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Energy Management - Obstacle or Opportunity?

Panel Summary 

Power outages cost American consumers $150 billion a year -- about $500 for every man, woman and child in the United States.  Improvements in energy efficiency and energy ‘transportation’ have the potential to offset more than half of the expected growth in demand – electricity & natural gas over the next 15 years.  This can result in savings of nearly $20 billion annually on energy bills and avoid 30,000 MW or 60 new 500 MW power plants.   A lot of money has been invested in the last decade in renewable energy sources but the potential of Energy Management has been overlooked until recently.   Smart Grid alone is expected to grow fivefold in investment needs over the next 20 years.  US administration is funding several programs that invest in technologies that make electricity distribution and transmission more efficient.

The experts on this panel will explore the following topics:

•        Smart Grid
•        Green Buildings
•        EV Infrastructure
•        Distributed Generation& Transmission
•        Control Challenges
•        Demand Response, Sensing & Monitoring,
•        Grid Storage,
•        Renewable Integration
•        Information Interoperability


•        What would the utilities of the future look like – will they transform from one way companies to interactive providers?
•        What are current government regulations,  funding programs ?
•        What are the latest Innovations in "connecting" technologies that increase product efficiency and enhance customer awareness and control?
•        What are the major challenges and concerns in the deployment of such ‘Smart’ technologies?
•        Where are the opportunities for the start-ups and how can they collaborate with industry behemoths – Utilities and Power producers?
•        Can Energy Management be the Wild Card in our effort to achieve Energy Independence? 

Panel Producers

Alan Chachich, President, Breakthrough NPD


Roger Faulkner
President, Electric Pipeline Corporation

Roger Faulkner co-founded Electric Pipeline Corporation (EPC) with Ron Todd in 2009.  Roger is the Chief Scientist and acting CEO.  Ron is the CTO and acting COO.  EPC is a startup spun out of Rethink Technologies, Inc., another company Roger founded.  He obtained his Ph.D. in polymer science from Akron University.  He has a 30 year career of invention, including reaction wave polymerization, Cri-Tech’s FKX fluoro-elastomer, Daikin’s fluoro-thermoplastic elastomer, and a key patent for ceramic non-stick cookware.  He has made contributions at several companies including, Monsanto, Cri-Tech, Daikin and BF Goodrich.  His expertise in electric insulators and interest in enabling renewable energy are key to his goal to develop a long distance multi-terminal HVDC grid based on “electric pipelines.”  His involvement in energy policy goes back to his participation in public utility planning hearings for the State of Wisconsin in 1991.  Testimony he presented there with Professor Long of UW-Madison, a leading expert in HVDC power transmission, first introduced the concept of electric pipelines.   

Nachum Sadan
CEO, Amperion

Nachum Sadan is the President and CEO at Amperion, Inc. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and the running of its business operations. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in powerline networking and data communications.
Prior to his position at Amperion, Nachum was COO of Mintera Optical Networks where he oversaw operations and technical development of an innovative 40 Gbps optical networking transport product.
Prior to Mintera, Nachum served as Executive Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Sitara Networks, delivering Quality of Service (QoS) products to large enterprise and service provider customers. During this period the company grew from a technology start-up into a high gross margin, revenue-producing business, serving major enterprise and telecommunications carriers worldwide.

Prior to Sitara, Nachum was co-founder and VP Engineering of two internetworking startups that successfully sold.

He holds a number of patents in powerline communications and an MSEE degree from Northeastern University in Massachusetts and a BSEE degree, cum laude from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.  Nachum is a member of the MIT Enterprise Forum, MassNetComms, American Technion Society, Northeastern Alumni Association and IEEE Power and Energy Society, Communications Society and Computer Society. 

Janet Gail Besser
VP, Regulatory Strategy and Policy, National Grid USA

Janet Gail Besser is Vice President, Regulatory Strategy and Policy, for National Grid USA, where she is responsible for regulatory strategy and policy across National Grid’s distribution, transmission and gas lines of business.   Previously Ms. Besser was VP, Transmission Regulation and Commercial Services. 

Prior to joining National Grid, Ms. Besser held senior executive positions at Analysis Group, and Lexecon, two strategy consulting firms.  Before consulting, Ms. Besser chaired the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy, where she focused on electricity industry restructuring.  As commissioner, Ms. Besser served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and Vice-Chair of its Energy Resources and Environment Committee.  She was President of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners, and a member of EPRI’s Advisory Council and the Energy Foundation’s Utility Futures Group., and the Harvard Electricity Policy Group.   

Ms. Besser also held senior positions with the National Independent Energy Producers, on staff at the Massachusetts and New Hampshire public utility commissions, and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy Resources.  Ms. Besser earned a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University and a BA from Williams College. 

Gregg Dixon
Senior Vice President of Marketing, EnerNOC

Gregg Dixon has led various sales, marketing, and business development efforts at EnerNOC and currently leads marketing efforts worldwide to utility and end-use customers. Gregg is primarily responsible for leading the development of EnerNOC's go-to-market strategy, product and service development, and the execution of marketing mechanisms that accelerate profitable sales growth and brand recognition through creative and customer-driven insights.
Prior to joining EnerNOC, Gregg was Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Hess Microgen, the leading provider of commercial on-site co-generation systems and services in the United States. As a highly recognized expert in distributed generation, Gregg pioneered efforts to bring more than 100 co-generation systems to leading grocery, hospitality, commercial property, and manufacturing customers and developed Hess Microgen's Internet-based monitoring system, CONIFER. Gregg was also Partner at Mercer Management Consulting.
Gregg graduated from Boston College with bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science and he is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Demand Side Management Professional, and Certified Sustainable Development Professional with the Association of Energy Engineers. Gregg was also voted one of Boston's "40 Under 40" by Boston Business Journal as recognition for having established himself as a leader to be watched in the field of energy.

John Quealy, Moderator
MD, Equity Research, Sector Head, Sustainability

John serves as Managing Director in Equity Research at Canaccord Adams, specializing in the Sustainability sector. He joined the firm in 2000, when he helped launch this franchise in the United States. 

As sector head, John helps to direct and coordinate equity research efforts across this rapidly emerging market, working with 9 other Canaccord research analysts across North America and Europe that focus on the various developing technologies.

Currently, John covers a broad array of international companies in the Energy Technology, Water & Wastewater and BioResource industries. John has created and developed several, specialized investment themes within this sector, including Smart Grid, Water Technology and Clean Coal.

John has presented to a number of industry organizations and public utilities on emerging energy technology issues and has been a frequent contributor to the media, appearing with the BBC, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, among other outlets. 

Prior to joining Canaccord Adams, John worked for Deloitte & Touche, where he was a Manager in the audit and assurance practice, serving a wide range of domestic and international, public and private companies.

John received a B.S. in accounting and philosophy cum laude from Boston College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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