PLMA EV Symposium: Managed Charging

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EV Symposium Speaker Bios

Day 1

The Road We’ve Traveled: Key Learnings from Innovative Utility Managed Charging Programs

Hilary Polis, Opinion Dynamics

Hilary Polis
Associate Director, Transportation Electrification
Opinion Dynamics

Hilary Polis is an Associate Director of Transportation Electrification at Opinion Dynamics where she leads Opinion Dynamics’ work in the transportation electrification space. Hilary leverages her expertise in vehicle grid integration to help clients understand the intersection of the EV owner and the grid. She provides advisory services to utilities and automakers across the country that are looking to building or scale EV load management offerings including PG&E, ComEd, and Puget Sound Energy. She also serves as a subject matter expert for large scale evaluations of TE portfolios such as the SCE Charge Ready Light Duty Programs and Xcel Transportation Electrification Plan Programs among others. 

Scott Dimetrosky, Rolling Energy Resources

Scott Dimetrosky
Rolling Energy Resources

Mr. Dimetrosky is an expert in utility-managed charging programs, having built Rolling Energy Resources from the ground up. He brings his decades of expertise in planning and evaluating dozens of utility energy-efficiency, load management, and market transformation programs. As a co-founder of RER, Mr. Dimetrosky helps coordinate all aspects of the business, including utility outreach, software development, and end-use customer MyCharge reporting. He has an M.B.A. in Marketing Research & Quantitative Methods from Cornell University and a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Sociology from the University of Michigan.

Kelly Gunn, ComEd

Kelly Gunn
Manager, Customer Innovation Technologies

Kelly Gunn – manager of the Customer Innovation team at ComEd – leads efforts identifying and pursuing early-stage technologies that will create customer value and support company efforts in demand response, beneficial electrification, and smart grid solutions. At ComEd, Kelly led and launched various R&D and EE efforts including the Electric Homes New Construction (EHNC) offering, IFTTT IoT rate and carbon signal enablement, and heat pump & electrification training. Currently, her Customer Innovation team leads the BE Plan Pilot Program initiative, including next stages for ComEd EV Companion (residential EV optimized charging) to support home energy management solutions overall. Kelly earned her Architectural Engineering B.S. from Milwaukee School of Engineering, Master of Energy Engineering from UIC, and Professional Engineer (PE) license in Illinois.

Graham Marmion, Puget Sound Energy

Graham Marmion
Data Scientist
Puget Sound Energy

Graham Marmion is a Data Scientist focused on Transportation Electrification (TE) and DERs. Graham has been the analytics lead in developing Puget Sound Energy's TE strategy for the past six years. Prior to engaging with TE, Graham developed a keen understanding of the regulatory system for IOUs while working as a load researcher in PSE's Rates department. He holds a Masters in Policy Studies with a concentration in Transportation Electrification from the University of Washington as well as a Bachelor's in Economics from Western Washington University. Graham's professional passions are for transportation electrification, Load research and forecasting, and transportation planning.

Jarrod Maddox, Vistra Corp.

Jarrod Maddox
Senior Manager Energy Innovations & Product Development
Vistra Corp.

Jarrod Maddox is a Senior Manager of Innovation and Product Development for Vistra Corp’s Energy Transition Solutions team. Vistra Corp is a leading integrated retail electricity and power generation company managing multiple retail energy brands across the U.S. deregulated markets and includes the flagship brand TXU Energy. Jarrod’s team focuses on taking complex energy ideas in the EV and DR space and transforming them into simple, consumer friendly products. This allows customers to make smart energy choices like charging cars during off peak hours (e.g., TXU Energy’s Free EV Miles product) or enrolling their connected devices in demand response (e.g., TXU Energy’s Connected Conservation program). Jarrod holds a BBA in Economics from Baylor University.

Amy Findlay, P.E., Eversource

Amy Findlay, P.E.
Manager, Demand Response & Managed EV Charging

Amy Findlay, P.E., oversees demand response and managed EV charging programs at Eversource. Amy leads a team focused on creating and executing programs that incentivize customers to reduce demand on the grid during peak times while providing a great customer experience. Prior to joining Eversource, Amy worked as a professional engineer in the real estate development and construction industry, designing and monitoring construction of building foundations. Amy holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Break Out A

Driving OEM-Based Dynamic Optimization Programs: Benefits and Lessons Learned

Carlos Hill, Xcel Energy

Carlos Hill
Senior Product Portfolio Manager
Xcel Energy

Carlos Hill attended Cornell University, where he studied Environmental Engineering before working as a Civil Designer. He later attended graduate school to earn his MBA at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin. Carlos studied finance and operations before working in both the Oil & Gas industry and Consulting space for several years. He ultimately returned to his home state of Colorado to thrive at Xcel Energy. He joined the utility to work on Renewable Products, Product Development, and Demand Management. Carlos is currently focused on Battery Storage, EVs, and Demand Side Management. 

Ryan DeKImpe, DTE Energy

Ryan DeKimpe
Principal Marketing Specialist
DTE Energy

Ryan DeKimpe earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Oakland University. He later earned his MBA while attending Wayne State University. Ryan was hired in at DTE Energy in 2013 within the pricing strategy team, to develop rate credits for senior customers as well as rate calculators and tools to help DTE’s account managers determine the best rate options for small and large C&I customers. He later joined a 3-year billing implementation project, a part of the change management team. After the new billing system rolled out, Ryan accepted a new position in Demand Response. He is currently a Principal Marketing Specialist that focuses primarily on DTE’s Smart Savers (BYOT) program and Managed Charging with electric vehicles. 

Tiina Aardemae, Guidehouse

Tiina Aardemae
Associate Director

Tiina is an Associate Director in Guidehouse’s Energy, Sustainability & Infrastructure segment where she is a member of the Mobility Solutions Team. With more than 15 years of experience in energy and the built environment, her current areas of focus include managing nationwide EV/EVSE impact and process evaluations, fleet targeting, EV adoption, infrastructure, and load forecasting, as well as managed charging and EV infrastructure strategy and design for utilities and the government. Prior to Guidehouse, Tiina worked with BMW and PG&E on the OEM-based ChargeForward managed charging pilot, focusing on customer engagement, load shifting, and renewable energy signals. Before transitioning to the intersection of energy and transportation, she has also served as a distribution grid planner and supported over a dozen utilities on energy efficiency program implementation.

Jason Lai, Guidehouse

Jason Lai
Associate Director

Jason Lai is an Associate Director at Guidehouse, where his work focuses on data analytics and modeling, energy systems decarbonization pathways, electric vehicle analytics, impact evaluation of energy efficiency programs, energy efficient technologies, and regulatory policy. Jason employs a thorough, data-driven approach to solve complex problems encountered during engagements, leveraging his extensive experience with data analysis, modeling, and engineering.

Mathias Bell, WeaveGrid

Mathias Bell
Senior Director of Policy and Marketing

Mathias Bell is an expert in utility program strategy and policy and leads WeaveGrid's collaboration efforts with utilities to build support for transportation electrification programs. Most recently, Mathias led Xcel Energy's clean transportation program strategy efforts. This work included leading stakeholder workshops, designing customer programs, such as Public Utilities Fortnightly's Smartest Utility Project for a subscription service pilot, developing filings for more than $300 million in program budgets, and writing comments and serving as a witness in utility proceedings. Before joining Xcel Energy, Mathias served as Oracle Utilities' Manager for Regulatory Affairs in the Midwest, working closely with utilities and policy stakeholders to build support for programs and garner regulatory approvals. Mathias has also worked at Rocky Mountain Institute, an energy-focused non-profit, leading research teams and advising clients, including utilities, city and state governments, and regulatory agencies, on customer program strategies, including energy efficiency and renewables. Mathias holds a B.A. in International Relations with a Concentration in Environmental and Technology Studies from Carleton College.

Dave Hurst, Ford Motor Company

Dave Hurst
Manager, Energy Services
Ford Motor Company

Dave Hurst, Manager, Energy Services, has been with Ford for 7 years, working on vehicle and grid integration. Mr. Hurst is focused on customer experience and utility managed charging programs within Ford’s Energy Services team. In addition, he worked on Ford’s public charging customer experience and shared mobility research. Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Hurst conducted market analysis in the EV and clean energy markets for more than 20 years with NextEnergy (business/technology incubator in Detroit), Guidehouse (formerly Navigant Research), and other research firms.

The Devil’s in the Data: Challenges in Evaluating EV Managed Charging Programs

Laura Small, Opinion Dynamics

Laura Small
Associate Lead Data Scientist
Opinion Dynamics

Laura helps lead Opinion Dynamics’ team of data scientists and statisticians who develop research and evaluation solutions for utility clients across the country to deliver accurate, insightful, and timely impact results. She brings a blend of evaluation management experience, statistical expertise, and strong command of evaluation and research methods surrounding transportation electrification initiatives. Laura has specialized experience leveraging multiple data streams including AMI, vehicle and EVSP telemetry, and customer survey data to assess EV load impacts. She has led analyses of EV charging data and load impact analysis for many of the first transportation electrification program evaluations in the country including projects for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Xcel Colorado, Portland General Electric, Southern California Edison, and ComEd.

Break Out B

Utilities, OEMs, and the Managed Charging Connection

Dave Erickson, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative - Partnership with GM Energy

Dave Erickson
Director of Access and Distributed Resources
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative

David Erickson has been working in the energy field for 20 years, with a focus on efficiency, distributed resources and DSM program design. For the past four years, he has been working on the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Transactive Energy Business Model Pilot project. This work includes development and deployment of an OpenADR-based system for communicating prices and device telemetry data. 

Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen
Head of Policy
SWTCH Energy, Inc.

Josh leads policy and regulatory strategy and engagement for SWTCH. In this role he participates in legislative and regulatory proceedings, and collaborates with industry stakeholders to shape policy and move the market forward. His priorities include expanding equitable access to electric transportation, and delivering benefits to drivers, property owners, and the grid through software-based managed charging, open protocols, and interoperability.Prior to SWTCH, Josh served in policy roles at Shell Recharge Solutions (formerly Greenlots), SemaConnect (now Blink), and the Business Network for Offshore Wind. Josh previously served in public sector leadership roles including as mayor of Annapolis, Maryland and as deputy administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) during the Obama Administration. Based in Annapolis, Josh holds an M.S. in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland. 

Don Dulchinos, OpenADR Alliance

Don Dulchinos
Director, Market Facilitation
OpenADR Alliance

Don Dulchinos serves as Director of Market Facilitation for the OpenADR Alliance. In this capacity, Don seeks to drive the awareness and adoption of the OpenADR standards, along with the CTA-2045 or EcoPort standard, both across global energy utility markets as well as in an expanding array of use cases. Use cases extend from demand side management for commercial and industrial customers to in-home thermostats and other prosumer devices. Most recently, Dulchinos led the Alliance outreach efforts to EV managed charging companies, which now represent the largest and fastest growing segment of alliance membership, and goes beyond charging companies to engage with automotive OEMs, oil companies and EV charging corridor buildouts.Dulchinos led the creation of the EcoPortTM brand for CTA-2045 compliant products, managing consensus among a large and diverse group of stakeholders representing electric utilities, appliance manufacturers and key public policy constituencies.

Harris Schaer

Harris Schaer
V2X Programs Manager
General Motors (GM)

Harris Schaer is a sustainability and clean tech professional with over 15 years of experience. He is currently working at General Motors to establish vehicle to grid integration programs with utilities, after having held previous roles at the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Columbia University, and NYSERDA. Harris has received multiple awards, including a Fulbright and American Scandinavian Scholarship, and holds a degree in physics from the University of Chicago and the University of Iceland. When not working, Harris enjoys exploring his creative side through ceramics and glassblowing.

How to Turn on Your EV Drivers (To Load Management)

Gary Smith, Sagewell

Gary Smith

Gary Smith is the President of Sagewell and is responsible for Sagewell’s electrification and EV load management programs. His role includes management of all customer facing programs and business development. Gary works closely with clients to design and implement all aspects of programs and to coordinate with internal teams for deliverables. Gary has worked at Sagewell since 2015, where he first worked administering utility weatherization and rebate programs. He holds an MA in World History for George Mason University, and BA’s in History and Geography from Georgia College & State University.

Jeff Myrom, Consumers Energy

Jeff Myrom
Director of Electric Vehicle Customer Programs
Consumers Energy

Jeff Myrom leads the Consumers Energy team implementing the PowerMIDrive and PowerMIFleet electric vehicle programs. PowerMIDrive has achieved over 90% super off-peak charging with residential participants by utilizing a combination of Level 2 rebates, time of use rates, educational efforts, and AMI behavioral reinforcement in collaboration with Sagewell. The PowerMIDrive program won the PLMA's 2023 Pacesetter award for utilities given the high level of load management achieved. In addition to the over 3,000 residential participants, the team has rolled out over 200 Level 2 chargers at public locations, focusing on overnight locations to help replicate the at home experience. PowerMIFleet aims to replicate the residential success with businesses electrifying their fleets and has achieved over 80% off-peak charging to date. Jeff is a graduate of Michigan Tech with a MS in Environmental Policy, has worked in a variety of sustainability and environmental leadership roles over the last 20 years. Jeff resides in Haslett, Michigan with his wife and two sons and enjoys driving electric across Michigan and the Midwest! 

Dave McKee, Jacksonville Energy Authority

Dave McKee
Electrification Program Manager

Dave leads three electrification programs at JEA, the seventh largest municipal utility in the country. For the last two years his focus has been primarily on sustainable transportation and off-peak load growth. He serves on the NF Clean Fuel Coalition Board and is a technical advisor to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, NF TPO. JEA Drive Electric is a residential program with a strong education and awareness component combined with incentives for EV owners to install Level 2 EVSE and charge during off-peak hours. Within two years of launch 20% of the EVs in our service area had opted-in to the off-peak charging program, and that is without a time-of-use rate.

Break Out C

BGE Smart Charge Management Program

Stephanie Leach, Baltimore Gas & Electric

Stephanie Leach
Principal Business Analyst
Baltimore Gas & Electric

As a Principal Business Analyst within BGE’s Strategy team, she is helping to build a utility of the future by offering dynamic programs for Maryland’s EV drivers. Since joining BGE in 2011, Stephanie has focused on providing innovative solutions to customer problems and empowering them to become their own energy managers. In addition to her role at the company, she currently serves as the president of BGE’s EcoTeam. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing with her three rescue animals.

Winter EV Demand Response: Timing, Duration, Impacts and Customer Experience

Zachary Horváth, Baltimore Gas & Electric

Zachary Horváth
Senior Associate

Zachary Horvath is a Senior Associate in Cadmus' energy consulting practice, where he has gained more than ten years of experience evaluating energy and demand impacts for utility, regulatory, and government clients across the United States and Canada. Zach provides project management, quantitative analysis leadership, and program design assistance for a broad range of impact evaluation projects, specializing in demand response, EV charging, distributed energy resources, residential battery storage, fast frequency response, peak time rebates, residential and commercial behavior programs, and time-of-use rates. His econometric expertise includes multiple regression analysis, statistical matching techniques, and machine learning. He has extensive knowledge of residential energy consumption patterns and building science. Zach holds a BA in Economics from Reed College. Originally from Oregon, Zach splits his time between New York City and Rutland County, Vermont.

Equitable EV Adoption in the Residential Rental Segment

Bonnie Trowbridge, Drive Clean Colorado

Bonnie Trowbridge
Executive Director
Drive Clean Colorado

Bonnie Trowbridge brings a deep knowledge of the market—from consumer EVs to alternative fuels to heavy-duty manufacturers and fleets, and a comprehensive understanding of the vehicle incentives arena across the U.S.—to her role as Executive Director for Drive Clean Colorado, a Clean Cities Coalition. Bonnie spent 11 years in public relations and marketing for Lightning Systems, manufacturer of electric powertrains for medium- and heavy-duty buses and trucks, where she was instrumental in growing that company from a start-up to a thriving manufacturer. Her experience includes program management for CALSTART, a non-profit organization working to commercialize clean and efficient transportation solutions, where she led events such as a California policy summit, industry workshops, and utility engagement programs; and work as a development director for nonprofits in Denver and Washington, D.C. Bonnie is the co-chair of the Colorado Women of EVs chapter, a board member of the Colorado Clean Transit Enterprise Board and a volunteer EV coach for Drive Electric Colorado. 

Katie Parkinson, Rolling Energy Resources

Katie Parkinson
Vice President of Utility Services
Rolling Energy Resources

Katie Parkinson works as a senior associate for Apex Analytics and Rolling Energy Resources. At Apex, Katie manages evaluations and helps utilities navigate the DSM landscape through implementation support, evaluation management, staff training, and policy application. At RER, Katie focuses on behavioral programs aimed to encourage EV drivers to shift their charging load. She has a masters in behavioral science from the London School of Economics and undergraduate degrees in economics and environmental studies.  


Data-Based Transformer Replacement Sizing for EV Adoption

Deepak Aswani, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Deepak Aswani
Supervising Principal Engineer, R&D
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Deepak Aswani serves as a Supervising Principal Engineer in Research & Development at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). He leads the engineering team to deliver application-focused research on clean generation, carbon capture, energy storage, and load flexibility. He has over 20 years of experience in Cleantech. Prior to joining SMUD, Deepak served as the head of operations at American Governor’s hydropower business, and before that as a hybrid-electric vehicle controls engineer at the Ford Motor Company. Combined, he has over two dozen US patents and technical publications. Deepak received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and MBA from Cornell University.

Sachindra Dahal, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Sachindra Dahal
Engineer Scientist II
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Sachindra Dahal is an Engineer/Scientist at EPRI. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from Tribhuvan University in Nepal and his Masters and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. In his previous roles, he focused on pavement health monitoring and developing lane-keeping systems for autonomous vehicles in adverse weather conditions. His current work involves analyzing the impact of EV load on the grid, projecting future trends in EV technology, and demonstrating the potential of vehicle-to-building (V2B) projects. 

The Impact and Effectiveness of Time Varying Pricing on Electric Vehicle Charging Behavior

Josh L. Bode, Demand Side Analytics

Josh Bode
Demand Side Analytics

Josh Bode specializes in advanced applications of data analytics using large volumes of hourly and sub-hourly data for evaluation, valuation, planning and forecasting in the energy sector. He has led over 50 studies including some of the first innovations and largest applications of smart meter and SCADA data analytics in topics as varied as:

  • Impact evaluations of time varying pricing, demand response, behavioral programs, and energy efficiency programs;
  • Location specific probabilistic forecasting and planning methods, including locations specific T&D marginal costs;
  • DER valuation and cost-effectiveness;
  • Market potential studies of DER’s including distribution level micro-potential studies, and
  • Value based targeting analytics

As part of these studies he has worked with smart meter data for millions of residential and small and medium businesses and with the full population of large customers from numerous utilities. He also has applied experience with large scale transmission level, substation, and distribution circuit feeder hourly data from multiple utilities, including PG&E, ConEdison, O&R, Central Hudson, NYSEG, RG&E, and National Grid (Rhode Island). Most recently, he has worked on projects designed to align distributed energy resources with grid value and in developing location specific, probabilistic forecasts and T&D marginal costs. He received a BS in Business Economics from Willamette University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Erich Kevari, SDG&E

Erich Kevari
Electric Data Advisor

Erich Kevari has been working at San Diego Gas and Electric for just under 3 years and holds the position Electric Data Advisor for the Electric Load Analysis Team. Most of Erich's work focuses on Time of Use rate and Demand Response program analysis and evaluation. He also supports SDG&E's Load Research and Forecasting teams with needed data and information to help understand SDG&E's current and past customers. Erich's biggest contributions have been with the electric vehicle time of use rates, vehicle grid integration rate and electric vehicle identification which is a main focus at SDG&E and many other California utilities.

Day 2

Vehicle Grid Integration OEM Panel

Adam Langton, BMW

Adam Langton
Energy Services Manager

Adam Langton is the Energy Services Manager for BMW of North America, LLC. In this role, Adam develops digital energy products related to BMW’s electric vehicle models, including smart phone functionality, data tools, and fleet management services. Adam leads a BMW team developing and implementing the BMW ChargeForward smart charging program and leads BMW’s efforts to provide sustainable energy for BMW electric vehicle drivers.

Prior to joining BMW, Adam worked at the California Public Utilities Commission, supporting the state’s electric vehicle programs and developing the state’s carbon cap-and-trade program. He graduated from UC-Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where his studies focused on energy and environmental policy issues. Adam is based at BMW’s Mountain View Tech Office in Silicon Valley.

Aseem Kapur, General Motors (GM)

Aseem Kapur
Director, Commercial Assets & Utility Energy Services
General Motors (GM)

Aseem Kapur is the Director of Commercial Assets & Utilities at General Motors. In this role, he leads a team focused on Ultium commercial and industrial (C&I) product development and deployment, C&I charging, and utility programs to support integrated commercial energy solutions.

Aseem’s previous roles at General Motors have included Director of Digital Business Technology, where he was responsible for the development and execution of the digital product roadmap for GM’s Energy Cloud, as well as the overall growth of the GM Energy business. This included creating strategic partnerships with energy companies and large commercial fleet customers, providing seamless and integrated energy management solutions designed to drive adoption of EV’s and improve grid resiliency.

Prior to joining GM, Aseem was the Director of Distribution Planning for Con Edison where he was responsible for integration of renewables and electric storage, developing marketplace for clean energy resources, and long-term planning for New York City’s electric grid.

Aseem has over 19 years of leadership experience in the clean energy industry leading strategic initiatives across smart grid deployment, solar and storage distributed generation, and grid edge technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University and has an MBA in Strategy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dave McCreadie, Ford Motor Company

Dave McCreadie
EV Grid/Energy Services Manager
Ford Motor Company

Dave has been at Ford for his whole career, working in a variety of roles across Product Development, Sustainability, Connected Vehicles, and EV Strategy and Business Development. For the last 10+ years, he has led Ford’s strategy and delivery of EV-Grid Services, which includes the OVGIP (Open Vehicle-Grid Integration Platform) collaboration with other automakers. 

Deepak Aswani, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Deepak Aswani
Supervising Principal Engineer, Research and Development
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Deepak Aswani serves as a Supervising Principal Engineer in Research & Development at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). He leads the engineering team to deliver application-focused research on clean generation, carbon capture, energy storage, and load flexibility. He has over 20 years of experience in Cleantech. Prior to joining SMUD, Deepak served as the head of operations at American Governor’s hydropower business, and before that as a hybrid-electric vehicle controls engineer at the Ford Motor Company. Combined, he has over two dozen US patents and technical publications. Deepak received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and MBA from Cornell University.

Estimating Grid Impacts of Medium and Heavy-Duty Fleet Electrification

Vivek Nath, Guidehouse

Vivek Nath
Associate Director

Vivek Nath is an Associate Director contributing to Guidehouse’s Energy, Sustainability & Infrastructure Team. As an Associate Director, Vivek provides program solutions, modeling, analytical, and project management expertise and applies a range of cutting-edge techniques – including optimization, survey analysis, regression analyses, geographic information systems (GIS), and econometrics – to challenges in the energy and transportation industry. Vivek has worked with large electric utilities, government clients, and energy companies to address issues related to electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, solar PV, energy efficiency, market analysis, and technology diffusion. In his past life as a systems engineer, Vivek developed vision, motion, and embedded control systems for companies including Apple and Procter & Gamble.

Kajal Gaur, Guidehouse

Kajal Gaur
Managing Consultant

Kajal works with large electric utilities, government clients, and energy companies to address electric load management and planning issues related to electric vehicles, solar PV, residential energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response and technology diffusion.​ She has strong expertise in building analytical models for load forecasting and demand side management. She also has experience in evaluating savings for utility sponsored energy efficiency and demand response programs using regression modeling.​She previously worked as a Systems Engineer at the National Load dispatch Center in India where she was responsible for building out algorithms to optimize economic dispatch of ancillary generation resources.​In her current role, she has led several cost-benefit analyses helping utilities understand the overall societal benefits of adopting DER and EV.​ Kajal holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, India and a MS in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Kathleen Staples, Dominion Energy

Kathleen Staples
Director of Electrification
Dominion Energy

Kate Staples is Director of Electrification for Dominion Energy. In her role, she is responsible for Dominion Energy’s electrification strategy and customer EV programs in Virginia and North Carolina. Previously, she developed and implemented renewable energy rates and demand side management programs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business from Virginia Tech and her MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and received her Certified Energy Manager certification in 2014.

Break Out D

Who's in Charge? PGE's Test Bed EV Charging Study

Matthew Mills, Portland General Electric

Matthew Mills
Project Manager
Portland General Electric

Matthew Mills is a Project Manager on Portland General Electric's (PGE) Smart Grid Test Bed, an innovative team tasked with studying the viability of various flexible load resources available to the utility. Matthew primarily oversees the Test Bed EV Charging Study, a managed charging program leveraging vehicle telematics optimized in accordance with the distribution system needs alongside customer charging preferences. Additionally, Matthew oversees studies exploring the distribution system benefits available via smart inverters, energy storage, heat pump water heaters, smart thermostats, and pretty much anything else that is installed but not yet leveraged by the utility. Located in Portland, Oregon, Matthew holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from UC Santa Barbara, and has recently completed his M.S. in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure from University of Washington. Matthew is located in Portland, Oregon 

Limits of EV Telematics Data

Brian Grunkemeyer, FlexCharging

Brian Grunkemeyer
Founder and CEO

Brian Grunkemeyer, Founder and CEO, is a software engineering expert who worked on Big Data and technical architecture at Microsoft for over 21 years. Brian began to use his knowledge of app and platform development to address the gap in flexible and managed charging by developing the FlexCharging app and back-end data collection and managed charging platform. Brian built FlexCharging’s planning capabilities and core data analysis. Brian also participated in utility integrated resource planning meetings for a decade, helping to get an agreement around early retirement of a legacy asset.

What’s Next for V2X? Learnings From the Largest V2G Trial

Russell Vare, Kaluza Flex

Russell Vare
Head of Auto OEM Partnerships

Russell Vare has 20 years of experience in clean tech with a focus on EVs. He leads automotive partnerships in the US for Kaluza, a global provider of EV intelligent charge management software. He has previously worked at automotive, charging station and software companies with a focus on bidirectional charging and vehicle-to-grid functionality including Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Nuvve and Flex Power Control. At Nissan, he led the first V2G pilot for the company and at Nuvve developed the world’s first commercial V2G school bus commercial deployments, with over a megawatt of installed V2G capacity. He has a BA in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Public Policy from UCLA and resides in San Diego, California.

Break Out E

The OEM and EVSE Perspective on Managed Charging

Jeff Huron, EnergyHub

Jeff Huron
Senior Manager - EV Business Development

Jeff leads EV Business Development at EnergyHub, managing their automotive partner ecosystem and supporting EV grid service program deployment. Prior to joining EnergyHub, Jeff spent 5 years as the head of SBD Automotive's EV consulting practice, working as a strategic advisor to automotive OEMs and suppliers making the transition from ICE to EV development. Jeff has supported projects with 90% of global OEMs, including platform development, HMI, and electrification strategy. Previous to that, Jeff was an engineer for an automotive supplier and has a BS in Environmental Engineering from Michigan State University. 

Doug Sampson, ChargePoint

Doug Sampson
Senior Manager, Utility Partnerships

Doug is responsible for utility relationships in North America. In this role, Doug works with utilities to develop and implement utility programs to expand access to smart charging infrastructure that supports the EV driver, the host site, and the grid. Prior to ChargePoint, Doug accumulated fifteen years of experience in the energy sector serving as Manager of Customer Success for Engie Storage, EnerNOC and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) and Bachelor of Arts from California State University-Chico

Max Parness, Toyota

Max Parness
Senior Manager, Grid Services

Max Parness is the Senior Manager for Grid Services at Toyota. In this capacity, he seeks to improve the driver’s charging experience and the value of EVs to the grid. He leads Toyota North America's vehicle-grid integration strategy and partnerships with utilities and other stakeholders.

Ed Mussi, Stellantis

Ed Mussi
Product Manager V2x Products & Regulatory Impacts

Edward Mussi is the Global Product Manager V2x Products & Regulatory Impacts at Stellantis. Ed’s team is responsible for SaaS product strategies and partnerships around the battery of the vehicle, with the goal of maximizing its value to the owner and to the grid. He has over 40 years experience in electro-chemical products and processes and 20 years in the development of electric vehicles. Ed has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Best Practices: EV-Ready Requirements in New Construction and Existing Buildings

Lindsay Wiginton, Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors

Lindsay Wiginton
Managing Consultant
Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors

As a co-lead of Dunsky's mobility practice, Lindsay supports national, subnational and local governments in developing forecasts and designing strategies to deploy EV charging infrastructure using evidence-based, equitable and realistic strategies. A Registered Professional Planner, Lindsay has worked on transportation and infrastructure initiatives in the public, private and non profit sectors over the last 12 years, including at the City of Toronto and the Pembina Institute, a leading Canadian clean energy think tank. Lindsay holds a master’s degree in urban planning from McGill University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Queen’s University.

Nicholas Heap, City of Richmond

Nicholas Heap
Sustainability Project Manager
City of Richmond

Nicholas Heap obtained his MA in Planning from UBC in 1997. As an Air Quality Planner for the Metro Vancouver Regional District, Nick realized that deep greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions would be critical to protect the region from catastrophic loss, and that clean energy generation was a big part of the solution. In order to help build a political mandate for climate action, Nick left government in 2003, subsequently working with two of Canada’s leading environmental organizations. During this time the Province of BC (spurred by public concern), became a continental leader in climate action, setting aggressive GHG reduction targets, and implementing North America’s first carbon tax. In 2010, Nick became the BC Regional Policy Director for the Canadian Wind Energy Association, championing clean energy electrification as a key GHG reduction strategy. Nick returned to government in 2015 as a Sustainability Project Manager for the City of Richmond, where he has help develop and implement voluntary better-than-Code building standards for energy and GHG emissions, create Richmond’s new GHG reductions strategy and develop EV Ready requirements for non-residential parking spaces in new development. Nick is married with two children, rents a very small apartment with a very big view in Vancouver, and enjoys both biking and writing (just not at the same time).

Break Out F

Harmonization of eV and Electricity Ecosystems -PLMA/GLMIG

Jon Hilowitz, Orange and Rockland Utilities

Jon Hilowitz
Section Manager
Orange and Rockland Utilities

Jon has been with Orange & Rockland Utilities for 8 years, where he serves as a Section Manager, overseeing the company's energy efficiency and demand response programs in both New York and New Jersey.

Scott Coe, GridOptimize

Scott Coe
Founder and President
Grid Optimize

Dr. Scott Coe has worked in the electricity sector for two decades ago with an initial concentration on the design and implementation of wholesale electricity markets. ​​More recently he has worked with utilities to design processes to accurately model, properly value, and efficiently support the integration of renewable generation and controllable devices into the distribution grid. ​​Dr. Coe has broad international experience with major projects delivered in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. Through his consulting company, GridOptimize, he focuses on standardizing approaches to improve utility metrics across three metrics: Reliability, Efficiency, and – most importantly – Sustainability.​​ A long-time PLMA member practitioner, Dr. Coe also serves as a co-chair of PLMA’s Global Load Management Interest Group.

Austin Chambers, Kitu Systems

Austin Chambers
VP, Market Development
Kitu Systems

Austin has more than 14 years of experience developing and deploying energy programs with Distribution Utilities and Energy Service Providers. From 2009 to 2017, Austin managed utility field services across the Eastern US to deploy over 200 MW of demand response. From 2017 to early 2022, Austin developed business for some of Itron’s largest global customers for electric vehicle, demand response, metering, IOT networks, and smart city solutions. Austin Chambers is the current VP of Market Development for Kitu Systems and specializes in harmonizing the electric and transportation ecosystems, bringing V2G-capable EV solutions to market. 

A Transactive Energy Platform for Optimal V1G and V2G Management

Dr. Ashkan Kian, IEMS Solution

Dr. Ashkan Kian

IEMS Solutions

Dr. Ashkan Rahimi-Kian has over 27 years of R&D, Consulting and Software Development experiences in Smart Energy Grids, Power Systems Planning, Operations & Optimal Control, and Transactive Energy Markets by means of Blockchain. Ashkan has served as the CTO at IEMS Solutions (August 2022 to present); Founder & CEO at IEMS Solutions (July 2015 to July 2022); Chief Data Scientist at Opus One Solutions (2016-2018); V.P. of Engineering at Genscape Inc. (2001 to 2002); Ashkan is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada and a Senior Member of IEEE; has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers; is the main inventor of 6 US provisional patents about Smart Grid and E-Mobility Software/SaaS.

Dr. Elizabeth Cook, Duquesne Light Company (DLC)

Dr. Elizabeth Cook
Director, Advance Grid Systems
Duquesne Light Company (DLC)

As director of advanced grid systems and grid modernization for Duquesne Light Company (DLC), Elizabeth manages and leads efforts within the transmission and distribution power grid’s operations and planning groups. To transform DLC into a digital utility of the future, Elizabeth works with internal and external partnerships to collaborate with local, state, and federal planning entities, as well as universities and industry, to drive advanced grid solutions and plan for the future power grid. In addition to her responsibilities at DLC, Elizabeth is a mother of six, a business owner, and a published author. She holds a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Kinnera Angadi, Honeywell

Kinnera Angadi
Chief Technology Officer

Kinnera Angadi is the Chief Technology Officer for Honeywell Smart Energy & Thermal Solutions. She leads end-to-end technology solutions innovating and delivering metering, sustainable solutions, communication platform, and software solutions for the utilities industry. Kinnera inspires innovation within the organization consisting of advanced technologies, including electronics, mechanical, and software engineers charted to solve key challenges across electric, water, thermal, burners, and gas utility customers and driving sustainability across smart energy and thermal solutions paving a path for digitization!

Kaveh Aflaki, IEMS

Kaveh Aflaki

Kaveh Aflaki is a highly accomplished engineer and entrepreneur with expertise in energy, technology, and business strategy. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He has over 25 years of experience in the energy sector, including leadership roles in the power utility sector and technology vendors. He is the CEO of IEMS Solution, a company that provides innovative solutions for AI-based intelligent energy management. Kaveh is a recognized thought leader in the industry and has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and events. He is a senior member of IEEE and volunteers in IEEE-PES, IEEE- Smart Grid, and IEEE-Smart Cities. He is a member of the IEEE-PES Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee (ITSLC). He was the past Technical Chair of the IEEE-PES Grid Edge Technologies conference & exposition in 2023. Kaveh is the current Chair of the conferences and meetings of IEEE Smart Grid.


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Amy Findlay, P.E., Eversource

Amy Findlay, P.E.
Manager, Demand Response & Managed EV Charging

Amy Findlay, P.E., oversees demand response and managed EV charging programs at Eversource. Amy leads a team focused on creating and executing programs that incentivize customers to reduce demand on the grid during peak times while providing a great customer experience. Prior to joining Eversource, Amy worked as a professional engineer in the real estate development and construction industry, designing and monitoring construction of building foundations. Amy holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Michigan.