Series Kick-Off Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 6-9:30pm,
Tsakopoulos Central Library, Sacramento
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Hundreds of megawatts in 2017 and 2018 will be opened up to third party providers according to a recent CPUC order, with IOUs set to deliver a plan for the end of December 2016 on how they will interact with the third parties. This is just one more concrete step among many others under way in the restructuring of the distribution grid in California and other states with strong innovation and carbon-reduction policies. Drivers are coming from the secular market side as well as rooftop PV and energy storage prices continue to drop.
To address this pivotal shift in the California energy market, StrattonReport is pleased to assemble a panel of speakers at the forefront of this trend, who will assess and debate the different models by which the fast emerging “Grid 2.0” business and engineering landscape will be structured.
This event serves to kick off a 2017 cycle of monthly intimate symposia, in some cases “Working Lunches,” that will take place in different major California cities .
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Participant list including speakers and attendees:
Advisor to Commissioner McAllister, CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION (CEC)
Chief of Staff to Commissioner David Hochschild
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION (CEC)
Founder & Executive Director
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROJECT
Head of West Coast Energy Partnerships
CEO & Founder, TEMIX; Executive Director
TRANSACTIVE ENERGY ASSOCIATION (TEA)
Dynamic Grid Council
Lead Program Manager, FERC Jurisdiction Strategy & Performance
LG TECHNOLOGY CENTER OF AMERICA , Director,Technology & VC Partnerships
TILAK GOPALARATHNAM IS CURRENTLY DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIPS AT LG. In this role, he is responsible for Open Innovation in the Energy space, which includes solar photovoltaics, energy storage and grid edge technologies. He has been working in Cleantech industry for over 15 years, including clean transportation and renewable energy. His experience spans leadership roles in product development, product management and innovation. Tilak has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a PhD in Electrical Engineering with a power electronics focus.
NATIONAL GRID, Lead Program Manager, FERC Jurisdiction Strategy & Performance
Smriti Mishra is a Strategy Lead at National Grid, currently leading an initiative to develop a business model for behind-the-meter grid services through solar + storage solutions. Smriti has in-depth knowledge of National Grid’s FERC regulated business, including transmission and wholesale generation. She is an experienced project manager, dedicated to energy innovation and growing the clean tech sector. Her career includes leadership at EnerNOC, as a Senior Operations Manager with P&L ownership of demand response portfolios worth over $100M in annual revenue for markets in ISO-NE, NYISO, and Ontario. She graduated with a degree in physics from the University of Chicago and earned her MBA at the Harvard Business School. Her academic research includes exploring offshore wind enabling technology at MIT and collaborating with an HBS professor on understanding how business leaders can drive effective decisions to long-term issues, such as climate change.
ADARA POWER, CEO
NEIL MAGUIRE IS FOUNDER AND CEO OF ADARA POWER, a manufacturer of lithium-ion energy storage systems for solar. Neil previously ran Texas Instruments’ Automotive Battery Management System semiconductor business unit. Prior to TI, Neil was VP of Marketing and Business Development at Imara Corporation, a lithium-ion cell manufacturing start-up. Neil moved to Silicon Valley from the Detroit area 13 years ago after his software start-up was acquired by Agile Software (now Oracle). His career started in the automotive industry where he worked at GM on the first ethanol fuel system and at Ford on fuel cell developments and 42V power systems. Neil has degrees in Materials Science from Michigan State, Mechanical Engineering from Kettering and an MBA from Oakland University.
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROJECT, Founder & Executive Director
MICHAEL C. BURKE, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROJECT, has over 35 years of energy industry experience spanning the regulatory, consulting, and entrepreneurial fields. For the past 15 years, Mr. Burke has consulted with a variety of energy technology manufacturing and development companies. In 1994, Mr. Burke cofounded New Energy Ventures. He and his partners grew the company from a 2-man startup into the nation’s largest non-utility electricity supplier, reaching annualized revenues of nearly $1 billion by 1999. He oversaw the overall strategy, innovation, and direction for New Energy. Prior to the establishment of NEV, Mr. Burke was Director of Utility Services for Dames & Moore, a global environmental consultIng firm. In a 15-year government career, he served in a variety of positions, including Manager of Regulatory and Environmental Programs at the California Public Utilities Commission, and Assistant Executive Director of the California Energy Commission.
NEST LABS, Head of West Coast Energy Partnerships
JEFF GLEESON IS THE HEAD OF WEST COAST ENERGY PARTNERSHIPS AT NEST LABS, where he works with utility partners to develop customer-focused energy programs that leverage Nest products. Prior to joining Nest, Jeff was a leader in PG&E's Customer Energy Solutions team, with responsibility for the delivery of key products and programs in PG&E's energy efficiency portfolio. Jeff holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA from UC Davis, where he was a graduate student researcher for the Energy Efficiency Center. Together with his wife and brand new daughter, Jeff resides in San Francisco.
SOLAR CITY, Sr. Power Systems Engineer, Grid Engineering Solutions
FRANCES BELL IS A SR. POWER SYSTEMS ENGINEER, GRID ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS, AT SOLARCITY, building and demonstrating grid services with Distributed Energy Resources (DER) to provide a stable, dynamically controlled grid. Specifically, she manages and develops technologies to provide resilient, real-time DER control through implementing pilot projects, collaborating on new research, and contributing to smart inverter standards. Prior to joining SolarCity, Frances worked at PG&E in grid planning and new technology applications. Frances has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science Electrical Engineering from Smith College and a Master of Science in Power Systems Engineering from Tufts University.
Emilio Camacho, Esq.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION (CEC), Chief of Staff to Commissioner David Hochschild
Emilio Camacho, Esq. is Chief of Staff to Commissioner David Hochschild at the California Energy Commission, where he is responsible for managing the office in the areas of renewable energy, research and development of technology, energy efficiency, and power plant siting. He oversees all legal, legislative and policy matters, administrative functions and manages staff for the Commissioner’s office. In addition, Emilio serves as an Advisor to Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller on California-Mexico Issues and to implement various agreements, including the California-Mexico Energy MOU signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and the administration of Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto. Prior to joining the California Energy Commission, Mr. Camacho served as an Attorney at the California Office of the Legislative Counsel, providing legal advice to the Members of the Legislature and the Governor of California, in the areas of energy, environmental law, public utilities, water law, and public resources. At the local level, Emilio served as Chair of the Berkeley Energy Commission and is a current Board Member for Rising Sun Energy Center. Emilio earned a Philosophy A.B. from the University of California, Davis; a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law; and an Energy and Emerging Technologies Professional Certificate from Stanford University.
CALCHARGE, Program Manager
ALEX LUCE LEADS CALCHARGE, A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP working to accelerate the development, commercialization, and adoption of new energy storage technologies for the consumer, transportation, and grid markets. Alex has experience in the renewable energy sector as a scientist, engineer, entrepreneur, and investor. Prior roles include work at the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E), in venture capital, and at the solar PV startup Strider Solar, Inc. Alex holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley and was a research assistant at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
ADVANCED MICROGRID SOLUTIONS (AMS), BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LEAD
PATRICK WOODS IS A BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LEAD WITH ADVANCED MICROGRID SOLUTIONS (AMS). Previously Patrick worked for Gridium and OPower, also in a business development capacity. AMS uses advanced energy storage, load control technologies and state-of-the-art data analytics to design, build and operate customized fleets of energy storage for large commercial and industrial users and utilities. AMS recently announced two major partnerships with Invesco Real Estate and Irvine Companies to deploy their Hybrid Storage technology.
CEO & Founder, TEMIX, Executive Director, TRANSACTIVE ENERGY ASSOCIATION (TEA)
DR. EDWARD CAZALET IS THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF TeMix INC., a global transactive systems company, and is also the Executive Director of the Transactive Energy Association (TEA). Cazalet is a leader in the design and operation of markets for electricity, the design and operation of smart grid transaction services, electricity storage, and renewables integration. For his industry contributions, Public Utilities Fortnightly magazine named Dr. Cazalet Innovator of the Year. He was a governor of the CAISO and is the founder or cofounder of MegaWatt Storage, Farms, Automated Power Exchange (APX), Decision Focus, Inc., and The Cazalet Group. As chairman and CEO of APX he raised almost $70 million in three rounds from venture capital investors and strategic power industry investors. For 40 years, Dr. Cazalet has been active in state and federal energy policy debates, including synthetic fuels, natural gas deregulation, electric power generation, transmission planning, and electricity storage. He was the initial advocate for California’s “Energy Storage Systems” mandate known as the bill AB 2514. Cazalet holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University where he focused on decision analysis, economics, and power systems. Currently Dr. Cazalet is running a transactive energy testbed with a $3.2M grant from CPUC.