Head of Section, Analytics Central/SE, Sustainable Energy Use, DNV GL - Energy
Ken Agnew is a Head of Section for analytics in DNV GL’s Policy Advisory and Research group. He has been with DNV GL and its predecessors, KEMA and Xenergy, for over 15 years. Starting as a quantitative analyst, he spent his early years working on a range of impact evaluations including AC load control program evaluations with end-use modeling, multiple flavors of billing analyses, and refrigerator recycling programs. Working with Mimi Goldberg, Ken was the primary analyst for the landmark 2003 CEC baseline report “Protocol Development for Demand Response Calculation”. This led to subsequent DR-related work for PJM, NYISO and ISO-NE and co-authorship of “Measurement and Verification for Demand Response” prepared for the NAPDR Measurement and Verification Working Group. Ken has worked widely in the Northwest with recent clients including Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Energy Trust of Oregon. Currently, Ken is working with BC Hydro on a range of DR initiatives as they expand this aspect of their program portfolio.
Vice President, Utility Sales, EnergyHub
Chris leads EnergyHub’s sales efforts across North America. His team is responsible for driving growth in EnergyHub’s demand response business through new and expanded partnerships with utility customers. Prior to joining EnergyHub, Chris spent eight years at EnerNOC in a variety of market development and sales roles, most recently as Regional Director of Utility Sales. Previously, Chris was a Vice President at Chestnut Partners, a boutique investment bank, and the Director of Finance and Operations for AutoCell Labs, a wireless networking startup. Chris holds a BA in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College, and an MBA from Northwestern Universtiy.
Honeywell Smart Energy
Jeff Beale has over a decade of experience helping organizations in the Internet-of-Things and Machine-to-Machine space in a variety of vertical markets, including electric utilities. He helps connect-the-dots with operational leaders, financial stakeholders and engineers to create technical solutions that solve business challenges. Jeff consults with an array of electric utilities across North America in pursuit of demand response.
Pulp Mill Manager, Weyerhauser/NORPAC
Bailey is a manufacturing efficiency and quality system professional with 30 years of experience in the US, Japan, and Canada. He has a strong commitment to safety and in people development while delivering results in tough business environments and proven leadership through analytical problem solving and in cross cultural relationship building.
Ken Corum is an energy economist who worked at the NW Power and Conservation Council for more than 30 years before retiring from the Council in 2013. He worked on demand forecasting, economic analysis of conservation, industry restructuring, rate structures and other planning issues. In the Council’s 5th and 6th Power Plans his primary focus was demand response, and he was the Council coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Demand Response Project (PNDRP). He has served on regional and national advisory groups on demand response planning and evaluation. Before Ken worked at the Council, he worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, for the University of Wisconsin in a technical assistance project with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer math and science teacher in India. Ken has a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Manager of Engineering, Kootenai Electric Cooperative
Shawn Dolan is the Manager of Engineering for Kootenai Electric Cooperative located in Hayden Idaho. He has both Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering both from Montana State University in Bozeman Montana and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. He has 27 years of experience in the electrical utility industry with 17 of those with Kootenai Electric Cooperative.
Utilities Analyst, Idaho PUC
Stacey has been the lead Staff person for DSM issues at the Idaho Public Utilities Commission since 2010. In that role, she has written Staff positions on integrated resource plans, fixed costs recovery and decoupling mechanisms, as well as energy efficiency and demand response program design and cost recovery. Prior to joining the Idaho PUC, she worked in Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy Resources administering energy efficiency and renewable projects. Stacey was honored with the Northwest Energy Coalition’s 4 under 40 leadership award in 2015 and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Boise State University.
Manager of Distributed Energy Resources, Bonneville Power Administration
Paul Garrett is the Manager of Distributed Energy Resources at Bonneville Power Administration, where he oversees a group responsible for the coordination, research, piloting and demonstration of BPA demand response efforts, as well as battery technology and distributed generation. Paul has been with BPA for 10 years, previously serving in roles as an Account Executive, in contracts, and power scheduling. Paul has a BA and an MBA from Willamette University.
Vice President of Energy Efficiency, Bonneville Power Administration
Bonneville Power Administration is a balancing authority for the Pacific Northwest, and Richard and his team oversee all manner of demand side management (energy efficiency and demand response programs) which enable the roughly 135 customer utilities – business partners to be successful in deploying such programs to their end use customers. Richard leads a team of 100 passionate and committed leaders and individual contributors in Engineering, Policy, Programs, Evaluation, Measurement and Verification and Contract Administration. Richard earned his B.S. in Informational & Decision Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University and his MBA in International Marketing from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Richard joined BPA’s Executive Leadership Team in January 2013. Before BPA, Richard worked with Southern California Edison (SCE) as their Residential Portfolio Manager in Energy Efficiency for over four years. Before SCE, Richard worked in several positions of increasing responsibility for General Electric, General Mills, Procter & Gamble and Ameritech in Sales, Marketing and Procurement.
Richard lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Nadine and his children, Simon and Savannah.
Something fun about Richard: He is a “Trekie”.
Energy Partnerships, Nest
Jeff Gleeson is the head of west coast energy partnerships at Nest Labs, where he works with utility partners to develop customer-focused energy programs that leverage Nest products. Prior to joining Nest, Jeff was a leader in PG&E's Customer Energy Solutions team, with responsibility for the delivery of key products and programs in PG&E's energy efficiency portfolio. Jeff holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA from UC Davis, where he was a graduate student researcher for the Energy Efficiency Center. Together with his wife and daughter, Jeff resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Managing Director, OpenADR Alliance
Barry Haaser is a 30-year Silicon Valley veteran with deep expertise in the energy and technology industries. Leveraging his knowledge of energy management systems and smart grid technologies, energy standards, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and association management, Haaser serves as managing director of the OpenADR Alliance. Haaser also serves on the Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, and was formerly an officer, and member of the Board of Directors, for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). Haaser is the president and founder of the Lakeview Group, and lends his experience in association creation and management, ecosystem development, testing and certification programs, and energy industry marketing and education, to key industry initiatives. Haaser has formed, launched and/or managed many successful alliances during his career. Prior to founding the Lakeview Group in 2010, Haaser spent 15 years with Echelon Corporation (ELON) where he held marketing and business development positions in the U.S. and Europe. Previously, he served as vice president of marketing at Alacritech, and director of marketing at Saratoga Systems. Haaser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University. Haaser is also an active Rotarian.
Senior Vice President, Comverge
At Comverge, Steve is often found collaborating with utility partners on demand side programs and other concepts that take advantage of new innovations. He is proud to be part of an industry segment that delivers more reliable, affordable, and clean energy. Prior to Comverge, Steve’s career was focused on customer-facing utility programs, including his positions at Opower, Sapient and McKinsey. Steve is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Virginia, and also has his MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
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Director of Technology and Market Strategy, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Jeff Harris is NEEA’s Director of Technology and Market Strategy, where he manages the efforts to build a “pipeline” of commercially available energy efficiency technologies for the region. For more than 25 years, Jeff has been at the forefront of the Northwest’s energy efficiency work. Jeff began his career working on energy efficiency R&D projects for Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) where he helped launch BPA’s new residential construction program and corresponding energy codes effort. After joining the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC) in 1989, Jeff contributed to the Third and Fourth Power Plans for the region, and significantly influenced the creation and adoption of more simplified and stringent energy codes across Northwest. While “on loan” from NWPCC, he helped NEEA get off the ground in 1996, and then joined NEEA as a full-time staff member in 2001, managing NEEA’s new product development group. While at NEEA, Jeff has also played a key role in developing its commercial, residential and industrial sector market transformation strategies and evaluation methods. Over the span of his career, Jeff has also been a leading advocate for building operation efficiency and commissioning, helping found the Northwest Building Commissioning Collaborative, an organization that was a forerunner to the now named International Building Commissioning Association. Jeff also helped found and is on the Board of Directors of the New Buildings Institute (NBI), a non-profit organization which supports emerging technologies and improved codes and standards for commercial buildings. Jeff holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Jeff was recognized for his lifetime contribution to energy efficiency by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in 2012.
VP Business Development, Western North America
Graham leads all Business Development initiatives for Enbala in Western North America. His primary responsibility is to develop and advance Enbala’s control and optimization solutions for large, multi-stakeholder customers. Prior to Enbala, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cloudworks Energy Inc., a developer of hydroelectric facilities. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Victoria and an MBA (Honours) from the University of British Columbia.
Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Commissioner Jones was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire in March 2005, re-appointed in January, 2011 and confirmed unanimously by the Washington State Senate. Commissioner Jones served as President of NARUC (National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners) in 2012-13, and presently serves on its Board of Directors. He previously chaired and served on the Board of Directors of NRRI (National Regulatory Research Institute). Commissioner Jones has served on the Telecommunications Committee and the International Relations Committee since 2005. He also served as Co-Chair of the Washington Action Committee. He previously served on the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), which is the public interest council to advise electric utilities on R&D priorities. Prior to his commission appointment, he served as managing director of Cutter & Buck (Europe), BV in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for five years. From 1983 – 1988 he served as senior legislative assistant to Senator Daniel J. Evans, the former U.S. Senator from Washington State, and staffed him on energy policy issues before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as international trade policy. He was responsible for a broad range of energy issues, including hydroelectric re-licensing, nuclear waste management, energy conservation and renewables, and the Bonneville Power Administration. Jones is a native of Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Harvard College with honors with a degree in East Asian Studies in 1977.
Washington Council Member, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Karier was first appointed to the Council in 1998 and has served several terms as the Council Chair and Chair of the Power Committee. He has also been a board member for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and co-chair of both the Northwest Energy Efficiency Taskforce and the Northwest Wind Integration Forum.
Prior to working with the Council, Karier was an associate dean at Eastern Washington University from 1995 to 1998 and professor of economics since 1981. During this time he also served as a Research Associate for the Jerome Levy Economics Institute in Annandale, New York. He is the author of two books, Beyond Competition (M.E. Sharpe) and Great Experiments in American Economic Policy (Praeger), a dozen journal articles, and many more reports and Op/Ed articles.
Karier earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley with a major field in energy and natural resource economics. His bachelor's degree is in both physics and economics from the University of Illinois.
Smart Grid Customer Analytics Lead, Portland General Electric
Josh Keeling serves as the smart grid customer analytics lead at Portland General Electric. In this role he conducts internal research of emerging technologies, supports business case development, oversees measurement and verification, and develops long-term planning for distributed energy resources. Much of his current work has been focused on demand response, including smart thermostats, grid interactive water heaters, electric vehicles, and automated DR. His background is in quantitative methods and has a master’s in systems science from Portland State.
CEO, Universal Devices, Inc.
Kohanim has a Masters in Artificial Intelligence, is a veteran at IBM, and is well versed in systems engineering, sensors and actuators/IoT, and machine-to-machine communications and standards. He’s one of the original editors of OpenADR 2.0a/2.0b specifications and an active member of IPSO Alliance and thus brings with him a wealth of expertise not only in standards based architecture for energy management and conservation but also the brave new world of IoT. He believes that the marriage of Energy Management, Automation, and IoT (using off-the-shelf devices) is the most natural evolution of each.
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Climate Lead, Oregon PUC
Jason R. Salmi Klotz holds a J.D. and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Jason has worked for the Vermont Public Service Board, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the California Public Utility Commission. For these entities he worked on wholesale market development, demand side management, facilities siting and greenhouse gas regulation. Jason worked for Bonneville Power Administration where he was responsible for the initiation of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project. Prior to his current role as climate change lead for the Oregon PUC, Jason worked for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance as their Senior Policy Advisor. Jason is a published author of several papers on the nexus of environmental concerns and energy regulation. Jason is also currently an Adjunct Instructor of energy policy and law at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon.
Principal, The Regulatory Assistance Project
Dr. Carl Linvill is a Principal with Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) based in Davis, California. Carl focuses on power sector planning, procurement, market and regulatory reforms that facilitate low carbon futures. His current projects address renewable and distributed energy resource integration strategies and wholesale and retail tariff reforms. Prior to joining RAP, he was Economic/Energy Advisor to Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn, a Public Utilities Commissioner, and an academic and consulting economist. Carl was appointed to the EIM Governing Body effective July 1, 2016. Carl received his BA in Mathematics from UC Davis, and his PhD in Economics from the UNC - Chapel Hill.
Senior Market Analyst, Puget Sound Energy
With 10 years of experience in design consulting, program management, planning, and development, Elaine Markham has broad experience across the value chain of demand side management. In her role at Puget Sound Energy, she is responsible for developing innovative new programs to help customers control their energy use. Her current focus is managing the development of demand response programs. Elaine is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington, a Certified Energy Manager, and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University, and a Master’s in Engineering Management from Pennsylvania State University.
Senior Program Manager, Southern California Edison
Mark is a senior program manager for Southern California Edison, with over 25 years experience in demand side management, specifically energy efficiency, demand response, water energy, and GHG guidance. His current responsibilities are for the policy oversight and guidance for demand response emerging markets and technology, which develops pilots and demonstrations to examine the opportunities for technological advances for improving load modifying and supply side demand response resources in all customer sectors (including storage and EVs).
Associate Director, Navigant Consulting
Ms. Maslowski provides expertise in the areas of demand response and grid modernization, including strategic planning, cost effectiveness, market analysis, potential assessment, and project management. Ms. Maslowski has been Co-Chair of the Peak Load Management Alliance’s Women in Demand Response group for two years and served as President of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Association of Energy Services Professionals for three years. Prior to joining Navigant, Ms. Maslowski worked for Synapse Energy Economics in Cambridge, MA. She is an EIT and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA.
Chairman, Quality Logic
James co-founded and has held several executive positions at QualityLogic from June 1994 to present. He is currently General Manager of QualityLogic’s Smart Grid business unit. He is active in the Smart Grid industry as a member of the GridWise Architecture Council, the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Test and Certification Committee, and as Chair of Smart Grid NW, as well as giving papers and presentations on interoperability and Transactive Energy. Prior to QualityLogic, James held Product Management roles at Tektronix, Floating Point Systems, Sidereal and Solar Division of International Harvester. Mater holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College, Portland, OR and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Vice President of Energy Operations, Puget Sound Energy.
Mills directs PSE’s energy-trading operations; electric-generation operations, including wind, thermal, hydro; transmission operations; and natural gas supply, transportation and storage activities, Mills joined PSE in 2002 as the director of Energy Supply & Planning, responsible for power and natural gas trading, generating plant dispatch, merchant transmission issues, and the company’s long-term integrated resource planning. His team also managed integrating renewable resources in to PSE’s generation portfolio.
Prior to joining PSE, Mills was the trading floor manager for the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Ore. He has more than 25 years of experience in energy operations, transmission and energy trading. Mills is currently the vice chair of the Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee and serves on the executive committee of Columbia Grid, the executive committee of the Western Systems Power Pool, and the National Board of Directors for Hire America’s Heroes.
Mills earned a degree in economics from Portland State University. He also served in the U.S. Navy.
Senior Program Manager, Energy Trust
Spencer Moersfelder has been with Energy Trust since 2003. Spencer spent the last 10 years working on energy efficiency programs including managing the commercial new construction program and commercial retrofit program. Spencer recently became Planning Manager. He manages a team that, among other things provides planning inputs for the utilities that fund Energy Trust programs. These inputs include providing the value of Energy Trust savings and generation in relation to peak loads. Spencer’s group also helps with overall Energy Trust strategy.
CEO, Sunverge Energy
A co-founder, Ken leads company operations, strategic development, corporate financing and M&A activity. Ken’s core focus is building Sunverge into an energy services company on the leading edge of smart grid optimization and virtual power plant services through innovative energy storage solutions comprising best-in-class hardware and software. Prior to starting Sunverge, Ken held various executive management roles with Inertia Engineering, Kinetec, Inc. and Motion Control Engineering, Inc. He holds a B.A. degree from California State University, Sacramento, and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Power System Analyst, NW Power and Conservation Council
John Ollis is a Power System Analyst for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in Portland, OR. His work at the Council includes the analysis of demand response in the 7th Power Plan, balancing and flexibility studies, and enhancing the Council’s analytical modeling capability. Prior to working for the Council, he was an analyst for Portland General Electric specializing in variable energy resource integration, integrated resource planning and power cost modeling. Before entering the energy industry, he was a mathematics instructor at Portland Community College. He has a BS and MS in Applied Mathematics from Oregon State University.
Senior Associate, Cadmus
Mark Osborn (Cadmus, Senior Associate) has more than 30 years of experience in distributed energy resources, energy storage, and grid interconnection issues. As the distributed resources manager for Portland General Electric (PGE), he created the award winning Dispatchable Standby Generation program, managed interconnection policy and procedures and helped develop the statewide standard interconnection procedures with the Oregon Public Utilities Commission. As the smart grid manager for PGE, he managed the financing, contracts, engineering, procurement, and construction of renewable power projects with both public and private entities. His portfolio of projects in the Pacific Northwest include the Salem Smart Power microgrid and 5-MW battery system, the Oregon Solar Highway Initiative with the Oregon Department of Transportation, and 10 rooftop solar projects with an international property management firm. Mr. Osborn is a standards technical panel member for Underwriter’s Laboratory UL 1741 SA and recently designed a test lab for smart inverter communications testing for a defense contractor. Under a contract with QualityLogic, Inc., & Hawaiian Electric Company, Mr. Osborn developed test specifications for the Advanced Inverter Test Plan (Solar/Storage Inverters), under Docket# 2014-0192, approved June 15, 2016, with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. He also co-authored the technical report, Emerging Changes in Electric Distribution Systems in Western States and Provinces, prepared for the Western Interstate Energy Board.
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President and Owner, Research Into Action
Dr. Jane S. Peters, President and Owner, of Research Into Action, has over 35 years of experience in clean energy program evaluation, market research, customer engagement, evidence-based behavior change, and organizational analysis. Since the 1980s, she has conducted a variety of studies on end-user response to price based and control driven demand management and demand response program in the residential and nonresidential sectors. Earlier this year she was Principal Investigator for the SGCC survey on The Empowered Consumer, looking at how consumers are responding to smart grid technologies. As an environmental psychologist, she is particularly interested in determining how best to design and implement programs that spur individuals and organizations to take actions that will reduce the risks of climate change, such as reducing energy use in homes, businesses, and transportation choices. Jane conducts training on behavior program design and evaluation and on program evaluation for the Association of Energy Services Professionals and the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference. In 2013, the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC) recognized her contributions to the industry by presenting her its Lifetime Achievement Award. She earned her Ph.D. in urban studies from Portland State University, and received an A.B. with distinction in psychology from Occidental College.
Sr. Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Jennifer (“Jennie”) Potter is a Sr. Scientific Engineering Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she conducts research on demand response and time based pricing. She is currently working on the California Demand Response Potential Study commissioned by the California Public Utilities Commission. Prior to joining LBL, Jennie worked at Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) as a Principal Market Analyst, Project Manager and Strategic Planner. She has spent over 10 years conducting analysis on customer usage, energy efficiency and demand response, forecasting and conducting simulations on load data for the utility. Jennie spent three years as the Project Manager on SMUD’s SmartSacramento team working on the Department of Energy funded Consumer Behavior Study, known as “SMUD’s SmartPricing Options” pilot. Jennie was responsible for the pilot's marketing, implementation, retention, data collection, and reporting. Prior to her time at SMUD, Jennie worked at City of Roseville, Roseville Electric, as the principal load and revenue forecaster, load researcher, and business analyst for the utility. She holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Economics from Southern Oregon University.
Senior Staff Scientist,
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Rob Pratt is one of the early thought leaders behind the smart grid, focused on an information-rich future for the power grid. manages Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) GridWise™ program activities for the U.S. Department of Energy. He leads a team studying communications architecture, advanced control technology, and simulation of the combined engineering and economic aspects of the future grid, including the effect of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Demand Response Coordinator, Flathead Electric Cooperative
Teri has a B.S. in Liberal Studies with a thematic in Management and Organizational Communication from Montana State University Billings, MT. As the Demand Response Coordinator she manages the demand response and load management technologies, provides member service interface, and recruits and services volunteer member participation.
Teri is an active member of her community and enjoys the various outdoor pursuits that Montana has to offer.
Senior Manager, Utility Solutions, Schneider Electric
Jenny Roehm is part of a dynamic Schneider Electric team delivering residential and commercial energy management solutions. Their goal is to enable businesses and home owners to truly manage their energy consumption, and work on the principle that local utilities are and should remain trusted advisors for their customers. Jenny works with her team to develop solutions centered around strengthening the relationship between utility and consumer to save energy and deliver resources for grid management. Her current work leverages her 20 plus years of experience to focus on the integration of demand side management resources; working with utilities and customers to integrate demand response, storage, on-site generation and energy efficiency into a single approach. Jenny Roehm has managed load control programs, worked with utilities as they implement programs and has experience conducting measurement and verification studies on energy efficiency and demand response projects.
Managing Director, Navigant
Stuart Schare is a Managing Director with Navigant and one of the firm’s principal experts in demand response (DR) and customer-side smart grid solutions. He is on the Board of the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) where he has served for the past four years as an elected member of PLMA’s Executive Committee. He also co-developed and teaches PLMA’s training course in DR Program Design and Implementation. In 2002 Mr. Schare founded the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Energy Services Professionals International (AESP), and he served two years as Chair of AESP’s Pricing and Demand Response Committee. He has published articles and is a frequent speaker on topics related to utilities’ use of DR for resource planning, including as a grid resource for integrating intermittent renewable energy. Mr. Schare came to Navigant in 2010 through the firm’s acquisition of Summit Blue Consulting, which he joined in 2002. Mr. Schare earned an MS in Environmental Science and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University in 1995, and he holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley.
Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, EnerNOC
Ken Schisler is Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs at EnerNOC. His duties include supervising EnerNOC’s public affairs activities before public officials, legislatures, and economic regulators across EnerNOC’s global footprint. Much of his public policy work involves working with utilities, electric power system operators and market institutions as the needs of the power grid evolve with the growing emergence of new technologies. His role at EnerNOC marries three of his professional passions: entrepreneurship, public policy, and unleashing the power of engaged customers to increase efficiency and reliability.
Prior to joining EnerNOC in 2007, Ken served for 4 years as Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission and 13 years as a member of the General Assembly for the State of Maryland, rising to become Minority Whip. First elected at age 21, Ken is the youngest person to have served as an elected state official since Maryland was founded in 1623.
Schisler earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Salisbury State University in 1992. He received his juris doctorate with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1998. Ken and his wife Amy have three beautiful daughters. In his free time, Ken loves spending time with his family and almost anything involving the outdoors.
Technology Innovation Principal Engineer, Seattle City Light
Uzma Siddiqi is responsible for finding solutions to the challenges of the developing integrated grid. She has also worked in Transmission and Distribution Planning, Engineering Standards, and Customer Service. Uzma has worked in the electric power industry for 17 years. She received her BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Manager, Applied Technology & Innovation, Energy Northwest
John Steigers leads Energy Northwest’s Applied Technology & Innovation group partnering with regional stakeholders to develop and offer non-conventional resources and services to public power. With over 25 years in utility infrastructure engineering and resource and business development, John joined Energy Northwest’s project development team in 2009, focusing on identifying opportunities for and pursuing resource development and service programs based around solar, wind, biomass, and demand side technologies.
Co-Manager, Economics and Statistical Analysis, Cadmus
Dr. Jim Stewart, a principal economist and co-manager of the Economics and Statistical Analysis Group at Cadmus, specializes in the application of econometrics and statistics to the evaluation of behavior-based demand-side management programs. Dr. Stewart has conducted impact evaluations of residential and nonresidential behavior-based and demand response programs for such Northwest clients as Avista Energy, BC Hydro, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric, and Snohomish Public Utility District. He is co-author of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Uniform Methods Project Behavior-Based Evaluation Protocols and Strategic Energy Management Program Evaluation Protocols. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University and a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Cadmus, he was assistant professor of economics at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, LBNL
Dr. Samir Touzani is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within Commercial Building Systems Group at LBNL. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from University of Montpellier, a Master’s degree in Physics from Pierre and Marie Curie University (Sorbonne University) and a PhD in Statistics from Joseph Fourier University. His research interests are on detection and interpretation of the patterns of complex data in the energy area. Prior to joining LBNL, Dr. Touzani was a Research Scientist at IFP Energies Nouvelles (French Institute of Petroleum) where he conducted research on uncertainty quantification in the area of geosciences.
Co-Founder and CEO, Cascade Energy
Marcus Wilcox is co-founder and CEO of Cascade Energy. Cascade’s niche is industrial energy efficiency, and serves two target markets – utility energy efficiency programs and energy-intensive, multi-site corporate clients. Founded in 1993, Cascade provides a wide range of services including corporate energy management, utility program design and management, project engineering, energy management information systems and energy efficiency training. Marcus Graduated from Whitman College with a degree in physics, and received his masters in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. In addition, Marcus was the first student to participate in the US DOE-funded Industrial Assessment Center located at Oregon State University. Marcus has been happily married for 25 years, and has three daughters. His hobbies include riding dirt bikes, restoring and driving muscle cars, spearheading men’s fellowship, and chores on his family’s small Morgan horse ranch in Walla Walla, WA.
Executive Director, Smart Grid Northwest
Bryce Yonker, serves as the first executive director for Smart Grid Northwest. He heads up the strategic development, programs, and operations for the organization. Bryce was a Founder and original board member, membership chair, and governance committee chair for Smart Grid Oregon. Bryce also serves as the director of business development for Clean Edge, a leading clean tech market research and advisory firm. There he leads the strategy, business development, sales, marketing, and client services efforts. Prior to Clean Edge Bryce was Vice President of business development for the Software Association of Oregon where he spearheaded many initiatives to support the software and technology industry, including serving as the founder of the Clean Technology Alliance. He holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and an international MBA from IE in Spain. In his spare time, Bryce enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and being in the NW outdoors most often with a fly-rod in hand.
Senior Program Manager, Integrated Demand Side Management
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Fred Yoo has over 16 years of experience with energy conservation programs. He has managed energy efficiency programs in the residential, commercial, and large industrial spaces. He has developed new program offerings to assist Demand Response (DR) participants to be successful in DR. He currently manages Automated DR program. He has a bachelor in decision science from San Francisco State and a master of science from South Baylor University.