Board of Directors
Troy MillerBoard position: Chair Company: S&C Electric Company Company title: Director, Grid Solutions
Troy Miller is Director, Grid Solutions for the S&C Electric Company. He has over 23 years of experience in the Power Engineering industry.
Mr. Miller has a vast history in the application and implementation of all aspects of power electronics and power quality. Mr. Miller is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt) and the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK). Mr. Miller is a speaker at industry events around the world covering market trends and economic benefit analysis. He has published numerous papers and articles in technical journals and media outlets. He is currently responsible for Power Quality activities at S&C Electric. These include: Energy Storage, VAR compensation and Uninterruptible Power Systems.
Jeff GatesBoard position: Immediate Past Chair Company: Alevo Company title: Vice President - Global Sales
Jeff Gates is responsible for sales and project development of energy storage projects for Alevo Energy. He previously held a variety of positions at Duke Energy, including energy storage and transmission project development, strategy, corporate finance, and risk management.
Mr. Gates developed the Notrees Battery Storage Project, a 36-megawatt storage system at the Notrees windfarm for Duke Energy, including commercial structuring, contract negotiating, and driving the regulatory and market changes needed to incorporate storage in the Texas market. In this role Mr. Gates managed a $44MM project budget to construct the project on time and on budget. In addition, Mr. Gates was responsible for project development for all energy storage projects across the Commercial Business unit and monitors and influences policy and market rules to enable energy storage to be deployed across multiple markets.
Praveen KathpalBoard position: Vice Chair Company: AES Energy Storage Company title: Vice President
Praveen Kathpal is a Vice President with AES Energy Storage. His responsibilities span energy storage project development in the U.S. and energy storage market development globally across AES’ platform.
Mr. Kathpal joined AES in 2007. Prior to joining AES, Mr. Kathpal was a consultant in the wholesale power group at ICF International, performing economic analyses for clients in every major U.S. market, Latin America and the Middle East. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Karen ButterfieldBoard position: Treasurer Company: STEM Company title: Chief Commerical Officer
As STEM's Chief Commercial Officer, Karen leads the commercialization of the company’s distributed energy storage offering, overseeing strategy, policy, marketing, business development and channel partnering.
Today, Stem customers include commercial, industrial and public sector organizations such as Adobe, Safeway and the City of Santa Clara, and as a procured grid services resource for utilities including Hawaii Electric Company, Southern California Edison and CAISO. Prior to joining Stem, Karen was a Managing Director in the commercial systems group at SunPower. Her teams successfully deployed large PV systems on the Department of Defense, Department of Energy and Veterans Affairs facilities, and for commercial accounts including Apple, Verizon, Macy’s and other Fortune 500 companies. Karen also spent 10 years at Honeywell Grid Solutions designing and delivering energy efficiency, demand response and smart metering programs.
Dr. Craig R. HorneBoard position: Secretary Company: Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. Company title: Vice President, Business Development, Energy Storage
Dr. Horne has been leading and participating in the development of electrochemical energy technologies and systems for over 20 years with direct experience in flow, lead-acid and lithium ion batteries as well as fuel cells. Craig has also been an active participant in regulatory and legislative processes such as California’s landmark energy storage initiative (AB2514).
Dr. Craig Horne is the Vice President Business Development, Energy Storage for Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Americas. Dr. Horne has been leading and participating in the development of electrochemical energy technologies and systems for over 20 years with direct experience in flow, lead-acid and lithium ion batteries as well as fuel cells. Craig has also been an active participant in regulatory and legislative processes such as California’s landmark energy storage initiative (AB2514). At RES Americas Craig is developing new markets for storage across the globe, working to bring new technologies into RES’s portfolio, evaluating project performance, and expanding storage business models. As EnerVault’s founding CEO and Chairman, Dr. Horne raised over $25M in venture and grant funding. Craig has also served as Vice President of Technology at World Energy Labs, Senior Vice President and Founder of Kainos Energy, and Chair of the Electrochemical Society, San Francisco Section. Dr. Horne is a youth girls lacrosse coach, has over 15 publications and has been awarded 21 US Patents. Dr. Horne holds degrees in Material Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley (Ph.D), UC Los Angeles (M.S.), and the University of Florida (B.S.).
Bill HolmesBoard position: Director Company: K&L Gates LLP Company title: Partner
Bill Holmes is a partner at K&L Gates LLP, a global law firm with 47 offices around the world.
Bill advises clients in negotiating major power purchase agreements on both the buy and sell sides, energy project development agreements, agreements for the acquisition or sale of energy projects, and other transaction agreements, including in the areas of energy storage, wind energy, solar energy, and hydroelectric power. Bill is a frequent speaker and moderator at energy storage and renewable energy conferences. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Energy Law, 2007-2015 and has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Renewable Energy Law at the University of Oregon.
John HolmesBoard position: Director Company: University of California, San Diego Company title: Industry Alliance Officer
Mr. Holmes serves UCSD’s Office of Innovation and Commercialization in focus areas including Electric Energy End Use, Energy Storage Integration, and implementation of Intelligent Technologies supporting Clean Transportation initiatives.
He manages a portfolio of R&D and Academic projects which serve public benefit. Mr. Holmes has broad expertise in and contributions to vehicle electrification from both the transportation and electric utility sectors. He serves as a Technical Advisor to the California Energy Commission in the areas of Transportation and Energy as well as occupying multiple advisory roles to both academic and private sector research consortia. His research portfolio is supported by active engagement in CEC, DOE and private sector initiatives.
Ben KaunBoard position: Director Company: Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Company title: Strategic Manager, Energy Storage
Ben Kaun is a Strategic Manager for the Energy Storage Program of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
He currently manages EPRI’s Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), a public, technical forum to facilitate the availability and use of safe, reliable, cost-effective energy storage systems, guided by electric utility needs. Additionally, Ben is working collaboratively with the industry to develop and apply tools and methods to understand the value of energy storage to the electric power system in different contexts. This included performing value analysis to inform the stakeholders of the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) energy storage proceeding, prior to their landmark storage decision. Before EPRI, Ben worked with Tesla Motors and other early stage companies to develop, test, and commercialize advanced batteries for vehicle electrification. Ben earned a B.S. General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.S. Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
Zachary KuznarBoard position: Director Company: Duke Energy Company title: Director of CHP, Energy Storage and Microgrid Development
Zachary Kuznar works as the Director of CHP, Energy Storage and Microgrid Development for Duke Energy. In this role he focuses on business case development, technology evaluation and regulatory initiatives for Distributed Generation in all of Duke Energy’s regulated service territory.
Zachary Kuznar works as the Director of CHP, Energy Storage and Microgrid Development for Duke Energy. In this role he focuses on business case development, technology evaluation and regulatory initiatives for Distributed Generation in all of Duke Energy’s regulated service territory. Previously he worked in the Emerging Technology Office and managed a number of energy storage field installations. He also has experience in the fossil generation business unit. Prior to joining Duke, Zak worked in the Advanced Materials division of General Electric. Zak is on the Advisory Board of the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at IUPUI, and is on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Chemical and Paper Engineering at Miami University. Zak holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, and a Master's and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University.
Audrey LeeBoard position: Director Company: Advanced Microgrid Solutions Company title: VP of Analytics and Design
Audrey leads strategic design of AMS’s analytics and operations platform which optimizes fleets of distributed energy resources as a grid resource. She oversees AMS’s team of solution design analysts, product managers, algorithms, and software engineering team.
Audrey leads strategic design of AMS’s analytics and operations platform which optimizes fleets of distributed energy resources as a grid resource. She oversees AMS’s team of solution design analysts, product managers, algorithms, and software engineering team. Before joining AMS, Audrey advised the President of the California Public Utilities Commission on smart grid, energy data, and demand response policy. Previous to that she worked at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency in Paris. She holds a B.S. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University.
Dr. Peter MuhoroBoard position: Director Company: Pedernales Electric Cooperative Company title: Chief Strategy Officer
Dr. Peter Muhoro is the Director of Energy Research and Strategies at Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the largest electric distribution cooperative in the United States.
Dr. Peter Muhoro is the Chief Strategy Officer at Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest electric distribution cooperative in the U.S. Peter brings technical knowledge and strategic planning expertise to the cooperative and is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the overall vision, mission, short and long term strategic initiatives for the cooperative, as directed by the Board of Directors. He evaluates and shapes the cooperative strategy with respect to advanced research, energy policy, business intelligence and technology. Prior to PEC, Peter served as an Advisor at the Cooperative Research Network, the technology research arm of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He previously launched several small businesses focused on bottom of the pyramid issues and poverty reduction through electricity access. He is a sought after speaker both on the national and international arena. Peter holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan with a focus on energy.
Charles PostBoard position: Director Company: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Company title: Energy Storage Program Manager
Charles Post is Energy Storage Program Manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). In this role, Charlie is responsible for implementing PG&Es energy storage program.
Charles Post is Energy Storage Program Manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). In this role, Charlie is responsible for implementing PG&Es energy storage program. This includes all aspects of energy storage; Policy, Regulatory and Commercial. Charlie has been working at PG&E since 2001. In 2004, just as the RPS requirements were being finalized, Charlie moved to Energy Procurement and managed its 2004 and 2005 RPS RFOs. Charlie led structuring and negotiations for transactions with a combined value of over $3B. He also managed large transaction teams and procurement process for hundreds of MWs of renewable energy, successfully closing deals negotiated over multiple years. In 2014, Charlie transitioned to the role of Energy Storage Program Manager and became PG&Eâ€™s first employee dedicated 100% to Energy Storage
Richard StuebiBoard position: Director
Mr. Stuebi has 30 years of experience in the electricity sector. He is the former VP of US Strategy and Group Technology for National Grid, where his team was responsible for the company's energy storage activities. Before joining National Grid, Mr. Stuebi was Managing Director for the venture capital firm Energy Stage Partners, from which he joined portfolio company MAR Systems as President & CEO.
Mr. Stuebi has 30 years of experience in the electricity sector. He is the former VP of US Strategy and Group Technology for National Grid, where his team was responsible for the company's energy storage activities. Before joining National Grid, Mr. Stuebi was Managing Director for the venture capital firm Energy Stage Partners, from which he joined portfolio company MAR Systems as President & CEO. Previously, he was Energy Fellow at the Cleveland Foundation, where his advocacy was instrumental in passage of RPS legislation in Ohio. From 1999-2006, Mr. Stuebi was President of NextWave Energy, a boutique professional services firm he founded to assist companies with new energy technologies and business models. During this time, he co-founded two venture-backed companies and assisted several others in business development capacities. Mr. Stuebi began his career as a consultant in the energy practices of McKinsey and ICF. He holds economics degrees from MIT and Stanford.