REM 2019 Speakers
Maggie Alexander | Apparent, Inc.
Maggie Alexander is the Director of Business Development at Apparent, Inc., where she leads commercialization and product deployment efforts for Apparent’s intelligent energy management systems, specifically the development and execution of Apparent’s strategy for behind-the-meter distributed energy resources. Maggie has more than a decade of experience in business and project development, establishing partnerships and programs with national and international governments, environmental organizations, electric utilities and technology companies. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and an M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Policy.
Adrian Anderson | Google
Adrian is the Senior Lead for Energy and currently helps Google secure infrastructure and clean reliable power for data centers across the globe. Previously, he worked as an energy procurement manager for Amazon Web Services and a global supply manager for Apple. Prior to working in IT, Adrian was a renewable energy developer and originator for juwi Americas. Adrian earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the Bates College, and a Master’s in Business and International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Alex Anich | Clearway Energy Group
Alex Anich is the Senior Manager of Information Strategy and Integration for Clearway Energy Group, where he oversees the company’s data integration program and the asset management continuous improvement program. Clearway Energy Group are the former renewable business of NRG Energy, Inc where Alex was the Manger for Renewable Market Intelligence. Alex leads Clearway’s exploration of the application of blockchain technology to the REC and environmental attribute markets. Prior to joining Clearway, Alex headed up the Research & Advisory service of Karbone, an NYC based brokerage, project finance and research firm focused on environmental markets. Alex leverages his experience working in the early days of Shell’s renewable energy business to provide a unique perspective on the evolution of energy markets around the world.
Michael Barry | Bloomberg
Michael Barry is the Head of Sustainable Business Operations in Bloomberg's Sustainable Business & Finance group. Reporting to the Chairman's Office, the team integrates sustainability considerations into all operations and co-develops products and services for the Bloomberg Professional Services, enabling our clients to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities. Michael earned a bachelor’s in Accounting from Kean University and a master’s in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Energy Procurement Professional. He serves on board of directors of the Building Energy Exchange and the advisory board for Smart Energy Decisions.
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.
Bud Beebe | Sacramento Municipal Utility District (Ret.)
Bud Beebe is a Professional Engineer and Chair of the Green-e Governance Board. Now retired from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Bud has 30 years’ experience in advanced and renewable energy technology development including hydrogen as an energy carrier, fuel cells, PV, solar thermal and more. Bud was an active participant in development of California’s Ghg accounting protocols and markets. He was project lead for launch of SMUD’s voluntary Greenergy® renewables program.
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.
Matthew Bogdan | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Matthew Bogdan is an associate in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the firm’s energy and infrastructure finance practice. His practice focuses on project development and finance in the energy, infrastructure, and clean technology industries, representing both project developers and financing parties. He has personally negotiated over 1 GW of corporate virtual power purchase agreements, REC purchase agreements, and other alternative offtake arrangements. In addition, he has represented project developers and financing parties in the debt and tax equity financing of projects utilizing such offtake structures.
Lauren Bowen | Southern Environmental Law Center
Lauren Bowen is a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of natural resources and communities in a six-state region of the Southeast. SELC partners with over 150 national and local groups to achieve its goals and works in all three branches of government. Lauren leads SELC’s Regional Solar Power Initiative, promoting clean, renewable solar power across the Southeast. She received her law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her work is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Lauren serves on the Green-e Governance Board and on the North Carolina Conservation Network Board of Directors.
Jared Braslawsky | I-REC Standard Foundation
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.
Don Bray | Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE)
Don has worked with Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) since its formation as a Community Choice Energy agency in 2016. He leads customer engagement activities with major commercial and industrial accounts, deployment of customer programs, service operations, marketing and community relations. SVCE serves 270,000 commercial and residential customers across thirteen Silicon Valley communities. Prior to joining SVCE, Don served as Executive Director of Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Smart Energy Enterprise Development Initiative (SEEDZ). Don’s private sector background includes 22 years with Accenture’s business systems integration consulting practice, where he served as a Managing Partner. Don received an MS in Engineering Management from Stanford University, and BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Davis.
Leslie Brown | Peninsula Clean Energy
As the Director of Customer Care for Peninsula Clean Energy, Leslie oversees billing operations and customer satisfaction for PCE’s nearly 300,000 customers throughout San Mateo County. Since launching service nearly 3 years ago, PCE has maintained an impressive customer participation rate and is currently serving over 97% of all eligible customers in San Mateo County. Leslie has worked in the Public Power sector for nearly 20 years, coming to PCE after 17 years with the Customer Service and Marketing Division at Silicon Valley Power, the City of Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility. Leslie has a BS in Environmental Studies with an Emphasis in Alternative Energy from San Jose State University and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.
Sarah Busch | California Energy Storage Alliance
Sarah Busch is a Manager of Market Development at the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), where she advocates for the advancement of the energy storage industry at the California Legislature and regulatory agencies. Sarah has a background creating innovative renewable energy and GHG management strategies for North America utilities and corporate buyers. At the Center for Resource Solutions, Sarah expanded the use of ‘third-party certified’ clean energy and carbon offsets sold and purchased on a voluntary basis through the Green-e Certification Program. Her expertise in GHG accounting and renewable energy frequently intersects with energy storage as California moves toward a GHG-free electric system relying on increasing amounts of storage. Sarah holds a B.A. in Government from Smith College.
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.
Nicole Capretz | Climate Action Campaign
Nicole Capretz is an environmental attorney with 20 years of experience as an energy, equity, and climate policy advisor for local governments and the nonprofit sector. Nicole was the primary author of the City of San Diego’s groundbreaking, legally binding 100% clean energy Climate Action Plan adopted in late 2015. Nicole has since played a pivotal role in helping other cities in the region adopt similar 100% clean energy climate plans, and is a prominent advocate for Community Choice Energy in Southern California. Nicole’s duties as Founder and Executive Director of Climate Action Campaign include overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission.
Lana Carmichael | Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services
Lana Carmichael joined Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services in 2007 and currently leads global environmental commodity procurement in the Cleantech division. In this role, she is responsible for all domestic and global environmental commodity sourcing to assist in providing high quality options for clients spanning a variety of sizes, industries and geographic locations to meet their sustainability goals and objectives. While overseeing all aspects of resource acquisition, inventory and position management, development partnerships and market research, Lana has been passionately involved in the Sustainability industry for over a decade. Lana was also selected to volunteer on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group as a Green Power and Carbon Offset Subject Matter Expert. Lana holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Louisiana Tech University.
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.
Cynthia Clark | University of California Office of the President
Cynthia Clark has over a decade of experience in the energy industry. As Renewable Energy Manager for the University of California, Ms. Clark supports wholesale and retail electricity activities within the Office of the President on behalf of participating campuses and medical centers. Responsibilities encompass all aspects of operating an Electric Service Provider, including compliance, regulatory affairs, procurement, portfolio optimization, rates and billing. Ms. Clark came to the energy industry with a background in environmental consulting and has held positions with a regulated utility and a Commercial & Industrial scale solar developer. Ms. Clark holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.
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.
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.
Sherwin Das | Energy Peace Partners
Sherwin Das is Managing Director of Energy Peace Partners. Prior to this, he was an international civil servant for the United Nations, where he specialized in conflict prevention, mediation, and peacebuilding in regions affected by violent conflict. He has been deployed in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and at UN Headquarters in New York. Prior to co-founding Energy Peace Partners, he was Chief of Political Affairs for the United Nations Regional Office in Central Africa (UNOCA), a political mission mandated to prevent conflict and promote peace in the volatile Central Africa region.
Jerry R. Dennis | Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Mr. Dennis has worked in the electric and natural gas utility industry for twenty years and has been with the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport since October 2000. Jerry has played an instrumental role in moving the Airport towards a sustainable future. His current responsibilities include: managing the Airport’s energy portfolio; overseeing the operations of the Airport’s Electrical, Electronics, Pavement, Grounds, and Sign & Markings Shops; and serving as a liaison between the Airport community and the local utilities. He is a member of AEE, where he served as the Region IV Vice President from 2012 through 2013; and the North Texas Chapter of AEE, where he currently serves as the Governmental Liaison.
Jeff Deyette | Union of Concerned Scientists
Jeff Deyette is the director of state policy and analysis in the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Mr. Deyette conducts analysis on the economic and environmental costs and benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies.
Ken Dragoon | Renewable Hydrogen Alliance
Ken is a three-plus decade veteran of the electric power industry. He founded Flink Energy Consulting in 2014, helping clients in the transition to renewable energy and is Executive Director of the nonprofit Renewable Hydrogen Alliance (RenewableH2.org) that advocates using renewable electricity to make climate-neutral fuels. His career began in hydro resource planning at the Bonneville Power Administration, and transitioned to managing other renewable resources at PacifiCorp, Renewable Northwest, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, and Ecofys (now Navigant). He authored Valuing Wind Generation on Integrated Power Systems (2010) and holds an MS in physics from University of New Hampshire (1982).
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 manages certification programs at the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), where she is currently working on the development of a standard and certification program for renewable natural gas (RNG). She comes from a multidisciplinary background, with prior experience in nuclear energy, political-military analysis, and public policy. Jillian holds a Master of Public Administration 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 in 2015, Gerber served as Director of Energy and Labor/Management 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 operation in North Dakota, focusing on mining, energy and tax legislation. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science and from William Mitchell College of Law in 2010 and is admitted to the Minnesota and Federal Bar.
Chiara Gilbert | South Pole
Chiara Gilbert is an experienced renewable energy professional who manages South Pole’s global project portfolio and supports corporate clients with their renewable energy strategies and voluntary reporting. She previously worked at CDP and primarily focused on the RE100 campaign where she was a technical expert on helping large corporates make credible claims around their renewable energy sourcing and greenhouse gas reporting. Chiara has also been a leading contributor to comprehensive thought leadership reports on the uptake of corporate renewable energy worldwide. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development and Business Management from Columbia University in New York City.
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.
E’Lon Hall | Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy
E’Lon Hall is the Operations Manager at Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy. In this position, E’Lon assists the WRISE team with program and volunteer management, fundraising, events, and administrative tasks. Prior to joining WRISE, E’Lon began her career in the renewable energy industry working as a Project Coordinator for the start up OwnEnergy and then became an Associate Project Developer with EDF Renewables. In both roles, she worked closely with landowners and local community members to assist in the development of several wind farms across the U.S. E’Lon spent a considerable amount of her early career working for several non-profit organizations and serving underserved populations and communities. E’Lon has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Washington and Lee University and a Master’s degree in Urban Studies from CUNY Queens College.
Kristin Hanczor | The Climate Group
Kristin leads corporate engagement for North America at The Climate Group. She is responsible for working across the EP100, EV100 and RE100 campaigns to enhance corporate ambition on energy productivity, electric vehicles and renewable electricity, and she also assists with the coordination of Climate Week NYC each year. She has several years of experience working in corporate sustainability and reporting. She led internal CSR programs at Thornton Tomasetti covering energy efficiency, emissions reduction and employee engagement. At Edelman, she worked on the Business + Social Purpose team to support clients with program development and implementation, communication strategies and external reporting. Prior to joining The Climate Group, Kristin worked at Bowdoin College as both the Sustainability Outreach Coordinator and Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach, where she led campus programs addressing energy, waste, and water issues. Kristin holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Government from Bowdoin College. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Sustainability from Bard College.
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.
Jonathan Hart | Center for Sustainable Energy
Jonathan Hart works at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) as a Senior Specialist in distributed energy resources (DERs). Jonathan provides regulatory and technical subject matter expertise to multiple research and development projects, and the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) program. The research and development projects incorporate a suite of DER technologies and applications, including DERs wholesale market participation, microgrid development, automated demand response, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and DER fleet management systems.
Kendall Helm | Vice President, Customer Operations, SDG&E
Kendall Helm is a PhD economist and the Vice President, Customer Operations 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 | 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 mid-scale solar market, and community solar deployment and cost. 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.
Ed Holt | Independent Consultant
Ed Holt is an independent consultant who has focused on renewable energy policy, programs and markets for the past 25 years. He was one of the earliest to recognize the potential of voluntary markets to help achieve environmental goals. Ed also delves deeply into renewable energy policies such as RPS requirements, the use of RECs and tracking systems, and greenhouse gas accounting for renewable energy.
Hannah Hunt | ReSURETY
Hannah Hunt provides origination and transaction services at REsurety with a focus on C&I risk transfer products. Previously, she worked at the American Wind Energy Association as Deputy Director, Electricity Policy and Demand, identifying emerging opportunities to increase wind demand through corporate procurement, utility engagement, electrification, and carbon policies. She previously held positions in the Renewables Division at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
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.
Josh Kaplan | Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)
Josh Kaplan is a Senior Associate with the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), where he focuses on building opportunities to equip member organizations with the tools and resources needed to effectively engage with today’s clean energy market. Josh previously supported REBA through one of its four parent organizations, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where he worked with large energy buyers to find innovative solutions to scaling renewable energy programs. He also served in energy and sustainability-related roles at the US Department of Energy and American University. He holds a BA in environmental studies and MS in sustainability management, both from American University.
Natasha Keefer | Clean Power Alliance
Natasha Keefer is the Director of Power Planning and Procurement for Clean Power Alliance, California’s new, locally-operated, electricity provider for 32 communities and approximately one million eligible customers across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Natasha's experience includes sustainable infrastructure development, energy finance, utility planning and procurement, and launching new enterprises. Natasha comes to Clean Power Alliance from Renewable Resources Group (RRG), an impact investment firm, where she was the Vice President of Energy and Water Development, leading infrastructure project development and investment activities in the Western United States, South America, and Australia. She earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S. from the University of Southern California.
Peggy Kellen | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Peggy Kellen directs the development and implementation of sustainable energy policy at CRS. She has over 10 years of experience designing renewable energy and GHG accounting policies and contributing to stakeholder engagement efforts for the electric power, energy efficiency, water, transportation and oil and gas sectors. Ms. Kellen previously directed The Climate Registry’s carbon footprint reporting and verification policies. She holds a M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University.
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).
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.
Adam Kramer | Switch
Adam Kramer is the Executive Vice President of Strategy for Switch, the global technology infrastructure corporation that develops hyperscale data center ecosystems for enterprise colocation, differentiated multi-cloud, and industry-leading telecommunications solutions. Adam executes the company’s global public policy initiatives and is part of the core leadership business development team. He leads a multi-faceted government/public affairs team that focuses on policy development surrounding environment, sustainability, energy, improving education, economic development, and technology. Adam is responsible for corporate communications/public relations. He promotes thought leadership around transformative policy, is a globally recognized presenter on issues of sustainability, technology innovation, and the future of the internet of everything.
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.
Lars Kvale | APX
Lars Kvale is head of leads Business Development for APX. His work with APX includes developing and managing several carbon and renewable energy registries in the United States, Europe, the Americas and Asia. These registries play a pivotal role as the foundation for multiple compliance and voluntary markets for REC and carbon offsets. He is currently focused on how registries can best support businesses buying renewable energy and their internal and external sustainability reporting process. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erica Larson | CenterPoint Energy
Erica Larson is a regulatory analyst at CenterPoint Energy focusing on renewable natural gas (RNG). She has been very involved in the development of RNG related proposals such as the Minnesota RNG green-tariff and upcoming Minnesota RNG interconnection proposal. Before joining CenterPoint Energy, Erica was an associate attorney in the regulatory affairs group at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Erica received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and political science from Saint Olaf College.
Shaun Laughlin | Standard Solar
Experienced Head of US Strategic Development with a demonstrated history of working in the renewables and environment industry. Skilled in Business Planning, renewable project acquisition and Finance, Sales, Smart Grid, International Business, and all aspects of Management. Sales and Business Development professional. Awarded Fine Arts Scholarship from CWC Denver.Standard
Patrick Lee | PXiSE Energy Solutions
Patrick Lee founded and leads PXiSE Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy with an investment by Mitsui & Co., Ltd., as Chief Executive Officer. Lee is a proven executive with over 30 years of energy industry experience in electric system planning, design, construction, operations, energy markets, renewables, and technology RD&D. He completed a $1.8B, infrastructure project with 19 awards and has led successful business operations and innovation projects throughout this career. Lee graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University and holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He is also a registered professional electrical engineer in California.
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.
Nicole Lewandowski | EVgo
Nicole catapults organizations to the next level. An electric vehicle industry veteran, Nicole started her career in EV’s with Tesla Motors working to transform the retail space and define how Tesla sells cars today. As the first female Regional Sales Manager with Tesla, Nicole oversaw markets including Texas, Southern California, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Hawaii and was responsible for managing at $300M annual business. She aims to bridge the gap between the EV customer needs and retail and property partner benefits. By leveraging the sustainability, marketing, revenue, and functional benefits of fast EV charging, she helps retailers and property managers to not just future proof, but be leaders in their industry and markets. Now as the Site Development and Business Development Director with EVgo, the nation’s largest public fast charging network, Nicole works with major partners and properties all over North America to bring the nation’s most reliable fast charging network to their customers.
May Liew | SP Group
May leads Sustainability and Open innovation for SP Group. She leads the drive for SP Group towards achieving UN Sustainability Development Goals. May is a strong believer in driving Sustainability through Innovation. She seeks cutting edge solutions from start-ups and other ecosystem partners, to lead transformational changes in the energy sector for a more sustainable future for Singapore and regionally. May is the Founder and Director of SPX, incubating and launching innovative business models including the world’s first blockchain-powered Renewable Energy Certificate Marketplace. Prior to SP Group, May was an investment banker and manager in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.
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.
Michael Macrae | Harvard University
Michael Macrae is the Energy Analytics Manager for Harvard University Engineering & Utilities, developing energy and budget analysis strategies to meet energy supply, environmental, and sustainability needs. Prior to this role, Michael served as Harvard’s Senior Environmental & GHG Officer with the University’s EHS department for four years, where he managed both the University’s regulatory air compliance program and voluntary greenhouse gas inventory program. He earned his PhD in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and his BS in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle.
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.
Gavin McCormick | WattTime
Gavin McCormick is Executive Director of WattTime, a nonprofit tech startup that first developed Automated Emissions Reduction (AER) technology. While a PhD student in energy econometrics at UC Berkeley, Gavin invented the first techniques to detect the marginal emissions rate of electricity in real time, making AER possible. Today, WattTime applies time-varying marginal emissions analysis to help corporate, institutional, and governmental renewable energy buyers increase the environmental impact of their renewable energy purchasing. Gavin has been named a Draper Richard Kaplan entrepreneur, Echoing Green Fellow, Grist 50 "Fixer", Fast Forward Fellow, Keeling Curve Prize winner, and Sage Scholar. Prior to WattTime, he worked at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Lab and NERA Economic Consulting.
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.
Duncan McGregor | Power Ledger
Duncan has been with Power Ledger as an Analyst since late 2017. Since starting, he has been involved in the progression of Power Ledger’s core peer to peer energy trading platform, assisting in the design of it’s dynamic pricing and energy allocation algorithms. He is also responsible for engaging with external stakeholders, including energy utilities and independent power producers, and is part of Power Ledger’s research and development team behind their innovative new products, including the environmental commodities exchange product. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) from the University of Western Australia.
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.
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.
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.
Tanya Peacock | Southern California Gas Company
Tanya Peacock has extensive experience in energy and environmental policy development. In her current role managing the Public Policy and Planning team for Southern California Gas Company, Peacock is responsible for federal, state, and local legislative analysis, local and regional planning, development of outreach and communications strategies, and climate and renewable gas policy development. Ms. Peacock is on the Boards of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, the California Hydrogen Business Council and MoveLA. Ms. Peacock is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the LA regional chapter of the State’s Assessment of Climate Change Impacts. Ms. Peacock holds a B.A. from Mills College and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
Michelle Murphy Rogers | Allotrope Partners
Michelle Murphy Rogers is the Director of Clean Energy Partnerships at Allotrope Partners, a renewable energy advisory and investment firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. At Allotrope, Michelle facilitates the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator to scale up corporate renewable energy procurement in Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Colombia, and Mexico. Prior to joining Allotrope, Michelle spent four years working on international climate change at the U.S. Department of State where she oversaw Low Emission Development Strategies programs across a global network of partner organizations. She has experience in clean energy project management, international climate negotiations, global conservation, and gender and energy issues. She holds an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University.
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.
Michael O’Brien | Renewable Northwest
Michael serves as the Regulatory Director of Renewable Northwest, a regional clean-energy non-profit based in Portland, Oregon. Michael leads the organization's work in utility integrated resource planning, RFP design, and REC integrity. Before coming to Renewable Northwest in 2012, Michael served in the UK's House of Commons advising Members of Parliament on energy and climate policy. Michael holds a PhD in physics from the University of Birmingham as well as a Masters from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. Michael has been a member of the Green-e Governance Board since 2017.
Emily O’Connell | American Gas Association
Emily O’Connell is the Director of Energy Markets Policy at the American Gas Association, where she also serves as the staff executive of the Sustainable Growth Committee, a member committee focused on advancing opportunities to expand the direct and distributed use of natural gas in the residential, commercial and industrial markets. Her work with this committee has heavily focused on the role that renewable natural gas can play in decarbonizing the natural gas pipeline and maximizing the value proposition of gas utilities in a lower carbon future.
Tim Pabst | STX Commodities
Tim has been active within the renewables markets over 7 years. In previous roles he has been responsible for managing STX renewables portfolio in Northern Europe. Currently he is managing partner at STX Commodities’ New York branch. Tim holds a MSc in business administration from a London business school. STX serves as an intermediary, principle trader in the international renewables market and financial markets. STX trades renewable energy, carbon, renewable gas, biofuels and energy efficiency certificates in Europe and North America. STX has been actively building and bringing liquidity to the European renewable gas market during the past 5 years.
Dana Clare Redden | Solar Concierge
Celebrating a decade in the solar industry, Dana Clare Redden is a passionate solar professional dedicated to the development of distributed generation solar globally. Growing up in a small rust-belt town in western Pennsylvania, the environmental impacts of fossil fuels shaped her perspective, particularly for disenfranchised communities and those most vulnerable. Realizing this need for environmental justice and greater resources, Dana founded Solar Concierge in 2012, a consultancy dedicated to helping communities and businesses go solar. Dana holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Drexel University as well as an Executive MBA from IE Business School and Brown University. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA where she continues to work at the intersection of impact capitalism, environmental justice, and social entrepreneurship for communities worldwide.
Dave Samuels | BP
Dave Samuels is an experienced commodities and derivatives professional with deep understanding of the global energy industry. Dave worked within customer-facing businesses at Enron for seven years in Houston and London and was instrumental in helping acquire and integrate a retail electricity supplier into the business. Later, he led commodity sales teams within Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and BNP Paribas for over 15 years. Since joining in 2018, Dave is now responsible for building customer relationships and executing transactions to grow BP's Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) business. Dave earned an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago.
Heather Schrock | Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Heather Schrock, Director, Environmental Partnerships, at Bonneville Environmental Foundation focuses on developing relationships with all types of entities including corporations, small businesses, universities, and other nonprofits to help them understand their impacts in carbon, water and energy. Heather is also the leader of the BEF Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Team. Previously, she was 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, dancer, public speaker and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and enjoys the beauty of her home town Portland, OR.
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.
Arpit Soni | California Air Resources Board (CARB)
Arpit is an Air Pollution Specialist with California Air Resources Board (CARB) working on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program. His area of interest is sustainable transportation and electric mobility. During 2018 LCFS rulemaking, he helped develop provisions tailored to promote Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs). Arpit holds a Bachelor's in Energy Engineering and a Master's in Environmental Science.
Rebecca Sternberg | BayWa
Rebecca Sternberg is currently serving as the Vice President, Power Marketing for BayWa renewable energy’s North American solar group. In her role, she helps corporate, university, retail and utility leaders meet their large-scale renewable energy commitments through market leading structures. Rebecca brings nearly 20 years of experience in renewables development and contracting, sustainability program design and implementation, customer experience, corporate strategy and technology implementation for organizations such as Ernst & Young, Cap Gemini and Kaiser Permanente. Rebecca holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio, an MS in Health Science from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, a Graduate Certificate in Economics from the University of York (England) and a BA cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.
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.
Errick Thompson | City of Dallas
Errick serves as Director of the Building Services Department for the City of Dallas. He leads a staff of approximately 220 in the maintenance and operation of nearly 500 facilities comprising over 10 million square feet spread across over 400 square miles. He is also responsible for the city’s electricity purchases and implementation of a citywide energy management system in support of the Dallas Green Energy Policy adopted by the City Council in 2019. He considers development of the $1.3B 2006 Capital Bond Program, increasing City of Dallas green power usage from 40% to 100%, and growing the City’s 7,000+ unit fleet to 40% alternative fuel vehicles at its peak among his major accomplishments. Errick earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Florida A&M University and Virginia Tech, respectively. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Virginia.
Jos Tuinenburg | RECS International
Jos Tuinenburg is a Junior Analyst at RECS International and within that role he mainly focuses on consumer choice in the electricity market and the details of the Guarantee of Origin system at the European Countries. Jos is an expert in the use and implementation of the Guarantee of Origin and has written a thesis on this topic for Utrecht University.
Charles Vaughan | Southern California Edison
Charles Vaughan is a Senior Advisor of Contract Origination in Energy Procurement and Management at Southern California Edison. He is responsible for originating contracts for new renewable energy, energy storage, resource adequacy, and behind the meter distributed energy resources. He has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry in origination, business development, and project development with a focus on renewable energy and energy storage.
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.
Kathy Wells | Lancaster Choice Energy
As an inaugural member of the Lancaster Choice Energy team, Kathy helped launch the City’s Community Choice Aggregation program in May 2015. She currently serves as LCE’s Energy Projects Coordinator, developing energy efficiency programs for both residential and business customers, and oversees LCE operations, including customer outreach and retention, marketing, rate analysis, and customer programs. Kathy brings over 20 years of customer service experience to Lancaster Choice Energy. She began with the City in 1999 and has worked with Public Works, City Engineering, and City Administration. Kathy serves on the regulatory committee for California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) and is a 2019 Graduate Candidate with Franklin Pierce University to receive her MBA in Energy and Sustainability Studies.
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.