Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Andrew Belden is the Renewable Energy Generation Senior Director at the MassCEC where he oversees the agency's portfolio of clean energy incentive programs. He joined MassCEC in 2015 as Solar Programs Director where he led the organization's solar market development and engagement initiatives including the $30 million Mass Solar Loan Program. Prior to working at MassCEC, Andrew spent six years at Meister Consultants Group, working with state policy makers and regulators on renewable energy incentive programs across the United States. This work included advanced policy and program designs for clients such as the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the City of Boston, and the U.S. Department of Energy.
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
Janet Joseph is the Vice President for Innovation and Strategy at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Janet oversees research and market development programs, focused on catalyzing partnerships to increase innovation and investment in clean energy in New York. Ms. Joseph has held technical, policy and leadership positions at NYSERDA over the past 24 years. She has spearheaded initiatives to develop renewable power in New York, build a cleantech start up industry, and identify greenhouse gas reduction strategies that provide benefits for New Yorkers. Prior to joining NYSERDA, Janet was a research scientist at Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory. Janet has also worked as an environmental consultant for Booz-Allen and Hamilton in Washington, D.C. Janet has a Master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Maryland.
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.
New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
Jeremy Lewis is the Bureau Chief of Program Development and Outreach at the New Mexico Energy Conservation and Management Division, where his responsibilities include developing and managing programs in renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative transportation. He chairs the New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Working Group as well as the Albuquerque Public Schools’ Water & Energy Conservation Committee. Jeremy has served as a Transmission Policy Analyst with Western Resource Advocates, as a Peace Corps Volunteer expanding sustainable agriculture in Central Africa, and as an AmeriCorps Volunteer enhancing positive youth development, literacy and conservation programs in Northern New Mexico. He earned a B.S. 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 (Secretary)
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.
Courtney Prideaux Smith
California Energy Commission
Courtney Prideaux Smith is the Deputy Director of the Renewables Energy Division at the California Energy Commission. In this capacity, she leads a team implementing California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, renewable energy incentive programs, and other activities aimed at achieving California’s ambitious renewable energy and climate goals. Previously, she served as Advisor and Chief of Staff to Commissioner Janea A. Scott at the California Energy Commission. She also worked at the California Air Resources Board in a number of capacities, including serving as a contributing author to California’s AB 32 Scoping Plan Update. Prior to that, she worked for the San Francisco Department of Public Health to understand and improve the health impacts of climate change. Ms. Smith holds a Master of Science in Environmental Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Timothy Tutt (President)
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 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ryan leads research on the planning, design, and evaluation of renewable energy policies; on the costs, benefits, and market potential of renewable electricity; on electric grid operations and infrastructure impacts; and on public acceptance and deployment barriers. He regularly advises state and federal agencies on issues related to renewable energy; is an advisor to the Energy Foundation's China Program; and is on the Corporate Advisory Board of Mineral Acquisition Partners. Ryan has been a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and his work has received awards from the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group, the American Real Estate Society, the Wind Powering America Program, Institutional Investor News, and the American Wind Energy Society. Ryan holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.