Director of Energy Solutions, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Jan Ahlen is the Director of Energy Solutions at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). He leads NRECA initiatives on distributed generation, energy storage, and microgrids. In this position, he manages a portfolio of research projects, delivers strategic advice to co-ops, and serves as liaison to outside stakeholder groups. A frequent speaker at utility industry events, Mr. Ahlen promotes future utility business models and successful DER deployment.
Previously, Mr. Ahlen served as Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager for NRECA, responsible for representing rural electric cooperatives before various federal agencies. In this position, Mr. Ahlen was NRECA’s Subject Matter Expert in retail rate design, new utility business models, grid modernization, and retail market design. Prior to joining NRECA, Mr. Ahlen served as the energy lobbyist for the National Farmers Union. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MBA in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University.
Senior Sustainability Consultant, Taitem Engineering, PC
Briana is the Project Manager of New York State Gas and Electric Corp’s OptimizEV pilot program, which offers incentivized smart charging for residential customers in Ithaca, NY. Previously, Briana was a project lead and team member of a variety of New York Reforming the Energy Vision pilot projects, including the development and launch of Green Button Connect, an award-winning low- and moderate-income program, and an online product and services marketplace. As an AEE certified Carbon Reduction Manager, Briana leads efforts to transform an existing building into Ithaca’s first Zero Energy Building. Briana holds an MS in Sustainable Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BS in Music and Mathematics from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.
Sr. Portfolio Manger, Energy Efficiency, Pepco Holdings Inc.
As Senior Portfolio Manager of Energy Efficiency, William is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic vision for increasing Demand Side Management programs across Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco. Work includes increasing adoption of behind the meter technology and programs to help customers better manage their energy usage, while leveraging these assets to maximize grid utilization.
As Sr. Portfolio Manager, William oversees the development of key strategies for creating customer programs including Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, and the use of Data Analytics to meet aggressive state goals in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.
William Ellis is a 5th Generation Washingtonian and a past Elected Official in Washington D.C. serving in the capacity as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. William currently sits on the board of Clean Air Partners (Chair), Alumni Governors of Catholic University of America, Association of Energy Service Professionals, and Maryland Clean Energy Center Board of Directors.
Education and Professional Licenses
William Ellis is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a master’s degree in Engineering Management and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. William is also a University of Idaho Utility Executive Curriculum alumnus, and has a Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University, which he completed in 2014. William is also a currently certified Project Management Profession (PMP).
Chief Cooperative Business Officer, Middle Tennessee Electric
Brad has 15+ years of experience with various electric distribution utilities domestically and internationally, currently serving as the Chief Cooperative Business Officer at Middle Tennessee Electric. In this role, he oversees the business division, which includes the member service & communications department, information technology department, and strategy group. Brad is also focused on developing and executing strategic initiatives that positively influence customer satisfaction, such as renewable energy, energy storage, broadband and fiber for SmartGrid. Brad also serves on the board of United Communications, a telecommunications company serving broadband, telephone and video.
Program Manager, Distribution Systems, U.S. Department of Energy
Eric Lightner has worked as a program manager for advanced technology development at the Department of Energy for the last 29 years. For the past 19 years he has focused on the modernization of America’s electric grid, and he currently, oversees the Advanced Distribution Management Systems and the Sensor Technologies and Data Analytics research programs within the Office of Electricity. He also leads several industry engagement activities including DataGuard, an industry led Voluntary Code of Conduct for data privacy and access of customer energy usage information, and the Voices of Experience initiative, focused on bringing utilities together to share their knowledge, insights and lessons learned on the implementation of emerging technologies. Mr. Lightner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.
Founder, Exelorate Growth – Distributed Energy, Exelon Corporate Strategy, Innovation & Sustainability
Vicki Luttrell is an Exelorate Growth Founder and part of Exelon’s Corporate Strategy, Innovation & Sustainability team. She is an award-winning communications leader, educating and engaging customers in the increasingly complex energy solution landscape, and helping customers achieve their goals of securing reliable, local, controllable and clean power. As a Founder, she is responsible for identifying and developing new innovative businesses that solve customer pain points related to distributed energy resources.
Mrs. Luttrell has nearly 20 years of experience in the energy industry, including renewable energy; nuclear, natural gas and coal generation; wholesale energy trading; and utility distribution. Prior to becoming a Founder, she was part of Pepco Holdings’ Distribution Planning, Smart Grid and Innovation team. She served as the program manager of Green Power Connection, strategically advancing the way customers interconnect their generation assets to the energy grid, and led efforts to advance renewable energy, battery storage, microgrids, and transportation electrification.
Mrs. Luttrell is passionate about innovation and the role customers play in shaping a clean energy future and the Utility of the Future. While at Pepco Holdings, Mrs. Luttrell developed and managed solar and distributed energy resources Advisory Councils in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. She currently serves on DEFG’s Solar IQ Advisory Council and is a member of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative. Mrs. Luttrell is also engaged in her community, serving as a mentor on the University of Delaware’s Lerner Executive Mentor Program, and leading two Girl Scout Troops with a focus on STEM opportunities for young women in Delaware.
Principal, Emerging Technologies, Reliant
Wayne Morrison is Principal of Emerging Technology with responsibility for reviewing new technology at Reliant, an NRG company. NRG’s retail businesses, including Reliant, serve more than 3.5 million residential and commercial customers. Wayne has 39+ years electrical industry experience in both the regulated and deregulated market.
Wayne evaluates, develops and implements emerging energy products and services for customers, including home automation and energy storage technologies. He manages the Reliant Smart Home in Houston, Texas, which serves as the company’s real-world research and development hub, where he provides educational sessions on new technologies available in the market.
Wayne’s career started in distribution engineering. Wayne has held positions coordinating electric service for residential, commercial and industrial customers and was program manager for several energy efficiency programs.
Wayne earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Technology from the University of Houston. He is licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission for instruction of agents on new technologies.
Vice President, Communications, Pepco Holdings Inc.
Murphy is responsible for the formulation of the Corporate Communications strategy and program execution for internal and external communications, media relations, social and digital media, crisis communications, and company advertising. Murphy is also responsible for the employee engagement and leadership development of his entire team of communications professionals.
Based in Washington, D.C., Pepco Holdings employs more than 4,600 people, owns more than $21 billion in assets and generates approximately $4.8 billion in annual revenues. Pepco Holdings serves 2 million customers as the parent company of Pepco, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey. Pepco Holdings is a recently acquired subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading energy services companies. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.
Murphy has more than 30 years of communications, government affairs, and public advocacy experience. Prior to Exelon, he held communications and external affairs leadership roles at International Paper and Champion International, both Fortune 500 companies in the paper and forest products industry. Murphy has also held communications leadership roles with Maine Yankee, a company that operated a single unit nuclear power plant in Maine, and several positions in Maine State Government.
He began with Exelon in 2008 as the Director of Nuclear Communications. In 2012, Murphy led the creation of Exelon Corporation’s Public Advocacy function, before accepting the role of Director of Generation Communications for the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, and West regions the following year.
Murphy has held leadership positions in nonprofits focusing on education, the arts and the environment primarily in Maine.
Murphy holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Maine.
Murphy is married with two adult children.
Executive Director, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates
David Springe was named Executive Director of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) in December of 2015. NASUCA’s 58 member offices represent the interests of utility consumers in 43 states, the District of Columbia, Barbados, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica.
Prior to his appointment at NASUCA, Mr. Springe served as Consumer Counsel of the Kansas Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB). CURB is the statutory advocate for residential and small commercial utility customers in proceedings before the Kansas Corporation Commission, Kansas courts and the Kansas legislature. Prior to being named Consumer Counsel at CURB, Mr. Springe spent nine years as an economist and expert witness for both CURB and the Kansas Corporation Commission. Mr. Springe served as President of NASUCA from 2007-2009.
Mr. Springe received his M.A. in Economics and Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas. Mr. Springe has represented consumer interests on numerous boards, currently serving on the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network Advisory Board (SEEaction), the University of Missouri Financial Research Institute Advisory Board, the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities Advisory Board and the Energy Board of the Keystone Center. In the past Mr. Springe served as Vice-Chair of the EPRI Energy Efficiency and Grid Modernization Public Advisory Board and served on the U.S Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB) and on the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Efficiency Advisory Board.
Industry Director, Utility Products & Systems Division, National Electrical Manufacturers Association
Jonathan is the Industry Director of NEMA’s Utility Products & Systems Division, whose mission is to drive the transformational trends behind grid modernization. Mr. Stewart works with over 50 Member companies that manufacture the devices and systems that address the demand for resilience, reliability, efficiency and safety of the power grid. These include products such as capacitors, connectors, meters and sockets, energy storage, insulators, surge arresters, switchgear, and transformers, as well as the systems that monitor and control them.
NEMA represents over 300 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers at the forefront of electrical safety, efficiency, reliability, and energy security. The combined industries account for 400,000 American jobs in more than 7,000 facilities covering every state. The industry produces $118 billion shipments of electrical equipment and medical imaging technologies per year with $48 billion exports.
Prior to NEMA:
Originally from Northern California, Jonathan obtained a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University and JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Prior to joining NEMA, Mr. Stewart worked for Andreae & Associates, a boutique international government relations office where he consulted foreign and multi-national companies on political brand management. Mr. Stewart also worked for Bell Pottinger USA, a consulting firm specializing in strategic communications and nation-building strategies.
Mr. Stewart speaks Spanish and is a member of the California Bar.
Program Director for Smart Grid Innovation, Avangrid
Sean Sullivan is the Program Director for Smart Grid Innovation, heading up the Energy Smart Community project in Ithaca, N.Y. In this role he leads a pioneering initiative to demonstrate the benefits of a smarter, cleaner, more secure energy grid to customers in New York and beyond. He also oversees the design, planning and implementation of customer engagement and adoption campaigns, in partnership with external stakeholders. An initiative of New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), an AVANGRID subsidiary, the Energy Smart Community serves as an innovation “ecosystem” platform to develop and pilot smart grid systems. It is aligned with New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision policy. Sean joined Avangrid Networks in 2018 and had previously served as Manager and acting Program Director for the Company’s Smart Grid Innovation program. Before he joined Avangrid Networks, Sean was Senior Director for Professional Services at a global digital commerce company.
President of NARUC and Iowa Utilities Board Member
Nick Wagner began serving as a member of the Iowa Utilities Board on May 24, 2013, appointed by Governor Branstad to fill a term ending on April 30, 2019.
Board member Wagner was installed as the new president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) at its Annual meeting in November 2018. As NARUC President, Wagner will focus on ensuring NARUC is meeting the needs of its members, and is providing the leadership necessary in an evolving utility industry. Wagner also serves on the NARUC Committee on Gas, the Washington Action Program, and the Committee on Critical Infrastructure. He previously held several leadership positions with the Mid-America Regulatory Conference (MARC).
Prior to joining the Board, Wagner was the Director of Quality Management for the ESCO Group in Marion, Iowa.
Wagner also served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2008 to 2012 as ranking member and chair of the Local Government Committee, and as vice chair of the Appropriations Committee. Wagner also sat on the Administration and Regulation Budget Sub-Committee, Commerce, Transportation, and Ways and Means Committees.
Wagner previously served four years as an at-large elected member of the Marion City Council.
Wagner received his Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering in 1996 and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1998, both from the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Mandie, reside in Marion, Iowa, and have a daughter and son.
Director of Regulatory Legal, Duquesne Light Company
Tishekia E. Williams, Esq is the Director of Regulatory Legal at Duquesne Light Company. In her current role, Tishekia is responsible for handling complex state and federal regulatory matters before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PA PUC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as leading the regulatory consumer affairs department. Tishekia formerly served as assistant general counsel for Exelon Business Services Corporation before joining Duquesne Light. Prior to her legal career, Tishekia worked in the public policy field in various position including as a lobbyist for a Philadelphia-based Medicare and Medicaid managed care organization, and stints with Pennsylvania Senator Jay Costa and former United States Senator Arlen Specter.
She received a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, NJ and her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Tishekia serves as a Vice President on the board of director of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, an organization dedicated to empowering women and eliminating racism. In addition to her community service, Tishekia is active in the energy law sector having written and presented on topics including smart meter best practices, demand side resource developments and energy efficiency and conservation.
Director, Policy Research and Analysis for the Regulatory Affairs Department at the American Public Power Association
Paul is the Director, Policy Research and Analysis for the Regulatory Affairs Department at the American Public Power Association. He is responsible for research on issues such as electric rates, distributed generation, and renewable generation. Paul leads the Association’s Public Power Forward Initiative, which covers issues related to “Utility of the Future.” Paul also oversees surveys related to salaries, performance indicators, and payments in lieu of taxes. He has a Ph. D in Politics from the Catholic University of America.
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