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SEIZING OPPORTUNITY IN TRANSFORMING MARKETS
The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) is proud to announce the seventh annual KEEA Energy Efficiency Conference! Pennsylvania markets are going through changes from the municipal to the state level, creating unique new opportunities in the industry – are you prepared to take full advantage of them? KEEA Conference 2017 will arm you with the tools to navigate new scenarios and grow in new directions – come join us to sharpen your skills, brainstorm with peers and industry thought leaders, and learn about how to take action to create success.
Does PA legislation create barriers to or opportunities for savings and projects in commercial and residential spaces? Will budget cuts at the federal level affect state and local programs, and jobs? What emerging finance tools and products create new revenue streams and business growth opportunities? What is the intersection of energy efficiency and renewables, energy storage, microgrid, and are we missing increasing opportunity in those innovative sectors?
You’ve got questions, and our experts have some of the answers – you have the answers, too! KEEA’s 2017 conference will feature interactive, 2-way workshops and discussions where we’ll connect to find the answers together. We heard your feedback these last few years, and the improved accommodations, meeting rooms and food this year (oh, yes – there will be chocolate) will please attendees from student to executive – bring your families! Join industry leaders and experts at the beautiful Hotel Hershey campus, where our two-day format will allow for business meetings, local entertainment, spa and restaurant amenities, as well as jaunts to local sights, outlets, a brewpub and more!
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- Kateri Callahan brings more than 25 years of experience in policy advocacy, fundraising, coalition building, and organizational management to her position as the president of the Alliance to Save Energy. The Alliance, a premier non-government organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., has worked for nearly four decades to advance energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Serving as president of the Alliance since January 2004, Callahan leads a staff of 30 and oversees a budget of approximately $8 million annually. Under Callahan’s leadership, the Alliance conducts policy, communications, research, education, and market transformation initiatives in the U.S. and abroad.
- Callahan is a trusted source for credible information on energy efficiency and its role in addressing the environmental, economic and national security issues associated with the use of energy. Callahan is the principal spokesperson of the Alliance, appearing regularly before the Congress and the media, and addressing conferences and gatherings around the world and for four consecutive years (2013 – 2016) has been recognized as a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill in its annual rankings.
- In addition to her work leading the Alliance, Callahan serves as a “C3E Ambassador”- a group of 20 distinguished senior professionals who share an interest in broadening the recruitment, retention, and advancement of highly qualified women in the field of clean energy. She also currently serves as a member of the Board of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the Green Building Initiative, as well as on the Advisory Boards of Duke’s Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE), the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz appointed Callahan to serve as a member of the National Petroleum Council for the 2016-2017 membership term to represent the views of the environmental and other public interest organizations. This marks Callahan's second "tour of duty" on the National Petroleum Council having been appointed previously by then Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman.
PA Keynote: Chairman Gladys Brown
- On May 7, 2015, Governor Wolf appointed Gladys M. Brown Chair of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Brown was sworn in as a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner on Oct. 2, 2013, one day after receiving unanimous approval from the Pennsylvania Senate. During her confirmation hearing, Chairman Brown pledged to use the same fair and balanced approach in dealing with PUC issues that she used in her more than 22 years as an aide in the Pennsylvania Senate. She highlighted that one of her goals on the Commission is to increase efforts to educate consumers.
- Since 1991, Chairman Brown served as counsel to the Senate Democratic Leader where she worked on many of the major utility issues that have been considered by the General Assembly in the last two decades including all of the major deregulation bills for telecommunications, electricity and natural gas; Act 201 of 2004, which added Chapter 14 to the Public Utility Code and changed the handling of consumer terminations and reconnections; Act 129 of 2008, which addressed energy efficiency and procurement; and Act 11 of 2012, which expanded use of the distribution system improvement charge.
- Prior to joining the Senate, Chairman Brown served as an assistant counsel for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs in the Pennsylvania Department of State and as a clerk for the Honorable Paul A. Simmons, Judge for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania.
- A native of Middletown, Pa., Chairman Brown earned her bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Harrisburg, Dauphin County. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, currently serving on the House of Delegates for the organization. She also is a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association, the James S. Bowman Inns of Court, the Keystone Bar Association and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Board of Directors. She is an active member at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Harrisburg. She is also an active member in Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Plenary: Utility Townhall
Rich Selverian, President
Elizabeth Weiner, Vice-President
- John Kucher is the Manager - Business Services for PPL Electric Utilities. John leads the Key Accounts Group and is responsible for the development and implementation of PPL Electric Utilities’ account management strategy for all mid to large commercial and industrial customers.
- Prior to his current role, John was the Customer Programs Specialist Supervisor for PPL Electric Utilities’ non-residential Energy Efficiency programs. His team was responsible for the planning, design and implementation of energy efficiency programs for the Commercial, Industrial, Government, Non-Profit and Educational sectors.
- Prior to joining PPL, John had over 10 years of sales and service experience with Severn Trent Services in Colmar, PA and Mack Trucks, Inc. in Allentown, PA.
- John is a graduate of Lehigh University with a BS in Business and Economics and received an MBA from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.
Plenary: Pittsburgh & Philadelphia
- Aftyn Giles is a Pittsburgh native that received her Bachelor of Architecture and International Relations (dual major) 2008 and Master of Science in Sustainable Design 2009 from Carnegie Mellon University and Master of Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2011.
- Ms. Giles is the City of Pittsburgh’s Sustainability Coordinator, a position that she has held with the City since 2011.
- As Sustainability Coordinator, Ms. Giles collaborates with City and community officials to resolve areas of environmental, operational and building performance inefficiency. Using her skills as a project manager, she coordinates strategies on annual projects to improve quality of life services for Pittsburgh residents, facilities and City of Pittsburgh employees; reports on program progress with internal and external stakeholders; drafts policies and procedures and conduct training workshops as part of City workforce and community development programs; represents the City at public assemblies; and plans performance upgrades within the City’s portfolio of 300 facilities.
- Emily Schapira is PEA’s Executive Director and current Vice Chair of the board. Emily joined PEA as an employee in June 2016 to execute the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, a $1 billion, 10-year initiative to advance energy efficiency and clean energy across Philadelphia, while creating over 10,000 jobs. Emily has been a PEA board member since 2010, as the City Council appointee.
- Prior to joining PEA full time, Emily was Director of Global Accounts for the Lighting category for WESCO Distribution, a Fortune 500 electrical supply company. Her focus was on developing portfolio-wide energy efficient lighting upgrades for large commercial, industrial and institutional customers. WESCO acquired Emily’s previous company, Aelux, in 2015 where Emily served as Chief Operating Officer, managing sales, marketing and operations teams, and VP of Marketing and Business Development since 2012. Aelux was a lighting and controls retrofitter serving both small and large businesses and a variety of government and institutional clients across North America.
- Prior to joining Aelux, Emily worked on sustainability for Verizon and Intel, and started and ran the Wharton School’s Sustainability Program, based in Wharton’s facilities management group. Emily’s efforts focused on operational eco-efficiency and behavior change, and supported LEED certifications and attempts across the Wharton portfolio, earning the first LEED for Commercial Interiors certification at Penn. Emily also spent five years running a consumer heating oil co-op in Philadelphia and advocating for low-income energy assistance at the federal, state and local levels.
- Emily earned her MBA from Wharton in Environmental and Risk Management, and has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Operations and Maintenance, and sits on the Alumni Advisory Board of Penn’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership. Emily lives in the East Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphia.
|First Name||Last Name||Organization||Title|
|Ben||Adams||MaGrann Associates||Vice President, Program Development|
|Will||Agate||Net Zero Microgrid Solutions||President & Founder|
|Tammy||Albenzi||UGI Utilities, Inc.||Analyst II|
|Richard J.||Allan||Pugliese Associates||Lobbyist|
|Robert||Barkanic||Emerging Technology Applications Center (ETAC), Northampton Community College||P.E., Consultant|
|Lindsay||Baxter||Pennsylvania Environmental Council||Program Manager, Energy and Climate|
|Valerie||Belchner||Conservation Consultants, Inc.||Director of Operations and Analytics|
|Hayley||Book||Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission||Senior Policy Advisor to the Vice Chair|
|Matt||Bosch||SparkFund||Director of Utility Sales|
|Gladys||Brown||Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission||Chairman|
|Baird||Brown||Drinker Biddle||Of Counsel|
|Kateri||Callahan||Alliance to Save Energy||President|
|Kerry||Campbell||PA Department of Environmental Protection||Environmental Group Manager|
|Samantha||Caputo||Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships||Research Associate|
|Patrick||Cicero||PA Utility Law Project (PULP)||Executive Director|
|Donna||Clark||Energy Association of Pennsylvania||VP & General Counsel|
|Mark||Connolly||Atlantic Energy Concepts||Energy Engineer|
|John||Costlow||The Sustainable Energy Fund||President|
|Rick||Counihan||Nest Labs||Head of Energy Regulatory and Governmental Affairs|
|Joe||Cullen||Home Performance Coalition||Senior Advisor|
|Lucyna||DeBarbaro||GBA Member||GBA Member|
|Nicholas||DeDominicis||PECO||Manager, Energy Efficiency Programs|
|Dave||Defide||Duquesne Light||Manager of Customer Programs|
|Sarah||Dewey||Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission||CSPA|
|Cathy||Donovan||CMC Energy Services||Marketing & Communications Manager|
|Stephanie||Dorman||National Energy Foundation||Program Manager|
|Tami||Dotterer||Ecova, Inc.||Program Coordinator|
|Peter||Druckenmiller||Franklin Energy Group||Senior Program Manager|
|John||Eby||Lower Allen Township, PENNBOC||Building & Zoning Coordinator, President|
|Leslie||Elder||Energy Foundation||PA State Director|
|Bob||Ellis||RB Ellis Corp||Principal|
|David||Emigh||Ecova, Inc.||Program Manager|
|John||Evans||Pennsylvania Office of Small Business Advocate||Executive Director Small Business Advocate|
|Andrew||Fisk||Regional Vice President||CLEAResult|
|Angela||Ferrante||Sparkfund||Chief Marketing Officer|
|Patricia||Forero||Clean Markets||Outreach Manager|
|Blaine||Fox||CMC Energy Services||Business Development Director|
|Gloria||Fultz||The Energy Glleaner||Owner|
|Mike||Gerrity||Geisinger Health System||Energy Manager|
|Aftyn||Giles||City of Pittsburgh||Sustainability Coordinator|
|Annie||Gilleo||American Council for an Energy-Efficient Future (ACEEE)||Senior Manager, State Policy|
|Kathy||Greely||Performance Systems Development||Senior Vice President|
|Randy||Groff||Four Seasons Produce||Director of Facilities and Energy|
|Ken||Hellberg||Penn College of Technology National Sustainable Structures Center||Building Performance Specialist|
|Michael||Honeychuck||Warren Energy Engineering, LLC||Energy Consultant|
|Christina||Hulslander||Electric Market Connection||Director, Marketing|
|Chris||Hurwitz||Performance Systems Development|
|Stu||Jerue||Philadelphia Gas Works||Manager of Energy Efficiency & Emerging Customer Programs|
|Megan||Jones||The Sustainable Energy Fund||Business Development Specialist|
|Kevin||Kanoff||Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center||Campus Energy Engineer|
|Dan||Kartzman||NYSERDA||Senior Advisor, Market Development|
|Pari||Kasotia||Vote Solar||Mid-Atlantic Director|
|Lloyd||Kass||Lime Energy||VP, Policy & Business Dev.|
|Brian||Kauffman||NRG Distributed Energy Resources|
|John||Kerecz||PA DEP||Energy Program Specialist|
|Ryan||Kershaw||CMC Energy Services||Marketing Assistant|
|Ryan||Kiscaden||Thermostat Recycling Corporation||Executive Director|
|Roger||Kliemisch||DNV GL||Senior Consultant|
|Peter||Krajsa||EnergyFirst Finance / AF Financial||President and CEO|
|John||Kucher||PPL Electric Utilities||Non-Residential Program Manager|
|Heidi||Kunka||U.S. Green Building Council - Central PA||Director, Central Pennsylvania Region|
|Jason||LaStella||Franklin Energy Group||Director of Business Development|
|Theresa||Lavoie||Apogee Interactive, Inc.||Client Solutions - Northeast|
|Julia||Lesko||Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA)||Kleinman Center for Energy Policy 2017 Policy and Communications Fellow|
|Doug||Lewin||CLEAResult||VP, Regulatory Affairs and Market Development|
|Matt||Lillard||Applied Energy Group||AVP|
|Anna||Lising||Oracle||Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs|
|David||Littel||The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)||Principal|
|Ellen||Lutz||Clean Markets||President and COO|
|Chris||Magalhaes||Connecticut Green Bank||Assistant Director, Clean Energy Finance|
|Diana||Marques||KEEA||Business Engagement Manager|
|Michelle||Mathason||AMERIgreen Energy, Inc.|
|Tom||McAteer||CMC Energy Services||Programs Manager|
|Tiffany||McCann||EFI||Manager of Strategic Initiatives|
|Brian||Meilinger||UGI Utilities, Inc.||Manager EE&C Programs|
|Karen||Melton||Citizens' Climate Lobby|
|Carter||Membrino||Warren Energy Engineering, LLC||Energy Engineer|
|Jay||Merves||NYCEEC||Director of Business Development|
|Alex||Mordas||Performance Systems Development||Director of Program Development|
|Stephen||Moritz||Encentiv Energy||President & CEO|
|Laura||Nelson||EnergyFirst Finance / AF Financial|
|Lou||Nazirides||Aelux a division of WESCO Distribution||Director, Energy Services Solutions|
|Joe||Nunley||UGI Utilities, Inc.||Analyst II|
|Adefolaoluwami||Odeniyi||Nexant Inc.||Project Engineer|
|Patrick||O'Donnell||NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC)||Associate Director of Engineering|
|Art||Olson||SmartWatt||Director of Utility Programs|
|Kristen||Osterwood||Green Building Alliance||Technical & Policy Director|
|Ashley||Paulsworth||Veolia||Sustainability Program Manager, Municipal & Commercial Business|
|Lisa||Pavan||DMI Companies||Sustainability Manager|
|Andrew||Place||Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission||Vice Chairman|
|Jon||Porreca||A1 Energy||Project Administration|
|Darren||Port||Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)||Buildings and Community Solutions Manager|
|Sarah||Ralich||ACTION-Housing||Energy & Construction Manager|
|Sangeeta||Ranade||EnergySavvy||Director of Client Solutions|
|Pip||Robins||Electric Market Connection||Vice President|
|Liz||Robinson||Energy Coordinating Agency||Executive Director|
|Maria||Robinson||Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)||Associate Director, Energy Policy & Analysis|
|Justin||Rodgers||ICF||Business Development Director|
|Aleta||Rogers||Philadelphia Gas Works||Analyst, Energy Efficiency and Emerging Customer Programs|
|Aubrey||Roos||Ecova||Corporate Responsibility Lead|
|Emily||Schapira||Philadelphia Energy Authority||Executive Director|
|Tom||Schuster||Sierra Club||Sr. Campaign Representative|
|Kristin||Seale||Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA)||Programs Manager, Utility Infielder|
|Andy||Seelaus||Electric Market Connection||Director, Business Development|
|Tim||Seelaus||Electric Market Connection||President|
|Kristen||Sehn||The Sustainable Energy Fund||Marketing Coordinator|
|Brad||Seiden||DNV GL||Head of Section - Operations Manager|
|Genevieve||Sherman||Pace Financial Servicing/ Greenworks Lending||Managing Director/ Head of New Markets and Partnerships|
|Joseph||Sherrick||Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission||Technical Utility Services, Policy & Planning|
|Tessa||Shin||EnergyFirst Finance / AF Financial|
|Lisa||Shulock||Penn State at the Navy Yard||Sustainable Energy Project Manager|
|Nick||Sracic||Johnson Controls||Account Executive|
|Alison||Steele||Conservation Consultants, Inc.||Manager of Community Programs & Advocacy|
|Eric W||Stein||Penn State||Associate Professor of Business|
|Mark||Szybist||NRDC||Senior Advocate, Energy & Transportation Program|
|Elizabeth||Triscari||PA Office of Small Business Advocate||Deputy Small Business Advocate|
|Robert||Tucker||CLEAResult||Business Development Director|
|Mike||Turns||Performance Systems Development||Senior Program Manager|
|Sam||Voynow||DNV GL||Senior Engineer|
|Kevin||Warren||Warren Energy Engineering, LLC||Principal|
|Amanda||Warwood||City of Philadelphia||Energy Analyst|
|Elizabeth||Weiner||CLEAResult||Senior Policy Advisor|
|Austin||Whitman||FirstFuel Software||Director of Regulatory Affairs|
|Matt||Wurst||Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission||Office of the Chairman|
|Jeaneen||Zappa||Conservation Consultants, Inc.||Executive Director|
|Ellen||Zuckerman||Schlegel & Associates||Senior Consultant|
Plenary: Unique to PA
Rich Selverian, President
- Annie Gilleo manages ACEEE’s state-based technical assistance activities and conducts research on energy efficiency resource standards, the utility business model, and other state-level policies. Annie was also the lead author of the 2013-2015 editions of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. She joined ACEEE in 2013.
- Prior to joining ACEEE, Annie held an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution and interned at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where she focused on federal climate and energy policy. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa.
- Annie earned a master of public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor of arts in environmental sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
Plenary: PUC Panel
- Doug Lewin leads CLEAResult’s policy efforts. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, CLEAResult designs, markets, and implements energy efficiency programs for over 250 utilities and businesses in 40 states and provinces.
- Prior to joining CLEAResult, Lewin was the founding Executive Director of the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER). SPEER was recognized by the US Department of Energy as the regional energy efficiency organization (REEO) for Texas and Oklahoma, working with a network of REEOs throughout the US to advance energy efficiency.
- Lewin worked at the Texas Legislature for five years, primarily on clean energy issues for three different elected officials in the House and Senate. Lewin earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
Elizabeth Triscari, Esquire
Breakout: Technology & Innovation
- As Exelon Utilities, Performance Assessment Manager, William is responsible for developing and driving strategy and priorities for core functions across all of Exelon. Work includes identifying and ensuring adoption of best practices by benchmarking and drawing expertise from across the OpCo’s, the industry and outside the industry.
- As Performance Assessment Manager, William chairs Exelon Utilities “peer groups” which includes Demand Side Management, Solar, and eChannels. His work there includes leading and supporting side by side peer group comparisons with a focus on Critical Performance Elements. Leading self assessments and analyzing metrics while recommending solutions for improvement in areas that are not performing optimally. As a subject matter expert in Energy Efficiency and Distributed Energy Resources, William has delivered numerous white papers and presentations including recent work on Combined Heat and Power. He has earned numerous awards and honors including: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star Partner of the Year, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Young Energy Professional of the Year, and most recently Association of Energy Services Professional, One to Watch Award.
Greg R. White
Breakout: Building Codes
- As GBA’s Technical & Policy Director, Kris provides green building assistance to building owners and project teams, as well as businesses, to help them take their existing and aspiring green projects to the next level. She also plays an active role in policy and advocacy efforts at both the local and state level to advance green building, policy conversations, and sustainable development.
- Kris has a depth of green building knowledge, experience with LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications, and holds the Certified Passive House Designer, LEED AP O+M and WELL AP credentials.
- Passionate about doing work that helps make the world a better place, Kris’ interests lie in greening our aging infrastructure and enabling a more equitable and healthy environment. Prior to joining GBA, she was part of the team at 3R Building Sustainability, where she investigated the feasibility of large multifamily buildings attaining LEED certification. She determined this through the use of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and by conducting a point-by-point LEED analysis. The results of her work were incorporated into energy audit reports and cost-benefit analyses. While earning her master’s degree, Kris coordinated outreach programs; performed data, collection, and life-cycle analyses; and wrote proposals and grants.
- Bonus: Kris recently renovated her home with the latest green best practices in mind. Be sure to say hi and ask her about that process when you see her around!
- Kris earned her master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Breakout: Low Income & Multifamily
- Kyle Haddock is a business development and operational management experienced executive for CLEAResult Consulting, Inc. with 20+ years of experience with the design and delivery of energy conservation programs. He provides leadership in the development of Utility program offerings for residential and small commercial customers and drives program development activities for energy affordability (low-income) programs on a national scale. Of personal and professional interest is the benefits and the impact energy conservation programs have at the national, state, utility, and community level to reduce the energy burden on low income families.
- Since 1989 Kyle has managed the development of Utility sponsored energy conservation programs and home performance services in multiple states and in eastern Canada. For utilities, their customers or builders, Mr. Haddock works with a focus on what he calls CASH where the focus remains on providing Comfortable, Affordable, and Safer and Healthier homes for those who deserve one. Working within the Home Energy Rater, Building Performance, and Energy Code Community he provides training on Energy Education techniques, Health & Safety testing, Building Science, and related aspects of the International Energy Conservation Code.
- Mr. Haddock has been an invited participant in multiple Green Curriculum Development Forums, has been a committee member for Affordable Comfort National and Regional Conferences, current member of the NREL Single Family Scheme Committee for HEP Certifications, and a Board Member of the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA).
Breakout: Energy Efficiency Finance
- As the Head of New Markets & Partnerships for Greenworks Lending, Genevieve lead the company’s geographic expansion. Greenworks has currently financed commercial PACE transactions in nine states; making it the widest reaching C-PACE company in the country.
- Genevieve spearheaded the implementation of Connecticut’s newly created C-PACE program at the Connecticut Green Bank from 2012 -2014 and was its Director from 2015-2016. Genevieve drove the growth of the program from 6 to over 115 communities, directly originated and facilitated over $100 million in financing, and designed Connecticut’s open-market platform for private lenders.
- Genevieve also led the Green Bank’s financing and policy efforts surrounding grid modernization, storage, and microgrids. Prior to joining the Green Bank, Genevieve consulted with Clean Energy Solutions Inc., Earth Markets, and HR&A Advisors – all leading developers of state and utility administered energy efficiency programs in the United States. Genevieve holds a Master of City Planning and Certificate in Environmental Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University.
- As part of the structured/project finance team at the Connecticut Green Bank, Chris Magalhaes structures, underwrites and places proprietary investments and third party capital into clean energy projects and portfolios within Connecticut. The Connecticut Green Bank’s areas of investment and expertise include residential, commercial & industrial, state & municipal and utility-scale clean energy projects.
- Prior to the Connecticut Green Bank, Chris graduated from the Yale School of Management with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies with a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) in 2014, where he pursued his passion for finance and energy at the Center for Business & the Environment at Yale (CBEY). As a 2013 Investment Banking Summer Associate in the Energy Coverage Group at J.P. Morgan, Chris worked on live M&A and debt/equity offerings across energy spectrum, and as a 2012 Summer Consultant with Hadapt, Inc., he developed innovative Go-To-Market strategies for a Big Data analytics start-up. Most recently, Chris was the head of financial modeling for RLR Consultants, LLC, a boutique Tax Equity advisory firm.
- Prior to Yale, Chris spent 5 years with S&P Capital IQ, a finance data & analytics software platform servicing financial institutions, investors, and advisors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in History from New York University.
- Jay is the Director of Business Development and Finance at NYCEEC. Jay is responsible for leading business development activities, sourcing, negotiating, and closing transactions, and managing relationships with customers and counterparties, including project developers and lenders.
- Jay has extensive experience in his career managing complex financial transactions at global financial institutions. These include GE Capital, Chase, ACE Insurance, and Credit Suisse. Prior to joining NYCEEC, Jay served as a consultant in the areas of clean energy finance and risk management, and conducted an assignment on the development of PACE related projects. Jay’s areas of expertise include clean energy financings, structured credit, and synthetic securities.
- Jay holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
- Patrick M. Cicero is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he provides advocacy, training, consultation and support services in energy and utility matters affecting low-income residents of Pennsylvania. Patrick serves as Chairman of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Advisory Committee to the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; he also sits as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Consumer Advisory Council; and the Weatherization and Energy Conservation Policy Advisory Council to the Department of Community and Economic Development.
- Prior to joining PULP, Patrick worked as a staff attorney for nearly five years at MidPenn Legal Services where he led their consumer unit and focused on consumer and housing issues. Patrick also worked for 3.5 years as the judicial law clerk to the Hon. Sylvia H. Rambo, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
- Patrick has served as a lecturer at Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and is a Visiting Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at Messiah College. Patrick received his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2002, and his B.A. from Messiah College in 1999.
Breakout: Distributed Grid
C. Baird Brown
- Will Agate founded NetZero Microgrid Solutions (”NetZero”) and currently serves as its President. NetZero represents the Philadelphia Navy Yard as its lead energy advisor.
- Immediately prior to forming NetZero, Will served 6½ years as a Senior Vice President with PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation, in charge of the nationally acclaimed Philadelphia Navy Yard. The Philadelphia Navy Yard is a dynamic and modern 1,200-acre urban business campus where Will led the effort to interject a progress energy plan into the overall sustainability effort with creation of the Navy Yard Energy Master Plan. The Navy Yard enjoys explosive growth currently with more than 12,500 employees and 152 companies, as one of the most successful military base redevelopments in the country.
- Most recently, Will completed a $33 million program to modernize The Navy Yard’s electric distribution system into one of the country’s largest and diverse microgrid communities with smart technologies enabling various on-site alternative energy and storage DERs and PJM market participation. In summary, Will is a passionate advocate that we have reached an age wherein comprehensive energy planning, smart energy solutions, and smart city strategy have become the foundations to successful real estate and economic development.
- Rick Counihan is the Head of Energy Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Thermostat. In that capacity he is responsible for relations with the Federal and State governmental energy agencies.
- Rick has over 25 years experience in the energy and utility fields, with employment stints in state, local and federal government, as well as the private sector. Prior to Nest, Rick was Vice-President of Government Affairs for EnerNOC, Inc., a leader in demand response and energy management services for the commercial and industrial sectors for 8 years. Before EnerNOC, Rick was Vice President at the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), a nonprofit research institute affiliated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to build public/private partnerships to improve the nation’s electricity systems and an early research center on the Smart Grid. Rick has also been Vice President at Green Mountain Energy Company, a retail energy service provider selling renewable power. Rick worked in regulatory affairs for five years with Southern California Edison and was a professional staffer for the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for six years.
- Rick has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Pomona College and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. Rick sits on the boards of the Center for Resource Solutions and the Association for Demand Response and SmartGrid.