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Sonia Aggarwal is the Director of America’s Power Plan and Vice President of Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, LLC. 

Sonia leads Energy Innovation’s work on Power Sector Transformation and Energy Policy Solutions. In 2012, Sonia spearheaded the creation of America’s Power Plan, Energy Innovation’s platform for innovative thinking on policy solutions for clean, reliable, and affordable electric power in the U.S. America’s Power Plan produces and curates expert information for decision-makers—utility regulators, governors’ staffs, power system operators, and many more—providing tailored advice on how to lead and support the transition to a decarbonized power system.

Since 2012, Sonia has published research focusing new regulatory models to incent innovation and meet new goals for the power system.  In particular, she has applied this expertise to the field of grid modernization, and proposed a framework for getting the most out of grid modernization by focusing on measuring performance and linking performance to utility compensation.   Sonia also led a team in partnership with NARUC to build a game that allows players to try out new regulatory models and see how improved performance impacts utilities’ bottom lines.  Sonia has also presented on performance-based regulation for grid modernization at National Governors Association, National Association of State Energy Offices, the Clean Energy Legislator Academy, and the Council of State Governments.

Tim Ash is Market Director, US East, for Fluence, the leading global energy storage technology and services company jointly owned by Siemens and AES.  Tim works with utilities, system operators, developers, and government agencies in the eastern and central US to identify a business case for energy storage and design and deploy grid-scale energy storage solutions using Fluence’s award-winning battery-based energy storage platforms.  Prior to Fluence, Tim worked for SmartSenseCom, a technology start-up commercializing an optical sensing technology for electric power transmission and distribution networks; McKinsey & Company’s Advanced Industries, Clean Technology, and Government practices; and as an Air Force Intelligence Officer.  Mr. Ash holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy.

Tom Ashley, Vice President of Policy for Greenlots, leads the company’s policy, regulatory, and government affairs strategy and engagement, with a focus on growing the electric vehicle and electric vehicle charging markets by increasing investment in charging infrastructure.  Other priorities include expanding connectivity between electric vehicles and the grid, growing EV equity, and exploring the fleet and new mobility space.

Tom has extensive experience in clean energy and transportation policy and planning.  Prior to joining Greenlots, he served as the Director of Utility and Regulatory Affairs at PlugShare, where he focused on the policy frameworks necessary for vehicle-grid integration, and has consulted for the Electric Drive Transportation Association.  He has also worked for numerous government bodies, including the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the Office of Energy and Environmental Industries of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the Vermont Department of Public Service’s Energy Efficiency Division, and the California Public Utilities Commission.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts – Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

Barry J. (Joe) Bentley leads the Transmission & Distribution and Customer Services organizations for AES’ United States Strategic Business Unit (SBU) that includes subsidiaries in Indianapolis, Indiana and Dayton, Ohio.  Joe was also a Senior Investment Associate with IPALCO Enterprises and Principal with EnerTech Capital Partners, a venture capital firm in Wayne, Pennsylvania focused on early stage venture investments in energy and telecommunications.

Joe received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1988.  He has also taken advanced executive education courses at the University of Michigan and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Joe is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) Dean’s Industry Advisory Council and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Energy Association.  He and his family reside in Plainfield, Indiana.

Dan Bowermaster is the Program Manager for Electric Transportation at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent non-profit center for public interest energy and environmental research.

EPRI’s electric transportation program provides research critical to the development of technology, infrastructure, and analytics necessary to support the advancement of electric transportation.

His program’s research focuses on the development, deployment, and analysis of plug-in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure and collaborates heavily with the automotive and technology industries. A sample of the team’s research and demonstration projects includes electric vehicle infrastructure grid impact and integration, environmental impact of electric vehicles, plug-in truck demonstration, total cost of ownership, electric vehicle driver preference/behavior, electric forklift cost savings calculator, seaport electrification case studies, analysis of electric and natural gas options for fleet support, and plug-in electric vehicle readiness for utility customers.

Prior to joining EPRI in 2011, Bowermaster worked at Pacific Gas & Electric Company where he led PG&E’s customer-facing Electric and Natural Gas Vehicles team. He joined PG&E in September 2008 as part of the MBA Leadership Program, working in PG&E’s Engineering and Operations, Power Generation, and Corporate Strategy groups.

Bowermaster completed the Wharton-Lauder dual graduate degree program, earning a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School of Business and a master’s in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he holds bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and in international relations from the University of California, Davis.

Paul Centolella has more than 35 years of experience in energy economics, law, and regulation. His work has contributed to the development of environmental and electric power markets, grid  modernization, and the evolution of utility business and regulatory models.  Mr. Centolella advises clients and provides expert testimony on utility regulation and pricing, utility business and regulatory models, power markets, energy innovation, and applications of smart and clean energy technology. He is a former Commissioner on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He currently serves as the Chair of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Smart Grid Advisory Committee. He has served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, a National Academy of Sciences committee on market adoption of advanced energy efficiency and clean energy technologies, the Advisory Committee for the MIT Utility of the Future study, the Electric Power Research Institute’s Advisory Council, the Board of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), and the Board of the Organization of PJM States.

Alan Cooke is a Senior Economist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is currently researching grid-related topics including industry trends in distribution system planning, the need for increasing coordination between utility resource planning and distribution planning, the treatment of batteries in resource planning, and the use of benefit-cost analyses for valuing distributed energy resources. Alan’s work at PNNL has also included analyzing life-cycle benefits and costs associated with appliance and commercial equipment efficiency standards on behalf of the U.S. DOE. Before joining the national laboratory, Alan worked for 8 years at an electric utility. His utility projects included leading a team working to demonstrate compliance with NERC reliability standards, developing wheeling rates for use in an open access transmission tariff, and performing economic analyses of transmission and distribution issues. He has also worked as a consultant on integrated resource planning, demand-side management planning, and retail rate studies for utility clients across the U.S.

Philip J. Dion is vice president, Technology Business Development, for American Electric Power Company.

In his role, Dion will be focused on developing a business strategy to help AEP better anticipate and meet the evolving needs and expectations of its regulated utility customers.

Prior to joining AEP, Dion was senior vice president, Public Policy and Customer Solutions, for UNS Energy Corp., responsible for the direction and execution of regulatory and legislative strategy at the federal and state levels for Tucson Electric Power and UniSource Energy Services. He also had oversight of customer service and engagement, marketing, corporate communications, customer programs and community relations.

Dion joined Tucson Electric Power in 2008 as vice president of Legal and Environmental Services and became vice president of Public Policy in 2010. He served as chief of staff and chief legal advisor to then-Commissioner Marc Spitzer of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from July 2006 to January 2008. Before Spitzer’s appointment to the FERC in 2006, Dion had served as his advisor at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) since 2004. Dion also was a deputy Maricopa County attorney and an administrative law judge at the ACC.

Dion has a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration in finance from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.

Throughout his professional career at FirstEnergy, Sonny has worked in several areas across the organization.  He joined FirstEnergy Service Company as an analyst and spent time early in his career in Rates and Regulatory Affairs, the Controller’s Department, Internal Auditing, Treasury, Investor Relations, and Customer Support. The majority of Sonny’s career has been spent in Rates and Regulatory Affairs, working in both Akron and Morristown, NJ, and he has taken on increased responsibilities over the years. 

In Sonny’s current role, he is responsible for analyzing financial data of Ohio Edison Company, The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, and The Toledo Edison Company for various projects, preparing state regulatory filings and associated rate case materials, and working with the Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Sonny has experience in a number of matters that have come before the Commission, including base rate cases, Electric Security Plans, Market Rate Offers, SEET filings, and numerous rider cases and audits.  He also provides support to the Companies’ customer service representatives on issues related to the Companies’ rates and tariffs.

Mr. Feingold is a Vice President of Black & Veatch Management Consulting, LLC (Black & Veatch) and leads its Rates & Regulatory Services Group. Black & Veatch is one of the world’s most respected engineering, consulting and construction firms.

Concentrating in the energy industry, for the last thirty-nine (39) years, Mr. Feingold has advised and assisted utility management, industry trade and research associations, and large energy users in matters pertaining to pricing and costing analyses, innovative ratemaking strategies, competitive market analyses, business restructuring strategies, organizational reviews, strategic planning, market power assessments, energy supply planning issues, sales and revenue forecasting, merger and acquisition analyses, regulatory reform initiatives, including performance?based regulation (PBR), and energy litigation.

Mr. Feingold has prepared and presented expert testimony submitted to the FERC, the National Energy Board of Canada, and several state and provincial regulatory commissions, and has directed numerous pricing, marketing and business planning assignments, both domestic and international.

Prior to joining Black & Veatch, Mr. Feingold was a Managing Director at Navigant Consulting, Inc. and a Vice President at R.J. Rudden Associates, Inc. Also, he was Director of Gas Regulatory Services at Price Waterhouse and an Executive Consultant in the Regulatory Services Group of Stone & Webster Management Consultants, Inc. Prior to entering the consulting field, Mr. Feingold was a Utility Rate Specialist and Staff Engineer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

He is closely involved in the pricing and regulatory activities of the American Gas Association (AGA) through his leadership role in the AGA’s ongoing training and industry seminar activities (he is a long?time instructor at the AGA Gas Rates Course and the AGA Advanced Rates and Regulatory Issues Seminar) and has spoken and written widely on issues such as product and service unbundling, marketing of retail utility services, gas merchant services strategies, and regulatory reform initiatives. He is a member of the AGA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the Energy Bar Association.

Mr. Feingold holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. degree in Financial Management from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Denise R. Foster, vice president– State and Member Services, is responsible for providing leadership to PJM’s state regulatory and legislative activities, as well as managing member relationships through focused customer support, stakeholder process and meeting support, and training.

Ms. Foster also is on the Board of PJM Settlement, Inc., a non-profit corporation that provides billing payment and settlements functions, acts as a counterparty to market transactions, and provides credit management and other market settlements related services. Additionally, she is on the Board of PJM Environmental Information Systems Inc.

Prior to joining PJM, Ms. Foster was a director in the Exelon Generation government, legal & regulatory affairs department focusing on policy development. She supported state legislative efforts in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland and Connecticut and the general advocacy of competitive markets and reasonable market design in the various market regions in which Exelon has a presence.   Previously, Ms. Foster had been a regulatory manager with Exelon Power Team representing Exelon in markets-related committees and working groups in PJM and NEPOOL.

Prior to joining Exelon, Ms. Foster was a senior counsel in the law department at PJM.  She represented PJM before state and federal regulatory agencies with a specific focus on matters involving the Mid-Atlantic state regulatory commissions and the interplay between the retail market and the wholesale market.  Ms. Foster began her career in the energy industry as an assistant consumer advocate with the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate focusing on retail and wholesale electricity matters affecting Pennsylvania consumers. 

Ms. Foster received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and a juris doctor degree from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She is on the Alumni Society Board of the Dickinson School of Law.  She is admitted to the Bar of Pennsylvania and is a member of both the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Energy Bar Association. 

Daniel Francis is EV & Technology Policy Manager for American Electric Power (AEP).  In this position, he leads AEP’s Electric Vehicle initiatives, as well as AEP’s policy development for emerging customer technologies. Previously, he was Public Policy Manager where he led AEP’s public policy for customer programs, grid modernization, and retail issues.  A twenty-eight year AEP veteran, he has held positions in AEP's strategic policy, regulatory, commercial operations, and marketing organizations.  He has served on numerous electric-industry committees, including those sponsored by Edison Electric Institute, EPRI, and others.  He earned his bachelor's degree in Marketing & Business Management from Franklin University, and completed the Executive Management Development program at the Ohio State University.

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 33,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,200 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

Jeff is the Director of Infrastructure Security at The AES Corporation, United States SBU (Strategic Business Unit).  The AES US SBU includes two vertically-integrated electric companies, (Dayton Power & Light and Indianapolis Power & Light) along with generation businesses within the US footprint consisting of Coal, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, Solar and Energy Storage.  Jeff’s Infrastructure Security Team is responsible for the AES US Corporate Cyber-security, ICS (OT) related security (physical and cyber), all physical security and compliance to the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards for the US SBU as well as AES Global Monitoring, Vulnerability Management and Threat Analysis.  Jeff is a US Army Veteran and spent 11 years in law enforcement rising to Chief of Police. Jeff has a BS in MIS and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Executive School of Police Staff and Command. Jeff holds or has held numerous technical certifications including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), the Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), and the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).  Jeff is also a long-time member of the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (NERC CIPC) currently serving on the Executive Team and is the past Chair of the Reliability First Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (RF CIPC).

Stacey Gabbard is Director of Customer Services Support at AEP.  He is responsible for daily operations and customer systems supporting AEP’s seven distribution operating companies, including CIS system support, load research, large power & complex billing, deregulation support, attachment services and customer programs support.

Previously, from 2012 to 2017, Stacey was Manager of Customer Choice Processes & Systems, responsible for the daily operations and systems supporting AEP's deregulated regulatory jurisdictions.  Prior to 2012, Stacey served as Manager of Special Billing & Meter Translation for AEP.  Stacey has provided expert witness testimony in support of Choice processes, and has presented to Southeast European electric distribution utilities on deregulation in the United States. 

In 2008 Gabbard led AEP’s CIS Strategy Team, which developed a fifteen year plan for AEP’s CIS technology capital investment. In 2017 Gabbard led AEP's Customer Experience Strategy team, establishing the companies five year roadmap for customer-facing investments and initiatives. 

Gabbard holds both a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business administration from The University of Tulsa. He is a graduate of AEP’s Executive Management Program at The Ohio State University. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, he and his wife Angie now reside in Lancaster, Ohio and have two children, Josh and Bailey.

Kevin has been with AES and DP&L for over 26 years and is presently responsible for the development and execution of the long-term transmission and distribution capital investment programs.  Most recently, Kevin had leadership responsibilities for the distribution design engineering, real estate and right-of-way functions across the US Strategic Business Unit, along with the planning of DP&L’s capital and O&M plans for the T&D business.  Kevin has held positions of increasing responsibility in the transmission and distribution business including engineering, operations and construction roles as well as Manager of System Operating.

Kevin has provided leadership and project management for key initiatives over the years including development of the Company’s smart grid plans, the formation of the Great Lakes Mutual Assistance group, the Company’s integration into PJM as well as the design and implementation of the first retail choice settlements process at DP&L.

Kevin received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the University of Dayton.  He is presently Secretary of the Edison Electric Institute’s Mutual Assistance and Emergency Preparedness Committee.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Indiana and Ohio and a Senior Member of the IEEE.  Kevin is also a past participant in Leadership Dayton and has served in various roles for community organizations including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Dayton and the Boy Scouts.

Joe Halso is an Associate Attorney at the Sierra Club, where he works to electrify our nation's transportation sector. He focuses on accelerating electric vehicle (EV) adoption and fostering the transition to a smarter, cleaner and more affordable electricity grid. His work primarily consists of advocacy and litigation before utility regulators, as well as collaboration with a variety of stakeholders to advance clean transportation policies. Mr. Halso has particular expertise in the design of utility programs to deploy EV charging infrastructure and related legal and policy issues, including regulatory models for this new area of utility investment. Mr. Halso holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is based in Denver, CO.

Dr. Davion Hill is an energy storage expert with over a decade in energy storage experience. He has managed DNV GL’s energy storage business and built new service lines across that organization. He is an Executive Board member for NAATBatt International, former President (2015) and Chairman (2016), and also serves on the Board of Directors for NYBEST.  He is a patent holder on energy storage sensing technologies and is a well known advisor on the topics of energy project development and financing. He was principle investigator for energy storage R&D programs with ARPA-e, NYSERDA, the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the California Energy Commission, and led and co-authored joint industry programs on hybrid marine vessels and DNV GL’s GRIDSTOR RP-0043, a best-practices guide for energy storage project development.  He was also primary author for the public report “Considerations for ESS Fire Safety” which answered battery fire safety questions for Consolidated Edison and FDNY in New York and addressed a significant market bottleneck. He is a thought leader frequently quoted in websites and magazines, and is an accomplished author with over 50 publications. He acquired his PhD in applied materials physics from The Ohio State University in 2006.

Scott Hipkins is the Director, Security and Infrastructure Operations for FirstEnergy Service Company.

Scott’s responsibilities include cybersecurity policy, governance, training, protections, controls, incident response and monitoring. He is also responsible for server, data storage, database, and data center operations and monitoring across the FirstEnergy environment.

Scott began his utility career with FirstEnergy Service Company in 1998 on the IT Security team. He has held leadership positions in IT Security, IT Operations, and Cybersecurity Governance. During his tenure, Scott has lead strategic efforts to implement both the FirstEnergy’s network operations center (NOC) and integrated security operations center (SOC).

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Youngstown State University.

Scott is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He is an active participant in the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Cybersecurity Program (P183), the Edison Electric Institute’s Cybersecurity Mutual Assistance program, the North American Transmission Forum’s (NATF) Security Practices Group and the Northeast Ohio CyberConsortium (NEOCC).

Philip Jones is currently President of Phil Jones Consulting LLC based in Seattle, Washington, that provides expert advice and consulting services for organizations in the fields of energy and utility regulation, communications regulation, and cybersecurity compliance and regulation.   He is continuing to work in the fields of market development and potential independent system operators (ISO’s) in the Western States, as well as in EV (electric vehicle) infrastructure and distributed energy resources.  He provides advice at the C-Suite level to utilities and organizations in assessing the future viability of utility kregulation given the changing dynamics in the regulated electricity and natural gas industries.

Besides his consulting work, Mr. Jones serves as a Director of the Western Grid Group which advocates for clean energy resources and an efficient transmission grid in the Western States.  He also serves as a Board Advisor to Energy Impact Partners (EIP), based in New York City, which is a private equity infrastructure fund comprised of major utility investors that seeks to invest in innovative young technology companies focused on the energy sector.   Furthermore, Mr. Jones serves on the Board of Directors of Greenlots, based in Los Angeles, that is one of the leading innovators developing intelligent solutions for EV infrastructure for utilities and host sites based on open standards.   He also serves on the non-profit Boards of Directors of Carbon WA and Climate Solutions.

Commissioner Jones served on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) from March, 2005 to March, 2017 for a total of twelve years, or two six-year terms.  Originally appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire and confirmed unanimously by the state Senate for his original term, he was re-appointed by the same Governor in January, 2011 for an additional term.  Mr. Jones served in many advisory roles in the energy and communications sectors during his tenure, and was active nationally with the FERC, U.S. Department of Energy, DHS, and the FCC.  In the communications field, Mr. Jones served on the North American Numbering Council (NANC) and the Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture (TFOPA) of the FCC regarding NG 911 system deployment.   He also served on the Advisory Council of EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) for two terms in its role to provide advice and assistance on electric sector R&D.

Mr. Jones served as President of NARUC (National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners) in the 2012-13 year, in which he made cybersecurity and gas pipeline safety his themes for the 50 state Commissions.  He served on the Board of Directors of NARUC from 2011 to 2017, and chaired the Washington Action Committee.  He served on the Telecommunications Committee of NARUC as well and was active in issues such as numbering, universal service, intercarrier compensation reforms, and public safety and Next-Generation 911 issues.  Mr. Jones served on the Board of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) for several years, and became Chair of the Board from 2009 to 2012.

Mr. Jones served as Managing Director of Cutter & Buck (Europe) BV, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 1997 to 2012, in which he managed an apparel and sportswear operation across the U.K. and continental Europe.  He also founded and operated an independent consulting business, based in Seattle, from 1991 to 1997 where he specialized in offering advice and consulting services in energy policy, and international trade issues.  From 1983 to 1989, Mr. Jones served as a senior legislative assistant to former Senator Daniel J. Evans (Washington-Rep.) in the U.S. Senate, in which he staffed him on multiple energy and natural resource issues including the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), electricity transmission, nuclear waste legislation, oversight of U.S. DOE policies and budgets, as well as international trade policy agreements such as the WTO and NAFTA, among others.

Mr. Jones is a native of Spokane, Washington and graduated from Harvard College with a B.A., with Honors, in East Asian Studies in 1977.

Ryan Katofsky is Vice President of Industry Analysis at AEE, where he is responsible for supporting AEE’s various initiatives with data-driven analysis, research and thought leadership. He also oversees AEE's regulatory work and is playing a leading role in AEE’s 21st Century Electricity System Initiative, which is focused on accelerating regulatory and business model change in the electric power sector. Prior to joining AEE in May 2013, he spent 20 years consulting to the advanced energy industry, utilities, and the public sector, including nine years at Arthur D. Little, six years at Navigant Consulting, and five years as an independent consultant. His work has included market and technology assessment, economic analysis, business strategy development, due diligence, lifecycle energy and environmental assessment, long-range energy planning, and analysis of public sector renewable energy programs. He has worked for domestic and international clients.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University in 1990, where he received the British Association Medal for Great Distinction. He received his Master of Science in Engineering degree from Princeton University in 1993, where he was a Guggenheim Fellow. His thesis was a detailed techno-economic analysis of methanol and hydrogen production via biomass gasification.

Ben Kaun is a Senior Project Manager in the Energy Storage and Distributed Generation research area at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Kaun has over 10 years of experience in electric power RD&D. He currently manages research efforts pertaining to energy storage, distributed energy resources (DER), and microgrids. He manages EPRI’s Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), a deployment-oriented public, technical forum with a mission to advance integration of safe, reliable, cost-effective energy storage systems.

Kaun works collaboratively with industry to develop analytical tools and methods to understand the value of energy storage and DER, including the Storage Value Estimation Tool (StorageVET). He serves on the board of the Energy Storage Association. Prior to EPRI, Kaun worked with Tesla Motors and other early stage companies to develop novel technology, test, and commercialize advanced batteries for vehicle electrification.

Kaun earned a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master’s degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

Jennifer Kefer is Vice President at David Gardiner & Associates (DGA), with 15 years of experience providing legal and political expertise, strategic analysis, and advice to non-profits, corporations and cities on a range of projects related to climate, energy and other environmental issues.  Jennifer directs DGA’s work for the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, managing a diverse coalition of labor, contractor associations, businesses and academic institutions to advance manufacturing competitiveness and resilience through the use of combined heat and power and waste heat to power.  To that end, she coordinates education, advocacy and field events; cultivates stakeholder relationships; staffs Hill visits and regular strategy calls; and drafts materials for legislative, regulatory and media outreach.  Other recent clients include the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where Jennifer served as a Senior Climate Advisor.  In that capacity, she worked with a network of organizations on coalition building, education, outreach, and policy analysis to reduce the effects of climate legislation on low-income households. 

Jennifer previously served as the Climate and Energy Program Coordinator for the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, where she helped educate and mobilize the Jewish community around climate change, building diverse coalitions both within the Jewish community and across faiths.  Prior to her work for the Jewish community, Jennifer worked as an environmental attorney, representing national environmental organizations in lawsuits to defend the broad scope of federal environmental laws.  She also clerked for Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel in the Northern District of California.


Jennifer earned a B.A. in environmental studies at Brandeis University, a Masters of Environmental Studies at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a J.D. at the Yale Law School.

Mr. Kelter is a Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) where he leads the organization’s efforts energy efficiency legal and regulatory policy initiatives in the Midwest and before Congress. He has litigated energy efficiency, renewable energy, and rate design cases in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa.  He is an experienced energy and public utilities regulatory attorney, who served as the Litigation Director at the Illinois Citizens Utility Board and was lead attorney on a wide array of electricity and natural gas rate and rulemaking cases and issues. His cases included not only rate and environmental issues, but a number of groundbreaking consumer fraud cases related to utility and competitor marketing abuse.  Before then, he worked as a staff attorney on clean energy issues in Washington, D.C.  at Environmental Action and the D.C. Office of the Peoples Counsel. Rob is the former Chairman of the Board of the Illinois Environmental Council and has served on a number boards and committees at the national and state level.  He has spoken at numerous conferences, and is a frequent media spokesperson.

Jereme Kent is the General Manager and CEO of One Energy Enterprises LLC, a Findlay, OH headquartered company. Prior to founding One Energy in 2009, Jereme ran construction of several of the world’s largest wind projects. During his tenure in big wind, he grew frustrated with the inefficiencies plaguing the industry. Believing there had to be a better approach to wind projects, Jereme founded One Energy. This same innovative spirit drove the creation of the Wind for Industry® concept. One Energy is now a vertically integrated company delivering handshake-to-handshake on-site wind projects for commercial and industrial customers, including 100% self-perform construction. In 2016, Jereme led a groundbreaking round of fundraising that raised $80 million of institutional financing to continue growing One Energy’s fleet of projects.

Jereme and his team have installed more net-metered, on-site wind projects in Ohio than everyone else combined. Jereme is a technical expert on Ohio’s interconnection standards, IEEE 1547, and the ways in which Ohio’s current distribution system is inhibiting the growth of on-site generation and on-site generation’s ability to provide benefits to customers and the electric grid.

Laura Kier is the Senior Associate of Program Operations at EnergyHub, where she manages the company’s energy market programs and develops business models to expand EnergyHub’s footprint. She is responsible for policy engagement, especially as it concerns data access, in the Ontario, mid-atlantic, and Texas energy markets.

Before EnergyHub, Laura worked in energy consulting at Daymark Energy Advisors, advising utilities, government entities, and environmental advocacy groups on utility-scale investment decisions. She holds a B.E. in Energy Conservation and Optimization and B.A. in Engineering modified with Environmental Policy from Dartmouth College.

Tom Kirkpatrick is vice president – Customer Services, Marketing and Distribution Services, for American Electric Power.

His responsibilities include Customer Services and Marketing, which provides for AEP's centralized customer interface, including oversight of AEP’s Customer Solutions Centers, billing, collections, and customer service support as well as responsibility for the distribution and customer operations information technology systems designed to support AEP’s regional utility divisions. He also oversees the economic and business development activities for the company. The group also directs the National Account Managers, the centralized meter labs and the system-wide implementation of projects such as automated meter reading (AMR/AMI).

Distribution Services provides corporate support services to AEP´s seven regional operating companies´ distribution organizations, including asset management and planning, contract management, dispatching operational support, forestry operations, electrical equipment repair, underground facility screening and locating services, underground network system engineering, right-of-way and easement services, engineering best practices, corporate technology development, distribution technical skills training, emergency storm preparedness, distribution budget planning, performance management and research, geographical information systems (GIS) and joint use pole attachment services.

Since 2010, Kirkpatrick had served as vice president - Distribution Operations for AEP Ohio, responsible for the electric distribution system, including engineering, design, distribution line and safety, that serves approximately 1.5 million AEP Ohio customers in Ohio and the West Virginia panhandle.

Kirkpatrick previously was senior vice president – Energy Practice for Davies Consulting, Inc. based in Maryland. He was responsible for the development and execution of consulting services for the electric utility industry, specializing in strategy development, asset management, regulatory support services and emergency management. In that role, he developed rate case testimony in support of implementing aging infrastructure asset refurbishment strategies, served as an expert witness providing hurricane restoration analysis for regulatory cost recovery, and provided asset investment strategy deployment for utilities.

Prior to joining Davies Consulting, Kirkpatrick served as vice president - Utility Services for Patrick Engineering Inc., responsible for the growth of the company’s utility services practice area.

Kirkpatrick began his career with AEP in 1980, where for more than 25 years he held progressively responsible senior-level positions in a broad range of functional areas, including vice president – Distribution Operations, vice president – Distribution Asset Management, and Distribution project lead in support of the merger of AEP and Central and South West Corporation.

Kirkpatrick holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Gannon University with a focus on electric power systems. He is a registered Professional Engineer and participated in the AEP/Ohio State University Executive Development program.

Kirkpatrick is active on the EEI Distribution Committee and a member of the AEIC Power Delivery Committee.  In addition, Kirkpatrick was selected as the chairman of the first EEI National Response Event Executive Committee.  He is also a board member of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the Southeast Electric Exchange, both non-profit organizations.

He lives in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife Kristi.

Doug Lewin leads CLEAResult’s policy efforts. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, CLEAResult designs, markets, and implements energy efficiency programs for over 250 utilities and businesses in 40 states and provinces.

Prior to joining CLEAResult, Lewin was the founding Executive Director of the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER). SPEER was recognized by the US Department of Energy as the regional energy efficiency organization (REEO) for Texas and Oklahoma, working with a network of REEOs throughout the US to advance energy efficiency. 

Lewin worked at the Texas Legislature for five years, primarily on clean energy issues for three different elected officials in the House and Senate. Lewin earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

David Littell joined RAP as a principal in 2015. He advises state officials, public utility commissions, and environmental regulators on resolution of complex energy, pollution and economic issues. David served as a Commissioner on the Maine Public Utilities Commission from 2010 to 2015, as Maine’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection (DEP) from 2005 to 2010, and DEP deputy commissioner from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, David was a partner at Pierce Atwood, advising industrial, commercial, and municipal clients on regulatory matters and litigating liability cases.

At the Maine PUC, he adjudicated and decided nearly 2,000 cases, including major rate cases for nearly every utility in Maine and a series of long-term contracts as well as energy efficiency program funding. He served in the national leadership of NARUC as vice-chair of the NARUC Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation and on the board of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI).

David holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1992 cum laude) and an A.B. from Princeton University (1989 magna cum laude, phi beta kappa), and was a distinguished policy scholar at the University of Maine.

David has authored numerous professional and academic papers including,

Littell, D. et al. (2017, Sept). Next-Generation Performance-Based Regulation, Emphasizing Utility Performance to Unleash Power Sector Innovation, 21st Century Power Partnership,

Littell, D., & Shipley, J. (2017, Aug.). Performance-Based Regulation Options: White Paper for the Michigan Public Service Commission (2017),

Lee Mazzocchi is senior vice president of grid solutions for Duke Energy, where he leads the company’s strategy and program management for regulated electric transmission and distribution investments.

Mazzocchi has more than 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry, spanning a variety of utility functions, including transmission, distribution, customer service, supply chain, nuclear construction, technology and innovation, sustainability, enterprise asset management, and merger integration. He formerly served as Duke Energy’s chief integration and innovation officer. In addition, he served as Progress Energy’s vice president of supply chain and chief procurement officer from 2009 to 2012 and vice president of electric power distribution from 2006 to 2009.

A native of Cary, N.C., Mazzocchi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is a founding board member and secretary/treasurer for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and serves on the executive committee and board of directors for E4 Carolinas. He is a past chair for the American Red Cross – Triangle Chapter, the American Heart Association – Greater Charlotte Heart Walk and the College Relations committee of the N.C. State Engineering Foundation Board.

Mazzocchi and his wife, Julie, live in Concord, N.C., and have two sons.

Deb was appointed President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Just Energy Group Inc. in April, 2014. The promotion-from-within confirmed Deb’s accomplished leadership and contribution to the company’s sustained growth. Prior to becoming co-CEO, she led the organization’s commercial business as President of Hudson Energy Services. With the acquisition of Hudson in 2010, she led the integration with seasoned acuity to optimize the value of Hudson’s advanced online pricing and contracting technology with Just Energy’s core sales competencies. Under her guidance, the Hudson business doubled in size from 680,000 RCEs (Residential Customer Equivalents) to 1.6 Million RCEs within two and a half years. Deb further extended Just Energy’s commercial footprint with the expansion of Hudson Energy Services into the UK commercial market in 2012, followed by entry into the residential market in 2013 with Green Star Energy.  Under her guidance, the UK business developed, through strong and rapid growth, to become one of the company’s largest markets for new customer additions.

In 2002, Deb co-founded Just Energy LP, a Houston-based retail energy start-up. Sensing the opportunities presented by a newly deregulated energy market in Texas, Deb partnered with four former industry colleagues to launch the venture with a blueprint designed for longevity and growth. Capitalizing on previous industry experience, Deb combined her commodity expertise with a prudent fiscal management approach. It was an environment that necessitated agility and tenacity; qualities embedded in Deb’s DNA. 

In 2007, the $34 million business caught the attention of then Energy Savings Group, which purchased Just Energy, retaining its sound operational structure, and the proven leadership team behind it.  In 2009, Energy Savings re-branded under Just Energy Group Inc. – a turn of events that brings Deb, as Just Energy’s top Executive, full circle with the regional start-up she co-launched in 2002.

Today, as co-CEO of a leading North American energy company,  Deb is committed to achieving Just Energy’s vision of “becoming a world class retailer of energy solutions; leading with value and innovation as Trusted Energy Advisor for customers, empowering them with better tools that put them in the driver’s seat of their energy management. I know we can be at the front of that transformation.” 

Jonathon E. Monken is Senior Director, System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination in the ITS Division of PJM Interconnection.

In this capacity, he 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 VP, U.S. Operations for the Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council. Where he worked with government and industry 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 (IEMA) 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 also 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, 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.

Jonathon also possesses a distinguished military career having served as an armor officer for one tour of duty in Kosovo and two combat tours in Iraq between January 2003 and December 2006. While serving with the United States Army, Major Monken was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device for valor in combat. He is currently serving in the Army Reserves supporting the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) at the U.S.  Department of Homeland Security.

Monken earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Erika Myers joined SEPA in July 2015. In her role as Director, Erika manages the research content for the organization, oversees research collaborations with key partners, and generates materials related to distributed energy resource technologies. She specializes in renewable energy and plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure and staffs SEPA’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Working Group.

 Prior to joining SEPA, Erika spent nearly four years as a consultant with ICF International and five years with the South Carolina Energy Office with a focus on renewable energy and alternative transportation fuel policy and regulatory planning and development.

 Erika has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Clemson University and a master’s degree in earth and environmental resources from the University of South Carolina.

As Senior Regulatory Counsel, Joseph Oliker represents IGS and its affiliated companies in state and federal regulatory proceedings throughout the country and in matters before legislative bodies. He also provided support and advice to IGS’s business entities regarding competitive markets and policies. Through the Retail Energy Supply Association, he serves as the Chair of RESA’s Federal Energy Regulation Commission (“FERC”) caucus. Prior to joining IGS, he was an Associate with the law firm of McNees, Wallace, and Nurick (“McNees”). In that capacity, he represented a coalition of industrial energy consumers as well as natural gas local distribution companies in regulatory matters before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and the FERC. The regulatory matters included advising commercial and industrial customers regarding aspects of restructured electric and natural gas markets, as well as wholesale electric and gas market fundamentals. Prior to joining McNees, he was employed by the law firm Greenberg Traurig. Following law school, he clerked for the New York State Supreme Court. He holds a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany.

Scott Osterholt is Director – Grid Modernization for AEP Ohio, which serves approximately 1.5 million customers in Ohio. He oversees the deployment of new technology projects including AEP Ohio’s Smart Grid programs.  Responsible for the deployment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Distribution Automation Circuit Reconfiguration (DACR), and Volt/VAR Optimization (VVO). Supports AEP Ohio’s Smart City endeavors including Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), SMART Lighting, Microgrids and Utility-Scale Battery Storage.

David K. Owens is an accomplished executive with extensive experience in public policies surrounding utility operations, strategic planning, technology development, rate making and regulation.

He is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on electric utility issues, industry restructuring and transformation.  His experience in the electricity sector includes leading the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) efforts over a broad set of issues that affect the future structure of the electric industry, and new rules in evolving competitive markets.

He was responsible over the strategic areas of energy supply and finance, environment, energy delivery, energy services, state regulatory issues, and international affairs. He also spearheaded efforts to enhance the public policy climate for investments in America’s electric infrastructure with emphasis on the role of new electrification technologies to address climate change, and to enhance energy efficiency through smart buildings, smart appliances, smart meters, and smart electric grids.

Mr. Owens retired from EEI in June 2017 with four decades of utility experience.  He remains an advisor to EEI and serves on the Board of Xcel Energy.  He also chairs the Transformation Advisory Council providing insights in the new design of the Puerto Rico electric systems.

Stan Partlow joined AEP in October 2005. Stan serves as the Vice President and Chief Security Officer and has responsibility for Cyber Security, Physical Security and Aviation. During his AEP career, Stan has also had responsibility for the AEP motor vehicle fleet, the enterprise procurement function and business continuity.

Prior to joining AEP, Stan served the Law Enforcement community for over 25 years. Stan served the Columbus Division of Police for over 21 years and retired as the Commander of the Detective Bureau. Prior to that Stan served in numerous roles in Patrol, Narcotics, Professional Standards and Training during his tenure as an Officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant.

Stan served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1984-1988 where he was responsible for conducting a variety of criminal investigations. In his law enforcement career, Stan has supervised dignitary protection details, and has been a member of the protection staff of two Columbus Mayors. He has been a SWAT team member for the Charlotte Division FBI Team, and a member of the Columbus Division of Police Underwater Search and Recovery Team. Stan also served as a Hostage Negotiator for the Columbus Division of Police.

Stan is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Leadership College. Stan holds the designation of Certified Law Enforcement Executive from the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Stan earned the Certified Protection Professional certification from ASIS, a worldwide security organization. Stan completed the AEP/OSU Leadership Program and the Executive Level Targeted Development program.

Stan holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Capital University School of Law (1995), a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University (1990), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University (1980).

Stan is a member of the Board of Trustees of Franklin University and he serves on the Board of Directors of The Center for Family Safety and Healing. Stan and his wife Cheryl have been married for 36 years. Stan, Cheryl and their three daughters live in the Columbus area.

Tom has spent nearly 30 years with FirstEnergy.  He started in Substation Design Engineering and held various distribution engineering positions including Design, Power Quality, Reliability, and Planning and Protection. Prior to Tom’s current position, he was Manager of Asset Management and then Manager of Engineering for Ohio Edison and Penn Power – two of FirstEnergy’s ten operating companies. In his current position as Director, Operations Services – Tom is in corporate Distribution Support with responsibility for Distribution Standards, Design Engineering Practices and Systems, Distribution Planning and Protection including Planning and Protection Criteria, Engineering Practices, Systems and Processes, DER interconnection process and standards, GIS, Joint Use and UG cable locating. Tom has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Cleveland State University, a Masters of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio.

Sam Randazzo is a partner in the law firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC (MWN) located in MWN’s Columbus, Ohio offices and has worked on public utility matters addressing issues affecting the price and availability of communications, natural gas, electricity and other regulated services for the past five decades. After service at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and as an Assistant Attorney General, he entered private practice in 1977. His experience includes: developing Ohio’s innovative selfhelp natural gas program in 1973; implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in Ohio; proactive leadership (spanning four decades) on Ohio utility legislation providing customers with supply side and demand side choices; and General Counsel to the Industrial Energy Users-Ohio (IEU-Ohio). Throughout his professional career, Sam has strongly supported and been an active participant in consumer education activities through his work for IEU-Ohio (, the Coalition of MISO Transmission Customers (CMTC), the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the energy conferences that are part of the Manufacturers’ Education Council’s work for and on behalf of the business community.

Admitted to Bar, 1975, Ohio and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; 1976, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; 1987, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: University of Akron (B.S. in B.A., 1971); Capital University (J.D., 1975). Member, Order of the Curia. Co-Author: Marginal Cost Electric Rate Making: Some Realities, Public Utilities Fortnightly, July 8, 1982. Author: Ratchets and Electric Rates, Public Utilities Fortnightly, April 26, 1984; A Customer’s Right to an Alternate Rate, Public Utilities Fortnightly, December 12, 1985. Summer’s Revolting Developments: A Consumer’s Perspective, Electricity Journal, October 1998. Has Federal Energy Regulation Collapsed? Electricity Journal, April 2001. Experience: Technical Staff, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 1972-1975; Counsel, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 1975-1976; Assistant Attorney General, State of Ohio, 1976-1977. Concentration: Communications Law; Energy Law; Public Utility Law. Member: Columbus, Ohio State and American Bar Associations. Special Agencies: Public Utilities Commission of Ohio; Ohio Power Siting Board, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

MWN, established in 1935, currently has over 130 attorneys and is headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. While based in Pennsylvania's capital city, the business scope is local, regional and national. With offices in Harrisburg, Lancaster, State College and Scranton, Pennsylvania, Columbus, Ohio and Washington, DC, the practice includes all areas of commercial practice and civil litigation. MWN’s attorneys represent businesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, trade associations, professionals, public and private non-profit institutions, and individuals.

As Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Katie is responsible for representing IGS Solar with state legislatures and utility commissions across the country.  Additionally, she helps the Solar team anticipate the challenges and opportunities brought about by the rapidly changing solar policy landscape.

Prior to joining IGS, Katie was a Senior Director for State Affairs with the Solar Energy Industries Association where she led SEIA’s regulatory and legislative activity in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and other eastern states.   Prior to SEIA, Katie was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Program where she managed solar and energy efficiency market transformation activities, including workforce development and international issues.  She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned a Master in Public Policy and Master in Environmental Management from Duke University.

Cheryl Roberto is TFC Utilities Partner with responsibility for state, local and federal regulatory policy and oversight.  She also leads the organization’s strategic initiatives to design and implement policies and practices for transforming TFC investments into best-in-class operations. Roberto is responsible for aligning the interests of the consumer, environmental and regional stakeholder groups that are most reflective of the individual operating utilities’ customer perspectives and demographics.

Roberto has significant executive level experience in utility operations, energy regulation and public policy. Previously, she led the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Clean Energy Program, a national initiative dedicated to modernizing the U.S. energy infrastructure through regulatory reform. Roberto served as a Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) from 2008 to 2012, where she was Co-Chair of the 2012 National Electricity Forum. In 2013, Roberto received the Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award presented by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance to the organization or individual within a thirteen state region who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in support of energy efficiency. Prior to joining PUCO, Roberto led the City of Columbus, Ohio Department of Public Utilities for four years. As CEO of the city’s four utilities she managed a team of over 1,300 employees and established and successfully managed a $2.5 billion dollar capital engineering and construction program. Roberto is also an experienced environmental litigator who has served as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant General Counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She holds a BA, Political Science, from Kent State and a JD from The Ohio State University.

David Roush is Director - Regulated Pricing and Analysis for American Electric Power Service Corporation.  In this position, he is responsible for the oversight of the preparation of retail cost of service and rate design analyses for the AEP System operating companies, and oversight of the preparation of special contracts and pricing for customers.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Dayton.

Krystina Schaefer serves as the chief of grid modernization & security at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).  She has been with the PUCO since 2011 where she has worked in a number of different capacities, including: analyzing compliance with Ohio’s renewable portfolio standard, serving as grant and project manager for two American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant projects, coordinating the development of an investigation and assessment of the retail electric service market in Ohio, and providing technical expertise and testimony on smart grid implementation and transition issues.

Krystina received a Bachelor of Science in political science with a minor in business, and a Master of City and Regional Planning, both from The Ohio State University.  She also received a Master of Business Administration from Capital University.

Ms. Schroder has over twenty (20) years of retail and wholesale electricity management experience with a specific focus on regulatory, pricing and customer service. 

Sharon is responsible for evaluating regulatory and legislative initiatives, DP&L’s retail and wholesale rates, and overall regulatory operations for the Company.

Prior to her current position, Sharon held various leadership roles within DPL Energy Resources, a retail affiliate of DP&L, including Director of Business Development & Regulatory Affairs, Director of Government Aggregation, and Director of Sales.  Sharon also served as Director of Major Accounts for DP&L’s Service Operations team, responsible for account management services for the Company’s largest commercial and industrial customers.  Sharon moved to Service Operations from her position as Manager of FERC Pricing and Policy, where she was responsible for DP&L’s tariff obligations relating to Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs), including retail and wholesale electric rate development.  Ms. Schroder has provided expert testimony before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) supporting the Company’s transmission cost recovery rider (TCRR) and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), supporting the Company’s position on transitional and long-term transmission rate design.

Ms. Schroder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Miami University with a focus in Spanish and Latin American Studies.  Sharon gained a Master of Science in Social and Applied Economics from Wright State University.  Completed as part of a Ph.D. program, Ms. Schroder also earned a Master of Arts in Economics from The Ohio State University.

Sharon lives in Bellbrook with her husband Jeff, is a certified Group Fitness Instructor and enjoys running marathons.  Sharon is a Board Member and volunteer with the American Red Cross, a Humane Society Associate Board Member, and is active within her community serving on the City of Bellbrook Board of Zoning Appeals and Property Review Commission. 

Jamie Scripps is a partner with 5 Lakes Energy where she specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency policy, and research and analysis related to regulatory solutions and electric utility rate design. Jamie’s standby rate research has been featured in proceedings in Minnesota and Michigan, and she is a recognized expert on policies related to the deployment of cogeneration. Jamie was featured as a 2016 Midwest Energy News “40 under 40” awardee.

Prior to joining 5 Lakes Energy, Jamie served as assistant deputy director for the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and a 2005 recipient of the law school’s Irving Stenn Jr. Leadership Award, Jamie has practiced law with Sondee, Racine & Doren PLC in Traverse City, Michigan and Venable LLP in Washington, D.C. where she represented both municipally-owned and investor-owned utilities. Jamie also served as deputy policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC). In addition to her J.D. from Michigan Law, Jamie has earned a master’s degree in leadership studies from North Central College and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan.

Joined the OCC as Director of the Analytical Services in March 2014. Responsible for administering the accounting, economic and financial analyses associated with Ohio investorowned utility filings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and other regulatory proceedings (including federal) that impact Ohio’s residential utility consumers. Provide advice and recommendations for OCC's consumer advocacy on technical and policy issues related to utility regulation and legislation.

Prior to joining the OCC, served as the Federal Energy Advocate at the PUCO and administered the Office of the Federal Energy Advocate, pursuant to ORC 4928.24. Also has worked as a Senior Policy Specialist in State and Federal Energy and Telecommunications issues, and other roles. Previously served as a staff leadership committee member of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. and staff leadership for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Among other roles, functioned as the PUCO's liaison to the Federal Communication Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Ms. Simon leads BRIDGE’s Transmission and Distribution Operations functions. In this role, she drives strategic advisory and planning initiatives, utility operations improvement and digitization efforts, and technology deployment and change management projects for utilities developing grid modernization and transformation programs across North America. Ms. Simon brings over 20 years of experience with utilities as a results-oriented leader with extensive experience defining and leading transformation through improvement and technology optimization.

Before joining BRIDGE, Ms. Simon was the COO at USGRDCO where she was responsible for the Community Energy Infrastructure Development business, helping create sustainable and resilient energy solutions for communities.  Prior to USGRDCO, Ms. Simon was a consultant at GE helping lead the design, implementation and deployment of an advanced Project Management Office to govern and manage their AMI SaaS initiatives. Her consulting experience also includes delivery and integration of strategic smart grid solutions for HCL America and EnergyGrid Networks. Ms. Simon also served as Executive Director and General Manager, West Division for Comverge, Inc., provider of intelligent energy management solutions, where she was responsible for developing demand management strategies for utility clients.

Prior to her consulting roles, Ms. Simon was the Director of Utility Innovations and Smart Grid Strategy for Xcel Energy, responsible for the integration of smart energy technologies to change how the utility produced and delivered power to consumers. Ms. Simon was instrumental in the incubation, development, launch and oversight of the SmartGridCity™ initiative in Boulder, Colorado.  She has also held project management and IT integration positions at AIMCO, KN Energy, Price Waterhouse and Deloitte & Touché.

Ms. Simon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri as well as an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

JJeff Smith is the Program Manager of EPRI’s Distribution Operations and Planning Program and Power System Studies team at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This research program and team focuses on modernizing distribution planning and operational tools, methods, and analytics to advance distribution systems with new technologies in a cost-effective and reliable manner.

For over 20 years, Smith has been responsible for performing and leading various modeling and analysis related studies and research for utility customers from distribution planning to transmission and generation procurement. He has also managed EPRI’s distribution planning research area, focusing on advancing methods and tools for assessing modern distribution systems.

Since 2010, Smith has lead EPRI’s modeling and analysis research area within the Distributed Energy Resources (P174) Program including leading the analysis of DER on distribution systems, focusing on areas such as developing hosting capacity methods, analyzing impacts of smart inverters, and valuing DER.

In addition, Smith leads EPRI’s Power System Studies Group. This EPRI group provides modeling and analysis support for EPRI research such as Transmission and Distribution Operations and Planning, Power Quality, Electric Transportation, Energy Utilization, and Integration of DER.

Prior to joining EPRI in 2004, Jeff was a Senior Power Systems Engineer at Electrotek Concepts, where his primary responsibilities were focused on power system studies including power quality analysis, distribution planning with distributed generation, and bulk transmission studies.

Smith received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from Mississippi State University in 1996 and 1998, respectively. During his time as both a graduate and undergraduate student, he focused on electric machine modeling, developed the motor-starting module for EPRI’s PQDS, and modeled and evaluated various flicker meter algorithms.

Rodger E. Smith joined Oracle Corporation in 2011 as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit. He is responsible for leading a global team that includes sales, services, product development, R&D, industry strategy and marketing for mission-critical applications and services designed specifically for electric, gas and water utilities worldwide. Smith oversees a leading edge portfolio of the most complete, end-to-end cloud and on premises solutions available in the industry today that includes customer care and billing, network management, work and asset management, field services, meter data management, analytics, demand side management and energy efficiency, serving the entire utility value chain from the grid to the meter to the end customer. He is committed to technology innovation and digital transformation, and to helping energy and utility companies enhance customer experience, improve operational efficiency and achieve performance excellence.

Prior to joining Oracle, Smith served as President of the Enterprise Management Solutions Division of Black & Veatch, the Global Marketing & Communications Division and the Government Affairs unit (2003-2011). In addition to leading these businesses, Smith was a member of the Executive Committee.

Smith also served as a Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers (1997-2002), the world’s largest management consulting and professional services firm. He was responsible for the development, delivery and marketing of management consulting products and services to the utilities industry.

Prior to his experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Smith was employed in various management capacities by Southern Company, Inc. (1981-1997), one of the nation’s largest utility companies.

Aaron’s technical expertise includes advanced metering infrastructure requirements analysis, electricity metering, electricity metering standards (national and international), distribution systems, and power system wide-area stability and control. He assists utilities and vendors with developing requirements for technology, defining test plans and procedures, particularly for the cases of suspected failures, and evaluating the results. He has also provided procurement support through assisting with developing requests for proposals (RFPs) and evaluating proposals against those RFPs as part of Grid Modernization activities. Aaron worked with vendors and utilities to develop and implement an AMI test bed focused on communications networking performance and interoperability. Aaron was the deputy project manager for the EnerNex team contracted through NIST in support of the Smart Grid interoperability standards development and harmonization project. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Paul M. Sotkiewicz, Ph.D., Dr. Sotkiewicz is the President and Founder of E-Cubed Policy Associates, LLC (“E-Cubed”), a boutique energy and environmental economic consultancy based in Gainesville, Florida that started in 2016. Dr. Sotkiewicz brings nearly 20 years of experience across parts of three decades at the intersection of utility regulatory policy, power system economics, and environmental economics to provide analysis and advice to private and public sector clients on a range of economic issues related to electricity market design and performance, power generation economics, utility regulatory policy, and the economic impacts of state and federal environmental policies.

Prior to founding E-Cubed, Dr. Sotkiewicz worked for PJM Interconnection, LLC in the role of Chief Economist and as a Senior Economic Policy Advisor. At PJM, Dr. Sotkiewicz provided analysis and advice regarding all aspects of PJM’s markets and supported regulatory filings and implementation of market design changes. In particular, Dr. Sotkiewicz led initiatives related to shortage pricing, demand response pricing and compensation, implementation of the minimum offer price rule in the PJM capacity market, and a series of policy analyses and whitepapers on ranging from transmission cost allocation to gas-electric coordination to the effects of environmental rules on PJM’s markets. 

Prior to his tenure at PJM, Dr. Sotkiewicz served as the Director of Energy Studies at the Public Utility Research Center (PURC), University of Florida where he designed and delivered executive education and outreach programs in electric utility regulatory policy and strategy for professionals in government, regulatory agencies, and industry in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Sotkiewicz started his career in the energy industry evaluating the cost-effectiveness of the Title IV SO2 Trading Program from the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments accounting for interactions with utility regulatory policy before joining the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as an Economist in the Office of Economic Policy and later on the Chief Economic Advisor's staff at where he conducted research, analysis, and advice on market design issues related to the ISO/RTO markets as they were being formed and implemented.

Dr. Sotkiewicz is the author or co-author of multiple book chapters and publications related to wholesale market design and policy including demand response, distributed energy resources, environmental economic policy, distribution rate design, economic decisions for nuclear resource build decisions, and renewable resource integration. Prior to his work in the energy industry, Dr. Sotkiewicz was an Instructor in the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota where he earned the Walter Heller Award for Outstanding Teaching of Economic Principles four times.

Dr. Sotkiewicz holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and economics from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts and Doctorate in Economics from the University of Minnesota.


Sam Spofforth has served as Executive Director of Columbus-based Clean Fuels Ohio since the organization’s founding in 2002. Under Spofforth’s leadership, Clean Fuels Ohio has become Ohio’s go-to resource for cleaner fuels, vehicles, and energy-saving transportation technologies, as well as a national leader and model among the 87 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalitions based on its capacity, strength and innovative approaches to petroleum reduction and transportation sustainability.

Spofforth was named the U.S. Department of Energy’s national Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year in 2007 and Midwest Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year in 2004. He was an original inductee to the Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2011. Spofforth serves as President of Transportation Energy Partners, a national non-profit that serves as an umbrella organization for many of the nation’s non-profit based Clean Cities coalitions and presents the annual Energy Independence Days in Washington, DC. Spofforth earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Katherine is focused on promoting policies and programs that will transform the transportation sector and encourage more EVs on the road! She is a passionate advocate for EVs and technologies that can reduce reliance on fossil fuels and assist in achieving state and national climate goals. Prior to her work at Plug In America, Katherine was a Director of Government Affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), focused on policies to promote solar on the federal level as well as southeast and northeast regions, along with regulatory work at the DOE, EPA, CFTC, OMB, FHFA and other federal agencies. Katherine was also the lead staff on the Clean Power Plan and chief liaison to the solar heating and cooling and EH&S groups at SEIA. She received her Masters from American University in Global Environmental Policy and Bachelors in Chemistry and German from Boston College.

Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 27 years. He has been a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage.  He is currently Vice President of Global Sales at Demand Energy Networks Inc., a distributed energy management and storage company and is a subsidiary of Enel, a leader in the global utility market.

Demand Energy is a thought leader in the development of both delivery and supply rate structures that align the goals of utility load management with commercial power and energy savings. Demand Energy has led the growth of Behind-The-Meter energy storage in New York City and has been collaborative with the local approval agencies in developing the permitting process for in building installations.

Kristen Stovell is Director of Enterprise Analytics at IGS.  In this role, she is helping to shape an Enterprise level analytics vision to bring broad business insights and predictive modeling solutions, giving key leaders tools to make business decisions. Prior to this role, Kristen led IGS’s Forecasting & Analytics team focused on forecasting customer demand and providing analytical support around usage and pricing.  Kristen earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from The Ohio State University.

Samir leads ICF’s DER analytics group focused on long-term planning and energy market modeling. He specializes in grid modernization strategy and integrated distribution system planning with a focus on the impacts of DERs on the distribution system and the quantification and valuation of the net locational benefits of those resources.  Samir’s work also includes distribution system operations as well as aspects of DER aggregation, optimization and coordination. He has worked with ICF’s team supporting the development of PG&E’s DERMS pilot and has supported the New York utilities in the context of their Distributed System Implementation Plans as part of the New York REV initiative. He continues to work with multiple clients on the topic of integrated distribution planning with a focus on aspects such as DER forecasting and hosting capacity analysis.

Sayun Sukduang is President and Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE Resources, one of the nation’s leading energy providers serving commercial and industrial customers. ENGIE Resources is active in 14 markets.  ENGIE Resources provides electricity to roughly half of the Fortune 100 companies. Its affiliate Think Energy, of which he is also President, provides electricity and natural gas to residential & small enterprises.  Today’s energy industry is undergoing a transition, and ENGIE is leading the way by providing our customers, grid operators and regulators the benefits of technology and our knowledge of energy to make the world a better place.

An energy industry professional with 20 years of experience, Sayun Sukduang has been a member of North America's Executive Committee since 2013 and with the Group since 2000. Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE Resources, Sayun managed the ENGIE teams and companies responsible for implementation of all major capital infrastructure projects in the United States, Mexico and Canada, ranging from thermal and renewable generation projects to large scale transportation pipelines. He previously held executive level roles in Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Development, and Operations, and earlier in his career in Asset Management, Finance, Commodity Risk Management, and Engineering.

Prior to joining the Group, Sayun worked for Florida Power & Light's regulated energy business. He holds a degree in engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.




Raja Sundararajan is vice president, Regulatory Services. In this position, he is responsible for AEP’s regulatory activities before 11 state regulatory commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Previously, Sundararajan  was vice president - Transmission Asset Strategy and Policy for AEP, responsible for the oversight of all Regional Transmission Organization (RTO), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state regulatory and strategic matters related to AEP Transmission.

Sundararajan  also served as managing director - Transmission Business Strategy, responsible for executing business plans for AEP Transcos and Joint Venture Development. He also worked to develop, communicate and implement strategies and RTO policies for internal Transmission assets and joint venture projects.

Sundararajan joined AEP in Commercial Operations and held management positions in Treasury and Corporate Finance, primarily responsible for oversight of debt and financing issues related to AEP and its operating companies. He also has served as the managing director of Market Risk, overseeing financial risk and providing independent oversight to AEP Commercial Operations and AEP Energy Partners trading and marketing positions.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India; a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Jeff is the Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. As a member of the Energy and Environment Directorate, he is responsible for development and articulation of large scale architecture for grid modernization, as well as support of many cross-cutting activities at the Laboratory, including the Future Power Grid Initiative, advanced computing and the Control of Complex Systems Initiative.

Jeff began working in the grid modernization area in 2001 and has held smart grid chief architect roles with Cisco, Accenture, and IBM. He formerly worked for Westinghouse and has participated in several key smart grid projects since he first began to develop sensor architectures and analytics for distribution grids, and then became involved in the larger issues of end-to-end grid structure, integration and control.

Jeff earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh with a dual specialization in digital signal processing and digital control systems in 1986. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, is an emeritus member of the GridWise Architecture Council and is the holder of 33 patents in control systems, signal processing and grid modernization.

Chris Villarreal is President of Plugged in Strategies. Chris has over 10 years of experience working for and with state utility commissions, providing them assistance with policy development and analysis on a wide ranging set of topics, including grid modernization, distribution system planning, distributed energy resources, market design, rate design, data access and privacy, and cybersecurity.

Chris was Director of Policy for the Minnesota Public Utilities. In that role, he assisted the work on the Commissioners, and provided policy and regulatory guidance on matters relating to demand response, rate design, grid modernization, data privacy, data access, cybersecurity, energy storage and distribution system planning. Prior to joining the Minnesota PUC, Chris spent nine years with the California Public Utilities Commission as a senior regulatory analyst.  At the CPUC, Chris was lead staff on its Smart Grid proceeding, and participated in many other CPUC proceedings related to rate design, data privacy, data access, energy storage, energy efficiency and demand response.

Chris oversaw the development of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) “Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation” manual. The Manual was released to assist utility commissions around the country in considering the impacts of distributed energy resources on rate design and compensation methodologies. In addition to the NARUC manual, Chris has also authored several white papers on topics such as pre-pay, cybersecurity and microgrids.

Chris previously served on the Board of Directors for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB). At NAESB, Chris chaired the Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI) task force which is the standard that supports Green Button, and the Data Privacy task force. Chris is also an associate member of the GridWise Architecture Council.

Chris started his career in Washington, D.C. as an energy law paralegal focusing on FERC matters. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Baylor University.

New Energy Advisors, LLC President Curt Volkmann has over 34 years of international experience in the electricity, natural gas and water utilities industries. As an independent consultant, he currently supports clients across multiple states in a variety of regulatory proceedings related to distribution system planning, distributed energy resources (DER), and grid modernization.

Curt's career began as a distribution planning engineer for Pacific Gas & Electric. As a precursor to his current work, Curt analyzed impacts on the distribution grid from early California cogeneration facilities and demand-side management programs. Curt subsequently led the Power Delivery consulting practice of UMS Group, where he managed six multi-client benchmarking programs for electric transmission, distribution and fleet management involving 40+ utilities in Europe, Africa, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Curt is also a former Accenture partner where he worked for 18 years. His clients were some of the largest electricity, gas and water utilities in the US and Europe.  He managed a variety of consulting projects including smart grid planning and deployment, organization optimization and cost reduction, asset management, merger integration, benchmarking, and process improvements.

Since 2015, Curt has worked independently advising environmental and consumer advocates in their clean energy work. He has served as an expert witness or technical advisor in distribution planning and DER proceedings in AR, AZ, CA, IA, IL, MD, MI, MN, NC, and OH. He represents clients in the CA Distribution Resources Plan, IL NextGrid, and MN Investigation into Grid Modernization proceedings. He has lectured at Chicago-area universities on the topics of energy and sustainability.

Curt has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of California, Berkeley. He held a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer license in the State of California from 1987 to 1995.

At Advanced Energy Economy, Danny leads a group of more than 40 companies engaging in the Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding in New York, a first of its kind effort to comprehensively redesign utility regulation to capture the public benefits of advanced energy technologies.  He is a former contractor with Third Way, a moderate think tank, and has worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the American Council on Renewable Energy.  Prior to working in energy, he was at a non-profit arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce focused on improving corporate social responsibility in developing countries.  Danny holds a master’s in science and technology policy and has written on high-risk financing for technology development for academic journals and The World Bank.

Matt Wakefield is a Senior Program Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His responsibilities include furthering the development of a modernized grid with a strong focus on leveraging emerging information and communication technologies that can be applied to the electric grid infrastructure. Wakefield manages EPRI’s Smart Grid Research focused on enabling advanced applications including the IntelliGrid Program, Cyber Security & Privacy Program and multi-year international Smart Grid Demonstration initiative.

Wakefield started his career in 1986 in the United States Navy serving as a Nuclear Power Plant Reactor Operator and Engineering Supervisor in the Submarine Fleet and specializing in electronic instrumentation and controls.

Wakefield then joined Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (WPS) in the Instrumentation and Control Group of the Kewaunee Nuclear Plant before becoming Manager of the Applied Technology group at Integrys Energy Group, the holding company of WPS. At Integrys, he focused on developing and applying information and communication technologies related to low-cost, real-time energy-related information transfer between control centers, generators, markets, and consumers. This team developed a number of innovative solutions including DENet® and eMiner® that utilized emerging open-source software and low-cost embedded hardware while leveraging the Internet for a virtually free communication infrastructure.

Wakefield received his Bachelor of Science degree in technology management from the University of Maryland University College.

Mike Waters serves as Director of Utility Solutions for ChargePoint which operates the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network. In this role, Mike works with electric utilities to develop and implement programs to expand access to smart charging infrastructure that supports the EV driver, the host site, and the grid.  Prior to ChargePoint, Mike worked for Progress and Duke Energy where he managed the utility’s EV program and also spent a decade with Corning Optical Fiber as a process engineer.  He has a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech, an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, and is a licensed professional engineer.  

Matthew Wheatley is Vice President of  Sales and Commercial for Direct Energy Business’ new Distributed Energy division in North America. Part of a global business unit, the team is investing over $1 billion to help large energy users through the build-out of distributed energy solutions as part of a more flexible energy landscape that includes renewables and green tech. The team is working with customers to transform the grid with technologies which combine to ensure the greatest customer control. Matthew has been within the Centrica Plc group (Direct Energy’s Global 500 parent) for 9 years, and has extensive experience in energy, mergers and acquisitions with previous employers including Grant Thornton and ExxonMobil. Matt brings a valuable perspective on distributed energy and power projects as these technologies are evolving. This includes experience on how device level insights from new technologies can drive greater efficiencies, and on private and public participations on microgrids, distributed energy and the formation of local energy markets. Matthew is a British ex-pat, chartered accountant and business graduate. He is an avid “soccer” fan and tryingly supports his beloved Tottenham Hotspur FC when not spending time with his wife and young son.

Matt oversees IGS’ legislative regulatory and compliance activities throughout the country. Matt has experience with utility policy and competitive energy markets in over 20 jurisdictions throughout the country. Prior to working at IGS Energy Matt worked as an energy and utilities lawyers at the law firm Chester Willcox and Saxbe in Columbus Ohio.  Matt graduated with JD and MBA degrees from the College of William & Mary and a BA degree from Ohio University.

Bradley Williams is Vice President of Oracle Utilities Innovation Engineering, and is responsible for innovation of utility operations and grid modernization engineering. Mr. Williams has more than 30 years of utility technology innovation experience. Prior to Oracle, he was a research director for Gartner's Energy and Utilities Industry Advisory Services authoring dozens of IT/OT and utility innovation research notes. Prior to that, he served as Director of Power Delivery Technology Development and Director of Infrastructure Planning at PacifiCorp. Mr. Williams also worked at Southern California Edison for 10 years, where he responsible for transmission system planning, distribution automation, and reliability programs.  Brad holds 4 US patents on grid modernization, an IEEE Prize Paper award, and is a registered professional engineer in California.

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Maureen Willis is currently the Senior Regulatory Counsel of the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel. Previously, Maureen served as an Assistant Consumers’ Counsel, since 2004. She specializes in the litigation of complex electric cases and appellate work, but has diverse legal experience, having served on cases across all utility industries. Maureen began her career at the OCC in 1982 as a legal intern and was hired as a Staff Attorney upon receiving her juris doctor degree from Capital University Law School in 1983. After leaving Columbus and later returning, she joined the OCC once again in 1988. In between her employment with the OCC, Maureen worked at the Office of the People’s Counsel (the Washington, D.C., consumer advocate); Hahn, Loeser and Parks; the Office of the Ohio Attorney General , as special counsel to the Ohio Department of Development; and the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, as outside counsel. Maureen graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Joshua is the President and CEO of Opus One Solutions, a software engineering and solutions company empowering the electricity grid to transform into a platform model for the decentralized energy economy.

Prior to Opus One, Joshua was the Director of Engineering at eCAMION Inc., a grid-scale energy storage provider. Moreover, Joshua was head of smart grid at Toronto Hydro Electric System Limited, where he led the policy, strategy, regulatory, business, and engineering development of Toronto’s smart grid infrastructure, including Toronto’s 25-year smart grid roadmap.

Joshua is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Masters of Electric Power Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and completed executive programs from MIT Sloan, IMD Business School and Harvard Business School.