Electrifying Change: Leveraging ICT and Grid Edge Technologies for a Decarbonized Future

December 14, 2023 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

The Inflation Reduction Act has sparked a transformative shift in economic sectors toward decarbonization through electrification. However, that shift will require a significant and timely expansion of our power grid’s generation and distribution network.

Join us for a webinar to learn how large electricity users, like industrial factories, and their utilities can utilize technologies and programs to reliably and affordably manage this increased electrical load.

Attendees will gain insights into how industries and utilities can strategically use information and communication technologies (ICT) and other grid-edge strategies, like thermal batteries and advanced controls, to overcome some of the challenges of rapid electrification. Our expert speakers will explore how investments in these technologies can reduce the costs of necessary grid infrastructure upgrades, keep electricity costs affordable for all customers, and enhance grid flexibility and reliability as the composition of the electricity mix changes. This conversation will be vital for those looking to position their operations or policymaking at the forefront of the sustainable energy transition, ensuring readiness for the grid of tomorrow.


Hayden Reeve, Senior Technical Advisor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Hayden leads research into integrated energy sector analysis and coordinating the grid edge. Most recently, this has focused on the integrated sector coupling analysis, integrated grid and market modeling, and advanced methods for coordinating distributed energy resources for improved grid flexibility. He has twenty years of experience assessing and developing advanced integrated energy solutions for grid-interactive efficient buildings, renewable generation, and aerospace energy systems. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.

John O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer, Rondo Energy

John has over 30 years of experience taking novel solutions from conception to reality across the energy, semiconductor and supercomputer industries. Prior to founding Rondo, John served as co-founder and vice president of development for GlassPoint Solar, which delivered solar industrial heat worldwide. He previously cofounded and led Ausra, a pioneer in solar thermal electric systems. John served as a lead engineer for Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, where he designed award-winning technology to support fusion experiments. He is a published author of numerous technical papers and holds more than 20 patents in the U.S. and internationally. John earned a B.Sc. with Special Distinction in Computer Science from Yale University.

Erika Gupta, Head of Sustainability, Siemens Financial Services (SFS) Americas

Erika leads the sustainability strategy for SFS in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. This includes developing and launching a comprehensive decarbonization tool to enable companies to increase their business competitiveness through decarbonizing their operations.

Before joining Siemens, Erika spent a decade at the U.S. Department of Energy. She was the acting program manager for the Emerging Technologies Program in the Building Technologies Office (BTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Her work at BTO leveraged her controls background, focusing on building energy management controls and projects supporting controls and cybersecurity for grid-integrated efficient buildings. Erika is a board member for the national non-profit the Center for Sustainable Energy. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Boston University, a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering with a focus in Control System Design from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a professional graduate-level certificate in cybersecurity from Harvard University.

Andrew Hoffmeister, Industrial Program Research Analyst, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Andrew’s work focuses primarily on the analysis of emerging technologies (such as industrial heat pumps), policy research at the state, federal, and international level, and the study of other prominent decarbonization pathways, including strategic energy management. 

David Holmes, General Manager, Energy, Dell Technologies

David leads Dell Technologies Energy business with a focus on accelerating the energy transition and advancing decarbonization while maintaining energy supply and security. His global team is responsible for solutions development, product strategy, and go-to-market, and is highly valued for their industry subject matter expertise and ability to demonstrate the transformational impact of technology in the energy industry. A firm believer in the value of community led open industry standards, David was elected to The Open Group OSDU Forum Management Committee and is also a member of the GridWise Alliance Policy Committee. He has previously served on industry bodies including the European ECIM Management Committee and SPE’s “Petabytes in Asset Management.” He has delivered numerous technical papers at conferences around the world and holds a patent for his work on the remote visualization of geotechnical applications.

Moderator: Nora Esram, Senior Director for Research, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Dr. Esram oversees ACEEE’s research programs including Buildings, Industry, Transportation, Behavior, and Health and Environment.

Prior to joining ACEEE, she was a chief engineer and team lead at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for over ten years and spearheaded a variety of multi-disciplinary projects advancing building energy efficiency and decarbonization. She is a licensed architect and holds a PhD in architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She joined ACEEE in 2020.  

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