September 17-18, 2024

King of Prussia, PA

Agenda


Scroll down or click on panel/keynote titles to read speaker biographies!

Tuesday, September 17

8:00 AM — Breakfast

9:00 AM — Welcome & Keynote
Keishaa Austin • Department of Energy

9:45 AM — Pennsylvania’s Energy Efficiency Landscape
Rob Altenburg • PennFuture
David Althoff • PA DEP
Peter Krajsa • National Energy Improvement Fund
Joe Sherrick • PA PUC
Moderator: Amal Mahrouki • AIA Pennsylvania

11:15 AM — New Jersey’s Energy Efficiency Landscape
Ram Akella • NJEDA
Rachel Fredericks • PSE&G New Jersey
Henry Gajda • NJBPU
Doug O’Malley • Environment New Jersey

12:30 PM — Lunch

1:30 PM — Afternoon Keynote
Katie McGinty • Johnson Controls

2:00 PM — Perspectives on Decarbonization
Rose Stephens Booker • Building Decarbonization Coalition
Elizabeth Marx • Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
Matt Rose • TRC
Moderator: Ben Adams • MaGrann Associates

3:30 PM — Interview with a Contractor
Scott Boose • American Residential Services
Angela Hines Bovio Rubino Services
Matt Tenny MT Weatherization
Moderator: Joe Nunley Green Energy Economics Group

4:45 PM — Happy Hour

Wednesday, September 18

8:00 AM — Breakfast

8:45 AM — Keynote
Brian Regli PA Governor’s Office

9:30 AM — Affordable Housing and Energy Efficiency
William Reeves Ferran • Pennsylvania United
Troy Hannigan • Community Ventures
Colleen Morris • Calico Energy
Moderator: Sarah Ralich • ACTION-Housing

11:05 AM —Diving into Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
Speakers:
James Freihaut • Penn State
Brendon Shank • Solar Landscape
Kyle Wallace • PosiGen
Moderator:
Stephen Oyler • CPower

12:20 PM — Lunch

1:30 — PechaKucha

3:00 PM — Fireside Chat: The Future of Energy Efficiency
Tanuj Deora • ev.energy
Andy Frank • Sealed
Kara Saul Rinaldi • AnnDyl Policy Group

4:00 — Closing & Raffle

4:30 — Dismissal

Keynotes

Keishaa Austin
Acting Principal Deputy Director, Office of State and Community Energy Programs
Department of Energy

Keishaa Austin is Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP). Prior to joining the office, she was the Director of External Engagement of the Office of the Under Secretary for Infrastructure at DOE. She served as the Head of Community at Rewiring America, and as a Senior Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission. Prior to that she worked as a Program Analyst at the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia, where she chaired the Distributed Energy Resources Committee for the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA).


Keishaa has also held a variety of roles with media and entertainment companies including Urban One, BET Networks and Capitol Music Group. She has deep experience in marketing and stakeholder engagement and consumer outreach, complemented by policy expertise in grid planning and reliability and renewable energy. Keishaa earned her law degree at Texas Southern University and her bachelor’s degree from Howard University.

Katie McGinty
Vice President and Chief Sustainability and External Relations Officer
Johnson Controls

Kathleen “Katie” McGinty is Vice President and Chief Sustainability and External Relations Officer for Johnson Controls where she is responsible for driving the company’s top-tier sustainability performance, including recognition as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations.

In her role, she champions technology development, sustainability, and creative policies tackle climate change, encourage smart buildings and energy efficiency, drive impactful net-zero carbon strategies and bring forward initiatives and partnerships that are needed to solve tough environmental problems and chart a positive course for the future of the planet.

Katie has more than 25 years of public and private sector experience and is a recognized innovator in clean energy and environmental protection. Her public sector career includes being the first woman to serve as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton (1993-98), as Pennsylvania Secretary of Environmental Protection (2003-08), and as Chair of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (2004-08).

Over the course of her career, Katie has received recognition for her environmental work and influence, including “Woman of the Year” from the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (2004), one of the Top Women in HVAC by ACHR News (2021), one of the Top 100 Women in Sustainability by Sustainability Magazine (2022), one of 25 women honored for climate leadership by GreenBiz (2022), and one of the Most Influential Women Executives in Corporate America by Women Inc. Magazine (2022).

 

Brian Regli
Executive Director, Office of Critical Investments
Office of Governor Shapiro

Brian Regli serves as Executive Director, Critical Investments for the Governor, overseeing more than $20 billion of federal appropriations allocated to Pennsylvania through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022.  He has been appointed by the Governor as Chair for Pennvest, and also as Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Budget.  Previously, he served as Director of Commerce in Montgomery County (PA) and as a policy advisor in the Attorney General’s office.  He has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in the software, energy, utility and telecommunications sectors and has been directly responsible for more than $300 million of construction, debt financing, equity funding, and asset sales in his commercial real estate career.  Dr. Regli holds a Doctorate in Developmental Economics from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University in Government and Philosophy. 

Pennsylvania's Energy Efficiency Landscape

Time: 9:45 AM, September 17

About the Panel:

What are the latest happenings influencing energy efficiency in Pennsylvania? This perennial favorite panel will feature state regulators, financiers, and advocates speaking about opportunities and challenges ranging from Green Bank funding to workforce development needs and programs. Our panelists will share their insights on how the governor’s energy plans, opportunities from the IRA and IIJA, and existing efficiency programs interact to shape the present and future of the Commonwealth’s energy efficiency landscape.

Speakers:

Rob Altenburg (PennFuture)
David Althoff (PA DEP)
Peter Krajsa (National Energy Improvement Fund)
Joe Sherrick (PA PUC)

Moderator: Amal Mahrouki (AIA Pennsylvania)

Rob Altenburg
Senior Director for Energy and Climate
PennFuture

Rob brings more than 30 years’ worth of environmental, climate, and energy expertise to advance clean energy solutions for Pennsylvania. As Senior Director for Energy and Climate, he works with regulatory agencies and clean energy industry experts on climate and energy issues across the Commonwealth and has provided testimony to the White House, the U.S. Senate, the Pennsylvania Legislature, and numerous state and federal agencies. 

As a recognized energy and climate policy expert, Rob has been interviewed by numerous media organizations, including ABC, NBC, NPR, Fortune Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and many state and local outlets. He also writes extensively on these topics and has co-authored a book chapter on federal climate policy.  

Prior to joining PennFuture, Rob spent nearly 22 years with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), working in both the Bureau of Air Quality, where he was the primary forecaster for air pollution episodes in South Central PA, and the Lehigh Valley, and in the policy office where he advised the governor’s office and department executive staff on a variety of environmental and public health issues. 

David Althoff Jr.
Director, Energy Programs Office
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

David’s office, DEP’s Energy Programs Office, is involved in supporting, designing, and implementing energy-focused programs to encourage the development and deployment of energy efficiency, energy resiliency and alternative energy projects in Pennsylvania.  The Energy Program’s Office’s mission is to support energy activities which result in environmental improvements including mitigating the effects of and adapting to climate change. 

David along with his staff have spent the last several years developing forward-looking plans and the development of incentive programs centered on positioning Pennsylvania to take advantage of the clean energy economy and the historic funding opportunities provided by both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.  

Dave has proudly served the citizens of Pennsylvania through his work at DEP for over 30 years, is a life-long Pennsylvanian, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and lives in Hummelstown, PA.

Peter Krajsa
Co-Chair and Managing Member
National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC

Peter has been a recognized innovator in energy efficiency finance for over two decades.  He co-founded the National Energy Improvement Fund (NEIF) in 2018 with fellow Managing Member Matthew Brown and COO Laura Nelson.  Prior to NEIF’s founding as the nation’s first Certified Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) focused on increasing the affordability of energy efficiency improvements he spearheaded the creation of major national energy finance programs as CEO of his family’s business, AFC First Financial Corporation, a specialty energy lender and mortgage banker founded in 1947, building a network of over 6,000 participating contractors. He later headed national channel business development for the innovative energy lender, Renew Financial, which acquired AFC First in 2015. 

He has been acknowledged with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Financial Services Association for his long association as a Board member and Chair of the Independents Section and with the Sustainable Energy Fund’s Epstein Award for a “lifetime of work moving society towards a sustainable energy future.”

Joseph M. Sherrick
Supervisor, Policy & Planning
Bureau of Technical Utility Services, PA PUC

Joe Sherrick has 30+ years of experience working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, much of it spent in the energy sector.  Joe supervisors the Policy & Planning Section within the PA Public Utility Commission’s Bureau of Technical Utility Services.  He and his staff are responsible for overseeing the administration and management of PA’s Act 129 energy efficiency and conservation program, PA’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards program and other activities involving electric vehicle charging, energy storage and combined heat and power operations.

Prior to his time with the Public Utility Commission, Mr. Sherrick worked in several capacities at the PA Department of Environmental Protection.  Mr. Sherrick served as the Climate Change Program Manager at DEP, charged with the development of climate change plans for the Commonwealth, among other related responsibilities.  He oversaw  the administration of the multi-million dollar Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program and a host of renewable energy initiatives.  Mr. Sherrick also served as the Commonwealth’s primary lead in numerous multi-state energy and climate initiatives, including the establishment of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 

Amal Mahrouki
Director of Legislative Affairs
AIA Pennsylvania

As the Director of Legislative Affairs at AIA Pennsylvania, Amal leads the advocacy efforts of the state chapter of the American Institute of Architects, representing over 2,800 architects and design professionals. With over ten years of experience in association management and government relations, Amal has a talent for building coalitions and strengthening relationships through advocacy.

Recognized in 2023 as one of Central Penn Business Journal’s Top Lobbyists and in 2024 as one of City and State PA’s Who’s Who in Government Relations, Amal has developed great relationships with legislators, staff, lobbyists, association professionals, community members, and artists. Amal is passionate about advancing the public policy interests of the architecture profession and the built environment and has successfully advocated for multiple legislative and regulatory initiatives that benefit the industry and the public. Amal is also the founder of Demystified Advocacy, a platform that educates and empowers individuals and organizations to engage in effective advocacy.

New Jersey's Energy Efficiency Landscape

Time: 11:15 AM, September 17

About the Panel:

Join us for an illuminating panel discussion as we delve into the dynamic energy efficiency landscape of the New Jersey. From the Energy Master Plan to the latest Triennium 2 programs and beyond, this panel will offer invaluable insights into leveraging federal investments, fostering private-public partnerships, and identifying key opportunities for implementing energy efficiency measures across various markets in New Jersey.

Our distinguished panel of experts hails from influential entities such as the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), and prominent utility companies. With their wealth of experience and knowledge, they will provide a comprehensive overview of the state’s energy efficiency initiatives, exploring strategies for maximizing impact and achieving sustainable outcomes.

Speakers:
Ram Akella (NJEDA)
Rachel Fredericks (PSEG)
Henry Gajda (NJBPU)
Doug O’Malley (Environment New Jersey)

Ram Akella
Managing Director – Innovation Impact
NJEDA

Ram Akella currently serves as the NJEDA’s Executive Vice President for Innovation Impact. Ram joined the NJEDA in November 2022 to oversee all clean energy, venture fund of funds, and innovation products, including direct investments in emerging companies and strategic innovation centers in the State of New Jersey. Ram was also pivotal in the establishment of the New Jersey Green Bank, a subsidiary of the NJEDA formally established in Spring of 2024 that is dedicated to facilitating an equitable energy transition in the State through climate-related investments and financing products. Prior to joining the NJEDA, Ram was Managing Partner and Founder of Phoenix Capital Partners, a merchant banking boutique. During the same time, he was Managing Partner of ra Ventures, an early-stage venture fund in deep tech, battery technology, and climate technologies. Ram started his career in investment banking at various firms working in mergers & acquisition.

Rachael Fredericks
Director, Energy Services
PSE&G New Jersey

Rachael Fredericks is the Director of Energy Services, at Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G). She leads the implementation of PSE&G’s residential, commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs. She is directly responsible for a team of approximately 40 management associates as well as implementation contractors and third-party providers. Rachael ensures regulatory compliance, business controls, and stakeholder satisfaction.  She also has oversight of financials and business planning for PSE&G’s energy efficiency programs and strategy for future programs.

Rachael has over 12 years of experience with PSE&G specifically in the energy efficiency and clean energy area. Ms. Fredericks earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and has over 20 years of experience in energy efficiency. Through the years, she has worked with a wide variety of companies and clients and has enjoyed watching the way technology and people continue to shape the ever-evolving clean energy sector. Rachael is passionate about the environment and coastal conservation, as well as service to underserved communities and promotion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Henry Gajda
Deputy Chief of Staff
NJBPU

Henry is the Deputy Chief of Staff at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.  In his role at the Board, Henry manages a number of major state policy initiatives including the 2024 Energy Master Plan, Future of Natural Gas Proceeding, and has helped submit over $400 million in federal clean energy grant applications. Previously, he served as Public Policy Director for the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters where he drove environmental legislation and action through strategic advocacy, lobbying, and coordinated coalition building. Henry earned a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School and has an extensive background in climate, clean energy, and urban policy research and analysis.

Doug O’Malley
State Director
Environment New Jersey

Doug O’Malley is the Director of Environment New Jersey and Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center. Doug has worked on multiple issue fronts and led campaigns to fast-track New Jersey’s clean energy economy via offshore wind, solar and energy efficiency programs and to keep New Jersey in the RGGI climate pollutant program, oppose the expansion of fossil fuel projects and expand electric vehicles across the state. He has also led campaigns focused on protecting New Jersey’s drinking water quality, preserving the state’s watershed lands and restoring the water quality of the Delaware River. He serves on the boards of the NJ Work Environment Council, Environmental Endowment of New Jersey, Environment America Inc., the NJ School of Conservation and received an EPA Region II Environmental Quality award in 2012. He also serves as the President of ChargEVC, an electric vehicle coalition, and serves as the treasurer of the NJ Working Families Alliance. He has worked with the organization in Trenton since 2001, when he graduated from Harvard with a history degree.

Perspectives on Decarbonization

Time: 11:05 AM, September 18

About the Panel:

The Energy Information Administration estimates that 18.44% of global CO2 emissions come from heating and cooling buildings, plus another 8.26% from the construction of buildings. Building owners, operators and developers—from the U.S. military to affordable housing developers are leading the charge to decarbonize the way we build and run our work and dwelling spaces. See what’s working, where the challenges lie, and who is taking the biggest strides.

Speakers:
Rose Stephens Booker (Building Decarbonization Coalition)
Elizabeth Marx (Pennsylvania Utility Law Project)
Matt Rose (TRC)

Moderator: Ben Adams (MaGrann Associates)

Rose Stephens Booker
Director of State Mobilization
Building Decarbonization Coalition

Rose Stephens-Booker is the Director of State Mobilization at the Building Decarbonization Coalition, a non-profit organization harnessing the power of coalition to forge paths for effective upgrades that power homes and buildings with clean electricity. Previously, she served the Biden-Harris Administration as a presidential appointee within the Department of Energy; charged with connecting the Department’s resources and technical assistance with local communities, states, Tribal nations and external stakeholders. Prior to her appointment, Rose worked as a Senior Associate at BlocPower, where she developed and managed the company’s partnership strategy to bring clean energy solutions to vulnerable communities across America. Before obtaining her MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Business School in 2020, she spent over eight years with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program focused on market transformation and public-private partnerships. She began her career as a sustainability consultant overseeing issue-based awareness campaigns (with media influencers such as, The Today Show and The Ellen Show) for various utilities, federal, state and local governments.

Along with Rose’s commitment to decarbonizing the built environment she serves as a Board Member to the nonprofit organization called Upstream, advancing solutions to plastic pollution by helping people and businesses shift from single-use to reuse; and, as a member of the Energy and Climate Change Task Force for the City of Alexandria where she resides with her family.

Elizabeth Marx
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP)

Elizabeth Marx is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP), a statewide specialty legal services project of Regional Housing Legal Services. Elizabeth leads PULP’s policy, litigation, training, and specialized projects in furtherance of its mission to secure just and equitable access to safe and affordable utility services for Pennsylvanians experiencing poverty. She serves as Chairperson of the Department of Human Services’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Advisory Committee and the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Weatherization Assistance Program Policy Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Public Utility Commission’s Consumer Advisory Council and the Department of Environmental Protection’s Climate Change Advisory Committee. Before joining PULP in 2014, Ms. Marx worked as an attorney for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She holds a BS in Political Science from Temple University, and a JD from Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

Matt Rose
Director
TRC Companies

Matthew Rose is a Director at TRC. He has over 30 years of experience working with utility and energy clients on issues of demand-side management (DSM), regulatory strategy, customer relationships and strategic planning. His consulting engagements have included work with domestic and international electric and gas utilities, regulatory agencies, wholesale market transmission organizations, industry trade groups, renewable energy developers and customer/market research firms. He also provides industry training support to utility and energy companies covering issues of regulation, business rules and markets. Mr. Rose has authored numerous reports and industry papers and has served as an expert witness in various utility rate proceedings.

At TRC, Mr. Rose is part of the company’s market outreach efforts responsible for tracking regulatory and legislative initiatives to inform strategy and investment decisions. This includes following ongoing federal policy efforts (e.g., IIJA, IRA), FERC 2222, state energy efficiency/renewable portfolio standards, and distribution and integrated resource planning. His efforts also support the company’s Integrated Grid Solutions team offering grid modernization and distributed energy resource management system expertise. 

He holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a B.S. from Michigan State University.

Ben Adams
Vice President Strategic Development
MaGrann Associates

Ben is responsible for the identification and development of new services at MaGrann Associates, and supports program design for state and utility sponsored energy efficiency initiatives.

With 30 years in residential single and multi-family deployment, his experience ranges from low income retrofit to new construction and green building certification programs. Most recently, he has been focusing on integration of Internet of Things technologies into smart homes and buildings.

Ben sat on the RESNET Board of Directors from 2002 through 2016, was a Board Director of Affordable Comfort (now Building Performance Association) for 14 years, and was a founding Board member of both the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) and the Northeast HERS Alliance. He is a frequent advocate for residential energy efficiency issues, particularly related to whole-building approaches.

Interview with a Contractor

Time: 3:00 PM, September 17

About the Panel:

Contractors are extremely critical to the success of any energy efficiency policy or program, but we rarely listen to the needs and barriers that contractors face when crafting policies and designing programs. In this panel we are going to have an interview style discussion with Home Performance Contractors that are critical to the energy efficiency work being done in PA and NJ. Learn about the barriers they face in working in energy efficiency programs and the needs of their organizations to meet the upcoming increased demand as a result of energy efficiency policies.

Speakers:
Scott Boose (American Residential Services)
Angela Hines (Bovio Rubino Services)
Matt Tenny (MT Weatherization)

Moderator: Joe Nunley (Performance Systems Development

Scott Boose
Chief Executive Officer
American Residential Services

Scott received a BS in accounting and finance, summa cum laude, from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Scott was most recently Chief Executive Officer of CLEAResult, the largest provider of energy efficiency and demand response solutions in North America.  He was previously President and CEO of Service Experts, a North American home services provider servicing over 700,000 customers.  Prior to joining Service Experts, Scott was the President of Direct Energy Services and, from 2007 to 2010, served as the Managing Director of the Heating Services business for British Gas, and operating unit of Centrica PLC.  He also served on the Board of Directors for British Gas Insurance and Enercare. 

Angela Hines
Co-Principal
Bovio Rubino Service

Angela Rubino Hines is co-principal of Bovio Rubino Service.  Bovio Rubino Service formed from a merger between Rubino Service Company and Bovio HPCI in January of 2021. Both legacy companies were in business since 1974. Angela’s father started Rubino Service Company and she grew up in the industry with working in the office dispatching, customer service and service biller.  She attended Drexel University receiving both her Bachelor of Business of Administration in Finance and Marketing and her Masters in Marketing. She returned to the HVAC industry and president of Rubino Service in 2004 and currently is co-principal of Bovio Rubino Service. She has been active in the HVAC industry helping form NJ-ACCA chapter and served on the board including President from 2011-2023. She has been a speaker and presenter across many industry events throughout her career and continues to do so. Under her leadership, the company has received 13 Carrier Presidents Awards, multiple Home Performance with Energy Star awards and multiple PSE&G Trade Ally Top 10 Contractor Awards.  She also holds her NJ Master HVAC license. She is happily married to Bill and has 2 daughters.

Matt Tenny
President & Founder
MT Weatherization

Matt Tenny founded MT Building Services Inc. in 2007 and has served as President ever since. He is a Certified Building Analyst with the Building Performance Institute and a Certified Home Energy Rater with the Residential Energy Services Network. Raised in Camp Hill, Matt Tenny is a Central Pennsylvania native with a strong commitment to community service. Professionally, Matt is the founder and President of a local small business that provides home weatherization services to economically disadvantaged customers on behalf of multiple utility companies throughout the Commonwealth. Personally, he is focused on caring for and supporting his family while giving back to our local community. Matt is an active member of the Harrisburg Rotary Club and is currently searching for additional volunteer opportunities.

Joseph Nunley
Managing Consultant
Green Energy Economics Group

Joe Nunley is a Managing Consultant for Green Energy Economics Group (GEEG). In this role, he is responsible for designing new energy efficiency portfolios, analyzing existing energy efficiency programs and portfolios, performing management consulting for home performance contractors, and continuous improvement process of existing program designs. Prior to joining GEEG, Joe served as the Vice President of Program Services at PSD. In this role Joe led the PSD Program Services Division, which implements Residential, Commercial, and Energy Code Programs throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. Joe has been in the EE field for 15 years. Prior to joining PSD, he was an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Senior Analyst with UGI Utilities, where he was responsible for managing the commercial and residential natural gas Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs. Joe was also responsible for emerging technologies, customer satisfaction, and trade ally relations. Joe previously worked as an Energy Efficiency Trade Ally Manager with Puget Sound Energy in Seattle, WA. Prior to that position, Joe spent eight years as the owner of a Harrisburg, PA energy auditing firm, focusing on Utility Low-Income Weatherization Programs, and residential and small commercial energy audits. Rooted in a deep love for building science, Joe is an Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Energy Manager (CEM) as well as a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Building Analyst.

Affordable Housing and Energy Efficiency

Time: 9:30 AM, September 18

About the Panel:

Affordable housing residents often stand to benefit the most from energy efficiency improvements. But affordable housing also presents unique efficiency challenges, from split incentives in rental units to high up-front costs for energy-saving projects. Hear from experts in the affordable housing space on solutions that are working, including multifamily benchmarking, community-scale projects, sustainable affordable development, and more.

Speakers:
William Reeves Ferran (Pennsylvania United)
Troy Hannigan (Community Ventures)
Colleen Morris (Calico Energy)

Moderator: Sarah Ralich (ACTION-Housing)

William Reeves Ferran
Project Manager
Pennsylvania United

William Reeves Ferran is currently the project manager for decarbonization in Allegheny County with Pennsylvania United. He works with the Allegheny County executive’s office and the Mayor of Pittsburgh’s office to coordinate a decarbonization initiative to decarbonize buildings owned and operated by the city and county and all properties of the county and city housing authorities. Originally from Westchester, New York, he’s made Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his second home for the past 7 years. He holds a bachelor of liberal arts in political science and Spanish from Duquesne University. William previously worked at Casa San Jose as the Community Policy Organizer, advocating for immigrant rights and organizing immigrant communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania. He previously ran for City Council of Pittsburgh in 2023 to advocate for increased accessible public transportation, expanding youth programs, and rectifying food deserts in various neighborhoods in the district. He is an avid dog lover and loves going on nature walks.

Troy Hannigan
Development Director
Community Ventures

Troy Hannigan is the Director of Development with Community Ventures, a Philadelphia-based non-profit real estate developer with the mission to work in partnership with neighborhood-based organizations to improve communities and to increase the supply of affordable housing. Troy oversees the organization’s real estate programs including neighborhood development, affordable housing, and investment in parks, recreation centers and libraries. During his time with Community Ventures, he has worked on over $100 million in real estate projects all focused on building quality, sustainable, affordable housing and civic assets through a community informed design process. Troy was an adjunct professor and former program director of Thomas Jefferson University’s  MS in Real Estate Development program and focuses his teaching and research on the quadruple bottom line of people, planet, profit and placemaking. Troy holds a MA in Urban Studies with a concentration in community development from Eastern University and a B.Arch from Thomas Jefferson University. Troy has been an active member of the local Philadelphia architecture, sustainability and community development communities including the AIA, ULI, Philadelphia Association of CDCs, and Green Building United, and is a SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) certified professional. 

Colleen Morris
CEO
Calico Energy

Colleen Morris is the CEO of Calico Energy, a software company dedicated to making utility-enabled whole building data access a widespread reality. A seasoned market strategist and product executive, Colleen leads Calico’s efforts working with utilities to scale the impact of building sector energy efficiency and decarbonization efforts through user-centric software. She’s committed to delivering solutions that create value for utilities, their customers, and broader stakeholders while reducing the building sector’s energy consumption.

Sarah Ralich
Senior Energy and Construction Manager
ACTION-Housing

Sarah Ralich is ACTION-Housing’s Energy & Construction Manager, working on the real estate development team as well as managing all energy usage data and retrofits for ACTION’s housing portfolio. In addition, she works with policy leaders from around the state, through the Energy Efficiency for All coalition, advocating for energy efficiency programs designed for affordable multifamily housing. Sarah also has two years of experience working on The One Stop, ACTION’s multifamily affordable housing energy audit program. She has a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Building Performance Institute certified multifamily and single family energy auditor.

Diving into Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)

Time: 2:00 PM, September 17

About the Panel:

Distributed Enegy Resources continue to generate buzz across the industry. In 2024, both Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s utility commissions considered Order 2222 from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and how they will plan and account for increased reliance upon virtual power plants. Both states received $156M in federal Solar for All funding under the IRA, accelerating development. Speakers will address not only grid planning but tactical, on-the-ground deployment of Combined Heat and Power, solar and renewable energy, control systems, and how demand response programs will drill down to the individual household level.

Speakers:
James Freihaut (Penn State)
Brendon Shank (Solar Landscape)
Kyle Wallace (PosiGen)

Moderator: Stephen Oyler (CPower)

James Freihaut
Department Head of Architectural Engineering
Penn State College of Engineering

James Freihaut is a Professor and Interim Department Head of Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also Director of both the Penn State Indoor Aerosol Laboratory and the DOE Mid-Atlantic and New York-New Jersey Onsite Energy Technical Application Center. He has spent 22 years as a Professor at Penn State University (2002 – present) in the Department of Architectural Engineering, where his current research interests focus on the application of hybrid (combined heat and Power, high-temperature heat pumps and solar photovoltaic), onsite energy systems to industrial manufacturing sites; and the use of ultraviolet germicidal radiation in the inactivation of virus aerosols in indoor air systems.  Prior to Penn State, he worked for 22 years at the United Technologies Research Center, serving as a Research Scientist, Group Manager, and Director. He holds seven patents, including Photocatalytic Indoor Air Quality devices, CFC disposal techniques., Fuel Processing, and Humidity Control via Polymer Membranes.

Brendon Shank
Executive Vice President for Engagement
Solar Landscape

Brendon Shank helps tell Solar Landscape’s best stories about how solar on commercial rooftops contribute to our clean energy transition and social justice.

He joined in 2021 and oversees the company’s communications and branding. Prior to his role at Solar Landscape, Brendon was director of communications at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and worked in marketing and communications for national companies and nonprofits.

He graduated from American University in Washington, DC.

Kyle Wallace
VP of Public Policy and Government Affairs
PosiGen

Kyle Wallace is the VP of Public Policy and Government Affairs at PosiGen, PBC, the nation’s leading provider of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions for low-to-moderate (LMI) income homeowners. Prior to joining PosiGen, Kyle was Director of Public Policy for the northeast at Sunrun and was also a board member of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association. Before Sunrun, he held multiple positions at Vivint Solar where he engaged in public policy and government affairs and helped expand the company into new markets. He was also a contributor to Utah State University’s Energy Policy Initiative. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Utah State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado Mesa University.

Stephen Oyler
VP of Legal and Compliance
CPower

Stephen Oyler is the VP of Legal and Compliance at CPower working across the Energy Efficiency and Demand Response markets overseeing Compliance matters and State Policy initiatives. Previous work experience includes work at Westinghouse Electric Company, Eaton, and General Electric across Accounting, Corporate Development, Commercial Operations, Risk, and Compliance. Stephen holds undergraduate degrees in Accounting and International Business from Penn State University and an MBA and MS in International Business from the University of Pittsburgh and continuously pursuing additional educational opportunities.

Fireside Chat: The Future of Energy Efficiency

Time: 3:00 PM, September 18

About the Panel:

Join four thought-leading industry professionals for a free-flowing fireside chat about the future of the energy efficiency industry. From the impact of electric vehicles to progressive residential approaches to the regulatory realities that will shape the near-term, hear what practical and policy prompts are affecting your bottom line.

Speakers:
Tanuj Deora (ev.energy)
Andy Frank (Sealed)
Kara Saul Rinaldi (AnnDyl Policy Group)

Tanuj Deora
Senior VP
ev.energy

A cleantech industry veteran and thought leader, Tanuj Deora brings two decades of experience in business development, strategy, and policy in decarbonizing the electric power sector. Having graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA after serving as an engineer in the chemical ministry, Deora entered the electricity sector where he then held executive leadership roles in the private, public, and non-profit sectors spanning wind, solar, transmission, and demand response. Earlier he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and later in the cabinet of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. More recently Deora served in the Biden Administration where he led efforts to accelerate carbon-free electricity deployment. In his spare time he serves as a booster for his daughters high school sports teams, and occasionally plays the blues harmonica. 

Andy Frank
Co-Founder & President
Sealed

Andy Frank is the co-founder and president of Sealed, a climate tech company that provides software and solutions to contractors, enabling them to “win the battle of the kitchen table” to install more home weatherization and electrification projects. Prior to Sealed, Andy was a Co-founder of Efficiency 2.0, acquired by C3 AI (NYSE: AI), an energy efficiency software company that helped utilities save energy through customer engagement software. Currently, Andy also serves on the boards of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance, and the Energy Efficiency Alliance of NJ.
 

Kara Saul Rinaldi
President & CEO
AnnDyl Policy Group

Kara is the President and CEO of the AnnDyl Policy Group, an energy and environmental strategy firm that specializes in policy solutions to advance smart, efficient, and renewable energy technologies. Through her firm she also serves as the Chief Policy Officer of the Building Performance Association. With over twenty-five years of experience in advocacy strategy, lobbying and media relations, Kara is a leading energy and climate policy expert. She has directed national policy, communications, and grassroots campaigns aimed at the Administration and Congress on tax, appropriations, and authorization issues for national and international corporations and non-profit organizations. Kara was a leading advocate engaged in the bipartisan infrastructure law (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) including spearheading the development and passage of the Home Energy Rebate Programs. Kara has been quoted this year on these laws in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Politico, NPR, Canary Media, EE News, Bloomberg and others.

Kara has testified before Congressional and state legislative committees, led delegations to the UNFCCC climate negotiations, and authored numerous papers on energy efficiency, climate change, and smart technology. Prior to founding AnnDyl, Kara worked on climate and energy policy in the for-profit and non-profit sectors after beginning her career as a legislative staffer on Capitol Hill. Kara holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego.