Speakers

in alphabetical order; speaker information will be added as it is received

Melissa E. Adams * Gregory E. Aliff * Grant Allen * Elena Alschuler * Joseph F. Beach * John Bennett * Rahul Bhalodia * James (J.B.) Broms * Michael Bruce * Veronique Bugnion * Calvin G. Butler, Jr. * Joel Cohn * Jon Constable * Adam Cooper * Briggs Cunningham * Nicholas Devonshire * Robert J. Dixon * Richard Doran * Marshall Duer-Balkind * Sarah Dunham * Thomas P. Dwyer * Jeffrey W. Eckel * William R. Ellis * Michael Galiazzo * Dennis P. Gilbert, Jr. * Lori Gordon * Ricky Gratz * Richard Graves * Felecia L. Greer * Eugenia Gregorio * Neel Gulhar * Charles J. Hanna * Jim Hassman * Debbie Haught * Timothy Heinle * Eric Heintz * Abigail Ross Hopper * Bert Hunter * Rob Jenks * John W. Jimison * John Johansen * David Jurgens * Michael Kaplan * Alice Kennedy * Miles Keogh * Matt Klinger * James D. Kurtz * Alex Laskey * David Lee * Karen R. Lefkowitz * Michael Leslie * Richard J. Madeira * I. Katherine Magruder * Kenneth J. Mallette * Michele Mitch-Peterson * Michael D. Mount * Colin Murchie * Leslie Nicholls * Dave Oberholzer * Daniel Opila * Joseph Paladino * Joan D. Plisko * Robert G. Sanders * Jessica L. Schiavone * Jeffrey Schub * Martha E. Senf * Alison Shea * Genevieve Sherman * Douglass Sims * Dan R. Skowronski * Krista Smith * John Spears * Michael Staples * Richard Sweetser * Calvin Timmerman * Carol Tobian * Myriam Tourneux * Barbara Tyran * Paul C.N. VanGelder * Maria Tikoff Vargas * Laurie Vaudreuil * Mark F. Wagner * Malcolm D. Woolf * Patrick Wootton

Melissa E. Adams
Division Head, Sustainability & Business Development, Washington Gas

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Residential Customer – Facilitating Affordability
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

melissa adamsProfile – Melissa E. Adams holds the post of Division Head for Sustainability and Business Development at Washington Gas where she leads the company’s carbon reduction initiatives, including internal sustainability, customer efficiency programs and new business development.

Professional History – Before assuming this new role, Ms. Adams led the investor relations functions of WGL and other Fortune 500 energy companies.

Industry Leadership – She serves on a number of appointed regional commissions and task forces devoted to reducing the carbon footprint of the Washington Metropolitan Area. She is a charter board member of the Association of Climate Change Officers, an Executive Board member of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, and a member of Leadership Greater Washington.

Education – Ms. Adams is a graduate of The George Washington University.

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Gregory E. Aliff
Vice Chairman and Senior Partner, Energy & Resources, Deloitte, LLP

Plenary I – Future of the Utility Marketplace: The Customer Relationship
Tuesday, October 14, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

gregory aliffProfile – Gregory Aliff is Vice Chairman and Senior Partner, Energy & Resources, Deloitte LLP. He is the leader of Deloitte’s Integrated Market Offerings professional services to U.S. businesses and also led Deloitte’s U.S. Sustainability Practice. For 10 years, Mr. Aliff served as the Firm’s U.S. Energy & Resources Leader. The U.S. Energy & Resources Group is responsible for the coordination of Deloitte’s audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services to the U.S. energy and resources industry.

Professional History – A certified public accountant (CPA), Mr. Aliff has provided professional services in accounting and auditing, regulatory strategy development, rate case preparation, lead-lag studies, expert testimony on a variety of accounting and financial subjects, and acquisition due diligence services. Mr. Aliff has testified as an expert witness before the state regulatory commissions of Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He has also appeared before the Canadian National Energy Board and the U.S. Tax Court.

Industry Leadership – A member of the Board of Directors of the United States Energy Association, Mr. Aliff is co-author of the annually updated industry reference book Accounting for Public Utilities, published by Matthew Bender since 1983. His articles and commentary have appeared in Electric Light & Power, Electric Perspectives, The National Interest and Public Utilities Fortnightly. Most recently he authored a series of papers (the “Math Series”) that examines the foundational changes occurring in the U.S. electric industry and the electric business models of the future, the third of which was released in March 2014. During his 38-year career, he has appeared on industry programs sponsored by organizations such as the American Gas Association, Edison Electric Institute, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the United States Energy Association, and Corporate Board Member (a NYSE Euronext Company).

Education – A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, he holds both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration.

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Grant Allen
Senior Vice President, ABB Technology Ventures

Tech Showcase
Tuesday, October 14, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

grant allenProfile – Grant Allen is Senior Vice President of ABB Technology Ventures (ATV), the venture capital arm of ABB (NYSE: ABB), a $50 billion power and automation technology company. With offices in Zϋrich, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., ATV invests in disruptive energy, industrial and strategic software companies. ATV’s first hire outside the ABB corporation, Grant has led investments in Industrial Defender (ICS cybersecurity; acquired by Lockheed Martin), Validus DC Systems (data center power conversion; acquired by ABB), Persimmon Technologies (vacuum robots and 3D printed motor parts), Scotrenewables (offshore tidal power), and TaKaDu (water utility cloud analytics).

Professional History – Previously, Mr. Allen was with Core Capital Partners, a $350 million venture fund; Microsoft; Jingle Networks (backed by First Round Capital and Goldman Sachs; sold for $63 million); and several start-ups including a web services firm he founded at 19.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Allen is an active East Coast angel investor (LivingSocial, SendWithUs, Encore Alert, EquityZen, Spinnakr, DrillingInfo), a founding member of NextGen Angels, an advisor to numerous area startups and an invited speaker at SXSW, the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit and the Watt D’Or Swiss-U.S. Energy Innovation Day where ABB received Best Achievement in the Energy Sector.

Education – Mr. Allen holds degrees from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and The Wharton School.

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Elena Alschuler
Project Manager, Building Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Breakout Sessions A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Discovering Resources and Tools
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

alschuler-loProfile – Elena Alschuler is a Project Manager in DOE’s Building Technologies Program. As such, she is responsible for developing tools and standards that make it easier to manage, analyze and share empirical information about building energy performance.

Professional History – As a Research Assistant for the MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, Elena worked closely with Duke Energy to design the Smart Energy Now commercial building advanced metering pilot in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, she worked as a Senior Analyst at HR&A Advisors, where she served as the project manager for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA’s) Focus on Commercial Real Estate program.

Education – Ms. Alschuler received a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Joseph F. Beach
Director, Department of Finance, Montgomery County, Maryland

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Government & Institutional Customer – Green Banking as the Gold Standard
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

beach-loProfile – Joseph F. Beach was appointed Director of the Department of Finance for Montgomery County Government in July 2011. Prior to his appointment, he served in a variety of senior level positions with Montgomery County including as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Operating Budget Coordinator, and Senior Budget Analyst.

Professional History – Mr. Beach’s service for the County has included extensive work in the areas of collective bargaining, criminal justice policy, multi-year budgeting, and contract review. He serves as an ex officio member of the County’s Board of Investment Trustees, as the Chair of the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center Management Committee, and on the Board of Directors for the Strathmore Hall Arts Foundation.

Education – Mr. Beach holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts Degree from the George Washington University in Public Affairs, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Beach was admitted to the State Bar of Maryland in December 1995.

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John Bennett
Vice President and General Manager, Northeast Region, Constellation

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Small Business & Retail Customer – A Look at Making it Easy for Your Customer
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

bennett-loProfile – John Bennett has been a licensed professional engineer for nearly 20 years and he is still trying to figure out how he ended up in retail sales. But sure enough… after nearly ten years making electricity, he has spent the past 15 years selling it – along with natural gas and other energy related products and services – to retail commercial and industrial customers across the country. He is recognized as a leading authority in developing high performing and winning teams in the retail energy space.

Professional History – A New England native, Mr. Bennett began his career with New England Electric (now National Grid) as a project engineer and spent his formative years knocking around some of the region’s largest, and dirtiest, power plants. With deregulation approaching, John traded in his hard hat for a calculator and library card, cleaned the dirt from under his fingernails, and set out to complete his MBA. Degree in hand, he hooked on with Massachusetts-based TransCanada Power Marketing where he led the company’s effort to build a retail electric supply business. Having grown that business a hundredfold, Mr. Bennett “answered the call” from the industry leader, Constellation.

Since joining Constellation in 2005, Mr. Bennett has built and led channel sales teams in New England… then along the east coast… and ultimately country-wide. More recently, he has returned to his roots. As Vice President and General Manager of Constellation’s Northeast Region, he oversees the success and growth of the company’s overall retail business in New England and New York. Over the years, he has worked with some of the country’s largest commercial and industrial companies, including many of the Fortune 100. His current focus is on providing a tailored approach to innovative energy management solutions that deliver value beyond price – in effect, bringing the same strategies and service the “Big Guys” enjoy to smaller and smaller customers.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Bennett’s professional passions are centered on customer experience, employee engagement, and shareholder loyalty. His philosophy is that customers who receive world class service from fully-invested employees who CARE about the customer’s business will pick you EVERY TIME! He is a sought-after public speaker. He has presented at a range of industry gatherings, including DNV KEMA’s Retail Energy Executive Forum, the New Hampshire Energy Summit, events hosted by the Texas Energy Professionals Association and the Illinois Energy Professionals Association, as well as a variety of utility and trade events.

Education – Mr. Bennett has balanced his practical experience with a fair amount of book-learnin’. In addition to his Master in Business Administration from Bentley College, he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and Northeastern University, respectively.

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Rahul Bhalodia
Principal, Technology Ventures, Constellation

Tech Showcase
Tuesday, October 14, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Bhalodia_9.5.13 low resProfile – As Principal in Constellation Technology Ventures, Mr. Bhalodia is responsible for venture capital investing, which includes originating, executing, and managing technology investments in the power and energy sectors. Mr. Bhalodia’s work crosses across all aspects of capital investing, from sourcing new transactions and analyzing opportunities to structuring the deals and helping manage the companies post-investment.

Professional History – Mr. Bhalodia brings over 10 years of energy investment experience to his current role. Prior to joining Constellation, he served as an Associate in the Special Situations Group at the Goldman Sachs Group Inc., where he focused on private equity and asset investments in the power generation sector. Prior to his tenure at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Bhalodia was a Senior Analyst at J. Aron & Company. He began his career as an Analyst at Exelon Corporation.

Education – Mr. Bhalodia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Economics from Swarthmore College.

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James B. (J.B.) Broms
Managing Director, Accenture

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Residential Customer – Motivating Enlightened Consumers
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

JB BromsProfile – JB Broms is a Managing Director within Accenture’s North American Utilities practice, based out of the Philadelphia office. In this role, he has gained deep experience in the development of competitive electricity markets in the United States. He also works extensively within Accenture’s Smart Grid Services practice, supporting utility companies in the development and implementation of industry leading capabilities. At Accenture, he has worked with utilities and energy companies within the United States and internationally during his career, and has extensive experience in strategic planning, process and system development, and project and program management. He is a frequent contributor and presenter at energy industry conferences.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Broms is actively involved in the Philadelphia community, serving as the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Back on My Feet, and previously on the Board of Directors for the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Education – Mr. Broms is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics.

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Michael Bruce
Director, Hannon Armstrong Capital

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Small Business & Retail Customer – Jousting with Costs and Investment Strategies
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:45 PM

michael bruceProfile – Michael Bruce is a Director at Hannon Armstrong Capital, a leading provider of debt and equity capital to sustainable infrastructure projects, where he focuses on project finance and innovative financial products to shorten the distributed infrastructure sales cycle. Mr. Bruce has over a decade of experience in finance, project development, technology commercialization and public policy. Mr. Bruce lives in Annapolis with his wife and 6-month-old son.

Professional History – Prior to joining Hannon Armstrong, Mr. Bruce led Manifest Energy, a risk-taking project development boutique specializing in the optimal deployment of emerging technologies. Prior to founding Manifest, Mr. Bruce served as Senior Advisor for Finance at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) where he led EERE’s commercialization, technology transfer, and market acceleration programs. Mr. Bruce began his career with the Credit Suisse Investment Banking Technology Group in Silicon Valley.

Education – Mr. Bruce served on the Board of Directors of Aladdin Middle East, Ltd., and earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Sciences & Engineering from Stanford University where he won two NCAA championships in swimming.

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Veronique Bugnion
Chief Executive Officer, ClearlyEnergy, Inc.

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Residential Customer – Out of the Dark, Into the Light
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

veronique bugnionProfile – Veronique Brugnion is Co-founder of ClearlyEnergy, a platform designed to simplify energy decisions for households and small businesses. ClearlyEnergy provides customized estimates of savings from alternative energy choices; solar; home energy improvements and appliance upgrades; and vendor-neutral estimates of the investments required to achieve those goals.

Her current philosophy is to save the world from climate debacle… one home and refrigerator at the time.

Industry Leadership – Dr. Bugnion spent a number of years analyzing U.S. climate policy and markets as founder of PointCarbon North America.

EducationDr. Bugnion has a Ph.D. in climate physics from MIT.

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Calvin G. Butler, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE)

Keynote Address
Wednesday, October 15, 9:15 AM

butler-loProfile – Calvin G. Butler, Jr., became Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) on March 1, 2014. Mr. Butler previously served as BGE’s Senior Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs. In that role, he was responsible for executing the company’s strategic direction and cultivating relationships with government, regulatory, community and other key stakeholders. He also served as Exelon’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and held other leadership positions within Exelon and BGE’s sister company, ComEd. Mr. Butler played a critical role in helping to successfully navigate company and stakeholder relations during the merger between Exelon and Constellation Energy.

Professional History - Before joining Exelon in 2008, Mr. Butler held leadership positions for eight years with the print, digital and supply chain solutions company RR Donnelley, including Vice President of Manufacturing, Senior Director of Government Affairs, and Senior Vice president of External Affairs. He also managed RR Donnelley’s Supplier Diversity and Government Sales Groups and served as president of RR Donnelley’s nonprofit foundation. Mr. Butler spent his early career with CILCORP (Central Illinois Light Co.), where he worked in government affairs, legal and operations.

Civic Involvement – Mr. Butler is very active in civic and community relations. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Maryland Zoological Society (Maryland Zoo in Baltimore) and is the 2014 Chair of the American Heart Association’s Greater Baltimore Heart Walk. Mr. Butler is on the Board of Governors for The Center Club and is a Governor’s Appointee to the Private Sector Economic Development Commission. He is also a member of the Baltimore Community Foundation, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Economic Club of Washington DC. Mr. Butler also serves in multiple capacities at Bradley University — Board of Trustees, Executive Committee member and Chair of Student Affairs. While living in Chicago, he served on the boards of Leadership Greater Chicago, the Illinois Energy Association, the Chicago Public Library Foundation, Voices for Illinois Children and Econ Illinois.

Mr. Butler has received several honors and recognitions for his business, civic and community contributions. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Morgan State University and the Associated Black Charities Icon award. From 2011 to 2014, he was recognized by Uptown Professional Magazine as one of the top “100 Executives in America.” He was also named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 under 40” emerging leaders in 2008. In 2006, Mr. Butler was honored with a Career Focus Eagle award from the National Eagle Leadership Institute. He received a Chicago Tribune and YMCA African-American and Hispanic Leadership Award in 2003, and a Mahogany Foundation Award for Black Achievers in 2002.

Education – Mr. Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo.

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Joel Cohn, CPA
Partner, CohnReznick, LLP

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Small Business & Retail Customer – Exploring the Possibilities
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Small Business & Retail Customer – Jousting with Costs and Investment Strategies
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:45 PM

joel cohnProfile – Joel Cohn is a partner in the Transaction Consulting Group of CohnReznick. Since 1995, he has provided transaction structuring advice and technical services to sponsors of various tax credit projects including, among others, renewable energy projects. His broad experience in raising tax equity brings to bear solutions where business goals and tax rules would appear to conflict. The key is having an understanding of the goals of the various stakeholders, and the alternative ways those goals can be achieved.

Professional History – Mr. Cohn is a part of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, SEIA, Tax Policy Working Group, Board of Directors & Treasurer, along with the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore & Downtown Management Authority.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Cohn’s tax credit transaction experience has included several hundred projects throughout the country. He has also contributed policy advice to working groups across the country, advising on both federal and state tax credit law, consequently generating substantial improvements to the programs and to the public’s understanding of the law. His advice has included maximization of credits through re-categorization of costs, contract restructuring and tax planning, all while working within the framework of tax law; creation of transaction structures designed to satisfy the key agendas of various stakeholders; exit strategy development for investors/ developers – including the creation of various option strategies; development of strategies which maximize sponsor return on investment; and creation of transaction structures that permit economic participation by nonprofits.

Education – Mr. Cohn holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Towson University and a Master of Business Administration, Concentration in Finance, from Loyola University in Maryland.

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Jon Constable
Project Manager, Seawall Development

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Small Business & Retail Customer – Exploring the Possibilities
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Profile – Jon Constable has been with Seawall Development since 2010. He was the Project Manager and Owner’s Representative for the redevelopment of the Baltimore Design School, a $26 million historical gut/rehab of a 100-year-old industrial building in downtown Baltimore. He is currently working on a new location for the Green Street Academy, which was recently awarded charter status. Seawall Development is a socially responsible development firm based in Baltimore. It implements a triple bottom line approach to real estate, and focus on housing for teachers, education-based non-profits and schools.

Education – Mr. Constable has a Masters in real estate from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University

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Adam Cooper
Senior Manager, Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation

Breakout Session B – Technology: Technology Drives Outcomes
Governmental & Industrial Customer – Fabricating the Energy Renaissance
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

cooperProfile – Adam Cooper leads the development of all research efforts at the Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation. Mr. Cooper frequently publishes reports and issue briefs that provide electric utilities, regulators, and industry stakeholders current information on technology trends and regulation shaping the electric power sector. His research focus includes distributed energy resources, electricity as a transportation fuel, building energy codes and appliance/equipment standards, smart meter technologies, and electric efficiency program development and delivery models.

Professional History – Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Cooper was a Research Associate at the Center for Automotive Research and co-authored reports which identified economic and fiscal contributions of the automotive industry on the U.S. economy, as well as the effect of federal policy on the auto industry. Prior to that, Mr. Cooper interned in the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Energy Branch.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Cooper gained a deep understanding of the interplay between policy, industry, and the development of regional economies while working at Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI), as an Economist. Mr. Cooper developed numerous economic analyses in the fields of environmental regulation, tax policy, economic development, and transportation for the private sector, local, state, and federal U.S. governments and the European Commission. Mr. Cooper currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Education – Mr. Cooper received a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and History from Brandeis University.

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Briggs Cunningham
Energy Programs Manager, Center for Environment & Society, Washington College

Roundtable Discussions – Affordability
Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

briggs cunninghamProfile – Briggs Cunningham is Energy Programs Manager for the Center for Environment & Society (CES) at Washington College, where he has worked for nearly seven years. Mr. Cunningham manages several grant-funded projects including: the ShorePower Project, a regional initiative that aims to assist Maryland’s Eastern Shore municipalities in reducing expenses for and consumption of energy and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions; monitoring the College’s energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, and reporting to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment; and assisting communities in improving their tree canopy covers. He also assists the College in reducing energy use and other campus greening projects.

Professional History – Mr. Cunningham previously worked at the National Parks Conservation Association and the Smithsonian Institution, both in Washington, D.C.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Cunningham participates in several community-based programs including the Chestertown Green Team, the Kent County Renewable Energy Task Force, and the Kent County TMDL Committee. He is a member of the Climate Communications Consortium of Maryland.

Education – Mr. Cunningham is currently earning a Master of Arts degree in history at Washington College. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale.

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Nicholas Devonshire
Co-founder & Chief Business Development Officer, SparkFund

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Small Business & Retail Customer – Jousting with Costs and Investment Strategies
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:45 PM

devonshire-loProfile – Nick Devonshire is the Co-founder & Chief Business Development Officer at SparkFund, a financing company dedicated to funding small & medium-sized energy efficiency projects. He manages SparkFund’s innovative approach to streamlined energy efficiency finance and manages relationships with contractors and customers around the United States.

Professional History – Before SparkFund, Mr. Devonshire was an energy consultant at ICF International where he specialized in energy efficiency finance strategy and worked with clients such as WESCO, eBay, Visa, Los Angeles County, U.S. EPA, and U.S. DOE. Prior to ICF, Mr. Devonshire worked in business development at Bloom Energy where he developed the market entry strategy for the telecom sector, which has netted the company over $186 million in sales of fuel cells. And in 2007, Nick’s software design team won the Motorola Innovation Competition. Mr. Devonshire also has a Commercial Driver’s License from the state of New Hampshire. He toured the country for three months in a Greyhound bus that he converted to run on waste vegetable oil and solar power.

Education – Mr. Devonshire received his Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College studying economics, government, and environmental studies.

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Robert J. Dixon
Vice President, Industry Affairs, Building Performance & Sustainability, Infrastructure and Cities, Building Technologies Division, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, October 15, 12:30 – 2:15 PM

robert dixonProfile – Bob Dixon is experienced in local, national, and international business practices, with contacts spanning the globe. He is a recognized industry leader and expert in performance contracting, energy services, and building controls. He serves on industry-based board of directors, and as a subject-matter-expert and motivational keynote speaker at venues around the world. Mr. Dixon currently serves as the Vice President of Industry Affairs, Building Performance & Sustainability for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Infrastructure and Cities. In this position, he is responsible for strategy development, market positioning, and industry leadership to businesses, industry, and governments on efficiency and sustainability in buildings in North America.

Professional History – Previously he served as the Global Head of Efficiency & Sustainability, Vice President, and Senior Advisor to the Management Board for the International Headquarters of the Building Technologies Division of Siemens. In this position, he was responsible for advising government and business leaders around the world on global initiatives for building efficiency and sustainability that reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, and conserve natural resources. In addition, he was responsible to the Management Board to identify and assess the strategic implications of energy efficiency and sustainability global trends and opportunities, plus identify and provide strategic fit evaluation of partnership opportunities, including sourced technologies, that would support the efficiency and sustainability strategies. He was the first designated Senior Principal Expert for the 39,000-employee Building Technologies Division. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President, Global Head, Energy and Environmental Solutions, with worldwide P&L responsibilities. In this capacity, the business expanded from the United States in five offices, to 24 nations throughout Europe and Asia Pacific. He served as the Industry Member on the Buildings and Appliances Task Force under the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. Mr. Dixon spent the first 19 years of his professional career with Johnson Controls in a variety of leadership positions and served as an officer in the California National Guard.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Dixon currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), recently served as the Industry First-Vice Chair for the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), and is a past president of National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).

Education – He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, and is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive program at the University of Minnesota.

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Richard Doran
Director, Program Services, Fuel Fund of Maryland

Roundtable Discussions – Literacy
Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

richard doranProfile – Richard Doran is the Director of Program Services and oversees both the Watt Watchers and the Bill Assistance projects. He also participates in Fuel Fund of Maryland advocacy efforts at the local, state and national levels. Mr. Doran is a native of Detroit who has lived in Baltimore City for 37 years.

Professional History – Mr. Doran has a career spanning about 30 years working for nonprofit organizations. He began by serving seniors and disabled people in recreation therapy and housing programs.

Industry Leadership – His interest in energy issues began in 1991 when he became Program Director at Community Assistance Network (CAN). CAN is the community action agency that serves Baltimore County and one of the local fuel funds in the Fuel Fund of Maryland (FFM) network. He served eight years in that position, followed by eight years as CAN’s Executive Director. Five years ago, Mr. Doran reconnected with energy issues by contracting with FFM to develop the Watt Watchers of Maryland program.

Education – He holds a Bachelors of Science in Education from Central Michigan University and a Master of Public Administration from University of Baltimore.

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Marshall Duer-Balkind
Program Manager, Energy Benchmarking, District of Columbia Department of the Environment

Breakout Sessions A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Discovering Resources and Tools
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

duer-balkind-loProfile – Marshall Duer-Balkind is the Energy Benchmarking Specialist in the Energy Administration of the District Department of the Environment, Government of the District of Columbia. The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) is the leading authority on energy and environmental issues affecting the District of Columbia. Mr. Duer-Balkind serves as program manager for the District’s groundbreaking energy benchmarking and disclosure program for public and private buildings. He also works on the development of next-generation energy performance policies for the Sustainable DC Plan, and serves on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Data Exchange Specification working groups.

Professional History – Prior to joining the District Department of the Environment, Mr. Duer-Balkind worked for the Institute for Market Transformation, and for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Education – Mr. Duer-Balkind earned a Master’s of Environmental Management (M.E.M.) from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Computer Science from Oberlin College.

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Sarah Dunham
Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Specter of EPA 111(d)
Tuesday, October 14, 2:15 – 2:45 PM

dunham-loProfile – Sarah Dunham’s office works to address climate change, design and implement climate protection partnerships such as ENERGY STAR, protect the ozone layer, and improve regional air quality.

Professional History – Previously, Ms. Dunham served for six years as the Director of the Transportation and Climate Division of EPA, which is responsible for analyzing and supporting the development of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, as well as managing the Agency’s grant and partnership programs that reduce emissions from the existing fleet of diesel engines.Prior to her experience in EPA, Ms. Dunham worked for several years for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency designing market-based programs to reduce air and water pollution.

Education – Ms. Dunham received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Yale University and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.

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Thomas P. Dwyer
Partner, Pepper Hamilton, LLP

Tech Showcase
Tuesday, October 14, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

dwyer-loProfile – Thomas P. Dwyer is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the firm’s Philadelphia office. He is Co-chair of the firm’s Energy Group and serves on the steering committee of the firm’s Emerging Company Group. Mr. Dwyer’s practice focuses on advising and executing mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions. He also serves as outside general counsel to a number of emerging, middle market and public companies who rely on his advice regarding general corporate matters, and for which he coordinates additional firm resources in areas including intellectual property, regulatory matters, litigation, tax and government relations. Mr. Dwyer actively advises and assists clients in achieving their legal and business goals, including making appropriate introductions to potential financing sources, accountants, investment bankers, consultants and potential key employees.

Professional History – Mr. Dwyer’s energy experience includes serving as special in-house counsel to the treasury and capital markets groups of a Fortune 500 energy company. In such capacity, Mr. Dwyer assisted with a multistate utility merger and over $1 billion of financing transactions (including over $550 million of stranded costs securitizations). Some of the energy transactions and projects Mr. Dwyer has assisted client with include: an energy efficiency technology company with a growth equity investment and strategic partnership with a Fortune 500 company private equity arm; a private investor with an investment in a rainwater harvesting company; a private equity fund with a growth equity investment in an upcycling company (Terracycle); a private equity investor with a venture investment in a water filtration technology company; the development, and subsequent sale, of a utility-sized solar farm to a the renewable energy development unit of a Fortune 200 public utility; a solar technology company, with its private equity funding; the venture arm of a Fortune 300 energy company with multiple investments in the energy technology space; a leading energy technology venture firm with an investment transaction in the solar technology space; a private equity backed traditional energy supply company with its acquisition program; and a supplier of innovative technology products to the oil and gas industry.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Dwyer co-founded and now leads the Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum and also chaired the 2009 IMPACT Conference where he introduced the first ever “energy technology track.” Mr. Dwyer also serves as a director to the Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic (CAMA).

Education – Mr. Dwyer earned his juris doctor in 1994 from the University of Baltimore School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in 1990. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Jeffrey W. Eckel
President & Chief Executive Officer, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure

Opening Remarks
Tuesday, October 14, 1:00 – 1:15 PM

jeffrey eckelProfile – Jeff Eckel is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure (NYSE:HASI). Structured as a Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure makes debt and equity investments in sustainable infrastructure projects. Mr. Eckel’s experience spans 30 years and includes the creation and management of energy service companies, as well as project and corporate finance functions.

Professional History- He has held senior executive positions as CEO of EnergyWorks (Bechtel’s early foray into renewable energy), as CEO of Wärtsilä Power Development (a leading international IPP developer for much of the 90’s), and with Booz Allen in its energy practice.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Eckel has testified on energy matters before U.S. Senate Subcommittees and the California Energy Commission and published papers on demand-side and supply-side energy topics with the Electric Power Research Institute and the Financial Analysts Journal. Mr. Eckel holds the Series 24, 79 and 63 securities licenses. Mr. Eckel has served on the Board of the Maryland Clean Energy Center, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland, since its inception in 2008 and is the current Chair. Additionally, Mr. Eckel is a member of the Johns Hopkins Environmental, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute’s Advisory Council and a member of the Board of Directors for the Alliance to Save Energy.

Education – Mr. Eckel received a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University and a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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William R. Ellis
Manager, Demand Side Management, Energy Efficiency Programs, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Making Enlightened Energy Investments
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:45 PM

william ellisProfile – As Manager of Demand Side Management Mr. Ellis is responsible for all the Energy Efficiency Products PHI offers to its customers. As part of the EmPOWER Maryland legislation, PHI is now offering numerous programs to save customers home (Residential Programs) or business (Commercial Programs) energy—and money. Programs include lighting and appliance rebates for homeowners, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (including home energy assessments and 50% rebates for energy improvements like insulation and air sealing), commercial lighting rebates, and energy efficiency services for industrial facilities. Under Governor Martin O’Malley’s “EmPOWER Maryland” initiative, the state will reduce energy consumption by 15 percent by 2015. To help achieve this goal, PHI encourages residents to adopt these energy saving measures that are most appropriate for their homes. In many cases, these measures do not require a large financial investment.

Professional History – Mr. Ellis joined PHI in June of 2002 as an engineer. He is a 5th generation Washingtonian, and past Elected Official in Washington, D.C,. serving as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. Mr. Ellis served two terms as a Commissioner in Ward 8 in the District of Columbia where he oversaw community issues such as crime, schools, development, employment and transportation.

Industry Leadership – As subject matter expert, Mr. Ellis has delivered numerous white papers and presentations on energy efficiency including recent work on Combined Heat and Power. He has earned numerous awards and honors including: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star Partner of the Year and Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Young Energy Professional of the Year. Mr. Ellis currently sits on the board of Clean Air Partners and Alumni Governors of Catholic University of America.

Education – Mr. Ellis is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, where he attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management, and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Ellis also has a Global Executive Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University which he completed in July of 2014.

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Michael Galiazzo, Ph.D.
President, Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Seeing is Believing
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

michael galiazzoProfile – Dr. Michael Galiazzo serves as the President of the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI), Maryland’s premier stakeholder-driven non-profit organization representing the interests of manufacturers statewide – providing programs, services, and advocacy. For over two decades, RMI has provided educational forums and outreach to Maryland manufacturers and policy makers on the value of trending technologies, sustainability, energy efficiency and workforce development while also working to build a positive image of manufacturing.

Professional History – Dr. Galiazzo served as the first Maryland State Manufacturing Coordinator, promoting economic development and an awareness of manufacturing transformation and innovation. He serves as a member of Rep. Steny Hoyer’s “Make it in America” Advisory Board, Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 3D Maryland Advisory Board, N.E. Additive Manufacturing Authority, Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Maryland Chamber of Commerce Competitiveness Coalition Steering Committee, and Sparrow Point Business Partnership. Dr. Galiazzo is a former member of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Commission, serving under both President Bush and President Obama.

Industry Leadership – In partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration, RMI is in the first year of a three-year project to improve energy efficiency in manufacturing companies in the BGE service area employing a different approach that gets results. This program was modeled after a successful RMI energy project for manufacturers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and Baltimore County Government with a focus on cultural change and energy upgrades.

Education – Doctor of Philosophy, Education Administration, The University of Texas at Austin; Leadership Training, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina; Master of Science, Applied Behavioral Science, The Johns Hopkins University; Hopkins Fellow, Community and Organizational Systems, The Johns Hopkins University; Bachelor of Arts, Human Services Administration, Antioch University.

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Dennis P. Gilbert, Jr.
Director, Information and Cyber Security Services, Corporate and Information Security Services, Exelon

Breakout Session B – Technology: Technology Drives Outcomes
Governmental & Industrial Customer – Fabricating the Energy Renaissance
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

gilbert-loProfile – Dennis P. Gilbert, Jr., is the Director of Information and Cyber Security, Corporate and Information Security Services, for the Exelon Corporation. Before assuming his current position, Mr. Gilbert served as the Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity for the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO), from June 2012 until July 2014. In this role, he was the principal advisor to the Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity on all doctrine, policy, operations, and technology matters. Mr. Gilbert was the primary author of the DoD’s first comprehensive cyber defense strategy (i.e. DoD Strategy for Defending Networks, Systems, and Data) which provided near-term budget priorities and long-term technology research guidance focused on improving the Department’s cybersecurity posture, transforming cyber defense operations, and enhancing cyber situation awareness.

Professional History – Previous to his return to federal service, Mr. Gilbert was a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton from September 2008 until June 2012. He was responsible for leading and managing a 185-person team delivering a complete suite of cybersecurity solutions to clients throughout the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He created a world-class platform of cybersecurity service offerings and developed strategies to satisfy clients’ needs across the IT enterprise network, industrial control systems, information & communications technology supply chain, and air vehicles.

From 2005 until September 2008, Mr. Gilbert was the Vice President of Business Development at FGM, Inc. During his tenure with FGM, he was responsible for corporate-wide business development activities, including corporate strategy, campaign planning, marketing, and communications. He was called upon to provide technical and subject matter expertise to select members of the Intelligence Community and the DoD, and he directed an Information Operations Technology Enhancement Study for the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence). In 2005, Mr. Gilbert retired from the United States Air Force after a 21-year career as an officer in the Acquisition Corps. During his years of service, he held key leadership positions in many national-priority programs involving cyberspace operations, information operations, satellite communications, counterspace operations, and electronic warfare. His last assignment on active duty was as the deputy director of an element within the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), where he led the development and operations of special communications systems for the Department of Defense and other government agencies.

Education - Mr. Gilbert earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from Louisiana Tech University, and his Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. A graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, he is certified Acquisition Level III in both Program Management and Business, Cost Estimating, and Financial Management, and is a member of the DoD Acquisition Professional Community.

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Lori Gordon
Director
Stern, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

Breakout Session B – Technology: Technology Drives Outcomes
Governmental & Industrial Customer – Fabricating the Energy Renaissance
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

Lori Gordon HeadshotProfile – Lori Gordon is a director in both the Litigation and Electronics practice groups, focusing on inter partes matters, including district court litigation and contested case proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She has been involved in over a dozen district court patent litigations since joining the firm, acting as lead counsel for the claim construction, infringement and validity aspects of these cases. In addition, she is currently acting as lead counsel in over 50 America Invents Act contested case proceedings at the USPTO.

Ms. Gordon also has extensive experience handling reexamination proceedings, acting as counsel in over 40 inter partes and ex parte reexaminations. Ms. Gordon has handled contentious matters in a wide variety of technical fields, including telecommunications systems, software, radio frequency identification systems, Voice over IP, security, cryptography, Internet applications, databases, and backup and replication technologies.

Professional History – Prior to working at Sterne Kessler, Ms. Gordon spent nine years working as an engineer for Bell Communications Research – Bellcore, the research and development organization for the regional telephone companies. While at Bellcore, she worked on the development of industry requirements and applications for various technologies including wireless, Voice over IP, alternate billing services, operator services, local number portability, and network signaling. She also worked on the development of fraud prevention and network security measures for domestic and international wireline and wireless carriers. She is admitted to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Court, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Education – Ms. Gordon graduated cum laude, witha Bachelor of Arts in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College. She holds a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, valedictorian, from Seton Hall University.

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Ricky Gratz
Manager, Market Development & Regulatory Affairs – East
Opower

Plenary I – Future of the Utility Marketplace: The Customer Relationship
Tuesday, October 14, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

ricky gratzProfile – Ricky Gratz is the Manager of Market Development & Regulatory Affairs-East for Opower. In this capacity, he is responsible for helping Opower’s clients gain regulatory acceptance for new programs and expansions. Mr. Gratz also represents Opower publicly in regulatory proceedings, legislative hearings, and other external meetings.

Professional History – Prior to joining Opower in October 2012, Mr. Gratz served as an Assistant People’s Counsel for the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel for approximately four years.

Education – Mr. Gratz earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Richard Graves
Co-founder & Vice President, Corporate & Business Development, Ethical Electric

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Small Business & Retail Customer – Exploring the Possibilities
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Small Business & Retail Customer – Jousting with Costs and Investment Strategies
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:45 PM

gravesProfile – Richard Graves joined Ethical Electric as a veteran of online organizing, clean energy entrepreneurship, and mission-related investing. The founder of the Fired Up and OPEN funds, he served as Vice President of Project Finance for Solar Mosaic; the Online Organizer for the Webby-nominated, 17 million person TckTckTck campaign; and as an angel investor in and board member to startups, such as Nextility, Spark Fund, Faraday Bicycles, and SumofUs.org.

Education – Mr. Graves graduated from the Center for Progressive Leadership’s Executive Fellowship and the NextGen Fellowship in Mission Related Investing, as well as Macalester College, where he developed the first student-led Clean Energy Revolving Fund.

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Felecia L. Greer
Director and Customer Advocate, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Plenary I – Future of the Utility Marketplace: The Customer Relationship
Tuesday, October 14, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

felicia greerProfile – Felecia Greer is the Customer Advocate of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), a regional energy holding company that provides utility service to approximately two million customers. PHI is the parent company of Potomac Electric Power Company, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey. Ms. Greer is responsible for serving as the voice of PHI’s customers. In this executive-level position, she interacts directly with customers as well as governmental and regulatory officials on a wide variety of issues with the goal of better understanding customer expectations. Ms. Greer was a Group Manager in the Regulatory Affairs Division, where she directed managers responsible for regulatory relationships, case filings, compliance and reporting.

Professional History – Before joining the company, Ms. Greer worked for the Maryland Public Service Commission where she held a number of executive and legal positions. In addition, she clerked for the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and the Office of the Attorney General. Ms. Greer also held various management positions with Shawmut Bank, National Bank of Washington and Maryland National Bank.

Industry Leadership – Ms. Greer serves on the Board of Trustees of The Calverton School and the Board of Directors of the Washington Performing Arts Society. She is a mentor in the Maryland Judiciary’s mentoring program and PHI’s Guiding Light Leadership Program.

Education – Ms. Greer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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Eugenia Gregorio
Director of Corporate Responsibility, Tower Companies

Breakout Sessions A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Discovering Resources and Tools
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

eugenia gregorioProfile – Eugenia Gregorio is the Director of Corporate Responsibility for the Tower Companies. The Tower Companies is a privately owned Real Estate and Property Management company and green building leader in the DC Metro area. At Tower, she is responsible for managing green building and corporate sustainability initiatives for a portfolio of nearly five million square feet including commercial office buildings, a 27-acre residential campus, and shopping centers. Examples of these initiatives include LEED & Energy Star certifications, energy and water efficiency projects, EV charging station installations, tax incentives and rebates, greenhouse gas inventory reporting, REC and carbon credit purchases to offset 100% of emissions, waste management programs, green lease development and compliance, and various commercial construction renovation projects. She is also responsible for stakeholder engagement, communications efforts and community partnership initiatives.

Professional History – Ms. Gregorio has worked in the construction industry for 11 years and before joining Tower, she worked as a project manager for international construction consulting firms and general contractors on a wide range of public and private construction projects. While working at Lend Lease, she developed a passion for green building and led several related initiatives for the local office.

Industry Leadership – Ms. Gregorio has been an active member of the USGBC NCR Chapter since 2006, and served as the 2011 Programs Committee Co-Chair. She was also awarded the USGBC NCR 2011 Award of Excellence for Member of the Year.

Education – Ms. Gregorio graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science. in Civil Engineering and earned her Master of Business Administration at The George Washington University.

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Neel Gulhar
Director, Strategy and Product Marketing, Opower

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Residential Customer – Motivating Enlightened Consumers
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

gulharProfile – Neel Gulhar is Director of Strategy and Product Marketing at Opower. Mr. Gulhar was with Baltimore Gas and Electric for 12 years where he led teams to implement smart grid solutions and cutting-edge customer engagement experiences. Mr. Gulhar has authored several articles and white papers on Smart Grid consumer engagement and the next generation of customer care experiences.

Education – Mr. Gulhar graduated from University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Finance, and completed his Master of Business Administration at Johns Hopkins University.

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Charles J. Hanna
Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region, Constellation

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Making Enlightened Energy Investments
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:45 PM

Chuck HannaProfile – Chuck Hanna has extensive experience in the energy sector including competitive retail markets, wholesale markets, and transmission and distribution businesses. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Region at Constellation and leads a regional team of sales professionals in providing sustainable energy solutions to commercial and industrial retail customers. With 16 years of experience in the energy sector, Mr. Hanna has deep expertise in the energy market and can speak extensively on its long-term trajectory and forward-looking trends. He can also provide great insights into market volatility in the energy sector and how customers can re-think their energy strategy to mitigate changes in the energy market.

Professional History – Prior to his current role, Mr. Hanna worked as Vice President of East Regional Sales at Constellation Energy Company, which is the competitive retail business within Exelon Generation Company, LLC. He was responsible for leading over 50 sales professionals across the Mid-Atlantic, New York, and New England in electricity, natural gas, demand response, renewable energy, energy efficiency and other services directly to commercial and industrial customers. Prior to the merger of Exelon and Constellation, Mr. Hanna led the retail sales team for all regions at Exelon Energy. With experience in sales, marketing and origination across many geographic regions, he has a vast knowledge of the energy business from portfolio management and delivery systems to sales strategies and product offerings.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Hanna is a Member of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s Board of Directors.

Education – He is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He earned his Master of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Bath in England, which he attended as a Rotary Foundation Scholar.

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Jim Hassman
Senior Director, Solution Consulting, C3 Energy

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Small Business & Retail Customer – A Look at Making it Easy for Your Customer
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

jim hassmanProfile – Jim Hassman is the Senior Director of Solution Consulting at C3 Energy. He leads the collaboration between sales, product marketing, and services to ensure customer’s needs are defined, designed, and delivered. Mr. Hassman is responsible for leading both functional and technical sales of C3 Energy’s Customer and Grid Analytics products for utilities worldwide. He brings a combination of expertise in the utility and energy domain, and experience in software configuration and implementation, product marketing, and sales. Most recently, Mr. Hassman led design of C3 Customer Experience, a new product designed to meet the needs of today’s new energy consumer.

Professional History – Mr. Hassman joined C3 Energy in 2010 as Solution Architect to lead the implementation of C3 Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Lead Management Solution for one of C3 Energy’s early key accounts. From 2011 to 2013 he was the Director of Product Marketing where he led the development of several new products, including C3 Commercial, a software application designed to help small and medium businesses get personalized energy insights and recommendations. Mr. Hassman also co-developed C3 Enterprise for Large Commercial and Industrial customers, C3 Residential, and several of C3 Energy’s grid analytics applications including AMI Operations, Revenue Protection, System and Asset Risk, and Outage Prediction and Restoration. In 2014, Mr Hassman became the Senior Director of Solution Consulting where he leads the collaboration between sales, product marketing, and services to ensure customer’s needs are defined, designed, and delivered. Prior to joining C3 Energy, Mr. Hassman was the General Manager (2005-2010) for Oracle’s JD Edwards utility business. In this capacity, he led all sales, product marketing, engineering, services, and support for all utility and energy meter-to-cash, ERP, and mobile field solutions. Prior to his role as General Manager, Mr. Hassman worked in a variety of positions at Oracle JD Edwards (2003-2005) including Senior Software Consultant, Project Manager, and Sales and Product Support Manager.

Education – Mr. Hassman has a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Finance from Brigham Young University.

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Debbie Haught
Program Manager, Smart Grid Investment Grants, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

Plenary I – Future of the Utility Marketplace: The Customer Relationship
Tuesday, October 14, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

DEBBIE_PORTRAIT_DOE_9848Profile – Debbie Haught is a program manager in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s Research and Development Division, which leads DOE’s efforts to modernize the electric grid through the development and implementation of national policy pertaining to electric grid reliability and the management of research, development and demonstration activities for “next generation” electric grid infrastructure technologies.

Industry Leadership – She is currently responsible for the overall program management of the Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program.

Professional History – Prior to joining DOE, Ms. Haught worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in White Oak, Maryland.

Education – She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and her Master’s Degree in Materials Science from the University of Virginia. She holds nine U.S. patents.

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Timothy Heinle
Director, Business Development, groSolar

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Seeing is Believing
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

timothy heinleProfile – Timothy Heinle is Director of Business Development for groSolar, based in the company’s Columbia, Maryland, office.

Professional History – Mr. Heinle has nearly 20 years of experience in the energy industry, specializing in the development and financing of large independent power projects. He has held management roles with Duke Energy, Pace Global, Magellan Resources, Community Energy and Siemens.

Industry Leadership – His broad-based experience covers natural gas, coal, wind, solar, landfill gas, alternative fuels and technology commercialization. Mr. Heinle has played a key role in the development of over 2500 MW of new power generation that is currently operational across the eastern United States.

Education – Mr. Heinle earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Georgetown University and his Master of Business Administration from the College of William & Mary.

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Eric Heintz
Vice President, M&T Bank

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Residential Customer – Facilitating Affordability
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

eric heintzProfile – Eric Heintz is a Vice President and Relationship Manager with M&T Bank’s Greater Washington commercial group and is co-sponsor of M&T’s Solar Tax Equity Initiative. Mr. Heintz is responsible for managing and developing banking relationships with companies earning in excess of $15 million. His portfolio includes companies in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia in industries ranging from environmental and other professional services firms to residential homebuilder material suppliers and government contractors. In addition, Mr. Heintz helps customers identify solutions for structured finance applications and is working to bring M&T Bank to market as an active tax equity investor in the solar generation space.

Professional History – Mr. Heintz worked as a summer intern for the Bank in 2010 between his first and second years of business school at Cornell University before joining full time in July 2011. He finished his formal credit training in May 2012. Prior to business school, Mr. Heintz was an Associate Director with the Beacon Group, LLC (previously known as Contract Solutions). Mr. Heintz and two other colleagues from Navigant Consulting started the D.C. office of Contract Solutions in 2006 and subsequently formed the Beacon Group in 2008. He provided complex dispute resolution and case strategy services, primarily in support of the Department of Justice, in litigation concerning the Government’s disposal of nuclear waste.

Education – Mr. Heintz received his Master of Business Administration with distinctions from the Johnson School at Cornell University in May 2011 and his Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University in May 2004.

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Abigail Hopper, Esq.
Governor’s Energy Advisor and Director, Maryland Energy Administration

Maryland Energy Administration Presentation
Tuesday, October 14, 1:15 – 1:30 PM

abigail hopperProfile – Abigail Ross Hopper, Esq., has served as Energy Advisor to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley since 2010, and, since 2012, has simultaneously served as Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). Working out of the state capital of Annapolis, she regularly advises the Governor on matters related to the State’s highly successful and progressive renewable energy and energy efficiency goals.

Professional History – Prior to her appointments, Director Hopper spent over two years as Deputy General Counsel to the Maryland Public Service Commission. In that role, she was a liaison and advisor to the Commissioners on a broad range of legal matters in the realm of utility regulation. Before embarking on a career in public service, Ms. Hopper spent over nine years in private practice with the Washington-based international firm of Hogan and Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells), and the Greenbelt, Maryland-based firm of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, where she specialized in complex litigation and corporate law. While there she represented the interests of publicly and privately held corporations in transactional work. Further, she has acted as a counselor and advocate to numerous venture capital and investment banking firms in connection with multi-million dollar equity offerings.

Industry Leadership - In her dual role she works with businesses in the energy sector, often partnering with the State’s utilities, to coordinate inter-agency projects among the Governor’s Office, the Public Service Commission and the Maryland Energy Administration. During her tenure with Governor O’Malley, Director Hopper has led numerous policy initiatives to address challenges facing Maryland, including chairing the Governor’s Grid Resiliency Task Force and the Governor’s Resiliency through Microgrids Task Force. She also led the coalition to pass the Governor’s Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 and served as one of the lead negotiators for the State during the Exelon/Constellation merger, as well as the First Energy/Allegheny Energy merger. Under her leadership, MEA has continued to develop a suite of programs designed to accomplish several of the Governor’s strategic policy goals including increasing renewable energy production, reducing energy consumption, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These include the Smart Energy Communities program, which provides funding to local governments. Thanks largely to her leadership, Maryland is taking real and measurable steps toward a clean and reliable energy future.

Education – Abigail Ross Hopper graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1999, after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1993. She is admitted to the bar in both the State of Maryland and Washington, D.C. She is also a 2013 graduate of Leadership Maryland.

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Bert Hunter
Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, Connecticut Green Bank (formerly Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority)

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Government & Institutional Customer – Green Banking as the Gold Standard
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

bert hunterProfile – Bert Hunter is Vice President and CIO of the Connecticut Green Bank. The Connecticut Green Bank (“CTGB” and formerly The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority or “CEFIA”) is recognized as the first full-scale state-level “Green Bank” in the nation. The CTGB is the successor of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund which promoted – through rebates, cash incentives and “venture loans” – investments in clean energy technologies, such as solar pv, solar thermal, geothermal (ground source heat pumps), fuel cells and small hydroelectric power. CTGB is, instead, driving investment in energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy by leveraging government funds with private capital through many programs and innovative structures across all sectors of the economy.

As Chief Investment Officer, Bert Hunter leads the development of new and innovative financing programs. With a mission to attract and deploy private capital for clean energy to Connecticut, in the first year since he joined, Connecticut’s Green Bank has:

  • Attracted more than $85M in private capital for Connecticut’s residential programs including a Solar Lease Fund, a Solar Loan fund and “Smart-E” Clean Energy Loan program using structures with tax equity, non-recourse financing, loan loss reserves and “crowd funding”;
  • Structured a $6M subordinated secured loan that facilitated the development of the largest fuel cell project outside South Korea ($70M/15 MW); and
  • Auctioned a portfolio of a dozen Commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) loans totaling nearly $10M to private capital providers (with access to up to $30M).

The CTGB team is focused on introducing an “open access” on (utility) bill repayment program to link homeowners seeking to reduce their energy spending or “go solar” with multiple financial institutions offering long-term loans at low, affordable rates. The team is also sourcing tens of millions of dollars needed for energy efficiency retrofits for state and local government buildings.

Professional History – Before joining CEFIA, Mr. Hunter was Vice President, Finance, and CFO of Spectrum Capital, Ltd., an investment bank focused on global commercial aircraft finance and investment in U.S. electric power generation. Prior to Spectrum, he was Vice President and Treasurer of the international leasing company of what was then Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) where he managed the funding for a billion-dollar portfolio of aircraft and equipment loans outside the United States.

Education – A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Hunter received a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

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Rob Jenks
Director, Strategy, C3 Energy

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Government & Institutional Customer – Fabricating the Energy Renaissance
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

jenks-loProfile – Dr. Rob Jenks is the Director of Strategy at C3 Energy, where he shapes the value proposition of C3 Energy’s products and works with customers to define and capture that value. Prior to C3 Energy, he was a Clean Technology Expert at McKinsey & Company, where he developed a deep expertise in energy-related topics including energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric power generation and transmission, and energy policy and regulation.

Professional History – Dr. Jenks has advised clients on strategy and operations, in sectors ranging from energy to public sector to wireless services. He has led multiple teams focusing on the economics of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other low-carbon technology; electric power sector pricing and demand-side measures; and energy policy and regulation. He led the McKinsey U.S. Low-carbon Economics Service Line, focused on helping clients develop and implement strategies related to low-carbon energy technology and climate policy and developed the Low Carbon Economics Toolkit, which rigorously quantifies the impact of energy technology and policy. Examples of the work Dr. Jenks led include: analyzing the economic benefits of clean technology development for several U.S. state governments; developing regulatory strategy for the largest U.S. utility by conducting an in-depth macroeconomic analysis of California’s AB32 climate policy, with a focus on power sector, transportation, jobs, and GDP; and developing the global energy efficiency and renewable energy strategy for the world’s largest retailer.

Industry Leadership – Dr. Jenks is helping to define the nascent smart grid data analytics industry, with a focus on the value that data analytics can deliver to utilities and their customers. Prior to C3 Energy, Dr. Jenks advised industry and government clients at the highest levels on clean technology and policy. In addition to developing the Low Carbon Economics Toolkit, Dr. Jenks wrote industry-defining white papers on distributed solar power and shale gas and led McKinsey research on the future of the electric utility industry.

Education – Dr. Jenks has a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.; a Master of Philosophy in Physics and History of Science, from Cambridge University, Cambridge, England; and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University.

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John W. Jimison
Managing Director, Energy Future Coalition

Roundtable Discussions – Reliability & Security
Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

john jimisonProfile – John W. Jimison is the Managing Director of the Energy Future Coalition, a non-partisan public policy initiative in Washington, D.C. In that role, he manages campaigns to improve energy efficiency, modernize the electricity sector, and increase the role of clean energy.

Professional History – From 2007 through 2010, Mr. Jimison served as Senior Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, responsible for energy efficiency, natural gas policy, energy markets, and grid modernization. He practiced law from 1987 through 2006 in Federal and state jurisdictions, emphasizing natural gas regulation and distributed generation.

Industry Leadership – From 1982-1985, he was Principal Administrator at the International Energy Agency in Paris, France. Earlier he held positions with the Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressional Research Service, and the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee.

Education – He has degrees from Georgetown University Law Center and the College of Wooster, and is a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Somalia.

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John Johansen
Managing Director, GeoViron, LLC

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Residential Customer – Facilitating Affordability
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

john johansenProfile – John Johansen is the President and Founder of GeoViron, LLC, a start-up company that underwrites the cost of residential and commercial geothermal heat pump systems with an innovative finance platform that utilizes tax equity and other third party funding.

Professional History - For three years, he led the on-bill finance program at the Department of Energy through its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. He previously served as the Deputy Director of Virginia Tech’s Energy Efficiency Partnership. John is the founder of the Extra Mile, a national monument in Washington, D.C., that honors the founders of social movements that have shaped our nation’s history.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Johansen is a Member of the Hawaii Public Utility Commission on-bill finance working group and Maryland Clean Energy Center green bank working group. He has advised both utilities and municipalities in the establishment of commercial and residential energy efficiency loan programs.

Education – Mr. Johansen is a graduate of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business with a major in Finance.

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David Jurgens
National Multi Family Housing, Energy & Environmental Solutions/RAD
Siemens Industry, Inc.

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Residential Customer – Facilitating Affordability
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

david jurgensProfile – David Jurgens is an expert in all activities associated with energy efficiency contracting. These include, but are not limited to: Project Development, Project Implementation, Section 3, HUD Compliance and Regulatory Assurance, MBE/WBE, Measurement & Verification and other critical activities associated with assuring a successful energy efficiency project.

Professional History – Mr. Jurgens has 30 years of experience in energy-related businesses with experience overseeing the entire energy efficiency process from procurement to measurement and verification. Previous experience includes: Vice President of the National Public Housing/HUD for Constellation Energy; Director of the National Public Housing/HUD for Siemens BT; United Technologies/Carrier Air Conditioning and Project Development National Energy Services.

Industry Leadership – He is a member of many organizations including the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE); the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); and the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA).

Education – Mr. Jurgens holds an Associates degree in Aeronautics, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering & Technology, and is certified as an Energy Manager (CEM) and Building Analyst (BPI).

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Michael Kaplan
Vice President, Marketing, Retroficiency

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Seeing is Believing
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

Mr. Kaplan’s bio will be posted here when it becomes available.

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Alice Kennedy
Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, City of Baltimore

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Residential Customer – Motivating Enlightened Consumers
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

kennedy-loProfile – Alice Kennedy, as the Sustainability Coordinator with the Office of Sustainability, provides legislative support, strategic planning and community engagement strategies to forward the Sustainability Plan and its complementary programs and projects for Baltimore. She also is responsible for the city’s Annual Sustainability Report and was the lead project manager for the development of the City’s Climate Action Plan.

Professional History – Previously, Ms. Kennedy led the Baltimore Energy Challenge, the first project that the Office of Sustainability spearheaded as a direct result of the Sustainability Plan, which focused on motivating residents, schools, businesses and non-profits to reduce energy usage. Ms. Kennedy also serves as Vice-President of Baltimore Green Works. Throughout her career, Ms. Kennedy has held leadership positions in green construction, real estate, project management, strategic planning and political campaign strategy.

Education – Ms. Kennedy earned her degree in Business Management from Goucher College in 1997.

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Miles Keogh
Director, Grants & Research, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Government & Institutional – Regulatory Decrees
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

keoghProfile – Miles Keogh has spent the last decade as the Director of Grants & Research at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in Washington DC. He advises the State Public Utility Commissions on electricity and gas issues and runs a department that uses federal funds to conduct research, training, and policy projects on a wide range electricity topics ranging from incentivizing smart grid cybersecurity to how to make decisions about power plants in the face of EPA regulations.

Professional History – Prior to NARUC, Mr. Keogh worked siting power plants for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at a climate change think-tank, and with a wind energy collaborative.

Education – Mr. Keogh has a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a Masters from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Matt Klinger
Principal, Potomac Energy Fund

Tech Showcase
Tuesday, October 14, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

klinger-loProfile – Matt Klinger has more than 14 years of investment experience, including private equity, hedge fund and institutional fixed income portfolio management.

Professional History – Prior to joining Potomac, Mr. Klinger was an Assistant Vice President and member of the Investment Committee at Declaration Management & Research, an SEC-registered investment advisor and subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corp. At Declaration, Matt traded various types of fixed income securities focusing primarily on asset backed securities and mortgage backed securities. He also served as Vice President of Business Development at U.S. Photovoltaics, an aggregator of solar renewable energy credits and has consulted with various companies in the renewable energy sector, including Sustainable Energy Systems.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Klinger currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lumetric Lighting, Inc.

Education – Mr. Klinger holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with concentrations in Corporate Finance and Real Estate, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College.

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James D. Kurtz
Founder, Sunvestment Group

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Small Business & Retail Customer – A Look at Making it Easy for Your Customer
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

james kurtzProfile – James D. Kurtz founded Sunvestment Group (SVG) in 2013 to help make the attractive returns of solar projects available to members of the local community. SVG provides a service platform that allows prospective site hosts and investors to connect and create community-based Power Purchase Agreements. Through the SVG Community-PPA structure, local investors help non-profit and for-profit organizations take advantage of tax credits and similar incentives. By shifting those financial incentives to the Community-PPA, the site host can make its project a reality and local investors earn attractive returns.

Professional History - Mr. Kurtz’s commitment to the power of solar energy as an effective solution to today’s energy challenges originated in 2008 while he was General Manager of Reading Electric Company. In 2009, while reorganizing the company’s business units, he created and became President of RER Energy Group to focus on the benefits and advantages of renewable energy resources.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Kurtz credits his management experiences at The Blackstone Group, QVC, and Cendant Corp., and his staff’s expertise and commitment to providing solutions to businesses and organizations as the basis for their continued success. He also currently serves on the Mayor’s Sustainability Committee for Reading, Pennsylvania, and was a founding member of MusicianCorps.org where he served as Co-Executive Director. Mr. Kurtz was instrumental in obtaining a founding grant from the Hewlett Foundation to help establish the organization which helps fulfill his enjoyment of music and supports his belief that music can positively impact and develop critical life skills in children.

EducationMr. Kurtz obtained his Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and concentrations in Accounting and Finance.

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Alex Laskey
President & Founder, Opower

Keynote Introduction
Wednesday, October 15, 9:00 – 9:15 AM

laskeyProfile – Alex Laskey is responsible for Opower’s business strategy, public profile, and company culture. He leads and develops Opower’s partnerships with utilities and governments, including the company’s international expansion on three continents. In his role as Opower’s President, Mr. Laskey has been invited to the White House to meet with President Obama to discuss innovation and job creation, and to testify before the United States Senate.

Professional History – Prior to founding Opower, Mr. Laskey enjoyed a career in politics and policy, serving as a campaign manager, strategist, and public-opinion analyst.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Laskey was featured in Fortune‘s “40 under 40,” has been a Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and serves as a Commissioner on the Alliance National Commission on Energy Efficiency Policy, chaired by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tom King, President of National Grid USA. Mr. Laskey also serves on the board of the Conservation Lands Foundation.

Education – Mr. Laskey received his Bachelor of Arts in the History of Science from Harvard.

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David Lee
Manager, Residential Buildings Integration Program, Buildings Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Residential Customer – Motivating Enlightened Consumers
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

lee-loProfile – David Lee is currently the Supervisor for the Residential Building Technologies Program at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has served as the Director for the Residential Branch, overseeing the ENERGY STAR New and Existing Homes Program at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Professional History – Prior to the ENERGY STAR Program, Mr. Lee was the branch chief responsible for the regulatory program to phase out the use of ozone depleting chemicals at EPA. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya.

Education – Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Oberlin College and a Master’s in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Michigan.

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Karen R. Lefkowitz
Vice President, Business Transformation and Chief Information Security Officer, PEPCO Holdings, Inc.

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Government & Institutional – Regulatory Decrees
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

lefkowtiz-loProfile – Karen R. Lefkowitz is Vice President, business transformation, and Chief Information Security Officer for Pepco Holdings, Inc. Ms. Lefkowitz leads an enterprise-wide strategic vision for Pepco Holdings to implement business processes and technologies designed to help customers better manage their energy use and costs, improve reliability and customer service and support environmentally friendly programs. She is responsible for the mass deployment of advanced metering infrastructure Smart Meters and enabling the Smart Grid throughout the PHI service territory.

Ms. Lefkowitz leads the Security Steering Committee, PHI’s primary vehicle for achieving internal alignment, setting policy, and conducting planning in the security arena. She is charged with maintaining and implementing a corporate-wide risk management program that identifies, evaluates and reports on information technology security risks and meets acceptable levels of risk for the enterprise. In addition, she works proactively with the information and operating technology areas of PHI to implement practices that meet defined security policies and standards.

Professional History – Ms. Lefkowitz previously served as Director, Customer Relations, and was responsible for enhancing customer service and administering energy-efficiency programs to help customers manage their energy use. She was also the Director of System Operations, with responsibility for the daily operation of PHI’s electric system.

Education – Ms. Lefkowitz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Marymount University. She is on the board of directors of the GridWise Alliance, Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc., and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.

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Michael Leslie, MSc, Bio
Program Manager, Combined Heat & Power, Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency, Maryland Energy Administration

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Making Enlightened Energy Investments
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:45 PM

michael leslieProfile – Michael Leslie works at the Maryland Energy Administration where he develops and executes commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs, which are funded through the Maryland Strategic Energy Investment Fund. His responsibilities include providing technical review and implementation of the commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs, including the combined heat and power (CHP) program. These programs are developed by public utilities under the authority of the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act of 2008.

Professional History – After a successful career in the aerospace industry, where he served the power generation and electro-mechanical needs of aircraft operators throughout the world, Mr. Leslie has spent the last seven years focused on facility resiliency and sustainable energy initiatives for utilities and large-scale energy users. During this time, he has served in executive leadership roles as the Director of Energy Management for an energy service company and Director of Mission Critical Infrastructures for a leading on-site electrical power generation manufacture. Mr. Leslie has been responsible for managing cross-functional teams focusing on electrical and mechanical system audit, design, development and project leadership; encompassing healthcare, manufacturing, processing, and facilities management clients across corporate, military and government markets.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Leslie has been active in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) for over seven years, and is one of the founding members of the Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers, where he served on the Board of Directors and managed the executive administration functions of the association. During his tenure, the organization grew from 35 active members to over 300. He also built a solid consortium of healthcare, construction, and facilities management professionals focused on innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement in infrastructure materials and design, efficiency in operations, and sound energy management solutions.

Education – Mr. Leslie graduated from the University of Colorado Denver Business School in Denver with a Master of Science in Global Energy Management.

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Richard J. Madeira
National Business Development Manager, Energy & Environmental Services, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Seeing is Believing
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

madeira-loProfile – Richard J. Madeira is a National Business Development Manager for Siemens Industry, Inc. Working within Siemens Energy & Environmental Solutions (EES) group Mr. Madeira and his team: develop, fund, and implement end-to-end energy solutions for building owners in both the public and private sectors. In an effort to support the Nation’s growing need for secure and reliable energy, the solutions being developed by the EES team include: load reduction, load management, Distributed Generation (DG), and Combined Heat and Power (CHP), as well as other intelligent design strategies that fall within the framework of “Micro-grid.”

Professional History – Mr. Madeira has a background in electrical engineering and has nearly twenty years of experience in the energy industry where he has held various positions. Prior to his employment at Siemens his most recent role included serving as the Vice President of a renewable energy company focused on developing industrial scale, onsite power generation projects within the PJM territory.

Education – Mr. Madeira is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University.

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I. Katherine Magruder
Executive Director, Maryland Clean Energy Center

Plenary II – Round Table Reports
Tuesday, October 14, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

magruder-loProfile – I. Katherine Magruder, as Executive Director of the Maryland Clean Energy Center, is working to advance the adoption of clean energy products, services and technologies in the state. In this capacity, she engages in business and workforce development initiatives, advocates for supportive public policy and financing programs.

Professional History – Ms. Magruder most recently held the position of Chief of Staff at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, known for performing cutting edge research and transfer of technology discoveries to commercial application.

During her appointment to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development as Director of Resource Based Industries, she built a program focused on sustaining agriculture, forestry, mining, fisheries and maritime industry sectors. Working with multiple agencies and in direct collaboration with the Maryland Energy Administration, she was a leader in efforts to develop a statewide approach to advancing alternative energy initiatives and business creation.

Industry Leadership – In the course of her work with various municipalities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, particularly on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Kathy led regional agribusiness and ecotourism initiatives recognizing the significant balance of environment, economy, and cultural character in effective sustainable development. She has written and collaborated on editorial content for several related plan publications.

Education – Ms. Magruder earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1982. She holds a professional Certificate in Destination Marketing & Management from George Washington University School of Business & Public Management. She is recognized as a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council.

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Kenneth J. Mallette
Executive Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Roundtable Discussions – Resiliency
Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

kenneth malletteProfile – Kenneth J. Mallette was appointed Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 21, 2012. He is responsible for the coordination of local, state, federal and private sector engagements during state and federal declarations of disaster.

Professional History – Mr. Mallette retired from the New Jersey State Police as a Captain. He was the Executive Officer for the Homeland Security Branch, Special Operations Section. After retiring from the State Police he moved to the private sector and was Vice President of Preparedness for James Lee Witt Associates, a crisis management consulting firm headed by former FEMA Director James Lee Witt.

Education – Mr. Mallette did his undergraduate work at Benedictine College in Kansas, and his graduate work at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Naval Post Graduate School for Executive Leadership and the Harvard JFK School of Public Policy.

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Michele Mitch-Peterson
Business Development Manager, Honeywell Building Solutions

Welcome Remarks
Wednesday, October 15, 9:00 – 9:15 AM

michele mitch-petersonProfile – Michele Mitch-Peterson is currently the Business Development Manager for Honeywell Building Solutions for her assigned territory in the Northeast. In this position, she is responsible for designing and leading a sales strategy for Honeywell’s Energy Services programs in Performance Contracting and Renewable Energy. Ms. Mitch-Peterson has almost 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and management. She was born in Baltimore and grew up on the Eastern Shore.

Industry Leadership – Serving in a number of leadership roles, Ms. Mitch-Peterson has developed and implemented strategic processes that support account management, opportunity development and sales and marketing campaigns resulting in building brands, driving demand and growing profitable revenue. In addition, she has established analytics and created metrics to improve visibility and effectiveness of sales and marketing operations.

Education – Ms. Mitch-Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Frostburg State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University. She has taken Executive Management courses in strategic planning, business development and finance and is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Michael D. Mount
Vice President, Pace Global, A Siemens Business

Plenary I – Future of Utility Marketplace: The Customer Relationship
Tuesday, October 14, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

michael mountProfile – Michael D. Mount provides strategic and commercial advisory consulting to a wide range of clients focused on transformation energy generation and delivery.

Professional History – Mr. Mount has gained his industry experience serving both as a management consultant and as a VP-level corporate utility executive. He has directed multiple engagements to guide C-level leadership teams and business units in developing actionable and measurable strategic plans in utilities and other industries.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Mount’s experience includes directing energy planning, engineering, construction and transaction advisory services for utilities, IPPs and large energy users from Hawaii to Maine. As the head of planning for a multi-state utility, and as a management consultant, Mr. Mount has led integrated resource planning in numerous states. Mr. Mount has also used his knowledge of utility operations and management to lead multiple due-diligence and assimilation projects for gas and electric utilities and IPPs, including large renewable energy companies.

Education – Mr. Mount holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Connecticut.

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Colin Murchie
Director, Project Finance, Sol Systems. LLC

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Government & Institutional – Regulatory Decrees
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

murchieProfile – Colin Murchie co-leads project origination efforts, serving as the bridge between the company’s investment teams and the developers seeking capital. Mr. Murchie’s team regularly reviews distributed generation and utility-scale solar investment opportunities for purchase and/or to structure project finance. Additionally, he lends his solar policy expertise to the due diligence process.

Professional History – Mr. Murchie’s solar industry experience dates to 2002. As a Director, Policy and Electricity Markets, with SolarCity Corporation, he led the company’s state-level advocacy work in a number of East Coast markets during a period of unprecedented progress in developing new solar markets. Also, he served as a resource to the company’s commercial sales team, performing diligence and advisory work on new and emerging solar programs nationwide, and elucidating business models for greater integration into the retail electricity markets. At SolarCity, he also originated and managed a portfolio of solar renewable energy credit contracts worth more than $20 million.

Industry Leadership – Previously, with SunEdison and the national Solar Energy Industries Association, Mr. Murchie led pioneering work on what are now some of the fundamental policies underlying solar development in the U.S. today, including the FERC Order 2006 interconnection model and the original 2005 increment of the federal ITC to 30 percent. He has served on the boards of a number of solar advocacy organizations, most notably more than six years of service on the Board of the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA).

Education – Mr. Murchie graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Policy, Management and Human Dimensions, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

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Leslie Nicholls, PMP
Program Director, Technology Services Division, Energetics, Inc.

Breakout Sessions A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Discovering Resources and Tools
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

nichols-loProfile – Leslie Nicholls is responsible for the management of many crosscutting programs. Currently, Ms. Nicholls applies her skills to project management and strategic planning to support the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program, Building Technologies Office, and Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, Department of Veteran Affairs; and Private Industrial Clients. In this role, she is responsible for overall project management, financial management, contract negotiations and administration, strategic planning, technical requirement identification, project and content development, issue identification and migration, creative problem solving, communication and outreach activities, and project team facilitation.

Professional History – Ms. Nicholls has more than 25 years’ experience in the areas of integrated project management, knowledge of contracting and financial management tools, and broad knowledge of the areas of energy management as applied to the federal sector. She is a skilled facilitator for management planning sessions, compression planning with large groups, industry breakthrough sessions, issue exploration, and creative solution identification meetings.

Education - Ms. Nicholls holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration Degrees from Washington State University.

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David Oberholzer
Director of Energy Products and Business Development, Earth Networks

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Residential Customer – Out of the Dark, Into the Light
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

david oberholzerProfile – David Oberholzer is Director of Energy Products and Business Development at Earth Networks where he spends most of his time on the WeatherBug Home service offering.

Professional History – Previously, he was Vice President of Corporate Development at Brightkite; Director of Wireless Data Content at Verizon Wireless; Director of Carrier Services at InphoMatch; and Regional General Manager at Predictive Systems. Before this, Mr. Oberholzer served as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he flew carrier-based aircraft. He also served as a White House Military Social Aide.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Oberholzer has played a leading role in the wireless industry at various companies including Brightkite, Verizon Wireless, Sybase 365, and Predictive Systems. In every role, he has focused on bringing new and innovative technologies to consumer and business markets.

Education – Mr. Oberholzer has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration and a Master’s in Information Systems from the University of Maryland.

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Daniel Opila
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering; United States Naval Academy

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Government & Institutional Customer – Fabricating the Energy Renaissance
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

opila-loProfile - Daniel Opila is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the United States Naval Academy. Dr. Opila specializes in the design and control of energy systems, with applications in power systems (marine, naval, terrestrial, and microgrid), transportation, power converters, and renewables. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and a member of IEEE and ASME.

Professional History – Prior to joining the Naval Academy, Dr. Opila was a Senior Research and Development Engineer at GE Power Conversion in Pittsburgh, Penn., focusing on utility-scale solar power generation. He has also worked as a Visiting Scholar at Ford Motor Company, a Senior Engineer at Orbital Sciences Corporation, and a Mechanical Engineer at Bose Corporation.

Education – Dr. Opila received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 and 2003, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2010.

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Joseph Paladino
Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

Plenary III – Data Driven Decisions: The Need for Enlightenment
Wednesday, October 15, 10:15 – 11:15 AM

joseph paladinoProfile - Joseph Paladino is Senior Advisor in the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, where he oversees efforts to determine the impact of smart grid projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Professional History - He has worked at DOE for 20 years in programs involving nuclear waste management, energy efficient buildings and electricity grid modernization. Prior to joining DOE, Mr. Paladino worked for over 10 years in the private sector.

Industry Leadership – His particular interest is in the advancement and commercialization of technology.

Education – Mr. Paladino earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Middlebury College and his graduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Joan D. Plisko, Ph.D.
Technical Director, Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment

Plenary III – Data Drives Decisions: The Need for Enlightenment
Wednesday, October 15, 10:15 – 11:15 AM

joan pliskoProfile – Dr. Joan D. Plisko has been the Technical Director of Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MD H2E) – a grant-funded initiative housed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, since 2005. Through networking, education, technical assistance and recognition, Dr. Plisko engages and catalyzes hospitals and health care providers to advance a culture of sustainability. Joan promotes the triple bottom line, tracks and evaluates hospital sustainability programs, and ensures the operational effectiveness of MD H2E. Programmatic areas of focus include waste and toxics prevention, resource conservation, healthy sustainable food procurement, and population health and wellness.

Industry Leadership – Quite active as a community environmental advocate, Dr. Plisko currently serves on the Executive Board of Neighbor Space of Baltimore County, was the founding chair of the Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality, started the first Maryland green energy buying collective for her community, and started the Environmental Club at her children’s elementary school. She is a past recipient of the EPA Region 3 Award for Environmental Achievement as well as the Maryland Tawes Award for a Clean Environment.

Education – Dr. Plisko has a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University, a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering from University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University.

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Robert G. Sanders
Senior Finance Advisor, Clean Energy Group

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Residential Customer – Facilitating Affordability
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

robert sandersProfile – Robert G. Sanders has over 25 years of experience in community development and energy-related commercial finance. He is a consultant with expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating financing programs, financial products and related services in the areas of clean energy and sustainable community development.

Professional History – Mr. Sanders was formerly the Managing Director of Energy Finance for The Reinvestment Fund, a leading innovator in the financing of neighborhood and economic revitalization with $700 million under management from 800 investors. In this capacity, he served as Fund Manager for the Sustainable Development Fund, a $32 million fund created by the Pennsylvania PUC to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as TRF Fund Manager for the Pennsylvania Green Energy Loan Fund and the Philadelphia metropolitan area EnergyWorks Loan Fund – representing $80 million of new public and private resources for building-related clean energy projects. As lead for all energy investing, Mr. Sanders made loans, leases, equity investments and performance-based grant incentives and positioned TRF as a leader in energy finance among community development financial institutions (CDFIs).

Industry Leadership – He served two terms on the Board of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and was a director and officer of the Clean Energy States Alliance, a national organization comprised of members from 19 publicly-funded clean energy funds and state agencies. He represented U.S. clean energy fund managers and presented at meetings of the UN Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative in Bonn, Amsterdam and Paris. He has provided testimony at a U.S. Congressional briefing on the respective roles that federal and state funding should play to accelerate clean energy market development.

Education – Mr. Sanders holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University.

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Jessica L. Schiavone
Director, Energy Solutions, Energetics, Inc.

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Small Business & Retail Customer – Jousting with Costs and Investment Strategies
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:45 PM

schiavone-loProfile – Jessica L. Schiavone is a thought leader in the Energy/Utility industry. In her current role as Director, Energy Solutions at Energetics Ms. Schiavone manages the consulting team that provides direct support to the Department of Energy’s $7.9 billion Smart Grid Investment Grant program, which includes a portfolio of 99 electric transmission, distribution, and AMI/smart meter projects across 49 U.S. states and Guam.

Professional History – Ms. Schiavone’s previous roles include: Business Architect and Senior Project Manager for BGE’s $450M Smart Grid program; Manager of BGE’s AMI Operations Team; Founder/elected President of Exelon’s Eco-Team; Six Sigma trained Project Manager for Constellation Energy; and Assistant Professor of Naval Science and Weapon Systems Engineering at Boston University.

Prior to entering corporate America in 2007, she served eight years on active duty as a Naval Flight Officer in EA-6B Prowlers, an aircraft carrier-launched electronic attack jet. Ms. Schiavone completed two tours over Iraq, qualified as Mission Commander, was awarded an Air Medal for accumulated time over a combat zone, and managed numerous divisions of Navy personnel engaged in time-sensitive, mission-critical projects. (Honorably discharged in 2007).

Ms. Schiavone lives with her three children, Stella, Max and Deklan, in Baltimore. She serves as the President of the Board of Directors for CASA Baltimore, a non-profit that provides support and advocacy services for children in Baltimore City’s foster care system. She also serves on the board of Green Street Academy, the nation’s first grades 6-12 public charter school with an embedded sustainability curriculum delivered via project-based learning. She was appointed to the MCEC Board of Directors in June 2014.

Education—Ms. Schiavone has a Master’s in Business Administration in Business-IT Strategy from Boston University and Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy. She is a certified Project Management Professional.

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Jeffrey Schub
Vice President, Coalition for Green Capital

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Government & Institutional Customer – Green Banking as the Gold Standard
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

jeffrey schubProfile – Jeffrey Schub is Vice President of the Coalition for Green Capital, a non-profit consulting firm that partners with states to create and develop green banks. CGC has spearheaded efforts at both the federal and state level to build public and quasi-public entities that use limited public resources to leverage private capital in order to finance clean energy more quickly and at lower cost. Mr. Schub seeks out state-based opportunities and partnerships for the creation of new green banks.

Professional History – Prior to his work at the Coalition for Green Capital, Mr. Schub was an economic consultant at Analysis Group, focused on technology and innovation.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Schub also works with Connecticut’s green bank on solar finance and organization strategy, and helped develop the business plan for the New York Green Bank. In addition, he organized the Green Bank Academy, the first gathering of state government officials from a dozen states to learn about green bank best practices.

Education – Mr. Schub holds as Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and has Bachelor’s Degrees in economics and public policy from Brown University.

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Martha E. Senf
Alternative Energy Business Development Manager
Building Technologies Division, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Small Business & Retail Customer – Exploring the Possibilities
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Martha Senf HeadshotProfile – Martha E. Senf is currently responsible for developing alternative energy projects for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, with a focus on alternative energy and water and wastewater efficiency projects. She is interested in identifying opportunities for municipalities and local governments to turn traditional waste streams into valuable resources that can enhance the community.

Professional History – Ms. Senf has worked in the energy industry for over 20 years. She has focused her efforts on helping customers manage and reduce energy consumption via various types of capital projects. She has also been responsible for creating price risk mitigation strategies for the customer’s natural gas and power consumption and is very familiar with the structures and products available in the energy commodity markets.

Ms. Senf has investigated and analyzed the economics of a wide range of alternative energy projects including gasification of poultry litter, digester gas projects, solar projects and co-digestion of various waste streams in waste water treatment plants. She has worked on a number of cogeneration projects ranging in size from 300kW to 50 MWs and understands the requirements of financing and the process of obtaining power purchase agreements and long term fuel sales agreements.

She was responsible for the negotiation of contracts for a landfill gas to energy project for 16-mile pipeline to provide boiler fuel in Aiken County, S.C., for the Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority. She has worked on the development of numerous projects to increase energy efficiency in City buildings and wastewater facilities across the country. Ms. Senf is working on the installation of an Automated Metering Infrastructure system and smart water meters for a consortium of five towns in Illinois. She is responsible for working with Siemens offices around the country to ensure that best practices in alternative energy are shared among all the offices.

She is a member of American Biogas Association, American Solar Energy Society and she is a LEED Green Associate.

Education – Ms. Senf holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, with a concentration in Economics from Syracuse University.

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Alison Shea
Senior Account Executive, Building Technologies Division, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Awards Luncheon – Mistress of Ceremonies
Wednesday, October 15, 12:30 – 2:15 PM

alison sheaProfile - Alison Shea is responsible for developing multi-disciplined Energy and Environmental Solutions for both public and private sector business partners throughout Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and parts of Delaware and West Virginia. She is an accomplished energy professional and experienced project developer.

Industry Leadership – With a professional record that includes experience as an Energy Solutions Provider, Client, and Consultant, Ms. Shea represents a 360-degree view of strategic energy planning. Ms. Shea has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry.

Education - Ms. Shea holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Genevieve Sherman
Assistant Director, Commercial & Industrial Programs, Connecticut Green Bank (formerly Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority)

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Making Enlightened Energy Investments
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:45 PM

genevieve shermanProfile – Genevieve Sherman is the Assistant Director for Commercial & Industrial Programs at the nation’s first green bank, the Connecticut Green Bank. Ms. Sherman manages the bank’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program and coordinates the Authority’s efforts around designing financing strategies for microgrids and district energy systems.

Professional History – Previously, Ms. Sherman consulted with several leading developers of smart metering, information feedback, and energy efficiency programs, including Clean Energy Solutions Inc., Earth Markets, and HR&A Advisors.

Industry Leadership – Ms. Sherman graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master in City Planning, where she developed financing and governance models to implement district energy and microgrids in commercial centers.

Education – Ms. Sherman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Columbia University and a Certificate in Environmental Policy from MIT.

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Douglass Sims
Director of Strategy and Finance, Center for Market Innovation, Natural Resource Defense Council

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Government & Institutional Customer – Green Banking as the Gold Standard
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

doug simsProfile – Douglass Sims is Director of Strategy and Finance at the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Center for Market Innovation (CMI). NRDC is the United States’ most effective environmental action group. The Center for Market Innovation works to harness the power of markets to create positive and profitable environmental change.

Professional History – In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Sims was instrumental in the launch of the New York Green Bank and currently is working green banks in California and other states. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Sims has worked in international and national emerging markets, first as a senior project finance attorney at a leading international law firm and, since 2010, at the Center for Market Innovation where he co-leads CMI and focuses on next generation energy, food, water and shelter markets.

Education – Mr. Sims holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University.

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Dan R. Skowronski
Attorney, Saul Ewing, LLP

Roundtable Discussions – Policy & Regulation
Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

dan skowronskiProfile – Dan R. Skowronski is a member of Saul Ewing’s Energy and Utilities Practice Group and is resident in the Baltimore office. Mr. Skowronski’s practice has focused on the development, financing, management, operation, acquisition and sale of electric generating facilities, including fossil (coal and natural gas), nuclear and renewable (waste coal, biomass, waste-to-energy, geothermal, hydro, solar and wind), utility-grade plants as well as behind-the-meter distributed generation (solar, fuel cells, diesel generation and biogas).

Professional History – Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Skowronski was an economist and supervised a utility group involved in load forecasting, conservation, demand side management and demand response programs.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Skowronski also has counseled on retail and wholesale power sales, retail electric provider status, demand response, renewable energy certificate sales agreements and ESCO applications.

Education – Mr. Skowronski holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Master of Science in Management Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Maryland.

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Krista Smith
Director, Deloitte. LLP

Tech Showcase
Tuesday, October 14, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

krista smithProfile – Krista Smith has more than 22 years of experience in serving clients in both the private and public sectors, ranging from start-ups to large, complex, multinational corporations. She has extensive experience in SEC reporting and technical accounting. Ms. Smith has assisted clients with initial and secondary public securities offerings, as well as numerous private placements. She has provided attest and advisory services in connection with internal controls. Ms. Smith spent two years in Deloitte’s National Office Quality Assurance group addressing complex technical accounting and reporting issues. This experience allows her to bring practical solutions to complex accounting and auditing matters.

Professional History – Ms. Smith is active in Deloitte’s Greater Washington Emerging Growth Company Practice, which focuses on entrepreneurial, innovative, and high-growth companies. As part of that practice, she serves as the CleanTech Industry Sector Leader. Some of her recent growth company clients include Decision Lens, Geostellar, Atlantic Wind Connection, and Ciphent. Ms. Smith’s industry experience includes regulated utilities (gas and electric), independent power producers, energy marketers, technology companies, government contractors and consumer services. For the last 14 years, Krista has focused on Deloitte’s Energy and Utility Practice, having served in leadership roles on the audits of Washington Gas, AES and Public Service Enterprise Group. Ms. Smith is a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Other affiliations include the Maryland Clean Energy Center, CleanTech Open, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, Northern Virginia Tech Council, Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment and Women’s Energy Network.

Education – Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Lehigh University.

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John Spears, LEED AP, CEM
President, Sustainable Design Group

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Residential Customer – Out of the Dark, Into the Light
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

spears-loProfile – John Spears is the President of the Sustainable Design Group in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he designs and builds custom zero energy solar homes.

Professional History – Over the past four decades, John Spears has been a pioneer and thought leader in the development of solar homes and sustainable communities and in helping the world transition from a fossil fuel economy to a renewable energy based economy. He has been involved in everything from fundamental research and innovative product development to energy policy at the country, state and local level. Mr. Spears envisioned the concept of the Maryland Clean Energy Center, a Maryland State Corporation which focuses on economic development and job creation in the clean energy sector. The creation of the MCEC was recommended in the study he authored “The Economic Development Potential of Clean Energy in Maryland.” The study, funded by the Maryland Department of Economic Development, Maryland Energy Administration, and the Abel Foundation, was the most comprehensive study of energy in Maryland at the time. Mr. Spears is currently the Senior Renewable Energy Advisor for the Clinton Foundation.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Spears has been a pioneer in the development of sustainable communities worldwide and was recognized at the first UN Global Warming Conference in Kyoto Japan in 1997 for the first sustainable community in South Africa. He designed the Sustainable Energy Research Facility for Frostburg State University which is one of the first completely off-grid commercial buildings in the country and developed the North Point Community in Frederick, Maryland. North Point is community of 58 affordable zero energy solar town homes. He received the Builder of the Year 2012 Award from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for the North Point Project.

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Michael Staples
Manager, Product Marketing and Strategy, Opower

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Small Business & Retail Customer – A Look at Making it Easy for Your Customer
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

staplesProfile – Michael Staples manages Opower’s Small and Medium Business Energy Efficiency solution, where his focus is on understanding market requirements and communicating Opower’s SMB product vision.

Professional History – Before joining Opower, Mr. Staples spent five years at MarketBridge, where he consulted on go-to-market strategies for Fortune 500 technology and financial services companies.

Education – Mr. Staples has a Bachelor of Science from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University Of Virginia.

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Richard Sweetser
Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy Combined Heat & Power Technology Assistance Partnership, Mid-Atlantic

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Seeing is Believing
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

sweetser-loProfile – Richard Sweetser is a Senior Advisor to DOE’s Mid-Atlantic CHP Technology Assistance Partnership and EXERGY is a performer organization for DOE’s Energy Efficiency Buildings Hub.

Professional History – Richard Sweetser has spent 42 years commercializing advanced energy, refrigeration and HVAC technology. Mr. Sweetser has held management positions with York International, in the field of industrial refrigeration equipment application, design and sales; United Technologies, in the field of natural gas compression applications, design and marketing; SSCI, in the field of refrigeration, air conditioning and air compressor design and licensing; the AGCC in the field of engine-driven, absorption and desiccant system commercialization; and Fresh Air Solutions, in sales, service, engineering and manufacturing of desiccant dehumidification systems.

Education – Mr. Sweetser is a graduate engineer and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He has published numerous technical, and policy articles, technical manuals, a book titled, The Fundamentals of Gas Cooling. He is leading a team developing ASHRAE’s CHP Design Guide.

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Calvin Timmerman
Assistant Executive Director, Maryland Public Service Commission

Roundtable Discussions – Efficiency
Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

calvin timmermanProfile – Calvin Timmerman is an Assistant Executive Director on the staff of the Maryland Public Service Commission. He joined the Maryland PSC in 1989. He has managed the staff’s gas and electric restructuring and retail competition activities since 1994 and the staff’s energy efficiency, peak demand reduction and energy supply resource activities since 2001.

Industry Leadership – Mr. Timmerman has been the staff policy witness in numerous rate, merger, energy policy, low income assistance and corporate reorganization proceedings. His current focus is energy efficiency, conservation, demand response, smart gird and new utility business model initiatives. He currently chairs the Smart Grid Implementation Working Group and the EmPOWER Maryland Working Groups.

Education – Mr. Timmerman has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in History and a Specialist in Education degree from the University of Florida. He was a Graduate Exchange Fellow at Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany. Mr. Timmerman received his Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Carol Tobian
Manager, Business Development, Mid Atlantic, National Resource Management, Inc.

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Small Business & Retail Customer – A Look at Making it Easy for Your Customer
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

tobian-loProfile – Carol Tobian is Business Development Manager, Mid-Atlantic, of National Resource Management, Inc. (NRM) and leads all aspects of business development in New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. With a nation-wide presence, NRM serves its utility and energy services company (ESCO) partners by delivering a full turn-key refrigeration energy efficiency service offering to its client and the end-use electric business customer.

Professional History – Ms. Tobian has nearly 15 years of clean-tech energy industry experience including commercial and industrial energy efficiency program management, demand response, and merchant transmission system development in the wholesale energy market. Prior to NRM, Ms. Tobian was a part of the ‘founding 20’ team at EnerNOC, the industry leader in demand response. Her five-year tenure includes serving as its first Project Manager, helping to launch its Inside Sales team, and serving as a Business Development Manager. Ms. Tobian began her clean tech energy career with TransÉnergie U.S. Ltd. (TEUS), a merchant transmission system developer, and served as its Independent System Operator & Public Affairs Advocate. TEUS accomplishments include successful commission of the 330MW sub-sea high voltage transmission system, Cross Sound Cable, and securing a place for Merchant Transmission in the wholesale energy markets.

Industry Leadership – Ms. Tobian serves on the Executive Leadership Symposium Advisory Committee on behalf of the Produce Marketing Foundation. Further, she served on the Leadership Council with Massachusetts Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Education – Ms. Tobian received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Pacific Lutheran University.

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Myriam Tourneux
Program Manager, Fuel Fund of Maryland

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Residential Customer – Motivating Enlightened Consumers
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

myriam tourneuxProfile – Myriam Tourneux leads the Watt Watchers of Maryland program, a Fuel Fund of Maryland multifaceted energy conservation initiative seeking to ease vulnerable communities’ energy burden through behavior change.

Professional History – Previously, she worked with local governments to develop and implement comprehensive energy policies and monitored the implementation of biomass heating systems in the public and residential sectors. Ms. Tourneux also has developed successful energy outreach campaigns and advised thousands of individuals on energy efficiency and using renewable energy sources.

Industry Leadership - After 10 years of work in the nonprofit sector, on both behavior-based and clean energy programs, she has become a big believer in the power of energy conservation as an incredible source of sustainable energy.

Education – A native of France, Ms. Tourneux is trained in Environmental Engineering and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Northeastern University.

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Barbara Tyran
Director, Washington & State Relations, Electric Power Research Institute

Plenary I – Future of the Utility Marketplace: The Customer Relationship
Tuesday, October 14, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Barbara TyranProfile – Barbara Tyran is Director, Washington & State Relations, in EPRI’s office in Washington, D.C. She serves as the principal liaison between EPRI executive management and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, the national leadership of the state public utility commissions, state legislators/regulators, and the Washington energy community.

Professional History – Ms. Tyran joined EPRI in 1998 after serving for several years as Manager of Federal Government Affairs for two electric utilities, Kansas City Power & Light (now Great Plains Energy, Inc.) and Empire District Electric Company. Previously, she was the Washington Representative for the Detroit Edison Company (now DTE Energy). Prior to that, Ms. Tyran worked as a management consultant, initially with Booz Allen & Hamilton in its Institutional Management Consulting Division and subsequently, with Pace Global, where she was engaged with energy-related clients in both the private and public sectors.

Industry Leadership – In recognition of her electricity industry expertise and knowledge, in 2005, Ms. Tyran was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Energy and Energy Services, elected Chairman in 2010, and re-elected in 2014. Ms. Tyran is Affiliates Co-Chair, National Association of State Energy Officials’ Board of Directors, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions. She is a member of DOE’s Electricity Advisory Committee Workforce Group, the Center for Public Utilities Advisory Council, Board of Directors for the Women’s Council on Energy & the Environment, and the Executive Council of the annual Energy Efficiency Forum at the National Press Club. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Maryland Clean Energy Center. In 2014, Ms. Tyran is General Chairman of the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting Local Organizing Committee, hosting 3000 attendees from over 50 nations.

Education – Ms. Tyran holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from Yale University.

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Paul C. N. VanGelder
Vice President, CHA Consulting, Inc.

Plenary III – Data Drives Decisions: The Need for Enlightenment
Wednesday, October 15, 10:15 – 11:15 AM

paul van gelderProfile - Paul C.N. VanGelder PE, PP, CEM, is the Development Director of Power & Energy Market at CHA, a diversified engineering, architecture, and construction management firm. He is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in a wide range of general civil engineering, energy, aviation, transportation, industrial, and site development projects. As Vice President of CHA’s Power & Energy Market, Mr. VanGelder is responsible for the design and management of thermal power, energy efficiency, and renewable energy projects. His efforts include energy audits as well as the development of solar energy systems in New York and New Jersey.

Professional History - From 1984 to 1987, Mr. VanGelder gained broad experience as a Soil & Water Resource Engineer for the USDA. Soil Conservation Service. Since joining CHA in 1988, he has been involved in the administration and technical management of numerous projects across several different engineering fields.

Industry Leadership – Mr. VanGelder is a member of the International District Energy Association. He was elected Planning Board Chairman for the Denville Township in 2006. In that same year, he was a member of the Morris County Open Space Trust Committee and appointed engineer for Randolph Township. He previously served as a member of the Morris County Planning Board.

Education – Mr. VanGelder holds a Bachelor of Science in both Civil Engineering and Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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Maria Tikoff Vargas
Director, Better Buildings Challenge and Senior Program Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

Plenary III – Data Drives Decisions: The Need for Enlightenment
Wednesday, October 15, 10:15 – 11:15 AM

maria vargasProfile – Maria Vargas is the Director of the Better Buildings Challenge at the Department of Energy. The goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to make American buildings 20 percent more efficient by 2020. This leadership initiative involves chief executive officers, University presidents and state and local leaders who have committed to upgrading buildings across their portfolios and providing their energy savings data and strategies as models for others to follow.

Professional History – Prior to her work at DOE, Ms. Vargas was the Brand Manager for the ENERGY STAR program for over 15 years while at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Vargas also served as the Co-Director of the ENERGY STAR Buildings and Green Lights Partnership. She has been involved in policy work on the issues of ozone depletion, global climate change, and related environmental and energy issues since 1985.

Industry Leadership – Ms. Vargas also serves as a Senior Program Advisor in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy.

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Laurie Vaudreuil
Chief Executive Officer, Mosaic Power

Breakout Session B – TECHNOLOGY: Technology Drives Outcomes
Residential Customer – Out of the Dark, Into the Light
Wednesday, October 15, 2:15 – 3:15 PM

Laurie VaudreuilProfile – Laurie Vaudreuil is the CEO of Mosaic Power. Mosaic Power provides very fast electricity efficiency service to the power grid by shifting when residential water heaters run by just a few minutes. She is creating a unique business in the energy industry that focuses on efficiency solutions that have low capital cost, little to no impact on participants, and significant impacts on the power grid. Ms. Vaudreuil also focuses on projects with significant social impacts like enabling solar financing for churches and municipal installations.

Professional History – Prior to her work at Mosaic, Ms. Vaudreuil worked in the telecommunications and oil industries designing power systems, emergency outage systems, and physical installations for telephone switches and oil fields. She is experienced in operations and technical project management.

Industry Leadership – Ms. Vaudreuil works with the Maryland Clean Energy Center as an innovation advisor. She is active as an alumna of the CleanTech Open. Mosaic Power was a 2012 CleanTech Open semifinalist. Mosaic Power was Howard County’s Green Energy company of the year in 2013 and was nominated for Incubator Company of the Year in both 2013 and 2014.

Education – Ms. Vaudreuil holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas.

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Mark F. Wagner
Vice President, Government Relations, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Plenary III – Data Drives Decisions: The Need for Enlightenment
Wednesday, October 15, 10:15 – 11:15 AM

mark wagnerProfile – Mark F. Wagner is Vice President of Government Relations for Johnson Controls, Inc., a Fortune 100 company and a global leader in energy efficiency for buildings, building automation systems, advanced automotive batteries, and automotive interiors. Mr. Wagner’s expertise includes energy policy, federal sites that showcase energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electronic security systems, as well as advanced battery technology for hybrid electric vehicles.

Professional History – Before joining Johnson Controls, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, working on defense policy matters involving base closings, industrial issues, competitive sourcing, and privatization. Prior to his work at DOD, he was the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Procurement Institute, overseeing a statewide federal procurement assistance program for more than 1,500 Wisconsin companies. He also has served as a Congressional staff member for Rep. Les Aspin, Sen. Birch Bayh, and Rep. John Brademas.

Industry Leadership – During his 14 years with Johnson Controls, Mr. Wagner has been instrumental in developing programs with the federal government, including Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) and other public-private partnerships.

Education – Mr. Wagner received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University in 1975 and his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington in 1983.

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Malcolm D. Woolf
Senior Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs, Advanced Energy Economy

Breakout Session A – POLICY & INCENTIVES: Policy Drives the Market
Government & Institutional Customer – Regulatory Decrees
Wednesday, October 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

malcolm woolfProfile – Malcolm Woolf joined the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) in fall of 2012. As Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, Mr. Woolf works to influence public policy, foster advanced energy innovation and business growth, and provide a unified voice for all segments of the advanced energy industry.

Professional History – Before joining AEE, Mr. Woolf served as a Cabinet-level official with Governor Martin O’Malley. As head of the Maryland Energy Administration from 2007-2012, he helped enact and implement one of the most ambitious sets of energy goals in the nation, including the EmPOWER Maryland Act, seeking a 15% reduction in peak demand and overall electricity consumption; a 20% renewable standard; and a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

To achieve these goals, MEA launched numerous innovative new programs to promote greater use of advanced energy technologies. Several of these programs received national recognition, including the Generating Clean Horizons program that was named one of the “Top 25 Innovations in American Government” by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School.

Industry Leadership – An energy expert with experience at the national level and in the private sector, Mr. Woolf was the chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), has testified before Congress on several occasions, and is frequently featured in national media. He has extensive energy experience both within federal and state government, as well as in private legal practice. Mr. Woolf previously served as the Director of the National Governors Association’s Natural Resources Committee and counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He also was a senior attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and an associate with the law firms of Winston & Strawn and Piper & Marbury, LLP.

Education – Mr. Woolf received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Tufts University, with a year abroad at Pembroke College, Oxford University. He earned his law degree, as well as a Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy, from the University of Virginia.

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Patrick Wootton
Manager, Business Development, Nixon Energy Solutions

Breakout Session C – FINANCE: Investment Drives Results
Commercial & Industrial Customer – Making Enlightened Energy Investments
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 – 4:45 PM

patrick woottonProfessional History - Patrick Wootton was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force upon graduation from Auburn. He spent eight years on active duty serving as a civil engineer officer working as the Environmental Management Flight Deputy Chief at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming and then as an academic instructor at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Upon completion of his assignment at Maxwell AFB, Mr. Wootton joined General Electric through the Junior Officer Leadership Program. He worked six years with GE, including four years with GE Jenbacher North America. From GE, he worked for one-year as an engineer for Hazen & Sawyer, before returning to the gas engine business with Nixon Energy, the southeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S. distributor for GE Jenbacher, in 2012.

Education – Mr. Wootton graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering.

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Tuesday & Wednesday
October 14 - 15, 2014

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Hyattsville, Maryland 20783


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