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Time Session Description    

A special screening of Current Revolution followed by Q&A moderated by the film's award-winning producer, writer and director, Roger Sorkin, and a reception with local beer and wine with light fare.

Moderator: Roger Sorkin, Award-winning

   

   
   
8:00 am 9:00 am

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL AND UTILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE BREAKFAST (Invitation - only)

   
8:00 am 9:00 am

BREAKFAST AND NETWORKING

   
9:00 am 9:05 am

WELCOME REMARKS

  • Nat Kreamer, CEO, AEE
   
9:05 am 9:55 am

 

Moderator: Heather O'Neill, President, AEE

 

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10:00 am 10:45 am

 

 

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 How are utility companies leading the charge to move toward a cleaner western grid? What are the challenges to achieving your clean energy goals as quickly as possible? This session will feature top utility executives working to accelerate the transition to a cleaner western grid. 

   
10:45 am 11:15 am COFFEE AND NETWORKING BREAK    
11:15 am 12:05 pm

  

 

 

 

 

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LUNCH

   
12:35 pm 1:20 pm

 

 

 

 

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1:30 pm 2:20 pm

  

 

  

  

 

As seen in New Mexico, California, Colorado, and elsewhere, changing economics and policy trend lines are overtaking the West. A growing momentum of political will and financial tailwinds is spurring along paradigm shifts increasing customer choice and modernizing the grid. How did we get here, and what’s next for stewarding the advanced energy transition so it delivers prosperity for all? As incumbent resources are phased down in favor of clean and cost competitive advanced energy solutions, how can the advanced energy industry and policymakers make sure the transition is providing economic stability, development, and reliability for the states and region as a whole? What does it all mean for the workforce? Join this session to hear advanced energy leaders shed light on specific market and policy case studies tackling these questions.

   
2:30 pm 3:15 pm

 

  

 

 


 
 

 

 

 

   
4:05 pm 4:10 pm

CLOSING REMARKS 

  • Heather O’Neill, President, AEE
   

   
 

Speaker Bios

Jeffery Ackermann

Jeffery Ackermann

Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Jeffrey Ackermann is the Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) appointed in2017 by Governor John. Hickenlooper to a four year term. Prior to his appointment, Jeff served as Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). On behalf of the Governor, CEO promoted clean energy policies and markets through programs and advocacy, including at the PUC. He has more than three decades of experience in state government and the energy sector. Previous to his CEO appointment, Jeff led the policy research efforts at the PUC, assisting the commission prepare for changing markets and technologies. Jeff also served as an advisor to the commissioners on energy efficiency (demand-side management). Jeff also worked in product development in the utility energy sector, focusing on renewable energy as a voluntary product offering. Jeff started his career in the service of low-income energy consumers, twice as director of the state's energy efficiency assistance program (weatherization) as well as an advocate for the energy consumers with the state's nonprofit energy assistance fund. Jeff earned a bachelor's degree from Albion College and a mater's degree in non-profit management from Regis University.


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Jessie Audette Muniz

Senior Director of Project Development, Apex Clean Energy

Jessie Audette Muniz is Senior Director of Project Development for Apex Clean Energy. Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Apex Clean Energy develops, constructs, and operates utility-scale wind and solar power facilities across North America.

Ms. Audette Muniz manages development of a portfolio of utility-scale wind and solar projects for Apex. Prior to joining Apex, she served in a variety of executive roles in the renewable energy industry, developing over 3,000 MW of constructed projects located in six states of the US, as well as in Canada and Brazil.



Ms. Audette Muniz is a board member of the Interwest Energy Alliance, a non-profit trade association and a regional driver for the responsible expansion of renewable energy in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Ms. Audette Muniz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Oberlin College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco, where she was both a Dean’s List Scholar and a recipient of the Financial Women’s Fellowship.


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Maya Batres

Project Manager, Energy and Land Use, The Nature Conservancy

Maya Batres is the Project Manager for Energy and Land Use in The Nature Conservancy’s California chapter. She focuses on regulatory and policy issues related to biodiversity conservation and electricity generation and transmission planning. Before moving to CA, she worked on federal climate and energy policy in DC, and in state natural resource policy in the Great Plains. She previously held positions at the Energy Transitions Lab, which champions carbon neutral policies for MN, and at the Center for International Environmental Law where she was a Human Rights Fellow. Maya earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School, with a concentration in Energy and Environmental Law.  


Kari Binley

Kari Binley

Manager, Energy West, ecobee

Kari Binley is a Manager at ecobee working with utilities and solution providers to deliver customer-centric energy services and benefits.  Kari began her career as a merchant for consumer electronics retailers and most recently was at PG&E for over 7 years working on smart home strategy for energy efficiency.  The combination of experience in retail and energy provide a unique perspective on market and consumer engagement. 


David Bobzien

David Bobzien

Director, Nevada Governor's Office of Energy

Mr. Bobzien was appointed by Governor Steve Sisolak to lead the Governor’s Office of Energy in January of 2019. Prior to this role, he served for four years as the At-Large Council Member on the Reno City Council. Because of his leadership on the Council, Reno took strong steps towards increasing efficiency in building energy use and reducing the city’s carbon emissions, including becoming the first city in Nevada to join the C40 Compact of Mayors and the first city in Nevada to adopt a building energy efficiency benchmarking ordinance. Prior to his time on the Reno City Council, Bobzien served four terms as a legislator in the Nevada Assembly, where his work included conservation and clean energy efforts. Mr. Bobzien received his B.A. in Government & Politics from George Mason University and a Master of Public Administration, with an emphasis in natural resources and public lands policy, from Boise State University. 


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Senator Chris Brooks

Nevada State Senate

Senator Chris Brooks is a fourth generation Nevadan and a native of Las Vegas.  Chris has more than 25 years of experience in the contracting, renewable energy, and utility industries.  Chris created the first commercial solar company in Nevada, ran one of the largest solar EPC contractors in the country, and eventually became the Executive Vice President of an electric utility. Chris Brooks currently works as an energy consultant.

In 2016, Chris was elected to the Nevada State Assembly. As a freshman Assemblyman, Brooks authored and introduced legislation that restarted Nevada’s solar industry.

Chris currently represents Nevada’s Senate District 3. Senator Brooks served in the 80th Legislative Session where he passed several high-profile bills including landmark legislation to double Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, reform the competitive energy market, change the structure of utility ratemaking, and drastically cut Nevada’s Green House Gas emissions. Chris and his wife Michelle live in Las Vegas. He is the proud father of three children and grandpa to two grandsons.


Bob Burns

Bob Burns

Chairman, Arizona Corporation Commission

Bob Burns currently serves as Chairman of the five-member, statewideArizona Corporation Commission. His first term began in January 2013 and he was re-elected to a second four-year term that started in January 2017. As a Corporation Commissioner, Bob oversees the regulation of Arizona’s private water, wastewater, electric, gas and telecommunications companies as well as civil enforcement of the Arizona Securities Act, safety inspection of railroads and pipelines, and the incorporation of businesses. During his time at the Commission, Bob has been actively engaged in issues pertaining to emerging technologies in energy. He initiated the Commission’s investigation into the technological developments that are impacting and/or are anticipated to impact our current energy model, including: solar, energy storage, fuel cells, microgrids, demand-side management and smart grid. This investigation culminated in a report making several recommendations the Commission has adopted, including: reforming the utilities’ Integrated Resource Planning, renewable energy and smart grid integration policies, and establishing statewide interconnection rules to streamline the process for customers who seek to adopt new technologies. Importantly, his efforts have led to more customer choice in energy consumption and savings. He is frequently asked to speak about these topics at conferences nationwide.

Bob began his diversified background as an Aviation Electronics Technician in the US Navy. In 2001, Bob was elected to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for overseeing the management of the Central Arizona Project. In 2003, he continued to distinguish himself as an outstanding leader after being elected to the Arizona State Senate, serving as Chairman of Appropriations (2003-2008) and Senate President (2009-2010). Bob was born and raised in Rolfe, Iowa. He and Gayle have been married since 1960 and have two sons, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.


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Bill Carroll

Principal, Strategic Energy Management, Salt River Project (SRP)

Bill Carroll is a Principal Strategic Energy Manager with Salt River Project (SRP) in the regional Phoenix, Arizona market. Being a front line energy manager, he specializes in the semiconductor and data center business segments. As part of SRP’s commitment to reliable, sustainable energy solutions, Bill’s energy team is currently managing a 300 MW tiered offering of local renewable energy to SRP’s commercial and industrial customers. Bill is a 30 year veteran with SRP and a graduate of Arizona State University. During his free time, he enjoys back country skiing in Idaho and Montana. 


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Johnny Casana

Senior Manager, U.S. Political & Regulatory Affairs, Pattern Energy

Johnny Casana directs legislative and regulatory affairs for Pattern Energy, and has extensive experience in renewable energy policy and project development. He serves in multiple leadership roles for the renewable energy industry, including the American Wind Energy Association State Policy Committee and as a board member for Interwest Energy Alliance. Johnny has a track record of success in energy policy, and he has had a hand in more than 1,000 MW of wind and solar development throughout his career. Pattern is a global leader in renewable power development and operations based in the United States, with expertise in wind, solar, storage, and transmission, and its development business unit has installed more than 5,000 MW of wind and solar worldwide.


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Josh Cohen

Director, Policy, Greenlots

Josh Cohen leads policy and regulatory engagement for the eastern US and Canada for Greenlots. Before joining Greenlots, Josh worked in policy and communications roles at SemaConnect and the Business Network for Offshore Wind, and hosted the clean energy podcasts More Power To You and Offshore Wind Insider.

Josh’s background also includes serving in a variety of public sector positions, including as Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland and as Deputy Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) during the Obama Administration.


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Sarah Cottrell Propst

Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department

Sarah Cottrell Propst was appointed by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to serve as the Cabinet Secretary of the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department in January 2019. From 2012 to 2018, she served as the Executive Director of the Interwest Energy Alliance, a non-profit trade association that represents the nation’s leading companies in the renewable energy industry, bringing them together with non-governmental organizations in the West (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming). She is the founder of Propst Consulting LLC, specializing in energy and environmental policy. Propst was Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department after serving as Energy and Environmental Policy Advisor to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. She earned a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, with a concentration in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. She worked as a Research Fellow for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change in Arlington, VA, and was a magna cum laude graduate of Davidson College with Honors in Political Science.


Steve Fischmann

Stephen Fischmann

Commissioner, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (District 5)

Stephen Fischmann is a first term commissioner on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.  Prior to joining the commission he was a New Mexico State Senator, co-founder of the Southwest Energy Alliance, business owner, and 20 year executive at Levi Strauss & Co where he was President of the Designer Group.  Steve graduated from UCLA with an MBA, and an undergraduate degree in English and Political Science. 


Matt Golden

Matt Golden

CEO, Recurve

Whether testifying before Congress or auditing Ellen DeGeneres' house, Matt Golden has been spreading the word about energy efficiency for years. An entrepreneur, policy advocate, and efficiency agitator, Matt is committed to bringing energy efficiency in the built environment to scale as a demand-side resource. He has made presentations on emerging efficiency markets to the US Senate Finance Committee, at COP 21, and to the UK Parliament among many others. 

Matt is CEO of Recurve, the company that developed the OpenEEmeter, an open source platform for measuring energy savings and load shape based on smart meter data. Recurve works with a variety of utilities, government agencies, and private efficiency providers to track savings and load shape using AMI data and enable pay for performance markets for demand-side capacity. 

Matt also leads the GBCI Investor Confidence Project implementing a system to certify commercial and multifamily Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ projects in order to reduce transaction costs, and develop actuarial data to unlock capital markets for commercial and multifamily retrofit projects. 

Previously, Matt founded Recurve (the original), which developed tablet based energy auditing software for the residential energy efficiency industry based on real-world experience gained through thousands of energy efficiency audits and retrofits as a licensed CA energy efficiency contractor. Tendril Networks acquired Recurve in 2012. 


Jeff Guldner

Jeff Guldner

President, Arizona Public Service Company (APS)

Jeff Guldner is president of Arizona Public Service Company (APS), the primary subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation. Based in Phoenix,APS is Arizona’s largest electric company and serves 1.2 million customers across the state. Guldner was named president in December 2018 and is responsible for all areas of APS, excluding nuclear generation. He also continues to lead regulatory and government affairs activities at the local, state and federal levels as executive vice president, public policy, for Pinnacle West.Prior to joining APS in 2004, Guldner was a partner in the Phoenix office ofSnell & Wilmer LLP, where he practiced public utility, telecommunications and energy law. Before practicing law, Guldner served as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy and was an assistant professor of naval history at the University of Washington. Guldner actively serves on external boards, including the Greater PhoenixEconomic Council, the Partnership for Economic Innovation, the NationalAssociation of Manufacturers, and Arizona Theatre Company. He is chair of the East Valley Partnership board of directors.He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and graduated magna cum laude from the Arizona State University College ofLaw. Guldner also completed the Reactor Technology Course at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology and the Advanced ManagementProgram at Columbia Business School.


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Bobby Hollis

Head of Global Energy, Environment & Site Selection, Facebook

Bobby Hollis is the Head of Global Energy, Environment and Site Selection for Facebook, where he leads energy strategy and policy, environment and water, and new site selection for all of Facebook’s growing data center portfolio. On the energy side, much of Facebook’s activity is focused on partnering with utilities for procuring and managing renewable energy relationships for its operations, in order to meet the Company’s goal of 100% renewable energy by the end of 2020. Before joining Facebook, Bobby led the development and procurement of renewable energy projects at Apple, including projects in California, Singapore and Arizona. Prior to entering the technology sector, Bobby served as Vice President of Renewable Energy at NV Energy, the primary electric utility in Nevada, where he oversaw the development and procurement of renewable energy resources in every technology. Bobby began his career as a corporate attorney in Washington, DC, and has also spent time at Invenergy and Alliant Energy.


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Suedeen Kelly

Co-Chair, Energy Practice, Jenner & Block
(former FERC Commissioner)

Suedeen G. Kelly is co-chair of the Energy Practice at Jenner & Block.  A former commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), she represents a variety of clients in the electric and natural gas industries on business, regulatory, litigation, enforcement and policy matters such as electricity and gas markets, renewable energy, electricity transmission, natural gas and oil infrastructure, LNG, electricity reliability standards, hydro licensing, carbon emissions, smart grid, energy efficiency and distributed generation.  Nominated by Presidents George H. Bush and Barack Obama to three terms as a FERC Commissioner, Ms. Kelly resolved 7,000 disputes with published Commission decisions and personally authored 100 separate statements during her tenure. 

Earlier, she served as regulatory counsel for the California Independent System Operator, and in 1999, she worked as a legislative aide to Senator Jeff Bingaman, then the ranking member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee.  For more than 15 years, she was a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where she taught energy law, utility regulation, administrative law and legislative process.  She also served as chairwoman and commissioner for the New Mexico Public Service Commission and was a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council and US EPA. 


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Yoav Lurie

President & COO, Uplight

Yoav serves as President & COO of Uplight. He is a leader in building SaaS solutions for the utility of the future. As CEO and Co-founder of Simple Energy, he drove the company to become the leading provider of Marketplaces, instant rebate technology, and customer engagement software. He has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s top “30 Under 30” Entrepreneurs and is an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.


Scott Olson

Scott Olson

Director, Western Government & Regulatory Affairs, Direct Energy

Scott Olson is the Director of Western Government and Regulatory Affairs for Direct Energy.  Based in San Francisco, Scott’s main role is supporting Direct’s wholesale and retail electricity business in front of all Western regulatory agencies, with a focus on California.  He also provides guidance and input for Direct’s Western environmental commodity supply, retail gas, and distributed generation initiatives.  Scott has over 20 years experience in energy markets and technologies, including 15 years as a consultant at both Nexant and Black & Veatch, focused on utility strategic planning, renewable energy project development, and analysis of Western US energy policy.  He has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and a masters in energy and environmental policy from UC Berkeley. 


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Phil Pettingill

Director of Regional Integration, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)

Phil Pettingill currently serves as Director of Regional Integration at the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO).  In his current role, he is coordinating the project to provide Reliability Coordinator services to the ISO balancing area and offer those services to other balancing authorities and transmission operators in the western United States. In many forums, he serves as an external spokesperson to provide expertise between the ISO and policy makers. He also engages in many regulatory initiatives supporting California’s environmental goals, including achieving the 33 percent renewable portfolio standard by 2020 and 100 carbon-free energy by 2045.

He has served in various significant capacities at the ISO, representing the main grid operator for California before western state regulatory agencies and working with a diverse set of policy makers to ensure regulatory and policy initiatives consider impacts on the electric system operated by ISO and the customers it serves. Phil joined the ISO in September 1997 after working at Pacific Gas and Electric for 15 years.


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Laura Rennick

Energy Bureau Chief, Montana Energy Office

Laura Rennick has been the Chief of the Montana Energy Office (Energy Bureau at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality) since 2015. Laura is passionate about sustainable solutions for her home state of Montana. A love of Montana’s rivers led her to an early career in watershed restoration, working with local organizations to develop and implement collaborative projects and solutions unique to the various needs across the Big Sky state. Laura has valued the move into sustainable energy since day one; the depth and breadth of energy work means that on an average day Laura and her team can go from providing funding for a local rooftop solar PV system to examining how work at the international level will impact Montana’s energy sector.

Laura is a board member for the National Association of State Energy Officials. Laura holds a MS in Science and Engineering Management from Montana State University, BAs in French and Environmental Studies from Carroll College, and an AS in Business from the University of Montana.


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Tom Starrs

Vice President, Market Strategy and Policy, SunPower

Tom Starrs serves as SunPower Corporation’s vice president for market strategy and policy, where he is responsible for the company’s global market analysis, policy analysis, and policy advocacy.  He has 25 years of experience in solar and renewable power, including senior management positions with Iberdrola Renewables (now Avangrid), PPM Energy, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and Schott Solar. Starrs is widely recognized as a leading strategist on solar energy market development, business strategy, and policy.  He is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association.  In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, The Solar Foundation, and the Wind Solar Alliance; and on the advisory board of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Electricity Innovation Laboratory (eLab).  Starrs holds a Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Program at the University of California, Berkeley; and a J.D. from the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.


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Paul Suskie

Executive Vice President, Regulatory Policy & General Counsel, Southwest Power Pool

Paul Suskie serves Southwest Power Pool (SPP) as executive vice president of regulatory policy and general counsel. He is responsible for managing the organization’s legal and regulatory policy groups and serves as corporate secretary. Prior to joining SPP, he was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe as chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission and a member of the Governor’s cabinet — positions in which he served from 2007-2010. At the time of his appointment to the Commission, he was in his third elected term as North Little Rock’s city attorney. Prior to joining the city attorney’s office, Paul worked for former United States Sen. David Pryor and for Arkansas Attorney General Winston Bryant. Paul is a colonel in the Army Reserve where he serves in the JAG Corps. He has served as a military judge for the Arkansas Army National Guard and is a veteran of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Nancy Sutley

Chief Sustainability OfficerLos Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)

Nancy Sutley is LADWP’s Chief Sustainability Officer, reporting directly to the General Manager. In this role, Ms. Sutley oversees the Department’s energy efficiency goals, environmental affairs, sustainability initiatives, and the electrification of transportation network. She initiated LADWP’s corporate sustainability programs including Green Team and the commissioning of its headquarters, The John Ferraro Building, as a LEED Gold facility.

Prior to joining LADWP in 2014, Ms. Sutley served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Under her leadership, the Council played a central role in shepherding the Obama Administration’s signature environmental projects and was one of the chief architects of President Obama’s 2013 Climate Action Plan.

Sutley has an extensive background in public service that includes posts as Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the City of Los Angeles, Board Member of the Metropolitan Water District, Member of the California State Water Resources Control Board, Energy Advisor for California Governor Gray Davis, Deputy Secretary for Policy and Intergovernmental Relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Senior Policy Advisor for the US EPA during the Clinton Administration.

Sutley received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. 


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Mona Tierney-Lloyd

Senior Director, Western Regulatory Affairs, Enel X North America

Mona has been active in the development of energy policy and advocating for supportive policies for distributed energy resources, including demand response, energy efficiency, energy storage and electric vehicle charging in the Western United States for over 20 years, with a total of 30 years of energy experience.  She has been employed by Enel X North America, formerly EnerNOC, Inc., since 2008.  Enel X NA provides demand response, energy efficiency, energy storage and electric vehicle charging services in the West. 

Mona is Chair of the Board of the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) and is on the board of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT).  She is the Energy Committee Co-Chair for Silicon Valley Leadership Group, where she received the Chairman’s Award in 2018, and the Western Chair of the Advanced Energy Management Alliance.  She received the “Innovator, Woman of the Year” Award by California Women in Energy in 2017.  She is active in other trade organizations include Advanced Energy Economy, TechNet, California Efficiency and Demand Management Council and Mission:data.  She is also Chair of the ERCOT Demand-Side Working Group, active in the Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance and the Arizona Independent System Administrator and is a former Board Member of the AZ Independent System Administrator. 

Prior to her employment with Enel X NA, Mona was a Regional Vice President of Government Affairs for Constellation NewEnergy and Director of Government Affairs for Enron Energy Services.  She also worked for San Diego Gas & Electric and Elizabethtown Gas Company.  Mona began her career working for a natural gas and petroleum exploration and development company (Atlas Energy Group).  She has a BS Degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State.   


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Mike Toomey

Director of Business Development, Recurrent Energy

Mike Toomey is a Director of Business Development with Recurrent Energy, a leading solar project developer, where he oversees the company’s project solar, storage, and solar-plus-storage development efforts in the Western region of the U.S.

Mike was a member of the California Energy Storage Association (CESA) board from 2015-2017, helping to shape policy for energy storage development in California. At the national level, he has served an advisor and industry expert to the Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee on the implementation of energy storage across U.S. markets. He now serves on the board of the Interwest Energy Alliance driving renewable policy.

Mike holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering,  a BA in Spanish from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.


Will Toor

Will Toor

Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office

In January 2019, Will Toor joined the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) as its Executive Director appointed by Governor Jared Polis. Will’s background spans transportation electrification, sustainable transportation, smart growth, electric vehicle policy, clean energy finance, green building policy, local government policy and regional planning. Prior to CEO, Will was Transportation Program Director at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). Before SWEEP, Will served as Boulder County Commissioner for eight years where he led the effort to create and adopt a countywide Sustainable Energy Plan, the BuildSmart green building code, the EnergySmart program, and the ClimateSmart Loan Program. Prior to being elected Boulder County Commissioner, Will served as Mayor of Boulder for six years where he developed Boulder's community transit network, EcoPass unlimited access transit pass programs, and policies for denser, mixed-use urban infill development as an alternative to sprawl. Will previously served on and chaired the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). He was appointed by Governor Ritter to the state Transportation Funding and Implementation blue ribbon panel, the Governor's Climate Action Panel, and the Regional Air Quality Council. He was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Air Quality Control Commission and the state oil and gas taskforce. Will spent 12 years as Director of the University of Colorado Environmental Center, where he developed campus sustainability programs in the areas of solid waste, building energy use, and transportation planning. Will holds a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago.


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Prasanna Venkatesan

President & CEO, Landis+Gyr

Prasanna Venkatesan currently serves as President & CEO of Landis+Gyr Americas.  In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of business within the region, including full P&L responsibilities for operations in both North and South America, customer satisfaction, development and execution of the regional growth strategy, as well as managing a broad portfolio of innovative products, solutions, and services to empower utilities and end-customers to improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy costs and contribute to a sustainable use of resources.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Venkatesan served as Senior Vice President & General Manager for Landis+Gyr North America where he was responsible for the introduction and execution of all smart grid solution deployments for North American utilities.

Mr. Venkatesan serves as Executive Vice President of Landis+Gyr Holdings where he helps develop and execute the corporate strategy in conjunction with the worldwide company leadership team. He holds a Board of Director seat for Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national association of business leaders who are making the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. He also represents Landis+Gyr as a Board Advisor for the Metro Atlanta Chamber for Economic Development.

He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from University of Oklahoma, Norman.


Hayley Williamson

Hayley Williamson

Commissioner, Nevada Public Utilities Commission

Hayley Williamson was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada by Governor Steve Sisolak, effective April 29, 2019 

Commissioner Williamson has worked at the PUCN since 2013 and has more than a decade of public utility law experience. Before her appointment to the Commission, Commissioner Williamson served as senior assistant general counsel, having also served as acting general counsel. 

During her time with the PUCN, Commissioner Williamson successfully represented the agency in the Nevada Supreme Court and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Commissioner Williamson also was instrumental in drafting the PUCN’s comments on the Clean Energy Plan. Prior to working at the PUCN, Commissioner Williamson taught environmental law and environmental science at the University of Wisconsin and at Sierra Nevada College. 

Commissioner Williamson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, where she earned her bachelor’s degree; and magna cum laude from Vermont Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctorate. At Vermont Law School, Commissioner Williamson was an editor of the Vermont Law Review. She also holds a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, where she wrote her master’s thesis on renewable energy and land use issues on the West Coast. 

Commissioner Williamson was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and lives in Stateline, Nevada, with her husband and son. 


Steve Wright

Steve Wright

General Manager, Public Utility of Chelan County

Steve was named General Manager of Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County (Chelan PUD) by the Board of Commissioners in September 2013. He is a member of the Boards of the American Public Power Association and the Alliance to Save Energy, on the Steering Committee for the Large Public Power Council (25 largest public power utilities in the country) and Chair of the Public Generating Pool (public power generators in Washington and Oregon). He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in public administration. Steve began his professional career at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in the energy conservation division in 1981. He held a number of positions within BPA, the last 12 years as Administrator/CEO. BPA provides roughly one-third the electricity and 70% of the high voltage transmission in the Pacific Northwest. At BPA he was in charge during the west coast energy crisis and the resulting financial recovery, completed a 10 year agreement for salmon restoration in the Columbia River basin, oversaw substantial increases in energy efficiency investments, established new transmission expansion and integration strategies to support wind power development, and new 20-year power sales contract for all of BPA’s supply. As General Manager, Steve has led the development of a community based Strategic Plan finalized in April 2015. Steve is committed to an open dialogue with customers, employees and the PUD’s many business partners about the priorities of the PUD and continuing to ensure low rates and reliable service consistent with a financially stable public power utility. In 2018 survey 97% of customers indicated they were very satisfied or satisfied with their Chelan PUD service. Chelan PUD has taken a leadership role to identify a least cost path for achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the Pacific Northwest electric sector. Chelan PUD is also at the forefront of addressing the impacts of cryptocurrency mining on the electric sector.


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Cathy Zoi

CEO, EVgo

Cathy Zoi is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EVgo. Zoi is a distinguished executive with decades of experience in the clean energy, investing, and policy communities. She is committed to working closely with automotive OEM, new mobility partners, utilities, and other industry stakeholders to deliver an exceptional fast-charging network for EV drivers in the United States and across the world.

Zoi has held a number of senior executive positions in the energy industry, government, academia and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she was President and co-founder of Odyssey Energy, a distributed generation software company she continues to chair. She was founding CEO of Frontier Power, a rural electrification company incubated by SunEdison. Zoi was an energy investor at Silver Lake and Bayard Capital, a board member for Ice Energy, SES, and Pacific Solar, and a management consultant at ICF and Next Energy. She served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary and Acting Under Secretary at the Department of Energy, where she oversaw more than $30 billion in energy investments. Zoi was also the founding CEO of both the Alliance for Climate Protection, established and chaired by U.S. Vice President Al Gore; and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, a $50m fund to commercialize clean energy technologies in Australia. In the early 1990s, Zoi was Chief of Staff for Environmental Policy in the Clinton White House and she pioneered the Energy Star program while at the U.S. EPA. Zoi was also an adjunct professor and Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University, where she taught and did research between 2012 and 2017.

Zoi has a B.S. in Geology from Duke University and an M.S. in Engineering from Dartmouth.