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Bruce OreckThe Honorable Bruce Oreck

United States Ambassador to the Republic of Finland

Bruce J. Oreck currently serves as the United States Ambassador to Finland. In that capacity, he has driven the initiation of a complete renovation of the Embassy in Helsinki with a focus on high performance and “sustainability”. For example, later this year Embassy Helsinki will open its Innovation Center – a 100 year old building on target for LEED Platinum EB Certification. The Innovation Center is also slated to be the first U.S. Embassy building to exclusively utilize both interior and exterior LED lighting. And the entire Embassy compound will be the first in the world to utilize both district heating and district cooling (over 90% efficient). Ambassador Oreck also serves as the Chair of the League of Green Embassies. The League is a global network of over 90 diplomatic missions pursuing a common agenda for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation.

Mr. Oreck practiced law for over 25 years representing many of the largest companies in the United States. In addition to his private legal practice, Ambassador Oreck served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President for his privately held family business, the Oreck Corporation, until the sale of that business in 2003.He is the author of several books on taxation and has had a successful career as a speaker and lecturer in both Europe and the United States –addressing topics ranging from the process of creative thinking to the New Relationship with Energy for the 21st Century.

Steve Hauser

Chief Technology Officer, New West Technologies, LLC

Mr. Hauser is the Director of Engineering Services/Chief Technology Officer at New West Technologies, LLC, where he is responsible for managing and growing New West’s emerging engineering business. Mr. Hauser has a Master’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, as well as a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Oregon. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on transforming the power sec­tor to meet future economic, environmental, and energy security mandates. With 35 years of experience, Mr. Hauser has been a leader in clean energy technology development efforts, including solar, wind, batteries, electric vehicles, geothermal, hydrogen, and building energy efficiency.

For the past decade, Mr. Hauser has been a prominent national figure in the “smart grid” efforts across the power industry. Since 2000, he has brought together hundreds of companies to create a broad industry vision to transform energy systems, markets, and technologies. Mr. Hauser also created new international brands like GridWise® and GridWeek which significantly increased the visibility of these issues with federal and state policy makers.

Previously, Mr. Hauser has held senior management positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Battelle, CH2M Hill and SAIC.

Tom Bialek

Chief Engineer, San Diego Gas & Electric

Tom received a Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1982 and 1986 respectively.  He also obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2005.

He is currently employed by San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”) as a Chief Engineer on the Smart Grid Team.  His present responsibilities involve smart grid strategy and policy for transmission and distribution issues including equipment, operations, planning, distributed generation and development of new technologies.   He is also the Principal Investigator on DOE and CEC funded Micro Grid projects.  He is also a frequently requested external speaker and DOE R&D peer reviewer.  Tom was also recognized by Greentech Media in its inaugural 100 Top Movers and Shakers in Smart Grid.  In 2009 Tom was recognized with SDG&E’s Cornerstone award and in 2010 received the Outstanding Engineer award from the San Diego County Engineering Council.

He has held various positions with other North American utilities and equipment manufacturers since graduating in 1982.  His experience includes electric utility design, planning and operation and equipment design, development and manufacturing.

Tom is an IEEE Power Engineering and Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society member.  Tom was also the former Failure Mechanism Technical Committee Chair and Secretary of the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society and Working Group Member for Surge Arresters.  Tom is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society.  He is also a registered Professional Engineer, Electrical Engineering, in the State of California.  He has authored a variety papers on a diverse of subjects such as distribution fault location, surge protection of equipment and testing of cables and has a pending patent application.

Dr. Dana Christensen

Deputy Laboratory Director for Science & Technology

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dana C. Christensen is the Deputy Laboratory Director for Science & Technology of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory since 2010. Dr. Christensen is Vice President of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC; the operating contractor for the Laboratory. After more than three decades of professional management within DOE National Laboratories, he has become one of the world’s leading experts on energy technology, energy materials and chemistry, and energy systems. He is a Board member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems of America and serves on the DOE’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee. As NREL’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology he is responsible for the science strategy, focused on positioning the Laboratory for delivering on high impact solutions to the Nation’s energy challenges and goals, with particular focus on renewable energy development and the integration of energy efficiency for buildings, industrial, and transportation sectors into the energy grids.

Dr. Christensen came to NREL from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he served as the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Engineering Sciences and was responsible for implementing the energy technology strategy for the Laboratory. Prior to his tenure at ORNL, Dr. Christensen was Principal Associate Laboratory Director for Threat Reduction at Los Alamos National Laboratory and spent 28 years with the University of California. He started his career and spent four years at the Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory doing water and environmental sciences research. Dr. Christensen has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico State University, Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Civil/Environmental Engineering from New Mexico State University, and an Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico.

Micheal AustinMicheal Austin

Vice President of BYD America

Micheal Austin received his degree in Design Engineering as well as a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from BYU. He worked for Motorola 15 years in functions including ODM Director for the Mobile Devices Business responsible for over $3B in purchases annually and serving as Motorola’s Global Energy Commodity Manager, purchasing Motorola’s battery products. He was selected as Motorola’s Distinguished Innovator (with 22 US patents) in 1999. He has considerable Asian International business experience which proves invaluable in his current role as Vice President for BYD America. BYD is a $40B Chinese company listed on the HKE and has over 200,000 employees.

Craig O'ConnorCraig S. O’Connor

Director, Office of Renewable Energy and Environmental Exports
Export Import Bank of the United States

Craig O’Connor was appointed as the Director of Ex-Im Bank’s Office of Renewable Energy & Environmental Exports in 2008, where he manages a team of six professionals. The Bank more than doubled its support for renewable energy in FY2011 to $721 million, after tripling its authorizations for financing renewable energy in FY2010 to over $350 million. Craig works closely with U.S. environmental and renewable energy exporters, and international companies and project developers, to create “Bankable” project structures. Craig began his career at the Bank in January 1993, as a Loan Officer in the Export Credit Insurance Division covering the Middle East and North Africa. Mr. O’Connor has represented the Bank on over 50 international missions. In addition to his position at the Bank, Mr. O’Connor has served as an Adjunct Professor of International Business at Georgetown University since the Spring Semester of 1997. In May 2003, he was presented with the Georgetown University Adjunct Faculty of the Year award.

Peter MoeckelPeter Moeckel

Senior Industry Specialist Embedded IT
Climate Business Group, International Finance Corporation

Peter is senior industry specialist for embedded IT at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank. He is looking for IT technologies which have the potential of addressing climate change in emerging markets.

Current topics include networking standards for smart meters and analytics of smart meter data. Before joining the IFC, Peter has been the CTO of Berlin-based start-up yetu AG, helping develop its home energy management technology. Prior to that, he has been VP responsible for Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (T-Labs), the corporate research and development lab of Deutsche Telekom, since 2004, and responsible for corporate strategy development before that.

Before joining Deutsche Telekom, Peter worked as an Associate consultant for Booz,Allen & Hamilton, with clients in IT and telecoms.

Peter Moeckel has read computer science, graduating with a B.A. & M.A. from Cambridge University, UK, and with a Diploma from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Jeff St. John

Senior Editor, Smart Grid, Greentech Media

Jeff St. John is a reporter and analyst covering the green technology space, with a particular focus on smart grid, smart buildings, energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, green IT, renewable energy and technology to integrate distributed, intermittent green energy into the grid. He attended U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he earned his masters of journalism degree in 2001, and has worked as a newspaper reporter at the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska, the Tri-City Herald in Washington state and The Fresno Bee in California’s Central Valley. His awards include the C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism award and a 2005 National Headliner Award. In 2008 he joined Greentech Media, breaking news and writing in-depth features on business, finance and policy issues in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid and other green technologies. He believes that green technology is humanity’s greatest hope to save the planet and itself.

William LeBlanc

President, Boulder Energy Group

Senior Advisor, E Source

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Mr. LeBlanc is a recognized leader in energy efficiency programs, with particular expertise in program design, marketing, market research, branding, and strategy. He assists utility and public clients in understanding their customer markets, providing tools and messages to sway customer demand, and creating overall market strategies.He has also done extensive work on behavior change. He has been a leader and innovator in energy efficiency and load management throughout his 20 year career, working for PG&E, EPRI, E Source, and consulting firms. In 1990, he Founded  the Association of Energy Services Professionals, still the industry’s major society. Mr. LeBlanc is known for his creativity and problem-solving ability and is a sought-after public speaker. Mr. LeBlanc holds both an MS and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a BA in Management Economics from Claremont McKenna College.


James Newcomb

Project Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

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James Newcomb is a program director at RMI, where he leads the Institute’s electricity practice. He is a writer, consultant, and scenario thinker with 25 years’ experience in managing cutting-edge research and advisory organizations. Previously, he served as Group Manager for markets, policy and impacts analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He was the founding president and CEO of E Source, a leading provider of information on energy technology and services to electric and gas utilities and corporate energy managers.  M.A., Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley; B.A., Economics,
Harvard University.

Day 2 Speakers

Bill RitterThe Honorable Bill Ritter, Jr.

Founding Director, Center for the New Energy Economy,
Colorado State University
Former Governor of the State of Colorado

As the 41st governor of Colorado, from 2007-2011, Bill Ritter, Jr. established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy. Ritter signed 57 clean energy bills into law and created thousands of new jobs and established hundreds of new companies. Colorado has the fourth-highest concentration of clean-energy workers in the US and the second-highest renewable energy standard in the nation. Ritter is presently the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. The CNEE team works closely with CSU’s research and development in energy related disciplines. CNEE’s mission is to provide policy makers, governors, planners and other decision makers with a roadmap that will accelerate the nationwide development of the New Energy Economy – one that: creates and keeps jobs in the United States; encourages clean and affordable domestic energy; protects our environment and climate; keeps America on the front-edge of global competition; helps guide the country along the road to a more secure, stable, sustainable and affordable energy future.

Dr. Ake Almgren

Founder, Orkas, Inc.

Board Member, PJM Interconnection and Active Power

For more than 25 years Dr Almgren has led business entities providing electric equipment and systems.

Since 2003 he heads his own consulting company Orkas Inc., which is focused on new energy technologies. The company has evolved behind the concept of Energy Endurance to further enhance a safe, reliable, clean and affordable electric infrastructure with increased energy efficiency, more distributed resources and more renewable energy.

Dr Almgren was President and CEO of Capstone Turbine Corporation from 1998 – 2003. Prior to Capstone he was President of several ABB companies, including ABB Power T&D Co., involved in electric transmission and distribution worldwide.

Dr Almgren currently serves on the Boards of PJM Interconnection and Active Power.

Robert S. Shapard

Chairman & CEO, Oncor

Chairman, GridWise Alliance

Robert S. Shapard is chairman and CEO of Oncor.

As CEO of Oncor, Shapard is focused on achieving the objectives of industry-leading reliability, customer service and cost productivity.  He is also overseeing Oncor’s infrastructure investment program, which is focused on transmission and distribution network expansion and upgrades, including one of the largest deployments of advanced meters in the country, leading a significant expansion of the state’s transmission grid and other new digital technologies across the network.

Shapard also serves as the Chairman of GridWise Alliance (GWA).  GWA is a leading advocacy organization focused on the advancement of all aspects of the country’s electric grid.  GWA is comprised of over 130 organizations, including utilities, telecoms, technology, equipment manufacturers, consultants, labs and universities.

Prior to his current tenure at Oncor, Shapard held executive management roles at public companies in the energy and healthcare industries.

Karen Weitkunat

Mayor, City of Fort Collins

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Karen Weitkunat was elected as Mayor of Fort Collins on April 5, 2011.  She previously served eight years on City Council representing District 2.  Additionally, she served four years on the Fort Collins Planning and Zoning Board and various other boards and committees including the Poudre Fire Authority, Downtown Development Authority and the Housing Authority.  After leaving City Council in 2007, she served on the Colorado State Housing Board in Denver and the Larimer County Planning Commission.

Prior to moving to Fort Collins in 1976 from Wisconsin, Mayor Weitkunat taught in both Wisconsin and Colorado school districts.  Since being in Colorado, Karen and her husband Tom have been small business owners including 23 years in the hospitality industry, as motel owners, and the last 12 years as owners and operators of storage units in Fort Collins.

Mayor Weitkunat truly enjoys living, working and playing in the wonderful climate of Colorado and especially in the great city of Fort Collins.

Tim Noonan

Vice President, Phantom Works and Boeing Energy

Tim Noonan leads Phantom Works Ventures and Boeing Energy.  Phantom Works Ventures creates new businesses for Boeing Defense, Space & Security either through developing new products and services or disrupting markets with game-changing technologies and business models.  Boeing Energy, launched in 2009 and now part of Phantom Works Ventures, ensures secure, clean, abundant, and affordable energy through the development and integration of advanced smart grid, security, and renewable technologies.  Noonan joined Boeing in 2003 as part of Boeing Ventures, a corporate entrepreneur group.  Following Boeing Ventures, he held various executive management positions that included leading strategic development and planning for an $8 billion business unit and running a division that created, incubated, and acquired new technologies and businesses.

Noonan is a founding board member of Friends of Soldiers’ Memorial in St. Louis and serves as a board member of The Mission Continues, the most socially innovative organization in the country serving and challenging this generation of veterans.  Tim earned a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a 2008 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Dr. Sunil CherianDr. Sunil Cherian

Founder & CEO, Spirae

Sunil Cherian is the Founder and CEO of Spirae. Since founding Spirae in 2002, Dr. Cherian has built the firm into a profitable company with an emphasis on strong customer relationships and a growing intellectual property portfolio with a highly skilled team of power systems and software development professionals. Spirae currently has operations in North America, Europe and India. Dr. Cherian currently serves on the Boards of the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and Colorado Cleantech Industry Association.

Prior to Spirae, Dr. Cherian founded Sixth Dimension, Inc. for providing networking technologies for the energy industry and served as its CEO from 1997 until 2002. Sixth Dimension was acquired by Comverge in 2003. Before founding Sixth Dimension, Dr. Cherian served as Acting Director for the Colorado Manufacturing Extension Center and as Product Realization specialist for the Mid America Manufacturing Extension Center, both at Colorado State University.

Dr. Cherian has extensive experience in distributed energy applications including distributed control systems, renewable energy integration, and distributed energy resources management for network operations, power management, and energy services delivery. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has over 35 technical presentations and multiple publications in books, journals, conferences, symposia, and tradeshows. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from CSU in 1991 and 1995 respectively.

Audrey Zibelman

President and CEO, Viridity Energy

Audrey Zibelman is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy, Inc. Ms. Zibelman formed Viridity after more than 25 years of electric utility industry leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Zibelman is a recognized national and international expert in energy policy, markets and Smart Grid innovation. Prior to forming Viridity, Ms. Zibelman was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PJM, a Regional Transmission Organization that operates the world’s largest wholesale power market and serves 14 states throughout the eastern United States. While there she was responsible for all aspects of PJM’s transmission planning, market grid operations and corporate administration.

Ms. Zibelman was previously an executive at Xcel Energy, Inc., where at various times

she oversaw transmission operations and planning, energy market trading, risk management, fuel procurement and renewable energy development. She is a former General Counsel of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and has participated as both counsel and expert in numerous electric utility proceedings before state and federal regulatory and legislative bodies. She has testified before Congress and federal and state agencies on the benefits of power markets and Smart Grids to consumers. Ms. Zibelman has also served on the Boards of numerous entities responsible for assuring the security and reliability of the nation’s power system, including, Reliability First and the GridWise Alliance.

Ms. Zibelman earned her Juris Doctor degree from Hamline University Law School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University.

Mark Rawson

Distributed Energy Resources R&D Program Manager, Energy and Research Development

Sacramento Municipality Utility District

Mr. Rawson has over 15 years of experience in energy research and policy development. He presently manages research and demonstration projects in the Energy Research and Development Department for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. He is responsible for distributed generation, demand response and storage technologies. This includes utility system integration research for batteries, fuel cells, engines, turbines, and photovoltaics. He is responsible for applications such as combined cooling, heating and power, district heating, landfill gas to electricity and utility system support. Mr. Rawson is also responsible for research in demand responsive load control for residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Mr. Rawson serves on the EPRI Energy Storage Program Advisory Committee, helping provide strategic guidance in research planning to EPRI on utility perspectives for storage development and deployment.

Mr. Rawson is also a founding member of the Scientific Committee for the International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources – a biennial conference focused on sharing the learning of international research and development practitioners to address policy and technology issues relating to grid and market integration of renewables, distributed generation and demand response.

Previous to joining SMUD, Mr. Rawson served as the Energy System Integration Research Program Manager with the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program. He was responsible for a $40 million program in the areas of distributed generation, storage, transmission and distribution, and demand responsive load control. He was the technical lead for the Energy Commission’s Rule 21 Working Group that was responsible for development of standardized interconnection rules for distributed generation in California. Mr. Rawson also coauthored the Energy Commission’s 2005 Integrated Energy Policy Report policies for promotion of combined heat and power and other distributed generation in California. He served on the National Electric Transportation Infrastructure Working Council’s Health and Safety Committee which was charged with the development of standardize electric vehicle changing equipment and related building and electrical codes. He led California’s efforts to adopt uniform electrical and building codes for electric vehicle charging equipment, and conducted statewide training of building officials on these codes. He was also responsible, in partnership with the California State Fire Marshal’s Office, for developing emergency response procedures for the fire service to deal with electric vehicle accidents and fires; conducting numerous training sessions for fire departments across California.

Mr. Rawson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Chico.

Raj Chudgar

Vice President Smart Grid Business Development

Power Analytics

Raj joined Power Analytics with extensive experience in the wholesale (operations and markets), TDSP (Transmission and Distribution Providers) and retail energy space, and has lead numerous client projects covering all aspects of system and lifecycle development, ISO development and wholesale energy business solutions. He has spent more than 15 years in the electricity market and utility business with a focus on software development, renewables generation, market strategy, and Smart Grid solutions
He started his career as a research engineer at ExxonMobil, was both a director of market redesign and a program director at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), served as manager and then as principal at global engineering consulting firm, Black & Veatch; and was a manager at energy consulting firms Fortegra and The Structure Group. He holds six U.S. and two international patents.

Raj has a Bachelor and Masters of Engineering degrees in Chemical Engineering from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville (Kentucky). He has published a number of technical articles, white papers and presentations on implementation best practices in energy procurement, and has been a distinguished speaker on solutions and market trends at several engineering conferences.

Tom Eyford

Principal Business Strategy Consultant, Oracle Utilites

Tom serves a utility engineering and operations specialist within the Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit, having come to Oracle in 2011 with 15 years of hands-on experience at PacifiCorp in electric utility engineering, planning, asset management, operations and customer service. He has spent the last 18 months at Oracle working with utilities around the world to understand their business challenges and help them design process and technology solutions to address them.

While at PacifiCorp, Tom was the project engineer for the company’s “utility of the future” initiative in 1997, which included substation and distribution automation, volt/var optimization, advanced metering and advanced distribution management.  He then became project engineer and solution architect for several of PacifiCorp’s IT and OT initiatives such outage management, GIS, outage reporting and data optimization. After serving in a number of engineering management roles including technology development, distribution engineering and strategic investment planning, Tom became Director of Customer Engineering Services which focused on the unique needs of PacifiCorp’s largest customers. In this role he also coordinated PacifiCorp’s efforts in distributed generation, energy storage and electric vehicle initiatives.

Angela Watmore

Director, Boeing Energy

Ms. Watmore currently serves as the Director of The Boeing Company strategic alliance with Siemens Corporation.  The Alliance was formed to bring energy security solutions to the federal government through world class technology.   In addition to the Alliance,  Ms. Watmore serves on the Boeing Phantom Works Ventures Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for providing the federal government and commercial customers with industry leading secure microgrid solutions and smart grid technologies to improve critical infrastructure protection and enhance energy security.  Ms. Watmore directs technology development and strategic business development activities for transmission and distribution security.

Ms. Watmore has over 20 years of executive leadership experience within private industry and the federal government.  Prior to joining Boeing, Ms. Watmore served as a Senior Advisor to the Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Contract and Project Management.  Prior to DOE, Ms. Watmore served in private industry as a Vice President for several Fortune 500 companies and two start-up companies.  She brings over 20 years of experience in the energy, security, information technology, and nuclear waste cleanup.  Ms. Watmore has extensive experience building relationships with federal customers, the National Laboratories and academia.

Ms. Watmore serves on the DOE Office of Environmental Management Advisory Board for the Acquisition Subcommittee and the Roy F. Post Foundation Board of Trustees fostering nuclear safety and providing scholarships to future nuclear engineers.  She has a Juris Doctorate from Creighton School of Law and a Bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska (Pre-med, major in Psychology, double minor in Chemistry/Biology).

Tristan Glenwright

Chief Engineer, Boeing Energy

Tristan Glenwright is Chief Architect of Boeing Energy.  In this role, he is responsible for Product requirements, architecture, standards engagement, and integration of Boeing Research and Technology activities supporting Boeing Energy.  Prior to promotion to Chief Architect, Tristan led the Portfolio Integration team with responsibility for integration of 3rd party, internally developed, and cyber capabilities into the Smart Grid product portfolio.

With over 20 years of experience implementing large scale IT systems, Tristan has led technical aspects of major systems implementations along the full product life-cycle.  He also led secure and highly available infrastructure design and implementation projects supporting both internal users and deployed DOD customers.  He is recognized as a company expert in systems of systems integration, net-centric technologies, and agile development leading teams within Boeing to establish Service Oriented Architecture, security, and application integration strategy.  Tristan was the development lead of a large agile software development project which applied agile techniques to System Engineering processes as well as large scale distributed software development establishing company best practices in these areas.  He is a certified agile-scrum master.

He started his career with McDonnell Douglas (acquired by Boeing) as a propulsion engineer with system design, hardware integration, and system test responsibilities on upper stages of the Delta launch vehicle and the Shuttle Payload Assist Module.  In addition, he applied advanced computing techniques to both pre and post mission analysis providing ground-breaking graphical situational awareness.

Tristan earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University.  While at Colorado State he contributed to research on use of solar energy for ethanol production.

Peter Asmus

Senior Analyst, Pike Research

Peter Asmus is a senior analyst contributing to Pike Research’s Smart Grid and Smart Energy practices, with a focus on wind energy as well as emerging energy distribution models such as microgrids and virtual power plants. Asmus has 20 years of experience in energy and environmental markets, as an analyst, writer, and consultant.

Asmus is the author of four books covering key energy market issues: Reaping the Wind, Introduction to Energy in California, Reinventing Electric Utilities, and In Search of Environmental Excellence. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and he is quoted regularly in major publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and Reuters. Prior to joining Pike Research, Asmus was president of Pathfinder Communications, and was previously editor of the Clean Power Journal, assistant editor of California Policy Choices, and has written for a number of energy trade publications including Windpower Monthly and Electric Utility Week. He holds a BA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.

Day 3 Speakers

Steve CatanachSteven D. Catanach, P.E.

Operations Manager, City of Fort Collins Light & Power

Steve Catanach is the Operations Manager of the City of Fort Collins Light & Power.  Steve has worked in the electric utility industry for over 25 years and as an electrical engineer for the past 26 years with a B.S. Degree from New Mexico State University.

In 1987, Steve started out as an Engineer, for the City of Longmont.  In 1997, he started a new municipal utility for the City of Las Cruces New Mexico and then moved onto the Arizona Public Service Company in Flagstaff Arizona, serving as their Customer Service and Development Leader.

In 2008, Steve began working for the City of Fort Collins and is responsible for approximately 128 employees managing construction, engineering, warehousing, meter reading, substation construction and operations supplying electrical service to Fort Collins.

Rick Nicholson

Group Vice President, IDC Energy Insights

Rick Nicholson, with more than twenty five years of experience in IT and other emerging technologies in the energy industry, leads IDC’s Energy Insights division.

In this role, Mr. Nicholson has global responsibility for the division’s research-based advisory and consulting offerings, which provide full coverage of information, communications and emerging energy technologies across both the utilities and oil & gas segments. Mr. Nicholson’s experience has given him a thorough understanding of market dynamics, business strategies and processes, and technology solutions. He is a recognized and highly respected expert in the alignment of business and technology strategies and the successful deployment of technology to enable smart grids and other game-changing initiatives.

Mr. Nicholson has worked with clients in North America, Europe and Asia. His previous experience includes positions with research, consulting, and technology firms where he was responsible for sales, marketing, and delivery activities across various markets including utilities, communications, public sector, and earth resources.

Mr. Nicholson has been a contributing writer to a variety of energy industry publications including Public Utilities Fortnightly, Intelligent Utility and Electric Light & Power.  He is a regular speaker at industry conferences, has been interviewed on national television news programs and is frequently quoted in the mainstream media. Rick regularly contributes to the smart grid blog on the IDC Energy Insights Community and tweets (@rlnicholson2) about business and IT issues relevant to the new energy economy.

He holds BA and MA degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Miriam HornMiriam Horn

Director, Smart Grid Initiative, Environmental Defense Fund

Co-author of Earth: the Sequel, the Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming

Miriam Horn is Director of the Smart Grid Initiative at Environmental Defense Fund, overseeing work across the energy value chain to ensure that the deployment of new electricity infrastructure maximizes environmental benefits.

She works with key stakeholders to set specific environmental performance criteria for smart grid deployment and develop regulatory reforms and new electric sector business models to transform traditionally conservative utilities into agents of change. Her team is currently helping design smart grid deployments and reform market rules in Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, California and Michigan, as well as in the nation’s wholesale markets and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

With EDF President Fred Krupp, Ms. Horn co-authored the New York Times bestseller Earth: the Sequel, The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming (Norton, 2008). Chosen a “best book of the year” by Fast Company, the book was the basis for a Discovery Channel documentary. She is also contributing to a forthcoming book from CRC Press: Smart Grids: Infrastructure, Technology and Solutions, edited by Stuart Borlase at GE Energy.

 Dennis Arfmann

Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells’ Global Climate Change and Clean Energy practice

Dennis’ distinguished career includes representing energy companies, refineries, and manufacturers in high-profile defense of citizen suits and EPA/state enforcement cases, as well as successful siting and permitting of controversial energy sources, enforcement investigations, and litigation throughout the United States. Dennis developed a special area of emphasis assisting clean, renewable distributed energy and smart grid companies. His pro bono highlights include representing The Nature Conservancy and the American Solar Energy Society. He served on the American Solar Energy Society Board of Trustees, the American Lung Association Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bridge House Community Table for the homeless in Boulder, Colorado and the Board of Directors for the global Earth Day Network in Washington, D.C.

Dennis is a published author and frequent lecturer on Clean Air Act topics. Lectures include “Clean Reliable Energy – Increasing Distributed Generation,” Electric Utility and Environmental Conference in Phoenix, AZ (February 2012), “Clean Air Act Update-GHG Regulations,” Colorado Bar Association (February 2011), “Nordic-US Clean Energy Symposium,” U.S. Embassy, Helsinki, Finland (October 2010). Publications include editing The Colorado Lawyer Special Issue, “Climate Change & Clean Energy” (October 2011); and “The Regulatory Future of Clean, Reliable Energy: Increasing Distributed Generation” (October, 2011).

Brian R. Chappell, P.E.

Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Brian Chappell’s practice concentrates on project development and finance transactions, including acquiring, developing, restructuring, and financing diverse types of projects throughout the United States and abroad, with a particular focus on the energy sector. Brian advises sponsors, developers, contractors and lenders and has experience negotiating a wide variety of project documentation, including, financing and security agreements; joint development, participation and consortium
agreements; engineering, procurement, and construction agreements; equipment supply agreements; project development agreements; operating and maintenance agreements; technical service agreements; real property agreements; power purchase and renewable energy credit agreements and transmission service and interconnection agreements.

Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson, Brian served as Director of System and Reliability Planning for Baltimore Gas & Electric Company where he oversaw an organization with responsibility for a US$250 million annual construction and maintenance program for an electric transmission and distribution system serving more than 1.1 million customers, and as Director of Contract Administration where he was responsible for the negotiation and management of the utility’s construction and maintenance contracts.

Brian has been a registered professional engineer since 1996.

Carsten Fosvang

Program Director Smart Grid Strategy

Carsten Fosvang is an experienced Smart grid specialist at the SEAS-NVE working on the Future Smart Grid and Intelligent SG platform in the context of Smart Cities. He has been studying and working in these areas for the past 6 years, during which he has implemented contracts more than 20 billion worth. He has a Bachelor degree (BSc) in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor degree (BSc) in Strategic Management and Business development from the Copenhagen Business School. He has also been strongly involved in more European FP7 application projects and he is the Technical Manager of the EUDP project Smart City Kalundborg, both addressing Smart Grid development and he has lately been the Project Director of the ADWEA Smart Water and Sewerage optimization project.

Martin Damm

Mayor, Kalundborg Muncipality, Denmark

Mayor of Kalundborg Municipality since 2010, represents Venstre-The Liberal Party of Denmark. Martin Damm has been actively involved in local politics for more than 20 years. He is also President of the Committee of Technology and Environment of LGDK–Local Government Denmark.

Mr. Damm took initiative to Kalundborg Municipality’s business policy ‘The Green Industrial Municipality’, which focus on economy, environment, and innovation. ‘The Green Industrial Municipality’ supports sustainable business development and includes the projects Smart City Kalundborg, Cluster Biofuels Denmark and E4Water (industrial waste water treatment with microalgae).

The aim of ‘The Green Industrial Municipality’ is to support the competitive power of Kalundborg Municipality’s industrial enterprises.

Kalundborg Municipality is one of the members of the Kalundborg Symbiosis, which is the world’s first working industrial symbiosis. In the industrial ecosystem the residual product of one enterprise is used as a resource by another enterprise in a closed cycle.

The Kalundborg Symbiosis is an inspiration for many symbiosis world wide. The Kalundborg Symbiosis is a growth and development model with offers a solution to many of the competitive challenges that the enterprises in Europe and the US face.

Mayor Martin Damm is the initiator of the ‘Bioreffinery Alliance’, which makes Kalundborg a pit stop between laboratory and market. The large and global orientated process industry in Kalundborg is the basis. Inbicon, a full scale 2nd generation bio-ethanol demonstration plant, is an example.

Jørgen Christensen

CTO, Danish Energy Association

Jørgen S. Christensen is the CTO of Danish Energy Association and he has worked with R&D within the Danish power sector the last 15 years. Jørgen is involved on management level in several Smart Grid R&D projects, both on national and international level. Jørgen is also the national representative in the governing boards of CIRED and CIGRÉ and is presently a member of the CIGRÉ Technical Committee.

The Danish Energy Association is a commercial and professional organisation for Danish energy companies. The Danish Energy Association serves the interests of its member companies and thus works to improve conditions and competition among these companies in order to ensure development, growth and well-being in Denmark.

Julie Sieving

Senior Engineer, Brendle Group

As a valued Senior Engineer with Brendle Group, Julie puts her 16 years of engineering experience and project management to work for clients ranging from local governments and utilities, to schools, ski areas, and leading-edge companies.  Julie has led numerous energy and water efficiency projects and is known for her direct community involvement and facilitation experience, helping clients navigate complex issues while focusing on project implementation and performance monitoring.

Along with conducting over 100 on-site facility assessments and building commissioning projects, Julie has demonstrated success through her leadership in developing demand side management (DSM) programs targeting the small commercial sector. Her expertise is informed by hands-on experience facilitating integrated green commercial and residential building design, as well as operational and systematic sustainability strategies.

Julie holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, supplemented by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation.  As a recipient of the Governor’s Pollution Prevention Advisory Board Award and named Rocky Mountain Association of Energy Engineers’ Energy Engineer of the Year, Julie focuses on collaboration to keep sustainability accessible and rewarding for her clients.

Dr. David Hodgson

R&D Specialist, UK Trade and Investment

David has an extensive track record in the leadership of innovative research and commercialisation of products and processes for market leaders. He is an experienced Director of multinational businesses, deeply involved with business, technology and marketing strategy, particularly in North America, the UK and other European Member States. His expertise can benefit any multinational organisation looking to invest in R&D in the UK in the fields of:  energy technologies and materials.

As a Senior Research Scientist for ICI Chemicals and Polymers and Senior Technologist for ICI/INEOS Chlor, David was responsible for developing new electrocatalysts for a range of electrochemical processes and successfully converting these into commercial products. He also gained experience of managing supplier development programmes and relationships and international academic and industry collaborations on R&D based projects. David was responsible for developing ICI/INEOS Chlor’s PEMcoat technology product and business, a role that encompassed scale-up, production efficiency, sales, supply chain development and the construction of a coating line in the UK. During this role, David secured more than £1 million of funding for R&D projects.

In 2005, David was appointed Chief Technology Officer of Metalysis, a Cambridge University spin-out company with novel metal winning technology for the production of high added-value metals and alloys. His most recent roles included Chief Technology Officer of AIC Labs Europe and Chief Executive of its Plurion subsidiary, which involved the commercial and technological development of batteries, fuel cells, photovoltaic, biofuels and sustainable mining.

David is named as inventor on 18 patents in the areas of electrocatalysis, materials and low energy process technology. David holds a Masters degree in Organic Chemistry and a PhD in Electrochemistry. He is a visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester and a past Vice-Chairman of SCI Electrochemical Technology Group.

James F. “Rick” Gilliam

Director of Research & Analysis

The Vote Solar Initiative

Mr. Gilliam’s 30 plus years of electric industry experience spans developers, utilities, regulators, and the NGO community. With Vote Solar since January 2012, Rick manages the technical and policy research for Vote Solar, and engages in state, regional, and national campaigns related to key solar market policies.

Prior to joining Vote Solar, Rick held various solar policy related positions at SunEdison culminating with VP of Government Affairs.  In each of these roles, he directed and managed policy research, development and implementation in various geographies at the regulatory and legislative levels.

Before that, Rick performed renewable and efficiency policy work at Western Resource Advocates for the Southwest US region with focus on renewable energy standards, ran the rate department at Public Service Company of Colorado for 12 years, and was a wholesale electricity rate expert witness at FERC.

His educational background encompasses engineering and environmental policy.

Tom Plant

Senior Policy Advisor, Center for the New Energy Economy

Tom served for eight years (1999-2007) in the Colorado legislature as a State Representative.  During this time, Tom spent two years as Chairman of the House Appropriations committee and one year as Chairman of the state’s Joint Budget Committee.

In 2007, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter appointed Tom to his Cabinet as Director of the Governor’s Energy Office.   During his tenure, fifty-seven bills were passed to usher in a new era of clean energy and establishing the new energy economy as a signature platform of the Ritter Administration.  During the administration’s four years from 2007 to 2011, Colorado moved from a lagging state for renewable energy and energy efficiency to a national trend-setter with an international reputation for policy leadership, innovation and a vibrant and growing renewable energy industry.

A study in 2009 found Colorado was home to over 1,500 clean energy companies, the fourth highest concentration of clean energy jobs in the country and had attracted Vestas’ North American manufacturing headquarters, employing over 2,500 workers.

Prior to Directing the Energy Office and while serving in the state legislature, Tom served as the executive director of the non-profit Center for ReSource Conservation.

In 2011, Tom joined Governor Ritter at the Center for the New Energy Economy, working with states around the country in evaluation of their energy plans and assisting in the development of new approaches to expand clean energy opportunities. Tom also holds the position of Vice President of State Policy with the Advanced Energy Economy, an industry trade organization working to advance affordable, clean and secure energy for a vibrant US economic sector.

Tom lives in Nederland, Colorado with his wife Dawn, dogs Fergus and Tess, and a horse named Chester.