The following are confirmed presenters for the NASEO 2017 Annual Meeting:

Jeffrey Ackermann
Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Jeffrey Ackermann was appointed Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) effective Jan. 9, 2017 by Gov. John Hickenlooper. His four-year term expires in January 2021.

Prior to his appointment, Jeff served as executive director of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). Under his leadership, CEO made significant strides in improving innovative production and efficient consumption of Colorado’s energy resources.

He has more than three decades of experience in state government and the energy sector.  Previous to his CEO appointment, Jeff led the research efforts at the PUC, focusing on issues ranging from electric system planning to the regulatory implications of emerging technologies.  Jeff also served as an advisor to the commissioners on energy efficiency (demand-side management).

Jeff started his professional career in the service of low-income energy consumers, twice as director of the state’s energy efficiency assistance program (weatherization) as well as an advocate for energy consumers with the state’s nonprofit energy assistance fund.

Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree in non-profit management from Regis University.

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Laura Andersen
Energy Bureau Chief, Montana Department of Environmental Quality

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Sumesh Arora
Director, Energy and Natural Resources Division, Mississippi Development Authority

Sumesh Arora is the Director of the Energy and Natural Resources Division at the Mississippi Development Authority. Prior to this, Mr. Arora was Vice President of Innovate Mississippi and Director of Strategic Biomass Solutions. 

He has 22 years of experience as a project development engineer and a researcher in the private and public sectors.  He has played a key role in attracting over $550 million in advanced biofuels projects to Mississippi and launched the "Renewable Energy Venture Startup" (REVSup) program in late 2010.  REVSup workshops have been conducted in nine locations from coast-to-coast and graduated about 125 individuals. He serves on the advisory boards of several energy related companies and investment entities and has over 50 professional presentations. Dr. Arora authored a book chapter on energy security and terrorism and is the co-inventor of a patented system to convert poultry litter into biogas.

Mr. Arora has a Ph.D. in International Development from The University of Southern Mississippi and Masters and Bachelors in engineering from the University of Central Florida.

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Emily Artale
Principal Engineer and Co-Owner, Lotus Engineering and Sustainability

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Chris Baker
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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Scott Bernstein
Founder and Chief Strategy + Innovation Officer, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Scott leads CNT’s work to understand and better disclose the economic value of resource use in urban communities, and helps craft strategies to capture the value of this efficiency productively and locally.

He studied at Northwestern University, served on the research staff of Northwestern’s Center for Urban Affairs, taught at UCLA and was a founding Board member at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Center.

President Clinton appointed Scott to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, where he co-chaired its task forces on Metropolitan Sustainable Communities and on Cross-Cutting Climate Strategies and contributed to other federal advisory panels on global warming, development strategy, and science policy. He helped write a climate change strategy for the 1st 100 days of the new Administration (link is external). Scott is a Fellow of the Center for State Innovation; a Board Member of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (link is external)and Congress for the New Urbanism; (link is external) works with governors, mayors and metropolitan organizations across the US; and helped create theChicago Climate Action Plan at the request of Mayor Richard M. Daley. Scott also offered strategies for incorporating location efficiency into Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s visionary plan to reduce the city’s poverty rate by 10% in 10 years. CNT is a signer of the Charter of the New Urbanism (link is external) and Scott is a member of the Urban History Association, which includes urbanists old and new.

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Analisa Bevan
Assistant Division Chief, California Air Resources Board

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Bruce Biewald
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Synapse Energy Economics

Bruce Biewald is the founder and CEO of Synapse Energy Economics, a research and consulting firm specializing in energy, economic, and environmental topics. Since its inception in 1996, Synapse has grown to become a leader in providing rigorous analysis of the electric power sector for public interest and governmental clients.

Bruce has been working on economic analysis of energy efficiency and electric sector climate policies for more than 30 years. He has coauthored more than 100 reports and has testified in more than 100 cases, including utility regulatory proceedings in 25 states, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, two Canadian provinces, and in state and federal courts.

Mr. Biewald’s areas of expertise include electric power system planning, air emissions, climate change policy, market power, generation asset valuation and divestiture, nuclear and fossil power plant costs and performance, renewable resources, environmental externalities valuation, environmental compliance planning, energy conservation and demand-side management, electric power system reliability, avoided costs, risk analysis, and risk management.

His many publications include studies for the Electric Power Research Institute, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Technology Assessment, the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners,and the PJM Interconnection.

Prior to founding Synapse, Mr. Biewald was employed for 15 years at Energy Systems Research Group, which later became the Tellus Institute.  Mr. Biewald holds a bachelor of science in art and design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has completed graduate courses in micro and macroeconomics at Harvard University Extension School.

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Gus Block
Director of Marketing and Corporate Development, NUVERA Fuel Cells

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Ben Bolton
Energy Programs Administrator, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

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David Bracht
Director, Nebraska Energy Office

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Matthew Brown
Principal, Harcourt Brown & Carey Energy & Finance

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

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Jessica Burdette
State Energy Office Manager, Energy Efficiency and Operations, Minnesota Department of Commerce

Ms. Burdette is responsible for the regulation of over 180 natural gas and electric utility efficiency programs to ensure achievement of the 1.5% energy efficiency resource standard through the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP). She oversees policy development related to demand-side efficiency, supply-side efficiency and combined-heat and power under the EERS. Ms. Burdette also has oversight of public sector energy efficiency and conservation programs including B3 Benchmarking, Sustainable Buildings 2030 Guidelines, Guaranteed Energy Savings Program, Local Government Energy Efficiency Programs. She accountable for over $250 million in federal, state and utility spending for various regulatory, policy and programmatic activities. Ms. Burdette is an Iowa State University alumni.

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Dan Burgess
Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

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Rick Counihan
Head of Energy Regulatory and Government Affairs, Nest

Rick Counihan is the Head of Energy Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Thermostat. In that capacity he is responsible for relations with the Federal and State governmental energy agencies.

Rick has over 25 years experience in the energy and utility fields, with employment stints in state, local and federal government, as well as the private sector. Prior to Nest, Rick was Vice-President of Government Affairs for EnerNOC, Inc., a leader in demand response and energy management services for the commercial and industrial sectors for 8 years. Before EnerNOC, Rick was Vice President at the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), a nonprofit research institute affiliated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to build public/private partnerships to improve the nation’s electricity systems and an early research center on the Smart Grid. Rick has also been Vice President at Green Mountain Energy Company, a retail energy service provider selling renewable power. Rick worked in regulatory affairs for five years with Southern California Edison and was a professional staffer for the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for six years.

Rick has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Pomona College and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. Rick sits on the boards of the Center for Resource Solutions and the Association for Demand Response and SmartGrid.

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Kelly Crandall
State and Local Policy, Institute for Market Transformation

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Molly Cripps
Director - Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Molly Cripps serves as Director of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs (TDEC OEP).  TDEC OEP oversees the U.S. DOE-funded State Energy Program, Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program, and State Gov’t Energy Assurance Capabilities Grant, as well as various special projects.

Ms. Cripps oversaw the University of Tennessee’s efforts on the Volunteer State Solar Initiative (VSSI), which included the Tennessee Solar Institute and the 5MW West Tennessee Solar Farm.  Through TDEC OEP, Ms. Cripps participates in the oversight of the Pathway Lending Energy Efficiency Loan Program, a public-private collaboration that has leveraged state, private and utility capital.  She served on the Energy Efficient Schools Council and the Tennessee State Advisory Board for the Electric Vehicle Project.  She also currently assists the Tennessee Electric Vehicle Advisory Council.

Prior to joining the State, Ms. Cripps practiced law for over eleven years, eight of which were spent representing local governments.   Cripps attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in History and Political Science in 1994.  She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1998. 

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Liz Dalton
Global Lead, Energy and Climate Resilience, One Concern

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Deana Dennis
Senior Manager, External and Government Affairs, Electric Power Research Institute

Ms. Dennis is Senior Manager of Government & External Relations Representative for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).   Located in EPRI’s Washington, DC office, Ms. Dennis serves as liaison between EPRI Executive Management and Congress; the Administration; federal agencies; national energy trade associations; national leadership of the state public utility commissions, state legislators, regulators, and governors; and the Washington energy community. 

Ms. Dennis joined EPRI in May 2015 after serving for over three years as Manager of State Government Affairs for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).  At NEMA, Ms. Dennis was responsible for directing the operations and government relations needs for one of NEMA’s Board-level strategic initiatives – promoting safety and innovation through adoption of current building electrical and energy codes at the state-level.  In addition, Ms. Dennis advocated for other important issues impacting the electro-manufacturing industry at the state-level, including electric and alternative-fuel vehicles and associated charging infrastructure, electric grid modernization, and energy efficiency.  Ms. Dennis was responsible for providing outreach to the national state stakeholder associations, including the National Conference of State Legislatures, Council of State Governments, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and National Association of State Energy Officials.  She communicated NEMA policy recommendations to state legislators, state public utility commissions, state energy offices, and other state government officials.

Prior to joining NEMA in 2012, Ms. Dennis worked for four years in the policy shop of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners where she was responsible for supporting the Association’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies (FERC, DOE, FCC, and NRC). 

Ms. Dennis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from St. Lawrence University and participated in the American University’s Washington Semester Program in Foreign Policy.

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Keith Dennis
Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

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Ariel Drehobl
Research Analyst, Local Policy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Ariel Drehobl conducts research and analysis on local-level energy efficiency policies and initiatives, with a focus on energy affordability and low-income communities. She joined ACEEE in 2015.

Prior to joining ACEEE, Ariel worked at Opower on energy efficiency research, and also interned for the US Climate Action Network, the National Park Service, and the US Forest Service.

Ariel earned a master of science in environmental science, policy, and management from a joint-degree program that awarded degrees from Central European University in Hungary, Lund University in Sweden, and the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Ariel earned a bachelor of arts in history and international studies from Northwestern University.

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Matt Duncan
Program Manager, State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Energy Assurance, Infrastructure Security and, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

Matthew Duncan serves as the Program Manager of the State, Local, Tribal, & Territorial (SLTT) Energy Assurance Program inside the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE). His work on SLTT Energy Assurance focuses on building stronger relationships with states and local communities, and improving the resilience of the energy sector. Prior to his arrival at DOE, Mr. Duncan deployed for two years as a civilian at the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan with the U.S. Department of State and held positions at the Department of Defense and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Joseph’s University, and a M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

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Michael Furze
Assistant Director, Energy Division, Washington State Department of Commerce

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AnnaMaria Garcia
Director, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, U.S. Department of Energy

Anna Garcia is the Director of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy (DOE). She provides leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy through technology deployment, accessing new partnerships and resources, and communications and outreach activities.

Previously, Ms. Garcia served as Executive Director of the Ozone Transport Commission, the organization of 12 states and the District of Columbia created by Congress in 1990 to assess and coordinate the development of policies to reduce regional ground-level ozone or "smog" in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Before joining the Commission, she was Director of Operations and State Programs for the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, a non-profit that is a division of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation. She provided unique environmental and energy expertise through creating partnerships with and among state agencies to design multi-pollutant strategies that have both environmental and economic benefits.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Princeton University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University.

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Jeffrey Genzer
General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials

Jeffrey C. Genzer joined Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. in 1985. His practice has concentrated on energy and environmental counseling and litigation. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, bulk power supply, transmission system issues, contract negotiation, franchise and municipalization issues, alternative energy sources, conservation and energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management and integrated resource planning programs.

In the environment area he has been involved especially in Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act issues and all phases of environmental reviews for energy projects.

He has appeared before a variety of federal agencies and state and federal courts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of state commissions, agencies and courts. He also has an active federal legislative practice. He has worked with a number of local and state governments throughout the United States from New York to Hawaii. Mr. Genzer presently serves as General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association and the Energy Programs Consortium. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal legislative activities, energy, environmental and utility issues.

Prior to entering law school, Mr. Genzer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia. He worked on a number of development projects and served as the first energy planner in the region. Mr. Genzer supervised, planned, and constructed numerous water systems and other construction projects. He also prepared legislation and successful grant proposals. While in law school, Mr. Genzer was employed at the National Consumer Law Center.

He monitored legislative and regulatory activities and wrote legal and policy memoranda in the field of energy law. After his second year of law school, Mr. Genzer clerked for Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Prior to returning to the firm, he served as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors' Association. In that role he drafted legislation in the energy and environmental area, and served as the chief energy lobbyist for the Association. He provided legal analysis for the Governors on such issues as electric utility regulation, nuclear waste, oil overcharge refunds, toxic victims compensation, and natural gas regulation and a variety of environmental issues. Mr. Genzer also coordinated the activities of the state energy offices. His practice is focused on energy, environmental, utility and legislative matters.

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David Gipson
Director, Division of Energy Resources, GEFA

David Gipson joined GEFA in February 2008 as the Director of the Division of Energy Resources. The Division administers the State Energy Program; State Facilities Program; Weatherization Assistance Program; Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant; Governor’s Energy Challege; State Energy Strategy and Energy Assurance Program.

David is a certified Professional Energy Manager, a southeastern representative of the NASEO Board, and a member of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB) for the Secretary of DOE. David has a Masters of Public Administration in Natural Resource Management, a Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management, and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Protection.

Prior to coming to GEFA, David spent 14 years working on business sustainability programs and hazardous waste management.

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Joan Glickman
Senior Advisor and Program Manager, Home Energy Score Program, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Joan Glickman joined the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy in 1997 and has held a variety of positions there including Deputy Director of the Federal Energy Management Program. Since January 2010, Ms. Glickman has led DOE’s development of the Home Energy Score, a program designed to provide homeowners with a better understanding of their home’s energy performance. She currently oversees the implementation of that program through 30 Partners across the country. In October 2011, she also began managing DOE’s Commercial Building Energy Asset Score program. Ms. Glickman has a master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in African History from Amherst College.

 

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Paula Glover
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Blacks in Energy

Paula R. Glover is President and CEO for the American Association of Blacks in Energy, a non-profit professional association whose focus is to ensure that African Americans and other minorities have input into the discussions and development of energy policy, regulations, and environmental issues.  In this role, she is responsible for managing the national office, and provides strategic direction and leadership for the organization.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Glover served as the association’s Vice President of Operations and also served as the organization’s Director of Communications.   Ms. Glover’s experiences include 15 years in the energy industry for both electric and natural gas distribution companies.  During that time she has built a stellar reputation working with state legislators and regulators in her roles as Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs.  Ms. Glover commands a clear understanding of the consumer and community sides of the business as well having held industry positions in Community Outreach and Economic Development.

Ms. Glover is a seasoned non Profit professional. Prior to her position at the AABE, Ms. Glover was the Community Awareness Director for the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut where she was responsible for the organizations’ marketing, communications, community and government relations and public relations functions.

In March 2014 Ms. Glover was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz.  Ms. Glover received her B.S. in Marketing Management from the University of Delaware.  She is the recipient of the Bring it Home to Hartford Award; the Clarke Watson Chairman’s Cup; the Award of Distinction by the Videographer Awards and the Platinum Achievement Award from the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program at Fort Valley State University.  She is a 2003 graduate of Leadership New Haven and has contributed to an article on work life balance in Take Pride magazine.

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Marion Gold
Commissioner of Energy Resources, State of Rhode Island

Marion S. Gold was recently appointed as Commissioner of Energy Resources which works to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in the State of Rhode Island and offers programs to assist residents, businesses, cities and towns, and institutions with their energy needs. As a small, densely settled state, Rhode Island has few energy sources, therefore, the office works to secure its energy independence by increasing its supply options to include energy efficiency and renewable energy and to rely less on oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy that are produced outside the state. Gold previously served as Director of the University of Rhode Island's (URI) Outreach and Energy Center, and as Coordinator of URI's Extension Education and Research Program. Prior to that, she was Director of the Recycling Program at the Rhode Island Resource Management Corporation and Senior Environmental Planner for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Gold earned her PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of Rhode Island, her MS in Environmental Economies from Michigan State University, and her BS in Natural Resources Science and Policy from the University of Michigan.

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Michelle Gransee
State Energy Office Manager, Clean Energy and Programs, Division of Energy Resources, Minnesota Department of Commerce

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Dale Hahs
State Liaison Team Manager, Energy Services Coalition

Presently Dale Hahs serves as a Technical Assistance Provider for the Energy Services Coalition Cooperative Agreement with the United States Department of Energy.  He has previously served as the Executive Director of the Energy Services Coalition where he filled the role of Technical Assistance Subject Matter Expert for Guaranteed Energy Saving Performance Contracting (GGESPC) under contract with the United States Department of Energy, assisted in the customization of GESPC programs for multiple states within their legislative and administrative framework, managed and coordinated the continuous improvement of the nation’s compendium of best practices tools, resources, instruments and guides for GESPC coordinating contributions from the National Association of State Energy Officials, National Association of Energy Services Companies, League of Municipalities and the National Council of State Legislatures, provided technical assistance and guidance for state administrators of GESPC and delivered national, state and local presentations, webinars, training sessions and coordinated working groups. Prior to this role, Mr. Hahs was a member of the leadership team of an ESCO for over a decade. 

He has also served multiple terms as the President of the Board of Directors of the Energy Services Coalition and has been engaged in the energy industry providing client solutions for over 25 years.

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Philip Henderson
Senior Financial Policy Specialist, Center for Market Innovation, Natural Resources Defense Council

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David Heslam
Executive Director, Earth Advantage

David Heslam has been a national leader in the effort to develop and deploy energy labeling systems into the residential market. This work began in 2008 with the conduct of the 2008 Energy Performance Score Pilot with the Energy Trust of Oregon and has continued through the implementation of energy labels in 16 states.

Heslam gained insight into the need for energy labeling during the 15 years he spent designing, building, and remodeling homes in Portland, Oregon. His company, Coho Construction Services Inc., became known as a local and national leader for adopting new technologies and striving for high levels of sustainability.

Since 2008, Heslam’s work at Earth Advantage has included the development and management of the CakeSystems™ software platform, research into the effectiveness of energy audits, research into the feasibility of labeling systems, education about high performance buildings, and managing the implementation of energy labeling systems for utilities and governments.

Heslam has served as the executive director at Earth Advantage since November, 2012. Their mission is to accelerate the creation of better buildings. In service to that mission they provide information to consumers and knowledge to building professionals to advocate green building across disciplines. They provide education, research, consulting and certifications with the aim of one day achieving a harmonized built and natural environment.

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Erin Hiatt
Director of Energy, Sustainability, and Research, Retail Industry Leaders Association

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Abby Hopper
President and Chief Executive Officer, Solar Energy Industries Association

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Robert Jackson
Director, Regional/National Response Division, Michigan Agency for Energy

Robert Jackson is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of industrial energy efficiency and environmental engineering experience.  Mr. Jackson is currently the Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy.  He is directly responsible for the state of Michigan’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Revolving Loan Program, and the State Energy Program’s Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing, Technology Demonstration and Deployment Programs, and Agricultural Energy Programs.

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Roderick James
Laboratory Program Manager, Buildings-to-Grid Integration Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Brian Johnson
Managing Director, Barclays Capital

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Brian Jones
Senior Vice President, M.J. Bradley and Associates, LLC

Brian advises energy sector clients on strategy and policies related to climate change and sustainability.  His areas of expertise include carbon offset markets and protocols, sustainability strategy, and the role of disclosure and public reporting.  Brian’s current efforts are focused on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, natural gas distribution and methane emissions strategies and policies, and corporate sustainability strategy.

Prior to joining MJB&A in 1998, Brian worked on state energy and environmental policy while at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Brian worked on policy issues ranging from alternative fuel vehicles to renewable energy and watersheds.

Brian holds Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Providence College ('96) where he was a student athlete for four years on the men’s soccer team. Brian resides in Framingham, Massachusetts where he is active as a youth soccer board member and coach.  Brian enjoys spending time outside with his family.

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Patty Kappaz
CSRA Inc.

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Kevin Kolevar
Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, The Dow Chemical Company

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Mandy Labrier
Director of Energy Management, Department of Fleet and Facility Management, City of Chicago

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Lewis Leff
Senior Business Process Consultant, Office of Sustainability, City of Austin

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Emily Levin
Managing Consultant for Program Strategies, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

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Megan Levy
Local Energy Programs Manager, Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Megan has spent 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 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) .  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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Janice Lin
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Strategen Consulting

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Cady Lister
Lead Economist, Alaska Energy Authority

Cady Lister is the Lead Economist at the Alaska Energy Authority. Ms. Lister is responsible for providing economic analysis of projects and programs administered by AEA. She also manages data collection, verification, management and storage to ensure that data used for decision making and analysis is reliable and well documented. She has worked as an economist and analysist focused on energy in Alaska for more than 15 years working with a wide range of stakeholders including local and tribal governments, regional Native corporations, utilities, oil and gas producers, academics and policy-makers from throughout the state.

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Chris Lotspeich
Director of Sustainability, Celtic Energy

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Kate Marks
Director for State, Local, and Tribal Policy Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

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Cooper Martin
Program Director, Sustainable Cities Institute, National League of Cities

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Maeve Mason
Senior Energy Specialist, Energy Office, South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff

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Wes Maurer
Branch Manager for Intelligent Transportation Systems, Colorado Department of Transportation

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Andrew McAllister
Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Andrew McAllister was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2012. He fills the Economist Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.

Mr. McAllister has over 20 years of technical, programmatic and policy experience in the fields of energy management, efficiency and renewable generation. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the California Center for Sustainable Energy for six years, most recently as managing director and director of policy and strategy. Previously, he worked with NRECA International Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of load management, generation and utility planning projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has published on various energy topics in academic, trade, and popular journals.

Andrew studied both engineering sciences and art history at Dartmouth College and holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

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Wally Mealiea
Senior Manager for Business Continuity Policy, Edison Electric Institute

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Paul Miller
Director, Technology Assessment Division, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Paul Miller joined the Department of Natural Resources in September 2013 as the head of the State Energy Office.  In this role, he directs the state efforts to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and to ensure an adequate supply of affordable energy for Louisiana’s citizens.

Prior to joining DNR, he served at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality as an Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environmental Assessment, and later as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environmental Compliance.  For over 5 years Mr. Miller served as the Governor's LDEQ representative on the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority and the Louisiana Groundwater Commission.

He also served as the LDEQ Secretary’s Special Assistant and in that role managed the DEQ response to proposed federal regulations most notably, new EPA air quality regulations. He also handled other multi-media environmental issues that arose which affected multiple Offices within the Department.

Mr. Miller worked for over 20 years in the private sector where he gained significant experience in all environmental media serving as consultant, Corporate Environmental Manager, and Policy Director. Over 10 of those years were at an Investor Owned Utility in Louisiana.

Mr. Miller has B.S. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and is a Professional Engineer in Louisiana.

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Alex Morese
Manager, Emergency Management Section, Michigan Agency for Energy

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Andreanecia Morris
Executive Director, HousingNOLA

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Laura Nelson
Executive Director, Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development

Laura Nelson currently serves as Executive Director for the Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development, which is responsible for implementing the state energy policy, facilitating the state’s conventional and alternative resources, providing industry assistance, promoting energy education, and building relationships with a variety of stakeholders.  Ms. Nelson has worked extensively on energy policy issues both in the public and private sectors, including those related to emerging technologies, unconventional fuels and environmental issues, according to a news release.  Prior to this, she served as energy adviser to former Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.  She who holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Utah.

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Jessica Nigro
Manager, Outreach and Innovation Policy, Daimler North America

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William Parks
Principal Technical Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

William Parks is currently serving as the Principal Technical Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE). Prior positions include Senior Energy Advisor to the Governor of Hawaii, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Development within OE, and Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Power Technologies with DOE, where he oversaw the DOE renewable energy portfolio. He holds a M.S. in materials engineering and a B.S. in geological sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Christopher Peot
Director of Resource Recovery, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

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Joe Pereira
Director of Low-Income Energy Services, Colorado Energy Office

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Andy Popp
Manager, State Energy Program, Missouri Division of Energy

Andy Popp recently oversaw the development of the Missouri Comprehensive State Energy Plan. Over the last six years, Mr. Popp has focused on improving energy efficiency related to residential, manufacturing and agricultural sectors in the State of Missouri. During that time, he was instrumental in the development and oversight of over 150 successful energy efficiency projects across the state. With over 30 years of project management experience, Mr. Popp has made presentations to many segments of the Missouri economy on energy efficiency and Missouri’s program development that would result in significant long-lasting impact on those segments.

Prior to coming to the Division of Energy, he was Operations Manager for a manufacturing facility leading over 200 employees in day to day operation of the facility. During that time, he was responsible for all segments of plant operation including planning, P&L, purchasing, manufacturing, processing, continuous improvement, warehousing and shipment of products, and plant safety. Has a demonstrated record of cost reduction in all phases of manufacturing including production development and process improvement strategies.

Mr. Popp received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Additional coursework has included Profiles in High Performance, Measurement Quality, Statistical Management Systems, Managing for Continuous Improvement, Managing by Objectives, and Team Facilitation.

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Thomas Reddoch
Senior Technical Executive, Power Delivery and Utilization, Electric Power Research Institute

Dr. Thomas Reddoch is a Senior Technical Executive at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His program management responsibilities include Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, Electric Transportation, Distributed Generation, Energy Storage, and Power Quality.


Before joining EPRI in 2007, Dr. Reddoch had a 30-year career specializing in the development and deployment of new methodology and technology to solve electric utility industry problems. He served as an executive officer at several early-stage and developmental technology companies. Prior to that, he was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Electrotek Concepts, Inc., a high tech engineering firm focused on applications in the electric utility industry for load management, distribution automation, renewable energy resources, power quality, and pricing systems technology.


In 1985, Dr. Reddoch was a member of the team that established EPRI’s Power Electronics Applications Center (PEAC) in conjunction with the Tennessee Center for Research and Development. Before that, he was a Program Director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he directed and managed a major national R&D program for the U.S. Department of Energy in electric power systems research.
Dr. Reddoch received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s of engineering science degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

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Maria Redmond
Director, Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation

Maria Redmond has worked in the State of Wisconsin for 15 years. Redmond serves as the Director of the Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation, which is home to a number of robust and exciting energy programs including Focus on Energy, the Municipal Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program, Biofuels Retail Advancement in Wisconsin Transportation, the State Energy Program and the Clean Energy Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund. Over time she has built an extensive knowledgebase of energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative fuels, biofuels and advanced vehicle technologies. She has significant experience in developing, securing funding for, and implementing competitive energy programs and services on behalf of the state agencies and businesses.

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Kyle Rogers
Vice President, Government Relations, American Gas Association

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Michelle Romero
Deputy Director, Green4All

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Kellen Schefter
Manager, Sustainable Technology, Edison Electric Institute

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Brian Selinger
Team Leader, Energy Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority

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Khalil Shahyd
Project Manager, Urban Solutions Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

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Mitchell Simpson
Director, Arkansas Energy Office

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Kartikeya Singh
Deputy Director and Fellow, Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies, Center for Strategic International Studies

Kartikeya Singh is deputy director of the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at CSIS. His research interests include climate change and energy policy, innovation, and the geopolitics of energy use. Dr. Singh has travelled from the Antarctic to the Arctic exploring the challenges of energy geopolitics in a changing climate. His work has allowed him to field-test and deploy clean energy technologies, including electric vehicles and off-grid solar solutions in India and Uganda. His ability to create networks and foster cross-sectoral partnerships started with the founding of the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), a nonprofit designed to build a national movement to drive India to lead the clean energy revolution. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Singh served as an adviser and negotiator on behalf of the Republic of Maldives at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, focusing on mitigation and technology transfer. He also used his experience in the intergovernmental negotiation process to train diplomats and other government officials on climate change negotiation and renewable energy technology deployment. In addition, he has served on the external advisory committees focused on sustainability for major corporations such as Électricité de France and LafargeHolcim. At CSIS, Dr. Singh is charged with leading the Wadhwani Chair’s work on India’s states, including a new project on energy. Prior to joining CSIS, he worked at the U.S. Department of Energy supporting and managing U.S.-India and U.S.-Pakistan bilateral energy cooperation. Dr. Singh received his B.S. in ecology and sustainable development from Furman University, his M.E.Sc. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is the recipient of several national awards, including the Morris K. Udall Scholarship, the Switzer Fellowship, and the Boren Fellowship.

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Marisa Slaten
Assistant Director, Division of Economic Development and Energy Policy, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

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Kelley Smith Burk
Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Kelley Smith Burk serves as the Director for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Energy.  The office is responsible for the development of energy policy and programs for the state as well as promoting the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.  Ms. Burk’s responsibilities include supervision and oversight of policy development, program and grant design, and legislative tracking.  Prior to her work with the Office of Energy, Ms. Burk worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Strategic Projects and Planning.  In this role, Ms. Burk staffed the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change, providing a range of services including managing the transportation and land use technical working group, developing reports and helping draft the Team’s Phase I and Phase II reports.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University.

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Ben Springer
Senior Policy Advisor, Energy & Environment,, British Embassy

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Kathleen Staks
Director, Colorado Energy Office

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Gil Tal
Research Director, The Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research, Center, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California-Davis

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Kerene Taylor
Policy Director, Green For All

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William E. (Dub) Taylor
Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Dub Taylor is the Director of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), which is operated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Under his direction, SECO helps the state make the most of domestic energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies. SECO's mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment.

Prior to joining SECO in 1999, Taylor’s public sector experience includes six years with the Texas Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division. Taylor's private sector experience was focused in commercial real estate, property appraisal and property tax consulting.

A native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Taylor resides in Austin with his wife, two children and two dogs. Taylor currently serves on, and is actively involved in a number of energy efficiency and clean energy-focused national, state and local organizations.

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David Terry
Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.

Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Becca Trietch
Chief Program Development, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

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Matthew Tuma
Deputy Director Planning and Innovation, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy

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Tristan Vance
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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Alexa Voytek
Program Manager, Tennessee Office of Energy Programs

Alexa Voytek is a Program Manager for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Office of Energy Programs.  Ms. Voytek provides support for various grant programs, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation initiatives, and external communications efforts. Prior to joining TDEC, she interned with the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development and the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia. Most recently, she served as Assistant Account Executive for New York City-based public relations firm Ketchum, Inc., where she was assigned to energy and technology related projects. Alexa holds a master's degree from Columbia University in Russian, Eastern European, Balkan, and Eurasian Studies and graduated summa cum laude with high distinction from Duke University, with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Russian Language /Area Studies.

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John Williams
Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

As Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Mr. Williams’ primary responsibility is to guide policy development for NYSERDA.  He also leads the effort to complete the New York State Energy Plan, serving as the Director of the multi-agency Working Group of the State’s Energy Planning Board.  Mr. Williams oversees NYSERDA’s Energy and Environmental Analysis unit, which is organized to provide objective economic analysis and scientific research to best inform policy-makers in energy and environmental issues.  Mr. Williams also oversees the Authority’s Government Affairs functions, working with federal, state and local officials to shape energy and environmental policy for the benefit of all New Yorkers. Mr. Williams’ previous work experience includes serving as Energy Counsel for the New York State Assembly; Staff Attorney for The Energy Project of the Pace University School of Law; and Financial Analyst for the Public Service Company of New Mexico, a utility company serving the largest markets in the state of New Mexico. 

Mr. Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Columbia University, a Juris Doctor degree from the St. John’s University School of Law, and a Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law from the Pace University School of Law.  He is a licensed attorney in the states of New York and New Jersey.

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Christian Williss
Director of Programs and Initiatives, Colorado Energy Office

Christian Williss is the Director of Programs and Initiatives at the Colorado Energy Office. He oversees a team of program managers and engineers responsible for managing existing programs and launching new initiatives including energy performance contracting, residential energy efficiency, alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, and agricultural energy efficiency.  Previously he worked as Sustainability Program Administrator at the City and County of Denver where he led a number of citywide sustainability initiatives including the City’s energy efficiency program.  Mr. Williss holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Science in Construction Management.

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

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

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Ben York
Technical Leader, Distributed Renewables, Electric Power Research Institute

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Laith Younis
Existing Buildings Unit, California Energy Commission

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

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

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