Thursday's Keynote Speaker
Jules Kortenhorst is the Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountain Institute. He is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership.
Since 1982, Rocky Mountain Institute has advanced market-based solutions that transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous and secure future. An independent, nonprofit think-and-do tank, RMI engages with businesses, communities and institutions to accelerate and scale replicable solutions that drive the cost-effective shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables.
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Additional speakers to be announced
Chair Ms. Marissa Paslick Gillett
Marissa Paslick Gillett is Chairman of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). Governor Ned Lamont nominated Gillett to serve on the three member regulatory authority on April 26, 2019.Prior to her appointment, Gillett was the Vice President of External Relations for the Energy Storage Association –the national trade association representing the energy storage industry. In that role, Gillett served on the association’s executive team contributing to the organization’s overall strategic vision and direction, as well as providing leadership of the research, educational programming and events, marketing, and communications teams. From 2011 to 2018, Gillett worked at the Maryland Public Service Commission, an independent agency within the Maryland state government that regulates public utilities, where she most recently served as the senior advisor to the chairman. Her duties included a number of matters on energy issues in the state, such as advising the agency’s chairman and other commissioners on technical, legal and policy matters related to offshore wind procurement, statewide energy efficiency programs, advanced metering infrastructure, grid reliability issues and electric vehicles. Additionally, she represented the commission on these topics by testifying before the Maryland General Assembly and by leading stakeholder engagement initiatives as part of the state’s grid modernization proceeding.Gillett received a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland. She lives in West Hartford with her husband and two small children.
Governor Phil Scott
Governor Phil Scott became the 82nd Governor of Vermont on January 5, 2017. He previously served three terms as Vermont’s Lieutenant Governor, and as a Senator for Washington County. As Governor, he has committed to making a difference in the lives of Vermonters by growing the state’s economy, making Vermont more affordable, protecting the most vulnerable, and restoring faith and trust in government.
Commissioner June Tierney
June E. Tierney was sworn in as the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service by Governor Phil Scott on January 5, 2017. Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Tierney served as general counsel to the Vermont Public Utility Commission (2012-2016). Before then, she was a PUC hearing officer (2008-2012), as well as a staff attorney at the Vermont Department of Public Service (2001-2008). A 1986 graduate of Boston University and a 1993 graduate of Vermont Law School, Commissioner Tierney began her legal career with a clerkship at the Vermont Supreme Court, followed by three years as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City, where she specialized in securities fraud litigation, white collar crime defense and corporate internal compliance investigations. Before her admission to the bar, Commissioner Tierney enjoyed the privilege of serving on active duty (1986-1990) as a commissioned officer in the United States Army.
Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington’s Mayor Miro Weinberger was first elected Mayor in March 2012, the first Democratic mayor since Gordon Paquette was defeated by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in 1981. Mayor Weinberger was re-elected to a second term on in 2015, and his third in March, 6, 2018. Prior to serving as Mayor, Mayor Weinberger served on the airport commission for the Burlington International Airport. Under Mayor Weinberger’s tenure, City voters approved a $30 million bond to stabilize and upgrade Burlington's wastewater and stormwater infrastructure to steward Lake Champlain for this and future generations and Burlington was deemed the City with moresolar PV capacity installed per capita than any other city in the Northeastern United States.
Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman
Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman is the founder of Full Moon Farm, a NOFA-certified, successful, organic farm. He co-owns it with his wife Rachel Nevitt, in Hinesburg, VT.
Zuckerman served for fourteen years (1996-2010) in the Vermont House of Representatives as a Progressive, representing the City of Burlington's District 3-4. He served on the Natural Resources and Energy Committee (6 years), Agriculture Committee (6 years, 4 as Chair) and Ways and Means Committee (2 years). He took a leadership role on a number of issues including renewable energy, affordable housing, livable wages, instant run-off voting (and other election reform measures), GMO legislation, universal healthcare, progressive taxation, marriage equality, marijuana policy reform, and end of life choices.
Dr. Madhav Acharya currently serves as a Technology-to-Market Advisor at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency –Energy (ARPA-E). Acharya’s focus at ARPA-E includes conversion of renewable energy into carbon neutral liquid fuels through catalytic and electrochemical pathways.
Olivia Campbell Andersen
Olivia Campbell Andersen serves as Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont, the state’s non-profit clean energy trades, advocacy, and education organization. Prior joining REV, she served as Assistant Chief of Staff to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, advising the Governor on environmental, sustainability, energy, budget, and transportation issues, as well as six years at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Prior to her service with the State of Maryland, she worked for Congressman Steny H. Hoyer during his time as Majority Leader. Olivia’s career also includes time with the National Wildlife Federation, during which she worked to reduce mercury and carbon pollution through federal and state regulatory and legislative action, notably authoring and leading the advocacy campaign to enact Maryland’s Healthy Air Act. Olivia holds degrees from Vermont Law School and Gettysburg College. Maryland’s Governor recognized her environmental advocacy work with the rare Admiral of the Chesapeake award. When not advocating for the environment, Olivia enjoys exploring rivers and forests, biking rail trails, and digging in the garden with her daughter and husband, with Montpelier as their latest home base.
Jared Duval is the Executive Director of the Energy Action Network (EAN), a diverse group of leading non-profits, businesses, public agencies, and other high-level stakeholders seeking to transition Vermont to a sustainable energy future and meet 90% of our energy needs through efficiency and renewables by 2050. Prior to joining EAN, Jared served as Economic Development Director at the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, where he was responsible for providing support to working lands and green economy businesses and helped guide millions of dollars of state and federal investments in rural economic development via the Northern Border Regional Commission, the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, and the Clean Energy Development Fund. Part of the ninth generation of his family to call Vermont home, Jared grew up in the Upper Connecticut River Valley and now lives in Montpelier. Before moving back to Vermont in 2014, Jared was an author and Fellow with Demos, the New York based think tank. His first book, Next Generation Democracy: What the Open Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change, was published by Bloomsbury in 2010. Jared holds degrees from Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School (Master in Public Affairs – Domestic Policy, 2014), University of Cambridge (MPhil, Modern Society and Global Transformations, 2012), and Wheaton College, Massachusetts (Bachelor of Arts – Economics and Political Science, 2005).
Stan Faryniarz is a member of Daymark Energy Advisors’ senior management team and leads the firm’s rate design and procurement & portfolio management (PPM) practices. Stan Faryniarz advises clients on matters regarding power procurement, power supply planning and regulated cost recovery and rates. He is the primary advisor to clients with power supply portfolios totaling approximately 300 MW and over $200 million in annual spend. Mr. Faryniarz has testified before state and provincial regulatory agencies on issues including integrated resource planning, cost of service and rate design, general rate case applications, power project regulatory approvals and PURPA policy. He holds a BA in Economics and MPA (Finance, Managerial Economics concentration) from the University of Vermont, and the Certified Energy Procurement (CEP) Professional certification from the Association of Energy Engineers.
Mark Froling is President of Froling Energy, a mechanical contractor based in Peterborough, NH, focused on the installation of commercial biomass boiler systems. He has more than 25 years experience in construction and the design and installation of mechanical systems. Mark founded Froling LLC in 2008. The company’s first contracts were with New England Wood Pellet to modify their Jaffrey, NH, operations and to construct two new wood pellet manufacturing plants in New York state. Next, Froling Energy was formed to focus on installing the most reliable and cleanest burning biomass boiler systems available in schools, commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings and residences in the Northeastern US. Mark assembled a team of experienced mechanics and technicians to perform these installations. Others were hired to manage the company’s Service department—a very important part of the business. Mark was born in Germany but went to high school and college in the United States where he has lived since 1979.
Karen brings more than 30 years of policy and public service experience to her role as Director, Transportation and Infrastructure Markets at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), a mission-based non-profit dedicated to decarbonizing transportation and the built environment.
Karen also serves as an EAN Senior Fellow where she regularly contributes to research and analysis that is relevant to the Network’s mission and is a volunteer board member of Housing Vermont, a nonprofit syndication and development company and at Champ P3 a nonprofit promoting better use of Vermont’s rail infrastructure.
Prior to joining CSE, Karen worked at VEIC as Director of Efficiency Vermont, as founding Director of Transportation Efficiency, and as Director of Strategy, Policy, and Public Affairs. Karen served as the Director of the University of Vermont’s National University Transportation Center and has served as Director of Policy and Planning, Deputy Secretary, and Acting Secretary at the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
Jennifer is the Sustainability Officer for the City of Burlington, VT, the first city in the US to source 100% of electricity from renewables. Jennifer is charged with helping the city transition to net zero energy in the thermal and transportation sectors and in this capacity, supports, designs and implements projects within the city’s municipal electric department, across city offices, and with stakeholders throughout Burlington, and beyond. Prior to moving to Vermont from Washington, DC, Jennifer worked with CARE International and the World Resources Institute including stints living and working in West and Central Africa. Jennifer was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, has a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University and a PhD in Environmental Sociology from American University.
Kim Hayden leads the Energy + Environment practice group at the Burlington, Vermont-based law firm of Paul Frank + Collins P.C. Kim has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of energy and climate policy, energy siting, regulation, and transactions.
Kim is passionate about advancing solutions to climate change and increasing the penetration of renewable and clean energy resources. Kim serves on Renewable Energy Vermont’s (“REV”) policy committee, where she actively works to improve Vermont’s climate and energy policy and laws. Working with her clean energy clients, Kim has assisted in gaining siting approval for Vermont’s largest solar rooftop facility, dozens of commercial scale solar generating facilities totaling more than 40 MW, Chittenden County’s only commercial scale wind farm, as well as over 170 miles of new high voltage electric transmission lines and dozens of substations. Kim also won precedent setting energy siting decisions from the Vermont Supreme Court in Re Rutland Renewable Energy LLC, 2016 VT 50, and Re Vermont Electric Power Co, 2006 VT 69.
Jenn Kallay serves as Synapse’s Project Manager for BED’s NZE Roadmap. Jenn’s professional experience includes work on the benefits and costs of energy efficiency efforts, with studies and analysis for jurisdictions across the United States and Canada. Jenn’s work entails reviewing different regulatory approaches to spur energy efficiency; assessing the ability of utility energy efficiency plans to tap into cost-effective potential; evaluating energy efficiency components of integrated resource plans; researching best practice program designs and policies; and analyzing energy efficiency as an alternative to new power plants. Most recently, Ms. Kallay has focused on strategies that cities and towns can use to reduce emissions. She has a Master of Arts in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland.
Tom is a technical advisor and regulatory strategist inthe resource planning group at Burlington Electric Department (BED), a municapal utility in Vermont. His primary responsbilities include identifying and evaluating cost effective business opportunities that address the energy needs of BED’s customers while also reducing energy consumption across the City. Tom has more than 20 years of experience in the utility field as a former regulator and industry consultant.Tom iscurrentlyfocused on updating BED’s integrated resource plan, developing energy transformation plans and programs,attempting to make sense of Vermont’snet metering rules, and thinking about how BED can help the City transition to a Net Zero Energy community. When he is not working on energy policy, Tom enjoys skiing, hiking, kayaking and biking with his family.
Jake Marin is the Program Manager for HVAC and Refrigeration at VEIC/Efficiency Vermont. Here, he developed Vermont’s first heat pump program and has continued to help develop programs and guidelines for the greater Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region through his collaboration with the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP). These programs have supported the installation of over 15,000 high efficiency heat pumps and over 10,000 heat pump water heaters in Vermont alone. With all this electrification, several million gallons of fossil fuels have been displaced. However, this has been accomplished with a great deal of new load on our electric grid. As Vermont strives to reach aggressive renewable goals, it is critical that we actively coordinate electric demand with availability of renewables on the grid. By implementing “flexible load management”, Jake believes that we can electrify various sectors while optimizing the unwanted impacts of load growth. Properly managed, all these new electric devises become grid assets rather than liabilities. He is excited to discuss some of the work being done in this space by entities across the Vermont energy industry who have embraced a collaborative approach to this exciting challenge.
Chris McKay is currently the Director of Sales for Battery Energy Storage Solutions (BESS) at WEG Electric Corp in Barre, VT. WEG supplies fully integrated storage systems for industrial and utility customers. The turn-key equipment may be stand alone or collocated with renewables.
Chris has worked in the energy industry for over 20 years on a wide range of activities. While with Northern Power Systems he was leading and contributing to the development of power converter, energy storage, microgrid, and wind turbine projects. During his tenure more than 800 systems were installed in North & South America, Europe, and Korea.
At W.L. Gore & Associates he worked on new product development for PEM fuel cells and hydrogen electrolysis using GORE-TEX® membrane technology.
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Economics.
Chris lives in Waterbury with his wife and two kids. He also serves on the REV Board.
Derek Moretz serves the Chief Development Officer for Encore Renewable Energy with over 15 years experience of renewable energy development. He currently leads teams through end-to-end development with added focus on strategic planning and technology. Prior to joining Encore in 2012, Derek was responsible for development of over 400MW of utility wind energy projects in the West with a global development firm. Derek has extensive international experience having developed projects from the Arctic to Central America, having originated the largest operating projects in the region.
Derek received his MBA from the Jenkins School of Management at North Carolina State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Sustainable Technology from Appalachian State University.
He lives in an off-grid home Roxbury, VT with his wife and two kids, and serves on the board of the Vermont River Conservancy and is a supply representative for the Vermont System Planning Committee.
Duane raised the capital to launch and grow SunCommon and drove SunCommon’s dynamic culture and innovative marketing. He’s now responsible for investor relations, legal, HR — that’s Happiness Resources — and SunCommon’s new net-positive office building. He’s a social entrepreneur with an eclectic 35-year career in socially responsible business, campaign management, government service and community involvement.
He moved his family from California in 1996 to Vermont where he worked as Chief of Stuff at Ben & Jerry’s for 12 years — getting to execute Ben Cohen’s creative vision. Committed to advancing values-led business models, he’s a member of the national Social Venture Network, Vermont Venture Network and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. And he serves as a Director on the Boards of the VBSR and VPIRG.
Duane lives in a newly-built net zero home in Waterbury Center with his wife of 26 years, missing their out-of-the-house 19 and 22-year old sons.
Bonnie Reese is a PhD candidate at the University of Vermont studying Natural Resources and Complex Systems. Her research is focused on renewable energy entrepreneurship and, more specifically, technologies and regulations that facilitate decarbonization, decentralization, and social equity goals in the electric grid. Bonnie comes to UVM with a background in entrepreneurship, having earned her MBA at Babson’s Olin School of Business and co-founded multiple companies including Radius Tracking Systems and Reconciled. Bonnie lives in Cambridge, Vermont with her fiancé and six-year-old daughter.
Jonathan is a senior engineer at RSG focused on the ways we fund, plan, and construct our transportation facilities. With over ten years of private consulting experience, including four years based in Auckland, New Zealand, Jonathan manages RSG’s east coast traffic operations, transportation planning, and engineering design practices. His experience is firmly rooted in the detailed design and operations of traffic signals, freeways, intersections, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The nexus of his interests and experience has served organizations and governments by producing actionable transportation plans and policies.
Dan Sosland is president of Acadia Center, a non-profit research and policy advocacy organization advancing the clean energy future at the state and regional levels. Dan’s efforts focus on developing and implementing comprehensive and sustained energy and climate policy solutions that attract diverse stakeholder support, utilizing a research oriented approach that incorporates consumer interests and economic benefits. Prior to establishing Acadia Center, Dan was an attorney in New York City and at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston and Maine. He holds a JD from Cornell University and an AB from Brown University.
Before being appointed General Manager, Darren served as Burlington Electric Department’s Chief Operating Officer and led the Center for Innovation team. Prior to joining BED, Darren served as Chief of Staff for the Office of Governor Peter Shumlin. Before working inthe Governor’s Office, Darren was appointed as Deputy Commissioner at the Vermont Public Service Department, leading the advancement of the 2014 net metering law and 2015 renewable energy standard. Previously, Darren worked in the Washington, D.C. Officeof U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders as Senior Policy Advisor for Energy & Environment, and later as Chief Counsel. He has also worked for the National Governors Association as Program Director for Energy and Transportation. Darren has a B.A. from Florida Atlantic University and earned a J.D. and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.
Rebecca Towne is Vermont Electric Cooperatives’s Chief Executive Officer. She has nearly two decades of utility experience in Vermont, with a strong focus on team building, leadership and strategic innovation.
Most recently, Rebecca was vice president of organizational strategy at Vermont Gas Systems. Prior to her work at Vermont Gas, Rebecca spent 14 years in roles of increasing responsibility at Green Mountain Power, including Chief Talent Officer. She joined VEC—the second largest electric utility in Vermont and one of two electric cooperatives in the state—in October 2018.
At VEC, Rebecca seeks to inspire people to do their best work, to innovate in support of Vermont’s energy future, and to remain focused always on service to VEC members.
Rebecca holds a BA from Swarthmore College and an MS from St. Michael’s College. She serves on the board of the United Way of NorthWest Vermont. A seventh-generation Vermonter, Rebecca grew up in Cambridge and today lives in Essex.
Dr. Brett Williams is Principal Advisor for EV Programs at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE). He is a point person for EV market and policy analysis, stakeholder engagement, and program design and evaluation. Many of his activities are carried out in support of California’s $700 million Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, for which he directs transparency and evaluation efforts, as well as for related activities in four other states. Previously he was an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at UCLA, a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley, and a researcher for Amory Lovins at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Brett has a PhD in Transportation Technology & Policy from UC Davis, a master’s degree in Environment & Development from Cambridge University (UK), and an undergraduate degree in Physics / Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College (Claremont CA).
In 2017 Steven founded Eco-Equipment Supply (EES) to help bring about the electrification of Vermont’s lawn care industry. EES is the northeast sales rep for Ohio-based Mean Green Products, the first and leading manufacturer of commercial (aka “commercial”) battery-electric lawn mowers. While Steven will summarize the progress that’s been made, he will also address some of the significant challenges and barriers that are impeding the growth of this innovative, carbon-cutting technology, and also offer some suggestions on how we can overcome these challenges.