April 10, 2020

ESA Welcomes Six New Directors to Board

ESA is excited to welcome six new directors from across the storage value chain to our board. Each member represents a unique and valuable perspective to our leadership. Meet the board members below!

Javier Cavada joined Highview Power as CEO and President in September 2018 to drive the ambitious global expansion strategy for the company’s proprietary cryogenic energy storage technology. In under two years of his leadership, Highview Power has begun developing two giga‐scale long‐duration energy storage plants, including one project in the United States. As CEO, Cavada has leveraged every public speaking role and publicity opportunity to serve as a passionate advocate for energy storage becoming the foundation upon which the modern energy ecosystem is built. Cavada previously spent 17 years in leadership positions at Wärtsilä Corporation including as president of the energy division and member of the corporation’s executive board. Cavada led Wärtsila’s drive toward 100% renewables, spearheading a deep transformation that enabled the company to become a leading system integrator. His long career at Wärtsilä included extensive international experience, including executive roles in China, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Finland. Cavada also chaired the board of Greensmith Energy Management Inc. and has held leadership roles within the German multinational firm Robert Bosch in the fields of automotive technology and manufacturing. Cavada holds a PhD in industrial engineering and among other awards has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Cantabria in Spain.

Dr. Kelli Joseph has held various positions working across both wholesale and retail electricity markets on regulatory policy, market design, and power system economics. She currently leads U.S. regulatory and market strategy efforts at Clearway Energy Group. As a member of the Global Energy Practice at the World Bank she focused on renewable, storage, and distributed energy resource integration, and published a chapter in the Bank’s Rethinking Power Sector Reform, a decades long look back at developing country experience with electricity reform. Kelli has worked at NRG, the NYISO, the Energy and Environment team at the UN, a venture‐backed waste‐to‐energy start‐up in the United States, 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, a two‐year effort focused on aligning resource, distributed, and transmission system planning processes. Her peer‐ reviewed research on the restructuring of India’s electricity market is published in Energy Policy, and she has served as a reviewer with the Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Natural Resources Policy, World Development, and Energy Policy. Dr. Joseph speaks Hindi, Urdu, and Spanish, 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 concentration in Finance, from IE Business School in Spain, where she was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.

Jonathan Landy is the Director of Renewable Business Development for Duke Energy.  In this role, Jonathan leads a team responsible for the development of regulated utility investments and projects related to energy storage, solar PV, microgrids, and other distributed energy technologies (DET). Jonathan began his energy career with AES Corp. and joined Duke Energy’s management training program in 2012.  Since joining Duke Energy, Jonathan has developed business cases and received approval for constructing over 100‐MWs of DET projects, including the re‐powered Notrees Battery in Texas; the Mt. Sterling Microgrid, Asheville‐Rock Hill Battery and Hot Springs Microgrid in North Carolina; and the Camp Atterbury Microgrid and Nabb Battery in Indiana.  Along with his project development duties, Jonathan provides expert witness testimony for several Duke Energy utilities, serves as a Co‐Chairman of the Technology Committee for the Energy Innovation Task Force in the western Carolinas, and represents Duke Energy on EEI’s storage working group and at industry conferences.  Jonathan holds a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the George Washington University.

Roger Lin is Vice President of Marketing at NEC Energy Solutions. Head of global marketing, policy analysis and markets across the globe for battery systems and grid energy storage solutions, he has over 15 years of experience in energy storage technologies and applications. Roger is well versed in electricity markets around the world and how they can benefit from energy storage and has spoken at numerous conferences globally on the topic. Dedicated to safe deployment of energy storage, he is currently serving as a committee member of the NFPA 855 standard for safe installation of energy storage systems. He is also currently chairman of the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) Safety Working Group, and is on the board of directors at CESA. Roger’s technical background helps him serve as an advisory board member of the Energy Storage Materials Initiative at Pacific Northwest National Labs which is focused on commercializing new energy storage materials. Prior to joining NEC, he held roles at A123 Systems, a lithium ion battery startup, YankeeTek Ventures, an early‐stage venture capital fund, and in business development and materials science research and development at Saint‐Gobain. He was responsible for several successful development efforts ranging from high power battery systems for hybrid electric buses to lithium ion cell technologies, as well as a board observer at A123. Roger received his Master of Engineering degree in Materials Science from MIT, his Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University, and is an inventor on ten United States patents.

Joel Newton joined NextEra Energy, Inc. (NextEra) in December 2002, and is a Senior FERC Counsel in its Washington, DC office.  Since 1991, Mr. Newton’s practice has primarily focused on competitive electric utility matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state public utility commissions, and federal appellate courts.  Mr. Newton has a deep background in FERC regulation and RTO/ISO market rules, and at NextEra handles federal electric regulatory matters, including developments in, and the implementation of, electric regulatory policies, emerging energy storage matters, interconnection and transmission reforms for wind, solar and storage, regional energy and capacity markets, NERC reliability standards, financings, and mergers and acquisitions.  Prior to joining NextEra, Mr. Newton was Senior Director and Regulatory Counsel to Dynegy Inc.  During his four years at Dynegy (1998‐2002), Mr. Newton oversaw all federal regulatory matters associated with Dynegy’s California power plant facilities.  Mr. Newton previously spent seven years in private practice in Washington, DC (1991‐1998), during which he participated in the formation of the California ISO and the implementation of electric utility restructuring.   

Christopher Tilley, CEO of ENGIE Storage comes to the storage industry with more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector. His chosen career path has been driven by a passion for the creation and adoption of new technologies, and the transition to a more environmentally sustainable energy system. Chris started his career in the Engineering Technologies group within Bechtel Corporation’s R&D department, where he evaluated and developed emerging technologies related to the power business. After studying business in France, Chris worked both as a management consultant and an investment banker based in Argentina, focusing on the restructuring of Latin America’s energy sector in the early 1990’s. After founding, growing and selling a software and information technology start‐up in the late 1990’s, Chris’ focus and passion turned to solar energy where he spent most of the next 15 years, first as the President of one of California’s early C&I focused solar integrators, and then as CEO of one of the industry’s leading racking and balance of system companies. While Chris’ interest in energy storage dates back to his early role at Bechtel, it became a more compelling area of focus in 2016 when he realized that key economic hurdles to the technology’s adoption were crumbling, and the technology would soon be viable for the large corporates he was working with at Alta Energy. In early 2018, Chris joined ENGIE Storage as CEO and has led the company through accelerated growth driven by innovative new market offerings.


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