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Speakers

 

Amit Ronen, GW Solar Institute

Amit Ronen is the Director of the GW Solar Institute and a Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration at the George Washington University. In this capacity he focuses on the economic, technical, and public policy issues associated with the development and deployment of solar energy.

Prior to this position, Mr. Ronen served as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, leveraging her membership on the Energy, Finance, and Commerce Committees to help enact clean energy tax incentives, financing instruments, and research and development authorizations that catalyzed hundreds of billions of dollars of new energy related investments. For example, he was a key strategist and implementer behind the landmark Cantwell-Ensign bipartisan clean energy tax incentives package that established the eight-year Investment Tax Credit and removed the ,000 cap on residential solar installations. Mr. Ronen also authored and championed Senator’s Cantwell innovative bipartisan climate bill, the CLEAR Act, which offered a centrist alternative to unwieldy and divisive cap-and-trade proposals.

Previously, Mr. Ronen held positions at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Mr. Ronen received his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Both degrees focused on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.

Angela Navarro, Southern Environmental Law Center

Angela Navarro is a staff attorney in the Virginia office of the Southern Environmental Law Center. She is a member of SELC’s Clean Energy and Air team where she focuses on transitioning Virginia’s utilities toward increasing investments in solar, wind, and energy efficiency. She is one of the organization’s lead attorneys in electric utility proceedings before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, where she has represented state, regional and national environmental groups in proceedings concerning energy efficiency and solar energy program approval, integrated resource planning, resource conversions, and ratemaking. She also leads the organization’s energy efficiency work across SELC’s six- state region.

Ms. Navarro, who joined SELC in 2010, is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Florida. She holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was executive editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and clerked for the Environment and Natural Resources Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Anthony E. Clifford, Standard Solar

Anthony E. (Tony) Clifford is MDV-SEIA’s Immediate Past President. He joined Standard Solar, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland as its CEO in 2007. Under his leadership the solar photovoltaic developer and integrator has grown rapidly, now employing over 80 full time staff and holding a portfolio of over a thousand residential PV installations and numerous others in commercial, academic, and government markets. Mr. Clifford began his career in solar energy at the Solarex Corporation, the world’s first manufacturer of terrestrial solar panels, later acquired by BP Solar. Clifford is the author of a U.S. Department of Energy report, Tax-Advantaged Investments in Renewable Energy Projects; and he received a “Special Achievement Award for Technology Demonstration” from the U. S. Secretary of Energy. Clifford earned an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.

Ben Delman, Tigercomm

Ben provides counsel to the firm’s clean tech and public advocacy accounts. This includes media relations, content generation and project management. At Tigercomm, he has helped clients earn on-message attention in key mainstream and trade media outlets. He also manages client websites and social media, increasing Twitter followers for an issue advocacy client by more than 33%. He provides media training for Tigercomm clients, having worked with more than 60 individuals to prepare them for print and on-camera interviews.

Benjamin “Hayes” Framme, Secretariat of Commerce and Trade

Hayes Framme has been a successful consultant for a variety of major Virginia corporations. He previously worked as a Public Affairs Manager for Capital Results, a public affairs firm based in Richmond.  During his work at Capital Results, Hayes managed strategic communications and government relations work for clients from a variety of sectors of the economy.  Prior to this, Hayes worked in the Economic Research office of Altria Client Services, conducting legislative and regulatory research and data analysis.  He also served in the Administration of Tim Kaine as Executive Aide to the Governor.  Hayes holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina and an M.B.A. with a dual focus on Applied Economics and Human Resource Management from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

Bill Murray, Dominion

William L. “Bill” Murray is currently managing director of public policy for Dominion, a Fortune 200 energy company doing business throughout the mid- Atlantic, Northeast, and Midwest. He previously worked in the policy office for Governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner. Prior to working in the Governor’s Office, Bill was Vice President for Policy at the Virginia Hospital Association and a senior staff member for the Virginia General Assembly. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from Virginia Tech.  Bill serves on the Board of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Bon Secours Health Source.

Bob Gibson, SEPA

Bob Gibson is Vice President of Education and Outreach for the Solar Electric Power Association,an educational non-profit based in Washington, D.C. where he has worked since October 2010. SEPA’s work focuses on helping electric utilities integrate and expand solar power as a part of their energy portfolios. Bob leads SEPA’s efforts in education and strategic communications, while contributing to SEPA’s market analysis and research, and speaking on solar market and utility issues at industry events. Bob came to SEPA from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association where he led the analysis of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and business models at the Cooperative Research Network. Bob’s diverse background includes work in both non-profit and for-profit ventures in alternative energy, bringing electricity to rural areas of developing countries, as a magazine and newspaper reporter/photographer and service with the U.S. Peace Corps.

Brendan Reed, SolarCity

Brendan Reed has spent the past five years in clean energy advocacy and business development. Before joining the PEM team, Brendan worked more than two years selling residential solar in Maryland,Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C. In residential sales at SolarCity, Brendan was a key player for one of the highest-selling sales teams in the company. He led the team in sales for multiple months and provided leadership as the team grew and eventually split into two factions. Brendan started in residential solar sales at Rockville, MD-based Standard Solar, where he was the company’s top residential salesman. Aside from selling he worked closely with company leadership to develop new sales strategies, focusing on whole-home energy offerings that included solar, energy efficiency and energy management products.

Prior to entering the solar industry Brendan worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program. At Pew he advocated for federal clean energy legislation focused on the development and deployment of renewable energy, electric vehicles and biofuels. He also managed the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate. Chaired by former Senator John Warner, the initiative brought together minds from the military, economic and science communities to discuss the national security implications of climate change.

Brendan holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Delaware.

Brent Hollenbeck, USPV

Brent Hollenbeck has 24 years of combined executive leadership in the military and private sector and is a leading expert in the design, deployment and operation of advanced distributed energy resources that create value for the host site while also improving grid efficiency and reliability. Hollenbeck’s military career culminated at Camp David during the George H. W. Bush administration where he was awarded the Presidential Service Badge. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, Hollenbeck earned his MBA from Mt. St. Mary’s College and has subsequently held roles in marketing, business development and executive leadership within Philips N.A., Airpax Corporation, Sensata Technologies, Potomac Energy Fund, TimberRock Energy Solutions and U.S. Photovoltaics, Inc.

 

Captain John Kliem, P.E., United States Navy

Captain Kliem is a native of Houston, TX. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and received his commission from Officer Candidate School at Newport, RI in 1990. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from Penn State and a Master of Science Degree in National Strategic Resources from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His initial assignments were at the Environmental Department, Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro; The Navy Construction Training Center, Gulfport, MS; NMCB ONE, Gulfport MS; the Navy Personnel Command, Millington, TN; Resident Officer in Charge of Construction for Southern Italy and the Executive Officer for NMCB SEVENTY FOUR, Gulfport, MS.

Captain Kliem’s recent tours include: Public Works Officer, Naval Support Activity Crane; the Joint Staff as the Infrastructure Planning Officer, and the Military Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment. He is currently assigned as the Division Director for Base Operating Support Programs at Commander Navy Installations Command. Captain Kliem is qualified in Seabee Combat Warfare and is a Joint Specialty Officer. He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community and a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, five Navy Commendation Medals, two Joint Staff Achievement Medals, two Navy “E” Ribbons and other unit and service awards.

Chris Ercoli

Deputy Director of Policy
SolarCity

Christopher Ercoli is a Deputy Director of Policy and Electricity Markets for SolarCity. He is responsible for implementing energy policy and reducing cost barriers to promote solar growth throughout the Northeast.

Prior to SolarCity, Chris conducted detailed feasibility, technical, and financial studies to help clients use energy more intelligently. He has 8 years of experience developing investment level energy audits, and has guided projects through system implementation and performance based compliance.

Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College and a Master’s degree in Carbon and Energy Management from the University of East Anglia, UK.

Chris Quarterman, Heliosage

As Director of Strategic Planning for HelioSage Energy, Mr. Quarterman has been responsible for establishing the company’s national project development strategy.  Headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, HelioSage has become one of the fastest growing solar development firms in the country, with projects operational or under development in over 20 states.  Managing an analyst team focused on the various legislative, regulatory, economic, and technical factors that create a viable solar market, Mr. Quarterman provides HelioSage with strategic guidance for market entry and allocation of resources and personnel. He is also responsible for leading the firm’s direct sales activity with utility off-takers.  To date, these collective efforts have resulted in over 250 megawatts of solar PPAs executed nationwide.

Mr. Quarterman also manages HelioSage’s legislative and regulatory efforts to promote and protect solar in various U.S. markets, and has contributed to solar policy recommendations in nearly a dozen states.  To help identify and share effective solar policies in disparate markets, Mr. Quarterman and his team represent HelioSage’s membership in 15 regional trade associations spanning over 20 markets.

Mr. Quarterman hopes to bring this broad national experience to the MDV-SEIA Board, with a particular passion for expanding the solar industry in the challenging landscape of Virginia, where Mr. Quarterman has lived for over a decade and currently serves as Co-Chair of MDV-SEIA’s Virginia Committee.  Mr. Quarterman also serves on the Advisory Board for the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition (VAEIC), as well as SEPA’s Solar Industry Member Advisory Council (SIMAC).

Prior to joining HelioSage in 2009, Mr. Quarterman worked in research and content management for SNL Financial’s Energy Group, with a focus on natural gas and LNG assets, and as a Financial Analyst for Gallatin & Company in New York.  Mr. Quarterman holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Cliona Robb, Christian & Barton

Cliona Robb, LEED® AP, is chair of Christian & Barton’s Sustainability: Energy and Green Development practice group and a member of the Energy and Telecommunications department.  Her work is typically adverse to monopoly utilities.  She represents municipal, industrial, and commercial customers of electric, natural gas, and water utilities regarding rate, service and transmission line siting.  She also works on renewable energy transactions involving solar power and wind power.  Her work on behalf of providers includes representing competitive telecommunications providers, solar power providers, cable companies, and independent power producers. She is admitted to practice in Virginia.

Colin Murchie

Director of Project Finance
Sol Systems

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

Mr. Murchie’s solar industry experience dates to 2002.  As a Director, Policy and Electricity Markets, with SolarCity Corporation, he led the company’s state-level advocacy work in a number of East Coast markets during a period of unprecedented progress in developing new solar markets.  In addition, he served as a resource to the company’s commercial sales team, performing diligence and advisory work on new and emerging solar programs nationwide, and elucidating business models for greater integration into the retail electricity markets.  At SolarCity, he also originated and managed a portfolio of solar renewable energy credit contracts worth more than million.  Previously, with SunEdison and the national Solar Energy Industries Association, he led pioneering work on what are now some of the fundamental policies underlying solar development in the U.S. today, including the FERC Order 2006 interconnection model and the original 2005 increment of the federal ITC to 30%.  Mr. Murchie has served on the Boards of a number of solar advocacy organizations, most notably more than 6 years of service on the Board of the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA).

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

Debbie Dooley, Green Tea Party

Debbie Dooley has been in the IT field for 15 years as a Systems Administrator. In 1987 – 1992 she served as a liason between the Governor’s office and businesses in economic development matters. Debbie has served on the Gwinnett County Election and Voter Registration Board as Vice Chairman. Debbie has been a grassroots activist since 1976 and has been actively involved in over 40 political campaigns and grassroots initiatives.  She has been very heavily involved with Get Out The Vote efforts and ballot security. Debbie has successfully fought many tax increases on both the local and state level. She is also very actively involved in lobbying at the Georgia Legislature on different issues, including tough ethics reform.

Elizabeth Stern, MD Attorney General’s Office

Elizabeth Stern is an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Maryland Attorney General.  Ms. Stern investigates and brings enforcement actions against businesses and individuals who engage in unfair or deceptive trade practices.  Prior to joining the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, she was an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s Office, where she specialized in tobacco enforcement matters, and also worked in private practice.  Ms. Stern received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Cornell University.

Elizabeth Youngblood, MassCEC

Elizabeth Youngblood is a Project Manager of the Commonwealth Solar Programs at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), which is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technolo­gies, companies and projects —while creating high-quality jobs and long-term eco­nomic growth in Massachusetts. Elizabeth is responsible for facilitating both the Commonwealth Solar II and Solarize Massachusetts programs, and has been involved in advancing solar PV projects for public, commercial, and residential customers since 2009. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management from the Harvard Extension School.

Eric W. Hurlocker

Co-Founder
GreeneHurlocker

Eric Hurlocker has spent the past twenty years practicing and advising clients in the areas of energy law, commercial transactions and general corporate work. Eric works closely with renewable energy development companies, as well as companies looking to use renewable energy in their operations. In this capacity, Eric has appeared on behalf of clients before the Virginia State Corporation Commission. He has also worked with mid-size and large manufacturing and technology companies in developing procurement and sales agreements, and negotiating sophisticated commercial transactions. Recently, Eric has advised start-up and small consulting and service companies in general corporate and commercial matters.

Prior to co-founding GreeneHurlocker, Eric was a partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of Williams Mullen. Earlier in his career, Eric was a senior in-house corporate and energy attorney at PPL Corporation in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and at Virginia Power in Richmond, Virginia. In those capacities, he was responsible for non-regulated activities, energy project development, asset acquisition and disposition, and energy trading. Eric returned to private practice in 2006 at the Richmond-based firm of Hunton & Williams.

Eric was born and grew up in Central Pennsylvania. He spends as much of his free time in Nelson County, Virginia, hiking, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Eric remains active at the University of Richmond, where he went to college and law school.

Francis Hodsoll

President
VAEIC

Francis Hodsoll founded and leads the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Association and is the President of E&E Frontiers which he has led since he founded in 2011.

Francis Hodsoll is a highly networked executive who combines business development and general management expertise with strong strategy, finance, policy and performance management capabilities.   His expertise is in international power plant development, finance, green energy, sustainability, energy efficiency, hydro, solar, wind, biomass, and natural gas.

Francis has held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors including CFO for a power plant owner and operator; Deputy Director of the Federal regulator for offshore energy; and VP in charge of a distributed energy project development group.  He earned his MBA from the MIT’s Sloan School of Management and his BA in Economics from Colby College.

Frank Andorka, Narrative Solutions

Frank Andorka has been telling stories since he was 11 years old, when he created the “John L. Duck” series — and he’s been telling stories ever since. He worked as a freelance writer starting at 17 for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. For nearly 20 years, he has written about four industries including solar. You may know him best as the Editorial Director for Renewable Energy World Magazine. His stories have won awards from The Press Club of Cleveland, the American Society of Business Press Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists. His message: Provide your customers information the way they want to receive it — and they will be yours for life.

Geoff Mirkin, Solar Energy World

Geoff Mirkin has spent the majority of his career with Homefix Corporation, focusing on market expansion. In 2000, Mirkin purchased one of Homefix Corporation branches and grew sales by more than million per year until 2008, when he sold his interest in Homefix. In 2009, Mr. Mirkin and his partners launched Solar Energy World which is a self performing residential and commercial solar integrator. Mr. Mirkin’s leadership roles include sales, marketing, training, operations and customer relations. Mr. Mirkin now sits on both the board of directors and the policy committee of Maryland/DC Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). He brings a track record of building successful organizations, combined with a passion for renewable energy. Mr. Mirkin was born and raised in Montgomery County Md. He currently resides in Gaithersburg, MD with his wife Franki of 18 years and his daughter Paige 15 and son Max 12.

Glenn Moore, Delmarva Power

Glenn Moore is responsible for building and maintaining community, business and government relationships as the Vice President of Delmarva’s New Castle region. The position strengthens Delmarva Power’s focus on the customers and communities in the New Castle region, which comprises New Castle County in Delaware and Cecil and Harford counties in Maryland. A 20-year veteran of Delmarva Power, Moore has held a number of positions across the utility. Those positions were in Corporate Planning, the Gas Division, Human Resources and, most recently, he served as the company’s Customer Advocate. Moore is an alumnus of the University of Delaware, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics.

Born and raised in Delaware, Moore lives in Newark with his wife, Dina, and two children. Moore is a past board member on the University of Delaware Alumni Association. He is also active in Junior Achievement of Delaware and coaches youth soccer, basketball and flag football.

Hannah Masterjohn, Vote Solar

Hannah leads New Markets work for Vote Solar, focusing on Shared Solar business models and new state markets. She previously managed the Solar America Cities program at the U.S. Department of Energy, helping 25 cities across the country advance solar policies. Hannah has degrees in Environmental Policy and Political Economy from UC Santa Barbara and Clark University.

Jason Rooks, Clean Energy Strategies

Jason Rooks is a Georgia native with more than a decade of experience lobbying the Georgia General Assembly and consulting on political campaigns in Georgia. He is currently serving as Director of Government Affairs for GaSEIA. Mr. Rooks also directed Taxpayers for Energy Efficiency, a successful statewide ballot initiative campaign in 2010. As a well-respected voice on renewable energy and energy efficiency, he has helped create numerous clean energy incentives through legislation and regulatory actions at the Georgia PSC. From 2002 to 2008, he served as Executive Director of Georgia Conservation Voters. Prior to that, founded a start-up company in the Silicon Valley, and he started his professional career as a practicing attorney Gainesville, Georgia. Mr. Rooks received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Georgia. Mr. Rooks and his wife, Amy, have two children and live in an Earthcraft house with a 4 kW solar system on the roof.

Jim Pierobon, The Energy Collective

As a career-long advocate for cleaner, safer and more secure energy solutions, Jim creates and helps execute digital campaigns for a variety of trade association/NGO, government agency, smart grid, renewable energy and utility clients through Pierobon & Partners. He provides updates on these columns at TheEnergyFix.com. Among other positions, he has co-managed the energy and environmental practice at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, served as VP-Market Development and Chief Marketing Officer of Standard Solar, Inc. and was the Chief Energy Writer at the Houston Chronicle.

Joel Cohn, CPA, CohnReznick

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

His advice has included maximization of credits through re-categorization of costs, contract restructuring and tax planning, all while working within the framework of tax law; creation of transaction structures designed to satisfy the key agendas of various stakeholders; exit strategy development for investors/ developers – including the creation of various option strategies; development of strategies which maximize sponsor return on investment; and creation of transaction structures that permit economic participation by nonprofits.

Joel’s tax credit transaction experience has included several hundred projects throughout the country. He has also contributed policy advice to working groups across the country, advising on both federal and state tax credit law, consequently generating substantial improvements to the programs and to the public’s understanding of the law.

Jon Hillis, Prospect Solar

As Vice President of Prospect Solar and Senior Project Manager at Prospect Waterproofing Company, Mr. Hillis has sold and managed over 0 million in commercial construction contracts in the Washington, DC metropolitan area during a 27 year career.  During the past three years Mr. Hillis has been managing all levels of operations and market development for Prospect Solar and specifically during the past year has increased his level of participation within MDV-SEIA, with the primary goal of creating a market for distributed generation solar in Virginia.  As the current Co-Chair of the Virginia Committee of MDV-SEIA Mr. Hillis has been responsible for developing a plan moving forward with a Governor that is seen as friendly to our industry and environmental causes.  This plan includes educational outreach to residents, businesses, legislators, local governments, and utilities to discuss how all can work together to use solar energy and distributed generation for economic benefit and to create a better energy future for Virginia.

Lobbied at the Virginia General Assembly in 2012, 2013, and 2014 for renewable energy legislation.  In 2014 wrote virtual net-metering legislation for Delegate Randy Minchew and led MDV-SEIA lobby efforts in Virginia General Assembly on new legislation for multi-family and municipal net-metering.  Successfully lobbied patrons of four separate Senate and House bills against amendments proposed by Dominion Virginia Power that would have allowed investor owned utilities to control and own community solar projects in Virginia.  Mr Hillis is also on the VAEIC Advisory Board and DMME/DEQ Solar Stakeholder Group providing recommendations regarding the value of solar and net energy metering.

Kate E. Brandt, White House CEQ

On April 23rd, 2014 Kate E. Brandt was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Administration’s Federal Environmental Executive. In this capacity, she is responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and 0 billion annually in purchased goods and services. The Office of the Environmental Executive works collaboratively with the Executive Office of the President and each of the Federal agencies to implement the President’s Executive Order on Federal Sustainability (EO 13514) and the GreenGov initiative.

Katharine Bond, Dominion

Katharine Bond is currently director of public policy for Dominion, a Fortune 200 energy company doing business throughout the mid- Atlantic, Northeast, and Midwest.  She is also the executive director of the Dominion Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. Katharine has over fifteen years experience in corporate financial planning, governance, and compliance.  In her current role she is responsible for financial management and governance of the Dominion Foundation, certain aspects of regulatory management, as well as strategic public policy issues facing Dominion. She has a bachelor’s degree from the Longwood University and a Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is an active community volunteer residing in Hanover, Virginia with her husband Mark and their four children.

 

Katherine Neebe, Walmart

Katherine joined Walmart’s sustainability team in June 2013 and leads Walmart’s external stakeholder relationships, focused on key partnerships with non-profit organizations, government agencies and multi-stakeholder alliances. In addition, she manages and responds to emerging environmental issues for the company.

Previous to Walmart, Katherine spent six years at WWF managing one of the world’s largest corporate-NGO partnerships, a MM sustainability-driven initiative with The Coca-Cola Company focused on water. Work addressed river basin conservation, water and energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture and packaging. In 2011, the effort expanded to include a cause-marketing platform directed towards polar bear conservation. Work is active in 49 countries.

Over the past 16 years, Katherine has worked with a wide range of corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. Weaving together her intensive business experience and commitment to social and environmental responsibility, she brings a practical ability to ground sustainability into actionable terms. Katherine received her MBA from The Darden School at UVa in 2004 and has a BA in English from Colorado College.

Ken Stadin

President
Kenergy Solar

Mr. Stadlin founded Kenergy Solar to pursue his vision of creating a passionate, capable, and innovative firm with the expertise and resources to serve the growing renewable energy needs of the mid-Atlantic region. A successful regional sales manager for over 20 years, he began in the food industry and transitioned to the telecom industry in the mid 1990′s where he managed a sales region covering Maine to Virginia. Throughout his career, he has focused on providing proactive, intelligent solutions to clients and becoming a trusted advisor to customers through his success in helping them achieve their goals. Mr. Stadline has earned NABCEP Certificates of Completion for Code Compliance, Basic PV Design, and Commercial PV Systems Design, Specification, and Planning. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a BA degree in Philosophy from the University of Virginia.

Kevin Quilliam, InClime

Kevin Quilliam is the CEO of InClime, a company dedicated to managing and running renewable energy solicitations, request for proposals (RFP) and procurement programs for utilities and public entities. InClime currently runs the Delaware statewide annual SREC procurement program and the annual Delaware state-wide SREC spot auction on behalf of Delmarva Power / Pepco Holdings, as well as the Delaware statewide grant program for solar, solar hot water, wind, and geothermal on behalf of the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control and the SEU upfront SREC purchase program. InClime is a spinoff from SRECTrade, which Kevin co-founded in 2007 and grew into the leading marketplace for renewable energy credits (SRECs and RECs). In a prior life Kevin spent 15 years as an aircraft maintenance officer and search and rescue helicopter pilot in the Coast Guard, holding a helicopter air transport pilots license and a commercial multi-engine airplane pilot’s license. He completed his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Lidija Sekaric

Dr. Lidija Sekaric manages the SunShot’s Technology to Market Program. Her team’s portfolios spans start-up incubation programs, technology commercialization pathways, innovation in manufacturing, cost analysis, and strategic programs and analysis. Prior to joining SunShot, she served as a senior advisor in the office of the Under Secretary of Energy and as a technical and market advisor on some of the world’s largest distributed solar generation projects. Prior to joining DOE, Dr. Sekaric conducted research in nanoscale science and engineering – her accomplishments include record-setting devices in nano-photonics, electronics, nanomechanics and sensors. She has over 40 scientific publications, and holds 23 U.S. patents. Dr. Sekaric received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Applied Physics from Cornell University and her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.

Marci Zaroff, ECOpreneur

Marci Zaroff, AKA the eco-fashionista, coined the original term Eco-fashion in 1996, after a decade working with natural/organic food and beauty. Concerned about the fact that 10% of global carbon impact comes from the textile industry, she pioneered Portico Brands, Under the Canopy and FASE. In addition, she helped define the US and Global Standards for organic fiber certification for organic and sustainable textiles apparel and home fashions. “We put clothes on our body and use sheets and towels every day without thinking. It takes nearly 3,000 liters of water to make a cotton T shirt. According to the World Bank 20% of industrial water pollution comes from textile treatment and dying and it is one of the leading causes of air pollution.”

 

Executive Producer of the documentary “Thread”, she also serves on the Board of the Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange and AllergyKids. She is in the process of building a factory in Fairfax, Virginia using solar and geothermal energy. Zaroff will address the carbon footprint of the fashion industry  and how solar can help offset it.

Marta Tomic, Maryland Energy Administration

Marta Tomic is the Maryland Energy Administration’s Solar & Geothermal Clean Energy Program Manager. Marta manages and sets incentive levels for MEA’s Clean Energy Grant Program that fund residential and commercial scale solar PV, solar thermal and geothermal heating & cooling systems. In her role, Marta also co-manages the successful Game Changer Program and is working to streamline permitting across Maryland’s jurisdictions. Marta works alongside MEA’s policy team to address market barriers and ensure Maryland’s policies continue to support a vibrant solar economy. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate at Johns Hopkins University and obtained her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia, with a specialization in Environmental and Biological Conservation. Marta also holds a NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification.

Matthew Mooney, E.ON

Matthew Mooney works as a Solar Development Manager at E.ON, a leading energy company. In his role, he delivers value on a portfolio of utility-scale PV development assets through a combination of greenfield, mid-, and late-stage development, project analysis, risk reduction, and deal origination; manages all aspects of project development from greenfield to construction start including transmission interconnection process; conducts due-diligence and analysis on new opportunities (acquisitions, partnerships, proposals); and works with other groups regarding off-take of power, project proposals, arrangements for finance, and construction and operations.

Melanie Santiago-Mosier, SunEdison

Melanie Santiago-Mosier serves as the Director of Government Affairs, Midwest and South East US at SunEdison. She previously served as the Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs at Washington Gas Energy Services and was responsible for oversight of the company’s governmental relations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Previously, Santiago-Mosier served as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Maryland Public Service Commission, where she developed and managed comprehensive legislative strategy and communications programs. Santiago-Mosier has also served as a policy analyst for the Maryland General Assembly, and was most recently Government Affairs Manager for Astrum Solar, Inc.

Michael Rogerson, SolarEdge

Mike has over 12 years of experience in the semiconductor and solar industries.  His background includes over 10 years at Applied Materials working in the Semiconductor and Solar divisions and over 3 years working on leading CIGS technologies to commercialize products at MiaSole and NanoSolar.   Currently, Mike serves as the Marketing Manager for SolarEdge North America.

Mike Chagala, Sullivan Solar Power

Michael Chagala is the Director of Information Technology at Sullivan Solar Power, one of California’s 10 largest solar energy firms. Sullivan Solar Power has installed over 19 million watts of clean, renewable energy and has serviced over 3,000 residential and commercial customers since opening its doors over 10 years ago.  Michael manages the company’s technology infrastructure and online marketing.  He credits much of his success to a passion for SEO and conversion optimization, and is currently focused on workflow design.  Including positions at AIG and Sony, Michael has cloud storage experience and was a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal Information Technology Executive of the Year award.  Michael has been featured in Greentech Media, Forbes, Wired, Bloomberg, and the New York Times for his innovative work with Google Glass.  He is a husband, father, vegan and competitive runner, currently residing in San Diego.

Mike Healy

Director of Market Development
Nextility

Mike Healy is a partner and Director of Market Development for Nextility (previously known as Skyline Innovations) in Washington, DC, a solar thermal finance and development company. He leads the company’s market development efforts, including new business development, strategic partnership development, and government affairs. Prior to Nextility, Mike led the photovoltaic division of smart grid company, GridPoint, where he focused primarily on utilizing solar PV as a distributed peaking power resource and established a national network of solar PV installers. Mr. Healy spent a several years on Capitol Hill as an energy policy specialist, and has been actively engaged with policy makers at the state and federal levels, most recently focusing on solar thermal policy initiatives.

Minh Le, US Department of Energy

Minh Le is the Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office within the at the US Department of Energy where he helps manage and balance the B multi-year portfolio of Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment programs to achieve the goals of the SunShot Initiative. The DOE SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy technologies cost-competitive with other forms of energy by reducing the cost of solar energy systems by about 75% before 2020. Reducing the total installed cost for utility-scale solar electricity to roughly 6 cents per kilowatt hour without subsidies will result in rapid, large-scale adoption of solar electricity across the United States. Prior to his current role at the DOE, Mr. Le spent his career in the semiconductor and solar industry developing technologies and scaling new technologies to high volume manufacturing. Mr. Le earned his SB and SM degrees from MIT where he held fellowships by the DoD, DoE, and the Bose Foundation.

Nicole Steele, GRID Alternatives

Nicole Steele, Executive Director of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, has over 10 years of experience in the environmental and energy fields in the areas of urban planning, grassroots advocacy, policy development, program design and implementation as well as many other disciplines. Prior to joining GRID Alternatives, she managed the Alliance to Save Energy’s Policy team’s development program and budget, external communications, and high profile initiatives including energy efficiency in city planning and the Alliance’s Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy. Nicole was also the Director of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, a 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) stimulus program, for Loudoun County, Virginia. While in that position she designed, commissioned and implemented twelve separate energy-related projects ranging from capital improvements to feasibility studies to education and outreach programs. Prior to moving into that role, Nicole was a legislative and long-range land use planner for the county. Ms. Steele also has a background in campaign management, grant management and review, state and local policy making, and green building.

Peter Olmsted

East Coast Policy Director
Vote Solar

Peter Olmsted is the East Coast Solar Policy Advocate for the Vote Solar Initiative. For the past 10 years, Peter has dedicated himself to working in the public and non-profit sectors to address some of the country’s most pressing environmental and energy issues. At Vote Solar, Peter is responsible for driving solar markets on the East Coast through removing barriers and implementing key policies that will bring solar to scale and into the mainstream. He was previously energy policy staff for the Delaware Senate Energy & Transit Committee where he helped to shape the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard and net metering foundations. Peter has a Masters of Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College.

Ralph Mannion, Kingspan Energy Inc.

Ralph has over 20 years technical, commercial and business management experience in the global building services industry.  Ralph started his Kingspan career in 1998, working as National Sales Manager with Kingspan Insulation in Ireland, and has since taken on several international roles across the broader Kingspan Group. Based in the US for 10 years from 2002, Ralph was Global Sales Director and then General Manager for Tate Access Floors prior before taking up the Managing Director role of Kingspan Insulated Panels North America.

He moved back to Ireland in late 2011 to take up a role as Divisional Managing Director of Kingspan Environmental. In April 2014 Ralph took up his current role as President of Kingspan Energy Inc, a rapidly developing business within the Kingspan Group. Kingspan Energy provides fully financed rooftop PV systems for the global commercial & industrial building sector.

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Ramal Moreland, M&T Bank

Ramal Moreland is a Vice President and Relationship Manager in the Baltimore Middle Market Group with M&T Bank covering private and public middle market and large corporate businesses.  As a relationship manager Ramal has covered diversified and renewable energy companies.  Currently, he is co-sponsoring a bank-wide whitepaper to provide frameworks for underwriting utility scale solar projects and residential solar funds. Ramal has been in commercial banking for the past nine years.  Prior to joining M&T Bank he worked for US Bank and LaSalle Bank in Chicago where he spent time lending to real estate developers and working on the real estate capital markets team.

Ramal Graduated from the University of Michigan – Dearborn with a Bachelors in Business Administration and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a Masters in Business Administration.

Rhem Wooten, Hannon Armstrong

Mr. Wooten is the executive vice president, origination and has been with Hannon Armstrong as a managing director since October 2010. Mr. Wooten has worked in the energy industry for more than 30 years, and has extensive experience in project development, commodity trading/risk management and project finance. Mr. Wooten previously held a number of senior management positions, including serving as president of Duke Energy Corporation’s domestic and international independent power production affiliates from 1988 to 1996, as managing director, origination and operations of Duke/Louis Dreyfus from 1996-1997, chief executive officer of Merchant Energy Group of the Americas (MEGA) from 1997 to 2000, as president and chief executive officer of Pradium, Inc. from 2000 to 2001 and as president of Allied Syngas Corporation from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Wooten received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1981.

Rhone Resch, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Rhone Resch is the President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade organization for America’s solar energy industry. During his nine-year tenure at SEIA, solar has experienced record-breaking growth, becoming one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States with more than 6,100 companies and nearly 120,000 employees.

Often referred to as the “voice of solar energy in America,” Rhone is the architect of SEIA’s strategic priorities designed to achieve a 10 GW annual market in the U.S. by 2015. Today, clean, affordable solar energy is generating enough electricity to power more than 1.5 million homes – including the White House – and its popularity is continuing to grow, with 9 out of 10 Americans supporting an expanded use of solar nationwide.

As the head of SEIA – and the person responsible for all federal and state advocacy on behalf of the billion U.S. solar energy industry – Rhone helped to create the 30% solar investment tax credit, the 1603 Treasury Program, and scores of other forward-looking federal and state policies that have allowed the solar industry to grow and prosper, while helping our nation to reduce its dangerous dependence on fossil fuels.

Known for having a finger on the pulse of Capitol Hill, Rhone has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sector working on clean energy development and climate change issues. In addition to serving as vice president for the Natural Gas Supply Association, Rhone also served as program manager at the EPA’s Climate Protection Division during the Clinton administration.

Rhone holds an M.P.A. in management from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, a Master of Environmental Engineering from SUNY Syracuse, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Lisa and two children in a solar-powered house that provides 93 percent of their electricity.

Rick Peters, Solar Energy Services

Rick Peters is the president of Solar Energy Services, the regional leader in the design-build of commercial scale solar water heating systems.  In addition to leading SES in this solar contracting niche, Rick and his team manage a robust solar PV and solar water heating installation business for residential and small commercial customers. Since entering the solar industry in 2008, Rick has been involved in regional solar policy initiatives at the state and local level, serving on the board of directors of the regional solar trade association since 2010, and as president of MDV-SEIA since 2012. Prior to entering the solar industry, Rick was a partner and vice president at Dataprise, a regional information technology services company.  Rick’s earlier professional experiences include work as an engineering project manager for the US Navy as well as various manufacturing management positions for a Fortune 500 company. Rick holds a mechanical engineering degree from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business.

Rob Threlkeld, General Motors Company

Rob Threlkeld is Global Manager, Renewable Energy for General Motors. In this role he manages the nearly 70 megawatts of renewable energy that make up GM’s global renewable energy portfolio. He is responsible for accessing the feasibility of future projects as they pertain to GM’s overall sustainability strategy and negotiating long-term power purchase agreements with projects underway at various facilities across the globe. Threlkeld is also engaged with OnStar in looking at ways to integrate electric vehicles with battery storage and renewable energy to tap in to the distributed generation and frequency regulation markets as a means to further financially support renewable energy projects.

As part of GM’s sustainability team, Threlkeld is charged with sharing renewable energy best practices to an internal and external audience to further GM’s reputation as a responsible corporate citizen. He travels around the country to speak to a number of different groups on the topic of renewable energy, explaining how companies large and small, alike, can benefit from the use of renewables.

Threlkeld is also actively involved in the Solar Energy Industries Association. He urged GM to join with this NGO to help support other large end users in their deployment of solar. He is also actively involved with the Association of Energy Engineers, Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Solar Power International Advisory Council. He also retains status as Certified Hazardous Material Manager through the Institute of Hazardous Material Managers.

Threlkeld began his career at General Motors in 2000 as manager of the Powerhouse and Wastewater Treatment Plant operations at GM’s Lordstown (Ohio) Assembly Complex. He holds a bachelor and master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Ron Wedeking, Clean Energy Collective

Ron Wedeking brings over 30 years of business development experience to CEC with companies such as NCH Corporation, Akzo Nobel and Veolia Water as well as smaller start-up companies in construction and energy. Since 2009 Ron has worked in the solar energy sector and has specialized in distributed generation for commercial, industrial and utility scale customers in Oregon, California and the Northeast. To date, Ron and his teams have been responsible for over 30 MW of PV solar installations including a 4.26 MW project in Edison, NJ which was the largest rooftop solar installation in the US when it was constructed. A graduate of Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington with a BA in Literature and Greek, Ron resides in the Greater New York City area and enjoys living where history was and is still made. A fan of the arts and music, Ron also enjoys tennis, cooking and home remodeling.

Rutherford “Bo” Poats, Pace Global

Mr. Poats is a Vice President at Pace Global, LLC, a Siemens Business, where he serves as Deputy Director of Pace Global’s Commercial and Technical Advisory Solutions, with a focus on power and mid-stream fuel supply and sustainable energy planning, market advisory, valuation, and related due diligence services and financing transactions support.  Mr. Poats brings over 30 years and one hundred project closings of experience to his responsibilities at Pace Global, serving IPP, industrial, utility, developer and financial client interests in energy project development, finance, restructuring  and M&A transactions.

Mr. Poats is expert in power (fossil and renewable), fuel supply and infrastructure and related energy asset transactions structuring to achieve a significant value proposition for clients.   Mr. Poats is also experienced in the development and utilization of renewable and fossil power generation and fuel market assessments, including development and financing-level forecasts, commercial structuring, financing and risk management mechanisms to limit energy price and supply risk.  He also serves as an expert witness in related legal and regulatory forums.

Mr. Poats was previously an energy group manager for an international energy project advisory firm, working in approximately 20 different country environments for multi-lateral financial institutions.   In addition, Mr. Poats was a founding director of a boutique energy commodity, market, and finance advisor focused on the application of emerging energy commodity and project financing markets, development and financing support across the oil, gas, coal and power markets.

Scott Lynch, Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation

Scott is currently the Energy Services Manager for the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC).  He oversees the energy legislative and programmatic activities of the nine municipal electric distribution companies in Delaware.   He previously worked as an energy program planner at the Delaware Energy Office (DEO).  As a planner he was responsible for overseeing utility green energy incentives and state energy legislation.

He has a Masters in Energy and Environmental Policy and a Bachelors in Geology from the University of Delaware.  He is a Certified Energy Manager and Building Performance Institute certified Residential Energy Auditor.

Scott Thomasson, NewBuild Strategies LLC

Scott Thomasson is president of NewBuild Strategies LLC, an energy and infrastructure consulting firm in Washington, DC. He most recently served as a policy director at a nonprofit think tank and has testified before Congress about current proposals for financing infrastructure.

Scott Wiater, Standard Solar

Under Mr. Wiater’s leadership, Standard Solar has been named one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America in 2010 and 2011 according to Inc. magazine, significantly expanding its commercial footprint and reinforcing its leadership positioning as the solar partner of choice.  Mr. Wiater has an extensive background in executive management, operations and supply chain management in startup companies as well as established corporations. Previous positions included Executive Vice President at Peak Technologies, a global systems integration company, and Director of Operations for Radio Frequency Identification at Motorola (Symbol Technologies). Mr. Wiater earned a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelors of Science degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Senator Kevin S. Parker, New York State Senate

Senator Kevin S. Parker is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. As of the 2014 session, he serves as Assistant Democratic Conference Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs. Parker previously served as Majority Whip. Parker previously served as the Special Assistant to Assemblyman Nick Perry and also lead advance for Hillary Clinton for United States Senate in 1999 and 2000. He then ran for New York City Council in 2001 but was not elected.

Parker earned his B.S. in Public Service from Pennsylvania State University in 1989 and his M.S. in a New School for Social Research from the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy in 1993. He is currently attending the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center for his PhD in Political Science.

His professional experience includes working as Project Manager for the New York State Urban Development Corporation, as a Professor in African Studies and Political Science and as a legislative aide for New York City Council Member Una Clarke. He was also an Instructor at Brooklyn College at the City University of New York from 1993 to 1997. From 1998 to 1999, he was a Political Action Director for Paine Webber, Incorporated. He also worked as Special Assistant to the Office of the New York State Comptroller from 2000 to 2002.

Shayle Kann, GTM Research

Shayle Kann directs GTM Research, the market analysis, advisory and consulting division of Greentech Media. Shayle manages the full research program and analyst team with responsibility for strategy, business development, and product development. An expert on solar markets, he has presented at conferences around the world, been featured in publications such as The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Financial Times, and spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia. He has also testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on the state and future of the U.S. solar market.

Prior to joining GTM, Shayle was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Australia, studying the impacts of the global financial crisis on wind project finance. He has a Bachelor’s cum laude, phi beta kappa from Pomona College.

Shelley Cohen, Ameresco

Ms. Cohen has twelve years of experience in environment and energy related fields. Located at Ameresco’s DC office, Ms. Cohen specializes in renewable energy and energy conservation project development with a special emphasis on landfill gas utilization projects. Currently, Ms. Cohen is in the process of developing five landfill gas utilization projects. In 2003 and 2004, the US EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) awarded Industry Partner of the Year to Ms. Cohen and the Ameresco team for their successful LFG projects and contributions to the environment. Ameresco currently has nine operational landfill gas projects in their project portfolio, and another 7 projects under development. Prior to joining Ameresco, Ms. Cohen was the Team Lead of EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program. In her capacity as Team Lead, Ms. Cohen directly assisted about 20 potential LFG utilization projects to overcome barriers to project development. Her involvement in these projects involved LFG project assessment and feasibility, LFG development training, permitting, air quality compliance, project design, and end use application and identification. Her efforts at LMOP helped many businesses and communities realize the benefits of utilizing clean, renewable energy.

Ms. Cohen has spoken at hundreds of local, national, and international renewable energy and energy efficiency conferences, and has authored many papers on these topics. Ms. Cohen conducted and developed materials for two international LFG training sessions in South Korea and Brazil, and recently was a speaker at a conference in Mexico on energy efficiency. Before her tenure at EPA, Ms. Cohen spent three years focusing on sustainability issues while working in the White House for the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. She also worked as a research intern in the White House Office of Environmental Policy, and spent two years in the office of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman working as a legislative correspondent.

Ms. Cohen has also transferred her professional expertise to her personal life. Ms. Cohen utilized her expertise in green building practices in her own home, using all environmentally friendly building materials and energy efficient lighting and appliances. Her husband, Mike Gala, an architect, did all of the design for their urban eco-renovation. Their home was just featured in the July 2005 edition of the American Institute of Architects DC magazine.

Ms. Cohen has a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and an undergraduate degree from Tufts University.

Steven Eisenberg, SRECTrade

Steven Eisenberg serves as the Chief Executive Officer of SRECTrade. Steven is responsible for overseeing the company’s day to day management and operations. During his tenure, Steven has helped establish and grow the firm’s over-the-counter brokerage, auction and SREC management services. Since joining SRECTrade in 2010, Steven has focused on bringing transparency and efficiency to the SREC markets. He has helped electricity suppliers, corporate institutions, and project owners execute transactions and navigate the complexities of dealing in the PJM and MA solar carve-out programs. Prior to SRECTrade, Steven was an Associate with Macquarie Capital Advisors in their investment banking group. He worked on over billion of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, debt restructurings, and refinancings. Steven received a B.S. in Finance and International Business from the University of Southern California where he was a Marshall School of Business E. Morgan Stanley Scholar. Born and raised in California, Steven lives in San Francisco with his wife. When he’s not thinking about SRECs, he’s running through the Presidio or scouring the city for the best new restaurant.

Susan Elliott, City of Charlottesville

In her role as the City of Charlottesville’s Climate Protection Program Coordinator, Susan is responsible for managing, participating, and supporting City and community initiatives that move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with activities community-wide. Elements of the program include data analysis, collaboration, evaluation, initiative development, and community engagement. Through existing and previous efforts, a foundation of successful projects, practical local experience, and collaborative relationships within the City and throughout the community have been formed. One key program objective focuses on evaluating and easing all steps in the process to increase the energy efficiency and amount of renewable energy generated within City buildings and community buildings.

Prior to working at the City of Charlottesville, Susan managed the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds awarded to Albemarle County and grant reporting requirements. Susan has a Masters in Urban and Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Wellesley College.

Tim Bagley, Alexandria Emerging Technology Center

An experienced businessman, Tim currently serves as President of the Alexandria Emerging Technology Center (AETC). As President of the AETC, he is engaged in Leadership, management, fundraising, and communications for a business incubator fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the fields of sustainability, energy and resilience.  Tim is also the founder and CEO of BEST Energy, and energy advisory company that helps companies to reduce energy expenses and improve operational efficiencies.

Tim began his career in the financial services industry as a stock broker with Charles Schwab and spent time as a proprietary equities trader off the Chicago Board of Trade.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in International Studies from the University of South Carolina.  A lifelong Alexandrian, Tim enjoys traveling and spending time with his young son.

Tim Haines, Washington Gas Energy Systems

Tim Haines leads the Project Delivery group for Washington Gas Energy Systems (WGES), responsible for delivering clean energy solutions to clients and stakeholders in the Commercial and Federal markets. Since joining the company in 2009, Haines and team have delivered over 100 megawatts of solar photovoltaic distributed generation assets owned and operated by WGES. In addition, his group has delivered in excess of 0 million of energy efficiency and distributed generation projects for the federal government. Haines is also responsible for the Operation and Maintenance of assets owned by WGES, where he and team have implemented a fully scalable Enterprise Asset Management system that allows for real-time monitoring, reporting and asset optimization of a quickly growing portfolio of distributed generation assets. After receiving and Bachelor of Science Degree in Welding Engineering from Millikin University in 1985, Haines has spent his career in the power industry including the development, design, construction, and commissioning of renewable, biomass, combined cycle and solid fuel distributed generation assets.

Timothy Heinle, groSolar

Heinle has led successful solar and wind energy projects across the U.S. and has closed numerous commercial transactions during his 18-year career and has most recently joined groSolar as the Director of Business Development.  He has held management positions with Duke Energy, Magellan Resources Group, Pace Global Energy Services, Community Energy, and most recently as Vice President of Pace Consulting at Siemens. Timothy earned his BA in Government from Georgetown University and his MBA from College of William and Mary.

Tom Matzzie, Ethical Electric

Tom Matzzie is Founder, President and CEO of Ethical Electric. For more than a dozen years Tom built big online communities for causes that disrupted incumbents in the space. His work developed innovations that today are best practices in online civic engagement. He is a widely recognized expert in this field. The New York Times Magazine profiled Tom’s work with MoveOn.org calling him “a rising star.” He has raised more than 0 million online from millions of cause-related donors.

Tom continues to advise causes and companies in the social impact sector and he serves on the board of the Community Power Network—a network of community-scale renewable energy groups. In addition to pulling together the Ethical Electric team, Tom applies his deep experience in cause marketing to the customer acquisition program.

Whitman Fulton, Infinite Invention

Whitman Fulton is a cleantech entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in renewable market forecasting and analysis, business model development for distributed generation, and programmatic deployment of energy efficiency and renewables. He focuses on developing and applying emergent technology in order to unlock transformative business models. Mr. Fulton is currently CEO of Infinite Invention, a two-time award recipient of the DOE’s Sunshot program, and developer of the Solar Socket, a technology for plug-and-play interconnection of residential PV to the grid.

William Reisinger, VA Attorney General’s Office

Will Reisinger serves as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. Mr. Reisinger represents ratepayers in energy and utility matters before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, he was a staff attorney for a non-profit environmental organization, where he worked to enforce state and federal environmental standards. Mr. Reisinger has published articles about various energy and utility issues, including federal climate legislation, state renewable energy portfolio standards, and the impact of Clean Air Act regulations on coal-fired power plants. He sits on the governing board of the Virginia State Bar’s Administrative Law Section and serves as a Distinguished Visitor in Natural Resources Law at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia, where he teaches a course on energy regulation.

Yuri Horwitz, Sol Systems

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Yuri Horwitz, Chief Executive Officer, has led the company since its inception in 2008. Mr. Horwitz oversees strategic development and managing the firm’s relationships with institutional and private capital clients. He has been involved in the energy and environmental policy fields over a decade, and is a recognized subject matter expert on solar energy investment and finance, as well as SRECs. Under his leadership, Sol Systems has facilitated financing for nearly 200 MW of solar assets and growing.

Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Horwitz was an attorney at Alston & Bird, assisting clients with the development and financing of wind and solar facilities throughout the United States. He has also provided pro-bono assistance to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Surfrider Foundation.

Mr. Horwitz has presented at dozens of renewable energy finance conferences and guest lectured at Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, and Yale. He regularly consults with states and Public Utility Commissions on solar markets and has helped a number of states and regional transmission organizations implement their renewable portfolio standards.

Mr. Horwitz holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia and a dual BA from the College of William and Mary.

Zach Axelrod, Nextility

Zach Axelrod started his career in the energy industry as a wholesale power market analyst at ICF International. He moved to Director of Market Solutions at GridPoint Inc., an Arlington, VA based smart grid company, where he structured smart grid transactions while building one of the industry’s first comprehensive financial models. Mr. Axelrod left GridPoint in August 2009 to start Skyline Innovations (now known as Nextility) with the idea of helping mid-sized businesses implement clean energy solutions through an easy to understand shared savings model. Before GridPoint, he worked in power market analysis, including valuation of power generating assets and financial modeling for power market transactions at ICF International.