The Alliance’s Affiliated Network of Experts is comprised of recognized subject matter experts from business, government and academia who have agreed to work with the Alliance on projects and initiatives of mutual interest.
Amit Bando works on corporate change management issues in Asia, Europe and the Americas designing, financing and implementing market-based, clean energy and urban infrastructure development programs; in the past 5 years alone he has programmed over $18 billion worldwide. In the U.S., he has helped design the SO2 emissions trading program and the trading framework for the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) while also preparing position papers on climate change mitigation. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) where he coordinated sector-specific energy efficiency policies, regulations and standards to promote financing of clean energy initiatives in G-20 member nations, Mr. Bando has served as a Senior Policy Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has taught at the Universities of Paris, Minnesota, Illinois and Chicago as well as at New Mexico State University.
Jeffrey Duncan is a Capitol Hill veteran with more than three decades of experience working on a wide array of issues in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Jim Gardner is the former chair and 8 year commissioner on the Kentucky Public Service Commission (2008-2016). During his tenure he supported energy efficiency, renewable and other distributive energy projects. He was active in NARUC, serving on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Chair and Co-Vice Chair of the Energy Resources and Environment Committee, Chair of the Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation, and Co-Chair of the “Utility of the Future in a Carbon Constrained World” conference. He taught energy efficiency and demand side management concepts to regulators from the Republic of Georgia, Jordan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Jim is an attorney and consultant assisting companies with clean energy regulatory issues.
Senior Policy and Technology Advisor
The inaugural member of the Alliance’s Affiliated Network of Experts is Jeff Harris, a thirty-plus year energy efficiency champion and expert in energy efficiency in the industrial, built environment and power sectors. Jeff Harris served for seven years at the Alliance to Save Energy as a Senior Vice President.
Founder & Managing Principal
Seth Kiner is an executive with experience creating impact across all segments of the customer value chain for leading global, national and regional organizations. Seth is passionate about building the practice of Intelligent Sustainability. This passion is carried through both his professional work and personal life.
Mr. Kumar has more than 14 years of experience in the field of public and private sector energy efficiency (EE), clean energy, sustainable development and CDM programs. His technical expertise includes training, capacity building, techno-economic feasibility studies, project assessment, design and development of performance based contracts projects; investment grade energy audits; preparation of EE bid documents, and evaluation of ESCO proposals and RFPs. His expertise covers EE program in water supply and street lighting systems, buildings, SME cluster, and energy efficiency procurement. He is actively working with government and private sector stakeholders for the implementation of energy conservation building code (ECBC) in India. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Kumar has worked on various renewable energy (solar thermal and photovoltaic) and waste energy management projects. He has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and post graduate in Energy Engineering.
Impax Asset Management, LLC.
Ken is a Director of Impax Asset Management (US) LLC., having joined in 2011. Ken leads Impax’s North American activities on issues related to climate change and sustainable investment, and its collaborations on these issues with interested institutions. He has a 20+ year commitment to clean energy enterprise investment and finance. In addition to his work with Impax, Ken assists a number of public, private and non-governmental clients on climate-solutions finance issues, including working with the Alliance to Save Energy on CarbonCount and other energy efficiency finance issues. Before joining Impax, Ken served as the Director of Finance and Investment with the Clean Energy Group (CEG) and assisted in the creation of the Investor Network on Climate Risk. Previously he was a founding partner at the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund and a Partner at EIF Group. Ken is a founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the leading US renewable energy umbrella organization. He is a graduate of Yale University.
Peter Molinaro has over 37 years of public and private sector experience in the fields of public policy and public affairs. He is currently Senior Advisor with HillStaffer.com and most recently served as Vice President, North America Government Affairs for The Dow Chemical Company, where his responsibilities included leading the company's advocacy on energy and climate change.
Mr. Arturo Pedraza leads Watergy Mexico, A.C., a nonprofit devoted to energy efficiency in the water and sanitation sector, and has worked in cooperation with the Alliance to Save Energy since 2003. He has nearly three decades of experience developing energy efficiency programs in several sectors, including industrial, transport, public, commercial and municipal.
Energy & Environmental Policy Advocate
Brad Penney is an energy and environmental policy advocate with twelve years of experience working in the House and Senate. He has an extensive background in government relations and lobbying with successful outcomes. He serves as trade association General Counsel, an experienced energy policy analyst, an attorney at law and an active member of District of Columbia Bar. Brad is a well known advocate on Capitol Hill with superior team building, negotiating, lobbying skills, as well as strong communication and writing skills, including several publications.
Haskell Point Advisors
Ms. Pfannenstiel is a principal with Haskell Point Advisors, an energy and infrastructure consulting firm. From 2010 until 2012 she was Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment, appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate. Prior to that she was a Commissioner and Chair of the California Energy Commission. Previously, Ms. Pfannenstiel had a twenty year career with Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
Beth Shearer and Associates, Inc.
Beth Shearer is currently the President of Beth Shearer and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in energy efficiency and sustainability policy and financing. Ms. Shearer retired from the Department of Energy as the Director of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Prior to that, she was the Director of the General Services Administration’s Energy Center of Expertise.