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50 Smart Grid Pioneers of 2015 announced today

Rockville, MD (May 13, 2015) – Smart Grid Today, the publication of record for the smart grid industry since 2009, today named the 50 Smart Grid Pioneers of 2015, including 11 CEOs or presidents, 15 directors, a former state governor and a White House National Security Council staffer. They are concerning themselves with smart grid development not only in the US but also in Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, the UK, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

The award is based solely on merit. Neither the winners nor their companies paid in any way to be honored or to be included in Smart Grid Today or the 2015 edition of "Smart Grid Pioneers (," an exclusive industry report from Modern Markets Intelligence (MMI), publisher of Smart Grid Today.

The editors of Smart Grid Today selected the winners from exclusive interviews its journalists conducted over the last 16 months about modernizing the electric industry around the world. The report describes the latest developments and thinking in the industry in discussions with entrepreneurs, executives and managers from smart grid entities including: computer hardware and software firms, electricity distribution automation and demand response firms, electric utility firms, electricity retailers, energy services firms, energy storage companies, electric-vehicle charging firms, global development agencies, IT shops, microgrid firms, national labs, networking firms, power management companies, public advocacy groups, research bodies, security and compliance consultancies, government agencies, technical consulting and engineering firms and think tanks.

“This is an inimitable collection of interviews with the best and brightest smart grid industry stakeholders succeeding at tackling many of the complexities in digitizing the power distribution world, some of which could barely be imagined just a decade ago,” MMI VP of Editorial Brett Brune said. “These leaders are creating new realities that will have lasting impacts on electric utility operations, grid reliability, renewable energy source integration, EV integration, security and economic competitiveness around the world.”

“The intelligence gathered in this report is on par with what you could gain from attending eight or 10 incredibly well produced, high-level smart grid industry conferences -- if people in the audience were to ask detailed questions and insist on getting answers before they left,” MMI Publisher Sam Spencer said. “That’s what our reporters do -- with sources who are in the know.”

The Smart Grid Pioneers of 2015:

Michael Alexander, VP of utility services, Nexant (formerly senior manager of customer energy solutions and program evaluation at PG&E)

Sharon Allan, president, SGIP

Abigail Anthony, director of the utility & grid modernization project, Acadia Center (formerly Environment Northeast)

Robyn Beavers, senior VP for innovation, NRG Energy

John Bradley, CEO, theEnergy Networks Assn

Jake Brodsky, co-founder, Infracritical

Laney Brown, director of smart grid programs and projects, Iberdrola USA

Clare Butterfield, ISEIF program director

Sunil Chhaya, principal technical leader, EPRI

Ryan Chin, managing director for the City Science Initiative, MIT

Rhys Cole, operations manager, PowerShield

James Connaughton, executive VP, C3 Energy

Deepak Divan, CTO, Varentec

Terry Fry, senior VP of utility services, Nexant

Thomas Golden, technology development manager, Duke Energy

Mike Gordon, CEO, Joule Assets

David Green, UK managing director, Eltel Networks

Joel Hagan, CEO, i2O Water (formerly CEO, Onzo)

Jon Hawkins, manager for advanced technology and strategy, PNM Resources

Ashley Horvat, VP of strategic initiatives, PlugShare (formerly Oregon’s chief electric vehicle officer)

Carl Imhoff, energy infrastructure manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Alice Jackson, VP of rates and regulatory affairs, Xcel Colorado

Jim Keener, CEO, Sentient Energy

Doug Kim, advanced technology director, Sothern California Edison

Kevin Klustner, CEO, Powerit Solutions

Paul Marin, director for international trade and investment, the National Security Council at the White House (recently regional director, sub-Saharan Africa, USTDA)

Gianluca Marini, senior director of consulting services, Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano (CESI)

John Matherly, creator of the Shodan search engine

Tim Maurer, director of monitoring solutions, Nxegen

Patrick Miller, partner and managing principal, Archer Energy Solutions

Dick Munson, Midwest clean energy director, Environmental Defense Fund

Steve Mueller, president, Survalent Technology

Naimish Patel, CEO, Gridco Systems

Mark Paterson, manager of smart grid partnerships, the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization’s (CSIRO) Energy Flagship

Lon Peters, Integrated Resources Planning Administrator, Glendale Water & Power

Anne-Soizic Ranchere, director of market and strategy, Energy Pool

Micah Remley, senior VP of product, EnerNOC

Bill Ritter Jr, director, Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University (formerly governor of Colorado)

Pasquale Romano, CEO, ChargePoint

Martin Rovers, director of energy services & solutions, PowerStream

Chris Shelton, VP of New Energy Solutions, AES

Michael Spierto, director of federal affairs, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, (formerly director of cybersecurity policy, Tech America)

Tom Stepien, CEO, Primus Power

Mike Swearingen, retired engineer and former manager of regulatory compliance, Tri-County Electric Co-Op in Oklahoma

Rick Syring, director of operational technology, Cowlitz Public Utility District

Bud Vos, CEO, Enbala Power Networks

Joe Weiss, managing partner, Applied Control Systems

Maura Yates, VP of Sustainable Solutions, MP2 Energy

Ben York, senior project engineer, EPRI

Audrey Zibelman, chair,New York PSC

Smart Grid Today congratulates the 50 leaders for earning their place in our 2015 Smart Grid Pioneers list.


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.


Brett Brune
VP of Editorial
Modern Markets Intelligence, Inc.

Season Crawford
VP of Marketing
Modern Markets Intelligence, Inc.


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