Illinois Power Agency
Brian Granahan is the Chief Legal Counsel of the Illinois Power Agency, an independent state agency tasked with developing procurement plans and conducting energy, capacity, and renewables procurement events and developing solar energy incentive programs. Brian began his career as an associate with Sidley Austin LLP and worked as clean energy advocate and staff attorney with Environment Illinois before shifting to the public sector, and serving as a policy advisor to two Chairmen at the Illinois Commerce Commission. Prior to joining the IPA, Brian was a Vice President with the strategic consulting firm of Tur Partners LLC working to incubate a startup low-profit, limited liability company (L3C) focused on cleantech adoption by municipal governments. Brian holds a B.S. from the University of Iowa and a J.D. from New York University and is a former board member of the Illinois Environmental Council and Green Economy Chicago.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Doreen Harris is the Large-Scale Renewables Director at the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) where she oversees the strategic development of utility-scale renewable resources to achieve the State’s nation-leading Clean Energy Standard mandate. In this role, Ms. Harris manages a portfolio totaling over $2.5 billion and oversees annual solicitations. Ms. Harris also directs a statewide strategic effort to spur the responsible and cost-effective development of New York’s Offshore Wind resource. In addition, she leads associated policy and market development activities, designing and implementing interventions that accelerate the scale and penetration of large scale renewables in New York, including ongoing oversight of the New York Generation Attribute Tracking System. Prior to joining NYSERDA, Ms. Harris worked in the private sector in several energy and engineering consulting roles. Ms. Harris received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Business Administration from the University at Albany.
Betsy Kauffman (Treasurer)
Energy Trust of Oregon
Betsy Kauffman heads up Energy Trust of Oregon’s renewable energy department, which provide cash incentives and technical assistance to solar, hydro, biopower, geothermal and wind projects in Oregon. The program has funded more than 8,000 commercial, residential, and large-scale solar projects and more than 20 hydro, bio, and geothermal projects. Along with a local neighborhood organization, Energy Trust operated the first Solarize effort in the nation. Prior to joining Energy Trust, Betsy worked at For the Sake of the Salmon where she managed the Salmon-Friendly Power program, one of Oregon’s first programs to allow utility customers to choose a renewable power option. Betsy also has a long history in the news business, having spent ten years as an anchor and reporter at radio stations across the country. She has bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and moonlights as a stand-up comic.
Department of Energy & Environment (Washington, D.C.)
Taresa Lawrence is the Deputy Director of the Department of Energy & Environment, which is charged with developing energy plans, policies, and programs in the District. Her experience includes the sustainable use of energy in the residential, commercial, and institutional sectors, and she specializes in strategic planning, energy management and analysis, program design and implementation, and evaluation methods. Dr. Lawrence currently oversees a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, including those administered by the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility. She also works on a variety of electric and natural gas utility rate issues, where she assesses the impacts of various rate proposals on the District’s ratepayers. Prior to joining the District in 2008, Dr. Lawrence was a Regulatory Economist at the Public Service Commission of Maryland, and Center Director of the Small Business Development Center at Howard University Center for Urban Progress. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Howard University and a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from University of Manchester, England.
California Energy Commission
Natalie Lee is the deputy director of the California Energy Commission’s Renewable Energy Division, leading the implementation of the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, the Power Source Disclosure Program, New Solar Homes Partnership, and other programs that support the development and use of renewable energy throughout California. Ms. Lee has spent more than 25 years serving in California agencies, developing environmental programs and policy. Before joining the Energy Commission, she worked at the California Air Resources Board, where she served on a team that updated the AB 32 Scoping Plan, as well as a key member overseeing the Cap-and-Trade Auction program. Ms. Lee also worked in a variety of capacities within the California Environmental Protection Agency, leading education and marketing efforts for several programs and serving as a liaison to local governments, other state agencies, and the businesses community. Ms. Lee holds a bachelor of science in environmental policy analysis and planning from the University of California, Davis.
New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
Jeremy joined the New Mexico Energy Office as a Clean Energy Specialist in 2007. Now in 2019, he develops and manages programs and outreach activities engaging renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels and transportation. As coordinator of his state’s energy storage working group, he facilitates the exchange of information, ideas and learning among stakeholders with a broad spectrum of interests. Jeremy Lewis has served as a Transmission Policy Analyst with the non-profit organization Western Resource Advocates to access additional renewable energy resources, as a Peace Corps Volunteer expanding sustainable agriculture in Cameroon, and with AmeriCorps forwarding positive youth development, literacy and conservation in New Mexico. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Studies from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters of Community and Regional Planning degree from the University of New Mexico.
Clean Energy Group
Lewis Milford is President of Clean Energy Group (CEG) and Founder of Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), which is managed by CEG. Prior to founding CEG, Lew was Vice President of Conservation Law Foundation, New England's leading environmental organization, where he directed the Energy Project. Previously, he practiced environmental law at a private firm and as the New York Assistant Attorney General. He is co-author of The Wages of War, a social history chronicling America's treatment of its military veterans. He has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is a graduate of Rutgers College.
Bentham Paulos is the principal of PaulosAnalysis, consulting and writing on clean energy policy, technology, and trends, for clients in the non-profit, media, industry, and philanthropic sectors. He is currently directing the Power Markets Project, looking at the impact of renewable energy on electricity market designs in Germany and the US. He founded and managed America's Power Plan, a policy roadmap for moving to a high renewable energy future. He was a program director with the Energy Foundation from 2000 to 2013, making grants to promote renewable energy, utility efficiency, and advanced biofuels. He previously worked for the Energy Center of Wisconsin, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Abt Associates, and has an MA in Energy Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from Tufts University.
Selya Price (Vice-Chair)
Connecticut Green Bank
Selya Price is a Senior Manager at the Connecticut Green Bank where she has worked since 2010, currently in management of the Residential Solar Investment Program which provides incentives for residential solar PV projects toward a legislative goal of 300 MW. Her prior roles included leadership of the Green Bank’s participation in the U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge to reduce solar PV soft costs, as well as providing support and financing to clean energy start-up companies (through the Green Bank’s predecessor organization). Prior to the Green Bank, Selya was a senior analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory office in Washington, D.C., and has worked in data management and research in the medical field. She holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the City College of New York and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from MIT.
Timothy Tutt (Chair)
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Tim has worked in the energy field for 37 years - 2 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 8 years at Southern California Edison, 19 years at the California Energy Commission, and the last 8 years at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Tim is the Program Manager for State Regulatory Affairs at SMUD, handling interactions between SMUD and California agencies such as the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board. At the Energy Commission, Tim was Technical Director of the Renewable Energy Program and Advisor to Energy Commissioner Jacqueline Pfannenstiel, as well as working in the energy forecasting and energy efficiency areas. Tim graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1979 with a B.S in Social Science.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Ryan Wiser is a Senior Scientist in and Group Leader of the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He leads a research program on renewable electricity systems, including on the costs, benefits, impacts and market potential of renewable electricity sources; on electric grid operations and infrastructure impacts; on public acceptance and deployment barriers; and on the planning, design, and evaluation of renewable energy programs. Ryan has published 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, 20 book chapters, and over 380 other conference papers, magazine articles and research reports. He has been a lead author for two reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; is a founding member of the academic advisory board for the University of San Francisco's Master of Science in Energy Systems Management; represents the United States on a multi-country IEA Wind collaboration on the cost of wind energy; and has given invited testimony to the U.S. Senate. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and holds an MS and PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.