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
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.
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.