Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar Session 3  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
3.5 Hours
8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (EST)

Washington, DC



0.40 CEUs

Session 3 is comprised of the following six topics.

  • A Look at an Energy Efficiency Utility's Successes Supporting Federal Agency Energy Goals;
  • Fleet Electrification;
  • Working with the National Guard on Emergency Preparedness;
  • Back-Up Power Systems Maintenance and CHP;
  • Power Quality in Micro Grids and Renewables; and
  • Value of Resiliency.


Giuls Kunkel, DC Sustainable Energy Utility  

Giuliana (Giuls) is the DCSEU's account manager for colleges and universities and for the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Defense. Giuls works closely with universities to reach campus sustainability goals, planning capital projects, and improving existing facilities. She also assists project teams in the federal government to determine energy efficiency solutions for their buildings and provides third-party assistance with energy savings performance contracts (ESPC). Giuls' background includes working as a sustainability analyst for The Tower Companies and working in customer engagement and marketing at a local renewable energy supplier. Giuls serves on the U.S. Green Building Council NCR's Market Leadership Advisory Board and is accredited as a Certified Energy Manager and as a LEED AP O+M.

Kellen Schefter, Edison Electric Institute  

Kellen Schefter is manager of sustainable technology at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association for U.S. investor-owned electric companies. At EEI, Kellen focuses on technologies that enable clean energy, grid modernization, and new customer solutions. His work at EEI on transportation electrification and energy storage includes policy advocacy, business model development, and cross-industry coordination. He previously worked on regulatory and compliance issues at plug-in electric vehicle manufacturer Fisker Automotive. Prior to that, Kellen managed R&D projects in the Vehicle Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. Kellen has bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Brendan Casey, U.S. Navy  

Brendan Casey is the alternative fuel vehicle program manager for NAVFAC Atlantic. In this capacity, Brendan strives to modernize the Navy's non-tactical vehicle operations with an emphasis on increasing vehicle fleet electrification and bridging the gap between shore energy policy and vehicle fleet management. Prior to joining NAVFAC, he worked in the transportation and mobility management sectors with a focus on environmental and energy impact reporting. Mr. Casey holds a master's in environmental policy from Lehigh University as well as numerous energy and transportation professional certifications. (Bio from Securing America's Future Energy site.)

Chris Eisenbrey, Edison Electric Institute  

Chris joined the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in 2002 and serves as senior director, Preparedness and Recovery Policy at the Edison Electric Institute in EEI's Security and Preparedness Group. Chris is responsible for a number of key business and operations continuity policy issues including national-level mutual assistance and emergency preparedness, spare transformer and equipment sharing programs, emergency cross-sector transportation initiatives, and the industry's expanding use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Prior to his responsibilities within EEI's Security and Preparedness Group, Chris led the Institute's external facing and collaborative industry activities related to smart grid and grid modernization. (From bio on Distributech conference site)

Marcia Bond, Alban CAT Power Systems  

Marcia has been in the machinery support industry for over 30 years covering Diesel, Petrol, and Natural Gas fueled equipment in the Electric Power, Industrial, Agricultural and On-Highway Power Systems sectors. She has been working for Alban CAT/Caterpillar, Inc., for the last 10 years performing Product Support Solutions Consulting with tier 1 Caterpillar accounts, for the past eight years in the D.C. and Baltimore metro areas.

Michael Starke, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)  

Michael Starke is a power systems research engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has been at ORNL for more than seven years performing research in different areas of power systems analysis. He received his B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Tennessee in 2004, 2006, and 2009, respectively. Michael is a member of IEEE and of the Power and Energy Society with more than 30 publications in power systems and power electronics. His research areas have been primarily focused on energy storage, demand response, and microgrids, but he has been actively engaged in wind and solar generation research as well. In the microgrid area of research, he has led a team that developed an open-source microgrid controller called CSEISMIC and is currently engaged in the planning of demonstration projects related to this controller. This microgrid controller utilizes new strategies in communications and controls unlike other microgrid controllers. Michael also led a team that has successfully constructed a secondary use energy storage system composed of Chrysler FIAT Li-ion batteries with ORNL designed inverter controls and communications interface. This energy storage system is being deployed on a project titled the Advanced Manufacturing and Integrated Energy (AMIE) in which CSEISMIC is able to operate and optimize a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, energy storage, and PV to minimize grid impact and cost. He has also worked on several demand response projects with industrial load partners and received a patent on a tool developed to estimate the demand response potential of industrial plants.

Tripp Hathaway, Hannah Solar Government Services  

Tripp serves as sales and marketing manager at Hannah Solar Government Services and is responsible for developing design-build solutions in solar photovoltaic (PV), energy storage, and microgrid systems for commercial and federal energy users. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in management and military leadership. Tripp has three years of experience in the construction industry, 11 years of experience in the solar industry, and 11 years of service in the South Carolina Army National Guard. His solar experience includes travel to Africa on five different occasions installing remote, off-grid solar PV systems in rural Uganda and Tanzania as part of a humanitarian mission. Tripp is a Captain in the National Guard and has been on two operational deployments with service in Kosovo, Germany, Poland, and Turkey.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, learners will:

  • Have a better understanding of how the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), one of the nation's first energy efficiency utilities has found success supporting federal agencies in the District of Columbia in their energy reduction strategies;
  • Have increased knowledge of fleet electrification and Walmart's approach and lessons learned;
  • Understand more about generator maintenance, CHP, and environmental regulations related to gensets
  • Gain knowledge on how utilities partner with the National Guard during national emergencies; and
  • Understand the concept and approach related to the value of resilience.
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