CounterPointe Energy Partners, LLC
Eric Alini is the CEO of CounterPointe Energy Partners, LLC, a green energy finance company focused on Property Assessed Clean Energy. Prior to founding the CounterPointe Group, Mr. Alini was a Managing Director in the Global Structured Finance and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch. In this role, Mr. Alini was responsible for the Principal Finance group investing in over $18 billion of alternative assets for Merrill Lynch’s own capital. He also managed the Merrill Lynch Bank USA‘s portfolio of asset-backed securities. Mr. Alini was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch for 13 years and held a number of other senior positions in his career with Merrill Lynch, including Head of CMBS trading, Head of International CMBS, and Head of Global Corporate Loan Portfolio Management.
Managing Director & CEO
Sustainable Capital Advisors
Mr. Allen is Managing Director and CEO of Sustainable Capital Advisors. Mr. Allen founded SCA in 2012, to build upon his successful career in the financial services industry as an investment banker and financial advisor. Throughout his career, Mr. Allen has participated in over $30 Billion of financings, including public debt offerings and private placements (debt and equity). Prior to SCA, Mr. Allen was a Director at Citi where he led efforts to finance large infrastructure projects including water, wastewater, conventional and renewable energy and energy efficiency for utility, commercial and governmental clients. Mr. Allen led one of the United States first “green bond’ issuances with the groundbreaking $67 million Energy Efficiency Revenue Bond financing for the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (“SEU”) which provided a scaled capital markets solution for financing pooled energy efficiency projects. Currently, Mr. Allen is leading client engagements focused on developing innovative capital solutions for the sustainable infrastructure projects including, inclusive solar finance, pooled energy efficiency finance for multi-family affordable housing, subscriber-based community solar, climate resiliency infrastructure finance, municipal green financing authorities, smart cities P3 infrastructure finance, and more.
Mr. Allen is a frequent speaker at major energy and infrastructure conferences and is widely regarded as a thought leader in the financing of clean energy projects. Mr. Allen served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Delaware, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, teaching a graduate level course “Sustainable Infrastructure Finance” which covered financing structures and strategies utilized in developing domestic and international sustainable energy projects, including solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, water and energy efficiency. Mr. Allen serves on the boards of CleanEnergyWorks and the National Energy and Water Infrastructure Exchange. Mr. Allen is a graduate of Harvard College where he majored in chemistry.
Norman R. Augustine
Retired Chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation &
Principal, American Energy Innovation Council
Norman R. Augustin was raised in Colorado and attended Princeton University where he graduated with a BSE in Aeronautical Engineering, magna cum laude, and an MSE. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.
In 1958 he joined the Douglas Aircraft Company in California where he worked as a Research Engineer, Program Manager and Chief Engineer. Beginning in 1965, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering. He joined LTV Missiles and Space Company in 1970, serving as Vice President, Advanced Programs and Marketing. In 1973 he returned to the government as Assistant Secretary of the Army and in 1975 became Under Secretary of the Army, and later Acting Secretary of the Army. Joining Martin Marietta Corporation in 1977 as Vice President of Technical Operations, he was elected as CEO in 1987 and chairman in 1988, having previously been President and COO. He served as president of Lockheed Martin Corporation upon the formation of that company in 1995, and became CEO later that year. He retired as chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin in 1997, at which time he became a Lecturer with the Rank of Professor on the faculty of Princeton University where he served until 1999. Since retiring he has chaired or co-chaired 36 pro bono committees, commissions and investigations, mostly for various levels of government.
Mr. Augustine was Chairman and Principal Officer of the American Red Cross for nine years, Chairman of the Council of the National Academy of Engineering, President and Chairman of the Association of the United States Army, Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, and Chairman of the Defense Science Board. He is a former President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the National World War II Museum and is a former member of the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips, Black & Decker, Proctor & Gamble and Lockheed Martin, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Colonial Williamsburg. He is a Regent of the University System of Maryland (12 institutions), Trustee Emeritus of Johns Hopkins and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton and MIT. He has been a member of advisory boards to the Departments of Homeland Security, Energy, Defense, Commerce, Transportation, and Health and Human Services, as well as NASA, Congress and the White House. He was a member of the Hart/Rudman Commission on National Security, and served for 16 years on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology under both Republican and Democratic presidents. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Explorers Club.
Mr. Augustine has been presented the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States and received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award. He has five times received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal. He is co-author of The Defense Revolution and Shakespeare in Charge and author of Augustine’s Laws, Augustine’s Travels and The Way I See It, a collection of his photography. He holds 35 honorary degrees and was selected by Who’s Who in America and the Library of Congress as one of “Fifty Great Americans” on the occasion of Who’s Who’s fiftieth anniversary. He has traveled in 126 countries and stood on both the North and South Poles of the earth. Since retiring he has chaired or co-chaired 36 pro bono commissions or committees mostly on behalf of government at the federal, state and local level.
Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning
CPower Energy Management
Jason is responsible for all aspects of the company’s strategic initiatives, business development, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He leads a team that creates and strengthens the company’s product and service offerings by leveraging CPower’s core competencies in demand response and demand-side energy management. Prior to CPower, Jason worked for Direct Energy Business where his business development leadership brought the company into the solar and data analytics space. He has also held several corporate development and financial roles at Westinghouse Electric and in the telecommunications equipment sector. Mr. Babik holds a Bachelors’ of Science in Accounting and International Business and Masters’ of Science in Accounting and Finance from Babson College. He is a CPA in Pennsylvania.
Manager, EV Infrastructure
Nissan North America
Mike and his team are currently responsible for Nissan’s EV Infrastructure initiatives in the US that help promote EV adoption while making it easier for Nissan LEAF customers to use public charging. These include working with Nissan partners on the 55 market No Charge To Charge program and other infrastructure projects. Mike and his team manage dealer support programs, corridor development, and general partnerships. Mike’s prior roles at Nissan have focused on the expanding the connected car programs, and most recently in Paris with the Renault – Nissan – Mitsubishi Alliance where he managed global supplier partners.
Principal, Muswell Orange
Joe Bryan is Principal at Muswell Orange, LLC, a boutique clean energy consulting firm. Joe previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy where he was responsible for policies relating to the Department’s installation and operational energy programs. He was a proponent for improving energy efficiency and expanding the use of renewable energy to extend the operational reach of the force and reduce risks associated with logistics support. He also led efforts to improve energy resiliency, promote investments in energy efficiency and distributed generation, and rethink mobility on Navy and Marine Corps installations.
Prior to his appointment, Joe led investigations for the Senate Armed Services Committee, including inquiries into counterfeit electronic parts in the defense supply chain, cyber intrusions into Department of Defense contractors, and the treatment of detainees in U.S. military custody. He also served on the professional staffs of the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence and Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations where he participated in the investigation into Enron’s manipulation of energy markets. Joe has consulted on energy policy in Namibia and South Arica and began his career working on electricity restructuring and state-level policies to encourage the growth of clean energy markets. He is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center.
Calvin Butler, Jr.
Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE)
Calvin G. Butler Jr. is the chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), the nation’s first gas utility. Butler is responsible for ensuring BGE’s successful execution of the following key areas: safety, reliability, customer service, and diversity and inclusion. He is a member of BGE’s Board of Directors and the executive committee of BGE’s parent company, Exelon.
Butler serves as vice-chair of the GridWise Alliance, an advocacy organization promoting modernization and innovation for the nation’s electrical grid, as an Independent Trustee of the PNC Funds Board, and on the Board of Directors for RLI Corp serving as a member of its audit and nominations/governance committees.
Prior to becoming CEO in March 2014, Butler was BGE’s senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs. Butler also served as Exelon’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and held other leadership positions at Exelon and BGE’s sister utility, ComEd (Chicago).
Before joining Exelon in 2008, Butler held senior leadership roles in external affairs as well as manufacturing with the print, digital and supply chain solutions company RR Donnelley. He spent his early career with CILCORP (Central Illinois Light Co.), where he held positions in government affairs, legal and strategy.
Butler serves on the boards of several prominent Baltimore-based organizations including the Baltimore Community Foundation, University of Maryland Medical Center, Greater Baltimore Committee, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the Center Club and Caves Valley Golf Club. He also serves on the board of his alma mater, Bradley University, where he is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In addition, Butler serves on the board of the Institute of International Education, a not-for-profit organization focused on advancing scholarship, promoting access to education, and building economies; and the Library of Congress’ James Madison Council.
He has been recognized by several organizations for his leadership and community commitment. In 2017, he was named among Black Enterprise Magazine’s “300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America,” and “Industrialist of the Year” by the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The Daily Record named Butler one of Maryland’s “Most Admired CEOs” and one of its top 35 Influential Marylanders, while Baltimore Magazine named him as one of its “Top Ten Baltimoreans.”
Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. He received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Morgan State University in 2014.
Robert Caret, PhD
University System of Maryland
Managing Director, Saulsbury Hill Financial;
Consultant, Generate Capital;
Operations, BYD USA
David Clamage is founder and Managing Director of Saulsbury Hill Financial, LLC, established in 1976 as finance specialists in the varied disciplines of ESPC, DG, DHCP, Co-Gen and related Mechanical/HVAC asset types and Green and Sustainable Transportation. Saulsbury is a member of the Energy Services Coalition and a partner with the Environmental Protection Agency in re: Combined Heat and Power, and the Landfill Methane Outreach Program as well as a listed financier with the Bonneville Power Administration, in their efforts to continue to find innovative finance tools for the care and sustainability of our global infrastructure.
David is Special Counsel to GENERATE CAPITAL, a leading infrastructure and sustainability investor and financier, in their joint ownership of GTL – the captive leasing company for BYD, the worlds’ largest manufacturer of electric buses and related technologies. David’s role is to ensure government and private operators of BYD’s EV fleet – including buses, trucks and other transportation equipment – have the most cost-effective access to capital, eliminating any barriers to adoption of BYDs electric vehicle fleets. David is also an appointee to the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office – Renewable Energy Development Advisory Committee.
Director, Utility of the Future
PEPCO Holdings, Inc. (An Exelon Company)
Anton Cohen, CPA
Partner – Renewable Energy Industry Leader
Anton Cohen is an audit partner and serves as CohnReznick’s Renewable Energy Industry practice leader. He has over 14 years of experience servicing closely-held and publicly-traded clients in a variety of industries including corporate and public tax credit funds, renewable energy, conventional and subsidized multi-family housing projects, mortgage companies, technology, energy, software development, distribution, and manufacturing. Additionally, he is experienced in private and public equity and debt offerings, capital structuring, and general business management.
Anton is responsible for planning and supervising all aspects of a variety of engagements ranging from audit, tax, and accounting services to strategic and operational issue identification and resolution. He has extensive experience in providing strategic and financing planning services to companies across many industries. Anton’s audit, tax, and business advisory services clients have covered a wide spectrum from start-up entrepreneurs to multinational corporations. Anton has served as, or currently serves as, the audit principal or concurring principal reviewer for investment companies, commercial businesses, renewable energy funds, and real estate entities.
Founder & Principal
Josh Cohen is the creator and host of More Power To You, a podcast about the policy and politics shaping our clean energy economy. Featured on Axios.com, MPTY has been downloaded thousands of times in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.
When not podcasting, Josh works as an independent consultant who assists clean energy clients with communications, engagement and policy advocacy services. Previously, Josh served 15 years in senior public-sector leadership roles including as Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland and as Deputy Administrator of USDA’s Rural Utilities Service during the Obama Administration.
Josh and his wife Lesley live in Annapolis with their two daughters, their pit bull,Tula, and cat, Bean.
Brian Compagnone is President of Pitch Capital, a newly launched subsidiary of the Foundry Sports Group. In this role, Brian is responsible for the overall direction of the firm and seed/early stage venture investment activities.
Prior to joining Pitch Capital, Brian founding a strategic consulting practice, Kinematic Ventures, focused on helping companies acquire capital and create sustainable value. Additionally, Brian has invested in a number of companies aiming to solve problems largely in the energy and healthcare sectors.
Brian has also worked at Disruption Corporation/Crystal Tech Fund, served as a political appointee at the Small Business Administration in the Office of Entrepreneurship Education and founded a successful retail sporting goods chain based in Colorado. In his early career, he held various roles working on public policy issues for Colorado State University and in the US House of Representatives.
Brian earned an MBA from Colorado State University, MS from the University of Northern Colorado and a BA from Skidmore College. He currently resides in Arlington, VA and regularly competes in ultra-running events when not coaching his daughter’s softball team.
Head of Energy Regulatory and Governmental Affairs
Rick has over 25 years experience in the energy and utility fields, with employment stints in state, local and federal government, as well as the private sector. Prior to Nest, Rick was Vice-President of Government Affairs for EnerNOC a leader in demand response and energy management services for the commercial and industrial sectors for 8 years. Before EnerNOC, Rick was Vice President at the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), a nonprofit research institute affiliated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to build public/private partnerships to improve the nation’s electricity systems and an early research center on the Smart Grid. Rick also worked in regulatory affairs for five years with Southern California Edison.
Rick has a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Electric Drive Transportation Association
Genevieve Cullen is the President of EDTA, the cross-industry trade association promoting the electrification of transportation. Prior to becoming President, she served as EDTA’s Vice President and lead the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts.
Genevieve has extensive public and private energy policy experience, including serving as energy counsel to two U.S. Senators and as a consultant to the Department of Energy. In her capacity as an advocate for private sector initiatives, Cullen promoted advanced technology solutions to diverse energy and environmental challenges.
A graduate of Washington College of Law and Bucknell University, Genevieve is a member of the District of Columbia bar.
Maryland Technology Development Corporation
Senior Manager, Government & External Relations
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Ms. Dennis is Senior Manager of Government & External Relations for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent nonprofit organization performing research and development across the electric power sector for the benefit of the public. Located in EPRI’s Washington, DC office, Ms. Dennis serves as liaison between EPRI’s executive management and the state governments including state public utility commissions, state legislators, governors, consumer advocates, and energy trade associations.
Prior to joining EPRI in May 2015, Ms. Dennis led the state government affairs and advocacy program for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). At NEMA, Ms. Dennis advocated on issues impacting the electro-manufacturing industry including electric grid modernization, energy efficiency, electric transportation, and building design standards. She has testified before state legislatures in California and North Carolina and has participated in state public utility commission proceedings in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York.
Ms. Dennis began her career in the energy policy industry through her work at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, a national state-based organization representing the 50 state public utility commissions.
Ms. Dennis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from St. Lawrence University and participated in the American University’s Washington Semester Program in Foreign Policy.
Energy & Sustainability Manager
Mike Dieterich is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional , a degreed environmental scientist, and best-selling author. Over the past decade, he has written legislative, school, and municipal policies and programs that support sustainable development and resilience for the built environment. His efforts have culminated in the successful implementation of instrumental sustainability initiatives. Mike is currently the Energy and Sustainability Manager for the AstraZeneca MedImmune Gaithersburg site.
John Ellis, EIT/FE, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
Digitalization Portfolio Manager
Siemens Smart Infrastructure
John Ellis is a Digitalization Portfolio Manager at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. He is based out of Siemens’ Austin, TX office and focuses on developing and going to market with analytics based digital services offerings. John has more than five years of experience with Siemens through numerous roles including field engineering, portfolio and innovation management and corporate strategy. He holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins in Marketing, an MS in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is a certified PMP and accredited LEED AP. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in cybersecurity and information assurance at Penn State.
Brian J. Feldman
Maryland State Senator, District 15
The Maryland General Assembly
Maryland State Senator Brian J. Feldman, both an Attorney and a CPA, serves on the Senate Finance Committee and chairs the Health Subcommittee. Additionally, Brian is the Senate Chair of the newly formed Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission and the Joint Committee on Federal Relations. He is also a member of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. Nationally, as a member of the National Conferences of State Legislators, he serves as Vice Chair of the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee.
Senator Feldman has been acknowledged statewide for his work in the Maryland Legislature. This year, The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce named him 2018 Legislator of the Year and the Women Legislators of Maryland recognized him as their 2018 Legislative Champion. As a leader in advancing clean energy, Senator Feldman was awarded the 2014 Legislative Leadership Award from the Maryland Clean Energy Center, the 2016 Climate Champion Award from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and, most recently, was the lead Senate sponsor of the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2018.
Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Relations
American Council on Renewable Energy
Todd leads strategic integration of policy development, research, external communications and interaction with Federal and state government and regulatory officials. He has over 30 years of experience in federal and state policy, renewable energy market design, and business development. He has played a leading role for many years in renewable energy Federal and state policy, including winning support for critical Federal tax incentives and in the development, enactment and expansion of many of the nation’s state renewable portfolio standards. Prior to joining ACORE in 2010, he directed global and national policy, business development, communications and profile sales for BP Solar and BP Alternative Energy. He also served in several U.S. government agencies, including the White House, U.S. Senate, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). He has served on the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Solar Alliance, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Associations (TREIA). He received his B.S. from Boston College and law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.
Offshore Wind Representative, Americas
Siemens Gamesa Wind
PFM Financial Advisors LLC
Laura is a managing director with PFM. She leads the firm’s environmental finance practice, which is focused on providing financing solutions for environmentally friendly projects that may utilize tax-exempt debt. Services to clients include consulting, transaction advisory and financial program management (including Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE and On-Bill programs) along with traditional debt issuance.
Since joining PFM, she has provided information to clients and colleagues nationwide regarding the relevance of environmental finance opportunities as a cross-specialization that works across all specialty practice groups. T hese efforts have resulted in special assignments with new and existing PFM clients. Her understanding of client goals related to energy savings initiatives, combined with her expertise in financing structures that use unique incentives and structures, has provided meaningful solutions to a wide variety of client types nationwide.
Prior to joining PFM, Laura had her own financial advisory firm from 2008 to 2011, and previously worked as an investment banker for more than 20 years.
Hon. R. Michael Gill
Secretary of Commerce
Maryland Department of Commerce
Secretary Mike Gill is a business leader with four decades of experience as an entrepreneur, a technology executive, an investment banker, and a public servant.
He was tapped by Governor Larry Hogan to lead the Maryland Department of Commerce (formerly the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development) in January 2015. Prior to his appointment, Mike Gill led Evergreen Advisors, an investment bank, as chairman and principal. Previously, Gill founded Hoyt Capital, an investment and advisory firm serving start-ups and growth companies. Mr. Gill was also a founder of First Page, which was acquired by Metrocall; served as chairman of Curtis Engine, a Baltimore power generator company; and was chairman of Bluefire Security Technologies, a mobile cybersecurity developer, from 2006 to 2008. In 1984, Gill founded AMERICOM, a Baltimore-based provider of cellular products and services to businesses in the area. Under Gill’s leadership, AMERICOM expanded nationwide with more than 1,200 team members. In 2000, it was acquired by Solectron. He started his career with IBM and held a number of positions in sales and marketing. He then became Director of Data Systems in the mid-Atlantic region for Ernst & Young.
Gill served on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents from 2004 to 2009, heading the audit committee and technology transfer and commercialization workgroup. His past and present board memberships also include the Calvert Hall Board of Trustees, Baltimore County Economic Development Commission, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Bay National Bank, and Towson University of Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Board at Clemson University.
Gill earned his B.S. in business administration from Towson University in 1974 after first attending Clemson University on a baseball scholarship. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Towson University in 1996.
Andrew Gilligan leads Sol Systems’ solar project development efforts, working with commercial and municipal users of electricity to offer solar via a Power Purchase Agreement or lease agreement. Previously Mr. Gilligan led Sol Systems’ investment group, overseeing the closing of over $300 million of equity into solar projects in the non-residential distributed generation space throughout the U.S. Mr. Gilligan has been with Sol Systems since 2011 and has helped grow Sol Systems into a solar developer and financier in the U.S.
Mr. Gilligan holds a B.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, specializing in Energy studies, and also a certificate in Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
VICE ADMIRAL LEE F. GUNN, USN (Ret.)
Former Inspector General, The Department of the Navy;
Vice Chairman, CNA Military Advisory Board;
Chairman, The Gunn Group
Vice Admiral Lee Gunn served for 35 years in the U.S. Navy. His last active duty assignment was as Inspector General of the Department of the Navy, where he oversaw the Navy Department’s overall inspection program. Admiral Gunn served in the Surface Navy in multiple theaters. He commanded a frigate, a destroyer squadron, and the Third Fleet amphibious group, and he was the Combined Naval Forces Commander and the Deputy Combined Task Force Commander for Combined Task Force United Shield in Somalia. Following retirement from the Navy, Admiral Gunn was the President of the Institute for Public Research at the CNA Corporation from 2003 until his retirement from CNA in 2015.
He currently serves on the board of directors for the American Security Project; on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; as Chair of the Board of Advisors to the Presidents of the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College; on the Global Perspectives Initiative at the University of Central Florida; and as an executive board member of the Surface Navy Association. He is the past President of the Surface Navy Association. He also chairs The Gunn Group, advising on energy, water, climate and national security.
Admiral Gunn holds a bachelor’s degree in experimental and physiological psychology from the University of California Los Angles and a MS in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.
President & CEO
Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA)
Julia Hamm has 20 years of experience advising and collaborating with utilities, technology companies, and government agencies on renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies and programs. The knowledge and experience she has gained as the President and CEO of SEPA since 2004 makes her one of the world’s foremost experts on the nexus between utilities and distributed energy resources.
Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies. Julia has led the organization through significant expansion in recent years, including rebranding from the Solar Electric Power Association to the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and merging with both the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). Julia was the founder of Solar Power International, the largest solar-focused trade show in North America.
Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported the EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program. Julia – a graduate of Cornell University – walks the talk, living in a PV-powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia.
Kyle Harbaugh, CEM CDSM
Senior Vice President, IT & Product Management
CPower Energy Management
Mr. Harbaugh has responsibility for all aspects of Information Technology at CPower as well as customer facing digital products. He is a 15-year veteran of the energy industry with experience in wholesale and retail power, distributed generation and demand response. He managed an innovative team which was responsible for all aspects of their retail digital platforms from the web-enabled mass markets acquisition funnels to the energy customer portal at Constellation. In 2010, Mr. Harbaugh led the team that built and released VirtuWattTM, an online application that allows customers to manage and optimize electricity usage in real-time in addition to enabling participation in demand-side energy markets. Mr. Harbaugh is currently a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, a Certified Energy Manager, and a Certified Demand Side Manager. He holds a Bachelors’ of Science in Business Information Systems from Stevenson University in Baltimore.
Mr. Hauser serves as CEO of the GridWise Alliance, a national industry led organization that promotes the modernization of the nation’s electricity infrastructure. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on transforming the power sector to meet future economic, environmental, and energy security mandates. For more than 30 years, Mr. Hauser has been a leader in clean energy and smart grid technology development efforts including solar, wind, batteries, electric vehicles, GIS software, geothermal, microgrids, fuel cells, and building energy efficiency. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has authored and contributed to numerous articles and books.
Mr. Hauser was the driving force behind the creation of the GridWise® Alliance, the Global Smart Grid Federation, and related smart grid organizations. Since 2000, he has brought together hundreds of companies to create a broad industry vision to transform the electricity sector, policies, markets, and technologies. Mr. Hauser has testified before both House and Senate Energy committees, significantly raising the visibility of these issues with federal and state policy makers. He participated as a key advisor to the National Science and Technology Council’s Smart Grid Task Force resulting in the White House release of the “Policy Framework for a 21st Century Grid”. He has held senior management positions at various companies and DOE labs.
Carol Hawk, PhD
R&D Program Manager, Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS)
U.S. Department of Energy
Carol Hawk, PhD. is Manager of the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) R&D Program for the office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in the Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Hawk conducted her PhD research in High-Energy Physics at Rutgers University as a member of the Collider Detector at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Collaboration. The CEDS R&D program is working to advance the energy sector’s Roadmap vision of resilient energy delivery systems designed, installed, operated, and maintained to survive a cyber-incident while sustaining critical functions. In addition, she brings a variety of work experiences to DOE including telecommunications (at Bell Communications Research) as well as fuel cell electrochemistry (at United Technologies Research Center and later at the University of Connecticut). Prior to joining the DOE, Dr. Hawk performed operations research with the Center for Naval Analyses.
Founder & CEO
Climate Access Fund
Lynn Heller is Founder and CEO of the Climate Access Fund, a Baltimore-based organization that uses innovative financing to reduce the energy burden of low-income Maryland residents through clean energy.
Prior to launching the Climate Access Fund, Lynn Heller served as Vice President of the Abell Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s operations and managed the Foundation’s environmental grants portfolio. Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Heller worked as a strategic planning and management consultant to nonprofit organizations in Maryland for more than a decade. She launched start-up political and economic development initiatives in Baltimore, California and Indonesia before becoming a consultant. Ms. Heller served for nine years as a founding member of the Baltimore Sustainability Commission, and is a former member of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change. Ms. Heller earned an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Princeton University, cum laude.
Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail
Since July 2016, David Henley has served as the Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail’s Project Director for the deployment of the Baltimore to Washington segment of the high-speed super conducting maglev train. He brings three decades of experience in all aspects of transportation management and financing – from overseeing multi-billion-dollar capital programs to implementing a range of high profile infrastructure projects.
Prior to BWRR, David was Vice President of Capital Planning & Budget for NYC Transit (NYCT), directing investment strategies in the scoping, designing, building and rehabilitating of NYCT’s vast and complex rail and bus infrastructure.
Previously, David served as the Director of Business Development at Parsons Transportation Group, managing the company’s strategies to increase its portfolio and market presence in all transportation sectors. Throughout his career, David has also held senior level transportation-related positions with the NYC Department of Transportation, the Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Ports and Trade.
Mr. House has more than 27 years of experience in power, systems engineering, test & evaluation, engineering design and program management. He is Vice President and Regional Business Line Leader for AECOM’s DC Metro and Southeast US Power & Energy Business. Mr. House leads the efforts of over 100 program managers, engineers and scientists; meeting client needs in advanced energy solutions, microgrid deployment, electric distribution systems, sensor development, renewable energy and power programs in developing countries. Some of the most impactful current programs include energy savings performance contracts for US Government installations and municipalities. Prior to AECOM, Mr. House worked for Northrop Grumman and General Electric. Mike has a BS degree in Engineering Science and an MS in Engineering Mechanics from Penn State University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of IEEE and holds five patents.
Louis J. Hutchinson, III, Th.D.
Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer
WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas
Dr. Louis J. Hutchinson, III is Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer for WGL Holdings, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for Sales, Marketing and Corporate Communications for WGL and, WGL Energy and Washington Gas, as well as building an integrated business platform that enables WGL to compete more effectively and to create and capture more market opportunities, leveraging the entirety of WGL’s portfolio in order to achieve sustainable and long term growth.
In his position as Chief Revenue Officer, Dr. Hutchinson leads all enterprise-wide revenue initiatives, including the implementation of WGL’s brand strategy and oversight of its deployment across all associated business functions consistent with applicable laws and regulations. He has also assumed responsibility for positioning WGL externally in target markets to drive growth and achieve earnings objectives. This includes implementing business development initiatives that demonstrate the value WGL delivers to its customers, shareholders and stakeholders.
Prior to joining WGL, Dr. Hutchinson served as Officer and Senior Vice President of Public Sector, Energy Efficiency, at Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon. In this role, Dr. Hutchinson was responsible for starting and then growing revenue generation of Constellation’s Retail Public Sector and Energy Efficiency efforts, demonstrated by a successful increase of $1.2M in revenue generation to $6 Billion annually in just five years.
Before becoming joining the Constellation team, Dr. Hutchinson was CEO & President of Crunchy Technologies, which developed accessible packaged software products and custom applications for commercial, educational and government clients. Crunchy’s professional services team architected and built secure, accessible e-business and e-government applications and systems. Dr. Hutchinson oversaw the operations and general management of 65 employees at multiple locations, prior to the sale of Crunchy to IBM in August of 2005 for IP integration throughout IBM’s development software tools for global distribution.
Dr. Hutchinson also held executive positions at Netscape Communications and Powersoft Corporation before forming Crunchy Technologies. In 2014, Dr. Hutchinson was chosen as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and he is also a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
Dr. Hutchinson received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Statistics. He continued his education at Wesley Theological Seminary, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate of Theology and magna cum laude with a Masters of Divinity.
Senior Vice President, Public Sector Investments
Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure
Mr. Johnson is responsible for growing Hannon Armstrong’s financing solutions in the Public Sector which includes the federal, state & local and healthcare market segments. Mr. Johnson has been at the leading edge of the energy efficiency industry where he has built businesses across a broad range of systems and services. Prior to joining Hannon Armstrong, Mr. Johnson held executive leadership positions at multinational organizations such as Cooper Industries where he led global sales for one of their divisions, Ingersoll Rand (Trane) where he led North American Institutional Sales which included healthcare, government and education segments, and Johnson Controls Federal Systems Division where he was the global sales leader. Mr. Johnson began his career at Honeywell where he held leadership positions in various divisions of Honeywell during his 15-year tenure. He has been published in Military Engineer magazine and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.
Director of Government Relations & Assistant General Counsel
Maryland Public Service Commission
Since 2011, Andrew Johnston has been the Maryland Public Service Commission’s point person to the Maryland General Assembly, in addition to serving as an Assistant General Counsel. Since the launch of the Commission’s grid modernization proceeding in 2016, Public Conference 44, Andrew has been tasked with leading the Commission’s workgroup on Energy Storage. Prior to working for the Commission, he served Maryland’s General Assembly as Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee. Andrew earned his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Maryland Schools of Law. He also earned a B.A. in Political Science with honors from Sewanee: the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and lives nearby with his family in Arnold, Maryland.
Senior Manager, Solar Business Development
Constellation- An Exelon Company
Rick is a Senior Manager of Solar Business Development for Constellation. He is currently the business lead for the 37MW commitment of solar development in Maryland, Delmarva, and Washington D.C. as a result of the 2016 Exelon/ Pepco merger.
Prior to joining Constellation, Rick worked to help national clients utilize cutting-edge information technology to meet their business objectives and improve their bottom line. He received a B.A. in Psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. While there, Rick participated and became certified in Peer Health Education and Training. Rick has used this foundation to continually excel in business to business consulting, market development, and project development.
Executive Director & CEO Americas
Shawn Kreloff serves as Founder, CEO & Executive Director of BTS BIOENERGY and has over 25 years of experience in founding, managing and operating technology-oriented companies.
His work at BTS is focused on the finance, design, build and operation of anaerobic bio-digesters that convert city and commercial organic waste into green energy. Each plant is optimized based on the organic inputs as well as desired energy returns. The BTS plants are designed for cities and private industry seeking to reduce their operating costs while seeking an effective alternative to burning waste or hauling materials to already overcrowded landfills.
Mr. Kreloff brings a track record of success that is driven by financial, operational, business development and entrepreneurial skills. He has been directly involved in raising over $100 million in his career and has sold said companies for over $550 million in investor proceeds. Mr. Kreloff is General Partner of BON Capital Partners, a corporate advisory and structured finance firm. Since 1996 Mr. Kreloff has participated in the founding, operating, financing and advisory of over 25 different companies.
Senior Vice President, Governmental and External Affairs
Pepco Holdings, An Exelon Company
Melissa Lavinson is senior vice president, governmental and external affairs, Pepco Holdings. Lavinson is responsible for the design and implementation of Pepco Holdings’ stakeholder relations and issues management programs, involving, state and local officials, community leaders, business, consumer, and nonprofit groups in each jurisdiction (New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia). Based in Washington, D.C., Pepco Holdings employs more than 4,600 people, owns more than $21 billion in assets and generates approximately $4.8 billion in annual revenues. Pepco Holdings serves 2 million customers as the parent company of Pepco, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey. Pepco Holdings is a recently acquired subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading energy services companies. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.
Lavinson previously served as the Vice President of Federal Affairs and Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer for PG&E Corporation, where she held a career of more than 20 years. In her dual role, she led a team responsible for the company’s sustainability efforts, engagement, and strategy. She was also responsible for directing PG&E’s public policies on federal issues, including energy, tax, and environmental policy. Lavinson was responsible for building relationships at the national level with NGOs, trade associations, advocacy organizations, and other key stakeholders.
Prior to joining PG&E, Lavinson was a Senior Associate at MRW and Associates, a consulting firm providing financial, economic, environmental and market analysis to competitive energy suppliers, independent power producers, large energy consumers, financial institutions and utilities. Lavinson began her career with ICF Consulting, where she worked in the company’s climate change practice for clients such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, World Bank, and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Lavinson is on the boards of the Climate Action Reserve, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, American Red Cross-National Capital Region and She Should Run, which promotes women’s representation in public office.
Lavinson received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Hamilton College.
Eric Letsinger is the Founder and CEO of Quantified Ventures, a for-profit impact investing firm that helps clients finance specific and measurable environmental, health, and educational outcomes. He is a “tri-sector” executive, bringing 25+ years of leadership experience in government, nonprofit, and private sector organizations operating in healthcare, environment, education, and housing. He has led transformative, public-private initiatives to drive social impact in complex, cross-sector business environments including: IBM, Baltimore Public Schools, Baltimore Housing Department, Cyveillance Software, PWC, and Samaritan Inns Homeless Services. Eric has an MBA from Yale University and a BA in Urban Studies from Northwestern University. He started out as a standup comic and then hit the road for two years as the drummer in a band before trying to save the world full time. Eric speaks regularly at dozens of conferences, events, and universities, including the Aspen Institute, Urban Institute, Yale, Duke, and the University of Virginia. He married way over his head and has two daughters who keep him humble.
Quantified Ventures helps governments, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and healthcare systems tap into the financial resources needed to sufficiently scale operations and deliver meaningful impact, primarily through the Pay For Success model. Quantified Ventures is currently designing, brokering, and implementing a series of environmental, health, and education transactions across the country.
Director of Rate Design
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Kevin Lucas is Director of Rate Design for SEIA. In this role, he performs analysis and develops testimony for utility rate cases focused on solar issues such as net metering and export compensation. He also works with other State Affairs team members providing technical support for policy and regulatory issues across the country. Prior to joining SEIA, Kevin worked at the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-profit focused on implementing technology-neutral energy efficiency policies and programs. Before that, Kevin was Director of Policy for the Maryland Energy Administration, focused on efforts including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas reduction.
Director of Grid Modernization, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
Kevin Lynn works for the Department of Energy as the Director of Grid Modernization within the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office. In that position, he coordinates all cross-organizational activities focused on resolving the technical, market, and regulatory challenges that limit the integration of renewable electricity generation technologies, electric vehicles, demand response, and other technologies into the grid in a safe, reliable, and cost-effective manner.
Previously he worked for the Department of Energy as part of the SunShot Initiative, a national initiative to enable the widespread adoption of solar energy. There he was the Program Manager of the Systems Integration team supporting research in grid integration, PV system performance and reliability, and balance of system hardware. During that time he developed funding opportunities in grid integration, balance of system hardware, plug and play technologies, and solar forecasting.
I. Katherine Magruder, CeCD
Maryland Clean Energy Center
Katherine Magruder is the Executive Director of the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC), a corporate instrumentality of the state created to advance the adoption of clean energy products, services, and technologies. MCEC focuses on economic development and job creation in the energy sector, with particular emphasis on facilitating access to capital and innovation advancement.
In her prior position Ms. Magruder served as Chief of Staff at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute; which was known for performing cutting edge research and transfer of newly discovered technologies to commercial applications before being merged into other parts of the university system.
Acting as Director of Resource Based Industries, for the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (Commerce), she built a program focused on sustaining agriculture, forestry, mining, fisheries and maritime industry sectors. Working in collaboration with multiple agencies, and for the Maryland Energy Administration, she was a leader in efforts to develop a statewide approach on evolving energy policies and technologies.
As the Director of the Department of Economic Development & Tourism for Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, Ms. Magruder was in charge of regional agribusiness and ecotourism initiatives focused on environment, economy, and cultural character in effecting sustainable development. She served in various positions and in leadership roles on boards or commissions at the regional and county level involved with tourism, community and economic development.
Kathy has written and collaborated on various strategic plans, informational and promotional publications. She holds a professional Certificate in Destination Marketing & Management from George Washington University School of Business & Public Management, and is recognized as a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council.
Kathy earned her BFA in Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1982, and looks forward to every opportunity to unleash her inner artist.
Potential Energy DC
After successful startups at RunFast.net (online multimedia training) and WindRose Media (webcasting technology and original content development), Dave founded Potential Energy DC – the only DC-area incubator fully devoted to developing energy, efficiency, and sustainability companies. Dave is also a recognized expert in angel investing in the DC region.
As the Associate Director I-Corps at GW, Dave is focused on helping community-based research teams successfully bring their work from the labs to the marketplace. The goal of the new Phase 0 / I-Corps Go program, that Dave is leading, is to improve funding and commercialization success rates for community-based research teams. In this role, Dave will be leveraging the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s I-Corps experience commercializing university intellectual property over the past five years.
Laura Van Wie McGrory
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Alliance to Save Energy
For more than two decades, Laura Van Wie McGrory has been managing international energy efficiency projects in the United States, Asia, Africa, SE Europe, and Latin America. She is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Alliance to Save Energy, where she manages the Systems Efficiency subcommittee as well as the Alliance’s international energy efficiency policy activities. Laura is also Vice President for North America with the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC).
Laura previously worked with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for nine years, supporting the US Department of Energy’s appliance standards rulemaking team and providing technical support for the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Prior to that, Laura worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to produce several climate change mitigation reports. She also has consulted with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the World Bank, and has published numerous reports and articles related to international energy efficiency.
Laura has a bachelor’s degree in geography and environment from Dartmouth College and a master of international environmental policy from Columbia University.
President Atlantic Grid Development LLC
Markian Melnyk is a founder and President of Atlantic Grid Development, LLC (AGD). AGD is developing the Atlantic Wind Connection project, an offshore high-voltage transmission backbone designed to make the congested land-based transmission grid more reliable and efficient and to provide a lower-cost way to connect large offshore wind energy farms.
In 2009, Markian authored Offshore Power: Building Renewable Energy Projects in U.S. Waters, a book about the growing field of offshore wind energy and other ocean renewable energy technologies. The book grew out of his work in the field of energy law, as a federal government lawyer and in private practice. Markian lives in Maryland with his wife, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, and three children.
Manager, Distributed Generation Asset Development
WGL Energy Systems
Chuck Miller is responsible for origination and development of Distributed Generation, Renewable Energy, Combined Heat and Power and Fuel Cell projects nationwide at WGL Energy Systems. Leveraging both construction and development partners as well as self-developing strategic projects, Chuck is responsible for the development of the non-solar distributed generation fleet within the WGL Energy portfolio.
Chuck Joined WGL Energy in March 2015 bringing with him over 25 years of energy industry experience.
Prior to joining WGL Energy, Chuck served as General Manager for the startup UGI Performance Solutions business unit of UGI Incorporated out of Philadelphia PA from 2010 to 2015. Chuck served a dual role as General Manager of Thermmax Scientific and General Manager of UGI Performance Solutions. Leveraging expert resources from the UGI HVAC Enterprises organization as well as key engineering and project management resources from within and outside the UGI organization, Chuck grew the distributed generation solutions business for UGI to an annual 30M business complemented by the existing Thermmax performance environments refrigeration business.
In addition to UGI, Chuck spent 8 years with a leading Performance Contracting developer, Johnson Controls, in the role of Solution Development Director and Business Development Director for the Industrial and Federal Markets. In this capacity, Chuck was responsible for the origination, design, development and commercial integration of solutions related to process and energy performance within the industrial, life sciences, automotive, hi tech, Federal and commercial real estate sectors. He and his team also developed a focus to address renewable energy projects predominantly in the area of industrial energy supply and demand, and production of substitute natural gas and ethanol through financed development projects.
Chuck also spent time with Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) as their global director of Marketing and Business Process for the ABB Asset Management division bringing his expertise on performance contracting to work on a global scale. He spent two years with Invensys PLC as Director of their Chemicals Business, and spent a period of time in a technology start-up as Director of Global marketing where he built a strong reputation for cultivating customer satisfaction and international brand awareness. His experience was cultivated by over 10 years with GSE Systems in the areas of engineering, product development, project management and marketing and sales.
Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America and an MBA from LaSalle University.
Michael G. Miller
Michael G. Miller is founder and CEO of OGOS Energy LLC, a Maryland-based small business that focuses on development of renewable energy projects utilizing solar or wind technologies. Ogos Energy is an approved “Subscriber Organization” under the Maryland Community Solar Pilot Program and was the first minority-owned company in the USA to have qualified and bid for a federal BOEM offshore wind-energy lease. Prior to starting his company, Michael worked in the public utility industry for 12 years, holding various financial management and strategic planning positions for WGL Holdings, Inc., in Washington, DC. He is a former Project Finance and Real Estate executive with PepsiCo. After earning his undergraduate degree in History from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Michael gained decades of finance, general management and investment experience at corporations such as IBM, not-for-profit organizations such as AFRICARE, and as an entrepreneur. A resident of Annapolis since 2006, Michael is committed to community service, social justice and political activism. As a result, he has engaged in many volunteer endeavors, including service on the Board of the Light House Shelter, the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, the Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture, and support for citizen engagement in electoral politics. Ogos Energy LLC’s community solar portfolio focuses on the proactive inclusion of Low-to-Moderate (LMI) consumers.
Board Vice Chair, Maryland Clean Energy Center &
Business Consultant, Honeywell Energy Services Group
Michele Mitch-Peterson is a passionate Business Consultant for Honeywell Energy Services Group for her assigned territory in the Mid-Atlantic. In this position, she is responsible for designing and leading a sales strategy and team for customer-first solutions in Energy, Efficiency, AMI Meters, Smart Grid, Micro Grid, CHP, Renewable Energy and Performance Contracting. Michele has over 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing, and management. Serving in a number of leadership roles, she has developed and implemented repeatable processes that support strategic account management, opportunity development, solution design and sales and marketing campaigns resulting in execution excellence, driving demand and aggressive, profitable revenue growth. Michele was born in Baltimore, grew up on the Eastern Shore and resides in Annapolis, MD. She holds a BA degree in Marketing from Frostburg State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University. She has taken Executive Management courses in strategic planning, business development, and finance.
Senior Vice President, Power & Energy
Annika has been with AECOM for 11 years, first leading AECOM’s Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Group and now as the Power & Energy Business Line Executive for North America. She has over 18 years of experience in project management and engineering of energy efficiency and renewable projects. Her experience includes master planning, program development and design, and third party financed energy savings performance contracting for federal, municipal and private sector clients.
She is a graduate of the US naval Academy (BS Mechanical Engineering) and San Diego State University (MS Mechanical Engineering) and previously served as a logistics officer in the US Marine Corps where she commanded combat service support units across the globe.
Senior Director, System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination
Mr. Monken works to build enterprise-level resilience in the areas of business continuity, physical and cyber security, risk management, operations and planning.
Mr. Monken served as vice president, U.S. Operations for the Electric Infrastructure Security Council. In this role he worked with government and industry officials to develop best practices and capabilities to improve the resilience of life support infrastructure systems to widespread, long-duration power outages, known as “Black Sky” events.
Mr. Monken also served as director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency from February of 2011 to January of 2015 where he oversaw Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety and homeland security programs, as well as the agency’s 225+ employees and a budget of more than $425 million. In this capacity, he served as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor. At IEMA, Mr. Monken directed the response and recovery effort to a wide variety of disasters including flooding, blizzards and tornadoes.
Prior to becoming IEMA director, Mr. Monken served for two years as Acting Director of the Illinois State Police, an agency with a staff of 3,400 sworn and civilian personnel and an annual budget of approximately $428 million.
Director, Utility Initiatives
Mgr. Energy Efficient Programs, Strategy & Regulatory Affairs
Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE)
Vice President, Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives
Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives for the Building Technologies and Solutions business of Johnson Controls. He also chairs the company’s global sustainability council. Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of leadership positions in research, product development, marketing, strategy and corporate sustainability in both the United States and Europe.
Nesler serves on the board of American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the executive group of the US DOE/EPA SEE Action network and is chair of the Alliance to Save Energy International Steering Committee. He helped establish the UN Sustainable Energy for All Building Efficiency Accelerator and serves as chair of the Industrial Advisory Board of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center and is a member of the International Energy Agency Energy Efficiency Industry Advisory Board. In 2009, Clay started the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency which has been integrated within the World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, where he serves as a senior advisor to the Building Efficiency Initiative. He is also co-chair of the Johnson Controls/United States Energy Association sponsored Energy Efficiency Forum, now in its 29th year.
Nesler received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a co-inventor on sixteen patents. He is a winner of the 2005 Corenet Global Innovator’s Award, the 2012 VERGE 25 award, a 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and a 2017 leadership award from the U.S. Green Building Council. Clay is also the past board president and life director of the Florentine Opera Company, the sixth oldest professional opera company in America.
Managing Director of Operations
Mr. Notes is a skilled systems architect and operator and with over fifteen years of experience in physical building efficiency and renewable energy market project development, economic analysis, project finance, and regulatory positioning. He specializes in energy management and real estate development, and energy risk management.
Since 2008 Mr. Notes has directed the delivery of 75,000 energy efficiency projects of various size and scope, and has been a principal in dozens of real estate development projects. In his current position, Mr. Notes manages the operations of grid-connected renewable physical energy delivery and onsite generation for clients, as well as wholesale energy purchases and sales for clients. He also co-developed and manages “Grid Executive CSP”, a real-time curtailment service provider software as a service that allows distributed energy resources to trade excess power based on macro-grid volatility indicators.
Prior to founding greeNEWit in 2008, Mr. Notes led a series of real estate development funds that utilized proprietary algorithms to acquire secondary market debt and forecasted pockets of gentrification and foreclosure within the Baltimore City real estate market for investment and development.
In addition to his serial ventures, Mr. Notes acts as a mentor, advisor and educator to the next generation of market based entrepreneurs. He continually leverages his relationship with alma mater Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park for internships, recruiting and speaking engagements.
Michael Nowak, PhD
Manager, University & National Lab Strategic Partnerships
National Energy Technology Laboratory
Dr. Michael Nowak is the University & National Lab Partnerships Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. In that role, he develops and maintains mutually constructive relationships with NETL stakeholders in academia as well as at other national laboratories. Mike has worked at NETL for over 32 years, in a variety of capacities, including hands-on laboratory research, federal project manager, managing intellectual property, technology transfer, and education outreach. Scientific areas of interest are materials science and chemical characterization studies applied to fuels, separation technologies, novel materials and pollution control technologies. Dr. Nowak received his PhD in organic chemistry from Michigan State University and has presented or published over 50 papers.
Board Chair, Maryland Clean Energy Center &
CEO, American Microgrid Solutions
Geoff is the founder and CEO of American Microgrid Solutions, an advanced energy ecosystem company dedicated to helping clients improve performance, resilience, savings and sustainability. American Microgrid Solutions works with a broad range of clients including municipalities, senior housing facilities and commercial property owners. A veteran utility executive, Geoff has executed strategic planning, operations, marketing and communications for utility, telecommunications and environmental non-profit organizations. Prior to founding American Microgrid Solutions, Geoff was Vice President of Operations for Easton Utilities, a nationally recognized municipal utility that provides electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, broadband Internet, cable television and utility management software solutions. Geoff serves as Chairman of the Maryland Clean Energy Center board of directors and as a member of the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute board of directors. Geoff is a member of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2010 and was awarded the William Donald Schaefer People Helping People Award in 2016 for his work to improve financial literacy through Junior Achievement. Geoff currently serves of the University of Maryland Medical System Shore Regional Health board of directors and has served several other organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Maryland Broadband Cooperative. Geoff earned his Bachelors of Arts from Williams College and a Masters of Business Administration from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.
Director of Energy Strategy and Internal Business
Lockheed Martin Energy
Sunil Pancholi is the Director of Energy Strategy and Internal Business at Lockheed Martin Energy. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2012, he worked at PHI/Pepco for about 25 years. His last assignment at PHI was managing the Smart Grid program, including managing a $175M Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) awarded by Department of Energy (DOE) for Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric (ACE). He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Gridwise Alliance and served on Department of Commerce EERE Advisory Committee from 2013-2016. Sunil has a MBA from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and a MSEE from George Washington University.
Peoples Partners & Associates
Chris is the Founding and Managing Partner of PP&A, a boutique strategy consultancy. Professionally, he has gained more than ten years of professional industry and consulting experience working with leading companies in and around the energy and technology businesses. Over the years he has supported projects along the breadth of the energy value chain including generation development efforts for renewables, natural gas plants, LNG export facilities, as well as new cutting-edge technology pilots. Further, he has helped develop and shape innovative strategic approaches for energy retail and wholesale organizations, leading clients towards new markets and achieving operational excellence. With this experience he now leads the Energy Working Group at the Government Blockchain Association based in Washington D.C. Presently, Chris is actively working to develop and support efforts focused on bridging the gaps between government entities, energy industry participants, and blockchain technology providers in support of responsible and effective implementation and utilization of the technology.
Founder & CEO
Jason Powers founded Powers IoT in 2013 while working as an Energy Project Specialist with the US Department of Energy (DOE). Jason spent six years at DOE 2010-2016 managing large scale residential, multifamily and commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy grants through the State Energy Program. While working at DOE, Jason witnessed first-hand the emergence of an entirely new market category called the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is a synergistic network of connected or “smart” devices that seamlessly transfer data to provide added value to their users.
Within a year Jason became the highest rated Nest smart thermostat installer in the Washington, DC area and decided the time was right to leave DOE and develop a national IoT installation workforce. Jason began training and certifying technicians on the latest smart home technologies while at the same time talking directly with property managers, home owners, developers, apartment residents, facilities managers and real estate agents to better understand their pain points and how IoT might reduce or eliminate their issues. Over the last few years, Jason opened an office on Long Island, NY complete with administrative staff, dispatch, customer service, sales and marketing teams and are now servicing 25 major cities with over 100 trained technicians, along the way becoming the highest rated Nest installer in the country.
Whether it is safety, surveillance, energy or water efficiency, IoT is quickly becoming the 21st century amenity that homeowners and property managers didn’t know they needed, but now can’t live without. Powers IoT remains product agnostic and continually surveys the IoT landscape to stay up to date with the most recent products, integrations and trends. With tens of thousands of IoT installations in multiple states, Powers IoT is quickly becoming a leader in the IoT space.
Director, Clean Energy
Adler Prioly is responsible for originations, identifying strategic partnerships, transaction structuring, and closing of clean energy debt financial products. In this role, he works to identify investment opportunities that align with Reinvestment Fund’s mission and to curate financial solutions tailored to the needs of both nonprofit and for profit clients.
Prior to joining Reinvestment Fund in his current role, Prioly had been involved in approximately $200 million in transactions across different asset categories, including at early-stage, institutional, and public-private financial intermediaries.
Director of Energy Policy
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)
John Quinn has responsibility for dealing with the broad range of energy-related legislative, regulatory and policy issues that affect BGE and its customers and seeks to achieve the best possible policy outcomes for all. He has more than thirty years of professional experiences including tenures with state and local regulatory agencies. During storms and major events, he is the utility’s liaison with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
He serves on several Government & Community Boards, Councils and Commissions including:
- Chairman of Maryland Chamber of Commerce Energy & Environment Committee
- Chairman of Maryland Industrial Technology Alliance
- Commissioner on the Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities Commission
- Chairman of the Maryland Air Quality Control Advisory Council
- Chesapeake Bay Trust Board Member & Treasurer
- Former Co-Chair of the State of Maryland Climate Commission
- Commissioner on the Baltimore City Commission on Sustainability
Hon. Michael T. Richard
Maryland Public Service Commission
Michael T. Richard was appointed to the Maryland Public Service Commission in January 2016. Prior to his appointment, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Larry Hogan, advising the Governor on a portfolio of issues and helping to manage cabinet agencies that included Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Lottery and Gaming, Natural Resources and Transportation.
Commissioner Richard worked for more than 10 years at the Nuclear Energy Institute as Legislative Programs Director and Congressional Information Program Director. He then served in Governor Robert Ehrlich’s administration as Deputy Secretary of Appointments and as Director of the Maryland Energy Administration.
In 2005, he was appointed to a post at the U.S. Department of Energy—first serving as Executive Director of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and later as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs where his issues included nuclear energy, radioactive waste management, and legacy environmental remediation. In 2008, Commissioner Richard was hired by Westinghouse Electric Company as Director of Government and International Affairs. He rejoined Maryland state government in 2015.
Commissioner Richard was elected Vice President of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI), is a member of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and was appointed by Governor Hogan as the Commission’s representative on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission (WMATC).
Commissioner Richard earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. He attended a French language program at L’Université Laval in Québec City, Canada. Commissioner Richard lives in Fort Washington, Maryland.
Executive Director & Director of Strategic Development
CNA Military Advisory Board
Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board and Director of Strategic Development for CNA. CNA is a 501(c)3 that provides in-depth, independent research and analysis to inform the work of public sector leaders nationally and internationally. The CNA Military Advisory Board (MAB) is an elite group of retired flag and general officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps that examines climate change, energy security and their links to national and global security. Cherie is responsible for the overall direction of the CNA MAB and, as Director of Strategic Development, secures new partners for CNA from federal agencies, foundations, and the international community.
Cherie spent two decades providing economic and policy-level research to Federal, State, and Local governments, electric utilities, and Universities. Cherie was the Deputy Director for Energy Research at CNA, where she started-up and built a robust product area while directing research initiatives focused on energy security, climate change adaptation, and energy dependence. Cherie supported the development of the energy and climate sections of the Quadrennial Defense Review, she directed projects on climate change and federal adaptation policy, and she developed the Department of Navy’s framework for an energy strategy.
Cherie’s public sector research experience has centered on the relationship of the public and private sector in the provision of services, public-private competition, public-private ventures, alternative government structures, and performance measurement, as well as in structuring public organizations to create competitive markets for services.
Before joining CNA, Cherie held positions at: LMI, working on infrastructure and alternative fuels analyses; David M Griffith and Associates, as a transportation consultant; and at Campaign for Oxford, supporting their development staff.
Ben Roush, PE-ME, FPE, LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE BEMP and BEAP
FSi consulting engineers
Ben Roush is committed to making sustainable, high-performance design work for his clients. In his 15 years in mechanical engineering, Ben has earned Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) and Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certifications from ASHRAE, along with being a licensed mechanical and fire protection engineer, and a Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP). He is a LEED AP BD+C and the Co-Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland Community Board. Ben’s background includes more than 100 LEED projects, 80+ energy models, and scores of building retrofits and commissioning projects. This combination of experience gives Ben exposure to a wide range of installed equipment, so he is well-versed in energy-saving measures that reduce costs and have a short payback.
Hon. John P. Sarbanes
U.S. Representative, 3rd District,
House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power
Congressman John Sarbanes has represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. Congress since 2007. He currently serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in addition to the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Since 2017, he has chaired the Democracy Reform Task Force, a bold effort in the House of Representatives to build a government that puts public interest ahead special interests.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Congressman Sarbanes has experience working in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. He and his family live in Towson, giving him the opportunity to drive home every night and hear from people he serves in Congress. Listening to their concerns allows him to better represent Maryland and has shaped his work in the House of Representatives.
As chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, Congressman Sarbanes works to confront the Trump Administration’s conflicts of interest and ethical lapses, and to fight back against special-interest policies in Congress, while advancing positive reforms to improve accountability and transparency in government. Congressman Sarbanes is also committed to reducing the influence of the wealthy and well-connected in politics. To this end, he has authored the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), which aims to empower everyday Americans by elevating their voices in Congress.
As a Marylander, Congressman Sarbanes shares his state’s strong tradition of environmentalism that is rooted in a passion for the Chesapeake Bay. He has led efforts in Congress to clean up the Chesapeake Bay with a particular focus on empowering residents of the Bay watershed to become citizen stewards of the Bay and give them an active role in restoring it. He has also worked to expand environmental education opportunities for children, authoring the No Child Left Inside Act to promote healthier children and communities.
Congressman Sarbanes is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because he believes it has reduced the cost of health care, improved our nation’s health care system and provided access for those who previously did not have insurance. He will continue to oppose any efforts to repeal the ACA unless a replacement is offered that maintains affordable coverage for the 20 million Americans who gained insurance under the law and that includes critical consumer protections – like the requirement that insurers cover those with pre-existing conditions and the ban on annual and lifetime coverage limits. While the ACA is not a perfect bill, it was a crucial step in the right direction – away from the influence of powerful special interests and toward commonsense solutions for American families.
Congressman Sarbanes has fought to expand higher education opportunities through financial assistance programs like the Pell Grant and has authored laws to help students repay their college loans after they graduate. In this effort, Congressman Sarbanes wrote a law to create the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Option, which provides graduates with forgiveness of remaining student loan debt after 10 years of work in public service or the non-profit sector. The new law helps teachers, nurses, first responders and other public servants pay for college. It allows more people to follow their dreams in careers that are important and rewarding, but not always particularly lucrative.
Cherise Y. Seals
Senior Business Development Manager
Cherise Seals is a Senior Business Development Manager for WGL Energy where she develops and negotiates energy efficiency and renewable deals with governmental, institutional, and industrial clients. In a similar capacity at Constellation, an Exelon company Cherise worked with notable project clients including the University of MD College Park, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and McCormick & Company.
Cherise garnered extensive sales experience as a Cardiovascular Specialist with pharmaceutical giant, Merck & Co. Knowledge in the art of analysis, conveying complex ideas, and sound business acumen made the transition from engineering to sales a natural progression.
She served as the first African American MD Technology Coordinator for the Department of Business and Economic Development under former Governor Glendening. Her duties there included serving as ambassador for technology and developing resources to advance the technology sector.
Nearly a decade of her career was with BGE as both an engineer designing electrical and gas distribution systems and as an account manager for governmental clients. Projects included Camden Yards and the M&T Bank Stadium.
Beginning her career as an Integration and Test Engineer for NASA working on key missions- the Gamma Ray Observatory and the Hubble Telescope Repair Mission, Cherise offers an intriguing perspective on technology, business, and engineering.
Her broad 20+ year career in business, engineering and sales, all laid a path to this journey. Cherise holds a BS in Electrical Engineering & Mathematics Minor from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Loyola University. Earning her EIT designation prior to undergraduate completion, Cherise chose not to pursue her PE license, but has earned a Certified Energy Manager, CEM designation.
A wife and mother of two, Cherise is a youth advisor and an avid singer. She has served as a panelist for many governmental and institutional organizations. In her spare time when not singing, she can be found playing tennis, writing plays, and serving as a mentor.
President & Co-Founder
Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Shah was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. After SunEdison, he served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Shah sees business model innovation as a leveraged tool for driving the next productivity revolution – resource efficiency. He is committed to helping entrepreneurs and large companies alike implement resource efficiency solutions using “no money down” project finance models. In 2013, Jigar authored Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. He holds an MBA from The University of Maryland and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He sits on the boards of sPower and the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Director of Finance Programs
Maryland Clean Energy Center
As the Director of Finance Programs, Mr. Shiflett is working to deliver project finance solutions that assist clients in achieving cost-effective funding. Mr. Shiflett has assisted Maryland based universities, colleges, hospitals, hotels, retirement communities, manufacturers, charter schools, and other 501(c)(3) organizations, issuing over $3 billion in tax-exempt project financing. Mr. Shiflett has served as the Assistant Director of the Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority, the Deputy Director at Maryland Industrial Finance Authority and the Assistant Director of Bond Financing at the Maryland Economic Development Corporation. Prior to working in the public sector, Mr. Shiflett worked in an investment advisory capacity at Morgan Stanley and an investment banking capacity at JP Morgan. Wyatt’s experience in the capital markets and his ability to work creatively to find innovative solutions are strengths that have served the State of Maryland.
Mr. Shiflett obtained an MBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University in 1996, with a major in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance.
Senior Manager, Public Policy
Nicole W. Sitaraman is a Senior Manager of Public Policy at Sunrun, Inc. In this role, Nicole manages Sunrun’s engagement in legislative and regulatory policy initiatives in New Jersey, Maryland, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Nicole is the current Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Maryland-DC-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) and serves as co-chair of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Consumer Protection Committee. Prior to joining Sunrun, Nicole served as an Assistant People’s Counsel in the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia (DC OPC). She was the People’s Counsel’s chief advisor on renewable energy policy issues and represented District of Columbia ratepayers before the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, Council of the District of Columbia, PJM Interconnection, as well as federal regulatory agencies.
Prior to working in renewable energy advocacy, Nicole was a senior attorney in a nationally-recognized civil and employee rights law firm where she represented numerous workers in race discrimination, sexual harassment, environmental and nuclear whistleblower retaliation cases. Nicole is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and Steering Committee Member of Interfaith Power & Light, DC.Md.NoVA. She was recently listed as a “Catalyst” in the 2018 Grist 50 List – https://grist.org/grist-50/2018/. Nicole earned a B.A. in English from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Phillip L. Smith
Senior Business Consultant
Phil Smith is a Senior Business Consultant for Honeywell Building Solutions’ Federal Systems Group. He has served in that capacity since December 2003.
Mr. Smith joined the company in 1998. Since that time, he has been directly responsible for development and implementation of energy conservation projects with a total construction value of over $400 million; and they generate nearly $50 million in annual energy savings and maintenance cost avoidance. He continues to be actively involved in the Federal Research Center – White Oak ESPC project (FDA campus in Silver Spring, MD), the largest CHP-driven Microgrid in the Federal inventory. He was also involved with the energy infrastructure development for the new headquarters for DHS at St. Elizabeths in Washington, D.C., and the Intelligence Community Campus – Bethesda, MD UESC projects.
Prior to joining Honeywell, Mr. Smith garnered 25 years of successful management and leadership experience as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, culminating with nearly seven years as Director of Public Works at two major Army installations. In this position, he was responsible for all aspects of engineering design, construction, facility maintenance and repair, utilities, housing operations, and environmental programs. During one of those two assignments, he received the Secretary of the Army Energy Conservation Award for having the best energy management program in the Army. Mr. Smith also served as the Deputy Commander of two Corps of Engineers districts, and he was the Program Manager for the construction-related activities associated with the stationing of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and holds a Master of Business Administration from National University in San Diego, CA.
Mr. Smith is a registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager, and a LEED accredited professional. He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and is a senior member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Mr. Smith currently serves as Vice-chair, Education on SAME’s National Facilities Asset Management Committee. He was named Region II Energy Engineer of the Year by AEE in 2005.
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Storage Association (ESA)
Kelly Speakes-Backman is the first Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade organization for the energy storage industry. As CEO, she leads the association’s efforts to represent the interests of energy storage in the United States, including policy, external relations and industry leadership.
Prior to joining ESA, Kelly was part of the executive team at Alliance to Save Energy, a premier trade association representing the energy efficiency sector. As the Senior Vice President of Policy and Research, she directed the policy efforts, working closely with industry and policy makers to advance energy efficiency.
Kelly served as an appointed Commissioner with the Maryland Public Service Commission, from 2011 to 2015. As an adjunct to the Commission, she also served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, as a co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, as a co-chair to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership’s EM&V Forum, and as a member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group.
Kelly has spent more than 20 years working in energy and energy efficiency, sustainability, renewables, and environmental business strategies. Her direct technology experience includes power generation from solar, wind, biogas and biomass, distributed generation, natural gas, smart grid and fuel cells. She joined the public service sector in 2010 as the Clean Energy Director at the Maryland Energy Administration, where she led a team of policy experts and grant administrators to implement programs to meet the Administration’s goal of increasing Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio to 20 percent by 2022. Kelly has testified in Congressional Committees on energy issues, presented regularly at energy industry events and has authored several articles published in energy trade magazines. She also has served on several energy-related steering committees, including the GridWise Alliance (GWA) Grid Modernization Index (GMI) Steering Committee and the SEPA 51st State Initiative. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Boston University.
U.S. Green Building Council
U.S. DOE Mid-Atlantic CHP Technology Assistance Partnership
Richard Sweetser has spent 46-years commercializing advanced energy, power, refrigeration and HVAC technology. Mr. Sweetser founded EXERGY Partners Corporation in January 1998 as a consulting firm designed to capitalize on opportunities arising out of utility restructuring and climate change in the energy and construction industry. EXERGY Partners has developed an extensive commercial, institutional and industrial network focusing on the integration of onsite power generation, energy recovery and thermal energy management. EXERGY Partners has provided strategic support for the Federal initiative on combined heat and power (CHP), EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership and the U.S. Department of State’s Asia Pacific Partnership. Mr. Sweetser is a Senior Advisor to the US DOE CHP Deployment Program U.S. DOE’s CHP Deployment Program and the U.S. DOE’s Mid-Atlantic CHP Technology Assistance Partnership. Mr. Sweetser has published numerous technical, and policy articles, technical manuals, a book titled, THE FUNDAMENTALS OF GAS COOLING and was the lead author on ASHRAE’s new CHP Design Guide.
Scott Szeliga, CPA
Scott Szeliga, CPA, is a partner in CohnReznick’s Baltimore office. He has more than 20 years of experience in providing audit, accounting, and tax services for tax credit syndicators, real estate owners and developers, renewable energy companies, and governmental entities.
Scott has been involved in the Firm’s Renewable Energy Practice since 2012. He works closely with clients who develop, own and operate solar, wind and fuel cell projects utilizing partnership flip and sale leaseback structures. In addition Scott has worked with Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Tax Equity clients. As part of his involvement in the Renewable Energy Practice Scott has extensive experience with cost certifications used by developers and investors to determine the eligible basis for Investment Tax Credits in accordance with IRC Section 48.
As a member of the Firm’s Tax Credit Advisory Services Group, Scott specializes in serving clients in engagements involving the federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program and is the Co-Leader of the firm’s NMTC Practice Group. He works closely with Community Development Entities (CDE’s), developers, financial institutions, and investors in complex tax credit transactions. His NMTC experience consists of consulting and providing audit, compliance, and other assurance services to CDE’s, investors, and qualified active low-income community businesses (QALICB). He is recognized throughout the field and is a frequent speaker at NMTC conferences. In addition, he has published articles on various topics relating to the field.
Throughout Scott’s career, he has worked with clients in numerous segments of the real estate industry, including multifamily and commercial development. He also works with clients who qualify for the IRC Section 42 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). Due to the extensive work that he has performed during his tenure on LIHTC projects and fund level entities, Scott is recognized as an expert within CohnReznick for anyone seeking guidance on the flow of LIHTC’s to fund level entities.
In addition, he is responsible for planning, supervising, and reviewing the fieldwork on his client engagements. This includes review and evaluation of internal control systems for the purpose of determining the nature, timing, and extent of audit procedures to be performed; the determination of audit scope; selection of procedures to be applied; supervision of staff; work paper review; identification, resolution, and summarization of significant audit issues; preparation of financial statements; and the creation of management letters to document recommendations to improve internal controls, operational efficiency, and effectiveness.
Power Plant Research Program
David Tancabel is the Director of the State of Maryland’s Power Plant Research Program (PPRP), which ensures that Maryland meets its electricity demands at reasonable costs while protecting the state’s vulnerable natural resources by coordinating environmental and socioeconomic reviews of generation and transmission projects before the Public Service Commission. David served as a Submarine Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, completing two Western Pacific deployments before reporting to the Defense Intelligence Agency where he evaluated foreign energy policy and infrastructure as an All-Source Intelligence Analyst. Previous to PPRP, David was the lead contractor for the Department of Defense (DoD) Siting Clearinghouse, where he de-conflicted renewable energy projects with DoD’s testing, training, and operations. David holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Boston College and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University.
National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO)
David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and leads NASEO’s programs in support of the nation’s 56 Governor-designated State and Territory Energy Directors and their offices. The organization communicates the states’ views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs. Mr. Terry has 25 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions and National Academy of Sciences. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm and an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
Mary Beth Tung, PhD., Esq.
Maryland Energy Administration
Mary Beth Tung, PhD, Esq., was named by Governor Hogan as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration on May 17, 2016.
Previously, Dr. Tung served as Deputy Secretary of Operations at the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). In her role at MDE, she managed, human resources, information technology, the budget and procurement; and oversaw the facilities management functions of the agency. Mary Beth also helped to develop innovative solutions for the department to work more efficiently, and lead the Department in Emergency Preparedness and Radiation Health efforts. She also oversaw the move of MEA to the MDE Baltimore headquarters and helped to coordinate energy programs statewide to assist MDE reach its environmental goals, an effort that is continuing in her new role.
Dr. Tung worked as an attorney practicing business and intellectual property law and assisting clients with government contract disputes. Previously, she was a registered patent agent specializing in biotechnology and was a biotech patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also was an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Mary Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Wright State University, was a Postdoctoral Associate in pharmacology and virology at the Yale University School of Medicine and received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland bar.
She lives in Clarksville, Maryland and is married with two grown children. She enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and other trails.
Executive Director, Government & External Relations
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Barbara Tyran is Executive Director, Government & External Relations, in EPRI’s office in Washington DC. She serves as the principal liaison between EPRI executive management, and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, the national leadership of the state public utility commissions, state legislators/regulators, and the Washington energy community.
Ms. Tyran joined EPRI in 1998 after serving for several years as Manager of Federal Government Affairs for two electric utilities, Kansas City Power & Light (now Great Plains Energy, Inc.) and Empire District Electric Company. Previously, she was the Washington Representative for the Detroit Edison Company (now DTE Energy).
Prior to that, Ms. Tyran worked as a management consultant, initially with Booz Allen & Hamilton in their Institutional Management Consulting Division and subsequently, with Pace Global, where she was engaged with energy-related clients in both the private and public sectors.
In recognition of her electricity industry expertise and knowledge, she was appointed in 2005 by the Secretary of Commerce to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Energy and Energy Services, elected Chairman in 2010, and re-elected in 2014.
Ms. Tyran is Chairman, Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions Board of Directors, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Maryland Clean Energy Center. In 2015, she was elected Treasurer of the Women’s Council on Energy & the Environment.
In 2014, Ms. Tyran was General Chairman of the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting Local Organizing Committee, hosting 3000 delegates from over 50 nations.
Ms. Tyran holds a BA degree with Honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale University.
Hon. Chris Van Hollen
U.S. Senator for Maryland
Elected to the United States Senate by the people of Maryland in November 2016, Chris Van Hollen is committed to fighting every day to ensure that our state and our country live up to their full promise of equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity.
Senator Van Hollen believes that every child deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams and benefit from a quality education, and that anyone willing to work hard should be able to find a good job. That’s why his top priorities include creating more and better jobs, strengthening small businesses, and increasing educational and job training opportunities for individuals of all ages and in every community.
Senator Van Hollen started his time in public service as a member of the Maryland State Legislature, where he became known as a tenacious advocate for everyday Marylanders and someone who was unafraid to take on powerful special interests on behalf of working people. In 2002, he was elected to represent Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. In the House of Representatives, he served as a member of the Democratic leadership and was elected by his colleagues to be the Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee and protect vital interests like Social Security and Medicare.
A tireless fighter for the people of Maryland, Senator Van Hollen has also become known for working hard to find common sense solutions to difficult national issues. In January 2015, he released a comprehensive plan to address the problem of growing inequality in America and provide a blueprint for building an economy that works for everyone, a goal that he will continue to fight for in the U.S. Senate.
Senator Van Hollen is proud to have worked successfully with members of both parties to pass bipartisan legislation whenever possible on issues of common concern, including expanding medical research, protecting the Chesapeake Bay, fighting childhood cancer, and passing the ABLE Act to assist families with children with disabilities.
Chris Van Hollen is a graduate of Swarthmore College, the John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University, and Georgetown University Law Center where he attended night school. He and his wife, Katherine Wilkens, are the proud parents of three children, Anna, Nicholas, and Alexander.
Eric Wachsman, PhD
Director, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute & University of Maryland Energy Research Center
University of Maryland College Park
Dr. Wachsman is a Fellow of both The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). He was formerly Chair of the High-Temperature Materials Division of ECS. He currently Chairs the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Subcommittee and the National Capitol Section, and serves on the Board of Directors, Technical Affairs and Fuel Cell Subcommittee of ECS. In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of Ionics, on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, Energy Systems, and Energy Technology, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the International Society for Solid State Ionics, and the Materials Research Society.
He is a recipient of the 2014 Sir William Grove Award from the International Association for Hydrogen Energy; the 2014 Pfeil Award from The Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining; the Outstanding Invention of 2013 award from the University of Maryland Office of Technology Licensing; the 2012 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Award; and the 2012 HTM Outstanding Achievement Award from The Electrochemical Society.
His research is focused on solid ion-conducting materials and electrocatalysts, and includes the development of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), solid-state batteries, ion-transport membrane reactors, solid-state gas sensors, and the electrocatalytic conversion of CH4, CO2, and NOx, using advanced ion conducting materials. He has more than 230 publications and 12 patents on ionic and electronic transport in materials, and their catalytic properties, and device performance.
Dr. Wachsman is a frequently invited panelist on fuel cell and hydrogen energy research, ranging from the US Department of Energy “Fuel Cell Report to Congress” and “Basic Research Needs Related to High-Temperature Electrochemical Devices for Hydrogen Production, Storage and Use,” to the National Science Foundation “Workshop on Fundamental Research Needs in Ceramics,” NATO “Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conducting (MIEC) Perovskites for Advanced Energy Systems,” and the National Academies “Global Dialogues on Emerging Science and Technologies.” He also serves on numerous boards and was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Directors of the Maryland Clean Energy Center.
Matthew Walters, Jr.
Distributed Energy Systems
Senior Manager of Energy Policy and Business Development
Betty Watson is Senior Manager of Energy Policy and Business Development at Tesla, after serving as Director of Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity. Ms. Watson’s work includes developing strategies and policies for battery storage, microgrids, utility business models for distributed resources, and wholesale energy markets. Before joining SolarCity, Ms. Watson worked in the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where she advised the Commission on wholesale electricity markets and transmission policy. Prior to that, she completed an Energy and Environment Fellowship with the Regulatory Assistance Project, working on energy regulatory issues in the United States, European Union, China, and India. She received her Master of Environmental Management degree, in the Energy Concentration, from The Nicholas School at Duke University.
Joy is the Development Manager for the Skipjack Wind Farm. Weber will lead the project’s local development efforts, including building relationships with Maryland communities and companies.
Weber brings extensive experience in energy policy, advocacy and community affairs to Deepwater Wind. Most recently, she worked as a lawyer for the Maryland firm Rifkin, Weiner, Livingston LLC, where she represented renewable energy firms, public utilities and others in the energy industry. In that role, she advocated at the Maryland General Assembly for the ultimate passage of state legislation encouraging the development of offshore wind. She also served on the legislative policy committee for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Maryland Government Relations Association.
Joy earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and studio art from Pennsylvania State University and a law degree from Regent University.
Director of Microgrid and Renewable Integration
Clark Wiedetz is the head of a national team charged with increasing the portfolio for advanced controls and microgrid control solutions within Siemens Digital Grid US. The team works across multiple market segments including Utilities, Higher Ed, Healthcare, C&I and the Federal Government to help solve reliability and resiliency issues as well as cut costs and reduce a client’s carbon footprint. Previously, Mr. Wiedetz headed up a National team for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens that delivered distributed generation and renewable energy solutions to Siemens clients. Mr. Wiedetz has more than 19 years of experience in the Energy Services business working with industrial, commercial, higher-ed, government, city and county organizations, helping them conserve and/or produce energy using alternative fuels.
Prior to joining Siemens in 2001, Mr. Wiedetz served as Business Development Manager for DukeSolutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy. At Duke, he worked with textiles, chemical, and paper companies on energy services projects. He started his career with the specialty metals division of Allegheny Teledyne for seven years, where he worked in engineering and sales management capacities, with particular experience in aerospace and large industrials.
Mr. Wiedetz is on the board of the Georgia Tech Energy and Environmental Management Committee and is a member of Association of Energy Engineers. He has a BSME from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Ellen Williams, PhD
FMR Director ARPA-E;
Distinguished University Professor, Department of Physics and IPST, University of Maryland College Park
Distinguished University Professor Ellen Williams earned her B.S. in 1976 from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. in 1981 from the California Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in surface chemistry and nanotechnology. She founded the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and served as its Director from 1996 through 2009. She served as Chief Scientist at BP from 2010-14, and as Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) from 2014 until early 2017.
Maryland Momentum Fund
David W. Wise is the Director the Maryland Momentum Fund a new initiative of the University System of Maryland (USM) to provide late seed investment funding for promising technology ventures that come out of any of the twelve constituent institutions of the University System or its incubators. Mr. Wise has a business career spanning over thirty years including serving eight and half years as CEO of The Genetics & IVF Institute in Fairfax, Virginia an international women’s healthcare company with operations in both the US and China of which the Inova Health System was the largest shareholder. In 2014 he decided to shift the focus of his career to helping develop the innovation economy in Maryland. Since 2014 he has been the Venture Advisor to the President of the Abell Foundation on its direct investment program. He is also an advisor to UM Ventures and the Sinai/LifeBridge Health Bioincubator. In addition, he is a member of the Betamore Advisory Board and of the Board of the Maryland Humanities Council and sits on the Bioscience Committee of the Greater Baltimore Committee. He has served as a business competition judge for Accelerate Baltimore, Beta City, and at both the Fischell School in College Park and their School of Medicine of the University of Maryland, among others.
In his position with the Momentum Fund Mr. Wise will be responsible for the review and due diligence and recommendations on investments by the Momentum Fund. In addition, he in conjunction with members of the UM Ventures team, will work with these early stage companies to provide business advice and counseling to help promote their success. Mr. Wise graduated with highest honors from the University of Dayton and received a graduate degree in international business from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Senior Research Scientist
Mr. Woodbury specializes in offensive and defensive penetration testing of embedded hardware and wireless communications systems, with a history of working with major automotive manufacturers and first-tier OEMs. In his professional career, Mr. Woodbury has gained direct experience red-teaming embedded systems in the energy, communications, manufacturing, defense, and transportation systems critical infrastructure sectors. Today Mr. Woodbury focuses on the development of assured security solutions for the protection of healthcare, transportation, and energy distribution infrastructure systems, and risk management frameworks for quantifying and mitigating security risk to the operators of these systems.
Managing Director, Development & Origination
As director of business development for TurningPoint Energy, Ms. Yuhas performs all aspects of solar project origination including site identification, energy off-take agreement negotiation and other due diligence activities to ensure project implementation success. She works closely with engineering, project finance, real estate for land acquisition, operations and the legal team to ensure project feasibility and that project economics align. Immediately prior to her role at TurningPoint Energy, Frances worked at WaterSmart Software to exercise her passion to learn more about water demand efficiency supported by data analytics, customer engagement and behavioral science. Prior to that, she worked at SunEdison for 10 years where she originated over 100 MW of commercial, municipal and utility scale solar projects in the United States. Prior to that, she worked in the public transportation industry. Frances holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Salisbury State University (part of the University System of Maryland) and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.
Belton Zeigler, Esq.
Partner & Co-Leader Energy & Natural Resources Team
Womble Bond Dickinson
Belton provides clients with solutions to complex energy, utility, environmental and cybersecurity matters based on more than 30 years of energy industry experience. He has served as general counsel to a major electric and natural gas utility, where he also had managerial responsibility for industrial customer relations, power marketing and strategic planning.
Belton has participated as a lead attorney in negotiating multi-million dollar utility contracts, in permitting major infrastructure projects, in managing mega-project regulatory matters, in litigating general gas and electric rate cases, and in developing alternative energy projects. He has extensive experience in the state regulation of solar and alternative energy projects and nuclear power, and has been instrumental in shaping state laws regulating those industries.
In recent years, Belton has adapted his extensive experience in industrial and infrastructure matters to counsel clients on data management and cybersecurity in areas such as data breach preparation and response and litigation involving data management. He is a senior member of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Data Management and Cybersecurity Team.
He also was the lead attorney for the effort to create a regional transmission organization for South and North Carolina. Zeigler has represented clients before state regulators in more than 20 major proceedings and multiple appellate matters relating to those proceedings. In addition, he has litigated important municipal power and public finance cases in the courts, some of which involved appearing before the appellate courts.
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