Terry Fry (Board Chair), Senior Vice President, Nexant. With more than 35 years of experience as an active proponent of economically efficient energy production, Mr. Fry’s focus is on improving energy efficiency and creating demand response policies, programs, and technologies. Terry currently heads Nexant’s Utility Services group, which comprises more than 350 staff members who deliver intelligent grid, distributed energy resources, and customer solutions to energy sector organizations. His expertise includes technical, economic, and policy analyses, reflected in the dozens of analyses he has led on behalf of utility and national governmental client organizations.
Greg Wikler (Vice Chair), Director, Navigant. Greg a director in Nexant’s Energy Practice and is based in the San Francisco office. In his more than 25 years of experience in the energy efficiency (EE), demand response (DR) and Smart Grid industry, Greg has conducted national, regional and utility-specific EE and DR market potentials, program designs, and evaluation assessments. Greg is currently directing projects related to DR and EE program potential, market characterization, program design and evaluation studies. Greg is also involved in a number of projects with utilities to integrate demand-side resources including EE, DR, distributed generation and storage into grid and utility network operations.
Carmen Henrikson (Treasurer), Associate Vice President, TRC Energy Services. Her 15 years of experience in California’s energy efficiency and demand response industry also includes previous work with EnerNOC, Ecos Consulting, and Energy and Environmental Economics (E3). At TRC, Ms. Henrikson is a strategic advisor for internal and external stakeholders across the Western U.S., and she designs and implements commercial and industrial efficiency and sustainability programs for clients across the country, including the California IOUs, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port of Long Beach. Her approach to consulting services focuses on increasing customer engagement through integrated energy efficiency, demand response, renewable technologies, and carbon reduction strategies. Additionally, Ms. Henrikson’s professional experience includes regulatory affairs and policy development, strategic and financial planning, business development and marketing, operations management, and contract negotiations. Ms. Henrikson holds a MBA and MSc in Natural Resource Policy from University of Michigan’s Erb Institute of Global Sustainable Enterprise, and a BA from Wesleyan University.
Valerie Richardson (Secretary), DNV GL. Ms. Richardson has been in the energy efficiency industry since 1991 as a market researcher and energy efficiency EM&V practitioner. She led PG&E’s EM&V group from 1998-2008. During that period, Ms. Richardson represented and advocated EM&V practices, reports and policies in CA and served as an expert witness for PG&E. She also served in a public capacity where she chaired both the California Measurement Advisory Council (CALMAC) and the earlier group, California Demand-side Measurement Committee (CADMAC). These organizations developed and updated CA’s first generation of EM&V protocols and set in motion a process for updating and applying deemed estimates using the DEER data base. Ms. Richardson has extensive institutional knowledge regarding energy efficiency and evaluation practice and policies in CA and nationally. Recognized as a leader in the field and as such, Ms. Richardson has been asked to peer review various industry protocols, whitepapers, and government studies. She can bring this level of knowledge and expertise to help with interpreting and influencing EM&V technical and policy positions to support industry members, the energy efficiency industry and the state of California. As a native Californian, from Oakland; Ms. Richardson has a MBA in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA and a BA in Marketing from San Jose State University.
Mahlon Aldridge, Vice President of Strategic Development, Ecology Action. Mahlon currently leads strategy and product development activities and is responsible for Ecology Action’s strategic partnership development with top firms across the energy industry, financial sector, public agencies and multiple foundations. Mahlon has been with Ecology Action since 1993 and founded Ecology Action’s energy efficiency consulting practice. He led the team through its start-up and rapid early growth stages, which required him to be actively involved in policy engagement and proceedings before the CPUC and CEC. Mahlon served by invitation on several advisory groups and steering committees focused on driving deep, comprehensive energy efficiency for small to medium sized commercial buildings.
Sharyn Barata, Opinion Dynamics. Sharyn has worked in a variety of positions in the past 25 years, including work as a utility employee, consultant, and owner of a business. She has worked for large companies (Itron, FP&L) and mid-sized companies such as Opinion Dynamics. She has served in a board capacity for the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC) for over a decade, and will take over as President of IEPEC next year. She helped to start the now flourishing Behavior Energy and Climate Change Conference (BECC), and has enlisted partners and contributors to assist with the tasks needed to make these events successful. She currently resides outside of Spokane, WA, and frequently visits the Bay Area for meetings.
Nick Brod, CLEAResult. Nick oversees all program and people operations in California for CLEAResult. Following the acquisition of PECI by CLEAResult in 2014, he was asked to run California with P&L and multi-client responsibility for a multi-million dollar program and service business with over 100 distributed staff covering an extensive portfolio of work diversified across customer segments and technology uses. At PECI, Nick was the Director of a national practice of unique energy efficiency programs focused on the grocery sector overseeing a staff of 45 with product, program and P&L responsibilities. Prior to CLEAResult, he worked for 5 years across the world as part of the global management program at Vestas – the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer working in power plant construction, sales, strategy, and marketing. Nick transitioned careers during an MBA to refocus on a mission of environmental sustainability starting with a rapid introduction to the world of cleantech finance and socially responsible investing. Prior to his MBA, he had an entirely different career for 10 years as an interactive media producer and designer in the museum, design agency, and consulting sectors. Nick holds an MBA from Yale, an MSc in Multimedia Design from London Guildhall, and a BSc in Engineering from Exeter University, England.
Lauren Casentini, President, Resource Innovations. Lauren is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of energy program management, consulting and policy experience, including over a decade in the utility industry in leadership roles at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). During her four years at CLEAResult, Lauren held key executive roles including Board member, Senior Vice President of the California and Midwest Region, and Senior Vice President of National Policy and Regulatory Relations. Her extensive industry experience and credibility, along with strong leadership skills, helped CLEAResult grow to more than triple its size in a four-year period, growing into a company of 3,000 employees in over 70 cities across the US and Canada. She joined CLEAResult in 2011 through the acquisition of Resource Solutions Group, where she served as President and co-founder. Tapping again into to her entrepreneurial passion, Lauren recently launched Resource Innovations, where she integrates her experience working with diverse clients and stakeholders to provide strategic planning and consulting services to a variety of energy industry clients.
Cody Coeckelenbergh, Director of Program Services, Lincus. Cody has extensive experience developing and managing the implementation of energy asset strategies for energy intensive business operations on three continents. Over the last 10 years, he has worked as a consultant to help clients cost effectively establish load management practices that line up with their business objectives. This has included minimizing supply requirements, enabling load balancing and grid management controls, and integrating renewable energy generation. Cody is currently the Director of Program Services for Lincus, where he operates the Water Infrastructure System Efficiency program for water and wastewater operators in SDG&E, SCE, and PG&E territory.
Ann McCormick, Principal at Newcomb Anderson McCormick. Ann McCormick has been an active member of the energy efficiency community in Northern California for more than 25 years. She is a founding principal of Newcomb Anderson McCormick, a San Francisco based energy engineering and management consulting firm devoted exclusively to solving energy and sustainability issues in both the public and private sectors. She was previously a Vice President at EMCOR Energy Services and prior to that a Senior Engineer at Newcomb Anderson Associates.
Matt O’Keefe, Senior Director, Opower. Matt is the Senior Director of Market Development and Regulatory Affairs for Western North America at Opower. Matt is responsible for managing and executing the company’s regulatory and policy strategy in the western United States and Canada. In this role, he lead a team that works with Opower’s engineering and business experts to develop and guide the company’s perspective on matters including, but not limited to, energy efficiency, demand response, customer engagement, and the smart grid. He served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance from 2014-2016.
Prior to joining Opower, Matt worked at the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council where he worked with leaders of energy efficiency businesses, investor-owned utilities, and regulatory bodies to expand and stabilize the market for efficiency-focused companies. Prior to his work at the Efficiency Council, he held various positions in municipal government, non-profits, politics, and education. Matt’s work focused on the intersection of clean technology, government, and business. Matt is a former Teach For America corps member, and have degrees from UCLA and George Washington University.
Richard T. Sperberg, Founder, Onsite Energy Corporation. As the founder of Onsite Energy, Mr. Sperberg has over thirty-five years of experience in the field of energy efficiency and has led Onsite to be the leading independent ESCO in the industrial market sector. As one of the early pioneers in the energy efficiency project business, Rich is responsible for having developed Onsite into an innovative leader in the analysis, engineering, development and construction of energy efficiency and distributed generation projects. Rich has been a leader in the ESCO industry in that he successfully worked in close coordination and collaboration with utility companies on such innovative programs as SCE’s Demand Side Bidding Pilot in the mid 1990’s, and the Standard Performance Contract program starting in 1997, when he was instrumental as the ESCO industry’s representative to the California Board For Energy Efficiency (CBEE) in shaping the future of energy efficiency programs in California. Prior to founding Onsite, Rich led projects on behalf of the Gas Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy involved in cogeneration, fuel cells and advanced nuclear power reactor development.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Sperberg is a former President of the American Co-generation Association and National Association of Energy Services Companies (NAESCO).
Paul Whitelaw, Willdan. Paul Whitelaw leads energy efficiency programs and operations for Willdan in the western U.S. He oversees Willdan’s third-party energy efficiency programs for SDG&E, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Puget Sound Energy, as well as partnership programs for schools, municipalities, utilities and private clients.
Mr. Whitelaw heads Willdan’s West Coast business development activities, which encompass a range of technical engineering assistance and program implementation services for utility, municipal and private sector companies. With more than 20 years of operations and business development experience, he holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Point Loma Nazarene University and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.