MONTHLY LUNCHEON : February 16th   

Grid Edge Technologies: Friend or Foe to Utilities?

Guest Speaker:
Founder & CEO
Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Former Schwarzenegger chief of staff and CPUC commissioner Susan Kennedy will talk about changes in the technology, economic and regulatory landscape from her new post as CEO of one of the most-watched clean energy companies, Advanced Microgrid Solutions. Topics include will include “Energy Storage as a Service (ESaaS): What are the market drivers for this emerging industry?” Will energy storage follow the same path as solar? Is the regulatory path clear for distributed energy resources?


2016_Susan Kennedy_Headshot_ColorSUSAN KENNEDY served for two decades at the highest levels of state and federal government, most recently as chief of staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, cabinet secretary and deputy chief of staff to Governor Gray Davis and communications director for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. She served from 2003-2006 on California’s Public Utilities Commission, regulating the state’s investor-owned electric utilities, telecommunications providers and private water companies. Susan was at the center of many of California’s groundbreaking environmental policies, including the carbon reduction mandate and cap-and-trade program under AB 32, the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, auto emission standards and Renewable Portfolio Standard. She coordinated the State’s emergency demand response efforts during the energy crisis of 2000-2001 and as a member of the PUC she authored what was then the largest energy efficiency program in utility history. She holds a B.A. in Management from Saint Mary’s College of California.