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The 51st State Initative
The 51st State Initiative was created to provide a collaborative platform across the power sector to discuss the future of the electric industry. Designed as an alternative to the contentious debates surrounding market and rate reform occurring in many jurisdictions, the initiative creates an ongoing, safe platform for experts and industry leaders to present, sound out, and provide feedback on direction and innovation to support utility sector evolution.

The 51st State is a safe space for experts and industry leaders to present, sound out, and provide feedback on direction and innovation to support utility sector evolution. Advisory Groups supporting the 51st State Initiative include the Phase I Innovation Review Panel and the Phase II Executive Leadership Council (ELC).

       
Phase II Executive Leadership Council
To guide Phase II, we've invited executive-level thought leaders from across the energy spectrum to serve on the Executive Leadership Council. Members of the ELC will:
1. Engage with roadmap authors by offering advice and challenging assumptions
2. Take an active role at the Summit in April by driving discussion and moderating panels throughout the day
3. Actively raise the visibility of the 51st State Initiative throughout the industry.
4. Participate in an industry event or conference beyond the Summit to speak about the 51st State.
5. Provide direction and to serve as reviewers of the capstone report that will conclude Phase II.
Adam Umanoff
Adam Umanoff is executive vice president and general counsel for Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation's largest electric utilities, and a number of additional subsidiaries that are competitive businesses engaged in generation, delivery or use of electricity. He is responsible for the legal affairs of the company. Prior to joining Edison International in January 2015, Umanoff was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, an international law firm, where he co-chaired the firm's global project finance practice. He focused on the development, financing, operation, disposition and acquisition of infrastructure and energy projects and companies, with a particular focus on the renewable energy industry. Umanoff represented project sponsors and developers, lenders, equity investors, manufacturers, technology companies and other participants in the energy sector.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Umanoff was a partner at several international law firms, an independent renewable energy consultant and he served as president and CEO of Enron Wind Corporation, one of the world's largest renewable energy developers and wind turbine manufacturers (now part of GE). He has been recognized as one of California's Top 100 Lawyers and Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers. Mr. Umanoff is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

He received his B.S. from Cornell University in 1980 and his J.D. in 1983 from Columbia Law School, where he was editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the recipient of the Wertheimer Prize in Labor Law

Anne Pramaggiore
Anne Pramaggiore is president and CEO of ComEd, an electric utility company delivering electricity to 3.8 million customers in Chicago and Northern Illinois. Pramaggiore joined ComEd in 1998 to work on the company's transition to competitive energy markets under the Illinois Consumer Choice Law of 1997. In her role as ComEd's lead lawyer and as head of Regulatory Policy, she led major policy work around the restructuring of the Illinois electric industry.

In 2009, Pramaggiore was appointed as ComEd's COO and became responsible for overseeing dayto-day operations on the electric grid and in customer operations. In that role, she led the company's effort to set the legislative framework for ComEd's smart grid build-out, a leading model nationally for modernizing one of the largest utility systems in the country. Pramaggiore was promoted to her current position in February 2012. She is the first female to hold the post of president and CEO at the electric utility.

Pramaggiore serves as a board member of Chicago Federal Reserve Board, Motorola Solutions, Inc., and several civic and community organizations. She is a 1989 graduate of DePaul University School of Law and served as editor-in-chief of the school's Law Review. She has a bachelor's degree in Communications and Theater from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Ben Bixby
Ben Bixby is the general manager of energy and enterprise partnerships at Nest Labs, where he steers Nest's new product and global business development with its energy and enterprise partners. Ben came to Nest in early 2013 when Nest acquired MyEnergy, the venture-backed energy data technology company he founded in 2007 and led as its CEO -- and which now powers a number of Nest's energy data capabilities. Ben earned his BS from Georgetown University. Together with his wife and son, he resides in Boston and Palo Alto -- fiercely supporting the Red Sox from both coasts.
Frank Prager
Frank Prager is vice president of Policy & Federal Affairs at Xcel Energy Inc., a U.S. investor-owned electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight Midwestern and Western states. Frank leads an organization that is responsible representing the company before Congress and various federal agencies. His organization designs and advocates for federal and state policies related to a number of utility issues, including the environment, climate change, renewable energy, state and federal regulation, energy markets, tax, transmission and emerging technologies. Frank is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he received degrees in Chemical Engineering and English; he earned his law degree from Stanford University.
Steve Malnight
Steve Malnight is Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is responsible for developing, coordinating and managing policy with state and federal regulatory agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He also is responsible for developing and filing rate proposals with the CPUC, and for oversight of the company´s gas and electric tariffs. Malnight joined PG&E in 2002 and has held diverse leadership positions within the company. After serving as Director of Customer Strategy and then Senior Director of Finance, leading the company´s budgeting and planning process, he became Special Assistant to the Chairman of PG&E´s Corporation in 2007. Subsequent roles included Vice President of Renewable Energy and Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions, an organization providing integrated energy solutions to help customers save energy and money. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs in September 2014.

Malnight holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the Solar Electric Power Association, a nationwide organization that supports utility participation in solar activities. Malnight also serves on the Board of Advisors for The Salvation Army of Alameda County, a non-profit organization committed to serving families in crisis.
Joe Slater
Joe Slater is the President & CEO of Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, one of the largest in the nation, with $500-million in revenue, $1-billion in assets and 160,000 member-customers; he was appointed to that position in 2002. SMECO has 525 employees and a 15-member Board. He previously held the position of CFO with SMECO for 15-years.

Slater holds a MBA in finance from George Washington University, a BS from Shepherd University in accounting, and an AA from the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). He has extensive leadership experience in the electric cooperative industry; formerly Vice President with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, he was also CEO of Tideland Electric Membership Corporation in North Carolina. He has held the position of Chairman of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board, and Chairman of the board of Trustees of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM).

He currently serves as a director for: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, (Baltimore Branch), Community Bank of the Chesapeake, CSM Foundation, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, and is active in many civic and community organization. Additionally, Slater serves on several industry-specific boards, including Chairman of ACES Power Marketing, and the founding Secretary of the National Renewables Cooperative Organization.

Mark Vanderhelm
Joining Walmart in 2015 as Vice President of Energy, Mark Vanderhelm leads the team supporting Walmart U.S., including Retail Energy, Energy Regulation and Management, Energy Services and Energy Development. He oversees the company's global commitment to energy efficiency, sustainability and renewable energy. Mark joins the company from Exelon Generation, LLC in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where he managed Generation and Renewables Development. In this role, Mark led the team responsible for developing new generation projects (gas, solar, biomass, storage and hydro) and investing in new electricity-based technologies throughout the U.S. and Canada. In previous roles, he led business development for the retail team, as well as the wholesale origination team focused on the Southern U.S. Throughout these roles, Mark directed due diligence and negotiation for key growth projects for the organization. Mark holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Texas. He went on to earn a Master's Degree and Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from MIT, where he co-directed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations' Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives.
Kelly Speakes-Backman
Kelly Speakes-Backman is Senior Vice President of Policy and Research at the Alliance to Save Energy. She is a former Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission, who has spent more than 20 years working on energy and environmental issues in the public and private sectors. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Boston University.
John Di Stasio

John Di Stasio, joined the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) in August 2014. The LPPC represents the twenty-six largest consumer-owned utilities in the United States. Di Stasio serves as the Association's President, based in Washington DC, representing the interests of the member organizations.

Di Stasio was formerly the General Manager and CEO of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) from June of 2008 through April of 2014. Di Stasio is the past president of both the Northwest Public Power Association and the California Municipal Utility Association and the vice chair of the Large Public Power Council. He was also a board member of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the American Public Power Association. He was a member of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's Members Representative Committee.

Di Stasio was also a gubernatorial appointee to the California Workforce Investment Board. He was the Electric Light and Power Large Utility CEO of the Year in 2013. Di Stasio was also active in international energy issues in other countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Botswana, India and Jordan. He was named Volunteer of the Year in 2013 by the United States Energy Association. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

Di Stasio is a native Californian and fourth generation farmer. He is the owner of Di Stasio Vineyards, a commercial vineyard in Amador County, California. Di Stasio enjoys foreign travel, golf, fishing and Amador Zinfandels.

Lisa Frantzis
Lisa Frantzis is a Senior VP at Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business association whose mission is to transform policy to ensure a more secure, clean, and affordable energy system throughout the U.S. At AEE, she leads an initiative to accelerate the transition to a 21st Century Electricity System. The two primary activities of the initiative are 1. CEO Forums/Public Utility Commission (PUC) Forums that convene utility executives, PUC Commissioners, and advanced energy companies to develop a vision for reform that is responsive to the needs of each state and drives towards concrete action, and 2. participation in key regulatory proceedings where AEE develops joint positions with its members, provides analysis for justification of these positions, and assists in implementation plans.

Lisa served as a Managing Director in Navigant Consulting's Energy Practice since 2002, responsible for leading the renewable and distributed energy business. Prior to Navigant, she consulted at Arthur D. Little for 23 years in energy efficiency and clean energy. Over her 35 years of consulting experience, she has identified energy program options for international government agencies; determined renewable energy integration options for utility companies; developed business strategies for clean energy manufacturers; and conducted due diligence for financial firms considering clean energy investments.

Lisa is currently on the Board of Directors of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and previously on the Boards of three other organizations: the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).

Ron Binz
Ron Binz is a principal at Public Policy Consulting, specializing in energy and telecommunications economics and policy issues. On June 27, 2013, President Obama nominated Binz to become chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission but following a confirmation hearing in a U.S. Senate committee, he asked the president to withdraw his name from further consideration. He was appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in January 2007 and served until April 2011. As Chairman, Ron led the Colorado PUC in implementing the many policy changes championed by the Governor and the Legislature to bring forward Colorado's "New Energy Economy."

Ron was an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, serving as Chair of NARUC's Task Force on Climate Policy, and as a member of both the Energy Resources and Environment Committee and the International Affairs Committee. From 1984 to 1995, Ron directed the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel, the state's utility consumer advocate. His office represented residential, small business and agricultural utility consumers before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, federal regulatory agencies and the courts. While Consumer Counsel, Ron served as President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA). Ron received a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Louis University in 1971 and an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1977.

Seth Frader-Thompson
Seth co-founded EnergyHub in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Under his leadership, EnergyHub has become a leading provider of both utility-installed and Bring Your Own Thermostatâ„  demand response services. EnergyHub offers utilities end-to-end demand response program management, including program design, installation, marketing, and customer support services, as well as EnergyHub's Mercury software platform for device control, with the goal of enabling both utilities and consumers to benefit from participation in DR and DER programs. Simultaneously, EnergyHub works with the leading device manufacturers and home services companies to bring their customers into utility programs.

Seth is a frequent speaker on demand response and connected home issues and is a board member of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid. Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on robotics projects for NASA and developed bomb-disposal robots for the military. He was the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue robots.Seth has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.Law

Kenneth Munson
Kenneth Munson is president and co-founder of Sunverge Energy a leader in the emerging clean-tech market focused on smart grid optimization and energy storage services delivered via a cutting-edge software-as-a-service computing platform. Kenneth leads the company's operations and is responsible for the company's strategic development including new business initiatives, corporate financing, and mergers and acquisitions activity. Kenneth also serves as Adjunct Lecturer at St. Mary's College of California Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA). There he teaches Entrepreneurial Finance and Managing Innovation with the focus of strategic management of technology and innovation and how to create, manage and understand innovation and finance, with an emphasis on emerging technologies, in the contemporary business contexts.

Kenneth also serves on the Board of Directors for Safety Center, Inc. Safety Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization founded in 1934 whose mission is to reduce injuries and save lives by providing safety education and training on drug and alcohol abuse, workplace safety, defensive driving for teens and seniors, and children's life saving safety skills. Prior to founding Sunverge, Kenneth was vice president of business development and marketing for Kinetek, Inc. — a subsidiary of Jordan Industries. He drove expansion of its motion control technologies group throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe by leading and supporting joint ventures, acquisitions and new product development efforts. Concurrently, Kenneth oversaw Kinetek's global brand management strategy for its entire portfolio of companies.

Kenneth holds an MBA from St. Mary's College of California School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) in international finance and business administration and a bachelor's degree in marketing communications from California State University, Sacramento.

About Sunverge Energy, Inc.
Sunverge Energy is a California-based company founded in 2009 with the vision of integrating solar, storage, and smart controls to maximize value for both electricity consumers and providers. That vision led to the creation of the Sunverge Solar Integration System (SIS), a distributed energy storage solution comprising batteries, power electronics, and multiple energy inputs controlled by software running in the cloud. The energy services delivered from this platform lower costs, ensure energy reliability, help strengthen the grid, and accelerate the integration of renewable energies and electric vehicles for customers throughout the world. Sunverge investors include Southern Cross Venture Partners, Siemens Venture Capital, and Total Energy Ventures International.

Ralph Izzo
Ralph Izzo was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) in April 2007. He was named as the company's president and chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors of PSEG in October 2006. Previously, Mr. Izzo was president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). Since joining PSE&G in 1992 Mr. Izzo was elected to several executive positions within PSEG's family of companies, including PSE&G senior vice president — utility operations, PSE&G vice president — appliance service, PSE&G vice president - corporate planning, and PSE&G vice president - electric ventures. In these capacities he broadened his experience in the areas of general management, strategic planning and finance. Mr. Izzo is a well-known leader within the utility industry, as well as the public policy arena.
He is frequently asked to testify before Congress and speak to organizations on matters pertaining to national energy policy. Mr. Izzo's career began as a research scientist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, performing numerical simulations of fusion energy experiments. He has published or presented over 35 papers on magnetohydrodynamic modeling.

Mr. Izzo received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in applied physics from Columbia University. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in finance from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management. He is listed in numerous editions of Who's Who and has been the recipient of national fellowships and awards. Mr. Izzo has received Honorary Degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Doctor of Science), Thomas A. Edison State College (Doctor of Humane Letters), Bloomfield College (Doctor of Humane Letters), Rutgers University (Doctor of Humane Letters), and Raritan Valley Community College (Associate of Science).

Mr. Izzo serves as nominating committee chairman of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and is on the board of directors for The Williams Companies, the New Jersey Utilities Association, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), and The Center for Energy Workforce Development. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Peddie School, Columbia University School of Engineering Board of Visitors and the Princeton University Adlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Nuclear Engineering at MIT. Mr. Izzo is a former Chair of the Rutgers University Board of Governors and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.
Steve Corneli

Steve Corneli is NRG Energy’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Strategy. He oversees NRG’s strategic sustainability and policy initiatives, with a primary focus on clean technologies and sustainable enterprises. Steve has previously served as NRG’s Senior Vice President of Market and Climate Policy, where he was responsible for NRG’s climate change and related policy efforts, as NRG’s Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, and as Director of Regulatory Policy.

He is a member of the board of the Climate Action Reserve, a premier US certifier of greenhouse gas offset methodologies. Prior to joining NRG, Steve served in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office as an energy policy analyst and then as the manager of the office’s utility consumer advocate division. He also has worked at the law firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard on behalf of utility and independent power producer clients, and was an adjunct faculty member of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Earlier in his career, he operated a 600 acre family farm in Wisconsin for more than a decade.

Steve has a Master’s degree in public affairs from the Humphrey Institute with a concentration in energy, environment and technology policy, and has taken coursework in the University of Minnesota’s doctoral program in Applied Economic. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s College.

Michael Champley

Mr. Champley was appointed commissioner to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in September, 2011 by Governor Neil Abercrombie for a term to expire in June, 2016.

Commissioner Champley has over 40 years of experience analyzing, integrating and managing complex economic, public policy and technical issues facing the energy utility industry. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Champley was a Maui-based senior energy consultant focused on clean energy resource integration in Hawai'i. Prior to re-locating to Hawai'i, Commissioner Champley was a senior executive with DTE Energy, a major electric and gas energy company where he held various executive positions including Senior Vice President-Regulatory Affairs and Senior Vice President-Power Supply.

Commissioner Champley holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University, with emphasis in Finance and Public Utility Economics and Regulation.

 

History of the 51st State
Phase II - September 2015 - September 2016

The goal of the second phase is to move from exploring the big picture concepts and theories presented during Phase I to the development of specific roadmaps that show how we get from 'here' to 'there'. The aim is not to find one single path forward toward any one specific 51st State model, but to discover many paths that can work for a variety of states or market conditions that are all headed in the same general direction.

Like Phase I, this phase takes a collaborative approach inviting experts from across the industry to submit roadmaps that cover 6 swimlanes:
• Retail market design
• Wholesale market design
• Utility business models
• Information technology
• Asset deployment
• Rates and regulation
In April 2016, SEPA will host a second invite-only summit featuring an interactive discussion covering the transformation of the energy market.

Phase I - September 2014 to September 2015

The initiative's focus during the first phase was to identify a variety of potential end games without being encumbered by existing paradigms. Participants from across the energy industry at large were challenged to articulate their own vision for the future, operating under a scenario where they had a new 51st state that was a blank slate in terms of regulatory regimes, market structures and utility business models.

In February 2015, the initiative received 13 'concept papers' from a variety of perspectives, including former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, American Public Power Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Pace Energy & Climate Center, Wisconsin Energy Institute, among other esteemed individuals and organizations.

In April 2015, SEPA held an invitation-only 51st State Summit where one hundred thought leaders from across the energy industry came to discuss and debate these visions for the future. Throughout the remaining months of Phase I, the concepts were discussed at conferences and featured by trade press across the industry.

Phase I Innovation Review Panel
Ron Binz
Ron Binz is a principal at Public Policy Consulting, specializing in energy and telecommunications economics and policy issues. On June 27, 2013, President Obama nominated Binz to become chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission but following a confirmation hearing in a U.S. Senate committee, he asked the president to withdraw his name from further consideration. He was appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in January 2007 and served until April 2011. As Chairman, Ron led the Colorado PUC in implementing the many policy changes championed by the Governor and the Legislature to bring forward Colorado’s “New Energy Economy.” Ron was an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, serving as Chair of NARUC’s Task Force on Climate Policy, and as a member of both the Energy Resources and Environment Committee and the International Affairs Committee. Ron also served from 1996 to 2003 as President of the Competition Policy Institute (CPI), based in Washington, D.C. CPI was a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing competition to telecommunications and energy markets in ways that benefit consumers. From 1984 to 1995, Ron directed the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel, the state's utility consumer advocate. His office represented residential, small business and agricultural utility consumers before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, federal regulatory agencies and the courts. While Consumer Counsel, Ron served as President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA). Ron received a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Louis University in 1971 and an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1977.
Nancy E. Pfund
Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; SolarCity and BrightSource Energy, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media. Prior to founding DBL, Ms. Pfund was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan. Previously, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University and the Sierra Club. Ms. Pfund was featured #17 in the FORTUNE World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators; is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; a member of the Advisory Board of the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency; Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; a board member of the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet); a C3E Ambassador to the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy; and is a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. In 1988, President Bush appointed Ms. Pfund as a charter member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. In 1999, Ms. Pfund was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission. Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Jim Rogers
Jim Rogers was chairman of Duke Energy’s board of directors and served as the company’s president and CEO from April 2006 until July 2013. Over the course of his 25 years as a CEO in the electric utility industry, Rogers delivered an average total shareholder return of more than 12 percent per year by focusing on sustainable growth, stakeholder engagement and finding business solutions to environmental challenges.He has served more than 50 cumulative years on the boards of directors of eight Fortune 500 companies. Rogers is also active with numerous nonprofit boards, including his current role as chair of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, a nonprofit organization composed of the world’s leading electricity utilities. In addition, Rogers sits on the boards of the Asia Society, the Aspen Institute and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the global board of directors of The Nature Conservancy. Rogers was chairman of the Edison Electric Institute when it changed its position to support federal climate change legislation in 2007. He was also the founding chairman of the Institute for Electric Efficiency and past co-chair of both the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and the Alliance to Save Energy. In 2009, Newsweek named him one of “The 50 Most Powerful People in the World.” He earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Kentucky, and lives in Charlotte, N.C.
Sue Tierney
Sue Tierney is Senior Advisor at Analysis Group in Boston. She is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to companies, governments, nonprofits, and other organizations on energy markets, and economic and environmental regulation and strategy. She previously spent over a dozen years in state and federal government – as Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy; and as cabinet officer for environmental affairs, public utility commissioner, and chair of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority in Massachusetts. She currently chairs the External Advisory Board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, chairs the ClimateWorks Foundation Board, and is a director of World Resources Institute, the Alliance to Save Energy, Resources for the Future, and the Energy Foundation. She recently co-chaired the NAESB Gas-Electric Harmonization Committee, was a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Energy Project, was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on shale gas risk, and was co-lead convening author of the energy chapter of the National Climate Assessment. She served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (and its Shale Gas Subcommittee). She has published widely, and frequently speaks at industry conferences and lectures at universities. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in regional planning at Cornell University in New York, and her B.A. at Scripps College in California.
Jigar Shah
Jigar Shah is an entrepreneur and visionary committed to leveraging the next economy by deploying existing technologies that solve the challenging issues of our time. He is author of the book: Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. He is CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting and a board member of the Carbon War Room, the global organization founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin United to help entrepreneurs address climate change. He served as the Carbon War Room’s first CEO from 2009-2012. Shah’s first foray into realizing his vision of climate wealth was the founding of SunEdison in 2003; which remains one of the world’s leading solar services companies. At SunEdison, Shah simplified solar as a service by implementing the power purchase agreement (PPA) business model. The SunEdison business model enabled massive, scalable deployment of existing solar technology that turned solar into a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. Prior to SunEdison, Shah worked within strategy at BP Solar, and before that was a contractor for the Department of Energy on vehicles and fuel cell programs. He sits on the boards of the SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, Viasole and Greenpeace USA. Shah holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign- Urbana, and an M.B.A. from The University of Maryland.

 
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