Future of Utilities Panel Lead by Clare Magee, Varun Sivaram, Gary Fromer, Stuart Nachmias, and William Hederman
What will the grid look like in 10 years? What should developing countries aspire for? What are interesting, sustainable business models emerging in this area? What electricity markets have the most mature grids? what can we learn from these markets?
Clare Magee is the solar program director at MP2 Energy, the electricity retailer that pioneered a synthetic net metering product to facilitate SolarCity’s launch into Texas.
Clare began her career in energy efficiency at the U.S. Green Building Council, where she worked with field staff on LEED advocacy across the country. She advised startups in the Austin Technology Incubator’s energy division. She was a member of American Electric Power’s distributed generation task force. Following graduate school, Clare consulted for KPMG in the Technology Enablement practice of their Power & Utilities group.
Clare has a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas at Austin, where she published research in utility valuation of distributed solar and community solar business models. She chaired the university’s annual energy conference and founded its university-wide energy club. She is a fellow with the Atlantic Council/Ecologic Institute’s ELEEP energy program.
Varun Sivaram is the Douglas Dillon fellow and acting director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He serves on the advisory boards of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy. Previously, he was strategic advisor to the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Reforming the Energy Vision, senior advisor for energy and water policy to the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, and a consultant at McKinsey & Co.
Dr. Sivaram’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, the Journal of Applied Physics, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Nature, Nature Energy, Nature Climate Change, and Scientific American. A Truman and a Rhodes scholar, he holds degrees from Stanford University in engineering physics and international relations, with honors in international security; and he holds a PhD in condensed matter physics from St. John’s College, Oxford University. He lives in Washington, DC.
Gary Fromer is the Senior Vice President, Distributed Energy, Constellation. As senior vice president, distributed energy, Fromer is responsible for managing and expanding Constellation’s distributed energy portfolio and programs across North America, including on-site solar, distributed generation, energy efficiency and compressed natural gas infrastructure deployments.
Fromer joined Constellation in 2010 in connect
ion with Constellation’s acquisition of CPower, Inc., a national leader in demand response and energy management. As chief executive officer of CPower from 2007 to 2010, Fromer was responsible for advancing the company’s product portfolio and expanding its presence into new markets,
as well as running the day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to joining CPower, Fromer served as senior vice president of SAP managed services, where he oversaw SAP’s hosting, application management and CRM ondemand businesses in the Americas. Previously, he held various leadership positions at SAP including: senior vice president, SMB and hosting; chief strategy officer for SAP Markets, Inc.; and vice president, new business and partner solutions for SAP America, Inc. Prior to joining SAP in 1998, Fromer worked at Unisys Corporation.
Fromer earned a bachelor’s of science in economics (finance) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a bachelor of arts in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a juris doctor from Columbia University Law School.
Stuart M. Nachmias Con Edison is the Vice President for Energy Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Stuart Nachmias is responsible for development of company positions on federal and state electric and gas policy issues as well as regulatory strategy. He is responsible for managing the Company’s relations with federal and state energy regulators as well as with the Northeast ISO/RTO’s, including NYISO and PJM. He also works closely with trade associations such as the Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association. He is also actively engaged in both internal and external activities surrounding the New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.
In November 2014, Con Edison, together with the other investor owned utilities in New York State, formed a new joint venture transmission company called New York Transco, LLC. Mr. Nachmias was elected by the CEOs of the member companies to be the President of NY Transco. Three other officers were also named who repo
rt to the President.
Mr. Nachmias began working at Con Edison in 1988. He has held various positions throughout the company, including director of the energy markets policy group, manager in customer operations, and manager in corporate planning. He also served as director of marketing for Con Edison’s competitive energy business, Con Edison Solutions, in the late 1990s.
Mr. Nachmias is also a board member of the Queens County Farm Museum. He lives in Syosset, New York.
William F. Hederman most recently served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, providing leadership on USDOE missions to Ukraine, the Baltics, and Germany. In this position, he was also the chief architect for the analytic framework developed for DOE’s groundbreaking Quadrennial Energy Review. Hederman was invited to join DOE by Sec. Moniz during his work as a Director at Deloitte.
Hederman began his professional career as a systems integration engineer at Bell Labs in the directorate that later developed the cell phone system. He served on the RAND Corporation’s research team, worked as the Congressional Budget Office’s first energy and science budget analyst, and led the establishment of: the policy analysis department at INGAA (pipeline association), the International Energy Agency’s gas technology center, and the Washington office for RJ Rudden Associates (now Black & Veatch). Additionally, he was Vice President for Business Development and Strategic Initiatives at Columbia Transmission Companies on the management team that brought Columbia out of bankruptcy. During the Enron and California crises, Hederman joined FERC and formed the Office of Market Oversight and Investigations, which has been credited with playing a major role in the restoration of confidence in electricity and natural gas regulatory oversight.
Hederman holds engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Notre Dame, and a professional degree (M.P.P.) from the University of California at Berkeley.