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2018 HPC National Conference Session

Synergies: How Utilities Work Together to Successfully Serve a State

Tuesday, April 24
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 411 & 412 (4th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

In this session, representatives from Comfort Partners, a component of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, and Energize Connecticut will discuss efforts to increase collaboration across the state to deliver energy efficiency programs. Learn how utilities can do a better job of reaching and serving customers when they work together. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the challenges and successes in New Jersey and Connecticut.

Learning Objectives:

Andrew Aliferis

Renewables and Energy Solutions Specialist

Andrew is part of the team at PSE&G, who as a member of the NJ Comfort Partners Working Group, administers the program on behalf of the New Jersey Office of Clean Energy. He has over 25 years of practical program management experience in industrial, commercial, military and residential construction. He has been in the energy efficiency field since 2009 and is a BPI certified professional. He is a local Pennsylvanian, living with his wife and two children in Chambersburg, Pa. Andrew has experience in public speaking from his membership in Toastmasters International and his role in training and technical meetings at PSE&G.


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Jacqueline Berger


Jacqueline Berger is the President and Co-founder of APPRISE. Her areas of expertise are study design, data analysis, survey research, and performance measurement. She has conducted evaluation studies of energy efficiency and energy bill payment assistance programs for federal and state government agencies, utility companies, and nonprofit organizations around the country.


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Maritza Estremera

Program Administrator
United Illuminating

Maritza Estremera is a program administrator for United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas managing the Home Energy Solutions-Income Eligible program. She currently holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership from Post University, a Bachelor’s of Science with a concentration in Finance from Post University, and an Associates in Science with a concentration in Marketing from Housatonic Community College.

She has worked with the Utility Companies in the energy conservation realm for the past seven years. She currently serves as a board member on the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Bridgeport and Institute of Effective Governance out of New Haven.


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Bruce Grossman

Program Manager, Energy Efficiency Programs
South Jersey Gas

Bruce is a Program Manager for South Jersey Gas' Energy Efficiency Programs. The department's main mission, is to motivate customers to upgrade to natural gas equipment in a manner which saves energy, provides greater comfort and cost savings and improves environmental sustainability, all in accordance with South Jersey Gas' mission and goal expectations. Bruce is one of the main authors of the Company’s current and pending energy efficiency programs and is charged with getting their programs implemented, and maintaining market success. Also, Bruce currently serves as the Senior Utility Sponsor of the New Jersey Clean Energy Program Comfort Partners Low Income Program, and has provided updates and insights regarding pending energy codes and policies that have the potential to conflict with accepted Building Science practice, to the American Gas Association (AGA) and to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU).


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Mary-Anna Holden

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Mary-Anna Holden was confirmed as a commissioner of the Board of Public Utilities on January 9, 2012. Prior to her nomination, Ms. Holden served as Mayor of the Borough of Madison, NJ for four years and Councilwoman for ten years.

Ms. Holden is Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) Water Committee, a member of the NARUC Critical Infrastructure Committee and member of the NARUC Sub-committee on Nuclear Issues – Waste Disposal.

Ms. Holden is also Immediate-Past President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC). Ms. Holden is also an Advisory Board Member of the University of Missouri’s Financial Research Institute (FRI) and the Center for Public Utilities (CPU) at New Mexico State, and a member of the NJ Clean Water Council and Jersey Water Works’ Green Infrastructure committee. Ms. Holden is also a member of the National Council on Electricity Policy.

As Mayor and Councilwoman of Madison, Ms. Holden chaired and co-chaired every committee and department in the Borough, including electric and water utilities, public works, engineering, transportation and public safety. Ms. Holden was also chair of the Madison-Chatham Joint Meeting wastewater facility, and served for 11 years as a trustee of the New Jersey Historic Trust and served as an advisor and chair of the Morris County (NJ) Preservation Trust Fund.


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