Bryan Sams – Calpine
Bryan is Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Calpine. He leads ERCOT market advocacy in Texas and is an accomplished electric industry veteran with experience across a variety of electric market segments including generators, retail electric providers, and investor owned utilities.
Immediately prior to joining Calpine, Bryan handled regulatory affairs for Lone Star Transmission in Texas. Bryan was also at NRG Energy (NRG) for more than a dozen years, where he worked on a wide range of wholesale and retail legislative and regulatory issues. He began his career in the Commercial Operation division of American Electric Power in Columbus Ohio.
Bryan holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin Graduate College of Engineering with a focus in Energy Policy and Finance and Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
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Bryan has direct business and policy experience relating to numerous PUCT activities including rulemaking, contested cases and compliance matters. At ERCOT, Bryan has had leadership roles with a number committees including in the Real Time Co-optimization Task Force, Supply Analysis Working Group and has been an elected member of the Technical Advisory Committee, Wholesale Market Subcommittee, Protocol Revision Subcommittee and Retail Market Subcommittee.
Casey is Vice President, State Government Affairs-South for Constellation, supporting the southern U.S. and the Canadian Province of Alberta. He leads a team that monitors and supports state policy initiatives before various legislative and regulatory entities in the region including Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. Casey served in similar roles as Director of Government Affairs for nearly a decade at Exelon Corporation prior to the company separation of Exelon and Constellation. Casey has actively participated, or held leadership roles, in multiple trade organizations in Texas, including the Alliance for Retail Markets, Texas Energy Association of Marketers, Texas Competitive Power Advocates, and the Association of Electric Companies of Texas.
Casey serves on the board of several multi-state organizations including the Advanced Power Alliance, which promotes renewable energy and clean technology resources across an 11-state footprint, and the Center for Legislative Energy and Environmental Research (CLEER), which supports The Energy Council a non-partisan legislative organization comprised of 14 energy states and two Canadian provinces.
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Casey holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in Communications degree from Abilene Christian University, as well as a certificate in Conflict Mediation. Casey also serves as Chair of the Giving Committee on the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Alumni Board Executive Committee.
Resmi Surendran is the Senior Director of Regulatory Policy at Shell Energy North America, where she is responsible for developing and executing regulatory advocacy strategies, representing Shell at the ERCOT/PUC and monitoring market developments at SPP and MISO.Before Joining Shell in 2017, she was with ERCOT for 14 years, where she was responsible for operation and design of Real-Time/Day-Ahead/CRR markets. She has been actively involved with stakeholders in design and implementation of ERCOT nodal market.
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Delette J. Marengo – Tenaska
As Vice President of public & government affairs, Delette J. Marengo oversees government, regulatory, public and community relations strategy for Tenaska and affiliates in 12 states. Tenaska is one of the largest privately held, independent energy companies in the United States, with a proven record of success in power plant development, finance, construction management, operation and asset management. Tenaska affiliates also provide energy risk management services and are involved in asset acquisition and management; natural gas and electric power marketing; fuel supply; natural gas exploration, production and transportation systems; and electric transmission development.
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Prior to joining Tenaska, Ms. Marengo worked as U.S. Director of Public Affairs for Trina Solar and Director of Public Affairs for Edison International. She has more than 20 years of legislative experience, including serving as Special Advisor and Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Assembly Republican Leader of the California Legislature and as Director of Member Services & Minority Consultants at the California State Legislature.
Ms. Marengo earned an Executive MBA (EMBA) from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Government from California State University in Sacramento, California.
Bill Barnes – NRG
Bill is Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for NRG located in Austin. He is responsible for covering ERCOT market design issues for the retail and wholesale markets, providing market analysis, commercial advice, and regulatory advocacy. Bill represents NRG at ERCOT and the PUCT and has served as an elected member of the Technical Advisory Committee, Wholesale Market Subcommittee, and Protocol Revision Subcommittee in the ERCOT stakeholder process. Bill has over 20 years of experience in the U.S. power industry.
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Before joining Goldman Sachs, Bill was the Manager of Market Settlements at ERCOT. While at ERCOT, he spent over 7 years managing, designing, and maintaining the commercial aspects of the ERCOT nodal power market. Bill began his career at Accenture working on competitive retail markets and ISO market development.
Bill earned a Masters of Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton.
Ned Bonskowski – Vistra
Ned Bonskowski is Vice President of Texas Regulatory Policy with Vistra Corp. Ned provides regulatory representation for the Vistra Corp. family of companies, including Luminant, TXU Energy, Ambit Energy, 4Change Energy, Express Energy, Veteran Energy, and TriEagle Energy before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), ERCOT, and other venues.
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Prior to joining the company in 2008, Ned received his Master of Arts degree in Economics from McGill University and his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics with a minor in Personal Financial Planning from the University of North Texas.
Daniel Booth is the Chief Operating Officer of TexGen Power. He is responsible for overall company operations, including commercial operations and optimization, plant operations, investor relations, and legal/regulatory compliance and management. Before joining TexGen, Daniel worked at Calpine in a variety of operational and legal/regulatory roles.
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Kevin Bunch – EDF Energy North America
Kevin Bunch is Manager of Reliability Compliance for EDF Trading North America, LLC. He is responsible for overseeing EDF’s operational and IT compliance activities and for development of EDF’s compliance policies and procedures applicable to ERCOT and NERC.
Mr. Bunch has managed NERC and ERCOT compliance for more than 10 years, in a variety of roles. Mr. Bunch started his career with ERCOT and worked as a NERC compliance auditor for the Texas Reliability Entity. Prior to joining EDF, Mr. Bunch developed and implemented NERC compliance programs for an independent generator.
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Mr. Bunch is the immediate past chair of the ERCOT Reliability and Operations Subcommittee. He also served on the ERCOT Technical Advisory Committee and the ERCOT Wholesale Market Subcommittee.
Mr. Bunch received his Bachelor of Science in software engineering from The University of Advancing Technology.
Elena deLaunay – Rockland Capital
Jennifer Hohenshilt serves as Director – Market and Regulatory Policy for Talen Energy, a role she has held since 2017. In this position, she provides regulatory oversight and guidance for some of the largest markets in the country, including PJM, ERCOT, ISO-NE and WECC. In addition, Ms. Hohenshilt provides regulatory support to Talen’s growth initiatives, which include investments in renewable energy, battery storage and digital infrastructure.
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A graduate of the University of Scranton, Ms. Hohenshilt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She also has a Master of Business Administration in Finance from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.
Cliff Oliver – WattBridge
Cliff is Vice President of Asset Development for WattBridge. He has over 20 years of experience in the power industry focused on asset development, commercial trading, asset optimization, and performance management of fossil-based assets. Since joining WattBridge in December 2018, Cliff has been a key member of the WattBridge Development team leading and managing all aspects of development, origination and assisting with financing requirements of WattBridge’s 2.4GW ERCOT portfolio. The WattBridge team has raised or refinanced $2.0B of capital and achieved 6 project financial closings over a span of 36 months and brought an additional 2.0GW to advanced stages of development. In addition to his development role, Cliff is also responsible for the execution of all owner’s responsibilities and oversight of the development to commercial operations.
Cliff has a BBA from the University of Georgia.
William Paxton serves as Regional Director for Cogentrix, where he manages Carlyle’s portfolio companies in ERCOT and SERC. He brings over a decade of experience in portfolio and commodity management, having managed gas fired and renewable portfolios in ERCOT, ISO-NE, NYISO, and PJM.
William received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Tulane University with an Energy Management specialization. He is a designated Energy Risk Professional from the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Prior to joining Hull Street Energy, Mr. Allegretti was a consultant with Sigma Consultants, where he also served as the National Spokesman for the Retail Energy Supply Association. Mr. Allegretti has spent his career in the electric power industry shaping public policies, laws, and regulations as an advocate, as an advisor and as an expert witness. For two-decades he served as a Vice President in the State Government Affairs group at Exelon Corp. and affiliated company Constellation Energy, where he was responsible for the Company’s relationship with state and provincial governments across the northeastern United States and Canada. Mr. Allegretti is a recognized leader who has served two terms as Chairman of the New England Power Pool. In 2017 the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association awarded Mr. Allegretti with its prestigious Vanguard Award for his career contributions in support of competitive energy markets. Mr. Allegretti has served on the boards of various regional trade and industry organizations and has also worked as a transmission project developer with Anbaric Northeast Transmission Development Corp. Mr. Allegretti holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Colby College and currently resides with his family in Franconia, New Hampshire.
As a Senior Director – Analytics & Market Policy for LS Power, Mr. Spencer is responsible for developing and executing market and regulatory strategy across ERCOT, PJM, ISO New England and currently serves as the Merchant Electricity Generator sector representative on NERC’s Members Representative Committee. Mark has 20 years of experience in the energy industry, with experience in engineering, project development, asset management, finance, regulatory analysis and advocacy, and legislative affairs. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Spencer holds a Master’s of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor’s of Science in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.
Michele Richmond is the Executive Director for the Texas Competitive Power Advocates (TCPA), a non-profit trade association that is dedicated to helping ensure a successful energy future for Texas by investing in and operating clean and diversified energy sources to ensure ample, reliable and affordable electricity for Texas consumers.
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Michele has over 30 years in the legislative arena. Her career includes nearly a decade as the Director of Legislative and Political Affairs for a statewide trade association as well as lobbying for a statewide education association. She specialized in tax and finance legislation and also directed the association’s political action committee, grassroots and election activities. Michele also lobbied on school finance and governance issues for several years. Mrs. Richmond began her career in the Texas House of Representatives, serving four years as the Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for a Houston representative.
Mrs. Richmond received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has served on Government Relations Committees for state and national associations. She served from 2015 through 2018 on the Board of Directors for the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative, a national non-profit organization that advances the consumer-driven market for services and technologies enabled by smart grid. Mrs. Richmond lives in a competitive retail electric area north of Austin with her family.
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Paul Townsend is the Director of Communications and Administration for the Texas Competitive Power Advocates (TPCA), a non-profit trade association that is dedicated to helping ensure a successful energy future for Texas by investing in and operating diversified energy sources to ensure ample, reliable and affordable electricity for Texas consumers.
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Mr. Townsend received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University and his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law. He resides in Dallas with his wife, Linda, twin daughters, Amelia and Isabel, and their three dogs.