REM 2019 Speakers
Galen Barbose | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Galen Barbose is a Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His work over the past 17 years has focused on issues in the electricity industry related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric system planning. Among these efforts, Galen tracks and analyzes state renewables portfolio standards, publishing an annual status update on these policies, and frequently gives briefings to policymakers and other industry stakeholders on RPS program design and impacts.
Geoff Bastain | 3Degrees
Geoff Bastian joined 3Degrees in 2006 and currently serves as the Director of Utility Partnerships. In this role, he provides strategic guidance to the group’s business line through program design, program modeling, program management, operations support, and innovation. Geoff seeks to cultivate green programs that grow in participation, are financially self-sustaining, and build a bridge between utilities and the target audience in the programs they offer.
Elise Benoit | Enel X
With over 20 years of marketing experience, Elise Benoit has spent her career developing successful B2C and B2B marketing strategies for high-growth technology companies including AutoGrid, ICE Energy, Opower (acquired by Oracle), CivicSolar, Autodesk, Ask Jeeves and others. She has proven her ability to lead marketing teams through rapid growth, while managing product lines, increasing brand awareness, developing creative programs and ultimately improving ROI. With roots in developing lead generation programs for radio networks like CBS, she scaled opportunities to support e-commerce and corporate sales channels. As VP of Marketing, Elise leads the e-mobility marketing for the North American market.
Lori Bird | WRI
Lori Bird currently serves as the U.S. Energy Program Director and the Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy at the World Resources Institute (WRI). Her current work focuses on assisting cities in meeting their renewable energy goals and charging EVs with renewables. Prior to joining WRI, she was a principal analyst in the markets and policy group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She has published nearly 150 articles and reports on renewable energy and her work has been referenced in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and Business Week. She holds a master's degree in environmental studies from Yale University.
Glenn Blackmon | Washington State Department of Commerce
Glenn leads the Washington State Department of Commerce’s implementation of the renewable portfolio standard and energy efficiency resource standard. Glenn previously worked for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and as staff of the state Senate Energy Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University.
Dr. Erin Boyd | Apparent Inc.
Dr. Boyd is responsible for developing economic and market analysis/strategy at Apparent. She previously worked in local, national, and international energy markets, including the day-ahead market for utilities. Dr. Boyd holds a BA and MSc in Economics with a PhD from University of London.
Jared Braslawsky | RECS Inernational
Jared Braslawsky is a leading expert on the use, implementation and functionality of attribute tracking systems such as the United States REC, European Guarantee of Origin (GO) and the global International REC Standard. His expertise is used by organizations such as RE100 where he is a member of the Technical Working Group. He has also participated in workshops, technical meetings and informational webinars for RE100’s membership (over 140 corporate renewable electricity consumers). He was a key contributor to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) Scope 2 Guidance document and supported the GHGP in organizing workshops to promote the guidance document when it was completed in 2015.
Helen Brauner | 7X Energy
Helen Brauner serves as the Senior Director of Origination for 7X Energy, an Austin, Texas-based utility-scale solar developer with over 5 GW of solar in development and over 1 GW of power sold. Helen has worked in the renewable energy sector for fifteen years. Prior to joining 7X, Helen was a strategy and marketing consultant for cleantech companies ranging from an international solar company to a start-up working on carbon capture. Before consulting, Helen spent nine years at Green Mountain Energy, a retail electric provider selling green power, where she served as the Senior VP of Strategic Planning and Marketing. She has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and a BA in Economics from Rice University.
Jay Buys | Visceral
Seeing a need to use modern digital communications tools to help cause-focused organizations, Jay co-founded Visceral in 2006 and has spent every day since crafting brands and experiences for visionary people, organizations and ideas that are working to make the world a better place.
Yen-Haw Chen | Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)
Yen-Haw Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Marine & Ocean Engineering from National Taiwan University in 2003. From 2003 to 2009, he was a researcher at National Applied Research Laboratories, Taiwan. Currently, he is a researcher and Deputy Director of Research Division I of Taiwan Institute of Economic Research. He was a recipient of Literati Awards for Excellence 2000. His research interests include industrial economics, technical economic analysis of new energy and smart grid, science and technology policy. His current devotion is the development of renewable energy certificate mechanism and to organize the voluntary renewable energy market in Taiwan.
Matt Clouse | U.S. EPA
Matt oversees several voluntary programs (i.e., Green Power Partnership, Combined Heat and Power Partnership, Center for Corporate Climate Leadership) that are transforming markets for clean energy and offering resources to spur innovative GHG management and best practices. Matt also plays a leading role in the Agency’s consideration of renewable electricity technologies and policies to promote them. Matt has more than fifteen years of experience with renewable electricity policies, markets, and programs. He has worked with a broad range of businesses, organizations, and government agencies in the U.S. and internationally. He has a Masters in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware.
Rob Collier | LevelTen Energy
Rob Collier is the Vice President of Developer Relations at LevelTen Energy. He acted as a key advisor to the Corporate Renewable Energy Aggregation Group, facilitating the deal between BayWa r.e. and Bloomberg, Cox Enterprises, Gap Inc., Salesforce and Workday. Prior to joining LevelTen, Rob worked for utility-scale solar developer OneEnergy Renewables in various capacities, most recently as Director of Development.
Blaine Collison | David Gardiner and Associates
Blaine Collison is the Senior Vice-President at David Gardiner and Associates, a clean energy policy firm in Arlington, VA. Blaine was previously the Managing Director of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships for Altenex and then Edison Energy, where he helped commercial, industrial and institutional energy users execute and communicate strategic renewable energy procurement. 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.
Jeff Cook | National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Jeff Cook is a market analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. His focus areas include state and local policy, solar photovoltaic cost reduction, and corporate renewable energy procurement. He has been on staff with the Markets & Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center since 2014 and he received his PhD in political science from Colorado State University in 2017.
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.
Steven Eisenberg | SRECTrade
Steven serves as the CEO of SRECTrade. He has established and grown SRECTrade’s transaction, management, and technology services. He has facilitated transaction execution and commodity management on behalf of electricity suppliers, project owners, and traders in North American distributed generation environmental markets. The Company provides services to more than 1.3 GW of distributed assets. Steven received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Southern California. Prior to SRECTrade, Steven was an Associate with Macquarie’s investment banking group. Steven lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.
Buck Endemann | K&L Gates
Buck Endemann is a partner at the law firm K&L Gates and focuses on renewable energy projects throughout the Western United States, with an emphasis on California. He counsels clients on energy, energy storage, infrastructure and remediation projects and regularly advises clients on environmental and land use issues. Buck also leads the firm’s bioenergy initiative and helps clients navigate the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. He authors the K&L Gates Blockchain Energizer, a biweekly newsletter summarizing developments at the intersection of energy and blockchain technology, and is the editor of the firm’s Energy Storage Handbook.
Ben Finzel | RENEWPR
Ben 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. 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 25+ years.
Jillian Forte | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Jillian is a Senior Analyst at Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) and the West Coast representative for the Green-e certification program. In addition to supervising the annual Green-e verification audit of over 70 million MWh, Jillian also works with a variety of electricity suppliers—CCAs, IOUs, POUs, and competitive suppliers—to design superior renewable energy programs. She comes from a multidisciplinary background, with prior experience in nuclear nonproliferation, political-military analysis, and public policy. Jillian holds an MPA from Western International University and an MSc in Global Technology and Development from Arizona State University.
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.
Kate Gordon | Governor's Office of Planning & Research (OPR), State of California
Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of climate change, energy, and economic development. Prior to being appointed Director, she was a Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, and was a Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.
Erik Hansen | Workday
Erik Hansen is Sustainability Director at Workday, leading the company’s global sustainability efforts. He is responsible for the development and implementation of sustainability strategies across Workday’s operations, products, and workplace. His responsibilities range from renewable energy procurement, to external sustainability reporting under the GRI framework, to leading a formal Green Team program across the thirty largest offices at the company. Under his leadership, Workday announced a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2021 and a commitment to use 100 percent renewable energy across global operations.
Kendall Helm | Vice President of Energy Supply, SDG&E
Kendall Helm is a PhD economist and the Vice President of Energy Supply at SDG&E. In this capacity, she is responsible for all aspects of acquiring energy and capacity to the serve SDG&E customers, including electric generation and resource planning. She was previously Senior Economist for International Affairs and Trade at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
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 focuses her research on corporate purchases of renewable energy, the community solar market, and international renewable energy market development. From 2016-2018 she developed and led programs training cities and universities across the country to put solar on their facilities. She holds an M.P.A. in environmental policy from Indiana University-Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a B.A. in environmental studies and political science from Macalester College.
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.
Maya Kelty | 3Degrees
As Regulatory Affairs Manager, Maya supports 3Degrees on regulatory and legislative matters pertaining to renewable energy and carbon markets. Prior to joining 3Degrees, Maya was a Senior Analyst at Center for Resource Solutions. Maya holds a BA (Honours) from McGill University and a MEnv from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada).
Wouter Kuipers | ACT Commodities
Wouter leads the Corporate Greening practice for ACT. He started his career in Corporate Finance before joining ACT Commodities in 2012, specializing in trading & origination of energy and emission products. Wouter holds a Master in Finance & Investments from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) and bachelor in International Business Administration from the same university.
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.
Michael Leschke | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Michael Leschke manages operations of the Green-e programs, including the implementation of the annual verification process, maintaining and overseeing the certifications of Green-e Energy’s participant organizations, and engaging in research on various renewable energy topics. Mr. Leschke interacts on a regular basis, including in an advisory capacity, with the various REC tracking systems that integrate with Green-e Energy’s verification procedures. Mr. Leschke developed key specifications for generator and renewable energy retailer reporting software. He has delivered technical guidance on REC and tracking system development for both the Chinese and Taiwanese markets. Mr. Leschke received a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California.
Maggie Lund | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Maggie Lund is a Manager at Center for Resource Solutions, working on the Green-e Energy and Green-e Climate certification programs. She manages Green-e's annual verification audit process, during which over 300 US renewable energy sellers submit generation and sales data to CRS to be evaluated against Green-e's renewable energy quality standard. During the verification audit, she oversees verification of over 70 million MWh in renewable energy transactions on an annual basis. Ms. Lund holds a wide variety of additional responsibilities in her role, including managing the Green-e Climate certification program for carbon offsets, publishing CRS’s residual mix emissions rates and null power data, and managing contracts for various renewable energy sellers in the Green-e Energy program. As a result, she has deep insight into renewable energy and carbon offset transactional best practices.
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.
David McDougall | 3Degrees
David McDougall is the Senior Business Development Manager for 3Degrees’ Utility Partnership group. He is a seasoned leader, sustainability expert, and business development professional. David has a wealth of diverse experience, including voluntary RE programs for utilities, energy efficiency, sales and sales management, team leadership, customer success programs, and strategy. He’s a LEED AP professional and Certified Energy Manager. David obtained a mechanical engineering degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He hails from Newburyport MA, is married with 3 children, and enjoys, running, soccer, boating, and skiing.
Patrick Morand | Duane Morris LLC
Patrick L. Morand practices in the area of energy regulatory law and renewable energy development. Mr. Morand counsels energy clients, including electric utilities, electricity suppliers, regional transmission organizations, renewable energy developers, and financial institutions before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state public utility commissions, and other federal and state agencies. Mr. Morand has extensive experience in a wide range of energy regulatory matters and counsels clients in the development of power purchase agreements; engineering, procurement and construction agreements; interconnection agreements; and other project development agreements.
Peter Mostow | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR)
Peter Mostow is a partner in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he represents energy and clean technology companies on project development, purchase and sale, and finance. Peter represents solar, wind, energy storage, and biomass project sponsors in site acquisition, power transmission, and offtake agreements; distributed energy companies in developing key commercial and financing agreements; and producers of new technologies from energy storage to renewable fuels in drafting and negotiating key commercial transactions. Peter is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Resource Solutions. Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini in 2007, he was a partner at Stoel Rives LLP.
William Murtha | Argus Media
Will covers energy and climate issues for Argus Media, with a particular focus on carbon markets in the US and Canada. He has written extensively about state clean fuel standards on the West Coast and the cap-and-trade programs in California and Quebec. Before starting his career in journalism, he served in both the Peace Corps and Navy. He is a graduate of Yale’s Forestry School and Georgetown University.
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).
Heather Schrock | Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Heather has a diverse background in sustainability, outreach, marketing and sales. She is currently the Environmental Products Representative at Bonneville Environmental Foundation in Portland, Oregon. Heather was previously the Portland Regional Manager of the ReDirect Guide, a local green directory, and has served on the boards of Green Drinks PDX and VOIS (Voice for Oregon Innovation and Sustainability). She has also been a professional singer, nutritionist and speaker. As a Portland native, Heather enjoys the Pacific NW for its many outdoor offerings and as such she has a passion for protecting it and its communities.
Ali Shajrawi | Karbone
Ali Shajrawi is the Director of Research at Karbone, a renewable energy financial services firm offering a combination of Capital Advisory, Brokerage and Research. He covers (S)REC, capacity, and carbon markets across the US, comprehensively tracking policy developments and modeling supply/demand fundamentals. He manages advisory engagements with utilities, project developers and financial institutions and regularly publishes market analyses on a wide range of topics. Mr. Shajrawi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Quantitative Analysis in Economics from Wesleyan University. He was also enrolled in Economic Analysis courses at University of Paris and University of Oxford.
Dan Sobrinski | WSP
Dan Sobrinski is vice president of WSP's sustainability, energy and climate change practice and a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) with two decades of experience in organizational strategy, renewable energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) management, energy efficiency, and climate resiliency. Dan's wide range of expertise have contributed to embedding sustainable programs into numerous public and private sector organizations. Dan has guided innovative and future ready programs that have been recognized by the UNFCCC, US EPA, and CDP for their leadership in addressing climate change. As a member of the Green-e Governance Board, Dan is developing environmental commodities and products that mitigate climate change and help build a sustainable energy future.
Rachael Terada | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Rachael Terada is the Director of Technical Projects for CRS. She manages technical projects for the Green-e certification programs and oversees the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference. Other projects include technical paper development, international expert assistance to government agencies on renewable energy policy design, support for REC tracking system initiatives, as well as blockchain initiatives for renewable energy markets. Rachael began as a consultant with CRS in 2006 and joined CRS 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.
Jeff Walker | Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)
Jeff Walker is vice president of customer solutions for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. He is responsible for developing and delivering the programs, products and services that meet customers’ energy needs. Walker joined SoCalGas in 1989 as a senior computer programmer. He left the company in 2001 and rejoined in 2009 as a project manager and has held the positions of director of SoCalGas application services, as well as director of information technology and client services. In 2014, Walker became director of advanced meter. Prior to rejoining the Sempra companies, he was senior technology manager at The Capital Group Companies. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in computer and information systems from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, and a master’s degree in business administration from Azusa Pacific University. He also holds a certificate in leadership from the University of Southern California.
Beth Wytiaz | Bank of America
Beth Wytiaz is part of the Global Environmental Group within the Environmental, Social, Governance division of Bank of America. In her current role as the Global Environmental Operations Manager she is responsible for reducing the bank's impact on natural resources. This encompasses setting and achieving all public environmental operations goals which includes becoming carbon neutral; purchasing 100% of electricity from renewable sources; reducing waste, water, paper, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and energy use; managing e-waste; sourcing paper sustainability and supply chain management. In addition to this work she leads the GHG emissions calculations and disclosure efforts.