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Becky Campbell joined FirstSolar in 2015, and is currently the company’s Manager of Utility Market Development. Becky is responsible for the company's relationships with the co-op and public power utility sectors as well as the company’s growing portfolio of community solar projects. Becky previously spent five years at the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), where she was the association's Senior Manager of Research & Advisory Services. Becky also formerly worked for the Pennsylvania State Energy Office where she designed and managed the Pennsylvania Sunshine Program, a $100 million rebate program for residential and small commercial solar projects.
Ms. Campbell has a Bachelors in Environmental Systems Engineering from Penn State University and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Becky is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Brian Bowen is Regulatory Affairs Manager for FirstFuel Software. He works to promote business customer engagement, energy efficiency, and data analytics programs across the Midwest. Prior to FirstFuel, Brian worked in the demand response, smart home, NGO, and community solar sectors. He is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and was named one of Midwest Energy News’ “40 Under 40.” He lives in Chicago.
Christopher Healey joined the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel in 2016 and serves as Energy Resource Planning Counsel for the agency. The Consumers' Counsel is the state's residential utility consumer advocate, representing the interests of 4.5 million households in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Ohio General Assembly, and other legal and regulatory forums. As an attorney for the agency, Chris represents residential customers in proceedings related to energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, distributed energy resources, and other regulatory and legislative issues.
Prior to joining the Office of the Consumers' Counsel, Chris worked for seven years at the law firms of Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He is a graduate of Duke Law School and Rutgers University with a degree in Mathematics, Economics, and Linguistics. He lives in Lewis Center, Ohio with his wife and two-year-old daughter.
David Karafa is Utilities Vice President, Distribution Support for FirstEnergy Utilities, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy.
Dave joined the company in 1981 as a surveyor and held various positions before being promoted to Overhead Line supervisor for The Illuminating Company in 1997. In 1999, he was named
manager, Underground Services, and in 2002, was promoted to director, Operations Services.
In 2005, he was named director, Energy Delivery Performance & Process Improvement. In 2008, he was named to lead a Work Management Improvement Initiative with the company’s Utility Support Group.
Dave was promoted to regional president of Metropolitan Edison in 2011, and named regional president of Ohio Edison in 2012. In 2013, he was named president, Pennsylvania Operations, which includes the Metropolitan Edison, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power electric utility operating companies. He was named to his current position in January 2015.
Don Wingate is Vice President Sales - Utility Solutions for Schneider Electric. Mr. Wingate leads the targeted Account team focused on Electric Utilities and Grid Solutions. Mr. Wingate assisted in the architecture and launch of the Schneider Electric Microgrid Competency Center and is the sales sponsor for Microgrid development for regulated utilities and channels to market.
Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Mr. Wingate held executive and management positions with Logica Inc, Cap Gemini, Oracle and General Electric.
Mr. Wingate holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Kent State University and MBA in Systems Management from Baldwin Wallace College.
Doug Miller is the vice president of statewide services for Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc., the statewide trade association of Ohio's Electric Cooperatives, a position he has held since December 2014. On behalf of the 24 Ohio electric distribution cooperatives, Doug oversees safety training & incident prevention; lineman development training; legislative & government affairs; communications & member services; and director & employee training.
Doug has been in the utility industry for 29 years. Prior to his current role, Doug worked at Logan County Electric Cooperative as manager of member services, before assuming the role of CEO, in which he served for 18 years. Doug has been a Touchstone Energy board member for the past three years and currently holds the office of vice president.
Doug lives at Indian Lake with his wife, Jodie. They have two children, Makenzie (26), a recent graduate of Kent State University, and Isaac (20), a sophomore at The Ohio State University. Doug is a graduate of the University of Toledo.
Past Community Involvement
- Logan County Chamber of Commerce (Past Board President)
- Logan County United Way (Past Campaign Chairman)
- Don M. & Margaret Hilliker YMCA (Past Board President)
- Logan Acres Community Foundation Board Member
- Ohio Managers Association Past President
- NRECA Marketing & Energy Services Standing Committee (Past Chairman)
- Buckeye Power Board Member (Secretary-Treasurer)
- Committees: Marketing, Rate, Load Management (Chairman)
Ramteen Sioshansi is an associate professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering and an associate fellow in the Center for Automotive Research at The Ohio State University. He has a B.A. in economics and applied mathematics, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.Sc. in econometrics and mathematical economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining OSU, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
His research focuses on the integration of advanced energy technologies, including renewables, energy storage, and electric transportation, in energy systems. He also works in energy policy and electricity market design, especially as they pertain to advanced energy technologies. His recent work in energy market design has examined the effects of new energy technologies and policies, such as renewable energy mandates, on spot and future markets, technology investment, and cost recovery.
Professor Sioshansi has published numerous academic journal articles and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Energy Markets, Foundations and Trends in Energy Markets and Policy, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Renewable Energy Focus, Journal of Energy Engineering, IET Renewable Power Generation, and Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy. He is a recipient of the 2010 Campbell Watkins Energy Journal Best Paper Award from the International Association for Energy Economics. He is currently serving a second two-year term on the Electricity Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition to the his academic research and teaching, Professor Sioshansi has been a consultant to numerous public and private organizations.
Duncan currently serves as SVP of Just Energy Labs, a team focused on product design and market testing to identify the products of greatest value to Just Energy’s customers. He was previously President of Hudson Energy. Duncan began his energy career during the restructuring of the Ontario electric market in 2002 and has supported retail energy operations in areas including pricing, billing, software design and geographic expansion. He holds an executive MBA from the joint Kellogg-Schulich program and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from Queen’s University at Kingston.
Evan Wilson is part of IGS Energy's home Services team where he heads their strategic partnership with Nest, as well as residential sales growth in the Chicago region. He has been tasked with introducing connected devices to IGS's residential energy and home warranty customers, and has experience legeraging smart meter data to drive behavioral change to how people use energy in the home. Prior to joining IGS, Evan worked in energy analytics at Opower and on grid-interactive appliances at Whirlpool Corporation.
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.
Barry J. (Joe) Bentley is Vice President, Customer Operations, for the AES Corporation. Joe 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.
Joel D. Elkins is Vice President, R&D and Product Development for Think Energy, a unit of ENGIE North America. Mr. Elkins is responsible for bringing to market digital products and services though ENGIE’s mass market retail energy brand, Think Energy.
Within his department, which was launched in 2016, a team of researchers are building a unique platform that will integrate IoT, distributed energy resources, big data, mobile technology and ENGIE’s power market expertise into a ground breaking customer experience. Mr. Elkins brings to this assignment a diverse background in energy markets, power finance, quantitative analysis and IT.
From 2012 – 2016, Mr. Elkins was the head of acquisitions, investments and financial advisory, where he worked on a number of large transactions including the recently-closed sale of ENGIE’s sale of 9 GW of merchant power plants. From 2009 through 2012, Mr. Elkins was responsible for managing all commercial aspects of GSENA’s approximately 2100 MW generation portfolio in New England. In an earlier assignment at ENGIE, he headed the Central Portfolio Management department, where he was responsible for managing all long-dated commodity risk in the company’s U.S. businesses.
Mr. Elkins earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1993 and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. Before joining ENGIE, he founded and led an independent IT consulting practice. He began his career at ENGIE in 2001.
John D. McDonald, P.E., is Global Smart Grid Strategy Leader – North America, Global Smart Grid Strategy Group, for GE Energy Connection’s Grid Solutions business.
John has 43 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley.
John is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award, and the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and the IEEE Division VII Past Director. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA. John was elected to Chair the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Board from 2010-2014. John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and Smart Grid courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published eighty papers and articles and has co-authored four books.
Katie M. Guerry is the Vice President Regulatory Affairs, EnerNOC, Inc. Mrs. Guerry joined EnerNOC in June 2013, and leads a team responsible for coverage and advocacy related to wholesale and retail regulatory matters impacting the EnerNOC business in the eastern half of the United States and Canada. This includes all State and Federal regulatory bodies, markets and RTOs. Mrs. Guerry has direct and personal responsibility for advocacy in the PJM wholesale markets, which she has been covering for over five years and where she served as Member’s Committee Chair in 2016, and Vice Chair in 2015.
Mrs. Guerry and her team’s focus and priorities lie with EnerNOC’s superior Demand Response business and advancing EnerNOC’s and its customer’s interests while balancing sound market principles. Mrs. Guerry and her team also represent EnerNOC’s interests advancing its on-line procurement platforms and Energy Intelligence Software that has had great success in helping customers and utilities manage their energy costs and consumption. Prior to joining EnerNOC, Ms. Guerry was with Hess Corporation for over 10 years with roles in multiple aspects of the electric, natural gas, and fuel oil markets including regulatory, sales, legal and risk. Mrs. Guerry and her husband are the very proud parents of three little girls and Mrs. Guerry graduated with honors from Rutgers Law School, and with B.A.’s in Political Science and English from the College of William and Mary.
Kenneth A. Loparo is the Nord Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and holds academic appointments in the departments of biomedical engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Case School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of AIMBE, and an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. His research interests include stability and control of nonlinear and stochastic systems with applications to large-scale electricity systems including generation, transmission, and distribution; nonlinear filtering with applications to monitoring, fault detection, diagnosis, prognosis and reconfigurable control; information theory aspects of stochastic and quantized systems with applications to adaptive and dual control and the design of distributed autonomous control systems; the development of advanced signal processing and data analytics for monitoring and tracking of physiological behavior in health and disease.
As the CEO of Powerley, Manoj is implementing a vision to proliferate intelligent home solutions through the utility channel. Powerley is working with global utilities to deliver an entirely new smart home experience by blending home energy management and home automation – delivering new levels of efficiency, new consumer experiences and new connected revenue streams.
Prior to Powerley, Manoj was a Partner at McKinsey & Co.’s Silicon Valley office, helping clients with strategy and operations advice to scale and grow. Prior to McKinsey, Manoj was a Partner at PwC and PRTM (acquired by PwC). And, earlier in his career held engineering roles at Cypress Semiconductor and Allied Signal.
Manoj has earned an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Semiconductor Physics/Computer Engineering from Michigan State University, and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Mangalore University, India.
MICHAEL L. KURTZ, born Cincinnati, Ohio; admitted to bar, 1986, Ohio and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio. Also licensed to practice in Michigan, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Education: Princeton University (A.B., Economics, 1982); University of Cincinnati (J.D., 1986).
ChargePoint is the world’s leading provider of intelligent charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles.
ChargePoint connects EV drivers to the largest network of independently owned charging stations in the world. With ChargePoint, station owners gain the control and flexibility they need to optimize the performance of their EV charging operations, monitor and track charging station usage and costs, create viable pricing structures for charging services and inspire driver loyalty.
ChargePoint allows station owners to manage stations their stations remotely using intuitive cloud-based dashboards. Station owners can use ChargePoint to track station usage and energy costs, set pricing, process payments and deliver 24x7 driver support.
Michael DiNucci is a Silicon Valley executive who passionately supports alternative-fuel vehicles. For the past nine years, Mike has been turning that passion into action at ChargePoint (www.chargepoint.com) – he loves doing his part to help transform the world of transportation.
Currently, Mike leads ChargePoint’s sales team and oversees the company’s various revenue streams. Mike brings more than twenty years of sales leadership, gathered from a range of industries across Silicon Valley’s technology spectrum. Prior to joining ChargePoint in 2008, Mike managed sales teams at VeriSign, Network Appliance, Silicon Graphics and Xactly. As a seasoned sales leader, Mike believes in giving his teams all the tools necessary for them to achieve their goals, as well as the company’s goals.
Mike has earned degrees in Business Administration and English Literature, both from UCLA.
Patty joined Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative in January of 2011 as the first President & CEO. Before coming to SGCC, she worked for Georgia Tech, where she focused on smart grid research projects and helped to submit almost $10 million in grants to ARPA-E and DOE. Before that, she served as the Executive Director for the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club where she focused on energy policy and programs. Patty also served on the Board of the Smart Grid Society for the Technology Association of Georgia for two years.
Based at the AES Global Headquarters in Arlington, VA and currently serving as the Market Development Manager for Latin America, Pablo Barrague is responsible for transferring and applying the knowledge of implementing Energy Storage in developed markets and leveraging the AES global platform in 17 countries. In this capacity he works with regulators, energy companies and several key stakeholders in order to enable the adoption of Energy Storage in different markets. With previous work in the Wind Industry he has over 10 years of experience developing new markets in the Energy and Real Estate Industries. He holds an MBA from Darden Graduate Business School at the University of Virginia.
Paul De Martini is the Managing Director of Newport Consulting. Paul provides advisory services regarding the integration of distributed energy resources, market designs and related business models. In addition to supporting several utilities’ business models and grid modernization strategies, Paul also supports related efforts with the EEI and EPRI. He also co-facilitated California’s Distribution Resource Plan working groups and was lead facilitator of the New York Joint Utilities’ stakeholder engagement for development of the distribution system implementation plans (DSIP). Paul is co-project manager for the DOE modern distribution grid initiative (DSPx) that is developing a decision framework for a modern grid aligned to customer needs and state policy objectives.
Paul is a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee on T&D reliability, visiting scholar at the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech, and advisory board member to Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital and several cleantech start-ups. He was previously chief technology & strategy officer for Cisco’s global Energy Internet of Things business unit and vice president, Advanced Technology at Southern California Edison where he led their grid modernization, distributed energy resource, smart meter and transportation electrification efforts. Paul began his career at PG&E in electric system operations and T&D engineering and construction. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, a BS, Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco, and certificate in Technology Management from Caltech.
Ram Sastry joined American Electric Power as the Director of Information Technology Audits in 2002. His previous roles included Distribution Research and Technology, Utility Research, Processes and Systems and Distribution Services. Currently he is the Vice President of Infrastructure and Business Continuity, where he is responsible for operational risk and asset management, advanced energy technologies, business continuity and resiliency. Ram is responsible for directing the activities of AEP’s Smart City Program.
Ram has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Bombay. He is a Project Management Professional, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Security Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.
Richard W. Caperton is the Director of National Policy and Regulatory Affairs in Oracle’s Utilities Global Business Unit. Caperton leads the company’s state regulatory work across eastern North America, as well as any engagements with the federal government, including Congress, administrative agencies, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He also guides the company’s global regulatory strategy on demand response and electricity market design.
Prior to joining Oracle, Caperton was the Managing Director for Energy at the Center for American Progress, where he worked on energy tax and finance and electric utility issues. He has also worked in government relations at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and served as a policy fellow at the Alliance for Climate Protection. He currently serves on the board of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and teaches graduate students at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Caperton is a native of rural America, growing up in Virginia and Missouri. He received his M.B.A. from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a B.A. in politics from Pomona College.
Sasha Weintraub serves as Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions for Duke Energy. He is responsible for aligning customer-focused products and services to deliver a personalized end-to-end customer experience that positions Duke Energy for long-term growth. His duties include retail programs, rate design and analysis, and the customer experience program.
Sasha has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in engineering from Columbia University, and a doctorate degree in engineering from North Carolina State University. He is also an adjunct professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Weintraub and his wife, Nichelle, have three daughters. They both served on the board of directors for the Cleft Palate Foundation. Sasha also serves on the board of Envision Charlotte and on the advisory boards for the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC Chapel Hill, IBM Watson Internet of Things and the University of Central Florida College of Engineering & Computer Science Data Analytics.
Tom has twenty years of diverse experience in the energy industry and will be applying his knowledge to create integrated energy solutions that address the supply, consumption and generation of energy in the Midwest Marketplace. He has come to Direct Energy from Edison Energy where he helped to mobilize their newly formed energy services business.
Prior to Edison Energy, he started the Energy Efficiency offering at NRG Energy, built the team and closed the first deals to mobilize this offering. One of the projects he worked on was a Dean Kamen designed natural gas generator with solar, all working on a shared invertor; this project was featured in Forbes Magazine. Prior in his career, he was an early hire at World Energy where he helped mobilize this new company and started the International Carbon Markets group, successfully closing the first online reverse auction of carbon credits to meet compliance with the Kyoto Protocol.
He holds a degree in Marketing and Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. When not at work he spends his time with his wife and two teenage daughters.
Ty is director of marketing and product management for Itron’s OpenWay Riva multi-service IPv6 network platform and global smart metering application. He has 18 years’ experience with the design, development and delivery of advanced solutions for global utilities.
Early in his career, Ty specialized in the design of software solutions and business processes to support deregulated electricity markets in the USA, Canada and Australia, specifically related to financial settlements. He was a pioneer in the definition and realization of meter data management as a utility business function and has been involved with many of the largest global smart metering deployments over the last 10 years.
Ty lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and three children.
Yeye Zhang leads energy partnerships at Nest for the Midwest region, where she works with utility partners to develop customer-focused Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Connected Home offerings. Prior to joining Nest, Yeye worked in the power generation sector, first developing utility-scale solar projects and later distributed generation solutions for commercial and industrial customers. Yeye holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University.