Ned Bonskowski – Vistra
Ned Bonskowski is Senior Director of Texas Regulatory Policy with Vistra Energy and is based in Austin, Texas. Ned represents the Vistra Energy family of companies, including Luminant, TXU Energy, 4Change Energy, and Express Energy before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), has participated in the ERCOT stakeholder process, and engaged other regulatory and policy-setting bodies. Ned joined TXU Energy in 2008 and held various public policy and finance/accounting roles before moving to the parent company’s Austin-based regulatory policy group in 2014.
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Since moving to Austin, Ned has been engaged in some capacity in nearly every policy discussion impacting competitive wholesale and retail electricity markets at the PUCT, supported Vistra Energy’s legislative advocacy, held a seat at the ERCOT Wholesale Market Subcommittee, and been active and/or held leadership positions in leading industry trade associations including the Alliance for Retail Markets, the Association of Electric Companies of Texas, and Texas Competitive Power Advocates.
Prior to joining Vistra Energy, 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.
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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Prior to joining NRG, Bill was a Vice President in US Power Trading at J Aron & Company, the commodities trading subsidiary of Goldman Sachs. During his 5 years at Goldman, he was responsible for commodity trading strategies, managing various power generation assets, conducting power market design and policy research, and providing strategic commercial advice on power deals.
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.
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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Ms. Marengo is active with a number of industry trade organizations and a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and California Women in Energy.
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.
Resmi Surendran – Shell
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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Before nodal market implementation, she was responsible for supporting system operations, conducting reliability studies and coordinating operations and planning. Her research interests include electricity market regulation and pricing policies, competitive electricity markets design with non-traditional resources, and impact of market policies on power system operations. She is a strong believer of giving back to the community and empowering women to achieve their full potential. As an active member Gulf Cost Power Association’s emPOWERing women’s leadership committee, she is involved in organizing leadership conferences, establishing women’s mentoring circles, coordinating volunteer activities, setting up networking events, and developing newsletters. She lives in Round Rock with her husband, Ram, and their two wonderful boys, Rishi and Raj.
Brett Kerr – Calpine
Brett Kerr is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the generation and utilities industry. For two decades Brett has had direct responsibility of government relations for Calpine and its affiliates across the southern United States. All external communications and media relations for Calpine and its affiliates are also under Brett’s responsibility.
Brett holds a BA from St. Edwards University and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law.
Marka Shaw – Exelon
Marka Shaw is Director, Wholesale Market Development at Exelon Corporation overseeing the ERCOT region. Previously she was responsible for market and transmission policy initiatives in the MISO region. Prior to Exelon, Marka worked at Reliant Energy in Regulatory Affairs. She started her career as an Economist at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, first in the Tariff and Rates division before moving to the Policy Analysis and Rulemaking division. Marka has a Master’s Degree in Economics, with a focus on regulated utilities, from New Mexico State University.
Megan Toomey – Talen Energy
As Director, Regulatory Policy & Strategy at Talen Energy, Megan is responsible for a range of policy, advocacy and compliance activities related to the various markets in which Talen Energy participates as a generation owner, marketing company and load serving entity (including ERCOT). In this capacity, she acts as an advisor to the company, and supports its strategy development; externally, she serves as an advocate for Talen Energy and works to ensure fair and equitable treatment for Talen’s businesses.
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Megan has been in the energy industry for more than 10 years, working for Burns & McDonnell, PPL and Talen Energy. Her career has afforded her the opportunity to develop expertise in a wide range of areas -including engineering, thermal power plant operations and maintenance, environmental compliance and regulatory advocacy and state government relations.
Megan holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. She resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.
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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Prior to joining TCPA, Mrs. Richmond spent nearly eight years as the Director of External Relations for the Office of Public Utility Counsel (OPUC), a state agency that represents the interests of residential and small commercial utility consumers. At OPUC, she concentrated her work on intergovernmental relations, legislative relations, communications, outreach and stakeholder collaboration.
Michele has over 20 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.