Troy Miller is a Business Development and Marketing Manager in the Power Quality Products Division of the S&C Electric Company. He has over 23 years of experience in the Power Engineering industry. Mr. Miller has a vast history in the application and implementation of all aspects of power electronics and power quality. Mr. Miller is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Electricity Storage Association (ESA), the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt) and the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK). Mr. Miller is a speaker at industry events around the world covering market trends and economic benefit analysis. He has published numerous papers and articles in technical journals and media outlets. He is currently responsible for Power Quality activities at S&C Electric. These include: Energy Storage, VAR compensation and Uninterruptible Power Systems.
Richard Baxter has been both an investment banker and equity analyst focusing on the energy storage industry. He sees a growing need for access to low-cost capital to expand both manufacturing capability and project development for the energy storage industry to have commercial success. Recent proposals such as the investment tax credit and master limited partnerships expansion will be critical, and he intends to continue making other funding resources available for the energy storage industry. Richard plans to focus his efforts on these important issues by working with a number of storage, financial, and legal firms to reduce the hurdles currently facing energy storage companies.
Baxter is the author of Energy Storage: A Non-Technical Guide, which gives awareness to many common challenges facing companies across the industry. It also provides insight into the issues facing firms at varying points along the value chain. He continues to maintain dialogues with many firms throughout the industry, most recently as the Chairman of the Energy Storage World Forum: Berlin Conference.
In his current role of Managing Director – Commercial Transmission with Duke Energy, Mr. Gates manages transmission project development, from transmission planning, stakeholder outreach and regulatory approval through construction and conducts transmission project acquisition analysis and structuring. Mr. Gates developed the Notrees Battery Storage Project, a 36-megawatt storage system at the Notrees windfarm for Duke Energy, including commercial structuring, contract negotiating, and driving the regulatory and market changes needed to incorporate storage in the Texas market. In this role Mr. Gates managed a $44MM project budget to construct the project on time and on budget. In addition, Mr. Gates is responsible for project development for all energy storage projects across the Commercial Business unit and monitors and influences policy and market rules to enable energy storage to be deployed across multiple markets.
Ben currently serves as a Senior Project Engineer for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a non-profit, collaborative research organization. In his current role, he manages multiple projects investigating the value and technical impacts of energy storage on the electric system. Prior to EPRI, Ben worked in engineering and business roles for three early stage companies developing novel battery and system technology for electric vehicles, including Tesla Motors, Mission Motors, and Inventek Corporation. In his time as member of the ESA’s Board of Directors, Ben looks forward to promoting the advancement of the electricity storage industry by coordinating the usage of common terminology and definitions for cross‐stakeholder communication and clarity; developing common tools and methods for understanding and communicating storage’s value; and identifying and communicating key objectives to the storage industry from the perspective of public and the regulated electric utilities that deliver electricity.
Steve Willard currently serves as Project Manager for Public Service Co. of New Mexico’s (PNM) Advanced Technology Department. He is the Principal Investigator for PNM’s Prosperity Energy Storage Project funded, in part, through the U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Storage Program. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy industry in regulated and unregulated markets, including product development and support, energy system engineering and analysis as well as energy industry market research. Previous positions include Manager of the Center for Innovation and Technology at PNM, Product Support Manager for Honeywell Power Systems, Lecturer in the US Peace Corps and Computer Applications Engineer at Bridgers and Paxton Consulting Engineers Inc. He has served in various advisory roles including the DOE/EPRI Energy Storage Handbook Advisory Committee and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Electricity Storage Association. Steve holds 2 US Patents, BSME and MBA degrees, both from the University of New Mexico, and is a licensed engineer in the State of New Mexico.
Mr. Singh is a senior management professional with over fifteen years of domestic and international experience in strategy, asset management, corporate development, finance, and mergers & acquisitions in Fortune 500 companies. He is currently leading Electricity Storage project development activities for NextEra Energy Resources, and has previously managed over 5,000 megawatts of diverse portfolio of fossil, wind, nuclear, solar and hydro assets in Northeast (PJM, NEPOOL, NY, Canada) and Midwest (MISO) regions. In addition, Mr. Singh has supported corporate development, investment valuation and due-diligence of over $6 billion of value-accretive and board approved equity investments that resulted in ownership of over 4,000 megawatts of renewable generation asset portfolio in the U.S. He has a proven track record of leadership in deal structuring, contract negotiations, dispute resolution, partnerships, tax optimization, and non-recourse financings. Vijay holds a Masters in Business Administration from Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, India.
Jeff Pierson is the Founder and Principal of Bethesda Capital LLC. Prior to founding Bethesda Capital, Mr. Pierson served as the Senior Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer of Prudent Energy Corporation, an advanced energy storage company located in Bethesda, Maryland. He was responsible for Prudent Energy’s day-to-day business and financial operations while overseeing U.S. sales and marketing, government relations, and strategic alliances. Jeff has over 20 years of experience in energy and power, venture capital, general management, and public service. He previously held senior executive positions as: Managing Partner at ALTEC Energy Ventures, LLC, a U.S. technology development and investment firm; Associate Administrator for Investment at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), where he led the $26 billion Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program and served on the SBA Management Board; and Director of Power Generation Applications and Board Member at ALM Turbine, Inc. Jeff has also worked on a wide range of energy policy and regulatory issues while serving in the International Energy Agency, the White House, and the U.S. Congress. Jeff received his B.A. from Emory University and completed graduate work in International Business and Finance at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Jim McDowall has worked in the battery industry since 1977 and is currently in the position of Business Development Manager with Saft’s Energy Storage Business Unit. He is a current member and former Chair of the board of directors of the Electricity Storage Association and has been helping to develop the energy storage market since 1998. Jim is also very active in standards work and is currently the Standards Coordinator of the IEEE Stationary Battery Committee and Chair of three of its working groups, as well as being a former Chair of the parent committee. He is a member of the Battcon Technical Committee and has written or co-written numerous technical papers.
Dr. Rahul Walawalkar leads the Emerging Technologies & Markets practice for Customized Energy Solutions with focus on energy storage, renewables, demand response and smart grid technologies as well as international markets. He is an internationally acclaimed expert in areas covering energy management, electricity markets, emerging technologies and new product development. Rahul has been involved in evaluating economics of emerging technologies since 2004. His research and consulting activities have covered complete range of demand response and energy storage technologies including CAES, Pumped Hydro, NAS, flow batteries, Lithium Ion batteries, thermal storage and flywheels. Rahul currently serves on the Board of Directors of Electricity Storage Association. He is also a steering committee member for the international Energy Storage Challenge. He has served as expert on evaluation panels for US DOE’s various smart grid projects and is involved in creation of industry standards as part of IEEE and NIST working groups. Rahul holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds Masters in Energy Management from New York Institute of Technology and undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering. He is recipient of numerous awards including Computer Society of India’s Young IT Professional Award (2000 & 2001), Demonstration of Energy Efficiency Developments scholarship from American Public Power Association (2002, 2003 & 2005) and is also recognized as one of the Legends in Energy by Association of Energy Engineers.
Georgianne Huff is responsible for providing program and technical project management for the DOE Electrical Energy Storage Program at Sandia National Laboratories. Georgianne has worked for Sandia for 25 years and in her current role has contributed to the energy storage industry for the past 8 years publishing several papers and presenting several forums. Prior to that she worked in construction management and was responsible for the over-all design and construction of multi-million dollar facilities. She earned a BSME from New Mexico State University and is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer and a Project Management Professional.
Mr. Lazarewicz is the President of Energy Storage Solutions LLC, an energy storage consultancy. Prior to founding Energy Storage Solutions, Mr. Lazarewicz was with Beacon Power Corp. for 11 years where he served as Vice President & Chief Technical Officer. Prior to joining Beacon Power, Mr. Lazarewicz worked for 25 years for General Electric in various engineering and managerial capacities in Power Systems and Aircraft Engines. He is a Mechanical Engineer and holds BS, MS, and MBA degrees from MIT. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, He serves on the Board of Directors of the Electricity Storage Association, is Chairman of the Energy Storage Working Group of the Distributed Generation and Energy Storage Sub-Committee, is a member the IEEE Power Engineering Society, ASME , CIGRE, and NEMA’s Energy Storage Council.
Eva L. Gardow is a Senior Project Manager at FirstEnergy. Her responsibilities include management of strategy, direction and evaluation of energy storage systems and project management of a smart grid, integrated distributed energy resources projects in New Jersey that includes direct load control, distribution line sensors and energy storage technologies. She is a member of the board of directors of the Electricity Storage Association and provides policy input and program development on new technologies, energy storage, renewables and energy efficiency for the company. Prior to this she managed JC&L’s renewable energy program for the state. She also assisted in developing new solar power plants, managed the solar electric business of GPU Solar and provided technical guidance for the Ballard Generation Systems fuel cell power plant development. Previous experience was gained at UTC Fuel Cells, where she worked on developing the design of the 200kW fuel cell power plant and at Stone & Webster Engineering Corp. where she was responsible for the system design and installation integrity at nuclear power plants. She has a BSME from Clarkson University and an MBA from the University of Hartford.
Darrell Hayslip serves as the President of Narrow Gate Energy, LLC. Mr. Hayslip previsouly served as the Chief Development Officer at Xtreme Power, where he directed all development, sales, and other commercial activities associated with the deployment of Xtreme Power’s utility-scale energy storage technology. Prior to joining Xtreme Power, Mr. Hayslip worked for EON Climate & Renewables North America as the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Trading. Mr. Hayslip has many years of experience in the independent power sector, having spent years with Calpine, Dynegy, Destec Energy, and Westinghouse serving in various executive capacities working in power system sales, development, trading & marketing, and other commercial roles. In addition, he has been very active in the restructuring of the electric utility industry, having served on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Technical Advisory Committee of ERCOT, the Operating Committee and Market Operation Committee of NERC and has actively chaired several tasks. He has been a member of the GCPA for over 15 years and currently serves as a board member. Mr. Hayslip holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Colette Lamontagne is a Director in the Energy Practice at Navigant Consulting. Her current work focuses on emerging energy technology research and development including energy storage and smart grid. Ms. Lamontagne has twenty years of consulting experience focusing primarily on emerging technology demonstrations, industrial energy efficiency, and environmental engineering. Ms. Lamontagne has conducted and provided oversight for numerous lab-, bench-, and pilot-scale technology R&D programs.
Dr. Ali Nourai retired from American Electric Power (AEP) in March 2010 after a 30-year utility career. He helped launching AEP’s successful sodium sulfur battery program in 2006 and introduced the concept of the Community Energy Storage (CES) in 2009.
Shortly after his retirement, Dr. Nourai joined KEMA as an Executive Consultant. He explains this move as a necessary step to reach out to other companies and help them with their projects in the field of energy storage that is rapidly growing. KEMA is the industry’s leading consulting company in storage and offers an excellent global platform for him to work on and reach out to utilities and other businesses across all energy storage application areas.