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Power & Renewables Conference: North America

July 27 - October 1

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Delivering on the US Decarbonization Pledge 

President Joe Biden ramped up the US climate goal to achieve a 50% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels. The revised version of the CLEAN Future Act introduced earlier this year by leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee signals a path towards a substantial transformation of the US power sector. 

Under the proposed legislation, a national clean energy standard will mandate that all retail electricity suppliers provide an increasing supply of clean electricity to consumers starting in 2023, rising to 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2035. 

Similar requirements will also affect the transportation, building, and industrial sector, authorizing $565 billion in federal spending over ten years to enable deep decarbonization. But what combination of technology advancements, good market design, and policy frameworks will enable this profound transformation of the energy mix?

Wood Mackenzie’s senior energy transition experts presented their latest insights on these central questions and engaged in conversations with renewable industry leaders to break down the steps the power sector needs to deliver these targets.  

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  • 300+

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  • 11+

    Countries in Attendance

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    Director Level and Above

Agenda Themes

The Impact of the Biden Administration’s Climate Ambition and How the CLEAN Future Act Will Transform the US Power Landscape in the 2020s 

The Aftermath of the Texas Deep Freeze: Lessons on Energy Market Design and Extreme Weather-Associated Risks in Other ISO Territories 

Critical US Transmission Infrastructure Needs in Response to the Renewables Boom 

What Is Next for US Renewable Project Finance: Shorter PPAs, Declining Marginal Prices, Tax Credit Extensions and More Merchant Exposure 

Long-Duration Energy Storage Is the Pillar of Deep Decarbonization: Emerging Storage Technologies and the Future of Capacity Markets 

How Transportation Electrification Holds the Potential to Change the Game for Grid Flexibility 

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Agenda

1:00 PM

ET

1:00 PM - 1:35 PM

Welcome & WoodMac Research Spotlight: How the CLEAN Future Act will Transform the US Power Landscape in the 2020s

Chris Seiple

Vice Chairman, Energy Transition and Power & Renewables

Wood Mackenzie

1:35 PM

ET

1:35 PM - 2:05 PM

Keynote Interview with the U.S. Department of Energy

Kelly Speakes-Backman

Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

Ed Crooks

Vice-Chair, Americas

Wood Mackenzie

2:05 PM

ET

2:05 PM - 2:45 PM

Panel: The Aftermath of the Texas Deep Freeze

Mark Rothleder

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

CAISO

Dr. Vamsi Chadalavada

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

ISO New England

Dr. Karl Meeusen

Director, Markets, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, North America

Wärtsilä

Ryan Sweezey

Research Manager

Wood Mackenzie

2:50 PM

ET

2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

Wood Mackenzie Show & Tell | Lens Power

Andrew Utz

Product Manager

Wood Mackenzie

Matthew Casey

Head of Americas Sales, Power and Renewables

Wood Mackenzie

3:10 PM

ET

3:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Coffee Break

3:20 PM

ET

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Panel: What is Next for U.S. Renewable Project Finance?

Marshal Salant

Head of Alternative Energy Finance

Citi

Christopher King

Managing Director, Renewables

Lafayette Square

Elina Coss

Of Counsel, Energy and Infrastructure

Wilson Sonsini

Patrick Pfeiffer

Managing Director, U.S. Operations

Statkraft

Xiaojing Sun

Head of solar

Wood Mackenzie

4:00 PM

ET

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Fireside Chat: Making Long-Duration Storage Viable

Eric Dresselhuys

Chief Executive Officer

ESS, inc.

vanessa witte

Analyst

WoodMackenzie

4:30 PM

ET

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Roundtable: Critical Transmission Infrastructure Needs in Response to the Renewables Boom

Mark Lauby

Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer

North American Electric Reliability Corporation

Eric Luesebrink

Senior Vice President, Development

Engie

Brian McIntosh

Research Director, North American Power

Wood Mackenzie

1:00 PM

ET

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Welcome & WoodMac Research Spotlight: The Policy Incentives and Technology Advancements that will Drive Decarbonization Success

Xiaojing Sun

Head of solar

Wood Mackenzie

Dan Shreve

Head of Global Wind Energy Research

Wood Mackenzie

Jonny Sultoon

Head of Markets & Transitions, Energy Transition Practice

Wood Mackenzie

1:45 PM

ET

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Fireside Chat

Badar Khan

President

National Grid

Ben Hertz-Shargel

Global Head of Grid Edge

Wood Mackenzie

2:15 PM

ET

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Panel: How Innovation and Digital Tools are Enabling Better Solar and Wind Performance at Lower Operational Costs

Nick de Vries

Senior Vice President Technology and Asset Management

Silicon Ranch

Vania Mesrob

Vice President, O&M Lead

Goldman Sachs

Jeremy Law

Vice President Asset Management

Longroad Energy

Daniel Liu

Principal Analyst, Power & Renewables

Wood Mackenzie

2:45 PM

ET

2:45 PM - 3:05 PM

Wood Mackenzie Show & Tell | Energy Transition Services

David Brown

Head of Markets and Transitions, Americas

Wood Mackenzie

Matthew Casey

Head of Americas Sales, Power and Renewables

Wood Mackenzie

3:05 PM

ET

3:05 PM - 3:15 PM

Stretch Break

3:15 PM

ET

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Panel: Long-Duration Energy Storage is the Pillar of Deep Decarbonization

Emilie Nelson

Executive Vice President

NYISO

Justin Felt

Manager, Strategic Planning

Baltimore Gas & Electric

Heather Curlee

Senior Counsel, Energy and Infrastructure

Wilson Sonsini

3:45 PM

ET

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Panel: Trading Further Out Futures

Gene Alessandrini

Regional Vice President, PJM, MISO, Southeast & ERCOT

Brookfield Renewables

Roberto Rösner

Head of Commercialization and Trading USA & Canada

Enel

Matthew Boyda

Vice President Power Solutions

Wood Mackenzie

4:15 PM

ET

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Closing Roundtable: How Transportation Electrification Holds the Potential to Change the Game for Grid Flexibility

Neha Palmer

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

TeraWatt Infrastructure

Jordan Smith

Consulting Engineer, Grid Technology Innovation

Southern California Edison

Kelly McCoy

Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

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Delivering on the US Decarbonization Pledge

President Joe Biden ramped up the US climate goal to achieve a 50% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels. The revised version of the CLEAN Future Act introduced earlier this year by Energy & Commerce Committee leaders signals a path towards a substantial transformation of the US power sector. 

Under the proposed legislation, a national clean energy standard will mandate that all retail electricity suppliers provide an increasing supply of clean electricity to consumers starting in 2023, rising to 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2035

Similar requirements will also affect the transportation, building, and industrial sector, authorizing $565 billion in federal spending over ten years to enable deep decarbonization. 

But what combination of technology advancements, good market design, and policy frameworks will enable this profound transformation of the energy mix?

2020 Attendee Demographics

  • Research 
  • Project Developer
  • Oil & Energy
  • Consulting
  • Utility/Retail Energy Provider
  • Technology/Component Supplier
  • Finance
  • Independent Power Producer
  • Engineering, Procurement & Construction
  • Technology Vendor
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity
  • Energy Regulation & Policy
  • Non-Profit Organziation

WoodMac Expertise

Hear exclusive presentations from Wood Mackenzie subject matter experts on regulatory trends and long-term energy demand and pricing. 

Top-tier Speakers

Connect with key power market stakeholders from large-scale developers, ISO's, utilities, investment banks, energy majors, and PUC's.  

Breakout Sessions

Each day will include a breakout session to connect directly with other attendees, Wood Mackenzie analysts, and exhibitors. Here you can ask questions and have in-depth discussions will fellow attendees on topics presented throughout the day.

Kelly Speakes-Backman

Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

Kelly Speakes-Backman is the Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. In her role, Speakes-Backman leads and directs EERE, focused on creating and sustaining American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. She oversees the planning and execution of the organization’s $2.8B portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation. Speakes-Backman most recently served as the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association, the national trade organization for the energy storage industry. She has spent more than 20 years working in energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO, and private sectors. In 2019, Speakes-Backman was honored by The Cleanie Awards as Woman of the Year.

Dr. Vamsi Chadalavada

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

ISO New England

Dr. Vamsi Chadalavada is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for System Operations, Wholesale Markets Development and Operations, System Planning, Information Services, and Program Management. He previously served as the company’s Senior Vice President, Market and System Solutions, and was responsible for Wholesale Markets Development, Information Services and Program Management. Before joining ISO New England in 2004, Dr. Chadalavada held a number of positions at Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of Siemens’ Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS). In that position, he was responsible for operations, services, development, sales, and marketing for Siemens’ EMIS in North America and select regions of Europe, Asia, and South America.

Mark Rothleder

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

CAISO

Mark Rothleder is the senior vice president and Chief Operating Officer at the California Independent System Operator (ISO), leading a multi-divisional management team that integrates market policy, planning, operations, technology and program management. Mr. Rothleder previously served as the vice president of Market Policy and Performance, executive director of Market Analysis and Development, principal market developer, and director of Market Operations. As a member of the original start-up team in 1997, Mr. Rothleder is now the longest serving ISO employee. In spring 2009, Mr. Rothleder led the design and implementation of market rules and software modifications for the ISO’s Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU). During his 23-year career at the ISO, Mr. Rothleder has worked extensively to develop and incorporate the approved market rules for California’s competitive wholesale energy and reserves markets. Prior to joining the ISO, Mr. Rothleder worked for eight years at Pacific Gas & Electric in its Electric Transmission Department where his responsibilities included operations engineering, transmission planning, and substation design. Mr. Rothleder is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of California, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento. He has completed post-graduate coursework in Power System Engineering from Santa Clara University, and earned a Master’s in Science in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.

Eric Luesebrink

Senior Vice President, Development

Engie

Badar Khan

President

National Grid

Badar Khan is the President of National Grid US. He is focused on driving the company’s vision of exceeding customer expectations and making the energy systems of tomorrow possible. He leads National Grid’s core, regulated business operations, serving 20 million people across Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. Badar has a passion for learning and creating empowered organizations, inspiring leaders and employees to be the best versions of themselves, unlocking their fullest potential and enabling significant commercial success. Badar has extensive experience spanning retail power, gas and energy-related services, renewable energy, wholesale energy trading, power generation and oil & gas exploration and production. Badar is a forward-thinking leader with a track record of leveraging technology to transform the way homes and businesses engage with and use energy. Previously, Badar served as President of National Grid Ventures, where he was responsible for a growing global portfolio of energy projects, technologies, and partnerships that will help accelerate the development of a clean energy future. These included a portfolio of subsea electric interconnectors connecting the UK to low-cost renewable energy in Europe, an onshore wind & solar renewable energy developer in the US Midwest, competitive electricity transmission infrastructure connecting onshore and offshore renewables in the US Northeast, and partnerships with distributed energy companies in the US. Prior to that, Badar worked at Centrica plc for 14 years in the UK and USA, including four years as CEO of Direct Energy, the North American subsidiary. He holds an engineering degree from Brunel University London, and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Badar has served on the Leadership Council of the Advanced Energy Economy, an association of businesses working to make energy more secure, clean and affordable. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board and on the executive council of TechNet, a group of leading technology CEOs advocating for the innovation economy.

Mark Lauby

Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer

North American Electric Reliability Corporation

Mark G. Lauby is senior vice president and chief engineer at NERC. Mr. Lauby joined NERC in January 2007 and has held a number of positions, including vice president and director of Standards and vice president and director of Reliability Assessments and Performance Analysis. In 2012, Mr. Lauby was elected to the North American Energy Standards Board and was appointed to the Department of Energy’s Electric Advisory Committee by the Secretary of Energy from 2013–2017. From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Lauby was appointed as a member of the Board of Excellent Energy International Co., LTD, an energy service company based in Thailand. He has been recognized for his achievements by many technical associations, including the 1992 IEEE Walter Fee Young Engineer of the Year Award. He was named a Fellow by IEEE in November 2011 for “leadership in the development and application of techniques for bulk power system reliability,” and in 2014, Mr. Lauby was awarded the IEEE Power and Energy Society’s Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award. In 2020, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) elected Mr. Lauby as a member, citing his development and application of techniques for electric grid reliability analysis. Prior to joining NERC, Mr. Lauby worked for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for 20 years, holding a number of senior positions, including: director, Power Delivery and Markets; managing director, Asia, EPRI International; and manager, Power System Engineering in the Power System Planning and Operations Program. Mr. Lauby began his electric industry career in 1979 at the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His responsibilities included transmission planning, power system reliability assessment and probabilistic evaluation. Mr. Lauby is the author of more than 100 technical papers on the subjects of power system reliability, expert systems, transmission system planning, and power system numerical analysis techniques. Mr. Lauby served as chair and is a life member of the International Electricity Research Exchange and served as chair of a number of IEEE working groups. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degreesin Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. In addition, Mr. Lauby attended the London Business School Accelerated Development Program as well as the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

Brian McIntosh

Research Director, North American Power

Wood Mackenzie

Ryan Sweezey

Research Manager

Wood Mackenzie

Ryan Sweezey is a Research Manager at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables covering North American power markets. He produces long-term fundamental forecasts of power, capacity, and REC prices as part of the North America Power Service. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Ryan worked for EDP Renewables, focusing on market intelligence and risk analysis. He also supported supply-side generation planning as part of Entergy’s system planning organization.

Chris Seiple

Vice Chairman, Energy Transition and Power & Renewables

Wood Mackenzie

Chris is the Vice Chairman of Wood Mackenzie’s Energy Transition and Power & Renewables team. Chris brings to this role more than 25 years of global power industry experience. In the early part of his career, Chris was a consultant working on electric deregulation policy and strategy development for power companies, most of that time spent at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), now part of IHS. He later joined GE Energy Financial Service where as the SVP of Investment Strategy he helped underwrite debt and equity investments in power assets, and then moved into a role managing a 2,000 MW portfolio of gas and coal assets owned by GE EFS, as well as overseeing the development and startup of Linden VFT, one of the first merchant transmission projects in the country. Most recently, Chris led Genscape’s power analytics, software, and monitoring businesses and came to Wood Mackenzie through its acquisition of Genscape. Chris is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Muhlenberg College, with degrees in Russian Studies and Political Science. He also has a M.S. in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and the Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP).

Dan Shreve

Head of Global Wind Energy Research

Wood Mackenzie

Dan heads Wood Mackenzie’s global wind research practice. Dan joined Wood Mackenzie in 2017 following Woodmac’s acquisition of MAKE consulting, where Dan headed MAKE’s operations in the Americas. Dan has a long experience in the renewable energy industry, serving in a number of engineering and strategic management roles. Prior to joining MAKE, Dan worked as the Global Wind Energy Market & Competitive Intelligence Leader at GE Energy. ​ Dan has advised executive teams at the wind industry’s most successful firms for over ten years, authoring major market reports and leading the execution of consulting projects. With a solid background in engineering, sourcing and business administration, Dan supports clients’ business objectives by providing in-depth supply chain insights and techno-commercial advice. In addition to these services, Dan also manages and executes market assessment, business strategy and due diligence projects. Dan is a fixture on the wind energy conference circuit, and his views on issues impacting the wind industry issues are regularly sought after by the global media. Dan graduated as a mechanical engineer from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and subsequently graduated from the US Naval Nuclear Operations Office Program where he served as a civilian staff instructor for three years. Dan also has an MBA from the University of New York.

Ben Hertz-Shargel

Global Head of Grid Edge

Wood Mackenzie

Ben Hertz-Shargel is global head of grid edge at Wood Mackenzie, where he leads research across electrification, grid digitalization, distributed energy resources, and flexibility in electricity markets. He came to Wood Mackenzie from Rhythm, a retail clean energy provider, where he was head of data science and demand management and was responsible for the company’s data, business intelligence, and analytics platform. Prior to that Ben was vice president, advanced grid services and analytics at EnergyHub, where he was responsible for analytics within the company’s distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) and energy market operations. At EnergyHub, Ben managed the forecasting and optimization of some of the largest virtual power plants in the world, comprised of electric vehicle (EV) chargers, stationary batteries, grid-interactive water heaters, and connected thermostats. Ben came to EnergyHub from ThinkEco, where he was vice president, technology, and prior to that was a member of the Quantitative Strategies group at Credit Suisse. Ben is an expert on the intersection between advanced energy technology and energy markets, contributing to reports on the digitalization and decarbonization of the power system published by the Atlantic Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and serves on the external Advisory Committee of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Energy and Environment Program. He is also a contributor to Axios and Utility Dive. Ben holds a bachelor of arts in computer science from Northwestern, a master of science in mathematics from the Courant Institute at New York University, and a PhD in mathematics from UCLA.

Matthew Boyda

Vice President Power Solutions

Wood Mackenzie

Kelly McCoy

Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Kelly is an analyst with Wood Mackenzie's Grid Edge team, focused on electric vehicle infrastructure. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Kelly was an analyst exploring blockchain applications in the clean energy sector, as well as an analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she modeled the cost of clean energy generation on a state-by-state basis and tracked utility deployment of wind and solar. During graduate school, Kelly completed an internship in the California Air Resources Board's freight transport practice, researching opportunities for emissions reductions at ports and freight facilities. Kelly holds a Master of Science from Standford University's Atmosphere/Energy program and a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from UC Riverside.

Xiaojing Sun

Head of solar

Wood Mackenzie

Dr. Xiaojing Sun is a senior research analyst at Wood Mackenzie specialized in global solar PV supply chain and technology development. Her coverage areas include the expansion of the solar manufacturing capacity across the globe, the commercialization of new technologies, the evolution of solar system cost in different markets, and the interaction between technology, market, and policy. With the greater Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables team, Xiaojing is committed to unpacking market conditions for clients and discovering new opportunities. Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Xiaojing was the chief technology officer at The Greenlink Group, a data-driven clean energy consulting firm, leading the development of energy modeling platform and clean energy consulting projects. Her work directly contributed to over 30 American cities passing and implementing 100% clean energy programs. Before Greenlink, Xiaojing was a research manager at Stanford University Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. In this position, she led a team to exam the development path of the Chinese solar PV industry and the sources of their competitive advantage. Xiaojing received a PhD in Energy and Climate Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MSc in Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. She graduated Nankai University with a BSc in Environmental Engineering.

Marshal Salant

Head of Alternative Energy Finance

Citi

Marshal Salant is the Head of Citi’s Alternative Energy Finance (AEF) Group in the Capital Markets Origination Division. AEF focuses on providing full service financing solutions to Citi’s Alternative Energy clients, including Construction Financing, Project Debt Financing in the Bank and Bond Markets (144A and 4(2) Private Placements), Tax Equity, Leasing, and Project Equity, as well as commodities, interest rate, and FX hedging. AEF is active in Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Power projects, as well as Fuel Cells, Biomass, Synfuels, and other new renewable energy technologies, and Energy Efficiency financings. Marshal joined Citi from Morgan Stanley, where he was a member of the Capital Markets Management Committee and Head of the Global Structured Products Group. Mr. Salant has broad experience as a financial engineer in Structured Finance and New Product Development of new and complex financial instruments. During his years at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Salant led the development of the Structured Notes business, the Collateralized Bond Obligations business, the Structured Credit business, the Structured Tax business, the Structured Insurance Products business and the FIG Client Solutions business. While at Morgan Stanley, Marshal had significant experience in Synfuel and Alternative Energy Tax Credit/Tax Equity financings in the Wind, Solar, and Geothermal sectors. Mr. Salant oversaw the investment of more than $2 billion in Tax Equity and developed new financing structures, as agent and as principal, for numerous clients in the Alternative Energy business. Mr. Salant is a Trustee of The Johns Hopkins University. He received his MBA, with Distinction, from The Harvard Business School and holds BA and BES Degrees, with Honors, in Mathematical Sciences, from The Johns Hopkins University.

Christopher King

Managing Director, Renewables

Lafayette Square

Chris King is a Managing Director & Co-Head of Community Solar at Lafayette Square. Prior to joining Lafayette Square, Christopher was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs as a member of the Renewable Power Group where he led investments focused on various community solar markets. During his time at Goldman, Christopher worked to help acquire 1GW of assets at various stages of development. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Christopher worked at Cypress Creek Renewables (Cypress) in Corporate Finance and project M&A activities. While at Cypress, Chris worked on teams that helped develop, construct, commission and acquire over 1GW of solar assets. Before his career in renewables, Christopher was a strategy consultant with Deloitte in London. Chris holds a BS from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Dr. Karl Meeusen

Director, Markets, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, North America

Wärtsilä

Dr. Karl Meeusen, PhD is the Director, Markets, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, North America for Wärtsilä. In this role, Karl advises policy makers and market participants on high-renewable energy systems power system modelling requirements and resource capabilities. Karl has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry. Before joining Wartsila, Karl worked at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) for 10 years developing and evaluating new wholesale electricity market designs for a variety of issues related to the CAISO’s ongoing efforts to integrate renewable resources into the CAISO electricity market and electric grid, including the changing resource adequacy needs to accommodate the increased presence of renewable resources and maintaining flexible capacity resources for resource integration. Prior to joining the CAISO, Karl served as Energy Advisor to California PUC President Michael Peevey, advising on issues such resource adequacy, long-term resource procurement, demand response, and FERC related issues. Karl has also held positions at the National Regulatory Research Institute and the U.S Department of Justice, Antitrust Division and independent consulting. Karl is a graduate of the SUNY Brockport (B.S., Economics and Philosophy), and The Ohio State University (M.A. Economics, Ph.D., Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics).

Jeremy Law

Vice President Asset Management

Longroad Energy

Mr. Law leads the Asset Management team at Longroad Energy. He brings 20 years of operations management experience to the position with the past twelve years focused in the renewable energy industry. He joined Longroad from SunEdison where he was Director of Financial Planning and Analysis within the North America Utility business unit. In this role, he managed the internal planning, budgeting, forecasting and financial reporting for a business charged with the development and construction of over 1.5 GW annually. Mr. Law started in renewable energy with Clipper Windpower and later joined First Wind where he helped transition the company to self-operations of their Clipper portfolio.

Daniel Liu

Principal Analyst, Power & Renewables

Wood Mackenzie

Daniel is responsible for wind and PV Operations & Maintenance research in Europe and Asia-Pacific. His particular expertise is in operations strategy, OPEX, digital technology, and asset management. He joined Wood Mackenzie in the London office in 2018 after completing an MBA at London Business School, where he chaired the school’s Energy Conference in 2017. Daniel previously worked as an operations project manager overseeing key maintenance and upgrade campaigns, production improvements, and data management for a fleet of 800 wind turbines in Europe and North America. He also has experience on renewables project financing, having worked on the buy-side for 2 boutique investment firms. Daniel holds an MBA in Finance from the London Business School, and MEng Biomedical Engineering and BEng Materials Engineering degrees from the University of New South Wales.

Justin Felt

Manager, Strategic Planning

Baltimore Gas & Electric

Ed Crooks

Vice-Chair, Americas

Wood Mackenzie

Ed Crooks joined Wood Mackenzie in September in a new role as Vice-Chair, Americas. Based in New York, he covers all energy commodities, technologies and sectors, understanding the forces shaping the industry worldwide. Before Wood Mackenzie, he was an award-winning energy editor for the Financial Times, first in London and then in New York, where he wrote the popular ‘Energy Source’ newsletter. He joined the FT in 1999 as economics editor. He previously worked as an economics correspondent for BBC News, a reporter for Investor’s Chronicle magazine, and an economic researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He also served on the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission. Ed has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Emilie Nelson

Executive Vice President

NYISO

Emilie Nelson leads the System Planning, Information Technology and Market Structures organizations of the NYISO with a focus on proactively addressing the evolving challenges of the industry. Ms. Nelson joined the NYISO in 2004 and most recently served as Vice President, Market Operations with a focus on the capacity market, energy market, and demand response areas. She has 20 years of experience in the power industry and worked for several years in power generation. She earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Pace University.

Nick de Vries

Senior Vice President Technology and Asset Management

Silicon Ranch

Nick is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s operating portfolio, as well as technology decisions for new projects. Nick has more than 20 years of diverse renewable energy, semiconductor, and military experience that inform his current work, including executive positions at SolarCity, Phoenix Solar, and Applied Materials. Nick’s renewable energy industry expertise spans module and cell manufacturing, photovoltaic project design and operation, auxiliary grid services, as well as the prediction and demonstration of the energy harvest of novel PV technologies. He has also worked on manufacturing amorphous silicon modules, and on process machine control of cell splitting and cascading cell bonding processes with heterojunction crystalline cells. Silicon Ranch owns—and Nick now operates—projects that he himself designed nearly a decade ago, including the first transmission interconnected PV plant in the Southeast. Nick holds patents in both PV module manufacturing and design. While at Applied Materials, he advanced the use of statistical process control to enhance the reliability of production equipment. He has led the commissioning of process equipment at Intel semiconductor factories in both the U.S. and Europe, and entire solar cell factories in India, Germany, Spain, and China. Nick served his country on active duty as an Infantry Captain in the United States Army, with tours in Kuwait and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. Nick is a regular speaker at industry events and has authored several articles. His current passions are the use of predictive analytics to improve performance of solar power plants and the integration of solar farms with regenerative agriculture practices—mostly with sheep and cattle. Hear him talk about it about it on NPR.

Patrick Pfeiffer

Managing Director, U.S. Operations

Statkraft

Patrick is Head of Statkraft's US renewable development, responsible for the company's activities in the North American energy and commodity markets. He and his team also represent Statkraft's global energy offerings to US investment companies and allocators. Statkraft is a world leading developer of hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, solar power, gas-fired power and supplies district heating. Statkraft is a global company in energy market operations with 3600 employees in 16 countries.

Vania Mesrob

Vice President, O&M Lead

Goldman Sachs

Gene Alessandrini

Regional Vice President, PJM, MISO, Southeast & ERCOT

Brookfield Renewables

Gene Alessandrini is Regional Vice President for PJM, MISO, Southeast and ERCOT for Brookfield Renewable’s U.S. business, leading asset management, trading, origination, and regulatory affairs and policy. Mr. Alessandrini, who joined Brookfield Renewable in 2018, has more than 20 years of energy industry experience with diverse retail and wholesale energy expertise. Prior to Brookfield Renewable, he held several leadership roles at PPL Corporation and Exelon Generation Co., including overseeing trading, origination and market analytics. Mr. Alessandrini holds an MBA from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University.

Jordan Smith

Consulting Engineer, Grid Technology Innovation

Southern California Edison

Jordan W. Smith is a Consulting Engineer for Grid Edge Innovation in SCE’s Grid Technology Innovation organization. He has been evaluating advanced technology vehicles, energy storage, and charging infrastructure starting in 1996 in the founding and growth of SCE’s EV Technical Center. In 2011, California adopted battery charger efficiency standards in its appliance code, based in part on prior work by Smith at SCE, work which later led to him to chair the SAE J2894 task force on EV charger power quality. In 2013 he developed and executed the SCE test plan which enabled interconnection of the first vehicle to grid systems in the L.A. Air Force Base V2G pilot – the first V2G aggregation to engage in the California ISO ancillary services market. Mr. Smith represents SCE in U.S. DRIVE, Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability, Grid Integration Technical Team, the U.S. collaboration with the automobile industry, federal government, and electric utilities on vehicle-grid integration. Mr. Smith received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and an M.S. degree in engineering management from California State Polytechnic University and is a licensed professional engineer in California.

Elina Coss

Of Counsel, Energy and Infrastructure

Wilson Sonsini

Elina Coss is Of Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she is a member of the firm’s energy and infrastructure practice. Elina represents borrowers, sponsors, lenders, arrangers, tax equity investors, private equity funds, and other investors in project finance, structured finance, acquisitions, project development, joint ventures, and general corporate transactions in the energy sector, including renewable energy (such as solar and wind), both in the United States and internationally. In addition, Elina has experience advising clients on other asset-based and non-asset-based financing transactions, including in the banking and energy industries. Prior to joining the firm, Elina was an associate with Milbank LLP.

Heather Curlee

Senior Counsel, Energy and Infrastructure

Wilson Sonsini

Heather Curlee is senior counsel in the energy and infrastructure practice and specializes in developing and implementing regulatory approaches for the deployment of clean energy policies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy (DOE), and state regulatory commissions across the country. Heather provides strategic business advice to entities seeking to interconnect with and participate in the wholesale markets operated by PJM, MISO, NYISO, ISO-NE, SPP, and CAISO and negotiates power purchase agreements with off-takers in both physical and virtual arrangements. She regularly assists clean energy market participants that are developing solar, wind, and storage assets in securing regulatory approval to transact at market-based rates pursuant to Section 205 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), authorization to consummate transactions in accordance with Section 203 of the FPA, and maintaining compliance with the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 (PUHCA). Her practice focuses on providing cost-effective solutions to novel challenges, while also maintaining compliance with the applicable portions of the FPA and the rules and regulations issued by FERC and state commissions. In addition to her regulatory work, where necessary, Heather also appears before federal courts to remove barriers to entry for new market entrants seeking access to competitive electricity markets. Heather is a frequent speaker on emerging energy topics, including the regulatory challenges inherent in implementing clean energy policies and transitioning to the utility of the future.

Neha Palmer

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

TeraWatt Infrastructure

Neha Palmer is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Terawatt Infrastructure. She has over two decades of leadership experience in the energy industry. Most recently, she led energy strategy for Google’s global data centers. As the first hire focused on data center energy, Neha built out and led the team developing electric infrastructure and electricity procurement for the global fleet, covering dozens of sites over four continents. Key achievements include making Google the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world, and the first company of its size to achieve 100% renewable energy for operations, which it has done since 2017. Prior to Google, Neha held leadership roles at Pacific Gas and Electric, and worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Neha will bring her deep expertise in building out rapidly growing fleets of large-scale, energy intensive infrastructure to the emerging heavy EV charging asset class. This new segment is on track to outpace even the incredible growth data centers have seen over the last decade. Neha holds an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.

Jonny Sultoon

Head of Markets & Transitions, Energy Transition Practice

Wood Mackenzie

Jonny has over 18 years’ experience leading analysis for global energy markets, including power, coal, gas, LNG and renewables. He joined Wood Mackenzie in 2006, and leads a team of analysts designing research for the energy transition. The team extends across all segments, all markets, and all fuels and technologies.

Eric Dresselhuys

Chief Executive Officer

ESS, inc.

Eric Dresselhuys is an experienced technology and market development leader with a wide range of experience working on the energy transition and the decarbonization of the economy. Mr. Dresselhuys is the CEO of ESS Inc. and joined the company in March 2021. Mr. Dresselhuys has over 25 years of leadership experience and is an accomplished technology and market development pioneer with a demonstrated background in growing both public and private companies. Prior to joining ESS Inc., Mr. Dresselhuys founded Silver Spring Networks, which became the leading provider of smart grid networking and data solutions, leading to an IPO in 2013 (NYSE: SSNI) and an eventual sale to Itron (NASDAQ: ITRI). Other experience includes a variety of leadership positions at Procter and Gamble and Smart Energy Water, where he helped build up the companies on a global scale. As an active member of the energy industry, he currently serves as the Chairman of Enian, LTD. in London and on the board of directors of Autogrid, Inc. He is also a frequent speaker at industry events and author on issues related to the energy transition. Mr. Dresselhuys holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and earned an Executive Certificate from the Sloan School at MIT.

Roberto Rösner

Head of Commercialization and Trading USA & Canada

Enel

vanessa witte

Analyst

WoodMackenzie

Vanessa is a Senior Analyst with Wood Mackenzie's Energy Transition team in North America, focusing on US front-of-the-meter battery storage. She is responsible for analysis of the US energy storage market, identifying trends and key factors affecting storage opportunities and project economics. She is currently a mentor with She’s in Power; a C3E program designed to grow and inspire women to be clean energy leaders. Vanessa was previously a battery storage analyst specializing in downstream revenue analytics and long-term price forecasting. Prior to that, she was an analyst in North American natural gas infrastructure and power markets at Genscape, now a Wood Mackenzie company. Vanessa holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Andrew Utz

Product Manager

Wood Mackenzie

David Brown

Head of Markets and Transitions, Americas

Wood Mackenzie

David Brown has been with Wood Mackenzie since 2011, when he initially developed energy demand forecasts for European markets. In 2014, he relocated to Beijing to manage our gas, power and coal markets teams and product manage the China Gas and Power Service. Based in Houston since mid-2016, he is now responsible for the Energy Markets Service and contributes to our long-term cross-commodity and energy transition analysis. Education MSc International Political Economy London School of Economics & Political Science BA University of California, Santa Barbara

Matthew Casey

Head of Americas Sales, Power and Renewables

Wood Mackenzie

To contact Matthew please email Matthew.Casey@woodmac.com.

Kelly Speakes-Backman

Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

Kelly Speakes-Backman is the Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. In her role, Speakes-Backman leads and directs EERE, focused on creating and sustaining American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. She oversees the planning and execution of the organization’s $2.8B portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation. Speakes-Backman most recently served as the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association, the national trade organization for the energy storage industry. She has spent more than 20 years working in energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO, and private sectors. In 2019, Speakes-Backman was honored by The Cleanie Awards as Woman of the Year.

Dr. Vamsi Chadalavada

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

ISO New England

Dr. Vamsi Chadalavada is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for System Operations, Wholesale Markets Development and Operations, System Planning, Information Services, and Program Management. He previously served as the company’s Senior Vice President, Market and System Solutions, and was responsible for Wholesale Markets Development, Information Services and Program Management. Before joining ISO New England in 2004, Dr. Chadalavada held a number of positions at Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of Siemens’ Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS). In that position, he was responsible for operations, services, development, sales, and marketing for Siemens’ EMIS in North America and select regions of Europe, Asia, and South America.

Mark Rothleder

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

CAISO

Mark Rothleder is the senior vice president and Chief Operating Officer at the California Independent System Operator (ISO), leading a multi-divisional management team that integrates market policy, planning, operations, technology and program management. Mr. Rothleder previously served as the vice president of Market Policy and Performance, executive director of Market Analysis and Development, principal market developer, and director of Market Operations. As a member of the original start-up team in 1997, Mr. Rothleder is now the longest serving ISO employee. In spring 2009, Mr. Rothleder led the design and implementation of market rules and software modifications for the ISO’s Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU). During his 23-year career at the ISO, Mr. Rothleder has worked extensively to develop and incorporate the approved market rules for California’s competitive wholesale energy and reserves markets. Prior to joining the ISO, Mr. Rothleder worked for eight years at Pacific Gas & Electric in its Electric Transmission Department where his responsibilities included operations engineering, transmission planning, and substation design. Mr. Rothleder is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of California, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento. He has completed post-graduate coursework in Power System Engineering from Santa Clara University, and earned a Master’s in Science in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.

Vania Mesrob

Vice President, O&M Lead

Goldman Sachs

Nick de Vries

Senior Vice President Technology and Asset Management

Silicon Ranch

Nick is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s operating portfolio, as well as technology decisions for new projects. Nick has more than 20 years of diverse renewable energy, semiconductor, and military experience that inform his current work, including executive positions at SolarCity, Phoenix Solar, and Applied Materials. Nick’s renewable energy industry expertise spans module and cell manufacturing, photovoltaic project design and operation, auxiliary grid services, as well as the prediction and demonstration of the energy harvest of novel PV technologies. He has also worked on manufacturing amorphous silicon modules, and on process machine control of cell splitting and cascading cell bonding processes with heterojunction crystalline cells. Silicon Ranch owns—and Nick now operates—projects that he himself designed nearly a decade ago, including the first transmission interconnected PV plant in the Southeast. Nick holds patents in both PV module manufacturing and design. While at Applied Materials, he advanced the use of statistical process control to enhance the reliability of production equipment. He has led the commissioning of process equipment at Intel semiconductor factories in both the U.S. and Europe, and entire solar cell factories in India, Germany, Spain, and China. Nick served his country on active duty as an Infantry Captain in the United States Army, with tours in Kuwait and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. Nick is a regular speaker at industry events and has authored several articles. His current passions are the use of predictive analytics to improve performance of solar power plants and the integration of solar farms with regenerative agriculture practices—mostly with sheep and cattle. Hear him talk about it about it on NPR.

Emilie Nelson

Executive Vice President

NYISO

Emilie Nelson leads the System Planning, Information Technology and Market Structures organizations of the NYISO with a focus on proactively addressing the evolving challenges of the industry. Ms. Nelson joined the NYISO in 2004 and most recently served as Vice President, Market Operations with a focus on the capacity market, energy market, and demand response areas. She has 20 years of experience in the power industry and worked for several years in power generation. She earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Pace University.

Eric Luesebrink

Senior Vice President, Development

Engie

Badar Khan

President

National Grid

Badar Khan is the President of National Grid US. He is focused on driving the company’s vision of exceeding customer expectations and making the energy systems of tomorrow possible. He leads National Grid’s core, regulated business operations, serving 20 million people across Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. Badar has a passion for learning and creating empowered organizations, inspiring leaders and employees to be the best versions of themselves, unlocking their fullest potential and enabling significant commercial success. Badar has extensive experience spanning retail power, gas and energy-related services, renewable energy, wholesale energy trading, power generation and oil & gas exploration and production. Badar is a forward-thinking leader with a track record of leveraging technology to transform the way homes and businesses engage with and use energy. Previously, Badar served as President of National Grid Ventures, where he was responsible for a growing global portfolio of energy projects, technologies, and partnerships that will help accelerate the development of a clean energy future. These included a portfolio of subsea electric interconnectors connecting the UK to low-cost renewable energy in Europe, an onshore wind & solar renewable energy developer in the US Midwest, competitive electricity transmission infrastructure connecting onshore and offshore renewables in the US Northeast, and partnerships with distributed energy companies in the US. Prior to that, Badar worked at Centrica plc for 14 years in the UK and USA, including four years as CEO of Direct Energy, the North American subsidiary. He holds an engineering degree from Brunel University London, and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Badar has served on the Leadership Council of the Advanced Energy Economy, an association of businesses working to make energy more secure, clean and affordable. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board and on the executive council of TechNet, a group of leading technology CEOs advocating for the innovation economy.

Mark Lauby

Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer

North American Electric Reliability Corporation

Mark G. Lauby is senior vice president and chief engineer at NERC. Mr. Lauby joined NERC in January 2007 and has held a number of positions, including vice president and director of Standards and vice president and director of Reliability Assessments and Performance Analysis. In 2012, Mr. Lauby was elected to the North American Energy Standards Board and was appointed to the Department of Energy’s Electric Advisory Committee by the Secretary of Energy from 2013–2017. From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Lauby was appointed as a member of the Board of Excellent Energy International Co., LTD, an energy service company based in Thailand. He has been recognized for his achievements by many technical associations, including the 1992 IEEE Walter Fee Young Engineer of the Year Award. He was named a Fellow by IEEE in November 2011 for “leadership in the development and application of techniques for bulk power system reliability,” and in 2014, Mr. Lauby was awarded the IEEE Power and Energy Society’s Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award. In 2020, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) elected Mr. Lauby as a member, citing his development and application of techniques for electric grid reliability analysis. Prior to joining NERC, Mr. Lauby worked for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for 20 years, holding a number of senior positions, including: director, Power Delivery and Markets; managing director, Asia, EPRI International; and manager, Power System Engineering in the Power System Planning and Operations Program. Mr. Lauby began his electric industry career in 1979 at the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His responsibilities included transmission planning, power system reliability assessment and probabilistic evaluation. Mr. Lauby is the author of more than 100 technical papers on the subjects of power system reliability, expert systems, transmission system planning, and power system numerical analysis techniques. Mr. Lauby served as chair and is a life member of the International Electricity Research Exchange and served as chair of a number of IEEE working groups. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degreesin Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. In addition, Mr. Lauby attended the London Business School Accelerated Development Program as well as the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2020, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

https://www.wartsila.com/

ESS Inc

At ESS Inc., our mission is to bring to market the cleanest, lowest-cost long-duration energy storage systems. We are the catalyst for a sustainable energy future.

https://essinc.com/

Wilson Sonsini

While the overall market for clean technology has itself endured dynamic shifts for more than 10 years, activity in the sector remains vibrant. In its infancy, clean technology was driven by international energy security, climate change, rising energy and commodity prices, and water and other resource constraints. As the clean technology matured, it also has expanded to include a broad range of renewable energy technologies, particularly wind, solar and water power, as well as biomass and biofuels. Meanwhile, fuel cells and batteries; green building and construction; green chemicals; and other innovations have become increasingly prevalent players in the clean technology sector.

https://www.wsgr.com/en/