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Joe Dalton (NECA President)
Government Affairs Director

ENGIE North America

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.

In New England, ENGIE Gas & LNG LLC supplies LNG or liquefied natural gas as it has for more than 40 years through its Distrigas of Massachusetts subsidiary. The Distrigas LNG Import Terminal in Everett, MA is the longest-operating facility of its kind in the United States and in 2010, it was the first U.S. LNG facility to achieve the milestone of receiving 1,000 LNG cargoes. The facility connects directly into two primary interstate pipeline systems that serve New England, as well as a local gas utility’s distribution system. It serves nearly all of the gas utilities in New England and also key power producers, including a direct connection to a neighboring 1,550-megawatt power plant capable of generating enough electricity for about 1.5 million homes in Greater Boston. Today, we are building on our reputation for developing innovative, flexible solutions that meet a wide range of energy needs of a growing and diverse customer base.

Joe represents ENGIE in New England and Washington, DC. Prior to joining the company in 2007, Joe worked on the staff of then US Representative Edward J. Markey as District Director and Legislative Assistant in Massachusetts and Washington, DC from 1993-2007. He is a 1991 graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT with a BA in Government. Joe serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Energy & Commerce Association and the New England Council, and Chairs the Business Advisory Council for the Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) organization and is a Corporator at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club.

Officers

Ellen Cool (NECA V.P. Policy)
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 projects.

Prior to joining Levitan & Associates, Inc. in 1999, Dr. Cool was a Principal with Harding Lawson Associates, Inc. (formerly ABB Environmental Services, Inc.), and also worked at TRC Corporation and Woodward Clyde Consultants. Dr. Cool has worked for mining companies in minerals exploration and mine development. Dr. Cool received an A.B. in Geological Sciences from Harvard University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington.

Adam Wade (NECA V.P. Ext. Communications)
Attorney
Foley Hoag LLP

Adam Wade is a member of the Business Department’s Energy & Cleantech group. His practice focuses on advising clients across a wide range of energy and renewable energy projects and related transactions, including representation of developers, investors, host customers and power purchasers in connection with natural gas, geothermal, biomass, wind, solar, fuel cell and other electric power projects. In advising clients in these constantly developing areas of law, Adam’s experience cuts across multiple disciplines, including corporate and company law, secured finance law, state, federal and local taxation and state and federal regulatory law. In the wind industry, Adam has significant experience representing a tier one global wind turbine manufacturer in more than 1,400 megawatts of turbine supply, frame, master supply and warranty and service arrangements as well as other clients in project finance and project development for utility scale and community scale wind projects in the U.S. and Latin America.

Adam previously practiced in California during the early emergence of the third-party ownership solar as a service business model, and has practiced in Massachusetts since the emergence of its nation-leading solar SREC and net-metering policies. Adam’s practice has had a particular emphasis on distributed solar. His practice in solar includes work on a number of multi-state tax equity portfolio financings, debt financings, joint ventures, project acquisitions, project structuring and development, power purchase agreements and net metering credit transactions. Drawing on this experience, Adam provides practical and constructive support to clients while remaining focused on innovation in developing new business structures and transaction forms to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the industry.

Shaela McNulty Collins (NECA V.P. Administration)
Senior Counsel, Regulatory

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts


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)
Executive Director
Energyzt

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.
Ms. Bodell interacts extensively with executives and senior management of energy companies, adding value through development of business strategy, expert insights, and transaction support. She has advised on billion dollar acquisition opportunities and managed billion dollar energy procurement processes. Ms. Bodell also has significant experience in high-stakes regulation and litigation in which hundreds of millions of dollars are at risk. She has played a key role in cases arbitrated, mediated, litigated, and heard before regulatory agencies, providing industry context, assessing business damages and lost profits, advising on settlement strategy, directing research and analyses, and formulating case strategy. She couples her quantitative background in economics, finance and statistics with a qualitative understanding of market rules developed while designing and implementing competitive wholesale and retail markets in both North America and abroad.
Before joining Energyzt, Ms. Bodell was a Managing Director at FTI Consulting where she co-founded the Electricity Consulting Group. She previously served as the Vice Chair of the International Centre for Expertise at the Interational Chamber of Commerce, Vice President at Charles River Associates, and was a Principal at Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett (subsequently PHB Hagler Bailly), as a member of their energy consulting practices.
She has a Masters in Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, and an undergraduate degree in Mathematical Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, California.
Ms. Bodell regularly speaks on energy trends, writes articles on industry topics and is a regular columnist for Pennwell Publications’ Electric Light & Power and Wiley Publications’ Natural Gas & Electricity, offering bi-monthly insights on economic, policy and business dynamics impacting energy markets.

Dale Raczynski (NECA Treasurer)
Principal
Epsilon Associates, Inc.

Dale T. Raczynski, P.E. is a Principal with the environmental consulting firm, Epsilon Associates.  Since 1997, Epsilon has provided consulting services to the energy industry, providing multimedia licensing and permitting assistance to more than 7,000 megawatts (MW) of power generation and permitting more than 40 miles of electric transmission lines.  Our energy practice includes a broad spectrum of licensing and permitting services for power generation plants, linear facilities, district heating, combined heat and power projects, substations, liquefied natural gas facilities, and renewable energy facilities including offshore renewable energy.   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)
Principal Consultant
Daymark Energy Advisors

Tina Bennett is a Principal Consultant at Daymark Energy Advisors, where she advises electric and natural gas industry clients on executive-level business operations, including strategic planning, capital planning, budgeting, resource development, and asset transactions with a particular focus on the evolving areas of distributed energy resource planning, grid modernization policy and regulation and power sector decarbonization.

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).

Ms. Bennett also provides leadership as President of the Board of The Northeast Energy Commerce Association, as a Board member of the Northeast Clean Energy Council and as a Board member of PowerOptions.  Ms. Bennett holds a master’s degree from Northeastern University and a B.S. in economics and finance from Bentley College.

Daniel Collins
Director of Government Affairs

New England Power Generators Association

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.

Robert Fraser
Partner

ERM

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 George
Vice President - External Affairs and Communication
ISO New England

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
Senior Project Manager
BOND

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.

Aaron holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire and a
masters of business administration from Boston University.

 

Robert Grace
President
Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC

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.  

Todd Griset
Partner
Preti Flaherty

Todd J. Griset is a partner with Preti Flaherty's Energy and Telecommunications practice group. He helps clients make critical decisions on energy and utilities matters. Todd’s clients range from startups to Fortune 500 companies, and include developers and owners of renewable and traditional energy projects. He also works with industrial and commercial energy consumers and trade associations. He advises clients on permitting and regulatory affairs, as well as transactions relating to infrastructure, manufacturing and energy assets.

 

 

Meredith Hiller
General Council
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Mark Kalpin

Partner
Holland & Knight LLP

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.

Mr. Kalpin is well-versed in offshore and onshore wind projects, solar generation projects, electric generation facilities, electric transmission facilities, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, natural gas pipelines and subsea telecommunication cables. He has represented companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as state public utility commissions, state environmental agencies and electric regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs).

Mr. Kalpin provides counsel on all aspects of energy, environmental and natural resource law. He has successfully represented clients in federal and state environmental enforcement actions, administrative appeals and permitting proceedings arising under the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), Federal Power Act (FPA) and Natural Gas Act (NGA).

In addition, Mr. Kalpin assists renewable energy project proponents in obtaining and negotiating the terms of grants, loans and loan guarantees from the DOE. Mr. Kalpin also has negotiated purchase agreements, engineering procurement construction contracts, fuel supply agreements and power purchase agreements for a wide variety of traditional and renewable energy generation projects.

Brian Kissane
New England CPG Lead
CLEAResult

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.  

His ability to manage multiple teams across various functions to achieve one goal has been a strength throughout his career.

Brian holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and lives in Ashland, MA with his wife and two sons. 

Scott Kjellberg
Associate, U.S. Public Affairs

Emera Energy

Shawn Konary
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
Managing Director
Rich May, PC

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.   

Meghan Leahy
Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs
NextEra Energy Resources

Sebastian Lombardi
Attorney
Day Pitney LLP

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.  

Sebastian is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law.  He also received a Master of Arts degree in Government from  Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond.

Paul Martin
Market Director - G&T Permitting
TRC Environmental Corporation

Paul Martin is a Market Director at TRC, focused on the electric generation and transmission industry. He has 29 years of experience in environmental consulting with a focus on studies and surveys, siting and routing, environmental permitting and licensing, and management of a wide range of natural gas pipeline, LNG, electric transmission, fossil-fueled, nuclear, and renewable energy facilities nationwide.  Mr. Martin is frequently involved in impact assessment activities, coordination and consultation with agencies, representation of clients at meetings and hearings, development of permitting strategies, evaluation of alternative generating technologies and alternative project scenarios.  He regularly is involved with the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, NEPA, CZMA, and many state environmental regulations and energy certificating processes.  Mr. Martin has participated in acquisition due diligence activities for nearly 20 years, evaluating environmental parameters of hydroelectric, gas-fired, wind and solar assets. 

For several periods in his career, he has managed groups of permitting and licensing staff ranging in number from 8 to 85, with P&L responsibilities, and a requirement for aggressive revenue growth and profitability, while maintaining a strong focus on client satisfaction, safety and quality performance, and employee well-being.  As a biologist in education and training, Mr. Martin enjoys outdoor activities and the many natural wonders of the world, and with three children, has a strong desire to leave a legacy of sustainable development and environmental stewardship, while completing projects with electric generation and transmission clients.

Bruce McDermott
Partner
Murtha Cullina LLP

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.

Bruce assists with state and federal environmental compliance and enforcement proceedings and counsels clients on energy and environmental issues in corporate M&A transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures of power plants. He is also experienced in renewable energy project development.

His recent energy experience includes negotiating and structuring all legal aspects of several electric power generation projects from the conceptual stage through completion including review of energy purchase agreements including a microgrid project.

Bruce’s experience on environmental matters includes transactional due diligence and contractual matters, environmental compliance, enforcement, and advising on remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties.

Jane Michalek
Jane Michalek LLC

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
Shareholder
Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, P.C.

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.

Rob’s data security and information privacy practice focuses on advising and working with companies to develop written plans, improve security-related polices, support compliance training, and respond to potential security breaches. Rob also has substantial experience working with companies in other regulated industries and in appellate practice in state and federal courts.

Rob previously served as Assistant Attorney General in the Administrative Law Division of the Government Bureau of the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General where he represented state agencies in trial court actions and appeals. He was also Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for the New England Cable and Telecommunications Association where he served as strategist and counsel in all six New England states.

Rob is a frequent panelist at Federal Communications Bar Association seminars, Massachusetts Bar Association seminars on litigating administrative agency proceedings, cable television conferences, and other energy, communications, and information security events.

Prior to joining Davis Malm, Rob was a partner at Murtha Cullina LLP.

David O'Connor
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.

Prior to joining ML Strategies, David served as the Commissioner of Energy Resources for Massachusetts from 1995 through 2007. During this time he developed and managed many of the state's energy policies and programs. He oversaw utility energy efficiency programs and developed the first-ever state renewable portfolio standard (RPS). He represented the state in the negotiations that led to the first multi-state agreement to limit carbon emissions from power plants (known as RGGI). He previously had a distinguished career serving as a mediator of energy and environmental disputes and as a leader in the field of dispute resolution. David received his MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his B.A. from Middlebury College.

Matthew J. Picardi
Vice President
Shell Energy North America (U.S.), L.P.

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 Ritter
Vice President, Sales & Development
XNG

Gary Ritter of Xpress Natural Gas (XNG) leads XNG's business development efforts in both the industrial and utility sectors bringing trucked natural gas solutions to customers from coast to coast in the US and eastern Canada.  Specializing in both compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), XNG establishes a "virtual pipeline" to customers with capacity constraints or no gas pipeline at all.  

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
Director of Energy and Environmental Policy
National Grid

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.  

Todd Schatzki
Vice President
Analysis Group

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. 

Dr. Schatzki has worked extensively in electricity markets, including electricity market design; evaluation of market impacts and investment returns using market simulation models (e.g., PROMOD, GE MAPS); development of advance ratemaking, such as decoupling, cost of equity adjustments, and revenue adjustment mechanisms; transmission planning and policy; and statistical analysis of plant operational reliability.  He has submitted testimony to state and federal commissions on a variety of matters in electric power regulation.  He has also provided litigation support in high-profile cases, including alleged wholesale electricity price manipulation and the consequences of such manipulation for derivative contracts.  On climate policy and regulation, he has evaluated state and federal climate policy proposals, written extensively on policy design, and submitted comments on multiple occasions to California’s Air Resources Board on the design of its cap-and-trade system.
Dr. Schatzki has developed reports for organizations such as the Electric Power Research Institute, Edison Electric Institute, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and his work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the Electricity Journal, Public Utilities Fortnightly, and AEI-Brooking Joint Center for Regulatory Studies.
Dr. Schatzki holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University, a M.C.P. in urban studies and planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in physics from Wesleyan University.

NECA Presidents Emeriti

Paul N. Belval
Partner

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
Of Counsel
Preti Flaherty


Mr. Brown has represented developers and lending institutions in numerous large energy project financings, related contractual and business matters and administrative proceedings throughout the country. The firm currently participates in the development of wholesale power markets operated by ISO-NE, NYISO, PJM and the Midwest ISO through market committee and FERC proceedings. In the past, Mr. Brown has served as Director of the Energy Law Institute, Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission and First Deputy Attorney General for the State of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Brown graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College with an A.B. and received his L.L.B. from Columbia Law School.  


Sandi Hennequin
Vice President US Public Affairs
Emera Energy

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.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Navisun, LLC


C. John Meeske
President

Energy Market Decisions, Inc.

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
Principal
Scott J. Mueller Law Offices

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 scott@sjmuellerlaw.com.

Fred Sellars
Vice President

Tetra Tech

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
Managing Director
Financial Management Group 

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.