2016 Plenary Speakers

Cisco-headshot_small_for_emailCisco DeVries, CEO, Renew Financial LLC
Keynote address

Renew Financial is a finance company specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for residential and commercial properties. The firm is providing over $500 million in capital through the CaliforniaFIRST PACE program and the WHEEL unsecured energy loan program. It also is fund and program manager for the State of Hawaii’s Green Infrastructure Authority.

Previously, as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Berkeley, he envisioned and led the initial development of the first PACE program, which allows property owners to pay for solar installations and energy efficiency projects as a line item on their property tax bill. DeVries also served as an appointee in the administration of President Bill Clinton, serving as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the U.S. Secretary of Energy.


mike_gordonMike Gordon, CEO, Joule Assets Inc.
Lunch keynote

Joule Assets provides financing solutions backed by performance insurance for energy efficiency and demand response projects.

Mike has a long history as an innovator in the energy efficiency and demand response industry. He founded ConsumerPowerline in 2000, generally recognized as the United States’ first demand response aggregator. Starting with a heating oil buying collective in New York, Mike also negotiated “first of their kind” collective buying contracts for consumers in Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Today, collectives serve a major portion of the Eastern residential market, saving consumers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

Mike holds an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton.


Michael Teague_2Secretary Michael Teague, Oklahoma Secretary for Energy & Environment
Lunch keynote

Secretary Teague is the first person in Oklahoma to hold the position of Secretary for Energy & Environment. Prior to his appointment, Teague served in the US Army for 30 years, where he was commander for the Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Throughout his career, Teague has dealt with power generation and distribution, water desalinization, and environmental impact studies. He has facilitated and negotiated numerous solutions regarding federal and state agencies, tribes, and local stakeholders and has acted as a liaison between the Tulsa District and the United States Congress.

Teague received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Norwich University and master’s degrees in operations analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School and in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.


Other speakers

  • Sarah Adair, Senior Policy Associate, Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
  • Brian Bowen, Regulatory Affairs Manager, First Fuel
  • Matt Croucher, Director of Demand Side Analytics, CPS Energy
  • Ryan Dougherty, COO, GEO
  • Frank Forrest, Efficiency Solutions Product Manager, Carlisle HVAC
  • Matt Golden, EDF Finance Consultant and CEO at Open EE
  • Sam Gunderson, Conservation Specialist, City of Fort Worth
  • Julie Hatfield, Energy Efficiency Program Manager, Texas Gas Service
  • Ted Michaels, Partner, AJW
  • Michael Murray, President of Lucid Design, Mission:data
  • Keith Reihl, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, Chairman of the SPEER Board of Directors
  • Curt Rich, President and CEO, NAIMA
  • Chris Rosemond, Construction Science Architect, BASF
  • Steve Saunders, CEO, TexEnergy Solutions
  • Arjun Saroya, Senior VP, Corporate and Product Development for Lime Energy
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, Senior Vice President of Policy and Research, Alliance to Save Energy
  • Greg Thurnher, General Manager, Regulatory Policy, Shell Energy North America and Chair of the ERCOT DREAM Task Force