The following are confirmed presenters for the
2015 Energy Policy Outlook Conference :
Senior Director of National Security Policy, Edison Electric Institute
Scott Aaronson has been a member of the Government Affairs department since joining EEI in 2009. As the Senior Director for National Security Policy, he is responsible for establishing partnerships and fostering collaboration between the government and investor-owned electric utilities. Before focusing exclusively on security matters affecting critical infrastructure, Mr. Aaronson was responsible for advocacy related to several emerging technology issues, including electric grid modernization and telecommunications issues.
In addition to his role at EEI, he also serves as the Secretary for the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). The ESCC serves as the primary liaison between senior government officials and industry leaders representing all segments of the electric power sector. This partnership is held up as a model for how critical infrastructure sectors can work with government, yielding dramatic improvements in security and preparedness for the industry and the nation.
Prior to joining EEI, he was a senior adviser to Members of Congress serving the 12th Congressional District of California, including former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos and his successor, U.S. Representative Jackie Speier. From 2001 to 2007, he served as an economic policy adviser to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.
Mr. Aaronson attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for his undergraduate studies, and received a Master's Degree from The George Washington University. He lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.
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Director, Colorado Energy Office
Jeff Ackermann is the Director of the Colorado Energy Office. Prior to this, Mr. Ackermann worked at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, focusing on issues ranging from electric system planning to the effective use of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
In addition, he was manager of the state’s low-income DSM programs at the state’s energy office. Mr. Ackermann has worked in the philanthropic world, promoting various advocacy strategies for low-income households. He was a product developer at Public Service Company of Colorado, where he was the team lead for the design, development and implementation of Windsource, the nation’s most successful customer-driven renewable energy development.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.
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Director, America’s Power Plan
Sonia Aggarwal is Director of Strategy at Energy Innovation. She leads America’s Power Plan as well as several other clean energy policy projects for the organization. Before joining Energy Innovation, Sonia was the Global Research Manager at ClimateWorks Foundation, where she worked with the Major Economies Forum, Japanese and Chinese governments, several U.S. Senators, the White House, and the American Energy Innovation Council. She also served as an advisor to the International Energy Agency’s “Accelerating Technology Transitions” project. Earlier in her career, she worked in accident prevention design engineering for a nuclear power plant in Ohio and later advised clean energy companies on technology and financial communications. Sonia holds a B.S. from Haverford College in astronomy and physics and an M.S. from Stanford University in engineering, with a focus on energy.
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Former Senator, Co-Chair of Nuclear Matters
Evan Bayh served as the junior United States Senator from Indiana from 1999 to 2011. As a moderate Democrat, he was a leader, working in a bipartisan manner to seek consensus on several key issues, including financial services reform and healthcare. He was also a leading voice advocating fiscal restraint on government spending. Senator Bayh served on several committees, including Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Aging; and Senate Intelligence.
Prior to being elected to the Senate, he was elected to two terms as governor of Indiana, where he enacted welfare reform, cut taxes, and brought about fiscal discipline to the state's budget. He also served as Secretary of State in Indiana (1986-1989). Senator Bayh received his bachelor’s degree in business with honors from Indiana University in 1978, and received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981. In 1982, Senator Bayh clerked for the Honorable Judge James E. Noland of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Currently Senator Bayh is a partner at McGuireWoods LLP and a senior advisor to McGuireWoods Consulting. Senator Bayh is also a senior advisor at Apollo Global Management in New York.
Senator Bayh serves on the board of directors for Fifth Third Bank, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Berry Plastics Corporation, RLJ Lodging Trust, and McGraw Hill Education. He also serves on the advisory board for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and is a Fox News contributor.
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Counsel and Director of Finance Programs, Energy Programs Consortium
Elizabeth Bellis is Counsel and Director of Finance Programs for Energy Programs Consortium in Brooklyn, New York. She has overseen the development of the Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans (WHEEL) since 2010, including the RFQ&I process by which Renewable Funding was selected as a lead partner for the effort. In addition, Ms. Bellis directs EPC’s well-known Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) program and is currently developing its multifamily finance effort.
Ms. Bellis has spoken widely on energy finance topics, including for the Hawaii State Legislature and the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources. Her work has been cited by numerous groups and publications including the New York Times. Prior to joining EPC, she was an associate in the tax group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and of Harvard Law School.
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Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Synapse Energy Economics
Bruce Biewald is the founder and CEO of Synapse Energy Economics, a research and consulting firm specializing in energy, economic, and environmental topics. Since its inception in 1996, Synapse has grown to become a leader in providing rigorous analysis of the electric power sector for public interest and governmental clients.
Bruce has been working on economic analysis of energy efficiency and electric sector climate policies for more than 30 years. He has coauthored more than 100 reports and has testified in more than 100 cases, including utility regulatory proceedings in 25 states, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, two Canadian provinces, and in state and federal courts.
Mr. Biewald’s areas of expertise include electric power system planning, air emissions, climate change policy, market power, generation asset valuation and divestiture, nuclear and fossil power plant costs and performance, renewable resources, environmental externalities valuation, environmental compliance planning, energy conservation and demand-side management, electric power system reliability, avoided costs, risk analysis, and risk management.
His many publications include studies for the Electric Power Research Institute, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Technology Assessment, the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners,and the PJM Interconnection.
Prior to founding Synapse, Mr. Biewald was employed for 15 years at Energy Systems Research Group, which later became the Tellus Institute. Mr. Biewald holds a bachelor of science in art and design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has completed graduate courses in micro and macroeconomics at Harvard University Extension School.
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Air Quality Specialist, Federal Highway Administration
Emily Biondi is the program coordinator for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program at the Federal Highway Administration. She has been with the Federal Highway Administration 17 years and part of the Air Quality and Noise Team in the Office of Natural Environment since 2004.
Prior to working on the Air Quality and Noise Team, Ms. Biondi was in the Georgia Division for 6 ½ years working in planning and air quality and with the Florida Division for a year. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University.
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Vice President, Renewable Funding
Colin Bishopp is Vice President at Renewable Funding, an energy finance company that provides innovative clean energy finance solutions to governments, utilities and contractors. Mr. Bishopp leads Renewable Funding’s efforts to expand the residential energy efficiency market and also supports the State of Hawaii’s Green Energy Market Securitization program. He joined Renewable Funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he managed initiatives related to clean energy finance and deployment. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Colin worked in the non-profit sector, helping several cities and states to establish their energy efficiency loan programs. In 2004, he taught courses in American politics and culture at Benedictine University. Mr. Bishopp earned his master's degree at the University of Chicago and his bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Senior Associate, ClearView Energy Partners, LLC
Kevin Book heads the research team at ClearView Energy Partners, LLC, an independent research firm that serves institutional investors and corporate strategists. Mr. Book’s primary coverage areas include oil, natural gas, coal and refined products.
Mr. Book appears frequently within print and broadcast media, contributes to policy forums convened by government and private organizations and meets with top Washington decision-makers. Mr. Book has testified before several House and Senate Committees.
Mr. Book is also a member of the National Petroleum Council, a self-funded advisory body to the Secretary of Energy, and a nonresident Senior Associate with the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Prior to co-founding ClearView, he worked as a senior energy analyst for a national investment bank. He holds an M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a B.A. in economics from Tufts University.
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President and Chief Executive Officer, PJM Interconnection
Serving as president and chief executive officer since 2008, Mr. Boston oversees the largest power grid in North America and the largest electricity market in the world. Mr. Boston also is president of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, Inc., and immediate past president of the GO 15, the association of the world’s largest power grid operators.
Mr. Boston was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. He is a member of the Board for the Electric Power Research Institute.
Mr. Boston is past chair of the North American Transmission Forum, dedicated to excellence in performance and sharing industry best practices. He also was one of the eight industry experts selected to direct the North American Reliability Corporation investigation of the August 2003 Northeast/Midwest blackout.
Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Boston was the executive vice president of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power provider. In his 35 years at TVA, Mr. Boston directed divisions in transmission and power operations, pricing, contracts and electric system reliability.
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Executive Director, Microgrid Institute
Michael Burr manages collaborative work among multidisciplinary groups of subject matter experts and leaders. Mr. Burr has produced more than 20 volumes of energy industry journals; participated in numerous public events and seminars; and led formative industry initiatives to accelerate adoption of advanced energy technologies. He founded Microgrid Institute in 2013. As its Director, he initiates and coordinates multidisciplinary work to address factors affecting the development and operation of energy microgrids. He represents Microgrid Institute in stakeholder engagements, and manages team members, collaborators, and advisers in a variety of projects, from market studies to microgrid development.
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Dr. Caitlin Callaghan
Chemical Engineer, National Electricity Delivery Division, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Caitlin Callaghan is a Chemical Engineer with the National Electricity Delivery Division (NEDD) of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this capacity, Dr. Callaghan leads OE’s energy-water nexus efforts, provides expertise regarding environmental aspects of the electricity system, and manages several efforts through OE’s Electricity Policy Technical Assistance Program. Dr. Callaghan also serves as a technical expert leading OE’s effort to monitor environmental regulations and their compliance for potential impacts on the reliability of the electricity system. She also supports environmental and historic resource review of proposed cross-border international transmission facilities and is a member of the DOE Grid Tech Team, which focuses on both technological and institutional aspects of grid modernization, and the DOE Water-Energy Tech Team, which focuses on cross-cutting energy-water nexus issues in the energy sector.
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Regulatory Analyst, American Waterworks Association
Adam T. Carpenter works for the American Waterworks Association's (AWWA) DC Government Affairs Office as a Regulatory Analyst, and serves as an expert on a diverse set of drinking water issues including climate change, hydraulic fracturing, consumer confidence reports, carbon capture and storage, the energy-water nexus, and other water and environmental issues. Along with his colleagues, he works to further AWWA’s mission of supporting clean, affordable drinking water through sound application of science into policy, source water protection, sensible regulation, public awareness, and building stakeholder consensus. He holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in Biology, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins in Environmental Sciences and Policy, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy from George Mason University. In his studies, he is researching the development of community based sea level rise policies for vital sectors, such as water supply.
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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Good Harbor, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Middle East Institute
Richard Clarke completed a thirty year (1973-2003) career in national security, during which he worked in the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community, the State Department, and the White House. He held the positions of National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism, Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security, Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence. He worked in the White House National Security Council for presidents Bush (41), Clinton, and Bush (43) for an unprecedented ten consecutive years. In 2013, he served on President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence.
After leaving full time government service, Clarke wrote six books, both fiction and non-fiction, including the nationwide number one best seller, taught for five years at Harvard’s Kennedy School, has been on on air consultant for ABC News for a decade, created and manages a cyber security and venture capital related consulting firm, serves on corporate boards, and is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute.
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Senior Technical Advisor and Lead Regional Coordinator, NASEO
Chuck Clinton currently serves as Senior Advisor and Regional Coordinator for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). His twenty-nine year career (1978-2007) as director of the DC Energy Office (DCEO) not only enabled him to build up a comprehensive energy program for the nation's capital, but also provided him a unique opportunity to serve as a leader of national organizations representing both state and local governments. Mr. Clinton served as chairman of the Conference of Local Energy Officials (CLEO), a component of the National League of Cities (NLC), as well as a long time board member of the Urban Consortium Energy Task Force; he served many terms as a board member of NASEO, in addition to being its original treasurer. Mr. Clinton also served many years as chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (WashCOG) Energy Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC).
His academic credentials include the Program for Senior State and Local Government Officials at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, and BA degrees from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC and Borromeo College, Cleveland, OH.
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Building Energy Codes Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
David Cohan is the Building Energy Codes Program Manager for the US Department of Energy. He has worked in energy efficiency for over 20 years in a variety of capacities including evaluation, program design and, for the past ten years, the development and implementation of building energy codes which mandate minimum efficiency levels for all new buildings constructed in the United States. David is particularly focused on ways to increase compliance with the codes so that the potential energy savings are actually realized. David has worked at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance since 2000 and is currently on special assignment to US DOE where he was brought in to direct their energy codes program. He holds an MS in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Literature from the University of California, San Diego.
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Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project
Kenneth (Ken) Colburn advises energy and environmental regulators on air quality and climate-related issues, as well as on opportunities associated with regulatory compliance, energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation, integrated resource planning, and other energy policy matters.
Mr. Colburn came to RAP as a senior associate in early 2011 from Symbiotic Strategies, where he led several state climate planning processes and provided strategic assistance to foundations, progressive companies, and nongovernmental organizations in their efforts to address climate and energy issues. Previously Mr. Colburn was executive director of the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and led the Air Resources Division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). He helped position New Hampshire as a leader in reducing air pollution with the nation’s first “4-pollutant” law and the first greenhouse gas emissions reduction registry. Before joining NHDES, Mr. Colburn was vice president of energy and environmental policy at the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire (BIA), representing the state’s business community on environmental, energy, and telecommunications matters in legislative and regulatory forums.
Mr. Colburn holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and master’s degrees in business administration and education from the University of New Hampshire. He serves on the board of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, the National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NRECA), and several non-profit organizations.
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Power Planning Director, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Tom Eckman is Director of the Power Division of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Tom Eckman joined the Council in 1982. Prior to his current position Tom served as the Council’s Manager of Conservation Resources. Tom has over 35 years of experience in integrated resource planning and energy efficiency. He has conducted multiple comprehensive assessments of the energy efficiency potential in the Pacific Northwest region as well as assisted in the assessments prepared by and for utilities. Tom has represented the Council in federal efficiency standards proceedings and negotiation as well as state energy code development processes. He is also Chair of the Council’s Regional Technical Forum which develops standardized savings estimates and evaluation protocols for Pacific Northwest utilities and system benefits administrators.
Prior to joining the Council Tom was a senior energy analyst with Mathematical Sciences Northwest in Bellevue, Washington. He was on the faculty of Central Washington University and an adjunct professor of environmental studies for Western Washington University. Tom was involved in the development of the Northwest Power Act while chairing the energy committee of the Washington Environmental Council and the Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club. He received a M.S. in environmental studies/environmental education and a B.S. in forestry from Southern Illinois University.
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Deputy Director of the Energy Efficiency Division, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Ian Finlayson is the Deputy Director of the Energy Efficiency Division within the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. His portfolio covers work on the Massachusetts 3-year energy efficiency plans, the Massachusetts clean energy and climate plan for 2020. Specific projects include development of the Massachusetts building energy code, and building energy asset rating and efficiency pilots. Prior to joining state government, Ian worked for a large US affordable housing developer, was a consultant to the United Nations and taught in Japan. He holds degrees from Edinburgh University and MIT.
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Policy Director, GridWise Alliance
Ladeene Freimuth serves as Policy Director at the GridWise Alliance, the leading coalition advocating for the transformation of the U.S. electric system. In her new role, Ms. Freimuth works closely with the GridWise Alliance members in developing and executing the Alliance's policy agenda that promotes investment in infrastructure, innovation and modernization of the electric grid.
Ms. Freimuth has her own firm, The Freimuth Group, LLC, and brings nearly twenty years of policy experience including staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and with the private sector.
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Dr. Julio Friedmann
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Julio Friedmann is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal, Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy. In this capacity, he is responsible for the DOE’s R&D program in advanced fossil energy systems, large demonstration projects, carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), and clean coal deployment.
In his prior appointment as Chief Energy Technologist for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dr. Friedmann’s research portfolio included smart grid and energy systems analysis, conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons, CO2 capture, utilization, and sequestration, nuclear fuel cycle, geothermal power, and renewable power prediction and integration. This included research, development and technology assessment in shale gas, hydrofracturing, CO2-enhanced oil recovery, and underground coal gasification.
Dr. Friedmann is one of the most widely known and authoritative experts in the U.S. on carbon capture and sequestration. In this role, he has testified before the US House, Senate, and several state legislatures, published in Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, and the New York Times. In addition to close partnerships with many private companies and NGOs, Julio has worked closely with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Energy Association. He is a principle co-author on the MIT “Future of Coal Energy” Report, the National Petroleum Council report “Facing Hard Truths”, and the World Resources Institute “CCS Guidelines” report. Dr. Friedmann has led technical work on large CCS projects in Europe, Africa, North America, and China. He was the program leader for the California Energy Systems for the 21st Century (CES-21) and was co-director for the US-China Clean Energy Research Center on Clean Coal and CCS. He has served on the technical advisory boards for Summit Power and GreatPoint Energy, and served on the National Coal Council (an advisory team for the Secretary of Energy).
Dr. Friedmann received his B.S and M.S. degrees from M.I.T., followed by a Ph.D., at the University of Southern California. After graduation, he worked for five years as a senior research scientist in Houston, first at Exxon and later ExxonMobil. He next worked as a research scientist at the Univ. of Maryland, collaborating with the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) at the Univ. of Maryland and the Colorado Energy Research Institute at Colorado School of Mines. A native of Rhode Island, he has worked in Calif., Wash., Utah, Wyo., Colo., China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Spain, Ireland, the North Sea, Nigeria, Angola, Venezuela, Azerbaijan, and Australia.
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Executive Director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium
As Executive Director, Jim 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. Mr. 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.
Mr. Gallagher is a member of the Advisory Board of Grid4EU, the largest smart grid project funded by the European Commission and coordinated by ERDF (Électricité Réseau Distribution France). Comprised of six European energy distributors with a goal of implementing large-scale demonstration projects to showcase advanced smart grid solutions, he collaborates with international energy and technology experts to learn and create best practices and technological solutions for grid modernization. He also serves on the EPRI Grid Modernization Advisory Group and sits on the Board of Directors for the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center. He is on the Executive Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Energy’s State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network.
Prior to joining the NYSSGC, Mr. 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, he served as Senior Vice President for Energy Policy at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, 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 the Tennessee Valley Authority.
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.
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Dr. Paula Gant
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Paula Gant is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dr. Gant administers domestic and international oil and gas programs, including policy analysis, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and export authorization. Dr. Gant’s work at DOE is focused on realizing the promise presented by America’s abundant natural gas and oil resources which hinges on prudent production, environmental stewardship and efficient use. The Department of Energy’s research efforts seek to deploy the best available science, analysis and technologies to ensure a more secure energy future by leveraging our domestic natural gas and oil resources and protecting our air, land, and communities.
Dr. Gant previously worked for the American Gas Association and Duke Energy. She has also served on the faculties of Louisiana State University and the University of Louisville. Paula is a native of Louisiana. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from McNeese State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.
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Director, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, U.S. Department of Energy
Anna Garcia is the Director of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy (DOE). She provides leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy through technology deployment, accessing new partnerships and resources, and communications and outreach activities.
Previously, Ms. Garcia served as Executive Director of the Ozone Transport Commission, the organization of 12 states and the District of Columbia created by Congress in 1990 to assess and coordinate the development of policies to reduce regional ground-level ozone or "smog" in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Before joining the Commission, she was Director of Operations and State Programs for the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, a non-profit that is a division of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation. She provided unique environmental and energy expertise through creating partnerships with and among state agencies to design multi-pollutant strategies that have both environmental and economic benefits.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Princeton University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University.
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Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Coal Council, Inc.
Janet Gellici, CAE, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the National Coal Council, Inc. Her responsibilities include strategic planning and issues management; public, media and member relations; and administrative oversight.
Prior to this, she was Chief Executive Officer of the American Coal Council (ACC). Ms. Gellici also served as Communications Director of the Colorado School of Mines’ Management Institute and as Public Information Director of the Western Governors’ Association. Gellici has also served as Executive Director of the Coal Trading Association. In 1998, Gellici was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to serve on the National Coal Council (NCC), an advisory group to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. She currently services on the NCC Executive Committee and Coal Policy Committee.
She earned her MBA from Regis University and is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Journalism and Business Administration. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
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General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
Jeffrey C. Genzer joined Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. in 1985. His practice has concentrated on energy and environmental counseling and litigation. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, bulk power supply, transmission system issues, contract negotiation, franchise and municipalization issues, alternative energy sources, conservation and energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management and integrated resource planning programs.
In the environment area he has been involved especially in Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act issues and all phases of environmental reviews for energy projects.
He has appeared before a variety of federal agencies and state and federal courts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of state commissions, agencies and courts. He also has an active federal legislative practice. He has worked with a number of local and state governments throughout the United States from New York to Hawaii. Mr. Genzer presently serves as General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association and the Energy Programs Consortium. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal legislative activities, energy, environmental and utility issues.
Prior to entering law school, Mr. Genzer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia. He worked on a number of development projects and served as the first energy planner in the region. Mr. Genzer supervised, planned, and constructed numerous water systems and other construction projects. He also prepared legislation and successful grant proposals. While in law school, Mr. Genzer was employed at the National Consumer Law Center.
He monitored legislative and regulatory activities and wrote legal and policy memoranda in the field of energy law. After his second year of law school, Mr. Genzer clerked for Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Prior to returning to the firm, he served as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors' Association. In that role he drafted legislation in the energy and environmental area, and served as the chief energy lobbyist for the Association. He provided legal analysis for the Governors on such issues as electric utility regulation, nuclear waste, oil overcharge refunds, toxic victims compensation, and natural gas regulation and a variety of environmental issues. Mr. Genzer also coordinated the activities of the state energy offices. His practice is focused on energy, environmental, utility and legislative matters.
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Acting Director, Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
Cliff Haefke joined the Energy Resource Center in 2003 and is currently the acting director. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA both from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Haefke is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), the U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association, and he currently serves as the President for the Midwest Cogeneration Association.
Mr. Haefke focuses on clean energy technologies including combined heat and power (CHP), waste heat recovery (WHR), and district energy (DE) for the regional U.S. Department of Energy Midwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP). As a part of the Midwest TAP Mr. Haefke provides technical and economic evaluations of potential clean energy candidate sites, development of regional marketing material, support for the Midwest state energy offices, and management of daily operations as well as communication with the U.S. DOE in Washington D.C.
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Vice President, Government Affairs, Schneider Electric
Paul has been actively engaged in Schneider Electric’s energy efficiency business since its inception and has supported strategy and business development for energy management around the world. Today Paul provides strategic direction for Schneider Electric’s government affairs, manages government relations activities across multiple businesses, and represents company positions with Congress, Federal agencies and allied organizations. He is active in number of committees and boards driving energy efficiency.
Previously Paul managed various aspects of the services and automation businesses for Schneider Electric. He started his career at GE and was subsequently involved in two successful venture startups for industrial control systems. Paul graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He is a Certified Energy Manager.
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Technical Director, Institute for Industrial Productivity
Bruce A. Hedman has over 30 years of experience in industrial energy technology research, development and commercialization, and is a recognized authority on combined heat and power (CHP) and distributed generation technologies, markets and policies. Mr. Hedman came to IIP from ICF International where he led ICF's consulting services practice in distributed generation and CHP. As a vice president at ICF, he provided guidance and support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Distributed Energy program. He also provided technology assessments, market evaluations, and strategic planning support to numerous private developers and equipment suppliers. He has worked on a number of projects in China including assessments of waste heat to power systems in the cement industry and an analysis of the potential for CHP and other forms of distributed generation in select provinces.
Before joining ICF, Mr. Hedman was a vice president at Onsite Energy, an independent energy services company that specializes in energy efficiency projects in the industrial sector and in distributed generation applications. Prior to Onsite, he was executive director of the Industrial Center, Inc., a natural gas industry membership organization that supported the commercial introduction of new technologies into the industrial market. Bruce started his career at the Gas Research Institute in Chicago, holding a variety of research management positions in industrial end-use and power generation. When he left GRI in 1994, he was group manager of industrial and power generation products.
He is a past chairman of the United States Combined Heat and Power Association, is an inductee in the American Gas Association's Industrial and Commercial Hall of Flame, and represented the United States on the Industrial Utilization Subcommittee of the International Gas Union from 1990 to 1996. Bruce has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where his thesis work became the basis of a widely used industry reference manual– “Energy Analysis of 108 Industrial Processes."
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Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy
Patricia Hoffman was named Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) in June 2010 after serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary since November 2007. The focus of her responsibility is 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.
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Dr. Asa Hopkins
Director of Energy Policy and Planning, Vermont Department of Public Service
Asa Hopkins, Ph.D., is Director of Energy Policy and Planning at the Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS). Dr. Hopkins leads the Department’s policy and planning division, which serves as Vermont’s State Energy Office. In conjunction with the Commissioner of Public Service, the Governor’s office, the Legislature, and other energy stakeholders, Dr. Hopkins develops and implements statewide energy policy, including energy efficiency and demand resource management programs, renewable energy policy, and electric utility planning.
Before joining DPS, Dr. Hopkins worked at the United States Department of Energy for Under Secretary for Science Steven Koonin, serving as Dr. Koonin’s assistant project director for the DOE’s Quadrennial Technology Review. Before that he served as an analyst at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, providing economic and technical analysis of federal energy efficiency standards for appliances. Dr. Hopkins has a B.S., summa cum laude, in Physics from Haverford College and an M.S. and Ph.D, both in Physics, from the California Institute of Technology.
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Sustainability Program Manager, Office of Wastewater Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jim Horne has been with the water program at EPA since 1988 and leads a number of important efforts to promote sustainable water and wastewater utilities on behalf of EPA, working with utilities and other stakeholders. Some of these include: Representing EPA on the working group that developed the Attributes of Effectively Managed Utilities, endorsed by NACWA, and others; working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a similar framework for rural and small utilities; developing EPA’s Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Sustainability Policy; managing the recent effort to develop Moving Toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Developing Your Water Utility Roadmap. He has an MPA degree from the University of Washington.
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Market Tansformation Group, Transportation Systems Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Caley Johnson is a transportation market analyst for the National Renewable Energy Lab. In this role, he assesses the economics of advanced fuel and transportation technologies in various applications, locations, and policy environments. He also monitors the adoption of these technologies into local economies through the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program.
Mr. Johnson has also worked to reduce transportation petroleum consumption in developing countries through the Low Emissions Development Strategy (LEDS) program and in island territories through the Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN) program. Prior to working for NREL, Caley was a project manager in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Protection Partnerships Division.
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Dr. Mark Johnson
Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Office of Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Mark Johnson is Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
Previously, Dr. Johnson was a Program Director in the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), where he started initiatives in energy storage and critical materials, as well as projects in small business, advanced semiconductors, novel wind architectures, superconductors, and electric machines.
Prior to joining DOE, Dr. Johnson served as the director of the Industry and Innovation Programs for the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, a National Science Foundation Gen-III Engineering Research Center targeting the convergence of power electronics, energy storage, renewable resource integration, and information technology for electric power systems. At North Carolina State University, Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor of
Materials Science and Engineering with research interests including crystal growth and device fabrication of compound semiconductor materials with electronic and photonic application.
Dr. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, both in Materials Science and Engineering.
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Betty Ann Kane
Chairman, District of Columbia Public Service Commission
Betty Ann Kane began her tenure as a Commissioner in March 2007. She became Chairman effective March 3, 2009. In 2014, she was confirmed for a third term, to end on June 30, 2018.
Betty Ann Kane is an experienced public official combining over 30 years of service to the District of Columbia Government in elected and appointed positions with extensive private sector experience in regulatory, administrative and public policy matters. Before joining the PSC, Chairman Kane served as a Trustee and as Executive Director of the District of Columbia Retirement Board. She served four years as an At-Large member of the DC Board of Education, and was elected to three terms as an At-Large member of the City Council. Her service on the Council included chairing the Public Services and Cable Television Committee, with legislative, budgetary and oversight responsibility for the Public Service Commission, the Office of Peoples Counsel, and the Office of Cable Television.
Chairman Kane is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors. Appointed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), she serves as the Chairman of the North American Numbering Council, and was elected to be Chairman of the Board of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI), the research arm of NARUC. Additionally, she is a past President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC), a member of the Telecommunications Committee of NARUC, and was appointed by the FCC to the Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunication Service. Chairman Kane also has been appointed to the Virtual Working Group on Education, Training and Best Practices for The International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER).
She is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and she also has a Masters Degree in English from Yale University, as well as specialized academic study in Telecommunications Regulations at the Annenberg School and Investing and Finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Chairman Cheryl LaFleur was first nominated by President Barack Obama to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2010 and was confirmed for a second term by the Senate in 2014. She was named Acting Chairman on November 25, 2013 and Chairman on July 30, 2014.
Chairman LaFleur is honored to lead the Commission at a time when the nation is making substantial changes in its energy supply and infrastructure to meet environmental challenges and improve reliability and security. Since she joined the Commission, her priorities have included reliability and grid security, promoting regional transmission planning, and supporting a clean and diverse power supply. She serves as the FERC liaison to the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. She is a member of the NARUC Committees on Electricity and Critical Infrastructure and was co-chair of the FERC/NARUC Forum on Reliability and the Environment. She is a frequent speaker on energy issues.
Prior to joining the Commission in 2010, Chairman LaFleur had more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the electric and natural gas industry. She served as executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA, responsible for the delivery of electricity to 3.4 million customers in the Northeast. Her previous positions at National Grid USA and its predecessor New England Electric System included chief operating officer, president of the New England distribution companies and general counsel. She led major efforts to improve reliability and employee safety. Earlier in her career, she was responsible for leading award-winning conservation and demand response programs for customers.
Chairman LaFleur has been a nonprofit board member and leader, including as a trustee of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, United Way of Central Massachusetts, and several other organizations. She is also active in several women’s energy organizations. She has been honored by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Bryant University, and the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, among others.
Chairman LaFleur began her career as a lawyer at Ropes and Gray in Boston. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and an A.B. from Princeton University.
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Director of Government Affairs, American Public Gas Association
As Director of Government Affairs, Dan Lapato's primary areas of focus will be on legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts related to codes and standards, energy efficiency and climate change. Dan will also serve as the staff liaison for the APGA Codes & Standards Committee. Prior to joining APGA, Mr. Lapato served as the Deputy Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Office of External Affairs. As Deputy Director, he oversaw the department’s education center, local government liaisons and served as a point of contact for industry and environmental organizations. He also served as Director of Pennsylvania’s Energy Office where he was charged with implementing the state’s energy policy through developing a wide range of programs.
In addition to his work with Pennsylvania DEP, he was also on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and co-chaired their Natural Gas Taskforce. Dan brings an abundance of experience in environmental policy and the energy industry, especially with natural gas. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in soil science.
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Senior Technical Advisor, Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis, Office of Electricity Deliver, U.S. Department of Energy
Alice Lippert has over 33 years in federal service. She currently serves as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Energy Infrastructure Analysis and Modeling Division in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. She has also held the position of Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for this Division. The Division is responsible for energy infrastructure and risk analyses, grid modeling and assessments; transmission reliability and clean energy analysis and programs; and data integration and visualization.
Prior to this position, Ms. Lippert served as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division (ISER). In this capacity, she was responsible for domestic energy reliability and resiliency programs, and infrastructure and security projects.
Ms. Lippert serves as a senior expert on domestic energy markets, infrastructure and energy-supply trends. She is a principal contact for a variety of complex energy issues and energy-emergency events requiring the review of interdependencies and market impacts. She has expertise in DOE authorities and government programs related to Clean Air Act, Jones Act, Homeland Security, Pipeline Security and Safety, including waiver processes involving federal government energy programs. She often serves as the Liaison for special, high-visibility exercises, studies and analyses involving senior representatives from the Department, Federal, State and local governments, National Laboratories, and the private sector.
She was formerly the Director of the Infrastructure Analysis and Planning Directorate, leading a team of analysts on energy infrastructure security and reliability projects. She has published numerous articles and reports on energy reliability and response topics.
Ms. Lippert has a strong background in public-private partnerships. She is the State and Local Government Energy Assurance Planning and Outreach Program Manager and has a long history in dealing with State and local governments as well as industry on energy assurance and emergency preparedness activities. From 2009 – 2012, Ms Lippert was responsible for implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA) State and Local Energy Assurance Planning Initiative, a $50 million grant program involving 47 States, the District of Columbia, 43 cities, and 2 territories.
In 2012, Ms.Lippert received outstanding recognition from the National Association of State Energy Officials and Public Technology Institute for her excellence and strategic vision in assisting State and local governments.
Prior to joining the current office, Ms. Lippert was employed as an Energy Economist with the Energy Information Administration (EIA) where she served as one of EIA’s resident senior petroleum analysts and managed several large energy data collection surveys. She was also responsible for conducting economic analyses related to the energy industry; authored market assessment reports; and assessed changes in the energy industry as a result of legislation or environmental laws and regulations.
Ms Lippert holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Dakota.
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Director, Bioenergy Technologies Program, Office of Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Jonathan Male is the Director for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this role, he leads the Office’s work to lower costs, reduce technical risk, and accelerate deployment of bioenergy and renewable chemicals technologies. He oversees research and development across the entire supply chain—from sustainable biomass growth and collection to biomass conversion technologies that include biochemical, catalytic, and thermochemical pathways to produce economically viable biofuels and bioproducts. The office’s portfolio of demonstration activities involving public-private partnerships helps BETO staff to evaluate risks and enable industrial entities to move technologies to commercial scale in the emerging bioenergy industry.
Before joining the U.S. Department of Energy, he was the laboratory relationship manager for biomass at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. There he was responsible for business development and enabling high-quality and timely projects aligned to BETO’s needs. Previously, he worked at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York, and developed programs in heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts. In total, he has more than 17 years of research experience in catalysts, inorganic materials, high throughput experimentation, greenhouse gas emissions reduction technologies, production of chemicals, and biofuels.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Greenwich, England, and his Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry at Simon Fraser University in Canada.
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Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Senator Schatz (D-HI)
Ryan Martel works for Senator Brian Schatz (HI) on energy and environment issues where he focuses on clean energy, grid integration of renewables, climate change solutions, and natural resource issues. Previously he worked for Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM) on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also served as Staff Director of the Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure where he focused on issues related to tax incentives for renewable energy, efficiency, and oil and gas. He has a Masters of Public Policy with a focus on energy and environmental regulatory policy from Georgetown University.
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Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Gina McCarthy is the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment.
Previously, McCarthy served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. During her career, which spans over 30 years, she has worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment.
McCarthy received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University.
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Dr. Ernest Moniz
Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. This encompasses advancing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing the nuclear danger, promoting American leadership in science and clean energy technology innovation, cleaning up the legacy of the cold war, and strengthening management and performance.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Moniz was the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a faculty member since 1973. At MIT, he headed the Department of Physics and the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. Most recently, Dr. Moniz served as the founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and as Director of the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment where he was a leader of multidisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas and solar energy in a low-carbon world.
From 1997 until January 2001, Dr. Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy. He was responsible for overseeing the Department’s science and energy programs, leading a comprehensive review of nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, and serving as the Secretary’s special negotiator for the disposition of Russian nuclear materials. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.
In addition to his work at MIT, the White House and the Department of Energy, Dr. Moniz has served on a number of boards of directors and commissions involving science, energy and security. These include President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Moniz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Physical Society.
Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in Physics from Boston College, a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Stanford University, and honorary degrees from the University of Athens, the University of Erlangen-Nurenberg, Michigan State University and Universidad Pontificia de Comillas.
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Chief Executive Officer, Shell Midstream Partners, Chair, National Petroleum Council’s Emergency Preparedness Study Coordinating Subcommittee
Peggy Montana is Executive Vice President, US Pipeline. In this role, she has responsibility for the US Pipeline business and serves as the regional business director for the Americas.
She is also the CEO, President and Board Director for Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. Shell Midstream Partners was formed as a vehicle to own, operate, develop and acquire pipelines and other midstream assets.
Ms. Montana's career with Shell spans 38 years, beginning as a chemical engineer in refining. In 2001, Peggy became General Manager, Distribution for Shell’s Asia Pacific business based in Singapore and was a board member of Shell Pakistan. Following assignments as VP Supply USA and VP Global Distribution, Peggy became Executive Vice President, Supply & Distribution in 2009.
She is Shell’s representative on the American Petroleum Institute (API) Downstream Committee and has just finished leading a study on Emergency Preparedness for the US National Petroleum Council. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN), and serves on the board of the Houston YMCA.
She is married with two children and enjoys golf and bird-watching in her leisure time.
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Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, Rural Development/Rural Utilities Service/Electric Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Gerard Moore is Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, Rural Development/Rural Utilities Service/Electric Program, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to this, Mr. Moore worked in the Electric Staff Division of RUS. He also held responsibilities in energy efficiency and renewable energy for RUS. Mr. Moore has been in the electric power industry since 1991. He was previously with Constellation Energy as a project manager in the area of power generation. Mr. Moore has a bachelor of engineering degree from Stevens Institute in Hoboken, N.J. and a Masters degree in technical management from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
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Global Head of Commodities, Citi Research
Edward Morse is the Global Head of Commodities at Citi Research in New York. He previously held similar positions at Lehman Brothers, Louis Capital Markets and Credit Suisse. Widely cited in the media, he is a contributor to journals such as Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post and was most recently ranked #23 among the “Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2012‘ by Foreign Policy. He worked in the US government at the State Department, and later was an advisor to the United Nations Compensation Commission on Iraq as well as to the U.S. Departments of State, Energy and Defense and to the International Energy Agency on issues related to oil, natural gas and the impact of financial flows on energy prices.
A former Princeton professor and author of numerous books and articles on energy, economics and international affairs, Mr. Morse was the publisher of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly and other trade periodicals and also worked at Hess Energy Trading Co. (HETCO).
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Senior Manager, Transportation Initiatives, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Nick Nigro is the Senior Manager of Transportation Initiatives at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). He contributes to C2ES strategy on saving oil and reducing greenhouse gases from the transportation sector. Since joining C2ES in 2010, he has authored whitepapers on electric vehicles and federal transportation legislation, managed a comprehensive report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. transportation sector, and spearheaded a multi-year initiative on accelerating nationwide electric vehicle deployment.
Mr. Nigro spent six years as an engineer and manager in the high-tech industry at Oasis Semiconductor in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was a strategic part of Oasis, helping it grow from 15 to almost 100 employees in less than four years. He led projects with the largest impact on company revenue and developed a reputation for successful and timely client delivery.
Mr. Nigro holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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Director of Government Relations & Public Policy, Ameresco, Inc.
Ashley Patterson is Director of Government Relations & Public Policy for Ameresco, Inc., a leading publicly-traded energy service company in North America specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. Since 2010, Ashley has directed Ameresco’s advocacy initiatives related to federal and state energy policy. Based in Washington, she represents the company on industry, legislative and regulatory matters. Ashley specializes in advancing policies and programs that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the public and private sectors, including Energy Savings Performance Contracting.
Prior to joining Ameresco, Ashley served as a communications staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives and previously worked as television news producer covering Congress and the White House for the Washington Bureau of Belo Corp., a publicly-traded news media company. Previously, Ashley worked as a Massachusetts State House reporter for the WCAI Cape and Islands NPR station. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University.
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Vice President, Fuels Markets Analysis, ICF International
Kevin Petak is an expert in gas market modeling and has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He has directed numerous energy market analyses to support strategic planning needs at energy companies. The analyses have investigated the impact of gas production, gas storage, liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, and pipeline expansions on gas prices, the effect of weather and oil prices on gas markets, and the impact of carbon control strategies on gas markets. They have been widely used to support facilities/fuels/contracts management and planning, mergers and acquisitions, investment decisions, risk management, and hedge strategies.
Mr. Petak has directed gas market modeling work for the National Petroleum Council, America's Natural Gas Alliance, the American Gas Foundation, and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. Much of Mr. Petak's work focuses on projecting market growth and prices for the North American natural gas market by using ICF's Gas Market Model, a comprehensive gas modeling system that he developed. The ICF model is also the primary tool used for ICF's gas market subscription services, which Mr. Petak manages. In the past few years, Mr. Petak has completed a number of studies that have investigated the impacts of different regulations on natural gas use and prices. In addition, studies have focused on the amount of natural gas infrastructure that is necessary under different scenarios.
Mr. Petak has an M.S. in Business from the University of Texas at Dallas and a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.
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Director of Energy Assurance, NASEO
Jeffrey Pillon is the Director of Energy Assurance for the National Association of State Energy Officials. Mr. Pillon has lectured nationally on energy assurance planning and preparedness and designed and assisted in conducting a series of multi-state regional energy emergency exercises and after action workshops. Mr. Pillon worked for the State of Michigan from 1973 to 2009. During this time he was Manager of Energy Data and Security for the Michigan Public Service Commission and was responsible for monitoring energy supply and demand, short term energy forecasting, emergency preparedness, and management of the Commission’s website and information technology applications.
He also served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and represents the department at the State Emergency Operation Center. Mr. Pillon is a graduate of Michigan State University in Political Science.
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President and Chief Executive Officer, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
John B. Rhodes was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on September 16, 2013.
Mr. Rhodes brings more than 30 years of experience in business with a focus on the financial and energy industries having lived and worked internationally, including India, Germany, Brazil, and Argentina.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Rhodes served as the Director for the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international environmental advocacy organization. The Center works to channel private capital towards environmentally beneficial investments with a focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, green infrastructure, and sustainable food and agriculture.
Before joining NRDC, Mr. Rhodes spent three years acting as Chief Operating Officer at Good Energies, a leading investment firm focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. As a member of the senior management team, he oversaw operations, strategy and portfolio companies.
Additionally, Mr. Rhodes was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton where he provided strategic consulting for clients across technology–intensive industries including energy, aerospace, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He has also served as a Trader and General Manager at Metallgesellschaft, a German mining, metals and engineering firm.
Mr. Rhodes currently serves on the board of several non-profit organizations including the New York Institute for Special Education, American Federation for Aging Research and Cornerstone Literacy. He previously served as a Trustee on the Citizens Budget Commission of New York and as an Advisory Council member for the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.
Mr. Rhodes is a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale School of Management.
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State Energy Program Manager, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Amy Royden-Bloom is the manager of the State Energy Program in the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, which is housed in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE). The State Energy Program (SEP) provides funding and technical assistance to state and territory energy offices to help them advance their clean energy economy while contributing to national energy goals. SEP also provides leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy in each state through communications and outreach activities and technology deployment, and by providing access to new partnerships and resources.
Prior to joining DOE in 2013, Mrs. Royden-Bloom was a Senior Staff Associate for 12 years at the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), where she led the association’s efforts on global warming, enforcement, agricultural air pollution and training. She previously worked as a special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and, before that, as a lawyer at DOE.
She holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and Spanish from the University of Virginia.
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Danielle Sass Byrnett
Supervisor. Better Buildings Residential Programs, U.S. Department of Energy
Danielle Sass Byrnett is the supervisor of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Residential programs which support energy efficiency market transformation in existing homes. During the Recovery Act, Danielle oversaw the roughly $500 million Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, which worked with partners across the U.S. to successfully develop sustainable energy efficiency building upgrade programs for home and building owners.
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Energy Analysis and Sustainability Division, U.S. Department of Transportation
Mike Scarpino is a Transportation Project Engineer for the US Department of Transportation’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA, where he provides planning and management support for programs that promote improved energy-related technologies and practices in the transportation sector.
Prior to work at the US DOT, Mike Scarpino worked for 16+ years at the US Department of Energy support the Clean Cities Program. Mike’s responsibilities included facilitating the efforts of the national Clean Cities coalition network to increase the use of alternative fuels and vehicles through the development of public-private partnerships.
While working at the Volpe Center, Mike continues to provide programmatic and technical support for the deployment of alternative fuels on behalf of the Clean Cities Program.
Previously Mike worked as a Nuclear Engineer at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site and the Department of the Navy’s Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Mike has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine and holds a Project Management Professional certification.
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Managing Director for Global Markets, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Vishal Shah is the Managing Director for Global Markets for Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. He has more than 10 years of experience as a Semiconductor Equipment/Clean Technology Analyst. Before joining Wall Street, Mr. Shah worked at Applied Materials Inc. in the engineering and sales divisions. He was ranked number one Alternative Energy Analyst in the 2009 and 2010 All-America Research Team surveys.
Mr. Shah has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from INSEAD.
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Senior Economic Advisor, American Petroleum Institute
David Shin is a Senior Economic Advisor in the Policy Analysis Department at the American Petroleum Institute. In that role, he provides analytical support on a variety of different issues, ranging from natural gas and oil market analysis to the impact of environmental regulation on the economy. Prior to coming to the American Petroleum Institute, David worked for the American Gas Association, BP plc., and Science Applications International Corp. now known as Leidos. He holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration
Adam Sieminski was sworn in on June 4, 2012, as the eighth administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). From March 2012 to May 2012, while awaiting confirmation as EIA administrator, Mr. Sieminski served as senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the National Security Council. From 2005 until March 2012, he was the chief energy economist for Deutsche Bank, working with the Bank's global research and trading units. Drawing on extensive industry, government, and academic sources, Mr. Sieminski forecasted energy market trends and wrote on a variety of topics involving energy economics, climate change, geopolitics, and commodity prices.
From 1998 to 2005, he served as the director and energy strategist for Deutsche Bank's global oil and gas equity team. Prior to that, from 1988 to 1997, Mr. Sieminski was the senior energy analyst for NatWest Securities in the United States, covering the major U.S. international integrated oil companies.
He also had acted as a senior adviser to the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan policy think tank in Washington, DC. He is a senior fellow and former president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, and served as president of the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts.
In 2006, Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman appointed Mr. Sieminski to the National Petroleum Council (NPC), an advisory group to the secretary of energy, where he helped author the NPC's Global Oil and Gas Study: The Hard Truths.
In addition to his affiliation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he was also an advisory board member of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS. He had also served as chairman of the Supply-Demand Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and as an advisory member of the Strategic Energy Task Force of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Washington, DC, investment professional society, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He received both an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in public administration from Cornell University.
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Kelley Smith Burk
Acting Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Kelley Smith Burk serves as the Acting Director for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Energy. The office is responsible for the development of energy policy and programs for the state as well as promoting the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. Mrs. Burk’s responsibilities include supervision and oversight of policy development, program and grant design, and legislative tracking.
Prior to her work with the Office of Energy, Mrs. Burk worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Strategic Projects and Planning. In this role, Mrs. Burk staffed the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change, providing a range of services including managing the transportation and land use technical working group, developing reports and helping draft the Team’s Phase I and Phase II reports.
Mrs. Burk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University.
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Senior Manager, Policy Program, Ceres
Brandon Smithwood is a Senior Manager in the Policy Program, where he works with investors and business on climate change and energy policy issues on the state, national, and international levels. Mr. Smithwood manages the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) policy project and is a member of the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) project team. Prior to joining Ceres in 2011, he worked on energy efficiency policy, first for a national residential energy efficiency program administrator and then for an energy efficiency industry association. His work has included management of advocacy efforts on energy efficiency provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, several federal climate and energy bills and the Home Star Act of 2010. He is a graduate of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy. As an undergraduate, he studied government and environmental studies, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College.
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Director, Government Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
Katherine Stainken is the Director of Government Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association. Ms. Stainken has experience working on renewable energy policy, and in particular on renewable heating and cooling policy. A former Fulbright and ThinkSwiss Scholar, she holds a M.A. in Global Environmental Policy from American University and a B.S. in Chemistry and German from Boston College.
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Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, Conservation Services Group
A nationally recognized expert in regulatory policy analysis and advocacy, Pat Stanton directs CSG’s participation in emerging energy markets, green power products, and public policies related to renewable energy. She serves as a resource and liaison for company regions and executives, and oversees CSG’s Markets, Policy and Advocacy team activities. Prior to joining CSG, she was Deputy Commissioner at Massachusetts DOER, where she contributed award-winning program design. Before that, she was Assistant Commissioner of Waste Prevention at Massachusetts DEP and was a director of DEP’s Division of Water Supply. She earned master’s degrees from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government (Public Administration) and MIT (Civil Engineering).
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Manager, Minnesota Division of Energy Resources
Janet Streff is the manager of the State Energy Office, located in the Minnesota Department of Commerce. In this capacity she directs professional staff with responsibilities for the state's utility conservation program, other state incentive and rebate programs as well as multiple programs funded through the US Department of Energy.
The US Department of Energy programs include the State Energy Program, which promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy by providing technical assistance and consumer information, the new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, which provides targeted funding to cities and counties, and the Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides energy conservation improvements to low-income homes.
Janet was appointed by Secretary Chu in November 2009 to chair the State Energy Advisory Board, a board established by Congress in 1991 to advise the US Department of Energy on the implementation of its EERE programs and the deployment of new technologies. She is also a past chair of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and sits on the board of MN GreenStar, a residential sustainable building certification organization.
Prior to joining the State Energy Office in1995, Janet managed commercial construction. She is a certified building official, holds a B.A. from the University of North Dakota and an M.A. (Public Administration) from Hamline University.
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Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.
Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
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Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Economy, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Paul Tonko is a fourth term member of the United States House of Representatives. He currently represents New York’s 20th Congressional District in the Capital Region, including the cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and his hometown of Amsterdam, in the Mohawk and Hudson River Valleys. Rich in history in cultural heritage, the Capital Region is a flourishing center for higher education and technology.
Mr. Tonko is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. With jurisdiction over national energy policy, public and mental health policy and regulation of interstate and foreign commerce, it has the broadest jurisdiction of any authorizing committee in the House. Since 2013, Paul has served as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Environment and Economy where he oversees a wide range of issues including regulation of drinking water, waste and toxic substances. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
In addition to his committee duties, he is a Co-Chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), the green voice in Congress. He is also a longtime Honorary Vice-Chair of the Alliance to Save Energy, a bipartisan, non-profit coalition that promotes energy efficiency across all sectors of the global economy. Paul continues to fight to bring clean energy jobs to the Capital Region to ensure it maintains its status as one of the fastest-growing clean technology hubs in the country.
Prior to serving in Congress, Paul was the President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Before that, he served in the New York State Assembly for 25 years, 15 of which he was the Chairman of the Committee on Energy. At the age of 26, Paul was the youngest person in the history of Montgomery County to be elected to the County’s Board of Supervisors, which he chaired until 1981.
He graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering and is a former engineer for the New York State Public Service Commission. He is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, New York.
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Program Manager, Texas State Energy Conservation Office
Eddy Trevino is the State Energy Program (SEP) manager and team lead for Texas’ State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) and has been with SECO for 9 years. Mr. Trevino is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. He has over with 25 years of design and management experience and is a Certified Energy Manager.
Mr. Trevino manages the LoanSTAR Program, which is the largest revolving loan program of its kind in the United States. The LoanSTAR Program is a revolving loan program created in 1989 and was initially funded by petroleum violation escrow dollars. The value of the loan fund is now over $212 million. The program has saved over $450 million through energy efficiency projects financed for state agencies, institutions of higher education, school districts and local governments.
Before joining SECO, Mr. Trevino was in the private sector where he owned and managed his own consulting firm for 16 years. This firm specialized in building assessments, quality assurance inspections and studies, and litigation expert witness studies.
Mr. Trevino earned an Engineering, Masters of Business Administration, and Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Senior Analyst, Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, Office of Renewable Power, U.S. Department of Energy
Rich Tusing is a Senior Analyst under contract via New West Technologies, LLC to the Department of Energy. Mr. Tusing is leading the Wind Vision project, coordinating four National Laboratories, eleven task forces and over 250 contributors from industry, environmental stewardship, academia, transmission operators and science based research organizations to produce the Wind Vision report.
Mr. Tusing has a diverse background as CEO/COO for multiple early stage product development companies with over 35 years of managerial experience. He has held positions as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Technology Officer, SVP of Mergers and Acquisitions, Director of Information Systems across a broad range of telecommunications, consumer products, energy and consulting services companies.
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Barbara Bauman Tyran
Director, Washington and State Relations, Electric Power Research Institute
Barbara Tyran is Director, Washington Relations, in EPRI’s regional office in Washington, D.C. She serves as the principal liaison between EPRI executive management, and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, the national leadership of the state public utility commissions, and the Washington energy community. Ms. Tyran joined EPRI in 1998 after serving for several years as Manager of Federal Government Affairs for two electric utilities, Kansas City Power & Light and Empire District Electric Company. Previously, she was the Washington representative for the Detroit Edison Company.
Ms. Tyran holds a B.A. degree with Honors from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Yale University. The Secretary of Commerce appointed her to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Energy and Energy Services, and she has been a member of it since 2005. Ms. Tyran also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board at Lehigh University’s Energy Systems Engineering Institute.
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Christopher Van Atten
Senior Vice President, M.J. Bradley & Associates
Christopher Van Atten is a Senior Vice President at M.J. Bradley & Associates, providing strategic advice on air pollution regulations, energy policy, business strategy, and climate change policy with a focus on the electric and natural gas industries. For more than 10 years, he has worked with the Clean Energy Group (CEG), a coalition of electric power companies committed to responsible environmental stewardship, evaluating and responding to environmental and energy policy issues. Some of his recent projects include evaluations of air pollution control technologies, electric system reliability, solar business strategies, natural gas production and emissions, and various Clean Air Act regulations.
Prior to joining MJB&A, Chris worked as an Analyst in the Environment Practice of Abt Associates, where he specialized in the economic analysis of environmental regulatory programs.
Chris received a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied environmental economics, and a Masters degree in environmental policy from the London School of Economics. Chris is also an Adjunct Professor at Clark University where he teaches a graduate course on U.S. Pollution Policy.
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Acting Director, District Department of the Environment
Tommy Wells is the Acting Director of the District Department of the Environment. Prior to this, Mr. Wells worked on the D.C. Council, where he won support throughout Washington for his fundamental goal: creating a livable and walkable city for all. He is a passionate student of cutting-edge solutions, who brings the skill to forge the kind of collaboration that translates great ideas into real improvements in our quality of life.
He is the former chair of the board for Jan's Tutoring House and the previous chair of the Local Government Advisory Committee for the Chesapeake Bay. He graduated from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1991 and earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota in 1983. Since 1988 he has been married to Barbara Wells, a writer and arts enthusiast who is a tutor for Jan's Tutoring House and a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards.
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Director, Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, Office of Renewable Power, U.S. Department of Energy
Jose Zayas is the Program Manager for the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Energy Department. In this role, he manages efforts to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate deployment of wind and water power technologies, which can play a significant role in America's clean energy future. In working with DOE's national laboratories, academia, and industry, the program funds research, development, and deployment of wind and water power systems through competitively selected, cost-shared projects with businesses, federal, state, and other stakeholder groups.
Prior to his arrival at DOE, Mr. Zayas was the senior manager of the Renewable Energy Technologies group at Sandia National Laboratories, where his responsibilities included establishing strategy and priorities, defining technical and programmatic roles, business development, and performing management assurance for the renewable energy-related activities of the laboratory. After joining Sandia in 1996, he spent the first ten years of his career supporting the National mission of the labs wind energy portfolio as a senior member of the technical staff. After transitioning to program manager in 2006, Mr. Zayas engaged and supported a variety of national initiatives to promote the expansion of clean energy technologies for the nation.
Mr. Zayas holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and an Master of Science in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.
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