Speakers

Bill Brennan
Managing Director & Co-Chief Investment Officer
Ultra Capital

William S. Brennan is the Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Ultra Capital. Ultra was founded by long-time industry professionals with a shared vision to bridge the gap between the large and growing community of

developers seeking capital for local, distributed sustainable real assetprojects based on proven technologies and investors seeking annual cash yields and consistent non-correlated returns from real assets in water, agriculture, energy and waste.  From July 2010 to July 2014, Mr. Brennan was the Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager for Summit Global Management, Inc., overseeing the development and management of water equitystrategies for the firm.  From October 2008 to June 2010, he was the President and Managing Partner for Brennan Investment Partners, a water infrastructure and investment firm.  During his career he has been aPortfolio Manager of the Praetor Global Water Equities Fund in Luxemburg and the Kinetics Water Infrastructure Fund (five-star Morningstar rated funds and the #1 fund in 2006, 2007 and 2008 in natural resources category in Europe and the top U.S. manager for natural resource/environmental funds & risk managed in 2008) and a Senior Analyst with Pacific Growth Equities and has held various senior positions with Coopers & Lybrand, Law Engineering and General Electric.  Mr Brennan began his career as an Air Force officer and Combat Crew Commander. Mr. Brennan serves on the Board AbTech Industries, The Water Initiative, the Dean's advisory council for the School of Engineering at Colorado State University and was a member of Jabil Circuits CleanTech Advisory Board from 2010 to 2014.  Mr. Brennan has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Biology from Lehigh University; a MS inBiomedical Engineering from Colorado State University (Tau Beta Pi) and an MBA from Villanova University where he has also been an adjunct professor in the graduate MBA program.

Ronald Borod
Senior Counsel
DLA Piper

Ronald Borod has worked extensively in securitization and structured finance for over two decades and has established a reputation as a thought leader in the creation of innovative structures and financial products. Ron focuses his practice on assisting issuers and underwriters in designing and implementing securitization programs involving non-traditional asset classes.

For example, in the 1990s he developed the first national credit tenant lease finance program and the first CTL-only conduit, and designed and executed securitized credit lease programs to provide construction and permanent financing for two national retail companies.

CREDENTIALS

Education

New York University (1967) LL.M., Taxation

Harvard Law School (1966) J.D.

Princeton University (1963) B.A.,

magna cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa

Ron was the architect of and served as Issuer's Counsel and Program Advisor for a national program to securitize legal fees awarded as a result of the 1998 settlement of the states' litigation against the tobacco industry. The first of the transactions under this program, Litigation Settlement Monetized Fee Trust ITM US$308.1 Million Pass Through Certificates, Series 2001-1, was named US Asset-Backed Deal of the Year by the International Securitisation Report. To date, Ron has served as lead counsel on more than US$1 billion of securities backed by over $3 billion of tobacco fee revenues.

Ron also has significant experience in the renewable energy sector in creating capital market structures for wind, solar and energy efficiency projects, as well as carbon emissions allowances and offsets, and has assumed a leadership position in the development of a solar and energy efficiency ABS market He also has been active in the securitization of intellectual property and in whole business securitization.

EXPERIENCE

Ron represented UBS in a rated repackaging of its tobacco fee-backed assets, and in such capacity drafted all US-based documents, represented the sponsor in meetings with rating agencies, and performed the other customary services as issuer/sponsor counsel

Ron served as issuer's counsel for Settlement Fee Finance 2013-1, a US$40.5million tobacco fee securitization rated by Moody's and closed in November 2013. In his capacity as issuer's counsel Mr. Borod prepared or supervised the preparation of all principal transaction documents and the offering circular, the preparation of the principal opinions, and the purchase and sale agreements for the aggregator, as well as assisting the sponsor and the underwriter in rating agency presentations. Barclays Capital served as sole book runner and underwriter

Ron was senior transaction counsel in the representation of Oxford Finance, LLC in the Oxford Finance Funding Trust 2012-1 securitization of a portfolio of loans to life science companies, which closed in 2012

Ron served as co-chair of the legal subgroup working on various mock rating projects under the auspices of Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC), a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)- sponsored initiative to facilitate access of solar power projects to the securitization market. In such capacity, he was the co-lead draftsman of term sheets and the co-lead developer of the legal architecture for multiple versions of solar securitization transactions, including residential and commercial and industrial, and also a structure to harmonize securitization with tax equity structures

In 2014 Ron represented an investment firm in the creation of a securitization program to fund the aggregation of portfolios of commercial solar projects and in such capacity designed the legal architecture for issuing asset-backed securities from a portfolio of multi-tiered investment LLCs and project LLCs with tax equity investors under a partnership flip structure.

Ron conceived and structured the program which has enabled outside legal counsel for various states in the tobacco litigation, which culminated in the landmark settlement in 1998, to monetize their legal fees. These fees (originally aggregating over US$14 billion) are payable by the settling tobacco companies over 28 years. The first of a series of transactions under this program, Litigation Settlement Monetized Fee Trust ITM Pass Through Certificates, Series 2001-1, closed in February of 2001, involving the issuance of US$308.1 million of pass-through certificates. It was named the US Asset- Backed Securities Deal of the Year by the International Securitisation Report. Subsequently, Ron has served as issuer’s or transaction counsel in additional securitizations of tobacco fees aggregating over $3 billion

Ron has represented Mesirow Financial in a transaction involving the repackaging of subordinated tranches of securities backed by long-term leases to the GSA into investment-grade rated securities. Ron is currently representing Mesirow Financial in a securitization of interest-only strips of a portfolio of small business loans

Ron is currently representing a leading underwriter of esoteric asset-backed securities in connection with the structuring and closing of a rated tobacco fee-backed securitization

Ron is currently representing a finance company in the structuring and execution of a debt finance program to be secured by revenues from a hotel room enhancement service.

Ron is currently representing a finance company in the structuring of a national program to finance infrastructure improvements to mobile home parks

PUBLICATIONS

 Co-author, "The Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) Mock Securitization Project," NREL, December 21, 2015

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Co-author, "The Second Coming of US Whole Business Securitisation," World Trademark Review, June/July 2015

Co-author, "Tax Equity and Accounting Considerations in the Solar ABS Structure," The Journal of Structured Finance, Fall 2014

Co-author, "How Could Securitization Debt Fit with Tax Equity in the Solar Financial Landscape? Pt. I," National Renewable Energy Laboratory, October 4, 2013

Co-author, "How Could Securitization Debt Fit with Tax Equity in the Solar Financial Landscape? Pt. II," National Renewable Energy Laboratory, October 9, 2013  Co-author, "Securitization Reform Halftime Report," Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, Volume 32, Number 4, April 2013

Author, "Belling the Cat: Taming the Securitization Beast Without Killing It," Boston University Review of Banking & Financial Law, Spring 2012; received a 2013 Burton Award for legal writing achievement

Author, "Did Dodd-Frank Hit or Miss the Securitization Bull’s Eye?" Practical International Corporate Finance Strategies (Thomson Reuters), February 15, 2012

 Author, "Re-Emerging and Esoteric Asset Classes: Questions and Answers," The Journal of Structured Finance, Winter 2011.

PRESENTATIONS AND SEMINARS

Moderator, "Bending the Sun Curve: Future Pathways for Financing Distributed Solar," EnerKnol’s New York Energy Week (June 14, 2016)

Moderator, "The A->Z of Solar Deals Done to Date," IMN's 4th Annual Sunshine Backed Bonds Conference (April 21, 2016)

Panelist, "Esoterics 101," ABS East Conference (September 2015)

 Panelist, ''Esoterics 101: Overview of New and Emerging Asset Classes,'' ABS East Conference (September 2014)

 Panelist, ''Solar Lease Securitization Overview: Challenges and Solutions,'' ABS East Conference (September 2014)

Moderator, ''Tax Equity Issues and Accounting Considerations in the Solar ABS Structure,'' IMN 2nd Annual Sunshine Backed Bonds Conference (May 2014)

Panelist, ''Residential Solar ABS: Case Study'' IMN-SFIG ABS Vegas (January 2014)

Panelist, "Securitization", Financial Services Basics, Boston University School of Law (August, 2013)

Moderator, "Structural, Accounting, Legal Considerations/Concerns for Solar, Wind and Other Renewable ABS Deals," IMN's First Annual Sunshine Backed Bonds Conference (May 2013)

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Adjunct Professor, Boston University Law School Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law, where he has taught a course on ''Securitization and Structured Finance'' for over 15 years

NEWS

Quoted, "SolarCity deal lights way for securitization," Thomson Reuters, July 29, 2014

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Merit Reviewer, US Department of Energy

Member, Board of Directors, Solar Energy Finance Association

American Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

Boston Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Memphis Bar Association

  Advisory Board, Tax Management—the nationally recognized tax service published by the Bureau of National Affairs

RECOGNITIONS

Expert Guides selected Ron for the list of World's Leading Lawyers in the 5th edition of Banking, Finance and Transactional Guide.

Ron has been selected for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Securitization and Structured Finance Law.

Chosen as the winner of the 2016 Global Law Experts, annual award in the following category - Structured Finance Law Firm of the Year in Massachusetts, 2016.

The Legal 500 United States has repeatedly recognized Ron for his structured finance practice. The directory has called him an "expert in esoteric ABS" who "has deep experience, fantastic judgment, and brings extraordinary value to the deal.

Ron has been repeatedly recognized in Euromoney Legal Group's Guide to the World's Leading Structured Finance Lawyers, in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Securitization and Structured Finance Law, and in New England's Best Lawyers, and in Legal Media Group's Expert Guides in the Structured finance and Securitization section. The 2015 Global Law Experts Awards recognized Ron as Structured Finance Attorney of the Year in Massachusetts. The Marquis Who's Who publication, Who's Who in American Law (2011 – 2012) and the Who's Who Legal publication, The International Who's Who of Capital Markets, also recognized Ron. 

 

Lindsey Clark
Sustainability Expert
Governance & Accountability Institute

Lindsey Clark is a freelance sustainability consultant in New York City. Lindsey recently returned from London, where she was an Account Director with eRevalue, a London-based technology start-up offering a data analytics platform that utilizes algorithmic techniques to identify and monitor risks associated with ESG issues across competitive, regulatory and reputational landscapes.

Prior to moving abroad, Lindsey worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as their Energy & Sustainability Manager where her focus was to expand sustainability programs, data management efforts and communication strategies in the areas of energy, water, waste, food, and procurement, among others.

Lindsey graduated in May 2013 from Columbia University with a Masters in Sustainability Management. Prior to her Masters program, Lindsey held several finance positions in NYC including Private Asset Management at Neuberger Berman, Hedge Fund Operations at Pergament Advisors and Institutional Sales at Baron Capital.

Lindsey graduated with Honors from the University of Georgia in 2006 with duel degrees: a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. 

 

Morris Cox
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer
BlocPower

Morris Cox Short Bio

Morris Cox is Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer at BlocPower, a Brooklyn-based clean technology start-up. BlocPower is currently closing on two funds for $15mm of project finance capital for energy efficiency projects in urban communities. Prior to BlocPower, Morris was a private equity associate at Red Oak Growth Partners where he structured technology and business services acquisitions. From 2008 through 2012 Morris was a quantitative analyst at Real Capital Analytics and a project finance associate at General Electric Energy Financial Services. In 2009, he co-founded Difra, a startup that successfully designed and patented a unique software algorithm to automate residential construction using laser cutters and engineered lumber. Morris graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and physics from MIT in 2007 and a Master’s of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.

Nick Davis
CEO
GridMarket
 
 
2011 to Present: Managing Director - Agrion Americas 

2008 - 2011: Principal & Founder, Selestos Group 
2009: Consultant for Pacific Gas & Electric Company 

Duke University, Master's in Resource Economics & Policy, Business & Environment
Northwestern University, Bachelor's in History, Business, and Science in Human Culture 

Michael Eckhart
Managing Director, Global Head of Environmental Finance & Sustainability
Citigroup

Michael T. Eckhart is a Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at Citigroup in New York City. In this role he supports Citi's goal to be the leading financial services firm in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean water and related areas, serving clients with corporate banking, investment banking, equity and debt capital markets, global transaction services, trade finance and private banking. 

 

Mr. Eckhart serves on the governing bureau of the REN 21 global policy network in renewable energy, on the Renewable Industry Advisory Board of the IEA, and as an Observer to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). 

 

From 2001 to 2011, Mr. Eckhart was founding President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization with more than 600 organizational members in wind, solar, hydro, ocean, geothermal, biomass, biofuels and waste sources of electricity, thermal energy, hydrogen and fuels. Previously, he developed financing for solar energy under the SolarBank Initiative in South Africa and India; was Chairman & CEO of the power generation development firm United Power Systems, Inc.; Vice President of the venture capital firm Areté Ventures, Inc.; a strategic planner of General Electric Company's power systems sector; and a Principal with the energy practice of Booz, Allen & Hamilton where he conducted many of the original national studies on new energy technologies in the 1970s including renewables, advanced coal, synfuels, advanced nuclear and others. 

 

Mr. Eckhart has received several awards in the area of social entrepreneurship. He served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service. He received a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Peter C. Fusaro
Chairman
Global Change Associates Inc.

Peter C. Fusaro is Chairman of Global Change Associates in New York and is the best selling author of What Went Wrong at Enron. His three most recent books have been Cut Carbon, Grow Profits, Energy & Emissions: Collision or Convergence and Energy & Environmental Hedge Funds: The New Investment Paradigm. Peter is an energy industry thought leader noted for his keen insights in emerging energy and environmental financial markets. He has been on the forefront of energy and environmental change for over 30 years focusing on. oil, gas, power, coal, emissions, carbon trading and renewable energy markets. Peter is currently advising in the clean energy technology arena. Peter was recently selected for Who's Who in America. He coined the term "Green Trading" and holds the Wall Street Green Trading Summit with Reuters in New York each spring. He is also a well known expert on Asia Pacific energy and environmental markets. He co-founded the Energy Hedge Fund Center LLC (www.energyhedgefunds.com) in 2004 which he sold in 2011. Peter graduated with an MA in international relations from Tufts University and a BA from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Bahar Gidwani
Founder & CEO
CSRHub

Bahar Gidwani has built and run large technology-based businesses for man years. Bahar holds a CFA, worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. Bahar has consulted to a number of major companies and

currently serves on the board of several software and Web companies. He hasan MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physicsand astronomy. Bahar plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York

City.

Daniel P. Hashim, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer
3D Nano Batteries

 

Dr. Hashim is a nanotechnologist, materials scientist, inventor and entrepreneur. He is Chief Technology Officer of 3D Nsno Batteries LLC and the inventor of the proprietary "Nanosponge" technology that will be used as our battery and capacitor material.

 

In May of 2009 he received his Bachelors of Science in Materials Science Engineering with a minor in Management Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY). In May of 2014 he received a Ph.D. in Materials Science & from Rice University (Houston, TX) with focus on carbon-based nanomaterials synthesis, characterization, and applications. In 2010 he was a recipient of the highly sought after NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award and has published, given talks, and trained others in the concepts of three-dimensional nanostructures and “NanoSponge”.

 

Dr. Hashim has gained elaborate research experience with projects of various advanced nanomaterials through industry, government, and international collaborations with academic research institutes and universities. He has co-authored over 20 publications from respected scientific journals and has over 920 citations to his work. He was awarded with Rice University’s 2012 Hershel M. Rich Invention Award. His efforts have been honorably recognized by the prestigious Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 list in year 2014 under the category of Science & HealthCare.

Samuel R. Hashim
Chairman & Acting CEO
3D Nano Batteries LLC

Samuel R. Hashim has been an educator and successful business leader and entrepreneur for over 35 years.  In 1981, he founded and operated his first of two private schools registered with the New York State Board of Regents and is getting ready to open a third.  He will soon follow up with establishing 3 more private schools using a joint venture business/educational model that he created with his Chinese partners for use in the People’s Republic of China in the cities of Hangzhou, Jinan and Fuzhou.   

Samuel has founded and operated a community development corporation that has designed and developed 100 unit condominium projects and his educational organizations have as many as 75 employees.   Samuel knows the challenges of growing a company, satisfying customers and meeting payroll every other week, month after month and year after year.  His most recent business venture was founded in August of 2014 and is now worth over $10M today with annual revenues approaching $1.5M.  Samuel will soon exercise an option to sell up to 30% of his equity interest in the company for over $3M.  

His business and investment contacts around the world are extensive given the 15 years of his founding and operating an international faith-based chamber of commerce of business and professional leaders.   His Secret of Wealth seminars have helped to train, mentor and coach 100’s of businesses and young entrepreneurs in the arts, sciences, technology, engineering, and more importantly the “business of life”.  Samuel introduced his son, Dr. Daniel P. Hashim to the “small” world of Nanotechnology in 1998 when he was only 12 years old.    

Daniel has since gone on to be recognized as one of the Forbes “30 under 30” for 2014 in the fields of science and health care for his patents and inventions in multi wall Carbon Nanotubes.  He is the only Nano Scientist in the world to create a 3 dimensional (3D) Carbon “NanoSponge” with a scalable manufacturing process for commercial use that will have dynamic game changing consequences across all industries.  Daniel has recently partnered with his Dad to create 3D Nano Batteries, LLC and their affiliates, to utilize this patented technology for world-wide battery field of use under an exclusive licensing agreement business model.

Samuel is the Chairman and acting CEO of 3D Nano Batteries (3DNB) and his ongoing passion is to work with research scientists and entrepreneurs in materials science and Nano Engineering to transform our world with environmentally safe, emerging technologies to power our world. 

Samuel is happily married to his wife Donna and lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Together, they have raised 6 successful young adults who are all excelling in their respective fields.  

Scott Hill
President
Clean Energy Advisors LLC

Scott Hill has over twenty years of entrepreneurial experience including a significant perspective on business start-ups and building successful small businesses. He has either founded, purchased, sold, or acted as an intermediary in over 12 business ventures. In 1998, he received Venture Capital for a .com start-up that was later sold to a large investment group. His experience in a variety of industries and business disciplines provides a balanced view of how business works. Prior to joining CEA, Scott worked in the consulting industry successfully assisting high level executives with career transition.

His duties at CEA include overseeing the firms family office, endowment, foundation, and UHNW client strategies. Since 2014, he has served as a panelist at US based family office conferences and enjoys speaking on impact investing, renewable energy opportunities, and the future of Solar PV worldwide.

Scott is a 1991 graduate of Columbia University and four year member of the football program. He lives near Nashville, TN with his wife and children. He’s actively involved in his community and church. He’s coached over 40 youth sports teams, served on two soccer club boards, led his church’s Room-In-The-Inn program, and participates in CLC, a Christian leadership group for men.

Charlotte Kim
Partner
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Charlotte Kim is a partner in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR). Her practice focuses on global corporate finance with particular expertise in the energy, healthcare, life sciences and technology sectors. Charlotte has structured, negotiated, and closed more than 140 transactions with a total value exceeding $20 billion.
Charlotte has extensive experience advising public and private companies, private equity funds, venture capital funds, financial institutions, institutional investors, developers and multilateral agencies on capital structures and financing needs throughout the life cycle of an enterprise or project, from start-up and construction through development, operations, acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and investments.
Charlotte's transactional experience includes energy efficiency finance; renewable/clean energy development and financing; energy savings agreements (ESAs); PACE financing; project finance; securitizations; buyout and acquisition finance; private placements and debt securities offerings; lease financings; related derivative transactions; joint ventures and other equity investments; and restructuring transactions, both in and out of bankruptcy. In addition, she has completed numerous cross-border transactions and investments involving the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Charlotte's long-standing interest in clean energy began during her tenure as a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium in 1991. She was a consultant to the UN Climate Change Secretariat during the Kyoto Protocol negotiations and several other UN Climate Change Convention negotiations. Charlotte co-authored with Professor Abram Chayes an article on China's role in these negotiations, "China and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change," Energizing China, distributed by Harvard University Press. In May 2012, Charlotte co-authored and was the main architect of a WSGR white paper, "Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance".

EDUCATION:
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1995
A.B., Social Studies, Harvard University, 1991 Magna Cum Laude; Recipient, Harvard Scholarship for Academic Achievement; Senior Staff Writer, Harvard International Review; Recipient of a Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, given for outstanding theses

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
Chairperson and Board Director, Asia-America Chamber of Commerce
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Founding Director, New England Women in Energy & the Environment, 2009-2012
President, Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (2008-2010)
Member, International Law Committee (2000-2003) and Council on International Affairs (2004-2007), New York City Bar Association
Co-chair, National Committee on Sustainability and Climate Change, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

HONORS:
Recognized in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 editions of Chambers USA: American's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Banking and Finance category
Named a "Best Lawyer under 40" by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in 2009

SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
Co-author, "Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance", Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati white paper, May 2012
Co-author, "The Changing Landscape for Credit Rating Agencies," Law360, February 3, 2010
Co-author with A. Chayes, "China and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change," Energizing China, Harvard University Press, 1998

SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
"Scaling Up and Crossing the Second Valley of Death as Your Company Commercializes," MIT Clean Energy Prize/WSGR Energy and Clean Tech Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2012
Program Chair and Moderator, "Sustainability, Scalability, Profitability: Primer on Renewable Energy Transactions," National NAPABA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2011
"Legal Issues in Biotech," presentation to Chinese American Biomedical Association, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2010
Moderator, "A Conversation with General Counsels - Best Practices on How to Attract and Retain Diverse Legal Talent," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2009
Panelist, "Financing Energy and Brownfield Projects," New England Women in Energy and the Environment, Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 2009

ADMISSIONS:
State Bar of Massachusetts
State Bar of New York

Brian Kaminer
Creator
Invest With Values

Brian Kaminer is the founder of Talgra and creator of Invest With Values.  Talgra consults with people and organizations looking to align their money and values through sustainable, community and impact investments.  Invest With Values is an educational website for people learning to create positive change with their money and investments.

Brian is on the board of Slow Money NYC, a chapter of the national non-profit that focuses on catalyzing funding to local, sustainable food business.  He co-founded Foodshed Investor NY, the first investor network solely focused on sustainable food. 

Brian’s background includes 17 years in the brokerage business. As a principal of a boutique brokerage firm his roles included Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Technology Officer.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.

Brian lives in Westchester County, NY, with his wife and three sons.  He believes that sustainability is an evolving process that requires global thinking and personal engagement

Randy Kaufman
Senior Vice President
EMM

Randy Kaufman, Senior Vice President 212-476-5354 rkaufman@emmny.com

Randy Kaufman is a Senior Vice President focusing on EMM’s strategic growth as well as client relationship management. Randy’s expertise includes estate and income tax planning, pre-deal planning, multi-generational issues, impact investing and philanthropy. Previously, she worked at Evercore Wealth Management as a Wealth Advisor, and at Federal Street Advisors, where she managed the firm’s Family Office Services. Randy also spent seven years at LongVue Advisors, a multi-family office that she co-founded, and six years with Fleet Bank and its predecessor, BankBoston, where she was the founder and managing director of the Wealth Strategies Group in Fleet Bank’s Private Client Group.

Before becoming a wealth adviser in 1998, Randy held various investment banking and tax structuring positions at J.P. Morgan and practiced corporate tax law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She has been a featured speaker over the years on numerous topics, including Behavioral Finance and Philanthropy, The Integration of Business and Personal Issues and Estate Planning Strategies.

Randy is a senior advisor to the Wealth and Giving Forum and a member of both the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Estate Planning Council of New York City. She is a trainer for the Redwoods Initiative, which provides next-gen financial literacy educational programs. Randy also serves on the Advisory Board of Indego Africa and the Naomi-Berrie Diabetes Center, and on the Corporate Board of Bird & Stone, a sustainable jewelry company. Previously, she was a member of the Jewish National Fund’s Sapphire Society and the Board of Directors for Opportunity International. Randy is also a certified 21/64 Trainer, having received specialized training in how to engage the next generation of philanthropists.

Randy earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Chicago and her Bachelor’s Degree at Middlebury College.

 

Steve Levine
President & CEO
Clean Air Group Inc.

Steve Levine

President and CEO, Clean Air Group, Inc.

Steve Levine is the founder and President/CEO of Clean Air Group, Inc. of Fairfield, CT, a company he founded in 2004 dedicated to providing cleaner, healthier air to indoor spaces. Under Steve’s leadership, Clean Air Group has created a stable of innovative, proprietary indoor environmental technologies designed to significantly improve the quality of a wide range of indoor building environments. Steve positioned the company to focus on situations where the well-being of people is improved and sustained even in difficult indoor surroundings. Clean Air Group’s brands include the AtmosAir Solutions line of air purification products for commercial and residential use. CAG has expanded its reach with the opening of offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Mr. Levine brings over 30 years of experience in building and leading companies. Prior to Clean Air Group, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Protective Alarms, the largest independent security company in Connecticut. 

As a business leader, Mr. Levine actively supports the industries in which his companies operate. Today, he represents the indoor air quality industry as industry liaison in his Board position with the National Green Energy Council. He is also very involved with both industry groups ASHRAE and the US Green Building Council. 

In addition to his business involvement, Mr. Levine uses his personal time to support others in need. He  has served as Founder and Chairman of the Pro Sports Challenge for over twenty years. The Pro Sports Challenge is a fundraising event that has raised over $1M to support the quality of life of developmentally disabled adults living at the Lower Fairfield Center, a state-run group home in Norwalk, CT.

Igor Lilic
Enterprise & Delivery
ConsenSys

Advising enterprise clients on Blockchain use cases 

· Drafting technical road maps for permissioned ledger deployments

· Designing and implementing applications powered by smart contracts on the Ethereum network

William Liuzza
Founder & CEO
EnergeiaWorks

With nearly 20 years of talent acquisition experience William Liuzza has a track record as one of the most successful and effective recruiters in the renewable energy sector.  William began his recruiting career in 1994 while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and later joined J. Patrick & Associates in New York as a Managing Partner. For over a decade, he led J. Patrick & Associates’ domestic and international business within the information security and wireless business units through business development, account management, and executive recruitment.

William founded EnergeiaWorks in 2010 to meet the growing demand for highly-specialized experts in the fast growing clean tech and renewable energy markets. William built EnergeiaWorks from its conception into a profitable, brand-recognized company with multiple triple-digit growth years and over 100 industry-leading customers. As CEO, William is responsible for global business development, account management, and marketing for EnergeiaWorks. He manages and mentors a team of researchers and recruiters focused on job placement in clean technology. He is recognized as an industry expert on hiring trends within clean energy and an accomplished author and public speaker on the topic.  

Through EnergeiaWorks, William also manages "Renewables UnWind" - a North American networking association for the renewable energy industry. These monthly events have hosted thousands of professionals in New York City, as well in Toronto, Las Vegas, Calgary, and San Francisco. William holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College, City University of New York. 

 

Jiong Ma
Partner
Braemar Energy Ventures

Jiong Ma has more than 20 years of research, operating and venture capital experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining Braemar, she was with the venture group at 3i, Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs in product portfolio strategy, new product launches for Optical and Data Networking, and R&D, She was also with Nortel Networks and a founding member of Onetta.

Dr. Ma received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and a B.S. in physics from Lanzhou University, China. She is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program, has published or co-authored 15 technical papers, and holds one U.S. patent. Dr. Ma serves on the boards of Aledia, Fulham, MC10, and Voxel8.

David Manning
Director, Stakeholder and Community Relations Office
Brookhaven National Laboratory

David Manning

Director, Stakeholder and Community Relations Office

David Manning was named Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory's Stakeholder and Community Relations Office in January, 2015. Manning’s responsibilities include developing, implementing, and assessing strategic internal and external communications plans and programs to advance the scientific mission and priority programs and initiatives of the Lab; developing and implementing government and stakeholder relations programs to help increase support for the Lab's programs and priority projects; and overseeing science education and workforce development programs to fulfill the Lab's and U.S. Department of Energy's education and diversity goals.

Manning has worked in both government and the private sector, including serving as the Deputy Minister of Energy for Alberta, Canada, President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers ( CAPP) and EVP, Corporate Affairs / Chief Environmental Officer  for KeySpan/National Grid. Most recently, he served as the U.S. representative for the Premier of Alberta, deeply involved in energy issues.

Manning earned a B.A. and L.L.B. in law from the University of Alberta, and did post-graduate work in international law at the Australian National University.

Ian Monroe
President & Chief Sustainability Office
Etho Capital

Ian Monroe is the founding President of Etho Capital, which is recognized by Fast Company as one of the world's "Most Innovative Companies" for pioneering the links between climate efficiency and financial outperformance for public equity investments with the ETHO ETF. Ian is also the Founder of Oroeco, the world's leading personal climate sustainability tracking and gamification platform, with users in over 170 countries. Ian shares his experiences as a Lecturer at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on sustainability metrics and climate change solutions. Ian is an Echoing Green Climate Fellow, an Institutional Investor "Rising Star," and one of TechRepublic's top 8 leaders in cleantech. He has contributed to climate and energy policy and industry standards through the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, UNESCO Netexplo, UNEP Finance Initiative, and the U.S. Department of State, drawing from his research at Stanford and experiences working on sustainable technology in over two dozen countries around the world, as well as his experiences working on his family's small farm in California

Jack Mosel
Executive Partner/Dir. Sales & Project Management
Secure Supply USA

Jack Mosel

Executive Partner / Dir. Sales and Project Management Secure Supply USA

MW Class PV value-adding technology to address Renewable Energy storage through On-Site Green Hydrogen production via green / Carbon-Free energy technology integration.

PV, Wind, Geothermal or Hydro Power renewable energy resources facilitate the energy to create MW Scale power and energy storage from H2 Gas. Power to Gas and Gas to Power is what Jack’s company does.

H2 is a BATTERY. It's the most ideal battery through our integrated process. H2 is also a high density (GREEN) energy carrier. We provide a “virtual Pipeline” to deliver 99.9999% Fuel Cell Grade Hydrogen to off-taker’s, such as H2 Refueling station’s or to H2 fueled MW Class Stationary ICE Engine's. Micro-Grid, Grid-Tied and off-Grid applications are all possibilities. Disaster relief, sustainable energy supply, Carbon-Free energy. New revenue models for stranded energy and Intermittent energy had from renewables are benefitted from Hydrogen production through our integration technology, via these opportunities. The opportunities as such, are as inexhaustible as the renewable energy and the water supply will permit.”

https://www.securesupplyusa.com/about-us/

We can provide a Secure Energy Supply for the U.S.A.

Jack Mosel holds a BS in Earth System Science and a MAT in Earth System Science / Secondary Education with accompanying NYS Teaching certification’s through SUNY. He is a former High School Earth System’s Science and Living Environment certified NYS Teacher of 10 years. Upon retiring from Public Education several years ago, Mr. Mosel laterally moved into the commercial Solar Power and Alternative Energy marketplace.

Prior to teaching our next generation investors about the Earth, the Living Environment and the operations of the Universe, Mr. Mosel co-invented a process from the past 30 years, a natural process to restore lakes (successfully reversing eutrophication). His work and ongoing contribution’s as Senior Lake Restoration Consultant can be seen at www.lake-savers.com. His life’s work has involved water, sustainable renewable energy and the exploration of the science and structure of water. A culmination of all these efforts have brought Mr. Mosel to be at the threshold now for employing Hydrogen (A component of Water)  to be employed as both an energy storage vehicle and as a Carbon-Free fuel for prime power.  

Les Neumann
Managing Director
iCANny

Les is the Managing Director of iCANny, a not for profit New York State Certified Business Incubator and he also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of privately held iCAN-Global LLC, (International Cleantech Acceleration Network). Each entity specializes in the accelerated commercialization of innovative cleantech and energy technologies based in New York’s Hudson Valley. As a lifelong entrepreneur and innovator, Les is leading these initiatives which are altering the paradigm of traditional, geographically restricted incubation and acceleration.

iCAN-Global LLC is a socially networked organization that has a recruited a global cadre of experienced business executives, professionals, technologists and service providers in a variety of technical and business disciplines. Our mission is to facilitate the licensing of cleantech and energy innovations worldwide stimulating local investment, economic development and job creation.

Les is a co-founder of iCLEAN, a NYSERDA supported energy and cleantech incubation partnership between iCANny and the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering. His energy and cleantech incubator is also engaged with the formation of new cleantech incubators in Newburgh New York (as a component of a StartUpNY initiative with Mount Saint Mary College)incubator; the BioInc incubator in a collaborative partnership with New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York; and the clean energy center in Mount Vernon, New York.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Les has managed privately and publicly held companies, structured numerous financings, formed strategic partnerships and turnarounds. An experienced executive, Les serves on numerous Boards as well as an Advisor for academic institutions. Les is a sought after speaker for domestic and international conferences on emerging cleantech innovations, entrepreneurship and twenty first century incubation methodologies.

Ian Philp
Cleantech Trade Commissioner
Consul General od Canada

Ian Philp is the Cleantech Trade Commissioner and Head of Energy & Environment at the Consulate General of Canada in New York City. He is responsible for advancing Canadian commercial and economic interests in energy, sustainable technology, and infrastructure, in collaboration with an extensive network of Canadian and U.S. partners.  Ian also co-manages the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) for CleanTech with the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco.  The CTA is a 12-week accelerator program for promising Canadian cleantech companies that offers tailored coaching, mentoring and access to resources in the NYC metro area and Silicon Valley.

Previously, Ian was the Director of Partnerships at the MaRS Advanced Energy Centre, a public-private partnership working to unite industry, utilities and government to consolidate and grow Canada’s cleantech expertise.  Ian has also worked for a boutique investment bank making targeted energy efficiency investments in Asia, and as an international trade lawyer defending Canada’s renewable energy policies.  Ian also spent four years as a UN legal and political advisor in the Middle East.  From 2005-2007, Ian was part of the humanitarian relief effort in Iraq, where he advised the Iraqi and Kurdish governments on post-conflict legal reconstruction as part of a Baghdad-based legal team.

In 2015, Ian was named to Canada’s Clean50, an award given to outstanding contributors to clean capitalism.  He has also been named an Atlantic Council Fellow in Environment & Energy Policy, a Future Energy Leader with the World Energy Council, and was a 2011-12 Action Canada Fellow. Ian holds an honors degree in international relations & economics, two law degrees (common and civil law), and a MBA with a specialization in energy finance. He is fluent in English and French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Arabic.

Ben Rogers
EVP of Business Development & Sales
Aquilon Energy Services

EVP of Business Development & Sales

Ben has worked for over 17 years in the energy and utility sectors (regulated and merchant) and has been an investment banker advising utilities and alternative energy companies on M&A, financing, strategy, and business development. He has experience in energy efficiency, power-related asset management, energy storage, poly-silicon production, wind and solar generation, and water and coal remediation.

Most Recently, Ben was an Aquilon advisor and leader at the Broadscale Group, an investment firm working with leading energy corporations to invest in and commercialize the industry's most promising market-ready innovations.

 

Ben has held several key senior management positions with energy start-up companies in energy storage. Ben was previously a Vice President with Goldman Sachs & Co., working in the Global Natural Resources Group within the Investment Banking Division. While at Goldman, Ben's responsibilities included both an execution role and the coverage of regulated utilities, merchant power assets and alternative energy companies.

 

Ben has also worked for Cinergy Corp., now part of Duke Energy and Enron Corp. in Houston.

 

Dana Sands
Partner
Energy Infrastructure Partners

Energy Infrastructure Partners, a minority owned firm, develops and invests in renewable energy and infrastructure markets.

Tony Saxton
Founding Partner
TERRA
Mr. Saxton is a Founding Partner of Terra Group Holdings; a Partner and Director of LSX Exchange, www.lsxexchange.com, a disruptive, next generation, digital currency based electronic trading exchange that encompasses cryptographically secure trading, settlement and ledger services; and the Co-Founder and CEO of Terra Global Solutions, www.terrags.com, a highly specialized design, development and integration firm that is dedicated to harnessing the latest technologies to create extraordinary expeditionary solutions for exploration, education, conservation and research where all projects are evaluated with an eye to the dissemination of knowledge that inspires the preservation of the natural world. 

  

Previously, Mr. Saxton was the Managing Partner of a private investment partnership, Terra Firma Capital Group, as well as the CEO of FTL Solar, a leading provider of solar integrated fabrics and structures.

 

Prior to that, Mr. Saxton served as a Portfolio Manager for a multi-strategy hedge fund, where he was responsible for research and investment allocation, including the identification, purchase, management and resale of real estate investment properties.  He was also an Assistant Portfolio Manager with Birinyi Associates, Inc., www.birinyi.com, a money management and research firm based in Westport, CT where he played a key role in managing $1.4+ billion in assets using money flow and technical analysis as a lead investment indicator.

 

Mr. Saxton is an active member of the Explorers Club, www.explorers.org, an international, multidisciplinary, professional organizations dedicated to the advancement of field research and scientific exploration; a member of the National Arts Club, an organization founded in 1898 for the purpose of furthering art and artists in America by fostering educational programs; and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Berkshire School, www.berkshireschool.org, a private secondary school in Sheffield, Massachusetts.  Mr. Saxton has spent a significant amount of time working internationally on a multitude of conservation and expeditionary related projects, and he is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for mountaineering, sailing, skiing and horseback riding.

 

Mr. Saxton holds an A.B. in International Relations and Spanish from Boston University.

Mr. Saxton is a Founding Partner of Terra Group Holdings; a Partner and Director of LSX Exchange, www.lsxexchange.com, a disruptive, next generation, digital currency based electronic trading exchange that encompasses cryptographically secure trading, settlement and ledger services; and the Co-Founder and CEO of Terra Global Solutions, www.terrags.com, a highly specialized design, development and integration firm that is dedicated to harnessing the latest technologies to create extraordinary expeditionary solutions for exploration, education, conservation and research where all projects are evaluated with an eye to the dissemination of knowledge that inspires the preservation of the natural world. 

Previously, Mr. Saxton was the Managing Partner of a private investment partnership, Terra Firma Capital Group, as well as the CEO of FTL Solar, a leading provider of solar integrated fabrics and structures.

Prior to that, Mr. Saxton served as a Portfolio Manager for a multi-strategy hedge fund, where he was responsible for research and investment allocation, including the identification, purchase, management and resale of real estate investment properties.  He was also an Assistant Portfolio Manager with Birinyi Associates, Inc., www.birinyi.com, a money management and research firm based in Westport, CT where he played a key role in managing $1.4+ billion in assets using money flow and technical analysis as a lead investment indicator.

Mr. Saxton is an active member of the Explorers Club, www.explorers.org, an international, multidisciplinary, professional organizations dedicated to the advancement of field research and scientific exploration; a member of the National Arts Club, an organization founded in 1898 for the purpose of furthering art and artists in America by fostering educational programs; and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Berkshire School, www.berkshireschool.org, a private secondary school in Sheffield, Massachusetts.  Mr. Saxton has spent a significant amount of time working internationally on a multitude of conservation and expeditionary related projects, and he is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for mountaineering, sailing, skiing and horseback riding.

Mr. Saxton holds an A.B. in International Relations and Spanish from Boston University.

 

Daniel Spitzer
Partner
Hodgson Russ LLP

Daniel A. Spitzer:

Mr. Spitzer concentrates his practice on a variety of issues involving environmental law, renewable energy, power generation, sustainable development, land use law, and municipal law. His practice involves numerous renewable energy projects, including representing municipalities, developers, land owners, and financing entities. His work, from project inception through successful litigation, includes some of the largest wind farms in the United States, and he has also worked on fossil fuel, landfill, gas-to-energy, biomass, and solar projects. He successfully represented a municipality in a case of first impression on a municipality's right to regulate power generating facilities based on greenhouse gas emissions.  A primary part of Mr. Spitzer's work focuses on NEPA and SEQRA review and compliance with federal environmental statutes. His work includes environmental assessments for large-scale industrial, commercial, telecommunications and energy projects. He counsels agencies and private clients on compliance with historic preservation laws, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and other federal and state environmental statutes and regulations. Mr. Spitzer is a frequent speaker and author on renewable energy, land use and zoning, and municipal law. He drafted the inaugural chapters on Green Buildings and Sustainable Design, and on Municipal Annexation for the fourth edition of New York Zoning Law and Practice, published by West in 2009; authored "State Tax Laws Give Certainty," North American Windpower, May 2010, and "Examining NYPA's Project Rules," North American Windpower, June 2009; and co-authored "Debate Over Federal vs. State Regulation of Fracing Heats Up," The Pipeline, Fall 2013; and "A Guide to Regulating Big Box Stores, Franchise Architecture, and Formula Businesses," New York Zoning Law and Practice Report, 2007. He is listed in Buffalo Business First's Who's Who in Law (Energy) and 2012 and 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers.  He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he served as editor-in chief of the Buffalo Law Review.

Kristen Sullivan
Partner
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Kristen Sullivan

Kristen Sullivan is a partner and leads Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (DTTL) Sustainability Risk Advisory and Assurance services, working with clients to help address their sustainability disclosure needs.  Kristen also serves as the DTTL Americas Region Sustainability Services Leader. Kristen brings extensive experience in sustainability risk assessment, reporting and assurance. 

Kristen also leads Deloitte’s Supply Chain Social Compliance services with a particular focus on Conflict Minerals advisory and assurance and anti-human trafficking compliance.  She brings specialized insights to these regulatory reporting requirements from her previous area of focus on Regulatory & Public Policy Matters for Deloitte, recognizing the broader policy as well as the compliance implications of environmental and social issues to corporate brand and reputation. 

Kristen serves as a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) North America Advisory Council, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Assurance Task Force, the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) Technical Advisory Committee, the Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) Initiative Corporate Working Group, and serves as Chair of the AICPA Sustainability Task Force and member of the AICPA Conflict Minerals Task Force. She also served on the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Working Group. Kristen has authored a number of publications around the value of sustainability and non-financial disclosure and assurance, including conflict minerals and anti-human trafficking disclosure.

Kristen has over 20 years of experience with Deloitte.  Kristen is a CPA, CGMA and is GRI certified.  She began her career with Deloitte in the Audit and Advisory services practice.  She has also served in Deloitte’s National Office in several different capacities and served in a role working with the deputy CEO of Deloitte LLP focusing on regulatory and public policy matters.

Kristen serves as a member of the Eureka College Board of Trustees, the Global Social Venture Competition Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the Financial Women’s Association and the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk.

Gabriel Thoumi
Director, Capital Markets Research
Climate Advisers

Gabriel Thoumi, Director, Capital Markets Research, Climate Advisers

Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, FRM is a senior banking and investment research professional with 15 years-experience on Wall Street managing and supporting numerous global climate finance initiatives. At Climate Advisers, he managers Chain Reaction Research – a globally leading sustainability-based commodities risk analytics toolkit. He has worked in equity, fixed income, and indices portfolio management; ESG analysis; commodities and supply chain analysis; fintech and blockchain; carbon markets; and natural capital. He is an expert in C-Suite engagement having worked with 100s of business leaders globally. He is one of the few trained finance and natural resource science professionals who works on Wall Street.

Barry Worthington
Executive Director
UNITED STATES ENERGY ASSOCIATION

Barry K. Worthington is the executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA), the U.S member of the World Energy Council, the energy body of the United Nations.

USEA also serves as a bipartisan advisory organization that represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector from the largest Fortune 500 companies to small energy consulting firms.

In his role, Mr. Worthington represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy industry and meets with domestic and international energy leaders to advance information and unearth partnerships to develop energy infrastructure projects across the world.

USEA’s team of international energy specialists work with the U.S. federal government, energy companies and energy ministers to build out energy infrastructure in developing countries.

Mr. Worthington and his team have developed thousands of energy projects globally, from geothermal drilling operations in sub Saharan Africa to smart grid electricity projects in central Europe.

Mr. Worthington chairs the Clean Electricity Production working group within the UNECE Commission on Sustainable Energy. At a recent meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, he discussed how to advance carbon capture and sequestration demonstration plants as a means to help immediately reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

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This fall, Worthington spoke to the International Oil Shale Symposium in Tallin, Estonia about the opportunities and challenges to oil shale drilling.

Mr. Worthington has served as executive director of USEA since September 1988. Before that, he was vice president of the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation; prior to that he served in several capacities with Houston Lighting & Power, now known as CenterPoint Energy.

Mr. Worthington holds a bachelor of science degree in man & environmental relations from the Pennsylvania State University and a master of science degree in studies of the future program from the University of Houston.

Mr. Worthington writes and speaks extensively on energy and environmental matters, and he sits on a number of energy boards including:

  •  Chairman of the Board for the National Energy Foundation

  •  Member of the Board of Directors for the Energy Law Foundation

  •  C h a i r m a n o f the United Nations Economic Commission for Europes

    Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production

  •  Member on UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy

  •  Former Member, Columbia University Global Roundtable on Climate

    Change

  •  Former Member, Sub-Sahara Africa Advisory Committee, US Export-

    Import Bank

  •  Former Member, Science and Technology Capability of the US Agency for

    International Development (USAID) Study, National Research Council

  •  Former Member, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrators

    Technology & Policy Advisory Committee

The United States Energy Association (USEA) is the U.S. Member Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC). USEA is an association of public and private energy-related organizations, corporations and government agencies. USEA represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy sector by increasing the understanding of energy issues, both domestically and internationally.