Smart Energy Storage Summit: Conference Program


Smart Energy Storage Summit

September 8 – 9, 2010

Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Opening Keynote Session

09h00 – 09h30

Welcome Address & Opening Remarks
Mike Smith, Vice President & General Manager North America, Spintelligent

09h30 – 10h00

The Changing Role of the Utility in a Decentralized World
John Bohn, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

10h00 – 10h30

The New Smart Energy Era: Managing the Utility Business in a Changing Landscape
James Avery, Senior VP Power Supply, San Diego Gas & Electric 

10h30 – 11h15

PANEL: The Role of Environmental Policy in Driving Green Innovation Around Smart Grid
and Energy Efficiency

Moderator: Clint Wheelock, Founder & Managing Director, Pike Research


  • Bill Riggins, VP Environment and General Counsel, Kansas City Power & Light
  • Pete Skala, Manager, Climate Strategies Section, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Wendy Pulling, Director of Environmental Policy, Pacific Gas & Electric
Smart Energy Storage Summit: “The Megawatt Era Begins”

13h30 – 14h00

SESS Opening Keynote Address
Dr. Imre Gyuk, US Dept. of Energy, Energy Storage Systems, Program Manager 

14h00 – 15h15

Panel Discussion: Energy Storage and the Grid

Moderator: John Holmes, Senior Technology Development Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric


  • Dr. Stephen Clarke, CEO, Applied Intellectual Capital
  • Jim Heid, VP Global Business Solutions, Dresser-Rand
  • Mark Kapner, Sr. Strat. Officer, Austin Energy
  • Jim Pope, GM of Northern California Power Agency
  • Marianne Wu, Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

15h45 – 17h15

Smart Energy Storage Solutions

A unique series of the latest technologies and solutions driving energy storage implementation


  • Frank Ramirez, CEO, Ice Energy
  • Dr. Stephen Clarke, CEO, Applied Intellectual Capital
  • Jacqui DeRosa, Director Regulatory Affairs – California, Customized Energy Solutions

Conference Program Day 2

Thursday, September 9, 2010

09h00 – 09h30

Honorable Nancy Skinner, Assembly Member, California State Assembly, 14th District

09h30 – 10h30

Panel: Silicon Valley and Energy Storage

Moderator: Rachel Massaro, Associate Director, Climate Initiatives, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network


  • Richard Drake, Program Manager, NYSERDA
  • Pramod Kulkarni, Energy Analysis Office, California Energy Commission
  • Barbara Lockwood, Director, Smart Grid, Arizona Public Service
  • Sven Thesen, Head of California Business Development, A Better Place
  • David Wells, Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers

11h00 – 12h30

Smart Energy Storage Solutions

A unique series of the latest technologies and solutions driving energy storage implementation

  • Janice Lin, Director, California Energy Storage Alliance
  • Mark Rawson, Sr. Project Manager, Energy R&D, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Closing Panel

14h30 – 15h30

Renewable Energy and Storage

Moderator: Joe Desmond, Executive VP/Chief Strategy Office, Ice Energy


  • Carlos Coe, CEO, Xtreme Power
  • Scott Gardner, Managing Director, US Renewables Group
  • Maurice Gunderson, Senior Partner, Energy & Materials Division, CMEA Capital
  • Craig Kuennen, Smart Grid Project Sponsor, Glendale Water & Power
  • Hal LaFlash, Director, Emerging Clean Technologies, Pacific Gas & Electric