Panelist on Industrial Demand Response: Greg Wikler

Greg Wikler is Director of Regulatory Affairs at EnerNOC, an international energy management company that helps commercial, institutional and industrial organizations use energy more intelligently, pay less for it, and generate cash flows that benefit each organization’s bottom line. Greg supports electric and gas regulatory policy related to energy efficiency and demand response at various levels including state commissions, nationally and internationally.  He routinely conducts technical, economic and financial assessments for electric and gas utilities, serving clients around the US and abroad.  In his 25 years of experience in this field, Greg has been involved in strategic planning assessments and program design/implementation support for energy efficiency and demand response initiatives.  He has testified before several public utility commissions around the US on issues related to demand-side management programs and he routinely presents at industry conferences and gatherings throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He also holds board positions with the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council and the Peak Load Management Alliance.  Greg received his BS degree in Energy Economics from the University of California at Davis and his Masters in Economics and Urban Planning from the University of Oregon.



Panelist on On-Site Renewable Energy: Anneliese Schmidt

Anneliese Schmidt is a renewable energy scientist at ANTARES Group Inc., where she has frequently served as project manager and lead technical analyst. Ms. Schmidt is experienced in technology evaluation and selection, performance and economic modeling, cost estimation, renewable energy site selection and evaluation, and assessment of greenhouse gas emissions and criteria pollutants. Her expertise covers technologies including photovoltaic and solar energy systems, biomass energy systems (including cogeneration and cofiring), and biofuel conversion technologies. Ms. Schmidt has recently worked on a number of feasibility assessments for PV and biomass CHP projects at select federal and military installations. She was also a key contributor to several studies published by EPRI, including an in-depth assessment of the cost and performance of various biomass gasification technologies, and an effort to analyze options for repowering fossil-fuel-fired power plants using different types of biomass feedstocks.

Ms. Schmidt holds an M.S. in Physics from Cornell University and a B.S. in Physics from University of Arizona. She is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a certified GHG Verifier with the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Antares Group

Panelist on Industrial Energy Storage: Eric Cutter

Mr. Cutter, Senior Consultant, is a lead analyst in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, cost of generation, rate design, and water resources.  He has developed numerous financial and economic models for planning and regulatory policy in energy and water resources for the State of California and electric utilities nationwide.   His current responsibilities at E3 include developing tools for municipal utilities to design and evaluate water and energy efficiency programs, assisting the CEC and CPUC in implementing California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, and evaluating utility sponsored Plug-in Electric Hybrid Vehicle programs.  Mr. Cutter’s prior experience includes 10 years at Pacific Gas and Electric Company working on electric transmission policy, natural gas transmission and storage pricing and policy, energy trading, and risk management.   Mr. Cutter earned a B.A. in Economics and German from Tufts University and an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.

Panelist on Industrial Demand Response: Sam Chant

Sam is a Project Manager with Southern California’s Tariff Program and Service. He is currently leading the Technical Assistance and Technology Incentive Auto Demand Response program.  In his current role, he is responsible for reviewing and approving incentives applications.  He is also responsible for customer’s support for project development, Auto Demand Response technology education, development and identification, and program development.  Prior to coming to SCE, Sam has extensive plant management experience in the chemical and industrial gas industry where he had implemented numerous Energy Efficiency and Demand Response projects.  Sam served 10 years in the US Navy on board several nuclear submarines.  Sam holds a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business.

Southern California Edison