The following are confirmed presenters for the 2012 Energy Policy & Technology Outlook Conference:

Jim Arwood
Southwest Regional Coordinator, NASEO

Jim Arwood has been working in the energy field for five decades. He started right out of high school as a roughneck in the Kansas oil fields and spent his summers between college semesters working on pipeline maintenance in the natural gas industry. In 1978 he served on the Phoenix Steering Committee for Sun Day, which was the solar energy equivalent of Earth Day. After a four-year stint as a newspaperman, Mr. Arwood started his career in state government at the Arizona Solar Energy Research Commission. During his state government career he served in numerous capacities managing federal energy programs at the state level, culminating in his appointment by then Governor Janet Napolitano, as Director of the State Energy Office in 2006. In that position Mr. Arwood was responsible for the development and implementation of Arizona's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Programs, including the State Energy Programs ($55.7 million), Weatherization Assistance Program ($57 million), Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant ($9.6 million), Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program ($6.2 million), and the Energy Assurance Program ($796,410). Today, Mr. Arwood is consulting to the National Association of State Energy Officials as a regional coordinator and helping to document ARRA success stories at the state and local level.

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Elizabeth Bellis
Counsel, Energy Programs Consortium

Elizabeth Bellis directs the QECB program at Energy Programs Consortium (EPC) in conjunction with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). The Energy Programs Consortium is a joint venture of the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), representing the state weatherization and community service programs directors; National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), representing the state energy policy directors; National Association of State Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), representing the state public service commissioners; and National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NEADA), representing the state directors of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Elizabeth Bellis received a A.B. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2003 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2006.

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Paul Brown
Vice President of the Capital Services, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

Paul Brown, JD, MBA – Mr. Brown is the Vice President of the Capital Markets group of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Paul’s group focuses on increasing the availability of capital to businesses in Michigan. Paul manages the bulk of the State’s $2 billion 21 Century Jobs Fund, which consists of venture capital, private equity, and mezzanine fund investments. Paul also developed and manages programs to enhance and streamline bank loans to businesses and many of the state’s tax incentive programs targeted at investors. He is considered a national expert in public-private finance, and has testified before Congress and several State House and Senate committees.

Before joining MEDC, Mr. Brown was an attorney in the Manhattan office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom LLP. Mr. Brown began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge John O’Meara in Federal District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan. Paul is the founder of two technology companies, Front Door Insights and Front Door Direct. Mr. Brown sits on the board of the Wolverine Mutual Insurance Co., and the New Enterprise Forum. He is the vice chair of Michigan Historical Foundation and past board member and treasurer of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. Paul was the 2010 Democratic nominee for University of Michigan Board of Regents and named by Crain’s Business Detroit to their “40 Under 40”.

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Steven Chalk
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy , Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

In his role as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Steven Chalk oversees applied research, development, and demonstration for a diverse clean energy portfolio. This portfolio spans wind, solar, geothermal, conventional hydropower, marine and hydrokinetic, biomass, and hydrogen technologies. Prior to his current position, Steve served as EERE's Chief Operating Officer and led EERE's Recovery Act implementation, which included $17 billion of awards, part of the nation's largest-ever investment in clean energy. Steve also supported the Treasury Department launch two new clean energy tax programs—the 1603 grants-in-lieu-of tax credits and the 48C advanced manufacturing tax credits, both of which contributed significantly to America's growing clean energy sector. During the previous Presidential transition period, he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and led EERE.

In September 2008, the Partnership for Public Service honored Steve with a Service to America Medal in the Science and Environment category. This award recognized his management of several innovative clean energy projects, as well as his leadership in the federal government's efforts to expand renewable energy and energy efficiency use, particularly in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Greensburg, Kansas. Steve has also received the Meritorious and Distinguished Presidential Rank Awards.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University.

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Dr. Leo Christodoulou
Program Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Leo Christodoulou is the Program Manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). AMO is the lead government program working to increase energy efficiency within U.S. manufacturing. Prior to joining AMO, Dr. Christodoulou served as Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Defense Sciences Office.

Dr. Christodoulou obtained his bachelor's degree and doctorate in metallurgy from Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, London, England. Dr. Christodoulou has authored or co-authored more than 60 technical papers and is a named co-inventor on more than 20 U.S. Patents and their foreign equivalents. For his work in the field of metallurgy and materials science, he has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Metals, and is the recipient of the Federation of Materials Societies 2006 National Materials Advancement Award.

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Al Christopher
Director, Energy Division, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Al Christopher is director of the Energy Division, a part of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy that is tasked to “enhance the development and conservation of energy and mineral resources in a safe and environmentally sound manner to support a more productive economy.”

From 2006 to 2009 he was executive director of Virginia Clean Cities, a non-profit coalition supported and funded by stakeholder members and the federal and state Departments of Energy. Al was a second-generation fuel distributor from 1989 until 2007 and a newspaper editor and reporter for 14 years prior to 1989, working in Hampton VA; Tampa FL; and Washington DC.


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Chuck Clinton
Lead Regional Coordinator, NASEO

Chuck Clinton currently serves as Senior Advisor and Lead Regional Coordinator for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), an organization he helped found in 1986.

His twenty-nine year career (1978-2007) as director of the DC Energy Office (DCEO) not only enabled him to build up a comprehensive energy program for the nation's capital, but also provided him a unique opportunity to serve as a leader of national organizations representing both state and local governments. Mr. Clinton served as chairman of the Conference of Local Energy Officials (CLEO), a component of the National League of Cities (NLC), as well as a long time board member of the Urban Consortium Energy Task Force; he served many terms as a board member of NASEO, in addition to being its original treasurer. Mr. Clinton also served many years as chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (WashCOG) Energy Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC). In addition to exerting leadership on behalf of state and local energy efficiency and renewable energy challenges, domestically, he has been invited to and consulted with the energy leaders of Moscow, Rostov on Don, Russia; Beijing, Shanghai, China; Seoul, Korea; London, England; and Paris, France.

Mr. Clinton's second career is now devoted to working with and through NASEO in order to help the energy offices of all U.S. states and territories in developing and implementing effective energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, especially those funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

His academic credentials include the Program for Senior State and Local Government Officials at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, and BA degrees from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC and Borromeo College, Cleveland, OH.

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Dennis Clough
Managing Director, Energy Systems Group

Dennis Clough is managing director with Energy Systems Group, an award-winning energy services company that provides sustainable energy solutions which allow owners to maximize their energy efficiency and operational performance, while reducing their carbon footprint. In this position, he is leading the company’s national efforts to design and deliver comprehensive solutions for large water and wastewater treatment providers. He has personally developed over $50 million in alternative delivery projects for clients such as Penn State University, the City of Baltimore, Maryland, Arlington County, Virginia, and the Alexandria Sanitation Authority, also in Virginia. Prior to this position, Dennis was with a national business and management consulting firm, and the United States Department of Energy. He has sat on several advisory boards, and has authored articles for several major trade publications. Dennis has an engineering degree from North Carolina A&T State University.

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Lori Collins
Managing Director, Abundant Power Solutions

Lori Collins is responsible for building out environmental financing programs for consumer and commercial needs. She has over 20 years experience in financial services marketing and product development, particularly in building new businesses. Lori was a member of the original Executive Team at LendingTree that grew the company from $7 million to $476 million in revenue over seven years. As SVP and General Manager, she led sales, product management, client relations, and areas of marketing and technology for the core business.

Prior to LendingTree, Lori was head of marketing for Bank of America’s mutual fund business, which grew assets from $28 to $68 billion during her tenure. Lori also served as VP at Fidelity Investments in Boston, where she launched the first mutual fund marketplace and drove assets from zero to more than $9 billion in three years. Previously she was a director of marketing at American Express Company in New York. Lori earned her MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Lori is Chairman of Environmental Grants for the Women’s Impact Fund in Charlotte and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Elizabeth Craig
Director, Climate Protection Partnership Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Elizabeth Craig is the Director of the Climate Protection Partnership Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she manages many of its industry partnership programs designed to remove market barriers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving businesses and consumers money. These programs include the EPA’s flagship voluntary program, ENERGY STAR, which offers energy efficiency solutions across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors: partnership programs to promote renewable energy and combined heat and power; and a State partnership designed to promote clean energy policies with state decision-makers.

Elizabeth joined EPA in 1984 and has held a number of senior positions prior to her current position: Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Deputy Director of the Office of Technology Operations and Planning in the Office of Environmental Information, Director of the Agency's Budget Division in the Office of the Comptroller, and Director of the Office of Grants and Debarment. Elizabeth served as Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation during the spring of 2009. Elizabeth has a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University and received her Bachelors degree from Mary Washington College. She received the President's Meritorious Executive Award in 2006.

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Stacey Crowley
Director, Nevada State Office of Energy

As the Director of the Nevada State Office of Energy and the Governor’s energy advisor, Stacey helps to define energy goals and programs within the state, as well as manages federal programs, economic incentives and outreach efforts.

Stacey is a recognized leader in sustainable development solutions with more than 15 years of experience in architecture, planning, research, and advocacy with projects of varying sizes, types, and locations with a focus on smart growth, conservation, and the arts. She formerly served as Director of Master Planning and Environmental Initiatives for a master planned community and an architect for projects around the West. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan and Masters of Architecture from the University of New Mexico.

As the Energy Director, she serves on several boards including the Western Interstate Energy Board and State-Provincial Steering Committee, the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Nevada Energy Assistance Corporation, the EPSCoR Advisory Board for our state’s System of Higher Education and she currently serves as the Chair of the Energy Sector Council of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board.

Her community involvement includes serving as a Trustee of the Nevada Museum of Art, a board member for the Reno Downtown Improvement Association, an advisory board member of the Nevada Land Conservancy, and founding board member of the Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network.

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Todd Currier
Assistant Director, Washington State University Energy Program

Todd Currier has three decades of experience in energy efficiency program development, implementation and evaluation - the last 25 of which have been in supervisory and management positions.

Currier is currently Assistant Director at the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program. He represents the organization in a variety of forums at the state, regional and national levels.

He is the leader of professional and technical staff members engaged in building science and research, building code development and implementation, indoor air quality improvement, workforce development issues and trends, federal and local government resource conservation programs, industrial energy efficiency, renewable energy programs and technology, energy efficiency upgrades for middle income homes and small businesses, program evaluation and data analysis.

Prior to his role with the WSU Energy Program, he served as the Assistant Energy Services Manager and the Assistant Energy Conservation Manager for Tacoma Power and Tacoma Public Utilities. Currier also applied his energy expertise in former roles with the City of Tacoma and Seattle City Light.

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John Cuttica
Director, Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

Mr. Cuttica was named the Director of the Energy Resources Center in November, 2009. As Director, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the Center's programs in energy and environmental sustainability, distributed generation, bio-energy, and alternative energy sources. Mr. Cuttica joined the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center in June of 2000 as the Coordinator of Energy and Environmental Programs. In this position, Mr. Cuttica was responsible for expanding the Center's strategic direction to include Distributed Generation.

Prior to joining the Energy Resources Center, Mr. Cuttica worked at the Gas Research Institute for 18 years where he held various positions including Vice President and General Manager. He directed advanced technology programs that resulted in over 40 new products reaching commercial reality. Mr. Cuttica holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University and a MS in Engineering Administration from George Washington University.

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Phyllis Cuttino
Director, Clean Energy Program, Pew Environment Group

Phyllis Cuttino is director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program, which advocates for national policies that promote the economic, environmental and national security benefits of the clean energy economy. She joined the Pew Environment Group in 2007 as project director for the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency, which played a critical role in passage of the first increase in federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks in more than 30 years.

Before joining Pew, Cuttino worked on the senior staffs of Sen. Brock Adams of Washington and Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. She also served as vice president of public affairs for the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and the Better World Fund, programs developed from Ted Turner’s $1 billion gift to U.N. causes. At UNF, she oversaw communications activities as well as a $50 million grant portfolio. As a senior vice president at a strategic communications consulting firm in Washington, Cuttino helped Fortune 500 companies, international and domestic nongovernmental organizations and U.N. entities to influence public policy and increase awareness of critical issues.

Cuttino holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Furman University.

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John Davies
Deputy Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence

Mr. John Davies serves as Deputy Commissioner within Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence. Prior to this appointment he served as the department’s director for the Division of Energy Efficiency and Conservation. Mr. Davies has managed energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for the Commonwealth since 2000. He has served as board member for the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, the Southern States Energy Board Biobased Alliance, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and is an ex-officio member on the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Energy and Transportation Advisory Committee. Mr. Davies also serves as board secretary to the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board.

Prior to joining the department he was employed by Ferrellgas, Inc. as an Area Manager for Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Mr. Davies is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel having served in Europe, the Far East and Washington D.C. He obtained his bachelor’s degree and commission while attending the University of Illinois. He also holds a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

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Peter Douglas
Director of Efficiency Research and Development Program, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Peter Douglas is the Director of the Efficiency Research and Development Program at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The program that he manages: (i) provides funding and technical support for buildings and industrial technology development and commercialization; (ii) has a $60 million/year project acquisition budget; and (iii) a portfolio of over 1,000 diverse projects, valued at $250 million.

He has been with NYSERDA since 1987 and has served in various staff and management positions. Prior to joining NYSERDA, he was a Sr. Budget Examiner for the New York State Budget Division where he was responsible for capital budgeting and development of innovative capital project financing structures. He has authored several papers on economic selection strategies for energy efficiency investments. He has advanced degrees in Architecture, Economics, Business Administration and Urban/Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and State University of New York at Albany. He is a Registered Architect in New York State and has been an adjunct professor of economics at The State University of New York at Albany.

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Ken Dulaney
Vice President, Engineering, Advanced Energy

Ken Dulaney leads Advanced Energy's Industrial and Commercial Solutions team, which consists of three groups: Motors and Drives, Transportation and Energy Efficiency sectors. He provides direction on new product areas, works closely with utility customers and provides the necessary resources to maintain high-quality expectations. Since joining Advanced Energy in 2005, Mr. Dulaney has worked on projects spanning all three areas such as drive testing, the hybrid school bus project and facility assessments. He has also managed the conversion of vehicles to plug-in hybrid, taught classes on electric boilers and conducted economic analyses for industrial customers considering electric process heating technologies.

Before joining Advanced Energy, Mr. Dulaney was project manager at URS Corp., a global architectural, engineering and environmental consulting firm in Research Triangle Park, working with military bases and the natural gas transmission industry. He developed the military standard for spill prevention and control and countermeasure plans for oil storage. Mr. Dulaney also worked with CGN & Associates Inc. as a mechanical design engineer, designing products such as commercial restaurant equipment, injection molded mist inhalers and construction light towers.

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Amy Ehlers
Government Relations Manager, Novozymes North America Inc.

Amy Ehlers is the Government Relations Manager at Novozymes North America Inc. Prior to this position, she worked as a policy manager at Biotechnology Industry Organization, where she managed policy and advocacy work on energy, agriculture, appropriations and tax legislation as well as working with multiple coalitions focused on advancing biofuels, bio-based products and the bioeconomy.

Amy earned her BA in Environmental Studies in 1998 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her MA in Legislative Affairs in 2005 from George Washington University.

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Ned Farquhar
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land & Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior

Ned Farquhar is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, Bureau of Land Management, at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Farquhar was most recently senior advocate for Mountain West Energy/Climate with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since 2006, he has developed strategies for the Western Regional Climate Initiative, incorporating seven states and four Canadian provinces, and culminating in the nation’s most comprehensive cap and trade framework in September 2008. The Initiative supports renewable energy development throughout the West.

From 2003 to 2006, Farquhar was the senior advisor to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on energy and the environment, providing strategic and tactical direction to Richardson’s nationally recognized clean energy program. Farquhar worked with cabinet members to develop legislation, executive orders and communications on climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, land management, and energy development. He represented Richardson at the Western Governors’ Association, designing and implementing the governor’s clean and diversified energy program for the WGA.

Farquhar has a 1982 master degree in geography from Cambridge University, England, and a bachelor of arts from Middlebury College, Vermont (1980). He has been a member of numerous boards and commissions, including former board chair of the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority; board chair of the Conservation Voters New Mexico (since 2006); and chair of the Transportation Funders Group (2001-2002).

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John Felmy
Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute

John Felmy is Chief Economist of API. He is responsible for overseeing economic, statistical and policy analysis of the Institute. He has over twenty-five years experience in energy, economic and environmental analysis. He received Bachelors and Masters in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Maryland. 

John is a member of several professional associations including the American Economics Association and the International Association for Energy Economics. 

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Jacob C. Fey
Director, Washington State University Extension Energy Program

Before signing on to lead the WSU Extension Energy Program in 2001, Jake Fey served as the Energy Conservation Manager/Energy Services Manager at Tacoma Power where he oversaw a comprehensive conservation program resulting in the acquisition of 40 average megawatts at a cost of $120 million. At the WSU Extension Energy Program Fey has built, strengthened and diversified key funder, political and other stakeholder relationships, as well as heightened visibility of the program within the energy community. He serves as Vice Chair of the Association of State Energy Research & Technology Transfer Institutions Executive Committee. Mr. Fey is also a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Regional Bioenergy Program Steering Committee, the Washington State Energy Strategy Committee, and the Northwest Power Planning Council Conservation Resource Advisory Committee.

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Anna Garcia
Acting Program Manager of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program , U.S. Department of Energy

Anna Garcia is Acting Program Manager of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program in the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, providing leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy through technology deployment, accessing new partnerships and resources and communications and outreach activities.

Prior to that Ms Garcia served as Executive Director of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC), the organization of 12 states and the District of Columbia created by Congress in 1990 to assess and coordinate the development of policies to reduce regional ground-level ozone or "smog" in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Before joining OTC she was Director of Operations and State Programs for the non-profit Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, a division of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation. She provides unique environmental and energy expertise in creating partnerships with and among state agencies to design multi-pollutant strategies that have both environmental and economic benefits.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Princeton University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University.

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Jeffrey C. Genzer
General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials

Jeffrey C. Genzer joined Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. in 1985. His practice has concentrated on energy and environmental counseling and litigation. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, bulk power supply, transmission system issues, contract negotiation, franchise and municipalization issues, alternative energy sources, conservation and energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management and integrated resource planning programs.

In the environment area he has been involved especially in Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act issues and all phases of environmental reviews for energy projects.

He has appeared before a variety of federal agencies and state and federal courts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of state commissions, agencies and courts. He also has an active federal legislative practice. He has worked with a number of local and state governments throughout the United States from New York to Hawaii. Mr. Genzer presently serves as General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association and the Energy Programs Consortium. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal legislative activities, energy, environmental and utility issues.

Prior to entering law school, Mr. Genzer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia. He worked on a number of development projects and served as the first energy planner in the region. Mr. Genzer supervised, planned, and constructed numerous water systems and other construction projects. He also prepared legislation and successful grant proposals. While in law school, Mr. Genzer was employed at the National Consumer Law Center.

He monitored legislative and regulatory activities and wrote legal and policy memoranda in the field of energy law. After his second year of law school, Mr. Genzer clerked for Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Prior to returning to the firm, he served as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors' Association. In that role he drafted legislation in the energy and environmental area, and served as the chief energy lobbyist for the Association. He provided legal analysis for the Governors on such issues as electric utility regulation, nuclear waste, oil overcharge refunds, toxic victims compensation, and natural gas regulation and a variety of environmental issues. Mr. Genzer also coordinated the activities of the state energy offices. His practice is focused on energy, environmental, utility and legislative matters.

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Donald Gilligan
President, NAESCO

Donald Gilligan is the President of NAESCO. He is responsible for coordinating NAESCO's federal and state advocacy activities as well as its relationships with other national and regional energy efficiency organizations. Mr. Gilligan has worked in the energy efficiency industry since 1975, as a consultant, entrepreneur, and state government official. He is the author and co-author of a number of reports on energy efficiency and the growth of the ESCO industry, which have been published by NAESCO and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and is a graduate of Harvard University.

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Joan Glickman
Senior Advisor: Office of Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy

Joan Glickman joined the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE in 1997 and has held a variety of positions there including Deputy Director of the Federal Energy Management Program.

Since January 2010, Joan has led the Department’s development of the Home Energy Score, a new program designed to provide homeowners with a better understanding of their home’s energy performance. She currently oversees implementation of that program through 11 pilots across the country.

Joan has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in African History from Amherst College.

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Chuck Guinn
Northeast Regional Coordinator, NASEO

Chuck Guinn currently serves as Northeast Regional Coordinator for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), of which he was the founding Chairman.

His thirty-two years of experience in New York State government included being a member of the management team that founded the New York State Energy Office in 1976. Mr. Guinn was closely involved in the development of the various Energy Office Programs and became Deputy Commissioner in1980-1995. He served as the staff manager for the various New York State Energy Plan processes thus leading a broad interagency team developing policy and programs. Duties included representing New York in many National Governors Association energy task forces, representing New York in many regional and international working groups and working with local governments on program development. He was Chair of the State Energy Advisory Board to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

In 1995 Mr. Guinn founded Strategic Guidance Associates to serve clients in the energy, environment and transportation fields. He served as an advisor to the World Bank on energy efficiency programs in emerging markets especially China and Brazil. This assignment covered over 10 years and 25 World Bank missions. Notable achievement of this activity was the successful introduction and development of energy performance contracting and energy service companies in China. Mr. Guinn is serving as the Advisor of the Coalition of Northeast Governors on energy policy and programs. He has worked with a number of states on program development activities.

Mr. Guinn is currently working with NASEO to help the Northeast States develop and implement effective energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, especially those funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

His academic credentials include a BS in civil engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a MS in civil engineering from Northwestern University. His honors include Sigma XI--National Science and Tau Beta Pi--National Engineering.

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Dr. Ilan Gur
Senior Advisor for Commercialization, Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Ilan Gur is a Senior Advisor for Commercialization at ARPA-E, focused on preparing breakthrough energy technologies for the transition from lab to market.

Dr. Gur has spent his career developing and commercializing clean energy technologies based on advances in materials science. Prior to ARPA-E, Dr. Gur served as a Co-Founder and Director of Seeo, Inc., a venture-backed lithium battery start-up, bringing the company from lab-stage chemistry innovation to one of the top emerging startups in the sector. Dr. Gur was previously a Ph.D. research fellow at U.C., Berkeley, where he developed a new class of low-cost photovoltaics based on printed semiconductors. The key scientific contributions and patent portfolio resulting from this work served as the basis for Solexant, a company now commercializing the technology for grid-parity solar power.

As a member of the Professional Faculty at U.C., Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Dr. Gur developed a unique set of academic curricula that tie together technology, market, and policy considerations for advancement of new technologies, including multidisciplinary graduate courses in photovoltaics, advanced batteries, and technology entrepreneurship.

Dr. Gur holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Art Guzzetti
Vice President-Policy, American Public Transportation Association

Art Guzzetti, a thirty-one year veteran of public transportation at the local, state and national levels, serves as Vice President-Policy for the American Public Transportation Association, the trade group representing the public transportation industry. Mr. Guzzetti is responsible, among other things, for APTA’s extensive policy research agenda, policy analysis and development, and cultivation of the ideas that will propel public transportation forward. Special attention has been made over the past year in working with APTA’s membership, U.S. DOT and other key industry partners to help shape an ongoing, vibrant national high-speed rail program. Widely regarded as an expert on transportation policy, Mr. Guzzetti has traveled widely and is a frequent speaker at many national conferences and seminars dealing with transportation policy issues.

Prior to coming to APTA in June 1997, Mr. Guzzetti was Assistant Manager, Government Affairs for the Port Authority of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) where he focused on grants, government relations, policy and capital programming issues. Fundamental responsibilities were to bring about the legislative and grantmaking actions necessary for the organization’s annual capital and operating budgets. Mr. Guzzetti held various government relations positions at New Jersey Transit from 1981 through 1987, and with the New Jersey Department of Transportation from 1979 through 1981. He has a Political Science degree from Edinboro State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Dale L. Hahs
Executive Director, Energy Services Coalition

Dale L. Hahs is the Executive Director of the Energy Services Coalition, a national nonprofit organization composed of a network of experts from a wide range of organizations working together at the state and local level to increase energy efficiency through energy savings performance contracting (ESPC).

ESC is nationally regarded for having created the authoritative best practices assemblage of tools, guides and programmatic resources to maximize the benefits of energy savings performance contracting and hosts the only national competition of ESPC success per captita among the states and territories. ESC is a technical assistance provider for the Department of Energy and is responsible for scores of webinars, seminars and workshops as well as individualized state and local government programmatic and project design assistance. Energy Services Coalition chapters deliver unbiased outreach and education while managing the challenges of local markets.

Prior to the Executive Director role for the coalition, Dale served multiple terms as the President of the Board of Directors and has been engaged in the energy industry providing client solutions for over 20 years.

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Brian Henderson
Southeast Regional Coordinator, NASEO

Brian Henderson has over 35 years of experience in energy efficiency for both public and private organizations as a consultant, senior manager, department head, program designer and project engineer. He is currently an independent energy management consultant serving as the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) helping to facilitate communications and provide technical assistance to 9 Southeast states and 2 territories.

For the past two years, Mr. Henderson has also been providing consulting services on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) encouraging greater energy efficiency in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. He is also an energy consultant for The World Bank, as a member of an international team assisting in the design of energy efficiency programs. Previously, for over 12 years, Mr. Henderson was the Director of Energy Efficiency Services at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and for over 17 years held various positions with the New York State Energy Office. He has also served on the Board of Directors and held numerous officer positions with various national and regional energy related organizations. Mr. Henderson has a B.S. in Physics and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

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Patricia Hoffman
Assistant Secretary: Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

Patricia Hoffman is the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability leads the Department of Energy’s (DOE) efforts to modernize the electric grid through the development and implementation of national policy pertaining to electric grid reliability and the management of research, development, and demonstration activities for “next generation” electric grid infrastructure technologies.

Hoffman is responsible for developing and implementing a long-term research strategy for modernizing and improving the resiliency of the electric grid. Hoffman directs research on visualization and controls, energy storage and power electronics, high temperature superconductivity and renewable/distributed systems integration. She also oversees the business management of the office including human resources, budget development, financial execution, and performance management. Before joining the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Hoffman was the Program Director for the Federal Energy Management Program which implements efficiency measures in the federal sector and the Program Manager for the Distributed Energy Program that developed advanced natural gas power generation and combined heat and power systems. She also managed the Advanced Turbine System program resulting in a high-efficiency industrial gas turbine product.

Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Penn State University.

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Kathleen Hogan
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Kathleen Hogan is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this capacity, Dr. Hogan oversees a more than $900 million annual energy efficiency policy, program, and research portfolio including industrial, buildings, and vehicle technologies, along with federal energy management. As part of EERE's senior leadership, Dr. Hogan helps to oversee $16.8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

Prior to this position, Dr. Hogan served for more than 10 years as the Division Director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency responsible for the development and operation of EPA's clean energy programs focused on removing market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy. These programs included the ENERGY STAR® program, programs for combined heat and power and renewable energy, corporate leadership programs, and efforts focused on state clean energy policies. Under her management, ENERGY STAR grew to a national brand for energy efficiency across products, new homes, and buildings. She was also a key convener of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and has served as a technical advisor on the boards of a number of national and regional energy efficiency organizations.

Earlier in her EPA career, Dr. Hogan developed and managed programs to address emissions of methane and the high global warming potential gases including programs with the natural gas, waste management, livestock, aluminum smelting, and electronics industries. She also worked to address methane emissions in the Russian natural gas system and was an expert contributor on these topics to assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Dr. Hogan has been recognized for her work with a Presidential Rank Award, induction into the Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame of the U.S. Energy Association, and as a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Dr. Hogan has a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Bucknell University.

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Steve Kalland
Executive Director, North Carolina Solar Center

Steve Kalland, Executive Director of the North Carolina Solar Center, has over 17 years of experience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. Steve directs the strategic vision of the Solar Center and its programs, including activities in clean power and energy efficiency technologies, green buildings, and clean transportation. Programs range from technical assitance to economic development, public policy, STEM education and workforce development.

Steve graduated in 1991 from the College of William and Mary in Virginia with a degree in Government and Psychology. In 1993 he received a Master of Science in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Rochester. He has been a member of the Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) since 1993 and in 2001 became a life member of the American Solar Energy Society. He received a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University in 2003.

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Richard Kauffman
Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Richard Kauffman joined the U.S. Department of Energy in September 2011, as a Senior Advisor to Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Prior to joining the Department, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Richard was also a partner of Goldman Sachs where he chaired the Global Financing Group and served as a member of the firm's Partnership Committee, Commitments Committee and Investment Banking Division Operating Committee. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he served as vice chairman of Morgan Stanley's Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department.

Richard has also served as the chairman of the board of Levi Strauss & Co., as well as on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Brookings Institution and the Foreign Policy Association. He has been a lecturer in finance and financial accounting at the Yale School of Management and a teaching fellow in foreign policy at Yale College. Richard is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Richard earned a bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University, a master's degree in international relations from Yale University and a master's in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.

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Alan Kirn
Director-Strategic Alliances Renewable Energy Solutions, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Alan Kirn is an Energy professional with over 30 years of experience in the industry. He is a Mechanical Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager and a Charter member of AEE. Since 1993, Alan has been with Johnson Controls managing the Performance Contracting business, establishing and managing a Corporate Engineering Group, and for the past 5 years in a leadership role in JCIs Renewable Energy business with direct responsibility for the Biomass business in North America.

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Mark “Bump” Kraeger
Chief Operating Officer, PRIME BioSolutions

Mark “Bump” Kraeger has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Animal Science. He has several years management experience with feed yards in the Nebraska/Kansas area including Mead Cattle Co. near Mead, NE. He has been working with PRIME since 1998 assisting with the development of our current patent technology. Since 2004, he has been Chairman of the Cedar County Feeders Cooperative, a group of cattlemen representing 400,000 mother cows.

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Michael Leahy
Economist, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Michael Leahy is an economist with the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) working for Acting Administrator Howard Gruenspecht. At EIA, Michael analyzes and forecasts coal markets and transportation costs. Prior to joining EIA, Michael was an economist for the Michigan Public Service Commission working on energy forecasting, analysis, and security. There he led the Commission’s Forecasting Working Group, serving as the lead economist on the Michigan Energy Appraisal, a comprehensive assessment of Michigan energy markets.

Michael has served as a U.S. Agency for International Development energy expert in Nigeria and was also awarded the 2011 U.S. Secretary of Energy Achievement Award. He graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) as a Gerber Scholar with a double major in Economics and Political Science and was a 2010 Fellow at MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.

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Ward Lenz
Director, North Carolina Energy Office

Ward Lenz has the dual responsibility of energy programs director and manager of the organization’s utility partners. He directs builder training programs for ENERGY STAR® and InUnison. Lenz also supervises research programs to measure builder approaches and the success levels of construction programs. He works with utility and volunteer groups to implement programs where volunteers complete basic energy efficiency measures in homes.

Lenz’s cross-functional leadership has helped lead Advanced Energy in collaborating with groups in more than 30 states, the federal government and utilities across the country. His efforts continue to transform existing resources and partnerships into programs with significant impact.

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Emanuel Levy
Executive Director, Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA)

Emanuel Levy is the Executive Director of the Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA). Located in New York, NY and founded in 1995, SBRA is a non-profit organization with the mission of developing new technologies that enhance the value, quality, and performance of the nation's factory built homes, manufactured and modular. Under SBRA's mantle, Mr. Levy oversees an annual research budget of about $1 million, mostly related to improving home energy performance, building quality and affordability. Since 2000, SBRA has served as the US EPA’s national quality assurance provider for the ENERGY STAR manufactured and modular home programs, thus far awarding ENERGY STAR labels to nearly 30,000 factory built homes.

Mr. Levy is also the team lead for the Advanced Residential Integrated Energy Solutions (ARIES) consortium, one of the ten interdisciplinary teams organized under DOE's Building America program. ARIES was created to accelerate the development and commercialization of innovative and cost-effective approaches for dramatically reducing energy use of the nation's affordable housing, both existing and new. The team is broadly representative, including more than 50 organizations, drawing from stakeholders in the affordable housing and energy research communities including: Corporation for Enterprise Development, Ford Foundation, Fannie Mae, Habitat for Humanity International, Manufactured Housing Institute, Corporation for Enterprise Development, NeighborWorks America, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, Syracuse Center of Excellence, among others.

Mr. Levy has advanced degrees in Architecture from Syracuse University (B. Arch.) and Carnegie-Mellon University (M. Arch). He is a Registered Architect in New York State, has been an adjunct professor at the Pratt Institute, is a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council and serves on the Board of Next Step, a non-profit organization creating innovative and sustainable housing solutions for low income families.

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Alice Lippert
Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

Alice Lippert is currently employed with the U.S. Depart of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) where she serves as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Office's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration. She was formerly the Director of the Infrastructure Analysis and Planning Directorate, leading a team of analysts on energy infrastructure security and reliability projects. She is responsible for the State and Local Government Energy Assurance Outreach Program and the State Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinators' system. She also serves as the Office’s COOP Coordinator.

She also serves as a Senior Energy Infrastructure Analyst for emergency response and security programs. She has over 25 years dealing with oil and gas markets.

Prior to joining the current office, Ms. Lippert was employed as an Energy Economist with the Energy Information Administration (EIA) where she served as the Project Manager for the State Heating Oil and Propane Project and Survey Manager of EIA's Annual Fuel Oil and Kerosene Sales Report Project. She was one of EIA's resident petroleum analysts.

Prior to 1985, Ms. Lippert was also employed as an Economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics', Consumer Expenditure Survey, a large household consumption survey used to update the basket of goods and services in the Consumer Price Index.

Ms. Lippert holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Dakota.

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Dennis V. McGinn
President, ACORE

Vice Adm. Dennis V. McGinn, USN (retired) is the president of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a 501(c)(3) membership non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy.

Admiral McGinn is a naval aviator, test pilot and national security strategist. He has served as Director of the Air Warfare Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; the Commander of the U.S. Third Fleet; and the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Warfare Requirements and Programs in the Pentagon.

Admiral McGinn brings to ACORE his significant national experience in efforts to highlight the close link between energy, climate and national security. He is a strong advocate for innovative government policy, public and private partnerships, and investments that will promote clean energy growth and innovation.

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Jim McVeigh
Program Manager, SRA International

Mr. McVeigh is a Program Manager at SRA International, managing and supporting federal, state, national laboratory and private clients efforts to improve various aspects of renewable technologies research, development and deployment through enhanced representation and incorporation of technical, economic and environmental benefits in program and portfolio decision making. Mr. McVeigh has twelve years of experience and demonstrated analytical capability in the renewable energy and distributed energy industry. He is an experienced manager, researcher and analyst specializing in technical, economic, market and policy issues, with an interdisciplinary background and strong skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis on a variety of projects. Mr. McVeigh graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2000.

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Bob Mitchell
Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Wind Connection and Trans-Elect Development Company (Trans-Elect)

Bob Mitchell serves as CEO of Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC), LLC, the visionary and transformative subsea transmission backbone that will enable large-scale development of the Mid-Atlantic region’s vast offshore wind energy potential. The AWC will enable 7,000 mw of offshore wind to be delivered to New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Mr. Mitchell continues serving as CEO of Trans-Elect, America’s first independent transmission company that he pioneered with its formation in 1999. Trans-Elect became the lead developer of the AWC in 2009.

The Atlantic Wind Connection project was publicly launched in October, 2010, with a front page story in the New York Times and followed by stories in every major news outlet in North America, Europe and Asia. The attention was prompted by the innovation and scale of the $5+ B, ten year project funded by Google, Good Energies and Marubeni. The Belgian transmission company, Elia, rounded out the equity investors in August of 2011.

The Atlantic Wind Connection project is well underway in designing the project, securing regulatory and permitting approvals and is on track to serve the wind developers in Mid-Atlantic region with a super highway for offshore wind that will benefit the environment and rate payers well beyond just the Mid-Atlantic States.

The progress being made on the AWC follows a track record of Trans-Elect achieving history making successes with the first ever acquisition of transmission systems from two utilities and operating 12,600 miles of transmission assets. Mr. Mitchell also led Trans-Elect’s team in the development and financing of the Path 15 transmission line. The successful completion of Path 15 in two years solved a major transmission congestion chokepoint in California that contributed to rolling blackouts in the Bay area in 2000 and 2001. The development of this line was a first in public/private partnerships with the U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and independent, Trans-Elect. Project Finance International magazine awarded Trans-Elect and Path 15 the “Infrastructure Deal of the Year for the Americas.”

Mr. Mitchell comes to the electric industry with a diverse background in business and high-level positions in the executive and legislative branch of state and federal governments. Most notably, he served as Chief of Staff to a US Senator, was a Presidential appointee to the US Department of Agriculture and served in the Governor’s cabinet in Michigan.

Mr. Mitchell has also formed and run business ventures in real estate, finance and energy. Mr. Mitchell has served on the boards of the California Foundation for the Economy, Environment, Ocean Renewable Power Company, Counsel of Environmental Quality and many others. He initiated and founded the bi-partisan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University in 1992 that has trained nearly a thousand people to serve more effectively in public office.

Trans-Elect, headquartered in Bethesda, MD, was named EnergyBiz magazine’s “Energy Company of the Year” in 2011.

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Frank Murray
President and Chief Executive Officer, New York State Energy Research and Development

Francis J. Murray, Jr. was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on January 26, 2009.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Murray served as Senior Advisor at the international environmental consulting firm Ecology and Environment, Inc., where he provided strategic policy and market development guidance on environmental and energy issues to a number of private sector and not-for-profit clients. Mr. Murray also represented the Pace Energy and Climate Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council in the New York Public Service Commission proceeding to establish an energy efficiency portfolio standard program.
From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Murray was policy advisor to the United States Secretary of Energy, assisting in the development of the Clinton Administration’s national energy policy.

Mr. Murray served from 1992 to 1994 as the New York State Commissioner of Energy and Chairman of the NYSERDA Board of Directors, then a statutory function of the State Energy Commissioner. At that time, he also served as Chairman of the State Energy Planning Board, a multi-agency statutory board charged with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive, integrated energy plan for the State that integrated State energy, environmental and economic development policies.

In 1985, Mr. Murray was appointed Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and the Environment, a position he held until 1992. He served from 1983 to 1985 as Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment in the administration of New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo. He represented New York in numerous national and regional energy and environmental activities, including the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the National Governors' Association, and the Council of Great Lakes Governors. Mr. Murray began his work on New York State energy issues as legislative counsel and then as an energy and environmental policy advisor to Governor Hugh Carey from 1977 to 1982. He began his career in public service as a legislative assistant to Congressman James V. Stanton (D-Ohio).

Mr. Murray serves on the board of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (Vice Chair), and the New York Battery and Energy Storage (NY-BEST) Consortium.

Mr. Murray received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Bill Nesmith
Senior Energy Advisor, NASEO

William Nesmith is currently the Senior Energy Advisor for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) located in Alexandria, Virginia. In this position Mr. Nesmith provides expert advice and consultation to NASEO on a variety of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable development, and international programs. A major client for international advice is the United States Department of Energy.

Mr. Nesmith's background includes a Master of Science degree and over twenty-five years experience in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy. He has worked as a land use planner for local government, been a program manager with state government, served as a public utilities specialist with the U.S. Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, and served as the Assistant Director for Energy Efficiency at the Oregon Department of Energy.

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Dr. George Oyler
President, Synaptic Research

Dr. Oyler is the President of Synaptic Research. He holds MD and PhD degrees in neuroscience. Prior to forming Synaptic Research, Dr. Oyler was affiliated with several prestigious research and medical institutions, including the ScrippsResearch Institute, Pennsylvania State University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland.

Dr. Oyler is a recognized expert in the biochemistry of neural function, with particular emphasis on the effect of neurotoxins, especially the Botulinum Toxin. His expertise in this area began in 1989 with the publication of one of the seminal research papers in this field. Since then his work has led to development of techniques for the analysis of toxin effects on neurons, and subsequently to innovative strategies for the treatment of exposure to neurotoxins. More recently, his research has led to investigation of the ubiquitin system and how it might be used to treat diseases, including botulism and other toxin-related diseases. He has several patents pending in these fields.

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Thom Pearce
Chair, Critical Infrastructure Staff Subcommittee, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Thom Pearce serves as Chair of the NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure, providing leadership on issues involving critical utility infrastructure for the gas, electric, water, and telecommunications sectors. Having previously served as Chair of NARUC's Staff Subcommittee on Gas, Thom also serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Energy/NARUC LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) Partnership and as a member of the Advisory Council for the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB; an energy standards-setting organization).

Thom earned his Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School , Columbus , Ohio , and his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College , Marietta , Ohio . Involved in his community, Thom serves as a member of the board of directors of his local United Way and as an elected member of the board of education for his local school district.

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Van Meter Pettit
Director of the Green Bank of Kentucky and Manager, Kentucky Clean Energy Corps

Van Meter Pettit, director of the Green Bank of Kentucky, administers a $14 million loan fund for state facility energy management contracts, and through the Kentucky Housing Corporation, manages the Kentucky Clean Energy Corps. He is liaison for multiple state energy efficiency projects, including weatherization assistance, the Kentucky Home Performance program, and statewide energy auditor training. Prior to taking his position with the State of Kentucky, he practiced residential architectural design, and neighborhood design and development, emphasizing land conservation, urban infill, and historic preservation. He is founder and president of the nonprofit Town Branch Trail, Inc., is a steering member of the Energy and Innovation Roundtable, and hosted the statewide energy modeling workshop at IdeaFestival at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas,Austin, and a BA in art history and visual arts from Princeton University.

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Jeffrey R. Pillon
Director of Energy Assurance, NASEO

Jeffrey Pillon is the Director of Energy Assurance for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). In this capacity he is providing technical support to states who have received a total of $38 million nationally in support of a three year program to update their energy emergency response plans and work towards enhancing the resiliency of critical energy infrastructure. He also has Special Term Appointment to Argonne National Laboratory, Infrastructure Assurance Center.

Mr. Pillon has lectured nationally on energy assurance planning and preparedness and designed and assisted in conducting a series of multi-state regional energy emergency exercises and after action workshops. He is the principal author and editor of the State Energy Assurance Guidelines developed by NASEO and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC). He represents NASEO on the Government Coordinating Council for the Energy Sector under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and serves on the Electric Power Research Institute’s Energy Efficiency/Smart Grid Public Advisory Group. He is the past chairs the Energy Data and Security Committee for the NASEO and a past member and chair of the NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure.

Mr. Pillon worked for the State of Michigan from 1973 to 2009. During this time he was Manager of Energy Data & Security for the Michigan Public Service Commission and was responsible for monitoring energy supply and demand, short term energy forecasting, emergency preparedness and management of the Commission’s website and information technology applications. He also served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth and represents the department at the State Emergency Operation Center. He was a member of the Michigan Homeland Security Preparedness Committee; Michigan Homeland Security Advisory Council; chaired the Michigan Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee and later co-chaired of the Energy Sector Committee of the Michigan Infrastructure Coordinating Committee.

Mr. Pillon is a graduate of Michigan State University in Political Science.

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Jim Ploger
Central Regional Coordinator, NASEO

Jim Ploger is a Regional Coordinator for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). He is responsible for a 10-state area of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. In July of 2009, Mr. Ploger retired from the Energy Office at the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC). He worked for the KCC since 1991. Appointed the Division's Director in 1994, Mr. Ploger managed the U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program for Kansas. The Kansas program involved over $1 million in funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation programs. The office is the lead state agency for alternative fuel vehicle programs. Also included are renewable energy programs for biomass, solar, and wind energy resources. Other programs include energy education, energy conservation measures for schools, energy building codes and standards education and training programs, and energy efficiency programs for government, business and industry.

Mr. Ploger has held memberships in numerous energy related organizations and associations including the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO); Energy Services Coalition (ESC), National Board of Directors; Energy Programs Consortium (EPC), National Board of Directors; American Wind Energy Association (AWEA); National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NASEO Delegate); Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Standards Committee; and numerous other energy associations and organizations.

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Roland Risser
Program Manager, Building Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Roland Risser is the Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program. In partnership with the private sector, state and local governments, national laboratories, and universities, the Building Technologies Program (BTP) works to improve the efficiency of buildings and the equipment, components, and systems within them. efore coming to U.S. Department of Energy, Roland Risser was the Director of Customer Energy Efficiency for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In this role, he was responsible for developing the strategies to support PG&E's delivery of energy savings, and strategies to support a Zero Net Energy future.

Prior to DOE, Roland was a member of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency Leadership Group, Chairman of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, board member of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (now ex officio), an advisor to the Institute of Electric Efficiency, and is the Chair of the US Technical Advisory Committee to the ISO for a new Energy Management standard (ISO 50001). Roland received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of Science degree from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He also graduated from the Haas School of Business, Executive Program, at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Michael Sachse
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel

Michael Sachse leads Opower's legal and regulatory teams. An experienced negotiator and strategist, Michael's efforts have been instrumental to Opower's success closing deals with eight of the ten largest utilities in the United States as well as developing the regulatory strategy that has led to the widespread acceptance of information-based efficiency by public utility commissions. He lives in Washington DC with his wife Erin, his daughter Nora, son Teddy, and dog Lucy.

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Jonathan Schrag
Deputy Commissioner for Energy, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Jonathan Schrag is the Deputy Commissioner for Energy at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. As the leader of our energy branch, he is responsible for the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) – which reviews rates for electricity, natural gas, water and other utilities – and the Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy – which will conduct the analytical work needed to develop our state energy strategy.

Jonathan currently serves on several energy-related government and non-profit advisory boards, including the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Board, the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy, as a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design and as Vice President of the New York Association for Energy Economics.

Jonathan received an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University in 1993 and subsequently studied the economic history of electrification as a graduate student at Harvard. He received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1999 for research in the history of electrification.

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Alex Schroeder
Senior Manager, Transportation Fuels

As the Senior Manager of Transportation Fuels, Alex works to develop, implement and promote the use of alternative fuels in Colorado. Prior to joining the Governor's Energy Office, Alex was the is the Program Director for Alternative Transportation Fuels and Nuclear Waste Transportation at the Western Governors Association, where he worked on a variety of energy and nuclear waste policy issues. He also worked for the Colorado Energy Research Institute and PA Consulting on developing policies to encourage innovation and asset valuation in the electric utility sector; he also has experience with systems optimization. Alex received his B.S. in General Engineering and completed the Professional Pilot Program at the University of Illinois and has an M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from the Colorado School of Mines.

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Kenneth L. Seibert
President, CMTA

Mr. Seibert is President of CMTA, the largest MEP consulting engineering firm in Kentucky and a top 60 firm in North America. Because of his leadership CMTA has gained a national reputation in the area of Net Zero Energy and high performance, energy efficient designs.

Mr. Seibert speaks nationally on high performance, sustainable buildings. He most recently spoke at the Army’s 2012 Net Zero Workshop in Chicago and Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto.
In September 2009, he was recognized by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear with the 2009 Governor’s Energy Leadership Award. In addition to being an active speaker, Mr. Seibert recently published three articles in ASHRAE’s High Performing Buildings magazine.

Mr. Seibert graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been a licensed engineer in Kentucky (#15342) since 1988. He is a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

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Larry Shirley
Director for Development of the Green Economy, North Carolina Department of Commerce

Larry Shirley serves as the Director of the Green Economy in the NC Department of Commerce. Prior to assuming this position in 2009, Mr. Shirley directed the State Energy Office for nine years. In late 2000, Mr. Shirley served for 13 years as the Executive Director of the NC Solar Center at NC State University. While there, he was elected as Chairman of the American Solar Energy Society in 1996-97. Previous to his work at the Solar Center, he served as the Assistant Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem and founded the Nonprofit Energy Management Program for the Advanced Energy Corporation. He also served as Director of Field Operations for the Center for Renewable Resources in Washington, DC. Mr. Shirley is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Carolyn Snyder
Director, Division of Energy & Climate, Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Carolyn Snyder is the Director of Delaware's Division of Energy & Climate in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). She leads Delaware's efforts to reduce the adverse impacts of energy use and to build new jobs by increasing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and promoting sustainable growth. She manages over $70 million in programs that help residents and businesses save money through clean energy and efficiency. She also leads programs that assess Delaware's vulnerability to the risks of climate change and prepares the state for a changing climate.

Dr. Snyder has spent the last decade working on climate and energy policy at institutions around the world. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University's Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, with a specialization in climate science and policy. Her advisors were IPCC leaders Stephen Schneider and Christopher Field. Her research sought to better characterize important uncertainties in our understanding and predictions of climate change. Her dissertation examined the Earth’s sensitivity to climate change over the past million years. She also assessed the impacts of extreme weather events in California. Prior to Stanford, she completed a Marshall Scholarship, where she earned a Masters in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Quaternary Science from the University of Cambridge.

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Mark Sylvia
Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Mark Sylvia is the Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. In this role, he develops and implements policies and programs aimed at ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth's energy supply within the context of creating a cleaner energy future. He also represents Massachusetts as a Director on the Boards of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc., the National Association of State Energy Officials (Northeast Region), and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Prior to joining the DOER in February, 2009, Sylvia was an official in Plymouth town government for over a decade, including serving as Assistant Town Manager and Acting Town Manager, before becoming Town Manager in 2005.

Mark earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration from The American University in Washington, D.C.

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William E. (Dub) Taylor
Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Dub Taylor is the Director of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), which is operated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Under his direction, SECO helps the state make the most of domestic energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies. SECO's mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment.

Prior to joining SECO in 1999, Taylor’s public sector experience includes six years with the Texas Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division. Taylor's private sector experience was focused in commercial real estate, property appraisal and property tax consulting.

A native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Taylor resides in Austin with his wife, two children and two dogs. Taylor currently serves on, and is actively involved in a number of energy efficiency and clean energy-focused national, state and local organizations.

National, State and Local Organizations


  • National Association of State Energy Officials – past Chairman, Executive Committee
  • National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency - Leadership Group
  • National Council on Electricity Policy - Steering Committee Member
  • National Home Performance Council – Board Member
  • U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board – past Chairman


  • State Cogeneration Council - Comptroller’s Representative
  • Rain Harvesting and Water Recycling Task Force – Comptroller’s Representative
  • Texas Clean Air Working Group


  • Austin-San Antonio Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers

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David Terry
Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.

Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Paul D. Tonko
Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives (NY - 21)

Congressman Paul D. Tonko is serving his second term in Congress representing the 21st District of New York, which includes the state's capital city, Albany. Congressman Tonko comes to Washington, DC with over two decades of administrative, legislative and policy experience having served in the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 2007, and as President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) from 2007-2008.

Congressman Tonko is a nationally recognized expert on energy issues. An engineer by training, Congressman Tonko served as chairman of the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Energy prior to leaving the Assembly to join NYSERDA. As Chairman, Paul fought to protect consumers, fought against utility deregulation and worked to upgrade our aging energy infrastructure. While at NYSERDA, Congressman Tonko worked to advance an aggressive green agenda for businesses and residents throughout New York State.

In Congress, he is a member of the Budget Committee 0 - where he works to promote investments that create jobs and grow the economy, protect investments in the middle class and help bring down the deficit.

Congressman Tonko is also a member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, which merges his energy expertise with his environmental agenda. He is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, which has investigation and oversight powers over all actions of the full committee. He is also a member of the subcommittees for Energy and Environment as well as Research and Science Education. Through his work on the committee, Congressman Tonko hopes to spur an environment where innovation and cutting-edge research and design help drive economic development in the 21st Congressional District.

Building on his work in the New York State Assembly, where he fought for one of the nation's strongest mental health parity laws (known as "Timothy's Law"), Congressman Tonko has always promoted fair and equitable health care policies that strengthen our communities and protect our most vulnerable citizens.

An advocate for a "green economy" and "green-collar jobs", Congressman Tonko has promoted wind development in Upstate New York and successfully lobbied GE to locate their growing GE Wind operations in Schenectady, NY. In the New York State Assembly, Congressman Tonko was a lead sponsor of the Power for Jobs program, which provides low cost power to employers throughout New York State and has retained or created 300,000 jobs statewide. In 2006, Congressman Tonko successfully negotiated for Beech-Nut to keep their plant in Montgomery County, and expand their operation by relocating their corporate headquarters. The new Beech-Nut headquarters is a green building and retained 356 jobs while creating 135 new positions.

Congressman Tonko also has strong ties to local government, which he sees as a crucial partner in delivering programs and services to constituents. At age 26, Congressman Tonko was the youngest person in the history of Montgomery County to be elected to the county’s Board of Supervisors. He served as chairman of that body until 1981. Prior to his election to the Assembly in 1983, Congressman Tonko was an engineer in the New York State Department of Transportation and also served on the staff of the Department of Public Service. Congressman Tonko has been a longtime member of the Public Employees Federation (PEF) and proudly serves as the first PEF member elected to Congress.

Congressman Tonko graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering. He is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, New York.

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Christophe A.G. Tulou
Director, District Department of the Environment

Since May 2010, Christophe A. G. Tulou has served as Director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), the leading authority on energy and environmental issues affecting the District of Columbia. In this capacity, he leads a workforce of approximately 300 environmental professionals and oversees the operations of four administrations, 13 divisions, and 14 branches that work collaboratively to protect the environment and conserve the natural resources of the District of Columbia.

An experienced environmental advocate and professional, Director Tulou has developed a national reputation in environmental, energy, natural resource, and climate policy. As the head of DDOE, Director Tulou has presided over multi-million dollar settlement agreements to clean up contamination along the Anacostia River, worked with city officials to pass legislation to promote revitalization and economic development of "brownfield" sites, and helped to expand programs and authority to protect children from lead-based paint. He finalized and released a draft climate action plan for the District and has begun a broad effort to engage the community on climate mitigation and adaptation issues. Director Tulou has served as DC government’s primary green advocate, dedicating new green buildings and green roofs, promoting energy conservation, and initiating river restoration efforts to position the District as a national leader in sustainable practices.

Prior to his position at DDOE, Director Tulou served as principal of Christophe Tulou Associates, an organization that advised clients on the implications and opportunities at the intersection of global change and public policy. There, he co-directed the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment/Ceres Resilient Coasts Initiative, a ground-breaking collaboration of private, public, scientific and nonprofit-sector leaders tasked with developing and implementing a "blueprint" to make coastal communities more resilient to existing hazards and avert the worst consequences of climate change.

In 2003, Director Tulou founded the non-profit Center for Sea Change to advance reform of US ocean laws and policies. Prior to that, as Executive Director of the Pew Oceans Commission, he guided a three-year, $6 million initiative to develop policies to restore and protect living marine resources in US waters, which culminated in publication of "America's Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Sea Change."

Between 1993 and 1998, Director Tulou served as cabinet secretary for Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the state's primary environmental protection, public lands preservation, and natural resources conservation agency. He spent over a decade working for the US Congress, serving in several capacities, including staff director to a subcommittee of the US House Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs.

Director Tulou earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the College of William and Mary and two master's degrees - one in Zoology and the other in Marine Affairs - from the University of Rhode Island. He also earned a law degree from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars.

A native of Geneva, Switzerland, Director Tulou and his wife are 30-year residents of Washington, DC.

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Barbara Tyran
Director, Washington & State Relations, EPRI

Barbara Tyran is Director, Washington & State Relations, in EPRI’s office in Washington DC. She serves as the principal liaison between EPRI executive management, and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, the national leadership of the state public utility commissions, state legislators/regulators, and the Washington energy community.

Ms. Tyran joined EPRI in 1998 after serving for several years as Manager of Federal Government Affairs for two electric utilities, Kansas City Power & Light (now Great Plains Energy, Inc.) and Empire District Electric Company. Previously, she was the Washington Representative for the Detroit Edison Company (now DTE Energy).

Prior to that, Ms. Tyran worked as a management consultant, initially with Booz Allen & Hamilton in their Institutional Management Consulting Division and subsequently, with Pace Global, where she was engaged with energy-related clients in both the private and public sectors.

Ms. Tyran holds a BA degree with Honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale University. In recognition of her electricity industry expertise and knowledge, she was appointed in 2005 by the Secretary of Commerce to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Energy and Energy Services and elected Chairman in 2010. Ms. Tyran also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions, the Board of Directors for the Women’s Council on Energy & the Environment, and the Executive Council of the USEA/Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Forum.

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John Warner
Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells

John Warner rejoined the firm after his decision not to seek a sixth term as U.S. Senator for the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his 30 years in the Senate, he served on the Senate Armed Services Committee, including three periods as Chairman, and was viewed as one of the most influential senators on military and foreign policy issues. At varying times, the Senator also served on the Senate Health, Education, and Pensions Committee; Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Select Committee on Intelligence (where he served as Vice Chairman for several years); Commerce Committee; Environment and Public Works Committee; and Rules Committee (where he served as Chair for several years). Most recently, he was the lead co-sponsor with Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) on climate change legislation.

The Senator volunteered for two periods of active military duty: the first as an enlisted sailor in the final years of World War II (1945-46), and the second as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War (1950-52).

After completing his law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law, he clerked for The Honorable E. Barrett Prettyman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1955 to 1960, the Senator was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. He joined Hogan & Hartson as an associate in 1961 and became a partner in 1964.

He left Hogan & Hartson in 1969 when he was appointed, and confirmed by the Senate, as Under Secretary, and later as Secretary, of the U.S. Navy, positions he served in for a total of more than five years during the Vietnam War.

Between 1974 and 1976, the Senator served as Administrator for the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, where he administered federal programs in all 50 states and with 22 foreign nations that participated in this historic 200-year anniversary of the founding of our nation.

Subsequently, he waged two years of political campaigning, winning election to his first of five Senate terms in November 1978. On January 3, 2009, he completed his fifth consecutive term and retired, establishing a record of being the second longest-serving U.S. Senator in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Marya M. White
Director, Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council

Marya White has over 30 years in various sectors of the energy industry. Currently, she serves as the Director of the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council (EISPC). EISPC is a DOE-ARRA funded opportunity for the 39 States (plus the District of Columbia and the City of New Orleans) to collaborate on energy resource and transmission planning studies encompassing the entire area of the Eastern Transmission Interconnection. In this position, White has responsibility for all of the business and staff of EISPC as well as providing expert consultation to its members regarding industry history, laws, policies and actions. Prior to joining EISPC, White was the Manager for state regulatory processes for the Minnesota Office of Energy Security (which functions as the litigation staff for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission). Also, in that position, White represented the State of Minnesota in regional and federal energy regulatory matters. Prior to joining the State, White held regulatory affairs positions at a FERC-regulated interstate natural gas pipeline company. She also has had various positions in the areas of state regulation, corporate tax, accounting and forecasting strategy at an energy corporation with divisions and subsidiaries in retail electric and natural gas utility sales and service, electricity generation and transmission, natural gas production and transportation as well as mining and other interests. White holds B.S. degrees in Accounting and Business Administration and an MBA.

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Malcolm Woolf
Director, Maryland Energy Administration

Malcolm Woolf was appointed in June 2007 by Governor Martin O'Malley to lead the Maryland Energy Administration in promoting affordable, reliable and clean energy. In this role, he helped enact and implement the most ambitious set of energy goals in the nation, including the EmPOWER Maryland Act seeking a 15% reduction in peak demand and overall electricity consumption, a 20% renewable standard, and a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve these goals, MEA has launched numerous innovative new programs to promote greater use of clean energy technologies. Several of these programs have received national recognition, including the Generating Clean Horizons program which was recently named one of the "top 25 innovations in American government" by Harvard University's John F Kennedy School.

An energy expert with experience at the national level and in the private sector, Mr. Woolf is the chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), has twice been invited to testify before the Senate Energy Committee, and is frequently featured in national media, including NPR and CNN.

Mr. Woolf was previously the Director of the National Governors Association's Natural Resources Committee, which shapes federal policy on energy, agriculture, the environment, and natural resources. While with the NGA, Woolf launched the NGA's Energy Project to evaluate and prioritize state and federal energy policies and shape the federal energy agenda. Mr. Woolf also served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, working on energy and environment issues, including renewable and rural energy. Mr. Woolf was also a Senior Attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and an Environmental and Energy Associate with both Winston & Strawn and Piper & Marbury L.L.P.

Mr. Woolf received his B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University and Pembroke College, Oxford University. He earned a Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

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Brian Wynne
President, Electric Drive Transportation Association

Brian Wynne is the President of the Electric Drive Transportation Association
(EDTA). Appointed in April 2004, he acts as chief staff executive of this
member-based international organization, which promotes battery, hybrid, plugin
hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles and infrastructure.

Mr. Wynne brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology
applications gained in leadership roles with trade associations and public-private
partnerships. He has previously served as Senior Vice President for business and
trade at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Prior to that role, he
led a global technology association as CEO of AIM International, Inc. Mr. Wynne
started his career as a legislative assistant to US Senator Charles Percy and has
served on several not-for-profit Boards.

Currently, Mr. Wynne serves on the US Department of Energy’s Electricity
Advisory Committee, as a key representative for the electric drive industry, as
well as the Industry Advisory Board for the GATE Center for Electric Drive
Transportation at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Mr. Wynne is also the
President of the World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA), an international
organization launched in 1990 with the objective of promoting the research,
development and dissemination of electric vehicles on a global scale.

Mr. Wynne holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, a Masters
degree from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins
University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany.

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