Submit your candidacy by February 22, 2021

Are you ready to shape the energy storage industry to meet ESA’s Vision of 100 x 30?

The Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) Nominating Committee is seeking candidates interested in being considered to serve on the Board of Directors. This is a critical time for both the organization and the industry. After an uncertain 2020, the industry is poised for continued growth over the next several years. This incoming set of Board members will serve to ensure that ESA grows in step to realize this potential.

Raise your profile as a key leader in the industry.
Since the ESA board is individual-based, not company-based, we are seeking dynamic candidates that can provide the organization with strategic guidance, membership-focused networks, and commit the time and energy necessary to ensure strategies are executed. Additionally, the Board is always focused on representative diversity of the organization’s leadership to reflect the growing breadth of our membership across the storage value chain and the evolution of the energy storage industry.

All interested individuals should complete the candidate questionnaire using the guidance provided below. The final candidates will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and then voted on by the membership at the virtual Meeting of the Members on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Candidate Eligibility

  • Must be a representative of a Full Member in good standing.
  • Must be willing to fulfill the legal, fiduciary, and financial responsibilities of a Director.
  • Must be able to participate in telephone interviews with the Nominating Committee between March 15-19, 2021.

Expected Level of Commitment: 

  • Serve a two-year term beginning in April 2021.
  • Attend regularly scheduled Board meetings typically lasting two hours; approximately two in-person Board meetings; monthly Committee meetings lasting 1 hour; and special meetings, as called.
  • Actively participate in the affairs of the Association, discussions, review of materials, and willingness to serve on or Chair at least one Committee of the Board.
  • Accomplish additional activities as needed.

Please review: Expectations of an ESA Board Member.

Additional resources:
Top Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards (BoardSource 2009)
Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards (BoardSource 2009)

Deadline:

The deadline has passed to submit candidates for the 2021 election.

If you have any questions, please contact Becca Dietrich, Vice President, Operations (b.dietrich@energystorage.org) at +1-202-293-0537.

Kiran Kumaraswamy

Kiran Kumaraswamy

Chair

Fluence

Vice President of Market Applications

Kiran Kumaraswamy is Vice President of Market Applications at Fluence, managing a team that helps customers identify applications that are attractive for energy storage development worldwide, developing and implementing Fluence's go to market strategies for key markets, including implementing regulatory and policy solutions that create access for new markets. Prior to joining Fluence, he worked as a Senior Manager in ICF International advising private sector clients on wholesale power market and transmission issues. He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India.

John D. Hewa, P.E.

John D. Hewa, P.E.

Immediate Past Chair

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

President & CEO

John Hewa is Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s President & Chief Executive Officer. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the electric utility industry with an emphasis in technology and management of public and cooperative power utilities. His experience spans technical and executive roles managing electric systems.  Hewa has served as CEO of electric cooperatives in Florida and Texas.

Jacqueline M. DeRosa

Jacqueline M. DeRosa

Secretary

Ameresco

Vice President, Battery Energy Storage

As the Vice President - Energy Storage Systems, Jacqueline is developing new energy storage projects for Ameresco.  She has over 30 years of experience in the electric power industry, which includes working for Customized Energy Solutions (CES) as the VP of Emerging Technologies.  She has a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.

Jeff Bishop

Jeff Bishop

Director

Key Capture Energy

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

As Co-founder and CEO of Key Capture Energy, Jeff is responsible for overseeing mergers and acquisitions, capital allocation, financing, as well as ensuring all regulatory requirements are met.  Jeff has spent his career working on utility-scale renewable energy projects and providing strategic guidance within the ever evolving commercial, legislative and regulatory energy arena.  Jeff holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University and is currently working on his MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah.

Javier Cavada

Javier Cavada

Director

Highview Power

CEO and President

Javier Cavada is President & CEO at Highview Power, former Chairman of Greensmith Energy Management and former President of Wärtsilä Energy, working globally in the Energy Storage space focused on developing long duration and large scale projects. He holds a PhD in Engineering from University of Cantabria (Spain) where he was recognised as Distinguished Alumni.

Paul Hayes

Paul Hayes

Director

American Fire Technologies

General Manager

Paul is the former CEO and current GM for a special hazards fire safety company that has been dedicated to the energy market for over 25 years. He has the following Memberships and engagement in the ESS market - NFPA 855 and NFPA 850 Principal Committee member, AFAA, Professional Member SFPE, FSSA Board of Directors, and EEI board of directors. He is a SME expert for NYC and NYFD for development of code for Li-ion ESS, a Member of UL9540 STP, and Extensive support in development of NFPA 855. He is a Fire Protection Professional Engineer in over 30 States. His current experience and client base includes working with Utilities, battery manufactures, integrators, AHJs and industry professionals to provide appropriate mitigation technologies, risk application, AHJ education and design specifications. experience includes Code committee and code development experience; knowledge of federal, state, and local, laws and regulations; experience in regulatory agency negotiations; involved in design of fire systems for ESS designated use facilities and containerized system.

Kelli Joseph

Kelli Joseph

Director

Power Edison

Senior Advisor

Kelli Joseph works across both wholesale and retail electricity markets on regulatory policy, market design, and power system economics. She currently is a Senior Advisor at Power Edison. Kelli has worked at NRG, the NYISO, the World Bank, the UNDP, with a venture-backed advanced gasification start-up, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Clarkson University Business of Energy program. She was recently selected to participate in the NARUC-NASEO Comprehensive Electricity Planning Task Force. Dr. Joseph holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Virginia, and an MBA with a Finance concentration, from IE Business School in Spain, where she was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.

Jonathan Landy

Jonathan Landy

Director

Duke Energy

Director, Renewable Business Development

Jonathan Landy is a Director at Duke Energy responsible for project and technology development related to energy storage and other distributed energy technologies (DET).  He has developed and received approval for constructing over 100-MWs of DET projects and provided testimony for several regulated utilities owned and operated by Duke Energy.

Roger Lin

Roger Lin

Director

Roger Lin has over 15 years experience in the energy storage industry spanning portable devices, transportation, and stationary sectors. With a cross-functional background in technology, markets, and applications, he has held leadership roles in energy storage technology companies in product management, policy, and marketing, with a personal focus on safety as a member of the NFPA 855 standards committee. Roger is a recognized expert and key contributor to the energy storage industry, with degrees in materials science from MIT and Rutgers University, and is an inventor on ten United States patents.

Ben Lowe

Ben Lowe

Director

Roland Berger

Senior Project Manager

Benjamin Lowe is a management consultant specializing in energy storage, corporate strategy and OEM product strategy. At Roland Berger, Ben is the principal investigator for Lazard's Levelized Cost of the Storage Survey and assists utilities, OEMs and investors navigate the energy transition. Ben earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and BA from Columbia University.

Troy Miller

Troy Miller

Director

GE Renewable Energy

Sales Leader, Energy Storage, North America

Troy Miller is the North American Sales Leader for Energy Storage at GE Renewables.  He has over a decade of experience in the Energy Storage industry and has lengthy experience in the application and implementation of hybrid generation, renewable energy, and microgrids. Mr. Miller has been involved with more 500MWh of Energy Storage projects in the North and South America, Europe and Australia.

Joel Newton

Joel Newton

Director

NextEra Energy

Senior FERC Counsel

Joel Newton joined NextEra Energy in December 2002, and is a Senior FERC Counsel in its Washington, DC office.  At NextEra, Mr. Newton handles competitive electric regulatory matters, including emerging energy storage policies.  Prior to joining NextEra, Mr. Newton was a senior director at Dynegy and in private practice.

Sarah Orban Salati

Sarah Orban Salati

Director

New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Sarah Orban Salati serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for the New York Power Authority (NYPA). Sarah is responsible for NYPA’s wholesale electricity and retail customer facing commercial operations representing $2BN in annual revenues. Her role enables leadership in breadth and depth for energy storage applications and integration at all levels of the grid. Additionally, Sarah oversees e-mobility which is seeking to accelerate the electrification of the transport industry, accelerate battery cost curve declines and incorporate the assets in the distributed resilient grid of the future. Sarah came to NYPA from the AES Corporation where she had worked for the company’s CTO, a founding member of AES’ energy storage business, now Fluence.

Polly Shaw

Polly Shaw

Director

Plus Power

Head of Policy & Communications

Polly Shaw has 27 years of clean energy and energy efficiency policy and communications experience, and her teams have helped win numerous regulatory and legislative policies that created energy storage, solar, and wind markets. Her career posts included corporate senior executive, regulatory program manager, foundation grantmaker, and EPA consultant.

Christopher Tilley

Christopher Tilley

Director

ENGIE Storage

CEO and President

Christopher Tilley, currently the CEO of ENGIE Storage comes to the ESA board with 25 years of experience in the energy industry including 15 years in the solar industry and 10 years in engineering, consulting and investment banking roles in the US and internationally.

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