SEPA Membership Elects New Board Members

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Board of Directors Expands to Include Broader Spectrum of Energy Industry

As leaders in the utility and solar energy arenas, the members of our Board of Directors provide strategic guidance that helps staff provide ever-increasing value to our members and progress towards fulfilling the mission of the organization.

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has elected five new members to its Board of Directors and re-elected one member to serve an additional term. The Board members were chosen by a vote of the SEPA membership and announced at its Annual Membership Meeting last week, in conjunction with the Solar Power International trade show.

“As leaders in the utility and solar energy arenas, the members of our Board of Directors provide strategic guidance that helps staff provide ever-increasing value to our members and progress towards fulfilling the mission of the organization,” said SEPA President and CEO, Julia Hamm. “SEPA’s membership -- which includes utilities, solar companies and other businesses -- is lucky to have these individuals to represent their interests.”

SEPA’s Board of Directors helps guide the development of unbiased utility solar market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, and peer-to-peer interaction that are the core of the association’s mission.

As part of a restructure earlier this year, the SEPA Board of Directors was increased from 18 to 20 seats allowing for representation from a broader spectrum of the energy industry. Seats on the Board are apportioned across seven membership categories. Board members serve three-year terms.

The new members of SEPA’s board are:

Eran Mahrer, Director of Renewable Energy, Arizona Public Service
Eran Mahrer is the Director of Renewable Energy at Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s largest electric utility. Over the last five years, Mahrer has led the organization in creating innovative programs to meet the state’s aggressive Renewable Energy Standard. He is responsible for a budget of more than $700 million over the next five years to support APS’s goal of exceeding these renewable energy requirements, including $350 million for customer-sited distributed energy incentives.

Luis Reyes, CEO, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative
As CEO of Kit Carson Rural Electric Cooperative in Northern, New Mexico, Luis Reyes has provided vision and leadership to turn the cooperative into a company that offers a variety of diverse, competitive services including broadband Internet, renewable energy alternatives, and low-cost propane. At the NRCEA meeting in 2002, Reyes accepted the NOVA Award as Kit Carson was recognized for its contributions to the community. Kit Carson was also recognized in November 2002 by the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, for its work in helping build strong vital communities in Northern New Mexico.

Theresa Williams, Senior Policy Advisor, Western Area Power Administration
Theresa Williams was named Senior Planning Advisor for Western Area Power Administration (Western) in December 2009 and focuses on some of Western’s strategic initiatives including the newly formed Transmission Infrastructure Program (TIP). As part of TIP, she is project manager for the proposed Sonoran-Mojave Renewable Transmission project which would construct new transmission lines and upgrade the existing grid to help deliver utility scale solar and wind energy from remote sites in southeastern California and western Arizona to load centers across the desert southwest. She has also served as a manager of some of Western’s power marketing and energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, as well as manager of administrative programs.

Janet Gagnon, Head of Government Relations, SolarWorld
Janet Gagnon heads government relations and lobbying efforts on federal, state and local levels for SolarWorld. Gagnon also serves on the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Industries Association, the Solar Alliance, CalSEIA, CoSEIA, and NYSEIA. Prior to SolarWorld, Gagnon served as in-house counsel for largest dietary supplement manufacturer and distributor in the U.S. and owner of the #1 selling brand in U.S. She was responsible for all legal functions, including negotiations of agreements for marketing, spokespersons, procurement, and outside consultants. Formerly, Gagnon was Vice President, European Policy and Worldwide Royalties for the Independent Film and Television Association where she headed lobbying on international treaties and in-country intellectual property law. Also, she was responsible for overseeing the for-profit worldwide royalty division.

Lisa Frantzis, Managing Director, Navigant Consulting
Lisa Frantzis is Managing Director of the Renewable and Distributed Energy practice at Navigant Consulting. With 30 years of experience in managing extensive technical, market, and economic analyses of solar energy systems, she is recognized for her depth of knowledge and technical and strategic expertise. Her clients include policy makers, equipment manufacturers, oil companies, developers, utility companies, environmental groups, investors, and local, state, and federal governments. She has worked at high levels of government agencies to understand the effectiveness of government policies for solar energy, and is working with many utility companies across the U.S. on solar business models and implementation strategies. She was on the Board of Directors for the American Council on Renewable Energy for four years, was a Vice President of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England, and is a member of the American Wind Energy Association and Solar Electric Power Association. She has authored many journal articles and has been quoted in the New York Times, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Financial Times and other key publications on renewable energy issues.

Re-elected for an additional 3-year term is Mark Dougherty, Director of Distributed Generation & Renewable Programs for Long Island Power Authority. Dougherty manages LIPA’s renewable generation programs including Solar Pioneer, Solar Entrepreneur, and Backyard Wind Initiative. He also manages LIPA’s research & development distributed generation programs and demonstration projects. In addition to serving on SEPA’s Board of Directors, Dougherty serves on the Boards of the Association of State Energy Research & Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI) and Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition (GLICCC).

SEPA’s 2010-2011 Board of Directors

Chairman
David Rubin, Director of Service Analysis, Pacific Gas and Electric Company*

Vice Chairman
Carl Siegrist, Senior Renewable Energy Strategist, We Energies*

Secretary/Treasurer
Ervan Hancock, Manager of Renewable & Green Strategies, Georgia Power*

Directors
Jon Bertolino, Superintendent, Renewable Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District*
Matt Cheney, CEO, CleanPath Ventures, LLC
Mark Dougherty, Director of Distributed Generation & Renewable Programs, Long Island Power Authority*
Tom Dyer, Sr. Vice President Government Affairs, Kyocera Solar
Lisa Frantzis, Managing Director, Navigant Consulting
Janet Gagnon, Head of Government Relations, SolarWorld
Alex Kim, Director of Customer Innovations, San Diego Gas & Electric*
Eran Mahrer, Director of Renewable Energy, Arizona Public Service
Pam Newell, Product Portfolio Manager, Xcel Energy
Ed Regan, PE, Assistant General Manager for Strategic Planning, Gainesville Regional Utilities
Luis Reyes, CEO, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative
Owen Smith, Managing Director, Renewable Strategy & Compliance, Duke Energy
David Spradlin, General Manager, Springer Electric Cooperative
Judy Staley, Director, Legislative Affairs, REC Solar, Inc.*
Jennifer Szaro, Renewable Energy Manager, Orlando Utilities Commission
Theresa Williams, Senior Policy Advisor, Western Area Power Administration

*Executive Committee

ABOUT SEPA
The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios. With more than 750 utility and solar industry members, SEPA provides unbiased utility solar market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, and peer-to-peer interaction. From hosting national events to one-on-one counseling, SEPA helps utilities make smart solar decisions. For more information, visit http://www.solarelectricpower.org .

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