AND FOR YOUR AMUSEMENT AND AGGRAVATION Here's a propaganda public private partnership designed to convince you to go away and not make trouble. They even make fun of you by saying that you're envisioning the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the guise of Smart Meters...well, maybe you are. Who are they? Siemens, GE, IBM, advocacy groups, and big power companies. This is what they want you to think:
And this is their board of directors---it's a very interesting group and that's why we've included it ... http://smartgridcc.org/about/board The Smart Grid Collaborative Board has 18 directors who represent commercial, utility, and advocacy organizations along with SGCC’s Executive Director and an adviser. Beginning in 2012, the SGCC Board will have staggered terms, with approximately six directors elected each year to a two-year term.
2012 directors and their affiliations are: SA Anders Director of Operations
Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon The Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon and CUB Policy Center is a statewide consumer advocacy non-profit that works on behalf of Oregon ratepayers and the public interest in matters of utility, energy, and environmental policy. In her role, SA manages the development of new projects, development, an annual policy conference, and the day to day operations of the organization. She works with partners throughout the Pacific Northwest on policy matters related to smart grid, electric vehicle, demand response, energy efficiency, and more. SA oversees the internship and research fellow program and CUB, and has been a dedicated advocate for the public interest in Oregon since she joined CUB’s team in 2009. She received her MA in Philosophy from the University of York in England, and her BA from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, and worked as an IT professional before moving into the non-profit sector. SA also serves on the Oregon League of Conservation Voters Multnomah County Steering Committee, and volunteers her time to increasing K-12 education in energy, sustainability, and the environment.
Zanku Armenian Director, Public Affairs Southern California Edison Zanku Armenian is currently a senior executive in the Public Affairs department at Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. He also has served in senior management in the Corporate Communications department. He currently leads issues management efforts on a variety of utility issues including SCE’s smart meter and smart grid programs. He is a commissioner for the Glendale Water & Power Commission, appointed by the Glendale City Council. He is a Sunday columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Zanku has over 25 years of experience in issues management, crisis communications and technology marketing communications, with specialized expertise in digital entertainment and the impact of technology on the entertainment industry; airline industry issues; and the electric utility/energy industry with a particular focus on smart grid technology. Previously he worked in Washington, DC in politics, devising and directing public affairs issue campaigns for major industries including airlines, defense, technology, telecommunications, entertainment, pharmaceutical, health care, tobacco and consumer goods. In addition, Zanku worked in the technology industry in Silicon Valley and led his own corporate communications consulting practice based in Los Angeles.
Randy Berry Vice President Power Systems Consultants Randy Berry has over 20 years of experience in the design, delivery and support of advanced technology solutions used by the electric industry for the reliable operation of the grid, including smart grid systems. He is the Vice President of US operations of PSC. Prior to joining PSC, Mr. Berry worked for AREVA where his career started in software development and project engineering. During his tenure with AREVA, he advanced through a number of positions including program management, marketing director, managing director and vice president. Mr. Berry also worked for The Boeing Company in Seattle and Singer Link in Maryland, providing real time systems for the Department of Defense related to underwater acoustic signal processing. Mr. Berry has also had the privilege of teaching courses on Computer Operating Systems at the University of Washington. Mr. Berry graduated Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
Attorney Laurence Daniels has worked as Assistant People’s Counsel in Washington, D.C. for the Office of the People’s Counsel since January 2000. He represented consumers’ interest in the PowerCentsDC smart grid pilot program in Washington, D.C. and is currently the lead attorney representing District of Columbia consumers regarding all matters related to the full deployment of advanced metering infrastructure. In 1997, Mr. Daniels received his law degree from Howard University School of Law. He and his wife Gilda, a voting rights attorney, reside in Mitchellville, Maryland with their two children Lauren and William.
Vickie Dorris Global Solution Leader for Customer Operations, Energy & Utilities IBM Vickie Dorris brings over 25 years of working in the energy and utilities industry. She is currently the IBM Global Solution leader for customer solutions for the Energy & Utilities industry. She is responsible for developing an integrated customer solutions offering which combines strategy, process, and technology to help utility clients empower consumers and improve customer satisfaction through access to information, products, and services that can reduce bills, increase efficiency, and address their emerging energy needs. Previous to her current role at IBM, she was Vice President of Sales Vertical markets at Gartner focused on the Energy & Utilities industry where she doubled their research and consulting business in the energy vertical. Her professional background includes: IBM, Sales, Energy & Utilities, 15 years, Gartner, VP Vertical Markets, 3 years, Lotus Development, National Sales Director, 10 years, and Texaco, Sr. Business Analyst, 4 years. Vickie graduated from Mississippi State University’s School of Business with a concentration in Management Information Systems. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running and spending time with her husband and three children. She also enjoys working with, Children’s International Village, a youth exchange organization.
Brent Dreher SVP Utility Sales Comverge Brent Dreher joined Comverge in April 2012. He has more than 27 years of consulting and entrepreneurial experience in the energy industry working with large regulated utilities, electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. Prior to joining Comverge, Mr. Dreher was a Senior Vice President with Five Point Partners, a specialized provider of strategic, solution delivery and application management consulting services to organizations within the energy and utility industry. Prior to that, he was a founder and president of BE Consulting, where he led the formation of BE’s utility industry practice, including the establishment of a Smart Grid business. In addition, Mr. Dreher worked at Accenture for more than 11 years, where he led projects at clients such as Progress Energy and Duke Energy in a variety of engineering and operations areas in Generation, Transmission and Distribution.
Patty Durand Executive Director Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
Patty Durand is the Executive Director for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative; a consumer focused non-profit aiming to promote the understanding and benefits of modernized electrical systems among all stakeholders in the United States. Patty’s prior experience includes working on smart grid research at Georgia Institute of Technology where she helped prepare and submit smart grid grant proposals to ARPA-E and DOE. Prior to Georgia Tech Patty was the State Director for the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, Georgia’s largest grassroots environmental organization. Patty’s work there focused on programs addressing climate change and promoting sustainable energy policy. Patty has an IT background and worked on B2B projects with Hewlett Packard and Compaq Computers and currently serves on the board of the Smart Energy Society for the Technology Association of Georgia. Patty has an MBA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia and a B.S. in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia.
William G. “Bill” Jackson Jr. Senior Manager Demand Response Tennessee Valley Authority William G. “Bill” Jackson Jr. is currently a Senior Manager Demand Response at the Tennessee Valley Authority with responsibility to manage the Demand Response section and products as well as Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Emerging Technologies across all markets. Bill has over thirty seven years of experience in the utility industry spanning assignments from Cleveland, Ohio (Centerior Energy – now FirstEnergy) to Las Vegas, Nevada (Nevada Power – now NV Energy) to Long Island, New York (Long Island Power Authority) to Portland, Oregon (Paragon Consulting Services) to now Nashville, Tennessee. His areas of expertise cross energy efficiency, demand response, program development and management and strategic planning. Bill has experience in the IOU, public power and consulting industries and understands the challenges existing in meeting unique customer, corporate and political needs. He has an MBA from Lake Erie College in Ohio as well as Management Certificates from the Darden School University of Virginia and University of Michigan. He was the lead instructor for APPA in the Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program and for AESP in delivering an all day course on Demand Response. ill is an outdoor advocate participating in a number of conservation and habitat restoration organizations. Residing in Nashville with his wife Debra, they spend many weekends in the field with their French Brittany pups Kel and River.
Chris King Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Smart Grid Solutions Siemens AG Chris King is Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Smart Grid Solutions for Siemens AG. He is responsible for policy-oriented and strategic activities, including market analysis and product strategy, working with regulators and legislators worldwide. He helped found eMeter Corporation, where he was Chief Strategy Officer, which Siemens acquired in 2012. Mr. King’s 30 years of experience include being CEO of Utility.com, an online electricity retailer; Vice President, Sales & Marketing for CellNet Data Systems (now owned by Toshiba); and Director, Rate Design for Pacific Gas & Electric Company. He is Chair of the Brussels-based Smart Energy Demand Coalition, and on the Board of Directors of the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition, the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid, and the U.S. Demand Response National Action Plan Coalition. He has 30 years of experience in smart meter policy and regulatory affairs, working for electric utilities, competitive retailers, and technology companies. Mr. King, who has testified before the U.S. Congress, holds master’s degrees in science and business from Stanford University and a doctorate in law from Concord Law School.
Barbara Leary Sr. Director, Marketing & Communication Florida Power & Light Company
Barbara Leary joined FPL in March 2008 as senior director, marketing and communication, for Florida Power & Light Company. Over the past four years, her assignments have included leading the teams that provide communication support to FPL’s customer service, distribution and transmission business units; interactive communication; marketing FPL’s demand-side management programs and billing and payment options; and providing speechwriting and other communication support to the executive leadership of NextEra Energy Inc. and FPL. In addition she served as the deputy to the vice president of marketing and communication, acting as his delegate in his absence. In 2009, Barbara assumed additional responsibility for the customer education program for FPL’s $800 million Energy Smart Florida smart grid initiative, which includes the deployment of 4.5 million smart meters and extensive upgrades to FPL’s transmission and distribution systems. In April 2012 she relocated from Juno Beach, Florida, back to her “home town” of Washington, D.C., and continues to lead the utility’s smart grid and smart meter communication efforts. This includes serving on the team responsible for meeting FPL’s commitments under a $200 million Smart Grid Investment Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, she represents FPL on the J.D. Powers Smart Energy Advisory Board. Prior to joining FPL, Barbara was director of external communication for Lexmark International, a printer manufacturer; director of internal communication for BASF Corporation, the North American subsidiary of the world’s largest chemical company, and vice president of corporate communication for CDI Corporation, an engineering and IT consulting firm. Before that, she was a vice president at Ketchum, a global PR agency, where she specialized in the manufacturing and technology sectors.
Naomi Manley-Casimir Director Accenture Innovation Centre for Utilities Naomi Manley-Casimir is the Director of the global Innovation Centre for Utilities for Accenture. In this role, Naomi is responsible for research and development in end-consumer preferences for energy-related products and services, supporting and enabling her Accenture colleagues working with utility retail and customer operations and managing IT asset development. Previously, Naomi was responsible for client relations at one of Accenture’s largest utility business process and application outsourcing engagements. She led the development and deployment of the Service Performance Dashboard, a comprehensive dashboard with over 200 business metrics that provides an executive to operational overview of the performance of the meter-to-cash business processes. Naomi also led the development and deployment of quarterly leadership meetings to improve leadership morale, strategic alignment, facilitate communications and engagement within Customer Care operations. In her years of consulting, Naomi’s experience focused primarily in generation, related to power plant and dispatch optimization, project management of an energy risk management application and management of a large-scale program comprised of seven concurrent projects. She is currently the Research Committee Chair for Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative. Naomi works with SGCC Research Committee to establish research plan, facilitate SGCC Research projects with third-party vendors, SGCC staff and SGCC research committee members. In her spare time, Naomi enjoys reading and spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.
Lisa Magnuson Senior Director, Marketing and Global Communications Silver Spring Networks
Lisa brings over 20 years of technology marketing experience to Silver Spring Networks. Lisa is responsible for Silver Spring’s corporate marketing and communications and consumer education programs. Lisa has created industry leading consumer education programs for Silver Spring and the utility industry. She has built an acclaimed smart grid curriculum and nurtured a network of 3rd party smart grid advocates. She has served on the organizing committee of GridWeek and Smart Energy International and is the current co-chair of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative’s marketing and PR committee. Prior to Silver Spring, Lisa worked with some of the top brands in the industry, helping to build innovative marketing communication platforms for such companies as Apple, NeXT, Ascend and Cisco, to name a few. Lisa holds a BA from Duke University. She and her family are avid supporters of reduce, reuse, recycle in their daily lives.
John D. McDonald P.E., Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development GE Digital John D. McDonald, P.E., is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy’s Digital Energy business. John has 38 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, and the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, a charter member of the IEEE Brand Ambassadors Program, a member of the IEEE Medal of Honor Committee, a member of the IEEE PES Region 3 Scholarship Committee, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and Chair of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) Board. John was the IEEE Division VII Director in 2008-2009. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association) in 2010-2011, focusing on long term IEEE Smart Grid standards strategy. John was elected to Chair the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board for 2010-2012. John is a member of the Advisory Committee for the annual DistribuTECH Conference, and received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a SCADA/EMS/DMS course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published forty papers and articles in the areas of SCADA, SCADA/EMS, SCADA/DMS and communications, and has co-authored three books.
Ted M. Reguly Director Customer Programs and Assistance San Diego Gas and Electric Ted M. Reguly is the Director of Customer Programs and Assistance at San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). He is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and integration of comprehensive customer product and service Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Assistance offerings. Reguly has been with SDG&E since 1981, holding various positions throughout Electric Generation, Electric and Gas Distribution, Supply Management, and Gas and Electric Customer Service supervision. He is a registered California Mechanical Engineer and received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and an MBA from San Diego State University. He is a CEE, Utilimetrics, and UCLA Smart Grid Leadership Council Board Member, an active member of UtilityAMI, OpenAMI, Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition (GIUNC), and the ZigBee Alliance.
Geoffrey G. Revelle Partner Stoel Rives LLP Geoff is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office. He focuses his practice on assisting companies on a broad range of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing, general corporate work, licensing and distribution arrangements, senior executive employment arrangements and business disputes. Geoff is a member of the firm’s Smart Energy Initiative, China Initiative and CleanTech Initiative. Geoff is on the Board of Directors and is North America Co-Vice Chair of TerraLex, an international association of more than 150 leading law firms around the world. Geoff assists clients with their international needs through the use of this network and also assists TerraLex firms’ clients with their needs in the United States. He is also the former Executive Vice President of Operations and General Counsel of Attachmate Corporation. His responsibilities at Attachmate included oversight of all areas of operations worldwide, including finance, IT, manufacturing and distribution, legal and human resources. Geoff combines his business and legal experience to provide a broad range of counseling to the firm’s clients. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County, 1972-1975; founder and shareholder of Revelle & Hawkins, P.S., 1978-1993. Geoff received his B.A. in 1969 from Princeton University, magna cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1972 Order of the Coif.
Ted D. Thomas Director, Smart Grid Emerging Technologies Duke Energy As a director in Duke Energy’s Customer Operations organization, Ted Thomas leads the grid modification emerging technologies team responsible for the new technology to modernize the company’s power delivery system and customer interfaces. Ted began his career with the company in 1986 when he joined Duke Power. He has led a variety of sales and technical teams which included forging into new markets. Most recently, Ted served as director of distributed energy resources for Duke Energy, where he was responsible for leading the North Carolina Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Distributed Generation program. He and his team provided comprehensive leadership to the program, including contract negotiations, followed by designing, building, operating and maintaining roof- and ground-mounted PV panels on properties leased from existing Duke Energy customers. The 10-megawatt program is now among the nation’s largest distributed generation demonstrations.Ted holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Montreat College in North Carolina. Duke Energy, the largest electric power company in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.
Bud “Arthur” Vos Chief Operating Officer Simple Energy Prior to joining Simple Energy, Bud was Senior Vice President of Utility Sales and chief technology officer at Comverge, where he oversaw the technology architecture for the company while working with their utility client base to identify and deliver high value projects using smart grid technology. Bud also worked at Comverge as the SVP of Product Strategy and VP of Marketing, Products and Alliances. Before Comverge, Bud was the Founder and VP of Engineering at Sixth Dimension, a provider of Internet-based control systems for demand response and distributed generation systems which was acquired by Comverge in 2003. Bud has a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University.
Christine Wright joined the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in March 2005. Currently she is a senior market policy analyst in the Infrastructure & Reliability Division. Ms. Wright managed the staff team responsible for writing the advanced metering rulemaking which was adopted in May 2007. She led the settlement discussions among interveners in the four smart meter deployment and cost-recovery requests (Oncor Electric Delivery, AEP companies, CenterPoint Energy and Texas New Mexico Power), and is the lead staff person in Project No. 34610, Implementation Proceeding Related to Advanced Metering. In addition to smart grid implementation, she has worked on issues related to wholesale and retail market design, demand response, provider of last resort, prepaid service, electricity theft, meter tampering and critical care customer designation. Prior to Ms. Wright’s employment with the PUCT, she worked for Energy Strategies, LLC., where she supported clients’ energy market activities throughout the West, including several competitive bid processes for large users to acquire their natural gas and power requirements. Ms. Wright consulted on energy procurement, contract negotiation, and demand-side management issues. She also managed the Utah Association of Energy Users (UAE), a trade association comprised of the state’s largest energy users. She represented the Association at the Utah Public Service Commission in various task forces, working groups and regulatory proceedings, and at the Utah legislature.
George W. Arnold Director, Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office and National Coordinator National Institute of Standards and Technology George Arnold was appointed National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in April 2009. He is responsible for leading the development of standards underpinning the nation’s Smart Grid. In October 2011 he assumed an additional responsibility as Director, Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office in the NIST Engineering Laboratory. Dr. Arnold joined NIST in September 2006 as Deputy Director, Technology Services, after a 33-year career in the telecommunications and information technology industry. Dr. Arnold served as Chairman of the Board of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, non-profit organization that coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, from 2003 to 2005. He served as President of the IEEE Standards Association in 2007-2008 and was Vice President-Policy for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) during 2006-2009, where he is responsible for guiding ISO’s strategic plan. Dr. Arnold previously served as a Vice-President at Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories where he directed the company’s global standards efforts. His organization played a leading role in the development of international standards for Intelligent Networks and IP-based Next Generation Networks. In previous assignments at AT&T Bell Laboratories he had responsibilities in network planning, systems engineering, and application of information technology to automate operations and maintenance of the nationwide telecommunications network.Dr. Arnold received a Doctor of Engineering Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Columbia University in 1978. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
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