SPI 2018

Electric Vehicles: Transforming Our Society in More Ways Than Meets the Eye

Thursday, September 27
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Storage Central: Booth 3386

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The newest generation of sleek, attractive electric vehicles have arrived to much fanfare and debate about how they will ignite a revolutionary change to the way we travel. In reality, this type of change doesn’t happen overnight and neither will the deployment of the infrastructure needed to facilitate it. But, slowly but surely, change is happening, utilities, states, cities, and a host of private companies are investing in charging infrastructure. This session will identify critical components of this emerging industry, and investigate potential business opportunities for the renewable energy community attending SPI and ESI.

Andrew Tanner, BE/BCom/MBA

VP Global Partnerships

A professional engineer with over a decade of experience in developing and commercializing clean technologies, Andrew leads the Global Partnerships team at GreenSync. His previous roles have included leading Business Development at Geli and Engineering team Chromasun.

Andrew is a former recipient of the Advance Global Australian of the Year in Clean Technology and recipient of the Australian Innovation Award from the CSIRO & Australian American Chamber of Commerce.


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Randal Kaufman

Sales Director
Black & Veatch

Randal Kaufman is Sales Director for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business. With over 15 years of experience in the electrical power industry, Randal has expertise in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and complimentary energy delivery systems, data centers, distributed generation, energy management, power quality, and backup systems. He also spent two years in the stationary fuel cell power generation business, with special focus on application engineering and product development. His previous work experience includes ABB, Clear Edge Power, and Schneider Electric. Randal holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from California State University-Chico and an MBA from the University of California-Irvine.


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Bill Ehrlich

Technology Development Manager

Bill Ehrlich manages EVgo's new technology programs including: energy storage, V2G, and high power charging (greater than 50 kW). He previously has worked at Strategen Consulting, Greentech Media, Gurtz Electric, and Inovateus Solar. In addition to working across solar, electrical construction, and energy storage, Bill holds a finance degree and built a proprietary tool to perform nationwide utility rate modeling at EVgo.


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Robert Barrosa

Director, Utility Strategy and Operations
Electrify America


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Renee C. Samson

Director, Utility Solutions

Renee has been working in the energy industry for more than a decade. She joined Pacific Gas & Electric in Tax and later began focusing more on regulatory issues as the Director of Regulatory Affairs, supporting CPUC filings for the Customer Care organization. She has been with ChargePoint since May 2017, where she is responsible for working with utilities on strategy and program design for electric vehicle charging infrastructure across all sectors and the development of programs that utilize smart charging to provide benefits to electric vehicle drivers, charging station owners, and the distribution grid. Prior to working in energy, Renee was a tax attorney, working on state, local, and federal litigation matters. She has a degree in English Literature and a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University and her LL.M. in Tax Law from the University of Florida.


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