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.
About the Alliance to Save Energy
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.
Prior to founding Duncan Government Strategies, he served for 28 years as a senior advisor to first Representative, and then Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA). Throughout his career, Duncan has worked closely with Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, Administration officials, and outside stakeholders on some of the most complex and hotly contested issues of the day.
Most recently, Duncan was Senator Markey's Chief of Staff. In that capacity, he was the Senator’s top political and strategic adviser, developing and helping to implement the Senator’s top legislative and oversight priorities and supervising the Senator's staff.
Previously, Duncan served as the Democratic Staff Director for the House Natural Resources Committee, where Markey served as the Ranking Democrat. In that capacity, Duncan directed the activities of the Committee's Democratic staff with respect to federal public lands, including oil and gas exploration, mining, and renewable energy development, national parks, forests, and national monuments, national oceans and fisheries policy, the National Environmental Policy Act, and matters relating to Indian tribes and insular territories of the United States.
From 2007 to 2010, Duncan served as Chief of Staff for then-Rep. Markey as well as a Staff Member of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. During this period, Duncan assisted legislative and oversight activities relating to House passage of the Waxman-Markey climate change and clean energy bill; and oversaw and coordinated legislative and oversight activities relating to the Congressional investigation into the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster, as well as the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
From 1995 to 2007, Duncan was the Legislative Director in Markey's House office, where he supervised the legislative staff, focusing on numerous oversight and legislative matters within the jurisdiction of the Energy and Commerce and Natural Resources Committees, including financial services, energy, environment, consumer protection and privacy. He also oversaw the office’s communications strategy and outreach to the press and the public.
From 1990 to 1995, Duncan was on the staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance, where he was responsible for legislative and oversight activities relating to securities and exchanges.
From 1985 to 1990, Duncan was a Legislative Assistant to Rep. Markey, responsible for arms control and defense policy, foreign relations, trade, and export controls.
From 1983 to 1985, Duncan was a Staff Consultant on the bicameral, bipartisan Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus, where he worked on arms control and defense policy.
Doug Faulkner is the Founder and President of Leatherstocking LLC, a clean-technology strategic advisory firm as well as a co-founder of Jacob’s Ladder Energy Group, which helps houses of worship cut their electricity, gas and water bills. For over twenty years he has led efforts in government and business to promote global energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Doug served for almost three decades in the federal government at the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE), and the Central Intelligence Agency. His service included leadership positions during the George W. Bush Administration as DOE Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and USDA Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development.
Doug holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Illinois and a M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. He also was a Rotary International scholar at the University of Singapore.
Jim Gardner is the former chair and eight-year commissioner on the Kentucky Public Service Commission (2008-2016). During his tenure, he supported energy efficiency, renewable energy 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.
Jeff Harris joined the Alliance staff in 2006 and oversaw the buildings and utilities, industrial, and international programs. He responsibilities included maintaining and expanding existing programs; advocating for energy efficiency in the buildings and utilities, industrial and international arenas; and supporting the development of market-based energy efficiency programs, both domestic and international. He was also responsible for overall management of the Building Codes Assistance Program.
From 1993-2006 Harris led the Government and Industry Programs Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). From 1982-1990, Harris led the Buildings Energy Data Group of 30 LBNL staff scientists and research associates. On detail from LBNL, he served from 1990 - 1993 in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Building Technologies as senior assistant to the deputy assistant secretary for building technologies. He developed DOE buildings initiatives for the National Energy Strategy, Energy Policy Act of 1992, and Climate Change Action Plan and evaluated the energy-savings potential of proposed legislation and DOE initiatives. Harris organized and chaired the international Consortium for Energy-Efficient Office Equipment. Before joining LBNL in 1982, Harris worked at the California Energy Commission as the Conservation Division’s deputy division chief.
Jeff holds a bachelor’s in Economics from Stanford and a master of urban and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
Most recently, Seth served as Vice President, Customer Programs & Services at Southern California Edison, a position in which he applied his marketing and consumer behavior expertise to bring together emerging technologies like electric vehicles, solar energy, emerging connected home technology and behavioral actions like conservation and energy efficiency to help consumers adopt a smarter energy lifestyle. Kiner had oversight for Southern California Edison’s energy efficiency, demand response and clean self-generation program portfolios and customer strategy, marketing, new product development and strategic alliances functions.
Prior to joining Southern California Edison, Kiner served as executive director of Marketing for KPMG, LLP. Before joining KPMG, he was vice president of Marketing for United Way of Greater Los Angeles. His career has included positions at Transamerica Corporation and several leading global advertising agencies.
Connecting the Wheels of our Transportation Future to the Future of the Modern Grid: Edward Kjaer has been a leading proponent of transportation electrification for almost 20 years in the United States. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Ed held a number of key management positions at Southern California Edison (SCE) leading that company’s electric transportation programs. After joining SCE in 1996, Ed was responsible for the broad corporate wide effort driving transportation’s connection to SCE’s electrical system. Ed’s responsibilities over the years included; company strategy, external stakeholder engagement, regulatory and legislative strategy, RD&D programs and internal program coordination. In 2011, Ed received the prestigious “Hall of Fame” award from the Electric Drive Transportation Association and has been named to the Automotive News “Electrifying 100” most influential people leading industry towards a more electric powered transportation future.
Mr. Kumar has more than 20 years of experience in the field of public and private sector energy efficiency (EE) and clean energy programs, EE policy advocacy, and climate change mitigation programs. His technical expertise includes design, development and implementation of EE programs in numerous sectors – including municipal buildings, building codes, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), water & wastewater operations, street lighting, EE procurement policies, and EE equipment and appliance policies and programs. He has experience carrying out training & capacity building, techno-economic feasibility studies, and design of performance-based contracting projects with energy service companies (ESCOs).
Mr. Kumar also is a recognized expert in measurement and verification (M&V) of energy and cost savings and has created replicable financing models for implementation of energy efficiency projects. He was instrumental in developing India’s first Super ESCO business plan for Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). He also has worked on designing and implementing renewable energy (solar thermal and photovoltaic) and waste energy management projects in the industrial and commercial sectors. Mr. Kumar has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a post graduate degree in Energy Engineering. He is a Certified M&V Professional (CMVP) by AEE, USA. Mr. Kumar served for twelve years at the Alliance to Save Energy India office, including as Director, and now acts as a senior advisor for International programs. He has been instrumental in providing strategic and technical advice to various government and international development agencies in India and internationally.
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 most recently served as Vice President, North America Government Affairs for The Dow Chemical Company, responsible for U.S. federal, state and Canada government affairs professionals, advocacy management and maintaining relationships with national political, governmental and non-governmental organizations. He also led the company’s advocacy efforts on U.S. energy and climate change policy.
Peter offers vision, experience and creativity in areas such as:
- Advocacy strategy
- Federal state and local issues management
- Community relations
- Policy analysis and development
- Organizational design and development
- Non-traditional stakeholder and activist engagement
- Design of multi-faceted advocacy campaigns
- Leveraging public affairs and government affairs resources for advocacy success
Prior to joining Dow, Peter was Assistant Director of Government Affairs for Union Carbide Corporation.
After beginning his career in local government, he joined Union Carbide in 1981 as Manager of Community Affairs and then spent several years as Regional Manager of Public Affairs, responsible for state government relations in the northeast. He retired in December, 2013 with nearly 33 years of service to the combined companies.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, member of The Business-Government Relations Council, and is a past vice-chairman of the Public Affairs Council and Chairman-Emeritus of the Federal Government Affairs Committee of the American Chemistry Council.
He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University.
A native of Danbury, Connecticut, he is married with two daughters and currently resides in Oakton, Virginia.
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. He currently provides training, consulting on methodology, and project implementation support to help water utilities reduce the energy cost of operation, while also reducing water losses and increasing access to potable water service in urban and rural areas. In addition, Mr. Pedraza has been involved in projects across Latin America and the Caribbean, including coordinating international energy finance working groups, organizing solar energy projects, and participating in regional events and exchanges on energy efficiency.
Prior to founding Watergy Mexico, Mr. Pedraza spent eleven years as the Regional Coordinator of the Mexico National Energy Saving Commission (CONAE) for the Puebla and Tlaxcala Region. There, he conducted and managed more than 120 energy audits, implemented 50 projects (including four ESCO pilot projects) financed by IADB as a part of the Fideicomiso para el Ahorro de Energia (FIDE) program, and led cogeneration, transport fuel and water utilities energy efficiency projects.
Mr. Pedraza has extensive experience developing training and outreach events and workshops. With Watergy Mexico, he has provided over 130 trainings, ranging from small workshops to national seminars on the water-energy nexus. At CONAE, he managed and conducted 140 training and promotional events on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
Mr. Pedraza is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager, and holds an engineering degree from Universidad de las Americas and a master’s in business management Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.
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.
Allen Stayman was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Washington, in Seattle.
He first joined the staff of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in 1984 to handle several issues including energy conservation.
Allen staffed Committee consideration of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 (NAECA), the first law to implement consensus appliance standards, and he worked on numerous energy efficiency laws until leaving the Committee in 1993 for positions in the U.S. Departments of the Interior, and the State Department.
Allen worked for the Alliance to Save Energy for two years before returning to the Senate Energy Committee in 2003 where he continued to staff legislation and issues related to energy efficiency until retirement at the end of 2016.
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