REM 2017 Speakers


Duane Bailey | WGL Energy Services
Duane Bailey is the Marketing Manager at WGL Energy Services (WGL Energy) and has been with the company since 2010. His current responsibilities include oversight and management of WGL Energy’s digital channels, with a focus on developing content and strategies that create awareness, increase engagement and inspire change or action among residential and business energy consumers. Prior to joining WGL Energy, Duane held a variety of sales positions in the information technology management industry. Duane graduated from The George Washington University with an MBA in International Business and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Fairfield University.

Chris Barrett | Project Economics
In his role with ProjectEconomics, Chris works with energy companies to design and integrate customer acquisition and engagement tools for clean energy programs. As a company, ProjectEconomics has been delivering community solar program management solutions for the past three years and Chris has lead the policy and business development sides of the business. Chris has extensive experience managing software integrations within the energy industry, having previously managed the development of the Victorian Government's carbon abatement certificate trading platform in his native Melbourne, Australia. 

Alicia Barton | NYSERDA
Ms. Barton has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and companies for over a decade. Immediately prior to her appointment, Ms. Barton served as co-chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, a global law firm based in Boston, where her practice focused on representation of clean energy companies in emerging market areas such as offshore wind and energy storage. Ms. Barton’s other private sector work included serving as chief of operations of the Global Utility business unit at SunEdison where she led teams working on utility-scale wind and solar projects.

Maureen Broadwater | International Finance Corporation
Marcene D. Broadwater has over 25 years of international finance experience with leadership positions in Project and Corporate Finance, Business Development, Strategic Planning and Client and Government Relations. She is currently Global Head of Strategy and Business Development in the Climate Business Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank.  In this capacity, she is responsible for growing IFC’s investments in sustainable business with an emphasis on renewable power, industrial energy efficiency, green buildings, urban infrastructure, climate-smart agriculture and bio-energy.  Ms. Broadwater has successfully overseen the growth of IFC’s climate investments from 13% of total annual commitments to 22%, building a climate portfolio of over $8 billion.

Allison Clements | goodgrid
Allison Clements is the President of Goodgrid LLC and the former director of the Sustainable FERC Project at Natural Resources Defense Council. Prior to the FERC Project, Allison she served as NRDC’s Corporate Counsel. Before NRDC, she practiced in the project finance group at Chadbourne & Parke and previously in the energy group at Troutman Sanders. Allison co-directed the Yale Law School and School of Forestry Environmental Protection Clinic (2013 – 2014), acted as co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Initiative (2011 – 2013) and served as a director and treasurer of the Healthy Building Network (2008 – 2014).

Kate ColarulliCleanChoice Energy
Kate Colarulli directs retention marketing and public relations for CleanChoice Energy. During her career, she has worked for for-profit, non-profit and governmental institutions in the US and the UK. She has run national advertising campaigns in English, Spanish and Vietnamese and managed events for up to 50,000+ attendees. Her work has been featured in Public Relations Cases and has been awarded Best Minority-focused Campaign and Best Public Service Advertising Campaign by the Public Relations Society of America. She has appeared on major media channels including NBC, Fox, NPR, CNN, and Bloomberg. Kate holds a BA from Stanford University and a MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Orrin Cook | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Orrin Cook is Senior Manager of Market Development at Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). Orrin is responsible for strategy and partnerships to help drive the development of voluntary renewable energy markets and Green-e certification activities.  Recently, Orrin has focused on creating new opportunities for CRS to expand its policy and technical expert assistance in international markets, including initiating a grant through Google to assist Asian markets, beginning with Taiwan. Orrin serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) and is a frequent contributor to global ecolabel standards and industry best practice guidance. Prior to CRS, Orrin worked at TerraPass, Marin County Community Development Agency, Bay Area Rapid Transit, and London’s Energy Centre for Sustainable Communities (ECSC). 

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James Critchfield | U.S. EPA
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.  The Green Power Partnership is a free voluntary program that works with hundreds of organizations including Fortune 500®, small and medium sized businesses, higher education institutions, Federal, state and local governments as well as not-for-profit organizations nationwide.  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.  

Benjamin Finzel | RenewPR
Ben Finzel is president and founder of RENEWPR, a Washington, DC-based communications consulting firm that provides senior-level advice, counsel and outreach on strategy, messaging, media and partnerships to association, corporation, non-governmental, foundation, alliance and coalition clients tackling energy and environmental issues and opportunities. He also leads the strategic communications practice for 38 North Solutions. An experienced Washington public affairs communicator and DC native, Finzel has served as a congressional staffer, presidential appointee and public relations agency executive. Finzel’s career has focused on energy and environment communications and policy, and he has been involved in many of the most significant related issues of the past two-plus decades.

Benjamin Gerber | M-RETS
Benjamin Gerber is the Executive Director of M-RETS. Prior to joining M-RETS, Gerber served as Director of Energy Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He joined that organization in January 2012, representing the Chamber’s energy interests at both the Legislature and the Public Utilities Commission. Prior to that, he was an oil and gas attorney and handled Fredrikson & Byron’s government relations work in North Dakota, focusing on mining, energy and tax legislation. Ben received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a law degree cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. 

Rob Gramlich | Grid Strategies LLC
Rob Gramlich founded Grid Strategies LLC in February 2017 to support the integration and delivery of clean energy.  Rob oversaw transmission policy for the American Wind Energy Association from 2005 through 2016 as Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs, Interim CEO, and Policy Director. He was Economic Advisor to FERC Chairman Pat Wood III from 2001 to 2005, Senior Economist at PJM Interconnection in 1999 and 2000, Senior Associate at PG&E National Energy Group in 2000-2001, and an analyst at the FERC Office of Economic Policy, ICF Resources, the World Resources Institute, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the 1990s.  Rob was selected by The Hill magazine as a Top Lobbyist each year from 2011 through 2016.  Rob has a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from UC Berkeley and a BA with Honors in Economics from Colby College.

Jesse Grossman | Soltage

Jenny Heeter | National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Jenny Heeter is a senior energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.  She researches the mid-scale solar market, corporate purchases of renewable energy, and renewable portfolio standards. She holds an M.P.A. in environmental policy from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

 

Keven HoopiiainaRocky Mountain Power
Keven Hoopiiaina is the Renewable Energy Program Manager at Rocky Mountain Power and has been with the company since 1994. Prior to his current role, Keven held positions in corporate training, customer service, metering and regulation, with his primary focus on managing special projects and launching business strategy and process change initiatives. Keven holds a Bachelors in Business Management, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and is currently completing coursework towards a Masters in Sustainable Design.

Todd Jones | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Todd Jones provides analysis and guidance on renewable energy and climate policy design and implementation to policymakers, regulators and functional support entities. He also works with environmental policy organizations and serves on various technical advisory and working groups to provide research and guidance in the areas of renewable energy and climate change and to strengthen programs that add credibility to corporate environmental action. He holds a Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley.

Chris Kent | EPA
Christopher Kent is the marketing and outreach manager for EPA’s Green Power Partnership program since 2015.  Previously, he has served as an Agency expert on energy efficiency programs with technical expertise in office products, commercial equipment, international efficiency programs, and managing multi-stakeholder processes to develop market based approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to ENERGY STAR, he worked in various agency regulatory and voluntary programs focused on promoting source reduction capabilities.  Chris was a Mansfield Fellow working in Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry working on green electronics lifecycle issues. 

Holly Lahd | Target Corporation 
Holly Lahd is an Energy Program Manager at Target Corporation, where she analyzes utility rates, regulatory policy, and emerging energy trends to advance Target’s clean energy goals across the country.  Prior to joining Target she directed the energy markets program at the non-profit Fresh Energy and as served as a utility rate analyst with the State of Minnesota.

James Lewis | Renewable Choice Energy
James Lewis leads Renewable Choice Energy’s work in international markets and supports the development of emerging global renewable energy instruments. Renewable Choice was recently acquired by Schneider Electric, and the combined group has helped its corporate clients transact well over 2GW of corporate PPAs. James has helped clients including Hilton, Microsoft, UEFA, and WWF to achieve their sustainability objectives in diverse markets such as the UK, Mexico, Switzerland, India, China, and Singapore.  James has 10+ years of experience in sustainability with a background in sales, marketing, consulting, and research. He has a Masters of Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London and a BA in Geography and Management Studies from the University of Leeds.

Jennifer Martin | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Ms. Martin is the Executive Director of the Center for Resource Solutions, where she brings over two decades of NGO and private sector experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency, distributed generation, and electricity sector and climate change policy and regulation.  She is a founding board member of Re-Volv, an advisory board member of the Low Impact Hydro Institute, a member of the WREGIS Stakeholder Advisory Committee and served as Technical Chairperson of the WREGIS Operational Rules Committee, and a member of the Federal State Renewable Portfolio Standard Collaborative Advisory Group. 

John Melby | CBL Markets
John is a Director of CBL Markets and Managing Partner of an independent consultancy where he has advised major energy companies, financial institutions, governmental agencies, and exchanges on energy and environmental markets. Previously he was Managing Director of North American Markets for the Green Exchange, an international environmental exchange. Prior to that he was the President and CEO of APX, where he oversaw the company’s development as a premier infrastructure platform for all major renewable energy markets in North America. He holds a degree from Brown University and completed the management program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Doug Miller | Rocky Mountain Institute
Doug Miller is a Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute who applies his experience in environmental and behavioral economics to develop bold, collaborative market solutions and action-oriented research. In his current role on the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) team, Doug focuses on developing, evaluating, and scaling applications of blockchain technology in the clean energy sector that tackle existing pain points and create value. During his first three years at RMI, he co-founded the Residential Energy+ initiative and developed a portfolio of solutions for real estate, home performance, and media professionals to motivate, simplify, and finance homeowner investments in energy upgrades.

Heather Mulligan | Puget Sound Energy
Heather Mulligan has more than 20 years of experience working on programs which support the deployment of use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Ms. Mulligan has spent the last 10 years as the Market Manager for Puget Sound Energy’s Customer Renewables programs, where her responsibilities include the development and management of voluntary green pricing options; as well as on-site customer generation. 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 – a program focused on removing barriers and facilitating the adoption of solar energy technologies on homes and businesses. Ms. Mulligan has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego and a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) from American University.

Tess O'Brien | EnergySage
Tess O’Brien is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at EnergySage, the largest vendor-neutral online marketplace for rooftop and community solar. She oversees partnerships with utilities, non-profits and corporates. Tess previously launched CleanPowerPerks after serving as Marketing Director at Community Energy. Boston-based, she holds an MBA in Sustainability and a BA in Environmental Studies.

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Tyler O'Farrell | Puget Sound Energy
Program Coordinator for Puget Sound Energy's Renewable Energy Programs.

 

 

Eric O'Shaughnessy | National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Eric O'Shaughnessy is an Energy Research Analyst in NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Eric's work focuses on economic analysis of residential solar PV markets. Eric leads the lab's green power market data collection and analysis, including the annual Status and Trends in the US Voluntary Green Power Market series. Eric is also a PhD candidate at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jan Pepper | Peninsula Clean Energy
Jan Pepper has over 30 years of energy and utility experience, with a focus on renewable energy contracting and financing. She formerly worked at Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the municipal utility serving the City of Santa Clara and was the founder of four energy-related start-up companies, including APX and Clean Power Markets. At APX, she developed and pioneered the first use of renewable energy credits, which are now the standard currency for trading and tracking renewable power. At Clean Power Markets, her company designed and implemented the successful Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) program for the State of New Jersey. Jan was elected to the city council of Los Altos in 2012. She was re-elected in 2016 for a second four-year term. She earned a BS in civil engineering and an MBA, both from Stanford University. Jan is a registered professional engineer in California.

Karl 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).

Janu Ranchamdani | Kinect Energy Group
Janu is the product manager for Track my Electricity™, an award-winning platform for promoting cooperation among different players with a shared objective of renewable energy growth. She uses design-thinking, story-telling and a deep understanding of energy systems to help businesses respond to climate change challenges effectively.

Craig Schultz | ICF
Craig Schultz is a Principal at consulting firm ICF who specializes in evaluating, structuring, and negotiating renewable energy and other transactions for commercial, industrial, and institutional customers. He has advised on renewable transactions in 18 states and internationally and is increasingly focused on the viability of combining renewables with storage and microgrids. Prior to joining ICF, Mr. Schultz worked in U.S. energy markets for Hess and Statoil Energy. He received his MBA with beta gamma sigma honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his Bachelor’s degree in Economics with phi beta kappa honors from Wesleyan University.

Marty Sedler | Intel Corporation
Marty Sedler is the Director of Global Utilities & Infrastructure and Sr. PE for Intel Corporation. Marty has been with Intel 22 years, integrating Energy Management and Energy Supply Policy responsibilities within a formal process and is responsible for Intel’s global utility supplies, including evaluating/incorporating alternative energy options and driving sustainable energy positions/strategies for renewable energy policy. Previous to joining Intel, he spent 14 years in the electric utility industry Marty has been honored to be the recipient of the “Green Power Leader of the Year” and named a top 50 Energy leader.

Blair Swezey | SunPower Corporation
Blair Swezey is senior director, U.S. market development and state policy at SunPower Corporation and is responsible for creating market opportunities and supportive policy environments for solar power adoption and development across the 50 U.S. states. He also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Resource Solutions. Prior to joining SunPower, Blair was senior director, solar markets and public policy at Applied Materials, Inc. and principal policy advisor at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He also worked at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). In 2005, he received the national “Green Power Pioneer” award for continuous achievement, vision, and dedication to the green power industry.

Rachael Terada | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Rachael Terada is a Senior Project Manager for the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS).  She manages operations for the Green-e Energy certification and consumer protection program, which certifies the majority of the voluntary market for retail renewable electricity and renewable energy certificate (REC) sales in the United States. Rachael manages the annual verification of over 40 million megawatt hours of renewable energy transactions for Green-e Energy and also 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.

Rick Umoff  | SEIA
Rick Umoff is Regulatory Counsel and Director of State Affairs at SEIA.  Rick represents SEIA in regulatory and policy matters throughout the United States, and appears regularly before public service commissions.  Currently, Rick leads SEIA's efforts to drive solar markets through New York’s REV initiative and in the Midwest.  Additionally, Rick leads SEIA's efforts to defend the Clean Power Plan.  Before SEIA, Rick worked at 3Degrees, a leading renewable energy marketer, the Center for Resource Solutions, a national clean energy policy non-profit, and the California Public Utilities Commission.  Rick received a B.A. in Philosophy with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a J.D. with a focus on environmental and energy law from the University of San Francisco.  Rick lives in Washington, D.C.

Lewis Wagner | SRECTrade
Lewis Wagner joined SRECTrade in August 2011 to manage the growth of the company’s web technology platform. As CTO, he is responsible for the architecture and development of SRECTrade’s management and transaction services, building the infrastructure that promotes SRECTrade’s presence in renewable energy markets. Lewis majored in Business and Information Technology at Kingston University in London and has worked with a variety of companies in both analytical and technical roles. When he’s not coding, Lewis enjoys watching South Africa beat England in rugby, hiking the odd mountain and making his way through this year’s 7x7 Big Eat San Francisco.

Jaclyn Webb | Xcel
Jaclyn Webb is a Product Portfolio Manager at Xcel Energy, a major electricity and natural gas company recognized as an industry leader in delivering renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions while providing safe, reliable power to millions of Americans across eight states. Jaclyn is responsible for the management, marketing and promotion, and evolving product strategy of Renewable*Connect and Windsource, the utility’s voluntary green energy programs. Jaclyn has over 10 years of experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency and strategic marketing. She holds a BA in Consumer Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.