Moderated by: Ron Brownstein, Political Director, Atlantic Media
Lawrence Jones, Vice President, Utility Innovations & Infrastructure Resilience, Alstom Grid North America
Eric Rohlfing, Deputy Director for Technology, ARPA-E
Lisa Wood, Vice President, The Edison Foundation; Executive Director, Institute for Electrical Efficiency
Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.
Dr. Lawrence E. Jones has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry with expertise in Power Systems Engineering, Applications of Information, Communications and Control Technologies in Power Grid and Electricity Market Operations, Smart Grid Technologies including HVDC and FACTS, and Renewable Energy Integration. He joined Alstom Grid in 2000, and is currently North America Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, Policy and Industry Relations. He also serves on the company’s global Smart Grid Business
Development team. He was previously Director of Strategy and Special Projects, Worldwide, with in Alstom Grid’s Network Management Systems business and led its global Renewable Energy Integration activities. In September 2010, Dr. Jones was appointed by the United States Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to a three - year term on the 15 - member Federal Smart Grid Advisory Committee established to carry out duties authorized by section 1305 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Dr. Jones is a recognized thought leader and frequently invited speaker at industry conferences, symposia and meetings before diverse audiences around the world including the First Africa - EU Energy Partnership Stakeholder Forum,
the US Corporate Council on Africa - Africa Infrastructure Conference, US National Academies Committee on
America’s Energy Future, and the International Water Agency Workshop on
Water and Energy held in Vienna, Austria, American Wind Energy Association, European Wind Energy Association, and New Zealand Wind Energy Association Conferences, the World Bank
Workshop on Smart Cities, and International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy
Workshop on Integrated Energy Systems of the Future to name a few.
Dr. Eric A. Rohlfing is the Acting Deputy Director for Technology of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), responsible for oversight of all technology issues relating to ARPA-E’s programs. Dr. Rohlfing joins ARPA-E from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, where he most recently served as Director of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES). As Director, Dr. Rohlfing provided leadership and direction in establishing vision, strategic plans, goals, and objectives for the research activities supported by the Division. He joined BES in 1997 and later served as program manager for the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences program (2000-2003) and team leader for Fundamental Interactions (2003-2006) before becoming Director.
Dr. Rohlfing held postdoctoral appointments at Exxon Research and Engineering Company and Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining the staff at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in 1986. His research interests include the experimental characterization of transient molecules relevant to combustion processes, linear and nonlinear laser spectroscopies, trace detection of pollutants, molecular beam and mass spectrometric studies of carbon and metal clusters, and vibrational relaxation dynamics He is the author of approximately 50 peer-reviewed articles, holds membership in the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Rohlfing received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1977 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Princeton University in 1982.
Lisa Wood is the Executive Director of IEE, an Institute of the Edison Foundation focused on Innovation, Electricity, and Efficiency. IEE works with the electric utility industry and the regulatory community to advance electricity innovation, new technologies, energy efficiency, and customer-side solutions.
Wood launched IEE after more than two decades consulting with electric utilities on retail customer issues. In that role, she directed economic, financial, and market analysis studies for leading electric utilities nationwide. Prior to joining IEE, Wood was a Principal with The Brattle Group and Director of the Washington DC office. Prior to that, she was a Principal with PHB Hagler Bailly and a Program Director at Research Triangle Institute.
Through numerous articles, dialogues, and speaking engagements, Wood contributes to the conversation on innovation in the power sector, smart technology, smart pricing, energy efficiency, distributed power, and customer-side issues. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Energate, Inc., a smart grid technology firm and on the Advisory Board for American Efficient, a high technology efficiency firm.
Wood also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Energy Foundation; the Board of Directors for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance; the Executive Leadership Group for the State Energy Efficiency Action Network; and is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics. She also serves as an Advisor to Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency and previously served on the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council for American Electric Power.
Wood is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University where she teaches Energy in a Low Carbon World and is a Fellow in the Energy Security Initiative at the Brookings Institution. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.