ESNA Conference and Exhibition | November 5-7, 2019 in San Diego, California

Keynotes

CEO & Founder
eMotorWerks
Val Miftakhov
CEO & Founder
eMotorWerks
Val Miftakhov is the Founder of eMotorWerks. Over the last dozen years, Val held executive business strategy & operations positions at Google, McKinsey & Company, and Nielsen. He also launched and managed three startup companies, in all of which he held the CTO position. Prior to his industry experience, Val was a high energy physics researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator, a Department of Energy facility. Val received his PhD in Physics from Princeton University and his MS in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He was a two-time winner of the Nationwide Russian Physics Competitions. In whatever spare time he gets, Val tries to get good use out of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.
President and CEO
CALSTART
John Boesel
President and CEO
CALSTART
John Boesel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CALSTART. The public/private nature of CALSTART is reflected in John's background. Upon graduating from the University of California, Davis, in 1982, John worked in the California legislature as a legislative aide to then Assemblyman (now Congressman) Sam Farr. In that position he managed energy and environmental legislation for nearly four years.

He received his MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley in 1989. After graduating from business school he worked as a commercial banker in Wells Fargo's Corporate Headquarters building in San Francisco. In 1993 John joined CALSTART as the Vice President of Technology Programs. In 2001 the Board of Directors promoted him to the position of President and CEO.

John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University and is also a board member of the Clean Vehicle Foundation.
Commissioner
California Public Utilities Commission
Carla Peterman
Commissioner
California Public Utilities Commission
Carla J. Peterman is the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) assigned Commissioner for a number of proceedings including energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy storage, and several rate cases. She was previously a Commissioner with the California Energy Commission where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, and natural gas. Commissioner Peterman holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Energy and Resources from The University of California Berkeley. She also earned a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Commissioner Peterman holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University.
Executive Director, Electrification
Cummins Inc.
Julie Furber
Executive Director, Electrification
Cummins Inc.
Julie Furber is the Executive Director of the Electrified Power segment at Cummins. She is responsible for overseeing the development and acceleration of Cummins knowledge and capability in electrification, positioning the company to be the leading provider of electrified powertrains in commercial and industrial markets.
A disruptor at heart, Julie has been at the forefront of identifying the products and solutions critical to the success of Cummins customers. Prior to leading the Electrification business, Julie was responsible for product planning and product management across the company’s $8-billion Engine Business, the largest of Cummins’ four business segments. This included all new product programs, market-based innovation and new business incubation.
Julie joined Cummins in 2005 as the Global Finance Director for Cummins Generator Solutions, based in Stamford, England. She then moved to the United States where she has held a variety of key commercial roles, which included leading the global off-highway business for Cummins Emission Solutions, serving as the Global Integrated Account Management leader for PACCAR, Cummins’ largest customer, and leading the entire North American Truck team.
Prior to joining Cummins, Julie had more than 15 years of business leadership experience in sales, operations and finance in diverse industries, including security printing, glass and food.
A native of the United Kingdom, Julie is a qualified accountant and holds bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics from Oxford University. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. Julie and her husband, Paul, have two daughters, Megan and Ella, and reside in Columbus, Indiana.
Senior Policy Advisor
Tesla
Sarah Van Cleve
Senior Policy Advisor
Tesla
Sarah manages Tesla’s state-level energy policy development, collaborating with regulators and legislators on policies affecting the development of energy storage and solar systems, predominantly in the United States. She leads Tesla’s policy on various energy policy issues related to utility-scale and customer-sited systems, including resource planning, procurement, and interconnection. Prior to working at Tesla, Sarah managed energy storage policy at Southern California Edison where she helped guide the utility’s groundbreaking procurement of more than a gigawatt-hour of energy storage systems. Sarah started her career as a financial analyst in electricity and emissions markets working in operations, trading, and market design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA.

Welcome General Session (ESNA+CALSTART) | Where the Future of Power and Transportation Meet

November 6, 2018  5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Energy storage will be critical to helping build out electric vehicle infrastructure. Key stakeholders from government, industry and policy will discuss the transition to a clean transportation future

Senior Vice President of BYD Company Limited & President of BYD Motors Inc.
BYD Motors LLC
Stella Li
Senior Vice President of BYD Company Limited & President of BYD Motors Inc.
BYD Motors LLC
Stella Li is Senior Vice President of BYD Company Limited and President of BYD Motors Inc. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning for BYD’s North American and Latin American operations. Under Stella’s leadership, BYD has achieved exponential international market growth and became a dominant global force in clean technology and consumer electronics. BYD Motors Inc. is an American manufacturing company and a wholly owned subsidiary of BYD Company Ltd, a global technology company with over $15B in revenue annually and over 220,000 employees across the globe. BYD was founded in 1995 as a battery manufacturer and advanced consumer electronics company. In 2003, BYD entered the
automotive market and began to apply its battery expertise to the challenge of transportation, becoming the largest domestic car manufacturer in China. BYD’s unique combination of battery and automotive experience is now revolutionizing every aspect of clean transportation, with a product line of 100% electric buses, trucks, forklifts, passenger vehicles, and monorail systems. BYD’s clean energy division also produces energy storage systems, solar panels, and LED lights.

Keynote 1 | Global Growth in Energy Storage and the Role it Can Play in Transportation Electrification

November 7, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am

This keynote will explore how international cooperation can accelerate global progress in energy storage. Ms. Li will discuss what is happening in transportation and grid sectors in China as it relates to Energy Storage and how that will influence other parts of the world. Ms Li will also touch on how BYD is overcoming supply chain challenges in the energy storage sector.

SVP & Chief Customer Officer
Eversource Energy
Penni McLean-Conner
SVP & Chief Customer Officer
Eversource Energy
Penni McLean-Conner is Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President of Customer Group for Eversource Energy. She is responsible for providing Eversource’s 3.5 million electric and gas customers with high quality customer service and delivering a cost-effective portfolio of electric and gas energy efficiency programs.

Penni is a recognized thought leader in the utility industry with over 25 years of experience implementing positive change, particularly in the areas of leadership, superior customer service and energy efficiency programs. In her current role, Penni leads an integrated team of customer service employees, charged with delivering consistent, positive customer experiences across multiple platforms. This also includes management of an energy efficiency portfolio of programs that tops $500 million annually and provides Eversource customers with highly-valued energy efficiency services ranked number one in the nation.

She is a published author and the customer service columnist for Electric Light and Power Magazine. Penni’s most recent book “Profiles in Excellence: Utility Chief Customer Officers,” shares the stories of eight all-star chief customer officers who have demonstrated success in creating a customer- focused culture. Penni has also published “Customer Service: Utility Style,” and “Energy Efficiency: Principles and Practices.”

Penni is a 2016 recipient of the New England Women in Energy and the Environment Achievement Award. She was also honored in 2017 with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Management.

Penni holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered Professional Engineer. She is active in the industry and her community, serving on several organizations including the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, CS Week, and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission among others.

Keynote 2 | Turning Talk into Action: Delivering on the Massachusetts Energy Storage Mandate

November 7, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am

This keynote will explore the plan for the State of Massachusetts to address its lofty climate policy goals, and how Eversource Energy will leverage energy storage and vehicle electrification to make it happen.

Founder and Chairman
Idealab
Bill Gross
Founder and Chairman
Idealab
Amazed by the inventions of Thomas Edison and Leonardo da Vinci, Bill Gross grew up dreaming of being an inventor. He started his first company – Solar Devices – in high school during the energy crisis of 1973 with a dream of making solar energy practical on a small scale. He sold more than 10,000 kits and plans for solar energy products by mail order in the back of Popular Science and Scientific American magazines. These sales helped him pay his way through college at the California Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1981."
While at Caltech, Bill invented and patented a new high-performance loudspeaker design and started a company to manufacture those speakers called GNP Loudspeakers (Gross National Products). Those speakers went on to become a model for many other high-end audiophile products.
After Caltech, Bill and his brother created HAL, the natural language interface for the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, which was at the time the leading software in the world. Bill’s company was acquired by Lotus, and while there he created many software products, including the award-winning Magellan for finding and searching personal information.
In 1991, Bill started a new company called Knowledge Adventure, an educational software publisher that grew to be the third largest in the world. The company created the Jumpstart series of education products, sold 20 million copies to children all over the world, and revolutionized multimedia educational software. The company was acquired by Vivendi in 1995."
In 1995, Bill founded CitySearch, the world’s first online interactive city guide. After expanding to many cities across the country, the company went public in 1998. The company added online ticketing by merging with Ticketmaster, and eventually the combined company was acquired by Barry Diller’s InterActiveCorp to create the leading local portal and transaction company.
In 1996, filled with ideas, Bill decided to start his dream laboratory – a company “incubator” – modeled after Edison’s lab. Named Idealab, the company’s mission is to challenge the status quo, to be bold, and to tackle big ideas that others would not. Idealab just celebrated its 21st anniversary, and during its more than two
decades, it has started more than 150 companies, created more than 10,000 jobs, and had more than 45 successful IPOs and acquisitions.
Among the transformative changes that Bill has wrought is the invention of the business model that powers most of the monetization of the internet. Bill invented the “paid click”, or CPC (cost-per-click) model with the company GoTo.com/Overture, which he founded in 1998. After a successful IPO and becoming the global market leader in paid search, the company was acquired by Yahoo in 2003 for $1.6 billion. Today, Bill’s pioneering idea is used by millions of websites around the world and remains one of his most significantly impactful inventions.
Bill’s newest effort in renewable energy is Edisun Microgrids, a company whose breakthrough technology will meaningfully contribute to the world’s efforts to minimize reliance on fossil fuels.
In addition to serving as Idealab’s board chairman, Bill is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology and of the Art Center College of Design.

Keynote 3 | Renewable Energy Breakthroughs and the Tipping Point for Storage

November 7, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am

We are at an amazing tipping point with recent renewable energy breakthroughs. To achieve a carbon-free world, the challenge is staggering, but so is the size of the opportunity. Technology and innovation pioneer Bill Gross shares new developments that make this tipping point for energy storage a reality.

State Senator
State of California
Nancy Skinner
State Senator
State of California
Elected in November of 2016, State Senator Nancy Skinner represents California’s 9th Senate District, which includes the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, Rodeo, San Leandro and San Pablo.

A social justice advocate, energy and climate change trailblazer, and accomplished legislator, Skinner completed three terms in the State Assembly.

In the Assembly, Skinner served as Chair of three key committees: Budget, Rules and Natural Resources. As Budget Chair she oversaw the largest funding boost to childcare and preschool in over a decade; increased state support to our State University and UC systems, cut the number of juveniles incarcerated in state facilities by half, and established a new dedicated fund to reduce prison recidivism.

Skinner took on the Gun Lobby, successfully passing two groundbreaking gun violence prevention measures. To get corporations to pay their fair share, Skinner authored the bill that requires Amazon and other internet retailers to collect sales tax which is now bringing close to a $1 billion a year in new revenue to support vital services for California families. An environmental and climate protection champion, Skinner carried measures that doubled rooftop solar and renewable energy.

A graduate of UC Berkeley with a BS and an MA, Skinner co-founded the labor union representing graduate student instructors and was a leader in the UC South Africa Divestment movement.

Senator Skinner began her public service in 1984 as the first and only student to be elected to the Berkeley City Council. On Council Skinner introduced the nation’s first Styrofoam ban and co-founded an international association of cities, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. After her term on the City Council, Skinner served as Executive Director of ICLEI’s US office and International Director of ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program which engaged cities worldwide to take action to stop climate change.

Skinner is a past member of the East Bay Regional Park District Board, a former small business owner and an advocate to increase women in elected office. She served on the Board of the East Bay Women’s Political Caucus and launched the statewide Women in Power Pac (WIP Pac) to support Democratic women.

Skinner and her husband, a retired city employee, are 40 year residents of Berkeley, her daughter Sirona and her wife, Sinead, live in Richmond. Three of Skinner’s eight brothers and sisters also live in the East Bay along with many nieces and nephews.

Keynote 4 | Raising Voices Against Rising Seas: How Bold Policies are Needed to make Change Happen

November 7, 2018  4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

California Senator Skinner has been a true champion for the environment as the co-author of SB 100 for 100% Clean Electricity by 2045 in California. This inspirational keynote will be a call to bold action for policies that can make a big and urgently needed difference globally for the planet.

State Senator
State of California
Nancy Skinner
State Senator
State of California
Elected in November of 2016, State Senator Nancy Skinner represents California’s 9th Senate District, which includes the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, Rodeo, San Leandro and San Pablo.

A social justice advocate, energy and climate change trailblazer, and accomplished legislator, Skinner completed three terms in the State Assembly.

In the Assembly, Skinner served as Chair of three key committees: Budget, Rules and Natural Resources. As Budget Chair she oversaw the largest funding boost to childcare and preschool in over a decade; increased state support to our State University and UC systems, cut the number of juveniles incarcerated in state facilities by half, and established a new dedicated fund to reduce prison recidivism.

Skinner took on the Gun Lobby, successfully passing two groundbreaking gun violence prevention measures. To get corporations to pay their fair share, Skinner authored the bill that requires Amazon and other internet retailers to collect sales tax which is now bringing close to a $1 billion a year in new revenue to support vital services for California families. An environmental and climate protection champion, Skinner carried measures that doubled rooftop solar and renewable energy.

A graduate of UC Berkeley with a BS and an MA, Skinner co-founded the labor union representing graduate student instructors and was a leader in the UC South Africa Divestment movement.

Senator Skinner began her public service in 1984 as the first and only student to be elected to the Berkeley City Council. On Council Skinner introduced the nation’s first Styrofoam ban and co-founded an international association of cities, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. After her term on the City Council, Skinner served as Executive Director of ICLEI’s US office and International Director of ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program which engaged cities worldwide to take action to stop climate change.

Skinner is a past member of the East Bay Regional Park District Board, a former small business owner and an advocate to increase women in elected office. She served on the Board of the East Bay Women’s Political Caucus and launched the statewide Women in Power Pac (WIP Pac) to support Democratic women.

Skinner and her husband, a retired city employee, are 40 year residents of Berkeley, her daughter Sirona and her wife, Sinead, live in Richmond. Three of Skinner’s eight brothers and sisters also live in the East Bay along with many nieces and nephews.
Vice President Market Quality and Renewable Integration
California Independent System Operator Corporation
Mark Rothleder
Vice President Market Quality and Renewable Integration
California Independent System Operator Corporation
Mark Rothleder is Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration at the California Independent System Operator Corporation and is leading the ISO’s renewable integration work. Mr. Rothleder has held several critical positions at the ISO after joining the grid operator as one of its first employees in 1997. He is now the longest serving ISO employee. Before being named vice president, he was Executive Director of Market Analysis and Development. His previous positions included Principal Market Developer and Director of Market Operations.

In spring 2009, Mr. Rothleder led a multifunctional team in designing and implementing market rules and software modifications related to the ISO’s Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU). Since joining the ISO twenty-one years ago, Mark has worked extensively on implementing and integrating the approved market rules for California’s competitive wholesale energy and reserves markets.

Mr. Rothleder is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of California and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento. He has taken post-graduate coursework in Power System Engineering from Santa Clara University and earned an M.S. in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the ISO, Mr. Rothleder worked for eight years in the electric transmission department of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where his responsibilities included operations engineering, and transmission planning & sub-station design.
Vice President, Energy Procurement & Management
Southern California Edison
Colin Cushnie
Vice President, Energy Procurement & Management
Southern California Edison
Colin Cushnie is vice president of the Energy Procurement & Management organization at Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for SCE’s wholesale energy contracting and management activities, energy and emissions trading, wholesale energy market operations and energy contract and organized market settlement operations.

Previously, Cushnie was director of Portfolio Planning & Analysis in the Power Supply unit at SCE, responsible for the company’s wholesale market solicitation valuations, energy portfolio analysis and risk assessment and demand and price forecasting.

Cushnie also served as director of Regulatory Affairs for SCE, based in the company’s San Francisco office. He was responsible for representing SCE before the California Public Utilities Commission and other agencies on matters relating to wholesale energy procurement and market design.

Cushnie joined SCE in 1987, serving in a variety of management and analyst positions related to wholesale energy procurement, natural gas fuel supply, contract management and construction and material procurement.

Cushnie graduated cum laude from Whittier College with a bachelor degree in both economics and business administration.
Vice President, Customer Solutions and Strategy
Southern California Gas Company
Sharon Tomkins
Vice President, Customer Solutions and Strategy
Southern California Gas Company
Sharon Tomkins is vice president, customer solutions and strategy for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. She is responsible for developing and delivering the information, products and services that meet customers’ energy needs and support state environmental and social policy objectives.

Tomkins leads the company's advocacy campaign for energy choice, affordability and reliability. Her responsibilities include renewable natural gas, near zero emissions transportation, emerging technologies and energy efficiency. Previously, she was vice president and general counsel for SoCalGas.

Tomkins joined SoCalGas in 2010 as regulatory assistant general counsel. Prior to this, she was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where she was a founding member of the firm’s Energy, Natural Resources & Environmental Practice and represented clients in a variety of litigation, regulatory and appellate proceedings. Tomkins’ energy focus began during her representation of various clients, including Sempra, during the California energy crisis. She also developed and taught the law school class, Energy Law, Policy & Climate Change, at UCLA law school. After graduating from law school, Tomkins clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs.

Tomkins serves on the board of directors of the California Minority Counsel Program, Los Angeles Library Foundation, Constitutional Rights Foundation and Civil Justice Association of California. She previously served on the board of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and Uncommon Good.

Tomkins graduated Order of the Coif from the USC Gould School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in English, with High Distinction, from Pennsylvania State University.

Keynote 5 | GHG Free by 2045: Role of Energy Storage in California’s Clean Energy Future

November 7, 2018  4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

With the signing of SB100, the role of energy storage in California’s clean energy future has never been more important. This keynote panel session will feature the architects of California’s bold clean energy future, and their vision for how the electric, transportation and gas sectors must work in concert to realize California’s ambitious goals.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
NantWorks, LLC
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
NantWorks, LLC
Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., a physician, surgeon, scientist, inventor, technologist and philanthropist, has devoted his career to understanding the fundamental biology driving life-threatening diseases and translating these insights into medical innovations with global impact.

He currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NantWorks, LLC. a holding company devoted to the transformation of healthcare and utilizing artificial intelligence to win the war against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease – two of the most serious diseases affecting the aging population.

Over the course of Dr. Soon-Shiong’s career, he has pioneered novel therapies for both diabetes and cancer, including the revolutionary drug Abraxane, which has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, lung cancer and advanced pancreatic cancer in both the U.S. and E.U., published more than 100 scientific papers, and has been granted more than 230 patents worldwide for groundbreaking advancements spanning myriad fields of technology and medicine.

As a surgeon, Dr. Soon-Shiong performed the world’s first encapsulated human islet transplant, the first engineered islet cell transplant and the first pig-to-man islet cell transplant in patients with diabetes.

Dr. Soon-Shiong’s path to cancer research began while doing research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that involved harnessing stem cells to make insulin. In 1991, he founded a biotechnology company to develop a novel nanoparticle anti-cancer drug with the concept of using “the tumors biology against itself.”

From 1996 to 2010, Dr. Soon-Shiong served as Founder, Chairman and CEO of two global pharmaceutical companies: American Pharmaceutical Partners and Abraxis BioScience. It was during Dr. Soon-Shiong’s tenure at Abraxis that the company manufactured the world’s first protein nanoparticle drug for breast, lung and pancreatic cancer—Abraxane. In 2008, Dr. Soon-Shiong sold American Pharmaceutical Partners to Fresenius for approximately $4.6 billion and in 2010, sold Abraxis BioScience to Celgene for approximately $3.8 billion.

Following the sale of these two companies, Dr. Soon-Shiong established NantWorks, LLC, an ecosystem of companies with deep understandings in a wide variety of complex industries, from science to data, communication and mobility. Under the NantWorks umbrella, Soon-Shiong currently serves as Chairman and CEO of NantKwest, a Nasdaq-listed immunotherapy company focusing on natural killer cells, and Chairman and CEO of NantHealth, a Nasdaq listed transformational healthcare company converging biomolecular medicine and bioinformatics with technology services to empower physicians, patients, payers, pharma and researchers to transcend the traditional barriers of today’s healthcare system. When NantKwest went public in 2015, it was the largest biotech IPO by market valuation in history.

In January 2016, Dr. Soon-Shiong announced the formation of Cancer Breakthroughs 2020, a comprehensive collaboration of researchers, insurers, academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies to accelerate the potential of combination immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer.

Keynote 6 | From Bio Tech to Clean Tech: How Harnessing Biology and Breakthrough Innovation can Drive Grid Equity and Change the World

November 8, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am

The distinguished Dr. Soon-Shiong, surgeon, entrepreneur, and philanthropist will address the ESNA audience about the role of innovation in bringing clean energy to the developing world. Through his company NantEnergy, over 100 villages in Asia and Africa - many previously that lacked electricity - now have deployed microgrids with energy storage. NantEnergy is helping reinvent the power sector for all with long duration energy storage at <$100/kWh.

Chair
New York Public Service Commission
John Rhodes
Chair
New York Public Service Commission
On June 21, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo designated John B. Rhodes as Chair of the Public Service Commission and Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Public Service. His term began on June 21, 2017 and runs through February 1, 2021.
Prior to starting with the Commission, Mr. Rhodes served as President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). While leading NYSERDA, Mr. Rhodes was instrumental in developing innovative clean energy policies and initiatives to support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading strategies to combat climate change including the Clean Energy Standard for 50 percent of electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030 and Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), the state’s strategy to build a cleaner more resilient and affordable energy system and grow New York's economy. He also oversaw the $5 billion Clean Energy Fund focused on stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency as it supports the creation of thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors.

Mr. Rhodes brings more than 30 years of experience in business with a focus on the financial and energy industries having lived and worked internationally, including India, Germany, Brazil, and Argentina.

Prior to his appointment at NYSERDA, Mr. Rhodes served as the Director for the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), he worked to channel private capital towards environmentally beneficial investments, with a focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, green infrastructure, and sustainable food and agriculture.

Previously, Mr. Rhodes was a senior executive at Good Energies, a leading global cleantech investor, focused on wind, solar, storage and energy efficiency.

Mr. Rhodes was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton where he provided strategic consulting for clients across technology–intensive industries including energy, aerospace, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Additionally, Mr. Rhodes is a member of the NARUC Committee on Electricity. He also serves on the boards of the New York Institute for Special Education and the American Federation for Aging Research.

Mr. Rhodes holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in management from the Yale School of Management.

Mr. Rhodes currently resides in New York City.

Keynote 7 | Energy Storage: A View from New York

November 8, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am

Chair of the New York Public Service Commission and Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Public Service, John Rhodes, will present about updates.

Commissioner
Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission
Marcelino Madrigal Martinez
Commissioner
Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission
Marcelino Madrigal Martinez, is a commissioner at the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission. (CRE) Before being named a commissioner by the Mexican Senate, Dr. Madrigal was a Sr. Energy Specialist at the central Energy Unit of the Sustainable Development Vice-presidency at the World Bank. He specialized in the technical and economic operations and planning of power systems and electricity markets. Prior to joining the Bank, in 2008, he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank in the areas of electricity transmission, distribution, and regional energy (electricity and gas) integration and market design projects. Among the titles he had are the Deputy General Direction of Electrical Reestructuring also at CRE and ,Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary of Energy of the Mexican Federal Government. Dr. Madrigal graduated from the Morelia Technology Institute and received the degrees of Master of Science and PhD by the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has received several awards, among them, the Outstanding Young Power Engineering Award by the IEEE Power and Energy Society in 2006.

Keynote 8 | Mexico’s Energy Sector Transformation Progress to Date and Storage as an Accelerator

November 8, 2018  9:00 am - 10:30 am

Energy Commissioner Marcelino Madrigal Martinez will kick off a day of Global Grid discussions and address Mexico's energy market deregulation and the country's efforts to modernize its power sector regulations.