Session 1: Opening Plenary - The Big Picture Part 1: Trends in the Energy Market and Their Impact on Hydro

Monday, April 01
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

 

Greg Wetstone

Daniel Simmons

DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

In his role as Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Daniel Simmons leads EERE to promote affordable and reliable energy to enhance America’s economic growth and energy security. He oversees technology development in the energy efficiency, renewable power and sustainable transportation sectors.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Energy, Daniel served as the Institute for Energy Research’s Vice President for Policy, overseeing its energy and climate policy work at the state and federal level.

He previously served as the director of the Natural Resources Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council, was a research fellow at the Mercatus Center and worked as professional staff on the Committee on Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives.

He is a graduate of Utah State University and George Mason University School of Law.

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Gregory Wetstone

President & Chief Executive Officer, ACORE

Gregory Wetstone is President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). ACORE is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing renewable energy through finance, policy and market development.

Prior to joining ACORE Greg oversaw government affairs as VP for Terra-Gen Power LLC, a renewable energy company with utility-scale wind, solar and geothermal energy facilities. Prior to his six years with Terra-Gen, he served as Senior Director for Government and Public Affairs at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Director of Programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where he founded the legislative program. Earlier in his career, Greg was Senior Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and played an important role in crafting several important laws including the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.

Greg has written and spoken widely on energy and environmental issues. His writings have appeared many outlets across the nation and online. He has a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law and a B.S. from Florida State University.

 

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Sue Gander

Division Director
Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA

Sue Gander serves as director for the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Environment, Energy and Transportation Division. Gander directs research, policy analysis and technical assistance to provide governors and their staff with data and guidance on best practices affecting the energy sector, environmental protection, natural resource management, transportation and other infrastructure. The division, under Gander, is currently focused on helping states on several key policy issues, including grid modernization and power sector transformation, energy assurance and cybersecurity, energy-efficient program design, the energy-water nexus, responsible shale energy development, clean energy financing, public-private partnerships for infrastructure development, alternative fuels and vehicles and cleanup and stewardship of nuclear weapons sites.

Prior to joining NGA, Gander served as program manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Energy-Environment State Partnership program, as well as senior policy analyst and government relations director for the Center for Clean Air Policy.

Gander is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional, member of The Keystone Center Energy Board, board liaison of the Institute for Building Technology and Safety and executive group member of the Department of Energy/EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Network.

Gander holds a master’s degree in public policy and a certificate in energy analysis and policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University.

Sue originally hails from Utah.

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Miranda Ballentine

CEO
Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)

Miranda Ballentine is the founding CEO of Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), a unique partnership between corporate buyers and renewables companies as well as four NGOs (World Wildlife Fund, World Resources Institute, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Business for Social Responsibility). This new membership-based organization promotes the corporate procurement of renewable energy to help scale corporate renewable energy procurement from dozens to thousands of companies, leading the transition to a zero- carbon energy future.

Miranda joins REBA after serving as CEO of Constant Power, Inc., a Toronto-based developer, integrator, and operator of distributed energy resources. Prior to CPI, Miranda was Managing Director of Rocky Mountain Institute's Business Renewables Center, a member-based platform that accelerates corporate purchasing of renewable energy. BRC members were involved in 95% of corporate renewables deals in 2017. RMI is the only think-tank exclusively focused on advanced energy’s role in national security, economic prosperity, and solving climate change—topics to which Miranda has devoted her career.

Miranda formerly served President Obama as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, & Energy), where she was responsible for a $9 billion annual energy budget in addition to environmental programs for 9 million acres of land, 200 miles of coastline, 600,000 acres of forestland, and 270,000 acres of wetlands. She launched the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative (REDI), which developed smart, cyber-secure microgrids, including a “Future Forward Operating Base.”

Previously, Miranda was Director of Sustainability for Global Renewable Energy at Walmart Stores, Inc, where she led a team in fifteen countries to develop strategies toward Walmart’s goal to be supplied by 100% renewable energy. These programs identified $1+ billion in potential annual energy savings and 9 million metric tons of avoided greenhouse gas potential.

In 2013, Miranda was selected to join the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She has a BS degree from Colorado State University and an MBA from George Washington University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, daughter, and step-daughter.

Session 4: Tuesday morning plenary - The Big Picture Part 2: How Utility CEOs Are Addressing Today's Pressing Issues

Tuesday, April 02
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Richard Glick

Richard Glick

Commissioner, FERC

Commissioner Richard Glick was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in August 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2017. 

Before joining the Commission, Commissioner Glick was general counsel for the Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, serving as a senior policy advisor on numerous issues including electricity and renewable energy. 

Prior to that, Commissioner Glick was vice president of government affairs for Iberdrola’s renewable energy, electric and gas utility, and natural gas storage businesses in the United States. He ran the company’s Washington, DC, office and was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. businesses’ federal legislative and regulatory policy advocacy strategies. 

Commissioner Glick previously served as a director of government affairs for PPM Energy and before that was director of government affairs for PacifiCorp. He served as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, and before that was legislative director and chief counsel to U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas. From 1988-1992 Commissioner Glick was an associate with the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. 

Commissioner Glick is a graduate of George Washington University and Georgetown Law. He and his wife Erin have a son.

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Herbie Johnson

Hydro General Manager, Southern Company, NHA Past Chair

Herbie is the immediate NHA Past Chair. He began his career with Alabama Power Company’s Reservoir Management group in 1994.  He is currently serving as Southern Company Generation’s Hydro General Manager overseeing 32 Hydroelectric plants rated at over 2,600 MWs.  Prior to this he was a Lake Resources Manager for Georgia Power Company’s Land Department.   Other experience includes Southern Company Generation, Engineering and Construction Services, overseeing construction of three Combined Cycle Power Plants, Plant Superintendent of Thurlow Hydroelectric Plant and Hydro Compliance Specialist for Alabama Power Company.

Prior to joining Southern Company, Herbie served 6yrs in the Air Force and the Alabama Air National Guard achieving the rank of Sgt as an Avionics technician on the F-16 aircraft.   He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University.

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Matthew “Matt” Swindle

CEO and Founder of NLine Energy, Inc.

Matt serves as the CEO and Founder of NLine Energy, Inc., a renewable energy development company focused on conduit hydroelectric projects. NLine Energy, formed in 2010, is the small hydroelectric Approved Preferred Provider for the Association of California Water Agencies, headquartered in El Dorado Hills, California. Prior to NLine Energy, Matt worked with EnerNOC (NASDAQ: ENOC), a market leader in demand response, energy efficiency, energy supply and carbon management.

In addition to his civilian career, Matt is Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He has served in enlisted and commissioned officer positions for active-duty infantry and intelligence units spanning a 21-year career. During this time, Matt has commanded several units and served in various nationallevel intelligence agencies. Matt holds a B.A. in Sociology from West Virginia University and a M.A. in National Strategy from the Naval War College. Matt is a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Demand-Side Management Professional.

Matt is a member of the ACWA Energy Committee and Chair of the Renewable Energy subcommittee. Matt is also a Director for the Marine Executive Association and President of the Northern California chapter of the Marine Executive Association.

Session 6: Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, April 02
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Richard Glick

Rep. Scott Peters

Congressman, House Energy and Commerce Committee

Congressman Scott Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, Scott has worked across the aisle to fix a broken Congress and stand up for San Diego’s military and veterans community. Scott Peters currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he advocates for investment in basic scientific research, supports the military’s goals to enhance their energy security, and fights for commonsense healthcare reforms that work for families and small business owners. 

Scott Peters is a civic leader who has made improving the quality of life in San Diego his life’s work.  After a 15-year career as an environmental lawyer, Scott was elected to the San Diego City Council, where he later became the City’s first City Council President.  On the Council, Scott helped lead the $2 billion redevelopment of downtown San Diego, the cleanup of the city’s beaches and bays, and the completion of a number of major infrastructure projects.  He also pursued greater accountability and efficiency in government through the creation of a new Council/Mayor form of government with an independent budget review function. 

In 2001, the governor appointed Scott to the Commission on Tax Policy in the New Economy, and in 2002, the Speaker of the Assembly appointed Scott to the California Coastal Commission.

Scott also later served as chairman of the San Diego Unified Port District – a major economic engine that supports over 40,000 high-skill, high-wage jobs for San Diegans, with $3.3 billion in direct regional economic impact.

Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and worked as an economist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency before attending New York University School of Law. He and his wife of 29 years reside in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, California, where they raised their son and daughter.

During his time in Congress, Scott has passed legislation to give the military the advanced technology it needs to fight terrorism and level the playing field for small businesses competing for government contracts, and has succeeded in getting the federal government to make changes to the homelessness funding formula that disadvantages San Diego. Ranked the 4th most independent Democrat in Congress by the National Journal, Scott Peters understands that business problems have bipartisan solutions, and is never afraid to work across party lines to build consensus and get things done.