Speakers

  • Kelly Speakes-Backman

    CEO
    Energy Storage Association

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  • William Acker, PhD

    Executive Director
    New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology

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  • Kristy Ashley

    Director of Market Intelligence
    Customized Energy Solutions

    Kristy Ashley serves as Director, Market Intelligence – ERCOT, for Customized Energy Solutions.

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  • Steven Austerer

    Director of Business Development
    Mustang Prairie Energy

    Steven Austerer, Director of Business Development Mustang Prairie Energy, has more than twenty years of experience in business development and marketing, much of it focused on the energy sector.

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  • Jim Baak

    Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs West
    Stem, Inc

    Building thriving markets for artificial intelligence-enabled energy storage with innovative policy leadership at Stem, Inc

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  • Ani Backa

    US Director, Regulatory Strategy & Utility Initiatives
    Sonnen

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  • Scott D. Baker

    Senior Business Solutions Analyst, Applied Innovation
    PJM Interconnection

    Senior Business Solutions Engineer leading Emerging Technologies Pilot Program at PJM

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  • Erik Bakken

    Vice President, System Operations and Environmental
    Tucson Electric Power

    Erik joined TEP as a Corporate Counsel in 2000 after earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Arizona.

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  • Patrick Balducci

    Chief Economist
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

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  • Richard Baxter

    President
    Mustang Prairie Energy

    Bridging the gap between financial and technical considerations to assist investors, lenders, project developers, and manufacturers deploy energy storage projects.

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  • Mike Berlinski

    Director – Emerging Technologies
    Customized Energy Solutions

    Provides clients market intelligence, guidance for project development, and market analysis. Specialized expertise on the PJM and New England markets.

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  • Jeff Bishop

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Key Capture Energy

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  • Jon Bonanno

    CXO
    New Energy Nexus & California Clean Energy Fund

    Jon Bonanno serves as the CXO of the New Energy Nexus (Nexus) and California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF).

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  • William Burke, PhD

    Founder & CEO
    Virtual Peaker

    PhD-turned-serial entrepreneur developing software solutions for an Internet of Things

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  • Jason Burwen

    Vice President, Policy
    Energy Storage Association

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  • Tom Buttgenbach, PhD

    President & CEO
    8minutenergy Renewables

    Over two decades of executive management experience in large-scale project development, , now leading largest privately-held solar & storage developer nationwide

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  • Tony Byers, PhD

    Former Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion
    Starbucks

    Transforming diversity & inclusion from “the right thing to do” to a business imperative and value multiplier

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  • Victoria Carey

    Consultant & Project Manager
    DNV GL

    Team Lead for Energy Storage Technical Due Diligence in the US at DNV GL

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  • Michael Carpol

    Sr. Manager – Sales, Energy Storage Solutions
    NEXTracker, Inc

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  • Javier Cavada Camino, PhD

    President & CEO
    Highview Power

    Clean energy executive developing pioneering cryogenic energy storage technology at Highview Power.

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  • Mark Chediak

    Energy Reporter
    Bloomberg LP

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  • Collin Coker

    Vice President, Sales & Marketing
    Viking Cold Solutions

    Advancing market penetration & utility integration of thermal energy storage at Viking Cold Solutions

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  • Jordan Cole

    Chief Commercial Officer
    Hydrostor

    Jordan Cole is EVP & Chief Commercial Officer at Hydrostor, a leader in Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES).

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  • Kerinia Cusick

    Co-Founder & Board President
    Center for Renewables Integration

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  • Daniel Dedrick

    Senior Manager, Technology & Product
    Clearway Energy Group (formerly NRG Renewables)

    Engineering leader at Clearway Energy Group developing the largest, carbon-free, dispatchable power plants on the planet

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  • Jeff Dennis

    Managing Director and General Counsel
    Advanced Energy Economy

    As Managing Director and General Counsel at AEE, Jeff develops strategies to increase wholesale electricity market access for advanced energy technologies including wind, solar, distributed generation, demand response, and energy efficiency. FERC alumnus.

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  • Jacqueline DeRosa

    Vice President, Battery Storage
    Ameresco

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  • Gary Dorris, PhD

    President & CEO
    Ascend Analytics

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  • Larry Eisenstat

    Partner & Energy Practice Chair
    Crowell & Moring LLP

    Seasoned legal counselor representing electric power, distributed generation, and smart grid providers in various transactional and regulatory matters

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  • Alex Eller

    Senior Research Analyst
    Navigant

    Senior Research Analyst leading Navigant Research's Energy Storage services.

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  • John Fernandes

    Senior Consultant
    Customized Energy Solutions

    John joined Customized Energy Solutions after nearly 5 years in the development, construction, and IPP sectors managing policy and creating new market opportunities across renewable, fossil, transmission, and energy storage business lines.

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  • Lida Fitts

    Director of the Office of Energy and Infrastructure
    US Department of Treasury

    Lida Fitts is the Director of the Office of Energy and Infrastructure at the US Department of Treasury, where she is responsible for building partnerships with countries to develop energy infrastructure through leverage of private sector resources and fin

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  • Robert Fleishman

    Corporate Partner
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    Robert Fleishman is a corporate partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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  • Laurie Florence

    Principal Engineer
    UL LLC

    Principal Engineer at UL for both stationary and motive batteries as well as energy storage systems. Expert in safety certification and standards development.

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  • Steve Fludder

    CEO
    NEC Energy Solutions

    Over 30 years of leadership in the power, energy, and infrastructure markets with substantial global experience, including 15 years based abroad in Asia and the Middle East.

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  • Jillian Foerster

    Country Manager, sub-Saharan Africa
    U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

    Jillian Foerster is a Country Manager for the sub-Saharan Africa region at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

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  • Ryan Franks

    Business Manager, Global Energy Storage
    CSA Group

    Develops and executes strategy for energy storage at CSA Group. Has led international and domestic standardization projects for energy storage, microgrids, and smart cities.

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  • Jill Freret

    Director, Resource Acquisition
    Arizona Public Service Company (APS)

    Overseeing the life cycle of long-term power procurement contracts, from solicitation through negotiation, execution, and management at APS

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  • Dan Gabaldon

    Founding Partner
    Enovation Partners

    Founding Partner of Enovation Partners

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  • Iulia Gheorghiu

    Associate Editor
    Industry Dive

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  • Nitzan Goldberger

    State Policy Director
    Energy Storage Association

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  • Christine Grey

    Head of Hybrid Systems for the Americas
    Siemens Gamesa

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  • Jeffrey B. Guldner

    President
    Arizona Public Service Company (APS)

    Jeff Guldner is president of Arizona Public Service Company (APS), Arizona's largest utility company and the utility host of this year's event.

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  • Victoria Gunderson

    Senior International Trade Specialist, Electric Utility Industry
    International Trade Administration, Office of Energy & Environmental Industries

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  • Mitalee Gupta

    Analyst, Energy Storage
    Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

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  • E'Lon Hall

    Operations Manager
    Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE)

    Project developer-turned-Operations Manager for Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

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  • Elaine Hart

    Principal Resources Planning Analyst
    Portland General Electric

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  • Jim Hoelscher

    President
    LS Energy Solutions

    Jim Hoelscher is President of LS Energy Solutions (formerly Parker EGT)

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  • Ray Hohenstein

    Market Applications Director
    Fluence

    Ray Hohenstein is a Market Applications Director at Fluence, a joint venture between Siemens and AES and a leading global provider of energy storage systems and services.

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  • Bill Holmes , JD

    Partner
    K&L Gates, LLP

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  • Abigail Ross Hopper

    President & CEO
    Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

    President & CEO of SEIA, the national trade organization for America's solar energy industry

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  • Kate Howling

    Storage Engineer
    Invenergy

    Storage engineer identifies and secures opportunities to expand Invenergy’s energy storage pipeline worldwide

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  • Lon Huber

    Director
    Navigant

    Leads Navigant’s North American retail regulatory practice. Recipient of the Phil Symons Award, the Energy Storage Association's highest honor.

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  • Jan Jacobson

    Vice President, Business Development
    Powin Energy

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  • Sam Jaffe

    Managing Director
    CARIN ERA

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  • Julian Jansen

    Research & Analysis Manager
    IHS Markit Technology

    Analyst at IHS Markit Technology delivering insights on key value drivers and emerging business models for accelerating storage deployment across Europe and North America.

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  • Randell Johnson, PE PhD

    President & CEO
    Acelerex

    Seasoned consultant providing insights to utilities, developers, and government for grid optimization, power & energy market analysis, plus strategy

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  • Haresh Kamath

    Senior Program Manager, Distributed Energy Resources
    Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Manages research into development, assessment, and integration of energy storage technologies, smart inverters, microgrids, and other distributed energy resources at EPRI

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  • Ben Kaun

    Program Manager, Energy Storage & Distributed Generation
    Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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  • Taylor Kelly, PhD

    Director, Energy Storage
    Intertek

    Battery materials engineer testing battery quality at Intertek

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  • Michael Kendzierski

    Director of Sales, Western US
    Greensmith Energy, a Wartsila Company

    Develops and promotes innovative technology solutions across the generation, infrastructure, IoT, energy efficiency, and grid services markets.

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  • Susan Kennedy

    Founder & CEO
    Advanced Microgrid Solutions

    Pioneering public servant and environmental advocate turned trailblazing microgrid entrepreneur.

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  • Tom Kiernan

    CEO
    American Wind Energy Association

    Environmental advocate turned civil society leader. Currently CEO of American Wind Energy Association

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  • Tom Kuhn

    President
    Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

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  • Enrico Ladendorf

    Managing Director & Co-Founder
    Pason Power

    Delivering end-to-end energy intelligence software for designing, controlling, managing, and aggregating advanced energy storage systems at Pason Power.

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  • Colin Law

    Director, Energy Services
    Sunrun

    Leading deployment of Sunrun's Brightbox battery storage product to respond to grid needs

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  • Roger Lin

    Senior Director of Product Marketing
    NEC Energy Solutions, Inc.

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  • Ben Lowe

    Senior Consultant
    Enovation Partners

    Senior Consultant on energy policy and regulatory strategy at Enovation Partners

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  • Brian Lydic

    Chief Regulatory Engineer
    Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

    Chief Regulatory Engineer for IREC, working with regulatory stakeholders to increase access to sustainable energy and energy efficiency.

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  • Mark MacCracken, PE

    Vice President, CALMAC Portfolio
    TRANE

    Thermal energy storage veteran serving as VP of CALMAC Portfolio at TRANE

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  • Juliana Mandell

    Director of Market Development and Policy
    ENGIE Storage

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  • James McDaniel, PE

    Senior Electrical Engineer
    Black & Veatch

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  • Kimberly McGrath, PhD

    Sr. Director, Technical Marketing & Business Development
    Maxwell Technologies, Inc

    Over 15 years of experience in development and commercialization of energy storage technology for grid, industrial, and transportation applications.

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  • Troy Miller

    Sales, Energy Storage, North America
    General Electric (GE)

    Over two decades of experience in business development, strategic planning, project management, team development, market strategy execution, and stakeholder relations across the utility and renewable energy sectors.

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  • Erin Minear, PE

    Technical Leader, Energy Storage & Distributed Generation Program
    Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Engineering solutions at EPRI to better integrate energy storage assets into utility grids.

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  • Alejandro Moreno

    Director, Hydropower & Marine Energy
    U.S. Department of Energy

    Oversees efforts at DOE to develop and commercialize innovative technologies and market solutions for clean, domestic power generation from hydropower and marine energy resources

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  • Alex Morris

    Vice President, Policy & Operations
    California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)

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  • Peter Muhoro, PhD

    Vice President, Strategic Industry Research and Analysis
    National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC)

    Dr. Peter Muhoro is the Vice President, Strategic Industry Research and Analysis at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC).

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  • Audra Naden

    Manager, Global Quality
    NantEnergy

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  • Jeremy Niederjohn

    Director of Business Development, Battery Storage
    Con Edison Solutions

    Creating market demand, leading business development, and developing new channels for battery storage deployment.

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  • Jon Norman, PE

    President & COO
    Hydrostor

    Professional Engineer with over 20 years experience in the power industry, management consulting, and government.

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  • Jeff Olson

    Vice President, Partner Operations
    Stem, Inc

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  • Sarah Orban Salati

    Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
    New York Power Authority

    Sarah Orban Salati serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

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  • Nina Peluso

    Research Associate, Electric System & Economic Modeling
    Synapse Energy Economics

    Specialist in energy systems policy leading the Electric System and Economic Modeling team at Synapse Energy Economics.

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  • Patricia Phillips

    Executive Director
    Energy Storage Canada

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  • John Pinho

    Energy Innovation Advisor and Subject Matter Expert
    Arizona Public Service Company (APS)

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  • Jessica Rackley

    Senior Policy Analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation
    National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

    Seasoned energy and environmental policy analyst at NGA Center for Best Practices

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  • Mark Riedy

    Partner
    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

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  • Neha Rustagi

    Technology Manager, H2@Scale Program
    U.S. Department of Energy

    Advancing applied research for hydrogen production & delivery at DOE's Fuel Cell Technology Office to promote grid resilience & other emerging technologies.

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  • Samuel J. Scroggins

    Vice President – Global Power, Energy, & Infrastructure Group
    Lazard

    Attorney-turned-investment banker leader specializing in tax equity finance, project finance, project development, M&A, due diligence, and renewable energy

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  • Yayoi Sekine

    Energy Storage Analyst
    Bloomberg New Energy Finance

    Leads the Americas coverage for Energy Storage practice at BloombergNEF (New York)

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  • Polly Shaw

    VP, Regulatory Affairs & Communications
    Stem, Inc

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  • Patrick Shoop

    Senior Consultant – Emerging Technologies
    Customized Energy Solutions

    Assists clients with market intelligence and consulting on energy storage and other emerging technologies.

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  • Brett Simon

    Senior Analyst, Energy Storage
    Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

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  • Elizabeth Sluder

    Partner
    Morrison & Foerster

    Elizabeth Sluder is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster. She focuses her practice on project finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and general corporate advice.

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  • Bryan Smits

    Associate
    Miller Thomson LLP

    Associate at Miller Thomson LLP’s Corporate Law group, focused on mergers and acquisitions, project financing, and energy projects law.

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  • Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

    Chairman
    NantEnergy

    Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, is the owner and executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times and the CEO of NantWorks, LLC.

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  • Julian Spector

    Staff Writer
    Greentech Media

    Julian is a staff writer at Greentech Media, where he reports on energy storage, solar power and other clean energy sectors.

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  • Matt Stedl

    Development Director – Energy Storage
    Savion Energy

    Currently leading energy storage development at Tradewind Energy, Matt has over two decades of multidisciplinary experience as a project developer, energy consultant, policy advisor, and project manager.

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  • Ivo Steklac

    Chief Technology Officer
    EVgo

    Ivo Steklac is the Chief Technology Officer at EVgo.

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  • David Stripling

    Director – Product Management, Energy Storage Solutions
    NEXTracker, Inc

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  • Laura Taylor

    President & Founder
    Silverline Communications

    Expert communications strategist helping organizations develop comprehensive marketing and communications strategies that drive revenue and growth.

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  • Andy Tobin

    Commissioner
    Arizona Corporation Commission

    Public servant seeking to build a secure & resilient energy system for Arizonans.

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  • Dan Tobin

    Senior Director, Loan Originations
    U.S. Department of Energy

    Manages America's largest clean energy infrastructure investment program to underwrite a $34 billion portfolio of medium- and large-scale renewable energy infrastructure projects as well as emerging energy technologies

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  • Dean Tuel

    Vice President, Sales - Americas & AusPac
    Aggreko Microgrid & Storage Solutions

    Currently VP of Sales in the Americas and Australia/Pacific regions for Aggreko with over 25 years of experience in renewables development.

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  • Mike Voll

    Global Sector Leader, Smart Technologies
    Stantec

    Over 30 years of experience serving both industrial and power clients including equipment suppliers, manufacturers, and system integrators.

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  • Catherine Von Burg

    President & CEO
    SimpliPhi Power

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  • Kurt Waldner

    Director – Strategic Marketing and Product Management
    General Electric (GE)

    Director of Strategic Marketing & Product Management for GE Energy Storage

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  • Vinayak Walimbe

    Director – Financial Services
    Customized Energy Solutions

    Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with extensive experience in financial modeling and advisory, including evaluation of price structures and competitive energy market opportunities for capacity, demand response, and ancillary services.

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  • Kyle Wamstad

    Associate Attorney
    Eversheds Sutherland, LLP

    Seasoned legal counselor representing electric power, natural gas, and renewable energy sector clients in various transactional and regulatory matters

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  • Caleb Waugh

    Head of Business Analytics, Energy Storage
    Lockheed Martin Energy

    Leading energy storage business analytics at Lockheed Martin Energy for GridStar® lithium and flow battery products

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  • Allison Weis, PhD

    Manager, Optimization Analytics
    Ascend Analytics

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  • Eileen Wenger Tutt

    Executive Director
    California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC)

    Eileen Tutt joined the California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC) in 2010 as Executive Director.

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  • Brittany Westlake, PhD

    Technical Leader, Energy Storage & Distributed Generation Program
    Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Scientist advancing applied research on emerging battery and storage technology, including end-of-life and recycling.

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  • Rick Winter

    President & CEO
    UniEnergy Technologies

    Three decades of experience designing grid scale storage products, now as President & CEO at UniEnergy Technologies (UET). ESA Founding Member.

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  • John Wright

    Executive Director, Business Development
    Northland Power

    Bringing pumped storage to market in Ontario as a global example for the incredible potential of hydropower deployment

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  • Ann Yu

    Senior Consultant – Emerging Technologies
    Customized Energy Solutions

    As a senior consultant, Ann assists clients with evaluating the costs and benefits of emerging technologies under different market structures.

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  • Kris Zadlo, PE

    Senior Vice President
    Invenergy

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  • Cathy Zoi

    CEO
    EVgo

    Executive with decades of experience across the clean energy, investing, and policy fields.

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