Utilities across the country are facing an inflection point as aging power plants become increasingly costly to maintain and the price of distributed, alternative electric generating resources continues to fall.
Some leading utilities are exploring photovoltaics (PV) as a solution, particularly where cost competitiveness and state or local decarbonization goals make solar a strong fit over retrofitting or rebuilding existing plants. In fact, in 2020 over 10.0 GW of utility PV are expected to come online in the U.S.
Karl R. Rábago Principal, Rábago Energy LLC
Karl Rábago has more than 30 years of experience working in the electricity sector. His past positions include Vice President of Austin Energy, Commissioner for the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy. Karl was the first person to use “value of solar” analysis in designing a net metering rate successor tariff, and has written and testified widely on utility rate making, utility business model reform, and electricity innovation.
Marc Miller Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Soltage, LLC
Marc Miller is a Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Soltage. Marc has over 25 years of combined business development, sales, marketing, procurement and R&D experience in both the energy and utility industries, during which he has originated, structured, and negotiated over $1.2 billion in energy contracts and projects. Marc has a BS in Geology from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Jim Irving Manager of Energy Supply and Planning, Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant
James Irving is Manager of Energy Supply and Planning at Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP). Jim has worked at TMLP for over 30 years, overseeing rates, power supply and communications with ISO-NE. TMLP serves 36,000 meters and has a peak load of 146 MW. TMLP has contracts for more than 15 MW of solar power from six different projects.
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