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The following is the agenda for the 2021 NASEO Annual Meeting:
Accessing and Planning for Federal Infrastructure Funding (State and Territory Energy Offices Only)
This members-only session will include an overview and strategic brainstorming session to support State and Territory Energy Offices in preparing for potential new funding through the Infrastructure bill and appropriations process. Special attention will be paid to provisions of high importance to state clean energy and climate policy, including the U.S. State Energy Program, Weatherization Assistance Program, and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, and ways states can “hit the ground running” on high-priority clean energy actions and energy security actions in the electric, buildings, manufacturing, transportation, and carbon management arenas.
Jeffrey Genzer, General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
NASEO Board of Directors Meeting and Annual Business Meeting (State and Territory Energy Office and Affiliate Members Only)
NASEO's Board of Directors and Annual Business Meeting is open to NASEO State and Territory Energy Office and Affiliate members only. The meetings cover NASEO policy, programmatic, and administrative updates, the election of NASEO’s Executive Officers, and approval of NASEO’s budget.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Networking Dinners (Offsite) (State and Territory Energy Offices and Affiliate Members Only)
NASEO will arrange reservations for small groups of no more than 10 for “Dutch Treat/No Host” networking dinners at local eateries. Space is limited. Sign-up sheets will be available at the registration desk.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
This opening session sets the stage for our conference.
David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
Dan Burgess, Director, Maine Governor's Energy Office
Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Welcome to Maine!
Maine is on the leading edge of clean energy and climate policies and programs that advance energy solutions, fight against climate change, and ensure its citizens have reliable and affordable energy. This session will highlight the State of Maine’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency, and transition to cleaner sources of energy.
Keynote: Maine on the Leading Edge of Clean Energy and Climate Policy
States Dialogue: Charting the Course on Clean Energy, Resilience, Climate, and Equity
In efforts to achieve deep decarbonization and ambitious economic development goals, states must navigate a complex array of policy, program, partnership, and technology options across major sectors of the economy: transportation, buildings, industry, and beyond. In this panel, hear from states across the country as they rise to the challenge by advancing comprehensive planning, targeted investments, and innovative partnerships.
Jason Lanclos, Director, Technology Assessment Division, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
John Williams, Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Dr. Will Toor, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office
U.S. Department of Energy and Administration Energy Infrastructure Priorities
Robert Jackson, Director, Energy Office, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Breakout 1: Rethinking Transmission Planning: Lessons Learned, New Challenges, and the Path Forward
To achieve state and federal goals for the decarbonization, competitiveness, affordability, and resiliency of the electricity system, states and regions across the country are rethinking transmission planning. Challenges vary but there is a theme of considering how to best maximize the use of the existing transmission system while also planning for a system that is rapidly arriving – more distributed resources, electrification, and resilience. Without new approaches to planning, states and consumers will face higher system costs, lower reliability and inefficient use of resources. This session explores efforts in the West and in New England to rethink the transmission planning processes, with an emphasis on economic and environmental benefits. The session will also offer examples of how collaboration among state energy policy leaders, electric companies, regulators, and transmission planners have helped states reach their clean energy goals and what steps other states can take to achieve a clean energy future. Speakers will also outline how the federal government and states can leverage the funds from the pending federal infrastructure bill.
John Chatburn, Administrator, Idaho Governor's Office of Energy and Mineral Resources
Janine Benner, Director, Oregon Department of Energy
Brian Gemmell, Chief Clean Energy Development Officer, National Grid
Christina Hayes, Christina Hayes, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Patrick Woodcock, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Breakout 2: Working Together is Better: Advancing Energy Storage Policy, Regulation, and Technology through State and Federal Partnerships
Deep decarbonization of the U.S. electricity sector is dependent on the deployment of new and emerging technologies, such as large-scale long-duration storage and battery storage for distributed energy resources. Energy storage can improve energy reliability and resilience. Innovative storage technology and deployment are strengthened though state and federal policy and regulations. To bring new storage technologies from the laboratory and pilot stage to wide-scale deployment, however, state and federal partnerships are critical. This panel will examine successful partnership models and how states and federal agencies can leverage these partnerships to deploy storage technologies on the grid while also accounting for economic and energy justice considerations.
Dan Lloyd, Bureau Chief, Energy Office, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Dr. Lola Infante, Senior Advisor, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives, Electric Power Research Institute
Jason Burwen, Interim Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Energy Storage Association
Breakout 3: Calculating, Assessing, and Addressing Cyber Risks to State Energy Security and Resilience
State resilience and security priorities can be met by acting on timely, accurate, and forward-looking risk assessments. Cyber threats pose a unique challenge to states as they seek to enhance their cybersecurity preparedness efforts and align those efforts with overall energy resilience. The pending bipartisan infrastructure bill presents opportunities for convergence between the need and ability for states to assure energy resilience in the face of growing cyber threats. This session will explore approaches for state energy offices to identify and mitigate cyber risks through partnerships with industry and government counterparts.
Megan Levy, Resilience Strategist and Energy Assurance Coordinator, Office of Energy Innovation, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Gizelle Wray, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
NASEO Concurrent Regional Meetings
Each of NASEO’s six regions will convene for discussions on advancing practical next steps on electric grid and buildings investments resulting from the multi-billion-dollar federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as well as emerging state policies and programs. Each region will review relevant portions of the infrastructure funding package and identify technical assistance needs, share approaches to planning, and consider opportunities for collaboration.
Decarbonizing the Grid by 2035: The Key Role of Renewable Energy
President Biden’s pledge to create a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 will require a significant increase of renewable energy. This session will discuss the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) efforts to advance the technological development and deployment for solar, wind, water, and geothermal resources. DOE’s priorities to further reduce the cost of renewables, support advanced energy storage, and work with stakeholders to reduce barriers to rapid renewable deployment and integration are essential in further decarbonizing the grid and will require close coordination with states and support of state agencies.
Jeffrey Genzer, General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
Alejandro Moreno, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
A Modern Grid: State Efforts and Cutting-Edge Technologies
A modern electricity grid is the cornerstone of integrating clean energy resources, enhancing the distribution system, and making the electricity system more resilient and efficient. Grid modernization efforts are underway in many states and many technologies are available to update the electricity grid. This panel will examine current state efforts and outline the benefits of grid modernization. It will detail technologies that could enhance the electricity grid and discuss digitalization and challenges to technology deployment.
Erin Taylor, Program Planning Bureau Chief, Energy Conservation and Management Division, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
Dr. Karen Wayland, Chief Executive Officer, GridWise Alliance
Stephen Callahan, Executive Vice President, Grid Modernization and Chief Marketing Officer, GridBright
Alexandra Fisher, Policy Analyst, Energy Administration, District Department of Energy and Environment
Federal and State Cooperation for a Reliable and Clean Electricity Grid
The pending Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide significant financial support for transmission and distribution planning and deployment of grid-enhancing technologies. This session will provide insights into how the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and states can work together to implement some of the programs envisioned by the bill. It will also outline DOE’s Office of Electricity’s priorities under the Biden Administration to increase deployment of grid-enhancing technologies, such as sensors.
Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy
Beneficial Electrification: The Silver(ish) Bullet for Decarbonizing the Building Sector
Onsite fuel use in buildings account for almost 12.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Beneficial electrification of heating and cooling—coupled with a cleaner electric grid—is critical for reducing building sector emissions. States are leading the way with heat pump, building retrofit, and other programs. New refrigerants with low global warming potential must also be accelerated into the marketplace. This panel of federal, state, and industry representatives examines electrification successes, challenges, and complexities while also pointing to further needs.
David Nemtzow, Director, Building Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Michael Stoddard, Executive Director, Efficiency Maine Trust
Michael Brown, Senior Managing Consultant, Building Technologies, ICF
Going Global: International Clean Energy and Climate Collaboration
The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2021 report recommends aggressive climate policy action to prevent the most extreme impacts of climate change. States, the Federal Government, and the private sector are launching ambitious policy and program actions to drastically curb emissions. The U.S. Department of Energy is deeply engaged with other nations on energy-focused climate actions and is collaborating U.S. states as a part of their work. States are exploring ways they may work with other subnational governments across the globe, such as with our northern neighboring provinces in Canada. During this session, DOE, state, and private experts will share insights on international clean energy actions and climate action collaboration.
Dr. Robert Dixon, Senior Advisor, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
Keynote: Leading on Equity and Energy Justice: DOE Actions and Federal-State Partnerships
President Biden has mobilized agencies across federal government to tackle the interrelated and urgent challenges of climate change, economic growth, and racial equity. In this session, join thought leader and author Shalanda Baker in learning about how the Department of Energy is reinventing its strategies, partnerships, and investments to deliver the promise, potential, and benefits of clean energy for all.
Michael Furze, Assistant Director, Energy Division, Washington State Department of Commerce
Shalanda H. Baker, Secretarial Advisor on Equity; Deputy Director for Energy Justice, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy
Energy, Air, and Environmental Justice
Air pollution is an issue that disproportionately affects low-income households, indigenous people, people of color, and remote communities. This session will explore the ways State Energy Offices can address this issue. Speakers will provide resources for assessing air and environmental justice and opportunities to collaborate with local governments, community advocates, and other state agencies to create programs and policies at the intersection of energy and the environment.
Thom Carter, Energy Advisor and Executive Director, Utah Office of Energy Development
Nancy Seidman, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
Maggie Molina, Branch Chief, State and Local Climate and Energy Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Denise Abdul-Rahman, Regional Field Organizer for the Midwest and Plain States, Climate Justice Program, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Back to School: Partnerships for Efficiency, Resilience, and Health
Strengthened relationships among State Energy Offices and local school officials create large opportunities to reduce carbon and air pollutant emissions from school facilities and buses while improving indoor air quality and learning environments. Federal funding from the American Rescue Plan and the proposed Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and FY2022 federal budget may provide large amounts of additional resource for improving the quality, energy efficiency and health of schools across the United States, especially if leveraged with private funding through energy performance contracting and other mechanisms. This session will provide insights on how partnerships with local educational officials can enable State Energy Offices to inform and shape decisions about school infrastructure investments.
Nam Nguyen, Associate Director, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Virginia Department of Energy
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Breakout 1: Workforce Development Programs that Work
How can State Energy Offices design workforce development programs to meet the needs of their state? With the need to fill exiting jobs, prepare the workforce for the energy future, and bring the benefits of energy jobs to all, State Energy Offices can face many competing priorities in efforts to develop the local workforce. This session will highlight programs from State Energy Offices and the private sector hat have successfully meet workforce development needs. These case studies will provide insights into decision making and program design.
Dr. Sumesh Arora, Director, Energy and Natural Resources Division, Mississippi Development Authority
Karen Lasure, Energy Development Specialist, Office of Energy, West Virginia Development Office
Glenn Schatz, Chief Revenue Officer, BlocPower
Dr. Charles Lloyd, President, White Mountains Community College
Breakout 2: New Trends in Clean Energy Financing for Resilience: Investing in Intersectionality
As state and local governments continue to plan for and decarbonize their grids, they are finding that distributed energy resources and energy efficiency are providing benefits to the resiliency of their communities in addition to helping them meet their clean energy and/or decarbonization goals. Given the costs of these upgrades, state and local governments are turning towards innovative financing strategies to help them pay for improvements that boost both community resiliency and clean energy deployment. This session will discuss some of these newer financing models and provide examples of best practices to consider when identifying potential financing options in this area.
Michael Turner, Director of Building Innovation and Energy Finance, Colorado Energy Office
Dr. Taresa Lawrence, Deputy Director, Energy Administration, District Department of Energy and Environment
Jeff Morris, Senior Director, State Government Relations, Schneider Electric
Dr. Timothy Unruh, Executive Director, National Association of Energy Service Companies
Breakout 3: Beyond Savings: The Non-Energy Benefits of Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency traditionally has been the lowest cost resource. The cost-effectiveness test has generally been purely economic – is the cost lower than other resources? With the drop in prices of renewables, energy efficiency will need to compete on cost. That puts energy efficiency at a crossroads, it is not only having to compete on cost, but it is being asked to help meet new challenges and achieve a myriad of goals from stimulating economic growth and jobs, to enhancing reliability and resilience, and taking action on climate. It is time that we quantify all the other benefits of energy efficiency not traditionally taken into consideration in resource planning. By doing this we will get a complete picture of energy efficiency’s true value and benefit, which should increase the amount of energy efficiency acquired.
Chris Yunker, Managing Director, Resiliency, Clean Transportation, and Analytics, Hawaii State Energy Office
Alan Zelenka, Assistant Director for Planning and Innovation, Oregon Department of Energy
David Althoff Jr., Director, Energy Programs Office, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Jennifer Kallay, Senior Associate, Synapse Energy Economics
Keynote Luncheon: Volt Energy at the Nexus of Clean Energy, Environmental Justice, and Innovative Investments
Live Podcast Taping - Path to Zero: Can Propane Have a Role in State Decarbonization Plans?
Path to Zero is a podcast focused on clean energy and the journey toward a low-carbon future. Zero emissions is a goal we can all get behind, but how do we meet the growing energy demands of the world AND reduce carbon in the atmosphere? Propane is an important tool for states to meet their clean energy goals in the transportation, industrial, buildings, and agricultural sectors, as well as playing a key role for resiliency and energy equity challenges. How can state energy officials use propane to meet their goals and does it have a role for states with plans that don’t include propane now? This live podcast taping session will answer these questions and give state energy officials the chance to participate in the Path to Zero.
Tucker Perkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, Propane Education and Research Council
Islands on the Front Line: Transition Lessons and Opportunities from Remote and Rural Communities
Rural, remote, and island communities are on the frontlines of climate change. Innovative partnerships, community-driven planning, and informed clean energy investments have now become more crucial than ever in their efforts to navigate the transition and support energy and economic resilience for local populations. In this session, panelists will share experiences, expertise, and planning strategies that communities across the United States can learn from, drawing from emerging place-based approaches, such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project and related initiatives in comprehensive, community-level planning and technical assistance.
Mark Glick, Specialist, Energy Policy and Innovation, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
Suzanne MacDonald, Chief Community Development Officer, Island Institute
Joe Ferland, President, ORPC, Inc.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Multi-Year Planning and Implementation for Jobs and Climate Action: A Spotlight on Innovative State, Federal, and Local Partnerships through SEP and EECBG
The U.S. State Energy Program (SEP) has long been a bedrock for State Energy Office innovation and action, enabling comprehensive and sector-specific planning, strategic partnership building, and meaningful community and industry engagement. Similarly, during the Recovery Act era, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program opened up new state-local governments partnerships for even deeper impact. In this session, learn from experts about innovative models for community planning and partnership-building that can help inform and expand SEP and EECBG directions into the future.
Eddy Trevino, Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Energy Efficiency Solutions for Economic Growth and Decarbonization
Energy efficiency is at the core of state, local, federal and private-sector efforts to catalyze economic growth, support energy innovation, and address climate, resilience, and equity goals. This program and policy update session will discuss the U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts to advance the technological development and deployment for energy efficiency in every sector of the economy from beneficial electrification to building product decarbonization.
Dr. Carolyn Snyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Bringing Infrastructure Home: How States Can Leverage Infrastructure Funding for Residential Retrofits and More
Federal funding may soon be available to supplement utility rate payer funded energy efficiency programs in the states as a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package. States will have the opportunity to develop targeted energy efficiency programs to accelerate energy retrofits in residential, commercial and public buildings. This presents an opportunity for states to accelerate progress towards decarbonization and workforce development. State Energy Offices may be faced with decisions about program design as federal funds are allocated to the states. This panel session will surface questions about coordinating between existing energy efficiency programs and the potential for new programs which may be administered by State Energy Offices. This session will explore opportunities created by the infrastructure bill and provide an opportunity for discussion of program design questions.
Joe Pater, Director, Office of Energy Innovation, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Lloyd Kass, Vice President of Market Development and Regulatory Strategy, Franklin Energy
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Breakout 1: Inclusive Solar and Efficiency Solutions: Navigating Low-Income Programs to Develop Synergistic Solutions
Together, community solar and energy efficiency are a powerful combination to increase energy affordability and access to clean energy generation. Yet, in many states, community solar program participation has been low, particularly for the low-income, high-energy-burden households that stand to benefit most. This panel will examine how State Energy Offices can structure low-income energy programs such as LIHEAP and weatherization in order to help underserved households access and benefit from community solar installations in their states.
Michelle Gransee, State Energy Office Director, Energy Division, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Ryan Harry, Weatherization Assistance Program Director, Colorado Energy Office
Lenwood Coleman, Chief Program Officer, Groundswell
Breakout 2: The “New” ABCs: Dramatic Advances in Building Construction Means Lower Costs, Greater Efficiency, and New Career Pathways
Advanced Building Construction (ABC) is a new way of approaching construction that will likely lead to a new industry and new career pathways. ABC is also initiative from the U.S. Department of Energy that integrates energy-efficiency solutions into modern construction practices for new buildings and retrofits. While other industries such as manufacturing and communications have transformed through digitization and process improvements, productivity in the U.S. construction industry has consistently declined since 1968. The ABC Initiative is developing building technologies that can be deployed rapidly with minimal onsite construction, are affordable and appealing to the market, and leverage efforts to increase the productivity of the construction industry. This is an opportunity to transform the market for energy efficiency and create new industry segments and career pathways in your state.
Robin Yochum, Energy Program Manager, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy
Breakout 3: Decarbonizing Thermal Energy: Projects and Policies
Thermal energy is fundamental to industrial, agricultural, commercial, and building operations. There is growing urgency to decarbonize heating operations to meet urgent climate challenges. Industries are increasingly seeking and investing in low- and non-carbon heating approaches, including new technologies and renewable fuels to affordably reduce emissions, decarbonize, and increase energy resilience. Hear from energy industries and the Renewable Thermal Collaborative, a global coalition for companies, institutions, and governments, as they work to advance and scale up renewable heating and cooling to dramatically cut carbon emissions.
Brian Selinger, Team Leader, Energy Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority
This discussion with NASEO's General Counsel will provide the latest news on Congressional and federal agency priorities, passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and the pending appropriations and reconciliation bills.
Jeffrey Genzer, General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
Keynote: U.S. Senate Outlook on Clean Energy, Climate, and the Economy
The Answer, My Friend, is Floating in the Wind: The Future of Offshore Wind Power
Technological advances are revolutionizing and accelerating offshore wind power development around the world. Larger, further offshore, and deeper water installations are made possible by new materials, designs, and construction techniques. Improved sensors and controls optimize blade adjustment and turbine performance while the pairing of wind generation with hydrogen and battery storage enhance value and grid operations. These advances, such as floating wind turbine technologies being considered for the Gulf of Maine and the U.S. West Coast, offer tremendous potential to greatly expand clean power generation while propelling economic opportunity and creating new jobs. This session will explore some of the state efforts in developing and supporting these new offshore wind technologies and the interplay between technology development and policy considerations to expand offshore wind in U.S. waters.
Michael Furze, Assistant Director, Energy Division, Washington State Department of Commerce
Celina Cunningham, Deputy Director, Maine Governor's Energy Office
Dr. Habib Dagher, Executive Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine
Achieving Climate Goals through Zero-Emission Vehicles Investment
The Biden Administration is preparing to support widespread investment in zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) and infrastructure through direct investments and technical support to state, local, and private-sector partners. During this keynote address, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office will share insights on how DOE plans to support ZEV technology research, development, and deployment, and how DOE may work with the states to achieve shared climate and decarbonization goals.
Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Michael Berube, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Informed Infrastructure Investment: Opportunities and Resources for Successful Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rollout
The bipartisan Infrastructure bill delivers significant investment in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and planning, with the infrastructure bill providing $7.5 billion for stations as well as funds through U.S. State Energy Program and other mechanisms for planning and technical assistance. During this session, experts from the private sector will provide analysis on what this level of investment will mean for the light-, medium-, and heavy-duty EV industry, and how the private sector may work with state partners to ensure an efficient and equitable buildout of a national EV charging network.
Molly Cripps, Director, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Karen Glitman, Director, Transportation and Infrastructure Markets, Center for Sustainable Energy
Anne Smart, Vice President, ChargePoint
Fireside Chat with Wilmington Trust: Alternative Fuel Investments
Since 2017 Wilmington Trust has managed the Volkswagen Settlement’s Environmental Mitigation Trust and has worked with states across the country to support investments in alternative fuel and zero emission vehicles and infrastructure in the light-, medium-, and heavy-duty sectors. During this Fireside Chat, Wilmington Trust will share insights from their work with states through the settlement and will explore options for financing alternative fuel investments in the years ahead.
David Vanaskey, Administrative Vice President, Global Capital Markets, Wilmington Trust
Beth Andrews, Global Capital Markets, Wilmington Trust
Zero-Emission Vehicles Technologies: What’s Here and What’s Coming Next
Options for zero emission and electric mobility for ports, marine, transit, and freight are evolving rapidly, as are associated infrastructure planning and investment needs. Concurrently, the federal government is poised to offer significant investment in zero-emission technology planning and deployment. During this session, speakers will share information on what off-road, freight, and transit technology is currently available and what’s coming, as well as state-local-private partnership models.
Awards, Prizes, and Wrap-Up
David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
Dan Burgess, Director, Maine Governor's Energy Office
Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Optional Guided Tour of Luke’s Lobster Saco Plant (Space is limited and advanced sign-up is required)
This tour will feature the preliminary results of a full supply chain greenhouse gas analysis for Luke’s Lobster including recommended emissions reduction strategies. While focused on Luke’s operations, the results of the analysis are intended to be applicable to other seafood businesses in Maine and across the world. Visitors could also learn about Phase Change Material pilot program taking place at the Saco plant in conjunction with Efficiency Maine to demonstrate strategies for reduce peak power demand and lower energy costs for businesses. To participate in the tour, please email Shemika Spencer at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director, Maine Governor's Energy Office
Dan Burgess, was appointed as the Director of the Maine Governor’s Energy Office by Governor Janet Mills in March of 2019. Governor Mills has set an ambitious climate and clean energy agenda, including the recent signing of legislation that requires emissions reductions of 45% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 and increases Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standards to 80% by 2030. Prior to his return to his home state of Maine, Burgess spent eight years working in leadership roles at the Massachusetts at the Department of Energy Resources and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Burgess has a business degree from the University of Maine Orono and a masters in Public Administration from Northeastern University.
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 policy actions and programs in support of the 56 governor-designated state and territory energy directors and their offices. NASEO communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues. Mr. Terry has participated in governor-led policy meetings, testified before U.S. Congressional Committees and presented at White House and international energy forums. Mr. Terry has 25 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy and Coalition and Energy Services Coalition. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was researcher at the National Academy of Sciences and a statistical analyst for a consumer products market research firm. 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.
General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
Jeff Genzer has been Counsel to NASEO since the organization began in 1986. He represents the organization before Congress and the Administration, working closely with David Terry and the NASEO staff. He has also practiced energy and environmental law since 1985 at the law firm of Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer and Pembroke, PC. Mr. Genzer serves as President of the law firm. Prior to going into private law practice, he served as counsel and energy lobbyist for the Energy and Environment Committee of the National Governors Association. Mr. Genzer also worked on low income energy issues for the National Consumer Law Center. He began his energy career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia 41 years ago.
Kelley Smith Burk
Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Kelley Smith Burk has been with the Florida Office of Energy since 2008 and oversaw the development and administration of over $176 million of federal and state grants to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. Kelley serves as the director for the Office of Energy. Kelley is responsible for leading the Office of Energy as it develops energy policy and implements programs as well as promotes the use of renewable energy, energy efficient technologies, and alternative transportation technologies for the state of Florida.
Prior to joining the department, Kelley worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Strategic Projects and Planning as a policy analyst for the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. Kelley has also served as the director of Scheduling in the Executive Office of the Governor. Kelley received her bachelor’s degree in history from Florida State University and her master’s degree in public policy from Pepperdine University.
Dr. Sumesh Arora
Director, Energy and Natural Resources Division, Mississippi Development Authority
Dr. Sumesh Arora is the director of the Energy & Natural Resources Division of the Mississippi Development Authority which is the state energy office. Since assuming this position in November 2016, Sumesh has reorganized this office to focus on four areas: energy efficiency programs, energy education and workforce development, energy projects and policy development, and energy data and security.
Previously, Sumesh served as vice president of Innovate Mississippi, director of the Strategic Biomass Solutions, and the Energy-Economy-Environment (E3) program manager for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi. He has led programs in cleantech commercialization, combined heat and power, innovation strategy development, STEM education, and technology-based entrepreneurship. Prior to that, he worked for 13 years as a researcher and product development engineer in the chemical fertilizer industry.
Sumesh is the co-inventor of a patented technology to convert poultry litter into bioenergy and testified before the United States Senate in 2014 to lend support for advanced biofuels technologies. He has over 125 presentations and publications including two book chapters. Sumesh received his PhD in international development from the University of Southern Mississippi and his BS and MS degrees in engineering from the University of Central Florida.
Dr. 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.
Team Leader, Energy Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Brian Selinger manages the Iowa Energy Office, a division of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The Energy Office manages a diverse mix of state, federal and utility-funded programs and initiatives that provide energy-economic benefits for Iowa’s citizens, businesses, and organizations. Brian led the daily activities in the development of the state’s most comprehensive, strategic energy roadmap, the Iowa Energy Plan.
Selinger joined IEDA in 2015 after serving as the Deputy Director of Policy and Research for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. His professional experience includes work with Lockheed Martin as part of an Energy Efficiency partnership with a St. Louis utility.
Director of Building Innovation and Energy Finance, Colorado Energy Office
Michael Turner has been working on renewable energy and climate change projects and policy for over 15 years. He began his career in sustainability working for the United States Peace Corps in Camiri, Bolivia in 2007, helping to establish an environmental commission—CLIMA (La Comisio´n Local Interinstitucional Del Medio Ambiente) to research and address environmental challenges in the community. While studying at Columbia University to attain his Masters in International Affairs, he was awarded a fellowship through the Millennium Villages Project in partnership with the United Nations Development Program to establish carbon markets for the Uganda Carbon Bureau. While working for the Center for Clean Air Policy in Washington, DC, he worked on a Waste-to-Energy national policy proposal for the Colombian National Government that was approved by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is now the Director of Building Innovation & Energy Finance at the Colorado Energy Office, where he advances Colorado’s 100% Renewable Energy goal by 2040 through emerging market development and technology adoption in the buildings sector. Additionally, Michael is a founder and co-chair of the Chaco Fund, a nonprofit contributing to the well-being of Bolivian Chaco communities by supporting women’s education and professional development.
State Energy Office Director, Energy Division, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Michelle Gransee serves the MN Department of Commerce as the State Energy Office Director for the Energy Division. She is an experienced energy manager with a demonstrated history of working in government administration. She has particular expertise in program development and evaluation, energy policy, clean energy technologies, training and conflict resolution. She has worked for the state since 2009. She received her B.A. from Concordia College – Moorhead in philosophy and art history, post-baccalaureate certification in education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and M.S. in natural resource from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
Weatherization Assistance Program Director, Colorado Energy Office
Ryan is the Director of the Weatherization Assistance Program for the Colorado Energy Office. He is especially interested in government entrepreneurship and innovation, most specifically in the areas of renewable energy and beneficial electrification. Prior to his time at the Colorado Energy Office, Ryan has been an analyst, engineer, and small business owner. He holds a Master of Environmental and Energy Policy and a BA in Physics from the University of Delaware.
President, Exergy Partners Corp.
Richard Sweetser has spent 47-years commercializing advanced energy, power, refrigeration and HVAC technology. Mr. Sweetser founded EXERGY Partners Corporation in January 1998 as a consulting firm designed to capitalize on opportunities arising out of utility restructuring and climate change in the energy and construction industry. EXERGY Partners has developed an extensive commercial, institutional and industrial network focusing on the integration of onsite power generation, energy recovery and thermal energy management. EXERGY Partners has provided strategic support for the Federal initiative on combined heat and power (CHP), EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership and the U.S. Department of State’s Asia Pacific Partnership. Mr. Sweetser is a Senior Advisor to the U.S. DOE’s CHP Deployment Program and the U.S. DOE’s Mid-Atlantic CHP Technology Assistance Partnership. Mr. Sweetser has published numerous technical, and policy articles, technical manuals, a book titled “The Fundamentals of Gas Cooling” and was the lead author on ASHRAE’s new CHP Design Guide.
Deputy Director, Maine Governor's Energy Office
Celina Cunningham serves as the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Energy Office in Maine. Before joining GEO, Celina most recently was Vice President/Chief of Staff at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), where she worked on overarching strategies and policies. Before joining SEIA, Celina spent a decade in public service at the federal level handling energy and environmental issues, including at the U.S. Department of the Interior and as staff at the U.S. House of Representatives.
David Althoff Jr.
Director, Energy Programs Office, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
David has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for over 27years. David’s office, the Energy Programs Office, is involved in supporting, designing and implementing energy focused programs to encourage the development and deployment of energy efficiency and alternative energy projects in Pennsylvania. The Energy Program’s Office’s mission is to support energy activities which result in environmental improvements including mitigating the effects of and adapting to climate change.
During his career with DEP, David has led the development and implementation of several significant energy incentive programs including deployment of $125 Million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Stimulus funds, the $100 million Pennsylvania Sunshine Program, a $20 million Program focusing on encouraging natural gas use in on-road heavy duty vehicle fleets and a $15 million Green Energy Revolving Loan Fund.
David and his staff lead the very popular Pennsylvania Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Programs distributing nearly $5 Million annually to support alternative fuel use in the transportation sector in Pennsylvania. In addition, Dave and a few key staff persons have spent the last two years developing Pennsylvania’s Electric Vehicle Roadmap and creating an EV focused stakeholder group, the Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition. David is also the acting Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and is currently working on behalf of PEDA to develop a Pennsylvania Green Bank Partnership.
Dave is a life-long Pennsylvanian, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and lives in Hummelstown, PA.
Senior Associate, Synapse Energy Economics
Jennifer Kallay researches and analyzes ways to improve utility, regulator, and community coordination and collaboration in key energy planning areas such as grid resilience, distributed energy resources, greenhouse gas emission reductions, equity, and energy justice. Ms. Kallay leads Synapse Energy Economics’ work on behalf of Sandia National Laboratories to research the integration of community and electric grid resilience investment planning. This entails developing of a series of reports to explore the challenges and opportunities in several key areas including performance metrics, benefit-cost analysis, resilient public-purpose microgrids, and regulatory mechanisms.
Most recently, Ms. Kallay is researching and analyzing strategies, policies, and practices that cities and towns can use to reduce emissions, utility/community engagement on energy- and resiliency-related issues, and policy, technological developments, and transformation in the transportation sector. In 2017, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources engaged Synapse to review Green Community Annual Reports, verify whether municipalities have reached their 20 percent energy reduction goal, and develop a Progress Report for the program highlighting achievements to date. Ms. Kallay manages the Synapse project team responsible for identifying strategies that are effective across towns, providing support to towns to meet their energy reduction goals, making recommendations to continue to advance and improve the program, and developing an annual progress report. In 2018, Burlington Electric Department retained Synapse to develop a net zero energy roadmap for the City of Burlington. Ms. Kallay manages the Synapse project team responsible for this project.
Energy Program Manager, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy
As an Energy Program Manager, Ms. Yochum works on advancing energy efficiency policies for the state of Nevada with the Governor’s Office of Energy (GOE). Ms. Yochum joined the GOE team in 2016 and her responsibilities include participating in the development and implementation of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) on a three-year cycle, the development and adoption of appliance standards including the most recent adoption of minimum efficiency standards for general service lamps, administration of a green building tax abatement program, and providing no cost energy efficient improvements for low income seniors. Ms. Yochum serves on the International Code Councils (ICC) Building Membership Council, Raise the Profile Subcommittee and Community Building Best Practices & Innovation Subcommittee. Ms. Yochum also serves on the ICCs Sustainability Membership Councils Zero Carbon Subcommittee as the Chair of the Implementation and Workforce development task group and represents Nevada on the US Climate Alliance Building and Appliance working groups. Ms. Yochum is a Nevada Certified Contracts Manager as well as LEED Green Associate and GPRO Certified for green building and sustainable practices. Ms. Yochum has over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial construction.
Executive Director, Efficiency Maine Trust
Efficiency Maine is the independent administrator for energy efficiency programs in Maine. Efficiency Maine’s mission is to lower the cost and environmental impacts of energy in Maine by promoting cost-effective energy efficiency and alternative energy systems. Executive Director Stoddard was appointed Executive Director in 2010. He manages an annual budget of $50 million, provides in-house counsel and acts as liaison to Maine Legislature and Board of Trustees.
Michael Stoddard was appointed by Public Utilities Commission to represent environmental interests on the Maine Energy Conservation Board (2008-2010), Provided legal and policy analysis and representation in regulatory matters for non-profit environmental advocacy groups (the Clean Air Task Force, the Clean Energy Group, the Conservation Law Foundation and Environment Northeast) and “green power” marketing companies (Green Mountain Energy, the Renewable Energy Alliance) on issues relevant to deceptive trade practices regarding “green marketing” of energy, electricity deregulation, fuel cell assured power supply systems, and renewable energy policies. Coordinator of Parliamentary Assistance Programs, Johannesburg, South Africa (August 1995 – August 1996). Assistant Counsel for Election Processes, Washington, D.C. (August 1992 – August 1994) supporting projects in Burundi, C.A.R., Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, S. Africa, Togo, and Zambia. Education: Juris Doctor, University of Maine School of Law, May 1992.
Dr. Habib Dagher
Executive Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine
As the founding Executive Director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Dr. Dagher is a world-leading advocate for developing advanced structural systems which simultaneously optimize structures, materials, and construction. Under his leadership, the UMaine Composites Center has gained national and international reputation from major research and development projects and has grown to 220 full and part-time employees and students, with over 500 clients and partners globally, and is housed in a 100,000 ft2 ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory.
Dr. Dagher earned his Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as two Masters Degrees in Structural engineering and engineering mechanics and joined the University of Maine faculty in 1985.
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.
Dr. Will Toor
Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office
In January 2019, Will Toor joined the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) as its Executive Director appointed by Governor Jared Polis. Will’s background spans transportation electrification, sustainable transportation, smart growth, electric vehicle policy, clean energy finance, green building policy, local government policy and regional planning. Prior to CEO, Will was Transportation Program Director at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). Before SWEEP, Will served as Boulder County Commissioner for eight years where he led the effort to create and adopt a countywide Sustainable Energy Plan, the BuildSmart green building code, the EnergySmart program, and the ClimateSmart Loan Program. Prior to being elected Boulder County Commissioner, Will served as Mayor of Boulder for six years where he developed Boulder's community transit network, EcoPass unlimited access transit pass programs, and policies for denser, mixed-use urban infill development as an alternative to sprawl. Will previously served on and chaired the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). He was appointed by Governor Ritter to the state Transportation Funding and Implementation blue ribbon panel, the Governor's Climate Action Panel, and the Regional Air Quality Council. He was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Air Quality Control Commission and the state oil and gas taskforce. Will spent 12 years as Director of the University of Colorado Environmental Center, where he developed campus sustainability programs in the areas of solid waste, building energy use, and transportation planning. Will holds a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago.
Director, Technology Assessment Division, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Jason Lanclos, P.E. (Jason) has worked at the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) since August of 2018. After serving as the Deputy Executive Director of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) for the Governor’s Office since 2014, Mr. Lanclos took the opportunity to return to working in the oil and gas and emerging energy technologies sector at LDNR after working in private industry for almost 13 years. Mr. Lanclos currently serves as the director of the State Energy Office and Technology Assessment Division of LDNR. Mr. Lanclos is currently serving as the coalition representative for the State and Midwest region on CCUS technologies and is a central board member for the National Association of State Energy Officials. Mr. Lanclos has worked on and managed a variety of projects/programs in the oil and gas sector during his time in private industry and managed one of the largest ecosystem restoration efforts for the State of Louisiana while at CPRA. He holds a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Louisiana State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Dr. Taresa Lawrence
Deputy Director, Energy Administration, District Department of Energy and Environment
Dr. Taresa Lawrence is the Deputy Director of the Department of Energy and Environment’s Energy Administration, which is charged with developing energy plans, policies, and programs to achieve the District’s ambitious energy and climate goals. Her experience includes the sustainable use of energy in the residential, commercial and institutional sectors, and she specializes in strategic planning, energy management and analysis, program design and implementation, and evaluation methods. Taresa currently oversees the implementation of the Clean Energy DC plan, as well as a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, including the District’s Solar for All Program and the energy assistance and affordability programs. Prior to joining the District Government, Taresa was a Regulatory Economist at the Maryland Public Service Commission, and Center Director of the Small Business Development Center at the Howard University Center for Urban Progress. Taresa holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Howard University and a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from University of Manchester, England.
Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
As Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Mr. Williams’ primary responsibility is to help guide state energy policy development. At NYSERDA, Mr. Williams oversees the Energy and Environmental Analysis unit, providing economic analysis and scientific research to best inform policy-makers in energy and environmental issues, as well as the Performance Management unit, which provides market characterization and evaluation, clean energy market insights and statistical analysis that all guide effective clean energy strategies. Mr. Williams serves as NYSERDA’s designee on the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment.
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 combined electric and natural gas utility 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.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enervee
Prior to founding Enervee, Matthias was global COO of Neo@Ogilvy, managing 700 staff across 30+ offices. At Neo@Ogilvy, he led development and implementation of the TEM Control Platform, a large scale social media tracking tool serving clients including American Express, Amazon, Cisco and IBM. Over the past 20 years, he has founded, built, and sold multiple web businesses, including one of Europe’s leading full-service digital agencies. As a German, the “greenest country by design” (Newsweek), he has a deep understanding of the environmentally conscious consumer.
Shalanda H. Baker
Secretarial Advisor on Equity; Deputy Director for Energy Justice, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy
Shalanda H. Baker was mostly recently a professor of law, public policy, and urban affairs at Northeastern University. She was the co-founder and co-director of the Initiative for Energy Justice, which provides technical law and policy support to communities on the front lines of climate change. Baker served as an Air Force officer prior to her honorable discharge pursuant to the then existing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, and became a vocal advocate for repeal of the policy. She earned a B.S. in Political Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a J.D. from Northeastern University, and L.L.M. from the University of Wisconsin.
Director, Building Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
David Nemtzow brings to the Building Technologies Office (BTO) of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) more than three decades of experience in energy, including in industry, government, utility, non-profit associations, and consulting. As Director of BTO, David is responsible for leading this $200 million per year office that helps develop innovative, cost-effective energy efficiency R&D and other solutions for U.S. building technologies, equipment, systems and whole buildings. Previously, 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 prominent Washington, D.C.-based association of industry, government, utility, consumer, and environmental executives that promotes invest¬ment 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.
Chief Revenue Officer, BlocPower
Glenn Schatz is the Chief Revenue Officer at BlocPower, a smart buildings platform that markets, engineers, and finances energy efficiency, renewable energy, IoT, and other technologies to buildings and communities in underserved market segments. BlocPower partners with governments, utilities, building owners, philanthropies, and community members to generate energy bill savings and reduced carbon emissions, and generates financial returns and improved public health.
Prior to joining BlocPower, Glenn was Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Link Labs, a leading provider of an end-to-end IoT platform for locating and monitoring equipment, supplies and assets anywhere at any time. As one of Link Labs’ first employees, Glenn held various senior-level positions in the company across operations, strategy, sales, and business development. In his tenure at Link Labs, he was responsible for building the company’s initial go-to-market plan and sales strategy, building up key channel and distributor relationships, and forging lasting relationships with mobile network operators around the globe.
Before Link Labs, Glenn worked at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he started and led Agency initiatives to empower small commercial buildings to cut energy use by leveraging technology and best practices from industry leaders and national laboratories. Earlier, he co-founded Energy Conversion Research (ECoRE) Ventures, a provider of engineering consulting and project development services that specializes in clean technology development and renewable energy solutions. Glenn also previously worked as an adjunct professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he personally developed and taught a senior-level elective on energy policy and security, in addition to teaching the introductory government course taken by all midshipmen.
Glenn started his career as an officer in the Navy, where he worked as an engineer-qualified nuclear submarine officer on a guided missile submarine, where he served as Quality Assurance Officer, in addition to his core duties y managing nuclear and non-nuclear mechanics.
Glenn received his master’s degree in national security policy from Georgetown University and his bachelor’s degree from The United States Naval Academy. He is a Commander in the Naval Reserves, primarily supporting the U.S. Selective Service. In his free time, he works with a veterans’ nonprofit organization that advocates for civic engagement and speaks out against veteran extremism.
Assistant Director for Planning and Innovation, Oregon Department of Energy
Alan is the Assistant Director for Planning and Innovation at the Oregon Department of Energy. His team works on energy efficiency, renewable resources, sustainable transportation, energy planning, and climate change issues.
Before joining ODOE he was the Energy Services Leader for Kennedy/Jenks Consultants for over 10 years, a consulting firm where he worked with clients all over the west on climate change, energy efficiency, and renewables.
Prior to that Alan worked at Emerald PUD in Eugene for over 21 years, where he was the Power Manager.
Alan Zelenka graduated with a degree in political-economy from UC Berkeley, and got his master’s degree in energy planning and policy from the University of Oregon.
In his spare time, Alan is in his fourth term as a Eugene City Councilor.
Specialist, Energy Policy and Innovation, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
Mark Glick is a tenure track faculty of the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, overseeing energy policy and innovation and coordinating State and University of Hawaii assets towards fulfillment of Hawaii’s ambitious energy transformation and supporting similar objectives in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Glick previously served five years as Administrator of the Hawaii State Energy Office where he led Hawaii’s internationally regarded clean energy transformation efforts. He also served as Vice Chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the only national non-profit association for energy officials from each of the 56 states and territories with the purpose of advocating for the interests of the state energy offices to Congress and federal agencies. Selected highlights of his tenure as Hawaii’s Energy Administrator include: 1) exceeding Hawaii’s 2015 interim renewable portfolio and energy efficiency portfolio standards; 2) contributing to passage of the nation’s first 100 percent renewable portfolio standard and interim goal of 30 percent RPS by 2020; 3) leading the nation for five consecutive years in the per capita value of energy savings performance contracts; 4) spearheading the statewide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement process culminating in publication by the U.S. Department of Energy of a programmatic EIS that examines the potential environmental impacts of energy efficiency activities and renewable energy technologies that could assist the State of Hawaii in meeting the goal established under the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative; and 5) overseeing all energy related regulatory filings and legislative testimony of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
Glick served as senior advisor to the Texas Land Commissioner from 1987 to 1991, during which time he played a decisive role in passage of amendments to the Texas Clean Air Act and similar provisions in the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. For the next decade, Glick was a successful small business owner focused on reducing urban air pollution in the U.S. and abroad in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Gas Research Institute, Petrobangla, Southern California Gas Company, Pacific Gas & Electric, Transco, Southern Union Gas Company and the New York City Department of Transportation among others. Returning to the public sector in 2003, Glick headed operations and economic development for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs from 2003 to 2010. Glick serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Place Foundation and previously served three terms as Executive Committee Chair of the Hawaii Chapter of the Sierra Club and as Vice Chair of the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority. Glick has a Master of Science, Public Management & Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Lamar University.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Propane Education and Research Council
Tucker is the president and chief executive officer of the Propane Education & Research Council. He has worked in the propane industry for 26 years, having served as the director of business development for Inergy, chief executive officer of Premier Propane, and the chief operating officer of Columbia Propane, a unit of the Columbia Energy Group. Tucker is also the former chairman of a PERC advisory committee on engine fuel matters and is active with the National Propane Gas Association and the Virginia Propane Gas Association.
Chief Program Officer, Groundswell
Lenwood Coleman,Chief Program Officer, contributes his skills in business management and development to the Groundswell operational activities. Bringing more than twenty years’ experience in project delivery, capital budgeting, quality control, and community outreach, Lenwood oversees several programs and initiatives reaching a national audience. Before joining Groundswell, Lenwood worked in Federal Government services generating and implementing grants and contracts. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Air Force for nine years, specializing in finance, audiovisual, information management, and safety.
Strongly committed to building wealth and hope through education, training, jobs, and entrepreneurship opportunities, Lenwood has dedicated more than fifteen years to community service in faith-based organizations within the D.C. area. Providing opportunities for individuals in deprived communities throughout the country, he supports programs geared toward advocacy, personal and workforce development, housing and community outreach.
Lenwood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Wayland Baptist University, and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University.
Senior Manager of State Engagement, National Propane Gas Association
Jacob Peterson serves as the Senior Manager of State Engagement at the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), where he is a propane industry advocate on key state-level legislative and regulatory issues. Prior to joining NPGA, he spent six years working in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a Legislative Assistant, Jacob oversaw policy matters pertaining to energy, environment and science.
Executive Director, Renewable Thermal Collaborative
Blaine Collison is the Senior Vice President at David Gardiner and Associates (DGA) and serves as Executive Director of the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC).
From 2014-2018, Blaine was the Managing Director of Marketing & Partnerships at Altenex, an Edison Energy company, where he led the development of Altenex’s corporate sustainability services, communications, and strategic partnerships. Altenex has helped Fortune 1000 companies and major institutions execute more than two gigawatts of on- and off-site renewable energy supply agreements across the North American energy markets.
Before joining Altenex, Blaine served 17 years at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, with multiple roles in the ENERGY STAR program and a decade leading the Green Power Partnership.
Dr. Karen Wayland
Chief Executive Officer, GridWise Alliance
Dr. Karen Wayland is a recognized expert in national energy and environmental policy and served in leadership positions at the highest levels of government and nonprofits. Through her business, kW Energy Strategies, she has been providing strategic consulting on grid modernization policy, coalition building and communications for major clean energy companies, national environmental organizations, local officials, and foundations. At the U.S. Department of Energy during the Obama Administration, she established a team for Secretary Moniz to conduct analyses and develop strategies for DOE’s work with states, local authorities, served on leadership team for the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), and was the primary author of the QER “Modernizing the Grid” chapter and policy recommendations. She also served as Senior Advisor for Domestic Energy Policy to the Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. Dr. Wayland worked on energy and climate legislation for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid when he was Majority Whip. She has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations, including as CEO of the Clean Energy Project, Legislative Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Director on the Board of Center for Sustainable Energy, and Distinguished Associate at former Secretary Moniz’ think tank Energy Futures Initiative. She has been the Policy Advisor to GridWise Alliance for the last year. Dr. Wayland is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy and an Equity in Energy Ambassador at the US DOE. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Connecticut and a Dual Ph.D. in the fields of geochemistry and resource development from Michigan State University.
Director, Oregon Department of Energy
Janine Benner is the director of the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). Janine joined ODOE in 2017 as assistant director for Planning and Innovation and was confirmed by the Senate as ODOEs director in February of 2018. Janine came to ODOE from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where she was served as associate assistant secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the largest government funder of clean energy research and development. Before that, she served as deputy assistant secretary in DOE’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Janine also spent 12 years working for Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), first as an energy and environmental policy advisor and then as deputy chief of staff. She grew up in Portland, OR and has a degree in history from Princeton University.
Administrator, Idaho Governor's Office of Energy and Mineral Resources
Prior to being appointed Administrator of the Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources (OEMR) in September of 2014, John Chatburn had served as Interim Administrator and Program Services Manager for OEMR from 2009 - 2014.
Mr. Chatburn's duties for the State of Idaho currently include; US Department of Energy- State Energy Advisory Board, Western Interstate Energy Board Executive Committee, Co-Chair Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Board of Directors, National Council on Electricity Policy Executive Committee, National Association of State Energy Officials Board of Directors, Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance Board of Directors, Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission member, and serves as Governor Little’s Energy and Mineral Policy Advisor.
During his career with the State of Idaho, he has served as the Special Assistant for Energy under Governor Otter from 2007- 2009; Deputy Administrator, for the Idaho Department of Agriculture, in the Division of Animal Industries from 2002-2007; Special Assistant to the Director, Idaho State Department of Agriculture from 1999 – 2002; and Energy and Natural Resource Policy Advisor for Governor Phil Batt, 1995 – 1998.
He is a graduate of Boise State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Director of Regulatory Affairs and Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association
Gizelle Wray is SEIA's Director of Regulatory Affairs and Counsel. She represents SEIA regarding energy matters of importance to the solar industry before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Regional Transmission Organizations, the various federal agencies (DOE, EPA), and Congress. She also coordinates with SEIA’s members and coalition partners in multiple venues to advance SEIA’s policy objectives of energy storage, transmission, interconnection, bulk power generation, and cybersecurity.
Before joining SEIA, Gizelle worked at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation where she managed enforcement matters pertaining to grid operations and cybersecurity.
Senior Policy Counsel, U.S. Green Building Council
Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Rebecca Foster is VEIC’s CEO. Heading up the leadership team, Rebecca guides the organization’s strategic planning, corporate goal setting, business development and performance.
With more than two decades of experience in the clean energy industry, and 10 years at VEIC, Rebecca is a trusted leader, dedicated to the organization’s success. Throughout her career she has focused on fostering collaboration and engaging tough challenges head-on. She encourages creativity and innovative thinking at all levels of VEIC.
Rebecca is a true convener, cultivating strong partnerships and making sure every stakeholder is heard. Her vision is for VEIC to become the leader in decarbonization while centering equity and accessibility.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Volt Energy
Gilbert Campbell is one of the co-founders and principals of Volt Energy. Gilbert’s passion is driving inclusion in the clean energy sector and providing STEM education and outreach opportunities for young people across the country.
Gilbert has been nationally recognized for his efforts. Gilbert had the distinction of being recognized during President Obama’s administration, and in 2016, he received the White House Champions of Change Award for his leadership in advancing climate change equity. Gilbert was named to EBONY magazine's 2014 Power 100 List, which recognizes influential achievements by African-Americans annually.
Gilbert serves on the Board of Directors at The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), and is an Advisory Board Member at 3Degrees.
Gilbert graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University and has done post-graduate leadership training at Harvard University.
Director, Energy Markets Policy, American Gas Association
Emily O’Connell is the Director of Energy Markets Policy at the American Gas Association, where she also serves as the staff executive of the Sustainable Growth Committee, a member committee focused on advancing opportunities to expand the direct and distributed use of natural gas in the residential, commercial and industrial markets. Her work with this committee has heavily focused on the role that renewable natural gas can play in decarbonizing the natural gas pipeline and maximizing the value proposition of gas utilities in a lower carbon future.
Prior to joining AGA, Emily served as the manager, federal affairs for America’s Natural Gas Alliance where she advocated for policies favorable to increasing market opportunities for natural gas. She began her career in public affairs at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, where she worked on behalf of clients in the energy and environmental sector. Emily graduated from Providence College with a B.A. in Political Science and earned her M.A. in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University where she concentrated on Energy and Environmental Security.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Michael lead’s DOE’s transportation RDD&D team focused decarbonizing the transportation sector, from cars to heavy trucks to airplanes. This includes vehicles, batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and bioenergy as well as how EVs and Hydrogen can help support the transition to a clean energy grid. He created DOE’s Mobility research program (EEMS) focused on new mobility solutions, including connected & automated vehicles, transit, ecommerce and ride-sharing. He has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive in the automobile industry. He has worked closely across the government with US DOT and EPA over his career.
I left the private sector and joined government because I believe in public service and I also believe that we will not achieve our ambitious goals without harnessing the power of the private sector, guided by smart public policy.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Alejandro Moreno directs EERE's renewable energy applied research, development, and demonstration activities for the geothermal, solar energy, and wind and water power technology offices. In addition, he oversees EERE's energy system integration efforts. Previously, Moreno was the Director for the Water Power Technologies Office. In this role, he managed efforts to develop and commercialize innovative technologies and market solutions for clean, domestic power generation from hydropower and marine energy resources across the United States.
Working with DOE's national laboratories, academia, and industry, the program funds research, development, and deployment of water power systems through competitively selected, cost-shared projects with businesses, federal, state, and other stakeholder groups. Between his stints at DOE, he served in the energy groups of the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, where he designed and led regulatory reform programs to spur investment in clean energy and rural electrification.
Moreno holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in economics and energy policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Director, Transportation and Infrastructure Markets, Center for Sustainable Energy
Karen Glitman has more than 35 years of policy advocacy and public service experience, having served as a state legislator, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Director of the University of Vermont University Transportation Center and Director of Efficiency Vermont. Currently she leads CSE efforts to uncover new opportunities to support entities around the nation in meeting a shared goal of decarbonization.
Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Patrick Woodcock was named DOER Commissioner in February 2020. Formerly, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Undersecretary of Energy, Commissioner Woodcock was named Acting Commissioner in December 2019 and served in this role until his current appointment.
Woodcock joined the Baker-Polito Administration in 2017 and served as the Undersecretary of Energy in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for over two years. In that position, Woodcock oversaw the Department of Energy Resources and the Department of Public Utilities. Woodcock serves on the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Board and Investment Committee, represents Massachusetts on the Boards of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. and National Association of State Energy Officials, and is a member of the Energy Facilities Siting Board.
Prior to his time in the administration, Woodcock was Director of the Maine State Energy Office, a position he held from 2013 through 2016. Previously, Woodcock worked for United States Senator Olympia Snowe in her Washington, D.C. office. Woodcock graduated from Bowdoin College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.
Chief Clean Energy Development Officer, National Grid
Christina Hayes, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Christina Hayes is Vice President for Federal Regulatory Affairs for Berkshire Hathaway Energy, the parent company of MidAmerican Energy Company, NV Energy, and PacifiCorp, as well as interstate pipelines and independent renewable resources. An energy regulatory attorney for nearly 20 years, Christina helps Midwestern and Western utilities navigate FERC, NERC, and other federal agencies.
Prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Christina was an attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, serving in the office of general counsel, the western division of the office of energy market regulation, and as an advisor to Chairman Wellinghoff. While at FERC, Christina worked on a variety of issues, from transmission development to mergers and market power issues to credit reforms in organized markets. A native Oregonian, Christina has also served as an administrative law judge at the Public Utility Commission of Oregon, presiding over mergers, rate cases, and rulemakings, advising state commissioners, and drafting final decisions.
Christina earned a law degree from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary. Her early career also includes stints in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Capitol Hill, as well as work for judges on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Oregon Court of Appeals.
Bureau Chief, Energy Office, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Dan Lloyd has led the Montana Energy Office (MEO) at the Department of Environmental Quality since August of 2020. Prior to this, Dan was employed by an energy development company working on transmission and storage projects and has served the state of Montana state for nearly a decade including positions with the Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Department of Commerce. Dan has a business degree from the University of Notre Dame and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member focused on improving access to energy efficiency. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Helena, Montana.
Dr. Lola Infante
Senior Advisor, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives, Electric Power Research Institute
Dr. Lola Infante is Sr. Advisor, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives at the Electric Power research Institute (EPRI) where she leads stakeholder engagement for strategic areas such as EPRI’s Low Carbon Resource Initiative (LCRI).
Previously, Infante was Sr. Director, Clean Energy Technology and Policy at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), where she focused on market and policy developments in clean and alternative energy resources as well as other critical fuels for power generation. Among other things, she launched and managed EEI’s energy storage practice and led many initiatives on renewables and distributed energy resources. Before joining EEI, Infante worked at the Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets, a Washington DC think tank, and at GAB-Robins in Paris, France, where she worked in marketing and corporate finance.
Infante is a frequent speaker on these issues at many technical and policy groups, has authored several articles and papers on energy related topics, and participates in several industry committees.
Dr. Infante holds a PhD with Distinction in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Energy, Environment, Science and Technology from the School of Advanced International Studies division of Johns Hopkins University, an MA in International Economics and Finance, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Sciences Po Paris, France.
Interim Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Energy Storage Association
Jason Burwen is the Interim CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. He has been with ESA since 2015, mostly recently as Vice President of Policy. Previously, Jason was the Associate Director for Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he directed research and advocacy on U.S. energy R&D and tax policy. He also served as staff director of the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of CEOs led by Bill Gates to advocate for greater U.S. federal investments in clean energy technology development. Jason has also consulted to utilities on demand response program design and evaluation for FSC Group (acquired by Nexant) and reviewed renewable energy procurement processes and trends for the California Public Utilities Commission.
Resilience Strategist and Energy Assurance Coordinator, Office of Energy Innovation, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Megan has spent more than a decade working with building energy efficiency both with the low-income weatherization program and with the Wisconsin State Energy Office (now known as the Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation). Megan is currently the Resilience Strategist and Energy 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, tribes, and schools across the state to facilitate successful energy efficiency projects. Megan served on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association in 2016-17 (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.
Program Planning Bureau Chief, Energy Conservation and Management Division, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
Erin Taylor joined the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Energy Conservation and Management Division, also known as the New Mexico State Energy Office, in December 2019. As the Energy Planning and Program Bureau Chief, Erin manages the State Energy Program and oversees program efforts related to climate sustainability and resilience, grid modernization, alternative fuel and electric vehicles, economic and energy diversification, and energy conservation and renewable energy financial incentives. Erin has over 10 years of experience in project planning and management, with an emphasis on environmental compliance and mine reclamation. She has led reclamation efforts on multiple high priority abandoned mine land sites throughout New Mexico. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management from University of Denver.
Executive Vice President, Grid Modernization and Chief Marketing Officer, GridBright
Stephen J. Callahan is Executive Vice President for Grid Modernization and Chief Marketing Officer at GridBright, Inc. Over his 35 plus year career in industry management, consulting, and sales he has led the creation of business and technology strategy and implemented complex processes and systems for several top global utility clients spanning the areas of T&D, network operations, Smart Grid, customer operations, finance, and telecommunications networks. Prior to his current position, Mr. Callahan was Vice President of Global Strategy and Solutions for the Energy & Utilities industry within IBM and a member of IBM’s Industry Academy.
Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy
Serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Ms. Patricia A. Hoffman also served as Acting Under Secretary for Science and Energy from January 2017 until November 2017 when the U.S. Senate confirmed Mark Menezes as Under Secretary of Energy. Ms. Hoffman served as Acting Assistant Secretary for OE from January 2017 until October 2017 when the OE Assistant Secretary was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Ms. Hoffman was named Assistant Secretary for OE from June 2010 to January 2017, after serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary since November 2007. The focus of her responsibility was to provide leadership on a national level to modernize the electric grid, enhance the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure and facilitate recovery from disruptions to the energy supply both domestically and internationally. This is critical to meeting the Nation’s growing demand for reliable electricity by overcoming the challenges of our Nation’s aging electricity transmission and distribution system and addressing the vulnerabilities in our energy supply chain.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Hoffman served in a dual capacity as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Research and Development (R&D) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) within OE. During her tenure as the DAS for R&D, she developed the long-term research strategy and improved the management portfolio of research programs for modernizing and improving the resiliency of the electric grid. This included developing and implementing sensors and operational tools for wide-area monitoring, energy storage research and demonstration and the development of advanced conductors to increase the capacity and flexibility of the grid. She also initiated a new research effort focused on integrating and distributing renewable energy through the electric grid, such as promoting plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and implementing smart grid technologies to maintain system reliability. As COO, she managed the OE business operations, including human resources, budget development, financial execution, and performance management.
Prior to joining OE, she was the Program Manager for the Federal Energy Management Program within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE. This program guides the Federal government to “lead by example” promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart energy management. Complementing her building energy efficiency experience, she also was the Program Manager for the Distributed Energy Program, which conducted research on advanced natural gas power generation and combined heat and power systems. Her accomplishments included the successful completion of the Advanced Turbine System program resulting in a high-efficiency industrial gas turbine power generation product.
Ms. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Senior Managing Consultant, Building Technologies, ICF
Michael is a project manager with ICF, where he supports energy efficiency policy development and implementation for federal, state, local, and utility clients. Michael has supported the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program since 2012. Michael has also previously worked helping the U.S. DOE develop energy conservation standards and test procedures for appliances and equipment.
Energy Advisor and Executive Director, Utah Office of Energy Development
Thom Carter has a diverse policy background, having served as an elected official in New Jersey and worked all over the country on initiatives ranging from healthcare to transportation, to the environment. He has been in Utah for the last six years spending time on infrastructure and environmental issues – with the last three years leading the state’s premier air quality nonprofit, the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR).
Carter grew up in the Northeast and went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. At UCAIR, Carter sits on the Board of Governors for the Salt Lake Chamber, the Governor’s Energy Advisory Council and co-chairs the Healthy Salt Lake Steering Committee. Carter was named a Utah Business Forty under 40 in 2019. Carter married the former Andrea Mayo in April of 2018. She gave birth to their first child, a son named Isaac, in October of 2019.
Branch Chief, State and Local Climate and Energy Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Regional Field Organizer for the Midwest and Plain States, Climate Justice Program, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Denise Abdul-Rahman is the Midwest and Plain States Regional Field Organizer for the National NAACP Environmental Climate Justice Program (ECJP).
She holds a BS in management, MBA in healthcare management, and a health informatics designation from Indiana University School of Informatics and is a Black Women Foreign War Veteran of Desert Storm
Abdul-Rahman leads the support for building rooftop and community-owned solar, energy efficiency projects; Just Transportation and Equitable Goods Movement, models the Black Green Pipeline initiative, and provides equity and inclusion clean energy policy language that ramps minority business enterprises, fair chance, and geographic imperatives.
Abdul-Rahman's most recent honors and recognition are Community Service Award 2021, NAACP Medgar Evers Nominee 2021, Vote Solar Dr. Espanola Jackson Award 2020, Faith-Based Rev. Mozel Sanders Drum Major for Humanities Award 2020, Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law Environmental Protector Award 2019, and the NAACP Indiana Hazel B. Hunter Award 2019.
Abdul-Rahman serves the Environmental Resilience Institute Advisory Board and is the Vice President of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Board. She has served in many other capacities, such as a Delegate to Paris COP 21 and a Delegate to Global Climate Action Summit.
Energy Development Specialist, Office of Energy, West Virginia Development Office
Dr. Charles Lloyd
President, White Mountains Community College
Dr. Chuck Lloyd is currently the President of White Mountains Community College. In addition to his role in administration, he crosses over to the faculty side of the college by teaching in the Business Department. Chuck was recently selected as one of New Hampshire’s “Forty under 40” by the Union Leader and was previously awarded the NHTI Service Learning Award and Commissioner’s Award for Service Excellence. In addition to administration and teaching, he maintains a strong passion for leadership and service. In the past few years, Chuck has offered dozens of workshops and presentations both internationally and in the States on a variety of leadership and management-focused topics. Chuck prides himself on relationship-building and actively participates in numerous community organizations. Originally from Franklin, New Hampshire, Chuck graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science, earned his Master’s Degree in Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Plymouth State University, and Chuck’s Doctorate is in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.
Senior Director, State Government Relations, Schneider Electric
Jeff Morris joined Schneider Electric North America in 2019 and is Senior Director of State Government Relations. Prior to that, Jeff worked in cleantech commercialization through his own business, Energy Horizon Corporation, as Director of Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative, and 23 years as a Washington State Representative. He recently completed six years as a USDOE OE Electricity Advisor and is an Associate member of the Gridwise Architect Council. While a legislator, he was named one of the most Tech Savvy Legislators in the United States by Governing Magazine, was Chair or Leader in several legislative associations and his public/private energy policy work recognized by the Canadian Government. Morris co-founded the Northwest Energy Angels now called Element 8 in 2005 and created the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute that has trained over 300 state and local policymakers in Energy 101.
Dr. Timothy Unruh
Executive Director, National Association of Energy Service Companies
Dr. Timothy D. Unruh is the Executive Director of the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO). In this role, he manages the representation of its member Energy Service Companies. NAESCO provides advocacy for the industry at the Federal, State and Local levels, and provides for member company Accreditation.
Prior to this role, Dr. Unruh was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Renewable Power at the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Office of the US Department of Energy (DOE). As the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dr. Unruh managed the nation’s renewable power research, while also providing oversight to the Grid Modernization Initiative.
Also while at the DOE EERE, Dr. Unruh Directed the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). As FEMP Director, Dr. Unruh oversaw the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reductions in energy and water use in Federal government operations. Dr. Unruh coordinates with DOE national laboratories and other Federal agencies in this capacity.
Dr. Unruh has doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.
Director, Virgin Islands Energy Office
Kyle Fleming was born and raised on St. Croix, USVI. His academic trajectory took a multi-disciplinary path that has provided him with a holistic understanding of the energy industry. It began at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, where he majored in Mechanical Engineering and minored in Energy Engineering. Inspired by a career within the Renewable Energy industry, he furthered his education and pursued a Master’s of Science Degree in Energy Systems at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. This program equipped him with an in-depth understanding of the technology within the renewable energy industry and the economics and policy that enable viable deployment.
Mr. Fleming utilized his education to propel his career as a Senior Engineer and eventually Director of Mechanical Engineering for a start-up energy storage company in Boston, MA. While this opportunity was extremely beneficial, his ultimate goal was always to return home and develop progressive energy initiatives within the Virgin Islands. In 2016, he returned to St. Croix to fulfill this personal and professional goal. Upon his return, he took on the role as Director of Operations for ProSolar Systems on St. Croix, USVI. During his tenure with ProSolar, Mr. Fleming designed, contracted, and managed the installation of over 700 kW of distributed solar and 1+ MWh of distributed battery storage systems throughout the island of St. Croix. Following Hurricane Irma and Maria, Mr. Fleming’s efforts relieved the dependence on generators for many Virgin Islanders suffering through the extended black-out, by transitioning homes to renewable energy solutions. Mr. Fleming plans to continue this effort and much more as the Director of Virgin Islands Energy Office. During the first phase of his tenure as Director he has focused on developing policy that promotes resilient renewable energy adoption and energy industry workforce development throughout the Virgin Islands.
Chief Community Development Officer, Island Institute
As Chief Community Development Officer, Suzanne oversees strategy development for the Institute’s programs, with a focus on the organization’s climate and economic resilience initiatives. She has been a catalyst and leader of several national and global networks focused on island sustainability, bringing a skillset and passion for sharing solutions and building relationships along and beyond the coast of Maine.
For nine years, Suzanne directed the Institute’s Community Energy Program, partnering with island communities in Maine, New England, and beyond to develop and implement practical strategies to lower their high energy costs. She remains active on climate and clean energy issues, currently serving as the Chair of the Efficiency Maine Trust Board of Trustees and on various groups of the Maine Climate Council. In 2015, Suzanne gave a TEDx Talk entitled, “What Islands Can Teach Maine About Energy.”
Suzanne holds an M.A. in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University and a B.A. in international development and political science from McGill University. She and her family live in Rockland, Maine and enjoy a close connection to the Monhegan Island community.
Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Eddy Trevino is the Director of the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO). In addition to his daily management and oversight activities, he oversees the State Energy Program activities, the LoanSTAR revolving loan program, and the Clean Energy Incubator initiative.
Under Mr. Trevino’s management of the LoanSTAR revolving loan program, fund value has increased to $230 million with over 310 loans. There have been no loan defaults over the life of the loan program.
Between September 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019, the Clean Energy Incubator program activities resulted in an economic impact of $28,435,933 to the state of Texas and supported 499 new jobs.
Mr. Trevino’s professional designations include a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. He has 29 years of engineering and management experience.
While attending the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Trevino earned the following degrees: Bachelor in Architectural Engineering (1980), an MBA (1986), and a Master in Technology Commercialization (2001).
Director, Energy Office, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and 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.
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.
Vice President, ICF
Director, Office of Energy Innovation, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Vice President of Market Development and Regulatory Strategy, Franklin Energy
Lloyd Kass is a 25-year veteran developer and implementer of clean energy policy and programs with utilities and government, and as a private sector consultant. Since 2015, Lloyd serving as Lime Energy's Senior Vice President for Utility Strategy, growing the company into a national leader in the deployment of utility programs serving commercial customers. Lloyd also launched the New York office of Willdan (Lime Energy's parent company) growing it from 1 employee into a $40 million dollar business in 4 years.
Mr. Kass has also had a long career in state and local government. With the New York Power Authority, Lloyd directed a strategic initiative, ordered by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, designed to accelerate energy efficiency improvements in NY state buildings and agency operations. He also served 10 years at the New York City Housing Authority during the Administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where he was responsible for capital planning and energy management and retrofit programs.
Since 2009, Lloyd has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University, in the School of International and Public Affairs, instructing graduate students in public administration and environmental policy.
Mr. Kass also serves on the boards of the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Energy Efficiency Alliance of New Jersey.
Director, Energy and Sustainability, WinnCompanies
Since joining WinnCompanies, Christina McPike has coordinated and implemented over $15 million worth of energy efficiency upgrades, including LED lighting retrofits, weatherization work, and heating system installations. With her expertise and cross-disciplinary approach, WinnDevelopment successfully integrates environmentally responsible design standards and best practices into every project, from occupied moderate renovations to historic adaptive reuse projects.
Christina has worked with state and local agencies and utility companies in D.C., Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York where she oversees a diversity of projects, including those pursuing Enterprise Green Communities, ENERGY STAR, and LEED certifications. She also supports WinnResidential property and asset management departments on energy retrofit opportunities, utility benchmarking, resident engagement, and green operations and maintenance.
Christina is a lifetime member of NESEA and received the Kate Goldstein Fund award in 2016, and has participated in numerous speaking engagements. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the US Green Building Council and served on the 2017 Greenbuild Host Committee. She holds degrees from Northeastern University and Boston College.
Director, 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’s 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 security planning and preparedness, sustainable transportation, and alternative fuels.
Molly is the Administrative Lead for Tennessee’s Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Settlement EMT) allocation and a member of the Executive Committee for the Drive Electric TN Consortium. She serves as Governor Lee’s designee to the State Energy Policy Council and represents TDEC on the Energy Efficient Schools Council and various TVA Information Exchanges. She has served on the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) Board of Directors since 2014 and is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Executive Committee.
In addition to Molly’s energy-related work, she serves as the Department’s Compliance Coordinator for Internal Audit and the Director of Operations for the Bureau of Environment, including emergency response efforts. 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.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy
David Bobzien serves as the Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy for Governor Steve Sisolak. Mr. Bobzien holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from George Mason University, and a Masters of Public Administration, natural resources and public lands policy emphasis, from Boise State University. He is currently the chair of the Western Interstate Energy Board.
David Bobzien served as the At-Large Council Member for the City of Reno City from 2014 to 2019 where he worked on climate planning and energy efficiency. Previously, Mr. Bobzien served four terms (2006-2014) as an Assemblyman representing District 24 in the Nevada Legislature and worked on clean energy policy including net metering, renewable incentives programs, energy efficiency, the renewable portfolio standard and coal generation retirement.
Mr. Bobzien lives in northwest Reno with his wife Julie, twin sons Luca and Finnegan, daughter Carly, and son David. David enjoys just about anything involving time spent outdoors, including running, backpacking, hunting and fly fishing.
The Honorable Jennifer M. Granholm
Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of Energy on February 25, 2021, becoming just the second woman to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Secretary Granholm will lead DOE in helping America achieve President Biden’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by advancing cutting-edge clean energy technologies, creating millions of good-paying union clean energy jobs, and building an equitable clean energy future. Secretary Granholm will also oversee DOE’s core missions of promoting American leadership in scientific discovery, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing nuclear danger, and remediating the environmental harms caused by legacy defense programs.
Prior to her nomination as Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm was the first woman elected Governor of Michigan, serving two terms from 2003 to 2011.
As Governor, Jennifer Granholm faced economic downturns caused by the Great Recession and meltdown in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. She successfully led efforts to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve the manufacturing sector, and add emerging sectors — such as clean energy — to Michigan’s economic portfolio. Today, one-third of all North American electric vehicle battery production takes place in Michigan, the state is one of the top five states for clean energy patents, and 126,000 Michiganders were employed in the clean energy sector prior to COVID-19.
Secretary Granholm was also the first woman elected Attorney General of Michigan and served as the state’s top law enforcement officer from 1998 to 2002.
After two terms as governor, Jennifer Granholm joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley as a Distinguished Professor of Practice in the Goldman School of Public Policy, focusing on the intersection of law, clean energy, manufacturing, policy, and industry. She also served as an advisor to the Clean Energy Program of the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Jennifer Granholm began her career in public service as a judicial clerk for Michigan's 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. She became a federal prosecutor in Detroit in 1990, and in 1994, she was appointed Wayne County Corporation Counsel.
Secretary Granholm, an immigrant from Canada, is an honors graduate of both the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She and her husband, Daniel G. Mulhern, have three children.
Policy Analyst, Energy Administration, District Department of Energy and Environment
Alex Fisher is a Policy Analyst at the District of Columbia's Department of Energy and Environment. She supports the Department on energy policy, including a special focus on microgrids. She also represents the Department at the grid modernization working groups (MEDSIS) in the District. Alex undertakes GIS modeling of renewable energy resource and energy efficiency potential in the District to assist with the implementation of the District's Clean Energy DC goals. Previously, Alex worked as an energy and environmental consultant with eight years' experience, including extensive international work on green minigrids.
Dr. Robert Dixon
Senior Advisor, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Robert K. Dixon is currently Senior Advisor, Office of International Affairs. He was formerly, Director, Strategic Programs, US Department of Energy.
From 2008-2015 he was a Lead Investment Banker at The World Bank Group. He directed a multi-billion dollar portfolio of energy, transportation, infrastructure and natural resources projects in 165+ client countries worldwide.
In 2007-2008 Dr. Dixon was Senior Coordinator, White House Task Force on Energy Security, National Security Council, Executive Office of the U.S. President, in 2007-2008. He addressed a range of domestic and international energy, trade, economic and security topics.
He was Head, Energy Technology Policy Division, International Energy Agency, Paris, France, in 2005-2007. Under his leadership, energy technology and policy assessments were conducted for world leaders and other high level clients.
In 2007, Dr. Dixon was co-recipient the Nobel Peace Prize.
He served as Associate Director for International Activities, Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the U.S. President in 2004-2005. Dr. Dixon addressed a range of domestic and international energy, environment, human health, natural resources, national security, trade and other issues at the White House.
He was Executive Director, International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy, Washington, DC, in 2003-2004. In 2004 the U.S. President honored Dixon with the U.S. government Gold Award for international energy service to the nation.
Dr. Dixon served as U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Power Technologies, 1999-2002. He led and administered a $1 billion dollar portfolio. Prior to serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary he was appointed to several other leadership positions at DoE.
He led two U.S. Presidential Initiatives from 1992-1998: the U.S. Country Studies Program and the U.S. Initiative on Joint Implementation to advance U.S. strategic interests in energy, economic and environmental security.
Dr. Dixon served on U.S. negotiating teams to various international agreements, protocols, conventions and treaties 1990-2008. He has also served in a variety of senior U.S. diplomatic assignments (e.g., Beijing, Brasilia, Moscow, New Delhi, Tokyo).
From 1989-1992, Dr. Dixon served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development, Office of Policy, and Office of International Activities. In 1991, he was seconded to the Executive Office of the U.S. President National Economic Council. He was awarded the EPA bronze medal for his contributions.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) employed Dr. Dixon in 1986-87 to lead energy sector and natural resource management policy reform across 16 southern Asia nations.
Dr. Dixon is co-founder Plant Health Care, Inc. (1987). Plant Health Care, Inc., a biotechnology research and development firm, markets or licenses processes and products in all 50 U.S. states and more than 30 foreign countries.
He started his career in the early 1980s with the Fortune 25 firm Allied Corporation and managed a large-scale research, development and technology deployment program for four years. He is the co-author of two U.S. patents.
Dr. Dixon earned his B.S, M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1982) degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. He was a tenured faculty member at the University of Minnesota and Auburn University from 1982 to 1989. He was Adjunct Professor at Oregon State University 1990-1991.
Dr. Dixon was awarded an Exxon Fellowship in 1984 and a Smithsonian Fellowship in 1985. He also served as a Visiting Professor at Oxford University, United Kingdom, Humboldt University, Germany, Delhi University, India, and Kasetsart University, Thailand.
Dr. Dixon is an Adjunct Professor at American University, Washington, DC, and offers undergraduate and graduate courses in energy, environment economics. He also teaches Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced and International Studies (SAIS), Columbia University and Georgetown University.
Dr. Dixon has been an advisor to various philanthropic organizations including the International Foundation for Science, CARE, Soros Foundation and other philanthropic organizations.
He also has been a consultant, contributor to the U.S. National Academy of Science and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering activities during the past three decades.
Dr. Dixon served with Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the US President, in 1986-87.
Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
With more than 30 years of experience in environmental and energy policy, Nancy Seidman works with RAP’s U.S. team to advise policymakers, advocates, and other utility sector participants on the intersection of environmental and energy policies. Her work focuses primarily on climate change, air quality policy, and the benefits of energy efficiency.
Until December 2016, she was the assistant commissioner for the Bureau of Air and Waste at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), where she managed three divisions. In one of the divisions, Ms. Seidman worked on air quality regulatory and monitoring programs, climate and energy policy and regulations, including implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. She also represented MassDEP on the Mass Energy Efficiency Advisory Council. Ms. Seidman has managed programs covering solid and hazardous waste permitting, policy, compliance, enforcement, and monitoring, other toxic pollutant reduction programs, and a range of fiscal and data operations. In her more than 20 years with MassDEP, Ms. Seidman served as the deputy assistant commissioner for climate strategies, division director for transportation and consumer programs, and deputy director for air program planning. Ms. Seidman also served as the president of the National Association for Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) and co-chaired the agency’s mobile source and fuels committee from 2002 through 2016.
Prior to joining MassDEP, Ms. Seidman worked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the New England regional office and for the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM).
Ms. Seidman holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University and a master’s of business administration in public management from Boston University
Associate Director, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Virginia Department of Energy
As manager of the Virginia Energy Management Program, Nam Nguyen works to reduce energy consumption and costs for state facilities. As part of Virginia Energy, the state’s energy office, he serves as technical lead for the Governor and Executive Branch on energy issues.
Nguyen promotes renewable energy projects on public facilities across the Commonwealth.He and his team serve state agencies and localtities to help reach energy efficiency goals through the Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) program. In June 2021, that program celebrated $1 billion in energy savings for the Commonwealth. They also ensure the grid is secure during peak times by working with state facilities that can go “off the grid” when demand for electricity is high.
Nguyen joined Virginia Energy with 20 years experience in the electric utility industry. He holds an electrical engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Managing Director, Resiliency, Clean Transportation, and Analytics, Hawaii State Energy Office
Chris Yunker is the Managing Director for Resiliency, Clean Transportation, and Analytics 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.
President, ORPC, Inc.
John Ferland joined ORPC in 2008 and has served as President since 2017. As part of ORPC’s senior management team, he helps oversee the company’s growing team, now numbering 32 employees and soon to expand to 45, working in four countries on three continents. He brings specific expertise to company activities in business and project development, worker safety, public communication and government affairs.
With over 35 years in technology commercialization, renewable energy development, port emergency response operations and coastal resources management, John has served as CEO of an oil spill response company, mentored numerous startups as director of a technology entrepreneur assistance program, and was the founding president of the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech), now the leading industry association for clean technology companies in northern New England. John has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. Carolyn Snyder
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Carolyn Snyder is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In this role, she leads a diverse energy efficiency program and R&D portfolio that includes advanced manufacturing, building technologies, federal energy management, low-income weatherization, and intergovernmental partnerships.
Previously, Dr. Snyder served as the Director of U.S. EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division. She led voluntary partnerships with thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations to remove market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy and accelerate emissions reductions. She oversaw the ENERGY STAR program, the Green Power Partnership, the Combined Heat and Power Partnership, the Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, and the State and Local Climate and Energy program.
Prior to EPA, Dr. Snyder supported both public and private clients on strategic management and environmental projects at McKinsey & Company. She served as a White House Fellow in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget working on cross-agency policy and management initiatives for the OMB Director. She also was the Director of Delaware's Division of Energy and Climate, where she created and led the new division and managed a wide range of energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate policy, and low-income weatherization programs. She earned a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from Stanford University, Masters Degrees as a Marshall Scholar from Oxford and Cambridge, and a B.A. from Amherst College. Her scientific research has been published in Nature, Paleoceanography, and Climatic Change.
Vice President, ChargePoint
Anne Smart is the Vice President of Public Policy for North America for ChargePoint, one of the world’s largest network of electric vehicle charging stations. In this role, Anne leads federal, state and local policy teams in US and Canada, utility partnerships and regulatory policy, and the development and execution of grants, incentives and public-private partnerships. 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. She also served as Director of Energy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association representing Silicon Valley 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 in Ohio. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Administrative Vice President, Global Capital Markets, Wilmington Trust
Global Capital Markets, Wilmington Trust