Board of Directors

  • Craig R. Horne, Ph.D.

    Board position: Chair Company: Swinerton Renewable Energy Company title: Senior Director, Energy Storage

    Dr. Horne has been leading the deployment and development of electrochemical energy systems and technologies for over 25 years with direct experience in flow, lead-acid and lithium ion batteries as well as fuel cells. Craig has served on ESA’s Board since 2014 and has been an active participant in regulatory and legislative processes such as California’s landmark energy storage initiative (AB2514).

    Dr. Horne has been leading the deployment and development of electrochemical energy systems and technologies for over 25 years with direct experience in flow, lead-acid and lithium ion batteries as well as fuel cells. Craig has served on ESA’s Board since 2014 and has been an active participant in regulatory and legislative processes such as California’s landmark energy storage initiative (AB2514).

    Craig leads SRE’s deployment of integrated storage solutions in the utility, commercial, and services markets.  Prior to joining SRE, Craig led energy storage business development at Renewable Energy Systems (RES).  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 U.S. 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.).

  • Praveen Kathpal

    Board position: Immediate Past Chair Company: Fluence - A Siemens and AES Company Company title: Vice President

    With 10 years of experience deploying energy storage solutions, Fluence’s team focuses on solving customers’ energy problems, prioritizing lasting partnerships over simply delivering products.

    With 10 years of experience deploying energy storage solutions, Fluence’s team focuses on solving customers’ energy problems, prioritizing lasting partnerships over simply delivering products. Fluence will deliver the same level of excellence in service, problem solving and delivery that customers know and depend on from working with us as AES Energy Storage or Siemens.

  • Troy Miller

    Board position: Vice Chair Company: GE Power Company title: Sales Leader, Energy Storage, North America

    Troy Miller is an innovative clean energy executive, with a verifiable performance record in the renewable energy and utility industries.

    Troy Miller is an innovative clean energy executive, with a verifiable performance record in the renewable energy and utility industries.  He has brought multiple cutting-edge products and services to market and has consistently delivered double digit year-over-year revenue growth.  He has a deep understanding in the application and implementation of all aspects of energy storage and power quality. He has launched and spearheaded strategic partnerships and served as a technical advisor on joint ventures, divestitures, and acquisitions.   Troy continues to perform in leadership role on the board of Directors for the Energy Storage Association (ESA) and has previously served as Board Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary.   He also serves on the board of directors for the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt).   He is recognized as a thought leader on regulatory, legislative, and industry best practices for the adoption of energy storage.  He has been called to testify before the FERC, the US congressional Caucus, MISO and the US department of commerce.  He is sought-after speaker at a variety of global clean energy events.  He has published numerous papers and articles in technical journals and media outlets on Renewables, Microgrids, Energy storage, and the transformation of the Electrical Grid.

  • Audrey Lee, Ph.D.

    Board position: Treasurer Company: SunRun Company title: Vice President of Grid Services

    As VP of Grid Services, Audrey leads Sunrun’s efforts to deploy and aggregate residential solar plus storage to create cleaner and less costly grid infrastructure while reducing customers’ bills.

    Before joining Sunrun, Audrey was Vice President of Analytics and Design at Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Inc., where she was responsible for the analytics and operations platform to optimize fleets of distributed energy resources as virtual power plants. These efforts resulted in Series A and B corporate fundraising and a $200 million project finance raise – the largest dedicated energy storage finance vehicle in history. Prior to that, she advised the President of the California Public Utilities Commission on smart grid, energy data, demand response, and energy storage policy. Audrey also 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 earned a B.S. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University.

  • Charles Post

    Board position: Secretary 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&E’s first employee dedicated 100% to Energy Storage

  • Julie Blunden

    Board position: Director Company: EVgo Company title: Executive Vice President of Business Development

    Blunden brings more than three decades of executive experience to EVgo, including growing rapidly expanding companies in new energy markets.

    Julie Blunden is the Executive Vice President of Business Development of EVgo. Blunden brings more than three decades of executive experience to EVgo, including growing rapidly expanding companies in new energy markets, including senior roles at SunPower, Green Mountain Energy, KEMA Xenergy, and SunEdison, as well as serving as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ClimateWorks Foundation. She is Board Chair of CalCEF Catalyst and Board Member of CalCEF Ventures, as well as founder of her own consulting practice, and former Executive in Residence for the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver’s Business School. Blunden has an engineering and environmental studies degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
  • Jacqueline M. DeRosa

    Board position: Director Company: Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd. Company title: Vice President of Emerging Technologies

    As the Vice President of Emerging Technologies, Jacqueline assists her clients to evaluate and integrate emerging technologies into the energy markets. She is an expert in the energy regulatory arena and wholesale market rules.

    As the Vice President of Emerging Technologies, Jacqueline assists her clients to evaluate and integrate emerging technologies into the energy markets. She is an expert in the energy regulatory arena and wholesale market rules. She helps her clients with interconnection, pricing, contract evaluation, and understanding the requirements for participation in the wholesale market.  Jacquie has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry.

    Prior to joining CES in 2007, she worked for the California ISO in the market design area. She has also worked on international energy sector restructuring matters for the USAID, and in project development for an independent power producer.  She began her career at the FERC. Jacquie has a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.

  • Jeff Gates

    Board position: Director Company: Fresh Technologies Company title: VP of Development

    Jeff Gates is the VP of Development for Fresh Technologies.

    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.

  • John D. Hewa

    Board position: Director Company: Vice President of Corporate Services Company title: Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

    John D. Hewa joined REC in July, 2017, and is responsible for several functional areas including Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Safety and Security, and Technology Services.

    John D. Hewa joined REC in July, 2017, and is responsible for several functional areas including Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Safety and Security, and Technology Services. Hewa has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the electric utility industry and a broad knowledge of the cooperative business model. He has served as CEO of electric cooperatives in Texas and Florida, and as vice president of research, engineering, and technical services at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Prior to his cooperative career, Hewa managed the utilities department for the City of Manassas, Virginia. Hewa holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is a registered professional engineer. Hewa and his wife Laura and their three daughters reside in Gainesville, Virginia.

  • Bill Holmes

    Board 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.

  • Zachary Kuznar, Ph.D.

    Board 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.

  • Juliana Mandell

    Board position: Director Company: ENGIE Storage Company title: Director of Market Development and Policy

    Juliana is the Director of Market Development and Policy at ENGIE Storage, formerly Green Charge. She brings experience working on market strategy, business development and policy across the renewable energy sector.

    Juliana is the Director of Market Development and Policy at ENGIE Storage, formerly Green Charge. She brings experience working on market strategy, business development and policy across the renewable energy sector. Prior to Green Charge, Juliana spent time at GE, Sungevity, and working abroad in Latin America. She holds a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's degree from Columbia University.

  • Peter Muhoro, Ph.D.

    Board position: Director Company: National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) Company title: Vice President, Strategic Industry Research and Analysis

    Dr. Peter Muhoro is the Vice President, Strategic Industry Research and Analysis at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC).

    Dr. Peter Muhoro is the Vice President, Strategic Industry Research and Analysis at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC). CFC, created and owned by America’s electric cooperative network is a nonprofit finance cooperative with approximately $24 billion in assets, and provides unparalleled industry expertise, flexibility and responsiveness to serve the needs of its member-owners. Peter brings technical knowledge and strategic planning expertise to electric cooperatives, and is responsible for strategic technical and economic industry research, business intelligence and advanced technologies trends analysis.


    Prior to joining CFC in 2017, Peter held several positions working for, and with electric cooperatives. Most recently, he served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest distribution electric cooperative in the U.S. Prior to that, he was an Advisor at the Cooperative Research Network, the technology research arm of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He has previously launched several small businesses focused on energy analysis, bottom of the pyramid issues and poverty reduction through electricity access. He serves on boards and advisory committees, and is a sought after speaker both nationally and internationally.


    Peter holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan with a focus on energy.