CATEE 2014 Keynote Speaker
Raiford L. Smith
Vice President, Corporate Development and Planning, CPS Energy
Raiford L. Smith, leads the Corporate Development and Planning functions for CPS Energy, one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned utilities with over 730,000 electric customers and 325,000 gas customers. CPS Energy is vertically integrated and includes generation, transmission and distribution, and retail services with annual revenues of over $2 billion and total assets of over $10 billion. Mr. Smith and his team are responsible for corporate strategy, integrated resource planning, load forecasting, new products and services, smart grid deployment, and research & development. Mr. Smith has 23 years of experience in the energy industry, including various roles in legal, smart grid, customer management, energy efficiency, pricing and rates, product development, wholesale deal structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and technology. A native of Savannah, GA, Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Georgia, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and a Juris Doctor from the Charlotte School of Law. Mr. Smith is a licensed attorney and member of the North Carolina Bar Association; holds several patents on grid optimization and electric grid technologies; has published several papers on the future of the smart grid, energy efficiency, asset optimization, and price forecasting; has earned his Six Sigma Green Belt certification; is the past vice chairman of the board for the Southeastern Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA); is a former board member of the Midwestern Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA); and is a recipient of the Southeastern Electric Exchange Industry Excellence Award in the category of rates and regulation.
Executive Director, North Central Texas Council of Governments
Mike Eastland, Executive Director, North Central Texas Council of Governments, has been the Executive Director of the NCTCOG since December 1, 1992. Mike has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Texas and an MPA degree from Texas State University where he was named a Distinguished Public Administration Alumnus in 1993. He has also attended the LBJ/Texas City Management Association’s Public Executive Institute. Mike’s public management career spans over 40 years of service in Texas and includes: Assistant to the City Manager in Wichita Falls; Deputy General Manager of the Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority in Houston; Assistant City Manager, Richardson; City Manager of Killeen; Deputy City Manager in Waco; and City Manager of Carrollton. Mike is a member of the International City Management Association and served on its Executive Board from 1995 to 1997. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice, Tom Phillips, appointed him to the Judicial Committee on Information Technology.
Jill Jordan, P.E.
Assistant City Manager, City of Dallas
Jill Jordan, P.E. Assistant City Manager, City of Dallas, began her professional career in 1980 as an Environmental Engineer with Energy Resources Co., Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Harvard University, 1980; bachelor’s degree in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1979. She also has a Certificate in Ranch Management from TCU. Ms. Jordan is currently Assistant City Manager with the City of Dallas with responsibilities for the administration of the Trinity River Corridor Project, Trinity Watershed Management, Public Works & Transportation, Communication & Information Services and the Office of Environmental Quality. She is a past Vice President of the Dallas Chapter of TSPE. She is a past President of the Dallas Branch of ASCE and the first woman to serve in that capacity. She is currently on the Board of the Greater Dallas Planning Council and the Advisory Board for the Environmental Science program at UT Arlington
Director of Sustainability Operations, AT&T Sustainability
John Schulz, Director of Sustainability Operations, AT&T Sustainability, is focused on embedding environmental and social sustainability into AT&T’s operations, products and services while positioning Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as an important sustainability solution. John focuses on integrating sustainability into operational resource use – Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Water – and into the services and products that AT&T brings to market. John held a variety of roles with several technology companies before joining AT&T, where he has worked in the Sustainability, External Affairs, Energy, Corporate Real Estate, and IT organizations. John received his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, his BA from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and is a LEED GA.
Project Manager, US Climate and Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Kate Zerrenner, Project Manager, US Climate and Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), develops and implements strategies to promote energy and water efficiency and climate change solutions in Texas. K ate leads EDF’s multi-year campaign to inf luence and e nact s tate a nd n ational e nergy a nd w ater e fficiency policy which includes breaking down financial, regulatory, and behavioral barriers. She collaborates with key stakeholders and legislative sponsors on passage of clean energy and water legislation. Kate also participates in the Energy Efficiency Implementation Project at the PUC of Texas, providing input to rulemaking and utility efficiency program design. Kate serves on the board of CleanTX, and the Advisory Board of the Smart Cities Council. Prior to joining EDF, Kate worked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, S AIC, a nd t he U.S. D epartment of E nergy. She holds degrees from John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, the University of Glasgow and the University of Texas.
Tom “Smitty” Smith
Texas Director, Public Citizen
Tom “Smitty” Smith, Texas Director, Public Citizen, has testified more than 1,000 times on energy and other issues before the Texas Legislature and Congress, since 1985. His primary goal is to combat global warming. His proudest accomplishments have been: The passage of the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standards, which have led to more than 12,000 megawatts of wind power being installed in Texas; the creation of the Texas Emissions Reduction Program, cleaning up dirty diesel engines in Texas; passage of laws encouraging Texans to use energy more efficiently; and the blocking of 17 new coal plants in Texas. He has won more than a dozen awards for his advocacy work, including the 2009 Heinz Award for his work as one of the most effective renewable energy advocates in Texas.
James Cale, Ph.D.
Distributed Energy Systems Integration Group Manager, NREL
James Cale, Ph.D., Distributed Energy Systems Integration Group Manager, NREL, is an expert in the field of power electronics and electrical machine modeling and simulation. His background and research interests are in the areas of high-penetration PV integration on the electric grid, control of power electronic devices, microgrids, electromagnetics, and multi-objective optimization. James currently manages the Distributed Energy Systems Integration group at NREL. Prior to joining NREL, James worked as a member of technical staff at Advanced Energy, where he simulated and designed controls for advanced utility-scale PV inverters. James has a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, from MS&T.
Andrew T. Cronberg, P.E.
Interim Director, City of Fort Worth Water Department
Andrew T. Cronberg, P.E., Interim Director, City of Fort Worth Water Department, joined the Water Department in 2001. Andy spent the first 3 years as engineering manager in the Field Operations Division before being promoted to assistant director over that division. In 2010, he became assistant director over the Engineering and Fiscal Services Division with responsibility for all engineering design, planning and inspection for departmental projects, coordination with other capital improvement project departments, oversight of lab services, security, rate development, project funding, regulatory responsibilities, and capital improvement plan development. He is currently serving as Interim Water Director. Andy is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Florida. He has a BS in Engineering and an MBA from the University of South Florida. Andy’s previous work experience includes 17 years with the City of Tampa Sanitary Sewer Department, the last seven years as deputy director.
Senior Energy Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6
Rob Lawrence, Senior Energy Advisor, USEPA, Region 6, has served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the EPA Regional Administrator and Senior Staff on all aspects of energy issues as they relate to the environment, since May of 2003. In that position, he is responsible for the overall coordination of energy initiatives within the EPA Region 6 jurisdiction (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) with a focus on working with members of the regulated community as well as federal, state and tribal regulatory agencies. Priorities of the position include: development of traditional as well as alternative and/or renewable energy sources, advocacy of energy efficiency and energy conservation, and process streamlining of permit decisions for energy infrastructure projects. Earlier this year, Rob assumed the duties for outreach on the Clean Power Plan regulatory proposal. Rob serves as the lead EPA staff member for the EPA/Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission task force. He has worked for EPA in the Dallas regional office since July of 1990 in a number of management and staff positions. Previously, he worked for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Rob received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Theodore “Tod” S. Wickersham, Jr.
President, Beneficial Results, LLC
Tod Wickersham, President, Beneficial Results, LLC, has over 20 years experience developing businesses, leading teams, expanding new markets, and improving public policies and programs related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental quality, and transportation. He is noted for collaborative relationships with business, nonprofit and policy leaders in Texas, New York, California, Washington and D.C. Tod’s work with Texas policy leaders began with passage of Senate Bill 5 in 2001, which created the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) to reduce diesel emissions, increase energy efficiency, and fund clean technology developments. Tod currently provides his services through Beneficial Results, LLC which works with businesses and nonprofits focused on addressing public health threats, improving solar energy programs and increasing energy efficiency. Tod has a double BA in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Director, State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)
Dub Taylor, Director, State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), Under his direction, SECO helps the State make the most of domestic energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies. SECO’s mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment. Prior to joining SECO in 1999, Taylor’s public sector experience includes six years with the Texas Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division. Taylor’s private sector experience was focused in commercial real estate, property appraisal and property tax consulting. A native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Taylor resides in Austin with his wife, two children, and two Basset Hounds. Taylor currently serves on, and is actively involved in a number of energy efficiency and clean energy-focused national, state, and local organizations.
The Honorable Jason Isaac
Texas House of Representatives
The Honorable Jason Isaac, Texas State Representative, is a fourth generation Texan who resides in Hays County with his wife, Carrie, and their two boys. Since his election in 2010, Rep. Isaac has proved to be a knowledgeable and effective legislator who has passed legislation to assist veterans, protect Second Amendment rights, improve the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) programs, and strengthen election integrity. He’s dedicated to providing Texans with great schools, an efficient transportation system, and reliable water infrastructure. Texas Conservative Coalition has named him a “Courageous Conservative” for both sessions that he has served in the Legislature. In addition, he has over a decade of experience in the trucking industry and is dedicated to promoting and preserving the unique features and resources of the Hill Country. Rep. Isaac is a member of the Environmental Regulation Committee as well as the Economic and Small Business Development Committee.
The Honorable Allen Fletcher
Texas House of Representatives
The Honorable Allen Fletcher, Texas State Representatives, is the State Representative from Texas House District 130. Representative Fletcher serves on two very important Committees: Transportation and Homeland Security & Public Safety Vice Chair. Allen graduated with honors from both the Houston Police Academy and the East Texas Police Academy. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University (SHSU). Upon retirement from Houston police department, Representative Fletcher founded and was president/CEO of Resource Protection Management (RPM). Representative Fletcher is currently the only retired peace officer in the Texas House. Allen and his wife Penny live in Tomball and have two daughters, a son, four granddaughters and a grandson.