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Board of Directors
Joe Dalton (NECA President)
Joe 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.
Vice President & Principal
Levitan & Associates, Inc.
Ellen G. Cool, Ph. D., is a Vice President and Principal at
Levitan & Associates, Inc., a Boston-based management consulting
firm. She advises private and public sector clients on competitive
procurement options for wholesale power supply, including project
financed HVDC transmission projects, natural gas-fired plants, renewable
generation projects, and cogeneration development. Dr. Cool is
responsible for the firm’s environmental advisory services, including
analysis of regulatory compliance strategies, emission allowance
markets, renewable portfolio standards, and siting and permitting
support for new generation, transmission, and natural gas infrastructure
Adam Wade (NECA V.P. Ext. Communications)
Shaela McNulty Collins (NECA V.P. Administration)
As in-house regulatory counsel, Shaela is responsible for representing Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, a NiSource company, in a broad range of regulatory matters. Prior to joining NiSource, Shaela was in private practice where she advised clients on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and public utility law. Her practice included representing electric, gas and water utilities in various regulatory matters before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and the Energy Efficiency Advisory Counsel. She was a hearing officer at the Department for over six years where she provided advice on complex legal, market and policy issues, including net metering and long-term contracts. Prior to her work at the Department, Shaela handled a variety of litigation and energy project development matters in private practice. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire state and federal courts. She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and received her undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross.
Tanya Bodell (NECA Secretary)
Tanya Bodell is the Executive Director of Energyzt, a global collaboration of energy experts who create value for our clients through actionable insights. In this role, she oversees Energyzt’s advisory services, levering leading analytical capabilities, industry experience and expertise to help clients unlock value through informed their business decisions. Using a multi-disciplined team of industry experts and integrated energy market models, Energyzt provides insights into the changing dynamics of electricity, natural gas, petrochemical, coal and rail industries to help companies create competitive advantage. She is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dale T. Raczynski, P.E. is a Principal with the environmental consulting firm, Epsilon Associates. energy industry, Mr. Raczynski is a founding Principal of Epsilon and previously managed the Environmental Engineering Group. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from WPI.
Complete Board ListingGraham Coates
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.
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.
Anne C. George joined ISO New
England Inc. as its Vice President for External Affairs and Corporate
Communications in November, 2008. In this role, she directs ISO New England's
outreach to and communications with public officials, stakeholders and the
media. ISO New England is the independent system operator for New
England. In addition to operating the bulk electricity system for the
region, ISO New England administers the wholesale electricity marketplace, as
well as the Open Access Transmission Tariff on behalf of the New England Power
Pool. ISO New England is based in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Ms. George received a Bachelor of
Arts degree from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor degree from the
Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Aaron Govoni is a Senior Project Manager at BOND focused within its Gas transmission & Distribution business unit. Prior to joining BOND, Aaron worked for R.H. White Construction working with clients such as National Grid, Liberty Utilities and UNH. Aaron has a proven track record of building and motivating teams and ensuring successful project completions.
Bob Grace is President of Sustainable Energy Advantage, a consulting and advisory firm specializing in technical and policy analysis of renewable energy markets. In this role, he has provided analysis, strategy and implementation support to over 75 public, private and non-profit sector clients. Trained as an interdisciplinary analyst in energy and environment, he has accumulated a diverse experience base over 26 years in the electricity industry, the last 12 exclusively focusing on renewable energy. Bob is a frequent public speaker, committee participant, and author on topics shaping the renewable energy landscape. Bob is past co-chair of the Northeast Energy & Commerce Association (NECA) Renewable Energy/Distributed Generation Committee, and serves on NECA’s Board of Directors.
Previously, Bob founded and served
as Director of ReGen, the green power division of AllEnergy Marketing Company,
which launched the first renewable energy-based competitive retail offering in
the eastern US. At New England Power Company, he served as a principal analyst
in wholesale power supply planning, marketing and electric industry
restructuring. His career started in energy-sector analysis, electric
supply optimization and regulatory economics at LaCapra Associates.
Bob holds a M.S. in Energy and
Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Energy
Studies from Brown University.
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.
Meredith is the General Counsel at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the growth of the clean energy sector across the Commonwealth to spur job creation, deliver statewide environmental benefits and to secure long-term economic growth. She is responsible for all of MassCEC’s legal matters, including general corporate and public law matters and overseeing governmental affairs.
Senior Director, Environmental East Region
NRG Energy Inc.
Shawn Konary of NRG Energy Inc. leads the Environmental group that supports the development, permitting, compliance, legislative, regulatory and all aspects of environmental matters for NRG’s owned, developing and operating assets in the East Region. NRG East Region electric generation asset base includes conventional and renewable assets from New England to Florida. Shawn has over 30 years of environmental compliance, legislative, regulatory and all aspects of permitting, of which 26 years have been in the energy sector. Shawn has been with NRG since December 2012. The East Region Environmental team includes environmental professionals in three sub-regions within the East Region, the Northeast - which includes Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, PJM-East-which includes; New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and PJM-West-which includes; Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia. He has the responsibility for ensuring that NRG’s fleet of existing conventional and renewable power generating stations achieve or exceed compliance with all environmental regulations, including; once-through cooling (“OTC”) State and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, New Source Review, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR). His responsibilities also include the permitting of solar and other renewable facilities in the East Region. Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University.
Eric J. Krathwohl
Eric J. Krathwohl, a Managing Director of the firm of Rich May, PC, concentrates on energy, telecommunications and regulatory matters, including corporate and finance work for energy and telecommunication companies and customers and electric, gas and water utility companies. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut and has a law degree from Cornell Law School and is a member of the academic honorary societies, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi. For twenty-five years, Mr. Krathwohl has counseled clients on all aspects of energy law and has had an active practice before the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy, having represented energy and telecommunications companies and customers and industry associations in numerous of adjudicatory and rulemaking proceedings. Also, his practice has included representation of clients in commercial transactions (including on-site energy and power plant development, permitting and financing and power purchase and sal es and transportation contracts) and regulatory proceedings before the state utility commissions throughout the northeastern United States . He has been active in matters relating to restructuring of the electric, gas and telecommunications industries, increasing competition in those industries. Mr. Krathwohl has represented clients in several matters before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and has often been a panelist with top industry and government officials at conferences on energy and telecommunications matters.
He served as the Chairman of the Boston Bar Association Energy and Telecommunications Committee from 1995 to 1998 and is a member of several other energy and bar associations. Mr. Krathwohl co-authored the portion of an administrative law treatise dealing with public utility regulation and has co-authored several articles concerning energy matters in energy trade journals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.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.
Matthew J. Picardi
Matthew J. Picardi started his career with Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation as a regulatory and commercial transactions attorney. In that capacity, he tried many cases before the New York State Public Service Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC’), including rate cases and proceedings determining appropriate payments to be made to independent power producers under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. In June of 1996, he was appointed General Counsel of Niagara Mohawk Energy, the natural gas and power marketing affiliate of Niagara Mohawk. Also, he was a co-founder and served as Chair of the National Energy Marketers Association. Mr. Picardi became Dynegy’s lead regulatory counsel for the Northeast United States in 2000. While in that position, he was extremely active in market design issues for electricity markets administered by the New York Independent System Operator ("NYISO”) and was a member of NYISO’s Management Committee and served as Chair of NYISO’s Installed Capacity Working Group.
In December of 2002, Mr. Picardi joined Shell Trading Gas and Power Company to lead its natural gas and power regulatory activity for the North Region. For Shell Trading, this covers corporate affiliates, such as Coral Energy Canada Inc. and Coral Power, L.L.C. that market and sell power in Canada and the regions covered by PJM Interconnection, Inc., NYISO, ISO-New England and Midwest ISO. He serves as the Vice Chair of NYISO’s Management Committee, and will become its Chairman as of December 2006, and on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator Board of Directors. Recently, Mr. Picardi was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association.
Mr. Picardi holds a B.A from Hobart College and J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. He lives in the Albany, New York area with his wife and three children.
Ms. Raine is a Partner in ERM’s Boston, MA office with 20 years of experience supporting clients in the Power and Oil&Gas sectors with compliance management, regulatory support of existing assets, and capital improvement planning and obligations. She is currently helping industrial clients to develop integrated, sustainable strategies and solutions for managing air pollution, GHGs, and energy. She received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Engineering Degrees both from M.I.T. in Environmental Engineering.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Schatzki is an expert in energy and environmental economics, regulation and policy. He supports clients in a range of contexts, including strategic and financial assessment of market decisions, regulatory and rulemaking proceedings, and litigation.
Day Pitney LLP
Paul Belval is a partner at Day Pitney LLP and chairs the firm’s Renewable Energy and Energy Project Development and Finance groups. Paul has represented developers, investors, equipment suppliers and power purchasers involved in a variety of renewable power and fossil fuel facilities, including the development, financing and restructuring of those facilities. Paul drafted the contracts and operating rules for the NEPOOL Generation Information System and has counseled the operators of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) and the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (MRETS) in the development of those systems. Paul has negotiated and documented power and renewable energy credit purchase contracts around the country and regularly helps clients with state renewable portfolio standards and with a variety of state and federal incentive programs related to renewable power. Paul is the Assistant Secretary of the NEPOOL Participants Committee and assists NEPOOL with the financial aspects of its operations.
Tina Bennett (NECA President Emeritus)
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).
Peter W. Brown
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.
John Malloy, Jr.
C. John Meeske
C. John Meeske is President of Energy Market Decisions, Inc., a company he founded in 1992. He has broad experience in market and business development including the start-up, turn around, and profit and loss "bottom line" management of businesses. He has over thirty years of extensive "hands on" experience contracting natural gas, LNG, natural gas transportation and storage services. Mr. Meeske specializes in market development, market requirements, fuel supply planning, and development of new power plant, pipeline, storage, and LNG projects. Previously, Mr. Meeske was employed by Cabot Corporation for thirteen years where, in various executive positions, he managed the marketing, supply, and transportation functions for many of its various subsidiary companies, including Distrigas of Massachusetts Corporation. In addition, Mr. Meeske was Director, Business Development for Texas Eastern, Director, Market Planning for Michigan Consolidated Gas, and Assistant Professor in the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Meeske is President Emeritus, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA), and past chairman of NECA's Natural Gas Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Power and Energy Society (CPES). In addition, he maintains memberships in the Northeast Gas Association, the Environmental Business Council, NFPA, the New England Chapter of IAEE, NECBC, and NESA. His educational background includes a BA (economics) from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the University of Detroit, and completion of Ph.D. course work in logistics/physical distribution systems at Michigan State University.
Fred Sellars is a Vice President in Tetra Tech’s national energy practice with more than 35 years of environmental consulting experience specializing in siting, environmental permitting, compliance management, and transactional due diligence assessments for a wide range of energy facilities. Mr. Sellars' experience includes extensive involvement with environmental regulations and permitting strategies, multimedia environmental impact analysis, preparation of environmental impact statements, and environmental risk profiling. He has provided expert witness testimony on energy facility environmental issues in eight states. Mr. Sellars has directed numerous siting studies, permitting feasibility analyses and comprehensive environmental licensing efforts for electric generating facilities, waste-to-energy facilities, electric and natural gas transmission lines, and liquefied natural gas terminals, nationwide. He has directed the successful permitting of over 25,000 megawatts of new power generation projects and participated in transactional due diligence reviews in support of acquisition or divestiture of well over 100 power plants. Mr. Sellars has experience with a wide variety of power generation technologies including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric facilities. He has considerable experience with a range of environmental risk profiling techniques and is a frequently invited speaker on environmental permitting and due diligence topics. Mr. Sellars served as President of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association from 2006-2007.
William C. "Jack" Sheehan
William C. "Jack" Sheehan, is President, Managing Director of Financial Management Group, a private investment banking, finance, and development advisory firm; He has worked as an investment banker and financial executive for over 25 years, also served as a project developer, treasurer, chief financial officer, and investment banker. Through representation of clients and with NECA he has been a key participant in the deregulation and restructuring of the electric utility market in multiple Northeastern states, including the NEPOOL Congestion Management System Committee, Regional Transmission Planning Committee, Advisory Board Commonwealth of Massachusetts DOER Renewables Portfolio Standards Advisory Board, Massachusetts Renewables Collaborative for Deregulation Legislation, Negotiation of Settlement Agreements with New England Electric Companies, Eastern Utilities Associates and Boston Edison Company, and provided advise on configuration or finance of 3,750 Mw merchant facilities. His firm currently advises on market intelligence for status of Merchant Plants in Development in 12 States including the areas of New England, New York and PJM. He has been involved throughout the US in the financial restructuring of major electric utilities, domestic and international debt and equity financings, joint venture arrangements, purchases and sales of electric generation properties, valuation of viable and troubled projects and portfolios and merchant generation facilities. He has had roles in the siting and the permitting processes of combined-cycle and peaking generation, waste-to-energy, negotiation of 3rd party operating agreements, power purchase contracts, and business partnership arrangements. He has served as advisor and expert witness for electric generators, developers, investment funds, and banks for project related litigation, troubled project, and bankruptcy financial issues. Mr. Sheehan serves on the Board of Directors of Atlantic Orient Corporation, a wind turbine manufacturing company, and on the Board of Directors and President of Emeritus of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association - a 300 member, 80 corporation energy and environmental association of developers, T&D utilities, energy marketers, end-user, consultant, and generation firms. Mr. Sheehan graduated from the California State University system with a minor in biological science, and holds a B. A. in Management and a Masters of Business Administration.