3C : Tuesday, May 9 : 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Making Inroads: Are Electrification and Automation the Future of Societal Energy Efficiency?
As the world becomes increasingly connected, automation is making its way into the infrastructure we use to move energy, people and goods, changing the landscape of an energy efficient future. Is automation the most effective and economically feasible pathway to more efficient transportation and mobility? What can be done to ensure that automation leads to energy efficiency gains? What level of automation brings the greatest value to all participants?
Ammi Amarnath
Senior Program Manager, Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Program, Electric Power Research Institute
Ammi Amarnath is the Program Manager of the Energy Efficiency & Demand Response program area at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads a team of engineers and scientists with focus on the development, demonstration and deployment of smart and efficient end-use technologies while ensuring their interoperability with the electric grid. Some of the technologies demonstrated include: advanced space conditioning and lighting systems for residential and commercial buildings, next-generation heat pump water heaters, high performance/low energy buildings, advanced end-use smart and demand responsive technologies that integrate with the smart grid, industrial process efficiency improvements, and advances in motor and drive technologies. He also manages activities focused on the development of advanced analytical techniques, such as energy meter data disaggregation, energy efficiency potential studies, and the impact of energy efficiency on emissions, so as to make energy efficiency and demand response programs successful across the U.S. and around the world. Amarnath rejoined EPRI in 2007 as a team member of the Energy Efficiency Initiative. He previously ran a consulting firm providing technical and business consulting services to energy efficiency and clean tech companies. Before this, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Advanced Material Sciences, Inc., where he managed the development of a fuel cell business. In his prior tenure at EPRI, Amarnath was a Senior Project Manager within the Industrial and Distributed Generation programs. His activities included the demonstration of new industrial technologies, and development & deployment of fuel cell and other distributed generation technologies. Amarnath received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering from India and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston.
Thomas Ashley
Senior Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Greenlots
Tom Ashley, Senior Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy at Greenlots, leads the company's regulatory and policy work and supports efforts to expand connectivity between electric vehicles and the grid. Tom is also working to grow EV equity through stakeholder partnerships, and exploring synergies in the fleet and car/ride sharing space. Tom has extensive experience in clean energy and transportation policy and planning. Prior to joining Greenlots, he served as the Director of Utility and Regulatory Affairs at PlugShare, where he focused on the policy frameworks necessary for vehicle-grid integration, and has consulted for the Electric Drive Transportation Association. He has also worked for numerous government bodies, including the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, the Office of Energy & Environmental Industries of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, the Vermont Department of Public Service's Energy Efficiency Division, and the California Public Utilities Commission. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts - Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.
Bruce Edelston
Vice President, Energy Policy, Southern Company Services
Bruce Edelston was appointed vice president, energy policy with Atlanta-based energy provider Southern Company in March 2016. In this position he is responsible for helping the company develop and coordinate a response to policy issues across its various operating companies and subsidiaries and for supporting state and federal policy efforts. Prior to rejoining Southern Company, Edelston was president of the Energy Policy Group, a consulting firm he founded to provide technical and policy advice on current strategic issues to utilities, law firms, energy companies and government agencies. While at the Energy Policy Group, Edelston also served as executive director of the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy and as president of the Electric Markets Research Foundation. Prior to founding the Energy Policy Group, Edelston held previous positions at Southern Company, with his last role being director of energy policy. At Southern Company and subsidiary Georgia Power, Edelston had responsibilities for developing corporate policy positions on industry structure and environmental issues and responding to federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives. Before then, he held several positions at the Edison Electric Institute, where he was involved in legislative and regulatory initiatives involving transmission access, industry structure, markets and state regulatory policy. He also has prior experience with Charles River Associates (CRA) International and the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He holds a B.S. degree in electric engineering/engineering and public policy and an M.S. degree in urban and public affairs, both from Carnegie Mellon University.
Roland Hwang
Director, Energy & Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Roland Hwang directs the Natural Resources Defense Council's Energy and Transportation Program and is based in their San Francisco, California office. Mr. Hwang joined NRDC in 2000 after working for seven years at the Union of Concerned Scientists where he directed their Transportation Program. Mr. Hwang is an expert on clean vehicle and fuels technologies and policies and is the author or contributing author of eleven NRDC reports analyzing clean energy technologies and policies. Mr. Hwang serves or has served on numerous advisory panels and committees, most recently for the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Fuel Economy, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Barriers to Electric Vehicle Deployment and the U.S. EPA Mobile Source Technical Review Subcommittee. Mr. Hwang was also part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Hwang brings to NRDC experience in energy demand forecasting and air pollution regulation. Previously, he has worked for the United States Department of Energy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). At LBNL, he developed computer models to forecast energy demand in the U.S. residential and industrial sectors. At CARB, Mr. Hwang was involved in the permitting process for hazardous waste incinerators and developed procedures to assist air districts in evaluating toxic air emissions from landfills. Mr. Hwang received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 and his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering (specializing in Combustion Engineering) in 1988, both from the University of California at Davis. He also received a Masters in Public Policy in 1992 from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.
Dan Turton
Vice President, Public Policy , GM North America
Dan Turton joined GM as Vice President, Federal and Administrative Affairs in 2015 and was named GM North America Vice President, Public Policy earlier this year. Turton is responsible for GM’s North American policy strategy. Turton joined GM from Entergy, where he most recently served as Vice President of Federal Governmental Affairs and head of its Washington office. At Entergy, he was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s engagement strategies with elected officials and key policymakers. Previously, he worked in the White House office of Legislative Affairs where he managed the President’s House Legislative Affairs team and all legislative efforts and Administration actions that impacted the priorities of the President and his Administration as related to the House of Representatives. Turton has more than 25 years of experience in government affairs, including over 15 years working on Capitol Hill, and has proven to be a leader in this arena. Turton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.