Chair: Larry Shirley, Shirley Associates
Larry is President of Shirley Associates, a firm providing consulting services in sustainable energy and environmental programming and philanthropy. Prior to forming his company, Larry directed the operations and strategic planning initiatives for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. From 2009-2012, he was Director of the Green Economy in the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Prior to assuming this position in 2009, Larry directed the State Energy Office in North Carolina for nine years. He also served as the founding Executive Director of the North Carolina Solar Center at North Carolina State University from 1988-2000. While there, Larry was elected as Chairman of the American Solar Energy Society in 1996-97. Previous to his work at the Solar Center, he served as the Assistant Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem and founded the Nonprofit Energy Management Program for the Advanced Energy Corporation. Larry also served as Director of Field Operations for the Center for Renewable Resources in Washington, DC. Larry is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Vice Chair: Polly Shaw
Polly brings 23 years of clean, efficient energy policy experience in the U.S. and China. Formerly VP of regulatory affairs and communications for Stem, an intelligent energy storage company and vice president of external affairs at SunEdison, Polly served on the board of the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Large-scale Solar Association. In 2013, she helped advocate for California’s successful passage of SB 43, a 600-MW shared renewables program. Previously, Polly was senior director of external relations at Suntech America; senior regulatory analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission—where she led implementation of the $2.2 billion California solar incentive and R&D program; program officer at the Energy Foundation; and she provided consulting support for EPA greenhouse gas programs while at ICF. Polly holds a B.A. from Tufts University, a Certificate in Chinese Law from the University of London, and speaks English, French, Chinese and basic Spanish.
Secretary: John Hoffner, P.E., Jacobs Engineering Group
An accomplished engineer and manager with expertise in designing and building renewable energy systems, John is a sustainable energy engineer at Jacobs where he works with its PV design team for utility-scale PV projects in the Middle East, Canada and the U.S. Before Jacobs, John spent 11 years as director of technical services/renewable energy at Conservation Services Groups (CSG) where he was responsible for installing, operating, and monitoring over 2 MW of distributed PV systems on schools, retail stores, and utility sites. He worked with other PV specialists to develop and implement a solar PV training program at Austin Community College (ACC) for NABCEP certification, and from 2004–2009, he taught classes for entry and advanced level NABCEP training. John managed the renewable energy division for the City of Austin Electric Utility (now called Austin Energy) from 1983 to 1996 and was responsible for contracting the City of Austin’s share of the first utility-scale wind project in West Texas and a 5MW landfill gas project. He also led the team to design and install two 300kW PV plants in Austin. John is a registered professional engineer and served on the City’s Resource Management Commission for three years. In his spare time, he hosts Shades of Green, a weekly green talk radio program on KOOP community radio in Austin, TX.
Treasurer: Jacob Parks, J.D., Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Jacob Parks, J.D., CFE, currently serves as Associate General Counsel at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). In this role, he provides day-to-day counsel within the organization and works with various departments to provide education and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Jacob also serves as liaison to the ACFE Board of Regents in matters regarding the Code of Professional Ethics and Code of Professional Standards. He authored several courses for the ACFE, including a primer on fraud against nonprofit organizations. Jacob attended Texas Tech School of Law, during which time he worked for the civil litigation firm of Todd Hurd & Associates. Additionally, he had an externship at the Seventh Court of Appeals of Texas, working on issues involving criminal search and seizure and whistleblower protection. Jacob graduated in 2010, and gained admission to the State Bar of Texas that same year. Texas Tech University is also Jacob’s alma mater, where he served as president of the speech and debate team. Originally from parts unknown in western Texas, Jacob now calls Austin home. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, traveling, and karaoke.
Lorraine Akiba, J.D.,
Lorraine Akiba, J.D., LHA Ventures
As President/CEO of LHA Ventures, Lorraine is a recognized thought leader with technical expertise and knowledge in the development of Hawaii’s renewable and clean energy policy and regulatory framework. Previously, she was Commissioner at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which presides over all regulated public utility matters in the state. Prior to this appointment, she was a partner at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP and at Cades Schutte LLP, and led the environmental practice teams at both firms. Lorraine co-chairs the Low Income Consumer Solar Working Group of the Low Income Energy Issues Forum, a diverse national consortium focused on innovations that make utility service more affordable. Specifically, the solar working group is addressing actions and recommendations for successful integration of community solar. She is also a member of the Resiliency Strategy Steering Committee for the City and County of Honolulu and is a member of the U.S.-Japan Council. She has served on the advisory council to the board of directors, Electric Power Research Institute; the board of directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and its energy resources and environment committee; the U.S. DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group; and the State and Local Efficiency Action Network Financial Solutions Working Group. Previously Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and Chair of the State of Hawaii Environmental Council, she has also held leadership positions at numerous professional organizations and non-profits. Lorraine holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in political science.
Shannon Baker-Branstetter, J.D., Consumers Union
Since 2009, Shannon has served as energy and environment policy counsel for Consumers Union, Washington, D.C. office, where she leads the policy team’s work on energy efficiency, clean energy, utility policy, clean vehicles, fuel economy and other environmental topics. In her current role, she provides oral testimony and written comments for EPA, DOE, DOT and CARB rulemakings; analyzes pending bills and regulations; briefs congressional staff and California legislators on CU’s position on pending legislation; and leads a coalition of partners including environmental, environmental justice, labor, business, national security and public health groups. Prior to working at Consumers Union, Shannon worked at the U.S. Department of Labor, Government Accountability Office, and an employment law firm. Her alma maters are Yale University (BA), University of California, Los Angeles (MPP) and Georgetown (JD). She is an active member of the California and District of Columbia Bar Associations.
Chris Cook, J.D., Appalachian Economic Development Fund
Chris is managing director of the Appalachian Economic Development Fund. Prior to this position he was senior consultant at E3 Energy Services, a consultancy he formed in 1998. Chris was formerly EVP, Regulatory Affairs and Grid Services at EnerBlu, an advanced chemistry battery manufacturer. Prior to joining EnerBlu, Chris was president of Solar Grid Storage, LLC, a company focused on the use of financed battery storage to enhance the value of solar power on electric grids. He was of counsel with the law firm of Keyes & Fox, a boutique firm targeting distributed generation and regulatory issues. Previously, Chris was a Managing Director of Sunworks, a startup company he co-founded to focus on building US-based solar PV manufacturing facilities. He was formerly Sr. Vice-President, of Regulatory Affairs for SunEdison, a company he co-founded in 2003. As General Counsel at SunEdison, Chris helped write the solar power purchase agreement (PPA) that has become the model contract for the industry. Considered by many to be a leading national expert on net metering, Chris was assistant counsel with the Maryland People’s Counsel and Director of Policy at the Maryland Energy Administration. He is a member of the Bar of Maryland and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Chris holds awards from the Governor of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Energy for outstanding service in the solar energy field.
Anne Hoskins, J.D., Sunrun
Anne is Chief Policy Officer of Sunrun, the largest residential solar and storage company in the United States. She leads Sunrun’s policy efforts to expand consumer access to solar energy and modernize the grid for the benefit of all users. Anne is a member of the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association. Prior to joining Sunrun, Anne served as a Commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission where she was a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Board of Directors, Chair of the NARUC International Relations Committee and a board member of the Organization of PJM States (OPSI). Anne’s prior professional positions include Senior Vice President for Policy and Sustainability at Public Service Enterprise Group, Visiting Research Scholar and Instructor at Princeton University, Senior Regulatory Counsel at Verizon Wireless and 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, where she currently serves on the Advisory Council to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Ken Jurman, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
At DMME, Ken manages the Division of Energy’s solar and wind power programs. He works closely with state and local economic development agencies to promote the growth of Virginia’s alternative and renewable energy industry, as well as with numerous public, private and non-profit organizations to increase the demand for renewable and innovative energy technologies. Over the past two and a half years, Ken developed and implemented several grant and rebate programs totaling nearly $38 million to support solar and small wind installations throughout the Commonwealth. Through these efforts, Virginia experienced over a seven-fold increase in solar thermal, photovoltaic, and small wind power capacity. Ken currently serves as a government sector representative on the Board for the Small Wind Certification Council. He also serves as staff to the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority, which was created through 2010 legislation to facilitate, coordinate, and support development of the offshore wind energy industry and supply chain in Virginia. Ken lives in Rockville, VA with his wife and daughter.
Dan Reicher, J.D., Stanford University
Dan is an entrepreneur, investor, policymaker and lawyer focused on clean energy and climate change. He served three U.S. presidents, testified before the U.S. Congress more than 50 times, helped launch Google’s pathbreaking energy work, set new energy efficiency standards and accelerated wind deployment as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy, and co-founded one of the nation’s earliest clean energy project investment firms. Dan was also founding Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, a joint center of the Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. At Google, he served as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, following multiple federal roles, including Assistant Secretary of Energy and Department of Energy Chief of Staff; Co-Chair of the energy and environment team for the Obama administration; and as a staff member of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island. Dan is currently a Stanford lecturer and research fellow, President of Fifth Letter Solutions, where he advises clean energy companies, and CEO of an energy storage start-up. He holds a BA in biology from Dartmouth College, a JD from Stanford Law School and also studied at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and MIT. Dan and his wife, Carole Parker, have three children and live in Piedmont, California. An avid kayaker, he was a member of the first expedition on record to navigate the entire 1888-mile Rio Grande (with support from the National Geographic Society) and to kayak the Yangtze River in China.
Marc Roper, ENGIE Storage
Marc is Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ENGIE Storage, a US-based provider of energy storage systems and services owned by ENGIE, the largest independent power producer in the world. He has been active in US distributed solar energy and energy storage markets since 1992. Before joining ENGIE Storage, Marc served in a variety of executive leadership roles in companies engaged in emerging distributed renewable energy markets, including Alta Energy, a sustainable energy advisory and procurement services for multi-site corporate and commercial real estate clients in the US; Sovereign Modular, a solar development company focused on the California education sector; Coda Energy, a provider of energy storage services to the C&I marketplace; Tioga Energy, a solar PPA provider that successfully developed more than 100 solar PPA projects around the US; Turner Renewable Energy, a leading solar power systems integrator (acquired by First Solar in 2007), and photovoltaic manufacturer SCHOTT Solar. Marc also managed residential markets for PV manufacturer AstroPower (acquired by GE Energy in 2004), and led renewable energy programs for the State of Colorado’s energy office. He earned an MS Civil Engineering, a BS in Engineering Physics, and a BA in Music from the University of Colorado. Marc has served on the boards of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC).
Ronny currently serves on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance – a leading business forum focused on the development of a smart, sustainable, modern electric grid. Prior to this role, Ronny was Senior Director Director at Environmental Defense Fund and led its national grid modernization efforts, including driving investments that increase the efficiency of the electric system and enable the integration of renewables and other emerging sources of energy. In this capacity, he worked with a variety of stakeholders, including national and regional organizations to maximize opportunities for clean energy adoption. Before joining EDF, Ronny managed efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce peak electricity use in capacity constrained areas of the electric grid as part of Con Edison’s Energy Efficiency and Demand Management Department. Prior to this role, Ronny developed plans and performed engineering analyses to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the transmission and distribution systems at Con Edison. He has also held management positions across Con Edison’s electric, gas and steam organizations. Ronny holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from New York University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He also obtained his Master of Business Administration from New York University and is a Certified Energy Manager.
Carl Siegrist, Carl Siegrist Consulting, LLC
Carl began his more than three decades in the energy field at the Oak Ridge National Lab. He later held various management positions in renewable energy, energy efficiency, environmental, planning and regulatory affairs at Wisconsin’s largest investor-owned utility, We Energies, for over 27 years. During his last 11 years there as the Senior Renewable Energy Strategist, he created and managed award-winning renewable energy development programs with a primary focus on solar power. Carl served on the Board of Directors of RENEW Wisconsin for six years. He also served on the Board of Directors of NABCEP for over five years. He was a Board member of the Solar Electric Power Association (now known as the Smart Electric Power Alliance) for nearly ten years, and served on its Executive Committee for eight. After leaving We Energies, Carl continued to work for sustainable clean energy through Carl Siegrist Consulting, LLC. One of his first projects was writing the Utility Community Solar Design Handbook for SEPA. Carl holds an M.S. degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics and is a Life Member of the American Solar Energy Society, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and RENEW Wisconsin. Carl lives with his wife, Sandy, in Bainbridge Island, Washington and likes to travel, hike, listen to music, and enjoy good food and wine.
Jetta Wong, Consultant
Jetta has over 15 years of experience developing policies that support the commercialization of clean energy and environment technologies. Some of her clients have included the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), a coalition of investors, and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. She is also a Partner in Sustainability at RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners, a strategic advisory and venture development firm focused on root-cause solutions to grand challenges in Education, Sustainability, and Information Technology. Prior to consulting, Jetta established the Office of Technology Transitions for the U.S. Department of Energy and served as its first Director. Jetta also co-chaired the White House’s National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-Market initiative focused on creating economic impact from Federally-funded R&D. She joined the Department in July of 2012 in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as an advisor to the Assistant Secretary. Before joining the DOE Jetta worked for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Jetta’s career in energy started in Uzbekistan, where she was a natural resources consultant. Jetta holds a MPS in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and B.S. in Natural Resources and the Environment from the University of Michigan. In Jetta’s free time you can find her hiking, skiing, and gardening.
President, Chief Executive Officer Larry Sherwood
As IREC’s President and CEO, Larry has worked with IREC in different capacities for more than 10 years. Prior to becoming President/CEO, he was IREC’s Vice President/COO, the author of IREC’s U.S. Solar Market Trends report and editor of IREC’s Small Wind Newsletter. With more than 35 years of experience in renewable energy, Larry has served as President of Sherwood Associates, a renewable energy consulting firm. He was Project Administrator for the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards and Executive Director for a number of renewable energy organizations including the Small Wind Certification Council, American Solar Energy Society and Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Larry has received a Special Recognition Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and lives in a PV-powered house in Boulder, Colorado with his wife, Janet and daughter, Morgan.