Active Efficiency and the Collaborative

Active Efficiency is a key enabler for creating an equitable, adaptable,
and decarbonized energy system.

As energy efficiency enters the digital age, we must coalesce around a shared vision that integrates well-established energy efficiency approaches with the capabilities of smart and connected technologies, distributed energy resources, and key decarbonization strategies. 

Meet the Steering Committee


Gil C. Quiniones, President & CEO, New York Power Authority

Gil C. Quiniones was appointed President and CEO of NYPA in 2012. Quiniones is a leader in the shift of New York’s energy industry toward greater penetration of clean energy resources. This includes support of Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision, an endeavor to animate markets for distributed energy resources, energy efficiency and empowering customers. Quiniones currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board at the Alliance.

Quiniones served as co-chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, set forth to revitalize the state’s electric power system. In 2014, Quiniones joined the board of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Quiniones also serves on the Steering Committee of the Board of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC), as co-chair of the LPPC’s Government Relations Task Force and as the Power Authority’s principal representative to the American Public Power Association. Before joining NYPA in 2007 as executive vice president of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Quiniones served as senior vice president of Energy and Telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. He established and led Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Energy Policy Task Force.

Kevin B. Self, SVP of Strategy, Business Develop & Government Relations, Schneider Electric

As a member of Schneider Electric’s North America Executive Leadership Team, Kevin Self is responsible for the development and execution of a winning strategy to drive profitable growth across all lines of business in alignment with Schneider Electric’s Life Is On corporate brand. Self is responsible for leading the Smart Cities efforts; developing and maximizing government relationships at state and federal levels; and identifying inorganic growth opportunities. Self previously held Strategy & Corporate Development roles with Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency Business, Miller Brewing Company, GE Healthcare, and McKinsey & Company. Self currently serves on the Board at the Alliance.

Bert Van Hoof, Partner – Group Program Manager, Microsoft

Bert Van Hoof helps organizations put the Internet of Things and Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud to work across a variety of industries, including Smart Buildings and Smart Cities. He is a seasoned technology executive recognized for developing successful businesses across a variety of industry segments (imaging, publishing, media, health, productivity, internet of things) and technology areas (operating systems, client software, cloud services, mobile apps, and devices). Van Hoof currently serves on the Board at the Alliance.

Van Hoof joined Microsoft in 2003 where he has led initiatives in Windows, Office, and Azure. In 2006, he helped start Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group. Its portfolio included consumer and enterprise products marketed under the HealthVault and Amalga brands. In 2009, Van Hoof moved to the Office organization where he developed the mobile and cross-platform strategy. Van Hoof has 36 granted and/or pending patents. Before Microsoft, Bert spent 10 years at Agfa in Europe, where he fronted digital imaging solutions (hardware and software). In 1997, he joined startup ScenicSoft as VP of Engineering.


Michael Bushey, Director, Customer Programs and Services, Southern California Edison

Mike Bushey has held multiple executive positions in SCE’s Customer Service Organizational Unit. He has led organizations responsible for delivering diverse customer program portfolios exceeding $400 million per year and Local Capacity Resource contracts valued over $1 billion, as well as managing complex customer care and program solutions for SCE’s 5.1 million customers. Bushey’s experience in the regulated and unregulated energy industry includes leadership positions in business development, account management, customer service operations; and roles in regulatory and case management, project management, and transmission and distribution. Bushey currently serves on the Board at the Alliance.

Roger Flanagan, Senior Vice President, TRC Companies

Dr. Flanagan has 30 years of professional experience in energy and national security with Lockheed Martin and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He has worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is formerly the Director of the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis and Andrews Air Force Bases. He has held senior technical and management positions in electric power generation, transmission and distribution, and has managed technical operations support groups at Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia National Laboratories. He is the author of numerous publications on energy, materials and engineering science. Flanagan currently serves on the Board at the Alliance.

Stephen Harper, Global Director, Environment, Energy and Sustainability Policy, Intel Corporation

Stephen Harper is responsible for advising senior management and leading influencing efforts on a wide variety of topics, ranging from chemicals management to energy efficiency, water policy and the role of Intel’s products in helping meet society’s toughest sustainability challenges. Harper serves on a number of outside boards (including the Energy Foundation, Energy Foundation China, the Chesapeake Conservancy, the Center for Innovation in Conservation, and the Center for Environmental Policy at American University). Prior to Intel, Harper served in senior positions at Amoco Oil Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ICF Consulting, and the California State Coastal Conservancy.


Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Commissioner Andrew McAllister, PhD was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Gov. Edmund G. Brown in May 2012 and oversees the state’s energy efficiency efforts. He administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs (California Solar Initiative, Self-Generation Incentive Program), developed and operated energy efficiency programs for utilities, and has performed a broad range of policy-related research for California and the U.S. Federal government. McAllister was previously the managing director at the California Center for Sustainable Energy. McAllister currently serves on the board of directors of NASEO and is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board. McAllister currently serves on the Board at the Alliance.

David Nemtzow, Director of the Building Technologies Office (BTO), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

David Nemtzow leads BTO, a $285 million per year office that helps develop innovative, cost-effective energy efficiency and demand flexibility R&D and other solutions for U.S. building technologies, equipment, systems and whole buildings. Previously, he was Director-General of the Department of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability for New South Wales, Australia, where he played a central role in the State’s electricity, greenhouse, energy, and water strategies and policies. He also served as President of the Alliance to Save Energy, as an executive of a distributed energy storage startup company, an independent energy consultant, and a senior congressional energy staff member. 

Clay Nesler, Interim President, Alliance to Save Energy

As an executive on-loan to the Alliance, Nesler comes from Johnson Controls where he serves as Vice President, Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs. Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, he has held a variety of leadership positions in research, product development, marketing, and strategy. He currently chairs the company’s global sustainability council.

Clay serves on the board of American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the U.S. General Services Administration green buildings advisory committee, and the executive group of the U.S. Department of Energy/Environmental Protection Agency State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network. He helped establish the UN Sustainable Energy for All Building Efficiency Accelerator and serves as co-chair of the Industrial Advisory Board of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. He is a member of the International Energy Agency Energy Efficiency Industry Advisory Board. Nesler is a co-inventor on 12 patents. He is a winner of the 2005 Corenet Global Innovator’s Award, the 2012 Greenbiz VERGE 25 award, a 2017 leadership award from the U.S. Green Building Council, and the 2019 Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Leadership Forward Award.

Mary Ann Piette, Senior Scientist, Division Director, Building Technology & Urban Systems Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL)

Mary Ann Piette oversees LBNL’s building energy research activities with the U.S. Department of Energy and she is also the Director of the Demand Response Research Center. Mary Ann’s work involves developing and evaluating new technology and building components, windows, controls, operations, simulation, whole building and electric load shape analysis and behavior. Mary Ann has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications related to energy efficiency and demand response and has worked at LBNL since 1983. She is a board member of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and of the OpenADR Alliance.

Adam Procell, Chief Strategy Officer, Willdan

As Chief Strategy Officer of Willdan (NASDAQ:WLDN), Adam oversees strategy for the company’s various business units including energy consulting, utility program implementation, commercial efficiency and energy savings performance contracting (ESPC). Willdan is one of the largest publicly traded clean energy firms, operating in more than 50 offices across the US serving private and governmental clients, and partnering with 90+ utilities. Prior to this role, Adam served as President & CEO of Lime Energy (NASDAQ:LIME) from startup through its current position as the leader in energy efficiency programs for small and midsized businesses. Lime Energy was bought by Willdan in 2018. Adam brings a wealth of industry experience to Willdan, including 12 years with AECOM Energy where he helped develop and manage over $2 billion worth of clean energy programs.

Susan Rochford, Vice President, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Public Policy for Legrand North America and Central America

At Legrand, Susan Rochford sets the strategy to advance Legrand’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, and drives the achievement of long-term environmental, community and customer-related goals. She also spearheads Legrand’s public policy initiatives and is a member of the Executive Committee. Rochford is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Greenbiz Executive Network, and the MAPI Sustainability Council. She also serves as Vice Chair of the NEMA High Performance Building Council. She is a winner of Green Building & Design’s 2017 Women in Sustainability Leadership Award.


Danielle Sass Byrnett, Director, Center for Partnerships & Innovation (CPI), National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)

Danielle Sass Byrnett leads the NARUC CPI team, focused on identifying emerging challenges and connecting state public utility commissions with expertise and strategies to navigate complex decision-making across a wide range of topical areas. Prior to joining NARUC, Danielle held various roles at the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supporting states in designing and delivering energy efficiency and clean energy policies and programs.

Carolyn Snyder, Director, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

At the Climate Protection Partnerships Division, Dr. Carolyn Snyder uses the power of voluntary partnerships to remove market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy and to reduce the emissions of harmful air pollutants. The Division’s programs include ENERGY STAR, the Green Power Partnership, the Combined Heat and Power Partnership, the Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, and the State and Local Energy and Energy program. Carolyn previously served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a White House Fellow in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and Director of Delaware’s Division of Energy & Climate.

David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

David Terry leads NASEO’s policy actions and programs in support of the 56 governor-designated state and territory energy directors and their offices. He also communicates the states’ views on national energy issues. Terry has participated in governor-led policy meetings, testified before U.S. Congressional Committees, presented at White House forums, and led state delegations on international energy policy and program exchange missions. Prior to NASEO, Terry was a research assistant at the National Academy of Sciences and a statistical analyst for a consumer products market research firm.

Wesley Walker, Senior Director, Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Wes Walker is responsible for the Building Performance and Sustainability business at Siemens Smart Infrastructure in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the business overall and for delivering planned growth in financial, innovation and customer satisfaction. He and his staff work to create innovative, cost-effective energy and environmental solutions, including renewable energies, for building owners and utilities. Walker has worked in the energy industry for nearly 20 years, including utility energy production, contracting and energy and environmental solutions.