Ric O'COnnell, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ric is responsible for GridLab's operations and execution. A recognized leader in renewable energy technology and policy, Ric has provided engineering support for more than 8 GW of utility scale solar projects worldwide, including several of the largest projects in the world.
Prior to GridLab, Ric was at Black & Veatch for 12 years where he was instrumental in building the global renewable energy consulting practice. While at Black & Veatch, Ric provided expertise to the Energy Foundation China program and had leadership roles on a number of high profile policy studies including 20 percent Wind Energy by 2030, and the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative.
Ric has a BSEE from Duke University and a Master's in Renewable Energy Policy from CU Boulder.
Taylor McNair, Program Manager
Taylor is responsible for GridLab’s communication and project management efforts, as well as operations and administration. Prior to GridLab, Taylor worked at Bright Power Inc., a leading provider of energy management services throughout the U.S. At Bright Power, Taylor supported a team of energy analysts, engineers, and software developers in delivering utility bill analysis to enable energy and water saving measures.
Taylor has a background in a range of clean energy technologies, and a passion for renewable energy development and climate change mitigation.
Taylor graduated from Emory University with a BBA from the Goizueta Business School and a double major in Environmental Sciences.
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 34 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 energy efficiency and renewable energy 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 President of Sommer Energy, LLC, an energy consulting firm based in Canton, NY. She works for clients across the country on many issues related to utility scale electric generation planning including modeling electric power systems, energy efficiency planning, and carbon capture and storage. 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.