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Utility of the Future: Partnerships in the Age of Innovation

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Utility of the Future: Partnerships in the Age of Innovation

The Energy sector is at a critical point of transformation, being driven by trends towards de-carbonization, decentralization, and increasing customer engagement. Technology innovation, price reductions, and a flood of new players clamoring to participate in energy markets create opportunities to meet the evolving needs of our customers. And while we may not yet know what the final outcomes of this transformation will be, we do know that it needs to include creative partnerships between private innovative solution providers and regulated utilities.

So how do utilities go about partnering with innovative companies? What is the process or steps both sides need to take to form a mutually beneficial relationship? What are some of the underlying causes and potential solutions utilities and private sector partners can work together to shorten a process many perceive as long and cumbersome?

YPE NYC, Urban Future Lab, Con Edison, and National Grid’s New Energy Solutions Team are teaming up to tackle these questions with an interactive panel discussion between utility executives and reps from both early-stage and more mature “market ready” companies that have formed successful partnerships already. Join us for engaging discussion and then stick around for some valuable networking!

Speakers:

Margaret Jolly, Director of Research and Development, Con Edison

Margarett is Director of Research and Development, whose mission is to be an agent of change driving innovative technological solutions to address strategic and operational needs for the Con Edison of New York and Orange and Rockland Utility. She has been with Con Edison since 1997, most recently as the Distributed Generation (DG) Ombudswoman. Her previous career at Con Edison included power plant control room/instrumentation and control systems and boiler operations, regulatory and energy markets policy, and electric distribution engineering for DG interconnections.

She graduated from New York City Technical College in 1993 and from the Cooper Union in 1997 with a BE in Mechanical Engineering, she is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State since 2004.

She speaks regularly about the changing role of the electric distribution platform and customer engagement.

Fouad Dagher, Manager of New Products and Energy Services, National Grid

As manager of National Grid’s New Energy Services division, Fouad has led the development of National Grid’s portfolio of large-scale solar generation across National Grid’s Massachusetts service territory, including the deployment and ongoing demonstration of advanced inverter technologies. He joined National Grid in 1994 and has served in many areas of the company, including Power Quality, Protection and Planning, Electrical Substations, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Resources.

Prior to joining National Grid, Fouad was employed by Mobil Corporation in the Solar Division where he was responsible for interconnecting photovoltaic systems to the electric grid. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Energy Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Fouad also attended Northeastern University for Post Graduate studies in Electrical Engineering and is a registered P.E. in Massachusetts and Vermont.

Evan Conley, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Gridpoint

Evan manages strategic partnership development and implementation for GridPoint, focusing on delivering energy management hardware and software services to commercial users. Prior to joining his current firm, he managed Residential Solar Solutions for NRG's national channel partner development program, partnering with existing residential solar companies and supporting the development of solar businesses within large residential-focused organizations.

Evan has a BA from Gettysburg College and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

Kathy Hannun, Co-Founder & CEO, Dandelion

Dandelion is a revolutionary startup that provides geothermal heating and cooling to residential customers with little or no money down. The company was spun out of Alphabet’s X lab, Google’s innovation center, and is a member of Urban Future Lab. Officially founded in 2017, Dandelion has already raised $2 million in financing and is executing projects in upstate New York.

Kathy had been a member of the Alphabet’s X lab since 2010, spending her final three years there as a Product Manager in its Moonshot division on the Rapid Evaluations Team. There, she was responsible for identifying compelling opportunities, de-risking them, and developing business plans. She is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a BS in Civil Engineering and an MS in Theoretical Computer Science.

Moderator: Lucas Finco, Principal Data Scientist, Honeywell

Lucas is a principal data scientist at Honeywell. Previously, Lucas founded StrateGain, which helps clients foster a sustainable energy paradigm through data analysis and strategy. He has ten years' experience at ConEd, where he optimized businesses processes through measurement, design and forecast the performance of Demand Side Management (DSM) programs. He teaches Energy Analytics for NYU and has been a strong advocate for energy sustainability and the smart generation and consumption of energy. Lucas was also named one of Breaking Energy’s Top 10 Young New York Energy Leaders.

Lucas earned a BS in Applied Math, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconcin-Madison, a Masters in Physics from Stony Brook University, and an MBA from NYU Stern.

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