Summit Archive

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Douglas Rath
Director of Energy & Environment, Marriott International, Inc.
Douglas Rath is an in house energy consultant at Marriott International supporting conservation and all means of demand side reduction technologies, programs and practice for the 800+ Marriott managed hotels in Americas Continent.

After 29 years in the lodging facilities discipline, Rath is now focused on Marriott’s progress against its “20 x 20” use reduction goal by targeting; scalable energy reduction strategies, property staff conservation behavior guidelines, hotel energy and operational audits, specialized HVAC training, building automation standardization and expansion, orchestration of national scale Demand Response programs, web based Toolkit/ resource development, evaluation of energy ROI projects and business cases, vetting energy technologies, development of central plant diagnostic tools , creation of real time BAS fault diagnostics and long term monitoring.

Rath’s passions is combining and interconnecting building control technologies to deliver on the promise of truly smart buildings; promoting efficiency persistence through innovative fault diagnostics that informs and coaches to change end user behaviors.



Alberto Savoia
Chief Pretotyper, Pretotype Labs LLC
Alberto Savoia is a leading expert, coach, author and speaker on the topic of high-yield innovation through experimentation. His area of focus and expertise is in helping already successful and established companies innovate like startups. Most recently he was Innovation Agitator at Google where he was the most requested speaker on the topic of Innovation. His prior responsibilities at Google included leading the development and launch of Google’s multi-billion-dollar AdWords product.

Currently, Savoia is the co-founder of PretotypeLabs which he started in 2012 to help disseminate the theory and practice of pretotype-driven innovation which he developed while he was at Google. In addition to working directly with many Fortune 500 companies and fast-growing startups, he is also collaborating with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and continues to work with Google to create and lead courses and workshops in pretotyping. Prior to Google and PretotypeLabs, Savoia was director of software research at Sun Microsystem where he played a key role in the development of Java technology and tools and co-founder of two very innovative and influential software startups.

One of the constants in Savoia’s career has been his drive and passion for fostering and creating innovation in all of his endeavors. For this, he has won significant industry recognition and awards, including: The 2005 Wall Street Journal “Technical Innovator Award”, InfoWorld “Top 25 CTOs Award”, AlwaysOn “Top Innovators Award” (2004, 2005, 2006) and InfoWorld “Technology of the Year Award” (2005, 2006).

Savoia is a prolific author and speaker on the topic of innovation. He has recently co-authored the article "Entrepreneurial Innovation at Google" for IEEE Computer magazine and he the author of Pretotype It – Make sure you are building the right it before you build it right, which has been translated in over a dozen languages.



PLENARY SPEAKERS


J. Andrew McAllister, Ph.D.
Commissioner, California Energy Commission (CEC)
Andrew McAllister was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2012. He fills the Economist Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Commissioner McAllister is the lead commissioner on energy efficiency.

Mr. McAllister has over 20 years of technical, programmatic and policy experience in the fields of energy management, efficiency and renewable generation. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the California Center for Sustainable Energy for six years, most recently as managing director and director of policy & strategy. Previously, he worked with NRECA International Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of load management, generation and utility planning projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has published on various energy topics in academic, trade, and popular journals.

Andrew studied both engineering sciences and art history at Dartmouth College and holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Alex Laskey
President & Founder, Opower
Alex Laskey is the President and Founder of Opower, the global leader in cloud-based software for the utility industry. At Opower, he is responsible for the company's business strategy, public profile, and company culture, and 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, Alex has been invited to the White House to meet with President Obama to discuss innovation and job creation, and to testify before the US Senate. He 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 US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tom King, President of National Grid USA. Alex also serves on the board of the Conservation Lands Foundation. Prior to founding Opower, he enjoyed a career in politics and policy, serving as a campaign manager, strategist, and public-opinion analyst. Alex received his BA in the History of Science from Harvard.



SESSION SPEAKERS



Ken Agnew
Senior Consultant, DNV GL
Ken Agnew has worked for DNV GL as a consultant, project manager and statistical analyst for over 13 years. He has evaluated programs ranging from residential and commercial rebate programs, utility and ISO demand response programs and refrigerator recycling programs. In the last five years Ken has been actively involved in evaluating the new generation of behavior programs. He has led evaluations of multiple Home Energy Report programs and web-based opt-in behavioral programs. Ken has a master’s degree from University of Arizona in Agricultural and Resource Economics.

See him speak:
Behavior Evaluation - Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place?
Abdullah Y. Ahmed
Manager, Emerging Technologies, Southern California Gas Company
Mr. Abdullah Y Ahmed is the Emerging Technologies Southern California Gas Company (SCG). He joined SCG in October 2005. Mr. Ahmed manages a $1.2 million dollar Emerging Technologies program with SCG. The goal of the SCG ET program is to evaluate new and emerging energy efficiency gas technologies. Since taking over the ET program, he has transformed the group into a pro-active, visionary and goal oriented organization that is conducting field assessments of a large number of heating, water heating, controls and process technologies. A large number of these assessments and evaluations are expected to become part of SCG energy efficiency portfolio of incentive programs. From 1989-2005 Mr. Ahmed was the president of Occidental Analytical Group a consulting engineering firm in Walnut, Ca. The company provided professional engineering services to Energy Service Companies and large commercial and industrial clients. The company also provided services to the utility industry in the form of design, planning, implementation and evaluation of third party energy efficiency programs. Mr. Ahmed has over 15 years of utility experience and over 25 years of consulting experience in the energy field. Mr. Ahmed holds a First Class Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dibrugarh University, India and a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from University of Missouri-Rolla.

See him speak:
Next Generation Gas Technologies
Todd Amundson
Energy Management Engineer, Bonneville Power Authority
Todd Amundson is currently the Energy Smart Industrial Program’s energy management engineer. For the past 13 years, he has primarily focused on energy management and industrial sector custom project M&V. Prior to that, he taught engineering courses full-time at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington.

See him speak:
Welcome to the 21st Century, Gas Gets Smart
Scott Anders
Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law
Mr. Anders is the Director of the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC), an academic and research center of the University of San Diego School of Law. He joined EPIC in October 2005 as its inaugural director and developed both its academic and research programs. His current work focuses on regulatory and policy issues relating to the electricity and natural gas industries and greenhouse gases. He has authored or co-authored numerous reports and papers on topics including energy efficiency, distributed generation, mitigating greenhouse gases, and smart grid strategies. EPIC also has done significant work with cities to assist in the development of climate action plans. Prior to joining EPIC, Mr. Anders was a senior manager of the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), where he managed legislative and regulatory activities and managed a portfolio of energy programs funded under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. He also worked as a policy researcher for a Washington D.C. policy think tank and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa. He holds an M.A. in public policy, with a concentration in energy and environmental policy, from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.

See him speak:
“Duck Curve”: The Evolving Statewide Load Profile
Current and Projected Energy Policies and Their Impacts on Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
Porus Antia
Manager, Stantec Consulting, Inc.
Porus is a Manager with the Buildings Engineering group of Stantec’s San Francisco office. With a Master’s of Science in Building Design and Climatic Responsive Architecture from Arizona State University, porus’ practice focuses on sustainable building design and operations; leading a multidisciplinary group of engineers, and technologists with a focus on high performance, energy efficient built environments. Porus brings his leadership and his thorough understanding of energy and thermal systems to his role as Project Manager on high performance buildings. He has over ten years of experience in the building industry and has worked on some of the largest Net Zero projects in the world including the new 361,700-SF Design Build Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), East Campus-Operations Center (EC–OC) & the Research Support Facility project at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) which, at 370,000 square feet, is considered the largest proven LEED Platinum, Zero Energy Building in the world. He is a member of the Northern California Chapter of United States Green Building Council and BEMP (Building Energy Modeling Professional) certified.

See him speak:
Successful Integrated Solutions & Lessons Learned
Ines Azevedo
Co-Director, Center for Climate and Energy Decision-Making (CEDM)
Dr. Ines Azevedo is an Associate Professor, Engineering and Public Policy; Co-Director, Center for Climate and Energy Decision-Making (CEDM). Dr. Azevedo’s research interests lie at the intersection of environmental, technical, and economic issues, such as how to address the challenge of climate change and to move towards a more sustainable energy system. She tackles complex problems in which traditional engineering plays an important role but cannot provide a complete answer. In particular, she has been looking at how energy systems are likely to be shaped in the future, which requires comprehensive knowledge not only of the technologies that can address future energy needs but also of the decision-making process followed by different agents in the economy. Dr. Azevedo has also been working on assessing how specific policies will shape future energy systems, especially in a carbon-constrained world.

See her speak:
Behavior First: Powering Up Innovation by Putting People at the Center of Program Design and Strategy
Rory Bakke
Chief Sustainability Officer, True Market Solutions
Rory Bakke is an environmental policy and stakeholder engagement expert and a pragmatic advocate for sustainable business. As CSO of True Market Solutions, Rory leads the design and development of TMS’ Sustainability Circle™ experience and is responsible for strategic planning, product and curriculum development. She also founded Sustainable Concepts Studio, where she acts as a Sustainability Advisor to companies, public agencies and not-for-profit organizations. Rory led a strategic alliance between Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) and The GreenBiz Group that developed the first enterprise level, global sustainability standards for both manufacturing and services sectors in 2011. In 2013 she completed the first Large Company Sustainability Impact Assessment for B Lab which has been adopted by over 200 companies since being introduced into the global marketplace in early 2014. Her additional experience includes senior management roles for StopWaste.Org and Santa Clara County, where she developed cutting-edge public-private partnerships that provided statewide models of collaboration for environmentally sound solutions to toxics and waste reduction issues. She is also a Technical Advisor to the Global Institute for Sustainability Ratings. Rory holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Claremont Graduate University; a Certificate in Integrated Waste Management from University of California Extension, Berkeley; an Executive Degree in Sustainable Business Management from the Presidio School of Management; and has been a Public Affairs Fellow with the CORO Foundation.

In 2001, she received the Governor of California’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for developing the StopWaste Business Partnership, and in 2002 she received Acterra’s Business Environmental Award for Environmental and Sustainability Education for creating the same program.

See her speak:
Big Ideas in Next Generation Behavior Programs and Tools
Natasha Balac
Director of Predicative Analysis and Computational Evaluation (PACE), University of California San Diego
Natasha received her Master's and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University with an emphasis in Data Mining from large data sets. Her dissertation focused on creating and applying novel data mining techniques to mobile robots and real time sensor data. She has been with San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD since 2003. Previously, she has worked on mining, analytics and bioinformatics in the biotech industry. She has also led multiple collaborations across a wide range of organizations in industry, government and academia. She is currently leading the Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence and collaborating on a number of government and research funded projects in the areas of analytics and visualization, including the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, NASA, NSF, SCEC, iDASH, Smart Grid, Smart City, etc. Dr. Balac has recently founded and serves at the President and CEO of Data Insight Discovery, Inc. DID’s charter is enabling businesses to discover actionable insight from vast amounts of data.

See her speak:
Shaping the New Energy Future with Big Data and Connectivity
Shez Bandukwala
Managing Director, Head of Cleantech Investment Banking, KPMG
As the head of the US Cleantech practice, Shez serves and expands relationships with Cleantech clients that expand across the industrial, technology and energy sectors with a focus on M&A advisory services, venture and debt capital raises as well as renewable project financing. Shez advises the management teams of publicly traded and privately-owned companies as well as their board members and venture/private equity investors. Shez directs the firm’s efforts in key cleantech subsectors, including renewable power generation (solar, biomass), advanced energy technologies (advanced batteries, PEV, HEV, fuel cells), advanced alternative fuels, energy efficiency (smart grid, advanced lighting, demand and supply side solutions), preservation (water purification, recycling), and environmental markets. Previously, Shez was a Managing Director at Stifel Nicolaus Weisel (NYSE:SF) where he founded and led the cleantech investment banking group and prior to that, he was a Partner at ThinkEquity LLC where he founded the cleantech investment banking practice as well. Shez has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois.

See him speak:
Move Faster!... Be Patient!... Venture Capital and Emerging Technologies Programs Meet in the Middle
Entrepreneurs at Bat
Banny Banerjee
Associate Professor, Teaching, Stanford Design School
Banny Banerjee is working on developing radical processes that leverage design thinking in new ways. His focus is the development of transdisciplinary processes to bring about rapid change and large-scale impact. He is the founder of the “Design for Change Lab”; formed to address issues of sustainability, technology futures, and the dynamics of rapid change. He is working with Stanford faculty from behavioral sciences, social economics, systems analysis, management science, engineering, and art to generate new platforms for design thinking. Originally trained as an architect, Banny Banerjee holds graduate degrees in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, and Design. In India, he worked in the fields of architecture, structural engineering, adobe housing for the rural poor, and low embodied energy building systems. After coming to the US, he worked in the fields of computer simulation for energy in complex systems, software engineering, mechanical engineering, product design, industrial design, furniture design, interactive art, and design strategy. His interests in the confluence between digital and physical experiences took him to Xerox PARC where he worked on ambient media and physical computing. Prior to Stanford, he worked for IDEO as designer and design strategist creating novel experiences and crafting futures for high technology companies. Despite his interest in technology and design theory, he likes to be elbow deep in design work. He is happiest in the presence of sharp minds, sharp cutting tools, wood dust, cutting oil, and the smell of solder.

See him speak:
Mobilizing the Switch
Guneet Bedi
Manager, Product Management, JouleX/Cisco EnergyWise
Guneet manages the Product Management team for Cisco EnergyWise/JouleX in Cisco’s Cloud and Managed Services Group. Guneet has 10+ years experience in product management, business development, sales and marketing, and software product development with Cisco Systems, Oracle Corporation and IBM (through the acquisition of a Swedish tools software provider). Since joining Cisco in 2010, he was responsible for product management for Catalyst switches as well as manage the partner ecosystem for Cisco EnergyWise. Guneet has lived in various cities in India, US, and Europe and consults with various early stage technology companies as their strategic advisor. Guneet received a BE in Computer Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surathkal and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Evanston.

See him speak:
Internet of Things (IoT) Enabling Smart Efficiency, Comfort and Control
Carl Besaw
Senior Project Manager, Southern California Edison
Carl Besaw is a Senior Project Manager with Southern California Edison’s (SCE) New Program Development and Launch group where he manages residential pilots that use a variety of technology and program strategies to expand SCE’s Energy Efficiency and Demand Response portfolios. He previously led demand response (DR) emerging markets and technology efforts at SCE. Carl holds a Bachelor degree from Brigham Young University and a MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and currently serves as Chairman of the OpenADR Alliance Board of Directors.

See him speak:
The Evolution of Demand Response
Peter Biermayer
Senior Product Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Peter Biermayer is a Senior Product Manager at PG&E for commercial HVAC and refrigeration. Peter has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has over thirty years of experience in the energy efficiency field, including work at a research development and testing laboratory, a Department of Energy national laboratory (LBNL) performing analysis for energy regulations, a military base and PG&E.

See him speak:
New Packaged HVAC System Sensors, Logic and Communications….Tons of Potential!
Dave Bisbee
Project Manager, Energy R&D, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Dave Bisbee is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with over twenty five years of experience in the energy industry working with commercial, residential, and public sector customers. He has served as a Project Manager for SMUD’s Customer Advanced Technologies (CAT) program for the past thirteen years testing emerging energy efficient technologies in real world environments. Dave was awarded the California Military Department Medal of Merit while serving as a Resource Efficiency Manager for the California National Guard.

See him speak:
It Works, Now What? Innovative Approaches for Accelerating Market Transformation
Chris Black
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Technology Officer, Tendril
Chris Black has spent the past 18 years creating and growing numerous early to mid-stage software companies. He has an abiding passion for technology, operational improvement, and building smart, productive teams within a collaborative culture. Chris joined Tendril in 2011 as Chief Technology Officer with the goal of delivering world-class software solutions for the evolving energy market. At Tendril, Chris applies his deep technology knowledge, performance management and leadership to his role as CTO. Chris is responsible for executing on Tendril’s vision to deliver solutions that make a tangible difference in the way customers use energy.

See him speak:
Data Innovation for Customer Engagement
Philippe Bouchard
VP of Business Development, EoS Energy Storage
Philippe joined Eos after 5 years of in-depth experience leading emerging technology and regulatory initiatives within the utility energy industry. While working previously within Southern California Edison’s Advanced Technology Organization, Philippe co-authored SCE’s Smart Grid Deployment Plan and managed a $3 million portfolio of diversified R&D and technology evaluation projects. Philippe also lead development of General Rate Case testimony for SCE’s Plug-in Vehicle Readiness Program and helped to propose and implement customer demand response programs leveraging newly implemented smart metering and home area network technology platforms. Philippe previously worked as a research analyst for E Source—an energy research and consulting firm– where he specialized in demand-side management programs, smart grid technologies, and corporate greenhouse gas consulting. Philippe brings an interdisciplinary background in chemistry and environmental sciences and graduated with a B.A. from Pomona College.

See him speak:
Distributed Resources Impacting Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
Dick Bourne
Vice President, Integrated Comfort
Dick Bourne is Vice-President of Integrated Comfort, Inc. (ICI). ICI produces cooling efficiency products for buildings, including DualCool, an accessory for air-cooled rooftop cooling units. Dick’s education included a degree from Amherst College and mechanical engineering degrees from West Virginia and Stanford. After 3 years engineering modular housing systems and then 7 years teaching construction management at the University of Nebraska, Dick formed a proprietorship in 1979 that grew to become Davis Energy Group (DEG) in 1981. As founding president, Dick led DEG’s product development efforts. After 25 years with DEG, Dick joined UC Davis in 2006 to form the Western Cooling Efficiency Center. He retired from UCD in 2009 and joined ICI to focus on strengthening ICI’s market opportunities.

See him speak:
Evaporative Cooling and Precooling Technology Advancements - Are we Ready for Prime Time?
Tom Brill
Special Counsel and Director of Strategic Projects, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Thomas R. Brill is the Special Counsel and Director of Strategic Projects at San Diego Gas and Electric Company, where he focuses on providing legal and policy support on regulatory issues and proceedings with a focus on industry restructuring issues. Mr. Brill was previously Director of Strategic Analysis, Planning and Pricing at SDG&E, where he led strategic analysis and strategic plan development work and headed SDG&E’s Rates, Load Analysis, and Demand Forecasting Departments at a time of significant industry changes in both the electricity and natural gas markets.

See him speak:
“Duck Curve”: The Evolving Statewide Load Profile
Sal Brunetto
National Accounts Manager, Rheem
With 20 years of experience in the industry, Sal Brunetto is an expert in mechanical systems including air conditioning, heating, standby power generation, and hot water. Sal’s industry skills include residential and commercial system design, technical sales, and systems installations. Sal holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Syracuse University and an MBA from Pace University-NYC. Currently, Sal is the National Accounts Manager at Rheem headquartered in Atlanta, GA. His team caters to the needs of regional and national chains throughout North America.

See him speak:
Next Generation Gas Technologies
Scott Bryan
Chief Operating Officer, Imagine H2O
Scott manages core programming and partnerships at Imagine H2O, a nonprofit organization that inspires and empowers people to turn water challenges into opportunities. The organization's programming identifies and supports promising water entrepreneurs and innovators around the world by connecting them to its network of investors and strategic partners. To date, Imagine H2O's portfolio of water startups represents 1 in every 6 dollars of early-stage financing in the water sector. Prior to joining Imagine H2O, Scott was a financial consultant specializing in sustainable investment strategies for institutional and private clients at Royal Bank of Canada and Piper Jaffray.

See him speak:
The Water Challenge: Energy Impacts of Reliable Water Supplies for Farms & Cities
Chris Burmester
Vice President, Energy Solutions
Dr. Burmester combines decades of energy and software industry experience in his role at Energy Solutions overseeing integrated demand side management programs which leverage the impact of data and network technologies in the energy industry. He oversees all company demand response activities including the implementation of PG&E’s Automated Demand Response Technology Enabling program and SCE's Upstream HVAC demand response enabling technology program. He lead the program design and supervised the implementation of the SCE On-line Residential Buyer’s guide, covering all aspects of home energy management including energy efficiency, demand response, and distributed generation. Dr. Burmester is a visiting lecturer on Advance Topics in Integrated Demand Side Management at Stanford University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Chris has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor emphasis in Energy Resources and Computer Science. He is the author of over 50 publications.

See him speak:
The Sum is Greater than the Parts: Whole Building Solutions
Jonathan Burrows
Senior Product Manager,
Demand Response Technology Solutions, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Jonathan Burrows is the Senior Product Manager of PG&E’s Demand Response Emerging Technologies program, which is tasked with investigating new technologies and applications that have the potential to enable or enhance DR capabilities in order to increase customer satisfaction and customer participation in PG&E’s DR programs. Jonathan previously managed PG&E’s Permanent Load Shifting (PLS) program and has been involved in various energy storage-related proceedings. Before joining PG&E, Jonathan worked on utility renewable generation procurement at the California Public Utilities Commission. Prior to working in the energy industry, Jonathan spent almost a decade in Silicon Valley, first at Intel and later at a technology consulting company working on projects for advanced semiconductor companies around the world. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology.

See him speak:
The Evolution of Demand Response
Eric Byous
Environmental Scientist, Sustainable Water Infrastructure Program, Environmental Protection Agency
Eric’s work in EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region Sustainable Infrastructure Program is focused on helping water and wastewater utilities identify and implement cost effective energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects. Since 2009, their Program has facilitated dozens of energy audits that have identified savings of over 80,000 megawatt hours and $14 million in energy costs per year. Eric is excited to continue helping water and wastewater utilities take advantage of the countless energy and water savings opportunities that exist today as technology and operational innovation continues to advance.

See him speak:
The Water Challenge: Energy Impacts of Reliable Water Supplies for Farms and Cities
Greg Callman
Charging Infrastructure and Stationary Energy Storage, Tesla Motors
Greg manages market entry and business development within Tesla’s energy storage program. He was also involved in developing Tesla’s Supercharger program. Before joining Tesla, Greg served at the U.S. Department of Energy, ARPA-E, where he focused on advanced battery technology. Greg’s background includes entrepreneurial ventures, corporate development, and business advisory work in emerging markets. Greg studied biochemistry at the University of Virginia, and Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins, SAIS. He is based in Palo Alto, California.

See him speak:
Impact of Distributed Generation & Storage on Zero Net Energy (ZNE)
Leo Carrillo
Principal Product Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Leo Carrillo is a Principal Product Manager in Pacific Gas & Electric’s energy efficiency organization. Since joining the group in 2011, Leo has spearheaded PG&E’s product strategy and research around building controls and analytics software, as well its pay-for-performance programs. Previously, Leo led forecasting, planning and analysis projects for PG&E’s renewable energy procurement unit, and he served as an Associate Director at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, where he produced bond ratings for utilities and energy projects. He holds a MBA and a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley, as well as an MPP degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

See him speak:
The Sum is Greater than the Parts: Whole Building Solutions
Does "Smart" Translate into Savings? – Trends and Opportunities in Building and Home Automation
Ross Chanin
Founder, American Efficient
Ross is a repeat Internet entrepreneur with experience in public policy. He was a founder at Reputation.com, the world leader in online privacy & reputation management solutions. Reputation.com now serves customers in over 100 countries and is a 2012 World Economic Forum (Davos) Global Growth Company. Ross also previously served on the speechwriting staff of a major presidential campaign. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford Law School.

See him speak:
“Nudging” Customers Toward Energy Efficient Purchasing and Investment Decision
Rick Chitwood
Founder and Principal, Chitwood Energy Management, Inc.
Rick Chitwood, BSME, founder and principal of Chitwood Energy Management Inc., is an expert in energy-efficient residential building construction, diagnostic testing, and performance evaluation. Pursuing building performance, and practicing home performance contracting, started in 1985 with the company’s first blower door purchase – 20 years before the term “Home Performance Contracting” began to be used. Today Rick spends most of his time training contractors, developing curriculum, project consulting, doing field research, helping with the updates to the California Energy Code, and is the co-author of a new book Measured Home Performance.

See him speak:
Beyond the Occupant Scapegoat
Andrew Claster
Deputy Chief Analytics Officer, Obama for America
Andrew helped create and lead the Obama Analytics team of more than 50 analysts, statistical modelers and engineers for the 2012 re-election campaign.

The Obama Analytics team used predictive modeling, data analysis and technology to revolutionize political polling and individual-level voter targeting, dramatically increasing the efficiency of voter contact, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, research, advertising, marketing and communications online and offline.

Andrew previously developed microtargeting and communications strategies as Vice President at Penn, Schoen & Berland for clients including Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Ehud Barak, Leonel Fernandez, Verizon, Alcatel, Microsoft, BP, KPMG, TXU and the Washington Nationals baseball team. Andrew was also a co-founder of the PSB Corporate Research Group.

Andrew completed his undergraduate studies in political science at Yale University and his master’s degree in economics at the London School of Economics and studied European political and economic integration at the University of Barcelona, Spain.

See him speak:
Data Innovation for Customer Engagement
Tristam Coffin
Energy and Maintenance Coordinator, Whole Foods Market
Tristam Coffin is the Energy and Maintenance Coordinator for Whole Foods Market’s Northern California Region. Among his responsibilities, Tristam oversees the implementation of environmentally responsible programs and sustainable engineering initiatives for the 40 stores, regional office, distribution center, and 5 future stores that make up the company’s Northern California Region. Mr. Coffin is a LEED Accredited Professional, expert in resource management and holds a broad array of environmental expertise in areas including waste diversion, refrigeration systems, and renewable energy. He is also a member of the company’s Global Green Mission Leadership Team. Prior to being employed by Whole Foods Market, Mr. Coffin worked in alternative energy and transportation for the Transportation Research Center of Vermont as well as in natural sciences and advocacy in Yellowstone National Park, Montana. Mr. Coffin holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.

See him speak:
The Sum is Greater than the Parts: Whole Building Solutions
Allison Cook
Director of Community Engagement, The Story of Stuff Project
Allison designs the media, outreach and engagement strategies for all the Story of Stuff Project movies. With the Project from the start, Allison managed the production of several successful offline learning tools, including a curriculum for high school students and a study guide for faith communities. She currently captains the development of the Citizen Muscle Boot Camp- a four-week online program to equip people with the skills and tools to make change in their communities on the issues they care about. Prior to joining the Story of Stuff Project team, Allison worked with the Sustainability Funders Workgroup and the Funders Network on Transforming the Global Economy.

See her speak:
The Role of Media and Storytelling in Evangelizing Emerging Technologies
Doug Davenport
Founding Executive Director, Prospect Silicon Valley
Douglas Davenport is the Founding Executive Director of Prospect Silicon Valley, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to demonstrating high-impact technology in transportation, buildings, energy, and the environment. Over his career Doug has built and/or led major programs in environmental restoration and infrastructure, greenhouse gas mitigation, energy storage, and building technology. Doug formerly led program development in energy and environmental research for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and has earned graduate degrees in business and engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

See him speak:
Who's on First? Understanding the Players and Their Roles in Helping Emerging Technologies Transition
Robert Davis
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Robert is a Senior Mechanical Engineer with Pacific Gas & Electric’s Applied Technology Services department in San Ramon, and has been with PG&E for 34 years. He specializes in testing and analysis services in support of several of PG&E’s Energy Efficiency programs, including customer incentive programs and Emerging Technologies. He is an active member of ASHRAE contributing to several Technical and Standard Project Committees. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in California.

See him speak:
Evaporative Cooling and Precooling Technology Advancements - Are we Ready for Prime Time?
Neal De Snoo
Energy Program Officer, City of Berkeley Planning Department
Neal manages the Energy and Sustainable Development Division (ESD) in the City of Berkeley Planning and Development Department, where he has been employed since 1994. The ESD is responsible for providing strategic direction the City’s sustainability efforts and directly manages programs related to climate change, clean energy and green building. The Division’s accomplishments include pioneering Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing, seeding non-profit agencies such as Rising Sun Energy Center, the Green Resource Center (now Build It Green) and Green Cities California, producing an APPA-award winning (Northern California) Climate Action Plan and award of several competitive solicitations including the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities and the US Department of Energy Solar America Cities grant and documenting 13% community-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction from electricity and natural gas sources since 2000.

See him speak:
Successful Integrated Solutions & Lessons Learned
Paul Delaney
Senior Engineer, Emerging Products, Southern California Edison
Paul is a Senior Engineer with the Emerging Products team at Southern California Edison. He has worked for Edison for over 13 years providing engineering support to customers regarding energy and environmental issues, including managing Edison’s Industrial and Restaurant Technology Centers from 1991 thru 1995. In addition to Southern California Edison, he has worked for the United States Navy, Anco Engineers, Infratech Corporation, Fostoria Industries, Edison Source and was Vice President of American Utility Network. Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Paul is a member of ASHRAE and ASME.

See him speak:
Impact of Distributed Generation & Storage on Zero Net Energy (ZNE)
Pierre Delforge
Director of High Tech Sector Efficiency, Natural Resources Defense Council
Pierre Delforge works on policy advocacy and initiatives to reduce energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions by consumer and office electronics, data centers and plug load devices. Information technology, electronic devices and the internet have the potential to transform the way we live and work and help the world transition towards a lower-carbon society. However the global explosion in the number of plug-in devices and in the amount of digital data continues to make energy efficiency of end-user devices and data centers a critical priority. Pierre joined NRDC in 2010 after 20 years in the I.T. industry where he worked as a program manager in software, hardware and environmental sustainability. Pierre obtained a M.S. from Ecole Centrale de Paris and Diploma in Computer Science from Cambridge University.

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“Nudging” Customers Toward Energy Efficient Purchasing and Investment Decisions
Rick Diamond
Deputy of Research Operations of the Building Technology and Urban Systems, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Rick Diamond is a Staff Scientist and Deputy of Research Operations of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research has focused on consumer and institutional behavior change, as well as user interactions with the built environment, including post occupancy and energy evaluations of housing, schools, and workplace environments. Diamond has co-led efforts for the U.S. Department of Energy on developing a social science R&D roadmap for the building sector, and has led an effort to provide technical assistance on the greening of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Mobilizing the Switch
Dr. Kat A. Donnelly
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Empower Efficiency
Dr. Kat A. Donnelly is the Co-Founder and CEO of Empower Efficiency. She specializes in behavior change, program design and evaluation, customer research, and technology development. Kat completed two Masters of Science degrees and a PhD from MIT focusing on energy efficiency, clean energy, and behavior change research.

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Mobilizing the Switch
Big Ideas in Next Generation Behavior Programs and Tools
Paul Doppel
Senior Director of Industry and Government Relations, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Paul Doppel has worked for Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating since 2002, and was a brand manager before being promoted to his current position of Senior Director of Industry and Government Relations in 2012. A 36-year HVAC industry veteran, Doppel served as chairman of the TC 8.7 Variable Refrigerant Flow committee of ASHRAE from 2010 to 2012 and currently is the chairman, Ductless (VRF) Product Section, of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Doppel also works with the DOE, utility companies, state governments and green building groups to enhance VRF technology education and applications. In 2009, Doppel was honored by AHRI with the Richard C. Schulze Distinguished Service Award, which is presented annually to individuals recognized for their unique contributions to the HVACR industry. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and retired from the United States Army Reserves after 30 years of service.

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Let's Just Put it in Code... Understanding and Planning for the Pathway from Emerging Technology to Codes & Standards
Anne Dougherty
Advisor and Co-Owner, ILLUME Advising LLC
Anne Dougherty is an Advisor and Co-Owner of ILLUME Advising LLC and will serve as the technical lead on this project. Anne brings a decade of experience in social science-driven research techniques, including expertise in program process evaluations, impact evaluations, and behavioral program design. Previously Anne worked as the Director of Social and Behavioral Research at Opinion Dynamics, helping to build the company’s expertise in social science research and non-resource programs. Anne also worked as a project manager for SmartRevenue, a market research firm specializing in delivering ethnographic research to Fortune 100 companies for new product design, development, and marketing. Anne holds a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago.

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Behavior First: Powering Up Innovation by Putting People at the Center of Program Design and Strategy
Ann Edminster
Owner / Principal, Design AVEnues, LLC
Ann Edminster is a leading expert on green homes, assisting professionals in developing their capacity to create better projects. A principal developer of LEED for Homes, Ann also authored Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, a comprehensive guide for designers and builders seeking to create zero net energy homes. She chairs the Green Building Task Force for the US, Canada, and Mexico’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation, serves on the Board of the Net Zero Energy Coalition, and chaired the inaugural Net Zero Leadership Summit in October 2013. In 2013 she was named ACI’s first Woman of the Year.

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Beyond the Occupant Scapegoat
Robert Feeney
Co-Founder, Ringorang
Robert is the co-creator of the Ringorang® engagement and retention software. He is a thought leader in customer behavior as well as employee training and change. Robert oversees strategic relationships for the Ringorang® network of partners, including global business consultancies, program design and implementation firms and marketing agencies. Robert has personally led teams that have delivered unprecedented programs for utilities large and small – using Ringorang’s unique brand of gamification to ensure that customers and employees recall critical information. Robert is passionate about the need for measurable public education in the era of grid modernization. He is equally passionate about proving that workforce training can be considerably more efficient and effective when retention is the objective. Robert honed his engagement experience with major entertainment companies and advertisers, including Walt Disney Pictures, CBS, Universal Television, Nissan and J. Walter Thompson. Most recently Robert drove the development of the lean learning methodology, ASK (Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge), which is now the central content design methodology for Ringorang® programs.

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Gamification for Utilities: Captivating Customers with Energy Information
June A. Flora, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University’s Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute (HSTAR)
June A. Flora, PhD, is a senior research scientist at Stanford University’s Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute (HSTAR) and Solutions Science Lab in the Department of Pediatrics. Her research focuses on understanding the drivers of human behavior change and the potential of communication interventions. Her research focuses on climate change relevant and health behavior change interventions. Most recently she is studying the role of energy use feedback delivered through motivationally framed online applications; the potential of children and youth delivered energy reduction interventions to motivation parent behavior change, and the effects of entertainment-education interventions to change behavior. Dr. Flora earned her PhD from Arizona State University in Educational Psychology in 1976. She has held positions at University of Utah and Stanford University.

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Behavior First: Powering Up Innovation by Putting People at the Center of Program Design and Strategy
William Goetzler
Managing Director, Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Mr. Goetzler is a Managing Director in the Energy Practice of Navigant Consulting, Inc. His work focuses on energy-related issues for buildings, providing technology and market assessments for public sector organizations, utilities, and manufacturers of products such as HVAC and Refrigeration equipment, appliances, building controls, and renewable and distributed energy systems. Prior to joining Navigant, he was an Associate Director at Arthur D. Little, Inc. (ADL), where he managed the HVAC and Building Energy Systems unit. He is an AEE Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and holds a B.S. from MIT and an M.S. from Stanford University, both in Mechanical Engineering.

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Role of Community Level Integration to Achieving High Performance Buildings
Dominique Gomez
Director of Market Development
Dominique advocates for policies that prioritize municipal water conservation as an important solution to drought, water scarcity, and population growth. She also helps spread the word about WaterSmart’s program and results in new markets. Prior to WaterSmart, Dominique focused on climate and environmental policy, first as a Governor’s Fellow for Governor Bill Richardson at the New Mexico Environment Department, then later as a consultant at Cascadia Consulting Group in Seattle. She has also spent time working on natural gas policy at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and on corporate sustainability at Hilton Worldwide. Dominique is originally from Colorado and likes hiking 14ers and eating sandwiches.

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The Water Challenge: Energy Impacts of Reliable Water Supplies for Farms and Cities
Sean Gouw
Engineer, Southern California Edison
Sean Gouw is an engineer at Southern California Edison’s Technology Test Centers (TTC) in Irwindale, California. Sean studies efficient technologies in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC), lighting, refrigeration, and plug-load applications through projects for Southern California Edison’s Emerging Technologies, Codes and Standards, and Demand Response programs. Sean holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Sean is a licensed Professional Engineer, holds certification as an EPA section 608 Universal Technician, LEED AP, and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

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New Packaged HVAC System Sensors, Logic and Communications….Tons of Potential!
Nicole Graeber
Senior Development Engineer, California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis
Nicole Graeber is a senior development engineer at CLTC. She is a Lighting Certified (LC) professional with Engineer in Training (EIT) certification. Her work includes testing and development of emerging lighting technologies, as well as collaborating with CLTC’s industry partners on demonstration and research projects. She serves as a committee member on the DOE’s Municipal Solid-state Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC) Controls Sub-Committee and Task Force. Nicole graduated in 2009 from the University of California, Davis, receiving a degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on sustainable building science and energy efficiency.

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Connecting Every Node: Networked adaptive lighting control systems and their role in energy management
Paula Gruendling
Regulatory Analyst, Energy Division, California Public Utilities Commission
Paula Gruendling is a Regulatory Analyst at the Energy Division of the California Public Utilities Commission. She is responsible for the oversight of program design and evaluation of the Energy Efficiency Codes and Standards and Emerging Technologies programs. She has a Bachelor in Business with a major in finance as well as a Master of Science in Population and Development and a Master in Public Policy.

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Let's Just Put it in Code... Understanding and Planning for the Pathway from Emerging Technology to Codes & Standards
Dian M. Grueneich
Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert, with 37 years’ experience. Dian served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, developing the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and overseeing a 40% expansion of California’s energy efficiency funding, and oversaw transmission planning and permitting. Dian’s professional recognitions include the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Clean Energy Award, eeGlobal Forum’s first “Visionary Award” for energy leadership, ACEEE’s National Champion of Energy Efficiency Award, and the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology’s 2013 Clean Power Champions. Dian is currently a Senior Research Scholar the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force at Stanford University, spearheading an increased focus of Stanford on state and regional energy issues, focusing in particular on regulatory policy governance and the next generation of energy efficiency. Dian currently serves on the DOE-EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Plan Leadership Group, the NREL External Advisory Committee, the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and Advisory Boards for the Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy and the Advanced Energy Economy. Dian also serves as a Clean Energy Education & Empowerment U.S. Ambassador and served on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Electricity Advisory Committee. Dian is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.

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Current and Projected Energy Policies and Their Impacts on Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
Jeff Harris
Director of Emerging Technologies, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Jeff Harris is the Director of Emerging Technologies for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), where he manages NEEA’s efforts to build a “pipeline” of commercially available energy efficiency technologies for the region. For more than 25 years, Jeff has been at the forefront of the Northwest’s energy efficiency work. Jeff began his career working on energy efficiency R&D projects for Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) where he helped launch BPA’s new residential construction program and corresponding energy codes effort. After joining the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC) in 1989, Jeff contributed to the Third and Fourth Power Plans for the region, and significantly influenced the creation and adoption of more simplified and stringent energy codes across Northwest. While “on loan” from NWPCC, he helped NEEA get off the ground in 1996, and then joined NEEA as a full-time staff member in 2001, managing NEEA’s new product development group. While at NEEA, Jeff has also played a key role in developing its commercial, residential and industrial sector market transformation strategies and evaluation methods. Over the span of his career, Jeff has also been a leading advocate for building operation efficiency and commissioning, helping found the Northwest Building Commissioning Collaborative, an organization that was a forerunner to the now named International Building Commissioning Association. Jeff also helped found and is on the Board of Directors of the New Buildings Institute (NBI), a non-profit organization which supports emerging technologies and improved codes and standards for commercial buildings. Jeff holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

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It Works, Now What? Innovative Approaches for Accelerating Market Transformation
Eric Haugaard
Director of Product Technology, CREE Lighting
Eric Haugaard is the Director of Product Technology for Cree Lighting. Eric has a career that spans 27 years including previous positions of Engineering Manager of New Product Development & Mechanical Design and Product Development Engineer. Over the past decade Eric has presented lighting technology programs to diverse audiences throughout the world, including a strong focus on LED luminaire technologies. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, with Post-Baccalaureate Program studies completed at NASA/Ames Research Center. He holds 48 US and 14 foreign patents related to lighting technology.

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It Works, Now What? Innovative Approaches for Accelerating Market Transformation
Kristin Heinemeier, Ph.D., P.E
Principal Engineer, Western Cooling Efficiency Center at UC Davis
Kristin Heinemeier is a Principal Engineer with UC Davis’ Western Cooling efficiency Center. She is responsible for projects related to maintenance and operations-phase energy efficiency in commercial and residential HVAC, as well as Human Behavior and its impacts on HVAC performance. She is currently involved in research on behavior of building occupants and technicians in making maintenance decisions, incorporating Fault Detection and Diagnostics into codes and technology standards, and developing a laboratory to test HVAC technician instruments. Kristin has a PhD in Building Science from UC Berkeley, and a Bachelors degree and professional license in Mechanical Engineering. She has formerly worked for PECI, Texas A&M, Honeywell, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is chair of ASHRAE’s Standards Project Committee on Method of Test for FDD in Packaged Rooftop HVAC Equipment , and of the Western HVAC Performance Alliance’s Automated FDD Committee.

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New Packaged HVAC System Sensors, Logic and Communications….Tons of Potential!
Blake Herrschaft
Senior Engineer, DNV GL
Blake Herrschaft, PE, is a Senior Engineer for DNV Building Services. He has 7 years of experience on high performance building consulting, innovative systems design, and energy analysis of commercial buildings and portfolios. His experience working on many high-performance buildings includes a wide range of building types, systems, and locations across the globe. This experience helps bring a comprehensive understanding of the many different approaches used across the sustainable design community. Blake’s primary focus is buildings and communities that have a net positive impact on the community around them. As Senior Engineer, Blake focuses on engineering and energy analysis of buildings and portfolios, leveraging his experience to reduce building energy use and enable a 100% renewable energy future.

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Role of Community Level Integration to Achieving High Performance Buildings
Cole Hershkowitz
Founder and CEO, Chai Energy
Cole combines many years of experience building smart home products with a series of impactful sustainability projects to bring the world Chai. A best of breed home and energy understanding service. Chai leverages utility smart meter data to deliver insights and notifications about energy waste directly to homeowner's smart homes. Cole leads Chai's product design and development along with managing Chai's strategic direction and vision. In the past Cole lead a team of 15 Caltech engineers in building a Smart Home system which won 2nd place in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon Competition. Cole also brings experience about product and business strategy from his time spent as an associate at a Venture Capital Firm, Alsop-Louie Partners. Cole has started multiple sustainability groups and projects between Caltech and Oberlin. Cole also brings deep domain knowledge, having spent a year at Southern California Edison (SCE) testing and approving Zigbee Smart Meter devices for use in SCE customer homes.

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Move Faster!... Be Patient!...Venture Capital and Emerging Technology Programs Meet in the Middle
Cathy Higgins
Research Director, New Buildings Institute
As NBI Research Director, Ms. Higgins leads large research projects and seeks new business opportunities. Her current work addresses the data, market and policy aspects of zero net energy buildings, research into deep energy savings in existing buildings and support on emerging technologies field research. Ms. Higgins has been the prime investigator for two California Energy Commission PIER projects. She has served on industry committees and as an advisor on allied projects including the DOE Zero Net Energy Collaborative, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Portfolio Retrofit Challenge, and the Global Buildings Performance Network. Cathy has over 25 years experience in energy efficiency strategic planning, research, policy and large-scale project management.

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Successful Integrated Solutions & Lessons Learned
John Holmes
Senior Technology Development Advisor, RD&D, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Mr. Holmes serves SDG&E’s RD&D program in focus areas including Electric Energy End Use, Renewable Energy and Energy Storage, and implementation of Intelligent Technologies supporting the Company’s Distributed Energy Resource integration initiatives. He manages a portfolio of RD&D projects which serve ratepayer benefit and is focused on delivering technologies which advance modernization of distribution grid operations, as well as providing energy efficiency and demand reduction improvements. Mr. Holmes has broad expertise in and contributions to vehicle electrification from both the transportation and electric utility sectors. He serves as a Technical Advisor to several power systems research organizations, as well as occupying multiple advisory roles amid both academic and private sector research consortia. His research portfolio is privately and publically funded by SDG&E through the company’s CPUC approved rate case, as well as from active engagement in CEC, DOE and private sector initiatives.

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Back to the Future – Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla?
Chris Holmes
Principle Technical Leader, Analytics, Electric Power Research Institute
Christopher J. Holmes is a Principal Technical Leader at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Knoxville, TN. His position focuses on analytics and the quantification of costs and benefits to energy consumers from energy efficiency, demand response and efficient rate design. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Colorado and a Master of Science degree in Economics from Arizona State University.

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Leveraging Big Data to Drive Behavior Change
Noah Horowitz
Senior Scientist, Natural Resource Defense Council
Noah Horowitz is a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental advocacy group. Noah serves as the Director of NRDC's Center for Energy Efficiency Standards whose mission is to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and the equipment inside them. He is an internationally recognized energy efficiency expert in the areas of consumer electronics and residential lighting. Noah played a leading role in improving the energy efficiency of refrigerated soda vending machines, external AC to DC power supplies (the little black boxes used to power our gadgets), TVs, and consumer lighting. Prior to joining NRDC, Noah served as the Worldwide Manager of Environmental Programs for the Quaker Oats Company. Noah has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Let's Just Put it in Code... Understanding and Planning for the Pathway from Emerging Technology to Codes & Standards
Christopher M. James
VP, Strategy and Business Development, CREE
Mr. James is responsible for corporate business strategies, external business development, and industry interactions. He joined Cree in December 2004 as Marketing and Sales Manager for the then new, Cree Lighting business unit. Prior to joining Cree, Mr. James served as Vice President of Research Memberships and Publishing at benchmarking firm Best Practices. He was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for several high-tech start-ups in Silicon Valley, led Ernst & Young's High-Growth Supply Chain Consulting Practice, and held a number of management positions within the Components Group at Hewlett-Packard. Mr. James holds degrees from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering, German Studies, and Business Administration.

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Connecting Every Node: Networked Adaptive Lighting Control Systems and Their Role in Energy Management
Douglas Johnson
Vice President, Technology Policy and International Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association
Douglas Johnson is vice president of technology policy for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in the United States. He is responsible for public policy issues affecting product development, operations, sales and marketing in the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. He has worked with companies to develop and implement strategies and initiatives on issues such as energy efficiency, logistics, regulatory compliance, sales tax, product safety, and the use of electronic devices in vehicles and on board aircraft. In addition to his work in federal, state and international government relations, Mr. Johnson develops programs that support the growth of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show, which is sponsored and managed by CEA.

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Internet of Things (IoT) Enabling Smart Efficiency, Comfort and Control
Karl Johnson
Program Manager, California Institute for Energy and Environment
Karl Johnson is a Research Coordinator with CIEE, currently managing energy-efficient technology development, market connection, strategic planning, and evaluation activities. Karl has 30 years of experience in the energy field working in energy R&D program and project management, energy-efficient technology development and implementation, demonstration and evaluation of emerging technologies, market connection and transformation programs, and the organization of collaborative research programs. Karl has authored papers on a wide range of commercial, residential and industrial energy technologies including lighting, heating, cooling, water heating, appliances, energy analysis tools, controls, commissioning, monitoring, cogeneration, and renewable technologies. He has served on many advisory committees including the U.S. Department of Energy, California Energy Commission, New York Energy Research and Development Agency, and EMerge Alliance. Karl has a B.S. degree in Economics and Fine Art from Denison University and an M.S. from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering-Product Design.

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Back to the Future – Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla?
Beth Karlin
Director, Transformational Media Lab, UC Irvine
Beth Karlin founded and directs the Transformational Media Lab at the University of California, Irvine, where she studies the psychology of leveraging new media and technology for social change. Current projects investigate public acceptance of new technology, technology-enabled feedback, documentary film campaigns, and digital activism. Beth has published her work in venues ranging from Peace Studies to Persuasive Technology and lectures regularly on Transformational Media and the Psychology of Sustainability. She is active in the American Psychological Association’s Division 34 (Environmental Psychology), currently serving as Treasurer and Program Chair. Before receiving her Ph.D. in Social Ecology, Beth spent over 10 years working in K-12 education, holding positions as a teacher, counselor, curriculum consultant, and school administrator. She believes that the role of a researcher is not only to better understand the world but also to improve it and hopes that her work is able to serve both purposes.

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The Role of Media and Storytelling in Evangelizing Emerging Technologies
Ryan Kerr
Emerging Technologies Manager, Gas Technologies Institute
Ryan Kerr is Emerging Technologies Manager at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). GTI is an independent, nonprofit technology organization, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois. At GTI, Ryan leads efforts to accelerate the market adoption of emerging gas technologies for residential, commercial, and industrial end-use markets. Before joining GTI, Ryan worked for the California-based energy consulting firm ConSol. At ConSol, Ryan served as an expert advisor to the California Public Utilities Commission on its long-term energy efficiency strategic plan. Ryan holds a BS from University of Montana, where he majored in International Business and Environmental Policy.

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Welcome to the 21st Century, Gas Gets Smart
Jason Keyes
Partner, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP
Mr. Keyes focuses on regulatory matters related to distributed generation. He has participated in net metering and interconnection rulemakings at the utility commissions in twenty states, and regularly addresses related issues such as valuation, third party ownership, and meter aggregation. In addition, he assists clients with broader regulatory issues and contracts related to renewable energy project development. Prior to his legal career, Jason managed government contracts and business development for eight years at JX Crystals Inc., a pioneer in the field of high-concentration solar energy systems. In the early 1990's, he was a corporate planning analyst at Washington State's largest utility, Puget Power (now Puget Sound Energy), where he managed the electric vehicle program and helped develop the utility's integrated resource plan and demand forecast.

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Duck Curve: The Evolving Statewide Load Profile
Kris Kim
Director of Business Development, Bloom Energy
Kris Kim is the Director of Business Development at Bloom Energy where he leads strategic partnerships and utility business development. Kris brings over 15 years of extensive experience in the energy markets serving in various roles with firms in asset management, trading, investment banking, and consulting with companies such as Southern California Edison, Sempra Energy and Deutsche Bank Securities. Prior to joining Bloom Energy, Kris was a Director of Trading & Origination at an investment fund dedicated to investing in environmental emissions products and renewable energy projects. Kris graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Business Administration with double emphases in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

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Impact of Distributed Generation & Storage on Zero Net Energy (ZNE)
Charles Knuffke
Systems VP/Evangelist, Watt Stopper
For the past 25+ years, Charles has worked with engineers, contractors, distributors and owners to design, specify, and start up Lighting Control Systems for almost every kind of Commercial and Industrial project. The products have run the gamut from simple standalone occupancy sensors to networked Lighting Control Systems for multi-building campuses. After the systems have been installed, Charles has spent thousands of hours working with the facility engineers ensuring that they are educated on their new systems and are using them to their fullest capabilities. After being in sales for most of his career, Charles is now Watt Stopper's Systems Vice President, overseeing all product activity relating to the company’s Digital Lighting Management System, and managing three Marketing Directors and Product Line Managers. Previously, he was the company’s Western Technical Manager, working extensively on complex projects involving motion detectors, relay panels, daylighting controls, and integration. Charles has also attended uncounted California Energy Commission meetings during the development of the various Title 24 Energy Codes to provide real world commentary to the policy makers and act as an ombudsman for his customers. Most of all, Charles considers himself an educator, and greatly enjoys presenting to groups interested in Lighting Control technologies as well as those needing to understand the nuances of the various energy codes.

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Connecting Every Node: Networked Adaptive Lighting Control Systems and Their Role in Energy Management
Nikhil Krishnan
Senior Director, Products, C3 Energy
Nikhil Krishnan is a Senior Director of Products at C3 Energy. He joined C3 Energy in 2013. He was previously an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, where he was a member of McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice and a leader in McKinsey’s Electric Power and Industrials Practices. Dr. Krishnan was an Earth Institute Fellow and also worked as an engineer at Applied Materials Inc.

He received his BS degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and MS and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering.

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Leveraging Big Data to Drive Behavior Change
Jeremy Laundergan
Director of Services Consulting, EnerNex
Jeremy Laundergan is EnerNex’s Director of Services Consulting and assists EnerNex’s clients with Strategy Development, Project Planning, Regulatory Engagement, Economic Analysis, Lifecycle Management and Technology Assessment. Jeremy brings over 15 years of management experience leading cross-functional teams on successful process improvement, systems development, business case development, technology and engineering design projects. Prior to joining EnerNex, Jeremy was a Senior Project Manager with Southern California Edison (SCE) where he worked on emerging markets and technologies for Demand Response (DR), including pilots to integrate DR into California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU) wholesale electricity market and the early stages of the Edison SmartConnectTM Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program.

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The Evolution of Demand Response
Nancy Carrell Lawrence
Customer Experience and Energy Presentment Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Nancy manages the customer engagement aspects for the SoCalGas® Advanced Meter [AMI] project. This includes overseeing project-related customer communications, advanced meter-enabled energy presentment and analytics tools, and associated “Behavior Change” conservation programs. She joined SoCalGas in 1987 as an Energy Systems Engineer, and has worked in a variety of marketing, technical, eBusiness and project management positions for both regulated and unregulated Sempra Energy companies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Davis, and a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA.

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Welcome to the 21st Century, Gas Gets Smart
Gerard Lee
Associate, Harley Ellis Devereaux
Gerard Lee, AIA LEED BD+C is an Associate and Senior Project Architect with Harley Ellis Devereaux. He is the Oakland office sustainable leader and was the project architect for the Zero Net Energy - West Berkeley Library. Gerard has over 20 years of experience with an emphasis on sustainable design. A LEED accredited professional since 2005, he has been a sustainability consultant, taught design + construction courses at Diablo Valley College and founded a sustainable design practice. A past president of the AIAEB and board member of the AIACC, he currently serves on the AIACC Governmental Advocacy Advisory Committee.

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Successful Integrated Solutions & Lessons Learned
Lori Leiva
Manager, Customer Strategy and Analysis, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Lori Leiva joined PG&E in September of 2013 as Manager of Customer Strategy and Planning. Currently, she is serving as interim Director for the Customer Insights & Strategy Group where her responsibilities include the design of market research studies, development of segmentation strategies, and analysis and interpretation of customer data. Her team leads the effort to uncover insights that will improve customer communications, increase customer satisfaction, and influence program/product development for PG&E internal divisions and external partners. Lori spent the majority of her career in the areas of consumer behavior and marketing communications, having held senior VP level positions at global marketing agencies working with many Fortune 100 companies in the financial services and technology industries. Lori has an MBA in Marketing from Notre Dame de namur University and a BS in Business from University of San Francisco.

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Data Innovation for Customer Engagement
G.P. Li
Division Director, Calit2
G.P. Li directs the Irvine division of multidisciplinary research institute Calit2, as well as UCI’s Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility. A professor with appointments in electrical engineering and computer science, chemical engineering and materials science, and biomedical engineering, Li holds 24 U.S. patents. He has 10 patents pending and has published more than 300 research papers on microelectronic technologies, microwave circuit design, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), and bio-nano-IT technology. Li, who received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan, and his master’s and doctorate, also in electrical engineering, from UCLA, has been involved in several startup companies, and currently directs TechPortal, Calit2’s technology-business incubator. His current research interests focus on technologies for efficient energy utilization and consumption, and e-health

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New Research Approaches: Delivering Integrated Solutions for Future Market Needs
Jay Madden
Senior Engineer, Southern California Edison
Jay Madden is a member of the Emerging Products group for Southern California Edison. His responsibilities include lab and field testing of promising energy-saving HVAC technologies for the commercial and residential markets. He is currently leading field assessments for six evaporative cooling technologies, and he’s a voting member of ASHRAE SPC-212 - Method of Test for Determining Energy Performance and Water-Use Efficiency of Add-On Evaporative Pre-Coolers for Unitary Air Conditioning Equipment. Jay Madden has more than 25 years of experience designing HVAC, plumbing, and medical gas systems for hospitals, data centers, schools, and other commercial applications. He is licensed professional engineer and LEED-accredited professional. Mr. Madden holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Masters in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona.

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Evaporative Cooling and Precooling Technology Advancements - Are We Ready for Prime Time?
Craig McDonald
Managing Director, Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Craig McDonald is a Managing Director in the Energy practice. With more than 30 years of experience, he has advised utilities,governments, private equity firms, and energy services companies in developing, implementing, and evaluating clean energy policies and programs. Craig has counseled governmental agencies, utilities, and investors on policies and investments to accelerate the commercialization” and market adoption of emerging clean energy technologies. Craig’s expertise includes strategy, finance, public policy, technology management, resource planning, asset management, and regulatory analysis. He has testified on utility planning, rates, and market issues in more than twelve states and two Canadian provinces. Craig has collaborated with more than 50 public and investor-owned utilities on developing their energy efficiency and marketing programs. He has also assisted a number of energy services companies (ESCOs) and other clean-tech ventures on their initial business plans including product and marketing strategy for energy technologies and services. He brings deep insights on the intersection of technologies, markets, and regulatory policies to help formulate and implement successful programs and initiatives.

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Next Generation Gas Technologies
Scott McGaraghan
Head of Energy Partner Products, Nest Labs
Scott McGaraghan is the Head of Energy Product Development at Nest Labs, maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns your schedule to automatically turn itself down when you’re away, guides you to energy-efficient temperatures when you’re home, and frees you from programming hassles by creating a customized temperature schedule. Previously, Scott managed business development activities at EnerNOC, a leading provider of energy intelligence software, where he worked closely with utilities, regulators, and customers in demand response program design, and enrollment. Scott opened EnerNOC’s UK office, establishing the company’s first presence outside of North America. Prior to that, Scott was a management consultant for Bain and Company, providing strategic and operational support for electric utilities and other international clients. Scott received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has been published and has spoken extensively on issues related to breakthrough approaches to energy management.

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Trends and Opportunities in Building and Home Energy Management
Danny Miller
President and Managing Principal, Transformative Wave
Danny Miller is the President of Transformative Wave Technologies based in Kent, WA. He is one of the country’s leading energy efficiency innovators, developing and bringing to market a growing line of game-changing efficiency solutions that are transforming the commercial building energy landscape. Mr. Miller has over 39 years of experience in the commercial HVAC, controls, and energy efficiency industries. He received his mechanical design training at the University of Washington. Mr. Miller is co-inventor of the patented CATALYST technology, a retrofit efficiency solution for constant volume rooftop HVAC systems, which reduces HVAC energy use by 25-50%. He has been the visionary behind the use of digital web-based technologies to provide a new range of efficiency and performance assurance tools for commercial facility operators. This includes the eIQ Platform, a visual performance verification tool that includes fault detection, diagnostics, and energy monitoring for CATALYST-equipped HVAC systems.

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It Works, Now What? Innovative Approaches for Accelerating Market Transformation
Mark Modera
Director of Western Cooling Efficiency Center, UC Davis
Mark P. Modera is a Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and holds the Sempra Energy Chair in Energy Efficiency, all at UC Davis. Professor Modera is also the Director of the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC), and a Fellow of the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers. Dr. Modera joined the WCEC from Carrier Corp., and from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). While at LBNL, Mark developed an aerosol-based duct sealing process, and subsequently established Aeroseal, Inc. to commercialize the technology. Aeroseal’s technical success and market promise became recognized by Carrier, who bought the business in 2001. The WCEC currently consists of more than 25 people working to help facilitate the implementation of efficient HVAC technologies through manufacturer/utility/customer partnerships, as well to develop and test new energy-efficient and peak-demand-sensitive HVAC technologies.

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New Research Approaches: Delivering Integrated Solutions for Future Market Needs
Evaporative Cooling and Precooling Technology Advancements - Are we Ready for Prime Time?
Laura Mogilner
Expert Product Manager, Information Products, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Laura Mogilner leads the strategy around development and delivery of Pacific Gas and Electric’s Energy Advisor programs. These energy efficiency programs use behavior science, big data analytics and online tools to inspire and motivate residential and commercial customers to eliminate the unnecessary use of energy. Prior to joining PG&E, Laura held management roles at Clean Power Finance, Google and Charles Schwab where she specialized in product marketing, strategic planning, customer experience and software development. Laura holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a B.S. in Computer Decision Science and Accounting from the University of Illinois.

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Big Ideas in Next Generation Behavior Programs and Tools
Tanuj Mohan
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Mohan is the chief technology officer and a co-founder of Enlighted. He has more than 20 years of experience in the computer networking and software industries. Most recently at Tropos Networks, he was responsible for solutions that manage the world’s largest WiFi mesh network. He has also served in management and architectural roles at Cisco, Nevis, Novell, and Hughes. Mr. Mohan has a BS degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

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Connecting Every Node: Networked Adaptive Lighting Control Systems and Their Role In Energy Management
Lucy Morris
Senior Analyst, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Dr. Lucy Morris is a Senior Analyst in PG&E’s Evaluation, Measurement and Verification team where she supports the research needs of the Emerging Technologies Program, and Residential behavior-related technologies and programs. Lucy earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology from City University of New York. Before moving to California, Lucy worked in the UK, conducting applied research on energy efficiency and environmental awareness, attitudes, and behavior. Lucy is passionate about using good research design, sampling, and analysis to shed light on the attitudes and motivations that underlie people’s behavior.

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Behavior Evaluation-Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place?
John Morton
Residential New Construction, Southern California Edison
John Morton is the Offer Manager for Southern California Edison’s (SCE) California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP), Energy Star for Manufactured Housing Program (ESMH) and Sustainable Communities (SC). Since joining SCE he has established strategic alliances with building industry professionals to promote higher participation and help guide the residential construction industry towards building net zero energy.

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Role of Community Level Integration to Achieving High Performance Buildings
Ram Narayanamurthy
Principal Technical Lead, Electric Power Research Institute
Ram is a Principal Technical Leader at EPRI where he leads efforts on Whole Buildings Energy Efficiency and Demand Response. His technical focus is on optimal integration of building energy systems including building modeling, design, controls and connectivity. In the area of high performance buildings, and some of his current investigations include measured performance of ZNE homes against building models, impact of 2-way communicating thermostats on energy efficiency and demand response. He is also managing CEC and CPUC funded projects investigating near ZNE retrofits for multifamily construction in partnership with Southern California Gas Company and Southern California Edison and on demonstrating optimal storage solutions for ZNE neighborhoods.

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Role of Community Level Integration to Achieving High Performance Buildings
Bernie Neenan
Technical Executive, Energy Utilization, Electric Power Research Institute
Bernie Neenan is Technical Executive in the Energy Utilization Group of EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization Sector. In this capacity, he develops and demonstrates the applications of methods for valuing the benefits associated with technologies, behaviors, and practices that improve the efficiency of electricity usage.

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Behavior Evaluation - Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place?
Sam Newman
Senior Program Manager, Agriculture and Water Programs, PG&E
Since joining PG&E in 2012, Sam has managed several technology evaluation projects, including assessments of water distribution energy requirements, agricultural irrigation pressure management, low pressure irrigation components, and biological wastewater treatment technologies. In addition, Sam has led efforts to develop programs that align energy savings with water conservation. Prior to joining PG&E, Sam worked as an energy consultant for Rocky Mountain Institute, contributing to projects focusing on solar energy and industrial energy efficiency. Sam received his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

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The Water Challenge: Energy Impacts of Reliable Water Supplies for Farms and Cities
Bruce Nordman
Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Bruce Nordman is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He works on energy use and efficiency of electronic devices and networks, both for energy policy and technology development. Topics of particular interest are network protocol standards, user interfaces, low power modes, and networked power distribution technologies.

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Internet of Things (IoT) Enabling Smart Efficiency, Comfort and Control
Susan Norris
Senior Manager, Energy Efficiency Products, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Susan Norris has been working in the utility industry for over 22 years managing both residential and non-residential programs for utilities across the country. She is currently a Senior Manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Company overseeing the Customer Energy Efficiency Products organization. Her team focuses on Core, Emerging and Energy Advisor products, services and tools as well the retail, distributor, trade professional and energy training center channels. She is focused on delivering product and services that not only inspire and empower people to buy more efficient products but also to make the behavior changes needed to eliminate unnecessary energy use.

Dave Oberholzer
Director of Energy Products and Business Development, Earth Networks
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 – an innovation in home energy management and analytics. Prior to Earth Networks, Dave played a leading role in the wireless industry at various companies including Verizon Wireless, Sybase 365, and Predictive Systems. In every role, Dave has been focused on bringing new and innovative technologies to consumer and business markets. Previously, he was VP of Corporate Development at Brightkite, Director of Wireless Data Content at Verizon Wireless, Director of Carrier Services at InphoMatch , and Regional GM at Predictive Systems. Before this Dave served as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he flew carrier-based aircraft, and was a White House Military Social Aide. Dave has a BS in computer science from Villanova University and has an MBA and a MIS from the University of Maryland.

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Leveraging Big Data to Drive Behavior Change
Daniel Ohlendorf
Manager, Information Products, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Daniel Ohlendorf leads Pacific Gas and Electric’s Energy Efficiency Information Products team, focused on product solutions that inspire and empower customers to eliminate unnecessary energy use through big data solutions and innovative behavioral science focused products. He is passionate about helping customers along a journey from energy awareness to deeper education and action, leading customers to continually engage with efficient practices and deeper energy savings. Prior to PG&E, Daniel led Engineering for a Silicon Valley analyzer and sensor technology company, developing multiple product solutions through both internal and external international teams. He has an MBA and a Masters in Systems Engineering, and a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering.

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Leveraging Big Data to Drive Behavior Change
Terrance Pang
Senior Director, Energy Solutions
Mr. Pang directs Energy Solutions’ Program Implementation, Demand Response (DR) and Emerging Technologies (ET) practice areas, bringing more than three decades of energy industry experience and an extensive track record with technology and market development. While at Energy Solutions, Mr. Pang has overseen three programs that ACEEE recognized as “Exemplary”, two of which were Market Transformation program awards. Prior to joining Energy Solutions, Mr. Pang spent 27 years at PG&E where he managed program budgets in excess of $80 million and was directly involved with designing and implementing a popular program model that has been adopted broadly. Energy Solutions’ programs impact a variety of technologies used in Industrial, Commercial and Residential sectors. Program models include downstream customer focused, Midstream retailer, distributor or contractor focused and Upstream manufacturer focused market intervention strategies. New technologies are presenting the opportunity to integrate energy efficiency and demand response more than ever before.

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It Works, Now What? Innovative Approaches for Accelerating Market Transformation
Aaron Panzer
Business Development & Strategy, Pulse Energy
Aaron Panzer leads Pulse Energy’s West Coast Business Development and Strategy. He is considered a utility veteran and noted expert in driving forward new technologies and solutions to help utilities engage their customers and achieve energy efficiency targets. Prior to joining Pulse Energy, he was the Manager of Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) Emerging Technologies Energy Efficiency program. As manager, he oversaw a pipeline of more than 50 active projects to test and accelerate new energy efficiency end-use technologies and solutions across all customer segments.Aaron also led the Emerging Technologies Program engagement with the California Public Utilities Commission, other large-scale utilities, U.S. national labs, universities and trade organizations including EPRI, GTI, ESource, the Cleantech Open and the Cleantech Group. Previously, Aaron worked as a wind power developer both at PG&E and Puget Sound Energy where he fully developed upwards of 300 MW of new wind power that is now in operation. Aaron holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Television, Radio, Film from Syracuse University.

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Who's on First? Understanding the Players and Their Roles in Helping Emerging Technologies Transition
Nicholas Payton
Associate Director, Product Marketing & Strategy, Opower
Nick Payton directs marketing and strategy for emerging products at Opower, a leading provider of customer engagement software to energy utility companies. These efforts focus on Opower’s behavioral demand response and thermostat management platforms. Nick previously led market development and regulatory affairs for demand response, wholesale markets, and evaluation of Opower programs. Prior to Opower, he has served as a strategy consultant at the Analysis Group, an aide on a political campaign for U.S. Senate, and an analyst at a politically active law firm and government relations group. Nick graduatedmagna cum laude with degrees in political science and economics from Boston College.

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Big Ideas in Next Generation Behavior Programs and Tools
John E. Petersen
Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology
Director, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College
A systems ecologist by training, Petersen’s research focuses on understanding flows of energy, cycles of material and feedback control mechanisms operating in environmental and social systems. He has been instrumental in developing real-time feedback display technologies for cities, organizations and individual buildings with the goal of engaging, educating, motivating and empowering building occupants and community members to conserve resources and develop pro-environmental attitudes. With support from the U.S. and Ohio EPA, the Great Lakes Protection Fund and others he and his colleagues are developing “Environmental Dashboard” as a technology and approach for accomplishing these goals. A co-founder of Lucid, the “Building Dashboard” technology he helped develop is now installed in many thousands of buildings across U.S. and Canada.

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Mobilizing the Switch
Ellen Petrill
Senior Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute
Ellen Petrill is Senior Program Manager in Energy Utilization at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Ellen is the program manager for EPRI’s program on Understanding Electric Utility Customers. She is also responsible for EPRI’s Energy Efficiency Demonstration and Coordinated Early Deployments projects, designed to accelerate the readiness of emerging technologies for utility energy efficiency programs. In addition, Ellen leads the Energy Efficiency/Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group, a group of public stakeholders which advises EPRI’s energy efficiency and grid modernization research. Ellen has 36 years of experience in energy research and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

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Who's on First? Understanding the Players and Their Roles in Helping Emerging Technologies Transition
Mary Piette
Department Head, Building Technology and Urban Systems, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Mary Ann Piette is the Head of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Department and has been at LBNL since 1983. She is also the Director of the Demand Response Research Center (DRRC). The DRRC develops DR technology and the Open Automated Demand Response standard, which is a key element of the NIST Smart Grid standards. OpenADR is being deployed to deliver over 250 MW of DR in California and throughout the US. Ms. Piette develops and evaluates low-energy and demand response technologies for buildings. She specializes in commissioning, energy information systems, benchmarking, and diagnostics. She has authored over 100 papers on efficiency and demand response. In 2006 Ms Piette received the Benner Award at the National Conference on Building Commissioning for contributions to making commissioning “business as usual”. Ms. Piette completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley in Physical Science. She has a Master’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Licentiate in Building Services Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

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Trends and Opportunities in Building and Home Energy Management
Lindsey Puchyr
Senior Market Strategist, PJM Emerging Markets
Lindsey Puchyr is a senior market strategist in the Emerging Markets group at PJM Interconnection. In this role, she focuses on the identification and analysis of emerging trends and technologies that can impact PJM and its markets. Lindsey’s work at PJM includes the analysis and tracking of Energy Efficiency participation in PJM’s Capacity Market, managing the 2014 review of PJM Capacity Market parameters, and leading efforts to understand energy demand growth trends both within PJM’s footprint and nationally. Prior to joining PJM, Lindsey was a senior associate in the strategy and development group of Fidelity Investments’ private investment arm, Devonshire Investors. Ms. Puchyr holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Sum is Greater than the Parts: Whole Building Solutions
Edward Randolph
Director, Energy Division, California Public Utilities Commission
Edward Randolph is currently the Director of the Energy Division at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Prior to serving in this capacity, Mr. Randolph was the CPUC’s Director of Governmental Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor. Mr. Randolph joined the CPUC in 2010 from his position as Chief Consultant to the California State Assembly’s Committee on Utilities and Commerce, a position he held since 2003 where he worked extensively on expanding California’s use of renewable power, the creation of the California Solar Initiative, and energy efficiency legislation. Prior to his role with the Committee on Utilities and Commerce, Mr. Randolph served as Senior Consultant to Assembly member Lloyd Levine, as both Chief of Staff and Senior Consultant to former Assembly member Joe Canciamilla, and as Chief of Staff to Former Assembly member Lou Papan.

Mr. Randolph earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the McGeorge School of Law where he graduated with great distinction.

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Current and Projected Energy Policies and Their Impacts on Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
Indy Ratnathicam
Director of Marketing & Strategy, FirstFuel
Indy oversees FirstFuel's corporate and product marketing strategy, as well as overall marketing and business development efforts with utilities, government and international customers. He previously worked at The Boston Consulting Group, where he drove efforts to launch and grow businesses in energy, software, security and semiconductors with several Fortune 100 clients. Indy holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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The Sum is Greater than the Parts: Whole Building Solutions
Jeff Reed
Director of Business Strategy and Development, Southern California Gas Company
Jeff Reed is the director of business strategy and development for the Southern California Gas Company and also leads technology advancement activities related to low carbon resources including carbon capture, renewable natural gas, gaseous storage and hydrogen – natural gas synergies. Prior to joining the Sempra utilities Jeff was an executive in strategy consulting and was an officer with ABB Power Generation in Switzerland. Jeff holds a doctorate in engineering from Cal Berkeley and masters in management from Stanford.

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Distributed Resources Impacting Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
Jim Reese, P.E.
Energy and Environmental Senior Consultant, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting
Mr. Reese is a licensed Mechanical Engineer specializing in energy conservation and air emissions control for industrial and commercial facilities. His 40 years of experience includes application of advanced supply-side technologies to coal, oil, natural gas, and alternative power generation systems. His demand-side experience includes implementation of comprehensive energy savings projects for commercial buildings and industrial processes as well as application of conventional and renewable distributed generation technologies. He has managed technology demonstration projects for the DOE, EPA, and EPRI, and has served as a Certified Permitting Professional with the South Coast AQMD and a Greenhouse Gas Verifier for the California ARB. Mr. Reese is a Senior Energy and Environmental Consultant for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, a non-profit consulting firm. Under the Federal Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, CMTC assists manufacturers in Southern California optimize operations through improvements in workforce, IT, productivity, business, and sustainability practices including energy conservation and emissions control.

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Welcome to the 21st Century, Gas Gets Smart
Cindy Regnier
Group Leader for Commercial Building Systems and FLEXLAB Executive Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cindy is the Group Leader for Commercial Building Systems and FLEXLAB Executive Manager. Currently she is working on the design and construction of a series of integrated systems experimental testbeds (FLEXLAB), while also managing the Commercial Buildings Partnerships overseeing technical assistance for deep, low energy projects, and a district scale project focused on small commercial. She has 13+ years of design experience on integrated HVAC for innovative projects, including AIA COTE Top 10, LEED Platinum buildings, and a 200,000sf carbon neutral science museum. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Mathematics and Engineering, with a specialty in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.

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New Research Approaches: Delivering Integrated Solutions for Future Market Needs
Dave Roberts
Vice President, OSIsoft
As an OSIsoft Fellow, Mr. Roberts area of research and market development focuses on high-penetration renewable energy, examining market based solutions to absorb intermittent energy on the distribution grid. He is the executive sponsor for OSIsoft’s projects in Microgrids, City Scale Demand Response and Load Shifting. Further he is responsible for OSIsoft’s “Data Infrastructure for Physical Infrastructures” approach to Smart Cities on a global basis.

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Shaping the New Energy Future with Big Data and Connectivity
Gene Rodrigues
Vice President of Market Development, Energy Efficiency, ICF International
Gene Rodrigues is the Vice President of Market Development in ICF International’s Energy Efficiency Division. ICF International partners with governmental and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy and climate change; environment and infrastructure; health, human services and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets. Prior to joining ICF, Gene was the Senior Director of DSM Strategy for Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. He has more than 23 years of experience in the utility energy efficiency business. Gene currently serves on the board of directors of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and was previously on the boards of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, the China-US Energy Efficiency Alliance, and the California Low Income Oversight Board, among others. Gene also serves in an advisory capacity to a number of EE initiatives, including as an invited participant in three international Clean Energy Ministerials and on the executive leadership groups for the U.S. DOE and U.S. EPA-led National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and State Energy Efficiency Action Network. In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Gene with its first Climate Leadership Award for individual leadership.

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Behavior First: Powering Up Innovation by Putting People at the Center of Program Design and Strategy
David Rohy
Chairman, Communities for Advanced Distributed Energy Resources (CADER)
Dr. Rohy is a former vice-chair of the California Energy Commission. In that role he was a champion of distributed resources and was instrumental in starting the PIER program. Prior to his service at the Commission, Dr. Rohy was employed by Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar subsidiary that provides small to medium sized combustion turbines for power generation and combined heat and power applications. In his last position there he served as the Director of Advanced Development. In recent years Dr. Rohy has led the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program at San Diego State University Research Foundation. That program, sponsored by the California Energy Commission, has created numerous energy businesses in California and led to significant increases in energy efficiency and improved distributed energy resources. Dr. Rohy also serves as the chair of CADER (Communities Advancing Distributed Energy Resources). Dr. Rohy earned his doctorate from Cornell University in Physics.

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Distributed Resources Impacting Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
Paola Rosselli
Program Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Paola is a Program Manager with over five years of experience managing programs across a broad range of business areas in the residential sector. At SDG&E, Paola Managed multiple energy efficiency programs Plug-Load and Appliance (PLA), and the SDG&E Local Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) Behavior Program. She created program procedures, assisted in handling customer/contractor/retail issues, maintained program records, developed Behavior program Request for Proposal, managed budgets, monitored implementation of website enhancements, and broadened and developed working relationships with key external stakeholders. She also facilitated a Behavior workshop to expand the definition of Behavior program with key stakeholders (Statewide IOU partners, CPUC, vendors, industry experts).

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Gamification for Utilities: Captivating Customers with Energy Information
Matthew Shaffer
Product Development Engineer, IBACOS
Matthew Shaffer is a licensed mechanical engineer working in the Product Innovation department at IBACOS. Matthew completes research and develops products related to residential energy efficiency and the indoor conditions of low-load homes. He has a background in environmental engineering and environmental safety and health and formerly worked at Davis Energy Group in Davis, California.

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Next Generation Gas Technologies
Omar Siddiqui
Senior Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute
Omar Siddiqui is Senior Technical Executive at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads strategy, business development, and cross-cutting technical content for EPRI’s Energy Utilization RD&D portfolio, which includes energy efficiency, demand response, electric transportation, distributed generation, and energy storage. Mr. Siddiqui provides leadership to accelerate the advancement of technologies that enable cost-effective and environmentally sustainable use of energy. He has managed prominent national studies on energy efficiency, demand response, and carbon reduction from end-use technologies and grid modernization applications. His background includes such firms as Global Energy Partners, J.P. Morgan, Kaiser Permanente, and A.T. Kearney. Mr. Siddiqui holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and an executive legal certificate from the Vermont Law School.

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Impact of Distributed Generation & Storage on Zero Net Energy (ZNE)
Jerry Scott
Director of Engineering, Transformative Wave Technologies
Jerry Scott, P.E. is the Director of Engineering at Transformative Wave Technologies, a company that specializes in the development and commercialization of HVAC retrofit and energy efficiency products. During his time at TWT, he has worked to develop and refine operational sequences and fault detection and diagnostic routines (FDD) for the CATLYST Efficiency Enhancing controller in order to maximize the energy saving potential for this retrofit technology. In addition, Jerry works closely with customers and members of the energy efficiency community to create measurement and verification protocols and provide analysis to ensure product performance and verify energy savings. Jerry has over 15 years of experience in the HVAC industry including positions in both design engineering and construction management. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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New Packaged HVAC System Sensors, Logic and Communications….Tons of Potential
Debbie Slobe
Managing Program Director, Resource Media
Debbie helped launch Resource Media’s energy efficiency program in 2008, and continues to serve a leadership role in the development and execution of communications campaigns to advance policies and programs aimed at increasing energy efficiency across all sectors. Her recent work includes assisting local governments and national energy efficiency advocacy groups with building industry and media outreach around building energy benchmarking and disclosure policy. She has also worked extensively throughout the southwest to help partners defend and expand utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs and update building energy codes. In her 20 years in the communications field, Debbie has worked in nearly every aspect of the industry, including film and radio production, website development, and writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and websites. Debbie is also the proud owner of a net-zero energy home and electric car that both run on solar energy.

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The Role of Media and Storytelling in Evangelizing Emerging Technologies
Kellie M Smith
Chief Consultant, Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities & Communications
Kellie has been with the Committee on Energy, Utilities & Communications, chaired by Senator Alex Padilla, in the California State Senate since 2007 and has served as Chief Consultant since 2010. She advises members of the Senate on policies affecting all aspects of the delivery of gas and electric service including, electric generation technologies, energy efficiency, energy research, and gas pipeline and grid safety and modernization. She has more than 30 years of experience in and around the California State Capitol including ten years as a consultant to Assembly member and then Senator Jack O’Connell, Chief Consultant for the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media, an analyst with the Political Reform Division of the Secretary of State’s Office, and staff on several state and local initiative and candidate campaigns. She holds a BA in Political Science from California State University, Chico and a JD from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

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Current and Projected Energy Policies and Their Impacts on Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
Matt Smith
Project Manager, Emerging Technologies, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Matt Smith is a Project Manager in the Emerging Technologies group at San Diego Gas & Electric. Since joining SDG&E in October of 2013, Matt has been involved in evaluating technologies to help drive energy efficiency and demand response programs in the SDG&E territory and all over California. Previously in his career he performed financial analysis on solar PV developments, supported operational studies of concentrated solar and advanced biofuels technologies, and developed visualization software for construction and defense applications. Matt has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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The Evolution of Demand Response
Karl Sowa
Chief Marketing Officer, Simple Energy
Karl is the Chief Marketing Officer at Simple Energy, which uses behavioral science, big data analytics, and digital marketing techniques to change how people save energy and how utilities engage their customers. Prior to Simple Energy, Karl worked as the CMO at HomeAdvisor and NetQuote, and helped concept, build and lead the e-commerce divisions for Teleflora and Musicland Group/Sam Goody. He got started in Internet marketing in the mid-90’s as the 7th employee and first head of marketing at GeoCities, an early pioneer of user-generated content. Karl graduated with Academic Honors from Columbia University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

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Gamification for Utilities: Captivating Customers with Energy Information
Erik Steeb
Managing Director, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Through his roles with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), the Cleantech Open and First Look West, Erik Steeb brings a wealth of experience to cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship. Erik is VP Programs at LACI and Executive Director of the group’s satellite incubator at Cal State Northridge. Erik is also board chair for the Western Division of the Cleantech Open and sits on the executive committee of the First Look West (FLOW) DOE University Clean Energy Challenge. Through these organizations, Erik works with more than 150 early stage cleantech companies each year, honing their business strategies, connecting them with investors, customers, business partners, and advisors. Prior to his move to cleantech, Erik held senior management roles in high-tech marketing, sales and business development, most recently with Intel Corporation where he lead the company’s Europe, Middle East & Africa marketing organization, co-founded Intel’s alliances and business development organization and ran a worldwide sales division delivering over $6B in annual revenue to the company. Steeb holds a BS in Electrical Engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

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Move Faster!... Be Patient!...Venture Capital and Emerging Technology Programs Meet in the Middle
Charlie Stephens
Senior Codes & Standards Engineer, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Charlie is a Senior Codes & Standards Engineer at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) representing the interests of its funders in federal and state energy efficiency standards processes, and helping to align the work of NEEA’s Emerging Technologies and Sector Initiatives with the PNW region’s codes and standards objectives. Charlie has been a consultant for building high performance and net zero energy homes and a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy where he focused on residential energy efficiency, new technology development, sustainable building and community development, and energy efficiency and renewable energy policy.

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Let's Just Put it in Code... Understanding Risks and Benefits of Leapfrogging to Codes & Standards
Dylan Sullivan
Staff Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council
Dylan is a Staff Scientist at the San Francisco office of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Since joining NRDC in 2008, he has focused on utility-sector energy efficiency policies and programs: working to change the utility business model to support increased program investment, and working with utilities to identify new sources of energy savings. He is currently focused on EPA's Clean Power Plan. Dylan has a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a B.A. in Environmental Geology from the University of Missouri.

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“Nudging” customers toward energy efficient purchasing and investment decisions
Dennis Symanski
Senior Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute
Dennis Symanski is a Senior Technical Leader at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His responsibilities include investigating ways to make data centers more energy efficient; representing the U.S. on International Electrotechnical Commission technical committees writing electromagnetic compatibility standards’; updating the guidelines for electromagnetic compatibility testing of power plant equipment; and working on the use of direct current within residential and commercial buildings for increased energy efficiency, higher reliability and easier integration of distributed generation. Before joining EPRI in March 2009, Symanski worked on power quality standards and data center operation at Sun Microsystems and Data General, worked on relay coordination, electric vehicles, and windmills at New England Electric System, and worked on electric power generation, transmission, and distribution at Exxon Research and Engineering.

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Back to the Future – Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla?
Martha Symko-Davies
Business Development Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dr. Martha Symko-Davies is the Director of Partnerships for Energy Systems Integration (ESI) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden. Specific collaborations are focused around the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) addressing the challenges of large-scale integration of energy technologies into the energy systems infrastructure. Previous to this role she was the architect for the PV Technology Incubator resulting in over $1.4 billion in private investments. Recently she was selected by DOE as one of the top Innovators in the area of photovoltaic’s. In addition to numerous publications/presentations in this area she has also recently received four R&D 100 Awards. She recently spoke at TEDXDU.

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Distributed Resources Impacting Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
Annika Todd
Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Annika Todd is an experimental and behavioral economist. She conducts policy-oriented research on energy efficiency, demand response, and smart grid topics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her research uses high frequency data from new technologies such as smart meters together with cutting edge analytics techniques in order to investigate the impact of pricing, behavior-based factors, and enabling technologies on consumers’ energy choices. Annika has a PhD in Economics from Stanford University, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford where she worked as part of a team to carry out experimental behavioral research for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects. She was a co-chair of the Behavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC) conference in 2010. She has extensive experience in experimental design, program evaluation, behavioral theory, statistical and econometric analytics, behavioral financial markets, and game theory.

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Behavior Evaluation - Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place?
Bill Tschudi
Principal Investigator and Group Leader, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Bill Tschudi is a Principal Investigator and Group Leader of the High-tech buildings and Industrial Systems group within the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Bill leads many of LBNL’s data center and cleanroom energy efficiency research and demonstration projects. Bill is a licensed mechanical engineer with experience in design of high tech, mission critical facilities, industrial facilities, and power plants. He supports DOE, DoD, and the California Energy Commission data center energy efficiency initiatives. He is a member of ASHRAE and participates in Technical Committees TC9.11 - Cleanspaces; and TC 9.9 - Data Center Facilities.

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Back to the Future – Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla?
Peter Turnbull
Principal, Commercial Buildings, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Peter Turnbull has 33 years of experience promoting energy efficiency at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is currently the Principal Program Manager for PG&E’s Zero Net Energy efforts providing research, information and documentation in support of the State of California’s ZNE policy goals for commercial and residential buildings. Over his career, he has had extensive experience in managing energy efficiency rebate programs across many sectors. He likewise has extensive experience in emerging technologies and codes and standards work, especially in the areas of cool roofing (having served as Board Chair for the Cool Roof Rating Council), daylighting, thermal energy storage and commercial food service. He is a frequent speaker at industry events sponsored by ASHRAE, ACEEE, AESP and other organizations. Mr. Turnbull holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Montana State University.

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Successful Integrated Solutions & Lessons Learned
Andrew Ulmer
Senior Director of Client Solutions, WaterSmart Software
Andrew is responsible for WaterSmart Software’s relationships with regulated, investor-owned water utilities. Prior to WaterSmart, Andrew ran an independent consultancy offering utilities strategic, technical and business planning. He has worked closely with dozens of leading utilities around the world at different stages of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and smart grid deployment. Earlier, starting as 20th employee at eMeter Corporation, Andrew held various roles pioneering Meter Data Management (MDM) software, energy efficiency and customer engagement platforms. Andrew earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.

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The Water Challenge: Energy Impacts of Reliable Water Supplies for Farms and Cities
Greg Van Pelt
External Affairs Manager, California ISO
Gregory Van Pelt is currently an External Affairs Manager for the California Independent System Operator (ISO). Mr. Van Pelt has been involved in power system operations for over 40 years and was part of the original start-up staff at the ISO. Prior to his current assignment, his responsibilities included real-time operations, operations training, outage management, regional coordination and compliance, as well as developing and coordinating emergency response actions. Before coming to the ISO, Mr. Van Pelt held several positions over 25 years with the Southern California Edison Company where his responsibilities were primarily in Electric System Operations and Emergency Management.

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Duck Curve: The Evolving Statewide Load Profile
Randy Walthers
Manager of Energy/Utilities, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores
Randy holds the position of Manager of Energy/Utilities at Raley’s Family of Fine Stores in West Sacramento, CA and is a member of AEE and NCQLP, reference point for Cal EPA-CARB’s Refrigerant Management Program. Randy currently oversees all Utility Budgets and DA energy purchases, Energy Management Systems and part of Raley’s Store Design Committee. Given that Raley’s is a large independent grocer, Randy is allowed the latitude to research and test new energy efficient technologies to aggressively reduce its energy consumption. In 2003 Raley’s received the first Energy Star Label for grocery stores and the first CA Flex Your Power Energy Efficiencies Award in 2006. Randy has been instrumental in the development of the first LED case install with SMUD and CLTC that is now common practice. He spoke on Clean Energy Economy and EPIC investment plan for Advancing Paths to Market for Clean Energy at the CA State Assembly, improving energy efficiencies on existing buildings in front of the California Energy Commission and New lighting innovations at Stanford University.

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Who's on First? Understanding the Players and Their Roles in Helping Emerging Technologies Transition
Jennifer Wang
PhD Student, Stanford University
Jennifer is currently a Ph.D. student with the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program and Environment and Resources (E-IPER) at Stanford University, supported by a Stanford Graduate Fellowship. Her research looks at judgment and decision-making in the context of environmental decisions, as well as human behaviour change and intervention design as it impacts sustainability outcomes. She has recently returned from the UK, where she worked as a Research Fellow with the Energy & Sustainability group of the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), a group that uses randomized control trials to test behavioural "nudges" in a policy context. In addition to sustainability, Jennifer is passionate about interdisciplinary and inter-sector collaboration, and has led a number of initiatives, both prior to and at Stanford, to promote these practices. She previously worked for the World Bank on climate change and natural resource management issues, and obtained a B.S. in molecular biology from Yale University.

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“Nudging” Customers Toward Energy Efficient Purchasing and Investment Decisions
Byron Washom
Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives, University of California San Diego
Byron Washom is UC San Diego’s founding Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives and is responsible for energy management policy to achieve the campus' goals for quantum improvements in energy management and Greenhouse Gas reductions. Prior to UCSD, Mr. Washom was the CEO for twenty years of a due diligence firm that specialized in CleanTech, and he served as Sr. International Advisor to the World Bank and DOE. He is a four time Rockefeller Foundation Grantee and a former Heinz Endowment Grantee for early commercialization of CleanTech into developing countries. Mr. Washom was also Founder and President of Advanco Corp which in 1984 set the long-standing world records for solar electric conversion efficiency at 29.4% and subsequently achieved an R&D100 Award. He was the 2008 Recipient of UCSD’s Citizen of the Year Award for Sustainability, and he was a Visiting Faculty Member at the Rady School of Management while teaching the graduate level course, The Business of Renewable Energy. Fast Company magazine named him to their June cover story, “100 Most Creative Persons in Business, 2010”, and he also received the “CleanTech San Diego Leadership Award, 2013”.

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Shaping the New Energy Future with Big Data and Connectivity
Eric Werling
Manager, Building America Program, U.S. Department of Energy
Eric Werling heads the U.S. DOE’s Building America program, which partners with housing industry leaders to bring home performance research and innovations to market. Eric manages the diverse project portfolio of this whole house research and demonstration program, including multi-disciplinary activities of 10 building science expert teams and 4 DOE national labs. Building America is accelerating the “path to zero energy” for new and existing homes, by strategically removing risks of innovation in the housing sector. Prior to DOE, Eric launched and managed the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS home labeling program, and he helped EPA build the successful ENERGY STAR for New Homes program. Eric is currently a voting member of ASHRAE Standard 62.2. He holds a MS in Architectural Engineering and a MBA from Penn State University. He served in the U.S. Navy and earned a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy. In his spare time, Eric is lead singer and lead guitar player in a rock/blues band.

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New Research Approaches: Delivering Integrated Solutions for Future Market Needs
Sarah Widder
Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Sarah Widder is a research engineer at the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where she focuses on the application of technology, standards, and regulations to meet sustainable design, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas management goals. Some of her current projects involve researching innovative and cost-effective solutions for improving energy-efficiency in residential buildings with DOE’s Building America Program; helping DOE meet energy efficiency goals through more stringent standards for appliance energy consumption with DOE’s Appliance Standards program, and evaluating new energy efficiency technologies in PNNL’s side-by-side Lab Homes. She earned a BS in chemical engineering from the Univ. of Washington and is currently pursuing a PhD in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Washington State University, where her dissertation focuses on the relationship of indoor air quality, ventilation, and energy efficient construction.

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New Research Approaches: Delivering Integrated Solutions for Future Market Needs
Nate Williams
Chief Marketing Officer, Greenwave Systems
Nate is an accomplished Connected Consumer Technologist with 15+ years award-winning experience in both Fortune 100 (Motorola/Google, Intel, Disney) and entrepreneurial (Greenwave, 4Home, William Morris) environments. He is sought out for his opinion on the Internet of Things and most recently was a speaker at the Silicon Valley Energy Summit in June. He has had numerous articles published, including 5 Ways to Accelerate Connected Home Adoption, and owns a patent for Customizing Distribution of Data from a Sensor Network Data.

His track record also includes senior leadership experiences executing through growth and turnaround stage culminating in successful exits for 4Home (to Motorola ’10), Motorola Mobility (to Google '12), and Motorola Home (to ARRIS '13).

Nate was recognized as “40 under 40” by Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2011, and is a startup advisor and mentor including Disney Accelerator (powered by Techstars), Internet of Things Consortium, and Scripted.

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Data Innovation for Customer Engagement
Mason Willrich
Former Chair, California ISO Board of Governors
Mason Willrich is a consultant advising clients on energy matters. He is Director of the California Clean Energy Fund, and served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator from 2005 through 2010. Previously, Mason was Founder and Chairman of EnergyWorks, a partnership of Bechtel and PacifiCorp, to provide utility-grade power to industrial firms in developing countries, Partner of Nth Power, a venture capital firm focused on clean energy technology, and CEO of PG&E Enterprises and other executive positions at PG&E, including executive vice president. Prior to joining PG&E, Mason was in academia as Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, and as Director, International Relations, at The Rockefeller Foundation. He is author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles on international security issues and energy policy. During the Kennedy administration he was Assistant General Counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, serving on U.S. delegations for nuclear arms control negotiations in Geneva and Vienna. After college, Mason served in the U.S. Air Force, including as a pilot in Strategic Air Command. Receiving a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale University and a J.D., Law Review, from University of California, Berkeley, he was a Guggenheim Memorial Fellow in 1973. Mason is married, has four children and eight grandchildren.

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Shaping the New Energy Future with Big Data and Connectivity
Ed Wisniewski
Executive Director, Consortium for Energy Efficiency
Ed Wisniewski became the third executive director of CEE in 2011 after 16 years of ongoing leadership in positions of increasing responsibility at CEE. In total, Ed has worked professionally in the energy industry for over 25 years. At CEE, he heads innovative initiatives for bedrock industries such as appliances, lighting, motors, and HVAC along with working groups such as the Emerging Technologies Collaborative. While leading the development and growth of CEE program staff as deputy director, Ed was instrumental in developing and implementing all of the major program accomplishments of CEE over the last decade. During all of these activities, he has focused on maintaining impeccable standards of care throughout CEE work at a time of rapid growth in our field. Supporting the transition utilities and efficiency providers are making in their business models to a market-driven, data rich, and connected future informs Ed's vision for the future of CEE.

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The Sum is Greater than the Parts: Whole Building Solutions
Danny Yu
Chief Executive Officer, Daintree Networks
Danny brings over 20 years of growth company experience in lighting, enterprise solutions, communications, and semiconductors to his role as CEO of Daintree Networks. Prior to Daintree, he held Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development roles at Philips Lumileds. Earlier, Danny was senior venture capitalist in the IT industry serving as Managing Director at Vantagepoint Venture Partners and Partner at Dynafund Ventures. He began his technology career in sales management and engineering roles at HP and Apple. Danny holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA the UCLA Anderson School.

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Trends and Opportunities in Building and Home Energy Management
Kate Zeng
Technology Planning & Analysis Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Kate Zeng, currently the Technology Planning & Analysis Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), manages SDG&E’s Emerging Technologies Program (ETP) which is a California statewide program established to accelerate the market introduction of new and emerging energy technologies to support increased energy efficiency (EE) and demand response (DR) market demand and technology supply by contributing to development, assessment, and introduction of new and under-utilized technologies and strategies. Kate’s past experiences extended from power plant system design, to investment banking and securitization, regulatory policy & analysis, strategic planning, business development, RD&D initiatives and equity investments. Kate’s educational background includes M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and MBA with finance concentration.

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Move Faster!... Be Patient!... Venture Capital and Emerging Technologies Programs Meet in the Middle
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