is assistant director for the Energy Division, which includes policy, initiatives, energy emergency management and the weatherization program. Michael joined the weatherization network in 2009, drawn by the convergence of social justice and environmental sustainability.
After working for five years in New Mexico Energy$mart Program, he transitioned to Washington’s weatherization program in 2014 and has been actively involved in the weatherization network’s Weatherization Advisory Committee. Michael earned his master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico.
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General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
Jeffrey C. Genzer joined Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. in 1985. His practice has concentrated on energy and environmental counseling and litigation. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, bulk power supply, transmission system issues, contract negotiation, franchise and municipalization issues, alternative energy sources, conservation and energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management and integrated resource planning programs.
In the environment area he has been involved especially in Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act issues and all phases of environmental reviews for energy projects.
He has appeared before a variety of federal agencies and state and federal courts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of state commissions, agencies and courts. He also has an active federal legislative practice. He has worked with a number of local and state governments throughout the United States from New York to Hawaii. Mr. Genzer presently serves as General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association and the Energy Programs Consortium. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal legislative activities, energy, environmental and utility issues.
Prior to entering law school, Mr. Genzer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia. He worked on a number of development projects and served as the first energy planner in the region. Mr. Genzer supervised, planned, and constructed numerous water systems and other construction projects. He also prepared legislation and successful grant proposals. While in law school, Mr. Genzer was employed at the National Consumer Law Center.
He monitored legislative and regulatory activities and wrote legal and policy memoranda in the field of energy law. After his second year of law school, Mr. Genzer clerked for Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Prior to returning to the firm, he served as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors' Association. In that role he drafted legislation in the energy and environmental area, and served as the chief energy lobbyist for the Association. He provided legal analysis for the Governors on such issues as electric utility regulation, nuclear waste, oil overcharge refunds, toxic victims compensation, and natural gas regulation and a variety of environmental issues. Mr. Genzer also coordinated the activities of the state energy offices. His practice is focused on energy, environmental, utility and legislative matters.
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Marion Gold, Ph.D.
Commissioner, Rhode Isand Public Utilities Commission
Marion Gold was appointed to the RI Public Utilities Commission by Governor Gina Raimondo in June 2016. Commissioner Gold had previously served as Commissioner of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER). As leader of the OER, Dr. Gold was dedicated to working with public and private sector partners to provide sustainable, secure, and cost-effective energy services to all sectors of the community. Prior to joining the OER, she was the Director of the Outreach Center at the University of Rhode of Island where she established the URI Partnership for Energy and directed extension programs for communities and the public in energy, environmental horticulture, and urban agriculture. She served on the URI President's Council for Sustainability and on the RI Energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council. Dr. Gold continues to serve as an adjunct professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at URI.
Dr. Gold has been a leader in environmental issues throughout her many years of public service. Early in her career she worked at the RI Department of Environmental Management and the RI Resource Recovery Corporation where she was instrumental in launching the first statewide recycling program in the country. She holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Science and Policy from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Environmental Economics from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Rhode Island.
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Director, Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy, General Motors
Britta Gross is the director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors (GM). She is responsible for identifying energy strategies and partnerships, and steering the commercialization efforts for alternative fuel infrastructures required to support the deployment of GM’s rapidly developing biofuel, natural gas, plug-in battery-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle propulsion technologies.
Gross has an extensive and diverse background in the Automotive and Aerospace industries. She began her career in 1983 with Hughes Space & Communications in Los Angeles, leading Mission Design and Systems Engineering teams developing communication and weather satellite programs. In the late 90’s, based in Russelsheim, Germany, she brought aerospace program management practices into the automotive industry, leading a joint aerospace/automotive project that involved Hughes, GM, and Opel vehicle design engineers. After seven years in Europe, Gross returned to the U.S. and joined General Motors’ Advanced Vehicle Technology programs to lead infrastructure and commercialization efforts for the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle and the Chevrolet Volt Electric Vehicle programs.
Ms. Gross received a degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and studied language arts at the University of Wurzburg in Germany. She sits on the board of directors of the Electric Drive Transportation Association and the GoElectricDrive Foundation, and is one of Automotive News’ “Electrifying 100” and a 2013 recipient of the GreenBiz “Verge 25” award.
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Director, Technical Services, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
Mr. Haack is the Director of Technical Services for the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
In this role, he supports the development and adoption of building codes and standards, the creation of training programs, and advocacy efforts with green certification programs.
Prior to joining NAIMA, Mr. Haack was a Manager at the consulting firm ICF where he directed a team of engineers and energy analysts performing energy policy analysis for the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program and international energy efficiency studies. While at Penn State, Charlie interned with ASHRAE in their Washington, DC office as well as several architectural and engineering design firms.
Mr. Haack graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with both a Bachelor and Master of Architectural Engineering and is a LEED accredited professional.
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ENERGY STAR National Manager, Public Sector, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Caterina (Katy) Hatcher is the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR Public Sector National Manager. She works with public sector organizations, such as government agencies and schools, to help improve energy performance through the use of ENERGY STAR tools and resources, including ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager. Katy has been working for EPA since 1996. She holds a degree from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture in City Planning. By the end 2016, more than 500,000 properties have been benchmarked in Portfolio Manager, representing 50 percent of the nation’s commercial building space. Portfolio Manager has become the standard national platform for benchmarking energy use in commercial buildings in the United States and Canada. It has been adopted for use by leading US commercial real estate, retail, healthcare, and educational organizations. Many local governments incorporate Portfolio Manager into state and local benchmarking requirements.
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Joel Howrani Heeres
Director of Sustainability, City of Detroit
Joel Howrani Heeres is Detroit’s first Sustainability Director and he leads a new Sustainability Office charged with strengthening the economic, social and environmental well-being of Detroit’s residents, neighborhoods, and businesses. Joel brings a wealth of experience on urban sustainability to this position, having served in multiple roles in the municipal, non-profit, and corporate sectors. Most recently he has been leading efforts to improve operational outcomes through data sharing and to provide greater public access to City information as the Director of Open Data and Analysis in the City’s Department of Innovation and Technology.
Prior to this role, Joel worked at DTE where he led metrics development and continuous improvement efforts to better manage the utility’s operations. He also contributed to the production of DTE’s first Corporate Sustainability Report. As a staff member at EcoWorks, Joel lead Sustainability and Climate Action Planning processes in 11 communities in Southeast Michigan and played a key role in the development of the Detroit Environmental Agenda, which was released in 2013.
Joel also previously served as the Managing Director for the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office, where he provided technical assistance to more than 40 local governments on a variety of sustainability-oriented issues, including building energy audits and retrofits.
Joel has lived in Detroit for more than 15 years and holds a Masters in Urban Planning, an MS in Natural Resources and Environment (Environmental Policy and Planning), and Arts (Education) from the University of Michigan, where he also received his Bachelors degree in Economics and Anthropology. When he is not working on sustainability or data issues at the City, he can be found spending time with his kids Theo and Ruby, his partner Ana, going to Eastern Market, gardening, cycling, cross country skiing, working on the house, and volunteering with local neighborhood organizations.
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State Energy Program Manager, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
Asa Hopkins, Ph.D.
Principal Associate, Synapse Energy Economics, Inc.
Asa Hopkins, Ph..D, is an expert in the development and analysis of public policy and regulation regarding energy and greenhouse gas emissions, including cost-benefit analysis, stakeholder engagement, state energy strategy and planning, and utility planning. He has provided analysis and testimony supporting decision-makers in both legislative and regulatory contexts, including state utility regulation and state and federal rulemaking.
Since arriving at Synapse in 2017, Dr. Hopkins has focused on utility and demand-side issues, including demand response in Quebec, rate design in Massachusetts, and utility performance metrics in Puerto Rico, as well as multi-state analysis of strategic end-use electrification across the Northeast region.
As the Director of Energy Policy and Planning at the Vermont Department of Public Service from 2011-2016, Dr. Hopkins was responsible for development and analysis of state policy regarding renewable energy, ratepayer-funded energy efficiency, energy-related economic development, and innovative utility rates and programs. Prior to 2011, Dr. Hopkins was an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of the Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy. In that role, he was the Assistant Project Director for the DOE’s first Quadrennial Technology Review, responsible for ensuring that the stakeholder engagement and report-drafting processes were completed successfully. He was also the primary author of the QTR’s section on building and industrial energy efficiency. Dr. Hopkins came to DOE from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he worked on economic and market analysis of appliance energy efficiency standards and led LBNL’s support for the first rulemaking on small electric motors.
Dr. Hopkins holds a B.S. in Physics from Haverford College and a Masters and PhD in Physics from California Institute of Technology.
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Senior Vice President, Engineering Services, American Public Power Association
Mike has overseen engineering and operations for the American Public Power Association since 1996. He helped launch the Association’s Reliable Public Power Provider program and the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo. He oversees the national mutual aid, safety, and security programs. Mike has served as chair of the National Electric Safety Code, on the boards of the Association of Demand Response and Smart Grid and the International Lineman’s Museum Hall of Fame, and on committees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. He is a registered Professional Engineer with more than 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry.
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Director, Energy Office, Michigan Agency for Energy
Robert Jackson is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of industrial energy efficiency and environmental engineering experience. Mr. Jackson is currently the Director of the Michigan Energy Office. He is directly responsible for the state of Michigan’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Revolving Loan Program, and the State Energy Program’s Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing, Technology Demonstration and Deployment Programs, and Agricultural Energy Programs.
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Director, Delaware Division of Clean Energy and Climate
For more than 13 years, Kreiner has owned and operated a sustainability-focused consulting business that provides services to government, universities, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. She previously served as a policy advisor for Governor Ruth Ann Minner. Kreiner also is a Sustainability and Society adjunct instructor at Delaware Technical Community College, and a former DNREC employee who worked in the area of pollution prevention for more than 10 years.
Director Kreiner received her Master of Science degree in resource economics from the University of Rhode Island, and earned, with distinction, a Bachelor of Science degree in applied economics and business management specializing in energy economics from Cornell University. She has more than 25 years of experience in the environmental field and has written numerous publications.
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Policy Advisor, Strategic and Interagency Initiatives, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Krystal Laymon specializes in climate, resiliency, and energy policy. She currently serves in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office focused on clean energy strategies for vulnerable populations.
Prior positions include co-management of the White House Initiative “Climate Action Champions” under DOE's Office of Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA). The 1.4 million dollar interagency initiative focused on bringing assistance to cities, counties, and tribes implementing climate and resiliency goals. During her tenure in EPSA, Krystal also supported the completion of DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review chapters on climate and resilience. Krystal also served in communication roles with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Change Division and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
Krystal earned an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from U.C. Davis. She is the former President of the MPA-ESP Columbia Alumni Association and the former Executive Director of the DOE's Young Professionals Group, the first organization at DOE dedicated to fostering young professionals. Krystal currently lives in Washington, D.C.
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Co-Founder, EcoSmart Solution, LLC
Axel Lerche is the co-founder of EcoSmart Solution LLC (ESS), an energy service company that helps land developer and production builder to build better and more sustainable homes. As a subsidiary of global real estate investment firm Taurus Investment Holdings, ESS launched successfully a technology platform for 7,500 zero energy capable and smart homes at the master planned community Whisper Valley in Austin, Texas. All homes in Whisper Valley provide clean and efficient central geothermal cooling/heating and hot water, Solar PV generated electricity, a Smart Home platform and are connected with Google Fibers 1 Gigabit superfast Internet speed.
Recently Whisper Valley was voted as Green Community of the Year in America by GreenBuilder
Magazine and won the MAX Award of the regional HBA for Best New Community of 2018 in Austin.
Previously Axel owned and managed marketing and business consulting firms in Germany and Canada.
He received recognition and various awards for building Canada’s most energy efficient home in 2010.
Passionate about the business opportunities around sustainability Axel created a network to cutting
edge technology and IT companies as Alphabet/Google, Tesla, Bosch and various home builder and land developer in the US and Canada. Through his company ESS he implemented a scalable technology platform in the land development process to make energy efficient but affordable homes available today in Austin and in the near future in other markets.
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Senior Research Engineer, Southern Company
Local Energy Programs Manager, Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Megan has spent more than a decade working with building energy efficiency both in the low-income weatherization program and with the Wisconsin State Energy Office (now known as the Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation). Megan is currently an Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinator for the state and also oversees the Energy Independent Communities program which counts more than 147 communities as members. Megan designed and is the manager of the Municipal Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program (MEETAP) in which the Energy Office provides expertise to municipalities and schools across the state to facilitate successful energy efficiency projects. Megan has served on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association since being elected in 2016 (www.midwestrenew.org). In August of 2017, Megan was named Co-Chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials Energy Security Committee. A chanteuse for the last 20 years, Megan performs jazz, jump blues, and swing all over Wisconsin under the moniker Madison Red, with her four piece band.
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Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Aquasight
Mahesh Lunani is Founder and CEO of AQUASIGHT - a Real-Time Artificial Intelligence Technology Company for life cycle of water. Aquasight has been deployed and tested in cities across the country and is recognized by utility leaders, state agencies and elected officials for bringing practical on the ground application producing terrific results
Prior to AQUASIGHT, Mr. Lunani co-founded a corporate venture group and led a portfolio of 7 emerging businesses at Cognizant a Nasdaq listed company. He also lead a $350M technology services business at IBM. He has completed general management from Harvard Business School and has degrees in Manufacturing, Industrial and Mechanical engineering.
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Director, Energy Conservation and Management Division, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
Senior Energy Specialist, South Carolina Energy Office
Maeve is a Senior Energy Specialist in the SC Office of Regulatory Staff, Energy Office. In her current position, Maeve oversees all aspects of energy policy and planning including public information and grant and loan program administration. Maeve also serves co-coordinator for the Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition, representing the State's efforts to administer the Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program to promote voluntary public/private partnerships to expand the use of alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuels. Most recently, her efforts have focused on coordinating the State's collaborative process and public engagement efforts to develop the South Carolina State Energy Plan. Prior to this, Maeve worked at the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in the Air Enforcement Section, later managing the Regulation and SIP Management Section where her responsibilities included promulgating regulations, amending the State Implementation Plan, reviewing and commenting on federal regulations, tracking State legislation, and participating in stakeholder discussion aimed at addressing state policy initiatives. Maeve graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Political Science from Central Michigan University in 2002 and a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from Ohio University in 2005. Maeve is a certified Public Manager and is married with two daughters.
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Andrew McAllister, Ph.D.
Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Andrew McAllister was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2012. He fills the Economist Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.
Mr. McAllister has over 20 years of technical, programmatic and policy experience in the fields of energy management, efficiency and renewable generation. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the California Center for Sustainable Energy for six years, most recently as managing director and director of policy and strategy. Previously, he worked with NRECA International Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of load management, generation and utility planning projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has published on various energy topics in academic, trade, and popular journals.
Andrew studied both engineering sciences and art history at Dartmouth College and holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
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Vice President, Energy Markets, Analysis and Standards, American Gas Association
Chris McGill is the Vice President, Energy Markets, Analysis and Standards, at the American Gas Association (AGA), which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. AGA is a national trade association providing services and advocacy for more than 200 local natural gas utility and other members.
Mr. McGill’s work is in the assessment of future supplies of natural gas, natural gas production, sustainability of future gas supply, unconventional gas operations and completion technologies, underground storage, key pipeline transportation issues, winter heating season planning, key developments in natural gas markets and other related topics in the gas industry. He guides the analytical support for policy initiatives at the association and is an active spokesperson on many natural gas topics, representing local gas utility points of view to industry, regulators, legislators and the public.
Mr. McGill previously worked as an exploration geologist before joining AGA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Madison College in Harrisonburg, Virginia (1975) and a M.B.A. from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia (1988). Mr. McGill has been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for 37 years.
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Vice President North America, Performance Infrastructure and Energy Solutions, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Charles K. McGinnis has held many roles of increasing leadership and responsibility at various companies engaged in energy management, currently serving as the Vice President–Sales and Marketing, North America at Johnson Controls. He is a graduate of Edgewood High School, Madison Area Technical College, University of Wisconsin Stout and the University of Wisconsin Madison. He believes in the triple bottom line of sustainability, which represents that the intersection of economics (profit), society (people) and the environment (planet) unifies our communities and makes our world a better place for everyone to live, work and play.
Charles and his wife, Patricia, are native Madisonians and have raised their three children in the Madison/Middleton community.
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Regulatory Strategy Director, Washington Gas and Light
Bernice K. McIntyre is the Regulatory Strategy Director for WGL Non-utility Business Operations. She oversees regulatory strategy and compliance for all of WGL’s non-utility entities. Bernice served on the Sustainable Energy Utility Advisory Board for the District of Columbia from its inception in 2008 until 2016. She also served on Virginia Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Commission. Ms. McIntyre was Commissioner and later Chair of the Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission. She previously was Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Bernice received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Oberlin College and her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law.
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Director, Building Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
David Nemtzow is the Building Technologies Office Director of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). He previously served as the team's senior strategist.
David brings to EERE more than three decades of experience in the industry, including running a large state government energy and water department, a prominent bipartisan nonprofit energy efficiency association, and an energy consulting practice.
Before serving in his current role, he was director-general (CEO) of the Department of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability for New South Wales?Australia's most populous state?where he played a central role in the state's electricity, greenhouse, energy, and water strategies and policies.
He also served as president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a Washington, D.C.-based association of industry, government, utility, consumer, and environmental executives that promotes investment in energy efficiency. In addition, he has been a member of the executive committee of a distributed energy storage startup company, an independent energy consultant, and a senior congressional energy staff member.
David has served on numerous governmental advisory committees and the boards of energy associations and organizations. He has published and speaks regularly in the field.
He earned a master's degree from Harvard University in public policy and a bachelor's from Brown University in environmental policy.
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Manager, Energy Office, Michigan Agency for Energy
Chief Deputy, Virginia Division of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
Energy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Executive Director, Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust
Alec J. Rexroat is employed by M & O Insulation Company, is the Executive Director of The Illinois Regional Insulation Contractors Association, the Executive Director of The National Union Insulation Contractors Alliance, the Executive Director of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust, and is a Past President of The National Insulation Association and The Midwest Insulation Contractors Association. Mr. Rexroat began his career in the mechanical insulation industry in 1964.
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Manager, State Energy Program, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy
President and Chief Executive Officer, NextEnergy
Jim Saber is President & CEO at NextEnergy. Saber previously lead the business and technology development and demonstration activities to support commercialization and business growth of NextEnergy’s advanced energy clients and stakeholders. Saber’s experience includes the development of over $150 million in technology development and demonstration programs within e-Mobility, Smart Grid, Buildings and Infrastructure, MicroGrids, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, and Alternative Fuels. He has lead NextEnergy’s work in establishing new technology development and demonstration platforms within next generation energy efficiency and transportation applications. Prior to joining NextEnergy, Saber spent more than a decade in the energy-storage industry, where he held product- and business-development positions with Fortune 500 and start-up companies. Jim holds a B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University.
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Director, Energy Office, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
Mitchell Simpson is the director of the Arkansas Energy Office (AEO), a division of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Mr. Simpson has managed various local, state, and federal programs and divisions in municipalities like Little Rock and in branches of state government including the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. At AEO, he directs the office’s energy efficiency, weatherization, transportation, financing, and market preparation programming. He holds a master's degree in public administration from Arkansas State University and a juris doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
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Vice President for Public Policy for North America, ChargePoint
Anne Smart is the Vice President of Public Policy for ChargePoint, the world’s leading network of electric vehicle charging solutions. In this role, Anne leads grant operations, clean fuels programs, and federal, state and local electric vehicle policy related to utilities, grid modernization, electric buses, trucks, forklifts, fleet electrification, autonomous vehicles and future mobility across North America. Before coming to ChargePoint, Anne was the Executive Director of The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a rooftop solar advocacy group founded by SolarCity and Sunrun. Anne also served as Director of Energy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association representing 375 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers. Anne has a Master of Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware and Bachelor degrees in Public Administration and Environmental Studies from Miami University.
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Senior Planner, Maine Governor's Energy Office
Bill Squadron has been an executive, government official and attorney in the energy, telecommunications, sports and media fields for more than 25 years, and is currently President of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Previously, Mr. Squadron was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Sportvision, Inc., which remains the premier provider of technologies that enrich sports telecasts, including the company's Emmy-winning invention of the 1st and Ten® yellow first down line. In 2001, Ernst & Young named Mr. Squadron New York City Entrepreneur of the Year in the media category. From 1990-93, as Commissioner of the NYC Department of Telecommunications and Energy, Mr. Squadron administered New York's cable franchises, oversaw the City's communications and energy policies, and launched and managed the City's five-channel cable network. Prior to that, Mr. Squadron was a partner at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in Washington, D.C.
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Director, Colorado Energy Office
In January 2017, Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Kathleen Staks as the Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). Staks works to ensure that Colorado’s energy portfolio benefits Colorado businesses, workers and families by improving the effective use of all of Colorado’s energy resources across all economic sectors.
Staks has a history of working with organizations addressing Colorado’s energy and land issues. Prior to her appointment at CEO, Staks served as Assistant Director for Energy at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, where she advised and coordinated with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety and the Governor's office.
Staks worked at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for six years as the program director for open space and parks and wildlife. In that position, she oversaw land conservation grant programs and managed the relationship between GOCO and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Before working at GOCO, Kathleen worked on land conservation policy with the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts.
Kathleen has a law degree from the University of Denver and a journalism degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
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Director of Policy, E4TheFuture
A nationally recognized, award-winning expert in regulatory policy analysis and advocacy, Pat Stanton works tirelessly to improve public policies related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the full range of demand resources.
Among other initiatives she is leading the Faces of EE campaign. Prior to E4TheFuture she served as policy advocacy lead at CSG (2003-2015) and led a consulting service for Clean Energy Markets participants. Before CSG, she was Deputy Commissioner at Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER). She was Assistant Commissioner of Waste Prevention at Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) where she contributed award-winning program design, and was a director of DEP’s Division of Water Supply. Stanton earned master’s degrees from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government (Public Administration) and MIT (Civil Engineering). She is also a power knitter and a cyclist in the American Lung Association’s Trek Across Maine the past few years.
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Assistant Director, Kentucky Office of Energy Policy
Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Dub Taylor is the Director of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), which is operated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Under his direction, SECO helps the state make the most of domestic energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies. SECO's mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment. Prior to joining SECO in 1999, Taylor’s public sector experience includes six years with the Texas Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division. Taylor's private sector experience was focused in commercial real estate, property appraisal and property tax consulting. He is a native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
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Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.
Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
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Administrator of Energy Programs, Energy Efficiency, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
Barbara Bauman Tyran
Executive Director, Washington and State Relations, Electric Power Research Institute
Barbara Tyran is Executive Director, Washington Relations, in EPRI’s regional office in Washington, D.C. She serves as the principal liaison between EPRI executive management, and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, the national leadership of the state public utility commissions, and the Washington energy community. Ms. Tyran joined EPRI in 1998 after serving for several years as Manager of Federal Government Affairs for two electric utilities, Kansas City Power & Light and Empire District Electric Company. Previously, she was the Washington representative for the Detroit Edison Company.
Ms. Tyran holds a B.A. degree with Honors from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Yale University. The Secretary of Commerce appointed her to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Energy and Energy Services, and she has been a member of it since 2005. Ms. Tyran also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board at Lehigh University’s Energy Systems Engineering Institute.
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Director, Indiana Office of Energy Development
Tristan Vance serves as Director of the Indiana Office of Energy Development, where he lead the state’s energy efforts. Mr. Vance was first appointed to lead OED in February of 2012. He previously worked as special assistant to Lt. Governor Skillman starting in 2005 and later joined the Government Efficiency and Financial Planning group in the Office of Management and Budget in 2007. There, he monitored efficiency at several state agencies, including OED. He is from Paoli and is a graduate of Hanover College.
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Energy Efficiency Program Manager, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Director of Programs and Initiatives, Colorado Energy Office
Christian is the Director of Programs and Initiatives at the Colorado Energy Office. He oversees a team of program managers and engineers responsible for managing existing programs and launching new initiatives including energy performance contracting, residential energy efficiency, alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, and agricultural energy efficiency. Previously he worked as Sustainability Program Administrator at the City and County of Denver where he led a number of citywide sustainability initiatives including the City’s energy efficiency program. Christian holds a BA in Political Science and an MS in Construction Management.
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Assistant Director for Planning and Innovation, Oregon Department of Energy
Alan Zelenka is the Assistant Director for Planning and Innovation at the Oregon Department of Energy where he oversees the work of 21 people who focus on efficiency, conservation, technology, and policy.
While working on a master’s degree at the University of Oregon, he served as an intern at Emerald People’s Utility District in Eugene. His first assignment was to summarize the first Biennial Energy Plan by ODOE. Soon thereafter, EPUD offered him a job as a resource specialist. Zelenka spent 21 years at Emerald in several different roles before becoming an energy consultant in 2007.
Zelenka was instrumental in developing two more IRPs at EPUD before going into consulting. His resume includes membership on the Oregon Global Warming Commission (2013-18), Climate Trust (2004-10), Public Power Council (2000-06), Renewable Northwest (1994-2008), which he helped co-found, and the Solar Energy Association of Oregon (1988-98). On top of all that, he was re-elected this past May to a fourth four-year term on the Eugene City Council.
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