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Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Ted Kniesche

 

Ted Kniesche
 Vice President of Business Development
Fulcrum Bioenergy

 

Ted has been with Fulcrum since Fulcrum Bioenergy's inception and has been instrumental in developing its business strategies.  Overseeing the company's business development, project development and government relations activities, Ted has negotiated numerous long term MSW feedstock supply agreements totaling 13 million tons per year and has led the negotiations for several of Fulcrum’s commercial contracts and relationships. He also leads Fulcrum’s State and Federal Government and Regulatory affairs. Ted came to Fulcrum from US Renewables Group (USRG), where he helped acquire, develop and operate renewable power and clean fuel assets. Prior to USRG, Ted served in the investment banking group at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Ted has a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a general course certificate from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Tom Hicks

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Thomas W. Hicks
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy)
Department of the Navy
 

 

Tom Hicks was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy in March 2010. Mr. Hicks serves as the Secretariat focal point on all matters pertaining to the Department of Navy’s energy initiatives.

Mr. Hicks joined the Department of the Navy from the U.S. Green Building Council where he held several executive roles. As Vice President of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, Mr. Hicks led the development and implementation of all LEED rating systems. During his tenure, he led the three-fold growth of LEED activity as well as the expansion of the LEED family of rating systems from four to ten unique rating systems. As Vice President for International Programs, Mr. Hicks led the development of USGBC’s international enterprise quadrupling global activity in LEED in two years. Most recently, he spearheaded a new strategic venture on behalf of USGBC – the Building Performance Initiative – to ensure that all green buildings meet or exceed their energy and environmental performance goals.

From 1996 to October 2004, Mr. Hicks was a Senior Program Manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency within the Energy Star for Buildings program. In this role, Mr. Hicks served as the principal architect of the Energy Star commercial building rating system, the nation’s largest and best-known energy efficiency initiative which has been utilized to assess the energy performance of over 70,000 buildings totaling over 10 billion square feet of floor space nationally.

From 1992 to February 1996, Mr. Hicks led the formation of the energy efficiency program for the U.S. Navy Public Works Center Washington. In this capacity, Mr. Hicks created and led the team which performed energy audits on over 15 million square feet of floor space and completed energy efficiency upgrades totaling more than $50 million in value at various U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps installations.

Mr. Hicks received his bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

 

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Ryan Hamilton

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Ryan Hamilton
Manager, Federal Strategy & Programs
NRG Energy
 

 

Mr. Hamilton brings more than 15 years of experience in renewable energy and project finance to his role as Development Manager for all NRG Solar’s business development activities on behalf of Federal clients.  He is passionate about creating innovative, collaborative solutions for his clients and partners.  To date, Mr. Hamilton has developed more than 15 MW of solar PPA projects that have achieved successful commercial operation.  Prior to joining NRG, Mr. Hamilton led development efforts in California and Arizona on behalf of Solar Power Partners, a firm acquired by NRG Solar in November 2011.  He was responsible for Solar Power Partners and AECOM’s award of Contract N62583-09-R0085 with NAVFAC SW in 2009, the Navy’s first solar PPA IDIQ vehicle for renewable energy.  He holds a BS in International Development and Environmental Studies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a MBA from the Walter Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Kathy Ahsing

 

Kathy Ahsing
Director for Planning and Development, Energy Initiatives Task Force
U.S. Army
 

 


In Sept 2011, Ms. Ahsing was designated Director for Planning and Development Division of the Energy Initiative Task Force, responsible for determining standard methodologies to analyze and identify large scale renewable energy opportunities; and manage a viable pipeline.

Prior to her current position, Kathy served as an Executive Strategic Initiatives Advisor to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management and Commander Installation Command working on a wide range of issues related to the organization and managerial policies, practices, and procedures governing Installation Management programs.

Ms. Ahsing has 30 years of service as a government employee with extensive knowledge of Department of Defense, installation management, organizational performance, and program/project management. She has held leadership positions at various levels of the Installation Command leading business transformation and organizational performance efforts at headquarters, and various regions; responsible for oversight of facilities and construction programs with the Deputy Chief of Staff for Engineering at US Army Pacific; oversight of information management operations for US Army Garrison Hawaii; and as a program/project manager with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Hawaii. Holds an M.S in Resourcing National Security Strategy from Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Hawaii.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Daniel Tunnicliff

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Daniel Tunnicliff
Principal Manager - Government & Partnerships,
Southern California Edison

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Dan Tunnicliff
has more than 21 years of utility experience and has worked for Southern California Edison since 1999.
 
He is currently leading SCE’s Government & Partnerships team that serves Federal, State, Local Government and Native American Tribes throughout SCE’s 50,000 mile service territory. Prior to his current role, Dan was a Senior Project Manager responsible for managing regulatory matters and issues involving Commercial, Industrial and Governmental & Institutions customers.
 
He is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees of Science in Civil Engineering, both from California State University, Long Beach.
 
Prior to joining SCE, he held positions with the Orange County Sanitation District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, primarily in Environmental, Health, and Safety –related functions.
Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Robert Tritt

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Robert Tritt
Partner,
McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP
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With more than thirty years of corporate, real estate and energy legal practice, Robert E. Tritt brings a broad spectrum of experience to public-private partnerships.  He is Co-Chair of the Military Base and Communities practice of MLA. He is actively engaged in the representation of the private sector and local redevelopment authorities in the redevelopment of closed and realigned military bases. He has skill in assisting the private sector in investments in and around expanding military bases, including through enhanced use leasing authority available to the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Veteran’s Administration and other Federal departments. He also represents on base renewable energy projects.

Mr. Tritt is experienced in complex real estate development and redevelopment and the financing of those efforts through private and public finance and through tax incentives.

Mr. Tritt has further extensive experience in project development in the energy field and has represented independent power producers in the development and financing of gas and oil fired merchant power plants and cogeneration facilities and is now engaged in renewable energy projects. 

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Taite McDonald

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Taite McDonald
Senior Advisor,
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LLP

 
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Taite R. McDonald
is a senior advisor with the government initiatives practice in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Taite works with energy and clean technology companies to develop and execute strategies to access government grants, loans, and contracts across multiple states and federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the U.S Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Defense. She has been successful in helping companies obtain millions of dollars of funding across these agencies and has also played a pivotal role in helping companies forge key partnerships with federal agencies and other government-facing bodies.

Currently, Taite is helping companies in pursuing a variety of Department of Defense energy procurement and contract opportunities across a multiple clean technology sectors. She also assists with providing clients legislative insight and strategic advice into the areas of energy and clean technology. Taite works with all types of renewable energy technology companies, with a focus on biofuels, innovative materials, and solar energy technologies.

 

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Roger D. Feldman (2)

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 Roger D. Feldman
Of Counsel,
Andrews Kurth LLP
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Roger Feldman's practice focuses on the project finance of all types of energy and related infrastructure projects. His particular current emphasis is on renewables and clean technology applications. In that regard, he also advises on the impact of regulatory matters and the formation of public-private partnerships. He has previously chaired the Project Finance groups of three major international law firms. Clients include project developers, financial institutions, purchasers and sellers of corporate assets, clean energy companies and parties dealing with the Defense Department and other Federal agencies. He represents energy and environmental companies in obtaining and contracting for federal financing assistance, purchase agreements and guarantees.

Roger has senior responsibility with respect to many of the firm's clean and renewable energy activities and projects. These have included development of renewable resources (biofuels, biomass, wind, solar and waste conversion), alternative energy sources (coal gasification, plasma applications; advanced alcohol fuels), climate change finance (carbon credit origination, aggregation and trading), energy storage and transmission reliability enhancement and energy efficiency securitization finance. This work has entailed preparation an analysis of construction energy sales and financing documentation. Roger has worked on projects for the integration of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in China and other international settings.

His public service includes prior government positions such as Deputy Administrator for Finance and Environment, U.S. Federal Energy Administration, White House Staff, U.S. Dept. of Defense (Systems Analyst), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Financial Advisory Board); ongoing professional activities (including Chair of several American Bar Association Committees in energy, environment and finance) and as a Director of the American Council on Renewable Energy.

Roger has worked on projects for the integration of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in China and other international settings and also worked with international financing agencies in that regard.

He has been listed in Who's Who in American Law since 1990 and in Best Lawyers in America since 2006. In 2013, Martindale-Hubbell rated Roger as AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Roger D. Feldman

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 Roger D. Feldman
Of Counsel,
Andrews Kurth LLP
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Roger Feldman's practice focuses on the project finance of all types of energy and related infrastructure projects. His particular current emphasis is on renewables and clean technology applications. In that regard, he also advises on the impact of regulatory matters and the formation of public-private partnerships. He has previously chaired the Project Finance groups of three major international law firms. Clients include project developers, financial institutions, purchasers and sellers of corporate assets, clean energy companies and parties dealing with the Defense Department and other Federal agencies. He represents energy and environmental companies in obtaining and contracting for federal financing assistance, purchase agreements and guarantees.

Roger has senior responsibility with respect to many of the firm's clean and renewable energy activities and projects. These have included development of renewable resources (biofuels, biomass, wind, solar and waste conversion), alternative energy sources (coal gasification, plasma applications; advanced alcohol fuels), climate change finance (carbon credit origination, aggregation and trading), energy storage and transmission reliability enhancement and energy efficiency securitization finance. This work has entailed preparation an analysis of construction energy sales and financing documentation. Roger has worked on projects for the integration of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in China and other international settings.

His public service includes prior government positions such as Deputy Administrator for Finance and Environment, U.S. Federal Energy Administration, White House Staff, U.S. Dept. of Defense (Systems Analyst), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Financial Advisory Board); ongoing professional activities (including Chair of several American Bar Association Committees in energy, environment and finance) and as a Director of the American Council on Renewable Energy.

Roger has worked on projects for the integration of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in China and other international settings and also worked with international financing agencies in that regard.

He has been listed in Who's Who in American Law since 1990 and in Best Lawyers in America since 2006. In 2013, Martindale-Hubbell rated Roger as AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

John Conger

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 John Conger
Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Installations & Environment,
U.S. Department of Defense

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Mr. John Conger was named the Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment on September 14, 2012.  He was appointed Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Installations and Environment in June 22, 2009.

In this position, he provides budgetary, policy and management oversight over the DoD’s $850 billion real property portfolio, which encompasses more than 500 installations, 500,000 buildings and structures, and 28 million acres.  He manages the Department’s Base Realignment and Closure activities for domestic installations and facility consolidation and realignment efforts overseas; develops policy to improve facility energy efficiency, increase renewable energy use on U.S. installations, and promote energy security; and manages environmental compliance, conservation and clean-up programs.  Mr. Conger is the Department’s designated Senior Real Property Officer.

Prior to his appointment in DoD, Mr. Conger served on the staff of Representative Chet Edwards, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, where he served as Legislative Director and principal advisor on defense, veterans, and foreign policy issues.  In addition to his work supporting Rep. Edwards' military construction initiatives, his efforts focused on Army force structure and policy, military quality of life, military retiree benefits, veterans health care funding, and nuclear nonproliferation.  He also served as staff for the House Army Caucus, which Edwards co-chaired.  For his work in support of military service members, retirees, and their families, Mr. Conger received the Military Order of the Purple Heart Special Recognition Award, the Military Coalition Freedom Award, and the Military Officers Association of America Col. Paul W. Arcari Meritorious Service Award.

In his previous tenure on Capitol Hill, he served as Professional Staff for the House International Relations Committee and as defense staff for Representatives Jane Harman and Sam Gejdenson.

Previously, Mr. Conger was employed in the private sector as an aerospace engineer and defense analyst supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

He holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the George Washington University.

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