Commissioner, Office of Energy Resources, State of Rhode Island
Carol Grant joined OER in May 2016 with more than 30 years of experience in operations, strategic human resources, policy, law, and communications. Prior to serving as state energy commissioner, she had most recently served in leadership roles at two renewable energy companies. In her current role, Grant leads policy and planning for Rhode Island’s nationally-recognized energy efficiency programs. She is leading the charge to expand local and regional renewable energy to meet Governor Raimondo’s recently announced clean energy goal of 1000 MW by 2020. As part of the Rhode Island energy leadership team, she is also responsible for addressing the challenges of affordability, resiliency, and power sector transformation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.
Sayun Sukduang is President and Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE’s Energy Management Group in North America. The Energy Management group develops customer-side solutions that help business meet their energy and sustainability goals. Both a leading Commercial and Industrial energy retailer in the US and a business partner using data-driven insights to create unified utility (energy, water, waste, telecommunications) strategies, the group includes the companies ENGIE Resources and ENGIE Insight (formerly Ecova).
An energy industry professional with 20 years of experience, Sayun Sukduang has been a member of ENGIE’s North America’s Executive Committee since 2013 and with the Group since 2000. Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer, Sayun managed the ENGIE teams and companies responsible for implementation of all major capital infrastructure projects in the United States, Mexico and Canada, ranging from thermal and renewable generation projects to large scale transportation pipelines. He previously held executive level roles in Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Development, and Operations, and earlier in his career in Asset Management, Finance, Commodity Risk Management and Engineering.
Prior to joining the Group, Sayun worked for Florida Power & Light’s regulated energy business. He holds a degree in engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
National Grid and the states we serve (MA, NY, and RI) share a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. We recently released the “Northeast 80×50 Pathway,” which provides a blueprint for how to reach that goal by focusing on power generation, heat, and especially transportation. At Horizon18, we are looking forward to discussing our analysis with other industry professionals and exploring a clean energy future together.
As Vice President and General Manager of Flexibility Solutions, Christian Weeks is responsible leading EnerNOC’s global demand response and distributed energy resources business, which is focused on connecting and monetizing all types of distributed energy assets with wholesale and retail energy market opportunities to maximize savings, ensure resiliency, and increase sustainability.
Christian has over a decade of experience in energy and technology businesses and is passionate about disruptive technologies and scalable growth. Since joining EnerNOC in 2009, Christian has held various roles in strategy, sales, and operations. Most recently, Christian led EnerNOC’s software and demand response businesses in Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to joining EnerNOC, Christian worked in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice based in Washington, DC. Christian is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School and a board member of the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECE) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).
Mary Ellen Paravalos serves as President of the Board of Directors for New England Women in Energy and Environment (NEWIEE). Founded in Boston in 2008 by a group of eminently accomplished women, NEWIEE harness the passion, intelligence and leadership experience of New England women to promote and encourage public interest in the energy and environment sectors.
Mary Ellen is Vice President, ISO, Siting and Compliance for Eversource Energy. Eversource Energy is the largest energy delivery company in New England, serving 3.7 million customers through its electric and gas subsidiaries and transmission & distribution network. Previously Mary Ellen has held several roles at National Grid in the United States and United Kingdom.
Mary Ellen has been a representative on numerous industry committees on reliability, energy policy, and electricity markets, and served as Chair of the Edison Electric Institute’s Energy Delivery executive advisory committee (2013 – 2015). She was Vice-Chair of the Transmission Owners caucus for the US Department of Energy’s Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative, and elected NEPOOL Vice-Chair and Chair for the Transmission sector.
Mary Ellen holds a master’s degree in electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. She is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts.
David Anderson is Executive Vice President of Ameresco, a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions company. He is a member of the founding management team and the Board of Directors.
David Anderson has over 30 years of diversified experience in the energy industry and is responsible for the successful development and implementation of Ameresco’s strategic vision. He has played a key leadership role in driving Ameresco’s growth and development to become a leading independent energy services company throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
Throughout his career, he has held senior management positions focused on the development, engineering, financing, construction and performance of energy projects representing over $5 billion.
Amanda Downey is Director of Business Planning and Performance for the Transmission, Generation, and Energy Procurement business unit at National Grid. Her previous roles with National Grid include Director of Strategy and Performance for FERC regulated businesses; Senior Counsel, supporting FERC regulated businesses; and, Executive Advisor to the Executive Vice President of Regulation and Pricing.
Before joining National Grid, Amanda served as in-house counsel for an investment banking, securities and wealth management firm in New York City. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Director for Upward Bound at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Amanda is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE®), a national, non-profit association of energy professionals dedicated to ensuring the input of Blacks and other underrepresented minorities into the discussions and development of energy policy, regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues. She is a co-founder and former president of the Greater Boston Chapter of AABE, a local non-profit established to further AABE’s mission in the Greater Boston area and to help build and maintain the pipeline of people of color to enter the energy industry.
As Northeast Regional Director, Amanda is a member of the AABE Board of Directors; and, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for Boston Green Academy, a Horace Mann charter school. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Amanda holds a Master of Laws in Banking, Corporate and Finance Law from Fordham University School of Law, a Juris Doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from Bowling Green State University. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Texas.
Edward N. Krapels, Founder and CEO of Anbaric, is a leader in the rising industry of non-utility electric transmission and distribution development. Anbaric specializes in early stage development of large-scale electric transmission systems for offshore wind projects, the transformation of the electric and heating/cooling systems on campuses, and storage solutions surrounding Microgrid installations.
Prior to the inception of Anbaric, Mr. Krapels has been a founding partner in developing several iconic electric transmission projects, including the Neptune Regional Transmission System, the Hudson Project, and several major new projects designed to bring renewable power into urban markets. Mr. Krapels is also responsible for innovations in the promising Microgrid industry. In 2009, he co-founded Viridity Energy, a company dedicated to optimizing demand-side management programs and developing the control software for Microgrids.
As a risk management advisor, Mr. Krapels has assisted major utilities, end users, and government agencies. He developed a series of Guides to energy hedging strategies for Risk which have been used by many companies around the world.
He received his Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University, his M.A. at the University of Chicago, and his B.A., at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A native of the Netherlands, he is now a U.S. citizen and makes his home with his wife, Sarah Emerson, and their two sons in Andover, Massachusetts.
Dr. Emily Reichert serves as Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs, the largest clean technology startup incubator in the United States. As the company’s first employee, Emily has spearheaded the rapid growth of Greentown Labs into a global center for clean technology innovation, attracting visitors and partners from around the world.
Emily started her career at Arthur D. Little as a Ph.D. scientist and progressed into R&D, business development and general management roles. Prior to Greentown Labs, she was the Director of Business Operations at the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry where she helped grow the angel-funded startup into a sustainable contract R&D business with a mission to minimize environmental impact of chemical products.
Emily has served as a board member or as a key advisor for a number of innovation and entrepreneurship-focused organizations including the Northeast Clean Energy Council, Cleantech Open Northeast, Cyclotron Road, the Incubatenergy Network and the MIT Enterprise Forum.
She holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Tom Burton is the Founder & Chair of Mintz Energy & Sustainability Practice. Tom’s zeal for innovation and passion for energy and sustainability have shaped the clean energy industry. He created one of the nation’s first clean energy legal practices. Clients ranging from investors to entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 companies rely on him for creative and strategic legal solutions, and he has completed hundreds of venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs.
He guides the industry’s next generation of leaders through active involvement with start-up organizations and accelerators. The Northeast Clean Energy Council recognized his pioneering role in the Northeast with a Decade of Influence award in 2017.