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

Co-chairs

Sarah Orban Salati, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, New York Power Authority

Sarah Orban Salati is the New York Power Authority’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

Sarah joined NYPA from the AES Corporation where she had worked since 2005. At AES, Sarah focused on spurring innovation leading multi-functional teams to assess the impact of emerging technologies on the global portfolio, pursued the incubation of a lean digital start-up and led AES’s “innovation” brand strategy, including curating AES’s first TEDxAES event and first open innovation contest targeting the use of drone technology.

Sarah received a Masters of Arts from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.

 

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.

Members

Paula Glover, President, Alliance to Save Energy

Paula R. Glover started as President of the Alliance to Save Energy in January 2021. A dynamic leader with more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, Ms. Glover is the seventh president in the Alliance’s 43-year history.

Ms. Glover previously served as President and CEO of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, a non-profit professional association whose focus is to ensure that African Americans and other minorities have input into the discussions and development of energy policy, regulations, and environmental issues. In this role, she was responsible for managing the national office, and providing strategic direction and leadership for the organization. Prior to this role, Ms. Glover served as AABE’s Vice President of Operations and as the organization’s Director of Communications.

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. 

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.

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

As a member of Schneider Electric’s North America Executive Leadership Team, Kevin 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. Kevin is responsible for leading the overall North America strategy development process; leading the Smart Cities efforts; developing and maximizing government relationships at state and federal levels; and identifying inorganic growth opportunities. Kevin previously held Strategy & Corporate Development roles with Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency Business, Miller Brewing Company, GE Healthcare, and McKinsey & Company. Kevin holds an MBA from Northwestern University, and MS and BS degrees in engineering from The University of Michigan.

Kenneth C. Shiver, Chief Economist, Director of Planning and Regulatory Support, Southern Company

Mr. Shiver serves as the Chief Economist and Director of Planning and Regulatory Support for the Atlanta-based Southern Company.  In his role at Southern Company, his teams monitor the economic environment and develop operational analytics, forecasts and cost/benefit studies that drive the company’s planning and analysis processes.  From this deep engagement on the demand side of the utility industry, he is also responsible for the monitoring and development of policy issues around the customer such as electrification, electric transportation, energy efficiency, distributed energy resources, and energy pricing. In addition to directing the Planning and Regulatory Support Department of Southern Company, Mr. Shiver also represents the company as a witness in its regulatory filings and engages with the industry on current issues related to electrification, pricing, energy efficiency, and utility planning.  He has over 25 years of experience in the planning and analysis functions of Southern Company.

Lee Smith, Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Advocacy and Application Development, Daikin U.S. Corporation

Lee is passionate about ongoing decarbonization and electrification initiatives and in his current role as Vice President – Strategic Marketing, Advocacy & Applications Development for Daikin U.S. Corporation, is responsible for leading market transformation initiatives for Daikin’s key technologies such as Inverter, Heat Pumps for Space and Water Heating and low GWP refrigerants. Lee is involved in various market research projects and advocacy efforts in collaboration with Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations, Regional Government Policy Makers, Academia, and other key stakeholders in the electrification movement.

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.