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.).

  • 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.

  • Jeff Gates

    Board position: Director; Immediate Past Chair 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.

  • 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: Ameresco Company title: Vice President, Battery Energy Storage

    As the Vice President of Battery Energy Storage. Jacqueline is strategically driving energy storage project development opportunities for Ameresco, a leader in the distributed energy space. Her role includes developing Ameresco’s business plan for storage-related projects and expanding the deep technical and business team.

    As the Vice President of Battery Energy Storage.  Jacqueline is strategically driving energy storage project development opportunities for Ameresco, a leader in the distributed energy space.  Her role includes developing Ameresco’s business plan for storage-related projects and expanding the deep technical and business team. 

    Prior to joining Ameresco, Jacqueline was the Vice President of Emerging Technologies, at Customized Energy Solutions (CES) where she advised clients on how to value energy storage resources and interpret the changing market rules.  She worked directly with her clients on interconnection, pricing, contract evaluation, and requirements for participation in the wholesale markets.  During her tenure, CES was recognized by ESA with the Brad Roberts Outstanding Industry Achievement award.

    Jacqueline has over 25 years of experience in the electric power industry.  She worked for the California ISO in the areas of policy and market design.  She also worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on international power sector restructuring efforts.  She has earlier career experience working for an independent power project developer, and she began her career at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Jacquie has a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.

  • John D. Hewa, P.E.

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

    John D. Hewa serves as REC’s Vice President of Corporate Services and is responsible for key functional areas including Finance and Administration, Human Resources and Employee Development, Safety and Security, and Information and Technology Services.

    John D. Hewa serves as REC’s Vice President of Corporate Services and is responsible for key functional areas including Finance and Administration, Human Resources and Employee Development, Safety and Security, and Information and Technology Services.

    Hewa has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the electric utility industry and an in-depth knowledge of the cooperative business model. John’s experience spans leadership roles in the municipal, cooperative and energy research sectors. 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 (NRECA) in Arlington, Virginia. At NRECA, Hewa worked to advance the adoption of beneficial technologies among the nation’s electric cooperatives and to address technical regulatory matters at the federal level. Prior to his cooperative career, Hewa managed the utilities department for the City of Manassas, Virginia. John brings an innovative approach and perspective on utility management, energy delivery systems, telecommunications and grid technology solutions.

    Hewa holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee. John is presently working on postgraduate studies in the engineering management doctoral cohort at The George Washington University. Hewa is a registered professional engineer.

    Hewa also serves as a board of director of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), an educational non-profit headquartered in Washington, DC, working to advance the integration of clean energy solutions and smart technologies into the grid.

  • 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.

  • Kiran Kumaraswamy

    Board position: Director Company: Director Company title: Vice President of Market Applications

    Mr. Kiran Kumaraswamy is the Vice President of market applications at Fluence. In this role, he manages a global team that helps customers (both utilities and commercial, industrial) identify and understand applications that are attractive for energy storage development. His work involves implementing regulatory and policy solutions that create access to key markets and developing market entry strategies in new geographies.

     Mr. Kiran Kumaraswamy is the Vice President of market applications at Fluence. In this role, he manages a global team that helps customers (both utilities and commercial, industrial) identify and understand applications that are attractive for energy storage development. His work involves implementing regulatory and policy solutions that create access to key markets and developing market entry strategies in new geographies.

    Kiran is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on policy issues that impact energy storage development and has testified in U.S Congress and FERC on a range of subjects including wholesale market reforms and multiple use-cases for energy storage. Kiran works closely with electricity industry stakeholders, NGO’s, trade associations and state regulators to develop policy priorities and market action plans. 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.

  • 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.

  • Kate McKeever

    Board position: Director Company: Enel Green Power North America, Inc. Company title: Director of Regulatory and Institutional Affairs

    Kate McKeever serves as Director of Regulatory Affairs for Enel Green Power North America, Inc (EGP-NA). Based in the company’s Andover, Massachusetts headquarters, Ms. McKeever is responsible for government relations and public policy for the U.S. Eastern Region.

    Kate McKeever serves as Director of Regulatory Affairs for Enel Green Power North America, Inc (EGP-NA). Based in the company’s Andover, Massachusetts headquarters, Ms. McKeever is responsible for government relations and public policy for the U.S. Eastern Region.

    Ms. McKeever joined EGP-NA in April 2017 after 17 years working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she last held the position of General Counsel in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in the Baker-Polito Administration. In this role, Ms. McKeever provided legal advice on developing and implementing the Commonwealth’s energy and environmental policies and programs and establishing legislative priorities. Prior to EEA, Ms. McKeever was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick as a Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to lead the state utility regulatory authority. During her time as a Commissioner, the DPU issued two groundbreaking Orders on Grid Modernization and Time Varying Rates designed to fundamentally change the way the utilities do business, with a focus on investments in innovative technologies. Ms. McKeever’s other previous experience includes being both the Chief of Staff and a Hearing Officer at DPU, working as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, and serving as a Legislative Aide for the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

    In 1994, Ms. McKeever earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Temple University and, in 2005, received her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. Ms. McKeever served as an Electricity Committee Member for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and on Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Energy, Environment, and Open Space Transition Team charged with developing a report containing deliverables for the first 100 days in office and over his four-year term.

  • 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.