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Turbulence & Transition: Winning the Clean Energy Race

July 22-25, 2016

Aspen, Colorado


Deborah Affonsa

Vice President, Customer Service, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Deborah T. (Deb) Affonsa is vice president, Customer Service for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. She is

responsible for contact center operations, the local customer experience including customer service offices, and customer relations. In addition, she oversees business customer account management and demand side management sales as well as non-tariffed products and services. Her previous role at Pacific Gas and Electric Company was Vice President, Corporate Strategy, reporting to the president. In this role, Deb was responsible for driving development and implementation of a detailed, integrated, cross-functional five-year forward -looking plan for achieving and maintaining the company’s vision of becoming the leading utility in the United States. She also identified emerging trends in the utility industry, recognizing interdependencies, potential synergies and conflicts to assist senior management in prioritizing and making decisions. She also managed the company’s benchmarking and continuous improvement efforts. Prior to joining Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Deb held the position of Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Development, for its holding company, PG&E Corporation. There she was responsible for evaluating potential new business opportunities, managing the corporate-wide strategic planning process and leading teams in the evaluation and development of Utility strategies around key issues (Smart Grid, PV, etc.). Deb has additional experience in the utility industry, serving as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for Community Energy, Inc., a privately held, start-up, wind energy company. In that role, she established the strategic sales plan, including revenue, earnings and market share goals both regionally and nationally, as well as developing the internal processes and procedures for running a start-up. Deb was also Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for Marlin Leasing Corporation, where she developed strategic sales initiatives and oversaw the realignment and restructuring of the National Account’s sales team. Deb holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University and a Masters in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. She also successfully participated in the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2000.

Dan Arvizu Precourt Energy Scholar, Stanford University Dr. Dan Arvizu has had a long distinguished career in advanced energy research and development, materials science, and technology commercialization. In 2015 he retired as the Director of the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado where he now serves as Director Emeritus. He is currently serving as a Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University and Consultant to the Emerson Collective, LLC. Prior to joining NREL, Dan was a chief technology officer with CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd., an executive with Sandia National Laboratories, and started his career at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories. He twice served 6 year terms on the 24 Member National Science Board, which governs the National Science Foundation. He served as Chairman 2012-2016. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Public Administration.

Dan serves on the MRIGlobal Board of Trustees, the Sandia Corporation Board of Directors, the State Farm Mutual Insurance Board of Directors, the Singapore International Advisory Panel on Energy. Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Kathleen Baireuther Assistant Director, Clean Energy Incubator, Austin Technology Incubator Kathleen Baireuther is a strategic planning and business development professional with 14 years combined experience in economic development, management consulting, and technology commercialization. As the Assistant Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at ATI, she provides direction to portfolio companies and manages a Department of Energy (DOE) grant designed to identify and promote best practices in clean energy incubation. In addition to her role at ATI, Kathleen also serves as the Executive Director of CleanTX, the clean technology industry group for Central Texas. Previously, Kathleen served as Director of Economic Development at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, where she recruited companies to the five-county Austin region and spearheaded the Chamber’s international program. Prior to joining the Austin Chamber, Kathleen authored strategic plans for a wide variety of communities across the country as a consultant with TIP Strategies, Inc. Kathleen is actively involved in the Austin community through the Austin International School, Austin Rowing Club, Impact Austin, and EngageATX. An avid traveler, she has lived and worked in Ecuador, England, and China. She graduated with her Masters in Economics and International Development from the University of Cambridge and earned her B.A. with high distinction from the University of Virginia.

Miranda Ballentine Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Installations, Environment, and Energy, US Air Force Miranda A.A. Ballentine is the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy, Headquarters US Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Miranda is responsible for the oversight, formulation, review and execution of plans, policies, programs and budgets for installations, energy, environment, safety and occupational health.

Roger Ballentine (Co-Chair) President, Green Strategies Inc.

Roger Ballentine is the President of Green Strategies Inc., where he provides management consulting services to corporate and financial sector clients on sustainability strategy; investment and transaction evaluation and project development execution in the in the clean energy sector; and the integration of energy and environmental policy considerations into business strategy. He is also a Venture Partner with Arborview Capital LLC, a private equity firm making growth capital investments in the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors. Previously, Roger was a senior member of the White House staff, serving President Bill Clinton as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force and Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives. Prior to being named Deputy Assistant, Roger was Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs where he focused on energy and environmental issues.

Before joining the White House, Roger was a partner at Patton Boggs LLP. Roger currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Clean Capital LLC, 8 Rivers Capital, and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), where he was a founding Board member in 2001. Roger also serves on the Selection Committee for the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Zayed Future Energy Prize and is the Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Clean Energy Forum. He has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School teaching in the area of energy and climate policy and a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington D.C. Roger is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Connecticut and a Cum Laude graduate of the Harvard Law School.

He is a member of the Connecticut, District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court bars.

Drew Bond Chief Executive Officer, in2lytics Drew Bond is the CEO for in2lytics, a database platform and software solutions company based in Hawaii that is working with electric utilities to optimize their grid assets, save money and energy, and implement greater amounts of renewable energy resources. Prior to in2lytics, he led the successful spinouts of two technology companies, served as the Vice President for Technology Commercialization and Public Policy at Battelle, the world’s largest independent R&D organization, and senior positions at the US Department of Energy, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, and in the US Senate on Capitol Hill. For a decade now, Drew has worked closely with the National Laboratories and continues to serve on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Industry Advisory Board. A native Texan from Oklahoma, he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in History. He and his wife live in the Washington, DC area with their four children where they are active in their church and community, with a particular focus on helping to care for abused and neglected children.

Bill Brown Chief Executive Officer, NET Power, LLC Bill Brown is the CEO of NET Power, LLC, a company owned by Exelon, CB&I and 8 Rivers Capital. NET Power is building a 50MWt power plant outside of Houston to demonstrate a clean fossil-fuel-based power technology that will allow the world to meet 100% of both its climate targets and its electricity needs, all without having to pay more for electricity. Bill is also a co-founder of 8 Rivers Capital, a company that focuses on developing, financing and commercializing break-out technologies that include space launch (at 95% less cost than traditional launch services), gigabit wireless (fiber speed, wireless costs) and hydrogen production (well below current costs). Previously, Bill was a professor at Duke Law and had an extensive career on Wall Street, where he held leadership positions at Goldman Sachs & Co., AIG International, and Morgan Stanley. At the beginning of his career, Bill was a lawyer, leaving law while a partner at Sidley Austin. A native North Carolinian, Bill has two bachelor degrees from MIT and a JD degree from Duke Law School.

Paul Camuti Senior Vice President, Innovation and Chief Technology Officer, Ingersoll Rand Paul Camuti is senior vice president of innovation and chief technology officer at Ingersoll Rand. Paul works with business leadership teams to accelerate global innovation and technology-led growth strategies and promote an innovation-centric mindset for the organization. Paul co-leads the enterprise strategy organization and oversees the full spectrum of innovation, technology and growth initiatives within the company, including advanced technologies; product, system and solution design;

engineering; and product, service and sales commercialization. In addition, he is responsible for cultivating key alliances with external constituents to enrich the advanced technology and innovation capabilities of the business.

Chris Carr Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP Chris Carr serves as chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Environment and Energy Group, and as co-chair of the firm’s UAS/Drone Group and the Clean Technology Group. Drawing from his experience with the US Department of the Interior and the US State Department’s Office of Marine Conservation, Chris represents land developers, business concerns, private individuals, public agencies and nonprofits in all areas of environmental and natural resource law, including energy, forestry, water, mining, coastal and marine resources, agriculture and land development. His practice focuses agency practice, permitting, and litigation for clients involved in clean and renewable energy, including technology companies (e.g., Facebook), utility scale developers (e.g., Consolidated Edison Development, First Solar, EDF RE), and DG providers (e.g., Sunrun, Solar City, Bloom Energy), as well as project sponsors and investors. Chris is recommended by Chambers USA (2015), Legal 500 US (2012 – 2015), and Best Lawyers (2009 – 2015). In 2013 and 2016, he was recognized by Best Lawyers as “San Francisco Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year,” an honor given to a single lawyer in the metropolitan area.

Catherine Chien Portfolio Manager, Environmental Systems, Emerson Collective Catherine Chien is Portfolio Manager - Environmental Systems at Emerson Collective. Prior to that, she was a portfolio manager at Judico Capital, a global equities hedge fund started by an ex-colleague of Julian Robertson. Previously as an investment banker, Catherine executed over $4.5 billion of capital market transactions. She started her career at Bain & Company. A Sloan Fellow at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Catherine received the Miller Social Change Leadership Award for co-founding the GSB Impact Fund, the university’s first impact investing fund. Catherine holds a BA International Studies and BS Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and subsequently received an award for alumni service as President of the Singapore alumni chapter. She is also an ALM Candidate, Sustainability at Harvard University. Outside of work, Catherine is an avid traveler, scuba diver and yogi. She was lucky enough to travel to her 43rd country this summer, and picked up freediving two Christmases ago in hopes of witnessing the Sardine Run in South Africa one day.

Jim Connaughton Senior Advisor, ClearPath Foundation & Chief Executive Officer, Nautilus Data Technologies James L. Connaughton is President and CEO of Nautilus Data Technologies. Most recently Jim served as Executive Vice President of C3 Energy, enabling energy companies to realize the full benefit of their IoT and system investments by applying the power of big data, advanced analytics, social networking, machine learning, and cloud computing to improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of power generation and delivery – making the ‘Internet of Energy’ a reality. Previously, Jim was Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at Exelon and Constellation Energy (which merged with Exelon).

There he served on each company’s Executive Committee with responsibility for major public policy priorities, federal and state energy market regulation, public sector business development, corporate sustainability, technology innovation initiatives and certain venture investments. In 2001, Jim was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. From 2001-2009 he served as President Bush’s senior advisor on energy, environment and natural resources, and as Director of the White House Office of Environmental Policy.

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