SPEAKERS

MORNING WORKSHOPS I

SESSION 1 • GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR RESIDENTS

Jocelyn Robarge

Nest

 

Jocelyn Robarge is the Business Development Manager at Nest Labs for the Nest Pro Channel. Jocelyn focuses on growing partnerships with professional installers and distribution partners across the Northeast Region to support Nest's mission: "To create a home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it."

Aileen Currier

Jasmine Universe

 

Aileen Currier joined Jasmine Universe in the summer of 2017 as Director of Market Strategy, where she leads the company’s overall market development initiatives. Ms. Currier brings deep technical, policy, and market expertise spanning the energy industry value chain. Prior to Jasmine, Ms. Currier was a Senior Consultant with DNV GL’s Retail Energy Markets Advisory Service, where she provided detailed insights, analyses and customized consulting on competitive retail energy markets to C-level executives across the energy industry.

 

Prior to her time with DNV GL, Ms. Currier served as an Expert Witness in the Office of Administration Litigation at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). At the FERC, she represented the Commission in hearings on regulatory economics and policy concerning the oil pipeline and electric utility industries. Prior to her time at FERC, Ms. Currier worked with the Power Systems Group at Sandia National Laboratories, evaluating market and regulatory barriers to emerging technologies, such as microgrid and energy storage resources.

SESSION 2 • GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR BUSINESSES

Evelyn Dean

PSEG Long Island

 

Evelyn Dean has worked in the energy efficiency field for a year and a half. She started her energy efficiency journey working in the field as an inspector and is currently working on the Program Design Team for PSEG Long Island. Evelyn has earned the LEED Green Associate credential and looks forward to continuing to grow in this exciting field.

Travis Mitchell

PSEG Long Island

 

Travis Mitchell is currently a Program Design Analyst at Lockheed Martin supporting PSEG Long Island’s energy efficiency programs. With a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design, Travis utilizes his product development expertise and project management experience to carry program changes from inception to launch, extrapolating information from previous program performance that will drive future decisions and identify opportunities for process improvement.

KEVIN HALE

NYSERDA

 

Kevin Hale has more than 20 years of experience in the energy field with noted accomplishments in project finance, energy efficiency, renewable energy, emissions markets and corporate strategy.  Kevin currently serves as the Director of Utility Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), where he works collaboratively with NY’s utilities to develop and advance strategies that support the state’s energy goals under Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).

 

Kevin joined NYSERDA in 2005 with responsibilities in the design and execution of New York’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and New York Green Bank.  Prior to his current position, Kevin served as NYSERDA’s Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning leading a comprehensive planning initiative that served as the foundation for NYSERDA’s 10-year, $5 billion Clean Energy Fund.

 

Before joining NYSERDA, Kevin held senior business development positions with Enron Energy Services and Johnson Controls working with public sector, industrial and commercial customers to develop energy supply, risk management and performance contracting solutions.

 

Kevin holds an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany and a BS in Business Management from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

SESSION 3 • THE COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE

GEORGE FORD

Direct Energy Solar

 

Mr. Ford, Director of Business Development for the Northeast region, brings nearly 10 years of expertise and a proven track record in building Solar systems along the Northeast corridor. Prior to joining Direct Energy Business, Mr. Ford was Director of Business Development at SSI and ESI Solar.

 

Mr. Ford has been actively involved in helping shape and devise the funding programs for renewable energy assets within New York State and is excited about the future of distributed energy resources. Mr. Ford has built long-standing relationships with his customers throughout the PSEG Long Island territory and submitted one of the first projects to be accepted into the NYSERDA MW Block Program. His family purchased and owns a commercial solar system (under NYSERDA PON 2112) on their building in Port Chester, NY.

Howard E. Rosen

EnerG-Rudox

 

Since Mr. Rosen began his career in the field of Combined Heat and Power development in 2012, he has led the strategic advancement of over 4 MW’s of micro-cogeneration in sectors that include hotels, hospitals, residential multi-family hi-rise and manufacturing facilities.  Howards entrepreneurial, customer friendly and uniquely simplified educational approach to CHP sales, has awarded him with an industry history of exceeding ambitious goals and customer satisfaction.

 

Prior to joining Direct Energy Business, Howard spent five years building a channel to market for Capstone Turbine Distributor RSP Systems as Director of Business Development. He has been invited to speak in Washington on behalf of the “CHP Association” with regard to current challenges, incentives and opportunities for CHP project development and was appointed “Advisory Council to Buildings NY.” Howard is also an active member of Urban Green Council and the Northeast Clean Heat and Power Initiative.

Jason Stout

Panoramic Power

 

Jason Stout is the East Regional Sales Manager for Panoramic Power.  Founded in 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Panoramic Power offers the most practical way to monitor real-time energy usage at the asset level and is used by retailers, industrials, hospitals and municipalities to identify waste energy consumption and improve building operations.  Today, thousands of buildings employ Panoramic Power wireless, self-powered sensors to measure 50,000 assets globally.  In 2015, Centrica, PLC, holding company of Direct Energy, acquired Panoramic Power to offer this capability to its customers.

Matt Wheatley

Direct Energy Business

 

Matthew Wheatley is Vice President of Sales and Commercial for Direct Energy Business’ new Distributed Energy Division in North America. Part of a global business unit, the team is investing over $1 billion to help large energy users through the build-out of distributed energy solutions as part of a more flexible energy landscape that includes renewables and green tech. The team is working with customers to transform the grid with technologies which combine to ensure the greatest customer control. Matthew has been within the Centrica Plc group (Direct Energy’s Global 500 parent) for 9 years, and has extensive experience in energy, mergers and acquisitions with previous employers including Grant Thornton and ExxonMobil. Matt brings a valuable perspective on distributed energy and power projects as these technologies are evolving. This includes experience on how device level insights from new technologies can drive greater efficiencies, and on private and public participations on microgrids, distributed energy and the formation of local energy markets. Matthew is a British ex-pat, chartered accountant and business graduate. He is an avid “soccer” fan and tryingly supports his beloved Tottenham Hotspur FC when not spending time with his wife and young son.

SESSION 4 • SERVING UNIQUE SMALL BUSINESS NEEDS

Jimmy Carchietta

The Cotocon Group

 

Jimmy Carchietta’s strong passion for green and energy-efficient buildings is rooted in his love and devotion for his family and his 25 years plus of experience in large-scale contracting. As an infant, Carchietta’s eldest son survived a rare cancer that was attributed to environmental contamination on Long Island. This crisis radicalized Carchietta’s consciousness and put him on the path to creating the Cotocon Group. He saw his sense of responsibility for the environment extending to the world all our children will inherit. He clearly saw what he, with his practical, real-world building experience, could accomplish in greening the built environment.

Carchietta began his direct work with green building technology in 1995 when, as owner, he built one of the first solid waste management facilities on Long Island. This DEC-approved concrete recycling facility processed nearly 2,000 tons of waste a day. Carchietta’s concrete recycling facility led to other large-scale environmental projects, such as the construction of a wastewater treatment facility for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and an iron removal facility for the Long Island Water Authority.

 

Carchietta is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the USGBC - Long Island Chapter and NYCs Urban Green Council, the NYC chapter of the USGBC. He is a member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA).

 

Jimmy Carchietta is also active in philanthropic efforts for charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, A Mother’s Kiss (Children’s Cancer Charity), Schneider’s Children’s Hospital, the Michael Anthony Foundation and the Starlight Foundation. He is proud to have personally provided rescue and recovery services at the Ground Zero disaster site in 2001.

Alex Douris

PSEG Long Island

 

Alex Douris has worked in the energy efficiency field as a lighting sales consultant for over five years. He is currently the Manager of the Small to Medium Business Outreach Team at PSEG Long Island. He has a Master’s Degree in Energy Management from New York Institute of Technology.

Francis N. Fragola

Collaborative Energy Group

 

Francis N. Fragola is an expert in providing energy solutions to corporations that result in environmental and operational excellence.  His 25+ years of expertise in operational management, strategic planning and technology development focused on energy utilization has resulted in the efficiency and financial performance for leading companies.

 

His proven results have ensured the highest return on investment for companies in key sectors including Energy Services, Government Agencies, Non-Profit Organizations, Insurance Companies, Commercial / Industrial, Academic and Healthcare Institutions.

 

Mr. Fragola is the founder of the Collaborative Energy Group Inc., a commercial, industrial and residential Energy Efficiency and Sustainability consulting firm working with the ENERGY STAR® program of the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, NYSERDA, PSEG-LI and the US Green Buildings Council.  His role, among other things, is to distinguish customers as environmental leaders.

 

CEG has delivered many utility and governmental efficiency programs to commercial building owners and tenants in the Northeast United States.

SESSION 5 • RESIDENTIAL SERVICES: TAPPING A COMPETITIVE, YET LUCRATIVE MARKET

Steve Wagner

PSEG Long Island

 

Steve is highly experienced in residential energy efficiency, bringing more than a decade of building science and related industry experience to Lockheed Martin. Since 2011, Steve has been providing operations and account management for the PSEG Long Island Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program. Steve ensures accurate, timely reporting of program progress to monitor and influence savings goals. He helps build program infrastructure through recruiting and training weatherization contractors, resulting in increased program capacity and achievement of program production and savings goals. He supports program innovation, identifying and implementing new procedures and program designs to increase production and savings through algorithm reviews, software testing and interfacing with trade allies. Steve ensures that all program partners are properly enrolled and equipped to participate by regularly providing program updates and guidelines, training opportunities, incentive adjustments, and individual support.  Current certifications include BPI Building Analyst, BPI Envelope, BPI Heating, and DOE Home Energy Score Qualified Assessor.

Brian Haggerty

PSEG Long Island

 

Brian Haggerty is currently a Field Engineer/Inspector/Technical Field Representative for Lockheed Martin with vast experience in residential energy efficiency and residential construction. He provides QA/QC, implementation and training services for the PSEG Long Island Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®  program, as well as inspection, training and implementation assistance for the PSEG Long Island Home Performance Direct Install (HPDI), Residential Energy Affordability Partnership (REAP) and Cool Homes programs. He provides advanced technical guidance to contractors/partners on addressing program and residential construction needs or issues and supports or assists contractors in addressing complex issues onsite in customer homes. He conducts most complex, diagnostic inspections to verify that the energy efficiency measures or equipment have been installed to program quality standards and develops training programs and materials for new initiatives and industry developments   Brian was instrumental in the development of Lockheed Martin becoming a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Test Center and has been a BPI Proctor since 2012. He has been a Home Energy Score Assessor and Partner representative since 2012.

MORNING WORKSHOPS II

SESSION 1 • GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR RESIDENTS

Thomas Degnan

Leviton

 

Tom Degnan started with a degree in Marketing from Syracuse University.  He has since gone on to successfully market everything from consumer electronics to wiring devices in a career that has spanned over twenty years.  Currently, Tom works in Leviton’s Corporate Marketing Department where he develops marketing programs for electrical contractors.

 

Combining a fast-paced presentation style with his extensive real-world electrical experience, Tom quickly enables his audience to walk away with an understanding of Smart Home options, how they install, and how to incorporate those options into their service offerings.

 

Leviton is the industry leader in electrical wiring devices and has been in business for over 110 years.  In addition to electrical apparatus, Leviton also offers training and other value-added programs for electrical professionals.  For more information visit Leviton.com

SESSION 2 • GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR BUSINESSES

Paul Wyman

Lockheed Martin

 

Since 2009, Mr. Wyman has led Lockheed Martin's Smart Grid Solutions Line of Business.  Under his leadership, he has brought to market Lockheed Martin's Smart Energy Enterprise Suite (SEEsuite) Smart Grid Command & Control products and services that provide an integration framework of smart grid applications and integration services focused on the efficient and effective use of energy on the power distribution network and customer side of the meter.  These Smart Grid Command & Control applications and integration services include Conservation Voltage Regulation, Demand Response/Load Management and Enterprise Energy Management.

 

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Wyman served in a number of executive leadership roles with various commercial start-up companies most notably as the Vice President Sales & Marketing for Cayenta, Inc., where Mr. Wyman grew Cayenta’s revenues 30% each year for three consecutive years prior to its sale to Harris Computer.  Mr. Wyman was responsible for all Sales, Marketing and Product Management for Cayenta’s software suite of products that consisted of enterprise billing and financial software for the municipal and cooperative utilities sector.

 

Prior to Cayenta, Mr. Wyman joined Raytheon in 1987 as a Mechanical Design Engineer in Raytheon’s Mechanical System Engineering Lab.  During his 13-year career with Raytheon, Mr. Wyman held ever increasing roles of responsibility including assignments internationally, as well as Corporate Headquarters, until rejoining the operating business as Director, Secure Identification Programs, providing security documents to civil, government and international customers.

 

Mr. Wyman has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in technology, software and engineering. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Scott Kessler

LO3 Energy

 

Scott Kessler 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 decade 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 and has a Master's in Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Bob Foxen

Global Common

 

Mr. Foxen has over 30 years of experience in the energy and environmental fields. He is currently managing microgrid projects for Freeport, NY and Cape May, NJ and previously managed microgrid feasibility studies for Southampton, Greenport and Port Jefferson.

 

He previously developed, owned and operated a variety of energy projects, including a 54-MW peaking plant in Greenport, NY; two, 12.5-MW biomass fired power plants in California; a 500-kW anaerobic digester/cogeneration project at a dairy farm in New York; and a 150,000-ton per year wood pellet plant in Georgia.  He previously co-founded and was CEO of ERM-New England, Inc., a leading environmental consulting company for Fortune 500 Companies.

 

Mr. Foxen has a Bachelor of Science from Villanova University and a Master of Engineering from Manhattan College. He also completed the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School.  He is a registered professional engineer and Certified Energy Manager, and a Technical Assistance Partner with PSEG Long Island.

SESSION 3 • THE COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE

CHRIS LYNCH

Island International

 

Christopher Lynch is the Director of Operations for the Island Companies located in Calverton, Long Island, in New York.  Chris has more than 25 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of operations and is now directing Island’s over 500 highly-skilled tradesmen, field personnel, and business support teams.  Chris oversees every aspect of the more than 340,000 square feet of multiple manufacturing facilities, 43 acres of building and land management, product storage, production lines, and field installations.  As a member of senior management, Chris researches and decides which programs to implement to maximize production efficiencies, realize energy and utility cost savings, upgrade equipment, and develop new machinery lines.  Chris also manages Island’s specialized fleet of cranes, trailers, field equipment, and all aspects of transportation and delivery of its mega-ton panels.  As an integral part of Island’s management team, Chris is often in the role of liaison between engineering and production turning ideas into reality.

Steven Engelmann

EnterSolar

 

Steven Engelmann is a Solar Development Director at EnterSolar, a national solar solution provider to the commercial marketplace. With 15 years of experience working on mid to large-scale corporate and industrial projects, Steven utilizes his extensive engineering and installation experience to maximize the return on investment for his clients’ solar projects. He focuses specifically on Long Island and the greater New York area, with expertise in the ever-changing solar incentives and financing programs. Steven holds national certifications with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and the Sustainable Building Adviser program.

Craig MedeIros

Aegis Energy Services

 

Craig Medeiros is a CHP specialist at Aegis Energy Services, an innovative combined heat and power (CHP) company based in Holyoke, Mass. In this role, he helps customers go green and save green using Aegis Energy cogeneration systems to increase efficiency, typically reducing their electric and heating costs by up to 50 percent. Craig has a Bachelor of Science degree from Westfield State University and lives with his wife and twin daughter and son in Monson.

SESSION 4 • SERVING SMALL BUSINESS NEEDS

Joe Rocco

Applied Energy Group

 

Mr. Rocco has been involved in a variety of consulting engagements for electric and gas utilities providing technical and economic analysis as well as program planning, design and implementation services for more than 25 years. He is certified as an Energy Manager (CEM) and Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP) from the Association of Energy Engineers and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Mr. Rocco’s professional experience has included work with utilities across the country and internationally including work in Canada, Thailand and Bermuda.

 

Much of his work has focused on working with building owners and their design teams to develop energy efficiency projects. He has been responsible for the development of green building incentives, energy services and other innovative strategies that are successfully employed by utilities for their residential and commercial customers. He maintains responsibility for the design and development of many energy efficiency and demand response programs for AEG’s clients including those for PSEG Long Island.  Mr. Rocco currently heads AEG’s South Fork Peak Savers program.

 

Mr. Rocco earned a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. He has attended numerous professional development workshops and has attended and presented at local and national conferences focused on energy efficiency programs. Mr. Rocco is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie School of Human Relations and a member of the local chapters of the AIA, ASHRAE, USGBC and IESNA.

Michael LiPetri

PSEG Long Island

 

Michael LiPetri has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry with both gas and electric energy efficiency programs. He has held leadership positions in the Sales, Marketing, Account Management, and Energy Efficiency areas for KeySpan Energy, National Grid and PSEG Long Island. He was Program Manager for PSEG Long Island’s Commercial Energy Efficiency program and is now managing several REV initiatives, including REV related RFPs, Direct Load Control and Demand Response tariff programs for PSEG Long Island.

 

He holds a BS degree in Petroleum Geology from Hofstra University and a MS degree in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology.

SESSION 5 • RESIDENTIAL SERVICES: TAPPING A COMPETITIVE, YET LUCRATIVE MARKET

RICK NORTZ

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating

 

Rick Nortz has been with Mitsubishi Electric for eight years, working with contractors to help them grow their ductless business.  In the last three years, his primary focus has been to work with utilities in the Northeast on their energy efficiency programs.  His goal is to help in the development of programs and the promotion to contractors.  Prior to Mitsubishi Electric, Rick worked for an HVAC contractor as an In-Home Comfort Consultant.  In that time, Rick was able to build a niche for his company for only selling high efficiency equipment that qualified for rebates.

Donovan Gordon

NYSERDA

 

Donovan Gordon is Director of Renewable Heating & Cooling for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He leads New York State’s efforts to develop markets that support clean, high-efficiency, renewable thermal systems, including solar cooling, heating and hot water, air and ground source heat pumps, and biomass heating systems. He is charged with conceptualizing, driving and implementing a portfolio of products to encourage and enable customers and partners to invest in low-carbon/renewable cooling and heating systems and also with advancing New York's progress toward self-sustained markets.

 

Donovan is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited Green Associate, and an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) accredited Geothermal Installer. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Francis College and a Master’s in Business Administration from NYU, Stern School of Business.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

SESSION 1 • GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR RESIDENTS

Michael Alfano

Yanmar

 

Michael Alfano is a Sales Application Engineer for YANMAR America’s Energy Systems division. In this role, Michael is primarily focused on promoting and selling YANMAR’s Combined Heat and Power systems in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining YANMAR, Michael spent 14 years with a YANMAR distributor where he gained valuable experience on YANMAR’s diesel engines, CHP systems, parts and service operations.

Tara Bono

SunPower by EmPower Solar

 

Tara Bono is the Marketing Manage at EmPower Solar, a leading solar design, engineering and installation company. Tara enjoys educating others about the environmental and economic benefits of going solar and sharing reasons to make the switch.

 

Tara earned her BA in Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook and her MPA at CUNY Baruch, both with a focus on environmental studies. She is also a “Semester at Sea” alumni, where she completed part of her degree while traveling at sea through several different global ports. In 2011, she was one of the U.S. Climate Change Professional Fellows for the Australia cohort, where she worked with Australian researchers, industries and advocates dealing with energy and climate issues.

 

Prior to joining the EmPower team, Tara was the Long Island Program Coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, where she organized educational and advocacy campaigns on various environmental issues on Long Island. She also spent three years as a “Young Island” blogger for Long Island Business News. She is active in various professional and environmental organizations, including Citizens Climate Lobby and the USGBC.

SESSION 2 • GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR BUSINESSES

Regina Montalbano

Lockheed Martin

 

Regina is a Technical Services Manager for Lockheed Martin Energy. She is well versed in the implementation of utility energy efficiency and demand response incentive programs including energy audits, data collection, system analysis, energy savings calculations, incentive application/project development, data analytics, program budgeting/forecasting and program strategy development. Her current role involves assisting with the development of Lockheed Martin’s GridStar™ Lithium-Ion energy storage technology and providing application and implementation support to internal stakeholders.

 

She has co-authored and published four technical papers related to energy efficiency and has presented her work at various industry conferences. Regina is a registered professional engineer in the states of Maryland and California and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University. She has also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. Her interdisciplinary educational background and work experience reflect her ability to work across multiple business functions within varying roles to drive strategies and tasks to completion.

Gordian Raacke

Renewable Energy Long Island

 

Gordian Raacke is Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long Island, a not-for-profit organization working to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy systems. He works with municipal government, regional electric utilities, and the private sector to advance renewable energy initiatives. With a 25-year track record on regional energy issues, Mr. Raacke is regarded as a trusted expert by the regional media and elected officials.

 

Gordian is a founding member of the Long Island offshore wind coalition, helped build the solar markets on Long Island, and was trained by Vice President Al Gore to present as a Climate Reality Leader. In 2011, he led an initiative to study a 100% renewable electricity future for the region. He served as Chair of the Energy Sustainability Committee of the Town of East Hampton and serves on the Town of Southampton Sustainability Committee, helping to formulate and implement the community-wide 100% renewable energy goals.

 

Mr. Raacke holds a degree in Civil Engineering and lives in his energy-efficient solar-powered home in East Hampton, NY.

Jossi Fritz-Mauer

PSEG Long Isand

 

Jossi Fritz-Mauer is a Senior Program Support Analyst for PSEG Long Island.  In this role, Jossi is responsible for supporting existing solar PV, energy storage and electric vehicle programs. and helping to develop new customer-sited and community-based renewable energy offerings.  Prior to his current role, Jossi was Executive Director for eight years at a nonprofit cooperative that offered costs savings and locally-sourced renewable energy to over 7,000 consumers.  Jossi holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Haverford College and has a patent related to renewable energy certificates.

SESSION 3 • THE COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE

Benjamin M. Locke

Tecogen

 

Benjamin M. Locke was named Co-Chief Executive Officer in October, 2014.  Mr. Locke joined Tecogen in June, 2013 as the Director of Corporate Strategy and was promoted to General Manager prior to his appointment as Co-CEO.  Previously, he was the Director of Business Development and Government Affairs at Metabolix, responsible for developing and executing plans for partnerships, joint ventures, acquisitions, and other strategic arrangements for commercializing profitable clean energy technologies. Prior to joining Metabolix in 2001, he was Vice President of Research at Innovative Imaging Systems (IISI), a high-technology R&D company. At IISI, Mr. Locke drove the development and implementation of growth strategies for the funding of specialty electronic systems for the United States Government.

Mr. Locke holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, and an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance from Boston University.

Joseph Bohm

Duel Fuel Corp

 

Joseph Bohm is the Founder/CEO of the Dual Fuel Corp (DFC).  DFC provides turnkey energy services to commercial properties including oil to gas conversions, combined heat and power systems (CHP), boiler installations, heating controls and monitoring, energy supply (gas and oil), energy efficiency design and retrofits. Mr. Bohm has over 12 years’ experience in the energy services and real estate industries. Prior to founding Dual Fuel Corp in 2012, Mr. Bohm served as Senior Vice President - Societe Generale Energie Corp - responsible for business development of natural gas markets across the Rockies, W. Coast, SW, and PacNW regions and was Vice President - Sempra Energy - trading financial natural gas markets for 5 years. Dual Fuel is a NYSERDA certified Real Time Energy Management system and service provider, NYSERDA approved CHP system vendor, Coned Multi Family Partner, Coned C&I Partner, Licensed Master Plumber and General Contractor.

Ronnie Mandler

BEP Best Energy Power

 

Ronnie Mandler founded Best Energy Power (BEP), a renewable energy company, in 2003. Ronnie is an entrepreneur with experience managing large projects and a proven record of success in various other industries. In 2008, BEP was incorporated as a solar design and installation company. Following the company’s establishment, BEP has become one of the top solar PV installers in New York City.

 

Driven by Ronnie Mandler, BEP became the largest installer of commercial installations in New York City, capturing 22% of all commercial solar PV installations in the five boroughs. In other words, one in five commercial installations in New York City has been completed under Ronnie Mandler’s facilitation and supervision. 95% of the company’s projects are commercial, with the remaining 5% of projects primarily residential. The installed systems are capable of resisting up to 110 mph winds, which was proudly demonstrated during Hurricane Sandy when all panels installed by BEP maintained their original figures and production outputs. Under Ronnie Mandler’s management, BEP has the record of building the highest solar system ever installed in North America: the solar system on the Atelier building on 42nd Street is on a roof top 46 stories high! Ronnie’s involvement is not simply limited to the installation of the panels, but he also handles all the complexities attached to solar installation.

 

BEP, under Ronnie’s guidance, not only manages the legal aspects of projects, but also navigates the rigid limitations placed on commercial structures in New York City, working with the DOB and FDNY and Con Ed to resolve any issues that may arise. Ronnie’s reputation, with his proven experience and knowledge pertaining to the design and installation of solar PV systems, is why BEP achieves an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

GEORGE FORD

Direct Energy Solar

 

Mr. Ford, Director of Business Development for the Northeast region, brings nearly 10 years of expertise and a proven track record in building Solar systems along the Northeast corridor. Prior to joining Direct Energy Business, Mr. Ford was Director of Business Development at SSI and ESI Solar.

 

Mr. Ford has been actively involved in helping shape and devise the funding programs for renewable energy assets within New York State and is excited about the future of distributed energy resources. Mr. Ford has built long-standing relationships with his customers throughout the PSEG Long Island territory and submitted one of the first projects to be accepted into the NYSERDA MW Block Program. His family purchased and owns a commercial solar system (under NYSERDA PON 2112) on their building in Port Chester, NY.

SESSION 4 • SERVING UNIQUE SMALL BUSINESS NEEDS

Robert Fischman

Energize New York

 

Robert Fischman is the Director of the Energize NY Commercial program, offered by the Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC), a non-profit, public benefit local development corporation. Energize NY helps commercial and not-for-profit building owners reduce energy waste and save money through energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements, and helps them leverage Energize NY PACE, New York’s Property Assessed Clean Energy finance program.

 

Robert brings three decades of professional experience in the building industry, having directed more than $500 million in capital construction programs, and has been a longtime advocate for sustainable and energy efficient building practices. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Union College and an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, where he has researched and written extensively on energy and water policy matters and on resiliency in the face of climate change.

Sammy Chu

Edgewise Energy

 

Sammy Chu is the Chief Executive Officer for Edgewise Energy. A proven leader in promoting market adoption of residential energy efficiency, Chu was the Founding Director of the Town of Babylon’s Long Island Green Homes Program, the first operationalized property assessed clean energy program (PACE) in the country.

 

Prior to his current position, Sammy served in the administration of County Executive Steve Bellone as Director of Operations and as Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs. He was the lead county official in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, tasked with coordinating response and recovery. A staunch advocate of inclusive, sustainable economic development, Chu was instrumental in creating workforce opportunities for traditionally underserved individuals during the planning of the transformative Wyandanch Rising development, one of the seminal LEED ND projects.

 

Chu currently serves as Chairman of the Long Island chapter of the US Green Building Council. He formerly served as a board member of the National Home Performance Council, currently serves as a board member of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, and was recently elected to the position of second Vice Chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission.

Daniel Audette

Energy Tax Savers

 

Daniel Audette, PE is a Senior Energy Engineer with Energy Tax Savers. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Hofstra University, and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED GA. He is the co-author of numerous articles related to building-related tax incentives, published in Building Operating Management, UNIT Magazine, International Parking Institute, Corporate Business Taxation Monthly, and Thomson Reuters.  He has presented on the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and other building-related tax incentives throughout the country to hundreds of corporations, architectural firms, engineering firms, accounting firms, and at numerous national conferences and utility educational events.

SESSION 5 • Innovation Showcase:  “Experience New Solutions in Action”

Jason Stout

Panoramic Power

 

Jason Stout is the East Regional Sales Manager for Panoramic Power.  Founded in 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Panoramic Power offers the most practical way to monitor real-time energy usage at the asset level and is used by retailers, industrials, hospitals and municipalities to identify waste energy consumption and improve building operations.  Today, thousands of buildings employ Panoramic Power wireless, self-powered sensors to measure 50,000 assets globally.  In 2015, Centrica, PLC, holding company of Direct Energy, acquired Panoramic Power to offer this capability to its customers.

Joe Rocco

Applied Energy Group

 

Mr. Rocco has been involved in a variety of consulting engagements for electric and gas utilities providing technical and economic analysis as well as program planning, design and implementation services for more than 25 years. He is certified as an Energy Manager (CEM) and Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP) from the Association of Energy Engineers and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Mr. Rocco’s professional experience has included work with utilities across the country and internationally including work in Canada, Thailand and Bermuda.

 

Much of his work has focused on working with building owners and their design teams to develop energy efficiency projects. He has been responsible for the development of green building incentives, energy services and other innovative strategies that are successfully employed by utilities for their residential and commercial customers. He maintains responsibility for the design and development of many energy efficiency and demand response programs for AEG’s clients including those for PSEG Long Island.  Mr. Rocco currently heads AEG’s South Fork Peak Savers program.

 

Mr. Rocco earned a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. He has attended numerous professional development workshops and has attended and presented at local and national conferences focused on energy efficiency programs. Mr. Rocco is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie School of Human Relations and a member of the local chapters of the AIA, ASHRAE, USGBC and IESNA.

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