NASEO Winter Energy Outlook Conference

November 1, 2013
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC


The following are confirmed presenters for the NASEO Winter Energy Outlook Conference:

Sandra B. Dunphy
Director, Energy Compliance Services, Weaver and Tidwell LLP

Sandra B. Dunphy is the Director of Energy Compliance Services for Weaver and Tidwell LLP.  Ms. Dunphy has more than 25 years of experience working with all types of energy companies in North and South America, Asia and Europe.  She specializes in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance and fuels consulting for the petroleum and renewable fuels industries. Ms. Dunphy is nationally recognized as a Renewable Identification Number (RIN) expert in the U.S. renewable fuels industry.  She established a premier EPA fuel credit trading business in the U.S., coordinating hundreds of transactions per year, with a total value of more than $200 million. Ms. Dunphy possesses experience in industrial energy conservation strategies and energy distribution networks, extensive contract negotiation in electricity, natural gas, and liquid fuels, as well as having managed financial heading strategies for energy producers and purchasers.  She received her bachelors of science in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware.

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Judi Greenwald
Deputy Director for Climate, Environment, and Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy

Judi Greenwald is the incoming Deputy Director for Climate, Environment, and Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis. She has over 30 years of experience working on energy and environmental policy. For the past fifteen years, she was at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), most recently as the Vice President for Technology and Innovation. There she oversaw the analysis and promotion of technology, business, state, regional and federal innovation in the major sectors that contribute to climate change, including transportation, electric power, buildings, and industry. Prior to her work at the Pew Center, she served as a senior advisor on the White House Climate Change Task Force. Before that, she worked for the U.S. Congress Energy and Commerce Committee, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency.  Ms. Greenwald has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, cum laude, from Princeton University, and an M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University.

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Mike Halpert
Deputy Director, Climate Prediction Center (CPC)

Mike is the Deputy Director of the Climate Prediction Center (CPC). In this capacity, he provides support to the director ensuring the day-to-day operation of the CPC. Mike leads efforts to communicate CPC's goals and vision to customers, stakeholders, the media and the public, serving as CPC.'s point of contact for NWS Public Affairs. He also serves as CPC's property custodian and works to ensure the successful execution of budget priorities. He is also a member of the ENSO and seasonal forecast teams. He led CPC's real-time climate monitoring efforts throughout much of the 1990s and their forecast operations between 2002 and 2007. He has co-authored many peer-reviewed journal articles on numerous topics in climate variability and climate prediction, including papers detailing El Nino impacts around the globe. He received his bachelor's degree in Meteorology from Cook College, Rutgers University and his master's degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan. He began is career at CPC as a summer student in 1981.

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Eric Johnson
Director, External Affairs, ISO New England

Eric is Director of External Affairs for ISO New England where he is responsible for managing the ISO’s outreach to government officials in the six New England states, including state and federal policymakers and regulators, including the New England Governors’ Conference, the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners (NECPUC), and the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE).

He served previously as Senior External Affairs Representative where he supported the ISO’s outreach plans for regional system planning, wholesale electricity markets, and power system emergencies. He has served as a liaison to the six New England States and has participated in legislative and regulatory proceedings throughout the region. He has testified before energy committees, public utility commissions, energy offices, environmental agencies and siting boards on a wide range of electricity issues. He has been actively involved on the ISO planning team that has developed the economic analysis for the New England Governors’ Renewable Energy Blueprint.

Prior to joining the ISO in 2002, he worked on staff in the Connecticut General Assembly covering energy issues. He lives in Enfield, CT.

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Robert Kolasky
Director, Integrated Task Force on Cyber EO and PPD 21 Implementation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Director, Integrated Task Force on Cyber EO and PPD 21 Implementation and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Bob Kolasky is currently the Director of the Integrated Task Force for Cyber EO and PPD 21 Implementation. He is an experienced strategist, planner, and organizational leader and a published writer and analyst, with the demonstrated ability to develop solutions to public problems. He previously served as the Director of Strategy and Policy for the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection. In that role, he led strategic initiatives on behalf of the Assistant Secretary to help IP achieve organizational priorities, including IP’s activities to enhance its capabilities to integrate cyber and physical risk management efforts with critical infrastructure owners and operators, and approach to improve infrastructure resilience in the face of climate change and other risks. In addition, he oversees all aspects of IP’s strategic planning process, and the related Critical Infrastructure Risk Management Enhancement Initiative. He also served as IP’s Acting Chief of Staff from August 2012-February 2013 where he was responsible for all aspect of managing the Office of the Assistant Secretary, and working on behalf of the organization’s leadership to oversee daily operations.

Mr. Kolasky previously served as the Assistant Director for Risk Governance and Support at the in the Office of Risk Management Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security where he focuses on analyzing the risks to the Nation and the degree to which we are focusing our efforts appropriately to manage those risks. In that role, he helped facilitate the Department’s Risk Steering Committee, and is responsible for developing policies and processes to enable risk-informed strategic decisions by DHS. In addition, he led the conduct of the first ever Strategic National Risk Assessment, in partnership with FEMA, as part of the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 8.

Mr. Kolasky’s career focus is on analyzing issues related to homeland security strategy, planning and policy. He has supported program development for the DHS Secretary’s Operational Integration Staff (I-STAFF), and the National Preparedness Task Force, and led strategic planning engagements for DHS components. In doing so, he has worked both as a government employee at DHS and the U.S. Government Accountability Office and as a management consultant at Booz Allen and Hamilton.

Mr. Kolasky joined the Federal government following his graduation from the Harvard Kennedy School in June of 2002. While at the Kennedy School, Mr. Kolasky concentrated on Business and Government Policy and Microeconomics. He also worked as a management consultant for several non-profit organizations.

Prior to attending HKS, Mr. Kolasky was a journalist and an entrepreneur. He helped start two of the first public policy sites on the Internet and served as the managing editor for and the director of content for

Mr. Kolasky graduated from Dartmouth College in 1994. He lives in Washington, D.C with his wife, Carrie, and three children.

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Alice Lippert
Senior Technical Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

Alice Lippert is currently employed with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability where she serves as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration. She is responsible for DOE’s State and Local Government Energy Assurance Outreach Program. Ms. Lippert is a Senior Energy Infrastructure Analyst for energy reliability and security programs and has over 25 years dealing with energy markets and emergency response events. She was formerly the Director of the Infrastructure Analysis and Planning Directorate, leading a team of analysts on energy infrastructure security and reliability projects. Ms. Lippert holds an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from the University of North Dakota.

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Kevin Petak
Vice President of Gas Market Modeling, ICF International

Kevin  Petak, an expert in gas market modeling, has over 26 years of experience in the energy industry. He has directed numerous energy market analyses to support strategic planning needs at energy companies.  The analyses have investigated the impact of gas production, gas storage, liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports, and pipeline expansions on  gas prices, the effect of weather and oil prices on gas markets, and the impact of carbon control strategies on gas markets. They have been widely used to support facilities/fuels/contracts management and planning, mergers and acquisitions, investment decisions, risk management, and hedge strategies.
Mr. Petak has directed gas market modeling work for the National Petroleum Council, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, the American Gas Foundation, and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. Much of Mr. Petak’s work focuses on projecting market growth and prices for the North American natural gas market by using ICF’s Gas Market Model,  a comprehensive gas modeling system that he developed. The ICF model is  also the primary tool used for ICF’s gas market subscription services, which Mr. Petak manages. In the past few years, Mr. Petak has completed a  number of studies that have investigated the impacts of different regulations on natural gas use and prices. In addition, studies have focused on the amount of natural gas infrastructure that is necessary under different scenarios. Mr. Petak has a M.S. in Business from the University of Texas at Dallas and a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

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Adam Sieminski
Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Adam Sieminski was sworn in on June 4, 2012, as the eighth administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). From March 2012 to May 2012, while awaiting confirmation as EIA administrator, Mr. Siemin¬ski served as senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the National Security Council.  From 2005 until March 2012, he was the chief energy economist for Deutsche Bank, working with the Bank’s global research and trading units.  Drawing on extensive industry, government, and academic sources, Mr. Sieminski forecasted energy market trends and wrote on a variety of topics involving energy economics, climate change, geopoli¬tics, and commodity prices.

From 1998 to 2005, he served as the director and energy strategist for Deutsche Bank’s global oil and gas equity team.  Prior to that, from 1988 to 1997, Mr. Sieminski was the senior energy analyst for NatWest Securi¬ties in the United States, covering the major U.S. international integrated oil companies.

He also had acted as a senior adviser to the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan policy think tank in Washington, DC.  He is a senior fellow and former presi¬dent of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, and served as president of the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts.In 2006, Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman appointed Mr. Sieminski to the National Petroleum Council (NPC), an advisory group to the secretary of energy, where he helped author the NPC’s Global Oil and Gas Study: The Hard Truths.

In addition to his affiliation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he was also an advisory board member of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS.  He had also served as chairman of the Supply-Demand Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and as an advisory member of the Strategic Energy Task Force of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He is a member of the Washington, DC, investment professional society, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.  He received both an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University.

EIA DutiesEIA is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policy-making, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.  EIA provides a wide range of information and data products covering energy production, stocks, demand, imports, exports, and prices. EIA also prepares analyses and special reports on topics of current interest.

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David Terry
Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.

Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Julius Walker
Executive Director, UBS Securities Research

Julius Walker is an Executive Director and the Global Energy Markets Strategist in the commodities research team at UBS, responsible for forecasting oil prices and market dynamics, as well as the wider energy complex. Julius has over 10 years of energy markets experience and, prior to joining UBS in September 2011, was a senior oil market analyst with the International Energy Agency in Paris, where he was an author of the benchmark Oil Market Report. Prior experience includes consultancy work on energy markets analysis and risk management for JBC Energy. Julius holds MSc and BSc honors degrees from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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Craig Zamuda
Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and Environmental Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

Craig Zamuda is a senior policy advisor for Climate and Environmental Analysis in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) new Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, and provides policy and technical advice on energy technology development and deployment programs related to climate change and energy security.  Dr. Zamuda represents DOE in domestic and international fora for the advancement of climate change adaptation activities, including the White House Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality, the Department of State’s Interagency Water Working Group, and IEA’s Climate-Energy Security Nexus Forum. He served as a lead author on the recently released report “U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather” that examines current and potential impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the energy sector and potential opportunities to enhance climate preparedness and resilience.  Dr. Zamuda has over 30 years of experience with DOE, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

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