Paul Brucke, Principal Engineer at Brucke Engineering, is a solar PV system design and engineering expert with 18 years of electrical engineering experience. Prior to moving into the solar industry in 2009, he worked in the semiconductor micro-electronics industry, designing DC power supplies, control circuitry and chip architecture for over 10 years. Paul has worked in leadership roles at Strata Solar, Black & Veatch, and Cypress Creek Renewables before founding his own firm.
Paul is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states, a NABCEP certified solar installation professional, a Senior Member of IEEE and the IEEE 1547 Revision Working Group.
Curt Volkmann, President of New Energy Advisors, has over 35 years of international experience with electricity, natural gas and water utilities. Curt previously held engineering and consulting roles for Pacific Gas and Electric, UMS Group, and Accenture. He has managed multi-client benchmarking programs for electric transmission, distribution and fleet management, and analyzed impacts to the distribution grid from distributed generation and demand-side management programs. Curt has also led a variety of consulting projects including smart grid planning, organization optimization and cost reduction, asset management, merger integration, benchmarking, and process improvements.
Curt now serves as an expert witness and technical advisor in distribution planning and grid modernization proceedings, advising non-profits and local governments on a variety of clean energy opportunities.
Curt has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. (Finance) from the University of California, Berkeley. He held a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer license in the State of California from 1987 to 1995.
Dr. Michael Milligan
Dr. Michael Milligan recently retired as Principal Researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has more than 30 years’ experience in analysis and modeling the bulk power system, and more than 25 years focusing on the impacts of wind and solar generation integration into the bulk system. He has authored/coauthored more than 220 articles and reports, and has led/participated in numerous North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), and IEEE Power and Energy Society working groups and committees. Michael’s work was influential in starting the Energy Imbalance Market in the Western Interconnection, and he was a key contributor to the International Energy Agency Task 25 research group, focusing on wind power integration to the bulk power system. He is now an independent power system consultant.
Anna Sommer is based in Canton, NY and is a Principal of Energy Futures Group. She has more than 15 years of experience working on a wide variety of issues including energy planning, energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration, and energy-water issues. Her primary focus is on all aspects of integrated resource planning (IRP) including capacity expansion and production costing simulation, scenario and sensitivity construction, modeling of supply and demand side resources, and review and critique of forecast inputs such as fuel prices, wholesale market prices, load forecasts, etc. Additionally, she has experience with various aspects of DSM planning including construction of avoided costs and connecting IRPs to subsequent DSM plans. Anna is trained to run the Strategist and EnCompass models and has reviewed modeling performed using numerous models including AURORA, Capacity Expansion Model, Plexos, PowerSimm, PROSYM, PROMOD, SERVM, and System Optimizer. She has provided expert testimony in front of utility commissions in Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and South Dakota.
Ms. Sommer holds a BS in Economics and Environmental Studies from Tufts University and an MS in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley.
Michael Goggin has been working on clean energy integration and transmission solutions his entire career, and is currently the Vice President of Grid Strategies LLC. For the last decade he held multiple positions at the American Wind Energy Association, including Electric Industry Analyst, Manager of Transmission Policy, and Senior Director of Research. Prior to that he served as a research analyst covering solar, geothermal, and storage technologies for a DOE consulting firm, a renewable policy analyst for the state Public Interest Research Groups, and as the clean energy intern for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Michael has written nearly one hundred filings to FERC, been elected to various NERC committees, testified before state Public Utility Commissions over a dozen times, and has been quoted in hundreds of press articles and had dozens of letters to the editor published, including in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Michael holds a BA with Honors in Social Studies from Harvard University.
Brendan Kirby is a private consultant with numerous clients including the Hawaii PUC, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, UVIG, EPRI, AWEA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and others. He served on the NERC Standards Committee and the NERC Essential Reliability Services Task Force. He retired from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Power Systems Research Program. He has 44 years of electric utility experience and has published over 180 papers, articles, book chapters, and reports on ancillary services, wind integration, restructuring, the use of demand response as a bulk system reliability resource, and power system reliability. He coauthored a pro bono amicus brief cited by the Supreme Court in their January 2016 ruling confirming FERC demand response authority. He has a patent for responsive loads providing real-power regulation and is the author of a NERC certified course on Introduction to Bulk Power Systems: Physics / Economics / Regulatory Policy. Brendan is a licensed Professional Engineer with a M.S degree in Electrical Engineering (Power Option) from Carnegie-Mellon University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University. Publications are available at www.consultkirby.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicholas W. Miller
Mr. Miller is a Principal with HickoryLedge LLC, a consultancy providing technical services. Nick is an internationally known power system engineer, with specialty in integration of wind and solar power to bulk power systems. Mr. Miller spent 3/8 of a century with GE, finishing his final decade of practice in the role of Senior Technical Director for GE Energy Consulting. In the last 16 years at GE, he led analytical developments for system integration of GE Wind Turbine-Generators into power systems, leading efforts on applications, controls and systems for large-scale coordination of wind and solar generation with other system resources. He lectured and provided consultation on wind and solar power integration to governments and institutions in more than three dozen countries. He worked with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) on Essential Reliability Services. Nick is an IEEE Fellow, a Licensed Professional Engineer in NY, and a CIGRE member. He authored 20 US patents, published over 160 papers and articles. He has received a number of industry awards and is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious GE Edison Award for advancements in Renewable Energy. He was awarded IEEE’s highest renewable energy honor, the Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Award in 2018. He was the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Energy Systems Integration Group.
Paul Alvarez leads the Wired Group, a collection of experts who are the leading providers of grid modernization expertise to US consumer, business, and environmental advocates in state utility proceedings. He is the co-author of several GridLab whitepapers designed to reduce the cost and maximize the benefits of grid investment. Paul has testified in dozens of state utility proceedings on grid modernization, from California to Massachusetts. He has been active in the electric utility industry for almost 20 years, beginning as a developer of demand-side management and renewable energy programs for leading utility Xcel Energy. Paul is also the author of “Smart Grid Hype & Reality – A Systems Approach to Maximizing Customer Return on Utility Investment”, and the developer of the Utility EvaluatorTM, an internet-based application for benchmarking investor-owned utility performance and value creation. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado’s Global Energy Management program and Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Utilities. He graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing, and from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business with a master’s degree in management.
Dr. Debbie Lew
Dr. Lew has 28 years of experience in renewable energy. She leads power systems operations, planning and economics studies for utilities and others, with a focus on integration of wind, solar, storage and distributed energy resources. She was previously a Senior Technical Director at GE Energy Consulting for 4.5 years and held a number of engineering and managerial roles at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory over 16 years.
During 2008-2013, Debbie led the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study, a multi-year, multi-million dollar series of analyses that evaluated impacts of wind and solar. This included system balancing, thermal plant cycling impacts, reliability, and stability analyses. During 2009-2010, she was seconded to Hawaiian Electric Company to manage wind and solar integration projects. She previously worked at the International Institute for Energy Conservation in Bangkok and at the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Princeton University.
Debbie has provided independent consulting services for various clients including Colorado’s Department of Law, the Western Interstate Energy Board, UNDP, Energy Foundation, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She chairs IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Wind and Solar Power Coordinating Committee. She has been an instructor for the World Bank and Public Utility Commissions, and has lectured at various universities including Stanford University and Chalmers University in Sweden. She has authored over 70 papers on renewable energy.
Debbie has a PhD and MS in Applied Physics from Stanford University and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from MIT.
Ronny Sandoval is President of ROS Energy Strategies, a consultancy focused on advancing the modernization and transformation of the electric system. In this capacity, Ronny works alongside various industry stakeholders to develop strategies, best practices, and thought leadership on issues that increase the efficiency of the electric system and maximize opportunities for sustainable energy.
Ronny has extensive experience across major segments of the utility business; including, Transmission Planning, Distribution Engineering, Energy Efficiency Program Management, Grid Modernization, and Customer Engagement. He previously managed national efforts to modernize the electric grid through direct intervention in regulatory proceedings, partnerships, and effective communications as Senior Director at Environmental Defense Fund. Ronny also led various efforts in developing long-range system plans and expanding the role of distributed energy resources to meet the ongoing energy needs of customers at Con Edison.
Ronny currently sits on the board of organizations that champion the transformation of the electric grid, workforce development, and customer empowerment; including, GridWise Alliance and Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
Ronny holds a B.S. in Mathematics from New York University and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He earned his M.B.A. from New York University Stern School of Business.