2014 Speaker Biographies
JERRY AKERS Herman Miller
Jerry Akers received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. His primary focus was energy generation, transmission and distribution. Energy conservation, and renewable energy systems became a focus when he joined General Electric in 1995.
Since 2001 He has been the Senior Energy Manager for Herman Miller Inc., a world leader in contract office furniture and a strong proponent of sustainable business. His primary responsibilities include the administration of the resource conservation programs, renewable energy development, and energy supply contracts. This led to his work with “offsite” renewable energy projects which focused primarily on contract purchases.
Jerry has served on the board of directors for Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative and Wolverine Power Marketing Cooperative since 2004, and is currently serving on the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association board of directors.
BRYN BAKER World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Bryn Baker manages WWF's renewable energy work with companies, including the informal Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Initiative that developed a set of Buyers Principles on how the market can better meet large customer demand. She also manages WWF's engagement with utilities and other renewable energy market players on scaling and streamlining voluntary renewable energy procurement. Prior to WWF, Ms. Baker focused on deploying renewable energy in developing markets. She holds a masters of environmental policy from the London School of Economics.
GALEN BARBOSE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Galen Barbose is a Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at LBNL. Galen has worked at the lab for 13 years, conducting analysis and providing technical assistance to policymakers on a broad array of issues in the electricity industry related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and regional electric system planning. Among those efforts, Galen and his colleagues track state-level renewable portfolio standards policies, and frequently give briefings on this topic to policymakers and other industry stakeholders on the design, impacts, and implementation of state RPS policies.
CHELSEA BARNES Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, LLP
Chelsea Barnes is a Research Analyst with Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, LLP. She coordinates the firm’s Policy Vista service, which provides clients with periodic reports and analysis of pending energy legislation at the U.S. state level. Additionally, Chelsea researches and analyzes solar and wind incentives for incorporation into financial models. She also conducts research for the firm’s rate case tracking service, analyzing utility proposals and implications for distributed generation. Her areas of policy expertise include the viability of the third-party ownership model in U.S. states as well as RPS and net metering policies.
ADELE BIHN Data Marketing, Inc.
Adele Bihn President and Co-CEO Recognizing the need for high quality data to inform business intelligence and marketing outreach, Adele co-founded Data Marketing, Inc. (DMI) in 1976. Today DMI delivers best practices in targeted data analysis, regression modeling, and data-driven communication. Her personal experience spans analytics and program implementation for residential and commercial conservation and renewable marketing; and major initiatives for top-tier financials, non-profits, and specialty retailers, all powered by Smart Data. Adele graduated from Santa Clara University; studied at METU/Ankara, Turkey; served as a Santa Clara University Regent and Founding Chair of California Business Bank.
LORI BIRD National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Lori Bird is a principal in the strategic energy analysis center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, specializing in the area of renewable energy policy, markets, and grid integration. Her recent projects have focused on distributed PV regulatory issues, RPS costs and benefits, and options for addressing grid integration. She is the recipient of an NREL Chairman’s Award, the highest award for staff, for her sustained contributions in the areas of renewable energy markets and policy. Before joining NREL, she worked for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Denver and Hagler Bailly Consulting. She holds a master's degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
JARED BLUMENFELD U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pacific Southwest Region
Jared Blumenfeld was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as EPA Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest in November 2009. EPA Region 9 is home to more than 48 million people in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and 148 tribal nations. Mr. Blumenfeld has spent two decades on the front lines of protecting the environment both at home and internationally. His priorities at EPA include strong enforcement, environmental justice, protecting and restoring our air, land and waters, building strong federal, state, local and tribal partnerships, and taking action on climate change. As the prior Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, he initiated many landmark environmental laws, including a plastic bag ban. Mr. Blumenfeld received law degrees at the University of London and the University of California, Berkeley.
PIERRE BULL Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Pierre Bull is a policy analyst at NRDC with the primary ambition to advance state renewable energy policies that draw from smart-sited and sustainably-sourced resources. Specific energy and utility issues that he is currently engaged on include scaling up local and distributed solar and establishing environmental performance standards for new grid resources and technologies that include demand response, clean storage and electric vehicle infrastructure. Prior to working at NRDC he was an energy efficiency program manager at NYSERDA. He holds a B.S. in environmental science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. in natural resources policy from the University of Michigan.
GREGORY BUTLER BD
Gregory J. Butler is Director, Global Supply Chain Stewardship, where he works closely with BD Procurement and Global Transportation to ensure the application of sustainable practices in BD’s worldwide value chain. He also oversees the Company’s global strategy for renewable energy including self-generation, power purchase agreements, renewable energy credits and alternative energy solutions. Greg holds a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He is an Ethical Fitness trainer certified by The Institute for Global Ethics. Greg was past Chairman of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Board.
AMANDA BYRNE Philadelphia Water Department
Amanda Byrne currently works on the Philadelphia Water Department’s Energy Team. At the Water Department, Amanda analyzes and promotes energy recovery and efficiency projects, and tracks and communicates the Department’s current energy projects, energy consumption, and emissions data. Ms. Byrne holds a Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Energy, Business and Finance from Penn State. She has approximately seven years of experience in the energy and environment field, and also holds a LEED Green Associate certification.
ADAM CAPAGE 3Degrees
Adam leads the 3Degrees Utility Partnership Services group, overseeing all of the firm’s utility green power partnerships. Adam was a member of the 3Degrees founding team in 2007. Under his leadership, 3Degrees' utility partnership business has grown substantially and 3Degrees’ utility partners’ programs have received the USA Department of Energy’s Green Power Program of the Year award four separate times. Adam has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of CO at Boulder and a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of CO at Denver.
BLAINE COLLISON Altenex
Blaine Collison is the Managing Director of Network Services for Altenex. Prior to joining Altenex in April 2014, Blaine lead the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, helping more than 1500 commercial and institutional energy buyers source new renewable energy for their U.S. operations. Blaine serves on the board of directors of the Association of Climate Change Officers and the advisory boards of the Sustainable Endowments Institute and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
ORRIN COOK Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
In his role as Green-e Marketplace Manager for CRS, Orrin works with organizations to communicate their renewable energy and carbon commitments to stakeholders through the Green-e program. He is responsible for the development of new program initiatives focusing on electric vehicles, carbon commitments, and paper and print industry supply chain programs. Current program participants include Kendall-Jackson, Millipore, Office Depot, and Aveda. Orrin’s previous experience includes work in the carbon offset industry, community renewable energy development, and water quality management. He received his Master’s degree in Environmental Consultancy from the University of Leeds (U.K.) and holds a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley in Natural Resource Management.
ANDREA COON Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS)
Andrea Coon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brigham Young University, a Master’s degree from Westminster College in Professional Communication, and a Doctorate from the University of Utah in Economics. Andrea spent several years as a regulator for the State of Utah, testifying before the Public Service Commission on such electricity issues as power cost modeling, special power contracts, and resource planning. Andrea joined the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) in 2006 and since 2009 has taken on the role of Director for the WREGIS program, which tracks renewable energy certificates throughout the Western Interconnection.
JAMES CRITCHFIELD U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mr. Critchfield currently directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership – a voluntary program that supports organizational procurement of green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. Prior to joining EPA, James worked in California for a leading solar energy system design and build firm. He is also the current Chair of ASTM’s E44.25 Sub Committee on Heat Metering. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
KARLA DAILEY City of Palo Alto
Karla Dailey is a Senior Resource Planner with the City of Palo Alto Utilities with a range wide of experience in the areas of natural gas, power, and water. Karla manages the City’s natural gas supply portfolio and all gas-related regulatory activities. On the electric side, Karla manages the City’s summer demand response program and has been involved in developing electric vehicle policy. More recently, Karla has taken on supply-side responsibility for the water utility by representing the City at various agencies and participating on the drought response team. Karla holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
JOHN DeANGELIS Steelcase, Inc.
John DeAngelis is a Leader in the Global Sustainability Initiatives group at Steelcase Inc. He is responsible for key energy management projects, electricity purchasing strategies, and sustainability initiatives with suppliers. His position involves managing Steelcase’s global renewable energy portfolio, which annually includes over 167,000,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy as well as investigating the viability of on-site renewable energy generation for facilities worldwide. He also coordinates the gathering and storing of a variety of supplier-related sustainability data to meet voluntary programs and regulatory needs. John graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Business from Aquinas College. Before entering his current role, John worked in the Procurement organization for three years.
ERIN DECKER Salesforce
Erin Decker is the Senior Sustainability Manager for salesforce, where she is responsible for setting, managing and executing the global environmental strategy. She’s passionate about the ability of technology and cloud computing to help make the world a better place. Erin is responsible for salesforce’s renewable energy strategy, including a REC purchase program and renewable energy projects. At salesforce, Erin draws on her past work in accounting, software start-ups, and environmental grantmaking to inform her work. Erin has a BS in Accounting and a BA in German from Indiana University, and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.
JEFF DEYETTE Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Jeff Deyette is the assistant director of energy research in the Climate and Energy Program at UCS. Mr. Deyette conducts research, advocacy, and outreach to advance development of renewable energy and energy efficiency as part of a transition to a low-carbon economy. He co-authored the UCS book Cooler, Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living and has also written extensively for UCS and other publications on energy sector issues including the benefits of increasing renewable energy, coal plant economics, and the risks of overreliance on natural gas. Mr. Deyette holds a master's degree from Boston University in energy resource management, and a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University.
SCOTT EIDSON 3Degrees
As Head of Origination & Trading, Scott oversees the origination of new renewable resources and carbon offset projects; wholesale trading operations; portfolio management, strategic partnerships, and regulatory affairs. To date, 3Degrees has supported over 1,300 renewable energy and carbon offset projects across dozens of voluntary and compliance markets. Before assuming his commercial role at 3Degrees, Scott led 3Degrees’ Research, Strategy & Analysis team. In this role, Scott oversaw all quantitative and qualitative market analysis. Scott has a BA from Wesleyan University, an MBA from HEC in Paris, and an MA in business law from The Fletcher School.
DAVID FARNSWORTH Regulatory Assistance Project
David Farnsworth is a Senior Associate with the Regulatory Assistance Project where he writes and presents on a variety of energy topics. Before he joined RAP in 2008, he was Hearing Officer and an attorney on the staff of the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) for thirteen years. During this time he served on the NARUC Staff subcommittee to the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment as Co-Chair; Staff subcommittee to the Committee on Natural Gas as Vice-Chair; and Task Force on Climate Policy, as Staff Member. From 2003 to 2008, he was a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Staff Working Group representing the Vermont PSB. He has also worked internationally as a regulatory consultant. He is a graduate of Colby College and Vermont Law School.
AMY FREDREGILL Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS)
Since September 2011, Fredregill has served as Executive Director for M-RETS, where she directs the day to day operations. Fredregill was Vice President of the Cooperative Network, a business trade association working with cooperatives in the Upper Midwest. She has held positions as a legislative aide for the USA Senate and as a researcher for the MN PUC. Fredregill serves on the board of MAP for Nonprofits. She received a Masters in Public Policy and Nonprofit Management from George WA University, a B.A. in Economics from the College of St. Benedict, and was a Humphrey Policy Fellow.
NATHAN FROST Dominion Virginia Power
Nathan Frost has been with Dominion for nine years and is currently Manager of New Technology & Renewable Programs. In this role, Nathan oversees multiple renewable energy programs serving residential, commercial and governmental customers. Prior to his current role, he served six years in Dominion’s Investor Relations Department, the last three as Manager. Nathan has an undergraduate degree in Finance from James Madison University.
DANA HALL, ESQ. Low Impact Hydropower Institute
Dana Hall, Esq., is the Deputy Director of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding hydropower’s participation in green markets through the certification of hydroelectric facilities that protect aquatic ecosystems and cultural and recreational resources. With experience as an energy policy analyst and educator, tracking energy policy developments at the state regional and national level, Ms. Hall has worked on a range of projects related to renewable energy, distribution resource planning, standby rates, demand response, and energy efficiency, particularly affecting the solar, combined heat and power, hydroelectric generation and building industries. Ms. Hall has a J.D. from Pace University School of Law, a Master of Arts in Environmental Conservation Education from NY University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The Ohio State University.
ED HAMZAWI Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Mr. Hamzawi has been with SMUD since 1999 and is currently the Manager of the Customer Solutions group which is responsible for the implementation and delivery of SMUD’s energy efficiency, solar, green/carbon, customer advantage, residential assistance, demand-response, and commercial account management programs and services. Before starting his career at SMUD, Mr. Hamzawi worked in both the private and public sectors in the field of energy for more than 15 years. Mr. Hamzawi is a graduate of the University of California at Davis School of Engineering and also holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
BRIGIDA HARRISON Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Brigida Harrison is the Marketing Specialist for the renewable energy portfolio of programs at SMUD. She has supported the Greenergy program, which has over 63,000 customers, for over 3 years. Brigida has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration on International Business from CSU Sacramento.
JENNY HEETER National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Jenny Heeter is a renewable energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. She focuses her research on the voluntary green power market, renewable energy certificate markets, renewable portfolio standards, net metering policies and utility regulatory issues. Prior to joining NREL, she worked for the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, representing ratepayer interests in renewable energy and energy efficiency cases brought by utilities before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. She holds an M.P.A. in environmental policy from Indiana University-Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
SCOTT HERNANDEZ Carbon Trade Exchange
Scott Hernandez is Head of North America Sales & Trading at Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX). Scott has extensive experience in environmental management and strategic development, including the analysis and design of solutions for the complex issues at the nexus of business, energy and the environment. Prior to CTX, Scott was Business Development Manager at the Climate Action Reserve, where he developed and implemented strategies to promote the Reserve to a wide range of audiences, including project developers and voluntary and compliance buyers. Previously, Scott was Energy & Climate Change Specialist at the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA). Scott holds master degrees in environmental policy and business from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
DERMOT HIKISCH Sungevity
As Director of Partnerships, Dermot leads Sungevity's efforts to build partnerships in the for-profit and non-profit space with a goal of scaling the adoption of solar. These partnerships range from Lowe's Home Improvement, Clif Bar, the Sierra Club, to the Diocese of Stockton. He is a long-time veteran in the CSR, climate change, and business space. Formerly acting as the Head of Community Development at B Lab, the non-profit behind B Corporations. Before moving to the United States, Dermot was the Head of Research for UK-based ENDS Carbon and Wind Power Intelligence. He also spent time leading the research team for Climate Counts, and was a sustainability ambassador for Procter & Gamble. He has a MSc. in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Sweden, and resides in San Francisco
QUAYLE HODEK Renewable Choice Energy
Quayle Hodek is the founder and CEO of Renewable Choice Energy, a leading renewable energy and climate change solutions provider. Since founding Renewable Choice in 2001, Hodek has built the company into one of the most respected renewable energy suppliers in North America. Renewable Choice was awarded Green Power Supplier of the Year by the EPA in 2012 and is a Certified B Corporation. Hodek has received numerous awards and accolades for his work and was most recently recognized as a member of the Recharge4040 and one of the Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado by ColoradoBiz magazine.
EDWARD HOLT Ed Holt & Associates
Ed Holt is president of Ed Holt & Associates and serves as an independent consultant on renewable energy policy and programs. He has practiced in this area for over 18 years. He advises government agencies, utilities and non‐profits on green power programs, and was one of the earliest to recognize the potential of voluntary markets to help achieve environmental goals. In 2009, Ed received the Green Power Pioneer Award by the Center for Resource Solutions.
TOM HUNT Clean Energy Collective
Tom Hunt is the Director of Research and Government Affairs at Clean Energy Collective, where he leads the policy and technology innovation efforts for the nation’s largest community solar provider. Prior to that, he was the Senior Policy Advisor for the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office under Governor John Hickenlooper. He has graduate degrees in energy economics and an undergraduate training in biochemistry. Before working on energy policy he worked on energy production as a chemist researching biofuels synthesis methods.
TODD JONES Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Todd manages the Green-e Climate program at CRS, a retail standard and third-party certification program for carbon offsets sold in the voluntary market. Jones is also a policy lead at CRS, representing the organization at various state, regional, national and international renewable energy and climate policy forums. He works with entities that provide functional support for state renewable policies, with environmental policy organizations to provide research and guidance in the areas of renewable energy and climate change, and with other voluntary standards to strengthen programs that add credibility to voluntary and corporate climate and environmental action. Jones holds a Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the UC Berkeley.
DAN KALAFATAS 3Degrees
Dan is the Chief Executive Officer of 3Degrees, a long-time renewable energy provider committed to connecting people with renewable energy on a massive scale. With experience in these markets from 2002 through the present, Dan co-led the formation of 3Degrees in 2007, which the U.S. Department of Energy has recognized as Non-Utility Green Power Supplier of the Year six times. Dan is a member of the Advisory Board for Northern Arizona University’s Climate Science and Solutions program and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mark Day School. Dan holds a B.A. with honors in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. with a certificate in Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
JESSE KING Green Mountain Energy
Jesse King is the Oregon Residential Market Manager for Green Mountain Energy, which since 2002 has partnered with Portland General Electric to provide marketing and support for their renewable power program. Jesse joined Green Mountain in December 2005 and since then has held several roles within the Oregon program, providing sales leadership, analysis, operational support, and management.
STEVE KREBS OwnEnergy
Steve Krebs is Vice President of OwnEnergy, a leading mid-size & community wind developer. Steve spent over 26 years at Baker Botts, representing developers in energy sector projects and borrowers in complex financings, particularly in alternative energy. At Baker Botts, he was a senior partner and headed the Global Projects Alternative Energy and Project Finance and Development practices. Steve co-chaired WINDPOWER 2010, the world’s largest wind conference and the US’s largest energy trade show. While in private legal practice, he was named one of six leading lawyers in alternative energy by Chambers USA from 2009 to 2011 and was listed in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers from 2001 to 2011. Steve is on the Board of Directors of Center for Resource Solutions. Steve graduated from Georgia Tech and holds a JD from the University of Georgia.
ALICIA LAROCHE Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES)
Alicia LaRoche is a Senior Specialist in the Green Products division at Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES), Inc., a leading competitive energy provider of electricity, natural gas and green energy options in the mid-Atlantic region. In her role she supports the sales and marketing for existing WGES Green Products such as wind and carbon offsets, implementation of energy management and energy efficiency solutions, and development of new and innovative products. Ms. LaRoche, a LEED Green Associate, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University.
DR. FRIDRIK LARSEN Larsen Energy Branding
Dr. Fridrik Larsen is the CEO of Larsen Energy Branding (LEB). LEB consults electricity retailers to brand their products and/or their companies. Prior to launching LEB, he was the owner/manager of a large promotional company as well as the founder of Agrippa, a marketing and strategy consultancy. Dr. Larsen is a present and previous member of the board of directors of various organizations and Asst. professor of Business Administration at the University of Iceland, where he teaches marketing and branding. His main research focus is electricity branding and he has published a number of international academic papers and book chapters on the subject. Furthermore, Dr. Larsen is the chairman of the Icelandic Marketing Association.
TOM LINDBERG ECOHZ
Tom Lindberg is the Managing Director of ECOHZ, and the Chairman of the Board of the ECOHZ Renewable Energy Foundation. He has a broad international background and experience, having studied Business Administration in Norway and the US, and worked and lived in a number of countries in Europe and Asia. Tom spent 22 years working in marketing and management positions in IT and telecom sector, before joining ECOHZ and the renewable energy industry in 2008. Tom has lead ECOHZ to its current position as a market leader in Europe, with sales volumes of GO’s reaching nearly 50 TWh in 2012.
DR. CARL LINVILL Regulatory Assistance Project
Dr. Carl Linvill is a Principal with the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) U.S. Program, and he is based in Davis, California. RAP seeks to provide practical, objective information to power sector regulators and policy makers, and Dr. Linvill focuses on wholesale and distributed resource planning, procurement and markets. Prior to joining RAP, he served as Economic and Energy Advisor to Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn, as a Public Utilities Commissioner, and as an academic and consulting economist. Dr. Linvill received his BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of California at Davis, and his PhD in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
JACLYNN LUKACH PJM Environmental Information Services (EIS)
Jaclynn Lukach is vice president of PJM EIS, a subsidiary of PJM Interconnection, where her responsibilities include development of PJM EIS GATS Operating Rules, design and execution of GATS project implementation testing, and facilitation of GATS State Agency Meetings and the GATS Subscriber Group Meetings. This unique experience has given Ms. Lukach in-depth knowledge of all aspects of PJM EIS and GATS. Prior to her role at PJM EIS, Ms. Lukach was on the testing team for PJM’s capacity market, the Reliability Pricing Model (RPM). She was responsible for creating screen designs for the RPM and managed their development by Areva. Ms. Lukach holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Drexel University.
JOEL MAKOWER GreenBiz
Joel Makower, chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, is an award-winning author and a leading voice on the intersection of sustainable business, clean technology and innovation. He hosts GreenBiz.com’s annual GreenBiz Forum as well as the VERGE conferences produced around the world by his company, and is author of the annual “State of Green Business” report. Joel speaks widely to companies around the world. He is author of more than a dozen books, including Strategies for the Green Economy. In 2012, he was awarded the Hutchens Medal by the American Society for Quality, which cited “his ability to tell compelling stories that both inform and inspire business leaders toward profitable action.” The Associated Press has called Joel "The guru of green business practices."
SHAWN E. MARSHALL LEAN Energy US
Shawn Marshall is the founder and Executive Director of LEAN Energy US, a not-for-profit organization that supports the expansion of clean energy Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). In 2007, Shawn served on the local task force that became Marin Clean Energy, a joint powers agency that runs the first CCA in California and the first clean energy CCA in the country. Shawn served as the Mill Valley, CA Mayor in 2008 and Vice Mayor in 2013. Shawn has worked in public policy in Washington DC, run a consulting firm, and held management positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She holds a BA from the University of CA at Davis and received additional training at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington DC.
STEPHEN MCCOMB Intercontinental Exchange
Stephen McComb is the Director for US Environmental and Coal Markets at Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). Prior to ICE, McComb was responsible for product research, design and marketing of the CCFE REC contracts. Prior to CCFE, McComb worked on developing the CCX offsets program where he spearheaded development of new offset methodologies and member participation. Prior to the joining the CCX/ICE companies, McComb was as an analyst with Ontario Energy Board. McComb has M.A.Sc. in Environmental Applied Science and Management from Ryerson University and B.Sc. in Economics from Dalhousie University.
KAPIL MOHINDRA Skystream Markets
Kapil has spent 18 years working in various facets of the financial markets. Prior to co-founding Skystream Markets, Kapil helped grow and exit two successful financial technology companies, Creditex (now a subsidiary of the Intercontinental Exchange) and Tradescape (now a subsidiary of E*Trade). These firms' products spanned fixed income, equities, and derivatives. Kapil's responsibilities included leading strategic transactions, financial structuring/analysis, and launching new technology focused business lines on a global basis. Prior to his operational involvement in entrepreneurial technology companies, Kapil worked as a private equity investor at Advent International and as an investment banker in the New York and London offices of Salomon Brothers. Kapil holds a dual BS/BA in Economics and Finance from Boston University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a Brookline Scholar.
JESSICA MOORE Sterling Planet
Jessica is the Director of Business Development at Sterling Planet where she works with clients in both compliance and voluntary markets on their renewable energy, environmental sustainability and carbon mitigation goals. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Georgia Solar Energy Association where she led the efforts to collaborate with incumbent utility Georgia Power and the Georgia Public Service Commission to create and shape the largest voluntary solar program in US. Jessica presented at TEDx Atlanta 2013 her position that Georgia is “the game changer” in the march towards a cohesive federal energy policy. Before pursuing her passion for renewable energy, she directed successful business, management, and sales initiatives in the energy, financial services, telecommunications and technology industries. Jessica holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from Georgia State University.
PETER MOSTOW Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR)
Peter Mostow is a partner in the Seattle office of WSGR, where his practice focuses on the representation of emerging and mature companies in the fields of energy and clean technology. Peter's background in energy, regulatory, natural resources, and environmental law allows him to assist this client base with the development and finance of energy-generating plants and manufacturing facilities. He represents solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass project sponsors in site acquisition, permitting, power transmission, and offtake agreements; distributed solar power purchase agreement companies in developing their key commercial and financing agreements; and producers of new technologies from renewable fuels to thin film solar modules in drafting and negotiating key commercial transactions.
HEATHER MULLIGAN Puget Sound Energy
Heather has been the Market Manager for Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power Program for the past eight years. In total, she has spent the past 20 years working on programs which support the deployment and use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Prior to joining Puget Sound Energy in 2006, Ms. Mulligan worked as the national and regional coordinator of U.S. Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative. Ms. Mulligan has a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) from American University.
COLIN MURCHIE Sol Systems
As Director, Project Finance, Colin Murchie co-leads Sol Systems’ project origination efforts. Mr. Murchie's team regularly reviews distributed generation and utility-scale solar investment opportunities for purchase and/or to structure project finance. In addition, he lends his solar policy expertise to Sol Systems' due diligence process. Mr. Murchie’s solar industry experience includes roles at SolarCity Corporation, SunEdison and the national Solar Energy Industries Association. Mr. Murchie has served on the Boards of a number of solar advocacy organizations, most notably serving on the Board of the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA). Mr. Murchie graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Policy, Management and Human Dimensions, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
KIRK MYERS Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Kirk is Sustainability Manager for REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), a specialty outdoor lifestyle retail cooperative. He develops and implements sustainable business strategies that drive efficiency, innovation, and environmental benefit across REI and that enable the co-op to thrive in a resource-constrained world. His main focuses are greenhouse gas emissions, waste reduction, energy usage, and sustainable forestry. Serving REI since 2002, Kirk has also worked in a variety of fields, including social entrepreneurship, outdoor instruction, and environmental sustainability. He received his MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot.
JIMMY NELSON , Ph.D Union of Concerned Scientists
Dr. Nelson is a Kendall Science Fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists, focusing on modeling and analysis of renewable energy integration. He joined the Union of Concerned Scientists in 2013. Jimmy received his Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley in 2013, focusing on electricity transmission, generation, and storage planning. He received a Link Energy Fellowship during his time at the Energy and Resources Group. Jimmy received a M.S. in Chemistry in 2008 from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in Chemistry with High Honors from Haverford College in 2006. He grew up in Portland, Oregon.
KEN NELSON Blue Delta Energy
Ken brings a uniquely broad perspective to the REC market having traded the North American energy markets since 1989 in biofuels, propane, natural gas and power, and having experience with RECs as a supplier, aggregator and compliance buyer. He currently serves as President of Blue Delta Energy, a firm he co-founded that focuses on providing comprehensive regulatory and market services to asset owners including municipals, universities, commercial/industrials, and private equity funds. In addition to RECs, he has experience in a number of other compliance and voluntary environmental credit markets, including Energy Efficiency Credits, RINs and LCFS Credits, Greenhouse Gas Credits and Offsets, and Federal Emission Reduction Credits.
TESS O'BRIEN CleanPowerPerks
Tess O'Brien is the Founder and CEO of CleanPowerPerks, the web-based platform that rewards customers + celebrates brands using clean energy. With the mission to scale residential adoption, she designed CleanPowerPerks to bring greater collaboration to the voluntary renewable energy industry and better appeal to lighter green consumers. Previously, Tess served as Marketing Director for Community Energy, where she handled marketing and customer experience for products in 20+ utility markets (both regulated and deregulated). She has worked in clean energy marketing since 2006, has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability and is a Climate Leader with Al Gore's Climate Reality Project. Tess is marketing co-chair on the board of Boston’s professional Net Impact chapter, recent Chapter of the Year award winner.
FRANK ORCEL Constellation Energy
Frank Orcel joined Constellation in 2008 through the company’s leadership development program and has held roles in the company’s finance, investor relations and wholesale origination departments. Frank currently serves as Supervisor of Channel Development for Constellation’s governmental aggregation business which has a portfolio of more than 400,000 customers. In his current role, he manages existing governmental aggregation programs, leads new market development and assists communities with the up-front services necessary to launch aggregation programs. Frank earned a master of business administration and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola University.
R. REX PARRIS City of Lancaster, CA
R. Rex Parris became Lancaster’s third directly-elected mayor in 2008. His aggressive stance regarding the well-being of Lancaster residents quickly generated dramatic results: the city’s crime rate plummeted nearly 40%; eight neighborhoods received Wellness & Neighborhood Impact Homes; and, Downtown Lancaster transformed into a massive cultural epicenter. With the goal of creating and maintaining a sustainable community, Mayor Parris has repositioned Lancaster as a global leader in the alternative energy realm. His sights are now set on establishing Lancaster as one of the first Net-Zero cities in the world.
BILL PETERS Argus Media
Bill Peters is Deputy Editor of Argus Air Daily, where he covers and analyzes how environmental policies and markets shape the energy sector across North America. He covers renewable energy markets across the US along with the carbon allowance and offset markets in Alberta, California, Quebec and the US Northeast. He also covers California’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standards and other state and federal environmental policies.
JASON PRINCE Karbone
Jason Prince is Director of Research at Karbone, a full-service energy and environmental markets firm offering a unique combination of Brokerage, Capital Advisory, and Research services. He covers REC, power, and carbon markets across the US, comprehensively tracking policy developments, modeling supply/demand fundamentals, and regularly publishing market analyses. Mr. Prince holds an MS in Sustainability Management student from Columbia University and a BA in Development and the Environment from McGill University.
KARL R. RÁBAGO Pace Energy and Climate Center
Karl R. Rábago is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The PECC mission is to protect the earth’s environment through solutions that transform the ways that society supplies and consumes energy. Karl serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions and sits on the Board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).
Karl recently ran his own successful consulting practice, Rábago Energy LLC. His past positions include Commissioner, Texas Public Utility Commission; Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy; Vice President of Distributed Energy Services at Austin Energy; Director of Regulatory Affairs for the AES Corporation and AES Wind; and Managing Director & Principal of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Karl is an attorney with post-doctorate degrees in environmental and military law.
KEVIN RACKSTRAW CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR)
Kevin is Vice President, Customer Solutions at CFR and leads its renewable project supply and execution activities. Kevin has over 22 years of renewable energy industry experience, including prospecting, site control, permitting, community relations, pre-construction design, power and asset sales, contracts and due diligence. Previously, he headed eastern North American development activities for Clipper Windpower, including offshore, where he built a portfolio of 400+ MW, including the first wind project in Maryland (70 MW, now owned by Constellation). He is a former board member of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). BA, Grinnell College; MBA, George Washington University.
HUGH REIMERS Jackson Family Wines
As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Jackson Family Wines (JFW), a family-owned company that crafts award-winning wines, Reimers oversees winery, vineyard and distribution operations across the family’s portfolio of more than 30 renowned wineries in California and around the world. Prior to his current position at JFW, Reimers served as VP of Production Services, during which time his responsibilities encompassed wine production and planning, farming, bottling and logistics management. Before joining JFW in 2009, Reimers served roles as Chief Winemaker at Constellation Wines and Vice President & General Manager for Blackstone Winery. A native of Australia, Reimers spent several years in the Australian wine industry spanning, and holds a Bachelor of Applied (Wine) Science from the University of Adelaide, South Australia.
NICK ROBINSON Trek Bicycle
Nick Robinson currently serves as the Manager of Environmental Safety and Sustainability for Trek Bicycle Corporation. In this role he leads a team of sustainability-focused colleagues on identifying, prioritizing, and implementing Green initiatives throughout the corporation. Whether it is purchasing 100% renewable energy (since February 2009), recycling carbon fiber materials (since April 2011), or implementing returnable packaging concepts into our business processes, Trek is pleased to do its part as a market leader and is excited to lead by example.
MARTY SEDLER Intel Corporation
Marty Sedler, Director, Global Utilities/Infrastructure for Intel Corporation the past 20 years, integrates Energy Management/Policy responsibilities. His staff is responsible for all utility supply issues, ensuring the capacity/price and reliability for supplies/Infrastructure to Intel facilities worldwide, as well as, evaluating/incorporating alternative energy options and sustainable energy positions/strategies for renewable energy policy. He leads the utility site selection component of a corporate team that identifies potential new locations for Intel Facility/Manufacturing growth worldwide. Marty is Intel’s external energy representative for private/public, State/Federal energy action groups including DOE Steering Committees and several state Governors’ energy committees. Previous to joining Intel, he spent 14 years in the electric utility industry in a variety of functions including: Operations, Rates, Environmental, Energy Supply, Engineering and Key Account Management.
DOUG SEMMES Green Mountain Energy
Driven by a passion for renewable energy and environmental causes, Doug Semmes was already a Green Mountain customer before joining the company in 2002 as residential sales Team Lead in Fort Worth, Texas. Doug found success in numerous sales leadership positions across the Texas market before opening the company’s NY office in 2010, where he is the director of Green Mountain’s NY market. Since then he has developed a team of over 100 full‐time and part‐time staff achieving annual market sales goals and substantial growth each year while driving support for renewable energy sources in NY State.
DR. PHILIP SHEEHY ICF International
Dr. Sheehy is a Senior Technical Specialist at ICF International. His work is focused on the regulatory, technical, and economic drivers for conventional and alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. He leads ICF’s technical work on issues related to low carbon fuel standards and the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard. Dr. Sheehy received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BA in Physics and Chemistry from Kalamazoo College; he is a member of the Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies Committee of the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Academies of Science.
RACHAEL TERADA Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
In her role as Senior Project Manager at CRS, Rachael Terada manages the annual verification of over 40 million MWh of renewable energy transactions for Green-e Energy and oversees the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference. Other projects include technical paper development and support for REC tracking system initiatives. Rachael began as a consultant with CRS in 2006, and joined CRS as a Project Manager in 2008. Prior to CRS, she worked in planning, engineering design, and construction management for government projects. Rachael earned her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
DR. HERVE TOUATI Rocky Mountain Institute
Dr. Hervé Touati is a Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute. He was previously the founder and CEO of E.ON Connecting Energies, the distributed energy arm of E.ON. These activities led to E.ON’s "2013 European Greentech Company of the Year” award. He has also served as E.ON Climate and Renewables’s Managing Director in charge of carbon sourcing and non-wind renewable energy, and at McKinsey, where he advised European and North American clients on commodity trading and risk management. Dr. Touati was born in France and received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
LISE TRUDEAU Minnesota Department of Commerce
Lise Trudeau has been an Engineer at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources since 2006. She provides technical support and analysis of renewable and high-efficiency energy generation technologies, policies, and markets with a focus on distributed generation, net metering, and interconnection. Lise holds a Bachelor’s in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
STEPHANIE TSAO Argus Media
Stephanie Tsao is an energy reporter for Argus Air Daily covering US clean energy and environmental policies. She writes about these topics daily and is well placed to discuss how REC polices impact trading activity. Prior to becoming an energy reporter, Stephanie worked for six years at NRG Energy analyzing environmental rules. She tracked EPA air, water and waste regulations that affected NRG’s diverse generation fleet. Stephanie also served as a liaison between trading and environmental regulations and communicated impacts to NRG’s commercial and environmental teams.
RICK UMOFF Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Rick Umoff is Counsel and Regulatory Affairs Manager of State Affairs at SEIA. Rick provides legal and regulatory support on solar energy matters throughout the USA. Rick has worked on regulatory issues and renewable energy policy at 3Degrees, Inc., the Center for Resource Solutions, and the CA Public Utilities Commission. Rick received his B.A. from the University of CA at Santa Cruz and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco.
DAWN WEISZ Marin Clean Energy
Dawn Weisz is the Executive Officer for Marin Clean Energy. Ms. Weisz coordinated efforts to explore and launch the MCE (Marin Clean Energy) program which is the first Community Choice Aggregation program in California. Under her watch MCE has launched service to over 125,000 customers, entered into power supply agreements that have doubled the amount of renewable energy purchased in the community, initiated numerous local renewable generation projects, and exceeded state requirements for renewable energy supply. Ms. Weisz has more than 20 years of experience developing and managing renewable energy and energy efficiency programs while working for leading public agencies in the field. Before joining MCE Ms. Weisz managed energy and sustainability initiatives for the County of Marin, and served as the Executive Director for Sustainable North Bay.
HANNAH WELLS Crius Energy
As Sustainability Manager for Crius Energy and its family of brands, Hannah Wells leads a holistic effort that includes local and global outreach, REC and carbon offset reporting and marketing and communications to a broad stakeholder base spanning sales associates, customers and employees. Since she began working with Crius three years ago, Hannah has helped create and enhance the products and policies that have enabled customers to avoid 5 billion pounds of CO2. She has also grown the company’s local outreach efforts to more than 140 events while leading five global service journeys. Hannah earned two bachelor’s degrees in Sustainability and Sociology from Arizona State University.
MARLENE WITT City of Oak RIdge, TN
Marlene Witt is the Business Office Manager for the City of Oak Ridge Tennessee. Her responsibilities include revenue management for the multi-service utility, tax collections, and administration of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Oak Ridge has been awarded the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Platinum Level Valley Sustainable Community Award and Green Power Community of the Year Award as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Community Award. A board member and President emeritus for Keep Anderson County Beautiful, she is heavily involved in her community. Prior to her current position, Ms. Witt enjoyed a wide ranging career in financial services.