Solar Power International & Energy Storage International

Welcome & Opening Session

Monday, September 24
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Marriott-Platinum Ballroom

Hear from three visionary electric utility leaders about what's next for the electric power sector as it continues its transition to a cleaner and more modern grid. Moderated by SEPA CEO Julia Hamm, the panel will explore what issues keep utility executives up at night, and where the biggest opportunities exist for collaboration between utilities and technology solution providers. Finally, every attendee will learn the one technology they should go get smart about right away.

Julia Hamm

President and Chief Executive Officer
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Julia Hamm has 20 years of experience advising and collaborating with utilities, technology companies, and government agencies on renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies and programs. The knowledge and experience she has gained as the President and CEO of SEPA since 2004 makes her one of the world’s foremost experts on the nexus between utilities and distributed energy resources. Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies. Julia has led the organization through significant expansion in recent years, including rebranding from the Solar Electric Power Association to the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and merging with both the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program. Julia - a graduate of Cornell University - walks the talk, living in a PV powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia.


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Abigail Ross Hopper

President and Chief Executive Officer
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Abigail Ross Hopper is the President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade organization for America's solar energy industries. She oversees all of SEIA's activities, including government affairs, research, communications, and industry leadership.
Before joining SEIA, Abby was the Director of the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. As the BOEM's second director, she weighed complex and sometimes conflicting factors to achieve balanced federal energy policy.
She served formerly as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and has broad experience in the energy sector, including working with a wide variety of stakeholders as well as legal expertise. Abby led the MEA from 2012, first as Acting Director and then as Director in June 2013. She also served concurrently as Energy Advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley since 2010. As MEA Director, Abby was pivotal in ensuring the passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.
She was a lead negotiator representing the State’s interests in both the Exelon/Constellation merger and the FirstEnergy/Allegheny Energy merger, securing millions in benefits for Maryland and its citizens. Abby has also focused significant resources on improving the resiliency of the State’s electric utilities in the face of major storms.
Abby previously spent over two years as Deputy General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission, during which she advised commissioners on a broad range of legal matters arising from their duties as utility regulators.
Before embarking on a career in public service, Abby spent nine years in private practice where she specialized in complex merger and investment counseling and corporate law.
Abby graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College.


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Mary Kipp

Chief Executive Officer/President
El Paso Electric Company

Mary E. Kipp, President and Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for oversight of the Company’s overall operations and also serves on the Company’s Board of Directors. Kipp has been with El Paso Electric since 2007, and has held various positions and has overseen many divisions of the Company, including regulatory and rates, human resources, external affairs, public relations and environmental, health and safety. Kipp has also served as the Company’s President, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.

Before rejoining El Paso Electric, Kipp spent four years as a senior enforcement attorney in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement in Washington, D.C., where she investigated and prosecuted violations of federal energy laws. Before entering government service, Kipp was an attorney at Greenberg Traurig LLP, El Paso Electric Company and at El Paso Natural Gas Company. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Williams College in Massachusetts, a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and is an alumnus of Exeter College, Oxford University.

In addition to her duties with El Paso Electric, Ms. Kipp is a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch; WestStar Bank; SEPA (Smart Electric Power Alliance), serving on the Nominating and Policy Committees; and Shared Assessments. She serves as Chairwoman of the Borderplex Alliance, on the Executive Committee of the Texas Business Leadership Council and is a member of WomenCorporateDirectors.


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J. Andrew Murphy

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development
Edison International

Drew Murphy is senior vice president of strategy and corporate development for Edison International. He is responsible for managing the strategic planning process for Edison International and its subsidiaries and oversees the analysis of emerging trends in the industry and their impact on Edison’s regulated utility and competitive businesses. In this role, he has responsibility for advancing strategic initiatives and assessing new opportunities that are key to achieving business growth and long-term shareholder value for the company. He also oversees the competitive businesses of Edison International including Edison Energy. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, and Edison Energy Group, a subsidiary composed of a variety of non-regulated businesses in the energy sector.
Prior to joining Edison International, Murphy was senior managing director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, where he headed the utilities, energy and power team in North America. His team was responsible for identifying new investment opportunities and the management of existing investments in the regulated utility, power generation and midstream energy industries.
Previously, Murphy served in a number of senior executive positions at NRG Energy, Inc., including executive vice president, Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions; executive vice president and president, Northeast Region; and executive vice president and general counsel.
Murphy was also a partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, where he worked in the New York, London and Washington, D.C offices leading the global energy, infrastructure and project finance practice.
Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1983 and a juris doctorate degree from George Washington University in 1987, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review.


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Gil Quiniones

Chief Executive Officer/President
New York Power Authority

Gil C. Quiniones has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the largest state-owned electric utility in the nation, since 2011. He is responsible for developing and implementing the statewide utility's mission and strategic vision to serve customers and mission. He also supervises its operations, legal and financial matters and relationships with external stakeholders.
Under his leadership, NYPA is currently playing a key role in fulfilling Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s landmark energy policies, Reforming the Energy Vision and the Clean Energy Standard. This is seen through NYPA’s stewardship of its clean generation and transmission assets, leadership in energy efficiency, the practice of environmental justice and sustainability initiatives, and advancement of innovative technologies to become the first digital utility, end to end.
Quiniones serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; is a board member of the Large Public Power Council and the Alliance to Save Energy and NYPA's principal representative to the American Public Power Association. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Gridwise Alliance and the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council.
Quiniones was Co-Chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which helped carry out Governor Cuomo's blueprint for reimagining New York State's transmission system through partnerships between the public and private sectors. In 2015 he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute the electric power industry's international research and development organization.
Before joining NYPA in 2007 as Executive Vice President of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Quiniones served in several positions in the administration of City of New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, including more than four years as Senior Vice President of Energy and Telecommunications. He previously worked for Con Edison for 16 years and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility's unregulated energy services company.


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Salvador Gabriel

Light and Hope for Puerto Rico

A fifteen-year-old from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Salvador Gómez-Colón is a firm believer that his young age will not limit the positive impact he can have in the World. When Hurricane María battered Puerto Rico, he decided that he was going to do all he could to help those in need. As a result, he created Light and Hope for Puerto Rico, which aims to distribute solar-powered lamps and hand-powered washing machines to Puerto Rico’s most heavily affected communities. With the original goals of raising $100,000 and positively impacting at least 1,000 families, the totals currently stand at over $150,000 raised and over 2,700 underserved families impacted and counting, throughout thirteen municipalities around the island.

An upcoming tenth-grader, Salvador is a participant of Model United Nations since seventh grade. He believes that Model UN gives him an opportunity to do what he’s passionate about: “defending rights, finding solutions to global issues, and creating resolutions to provide better opportunities.” Model UN also opens him up to issues of micro and local or macro and global scales. Among his other pursuits, he is avid photographer and swimmer, as well as very involved with the National Junior Honor Society. Last year, Salvador was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential Teens of 2017. When he grows up, Salvador wants to combine his passions of diplomacy, medicine, and helping others by becoming a doctor or a public health advocate.


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