Lauren is a lifelong environmentalist whose passion started with the Chesapeake Bay here in Baltimore. A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies, she has been working with the energy industry for the last ten years. Lauren was a compliance specialist for MDE for over 6 years before she moved into private consulting, and for the last two years She has been the Program Manager for Solar United Neighbors of Maryland. In that role she has focused on expanding solar in Maryland through education and advocacy at both the local and state-wide levels. Recently she has focused on expanding solar in low-income communities in Maryland and is excited to continue that very needed work through community solar and the Solar Democracy and Equity Collaborative. She currently lives in Baltimore City with her wife, son, and their two rambunctious mutts.
As Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs with ENGIE North America, Sarah Bresolin Silver focuses primarily on renewable energy policy in the Northeast U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining ENGIE Sarah was Assistant Attorney General in the Energy Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and previously counsel to the state energy regulator. Sarah served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Chief Counsel for the Small Business Administration representing small business interests in international trade negotiations and in the federal regulatory and legislative processes.
Sam Brumberg is Association Counsel to the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. He joined the Association in 2012 after almost 7 years of private practice at an AmLaw 200 firm. Sam is part of the Governmental Affairs Department, and his practice focuses on regulatory analysis and the general legal affairs of the Association. He also supports the member utilities and affiliates of the Association. Sam graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond, with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and while there was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Sam studied law at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, where he was the managing editor of, and published in, the law school’s Environmental Law and Policy Review. During law school, he served a clerkship at the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Office of General Counsel. In 2014, he served as Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s Administrative Law Section. In 2016-18, he served as President for the Energy Bar Association’s Southern Chapter. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar’s Administrative Law Section Board of Governors. Sam is an aspiring student pilot, a student of Japanese language and culture, and an avid accumulator of airline miles and points. He is married and lives in the Far West End of Richmond, Virginia.
Lael is Vice President of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs at Exelon Corporation, primarily supporting Exelon’s Constellation and Exelon Generation (ExGen) businesses. Lael leads a team overseeing the companies’ regulatory and policy initiatives in the eastern United States, including Exelon’s state-level efforts to support nuclear generation. As a former senior litigator at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and lead regulatory lawyer for ExGen’s wholesale trading business, Lael is an industry-recognized expert on issues relating to energy trading and financial derivatives markets. Lael has testified before the U.S. Congress, state regulatory bodies, and has presented at numerous industry conferences. Lael also serves as a member of the CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee, and is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Retail Energy Supply Association.
Ms. Cohen currently serves as the Director of Solar Programs for the DCSEU, including the DCSEU Solar for All Program. The Solar for All program incentivizes the rapid deployment of solar across DC with the output going to benefit low income residents. In FY 2019, the DCSEU Solar for All goal is to put solar on 100 income qualified residential roofs and to create over 6MWs of community solar which will be provided to low income residents at no cost. The DCSEU Solar Programs also incentivized another 75 solar homes in DC through a partnership with SUN.
Lorig Charkoudian represents District 20 in the Maryland General Assembly, where she serves on the Economic Matters Committee. In Lorig's first session (2019), she was a strong advocate for legislation fighting climate change and promoting economic justice, criminal justice reform, consumer rights, environmental protection, and a sustainable food system. In addition to her role as Delegate, Lorig is the Executive Director of the Community Mediation Maryland. Her work includes developing partnerships with state agencies to bring collaborative conflict resolution to new and unique forums. Lorig’s research focuses on a cost-benefit analysis of community mediation. Community Mediation Maryland and Lorig have received national attention for the innovative work on prisoner re-entry mediation. Lorig received her PhD in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and has been honored three times as Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Maryland Daily Record. She lives in Takoma Park with her two children, Aline and Raffi.
Mr. Dobbs began his solar career at SunEdison, where he held various positions in finance, marketing and product management before leaving to co-found Solar Grid Storage. In his position as CFO of the company, he developed the finance and operations models that created the first third-party financed storage-as-a-service business. Solar Grid Storage was acquired in 2015 by SunEdison, bringing Dobbs back to lead the company’s storage operations center. From SunEdison, Dobbs moved to Anbaric Development Partners, an early stage developer of large-scale electric transmission systems, transformative campus energy systems and storage-based microgrid solutions, where he was Vice President of Distributed Energy. Dobbs holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Technology & Policy and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Erin Duncan is SEIA’s Vice President Of Congressional Affairs where she leads SEIA’s congressional affairs team in their work to influence energy, tax, trade, appropriations and other policies in support of the solar industry.
Prior to joining SEIA, Erin spent eleven years as a lobbyist with the National Education Association, the largest union and professional association in the United States. Erin began her Washington career as a staffer in the House of Representatives, including six years as Legislative Director for Congressman Tom Osborne (R-NE).
Erin grew up in rural Nebraska and is a proud graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University. She also holds a Masters degree from Iowa State University. Today, she lives on Capitol Hill with her husband, two young children, and their 12 year-old hound dog Penny.
Matt Garamone has worked in the environmental field for over 30 years as both an environmental scientist and as an environmental attorney. He is currently the Corporate Environmental Director and Senior Counsel of Environmental, Health & Safety for First Solar, Inc. where has been employed since 2009.
Matt’s professional experience has provided him with a unique perspective on the management of a variety of complex environmental issues involving soil and groundwater remediation, chemical regulation, waste management/recycling, air pollution control, wastewater treatment, environmental litigation, EHS auditing/regulatory compliance, environmental permitting, renewable energy project permitting, and environmental/OSHA enforcement defense.
Prior to joining First Solar Matt was employed as an environmental, health & safety attorney with Pfizer Inc. He also worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an attorney and as an environmental scientist. He has a BS in Biology from Rutgers University, a MA in Environmental Management from Montclair State University, and a JD from Rutgers University School of Law.
Nitzan Goldberger is ESA’s State Policy Director. In that capacity, Nitzan drives and designs storage policy through regulatory and legislative advocacy at the state level. Before joining ESA in 2017, Nitzan served as Borrego Solar’s Director of Policy & Business Development for California, where she advised and shaped Borrego Solar’s unique business strategies and product offerings in California. Prior to Borrego, Nitzan worked as a renewable energy policy expert for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)—one of the largest investor owned utilities in the US-- where she developed renewable energy policy strategy on RPS implementation, compliance, and legislation impacting PG&E's energy procurement. Nitzan’s experience in energy policy and strategy spans beyond renewable energy and the power sector. She spent nearly three years as an associate with the Eurasia Group where she advised corporate, financial, and government clients on US federal and state-level natural gas, oil and electric sector policies. Nitzan earned her MS in foreign service from Georgetown University and her BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Matt is a renewable energy and environmental attorney specializing in solar transactions, permitting, and compliance. He represents clients before administrative agencies and has successfully argued at all levels of courts in Virginia. Prior to moving to private practice, he served as an Assistant Attorney General of Virginia where he served as counsel to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's Air and Renewable Energy Division, including its permit by rule (PBR) program. He clerked for Virginia Supreme Court justice William C. Mims after law school at the University of Richmond.
Ben Grumbles is Maryland’s Secretary of the Environment. He was nominated by Governor Larry Hogan and confirmed by the Senate in 2015. His duties include serving as Chair of the Governor’s Chesapeake Bay Cabinet and Chair of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and member of the Ozone Transport Commission and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. Prior to that, he was President of the U.S. Water Alliance, a Washington-based environmental nonprofit organization that educates the public on the value of water and the need for integrated and innovative solutions. Ben has served as the Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as the Senate-confirmed Director of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality and as Environmental Counsel and Senior Staff Member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Science Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has a master’s degree in environmental law from George Washington University, a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University.
Ms. Jessica Harre is a licensed professional engineer with more than 12 years of experience in the power industry. She has experience in all phases of renewable energy utility scale power generating station and technology projects for solar PV. Ms. Harre also has experience with a multitude of industry vendors and equipment suppliers for solar PV panels and inverters as well as working relationships with respected industry contractors. Recent PV projects include construction monitoring; due diligence reviews to support asset sale and acquisition; bid support as OE for construction of a 200-MW solar PV; and financial model and technology review. She has a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Marquette University and an MBA in Finance and Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Mike Healy is the CEO of New Columbia Solar (NCS), a District of Columbia based solar company whose mission is to make it as easy as humanly possible for DC residents and businesses to benefit from solar energy. Mike is an active leader in shaping local energy policy, ensuring environmental sustainability remains a top priority for the District. His extensive experience in the solar industry and leadership has elevated NCS into one of the city’s fastest growing companies. In three years, NCS has grown to more than 40 employees and has been involved in the development of over 15 MW of solar energy in D.C.
Alongside his work at NCS, Mike has been instrumental in developing business growth strategies from start-up level to maturity, including originating more than 30 successful partnerships within the private and public sectors. He has a proven track record of developing a long-term strategy, implementing the tactics to maintain and execute that strategy, and delivering results.
Mike’s been a fervent leader in developing solar policy across the Mid-Atlantic region, having been influential in the development, design and advocacy of the District of Columbia and Maryland RPS programs. He is also an experienced entrepreneur and business strategist who has played a key role in starting three successful energy companies. Prior to launching New Columbia Solar, he served as the founder and partner at Nextility Inc. and ConnectDER, inc.
Previously, Mike served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of SEIA and as Vice President and Policy Chair at MDV-SEIA. He graduated from Bethany College with a degree in Energy Policy and is a long-time D.C. resident who resides in the District’s H Street Corridor with his wife, Kelly and their two sons, Jack and Liam.
Francis leads strategy, business development, policy, human resources and community engagement. He works with our team to gather and analyze market intelligence to navigate a highly competitive industry, applying his expertise in energy wholesale markets, policy, land use, strategy, finance, and performance management. Additionally, Francis focuses on staff development to continuously improve team skills and abilities.Francis’ previous positions and memberships include: the MD-DC- VA Solar Energy Industry Association, Chair of the Energy Workgroup for Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission, Member of Governor McAuliffe’s Energy Committee, and Founder of the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Association.Francis holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BA in Economics from Colby College. He stays active in the community and his children’s activities by coaching youth football, basketball, and soccer, and serving as a school PTO member.
Eric Hurlocker has spent 25 years practicing business law and advising energy industry clients in the areas of energy law, commercial energy project financing, and renewable and retail energy corporate matters. His law practice is closely aligned with renewable energy development companies, in addition to companies employing renewable energy in their operations.
He is a frequent speaker and panelist and has moderated panels of experts at a number of industry meetings, most recently at the NCSEA’s legal CLE in Raleigh, NC. He served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association and represents the Association and other energy industry firms in solar development projects, in project sales and acquisitions and in administrative matters before the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
After graduating from the University of Richmond School of Law, Hurlocker began working on energy-related client matters for a large Virginia-based international law firm. Later, he was in-house lawyer at Dominion Virginia Power and, eventually, a senior in-house corporate and energy attorney at PPL Corporation in Allentown, Pennsylvania. During his ten years within those legal departments, he was responsible for non-regulated activities, energy project development, asset acquisition and disposition, and energy trading.
In 2006, Eric returned to private practice in Richmond and practiced at two large Richmond-based firms until 2012. In 2012, he formed GreeneHurlocker, an energy law boutique firm, with expertise in energy regulation, rates, transactions, development, financing, litigation and distribution.
Eric is a member of several important advocacy and energy-related organizations including the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) and the Commonwealth of Virginia Small Solar Working Group (SSWG) Stakeholder Group on Distributed Solar Generation and Net Metering.
His community roots run deep, as well, and he is the past Chair of the Richmond/Petersburg United Way Income Action Council. In addition, he has worked closely with Commonwealth Catholic Charities in organizing and implementing programs for the representation of juveniles in foster care in immigration matters.
Eric, his wife and two children live in Richmond, Virginia.
Pari Kasotia serves as the Mid-Atlantic Director for Vote Solar. In this role, she advocates for equity-focused solar policies. Pari was instrumental in providing advocacy, outreach and communications support for the successful passage of MD Clean Energy Jobs Act in 2019 by leveraging her organizations resources as well as external resources. In 2018, Pari played an integral role in getting the Community Solar Pilot Program passed in New Jersey as part of the Clean Energy Act of 2018. Prior to Vote Solar, Pari served as the Deputy Director of The Solar Foundation where she provided leadership and oversight, and was the lead author of the 2017 US Solar Industry Diversity Study. Pari is listed in Renewable Energy World’s Solar 40 under 40 Professionals and Midwest Energy News 40 under 40 Emerging Clean Energy Leaders. In 2019, Pari was selected as one of the Advisory Council members of the Maryland Clean Energy Center and was also voted in to serve on the Board of Director of Maryland, DC, Delaware, and Virginia’s Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA). She also serves on the Board of Directors of Women’s Council for Energy and Environment (WCEE).
Pari began her clean energy career at the Iowa Office of Energy Independence (OEI) as Statistical Research Analyst for energy programs in 2009. She was promoted to leadership roles at OEI as well as at the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). During her tenure, she administered multi-million-dollar clean energy and energy efficiency programs.
She holds two Master’s degree; an MBA and an MPA. She has a BA in Environmental Policy and Politics.
Karla is a veteran in clean energy policy and business development, specializing in green field projects, new market entry and regulatory and legislative affairs. As the Chief Policy and Development Officer of Sigora Solar, Karla is in charge of overseeing legislative, administrative and regulatory efforts at the local, state and national levels, as well as coordinating and managing strategic development partnerships. Before joining Sigora, Karla established herself as an industry expert on issues relating to low-to-moderate income access to clean energy and resulted in the creation of LMI elevated solar incentives and other clean energy policies in Louisiana, New York, Mississippi and Connecticut. Karla’s clean energy experience includes substantial utility scale wind energy development including the development and construction of 1500+ MW of wind energy in Texas valued at more than 2 billion dollars and the development of over 300,000 acres of wind energy projects in 4 states.
Andrew Levitt is Senior Business Solution Architect at PJM Interconnection where he leads PJM efforts to integrate advanced resource types into markets, planning, and operations. Previously, he directed the vehicle-to-grid program at NRG Energy in collaboration with University of Delaware. He started in the power industry as Project Manager for coal plant upgrades at the Public Service Company of New Mexico. Mr. Levitt holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Toronto and a master's degree from The University of Delaware. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.
Lauren Miller helps manage regulatory affairs work across Sol Systems’ business lines. She oversees relationships with industry associations as well as interactions with state public utility commissions and legislatures. Ms. Miller is focused on promoting Sol Systems’ policy objectives and actively advocates across the United States for sound solar policy.
Prior to working at Sol Systems, Ms. Miller used her background in environmental and energy policy to perform research and counsel on state and federal bills. Previously, she worked at the White House Council of Environmental Quality in the Office of Federal Sustainability, where she focused on the implementation of Executive Order 13693 Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, developing mechanisms to ease the procurement of renewable energy for federal agencies.
Ms. Miller graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology and International Affairs with a concentration in Energy and the Environment.
Michelle Moore is CEO of Groundswell, a nonprofit that builds community power by connecting clean energy with economic development, affordability, and quality of lifeA social entrepreneur and former White House official with roots in rural Georgia, Michelle is a relentless agent for change. Her accomplishments range from delivering programs as the Obama Administration’s first Federal Environmental Executive that cut energy use by $11 billion and led to the deployment of 3.2 Gigawatts of new renewable energy production; to developingLEED into a globally recognized brand as Senior Vice President of USGBC. Michelle currently serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the American Flood Coalition and on the Board of Directors for THI Studio. Michelle’s work is rooted in her faith, and the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
Chinyere Osuala is a senior associate attorney at Earthjustice focusing on Clean Energy. After attending NYU and Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, she did a fellowship at the Clean Air Council in Philadelphia, an environmental advocacy organization that advocates for the rights of all Pennsylvanians to breathe clean air. Her interest in energy law sprouted there as she worked on environmental impact statements for pipelines, Pennsylvania’s methane rules, and PUC jurisdiction over pipelines in the state. She started at Earthjustice in 2014 and has since focused on distribution side utility regulation in Maryland, DC, New York, Arizona, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia. She has been engaged in the PC44 grid modernization docket in Maryland, especially on electric vehicles, off-shore wind, the Exelon-Pepco merger case, as well as the Empower dockets in collaboration with Susan Stevens Miller, current staff attorney at Earthjustice and former general counsel of the Maryland Public Service Commission. Her clients include the Sierra Club, Solar United Neighbors of Maryland and Fuel Fund of Maryland and she has frequently collaborated with Pace Energy and Climate Center to promote integration of DERs onto the grid, grid modernization generally, and energy efficiency for all.
Jim Rice is the co-CEO of Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC which he jointly founded in December 2006. Under his leadership, Nautilus Solar has grown from a start-up to a leading solar company which has developed and managed over $1 billion of solar projects. Jim is an energy industry professional with over 30 years of experience. During his career, he has operated, financed and invested in energy assets. Jim’s experience includes founding another energy company, leading Carlyle/Riverstone’s power sector private equity efforts, and leadership positions at several major financial institutions.
Jim served his country as a nuclear-trained U.S. Naval Officer; during which, he spent over half a year underwater, on strategic patrol. He also lead the refueling of a submarine’s nuclear reactor while in the shipyard. He has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from the United States Naval Academy.
Nicole Sitaraman serves as a Senior Manager of Public Policy at Sunrun, Inc. and spearheads Sunrun’s engagement in legislative and regulatory policy initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic region. In this role, Nicole advocates for policies that enable increased and equitable access to solar and battery storage to facilitate a more decentralized energy grid powered by the people, for the people.
Nicole serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA). She is a proud member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and Steering Committee Member of Interfaith Power & Light, DC.Md.NoVA. In 2019, Nicole was selected as a New Voices in Energy Fellow by the Aspen Institute. In 2018, she was honored as a WRISE Honors in Public Policy and Advocacy recipient by the Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy and listed as a Catalyst in the 2018 Grist.org Top 50 List.
Prior to joining Sunrun, Nicole served as an Assistant People’s Counsel in the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia (DC OPC) and represented District of Columbia ratepayers before the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, Council of the District of Columbia, PJM Interconnection, as well as federal regulatory agencies. Prior to working in renewable energy advocacy, Nicole was a civil rights litigator representing numerous workers in race discrimination, sexual harassment, environmental and nuclear whistleblower retaliation cases. Nicole earned her B.A. at Yale University and J.D. at Boston University School of Law.
John Smirnow is SEIA’s General Counsel & Vice President of Market Strategy. He has been a solar industry advocate for more than 10 years, including service as SEIA’s Vice President for Trade & Competitiveness, Chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, and Member of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee.
John also founded the Global Solar Council on behalf of 17 national and regional solar associations and was the Council’s first Secretary-General.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Rachel joined MDV-SEIA as the Virginia Policy and Development Manager in July 2019. In this role, Rachel is responsible for implementing legislative and regulatory campaigns related to state-level solar energy policy in Virginia, and growing and managing membership within the Commonwealth. Previously, she worked as the Policy Analyst for Secure Futures, a commercial-scale solar developer and member of MDV-SEIA, coordinating the company’s outreach to state government officials and other key stakeholders and representing the company in a variety of policy discussions and stakeholder processes. Rachel brings several years of experience in marketing and public relations, as well as a passion for positively impacting communities through her professional work. As a clean energy policy advocate, she is driven by the hope and ambition that implementing cleaner electricity will lead to a more just and equitable world.
Jim Spano is a nationally recognized expert in solar development and finance. He has been instrumental in the development of over 300 megawatts of solar generation primarily in the Northeast United States. Jim is currently a co-founder and head of originations at RadiantREIT, the first firm to bring solar mortgage REITs to the market, and a managing partner of Spano Partner Holdings, one of the largest utility-scale solar developers in the Northeast. Jim is the founder and president of the New Jersey Solar Grid Supply Association (NJSGSA), vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industry Association (MSEIA), on the board of the International Battery and Energy Storage Association (IBESA) and holds numerous other industry positions.
Julian is a staff writer at Greentech Media, where he reports on energy storage, solar power and other clean energy sectors. He also has experience covering clean transportation, state and federal energy policy, and climate adaptation. Previously, Julian reported for CityLab at The Atlantic and conducted grant-funded climate change reporting in Bangladesh. He graduated from Duke University.
Jennifer Spinosi is the Vice President of Regulatory and Compliance at CleanChoice Energy. She engages external stakeholders to expand customers’ access to renewable energy and ensures company compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Previously, Jennifer worked for an international retail energy company and was responsible for the development and implementation of legislative and regulatory strategies to support the company’s solar growth agenda. Her background in restructured (energy choice) markets gives her a unique perspective on renewable energy policy. Jennifer is on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Community Solar Access and the Mid-Atlantic regional chapter of the Solar Energy Industry Association (MDV-SEIA). Jennifer has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from The Ohio State University and a J.D. with a concentration in environmental and energy law from Capital University Law School. She lives in Columbus, Ohio and is an avid gardener.
Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 30 years. He has been a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage. He is currently Vice President of Utility Business Development at Enel X, a distributed energy management and storage company and is a subsidiary of Enel, a leader in the global utility market.
Nicole Steele is the Executive Director of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, a non-profit solar installer and job trainer working exclusively in underserved communities. She is a leading voice for low-income solar and energy efficiency in the Mid-Atlantic including DC, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Nicole directs the Mid-Atlantic office for GRID Alternatives and works with policymakers at the local and state levels to help develop and implement inclusive solar policies. GRID focuses on access issues across the entire project development process including outreach and education, affordable financing, and workforce development. GRID seeks to impact owners, renters, and building managers by installing single-family, multi-family, and community solar systems. Nicole has been on the MDV-SEIA Board of Directors since 2015, where she helped launch the first Job Fair hosted at MDV-SEIA’s Solar Focus partnered with GRID Alternatives. The first year was a smashing success with 300 job-seekers connecting with nearly 25 employers. Looking forward to an even more successful year two!
Prior to joining GRID Alternatives, she was the Director of Policy and State Relations at the Alliance to Save Energy managing high profile initiatives such as the Alliance’s Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy. Nicole was also the Director of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program for Loudoun County, Virginia. While in that position she designed, commissioned and implemented twelve separate energy-related projects ranging from capital improvements to feasibility studies to education and outreach programs. Prior to moving into that role, Nicole was a legislative and long-range land use planner for Loudoun. Ms. Steele also has a background in advocacy, policy development, affordable housing, urban planning, energy efficiency, and green building.
Caroline is an Associate at the law firm of Gordon Feinblatt LLC in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate, Energy and Environmental and Power Development Teams. Caroline advises on the real estate considerations of navigating the various processes for utility-scale and community solar projects. She specifically focuses on real estate issues of which solar developers should be cognizant in acquiring projects. These include, for example, (i) why and when to obtain title insurance and survey; (ii) when the project site is being acquired via lease, the importance of determining a specific description of the land constituting the premises; (iii) identifying and securing all necessary easements; (iv) and the necessity of confirming the continuing validity of zoning board decisions permitting the development of the project site as a solar facility. Caroline is the Co-Chair of the 2019 Maryland State Bar Association Advanced Real Property Institute. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and her undergraduate degree from William & Mary.
HARRY A. WARREN JR.
Harry A. Warren, Jr. is President of CleanGrid Advisors LLC, a renewable energy consulting firm focused on Mid-Atlantic markets, and co-founder of the Center for Renewables Integration, a 501c3 non-profit working to advance the penetration of renewable energy on the grid. During the 2019 academic year, Harry is a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment, working with faculty, staff and students on grid decarbonization research.
Harry was formerly Executive Vice President of Community Energy, Inc. responsible for business planning on community solar, virtual net metering, and other retail customer access programs.
Prior to joining Community Energy, Harry spent 17 years as president of Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc., a leading retail electricity and natural gas marketer in the mid-Atlantic region. WGES ranked first in customer satisfaction among retail electricity providers in Maryland in J.D. Power’s 2014 survey. The company was named Green Power Supplier of the Year in the non-utility category by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2011 and was given a Mayor’s Sustainability Award by the District of Columbia Department of the Environment in 2013. Harry negotiated the corporation’s first solar PPAs in 2008 and 2009. He previously held many positions at WGES’ utility affiliate, Washington Gas, including Executive Assistant in the Office of the Chairman, Director of Investor Relations, and Director of Sales. Prior to joining Washington Gas, Harry worked in research, development and design of renewable energy systems.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Derek Wenger is Manager of New Technology and Renewable Programs, Power Delivery Group. He is responsible for developing renewable energy programs and integrating new technologies such as distributed generation and electric vehicles within Dominion Energy’s Virginia regulated service territory. Additionally, he is leading efforts to develop Dominion Energy Virginia’s Grid Transformation Plan. Wenger joined the company as an intern in 2008. Upon graduation, he worked in the Customer Service organization, where he held various analyst positions. He moved to the Electric Distribution Finance team in 2010 and was promoted to Manager–Electric Distribution Financial and Business Services in 2014 where he was responsible for reporting, analytics and planning for the Electric Distribution organization. Wenger transitioned to his current role in September 2017. Wenger is a member of the Solar Collaborative Working Group led by Mark Rubin to advance and develop renewable energy policy and legislation in Virginia. He also serves on the Board of Directors for NC GreenPower which is a nonprofit with a mission of improving the environment by supporting renewable energy projects and providing grant funding for solar installations at schools throughout NC. Wenger earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Management from Christopher Newport University.
Jay Wetmore, Senior Engineering Consultant - 36 years of civil/structural engineering experience - Wind, Solar, Bridge, Highway, Rail Transit – Ha. Completed 21 wind decommissioning plans and cost estimates and 34 solar decommissioning plans and cost estimates in 15 states.