Sector Coupling of Electricity and Gas Systems in North America Speaker List
Day 2: Tuesday, September 14th
Panel 3: Resilience of the Energy System: Grid and Natural Gas Interplay
Dr. Liang Min is the Managing Director of the Bits & Watts Initiative at Stanford University. Bits & Watts is a Stanford initiative bringing together multi-disciplinary research teams to enable digital transformation for the 21st century electric grid. Prior to joining Stanford, Liang has worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory since 2011, as the founding group leader of the energy delivery group and associate program leader for the national lab’s cyber & infrastructure resilience program. He was the Research Director for Livermore’s CES-21 Electric Operations program and had previously worked at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as a senior project manager. Liang earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in 2007. He holds two U.S. patents in voltage stability assessment.
John Grosh is a Deputy Associate Director for the Computing Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he oversees research and development in computing and software engineering focused on national and energy security. He is the DOE laboratory lead for the North America Energy Resilience Model Initiative, whose mission is to build and operate an integrated national modeling and analysis system for the U.S. energy infrastructure. In addition, he serves as the Planning and Design Tools lead for the DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium. Previously, Mr. Grosh served as a department head for the Computer Applications and Research Department and the director for the Center for Applied Scientific Computing, leading research in computer science, computational mathematics, multi-physics simulations, cyber security, and data analytics. Prior to joining LLNL, Mr. Grosh worked in the Office of Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology, where he oversaw research in advanced computing. In this role, he initiated and led programs in embedded software and applications software security and served as the DoD representative on the Interagency Work Group for High End Computing. In 2003 - 2004, he co-chaired the multi-agency High-End Computing Revitalization Task Force under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, that developed the Federal plan for R&D and deployments in high-end computing.
Richard Meyer serves as Vice President of Energy Markets, Analysis, and Standards at the American Gas Association, which represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver natural gas throughout the United States.
Richard is responsible for overseeing AGA’s energy markets, analysis, and codes and standards activities that support the association’s outreach to advance awareness of the vital role that natural gas utilities serve in meeting the needs of a clean energy economy.
Frank A. Wolak is the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Department of Economics and the Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University. His research and teaching focuses on design, performance, and monitoring of energy and environmental markets in the United States and globally. From April 1998 to April 2011, he was Chair of the Market Surveillance Committee (MSC) of the California Independent System Operator, an independent market monitoring committee for California electricity supply industry. Wolak was also a member of the Emissions Market Advisory Committee (EMAC) for California’s Market for Greenhouse Gas Emissions allowances from January 2012 to December 2014. This committee advised the California Air Resources Board on the design and monitoring of the state’s cap-and-trade market for Greenhouse Gas Emissions allowances.
Panel 4: Ensuring Energy Equity in the Energy Transition
Professor Inês Azevedo is passionate about solving problems that include environmental, technical, economic, and policy issues, where traditional engineering approaches play an important role but cannot provide a complete answer. In particular, she is interested in assessing how energy systems are likely to evolve, which requires comprehensive knowledge of the technologies that can address future energy needs and the decision-making process followed by various agents in the economy.
Tracey A. LeBeau is the Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the Western Area Power Administration, a position she has held since August 2021. In this role, LeBeau leads one of Department of Energy’s four federal utilities. WAPA markets and delivers low-cost federal hydropower from 57 hydroelectric plants to nearly 700 wholesale customers across its 15-state, 1.4 million-square-mile footprint.
LeBeau has more than 20 years of experience in management, energy development, public & private partnerships, business and organizational start-ups and reorganizations, utility business operations, federal policy and energy finance. She has served in executive capacities for numerous energy businesses, including an interstate pipeline, wind development and investment company, energy trading business and other energy development companies.
Previously, LeBeau was the Senior Vice President and Desert Southwest regional manager, a position she accepted permanently in May 2020 after acting in the role since October 2019. Before that, LeBeau stood up and managed WAPA’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer. In that position, she was responsible for numerous WAPA enterprise and administrative operations, including Natural Resources and Environment, Acquisition Management, Human Resources, Leadership Development, Records Management, Facilities and Fleet, the Transmission Infrastructure Program and the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. LeBeau started at WAPA in 2014 as the TIP manager where she oversaw the operations and management of WAPA’s $3.25 billion infrastructure loan program to support developing and financing transmission and related infrastructure facilitating the delivery of renewables.
Before joining WAPA, LeBeau was a political appointee at DOE from 2011-2014. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Tracey was a Principal at Dentons, a large international law firm, and co-chair of its Renewable Energy Practice while also owning her own energy consulting company. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa.
Sarah Mullkoff is a Commissioner Advisor to the Commissioners at the Michigan Public Service Commission where she currently leads internal efforts on the Diversity Equity and Inclusion subcommittee on Policy & Regulatory issues. During prior roles in state government, she has worked as a senior analyst in the Resource Optimization and Certification Section at the MPSC and as a grant manager in the Michigan Energy Office. Prior to working for the state, she spent eight years working for environmental non-governmental organizations on energy and climate policy and program implementation. She holds a Bachelors Degree in International Relations with a specialization in Environmental Policy from Michigan State University, and attained a Master’s Degree in Energy Regulation and Law from the Vermont Law School.
Carla J. Peterman is Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs for PG&E Corporation, the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
Peterman has spent her career focused on California's energy policy and regulatory landscape. At PG&E, she oversees the company's regulatory, legislative, sustainability, and charitable strategies, all focused on delivering for the customers and communities that PG&E serves in Northern and Central California.
Prior to joining PG&E in 2021, Peterman served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs at Southern California Edison. Before that she served a six-year term as a Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Michael Wara is a lawyer and scholar focused on climate and energy policy.
Wara is Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program and a senior research scholar at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, where he provides fact-based, bipartisan, technical and legal assistance to policymakers engaged in the development of novel climate and energy law and regulation. He also facilitates the connection of Stanford faculty with cutting edge policy debates on climate and energy, leveraging Stanford’s energy and climate expertise to craft real world solutions to these challenges.
Wara’s legal and policy scholarship focuses on carbon pricing, energy innovation, and regulated industries. He collaborates with economists, engineers and scientists in research on the design and evaluation of technical and regulatory solutions to climate and energy challenges. He is also an expert on international environmental law with a particular focus on the ozone and climate treaty regimes.
Prior to joining Woods, Wara was an associate professor at Stanford Law School and an associate in Holland & Knight’s government practice. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz.