Deana Dennis

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.

Todd Foley

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.

Steve Hauser

GridWise Alliance

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.

Michael House

Vice President

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.

Michele Mitch-Peterson

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.

Geoff Oxnam

Founder & 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.

Sunil Pancholi

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.

Jigar Shah

President & Co-Founder
Generate Capital

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.

Richard Sweetser

Senior Advisor
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.


Dr. Mary Beth Tung

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.

Barbara Tyran

Executive Director, Government & External Relations

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.

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