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Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Dave Belote


Dave Belote
Vice President for Federal Business 
Apex Wind Energy, Inc.


Dave Belote
, Vice President for Federal Business at Apex Wind Energy, is responsible for the origination and development of projects dedicated to satisfying the power requirements of Federal entities.  Before joining Apex, he created and was the first executive director of the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse—the "one-stop shop" for industry and Federal, State, and local government agencies to ensure utility-scale renewable energy and transmission projects are compatible with military operations and installations.  

A retired Air Force colonel, Dave commanded a squadron, a group, and a wing, earned two Bronze Stars, and served as installation commander for Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, and the 2.9-million-acre Nevada Test and Training Range—where he worked with business and civic organizations throughout the Southwest to help promote energy independence while protecting military training and testing venues.  He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and three master's degrees (in business administration, airpower arts and sciences, and national security strategy), and is a candidate for the Doctor of Liberal Studies degree at Georgetown University.  He has appeared on Top Chef:  Las Vegas (when the chefs came to Nellis AFB), and is a five-time Jeopardy! champion.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Kevin Slates


RADM Kevin Slates
Director, Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45),
U.S. Navy
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Born and raised in Pewaukee, Wisc., Rear Adm. Slates was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps in 1982 upon graduating from Marquette University. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland, and has completed the Fuqua Advanced Management Program at Duke University.

Within the Naval Construction Force (Seabees), Slates has served in Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) Five; 31st Naval Construction Regiment; Marine Expeditionary Force; and as commanding officer, NMCB Three. During those tours, he deployed to Sigonella; Puerto Rico; and Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Shield; Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian; and Rota, and Guam.

Slates’ facilities and project management assignments include tours in Great Lakes, Ill.; Port Hueneme, Calif.; Indian Head, Md.; Naval District Washington, D.C., and as the commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington/Regional Engineer Naval District Washington, D.C. Slates also commanded Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic in Norfolk, Va.

He has had staff tours as the aide to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Logistics (OPNAV N4); assistant chief of staff for Installations and Environment at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejuene; and public works business line operations officer and chief of staff for Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Slates currently serves as director of Energy and Environmental Readiness (OPNAV N45) on the chief of naval operations staff. He is a Seabee combat warfare officer, a registered professional engineer, and a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Scott Provinse


Scott Provinse
Director of Government Programs,

Scott Provinse is Director of Government Programs for SunEdison.

Scott began his career at SunEdison as Associate General Counsel focusing on Power Purchase Agreements with commercial and government customers. In 2009, Scott moved full time to the business side of the company to focus exclusively on programs for government customers.  Scott has actively negotiated all of SunEdison’s DOE/NREL PPAs, DOL PPAs, Navy and Air Force PPAs, as well as SunEdison’s GSA efforts, including its 1.1MW PV Plant at the Denver Federal Center.  Scott is currently working with the Navy, Air Force and Army, among others, on innovative programs to provide cost effective solar energy to federal clients.  Scott speaks regularly on renewable energy and the federal market.

Scott holds a BSS from Cornell College and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to joining SunEdison, Scott ran his own yacht and marine business splitting time between the Caribbean, the East Coast and the Mediterranean.  Prior to sailing, Scott practiced law as a litigator with Bracewell & Patterson in Houston, Texas, and served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Harvey Brown, Jr., 152 Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas. Before attending law school, Scott worked extensively with a variety of health human and services organizations in Chicago and Texas.

Sun Edison LLC is North America's largest solar energy services provider. SunEdison provides solar-generated energy at or below current retail utility rates to a broad and diverse client base of commercial, municipal and utility customers. The company headquarters are located in Belmont, California. Sun Edison LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MEMC Holdings Corporation, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.


Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Jonathan Powers

powers-jonothan Jonathan Powers
Federal Environmental Executive,
White House Council On Environmental Quality

On April 9, 2012, Jonathan Powers was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Administration's Federal Environmental Executive. In this capacity, Jon is responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability across federal government operations. Housed within the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive was created by Executive Order in 1993. The Office oversees implementation of President Obama's Executive Order on Federal Sustainability (EO 13514) and the GreenGov initiative, working collaboratively with the Office of Management and Budget and each of the Federal agencies.

Prior to joining CEQ, Jon served as the Special Advisor on Energy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Installations, Energy & Environment. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Truman National Security Project, where he focused on energy security issues. In 2009, Jon testified to the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the national security implications of climate change with retired Senator John Warner and Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn. Following this testimony, Jon founded the nationally recognized campaign Operation Free for veterans to advocate for a national energy policy.

Prior to joining the Truman Project, Jon served for four years as an Officer in the U.S. Army, including a 15 month tour in Iraq as part of Operation Iraq Freedom I. In 2005, Jon founded War Kids Relief after returning to Iraq as a civilian to develop programs to engage Iraq's youth and minimize recruitment by radicalized elements. The youth and counterterrorism research and program development efforts led to War Kids Relief becoming a leading advocacy organization working to create a bridge between American and Iraqi youth to build a foundation for peace. In 2008, Jon was a Democratic candidate for New York's 26th Congressional District.

Jon received a Bachelor of Arts in Education at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH and a Masters in Global Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

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