Senior Director of Products
With a wealth of experience gained across his career in emerging technology companies, Joe leads Product Management for MIT startup, 24M Technologies, developers of game-changing, next generation lithium-ion battery manufacturing technology.
Prior to 24M, Joe held senior level customer engagement and product development positions with LiquiGlide, Digital Lumens and A123. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering from Cornell University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chief Executive Officer
Kay graduated from Pennsylvania State University with one of the first sustainability engineering degrees in the country, spending her career as an energy engineer, architectural designer, and business development executive. With 25 years as an entrepreneur in the renewable industry, she has experience in founding and running design/build construction companies, managing multi-million dollar sales forces, and business and market development consulting and now complex software systems.
With her co-founder Dr. Caryl Johnson, over 4 years they studied complex systems design related to integrating Distributed Energy Resources into the electrical grid. With Dr. Johnson, she helped design their patented xGraph platform as the first independent, modular service architecture for collaborative AI, used in the electrical grid, distributing control to the grid edge. The company is pioneering this new approach to microgrids and energy distribution, a market-based Transactive Energy (TE) approach, using a AI driven real-time one-way pricing network.
Director of Strategic Development
Charlotte leads Eversource’s vehicle, storage and other clean energy development and policy initiatives. She was previously the Vice President of Power Supply and General Counsel at Green Mountain Power where she led the power supply, regulatory, legal, and project development teams. In that time, Charlotte’s team increased the Green Mountain Supply portfolio from 20% to 60% renewable. She also led the construction of a fleet of low cost solar farms for customers, the acquisition of a fleet small hydro plants, and obtained regulatory approval for several clean energy transformation initiatives. Charlotte was previously a partner at the law firm of Sheehy Furlong & Behm in Burlington, Vermont where she came of age working on permitting of a 63 MW wind project and various, solar and other generation projects. She is a graduate of Boston College and the University of New Hampshire Law School, from which she graduated first in her class and was Editor in Chief of the Law Review. Charlotte previously served as President of the Board of Directors of the United Wat of Chittenden County and was appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin to chair Vermont’s Blue Ribbon Commission on high quality affordable childhood care.
Ryan E. Asselin
Project Development Manager, Distributed Energy Systems
As a Project Development Manager for Ameresco’s Distributed Energy Systems team, Mr. Asselin manages the conceptual and detailed engineering design for some of the most complex and innovative energy generation projects. With expertise in cost estimation, engineering design drawings, equipment specifications, and financial analysis, Mr. Asselin and his team provide critical engineering support throughout development, construction, project commissioning, and operations. This includes proposals, technical reporting, cost estimates, design engineering, client/customer relations, project management, and market research.
Mr. Asselin’s scope of expertise in project development management spans distributed energy projects, including Battery Energy Storage, Solar PV, Cogeneration and more. His local project portfolio at Ameresco includes one of the largest Solar PV arrays in New Hampshire, a grant-funded Battery Energy Storage project in Somerville, a Community Solar project in Sturbridge, and one of Ameresco’s Solar plus Storage projects in Leicester, MA.
Mr. Asselin holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Clarkson University.
Roy Bant Jr.
Hydrogen Energy Business Development Manager
For the first ten years of my career, I spent working in the Industrial Gas Industry as a Mechanical Engineer for the engineering of industrial gas equipment. Systems included complex cryogenic systems, compression systems, on-site nitrogen plants, and any custom industrial gas system. The late part of my Engineering career was managing projects and building Air Separation plants globally that produce the industrial gases. The second and latest part of my career has been all commercial. Outside sales of all products that the industrial gas industry has to offer, then on to Sales Management and having direct reports of sales personnel. Since November 2015, I have had the pleasure of working with the fuel cell industry, and vehicle OEM’s to promote the utilization of hydrogen for energy for fork trucks and vehicles.
Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, 1989. MBA LaSalle University, International Finance, 1999
Director - Portfolio and Asset Management
Diamond Generating Corporation, a Mitsubishi Company
Jay has 25 years of experience in the renewable and independent power industry and is currently Director Portfolio & Asset Management for Diamond Generating Corporation’s 7.8 GW gross (3.4 GW net) portfolio of power projects. This includes offering third party asset management services in coordination with Boston Energy Trading and Marketing and Nexamp, both subsidiary companies of Diamond Generating Corporation. Prior experience includes asset management and business development roles with Covanta, Longwood Medical Energy Collaborative, Atlantic Power Corporation, Edison Mission Marketing and Trading and Citizens Power. He has previously presented on the topics of Microgrids, Energy Storage, Distributed Generation and Fuel Cells.
Master of Science, Finance Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management, 2004
Sparkplug Power is a project development group focused on distributed energy storage projects serving the grid ancillary services markets. Sparkplug Power provides project development and services for storage facilities to cut energy costs for Commercial and Institutional customers. We do this by reducing a customer’s Demand Charges. Demand Charges constitute between 30-70% of electric utility bills.
Benjamin Bollinger, Ph.D.
VP Hardware Systems Engineering
Ben Bollinger joined Malta with a background in energy storage and startups. From 2007 to 2015, Ben was Chief Engineer and Co-Founder at SustainX, where he led the systems engineering and process design of the company’s Isothermal Compressed Air Energy Storage (ICAES) technology. Through three development iterations - kW bench-scale to MW-scale commercial prototype - and nearly $40 million raised over 8 years, Ben has seen many of the ups, downs, and pitfalls that startups can run into.
In the interim three years, Ben was VP of Engineering at Altaeros, a lighter-than-air cell-tower startup developing large autonomous aerostats (tethered balloons) to enable the cost-effective deployment of rural telecommunications infrastructure.
Ben received his PhD and BE from the Thayer School of Engineering focusing on acoustics, medical imaging, and signal processing, and his BA from Dartmouth College focusing on mechanical engineering and thermodynamics.
Founder & CEO
Carlo started his corporate finance career in 1991 in London at County Natwest, the merchant banking division of the National Westminster Bank.
Subsequently in 1996, Carlo was a director at Market Capital Corporation, a corporate finance boutique, and a partner at Accretive International.
Carlo structured several M&As and IPOs on four different Stock Exchanges, such as the IPO of GoAdv (now Populis) on NYSE Alternext .
Carlo holds a MBA degree from Aston University, and being passionate about soccer, a MBA in Football Industries.
Chief Technology Officer
Over 19 years of experience in product development.
Prior roles include co-founder of automotive business at A123 developing an automotive lithium battery module and launching a fully vertical battery manufacturing capacity, VP of Manufacturing and Engineering at Ambri and Engineering Supervisor at Ford Motor Company conducting hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicle research and product development.
VP Business Development & Co-Founder
Greg Cipriano has 35 years of experience in technology commercialization, strategic partnerships, and in the development and launching of new products into early markets. He is a hands-on engineer and serial entrepreneur who has founded, built, and exited three businesses. He has a proven track record in the successful development and commercialization of advanced high-tech products that have produced over $500M in new revenue.
Greg was most recently the VP Business Development & Marketing at Protonex, a military portable power systems provider, based on advanced fuel cell and power electronics technology. At Protonex, he developed and secured major DOD and DOE funding for power and energy development programs in the multi-million dollar range. He also helped build the company from 6 to 120 people, closed over $50M in early revenue, forged major strategic partnerships, and participated in an IPO on the London Stock Exchange.
Greg’s business and product development experience includes OEM and end user products for the energy, defense, communications, and healthcare markets. He was the founder of Affinity and HealthCom (both acquired), and the founder and President of Internexsys, a renewable energy project development and consulting firm. He has also held executive positions at California Microwave, Prime Computer, Instrumentation Labs, and PR Mallory Labs. He has a patent in early switched digital telecom equipment and patents pending in flow battery systems. He received a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and attended the MIT Sloan School of Management, Executive Education Program.
Director, Clean Transportation for All Campaign
Gina Coplon-Newfield directs the Sierra Club's Clean Transportation for All Campaign, which works at the national and state level to advocate for clean transportation choices, including with zero emission transit buses, safe bike lanes, transit oriented development, electric cars, or federal fuel economy standards that require vehicle manufacturers to provide consumers with more efficient cars and trucks overall. Coplon-Newfield, who earned a BA at Tufts University and a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University, comes from a background in campaign management for environmental, human rights, and health organizations. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, two children, and plug-in vehicle.
Joseph G. Crespo
Chief Executive Officer
A 20-year veteran of the energy industry, Joe has held senior positions at several power trading and asset management organizations, including Edison Mission Marketing and Trading in Boston, and he headed the North American Gas Research Group at Wood Mackenzie. Joe began his career as an economic consultant at National Economic Research Associates, assisting in business and government efforts to deregulate wholesale and retail energy markets in the US, Europe, South America and South Africa. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Economics from Duke University.
Clean Energy Blockchain Network
Accomplished Business Development, Sales and Partnering Executive with a proven track record for designing, developing and executing strategic partnerships and global programs to accelerate company growth with significant experience in start-up and new product launch environments. A professional with more than 16 years of experience from leading technology firms. Recognized for being a self-starter and strategic thinker with superb leadership, interpersonal, problem resolution, operational, and communications skills. Skillful at identifying, negotiating, closing, managing, and growing strategic accounts through the development of long-lasting relationships both at the c-level and across functional units.
Specialties: Strategic alliances, alliances, sales new business revenue, partnerships, negotiation, contracts, business development, technology, software, services, security, open source, virtualization, cloud, CRM, appliance, legal, enterprise, global, advisor, coach, instructor, speaker, teacher, panelist, ASAP, David, Goliath, innovation, collaboration, trust, M&A, evangelist
Regional Sales Manager
Drew brings more than a decade of experience in sales, business and strategic partner development in the alternative fuels business. Having spent more than half of his career in the energy industry, Drummond’s comprehensive knowledge about Electric Vehicles, Charging Infrastructure, Biomethane, CNG and LNG, and major fuel conversion projects make him an invaluable resource to companies seeking sustainable and alternative energy solutions.
Mr. Drummond held various positions of increasing responsibility at Clean Energy Fuels Corporation (NASDAQ: CLNE) over an 8 year period and was responsible for developing and closing new opportunities, identifying new markets, and fostering customer relationships for both natural gas vehicles (NGV) and industrial compressed/liquefied natural gas (CNG/LNG) users.
Prior to becoming part of the Clean Energy team, Drummond held various energy based managerial positions throughout New England and was a Founding Member of Woodbroswer, Inc. an online lumber trading company. During this time, Drummond was charged with building and analyzing sustainability strategic plans and the review of manufacturing processes, capital funding projects, emissions rulings, permitting regulations, contract revisions and technology advancement.
Drummond earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. He is an active volunteer on committees at Colby-Sawyer College, volunteers at the New London Outing Club in coaching Baseball and Soccer and coaches ski racing in the winter at Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire.
Ying Lucy Fan
Business Development Manager
Peak Power Inc
Clean energy enthusiast with 6 years of finance, strategy, and asset management experience across most major markets and numerous technologies.
Energetic and engaged teammate and leader
Entrepreneurial and resourceful problem-solver
Unique technical and commercial experience allow for effective communication with wide range of stakeholders
Community-builder and mentor
Mr. Harrington is currently the chief engineer for US Hybrid’s fuel cell division located in South Windsor, CT. With almost 20 years of experience in the electrochemistry world split between PEM fuel cells and lithium ion batteries Mr. Harrington now leads commercialization efforts for US Hybrid’s fuel cell engine division. Mr. Harrington holds degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from Clarkson University, where he focused on fuel cell dynamic system modeling. His professional career began at International Fuel Cell (IFC), a UTC division, and spanned from test engineering for freeze development thru eventual responsibility for full size cell stack and system level development. In 2010 he joined lithium ion battery startup A123 Systems working initially in the validation group focusing on cycle and calendar life models for production cells. After the A123 bankruptcy and purchase by Wanxiang he was offered the position of Motorsports development manager for the growing line of high performance products. This position afforded him the opportunity to lead the development for some of the highest power density cells in the market (30,000 W/kg+). This included the battery for the Porsche 919 hybrid which won LeMans two years in a row as well as several championship formula one teams. He holds six patents from previous fuel cell work and in 2016 he rejoined the fuel cell world becoming chief engineer for US Hybrid.
Market Director Renewable Microgrids
Russelectric, A Siemens Business
Mr. Kelley has 25 years power industry experience, including utility-scale and distributed power generation development, power trading and risk management, independent system operator transaction software systems, energy management, and demand response, smart grid, and microgrid technology.
Mr. Kelley has held leadership positions in finance & development at Green Mountain Power, Lodestar Software (now part of Oracle’s Energy Suite of products), Weidmann Electric Technology, American Capital Energy, a developer of commercial and utility scale solar projects, and Russelectric. He was a founding member of Green Mountain Energy, the country’s first marketer of renewable power in unregulated energy markets.
His focus is driving opportunities at the intersection of sustainable technology, markets, and capital.
Mr. Kelley has a BS in Computational Mathematics from the University of VT and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
CTO, Microgrid Business
Andy is responsible for driving technology roadmaps necessary to align technology evolution from Schneider Electric's various portfolios to simplify and enable deployment of effective grid-edge solutions. Aligned to this mission, his most recent technology attention has been around the combination of advanced battery-based energy storage solutions with highly efficient inverters as enabling sub-systems for broadly integrated distributed energy resources.
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Judith Judson was appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources in April 2015. Prior to joining the DOER, Judith worked at Customized Energy Solutions as Director of Emerging Technologies for the U.S. where she advised clients on the use of innovative technologies to cost-effectively modernize the US electric grid. Judith joined Customized Energy Solutions from Massachusetts-based clean energy technology company, Beacon Power LLC, where she served as Vice President of Asset Management and Market Development. As a nationally recognized expert on energy storage, Judith has participated in numerous hearings and technical conferences at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Judson chairs the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and represents Massachusetts on the Boards of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc.; and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
Previously Judith served as Chairman and Commissioner of the Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission during the Romney Administration. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.
Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority
A prominent figure in promoting business development in Maine, Levesque brings to the board more than 32 years of experience in economic and community development, land use planning and business management services. Prior to his position overseeing the redevelopment of the former military base, Levesque served as executive director of the Brunswick Local Redevelopment Authority, which developed the successful reuse master plan for Brunswick Naval Air Station (BNAS). This plan included the creation of the Maine Center for Innovation, a high tech business campus that will include the Maine Advanced Technology and Engineering Center and the Brunswick Renewable Energy Center.
Before assuming responsible for overseeing the base’s redevelopment, Levesque was president of SHL Enterprise Solutions, a management consulting firm based in Hallowell, focusing on resource management and development strategies for business and governmental organizations throughout the United States.
From 1998 through 2003, Levesque served as the commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. In this cabinet post, he oversaw the business development, community development, tourism, technology commercialization and trade initiatives of the State of Maine.
During his public sector career, Levesque also has served in the capacities of director of business development for the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, director of development for the City of Lewiston, and as chief planner for the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. In his private sector career, Levesque has worked for and owned several environmental management and community and economic development consulting firms.
Levesque holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and an Master of Science Degree in Environmental Studies (concentration in Urban and Regional Planning) both from California State University, Fullerton. He is also a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
International business development professional with deep expertise in the energy sector. Proven track record of market entry through a combination of sales and business development, corporate development and M&A, and regulatory strategy. Thrives in dynamic, entrepreneurial corporate cultures found in growing organizations.
Specialties: business development, corporate development, contract negotiations, strategic partnerships, international business, wholesale electricity markets, demand response, virtual power plants, smart grid, distributed energy resources.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
As co-founder and managing partner of ReVision Energy, Fortunat’s responsibilities include oversight of design, engineering, and operations for residential and commercial applications in both Maine and New Hampshire. Fortunat received both his Masters and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals (MABEP) and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Before co-founding Renewable Energy Contractors in 2006 and then ReVision Energy in 2008, Fortunat was a project manager and senior systems engineer at United Technologies Fuel Cells in Hartford, Connecticut.
Infrastructure Deployment Manager
ChargePoint Pty Ltd
Chief Operating Officer
Jesse is an entrepreneur, thought leader, and Blockchain expert, currently building a worldwide network of cryptocurrency mining and renewable energy solutions. He serves as COO of Harpia Inc. one of the leading firms in the Blockchain hardware consultancy space, where he works with some of the largest institutional miners and Blockchain investors in North America, providing big data-driven insights for the mining market. He is most passionate about transitioning electrically demanding Blockchain infrastructure onto underutilized and curtailed renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
Chief Business Officer
Spherical | Analytics
Chris Rezendes has nearly 22 years of experience analyzing, advising or operating mission-critical technology businesses. Throughout his career, he has worked with some of the largest and most respected companies in the industrial, embedded, defense, infrastructure and information technology industries. His clients have included nearly 75% of the Electronics Business Top 100 original enterprise manufacturers (OEMs), most of the Information Week 100, and every tech-focused member of the Fortune 500. Prior to launching IMPACTLABS and INEX ADVISORS LLC, Chris Rezendes served as Executive Vice President at VDC Research Group, a tech market intelligence and strategy firm focused on a number of embedded, industrial, defense and mission-critical tech markets. He also served as Vice President and General Manager for a $100 million mission-critical computing and communications supplier that was a portfolio company owned by private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice. Chris is a graduate of Harvard University.
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Storage Association
Kelly Speakes-Backman is the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association. Kelly has spent over 20 years working in energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO, and private sectors, including organizations such as United Technologies, SunEdison, and Alliance to Save Energy. She is a former Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission where she also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, and member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group.
Kelly earned her Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University.
Founder and President
Solar Design Associations
Steve is acknowledged as a pre-eminent authority on integration of renewable energy systems in buildings.
Drawing on his background in architecture and engineering, he has pioneered the concept of integrated design with applications such as solar electricity (photovoltaics), solar thermal and wind energy.
Steven has designed dozens of homes and buildings powered by solar electricity - from the Outermost House to the White House.
Director of Business Development
Steve has more than 28 years of technical and business development experience in the fields of specialty chemicals and hydrogen system solutions. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategic relationships and project opportunities for Government and emerging market applications for PEM and alkaline electrolysis. In addition to managing Nel’s Navy submarine business activity, he also has primary market responsibility for the hydrogen fueling and renewable energy storage sectors in North America. His previous experience includes several years as an engineer in the PEM technology group at United Technologies. In this position, he supported the development of PEM electrolyzer and fuel cell technology for space and defense applications. After moving into technical sales and sales management at Buckman Laboratories, Steve joined Nel to support the commercialization and market development efforts for its PEM electrolyzer technology. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Steve also serves on the Board of Directors and as Secretary of the California Hydrogen Business Council, as a Board Member and Secretary of the Ammonia Energy Association, and on the Board of Governors for the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Operations Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Chief Development Officer
Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Responsible and accountable for all project development and implementation, including siting, permitting, interconnection, design & engineering, construction and partnerships/negotiations for battery supply and balance of system.
AMS is working to bring virtual power plants online as fast as possible as a cost-effective solution for grid support and renewables integration. The company employs best-in-class behind-the-meter energy resources and proprietary analytics software to aggregate commercial and industrial energy users into a fleet that can shift load to support a clean, efficient grid.
Hydrogen Fuel Infrastructure Development
Toyota Motors North America