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Smart Grid Today names 50 Smart Grid Pioneers of 2013

ROCKVILLE, MD (November 6, 2013) -- Smart Grid Today named the 50 Smart Grid Pioneers of 2013 today, drawing upon its coverage of the industry over the last year. These are the experts and risk-takers to whom we turned to explain in detail the industry's most newsworthy moves, insights, advances, setbacks and new concerns.

The group ranges from industry leaders working inside conglomerates like GE and IBM to entrepreneurs at small firms like Retroficiency and TEMIX. It also includes many utility executives, regulators and political figures working on smart grid solutions to electricity challenges around the world.

"These interviews reveal the details of this evolving industry from perspectives that give it depth, with guide markers on what works and warnings about where the risks lie," Smart Grid Today Publisher Sam Spencer said. "We salute all the pioneers who are forging ahead and invite them to look to the 50 people in this report for guidance."

The 50 trailblazers selected and interviewed in this exclusive industry report are:

  • Ron Binz, principal at Denver-based Public Policy Consulting

  • Andy Bochman, founder of Bochman Advisors (former energy-security lead at IBM)

  • Mike Carlson, general manager of software solutions at GE

  • Edward Cazalet, TEMIX CEO

  • Steve Cowell, Conservation Services Group CEO

  • Kevin Dasso, senior director of smart grid at Pacific Gas & Electric 

  • Gregg Dixon, senior VP for marketing and sales at EnerNOC

  • Patty Durand, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) Executive Director 

  • Duncan Earl, GridCom Founder 

  • Shashikant Gupta, Apex CoVantage CEO

  • David Green, Arqiva’s business development director for smart metering

  • John Halliwell, EPRI senior project manager

  • Gen Michael Hayden, principal at the Chertoff Group (former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency)

  • Curt Hébert, a partner in the Brunini Law Firm in Jackson, Miss (former FERC chairman and former state regulator in Mississippi)

  • Miriam Horn, director of the smart grid initiative at the Environmental Defense Fund

  • Rich Huntley, VP of sales at Boston-based Retroficiency

  • Orjiakor Isiogu, Michigan PSC Commissioner

  • Philip Jones, NARUC President

  • John Jung, Greensmith Energy Management Systems CEO

  • Haresh Kamath, program manager for energy storage research at EPRI

  • John Kelly, Perfect Power Institute Executive Director 

  • Jim Korczykowski, ECS (Energy Curtailment Specialists), CEO 

  • Dennis Kyle, VP for market development at Arrayent (former VP of product service and development at Tendril Networks)

  • Carolene Mays, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commissioner 

  • Ann McCabe, Illinois Commerce Commissioner

  • Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street CEO

  • Doug Myers, CIO at Pepco Holdings  

  • Kenny Mercado, division senior VP of Grid & Market Operations, CenterPoint 

  • Michael Niggli, SDG&E COO

  • Kevin O’Donovan, worldwide director of energy sector sales at Intel

  • Bryan Olnick, Florida Power & Light VP of Smart Grid Solutions and Meter Operations 

  • Andy Ozment, senior director for cybersecurity on the National Security Staff at the White House

  • Ravi Pradhan, CTO of the Smart Grid Division of Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector in the US

  • Gary Rackliffe, VP of smart grids, North America, at ABB

  • Bram Reinders, the head of a Dutch “smart grid mission” to the US

  • Sixto Santonja, project manager at Spain’s Instituto Tecnologico de la Energia 

  • Scott Saunders, information security officer for SMUD

  • Chris Shelton, AES Energy Storage President 

  • Gib Sorebo, chief cybersecurity technologist, SAIC (now Leidos)

  • Tom Tamarkin, Utility Services Customer Link CEO 

  • Kenneth Van Meter, VP business development at Intelligent Energy Solutions (former principal consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton)

  • Maria Tereza Travassos Vellano , regional director and head of smart grid projects at AES Eletropaulo

  • Christopher Villarreal, a senior regulatory analyst in the Policy & Planning Division of the California PUC

  • Jon Wellinghoff, (outgoing) FERC Chairman

  • Tom Willie, Blue Pillar CEO (former Current Group CEO)

  • Jeremy Wilson, director of technical sales at Utilidata

  • Paul Wright of the UK government’s National Physical Laboratory 

  • Kurt Yeager, vice chairman of the nonprofit Galvin Electricity Initiative 

  • Marzia Zafar, director of the Policy and Planning Division at the California PUC

  • Leocadia Zak, US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) Director 

Smart Grid Today congratulates the 50 leaders for winning a spot on our 2013 Pioneers list.

The report is priced at $495 (enterprise-wide price is $3,380).  Visit the Smart Grid Today website or call +1-301-769-6804 for more details.  Smart Grid Today subscribers always get a discount on the products sold by MMI.


Smart Grid Today's mission is to deliver daily, unbiased, comprehensive and original reporting on emerging trends, applications and policies driving the modern utility industry -- in a signature format our founders have developed over decades in the trade news business, featuring highly concise and easy-to-understand news copy based on trusted reporting, exclusive interviews, informed analysis and strategic insights that our subscribers rely on to succeed every business day.  Smart Grid Today is published by Modern Markets Intelligence, Inc.


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Modern Markets Intelligence, Inc.

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VP of Marketing
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