REM 2017 Speakers
Alex Anich | NRG
Duane Bailey | WGL Energy Services
Duane Bailey is the Marketing Manager at WGL Energy Services (WGL Energy) and has been with the company since 2010. His current responsibilities include oversight and management of WGL Energy’s digital channels, with a focus on developing content and strategies that create awareness, increase engagement and inspire change or action among residential and business energy consumers. Prior to joining WGL Energy, Duane held a variety of sales positions in the information technology management industry. Duane graduated from The George Washington University with an MBA in International Business and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Fairfield University.
Mark Barnett | Foley Hoag LLP
Mark Barnett is co-chair of the Energy & Cleantech Industry Group at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. Mark also leads the firm’s Renewable Energy Project Finance and Development Practice with a particular focus on solar energy projects. He advises project sponsors and developers in all aspects of strategic development, acquisitions, financings, fund formation, partnerships, joint ventures and regulatory issues. His prior work experience includes serving as counsel to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (now Connecticut Green Bank) and as VP Business Development & General Counsel at Sun Catalytix Corporation, a grid‐scale energy storage company acquired by Lockheed Martin.
Chris Barrett | Project Economics
In his role with ProjectEconomics, Chris works with energy companies to design and integrate customer acquisition and engagement tools for clean energy programs. As a company, ProjectEconomics has been delivering community solar program management solutions for the past three years and Chris has lead the policy and business development sides of the business. Chris has extensive experience managing software integrations within the energy industry, having previously managed the development of the Victorian Government's carbon abatement certificate trading platform in his native Melbourne, Australia.
Russell Baruffi | Amazon Web Services
Russell Baruffi is the Manager of Renewable Energy Development at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He helps AWS develop strategy and buy energy to meet the company’s goal of powering its global data center infrastructure with 100% renewable energy. Prior to joining Amazon in 2015, Russell managed the development of solar power projects in California, Nevada and Utah for SunEdison and managed corporate-focused wind power marketing at Apex Clean Energy. Russell received his Master in Business Administration and Masters of Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan and his Bachelors in Public Policy from Brown University.
Alicia Barton | NYSERDA
Ms. Barton has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and companies for over a decade. Immediately prior to her appointment, Ms. Barton served as co-chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, a global law firm based in Boston, where her practice focused on representation of clean energy companies in emerging market areas such as offshore wind and energy storage. Ms. Barton’s other private sector work included serving as chief of operations of the Global Utility business unit at SunEdison where she led teams working on utility-scale wind and solar projects.
Jonathan Binder | New York State Department of Conservation
Jonathan Binder is the Chief of the Energy and Climate Change Section in the Office of General Counsel at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). He serves as the agency’s lead attorney regarding climate change issues. This includes supporting the development and implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and other programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as advising on policies to increase resiliency. Jonathan also represents DEC in State and federal administrative proceedings regarding renewable generation facilities and other major energy projects. Jonathan holds a J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Tulane University Law School, and a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.
Jared Braslawsky | RECS International
As Secretary-General of RECS International Jared works on the consumer-driven market for renewable electricity in Europe and around the world. He is a leading expert in the market for Guarantees of Origin and other electricity attribute certificates (EACs). In the position of Secretary General of RECS International Jared is strongly involved in the developments of the International REC Standard (I-REC Standard). Jared does this on behalf of market parties, consumers and stakeholders working to develop reliable and robust local EAC markets. Jared is an active member of a number of technical working groups and advises companies on issues related to attribute and emissions accounting.
Marcene Broadwater | International Finance Corporation
Marcene D. Broadwater has over 25 years of international finance experience with leadership positions in Project and Corporate Finance, Business Development, Strategic Planning and Client and Government Relations. She is currently Global Head of Strategy and Business Development in the Climate Business Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank. In this capacity, she is responsible for growing IFC’s investments in sustainable business with an emphasis on renewable power, industrial energy efficiency, green buildings, urban infrastructure, climate-smart agriculture and bio-energy.
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.
Yen-Haw Chen | Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)
Allison Clements | goodgrid
Allison Clements is the President of Goodgrid LLC and the former director of the Sustainable FERC Project at Natural Resources Defense Council. Prior to the FERC Project, Allison she served as NRDC’s Corporate Counsel. Before NRDC, she practiced in the project finance group at Chadbourne & Parke and previously in the energy group at Troutman Sanders. Allison co-directed the Yale Law School and School of Forestry Environmental Protection Clinic (2013 – 2014), acted as co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Initiative (2011 – 2013) and served as a director and treasurer of the Healthy Building Network (2008 – 2014).
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.
Kate Colarulli | CleanChoice Energy
Kate Colarulli directs retention marketing and public relations for CleanChoice Energy. During her career, she has worked for for-profit, non-profit and governmental institutions in the US and the UK. She has run national advertising campaigns in English, Spanish and Vietnamese and managed events for up to 50,000+ attendees. Her work has been featured in Public Relations Cases and has been awarded Best Minority-focused Campaign and Best Public Service Advertising Campaign by the Public Relations Society of America. She has appeared on major media channels including NBC, Fox, NPR, CNN, and Bloomberg. Kate holds a BA from Stanford University and a MBA from the University of Cambridge.
John Collins | Cube Hydro
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.
Karin Corfee | Navigant
Erin Craig | 3Degrees
Erin Craig has over 30 years of experience as a regulator, consultant, and corporate leader. She leads 3Degrees’ consulting organization that serves clients climate and renewable energy needs on a worldwide basis. Erin earned a B.S. in geophysics from Stanford University and an M.S. in technology and policy from MIT.
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.
Yera Ortiz de Urbina | IRENA
Yera Ortiz de Urbina heads the IRENA office in New York and is Permanent Observer to the United Nations, where she contributes to IRENA’s global outreach strategy and its mission to support countries in the transition to a sustainable energy future.
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.
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.
Miles Farmer | Natural Resources Defense Council
Miles Farmer is a staff attorney in NRDC’s New York office. He works to advance clean energy and energy efficiency, focusing primarily on matters before the New York Public Service Commission, New York Independent System Operator, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Benjamin Finzel | RenewPR
Ben Finzel is president and founder of RENEWPR, a Washington, DC-based communications consulting firm that provides senior-level advice, counsel and outreach on strategy, messaging, media and partnerships to association, corporation, non-governmental, foundation, alliance and coalition clients tackling energy and environmental issues and opportunities. He also leads the strategic communications practice for 38 North Solutions. An experienced Washington public affairs communicator and DC native, Finzel has served as a congressional staffer, presidential appointee and public relations agency executive. Finzel’s career has focused on energy and environment communications and policy, and he has been involved in many of the most significant related issues of the past two-plus decades.
Benjamin Gerber | M-RETS
Benjamin Gerber is the Executive Director of M-RETS. Prior to joining M-RETS, Gerber served as Director of Energy Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He joined that organization in January 2012, representing the Chamber’s energy interests at both the Legislature and the Public Utilities Commission. Prior to that, he was an oil and gas attorney and handled Fredrikson & Byron’s government relations work in North Dakota, focusing on mining, energy and tax legislation. Ben received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a law degree cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law.
Umesh Goswani | Roche
Umesh Goswami is a Senior Energy Manager with the Roche Group. In his current role, Umesh leads initiatives for Roche’s North American sites to meet corporate energy efficiency, sustainable energy, and carbon-related goals. He also provides guidance to Roche sites and corporate functions on best practices in energy management, carbon footprint reduction, and energy efficiency standards. Umesh has 18 years of diverse experience in energy management, air quality consulting, supply chain management, and chemical process design and development in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Umesh has an M.E. in environmental engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.
Amy Grace | Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Amy Grace is Head of North America Research for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a division of financial information provider Bloomberg LP. She leads a team responsible for producing and communicating analysis on the economics and strategic dynamics of the North American power, gas and environmental markets. She previously was head of Wind Insight at BNEF, where she led research on the global wind sector. Amy has spoken at numerous international conferences and been quoted extensively in the media. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies, and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in energy and finance.
Rob Gramlich | Grid Strategies LLC
Rob Gramlich founded Grid Strategies LLC in February 2017 to support the integration and delivery of clean energy. Rob oversaw transmission policy for the American Wind Energy Association from 2005 through 2016 as Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs, Interim CEO, and Policy Director. He was Economic Advisor to FERC Chairman Pat Wood III from 2001 to 2005, Senior Economist at PJM Interconnection in 1999 and 2000, Senior Associate at PG&E National Energy Group in 2000-2001, and an analyst at the FERC Office of Economic Policy, ICF Resources, the World Resources Institute, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the 1990s. Rob was selected by The Hill magazine as a Top Lobbyist each year from 2011 through 2016. Rob has a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from UC Berkeley and a BA with Honors in Economics from Colby College.
Jesse Grossman | Soltage
Jesse Grossman co-founded Soltage and has served as CEO since 2006, overseeing business model design and execution, corporate and project finance activities, and sales and acquisition. Before co-founding Soltage, Jesse worked in venture development and management, project finance, marketing, and resource use strategies globally including East Africa, Indonesia, and the United States. He has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Carleton College and a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with Business Development certification from Yale’s MacMillan Center. Jesse speaks four languages and is a published author and speaker in the renewable energy field.
Kevin Hagen | Iron Mountain
Kevin Hagen is Director Corporate Responsibility at Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) the global leader in storage and information management services with over $3.5B in sales operating over 1400 facilities in 50 countries. In his role, he and his team serve as advisors and consultants to global leaders and business units to develop and implement sustainable business strategy, including environmental performance, corporate philanthropy and community engagement.
Kevin serves on a number of professional sustainability advisory boards including Sustainable Brands, Net Impact, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and the University of Washington Tacoma Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility. He is a frequent speaker, guest lecturer and has authored or contributed to numerous articles and scholarly papers on sustainable business strategy and implementation.
Qin Haiyan | China Green Electricity Consumption Cooperative Organization (CREEI)
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.
Jonathan Hart | Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
Jonathan Hart works at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) as a Specialist in the Technology Integration department. Jonathan provides regulatory and technical subject matter expertise to multiple research and development projects the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) program. The research and development projects focus on aggregating and bidding distributed resources into the California wholesale market, microgrid development in downtown Berkeley, CA, and automated demand response. Over the past two years, Jonathan has presented at numerous conferences regarding energy storage and distributed energy resources, including ACEEE Summer Studies 2016, Energy Storage North America 2016, CA DER Summit 2016 and 2017, International Renewable Energy Storage 2017, and Energy Storage Association 2017.
Doreen Harris | NYSERDA
Doreen Harris is the Director of the Large-Scale Renewables team at the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). Ms. Harris is responsible for managing the centralized long term procurement of utility-scale renewable resources in New York under the Clean Energy Standard as well as oversight of future policy design, program rules, and market development mechanisms, including NYSERDA’s interactions with New York’s obligated Load Serving Entities. Ms. Harris leads a strategic effort to spur responsible and cost effective development of New York’s Offshore Wind resource through the execution of New York’s Offshore Wind Master Plan and its integration into the Clean Energy Standard. Ms. Harris is also responsible for driving the Clean Energy Standard’s strategic execution with New York’s energy markets, including the ongoing operation and enhancement of the New York Generation Attribute Tracking System. Ms. Harris received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Business Administration from the University at Albany.
Jenny Heeter | National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Jenny Heeter is a senior energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. She researches the mid-scale solar market, corporate purchases of renewable energy, and renewable portfolio standards. She holds an M.P.A. in environmental policy from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Joe Higgins | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Joe leads the newly-formed Infrastructure Business Operations team that is integral to MIT’s campus planning, construction, and operations and sustainability initiatives. The team is focused on enhancing infrastructure related processes including finance and accounting, vendor management, procurement, contracts, facilities information technology, communications and customer engagement. Prior to joining MIT, he spent more than 20 years at prominent institutions in higher education, financial services, and research, developing infrastructure experience through positions in campus planning, design, engineering, construction, operations, risk management, and environmental sustainability. A registered professional engineer, Joe holds a BS in Engineering and a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College and a Master of Science from the University of Oxford.
Vincent Hoen | Navigant/Ecofys
Vincent works with Navigant/Ecofys’ national and international clients on developing and implementing energy- and climate strategies. These strategies include data management, science-based targets, abatement programs, renewable energy sourcing, supply chain programs and net positive approaches. Besides on energy efficiency- and renewable energy implementation, Vincent assists commercial and governmental clients in renewable energy procurement as well as procuring offsets. Vincent closely collaborates with the major NGO’s on the corporate energy- and climate strategy topic. Vincent holds two Business Sciences master’s degrees from Groningen University.
Keven Hoopiiaina | Rocky Mountain Power
Keven Hoopiiaina is the Renewable Energy Program Manager at Rocky Mountain Power and has been with the company since 1994. Prior to his current role, Keven held positions in corporate training, customer service, metering and regulation, with his primary focus on managing special projects and launching business strategy and process change initiatives. Keven holds a Bachelors in Business Management, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and is currently completing coursework towards a Masters in Sustainable Design.
Ralph Izzo | Public Service Enterprise Group
Ralph Izzo was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) in April 2007. He was named as the company’s president and chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors of PSEG in October 2006. Previously, Mr. Izzo was president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). Since joining PSE&G in 1992 Mr. Izzo was elected to several executive positions within PSEG’s family of companies, including PSE&G senior vice president – utility operations; PSE&G vice president – appliance service; PSEG vice president - corporate planning; and PSE&G vice president - electric ventures. In these capacities he broadened his experience in the areas of general management, strategic planning and finance.
Matt James | Seminole Equity Partners
Mr. James has 15 years experience in structuring and financing debt and tax incented products for developers and investors. Prior to joining Round Rock he created and was Managing Director of Greystone Renewable Energy Ventures and Greystone CDE, its New Markets Tax Credit division. At GMAC Education Loan Funding, he led the creation of a $2.0 billion securitization of student loans. He has also worked in affordable housing and community development finance at GMAC Commercial Mortgage and Fannie Mae. He has extensive experience with various tax credit programs, including renewable energy, historic tax credits, new market tax credits and low income housing. Mr. James earned his B.A. from The American University and Masters of International Business from the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand.
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).
Melissa Kemp | Cypress Creek Renewables
Melissa is the Director of Policy, Northeast for Cypress Creek Renewables - one of the largest solar and storage developers in the US and a long-term owner and operator of utility and community-scale projects. She has over a decade of experience in the solar market in the Northeast, including extensive government policy, development, and technical experience. She has advocated for and developed solutions on many key topics including value of DER tariffs, ISO wholesale market structures, interconnection processes and standards, RPS structures and procurements, REC systems, and carbon cap and trade markets, siting requirements, and property tax issues. She holds a BS from Princeton 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.
Lars Kvale | APX
Mark LaCroix |Natural Capital Partners
Natural Capital Partners has 20 years’ experience as a world-leading provider of renewable energy, carbon reduction and natural capital solutions. Mark leads the company’s work with clients, including Microsoft, Intuit, VMWare and H&M, to build renewable energy and carbon emission reduction programs that align with the goals and operational requirements of their businesses.
Holly Lahd | Target Corporation
Holly Lahd is an Energy Program Manager at Target Corporation, where she analyzes utility rates, regulatory policy, and emerging energy trends to advance Target’s clean energy goals across the country. Prior to joining Target she directed the energy markets program at the non-profit Fresh Energy and as served as a utility rate analyst with the State of Minnesota.
James Lewis | Renewable Choice Energy
James Lewis leads Renewable Choice Energy’s work in international markets and supports the development of emerging global renewable energy instruments. Renewable Choice was recently acquired by Schneider Electric, and the combined group has helped its corporate clients transact well over 2GW of corporate PPAs. James has helped clients including Hilton, Microsoft, UEFA, and WWF to achieve their sustainability objectives in diverse markets such as the UK, Mexico, Switzerland, India, China, and Singapore. James has 10+ years of experience in sustainability with a background in sales, marketing, consulting, and research. He has a Masters of Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London and a BA in Geography and Management Studies from the University of Leeds.
Tom Lindberg | ECOHZ
Tom works to develop solutions that help companies and societies transition to renewable energy, while building profitable and sustainable business models. Corporates are coming together to collaborate and share best-practice in initiatives like RE100. Such corporate engagement impacts the demand for renewable energy, and is challenging the traditional power industry as we know it. As Managing Director of ECOHZ, member of the Advisory Board of EKOenergy, board member of RECS International and The International REC Standard and the Chairman of the Board of ECOHZ Renewable Energy Foundation Tom works to raise awareness of how companies can become energy neutral by consuming renewable energy with Guarantees of Origin in Europe, RECs in North America and I-REC internationally. He also works to develop new and innovative financing mechanisms, like GO², that contributes directly to building new renewable power plants.
Julie Londo | DTE Energy Company
Julie manages the MIGreenPower program which launched in April 2017. She has been active in the Renewable Energy space since 2009 when DTE Energy launched SolarCurrents, its first customer-driven renewable program. Julie’s been with DTE Energy for 35 years serving in the Marketing, Customer Service, Business Strategy, Continuous Improvement and Nuclear operations groups.
Jaclyn Lukach | PJM
Michael Macrae | Harvard University Energy & Utilities
Michael Macrae is the Energy Analytics Manager for Harvard University Energy & Utilities, developing strategies for energy and budget analysis to meet future energy supply, environmental, and sustainability needs. Prior to this role, Michael served as Harvard’s Air Compliance Program Manager 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. Prior to joining Harvard, Michael worked for the environmental compliance firm, DSG Solutions, assisting clients in managing state and federal air quality program requirements. 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.
Shawn Marshall | Lean Energy U.S.
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.
Courtney McCormick | PSE&G
Courtney McCormick is responsible for both PSE&G’s and PSEG Long Island’s solar energy, energy efficiency, demand response and alternative fuel vehicle programs as well as efforts to develop and implement additional beyond the meter products and services. Ms. McCormick joined PSEG in 2008 and has held several roles at the company. She was previously vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary with responsibility for corporate governance and corporate transactions. She was also responsible for the company's business assurance and resilience. Ms. McCormick is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, the New Jersey Future and on the Advisory Board of the Rutgers Law School Center for Corporate Law and Governance. She has an undergraduate degree from Barnard College and graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law.
Ryan McPherson | University of Buffalo
In his role as the CSO, Ryan connects people across the university with information, innovation, and tools to reduce UB’s footprint on the future and enhance quality of life by improving environmental stewardship, increasing economic efficiency and augmenting cultural values and awareness. He specifically works closely with university partners and employs an integrated campus-wide strategy that leverages the university’s operations, curriculum, external engagement and research. Over the past five years these efforts have resulted in the university being recognized by the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, the US Green Building Council, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision and the Association for the Advancement in Sustainability.
John Melby | CBL Markets
John is a Director of CBL Markets and Managing Partner of an independent consultancy where he has advised major energy companies, financial institutions, governmental agencies, and exchanges on energy and environmental markets. Previously he was Managing Director of North American Markets for the Green Exchange, an international environmental exchange. Prior to that he was the President and CEO of APX, where he oversaw the company’s development as a premier infrastructure platform for all major renewable energy markets in North America. He holds a degree from Brown University and completed the management program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Pamela Messenger | Friends of Post Office Square
Pam Messenger joined Friends of Post Office Square in 2007 as General Manager, providing direction and management of The Garage at Post Office Square and the Norman B. Leventhal Park - a first class mixed-use real estate project in Boston’s financial district which has been recognized locally and nationally for its innovative energy and water conservation initiatives. Prior to joining Friends, she spent 20 years as a senior paralegal/administrator in the real estate department of a leading Boston law firm. She holds a BA from Wheaton College (Massachusetts) and a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Suffolk University.
Doug Miller | Rocky Mountain Institute
Doug Miller is a Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute who applies his experience in environmental and behavioral economics to develop bold, collaborative market solutions and action-oriented research. In his current role on the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) team, Doug focuses on developing, evaluating, and scaling applications of blockchain technology in the clean energy sector that tackle existing pain points and create value. During his first three years at RMI, he co-founded the Residential Energy+ initiative and developed a portfolio of solutions for real estate, home performance, and media professionals to motivate, simplify, and finance homeowner investments in energy upgrades.
Vanessa Miler-Fels | Microsoft
Vanessa Miler-Fels is a renewable energy strategist at Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, where she works on energy strategy, renewable energy procurement and investment. She has 10 years of experience in unlocking capital for renewable energy and environment projects in EMEA and emerging markets. Vanessa also has experience across the public and private sectors. She was a former senior adviser on climate finance and negotiations at the French Ministry of Finance. French and Indian national, graduate of Sciences-Po Paris and the ENA - Ecole Nationale d'Administration.
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. He applies his knowledge of energy and infrastructure project development to assist clients with diligence, negotiations, and legal opinions on a variety of transactions including joint ventures, asset and membership interest acquisitions, venture and later-stage investments, project development and finance, and corporate finance.
Heather Mulligan | Puget Sound Energy
Heather Mulligan has more than 20 years of experience working on programs which support the deployment of use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Ms. Mulligan has spent the last 10 years as the Market Manager for Puget Sound Energy’s Customer Renewables programs, where her responsibilities include the development and management of voluntary green pricing options; as well as on-site customer generation. Prior to joining Puget Sound Energy in 2006, Ms. Mulligan worked as the national and regional coordinator of U.S. Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative – a program focused on removing barriers and facilitating the adoption of solar energy technologies on homes and businesses. Ms. Mulligan has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego and a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) from American University.
Tess O'Brien | EnergySage
Tess O’Brien is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at EnergySage, the largest vendor-neutral online marketplace for rooftop and community solar. She oversees partnerships with utilities, non-profits and corporates. Tess previously launched CleanPowerPerks after serving as Marketing Director at Community Energy. Boston-based, she holds an MBA in Sustainability and a BA in Environmental Studies.
Tyler O'Farrell | Puget Sound Energy
Program Coordinator for Puget Sound Energy's Renewable Energy Programs.
Eric O'Shaughnessy | National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Eric O'Shaughnessy is an Energy Research Analyst in NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Eric's work focuses on economic analysis of residential solar PV markets. Eric leads the lab's green power market data collection and analysis, including the annual Status and Trends in the US Voluntary Green Power Market series. Eric is also a PhD candidate at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Michael Perna | Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses
Michael Perna is responsible for managing the growth strategy and business expansion initiatives for the Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, which include Con Edison Solutions, Con Edison Energy, and Con Edison Development. His responsibilities include acquisitions, new initiatives, and new product development in support of the energy services and renewables businesses. In addition, he leads the marketing and communications functions including brand management, advertising, lead generation, and media relations for the company.
Miriam Posner | A Better City
Miriam serves as the Director of Energy & Environmental Policy at A Better City, a business membership association in Greater Boston. She leads the organization’s energy and environmental policy efforts. She developed strategic and impactful legislative and research agendas, focused climate mitigation and adaptation, as well as energy reliability. Miriam collaborates with A Better City’s members, as well as state and local officials, to execute upon those identified priorities. Further, she manages A Better City’s collaborative renewable energy procurement work. Miriam holds an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University.
Cindy Quan | Goldman Sachs
Cindy is presently a Vice President in the Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) team in Corporate Services and Real Estate at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Cindy is the Global Head of ESG and currently oversees the firm’s global sustainability and social governance initiatives including the green building portfolio, the firm’s energy and carbon reduction strategy and the local community engagement and vendor diversity program. She was responsible for the LEED Gold Certification of the World Headquarters building at 200 West Street in Battery Park City, NY. Cindy is currently a Board Member of CoreNet NY and the Chair of the External Relations Committee. She is also an active member of USGBC National Market Advisory Committee. Cindy received her Executive MBA at Columbia and London Business Schools in 2014. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Cindy graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Facilities Management and Policy Analysis from Cornell 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).
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.
Janu Ranchamdani | Kinect Energy Group
Janu is the product manager for Track my Electricity™, an award-winning platform for promoting cooperation among different players with a shared objective of renewable energy growth. She uses design-thinking, story-telling and a deep understanding of energy systems to help businesses respond to climate change challenges effectively.
Dan Reicher | Stanford University
Dan Reicher is Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, a joint center of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he also holds faculty positions. Reicher came to Stanford in 2011 from Google, where he served since 2007 as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives. Reicher has more than 25 years of experience in energy and environmental policy, finance, and technology. He has served three Presidents including in the Clinton administration as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Department of Energy Chief of Staff, as a member of President Obama’s Transition Team and Co-chair of the Energy and Environment Team for Obama, and as a staff member of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island.
Dan Riley | WWF
Daniel Riley is the Deputy Director for International Corporate Climate Partnerships at WWF. Mr. Riley’s current work focuses on high impact corporate-related initiatives to accelerate a low-carbon transition in key international markets, including working with corporate buyers to drive the scaled-up procurement of renewables in China, India and Mexico.
Craig Schultz | ICF
Craig Schultz is a Principal at consulting firm ICF who specializes in evaluating, structuring, and negotiating renewable energy and other transactions for commercial, industrial, and institutional customers. He has advised on renewable transactions in 18 states and internationally and is increasingly focused on the viability of combining renewables with storage and microgrids. Prior to joining ICF, Mr. Schultz worked in U.S. energy markets for Hess and Statoil Energy. He received his MBA with beta gamma sigma honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his Bachelor’s degree in Economics with phi beta kappa honors from Wesleyan University.
Marty Sedler | Intel Corporation
Marty Sedler is the Director of Global Utilities & Infrastructure and Sr. PE for Intel Corporation. Marty has been with Intel 22 years, integrating Energy Management and Energy Supply Policy responsibilities within a formal process and is responsible for Intel’s global utility supplies, including evaluating/incorporating alternative energy options and driving sustainable energy positions/strategies for renewable energy policy. Previous to joining Intel, he spent 14 years in the electric utility industry Marty has been honored to be the recipient of the “Green Power Leader of the Year” and named a top 50 Energy leader.
Dr. Carolyn Snyder | U.S. EPA
Dr. Carolyn Snyder is the Director of U.S. EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division. The Division uses the power of voluntary partnerships to remove market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy and to reduce the emissions of harmful air pollutants, resulting in both economic and environmental benefits to families and businesses. Previously, Carolyn supported clients on strategic management and environmental projects at McKinsey & Company, served as a White House Fellow in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and was the Director of the Division of Energy and Climate in the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, where she managed energy efficiency, renewable energy, GHG emission reduction, low-income weatherization, and emergency planning programs. She also led the development of Delaware’s first climate impacts assessment and adaptation planning process. Carolyn earned Masters Degrees in Environmental Change & Management from Oxford University and Quaternary Science from Cambridge University, and a Doctorate in Environment and Resources from Stanford University.
Dan Sobrinski | WSP
Dan Sobrinski is a Vice President in the US Sustainability and Energy practice, supporting clients with sustainability strategy, reporting and communications, greenhouse gas (GHG) and resource management, sustainable energy, and climate preparedness. Mr. Sobrinski is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) and experienced consultant with a passion for advancing innovative solutions to complex problems. As a key client account manager, Mr. Sobrinski directs all aspects of service delivery to many leading global organizations including an IT hardware/software provider, insurance/reinsurance provider, industrial products manufacturer, luxury goods retailer, and diversified financial services providers.
Garrett Sprague | CustomerFirst Renewables
Garrett Sprague is on the business development team at CustomerFirst Renewables. Prior to joining CFR, Garrett designed and spearheaded the first convener-led aggregation effort in the U.S. while working for Boston-based nonprofit A Better City. He has over 6 years of experience in renewable energy encompassing a variety of sales and business development capacities across project scales and technologies. Garrett has also worked with large institutions to establish, implement, monitor, and report greenhouse gas reduction initiatives. He received a Master’s in Liberal Arts in Sustainability and Environmental Management graduate from the Harvard University Extension School in 2016.
Patricia Stanton | E4TheFutureAn award-winning expert in regulatory policy analysis and advocacy, Pat Stanton works tirelessly to improve public policies related to energy efficiency and demand resources. Among other initiatives she is helping to build tools and resolve policy barriers with a goal of enabling regulatory officials to choose energy efficiency as a compliance strategy under the Clean Air Act. Prior to E4TheFuture she served as policy advocacy lead at CSG (2003-2015) and led a consulting service for Clean Energy Markets participants. Before CSG, she was Deputy Commissioner at Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER) and Assistant Commissioner of Waste Prevention at Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). Stanton earned master’s degrees from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government (Public Administration) and MIT (Civil Engineering).
Blair Swezey | SunPower Corporation
Blair Swezey is senior director, U.S. market development and state policy at SunPower Corporation and is responsible for creating market opportunities and supportive policy environments for solar power adoption and development across the 50 U.S. states. He also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Resource Solutions. Prior to joining SunPower, Blair was senior director, solar markets and public policy at Applied Materials, Inc. and principal policy advisor at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He also worked at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). In 2005, he received the national “Green Power Pioneer” award for continuous achievement, vision, and dedication to the green power industry.
Letha Tawney | WRI
Letha Tawney is the Director of Utility Innovation and Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy at WRI. She leads the US strategy for WRI's Electricity Initiative, developing new business and regulatory models for utilities in the electricity sector. She focuses particularly on how utilities, regulators, entrepreneurs and customers can adopt more collaborative approaches to buying, regulating and planning for low-carbon energy that reduce costs and increase access. Previously, Letha led research on clean energy technology policy. With over ten years of experience in information technology prior to coming to clean energy, Letha deeply understands manufacturers' efforts to innovate for a competitive edge while reducing costs. Letha holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s in Business and Computer Science from George Fox University.
Rachael Terada | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Rachael Terada is a Senior Project Manager for the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). She manages operations for the Green-e Energy certification and consumer protection program, which certifies the majority of the voluntary market for retail renewable electricity and renewable energy certificate (REC) sales in the United States. Rachael manages the annual verification of over 40 million megawatt hours of renewable energy transactions for Green-e Energy and also oversees the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference. Other projects include technical paper development and support for REC tracking system initiatives. Rachael began as a consultant with CRS in 2006, and joined CRS as a Project Manager in 2008. Prior to CRS, she worked in planning, engineering design, and construction management for government projects. Rachael earned her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rick Umoff | SEIA
Rick Umoff is Regulatory Counsel and Director of State Affairs at SEIA. Rick represents SEIA in regulatory and policy matters throughout the United States, and appears regularly before public service commissions. Currently, Rick leads SEIA's efforts to drive solar markets through New York’s REV initiative and in the Midwest. Additionally, Rick leads SEIA's efforts to defend the Clean Power Plan. Before SEIA, Rick worked at 3Degrees, a leading renewable energy marketer, the Center for Resource Solutions, a national clean energy policy non-profit, and the California Public Utilities Commission. Rick received a B.A. in Philosophy with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a J.D. with a focus on environmental and energy law from the University of San Francisco. Rick lives in Washington, D.C.
Lewis Wagner | SRECTrade
Lewis Wagner joined SRECTrade in August 2011 to manage the growth of the company’s web technology platform. As CTO, he is responsible for the architecture and development of SRECTrade’s management and transaction services, building the infrastructure that promotes SRECTrade’s presence in renewable energy markets. Lewis majored in Business and Information Technology at Kingston University in London and has worked with a variety of companies in both analytical and technical roles. When he’s not coding, Lewis enjoys watching South Africa beat England in rugby, hiking the odd mountain and making his way through this year’s 7x7 Big Eat San Francisco.
Jaclyn Webb | Xcel
Jaclyn Webb is a Product Portfolio Manager at Xcel Energy, a major electricity and natural gas company recognized as an industry leader in delivering renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions while providing safe, reliable power to millions of Americans across eight states. Jaclyn is responsible for the management, marketing and promotion, and evolving product strategy of Renewable*Connect and Windsource, the utility’s voluntary green energy programs. Jaclyn has over 10 years of experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency and strategic marketing. She holds a BA in Consumer Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Gregory Wetstone | American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
Gregory Wetstone is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a national non-profit organization that unites business, policy and finance to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy.Prior to joining ACORE Greg oversaw government affairs as Vice President for Terra-Gen Power LLC, a renewable energy company with utility-scale wind, solar and geothermal energy facilities. Previously, he served as Senior Director for Government and Public Affairs at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Director of Programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where he founded the legislative program. Earlier in his career, Greg was Senior Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Greg has a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law and a B.S. from Florida State University.
Dan Whitten | SEIA
Xu Guoxin |National Renewable Energy Information Management Center
Dr Xu Guoxin is the Deputy Division Chief of National Renewable Energy Information Management Center. He attended Tsinghua University and has been working on energy policy research for many years. Dr Xu is mainly responsible for China's renewable energy certificate trading program.
Ellen Zielinski | City of New York
Ellen Zielinski serves as the City of New York’s Director of Clean Energy & Innovation, located within the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Ellen is responsible for strategy, program development, and coordination across NYC agencies for the achievement of municipal renewable energy targets – including implementation of 100 megawatts of solar on City buildings by 2025. Ellen also manages a portfolio of energy efficiency programs to help achieve the 80% by 2050 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the City’s over 4,000 municipal buildings. Ellen holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the New York University Wagner School of Public Service.