commission co-chairs

 

Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America

Scott Keogh is President of Audi of America, Inc., since June 2012. He heads all U.S. activities of the company as it continues to achieve unprecedented levels of sales growth, customer consideration, brand esteem and dealer-network development. A veteran of Audi of America since 2006, Keogh has led the brand to continual new monthly sales records.

He has overseen strategic forays into new vehicle segments in the American market and crucial product launches that have significantly broadened the Audi product line in the United States. Keogh has helped forge new marketing relationships for the brand. And he has made priorities of sharpening the Audi dealer network and of promoting the vast improvements in Audi product quality.

Keogh stepped into the top management position after serving as Chief Marketing Officer for six years, moving seamlessly into the broader responsibilities of a CEO and rallying the company’s internal and external constituencies to focus on Audi goals for further expansion in the U.S. market.

Keogh is a native of Old Brookville, New York. He currently lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife and two young children.

 

Dean SeaversPresident & Executive Director, National Grid

Dean Seavers joined National Grid in December 2014 as President of National Grid in the U.S. and has been an Executive Director since April 2015.

Dean’s long career has included leadership roles at GE, United Technologies, and Tyco. He led GE Security, a $2 billion product and technology group, and he also led a $4 billion global services portfolio for United Technologies.

At Red Hawk Fire & Security, Dean’s most recent venture, he was a founder and served as President and CEO. Red Hawk quickly became the second largest independent fire and security platform in the U.S., providing integrated security solutions to large and mid-sized commercial customers.

Dean has a strong background in financial strategy, performance improvement, and operational leadership. At National Grid, his focus is on continuing the performance progress while driving its strategic agenda to build an advanced natural gas and electricity network to support the needs of customers today and in the future. 

A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Dean graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business from Kent State University and earned an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

 

COMMISSION members

 

Melissa E. Adams, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, WGL Holdings/Washington Gas

As Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for WGL Holdings and Washington Gas, Melissa works to minimize the effects the business has on the environment, through both internal operations and customer facing programs; promotes social objectives through corporate giving and volunteerism; and advances social equity and sustainability through hiring, training, and procurement practices as well as other policy tools.  Melissa has held a number of roles including Division Head for Utility Sales, Economic Development and Corporate Sustainability.  In that role she was responsible for an emphasis on new pathways for natural gas growth including multi-family and transit-oriented development, distributed energy projects and compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling, as well as infrastructure extension.  Under her leadership, the company set - and exceeded - its 2020 sustainability targets four years ahead of schedule, including a remarkable 74% absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions from its utility fleet and facilities. Recently the company announced its intention for its fleet and facilities to be carbon neutral by 2025.

Prior to joining WGL, Melissa led the Investor Relations function for a vertically integrated Fortune 500 energy company and was the founding Principal of an energy and environmental consulting practice.  She began her energy career at the Edison Electric Institute. She was a charter board member of the Association of Climate Change Officers, Chair of the Sustainable Growth Committee for the American Gas Association, served on the Executive Board of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, and is a member of Leadership Greater Washington.  She is a graduate of The George Washington University.

Melissa has served as a Board Member of the Alliance to Save Energy since October 2016.

 

Stephen Brobeck, Executive Director, Consumer Federation of America

Stephen has served as Executive Director of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) since 1980. From 1976 to 1979, he was a board member and vice president. As CFA Executive Director, he has served on many advisory committees and boards, including the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond from 1990 to 1996. During the 1970s, Stephen was a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University. Since then he has held adjunct or visiting professorships at the University of Maryland, Cornell University and the University of Utah. He has also published research on social change, including the first annotated bibliography of the consumer movement, “The Modern Consumer Movement: References and Resources”, and has edited two encyclopedias of the consumer movement, “Encyclopedia of the Consumer Movement” and “Watchdogs and Whistleblowers: A Reference Guide to Consumer Activism.” Stephen graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

John Di Stasio, President, Large Public Power Council

John Di Stasio joined the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) in August 2014. The LPPC represents the twenty-six largest consumer-owned utilities in the United States. Di Stasio serves as the Association’s President, based in Washington DC, representing the interests of the member organizations.

Di Stasio was formerly the General Manager and CEO of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) from June of 2008 through April of 2014. Di Stasio joined SMUD in 1981 serving in progressively responsible positions including the Director of Distribution Services and Assistant General Manager of Energy Delivery and Customer Services.

Di Stasio is the past president of both the Northwest Public Power Association and the California Municipal Utility Association and the vice chair of the LPPC. He was also a board member of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the American Public Power Association. He was a member of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Members Representative Committee. Di Stasio was also a gubernatorial appointee to the California Workforce Investment Board. He was the Electric Light and Power Large Utility CEO of the Year in 2013.

In Sacramento, Di Stasio was a member of the board of directors of the Northern California World Trade Center. He is also a past chair of Linking Education and Economic Development, executive committee member of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the North State Building Industry Association, the Greater Sacramento Urban League and the Los Rios Community College Foundation. He was the Sacramento Businessman of the Year for 2013.

Di Stasio is also active in international energy issues, serving as a delegate with the United States Energy Association, where he assisted in electrification, operations and energy market development in other countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Botswana, India and Jordan. He was named Volunteer of the Year in 2013 by the United States Energy Association.

He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

 

Bruce Edelston, VP, Energy Policy, Southern Company

Bruce was appointed VP, Energy Policy with Southern Company in March 2016. He is responsible for helping the company develop and coordinate a response to policy issues across its various operating companies and subsidiaries and for supporting state and federal policy efforts. Prior to rejoining Southern Company, Bruce was president of the Energy Policy Group, a consulting firm he founded to provide technical and policy advice on current strategic issues to utilities, law firms, energy companies and government agencies. While at the Energy Policy Group, Bruce also served as executive director of the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy and as president of the Electric Markets Research Foundation. At Southern Company and subsidiary Georgia Power, Bruce had responsibilities for developing corporate policy positions on industry structure and environmental issues and responding to federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives. Before then, he held several positions at the Edison Electric Institute, where he was involved in legislative and regulatory initiatives involving transmission access, industry structure, markets and state regulatory policy. He also has prior experience with Charles River Associates (CRA) International and the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He holds a B.S. degree in electric engineering/engineering and public policy and an M.S. degree in urban and public affairs, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

Bruce has served as a Board Member of the Alliance to Save Energy since October 2016.

 

Matt Enstice, President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Matt has served as the President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), Inc. since its formation in 2002. BNMC is a community engaged medical campus creating a vibrant economy. Matt is focused on the intersection of energy, entrepreneurship & technology, and how it will drive the new economy in Buffalo and beyond. Matt oversees a team focusing on diverse, interrelated initiatives designed to lift the entire community including those in transportation, access and safety, energy, entrepreneurship, health & active living, infrastructure, economic opportunity and youth & education. Matt is active on the boards of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation. Matt also serves on the Advisory Boards for Niagara University, Daemen College, and the School of Visual Arts Design for Social Innovation. Prior to BNMC, Matt worked in the entertainment industry, for Broadway Pictures and at Saturday Night Live.

 

Dr. Martin Keller, Lab Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Martin became the Lab Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in November 2015. He also serves as the President of Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Martin joined NREL from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he served as the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Sciences, which includes ORNL's programs in biosciences, environmental sciences, buildings technologies, transportation, climate change, manufacturing, and electrical and electronics systems. In 2006, Keller was recruited to ORNL from the Diversa Corporation, a publicly traded industrial enzyme discovery and development company. Keller earned his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Regensburg in Germany. He was appointed a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013. He serves on multiple boards and advisory panels, including the Science Advisory Board for the Council on Competitiveness.

 

Thomas R. Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute

Mr. Kuhn is president of the Edison Electric Institute, the association of investor-owned electric companies whose members generate and distribute approximately three-quarters of the Nation’s electricity. 

Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Kuhn was president of the American Nuclear Energy Council.   The Council represented virtually all of the companies in the commercial nuclear power industry. 

From 1972 to 1975, he headed the energy section of the investment banking firm, Alex Brown and Sons.  From 1970 to 1972, Mr. Kuhn was White House Liaison Officer to the Secretary of the Navy. 

Mr. Kuhn received a BA in Economics in 1968 from Yale University, served as a Naval Officer following his graduation, and completed a Master’s in Business Administration in 1972 from George Washington University. 

He currently serves on the Boards of the U.S. Energy Association, Alliance to Save Energy, Electric Drive Transportation Association and the American Council for Capital Formation.  He is Chairman-Emeritus of the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100 and the American Society of Association Executives.  He is past-chairman of ASAE’s Key Industry Association Committee and of the Trade Association Liaison Council. 

 

Eric J. McCarthy, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Public Policy and Legal Affairs, Proterra

Eric McCarthy is Senior Vice president of Government Relations, Public Policy and Legal affairs at Proterra. Eric brings more than 20 years of executive leadership experience to Proterra. Committed to improving public mobility solutions, Eric has served on the Greenville County Roads Advisory Commission and is a member of the Upstate Transit Coalition and Upstate Alliance. Before joining Proterra as its general counsel and head of government relations, he served as general counsel of both private and public companies, including Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., a Honeywell subsidiary. Prior to joining Honeywell, Eric was an antitrust trial litigator and a partner in the antitrust and competition practice groups of Latham & Watkins LLP and Howrey in Washington, D.C. He attended Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

Arlen Orchard, CEO & GM, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Arlen Orchard is Chief Executive Officer & General Manager of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). As CEO, he leads the sixth largest community-owned electric utility in the nation, serving a population of 1.5 million residents and managing a $1.6 billion budget. Orchard became CEO in 2014, after serving as SMUD’s General Counsel since 2001.

Orchard serves on the boards of directors of the American Public Power Association and the Northwest Public Power Association; on the boards of directors and executive committees of the California Municipal Utilities Association and the Large Public Power Council and on the boards of directors of numerous Sacramento nonprofit and economic development organizations.

He received a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno and attended UCD’s Graduate School of Management.

 

Thomas S. Passek, President, Copper Development Association

Thomas S. Passek has served as president of the Copper Development Association (CDA) since February 2015.

Passek has nearly three decades of metals industry and association management experience to CDA. He was most recently the managing director of the ASM International (formerly the American Society of Metals), an organization that serves metallurgists, materials professionals and managers worldwide.

Passek also served as the executive director of The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), where he worked with standards-setting bodies including ASME, ASTM and ISO TAG groups. He is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives as well as the American Society of Association Executives.

 

Honorable Bill Peduto, Mayor (D), Pittsburgh, PA

Mayor Peduto was elected as Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh in 2013. He has invested millions of dollars into affordable and mixed-income housing so that no one in Pittsburgh is left behind through our nation’s economic growth. He has worked with stakeholders to invest in Pittsburgh’s future by providing summer employment opportunities for its youth. Mayor Peduto has helped to address food insecurity through the city’s free afterschool meals program, serving children and people with disabilities. The mayor has hired the highest number of police officers, firefighters, and building inspectors in decades. Under Mayor Peduto’s leadership, the City has doubled the amount of street paving since 2014. Mayor Peduto previously served as a member of the Pittsburgh City Council, representing District 8 from 2002 to 2014. His professional experience includes working as a political researcher, campaign consultant, and as the chief of staff to former Pittsburgh City Council member Dan Cohen. He holds a B.A. in political science from Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in public policy and management from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Honorable Betsy Price, Mayor (R), Fort Worth, TX

Betsy Price first ran for mayor in 2011 with a vision to raise the bar for the city of Fort Worth. The Fort Worth native wanted to continue work on the basics of any growing city – public safety, mobility, fiscal responsibility and job growth – but as the city’s 44th mayor, she wanted to help ensure a sustainable city for future generations by promoting grass-roots public engagement, supporting healthy lifestyles and championing public education.

She was honored in 2015 to be elected to a third two-year term.

Betsy has been an active mother and a leader in the Fort Worth community for years, serving on numerous boards, commissions and professional associations. Prior to her public service, one of her favorite community roles was to lead the PTA for Paschal High School and watching bright local youth grow into productive members of the community.

After running her own successful business for 17 years, Betsy turned to public service, and was first elected in 2000 to serve as Tarrant County’s Tax Assessor. As a strong conservative who isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions, Betsy quickly made her department one of the most efficient in Texas, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

As Mayor, Betsy continues to stack up the wins for Fort Worth as she focuses on four main themes: An Engaged Public, A Fiscally Responsible City, Sustainable Growth and a Health Community.

Betsy graduated from Arlington Heights High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Together with Tom, her husband of 40 years and an insurance agent, Betsy has three adult children. In her spare time, Betsy is an avid cyclist and enjoys spending quality time with her grandchildren.

 

Gil C. Quiniones, President & CEO, New York Power Authority

Gil C. Quiniones has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation's largest state-owned electric utility, since 2011. He is responsible for developing and implementing the statewide utility's strategic vision and mission and for supervising its operations, legal and financial matters and relationships with external stakeholders.

Under his leadership, NYPA is currently playing a key role in the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision initiative to use market forces and new technology to empower customers and encourage the growth of clean renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Quiniones is co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance to Save Energy and serves on the boards of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Large Public Power Council. He is the Power Authority’s principal representative to the American Public Power Association, from which he received the Alex Radin Distinguished Service Award in 2017. Quiniones was also named as the 2017 Smart Electric Power Alliance Power Player of the Year, an award that recognizes those on the front lines of energy transformation in the United States.

Quiniones was co-chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which helped carry out Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's vision for reimagining New York State's energy system through partnerships between the public and private sectors. In 2015, he also served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry's international research and development organization.

 

Norman Saari, Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission

Norman J. Saari was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Public Service Commission for a term beginning on August 2, 2015. The Governor appointed him to a new term on March 17, 2017, which ends July 2, 2019.

Commissioner Saari is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on its Committee on Natural Gas, Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal, and the Washington Action Program. In 2017 he became chairman of the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety. Additionally, Commissioner Saari is the board treasurer of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference. He was appointed in 2016 to serve on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee, which will make recommendations to help PHMSA develop safety requirements.

Commissioner Saari served as an executive director of governmental affairs for 20 years at the Consumers Energy Company, a position from which he retired in 2006. Commissioner Saari was most recently Chief of Staff for the Michigan House of Representatives under Speaker Kevin Cotter as well as under former Speaker Jase Bolger. He also served as Governor Snyder's manager of appointments and Chief of Staff for former State Senator Jason Allen.

Commissioner Saari earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and served as a public information officer in the Michigan National Guard.

 

Kevin B. SelfSVP of Strategy, Business Develop & Government Relations, Schneider Electric 

As a member of Schneider Electric’s North America Executive Leadership Team, Kevin is responsible for the development and execution of a winning strategy to drive profitable growth across all lines of business in alignment with Schneider Electric’s Life Is On corporate brand.
 
Kevin is responsible for leading the overall North America strategy development process; leading the Smart Cities efforts; developing and maximizing government relationships at state and federal levels; and identifying inorganic growth opportunities.
 
Kevin previously held Strategy & Corporate Development roles with Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency Business, Miller Brewing Company, GE Healthcare, and McKinsey & Company. Kevin holds an MBA from Northwestern University, and MS and BS degrees in engineering from The University of Michigan.
 
Kevin has served as a Board Member of the Alliance to Save Energy since March 2014.
 
 
Paul Skoutelas, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association 
 

Paul Skoutelas was formerly the National Director of WSP USA’s Transit & Rail Technical Excellence Center (TEC). ln this position, he provided leadership and strategic direction with a focus on growing the firm's transit and rail business, enhancing marketing capabilities and strengthening client relationships. He also served as National Transit and Rail Market Leader with responsibility for strategic and tactical advice to clients on a wide range of transit and rail issues including, project delivery, management and operations. Mr. Skoutelas joined WSP after successful tenures as chief executive officer at two prominent public transportation agencies - the Port of Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), Orlando, Florida. His achievements include the successful implementation of major capital programs including the South Hills Stage ll Light Rail Program, the North Shore Rail Connector, a comprehensive rail station improvement program, major rail rolling stock acquisitions and three Bus Rapid Transit projects; the Airport/West Busway, the Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway Extension and the Orlando/Lymmo BRT. A recognized and respected industry leader, Mr. Skoutelas has served on numerous boards and committees for transportation organizations in leadership positions, including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Transportation Research Board, National Transit Institute, Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, and the Transit Cooperative Research program. He currently serves on the APTA Board of Directors and the APTA Business Member Board of Governors. Mr. Skoutelas holds an M.B.A. as well as M.S. and B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer.

 

Lonnie Stephenson, International President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
 
IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson was born and raised in Rock Island, Ill., which borders Iowa along the Mississippi River. He began his apprenticeship as an inside wireman in 1975 and was initiated into Rock Island Local 145 in 1976. Lonnie was very active in his local union, and was elected vice president in 1984 and then served as president from 1987-1992. As local president, Stephenson implemented many new initiatives, including forming an active community service committee and getting the local union’s building recognized as a Red Cross Disaster Center, which was utilized during flooding of the Quad City area in 1997. He was appointed assistant business agent in 1991 and was elected business manager in 1996. As business manager, Lonnie was very aggressive in organizing, and his membership grew from 700 members to over 1,100 members during his tenure. One of Lonnie’s proudest moments as business manager was when a nonunion electrician stopped in his office to ask how he could join the IBEW because it was too strong of a union area and he had to travel for his employer to find work.

Then-International President Edwin D. Hill recognized Lonnie’s dedication and appointed him as an International Representative assigned to the Sixth District in 2002. On September 1, 2010, Lonnie was appointed by President Hill as International Vice President of the Sixth District – which covered Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin – and was elected to a full term at the 38th International Convention in 2011. On May 27, 2015, Lonnie Stephenson was appointed International President of the IBEW and was elected by delegates to the 39th International Convention a year later.

 

Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council

Rhea became president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in January 2015. Under her leadership, NRDC has helped steer high-level discussions that led to the historic global climate agreement in Paris; joined the citizens of Flint, Michigan, to ensure an end to the city’s toxic drinking water crisis; and stood united with a sea of social justice advocates as a presenting partner at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. Before joining NRDC, Rhea served as the assistant secretary for policy, management, and budget at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She was instrumental in launching a complex reorganization of the agency responsible for offshore oil and gas oversight in the midst of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She also spearheaded the creation of the department’s first chief diversity officer position. Prior to her appointment to the Interior Department, Rhea worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she created and managed a $200 million program dedicated to environmental conservation and clean energy in the West. She developed the foundation’s strategy for reducing climate change emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Rhea also designed the clean energy and climate change initiative at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Rhea earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Barnard College. She earned a master's degree in education, administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University.

 

Dan Turton, VP, North America Public Policy, General Motors

Dan joined General Motors (GM) as Vice President, Federal and Administrative Affairs in 2015 and was named GM North America Vice President, Public Policy earlier this year. Dan is responsible for GM’s North American policy strategy. Dan joined GM from Entergy, where he most recently served as Vice President of Federal Governmental Affairs and head of its Washington, DC office. At Entergy, he was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s engagement strategies with elected officials and key policymakers. Previously, he worked in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs where he managed the President’s House Legislative Affairs team and all legislative efforts and Administration actions that impacted the priorities of the President and his Administration as related to the House of Representatives. Dan has more than 25 years of experience in government affairs, including over 15 years working on Capitol Hill, and has proven to be a leader in this arena. Dan holds a BA in Government from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

 

Bert Van Hoof, Partner - Group Program Manager, Microsoft

Bert Van Hoof is a Partner at Microsoft, a seasoned technology executive recognized for starting and growing award winning businesses across a variety of industry segments (operating systems, imaging, publishing, media, health, productivity, internet of things) and technology areas (operatings systems, client software, cloud services, mobile apps, and devices).

Bert joined Microsoft in 2003 where he has led several major initiatives in Windows, Office, and Azure. Bert is known to see important industry and technology shifts early. In 2006, he was part of a select team that started Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group. Its product portfolio included consumer and enterprise products marketed under the HealthVault and Amalga brands. In 2009 Bert moved to the Office organization where for the next 5 years he created and executed the mobile and cross-platform strategy. His incubation efforts around the Internet of Things (IoT) led to several new cross-company initiatives and to Bert’s latest role in Azure. As Group Program Manager for Azure IoT he is helping organizations put the Internet of Things and Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud to work across a variety of industries, including Smart Buildings and Smart Cities. 36 granted and/or pending patents offer further evidence of Bert’s innovator credentials.

Before joining Microsoft, Bert spent 10 years at Agfa in Europe, where he fronted a wide variety of industry-leading digital imaging solutions (hardware and software). In 1997, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean to join startup ScenicSoft as VP of Engineering. Under his leadership, the company grew quickly and received numerous prestigious business award programs, before being acquired in 2002.

 

Greg White, Executive Director, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Greg R. White joined the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in December 2015 as the Executive Director. He is responsible for the overall management of the Association and directs the implementation of programs and policies of the Association, while promoting the Association’s interests in Washington, DC.  He also serves as Executive Director of the National Regulatory Research Institute. 

Greg served as a Commissioner with the Michigan Public Service Commission (2009 – 2015) and held previous positions with the agency as an advisor, legislative liaison, and manager of federal relations. In addition, he has worked for the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth; Michigan State University’s Institute of Public Utilities; the Michigan Energy Administration; and the Michigan Geological Survey.

As a Commissioner, he exercised economic regulation over investor-¬owned and cooperative electric and gas utilities and water companies, provided oversight of competitive markets in telecommunications, and regulated for-hire motor carrier companies. In addition to extensive supervisory experience, he has managed energy policy initiatives and research, principally on issues related to the electric industry, such as restructuring and deregulation, economic development, utility diversification, nuclear waste, and environmental impacts of energy production and consumption.

On behalf of NARUC, he chaired the Washington Action Committee, served on the Committee on Electricity, chaired the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues—Waste Disposal and served on the Committee on Critical Infrastructure, and the Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access. He has also provided expert testimony before the U.S. Congress, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission on matters such as energy markets, and nuclear waste management.

White holds a Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University. His professional achievements include serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Regulatory Research Institute, Chairman of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition’s Executive Committee, President of the Board of Directors of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. and he is a lifetime member of the Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.

 

 

 

technical committee chairs

 

Light-duty Vehicles Technical Committee Chair

Robert Chapman, Vice President, Energy and Environment, Electric Power Research Institute

Rob became Vice President, Energy and Environment at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in May 2017. Rob joined EPRI in 1999 as the Director of North American Technical Advisory Services and transitioned to Vice-President of Member & Technical Services in 2006. Prior to joining EPRI, Chapman was Director of Western Sales for PG&E Energy Services during which time he led efforts to establish premium power services for technology companies in the Silicon Valley, California. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and has completed executive business courses at The University of Chicago.

 

ICT, Shared Mobility, and Automation Technical Committee Chair

Dr. Johney Green, Associate Lab Director for Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

In his role, Johney Green oversees early-stage and applied research and development in NREL's advanced manufacturing, buildings efficiency, concentrating solar power, geothermal energy, transportation, water power, and wind energy programs. The Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences Directorate is driving technological innovations in energy efficiency, renewable power, and sustainable transportation.

Prior to assuming his current position, Green held a number of leadership roles at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he served as director of the Energy and Transportation Science Division and group leader for fuels, engines, and emissions research. Green managed a broad science and technology portfolio and user facilities that made significant science and engineering advances in building technologies; sustainable industrial and manufacturing processes; fuels, engines, emissions, and transportation analysis; and vehicle systems integration.

It was during his tenure as a division director that ORNL developed the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project, a model of innovative vehicle-to-grid integration technologies and next-generation manufacturing processes.

Green has served on numerous advisory boards for organizations including the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Memphis. He is a fellow of SAE International and is active in the National Academy of Engineering. He holds two U.S. patents in combustion science and, as the lead or co-author of more than 40 technical publications.

Green holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Memphis and a master's and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Non-road Vehicles Technical Committee Chair

Robert Horton, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, DFW International Airport

Robert Horton is Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and serves as the Board’s Environmental Officer, developing and representing the Board’s position on environmental planning and compliance issues and serving as liaison to other departments, public interest groups and federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. As the Airport’s Sustainability Officer, he also provides oversight and support to other departments to ensure effective responses to sustainability polices and tracks the performance of those policies. He provides strategic and innovative leadership for DFW Airport’s environmental and sustainability programs which have resulted in key domestic and global awards for the Airport including: 2016 - First Carbon Neutral Airport in North America and largest airport in the world to achieve Carbon Neutrality to date (ACI-NA); 2016 and 2017 Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership (EPA, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry) DFW was the only international airport recognized for two consecutive years.

He has developed one of the leading environmental and sustainability programs for DFW Airport which is the third busiest airport in the world, the largest economic engine in the DFW Region and responsible for adding $37 billion to its local economy each year.

Mr. Horton creates, participates and leads business and team initiatives and provides problem-solving guidance for the ongoing implementation of Environmental Affairs’ role in DFW’s Sustainability Policy and collaborates with the Energy, Transportation and Asset Management (ETAM) Department and the Airport Infrastructure & Development Division. He manages and directs DFW’s Noise Compatibility Program, working with the FAA, other airports and those affected by changes in air traffic procedures. He works with numerous other internal and external stakeholders to identify and implement environmental best practices that benefit the Airport, its surrounding communities, partners and those traveling through the Airport.

Prior to working at DFW Airport, Mr. Horton served in various key leadership roles with several engineering consulting firms. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves for eight years. During that time, as a Unit Dispatcher, he coordinated and managed resources for missions in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia.

His passion for clean resources and renewable energy began early in his life, igniting his continual drive to find new, efficient and cost-beneficial ways to protect natural resources.

 

Enabling Infrastructure Technical Committee Chair

Roy Kuga, Vice President, Grid Integration & Innovation, PG&E Corporation

Kuga oversees planning, design and execution of PG&E's grid of the future. Kuga heads a team that leverages expertise from Electric Transmission & Distribution, Energy Policy & Procurement, and Customer Care to seamlessly enable deployment of clean, distributed energy resources. The 35-year energy industry veteran previously served as vice president, Energy Supply Management for PG&E. In that post, he managed the company's energy supply portfolios for electricity, natural gas and greenhouse gas allowances. His responsibilities ranged from wholesale market design to managing the daily scheduling of resources in PG&E's energy portfolio to maintain reliability at least cost. Earlier in his career, Kuga led the company's strategic planning team for electric industry restructuring, and supported the company through California's energy crisis, PG&E's bankruptcy and the building of its renewable portfolio. He has also worked in the oil and gas and telecom industries.

Kuga was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and math from the University of Hawaii, and a Master of Arts in operations research from Stanford University. He and his wife Kathy enjoy cooking, gardening and hiking.

 

Heavy-duty Vehicles & Freight Technical Committee Chair

Dr. Philip Lavrich, Director, Strategy and Advanced Technologies, Ingersoll Rand (IR)

Dr. Philip Lavrich has been working with Ingersoll Rand since 2014 developing strategy for next generation products. He is working now with IR’s Thermo King business, which is a global leader in refrigeration and climate solutions in trucking, marine, and commercial vehicles. His responsibilities include the development of strategic product and technology roadmaps that drive significant improvements in stainability, efficiency, and electrification throughout the product portfolio. Previous roles were as VP of Product Management in water management company Watts Water Technologies, and in aerospace and commercial global product management at United Technologies Corporation and its Carrier division focused on energy management in buildings and transportation. Dr. Lavrich earned MS and PhD degrees in Aerospace Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Simon School of Business at University of Rochester.

 

Outreach & Implementation Technical Committee Chair

Patricia Monahan, Program Director, Transportation, Energy Foundation

Patty became Director of the Transportation Program at the Energy Foundation in January 2011. From 2000 to 2009, Patty worked for the Union of Concerned Scientists in the Clean Vehicles Program, first as a Senior Analyst and ultimately as the California Office Director and Deputy Director of Clean Vehicles. From 1997 to 2010, she was a team lead for the Toxics Release Inventory program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Region IX. Her previous work experiences include several years as a researcher on energy use and efficiency at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; consulting on international energy use for the United Nations Environment Program; researcher of energy efficiency at the Wisconsin Center for Demand-side Research; and an analyst of carbon trading at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. Patty received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.S. in Energy Analysis and Policy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.