Speakers – Northwest Energy Resiliency Summit

Northwest Energy Resiliency Summit Speakers

Join Smart Grid NW in welcoming the following regional experts on energy system resiliency to our June 12th NW Energy Resiliency Summit.

Colonel Kenneth A. Borchers
Commander of the 252nd Cyber Operations Group

WA Air National Guard

Colonel Borchers entered the Air Force in January of 1992 and was selected for commission as an intelligence officer in 1996. Shortly after graduation from intelligence training, he became the full-time Senior Intelligence Officer for the 305th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. Later he served with the 142d Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard as a traditional guard intelligence weapons officer. He returned to Washington as the Director of Operations for the newly established 194th Intelligence Squadron in 2008 and was later transferred back to the 262d Network Warfare Squadron as the Detachment Commander. He took command of the 194th Intelligence Squadron on 6 November 2011. In October 2015, he transitioned to the 252d Cyberspace Operations Group as the Deputy Commander and was appointed as Commander on 4 November 2017.

Kim Dotto, Dean, Applied Research

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Kim is an accomplished Senior Research and Educational Leader, R&D Engineer and Executive with over 35 years of experience in an industrial and academic applied research and product development environment, both locally and internationally. Known as a leader, collaborator, innovator and champion, Kim is experienced in designing, producing and managing a wide range of technologies across multiple industries including Energy Transmission, Biomedical Engineering, Software, Embedded and Real-time Systems Design and Computer Graphics and Game Design. As Dean of Applied Research, he bears the specific responsibility for the management and overall coordination of research activity at BCIT.

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Shamus Gamache, PE

Central Lincoln PUD

Shamus Gamache joined Central Lincoln PUD in 2007 as a Systems Engineer. In 2017 he became Supervisor of the Electrical Engineering group in charge of Substations and the Communication Network System. Over the past 11 years, he has participated in the overhaul of Central Lincoln’s SCADA system, as well as working on its protection system, substation design, and engineering and construction related to resiliency and preparedness efforts. In 2010, Central Lincoln PUD was the recipient of the United States DOE Smart Grid Investment Grant, Smart Grid 2020. This grant enabled the deployment of an AMI system and began projects involving conservation voltage reduction (CVR), substation upgrades, redundant network fiber paths, enhanced cyber security and distribution automation. Shamus holds a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Oregon State University and received his Professional Engineering license in 2012. When not working on helping to keep the lights on the Central Oregon Coast, he enjoys spending time with family in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

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Ray Gifford

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Raymond L. Gifford counsels communications, electric and gas utilities, and information technology companies on state and federal aspects of regulation, administrative law, and competition policy. He is an expert in public utilities law, and the law and economics of regulation of network industries. He is also a Executive Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship, and Co-Directs the Institute for Regulatory Law & Economics at University of Colorado Law School. Mr. Gifford served as Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission from 1999-2003. Following that, he served as President of The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a Washington DC-based think-tank that studied the digital revolution as it relates to regulation of network industries. He is a graduate of University of Chicago Law School and St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

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Danny Grady, Energy Specialist

City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability

Danny Grady is a resource conservation professional with eight years of experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Danny spent six years in the Energy Efficiency and Customer Solutions departments at Puget Sound Energy in Washington State, where he took a management role with the utility’s Resource Conservation Manager program. Danny served as an energy efficiency account manager with large organizations, including municipalities, school districts, universities, and property management firms. In 2015, Danny made the move to Portland, Oregon to serve as Energy Specialist with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. In his current role, Danny provides technical assistance on energy projects to City bureaus in order to advance the City’s aggressive decarbonization goals. On any given day, Danny can be found managing a solar installation, responding to a funding opportunity, developing operational improvements, or auditing a building for energy efficiency opportunities. Danny holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Colgate University.

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Brigadier General Jeremy C. Horn
Commander of the Washington Air National Guard and Director of Joint Forces, 10th Civil Support Team, Counter-Drug Task Force, Homeland Response Force, and Washington State Guard

United States Air Force

Brigadier General Jeremy C. Horn is the commander of the Washington Air National Guard, serving over 2,000 Airmen accomplishing over 20 mission areas. He also serves as the Washington National Guard’s Director of Joint Forces, responsible for the joint response of 8,500 Soldiers and Airmen to support civil authorities in times of crisis. Additionally, General Horn supervises the 10th Civil Support Team, Counter-Drug Task Force, Homeland Response Force, and Washington State Guard.

General Horn received his commission upon graduation with military honors from the United States Air Force Academy in 1989. He attended the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and received an assignment to the A-10 “Warthog” upon graduation. He deployed twice to Incirlik Airbase, Turkey in support of Operation PROVIDE COMFORT. General Horn has amassed more than 2,300 hours in the A-10 as an attack pilot, forward air controller, and depot flight test pilot, and completed over three years as a T-38 instructor pilot and aerospace physiologist. He also served as an air liaison officer with the Army’s 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, 101st Air Assault Division, and I Corps. In 2010, he deployed to Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan as a joint terminal attack controller, supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. General Horn has commanded at the group and wing level prior to assuming his current position.

Carl Imhoff, Manager, Electric Infrastructure Sector

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Mr. Imhoff manages the Electric Infrastructure market sector within Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy and Environment Directorate, conducting advanced electric infrastructure research and product development with the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy, state governments, vendors and commercial energy firms. In this role he is responsible for PNNL’s research and development programs on innovations in the areas of advanced power transmission reliability concepts, demand response, development of improved integration concepts for renewable energy generation technologies, policy and strategy for smart grid concepts, and cross-cutting grid analytic tools in visualization and high performance computing. During his 30 years at PNNL, Mr. Imhoff has conducted and managed a broad range of energy research. His technical work emphasizes systems engineering and operations in the areas of power system reliability, smart grid, energy efficiency, energy storage and clean generation. He has been actively involved in a number of electric power system organizations and bodies, includ­ing the North American Synchrophasor Initiative, the GridWise Alliance, the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions, and the Western Electric Coordinating Council.

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Anand Iyer, Sr. Vice-President for Products & Technology

Quantum Spatial Inc

Anand Iyer is the Sr. Vice-President for Products & Technology at Quantum Spatial Inc (QSI). In this role, he oversees teams focused on generating analytics from remotely-sensed geospatial data by integrating new platforms (robots, drones), technologies (cloud computing) and methods (machine learning/computer vision for predictive analytics). Anand earned a Ph. D in Systems & Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona. He has spent most of his career in data science and analytics across a variety of industries. A recent transplant from Texas, Anand is constantly disabusing his former neighbors of the notion that rain is a deterrent to living in the PNW.

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Bonneville Power Administration

Dr. Leon Kempner is the Principal Structural Engineer for the Bonneville Power Administration. He has 44+ years of experience with assignments performing structural engineering analysis, design, assessment, and research of transmission line facilities. For the last 20+ years he has been performing seismic evaluation, research, qualifications, standards development, and mitigation design of the BPA transmission line facilities. He is an active member of a number of IEEE and ASCE technical committees and Standards and is active with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Resiliency efforts.

Dr. Michael Kintner-Meyer

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Kintner-Meyer has more than 28 years of experience in the international energy and environment field, most of that in R&D, as well as 4 years of industry practice. He is a “systems-thinker” with a broad range of technical competencies, including technology development of devices to broad systems analysis that address national and international energy infrastructure operations and expansions, water resources, and economic analyses. He has been with PNNL for 19 years as a Staff Scientist. He holds four patents related to grid-friendly technologies and smart Electric Vehicles (EV) charging strategies. He received an R&D 100 Award with other PNNL staff for Grid FriendlyTM Appliance Controller in 2008.

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Bob Kirchmeier, P.E., Senior Energy Policy Specialist

Clean Energy Fund Grid Modernization Program
WA State Dept of Commerce

Bob is a technical advisor and program manager in the Energy Division of the Washington State Department of Commerce. His focus since 2013 has been developing grid modernization projects with electric utilities through Clean Energy Funds provided by Washington State. Before that he was the Senior Manager for Substations, Metering and Telecommunications at Snohomish PUD and spent 25 years at Tacoma Power working on a wide variety of generation, substation, protection, communication, transmission and distribution automation projects. Bob has over 38 years working for Northwest electric utilities and is a licensed professional electrical engineer in Washington State.

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Curt Kirkeby, Technology Strategist and Engineer

Avista Utilities

Curt is a registered professional engineer in the state of Washington and has extensive experience in the electric and gas utility industry, including 18 years in GIS, 11 years in research and development, 6 years in substation design and experience with outage management, asset management, advanced metering systems, and engineering modeling. Curt is currently responsible for innovation and applied research and development with Avista Utilities, focusing on smart grid technologies. He was the principal investigator for the Avista smart grid project in Pullman, WA, which was a subproject of the Department of Energy-sponsored Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration led by Battelle. He also holds that role for the Pullman energy storage project funded by the Washington State Clean Energy Fund. Curt holds the title of Fellow and also sits on the Board of Directors for the Washington Clean Technology Alliance. He serves as an advisor to both the Akron Smart Sensor Board and the Clean Energy Institute Technical Advisory Board. He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from Montana State University and a Masters in Engineering Management (MSEM) from Washington State University.

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Daniel Kirschen, Ph.D

University of Washington

Dr. Kirschen is the Donald W. and Ruth Mary Close Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on smart grids, the integration of renewable energy sources in the grid, power system economics and power system security. Prior to joining the University of Washington, he taught for 16 years at The University of Manchester (UK). Before becoming an academic, Daniel worked for Control Data and Siemens on the development of application software for utility control centers. He holds a PhD and MS from the University of Wisconsin and an Electro-Mechanical Engineering degree from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium). Daniel has been on the Expert Advisory Council for Smart Grid NW since 2014.

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Clay Koplin, Chief Executive Officer

Cordova Electric Cooperative, Inc

In 2007, Clay became CEO for Cordova Electric Cooperative. Clay is currently serving on the Northwest Public Power Association Board of Trustees, Alaska Center for Energy and Power Advisory Board, and is Mayor of Cordova. His professional specialties include project management, underground electric and communication design and installation best practices, various aspects of static and dynamic hydroelectric and hydrokinetic disciplines, electric utility business management, and strategic planning and execution. He has participated in recent US State Department sponsored outreach to Greenland and Northern Canada around arctic, off-grid, renewable energy policies and practices. Clay has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

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Soorya Kuloor, Ph.D., Practice Director, Distribution Operations


Dr. Soorya Kuloor manages Landis+Gyr’s solution portfolio, focused towards utility distribution operations. He has over 25 years of experience in development and management of power system simulation, analytics, analysis and optimization solutions with principal focus on planning and operations applications for T&D networks. He also has extensive experience with development of real-time distributed mission critical systems, and real-time databases. Dr. Kuloor has authored several publications, reports and book on topics in the areas of grid analytics, power flow, power system simulation, substation switching, and optimization of DER planning, integration, and dispatch. Prior to Landis+Gyr, as Dr. Kuloor was President and CTO of GRIDiant Corporation where Dr. Kuloor led development efforts for GRIDiant’s analytics and optimization software. Prior to GRIDiant Dr. Kuloor was CTO for Optimal Technologies and also held senior technical positions at Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies. Dr. Kuloor has Ph.D. in Power System Optimization from the University of Calgary in Canada.

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Sudipta Lahiri, Ph.D.

DNV GL – Energy

Dr. Sudipta Lahiri specializes in technical and commercialization aspects of microgrids and battery energy storage systems. Dr. Lahiri has helped utilities, project developers and end-user customers with assessment, integration and evaluation of more than thirty distributed storage and microgrid projects. Sudipta has a PhD in EE from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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Robert Landavazo, ICS Engineer

Tripwire, Inc.

Robert Landavazo is a Systems Engineer at Tripwire where he focuses on helping customers secure their Industrial Control Systems. He has a background in in the electric utility sector, most recently working to implement a NERC Critical Infrastructure (CIP) internal compliance program leveraging Tripwire’s own product suite. While at this utility, Robert worked in Operations Technology to support SCADA in Distribution, Transmission and Generation. Prior to his tenure in utilities, Robert worked in Public Safety, managing emergency communications infrastructure like Next Generation 911, IP Radio and Computer Aided Dispatch systems.

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John G Lutz, Territory Manager

S&C Electric Co.

John Lutz has been with S&C Electric Co. for eight years and is the Territory Manager for Washington, Idaho and Alaska. He focuses on power protection and automation solutions for utility and commercial and industrial segments. John received his BS in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University and is currently pursuing a Technology Management MBA at the University of Washington.

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Eileen Newton, MSN, Emergency Preparedness Managerr

CHI Franciscan

Eileen oversees the emergency plans for CHI-Franciscan, a healthcare system with nine hospitals and over 160 clinics in three counties in the Puget Sound Region. She has served in the healthcare industry for 38 years, first as an emergency department manager, then moving to emergency preparedness in 2000.

Tyler Nice, Senior Engineer

Eugene Water and Electric Board

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Terry Oliver

Grid Modernization Evangelist

Terry Oliver has worked globally to advance energy sustainability, including conservation and renewable energy and electric utility industry R&D, serving long tenures at the International Institute for Energy Conservation and as Bonneville Power Administration’s first Chief Technology Innovation Officer, where he was one of the early visionaries of the smart grid and Transactive Energy. He is a past member of EPRI’s Research Advisory Committee, the EPRI Board of Directors, the Oregon Institute of Technology Renewable Energy Engineering Industry Advisory Committee, the Carnegie Mellon University Electric Industry Center Advisory Committee, and was Vice Chair of the Board of the GridWise Alliance. In 2010, GreenTech Media named him one of The Networked Grid 100: Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid. He’s enjoying his pseudo-retirement spreading the word about grid modernization in the region and beyond.

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Panush
Commander of the 194th Logistics Readiness Squadron

WA Air National Guard

Lt Col Panush has been a key planner for the Washington Military Department’s Cascadia Subduction Zone Recovery plan since 2013. He recently completed a 2 ½ year tour as the Commander, 194th Logistics Readiness Squadron, at Camp Murray. As a prior Air Force Aviator and Air Liaison Officer, his operational experience both domestically and overseas as well as his recent logistics and planning positions, have provided a unique skill set for disaster response planning and execution.

Steven Parker, CISA, CISSP, President


Steven Parker, President of EnergySec, is a founding director of the organization. He has been engaged in critical infrastructure protection within the electric sector since 2001, including 8 years as a senior security staff member at a large investor-owned utility. As one of the original CIP auditors, he helped establish the NERC CIP audit program at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) in 2009. At EnergySec, he developed and established its NERC CIP training program, and has instructed more than 1000 industry professionals on this topic. Mr. Parker is also a partner at Archer Security Group, a leading consulting firm specializing in compliance and security in the energy sector. His experience includes a broad range of security disciplines including e-commerce, identity management, intrusion detection, forensics, incident response and investigations, security event monitoring, and NERC CIP compliance.

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Adam Schultz, Senior Policy Analyst, Grid Integration & Resiliency

Oregon Department of Energy

Adam Schultz is a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy focused on grid integration and resiliency issues. Prior to joining the Department, Adam managed the UC Davis Energy Institute, worked on the RPS procurement team at the California Public Utilities Commission, and was the Wayne Morse Legal Fellow for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. He has a BA from Tufts University and a JD from the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

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Uzma Siddiqi, Technology Innovation Principal Engineer

Seattle City Light

Uzma is excited to be a part of the new Technology Innovation group at Seattle City Light. Currently she is also supporting Seattle City Light’s Western Energy Imbalance Market membership project. As the Principal Engineer in the Technology Innovation group she is responsible to bring new ideas and assessing the impacts of those to the utility. Areas being explored include battery storage, microgrids, and transactive energy. Uzma has also worked in Transmission and Distribution Planning, Engineering Standards, and Customer Service. She has worked in the electric power industry for 19 years. Uzma received her BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

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Paul Skare, Chief Cyber Security Program Manager

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Paul Skare is Chief Cyber Security Program Manager in the Energy and Environment Directorate at PNNL. He leads Grid Cyber research including PNNL’s support of the Department of Energy’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) and Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP). He is co-lead of PNNL’s Proactive Adaptive Cybersecurity for Control (PACiFiC) initiative. Paul was Technical Group Manager for Electricity Infrastructure for four years. Previously, he worked for Northern States Power and Siemens Energy, including roles in power applications, SCADA R&D manager, Product Lifecycle Manager for EMS and substation automation products, and as Director of Cyber Security. He has a patent published on cybersecurity for control systems. Paul is the Convener of Working Group 19 in IEC TC 57 and a member of IEEE PES and worked on IEEE P1689, P1711, and P2030. Paul has been the Vice Chair of the NERC CSSWG, has supported GridEx cybersecurity exercises, and Paul has twice testified to the U.S. Congress on cybersecurity for control systems.

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Greg Stanway, Senior Manager, Strategic Programs

BC Hydro

Greg is currently the Senior Manager of Strategic Asset Programs with BC Hydro as part of the Integrated Planning team. He is accountable for BC Hydro’s grid modernization portfolio and leading strategic change initiatives involving various teams across the company. He has over 25 years of management experience and has worked with utilities, including BC Hydro and TELUS for the last 15 years. In addition to his day job, Greg serves on the Board of the HR MacMillan Space Centre, is a commissioner for the City of New Westminster, the CEO for an App start-up company called Tap Media Labs and owns a small consulting company, Yew Consulting Services Inc. Greg also holds a MBA degree from the University of Fredericton.

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Fiona Taylor, Director, Smart Technology Operations and Restoration


With nearly 30 years in the Utilities Industry, Fiona has deep credentials in customer care, distribution work management, smart metering, and now grid modernization. Her passion is leading large-scale change initiatives – especially driven by strategic technologies. Fiona began her career in management consulting at Arthur Andersen, followed by increasingly more senior roles at BC Gas, Peace Software, and First Data Utilities. She joined BC Hydro in 2009 to help lead their smart metering and infrastructure program. Today, Fiona is accountable for five operational groups including BC Hydro’s Transmission Telecom Operations and Resource Support, Metering Operations, Field Device Operations (smart metering), and Distribution Outage Dispatch. She is also responsible for delivering a portfolio of Operational Technology solutions for both real-time grid operations and advanced metering.

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Tuan Tran, Director of Engineering

Seattle City Light

Tuan has more than 20 years of experience in the utility field. He’s currently Director of Engineering at Seattle City Light, with the responsibility for managing approximately 150 electrical engineers and professional staff which include: System Planning Engineering, Service/System Engineering, Network Engineering, Substation Engineering, Transmission Engineering, Protection Engineering, Streetlight Engineering, Join Used Engineering, and Automation/Technology Engineering. In addition, he is responsible for capital planning (system load and reliability studies and project creation), engineering design, and capital project implementation. He has also developed and managed the ongoing performance of $150M capital and maintenance annual budget.

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Mark Vasconi, Regulatory Service Director

WA Utilities and Transportation Commission

Mark has served as Director of Washington State Regulatory Services since 2010, overseeing Energy, Telecommunications, Water & Transportation, and Conservation & Energy Planning. In 2017, Governor Jay Inslee recognized Mark for his outstanding leadership, stating, “Vasconi has brought creative ideas to complex regulatory challenges of managing privately owned utility and transportation companies. He has promoted solutions in a number of areas that protect the public from undue cost or risk.” Prior to his government service, Mark served as Director of Regulatory Affairs and Federal Government affairs at AT&T. Mark holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Montana.

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