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Joe Dalton (NECA President)
Joe Dalton is the Government Affairs Director for ENGIE Gas & LNG LLC, a business unit of ENGIE, a global energy player and an expert operator in the three businesses of electricity, natural gas and energy services.
Vice President & Principal
Levitan & Associates, Inc.
Ellen G. Cool, Ph. D., is a Vice President and Principal at
Levitan & Associates, Inc., a Boston-based management consulting
firm. She advises private and public sector clients on competitive
procurement options for wholesale power supply, including project
financed HVDC transmission projects, natural gas-fired plants, renewable
generation projects, and cogeneration development. Dr. Cool is
responsible for the firm’s environmental advisory services, including
analysis of regulatory compliance strategies, emission allowance
markets, renewable portfolio standards, and siting and permitting
support for new generation, transmission, and natural gas infrastructure
Adam Wade (NECA V.P. Ext. Communications)
Shaela McNulty Collins (NECA V.P. Administration)
As in-house regulatory counsel, Shaela is responsible for representing Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, a NiSource company, in a broad range of regulatory matters. Prior to joining NiSource, Shaela was in private practice where she advised clients on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and public utility law. Her practice included representing electric, gas and water utilities in various regulatory matters before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and the Energy Efficiency Advisory Counsel. She was a hearing officer at the Department for over six years where she provided advice on complex legal, market and policy issues, including net metering and long-term contracts. Prior to her work at the Department, Shaela handled a variety of litigation and energy project development matters in private practice. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire state and federal courts. She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and received her undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross.
Tanya Bodell (NECA Secretary)
Tanya Bodell is the Executive Director of Energyzt, a global collaboration of energy experts who create value for our clients through actionable insights. In this role, she oversees Energyzt’s advisory services, levering leading analytical capabilities, industry experience and expertise to help clients unlock value through informed their business decisions. Using a multi-disciplined team of industry experts and integrated energy market models, Energyzt provides insights into the changing dynamics of electricity, natural gas, petrochemical, coal and rail industries to help companies create competitive advantage. She is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dale T. Raczynski, P.E. is a Principal with the environmental consulting firm, Epsilon Associates. energy industry, Mr. Raczynski is a founding Principal of Epsilon and previously managed the Environmental Engineering Group. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from WPI.
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Tina Bennett (NECA President Emeritus)
Before joining Daymark Energy Advisors in 2017, Ms. Bennett served as President/COO of Conservation Services Group, now CLEAResult, and held senior roles at International Power, PG&E National Energy Group, EnergyVision, and New England Electrical System (now National Grid).
Dan Collins is the Director of Government Affairs for the New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA), the trade association representing competitive electric generating companies in New England. In his role, Dan leads NEPGA’s government affairs efforts in the New England states. Prior to NEPGA, Dan served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), where he led the DPU’s Division of Regional and Federal Affairs on matters related to competitive wholesale electricity markets. Previously, Dan held the position of Chief of Staff at the DPU. He has also served as Legal Counsel in the Massachusetts Senate on financial services issues. Dan is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth as well as Suffolk University Law School.
Bob Fraser currently serves on the NECA Board of Directors and is immediate past Co-Chair of the NECA Environmental Committee representing Environmental Resources Management inc. (ERM). Bob is a Partner in ERM’s Boston, MA office, helping to lead its Power Sector practice. Bob brings over 33 years of experience as a Senior Air Quality/Combustion Systems Engineer specializing in power generation (design, project development, permitting, and due diligence), combined heat and power, and air pollution control system design. He previously spent 23 years with AECOM Environment in Westford, MA as Senior Technical Director of Power Generation and Air Quality Engineering services focusing on pre- and post-combustion air pollution control systems. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Applied Management, and has authored over 30 published papers and national conference presentations on Clean Air Act Implementation issues.
Anne C. George joined ISO New
England Inc. as its Vice President for External Affairs and Corporate
Communications in November, 2008. In this role, she directs ISO New England's
outreach to and communications with public officials, stakeholders and the
media. ISO New England is the independent system operator for New
England. In addition to operating the bulk electricity system for the
region, ISO New England administers the wholesale electricity marketplace, as
well as the Open Access Transmission Tariff on behalf of the New England Power
Pool. ISO New England is based in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Ms. George received a Bachelor of
Arts degree from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor degree from the
Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Aaron Govoni is a Senior Project Manager at BOND focused within its Gas transmission & Distribution business unit. Prior to joining BOND, Aaron worked for R.H. White Construction working with clients such as National Grid, Liberty Utilities and UNH. Aaron has a proven track record of building and motivating teams and ensuring successful project completions.
Bob Grace is President of Sustainable Energy Advantage, a consulting and advisory firm specializing in technical and policy analysis of renewable energy markets. In this role, he has provided analysis, strategy and implementation support to over 75 public, private and non-profit sector clients. Trained as an interdisciplinary analyst in energy and environment, he has accumulated a diverse experience base over 26 years in the electricity industry, the last 12 exclusively focusing on renewable energy. Bob is a frequent public speaker, committee participant, and author on topics shaping the renewable energy landscape. Bob is past co-chair of the Northeast Energy & Commerce Association (NECA) Renewable Energy/Distributed Generation Committee, and serves on NECA’s Board of Directors.
Previously, Bob founded and served
as Director of ReGen, the green power division of AllEnergy Marketing Company,
which launched the first renewable energy-based competitive retail offering in
the eastern US. At New England Power Company, he served as a principal analyst
in wholesale power supply planning, marketing and electric industry
restructuring. His career started in energy-sector analysis, electric
supply optimization and regulatory economics at LaCapra Associates.
Bob holds a M.S. in Energy and
Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Energy
Studies from Brown University.
Meredith is the General Counsel at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the growth of the clean energy sector across the Commonwealth to spur job creation, deliver statewide environmental benefits and to secure long-term economic growth. She is responsible for all of MassCEC’s legal matters, including general corporate and public law matters and overseeing governmental affairs.
Mark Kalpin is an energy, environmental and natural resource attorney in Holland & Knight's Boston and Washington, D.C., offices who advises clients on the financing, development and operation of energy, infrastructure and natural resource development projects throughout the United States.
Brian is the New England CPG Lead for CLEAResult, the leading provider of energy efficiency programs and services. At CLEAResult, Brian is responsible for the overall back office operations and workflow as well as overseeing all IS and Finance projects for the region. Before joining CLEAResult, Brian was a Manager with The Structure Group, now part of Accenture, an energy technology solution consulting firm. At Structure, Brian was assigned projects at Hess Corporation, Capital Power and National Grid. Prior to that he served as the Director of Business Systems Analysis at International Power where he was responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of the company’s business process and technology systems. Brian’s 20 years of experience in the energy industry has included work in retail gas, power generation, transportation, renewables and energy efficiency.
Brian holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and lives in Ashland, MA with his wife and two sons.
Senior Director, Environmental East Region
NRG Energy Inc.
Shawn Konary of NRG Energy Inc. leads the Environmental group that supports the development, permitting, compliance, legislative, regulatory and all aspects of environmental matters for NRG’s owned, developing and operating assets in the East Region. NRG East Region electric generation asset base includes conventional and renewable assets from New England to Florida. Shawn has over 30 years of environmental compliance, legislative, regulatory and all aspects of permitting, of which 26 years have been in the energy sector. Shawn has been with NRG since December 2012. The East Region Environmental team includes environmental professionals in three sub-regions within the East Region, the Northeast - which includes Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, PJM-East-which includes; New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and PJM-West-which includes; Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia. He has the responsibility for ensuring that NRG’s fleet of existing conventional and renewable power generating stations achieve or exceed compliance with all environmental regulations, including; once-through cooling (“OTC”) State and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, New Source Review, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR). His responsibilities also include the permitting of solar and other renewable facilities in the East Region. Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University.
Eric J. Krathwohl
Eric J. Krathwohl, a Managing Director of the firm of Rich May, PC, concentrates on energy, telecommunications and regulatory matters, including corporate and finance work for energy and telecommunication companies and customers and electric, gas and water utility companies. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut and has a law degree from Cornell Law School and is a member of the academic honorary societies, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi. For twenty-five years, Mr. Krathwohl has counseled clients on all aspects of energy law and has had an active practice before the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy, having represented energy and telecommunications companies and customers and industry associations in numerous of adjudicatory and rulemaking proceedings. Also, his practice has included representation of clients in commercial transactions (including on-site energy and power plant development, permitting and financing and power purchase and sal es and transportation contracts) and regulatory proceedings before the state utility commissions throughout the northeastern United States . He has been active in matters relating to restructuring of the electric, gas and telecommunications industries, increasing competition in those industries. Mr. Krathwohl has represented clients in several matters before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and has often been a panelist with top industry and government officials at conferences on energy and telecommunications matters.
He served as the Chairman of the Boston Bar Association Energy and Telecommunications Committee from 1995 to 1998 and is a member of several other energy and bar associations. Mr. Krathwohl co-authored the portion of an administrative law treatise dealing with public utility regulation and has co-authored several articles concerning energy matters in energy trade journals.
Sebastian Lombardi is an attorney in Day Pitney’s Energy and Utility Law department. His practice principally encompasses all aspects of transactional and regulatory matters associated with Federally regulated power and gas markets. Sebastian is a member of the team of lawyers serving as general counsel to the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), a regional organization engaged in the wholesale markets for electrical power. In this capacity, he represents NEPOOL before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and regularly provides counsel on a wide range of matters related to the design and operation of the region's wholesale electric markets.
Bruce McDermott is a member of the Firm’s Regulatory Department and the Energy and Environmental Practice Groups. His practice includes energy, public utility, environmental and infrastructure law including litigation, transactional and regulatory representation and counseling.
Jane Michalek is an energy executive with over 30 years in the natural gas and energy industry, holding senior executive positions in commercial operations, sales, marketing, shipping, and operations. Jane has worked for Boston Gas Company, GDF SUEZ (now Engie), Concentric Energy Advisors, and Global Partners, and has been based in greater Boston, Houston, London and Paris. Jane has served on several internal company boards and was a member of Engie Top Executive group while overseas. Jane graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance and received her MBA from Northeastern University.
Robert Munnelly practices in the Regulatory area. He has extensive experience with legal, regulatory, and local taxation issues faced by energy, cable television, and telecommunications companies in New England and nationally. Rob’s practice in these areas includes representing companies in all six New England states in obtaining utility commission and local licenses, ensuring ongoing compliance with applicable state, local, and federal laws, advocating for changes in existing regulatory requirements and market design, obtaining approvals or disclosing corporate change transactions and transfers, and supporting permitting and development of renewable and conventional energy projects and related contracts, and installation of communications facilities.
Senior VP for Energy and Clean Technology
ML Strategies, LLC
David O’Connor helps energy and technology companies expand their markets and accelerate their growth. He helps these companies navigate and shape emerging legislation, policies and regulations. His clients include companies that deliver energy efficiency services, develop wind, solar and biomass power plants, install transmission and smart grid technologies, and bring new low-carbon fuels and offsets to the marketplace. ML Strategies is a subsidiary of the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Matthew J. Picardi
Matthew J. Picardi started his career with Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation as a regulatory and commercial transactions attorney. In that capacity, he tried many cases before the New York State Public Service Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC’), including rate cases and proceedings determining appropriate payments to be made to independent power producers under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. In June of 1996, he was appointed General Counsel of Niagara Mohawk Energy, the natural gas and power marketing affiliate of Niagara Mohawk. Also, he was a co-founder and served as Chair of the National Energy Marketers Association. Mr. Picardi became Dynegy’s lead regulatory counsel for the Northeast United States in 2000. While in that position, he was extremely active in market design issues for electricity markets administered by the New York Independent System Operator ("NYISO”) and was a member of NYISO’s Management Committee and served as Chair of NYISO’s Installed Capacity Working Group.
In December of 2002, Mr. Picardi joined Shell Trading Gas and Power Company to lead its natural gas and power regulatory activity for the North Region. For Shell Trading, this covers corporate affiliates, such as Coral Energy Canada Inc. and Coral Power, L.L.C. that market and sell power in Canada and the regions covered by PJM Interconnection, Inc., NYISO, ISO-New England and Midwest ISO. He serves as the Vice Chair of NYISO’s Management Committee, and will become its Chairman as of December 2006, and on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator Board of Directors. Recently, Mr. Picardi was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association.
Mr. Picardi holds a B.A from Hobart College and J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. He lives in the Albany, New York area with his wife and three children.
Gary has extensive experience in all commercial facets of the natural gas industry. Prior to joining the XNG team, he served as a Northeast Originator for Tenaska Marketing Ventures, Manager of LNG Sales for Distrigas of Massachusetts, and an oil & gas derivatives trader for Merrill Lynch.
Tim Roughan is the Director of Energy and Environmental Policy for the National Grid companies which serve 6.8 million electric and gas customers in NE and NY. His prior positions include Director of Product Management, Business Services Vice President, and the Manager of Power Quality Services. He has been with the company or it’s predecessors for 29 years. In his role, Tim works in the regulatory arena to promote balanced approaches to distributed generation issues (e.g. net metering, integration of renewables with the transmission and distribution (T&D) system, interconnection issues, etc.), non-wires alternatives to standard T&D investments, and certainty and consistency of these policies throughout the Company’s service territory.
Dr. Schatzki is an expert in energy and environmental economics, regulation and policy. He supports clients in a range of contexts, including strategic and financial assessment of market decisions, regulatory and rulemaking proceedings, and litigation.
Day Pitney LLP
Paul Belval is a partner at Day Pitney LLP and chairs the firm’s Renewable Energy and Energy Project Development and Finance groups. Paul has represented developers, investors, equipment suppliers and power purchasers involved in a variety of renewable power and fossil fuel facilities, including the development, financing and restructuring of those facilities. Paul drafted the contracts and operating rules for the NEPOOL Generation Information System and has counseled the operators of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) and the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (MRETS) in the development of those systems. Paul has negotiated and documented power and renewable energy credit purchase contracts around the country and regularly helps clients with state renewable portfolio standards and with a variety of state and federal incentive programs related to renewable power. Paul is the Assistant Secretary of the NEPOOL Participants Committee and assists NEPOOL with the financial aspects of its operations.
Peter W. Brown
Sandi Hennequin is Vice President, U.S. Public Affairs for Emera Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera Inc. Emera Energy is a leader in the electric and natural gas market place in the Northeast, and owns 1,050 MW of highly efficient, natural gas combined cycle plants in New England. Sandi serves as the government affairs, public relations and communications liaison for Emera Energy in the Northeast United States. She brings over two decades of public policy, strategic communication and market experience in U.S. markets. Past industry leadership positions include serving as President of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (“NECA”) and as the Vice Chair of the NEPOOL Markets Committee. She currently co-chairs the NECA Membership and Community Service Committee and has served on the NECA Board since 2005 and has chaired the External Communication and Legislative/Regulatory Committees, as well as serving as Secretary. Prior professional positions include serving as Vice President of the New England Generators Association (NEPGA) as well as Vice President of Energy Policy for Constellation Energy Resources, and consulting positions, most recently as a Managing Director for Sigma Consultants.
Sandi is also very engaged in civic activities, recently serving as President of the Prescott Park Arts Festival Board of Directors, chairing the Families First Event Committee and being appointed to the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Sustainable Practices in her town of Portsmouth, NH. She was recognized in 2007 as one of the Forty under 40 Leaders in New Hampshire. Sandi holds a B.A. in Political Communication from the George Washington University and a Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University's Maxwell School. Sandi lives with her husband Steve Marchand, two young daughters and assortment of Corgis, guinea pigs, fish and turtles in Portsmouth, NH.
John Malloy, Jr.
C. John Meeske
C. John Meeske is President of Energy Market Decisions, Inc., a company he founded in 1992. He has broad experience in market and business development including the start-up, turn around, and profit and loss "bottom line" management of businesses. He has over thirty years of extensive "hands on" experience contracting natural gas, LNG, natural gas transportation and storage services. Mr. Meeske specializes in market development, market requirements, fuel supply planning, and development of new power plant, pipeline, storage, and LNG projects. Previously, Mr. Meeske was employed by Cabot Corporation for thirteen years where, in various executive positions, he managed the marketing, supply, and transportation functions for many of its various subsidiary companies, including Distrigas of Massachusetts Corporation. In addition, Mr. Meeske was Director, Business Development for Texas Eastern, Director, Market Planning for Michigan Consolidated Gas, and Assistant Professor in the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Meeske is President Emeritus, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA), and past chairman of NECA's Natural Gas Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Power and Energy Society (CPES). In addition, he maintains memberships in the Northeast Gas Association, the Environmental Business Council, NFPA, the New England Chapter of IAEE, NECBC, and NESA. His educational background includes a BA (economics) from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the University of Detroit, and completion of Ph.D. course work in logistics/physical distribution systems at Michigan State University.
Scott Mueller provides advice and representation to a wide variety of clients in regards to energy transactions, proceedings and litigation. He represents energy companies and other stakeholders on transactional, regulatory and rate matters before the state utility commissions, federal agencies and appellate courts. Scott advises natural gas-distribution companies, electric utilities, energy suppliers and aggregators, financial institutions, investors, energy marketers, interstate pipelines, municipalities and large consumers of energy on a variety of matters including the state regulation of utilities and energy supplies, competition in regulated markets, renewable energy incentives, the purchase and sale of gas and electricity, the financing and development of energy projects, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to founding SJM Law, Scott spent over 25 years at a major global law firm and has been recognized as a leading advisor to the electric and natural gas industries. He is a frequent lecturer on energy topics and co-author of the U.S. chapter of the International Comparative Guide to Gas Regulation. Scott has served as a director, officer and president of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association and is currently co-chair of the NECA Fuels Committee. Scott can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.Fred Sellars
Fred Sellars is a Vice President in Tetra Tech’s national energy practice with more than 35 years of environmental consulting experience specializing in siting, environmental permitting, compliance management, and transactional due diligence assessments for a wide range of energy facilities. Mr. Sellars' experience includes extensive involvement with environmental regulations and permitting strategies, multimedia environmental impact analysis, preparation of environmental impact statements, and environmental risk profiling. He has provided expert witness testimony on energy facility environmental issues in eight states. Mr. Sellars has directed numerous siting studies, permitting feasibility analyses and comprehensive environmental licensing efforts for electric generating facilities, waste-to-energy facilities, electric and natural gas transmission lines, and liquefied natural gas terminals, nationwide. He has directed the successful permitting of over 25,000 megawatts of new power generation projects and participated in transactional due diligence reviews in support of acquisition or divestiture of well over 100 power plants. Mr. Sellars has experience with a wide variety of power generation technologies including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric facilities. He has considerable experience with a range of environmental risk profiling techniques and is a frequently invited speaker on environmental permitting and due diligence topics. Mr. Sellars served as President of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association from 2006-2007.
William C. "Jack" Sheehan
William C. "Jack" Sheehan, is President, Managing Director of Financial Management Group, a private investment banking, finance, and development advisory firm; He has worked as an investment banker and financial executive for over 25 years, also served as a project developer, treasurer, chief financial officer, and investment banker. Through representation of clients and with NECA he has been a key participant in the deregulation and restructuring of the electric utility market in multiple Northeastern states, including the NEPOOL Congestion Management System Committee, Regional Transmission Planning Committee, Advisory Board Commonwealth of Massachusetts DOER Renewables Portfolio Standards Advisory Board, Massachusetts Renewables Collaborative for Deregulation Legislation, Negotiation of Settlement Agreements with New England Electric Companies, Eastern Utilities Associates and Boston Edison Company, and provided advise on configuration or finance of 3,750 Mw merchant facilities. His firm currently advises on market intelligence for status of Merchant Plants in Development in 12 States including the areas of New England, New York and PJM. He has been involved throughout the US in the financial restructuring of major electric utilities, domestic and international debt and equity financings, joint venture arrangements, purchases and sales of electric generation properties, valuation of viable and troubled projects and portfolios and merchant generation facilities. He has had roles in the siting and the permitting processes of combined-cycle and peaking generation, waste-to-energy, negotiation of 3rd party operating agreements, power purchase contracts, and business partnership arrangements. He has served as advisor and expert witness for electric generators, developers, investment funds, and banks for project related litigation, troubled project, and bankruptcy financial issues. Mr. Sheehan serves on the Board of Directors of Atlantic Orient Corporation, a wind turbine manufacturing company, and on the Board of Directors and President of Emeritus of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association - a 300 member, 80 corporation energy and environmental association of developers, T&D utilities, energy marketers, end-user, consultant, and generation firms. Mr. Sheehan graduated from the California State University system with a minor in biological science, and holds a B. A. in Management and a Masters of Business Administration.