May 18, 2022
John Powers is an entrepreneur with broad experience leading software and consulting firms, extensive direct experience with startup, growth, financing, and operation of successful companies. He’s a mentor for Bay Area startups in the intelligent energy economy.
An energy expert with three decades experience working with the world's leading utilities, as well as their customers and suppliers - about half that time as a consultant, and half as a software entrepreneur. Unlike most people in electricity markets, he’s comfortable working on both the customer and utility sides of the meter. He led Energy Interactive from founding to funding to exit, and served as Director of Retail Software at ABB. He’s the founder and co-chair of the PLMA Distributed Energy Resource Integration interest group; they organize bi-annual workshops for utilities and industry leaders in this growing field.
He has authored over 100 papers and reports on energy efficiency, demand response, DER integration, resource planning, load forecasting, renewable energy, rate design, transmission markets, dispatch modeling (including economic and carbon-minimizing dispatch), and more. He’s spoken at more than 100 industry events on topics from metering and billing to transmission market manipulation.
CEO with proven leadership, management, analysis, and execution expertise. Deep expertise in energy markets, including energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, rate design, transmission markets, demand-side program design and evaluation, metering and billing. Strong marketing, sales, and business development experience.
Specific skills include:
Team building, company strategy, market strategy and tactics, grid computing, economic and statistical analysis, project management, contract negotiation, expert testimony.
“Energy is quite cheap. Reliability is expensive. Reliability requires building a lot of infrastructure, some of it redundant, and has very little to do with the expense of producing the power and every bit to do with the expense of keeping it reliable.”
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