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Solar Power International & Energy Storage International

Principles and Priorities for the Evolution of Solar and Energy Storage, Compensation

Wednesday, September 26
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: 207AB

As solar, storage, and other distributed energy options become more accessible and affordable for consumers, stakeholders are wrestling with how to structure electric rates in a way that serves the interests of solar consumers, non-solar consumers and utilities alike. As a result, rate design structures such as net metering, time-of-use rates, and demand charges have become key factors in determining how solar power is deployed, owned, and valued in our changing electricity market. This session will help attendees understand how solar and energy storage advocates, utilities, and regulators are addressing these complex issues, and the economic implications of different types of rate designs on ratepayers.

Ron Binz

Principal
Public Policy Consulting

Ron Binz is a principal at Public Policy Consulting, specializing in energy economics and policy, with numerous domestic and international clients. Over a 35 year career, Ron has written, spoken and testified extensively on a broad range of topics in energy policy and regulation.

From 2007 to 2011 Ron chaired the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. He led the Colorado PUC in implementing the many policy changes championed by the Governor to bring forward Colorado’s “New Energy Economy.”

In June 2013, President Obama nominated Ron to become Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). His nomination was opposed by the coal industry and conservative political groups, who argued that he would be biased toward renewable energy and energy efficiency. Following a confirmation hearing in the Senate, Ron asked the President to withdraw his name from consideration.
Ron has testified before Congressional committees sixteen times.

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Margot Everett

Senior Director, Regulatory Analytics & Rates
Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Margot has nearly 34 years of experience in the energy industry with various roles in risk and quantitative analysis. She is currently Senior Director of Rates and Regulatory Analytics where she is responsible for PG&E’s rate design, cost of service and cost recovery activities. She joined PG&E in 2011 as the Senior Director of the Market and Credit Risk Management where she was responsible for all aspects of commodity risk management. Prior to joining PG&E, Margot was the Chief Risk Officer of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, Inc., a joint venture with Electricity de France. She also worked for Constellation Energy for 5 years with leadership roles in enterprise and operational risk and market risk. Before joining Constellation Energy, Ms. Everett was with PacifiCorp for 12 years leading various teams responsible for quantitative analyses.

Margot received a MS in Applied Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a BA in Economics from the same university.

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Anne Hoskins

Chief Policy Officer
Sunrun

Anne Hoskins serves as Chief Policy Officer of Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar and storage company in the United States. She leads Sunrun's policy efforts to expand consumer access to solar energy and deploy local solar energy that modernizes the grid and benefits all grid users. Anne previously served as a Commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission where she was a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors, Chair of the NARUC International Relations Committee and a board member of the Organization of PJM States (OPSI). Anne also led federal and state advocacy for Public Service Enterprise Group, and served as a Visiting Research Scholar and Instructor at Princeton University, a regulatory attorney at Verizon Wireless and McCarter and English and as a policy advisor to New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, and Cornell University.

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Ted Ko

Policy Director
Stem, Inc.

Ted is the director of policy at Stem, working towards building thriving markets for artificial intelligence-enabled energy storage with innovative policy leadership. In his role, Ted has led major regulatory and legislative initiatives to fully value the many services energy storage can provide and reduce barriers to efficient deployment of energy storage for customers. Prior to Stem, Ted was co-founder and associate executive director of the Clean Coalition, where he wrote or influenced dozens of bills and regulatory decisions, across a range of distributed energy resources topics. Ted received his B.S. and M.S. in computer science from MIT and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.

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Kevin Lucas, MBA

Director, Rate Design
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Kevin Lucas is Director of Rate Design for SEIA. In this role, he performs analysis and develops testimony for utility rate cases focused on solar issues such as net metering and export compensation. He also works with other State Affairs team members providing technical support for policy and regulatory issues across the country. Prior to joining SEIA, Kevin worked at the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-profit focused on implementing technology-neutral energy efficiency policies and programs. Before that, Kevin was Director of Policy for the Maryland Energy Administration, focused on efforts including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas reduction.

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