3A : Tuesday, May 9 : 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Valuing Demand-Side Flexibility: Why, Where and How?
As the energy supply shifts increasingly to intermittent renewable generation and distributed resources, demand-side flexibility will be critical to reliable operations. For the market to provide this flexibility, policies and price signals must be developed to incent the deployment of this technology. How much is realistic to expect of demand-side assets? What can utilities do to increase visibility of their system to developers? What price mechanisms need to be implemented to maximize the value to all participants?
Scott Kessler
Director of Business Development, LO3 Energy
Scott is currently the Director of Business Development for LO3 Energy in Brooklyn NY. He previously lived in San Francisco and worked for TRC Energy Services as a consultant, primarily focused on working with PG&E, SMUD, and other west coast utilities to implement energy efficiency programs, integrate renewables, and assess their impact across the grid. Prior to his time in the Bay Area, Scott spent time in NYC working at NYSERDA and Connecticut Light and Power. Throughout his nearly ten years of experience in the energy industry, Scott has combined an engineering background with experience in business and project management to achieve success and energy savings amidst difficult regulatory environments. He received his Bachelor's degree in physics from Middlebury College in Vermont, has a Master's in Engineering from the University of Maryland, and is proud to originally be from New Jersey.
Melissa Lavinson
Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Federal Affairs and Policy, PG&E Corporation
Melissa Lavinson currently serves as the Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Federal Affairs and Policy for PG&E Corporation. As the CSO, Melissa manages and directs a team responsible for PG&E’s sustainability efforts and engagement, along with advising corporate leadership on how best to integrate and align PG&E’s sustainability strategy with its business strategy. She is also responsible for directing the company’s public policies on all federal issues that impact PG&E’s operations and customers. As the Vice President of Federal Affairs and Policy, Lavinson leads a team that engages Congress and the administration on a host of energy, tax and environmental policy issues. In her dual role, she also is responsible for building relationships at the national level with NGOs, trade associations, advocacy organizations, and other key stakeholders. Lavinson joined PG&E in 1997 in government relations and has held an increasing level of responsibilities in the company’s federal affairs office. Her career has included assignments in California and the nation’s capital, both within the utility and the holding company. She has distinguished herself in the industry for her expertise in energy and environmental policy and regulatory oversight. Prior to joining PG&E, Lavinson was a Senior Associate at MRW and Associates, a consulting firm providing financial, economic, environmental and market analysis to competitive energy suppliers, independent power producers, large energy consumers, financial institutions and utilities. Lavinson began her career with ICF Consulting, where she worked in the company's climate change practice for clients such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, World Bank and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Lavinson is on the boards of the Climate Action Reserve, the Women’s Energy Resource Council, the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance, and She Should Run, which promotes women’s representation in public office. Lavinson received her bachelor's degree in economics from Hamilton College.
Professor Alexander Sauer
Executive Director, Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production
Professor Alexander Sauer is the Executive Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP) at the University of Stuttgart, as well as the Head of Efficiency Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA since early 2015. Recently he was further promoted to Head of Division Resource-Efficient Manufacturing at Fraunhofer IPA. Professor Sauer studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration at the RWTH Aachen, where he also got his doctorate and led various national and international research and industrial projects. 2006-2010 he was member of the executive board of Hoerbinger Automotive Komfortsysteme GmbH international for operations of production sites in Germany, the US and Eastern Europe. Prior to his Professorship in Stuttgart, he was professor at HAW Munich, where he led the lab on applied manufacturing engineering. His research focus is on energy and resource efficiency in manufacturing. He is author of numerous publications and active in a number of initiatives and on jurys.
Rick Tempchin
Executive Director, Retail Energy Services, Edison Electric Institute
Rick Tempchin is Executive Director, Retail Energy Services for the Edison Electric Institute. EEI represents the U.S. investor-owned electric industry, which provides safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity for more than 200 million Americans. Tempchin directs the industry’s end-use customer and state regulatory activities, including: energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, customer services and marketing, consumer affairs, large commercial and industrial customer outreach, rate making and rate design, state regulatory advocacy, electric transportation, energy storage, building codes, appliance standards, smart grid, electrification and supplier diversity. Tempchin has written on electricity customer and state regulatory topics and has spoken extensively on these topics to a wide variety of audiences, including federal and state regulatory agencies. Prior to this, Tempchin served as EEI’s Director, Retail Distribution Policy, Director of Electric Transportation and Manager of Demand-Side Management. Before joining EEI, Tempchin served as a senior utility analyst for Synergic Resources Corp. and also as a research analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Maryland and an MBA in energy management from the University of Denver. Tempchin is a founding board member of the Association of Energy Services Professionals, a board alternate of the Alliance to Save Energy, a board alternate for the Electric Drive Transportation Association as well as a member of the Executive Group of the Department of Energy’s State Energy Efficiency Action Network A native Washingtonian, Tempchin has three children and lives in the nation’s capital with his wife, Judy Licht, a writer and photographer.
Ronald Voglewede
Global Sustainability Director, Whirlpool
Ron is responsible for developing and leading the cross category execution plans for energy and sustainability within Whirlpool’s corporate and branded portfolio by creating long term sustainable value. One area of focus is to develop new business opportunities and models to extract value from our existing and future energy and sustainability investments and collaborations. Additionally, Ron is driving change to switch Whirlpool’s external regulatory and competitive approach from being reactive to proactive, developing alternatives with more consumer relevance. Previously, Ron held a role in our global refrigeration team delivering on global project management for all space management, energy, and environmental programs. Ron’s career has led him to work in various aspects of advanced refrigeration technology, water products strategy, laundry development, air conditioning, and cooking manufacturing. Ron began his career at Whirlpool as part of Whirlpool's Technical Excellence Program. Ron is a green belt in Operational Excellence (6 Sigma), Certified Innovation Mentor, and recognized inventor and innovator. He is the holder of 15 US patents and has more than 20 currently pending at the Patent Office in various refrigeration, ice making, filtration, and water product technologies. Ron earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.