REM 2018 Speakers

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Shannon Ames | Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI).
Shannon is the Executive director of LIHI, which is a voluntary certification program which evaluates hydropower facilities against eight criteria having to do with river, cultural and historic resources protection. Prior to LIHI, Shannon worked as the director of stakeholder and government relations for Brookfield Renewable, then based in Massachusetts. Shannon also worked for four years with the Massachusetts legislature’s environment committee. Shannon worked on environmental and energy legislation, including renewable portfolio standard and climate change legislation. Shannon currently serves on the board of the Mystic River Watershed Association and formerly on the IPPNY, NEPGA.

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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.

 

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Helen Brauner| 7X Energy
Helen serves as the Director of Origination Strategy for 7X Energy, an Austin, Texas-based utility-scale solar developer. Helen has worked in the renewable energy sector for 15 years. Prior to joining 7X, Helen was an independent strategy and marketing consultant for cleantech companies. Before becoming a consultant, 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.

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Noah Bucon | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Noah Bucon is a Senior Analyst at CRS focusing on policy, standard setting, and certification programs. In addition to conducting renewable energy and carbon policy analysis, Noah manages Green-e certification accounts for large investor-owned utilities and competitive electricity suppliers. He also advances stakeholder engagement in state, national, and international markets. Previously, Noah worked in politics and international affairs and holds a BA from the University of Southern California as well as an MSc from the London School of Economics.

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Yaima Roldan Casillas | Energy Consumers Alliance of New England
Yaima manages the renewable energy portfolio for Energy Consumers Alliance of New England, doing business as Mass Energy in Massachusetts. She has spent the past 4 years developing and managing relationships with renewable energy generators across New England in order to meet the voluntary demand of green electricity from thousands of residential and commercial customers, as well as community aggregations. Prior to working for ECANE, she worked for one of the biggest unions in the northeast helping members improve their work conditions. Originally from Puerto Rico, Yaima has always worked towards improving our quality of life and surroundings.

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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.

 

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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. 

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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. 

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Scott Eidson | 3Degrees
Scott is Vice President of Environmental Markets and a seasoned expert in designing and delivering environmental commodity based products and services to 3Degrees diverse customer base.  He currently oversees the origination of renewable energy projects; wholesale trading; portfolio and risk management product development and strategy. Before 3Degrees, he pursued his passion for value-driven work as an Entrepreneur In Residence at Pacific Community Ventures.  Scott has a BA from Wesleyan University, an MBA from HEC Paris, an MA from The Fletcher School and is a member of 3Degrees executive team and the Green-e Energy Power Marketers Advisory Committee Chair.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Jay Harf | L'Oreal USA
Jay R. Harf is the Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability for L’Oréal Americas based in Clark, NJ. His professional responsibilities include the management of all Safety, Health and Environmental systems for L’Oréal Americas Zone which is comprised of North America, Hispanic Zone and Brazil.  His accountabilities include establishing vision and direction of the EHS&S management systems, setting goals to exceed compliance to corporate and regulatory standards, validating EHS&S improvement plans and budgets, and continuously improving SH&E performance indicators through safety culture leadership, employee safety and wellness and sustainability strategies.

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Kirsten Ho | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Kirsten Ho is an Analyst at Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), working on the Green-e Energy certification program, which certifies a majority of the voluntary market for retail renewable electricity and renewable energy certificate (REC) sales in the United States. She manages Green-e certification accounts for competitive electricity suppliers and large utilities located in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern regions. Her previous experience includes program operations in energy efficiency consulting and conducting academic research related to wind energy policy. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

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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.

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Wade Hughes | Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Since joining SMUD in 1998, Wade has used his extensive construction background and program management experience to benefit the new and existing construction Energy Efficiency and Solar programs. He launched and managed SMUD’s innovative solar new homes program, SolarSmartSM Homes, in January 2007. His “benefits beyond incentives” approach yielded fantastic and immediate results.  This nationally recognized and award winning approach resulted in an increase in the availability of these homes from less than 1% of new homes built in 2006 to over 30% in less than two years.Since 2011 Wade has led a team that delivers SMUD’s Carbon Reduction Portfolio of programs that includes Greenergy,SolarShares, Electric Vehicles, and Carbon Offset programs.  In 2015 this nationally renowned group of programs was responsible for Carbon Reductions of 354,537 Metric Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide.  

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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.

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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).

 

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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. 

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Justin Kudo | MCE (Marin Clean Energy)
Justin Kudo is the Deputy Director of Account Services for MCE, coordinating billing operations & customer care, analyzing customer impacts, developing usage data models, and providing expertise on integration of CCA with PG&E programs. Since joining MCE in 2012, Justin has supported MCE's growth from 14,000 accounts to nearly 450,000 served today. Justin has previously worked with renewable energy development and local policies, serving clients including Florida Power & Light, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the California Solar Energy Industries Association.

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Randall Lack | Element Markets LLC
Mr. Lack is a co-founder of Element Markets LLC, a leading marketer of environmental commodities in North America and has been named “Emissions House of the Year” by Energy Risk an unprecedented three times. For Element Markets, Mr. Lack runs the Emissions and Greenhouse Gas Business, which is one of the largest in North America. Randall was also a founding Board Member for the Renewable Natural Gas Coalition. In 2013, Randall was awarded the recognition of 40 under 40 by the Houston Business Journal recognizing him as one of the most influential young people in business in Houston. Mr. Lack received his BBA in Business, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston.

Brooke Malik | 3Degrees
Brooke first joined 3Degrees’ Origination & Trading team in 2014 as an associate. She is now a Portfolio Manager and has served as the commercial lead for over 450 REC transactions across voluntary and compliance markets. Before joining 3Degrees, Brooke completed a master’s in environmental science and management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Pairing her education at UCSB with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chapman University, Brooke came to 3Degrees with a background in energy efficiency consulting, corporate social responsibility, and account management.

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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. 

Amanda Mortlock | 3Degrees
Amanda is the Vice President overseeing 3Degrees’ Utility Partnerships team. This team currently manages and implements community solar and REC-based green power programs across 17 states and also helps utilities develop green tariffs. The 30-person team Amanda oversees includes experts in subscription modeling, program design, program launch, program management, community outreach, and call center operations. Amanda joined 3Degrees in 2004, and has helped grow the company to the national organization it is today. She brings a wealth of experience in designing and implementing some of the most successful voluntary renewable energy programs in the country. Amanda holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College.

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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.  Prior to that, he had a life

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

Heather O'Neill | Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)
Heather O'Neill is interim CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business organization using policy advocacy, analysis, and education to grow a prosperous economy that runs on secure, clean, affordable energy. Heather brings multi-sector experience to AEE, having helped build organizations in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors throughout her career. Heather led the clean energy and environment portfolio at Robertson Foundation, a $1B family philanthropy. Previously, she was Director, Public Affairs, for Danco Laboratories LLC, a start-up women's health pharmaceutical company. Heather has a BA in Government from Harvard College and a MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Eric O'Shaughnessy | National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Eric is a market research analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Eric leads NREL’s voluntary green power market research. Eric’s other research concentrates on economic analysis of residential solar photovoltaic markets. Eric is also a PhD candidate at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

 

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Nate Owen | Ampion, Inc.
As the founder and CEO of ESG, Nate led efforts to establish data and business process standards across the US. His business served several thousand energy companies, including prominent retail energy companies, utilities, and major oil companies using market-leading CIS, CRMs and billing systems to acquire and service millions of customers. Nate brings unique and unparalleled experience and insight into the highly complex world of energy, data, and utilities. After selling ESG, Nate pivoted to supporting the renewable energy sector and founded Ampion to bring best-of-breed energy retailing systems and back-office support to renewable energy asset management.

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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).

 

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Shalini Ramanathan | Renewable Energy Systems (RES) in the Americas
Shalini Ramanathan is VP Origination for Renewable Energy Systems (RES) in the Americas. RES is a leading developer and constructor of wind, solar, and energy storage projects. Ms. Ramanathan has closed 1,500 MW worth of deals with +$2.5B in transaction value. She has negotiated offtake agreements with General Mills, General Motors, Google, Microsoft and with many utilities, including Xcel Energy, Puget Sound Energy, and Westar. Prior to joining RES, Ms. Ramanathan was based in Nairobi, Kenya and worked on renewable energy projects across East Africa for the British company CAMCO. She has also worked for the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a BA from UT Austin.   

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Bryce Smith | LevelTen Energy
Bryce is the founder and CEO of LevelTen Energy, a data-driven Marketplace that reduces the cost, complexity and risk of renewable energy PPAs by connecting buyers and sellers through analytics, aggregation and process best practices. An industry professional with nearly 20 years' experience in renewable energy, Bryce has demonstrated success designing and leading new ventures. In 2009, Bryce co-founded OneEnergy Renewables, a leading developer of utility-scale solar projects, raising seed, Series A, and Series B rounds, and guiding the company to profitability. Prior to OneEnergy, Bryce led the Bonneville Environmental Foundation's nationwide investment in clean power projects.

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Rebecca Smith | Oregon Department of Energy
Rebecca Smith is a Senior Energy Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy, where she serves as the program administrator for the Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standard. Additionally, she chairs the Portfolio Options Committee, an advisory body to the Oregon Public Utility Commission for the state’s voluntary renewable power programs. Prior to joining ODOE, Ms. Smith worked on GHG mitigation policy and project development, corporate climate risk management, and energy efficiency in the built environment at organizations including Earth Advantage Institute, Det Norske Veritas, and EcoSecurities. She has an M.P.A in environmental science and policy from Columbia University and a B.A. from Grinnell College.

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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.

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Zeyd Tabbara | BGC Partners
Zeyd Tabbara is an Environmental Commodities Broker at BGC Partners in New York where he focuses on renewable energy and emission markets across the United States. His passion for the renewable energy industry can be traced back to his home country, Lebanon, where his family's company is spearheading the development of a 142 MW wind farm as well as a 1 MW geothermal facility, both the first of their kinds in the country. Zeyd graduated with a Joint Honors degree in Economics and Finance and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University.

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Tom Weirich | CohnReznick
Tom is a Director with CohnReznick Capital, an investment banking advisory firm that as of Q3 2018 facilitated financing for over 107 US renewable energy projects valued at $16.3B. Before CohnReznick Capital, Tom was SVP of Corporate Relations and interim COO at ACORE in Washington, D.C., where he managed and oversaw corporate relations and public affairs for 12 years.