Agenda

Tuesday 9 November 2021
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Meet at 10am on 5th Street Side Entrance of the Hilton

Site Visit to the Lutron Experience Center

The Lutron Collaboration Studio is a space developed to connect with our customers and generate a better understanding of what light is today and what it can be tomorrow. As we take you through this immersive lighting journey, you’ll be able to experience the benefits of enhanced lighting and control for some of the most critical spaces you work on today. We will also showcase our Vive Wireless lighting control system, which is perfect for everyday lighting projects that have to meet ROI while reducing maintenance and call backs.

Please Note:  Masks and temperature screening will be required.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Governor's Ballroom Salon AB

NAESCO Affiliate Committee Meeting

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Austin Taco Project (in hotel)

Welcome Reception

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Moonshine, 303 Red River Street

NAESCO New Member Dinner

Wednesday 10 November 2021
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Sponsored By:

NAESCO Marine Corps Birthday & Veterans Day Fun Run

Meet in Hotel Lobby

8:00 AM - 9:50 AM Meeting Room 400/402

NAESCO Board Meeting

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon HJK

Partnering Meetings (for NAESCO member exhibitors)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Governor's Ballroom Salon A

NAESCO Member Lunch (Board and Affiliate Committee)

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon HJK

Dessert in Exhibit Area

2:00 PM - 2:10 PM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon F
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Welcome and Opening Remarks

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  • Michael Perna, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses
2:10 PM - 2:30 PM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon F
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Building a Resilient Energy Future in Texas

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2:30 PM - 3:50 PM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon F
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Texas Market Roundup

Moderator
  • Dub Taylor, Executive Director, Energy Services Coalition
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3:50 PM - 4:30 PM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon F
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LBNL Survey on the U.S. ESCO Industry

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  • Elizabeth Stuart, Program Manager, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon HJK

Reception in Exhibit Area

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Bull and Bowl, 501 West 6th Street
Sponsored By:

Off-Site Party at Bull and Bowl

Join us for a night of food and fun!

Duckpin Bowling, Billiards, and a Mechanical Bull!

Thursday 11 November 2021
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon HJK
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Breakfast in Exhibit Area

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon F

NAESCO Member Meeting

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon F
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Upgrading School Facilities with ESSER Funds

Moderator
  • Cheryl Aquadro, K-12 Vertical Market Director, Johnson Controls Inc.
Presenters
  • L. Cory Green, Associate Commissioner, Department of Grant Compliance and Administration, Texas Education Agency
  • Anisa Heming, Director, Center for Green Schools, U.S. Green Buildings Council
  • Jonathan Klein, Co-Founder, Undaunted K12
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon F
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Using Treasury Funds to Make Government Buildings Healthier and More Resilient

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  • Adam Pugh, Associate Legislative Director for Environment, Energy and Land Use, National Association of Counties
  • David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
  • Tim Harbaugh, Deputy Director of Facilities, DuPage County, IL
  • John Pouland, Senior Advisor, Public Climate Alliance
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon G
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Awards Luncheon

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon HJK

Dessert in Exhibit Area

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM Austin Grand Ballroom Salon F

Conference Technical Sessions (CEUs offered)

1:30 PM - 2:25 PM
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HVAC Optimization Using the High Efficiency Dehumidification System (HEDS)

Improper and energy intensive Relative Humidity Control for buildings wastes millions of dollars and can lead to negative health impacts associated with biological growth and Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI's).  This course will highlight how humidity is related to corrosion, mold, and viral transmission inside buildings, and discuss ways to control it.

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2:30 PM - 3:25 PM
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Using Artificial Intelligence to Lower Operating Costs & Environmental Impact

Did you know 45% of a building’s energy is consumed by the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, and 30% is typically wasted? Artificial intelligence (AI), the transformative technology being used in a growing array of industries -- from automobile to healthcare to retail – is also a powerful tool for municipalities and schools. A self-operating technology, AI optimizes existing HVAC systems to reduce energy consumption. AI-driven HVAC operations can also help mitigate the potential spread of pathogens and improve air quality. Join this session to learn ways in which AI can work within your municipality’s or school's facilities.

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  • Mark Carter, Vice President, Smart Solutions, RealTerm Energy US
3:30 PM - 4:25 PM
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Sustainable Chilled Water System Optimization

ESCOs and other energy efficiency contractors can increase revenue and delivered savings while minimizing added risk of performance. This course will review common issues present in chilled water distribution systems and how these issues drive increased energy usage at the plant. We will then review the fundamentals of pressure independent control valves and the role of data analytics in system optimization.

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  • Quinn Hahs, Project Development Engineer, Flow Energy
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4:30 PM - 5:25 PM
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Energy and IAQ Impacts of Duct Leakage in Commercial Buildings

Leaky ductwork is a key contributor to ventilation rates and indoor air quality, directly impacting the health and wellbeing of a building’s occupants.  As buildings have reopened after a prolonged shutdown, IAQ has quickly become a critical priority. In addition, reducing energy consumption is still as important as ever, and duct leakage either reduces ventilation rates or increases the energy required to maintain adequate ventilation.  This course will focus on the impacts of sealing different types of commercial-building duct systems, quantifying improvements in both indoor air quality and energy efficiency.

Presenter
  • Dr. Mark Modera, Director of the Western Cooling Efficiency Center, University of California, Davis
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Reverbery (in hotel)
Sponsored By:

Chili Cook-off Reception

Friday 12 November 2021
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Meeting Room 602

Breakfast

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Meeting Room 602
Moderator
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Austin Technology Incubator – Cutting Edge Technologies

ATI is a deep tech incubator affiliated with The University of Texas at Austin that serves student and faculty entrepreneurs and community founding teams to explore deep technology solutions that address the world’s challenges. Through deep engagement and deep connections, we help our member companies commercialize their breakthrough innovations – contributing to The University of Texas at Austin's promise of “what starts here changes the world.”  In this session, we will hear presentations from:

Moderator
  • Richard Amato, Director, Strategic & Global Initiatives, Austin Technology Incubator, The University of Texas at Austin
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Anas Al Kassas

Founder & CEO, INOVUES, Inc.

Anas Al Kassas is the founder and CEO of INOVUES, an award-winning climate-tech startup that is working to make buildings more efficient and sustainable by retrofitting the facades and windows with the latest energy-saving and smart glass technologies without replacement or disruption. Anas has over a decade of international experience as an architect and a facade system engineer. Prior to founding INOVUES and developing its patented insulating glass retrofit technology, he worked with renowned architectural firms and multinational facade fabricators and specialty glazing contractors. His expertise lies in developing, manufacturing, and testing advanced window and curtain wall systems for high-rise buildings. Throughout his career, he worked on high-profile real estate developments around the world, including 200 Amsterdam Avenue, a 50-story building in New York City, Entisar Tower, the second tallest tower in Dubai, and Raffles City Chongqing, a 12-million-square-foot skyscraper city in China.

Anas holds a Master of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Damascus University.

Richard Amato

Director, Strategic & Global Initiatives, Austin Technology Incubator, The University of Texas at Austin

Richard Amato is the Director of Strategic & Global Initiatives at the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), the premier business incubator of the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). In addition to his work at ATI, Richard serves as faculty for the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin leading Global Connection classes around entrepreneurship and sustainability. Leveraging off his prior efforts with the Global Innovation Lab and the World Bank, the class supports entrepreneurs at Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) in Africa and around the world in real time as they work to drive their venture forward.

Richard also serves as the Managing Director of Carpe Aestus, a consultancy building off his extensive experience supporting hundreds of companies and organizations around the world with
a focus on sustainability and developing markets as they look to commercialize their technologies. Holding worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking involvement in clean energy business development, Amato has been featured as a keynote and panelist in various conferences
throughout the world: Austria, Denmark, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malaysia, Norway, South Africa and Vietnam.

Prior to rejoining the University, Richard founded and served as President and CEO of Venti Energy, a renewable development company dedicated to increasing the supply of clean, reliable and  affordable energy. Previously he founded the Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) at UT Austin, the first incubator of its kind dedicated to supporting sustainable ventures.

Never standing still, Amato wants to ensure he does his part in leaving the world a better place for what's most important to him - his children.

Cheryl Aquadro

K-12 Vertical Market Director, Johnson Controls Inc.

Cheryl Aquadro is the K-12 Vertical Market Director for Johnson Controls. In this role, Cheryl works with local account teams to create safer, smarter and more engaging learning environments with trusted partnerships in the K-12 industry.

Cheryl has worked at Johnson Controls since 2008, previously holding positions as a K-12 Account Executive and later as Area Sales Manager for Performance Infrastructure projects in the South Central US. In these roles, Cheryl assisted account teams in helping JCI’s public sector customers realize their desired outcomes through holistic infrastructure improvements and financial solutions. Cheryl has served as Business Partner Liaison on the board of the Central Association of Physical Plant Administrators along with involvement on the National Council on School Facilities.

Jim Brotherton

Founder & CEO, H2Optimize, Inc.

Jim is the Founder and CEO of H2Optimize, Inc.  He is co-inventor of the patented Hydroid Smart Water Meter system.  Jim started his career in technology where he spent much of his early career working with Anixter, IBM and AMD.   He has extensive experience in a myriad of disciplines including product ideation and development, marketing, sales, go to market planning and execution, operations and supply chain management.  Today, he is hyper-focused on creating roadways for  ESG, specifically in improving our ability to effect change in water sustainability and conservation.   When not at work, Jim loves to mountain bike, sail and try to actually grow things in his organic garden.

Malynda Cappelle

CEO & President, Atlas Sensor Technologies, Inc.

Malynda Cappelle received an MBA, a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering, and a PhD in Civil Engineering with a focus on sustainable water treatment. Dr. Cappelle has more than 20 years of experience with potable and industrial water treatment and research. Before coming to the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP), Malynda served as a technical advisor to small businesses in New Mexico while working at Sandia National Laboratories. She has been involved with the hardness sensor development at both UTEP and Atlas. Malynda led a student team in two business plan competitions in 2014 and was the entrepreneurial lead for the I-Corps programs in 2016-2017. Dr. Cappelle is a co-inventor of another UTEP-patented technology that combines solar power and desalination.

Mark Carter

Vice President, Smart Solutions, RealTerm Energy US

Mark is responsible for leading and driving strategy and growth across our Smart Solutions portfolio. He has formidable experience directing sales and operations teams at renowned organizations across the U.S., such as Honeywell International, in the automation controls, enterprise software, embedded semiconductor and lighting controls businesses. Mark takes a solutions-sales approach, prioritizing the identification of the customer’s underlying needs. Mark holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.

Phillip Consiglio

President, The Consiglio Consulting Group

With over 30 years of experience, Phill Consiglio has led teams in the development, contracting, and management of renewable energy systems, energy conservation projects, energy storage, energy resiliency, and electricity distribution; predominantly in the Federal Sector.

Mr. Consiglio currently manages The Consiglio Consulting Group (TCCG). TCCG is a team of professionals that specialize in aggregating resources to solve problems in the energy sector. With expertise in UESC, ESPC, renewable and fossil fuel generation, energy storage and resiliency, the TCCG team can identify issues and develop solutions very quickly.

Mr. Consiglio is considered a Subject Matter Expert in federal utility contracting, and in 2013, he represented utilities nationwide at the White House, sitting on a GreenGov Panel discussing Performance Contracting.

Currently, Mr. Consiglio is a consultant to the Department of Energy, developing UESC programs at regulated, municipal, and cooperative utilities throughout the country. He is also working with new technology companies, such as Conservant Systems, promoting their HEDS technology and energy firms developing microgrid and resiliency projects in the in the federal space.

Prior to founding TCCG, Mr. Consiglio led the Federal Energy Services Team for Southern California Edison Company (SCE), one of the largest regulated utilities in the country.  At SCE for almost 20 years, Mr. Consiglio developed and ran their UESC program, assisted in the development and execution of all federal contracts, and managed the federal and schools account management teams.  While at SCE he sat on the Steering Committee of the Federal Utility Partnership Working Group.

Prior to SCE, Mr. Consiglio was the Director of Federal Programs for New Energy Ventures (NEV), a leading, national, electricity commodity provider, where he managed a $400M federal commodity portfolio. Prior to NEV, Mr. Consiglio was an ESPC business development specialist for Sempra Energy Solutions with success in signing ESPC projects with the Air Force, Defense Manpower Data Center, and NASA.

Mr. Consiglio earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of La Verne and has completed the W. Edwards Deming Management Program. He is a Certified Energy Manger and sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Energy Managers for Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  Mr. Consiglio won the GSA Citation of Excellence for a Thermal Energy Storage Project at the GSA Building in Laguna Niguel, California.

Greg Floyd

CEO and Software Engineer, Shower Stream

Greg Floyd has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and started his career working on semiconductor fab automation systems for large SI Valley corporations. Greg created real-time distributed software that is still running at major international chipmakers including Intel, Texas Instruments and Samsung.  In 2017, Greg left the semiconductor industry to found Shower Stream, a company which creates an IoT shower system for hotels. He’s taken the learnings from high availability, high uptime, distributed automation systems from the semiconductor industry and applied them to automating sustainability in commercial buildings.

L. Cory Green

Associate Commissioner, Department of Grant Compliance and Administration, Texas Education Agency

Cory Green has worked at the Texas Education Agency for the past 26 years. In his current role as Associate Commissioner for the Department of Grant Compliance and Administration, he oversees the Federal Program Compliance, Grants Administration, Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting, and Federal Fiscal Monitoring divisions with approximately 95 staff.  His area is responsible for the agency implementation of several federal ESSA programs, disaster programs, stimulus programs, grant development, funding, and over 200 state and federal grant programs to school districts, charter schools, education service centers, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations. He also oversees private school equitable services, federal fiscal compliance determinations and reporting requirements to USDE as well as federal fiscal monitoring activities. He currently serves as the Title IX state equity coordinator.

Mr. Green began his career at the Texas Education Agency in March 1995 and has spent his career in the federal grant administration and compliance area, serving as the liaison to USDE and state director of multiple grant programs over the years.  He has testified in federal legislative hearings related to federal education programs and assisted federal congressional offices with wording for federal statutes.

His teaching experience includes nine years in high school Agriculture Science and Technology.  He has also taught theatre arts, health, middle school science, In-School Suspension (ISS), and a peer assistance leadership (PAL) mentor program between the high school and elementary school students.

Mr. Green is a graduate of Tarleton State University where he received his Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science Teaching (MST) degrees in Agriculture Education.  He has Texas teaching certifications in Agriculture, Ornamental Horticulture, Vocational Education for the Handicapped—Horticulture, Coordinated Vocational Academic Education—Horticulture, Agricultural Cooperative Training, English, Earth Science, Life Science, Language Arts, and Speech Communications.

He has served on several CTE committees for his children’s high school and volunteers for multiple school district FFA programs. He is married to a retired elementary school teacher and the father to two daughters and three sons.  One daughter is an elementary teacher and the other works for Texas A&M University. One son is a high school agriculture science teacher, and the other two are in college to become agriculture science teachers.

Quinn Hahs

Project Development Engineer, Flow Energy

Quinn Hahs is a Project Development Engineer at FlowEnergy. In this role, Quinn identifies and implements energy efficiency opportunities, works with engineering firms to facilitate more successful projects, and helps owners save energy while improving occupant comfort. Previously, he spent five years with a consulting engineering firm as a mechanical engineer leading projects in the Midstream Oil and Gas Market. Quinn's experience includes project management, system design, hydraulic modelling, specification writing, construction support, and field engineering. Quinn has a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Kansas.

Tim Harbaugh

Deputy Director of Facilities, DuPage County, IL

Tim Harbaugh is the Deputy Director of Facilities for DuPage County, located 20 miles west of Chicago.  He has over 35 years of experience in a wide range of engineering and administrative responsibilities in both the private and public sectors.  Over the past 15 years his primary focus has been in the facilities field.  He oversees 2 million square feet of diverse buildings, including judicial courts, a jail, a hospital, and traditional office uses.  He manages a staff of 105, annual operating budget of $11,500,000, and is anticipated to complete over $100,000,000 in capital construction projects from 2019-2024.  Prior experience includes environmental engineering and solid waste management, stormwater management, and building and zoning.

Tim received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

Tim is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Diplomat of Environmental Engineering, and a Fellow with the American Society of Engineers.

Anisa Heming

Director, Center for Green Schools, U.S. Green Buildings Council

Anisa Heming is director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and one of the nation’s foremost experts on green schools. As director of the Center, Anisa provides strategic direction to USGBC’s work in schools and coordinates an organization-wide team to promote environmental sustainability, health and wellness, and environmental and sustainability literacy in school systems around the world.

With a background in architecture, she began her work with USGBC in New Orleans, hired to assist with rebuilding the schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. During her two years with the city’s Recovery School District, she established green design and construction standards, received an EPA grant to hire an indoor air quality manager for the schools, completed a public-private partnership to install solar PV on the roofs of schools, began a recycling pilot program, and laid the foundation for a district-wide energy management program.

After her time in New Orleans, she moved to Washington, DC and began the Green Schools Fellowship Program at the Center for Green Schools, placing and training sustainability directors in school districts and beginning the nation's first network of school district sustainability staff, which continues today. Anisa is a Little Rock native and holds a B.S. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.Arch. from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Cliff Holbeck

Consultant, BEE

W. Cliff Holbeck works as a Senior Executive Advisor and Strategic Account Manager. He serves as a liaison between the customer’s leadership executives and the many collaboration partners that contribute to achieving the customer’s goals.  

Cliff is an “Energy Guru”. As an ESCO industry professional he leads the development of some of the world’s largest energy conservation and energy generation projects. Cliff leads efforts to assist customers to become energy efficient, resilient, and sustainable.  Has experience with energy generation, storage, distribution and drives conservation programs.  He is a proven quarterback of complex development efforts requiring collaboration at the highest levels across many organizations.  Cliff is well-versed in the pre-development and development phases of Performance Contracts (ESPC, UESC, C-PACE) and brings knowledge of market drivers that shape the future.  Cliff serves to connect customers with Senior Executives, decision makers, and staff by opening doors and providing ongoing communications between all stakeholders.  These relationships range from School Board members and Superintendents for ISDs, Mayors and Council members for municipalities, Federal Agency civilian and military leadership, to Executive leadership and Engineering for public and private sector organizations.

Cliff is graduate of the University of Michigan and has a Master’s degree from Duquesne University in Existential Phenomenological Psychology.  He is a life-long learner and an educator with years of classroom, platform, online and virtual experience. He taught courses in the Graduate School for Management for Lawrence Tech University in Southfield Michigan.

Cliff currently serves as an Officer in the Texas Chapter of the Energy Services Coalition, leading the ESC Education Committee’s efforts for curriculum development and industry leadership.

Jonathan Klein

Co-Founder, Undaunted K12

Jonathan Klein is co-founder and CEO of UndauntedK12 working to support America's K-12 public schools to make an equitable transition to zero carbon emissions while preparing our youth to build a sustainable future in a rapidly changing climate. In recent months, Undaunted produced the leading national guidance on how districts can leverage COVID relief funds to promote equitable access to healthy, green schools. On Earth Day 2021, Undaunted articulated a vision for K-12's crucial role in our national climate strategy and quantified the emissions from K-12 buildings. Jonathan is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur, campaign strategist, and executive with a demonstrated history of impact in education and politics. He is a co-founder of GO Public Schools, Revolution Foods, and the Oakland Public Education Fund. Jonathan has experience teaching and working within large urban school districts, and has advised parents, educators, and elected leaders across the country. He was radicalized around the climate crisis while chaperoning middle schoolers at September 2019's climate strike.

Doug Lewin

President, Stoic Energy Consulting

Doug Lewin founded Stoic Energy in 2018. Previously, Doug led government and regulatory affairs work for CLEAResult, an energy efficiency program implementer for over 250 utilities in 40 states and provinces. Prior to joining CLEAResult, Lewin was the founding Executive Director of the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER). SPEER was recognized by the US Department of Energy as the regional energy efficiency organization for Texas and Oklahoma, working with a network of similar organizations throughout the US to advance energy efficiency.

Lewin worked at the Texas Legislature for five years as a legislative aide, primarily on energy, environment, and climate issues for three different elected officials in the House and Senate. There, he established a successful bipartisan energy policy working group which deepened the knowledge base of a wide group of Capitol staffers and members by bringing in guest speakers from industry and academia.

Lewin is a nationally recognized energy expert, particularly in the electric grid, renewable energy, energy efficiency, demand response, utility regulation, and pollution reduction. He has been featured in newspaper articles and TV/radio segments throughout Texas and nationally, including the Austin American Statesman, the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Houston Chronicle, Texas Monthly, the Texas Observer, Texas Public Radio, the Texas Tribune, the New York Times, and more. Lewin earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and is a proud husband and father of four children.

Maureen McDonald

Director, Energy Services, Southland Energy

As Director of Energy Services, Ms. McDonald is responsible for developing relationships with clients across the United States to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability initiatives.
With 40 years of experience in the engineering field and over 20 specifically as an energy professional, Ms. McDonald’s immense depth of knowledge has been instrumental in the development of a variety of custom-designed energy solutions for clients. These solutions not only increased overall energy efficiency, but also reduced operational expenses and improved the bottom line.  

Ms. McDonald earned her bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. She also holds an MBA from University of Colorado, as well as master’s degrees in both Environmental Policy and Metallurgical Engineering, from University of Denver and University of Pittsburgh, respectively.

Dr. Mark Modera

Director of the Western Cooling Efficiency Center, University of California, Davis

A veteran researcher with a career spanning more than 40 years, Dr. Mark Modera has a breadth and depth of experience across research, business, education, and regulatory environments. In addition to his work at the Western Cooling Efficiency Center, Dr. Modera is the Sempra Utilities Distinguished Scholar in Energy Efficiency and an Adjunct Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC Davis.

His research focuses primarily on energy performance, HVAC, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and aerosolization. During Dr. Modera’s work as a visiting faculty member at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he was a Principal Investigator on many research projects. He holds several patents and invented Aeroseal, an aerosol duct-sealing process, through research funded in part by the EPA and DOE.

Michael Perna

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses

Michael Perna is responsible for managing the growth strategy and business expansion initiatives for the Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, which include Con Edison Solutions, Con Edison Energy, and Con Edison Development. His responsibilities include corporate and market strategy acquisitions, new initiatives, and innovation in support of the energy services and renewables businesses.

Prior to joining Con Edison, Mr. Perna was a principal at Energized Strategies II, LLC, a management consulting firm providing market strategy, product/service launch, and project management consulting for clients. Earlier in his career, Mr. Perna spent nearly 15 years at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), a Fortune 250 energy company. There, he held positions of increasing responsibility in a variety of functional areas including engineering and construction, sales, marketing, and customer operations.

In 1993, Mr. Perna was awarded an Industrial Program Fellowship in Customer Systems at the Electric Power Research Institute in Washington, DC. Other professional recognition includes the PSEG Corporate Excellence Award, which he received in 1994 and 1997. Mr. Perna holds a Master of Business Administration from the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of Engineering with Honors from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

John Pouland

Senior Advisor, Public Climate Alliance

John is a lawyer by training but has spent the last three decades involved in public sector procurement. He began that career as the Executive Director of the Texas General Services Commission under then Governor Ann Richards. He went on to serve as the Southwest Regional Administrator for GSA where he led some of the region’s most enduring projects. John also has extensive background in the private sector innovating new “service” model procurements resulting in multi-million dollar projects. Combining his procurement know-how with his political acumen, John has also led dozens of government affairs teams advocating for projects focused on the environment, water and energy. In 2017, he returned to Texas where he joined with other public sector veterans to form The Public Climate Alliance, a non-profit organized to assist public sector entities in making energy efficient, climate friendly procurements.

Adam Pugh

Associate Legislative Director for Environment, Energy and Land Use, National Association of Counties

Adam Pugh serves as NACo's Associate Legislative Director for Environment, Energy and Land Use. In this role, he works with county officials across the nation to set NACo's priorities and policies for environment, energy, and land use issues that affect local governments.

Prior to joining NACo, Adam worked for the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and Congressman Tom McClintock (CA). Adam has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Rochester.

Farshad Shahsavary

Energy Manager, Texas Facilities Commission

Farshad believes that energy is one of the most important issues facing humanity and he also has a passion to find hidden solutions to the world’s energy problems. A long time ago he decided to apply his technical knowledge to the area of energy management.

Farshad is a licensed professional engineer, certified energy manager (CEM), and has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Waterloo in Canada.

Over 28 years of experience in all areas related to facilities design, construction, testing & balancing, controls, project management, and energy management has given him a deep insight on how all parts of this puzzle fits together. Currently, Fahshad is serving the State of Texas as the Energy and Engineering Manager at Texas Facilities Commission (TFC). TFC Office of Energy Management is responsible for all activities necessary to conserve and save utilities in state facilities. TFC is the main state agency responsible for management and construction of state facilities. Since 2011, TFC office of energy management has succeeded to help lower TFC utility expenditure by over three million dollars per year. Prior to joining TFC, he served as energy manager for Austin Independent School District.

Elizabeth Stuart

Program Manager, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Elizabeth Stuart is a Program Manager in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She conducts research and provides technical assistance on a range of demand-side management program and policy issues. Ms. Stuart has been lead or co-author on over 20 LBNL reports and policy briefs on topics that include ESCO industry and market trends, ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs and policies, EM&V of energy efficiency programs, building energy benchmarking and labeling policies, and the energy efficiency workforce. Ms. Stuart also manages development and stakeholder engagement for eProject Builder, the national web-based ESPC database that enables ESCOs and their customers to track, report, and benchmark their ESPC project data.

Prior to joining LBNL in 2009, Ms. Stuart garnered over 13 years’ experience as a project manager in the entertainment software industry. She also worked on the City of Berkeley’s FIRST solar financing program--the progenitor of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and consulted for Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps energy efficiency program.

Ms. Stuart holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.

Dub Taylor

Executive Director, Energy Services Coalition

For more than 25 years, Dub Taylor has helped advance cost-effective, clean energy technology and policy through his work in the public and private sectors. Now consulting, he serves as Executive Director of the Energy Services Coalition and Chief Operating Officer of the Texas PACE Authority. He also is active on the Boards of several local, state, and national organizations focused on clean energy.

David Terry

Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's policy actions and programs in support of the 56 governor-designated state and territory energy directors and their offices. NASEO communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues. Mr. Terry has participated in governor-led policy meetings, testified before U.S. Congressional Committees and presented at White House and international energy forums. 

Mr. Terry has 25 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy and Coalition and Energy Services Coalition. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was researcher at the National Academy of Sciences and a statistical analyst for a consumer products market research firm. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Eddy Trevino

Director, Texas State Energy Conservation Office

Eddy Trevino is the Director of the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO). Through energy efficiency, SECO helps public entities improve working and learning environments. Energy efficiency assistance is provided through a technical assistance program, emerging clean energy technology program, education and training program, and an energy-efficiency revolving loan program.

Under Mr. Trevino’s management of the LoanSTAR revolving loan program, fund value has increased to $230 million with over 325 loans. There have been no loan defaults over the life of the loan program.

Mr. Trevino’s professional designations include a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. He has 29 years of engineering and management experience. 

While attending the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Trevino earned the following degrees: Bachelor in Architectural Engineering, an MBA, and a Master in Technology Commercialization.

Timothy Unruh

Executive Director, NAESCO

Dr. Timothy D. Unruh joins NAESCO after over 26 years in energy efficiency and clean energy development.  Most recently, he served in two senior roles at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – Director of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Renewable Power.  As FEMP Director, Dr. Unruh helped launch the President’s Performance Contracting Challenge pushing for growth in performance contracting with the Federal Government, as well as eProject Builder targeting a common national platform for ESCO industry data. As DAS for Renewable Power, Dr. Unruh helped develop the Beyond Batteries initiative to explore innovative ways to provide grid services, including using building energy efficiency technologies to improve grid integration with renewable technologies.

Prior to his work at DOE, Dr. Unruh spend many years working for ESCOs. During his time at Custom Energy and ConEdison Solutions, he fulfilled performance contracting work in all markets (MUSH, industrial, commercial and federal), gaining expertise in business development, engineering, measurement and verification, legal and financial aspects of the industry, often through first-hand experience in fulfilling the work.  Early in his career, Dr. Unruh worked for CMS Energy, finding efficiency and power quality solutions for commercial and industrial energy users, where he developed his energy engineering foundation.

Dr. Unruh holds a Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.  He also holds professional engineering licenses in 13 States and the District of Columbia.

Vince Zubicek

Business Development Manager, E3 Entegral Solutions, Inc.

Vince is a Business Development Manager at E3 Entegral Solutions, a Texas-based energy efficiency contracting firm.  He has 21 years of experience with helping public sector clients develop and implement energy efficiency programs in their facilities. Vince is a graduate of Texas Christian University, and he and his wife Alison live in Fulshear with their two children.