Tanya Bodell (NECA President)
Ellen Cool (NECA V.P. Policy)
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
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,
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.
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
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
Vandan Divatia (NECA Secretary)
Vice Director - ISO Policy and Interconnections
Divatia is the Director of Policy and Interconnections at Eversource -
the #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation that transmits and
delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to approximately
4 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. As
New England's largest utility, Eversource is a dedicated steward for
the environment and is committed to bringing more clean, affordable and
sustainable energy to the region. Over a
period of 17 years in the industry, Vandan has held various positions in
Operations, Economic Planning, Business Development, Strategy and
Compliance. He has lead evaluation of numerous renewable energy projects
from a reliability, economic and environmental perspective. In his
current role, Vandan oversees Transmission Generator Interconnections
including negotiation of commercial agreements. Vandan’s current focus
also includes shaping policy and strategy that enables the “Grid of the
Future” to be designed, constructed and operated reliably and cost
effectively. Vandan graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a
Masters in Power systems and a Strategy and Innovation program from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Adam Wade (NECA V.P. Ext. Communications)
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)
Director of Regulatory Policy
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.
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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Director, Business Development
Jonathan joined Énergir as Director, Business Development in 2018. He is responsible for marketing the company’s natural gas services and developing new projects in the U.S.
Jonathan has nearly 15 years of experience in the energy industry. Before joining Énergir, he was Vice President, Business Development at REV LNG where he had tremendous success expanding the company’s logistics and project development services into new markets in the Northeast and Southeast U.S. Prior to that he was Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development at Gulf Oil L.P. At Gulf, Jonathan was responsible for the company’s inaugural natural gas business unit and directed all sales & marketing activities, which included the commercial development of a greenfield LNG production facility and a new “gas island” local distribution company. He also managed storage and throughput contracts with major oil companies, independent refiners, petroleum product marketers, and regional distributors of transportation fuels and other petroleum products. Prior to that, Jonathan was a Business Development Manager at Global Partners L.P. and led the commercial development of a high volume, fast-fill CNG loading station. He also held various positions over many years at ENGIE Gas & LNG LLC. During his time there he managed accounts across many different industries and led the company’s entry into the “Small Scale LNG” market segment.
Jonathan received a B.S. in Bioscience and Technology and a M.S. in Management of Technology from the University of New Hampshire.
Holland & Knight LLP
Graham Coates is an energy, public utility and environmental attorney. He advises clients on wholesale and retail energy market issues, energy transactional matters, renewable and fossil-fired power development and utility rate matters. Mr. Coates routinely represents merchant generators, renewable energy developers, investment banks, private equity funds, quasi-public agencies, retail electric suppliers, public utilities and municipalities.
As part of his practice, Mr. Coates advises clients in the financing, purchase and sale of energy assets. He also counsels on siting, permitting and regulatory approvals for traditional fossil-fired generation facilities, combined heat and power facilities, microgrids and various forms of renewable generation technologies.
Mr. Coates is well-versed in advising on matters related to biomass, anaerobic digestion, fuel cells, wind and solar photovoltaic. He also is experienced in negotiating interconnection agreements, net metering, virtual net metering and submetering agreements, power purchase agreements and renewable energy credit arrangements.
In addition, Mr. Coates advises clients on a wide range of public utility issues, including merger and acquisition approvals, financings, cost-of-service ratemaking and rate design, franchise rights, service extensions, metering policy and rate adjustment mechanisms.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Coates served as a legal extern in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Electricity and Fossil Energy. He also interned in the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority's Adjudication Division.
While attending the University of Connecticut School of Law, Mr. Coates worked as a research assistant at the Center for Energy and Environmental Law.
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.
Joe Dalton (NECA President Emeritus)
President and CEO
MATEP, LLC, ENGIE North America
Dalton of ENGIE North America Inc. has recently been named Project
Director for MATEP LLC, a microgrid and district energy system that has
been serving six Harvard-affiliated medical institutions in the Longwood
Medical and Academic Area in Boston with steam, chilled water and
electricity for almost 30 years. Previously at ENGIE NA, Joe was
responsible for representing the commercial interests of all of ENGIE’s
business units before federal, state, and local regulators and
legislators and ISO-NE as ENGIE NA’s Director of Government &
Regulatory Affairs in the Northeast – businesses that included a
critically important piece of natural gas infrastructure, renewable
power generation assets, a retail electricity supply business, and
ENGIE’s large and growing presence as an Energy Services, Solutions and
Storage provider. Rounding out 25 year of policy experience, Joe served
for 14 years on the staff of U.S. Representative (now Senator) Edward
Markey in Massachusetts and Washington, DC prior to joining ENGIE NA.
Joe is a graduate of Wesleyan University in CT, and serves on the Board
of Directors of the New England Council, the Biomass Power Association,
the Arlington (MA) Boys & Girls Club, and he is President of the
Northeast Energy and Commerce Association.
Courtney Feeley Karp
Klavens Law Group
Courtney Feeley Karp serves as senior counsel of Klavens Law Group, P.C. She brings an insider’s knowledge of Massachusetts clean energy programs from her years serving as counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) in the Renewable Energy and Green Communities Division, as well as for the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee. Courtney’s experience working on energy issues from within Massachusetts state government allows her to provide insight and counsel to maximize favorable outcomes for energy projects.
Prior to joining Klavens Law Group, Courtney served as both counsel and Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Prince Lobel Tye LLP where she assisted clients in understanding and leveraging federal and state renewable energy incentives, drafted and negotiated a broad range of energy transaction documents, and advised clients on asset management strategies, including ongoing relationships with offtakers and utilities.
From 2008 to 2012, Courtney served as Renewable Energy Policy Counsel for DOER where she directed all legislative and policy initiatives at the state and federal level and oversaw numerous projects related to a range of agency initiatives, including solar development, biofuels, combined heat and power, and transportation. While at DOER, Courtney helped create and launch the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) program as well as the greenhouse gas emission requirements for biomass participation in the Commonwealth's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) program. Courtney also represented DOER before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on a range of matters, including net metering and interconnection.
Courtney previously served as Associate Counsel for the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee where she was the lead attorney in drafting the Green Communities Act of 2008.
Courtney is a graduate of Union College (BA 1999) and Northeastern University School of Law (JD 2002) and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.
Vice President - External Affairs
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.
Senior Project Manager
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.
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.
NextEra Energy Resources
Ross D. Groffman is a Vice President at NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. Mr. Groffman is responsible for NextEra’s Northeast US and Eastern Canada’s generation development, including universal scale solar, wind energy, and energy storage. His activities include the management of development projects, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Previously at NextEra he was a Director in the Canadian wind development group, and was a Project Director in the Midwest wind development group. He is a Board Member of NY Battery and Energy Storage (NY- BEST) and The Advanced Energy Center at Stony Brook. Mr. Groffman graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Director, Business Development
NG Advantage, LLC
Michael Holt is Director of Business Development for NG Advantage. He is responsible for cultivating and closing new opportunities, identifying new markets, and nurturing existent relationships with midstream and downstream customers, including LDCs, pipelines, power plants and industrial customers.
Holt brings more than 30 years of diverse commodity trading experience in both international and domestic markets. This includes 16 years in the energy industry with roles ranging from asset and risk management, utility planning, and commodity marketing. His comprehensive industry knowledge is complemented by his passion for improving energy efficiency and brokering innovative energy solutions.
Prior to joining the NG Advantage team, Holt held various managerial positions with Direct Energy, Hess Corporation, Yankee Gas Service Company, Pace Global Energy Services, and Dominion Resources, Inc. (Virginia Power Energy Marketing). He started his career with 9 years at Cargill, where he served customers in European, North African, Asian, and American markets. His entire 30-year career has involved physical commodity trading and finding innovative ways to match supply with demand.
He brings more than 16 years of diverse experience in the energy industry including transaction structuring, origination, trading, physical option valuation, asset optimization, risk management and utility planning.
Holt received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University and earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis.
Vice President - Distributed Energy Systems
Judith Judson joined Ameresco in January 2020 as the Vice President – Distributed Energy Systems after holding top energy positions for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, most recently serving as the Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and previously as Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission (DPU). In this role, Ms. Judson utilizes her breadth of experience to help clients navigate the dynamic and volatile energy markets and is responsible for recognizing opportunities to leverage renewable and advanced energy technologies for clients to reduce cost, lower emissions and increase the resilience of their operations. In addition, Ms. Judson provides the Ameresco team with deep insight into utility regulatory and policy matters.
In her prior role at the Massachusetts DOER, Ms. Judson oversaw a 70-person team responsible for shaping state energy policies and implementing innovative solutions to help the Commonwealth reach its clean energy goals. Under her leadership, DOER launched the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program aimed at doubling the amount of distributed solar in the Commonwealth and the $20 million Energy Storage Initiative which in four years grew storage development in Massachusetts from 1 MWh of storage capacity to over 2,000 MWh. As Commissioner, Ms. Judson set nation-leading goals for energy efficiency and pioneered programs for Massachusetts residents, businesses, cities and towns to save energy, resulting in Massachusetts being consistently ranked as the most energy efficient state in the country. She led the historic procurements of 1,600 MW of off-shore wind energy and 1,200 MW of hydropower.
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
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.
Office Practice Leader
TRC Environmental Corporation
Max Lamson is the Office Practice Leader of TRC's Planning, Permitting and Licensing group for the Massachusetts and Connecticut regional offices. Max has over 20 years' experience in environmental and energy consulting, with a strong focus in renewables. In his role at TRC, Max is responsible for managing operations, resources, P&L, clients, and developing business. Max has experience with a variety of energy projects and programs, including transmission, solar, wind and storage. He has also supported the development of several solar landfill projects and has published articles and delivered presentations on these topics. Before joining TRC, Max had senior consulting positions at ARCADIS and Kennedy/Jenks. Max has an undergraduate degree from Colby College and an MBA from Olin School of Management at Babson College.
Day Pitney LLP
Sebastian Lombardi is a Partner 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.
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.
Sustainable Energy Advantage (SEA)
As Senior Director at Sustainable Energy Advantage (SEA), Tom has over twenty years of experience in renewable, retail & wholesale energy markets.
Since joining SEA in December, 2013 he has led SEA’s solar market and due diligence practice areas. At SEA he has initiated and manages the Massachusetts Solar Market Study, and participated in numerous analyses for statewide energy offices, most prominently, Massachusetts Post-1600 MW solar study, and a lead participant in the MA Solar and Net Metering Task Force and the New Jersey Solar Market Volatility Study. For private and utility clients he has managed various solar market and REC analyses that have included assessments of all 50 states. For public clients he conducted due diligence and advised on the terms and conditions for a variety of net metering offtake agreements. For institutional clients and a municipal opt-out aggregator he has analyzed various methods of renewable energy procurement to satisfy both environmental and additionality goals.
Prior to joining SEA Tom co-founded and was a Principal at Boreal Renewable Energy Development to cost effectively implement distributed generation renewable energy projects. Tom’s focus was utility scale distributed wind and solar generation at commercial, industrial, municipal, and institutional sites. He has provided expert witness testimony for renewable distributed generation issues in Massachusetts, and was a key participant advocating and consensus building for virtual net metering inclusion in the Massachusetts Green Communities Act. In addition he consulted on various aspects of the renewable energy industry. Areas of expertise include: retail and wholesale electric markets, financial pro forma scenario analysis, processing of historical energy consumption, and analysis of current and future utility tariffs, and wholesale and REC prices, managing REC marketing and sales, and net metering.
Tom led or participated in dozens of wind and photovoltaic projects most over 100 kW in capacity, from pre-feasibility and feasibility stages, and then viable projects through design and construction, commissioning stages, as well support of projects during operation phase. Projects include successful wind installations in Gloucester (Applied Materials), Falmouth (Notus Clean Energy), Fall River (Philips – Lightolier), Charlestown, MA (MWRA), among others.
Prior to founding Boreal, Tom worked as an energy consultant for KEMA (formerly XENERGY and now DNV GL) for over ten years primarily working on and co-managing their retail energy practice and participating in analyses of the efficacy of energy efficiency programs.
Tom has a M.S in Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island, and B.A. in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Political Science from Northwestern University. In a volunteer capacity, Tom is President of the non-profit Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.
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.
Daymark Energy Advisors
Dwarakesh provides clients with technical and advisory support on matters including transmission, distribution, and integrated resource planning, renewable energy integration, grid modernization, energy and capacity markets, and stakeholder support. His experience includes system planning, power markets, generation interconnection and deliverability analyses, non-transmission alternatives studies, smart grid initiatives, and cost/benefit reviews. In his capacity as Manager of Market Analytics, Dwarakesh works to ensure that our team's approach to analysis is consistently of high quality and that best practices are observed.
Before joining Daymark, he worked for over five years at ISO New England on the system planning team as a senior engineer, concentrating on projects related to system reliability and market efficiency. Prior to joining ISO New England, he worked as a transmission planning engineer for National Grid.
Dwarakesh holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and a B.E. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University in Chennai, India.
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
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
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.
Power Advisory LLC
Carson is an electricity market analyst and policy consultant with a focus on energy resource procurement, market design, renewable generation development and regulatory compliance. His work has included reviews of transmission and generation investments, regional emissions modeling, evaluation of competitive power solicitations, economic impact studies, market registration and financial and sustainability assessments of companies. Carson is experienced in electricity sector regulations, structures and conditions, as well as climate policies, across North America. He has advised clients on matters in the major organized markets (AESO, CAISO, IESO, ISO-NE, MISO, NYISO, PJM), each Canadian province and various other jurisdictions. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Policy and an M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University.
Director of Energy and Environmental Policy
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
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.
Power Advisory LLC
Daniel Rukakoski is a vice president with considerable experience in environmental consulting. He has more than 23 years of experience in environmental and energy permitting, regulatory negotiations, wetland delineation, sediment evaluations, site assessment and environmental compliance monitoring. Dan regularly leads the environmental permitting efforts for municipal, commercial and public utility projects throughout the northeast. He often provides senior technical guidance on dam removal, dam repair and dredging projects, and is also the Technical Director of the Environmental Business Line at Tighe & Bond.
Mary Usovicz has over 30 years of experience in dealing with public participation. She has worked for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority siting water and sewer projects through 60 communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She worked 10 years for Tennessee Gas Pipeline building and siting major interstate natural gas pipelines. During her tenure at TGP, she was involved in the AES pipeline project, which is a multistate pipeline project through MA and NH. She was also successful in siting and building -- through public participation -- the Tewksbury Gas pipeline project to Wyeth through several Massachusetts communities. She worked on the Essex/Middlesex project and the DOMACII project. She worked for five years for Repsol in their marketing and external affairs office dealing with liquid natural gas (LNG) issues which prepared her for siting and developing Compressed Natural Gas facilities with Oscomp. During her years at TRC, a national engineering services, consulting and construction, Mary was instrumental in developing the stakeholder communication plan for CNG Milford LNG faculty. Currently, Mary is working on Avangrid's Stakeholder outreach for Hydro and stakeholder outreach for PNGTS through MU Connections, an energy based public relations marketing firm specializing in siting and stakeholder outreach. Mary holds a BA from American University in Economics and Political Science and an MBA from Suffolk University with a concentration in Marketing.
Paul N. Belval
NECA Presidents Emeriti
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.
Tina Bennett (NECA President Emeritus)
President & CEO
CMC Energy Services
Tina Bennett is President of CMC Energy Services. Prior to that she was Principal Consultant at Daymark Energy Advisors. 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.
Peter W. Brown
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.
Holland & Knight
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.
In the 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings, clients recognized Mr. Kalpin for his "thorough work … on very complex environmental matters."
Mr. Kalpin served as a senior project manager with FERC's Office of Pipeline and Producer Regulation from 1986 to 1993.
John Malloy, Jr.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
C. John Meeske
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 J. Mueller Law Office
For over 30 years Scott Mueller has provided advice and representation to a wide variety of clients in regards to energy transactions, regulatory 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 has advised municipalities, electric and natural gas utilities, energy aggregators, suppliers, financial institutions, investors, energy marketers, interstate pipelines, government agencies and large consumers of energy on a variety of matters including the state regulation of utilities and energy supplies, the purchase and sale of electricity and natural gas, competition in regulated markets, renewable energy, 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 currently represents the largest municipal aggregation consultant in the U.S. and is working with over 50 cities and towns in Massachusetts on the implementation of their community energy aggregation programs. Scott is a frequent lecturer and writer on energy topics and has served as a director, officer and president of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association. Scott can be contacted at email@example.com.
William C. "Jack" Sheehan
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.