4C : Tuesday, May 9 : 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Spanning Sectors: Can Energy Service Performance Contracts Expand Beyond Buildings?
As the effectiveness and popularity of ESPCs within the public and private sectors have allowed for significant energy efficiency improvements in buildings, there has been an emerging trend to expand their application. From multi-building projects to water infrastructure to mobile applications, are ESPCs effective outside of single building projects? What sectors are experiencing ESPC growth? What are the barriers to expanding performance contracting to these sectors?
Miranda Ballentine
Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Air Force
Miranda Ballentine has a track record of intra-preneurship in the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors, and across multiple fields, including energy, sustainability, construction and facilities, finance, and retail. She brings two decades’ experience leading high-performing, global and community-based teams, both vertically and in matrixed environments. She is known for her ability to balance analytics and intuition to solve complex problems. Most recently appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, and Energy), a 4-star civilian equivalent position, Ms. Ballentine was an integral member of the Air Force’s top executive team, alongside the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force’s 4-star Generals. As a member of the c-suite of this $120 Billion organization, Ms. Ballentine was responsible for the oversight, formulation, and execution of plans, policies, programs, and budgets for: 170 Air Force installations. a $9 billion annual energy budget. a $4.5 billion annual construction budget. environmental conservation, restoration & compliance programs for nine million acres of land, 200 miles of coast line, 600,000 acres of forestland, and 270,000 acres of wetlands. safety & occupational health for 660,000 employees. and program execution by 50,000 engineers around the world. Under her leadership as the Air Force’s most senior energy official, the Air Force scaled energy resiliency and created a new Office of Energy Assurance, to make mission-assurance a central tenant of every energy project. She launched the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative (REDI), which developed and oversaw designs for smart, cyber-secure microgrids, including a “Future Forward Operating Base.” She provided war-fighting Commanders, for the first time, with visibility to strategic risk-to-mission from kinetic and cyber-attacks to the power grid, Air Force energy assets, and industrial control systems. She oversaw energy policies for the nation’s largest fleet of aircraft, facilitating efficiencies worth $1.2 Billion in savings. Ms. Ballentine garnered the trust and respect of top Air Force Generals and was awarded the Air Force’s top citation for civilian leadership. Prior to the Air Force, Ms. Ballentine served as the Director of Sustainability for Global Renewable Energy & Sustainable Facilities at Walmart Stores, Inc. In this role, she led a team of 60+ colleagues from fifteen countries to develop strategies toward Walmart’s goal to be supplied by 100% renewable energy. These programs identified over $1 billion in potential annual energy savings and 9 million metric ton of avoided GHG potential. Ms. Ballentine served as a relationship architect, successfully building dozens of NGO partnerships to minimize negative publicfacing campaigns and capitalize on NGOs expertise. Prior to the Air Force and Walmart, Ms. Ballentine was the Vice President of Investor Analysis and Chief Operating Officer at David Gardiner & Associates where she informed multi-million-dollar investment decisions by analyzing companies’ off-balance sheet risks and opportunities. She has provided climate change, environmental, and sustainability strategies to Fortune 500 corporations, institutional investors, socially responsible investors, and environmental groups. Ms. Ballentine is also a passionate and articulate public speaker, with experience across: media, conferences, motivational talks, and classrooms. Ms. Ballentine holds a Bachelors of Science in Neuro-Psychology from Colorado State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and a Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University, where she finished in the top 5% of her class. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Roger Ballentine, and her daughter and step-daughter.
Jeff Eckel
President & CEO, Hannon Armstrong
Mr. Eckel serves as president & chief executive officer, as chairman of the board of directors and as a member of the Investment Committee for Hannon Armstrong. He has led Hannon Armstrong in the role of president and CEO since 2000 and was also with the firm from 1985 to 1989. Previously, he held senior executive positions as Chief Executive Officer of EnergyWorks, LLC and Wärtsilä Power Development. He serves on a variety of industry-related boards including the Alliance to Save Energy and the Maryland Clean Energy Center and serves as a member of the Johns Hopkins Environmental, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute’s advisory council. Mr. Eckel has over 30 years of experience in structuring, executing and operating energy and infrastructure investments. Mr. Eckel received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in 1980 and a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, in 1981.
Dr. Satish Kumar
Executive Chairman, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy
Dr. Satish Kumar is the Executive Chair of the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy and a Senior Advisor to US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prior to this, he was the Vice President and Energy Efficiency Ambassador at Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd. where he held various leadership positions including being part of the India Management Council. He has a B. Arch from IIT Roorkee, a Ph.D. in Building Science from Carnegie Mellon University and was part of Schneider Electric’s Executive Leadership Program at University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He serves as a senior energy efficiency advisor to Niti Aayog, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Bureau of Indian Standards, Department of Science and Technology etc. He chairs DST’s Initiative To Promote Habitat Energy Efficiency (I-PHEE) Evaluation Committee and enhancing the capacity of academic and R&D institutes in India. In his 25 years of professional career, he has co-founded and led India’s premier energy efficiency organisation, AEEE, led USAID-funded bilateral technical assistance programs on building energy efficiency, worked as a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, co-founded, led and served on the boards of many non-profit organizations (e.g. Efficiency Valuation Organization - IPMVP, Global Building Performance Network, and Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy) in the USA, Europe, and India. He received the LEED Fellow status from the USGBC in 2014 and was recognized as one of the Sustainability Trailblazers in 2013 by Parivartan Awards. He has given more than 250 keynote, TV appearances, conference presentations and guest lectures at leading architecture, engineering and business schools (e.g. Carnegie Mellon University, Technical University of Vienna, Oxford Brookes University, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, Indian School of Business, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, CEPT University, IIIT Hyderabad). His professional credentials are available on his Linkedin page at: http://in.linkedin.com/in/satish1992 and he has a twitter handle of SatishEE.
Mark McDonough
Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, American Water
Mr. McDonough currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for American Water. He originally joined American Water’s Enterprises Group (AWEG) in June 2005, where he served primarily as lead counsel for the Military Services Group working on AWEG’s Utility Privatization program. Mr. McDonough has also worked extensively with AWEG’s Contract Service Group. In 2014, he was made Vice President and General Counsel of AWEG. As the industry leader in water and waste water utilities privatization, Mr. McDonough has represented AWEG in numerous contract negotiations with the Army, Air Force and Navy. He has also been deeply involved in policy issues impacting utilities privatization, concessions and O&M contracting. Prior to joining American Water, Mr. McDonough was in private practice in both New Jersey and Maine. Prior to graduating from law school, Mr. McDonough was employed as a Special Agent with the United States Government, serving in the Office of Inspector General and the United States Department of Energy, The National Passenger Railroad Corporation and the United States General Services Administration. He is admitted to practice law in Maine and New Jersey. He has practiced before the United States District Court for the District of Maine, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Mr. McDonough received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware in 1987, his Master of Science in Justice from the American University in 1990 and his Juris Doctor from George Mason University in 1996.
Franz Wuerfmannsdobler
Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE)
Franz Wuerfmannsdobler serves as the senior policy advisor for U.S. Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) and joined the office in March 2011. His portfolio includes energy, science, technology, innovation and appropriations. Between 2007-2011, he served as a professional staff member on the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee as well as the Senior Energy Policy Advisor to Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND). From 1998 to 2006, he was a legislative assistant for Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) where he handled energy, environment, climate change, and natural resource issues. Franz has been engaged in important elements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. His role included promoting reformed fuel economy, renewable fuels, energy efficiency, advanced clean coal, oil and gas production, and international clean energy deployment. Prior to his Senate tenure, he worked in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Franz has a MSc. in Environmental Management and Policy from Oxford University and a B.A. in cultural studies and history from the University of Denver.