Just added : Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER; Former Chair, WHITEHOUSE COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Aquire a systematic overview of the issues and proposed solutions for the extremely complex evolution of the new grid
Hear how 7 utility decision-makers are preparing for a more challenging, customer- centric grid
Hear 4 real-world case studies in controlling aggregated DER Assets
Go deep with TWO workshops:
– System evolution & planning for the high DER grid
– Valuing DERs and rate design for high DER systems
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About the Event
Rapid advances in energy technology are challenging traditional utility business models, but also putting a new array of strategies, platforms and solutions in their hands. The need to manage the ever-growing volume and variability of solar at “grid-edge” is being met with a proliferation of new options for shifting and reducing loads, as well as ancillary services like frequency regulations. Mechanisms range from Automated Demand Response, to Virtual Power Plants, to grid-controlled substation and distributed behind-the-meter storage, to microgrids and avant-garde concepts like “transactive energy.” Dozens of new third party aggregator platforms and business models are arising targeting this segment.
This explosion of options is happening fast, in some cases explicitly driven by policy mandates (New York, California and Hawaii most notably). Larger IOUs and munis in these states are actively grappling with the new “toolkit”, but beyond their bounds this is a new territory for utility planners and engineers on the retail/customer/distribution grid side. As solar, and next storage, prices continue to fall, developing skills and resources for handling the higher variability will become ever more critical.
This tutorial will provide a thorough survey of the gamut of options available now and in development. Top grid consultants and CTOs from platform third party “energy service” providers will explain how these novel business models and mechanisms are working today, and how they can best be leveraged going forward. The tutorial will provide a basic grounding for junior staff and executives and planners who are looking at the future resource and business strategy needs of utilities in a time of rapid change. The tutorial will also provide invaluable education for new entrants in the distributed grid segment, for new hires at solar, storage and DR companies, and anyone planning to develop or market new “clean energy service” products or platforms.
Interested in attending the AM/PM Workshops?
Who Should Attend:
* Utilities – Mid- (Directors and Managers) and Junior-level staff in Environmental Policy, Strategy & Innovation, Technology, Resource Planning, Distribution Grid, Grid Engineering, Demand Response, Markets & Customer Service departments; new hires, trainees.
* Solution Providers/Equipment Suppliers – (Startups, Third Party Aggregators, Enterprise Utility Software, Global IT/Internet/Telecomm brands, Grid components and management tools, Communications & Control, Demand Response, Solar, Storage, Microgrids, Smart Home…): VP / Director of Market & Business development, Policy, Research, Government Affairs
* Solar and renewable energy developers and installers, in particular ones moving into energy-as-a-service business models and leveraging smart inverters
* Environmental advocacy and renewables/cleantech-related associations
* Technology and grid engineering researchers at national Labs, thinktanks, research institutes, universities
* Energy industry consultants, analysts
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Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Energy R&D
Jim Parks is a program manager in the Energy Research and Development department at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). He currently oversees energy efficiency, electric transportation and grid modernization R&D projects. He recently completed a $308 million smart grid initiative (SmartSacramento®) with over 40 individual projects ranging from smart meters and distribution automation to customer programs including demand response and energy efficiency. Prior to his current assignment he worked with emerging energy efficiency technologies, electric transportation, energy efficiency program development, energy efficiency program operations and transmission planning. He has a degree in electrical and electronic engineering and has over 25 years of experience in the utility industry.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON (SCE), Principal Manager, Electric System Planning Strategy and Engagement
Heather Sanders is a strategic and committed energy industry business leader passionate about realizing a sustainable energy future. She is a recognized thought leader serving as a member and advisor in forums focused on enabling business model and policy changes, and technical capabilities. Her expansive capabilities include: strategy, regulatory policy, smart grid technology, electricity markets, business development, and project delivery Ms. Sanders joined Southern California Edison in August 2015 as a leader in electric system planning focused on bridging the communications gap between engineering need for grid modernization and policy development in regulatory arenas. Before joining SCE, Ms. Sanders held multiple roles at the California Independent System Operator (ISO) in regulatory policy and smart grid technology and strategy. While at the ISO, she jointly led several road mapping efforts with the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission. These roadmaps outline needed actions to advance California energy and environment objectives with publications focused on Energy Storage, Demand Response and Energy Efficiency, and Vehicle Grid Integration. Prior to the ISO, she delivered software and consulting solutions aimed at facilitating wholesale energy market participation serving a wide variety of industry players including utilities, independent power producers, retail service providers and power marketers. Ms. Sanders was appointed to the DOE Electricity Advisory Committee in 2014 and also serves on the DOE GridWise Architecture Council. She participates as a committee member to plan and drive content for the DistribuTech annual conference that showcases advances in distribution grid technology. Ms. Sanders holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and a MBA from the University of Utah. She is also a member of IEEE.
Nest Labs, Product manager, Energy Services
Will is a product manager at Nest Labs, maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat. In this role, Will oversees the ongoing strategy and development of Rush Hour Rewards and Time of Savings, energy services that Nest offers energy providers to help manage load and save customers money when energy is expensive. Prior to Nest, Will worked at Greenstart, a design consultancy and venture capital firm. He also served as the CEO of Xite Solar, a company he co-founded using technology developed at UC Berkeley to enable production of high-efficiency, low-cost photovoltaics from a variety of earth-abundant materials. Earlier in his career, Will spent several years at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked as a commercialization advisor for advanced cooling technologies in the newly formed Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). Will holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and a MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
NRG Energy, Strategy Director
In her role as Director of Strategy at NRG Energy, Mira focuses on identifying and pursuing new market opportunities for NRG in the distributed generation markets. Before joining NRG, she managed her own consulting practice, working to bring environmental technologies to market. These ranged from leading the business development for an early-stage advanced materials start-up to brokering, negotiating and closing Power Purchase Agreements. She also served in sustainability-oriented positions for several years with Dow Chemical in both the U.S. and abroad and launched Dow’s lithium-ion battery business. Prior to working in the business world, Mira led conservation projects in Africa. Mira holds a BA degree in Biology from Oberlin College and an MBA from the University of California, Berkley – Walter A. Haas School of Business. She is an advisor to Social Investment Management Advisors and the UC Berkeley Center for Responsible Business.
CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, Director of Policy
Sachu Constantine brings to his role as director of policy twenty years of experience managing and implementing complex clean energy projects and programs. Early work in community development and forestry as a Peace Corps volunteer highlighted the importance of an environmentally sustainable economy in the U.S. and abroad. As a policy professional, Constantine has strived to combine this perspective with a strong analytical and strategic approach to energy issues. From codes & standards analysis and project management to institutional capacity building and business development, Constantine has worked to align market forces with public policy goals and community values at the local, state and national level. Across a variety of institutions, he has developed a collaborative leadership style and strong networking and speaking skills. Constantine is responsible for overseeing all areas of policy including: government and regulatory affairs, legislative analysis, strategic planning, program support and analysis as well as advice to the board of directors and senior management on local, state and regional policy. Constantine joined CSE from SunPower Corporation, a multinational, vertically integrated solar PV manufacturer where he was responsible for strategic partnerships and public policy. Prior to SunPower, he spent three years with the California Public Utilities Commission as the lead analyst for the California Solar Initiative as well as other distributed generation issues. As Director of Policy, Constantine is striving to make the broad experience and expertise of the CSE policy team an integral part of CSE’s strategic planning and project implementation. By fostering a collaborative work environment, he encourages each team member to reach their full potential and contribute accordingly. Maximizing the positive impact of the policy team on both internal and external policy issues is a key part of Constantine’s goal to help create a new clean energy economy that can address the issues of the next century. Constantine has a B.A. degree in international affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a master's in public policy with a focus on energy from the University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy.
Brandon De Young
De Young Properties, Executive Vice President
Brandon De Young holds the title of Executive Vice President for De Young Properties and President for De Young Mortgage. Brandon holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license, is a Mortgage Loan Originator, a National Center For Healthy Housing Lead Certified Renovator, as well as Building Performance Institute Certified. He received Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Real Estate degrees from the University of San Diego. Brandon represents the third generation of his family in the homebuilding business, established by his parents, Jerry and Paula De Young, in 1974. He has been a critical factor in the growth and evolution of De Young Properties as not only a leader in quality craftsmanship and innovation, but also in building environmentally-friendly homes that are both energy-efficient and high-tech, utilizing some of the most advanced building science and technology.
Arthur (Bud) Vos
Enbala Power Networks, President and CEO
With over 15 years of energy industry experience, Bud Vos has in-depth knowledge of and experience with providing high-value software solutions to utilities. As president and CEO of Enbala, Bud is leading the company through the next phase of its business as it continues to expand its energy balancing platform capabilities and applications for the utility market. Previously, Bud worked as the COO of Simple Energy and was also senior vice president of utility sales and the chief technology officer at Comverge, where he oversaw the company’s technology architecture while working with the utility client base to identify and deliver high value projects using smart grid technology.
Tucson Electric Power, Manager, Renewable Energy Resources
Ted Burhans is a Manager in the Renewable Energy Resources department at Tucson Electric Power. He manages all of TEP’s distributed generation programs, including 3rd-party and utility-owned installs, and also oversees TEP’s renewable energy research and development efforts. TEP has over 300 MW of utility-scale, and nearly 200 MW of distributed generation renewable energy projects. He has been with TEP for 11 years, and has been within the renewable energy group for the past 8. He has a B.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Arizona.
Greensmith, President and CEO
As President and CEO of Greensmith, John has led the company from concept to the recognized technology leader in energy storage market since joining in 2009. John was twice awarded Smart Grid Pioneer by SmartGridToday and the company was selected as the industry’s fastest growing company by Deloitte Fast 500. Greensmith is reaching 200MW of energy storage deployments globally with both grid-scale and behind-the-meter installations.Hailing from the B2B data analytics and software space –John firmly believed thatgrid congestion was more of an IT problem thanone solved simply by more or different generationand distribution investments -that energy storage could be the first truly programmable, multi-applicationappliance available to grid operators. With that vision and now an industry-leading software platform called GEMS, Greensmith is enabling a growing number of the largest power companies globally, including AEP and E.ON who invested in the company, lookingto succeed in energy storage.Prior to Greensmith, John held C-level roles at a number of venture-backed technology companies operating in North America, Europe and Asia, including a software and solutions startup that served 21 of the 25 largest electricutilities in North America. John also served as a strategy practice leader for A.T. Kearney and Braxton Associates and holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He currently resides in the Bay Area.
Dr. Ahmad Faruqui
The Brattle Group, Principal
Ahmad Faruqui is an economist whose consulting practice is focused on the efficient use of energy. His areas of expertise include rate design, demand response, energy efficiency, distributed energy resources, advanced metering infrastructure, plug-in electric vehicles, energy storage, inter-fuel substitution, combined heat and power, microgrids, and demand forecasting. He has worked for more than a hundred clients on five continents. These include electric and gas utilities, state and federal commissions, independent system operators, government agencies, trade associations, research institutes, and manufacturing companies. Ahmad has testified or appeared before commissions in Alberta (Canada), Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, FERC, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario (Canada), Pennsylvania, ECRA (Saudi Arabia), and Texas. He has presented to governments in Australia, Egypt, Ireland, the Philippines, Thailand and the United Kingdom and spoken at energy seminars on all six continents. His research on the energy behavior of consumers has been cited in Business Week, The Economist, Forbes, National Geographic, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He has appeared on Fox Business News, National Public Radio and Voice of America. He is the author, co-author or editor of four books and more than 150 articles, papers and reports on energy matters. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Energy Economics, Energy Journal, Energy Efficiency, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics and trade journals such as The Electricity Journal and the Public Utilities Fortnightly. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Karachi and a doctorate in economics from The University of California at Davis.
Rajit Gadh, PhD
UCLA - WINMEC & Smart Grid Energy Research Center, Professor & Director
Dr. Rajit Gadh is Professor of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, Founder and Director the Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC (http://smartgrid.ucla.edu) and Founder and Director of the UCLA WINMEC Consortium (http://winmec.ucla.edu). Dr. Gadh has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree from IIT Kanpur all in engineering. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a visiting researcher at Stanford University. Dr. Gadh's current research interests include modeling and control of Smart Grids, wireless monitoring and control of distribution and consumer-premise power grids, Electric Vehicle aggregation, modeling and control, optimized EV charging under grid and local constraints, Grid-tovehicle, Vehicle-to-grid and Grid-to-home architectures, automation and home area network for Demand Response, Micro-grid modeling and control, and, wireless-sensor and RFID middleware architectures. Dr. Gadh is author of over 150 articles in journals and conference proceedings and 4 patents. His team has developed the WINSmartEV™ and WINSmartGrid™ research platforms at UCLA. Dr. Gadh's research has recently been funded by the following sources: (i) LADWP (in turn funded by DOE) in which UCLA is one of three academic cooperating partners along with USC, and, JPL/Caltech in which DOE funding is roughly $60M) (ii) Korean Institute for Energy Research (KIER), (iii) EPRI NESCOR Grant (funded by DOE), (iv) California Energy Commission, and (v) the UCLA Smart Grid Industry Partners Program or SMERC-IPP consisting of over a dozen industry members. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, NSF Research Initiation Award, and, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Fellow Award, Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph R. Teetor Educational award, IEEE WTS second best student paper award, ASME Kodak Best Technical Paper award, AT&T Industrial ecology fellow award, Engineering Education Foundation Research Initiation Award, the William Mong Fellowship from University of Hong Kong, and other accolades in his career. He has lectured and given keynote/distinguished addresses worldwide in countries such as Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Hong Kong, Japan, S. Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and, Thailand. Dr. Gadh serves as advisor to a handful of technology-based startups.
Navigant Research, Principal Research Analyst
Peter Asmus is a Principal Research Analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Smart Energy practices, with a focus on emerging energy distribution, integration and optimization smart grid models such as nanogrids, microgrids and virtual power plants. Asmus has over 25 years of experience in energy and environmental markets, as an analyst, writer, and consultant. His expertise also extends to renewables such as wind power, marine hydrokinetics and solar energy. Asmus has been managing Navigant Research’s microgrid syndicated research service since 2009. In that role, he has served as the lead author of over 25 different reports covering topics as diverse as different microgrid global market segments (ranging from off-grid, remote communities to direct current (DC) data centers), capacity and revenue forecasts, technology evaluations and regulatory analysis. During the course of this research, he has also profiled over 50 market player active in this space.
SIEMENS AG, VP Product Management, Smart Grid Applications
Lars Lee-Potreck is responsible for global product innovation and product management at Siemens Digital Grid based in Foster City, CA. In this role, he addresses some of the energy industry’s toughest challenges by managing the development of innovative solutions that leverage IoT and advanced analytics to help utilities in all phases of smart grid deployments and the transition to next generation systems. With over twenty years of experience in the utility, IT, and telecommunication businesses, Lars brings the unique perspective to Siemens on the intersection of the three industries. Lars holds a Masters in Aeronautic Engineering from the Munich University of Applied Sciences.
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. He is a principal in Energy Choice, a consulting and development firm that helps business and government clients plan and implement a wide array of energy projects and programs, including community choice aggregation, renewable energy development, active load control, power quality, and advanced metering/information systems. Prior to founding Energy Choice, Mr. Burke served as the Senior Advisor to True Pricing, Inc. In 1994, Mr. Burke joined forces with Michael Peevey, former President of SCE, to form New Energy Ventures. They 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. Prior to that, he served in the state and federal governments 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.
Adib M. Nasle
XENDEE Corporation, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Adib is a co-founder and senior executive at XENDEE overseeing the development of the industry's first cloud computing platform specifically built to help address the end-to-end needs of microgrid planners, and developers. Adib is a senior IEEE member, holds 18 U.S. and international patents in the areas of power system design, real-time predictive energy management, optimization, safety and capacity assessment. Prior to XENDEE, Adib served as Executive Director at Pepperdine University overseeing the administration and management of the Executive MBA programs. He is the inventor of real-time power analytics, and was co-founder, President, and CSO at Power Analytics Corporation. Adib has worked with world-renowned organizations in mission critical computer applications in power, and designed and developed the Federal Aviation Administration’s predictive energy management system for the National Air Space (NAS) critical infrastructure. He studied finance and accounting at Stanford University GSB, has an MBA from Pepperdine University, and currently serves on the Aspen Institute’s steering committee board for the Socrates Society.
Marc A. Romito
Arizona Public Service, Director, Customer Technology Department
Marc is the Director of the Customer Technology Department. In this role, Marc oversees APS product development and implementation of any customer-sited technologies that have an impact on the grid. This includes a vast range of innovative, high profile technologies including rooftop solar, in-home or in-business energy management systems, battery storage, electric vehicles, load control devices, microgrids and more. His main priority is to ensure that customer technologies integrate into the APS grid and become useful tools for APS grid modernization. Prior to this position, Marc led the APS Renewable Energy Department. He joined the Company in January of 2014. Before arriving at APS, Marc spent 10 years at Tucson Electric Power and held management positions in renewable energy, T&D construction, project management, and operations technology
Pacific Northwest National Labs, Principal Engineer
Steve Widergren contributes to new solutions for reliable operation of electric power systems. Common throughout his career is the application of information technology to power engineering problems including, simulation, control, and system integration. He is a principal engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he directs electric power projects and supports the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a past member of the board and Plenary Chair for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and was also the founding administrator for the GridWise® Architecture Council – both groups formed with the mission to enable interoperability of automated systems related to the electric system. Prior to joining the Laboratory, Mr. Widergren worked in industry for an electricity control center supplier, and electric utility service providers. In these positions, he engineered and managed energy management systems products for electric power operations and supported power system computer applications, including information modeling, SCADA systems, and power system reliability assessment tools. He received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is actively involved in the IEEE Power & Energy Society and participates in standards efforts that bridge power engineering with information technology.
Mark S. Martinez
Southern California Edison, Senior Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets and Technology
Mark is a senior portfolio manager for Southern California Edison, with over 25 years’ experience in the design, management, and evaluation of innovative electric demand side management pilots and programs. He currently is the policy and portfolio manager for SCE’s demand response Emerging Markets and Technology suite of studies and demonstrations that include advanced software, systems and technology innovations for load management, dynamic pricing, energy storage, the water-energy nexus, and integrated distributed energy resources. In this role, Mark works with utility peers, market regulators, technology innovators, and state and local agencies to facilitate enhance Integrated DSM programs, pilots, software and systems that can support SCE’s current retail Integrated DSM programs and its future Grid of the Future modernization efforts.
California Public Utilities Commission, Chief of Staff to Commissioner Sandoval
Jamie Ormond current services as a member of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Energy Division in San Francisco and, until the end of her term, was the Legal and Water Advisor to Commissioner Catherine J. K. Sandoval at the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco. She covered Water, Drought Emergency and Water-Energy Nexus issues as well as a smattering of energy issues including Interconnection, Distribution Resource Planning, GHG mitigation, low income and smart grid issues. She also helped to develop the Water Energy Team of the Climate Action Team (WET CAT), the interagency working group established under AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Prior to joining the Commissioner’s office, Ms. Ormond was the Lead Analyst on the Electric Tariff Rule 21 Interconnection Proceeding. There, she helped to enact first-in-nation smart inverter interconnection rules and participated on the interagency California Storage Roadmap development team. Ms. Ormond earned her J.D. at Santa Clara University School of Law in Silicon Valley. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Ormond lived in Los Angeles and travelled around Southeast Asia, where she learned that renewable energy businesses make financial and environmental sense. A native of Detroit, Ms. Ormond graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a degree in international political economy. Ms. Ormond enjoys the outdoors and her love of hiking and camping has made her keen about ensuring that there is clean air and wilderness for future generations. She’s always on the lookout for big renewable energy/water tech product and services ideas to help solve serious structural problems.
Grid Core Consulting, Principal Project Manager
Tom is Principal Project Manager for Grid Core Consulting, focused on emerging grid product development and deployment. Current focus includes the integration of DERMS with DMS systems, leveraging intelligent devices on the distribution grid and behind the meter for DSO automation and performance analysis. Tom’s professional experience spans over 20 years across the Electric Utility and the Telecommunications industries, holding leadership, engineering, customer service and consulting roles, from both enterprise and vendor sides. Key projects included three California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program funded, for Electric Distribution Operations (Volt VAR Optimization (VVO) and Line Sensor field pilots) and Electric Transmission Operations (Distributed Series Reactors (DSR)) management systems. Tom is a member of the IEEE Power and Engineering Society (PES), the Project Management Institute (PMI), and a volunteer with the Wireless Communications Alliance (WCA). Tom holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and has held the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Communication Systems at California State University, Chico.
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy, Technical Advisor
Mr. Joseph Paladino has worked for most of his career in the advancement and commercialization of technology to address energy and environmental issues. His efforts in both private and public organizations have focused on waste management, energy efficiency, and energy infrastructure modernization. Over the past several years, he led efforts to convey the impact of the smart grid technologies advanced in projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. His current focus is to leverage this information to help decision-makers, including regulators, make informed infrastructure investments given the rapid advancement in technology and customer options. Mr. Paladino has an A.B. in Biology from Middlebury College and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a patent for a design for a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility.
Sunrun Inc., Director, Public Policy
Megha Lakhchaura is a Policy Director at Sunrun Inc. and is responsible for driving the company’s market and regulatory policy in California. She currently works on a myriad of policy issues including rate design, storage policy, grid services, program design, demand response, and market development. Prior to joining Sunrun, Megha worked at the California Public Utilities Commission for nearly seven and a half years on wholesale electricity market issues including power planning and procurement, resource adequacy and RPS. She has an MPP from the University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from the Symbiosis Center for Management, Pune.
, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER; Former Chair, WHITEHOUSE COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Beth Reid is a proven leader with over 15 years of experience in the energy industry including senior management positions at multi-national corporations such as ABB and VECTRA Technologies. Throughout her career she has specialized in creating and implementing customized solutions for clients in regulated and de-regulated markets that incorporate both technological and non-technological components. Most recently, she has been focusing on helping clients develop cost-effective solutions in the areas of demand response, renewable resource utilization, and other environmental topics. Beth is a results oriented professional with a record of implementing successful initiatives in the industry ranging from coordination of regulatory filings, to the development of innovative demand response programs to market entry for renewable generation resources. Having worked in both the retail and wholesale sectors, most recently as Managing Director at APX, responsible for the Demand Response and Professional Services group, the breadth of Beth’s experience enables her to bring a unique and valuable perspective to client collaborations. Through her leadership complex initiatives have come to life. Olivine provides Beth with an opportunity to leverage these skills and capabilities to contribute lasting value to the shift in our energy use and sources. Beth holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington and completed her undergraduate degree work with a specialty in Economics at the University of Michigan.
James T. Gallagher
New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC), Executive Director
Named Executive Director of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC) in April 2013, James T. Gallagher brings over 35 years of energy policy and industry experience to his role. As Executive Director, Gallagher oversees the Consortium and its members as they work toward broad statewide implementation of a safe, secure, and reliable smart grid to modernize New York’s energy infrastructure. Gallagher is the architect of the NYSSGC’s priority initiatives, which are designed to modernize New York’s electrical grid to improve reliability and resiliency, lower long-term costs, and identify best practices for meeting the evolving energy service needs of consumers. He recently co-facilitated the stakeholder process for Market Design and Platform Technologies for the NY Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Proceeding. Prior to joining the NYSSGC, Gallagher served as Senior Manager for Strategic Planning at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), where he was responsible for establishing the long term strategic direction for the NYISO, which operates New York’s electric transmission system and wholesale power markets. Before joining the NYISO in 2011, Gallagher served as Director of Energy Policy for the City of New York, and he was the lead energy advisor to the Office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Prior to working with the City, he was Director of the Office of Electricity and Environment for the New York Public Service Commission, where he enjoyed a 21 year career, and held senior energy policy positions at Northeast Utilities, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Energy Council, and in the late 1970’s, the Tennessee Valley Authority. At TVA he developed and led the organization’s pioneering “Solar Homes for the Valley” program. He earned a B.S. in Business and Economics from Lehigh University, and an M.S. in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Thomas Owen Bialek, Ph.D., P.E.
San Diego Gas & Electric, Chief Engineer
Tom received a Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1982 and 1986 respectively. He also obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2005. He is currently employed by San Diego Gas & Electric Company ("SDG&E") as a Chief Engineer. His present responsibilities involve technology strategy and policy for transmission and distribution issues including equipment, operations, planning, distributed generation and development of new technologies. He was also the Principal Investigator on DOE and CEC funded Micro Grid projects. He is also a frequently requested external speaker and DOE R&D peer reviewer. Tom was also recognized by Greentech Media in its inaugural 100 Top Movers and Shakers in Smart Grid. In 2009 Tom was recognized with SDG&E’s Cornerstone award and in 2010 received the Outstanding Engineer award from the San Diego County Engineering Council. He has held various positions with other North American utilities and equipment manufacturers since graduating in 1982. His experience includes electric utility design, planning and operation and equipment design, development and manufacturing. Tom is an IEEE Power Engineering and Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society member. Tom was also the former Failure Mechanism Technical Committee Chair and Secretary of the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society and Working Group Member for Surge Arresters. Tom is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. He is also a registered Professional Engineer, Electrical Engineering, in the State of California. He has authored a variety papers on a diverse of subjects such as distribution fault location, surge protection of equipment and testing of cables and has a patent on sub-cycle fault locating.
Strategen Consulting, Senior Director
Lon Huber is a Director in Strategen’s utility and government practice. He is currently involved in numerous public proceedings across the US, covering such topics as rate design, community solar, energy storage policy, and the designing of new DER market structures. Prior to joining Strategen, Lon worked for the consumer advocate office in Arizona, in the private sector for clean technology firms and in academia at a solar energy focused research institute. He received a congressional recognition award for his work in educating citizens about solar energy. During this time, he was also recognized as an Arizona Daily Star “40 under 40” winner for leadership, community impact, and professional accomplishment. Lon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and Management and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Arizona.
Google X, Business Innovation
Peter Light, Business Innovation, Google[x] Today at Google [x], Peter Light focuses on commercializing Makani, a highly innovative wind power technology that promises to deliver low-cost renewable energy worldwide. Peter was previously responsible for Global Product Management at Bloom Energy, where he was instrumental in crafting the business plan, go-to-market strategy, and product roadmap for the company’s fuel cell-based Energy Server. During this time, Bloom went from zero customers to powering many of the Fortune 50. Peter later led International Business Development, creating a Joint Venture with SoftBank to bring Bloom’s technology to Japan. Peter previously held positions at Energy & Environmental Economics, a boutique energy consulting firm, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.