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What Lurks in NERC and FERC

Wednesday, September 26
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: 207AB

An update and discussion on important initiatives at FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) and NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation), led by experts focused on how these regulatory bodies impact the industry. Resilience, reliability, inverter standards, and frequency response will be discussed.

Katherine Gensler

Director, Government Affairs
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Katherine Gensler is the Director of Government Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, and recently celebrated her ten-year anniversary. Ms. Gensler lobbies the U.S. Congress and the Administration in support of a variety of solar energy policies, including tax and financing issues, solar power plant siting, and transmission grid policies. She also leads SEIA’s advocacy work in the Texas regulatory and legislative arenas.

Previously, Katherine spent six years at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, both in Washington, D.C., and in Folsom, Calif., where she advised the Commission on electricity and natural gas policies, particularly the redesign of market rules governing electricity sales in California and the West.

Katherine sits on the Board of Directors for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the Advisory Council for Americans for a Clean Energy Grid. She holds her Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. She lives in a solar-powered home on Capitol Hill.


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Michael Goggin

Vice President
Grid Strategies

Michael Goggin is VP at Grid Strategies LLC, a strategic consulting and advocacy firm helping clients with the integration of clean energy into the electric grid. Michael has a BA from Harvard and nearly 15 years of experience in the clean energy field, including the last 10 at the American Wind Energy Association.


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Andrew Levitt

Senior Strategist

Andrew Levitt is Senior Strategist at PJM Interconnection where he leads PJM efforts to integrate distributed energy resources into markets and operations. Previously, he directed the vehicle-to-grid program at NRG Energy in collaboration with University of Delaware. He started in the power industry as Project Manager for coal plant upgrades at the Public Service Company of New Mexico.

Mr. Levitt is a member of the Smart Grid and Demand Response Advisory Council of SEPA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree from The University of Delaware, where he performed research with the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration. He has co-authored articles in Energy Policy and Science, among others.

Mr. Levitt lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.


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Mahesh Morjaria, PhD

Vice President, PV Systems
First Solar

Dr. Morjaria leads a R&D team at First Solar responsible for the development of PV system and grid integration capability for utility-scale PV plants. Dr. Morjaria previously worked at GE for over twenty years where he held various leadership positions. His academic credits include B.Tech from IIT Bombay and Ph.D. from Cornell University in USA.


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