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Friday April 15th, 2011

Energy Security and Climate Change: A Canada-US Common Approach? – Panel Three: From Blackout to Shock & Awe– Renewable Energy and the Shared Canada-US Electricity Grid


Dianne Anderson, Executive Director, Great Lakes Energy Institute, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH


Gene Ameduri, Managing Director, Great Lakes Wind Energy, Cleveland, OH

Carol Battershell, Manager, Golden Field Office, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Golden, Colorado

David B. Raskin, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, Washington, DC

Roger Salliant, Executive Director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value , Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Friday April 15, 2011, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Canada-United States Law Institute at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law

The Henry T. King, Jr. Annual Conference has served as the premier forum for addressing the issues confronting the Canada-U.S. relationship. For nearly three decades, the annual conference has united members of the respective governments, corporate leaders, legal practitioners, scholars, and the media in one forum to address issues from security and trade, to energy and the environment. Along the way, the event has fostered the development of longstanding professional linkages and personal friendships on each side of the border.

This year’s conference will address the Canada-US energy relationship. It is the only event that will:

Examine the relationship from a bi-national perspective;
Provide a comprehensive review of all sectors;
Examine policy implications at the federal, state, and provincial levels;
Discuss funding initiatives that will assist companies in securing the capital needed to develop these projects.

Additional Information About Our Guest…

Dianne D. Anderson, who has held numerous executive and managerial positions at BP since 1983, has been named the first executive director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University. The vision of the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation is to enable the transition to advanced, sustainable energy generation, storage, distribution and utilization through coordinated research, development and education. The distinctive feature of the institute will be its ability to translate results from the leading edge of Case Western Reserve’s research thrusts in renewable power, energy storage and efficiency to the next generation of energy technologies.

As executive director of the institute, Anderson, whose last position at BP was as president of the company’s West Coast Fuels Marketing (ARCO) division, will provide national and international leadership in the formation of strategic partnerships and alliances with industry, government and other academic institutions as the cornerstone of the institute’s approach. For the previous two years, Anderson, a native Ohioan, has lived in Los Angeles, serving as President of BP’s West Coast Fuels Marketing division. She was responsible for ARCO branded gasoline and unbranded diesel marketing west of the Rockies. The business integrated deeply with refining, supply and trading and the BP am/pm retail businesses.
During her tenure at BP, Anderson has worked in executive positions and lived all over the United States and in Europe, including California, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as in the United Kingdom and Poland.

Prior to her job as president of the West Coast Fuels Marketing, she worked in Houston at North American Gas & Power where she led a marketing team in support of identifying and optimizing customer trends in gas and electricity. Also in this role she managed all natural gas and electric power regulatory affairs for Canada and the U.S.

Anderson graduated magna cum laude in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University. She also has completed senior executive development programs at Harvard, Cambridge and Northwestern universities and was a guest faculty member within the Stanford University Program on Customer Focused Innovation. She and her husband Jim, a dentist, make their home in Aurora, Ohio.

Gene Ameduri is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Great Lakes Wind Energy, formed to pursue an offshore wind opportunity in response to the Lake Erie Energy Development Company RFP to develop, build and operate an Initial Project of 20 MW of offshore wind in the waters of Lake Erie and to ultimately build and operate a larger project of 1,000 MW. He is responsible for public outreach, coordination with permitting and government agencies, and operations of Great Lakes Wind Energy as well as for the project company (Freshwater Wind, LLC).

Gene is also Co-Founder and President of Enerlogics Networks Inc., a company formed to provide expertise in all aspects of energy efficiency solutions, renewable energy, energy supply chain, merchant generation and demand response services to energy services suppliers, electric utilities and consumers.

Previously, Gene was co-founder and President of EnergyConnect, Inc., a demand response curtailment service provider that developed an innovative demand response trading and settlement software platform, unique in the wholesale electricity market, to provide large energy users the ability to respond to high wholesale electricity prices, reduce load and receive revenue as if they were a virtual generator. In the 1970’s, Gene co-founded Solar Energy Engineering to develop solar designs and installations. The designs include solar thermal and photovoltaic panels and he jointly holds a patent on a design of a tracking solar thermal panel.

Gene has over thirty-five years of experience in the electric energy and building automation industries, providing strategic vision and setting a corporate plan, as well as developing corporate sales and operations. He has developed integrated demand side management programs for multiple facilities, as well as energy asset management and asset ownership projects including scope development, economic analysis, costing, measurement and verification, funding acquisition and project design, management and commissioning. In addition, he has been responsible for implementing marketing, sales and construction/coordination strategies for the design and development of computerized building automation systems on a local, national and international scale in the office building, shopping center, retail, educational, and telecommunications industries.

Coupled with his electricity, solar, and system integration background, Gene brings an entrepreneurial mindset with strong operational and management development skills. In addition, Gene is a recognized technical expert, with presentations at numerous technical conferences and publication of multiple technical articles for various industry magazines.

Gene has a B.S. in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown State University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Carol Battershell joined the Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), in 2008 after 25 years in the energy industry with Standard Oil and BP. As Executive Director Field Operations she is responsible for all EERE field operations, including direct leadership of the Golden, Colorado office which has over 400 staff and is responsible for contracts and monitoring of about $7 billion dollars in 2010 of clean energy grants.

Her most recent roles at BP included:

Vice President, Policy and Strategy for BP Alternative Energy where she was instrumental in developing the strategy and business case for an 8 billion dollar investment to launch and grow the new BP Alternative Energy division, and

Vice President, Renewables and Alternative Fuels where she directed BP’s global activities in hydrogen and wind, as well as managed BP’s “green energy” marketing and consulting company.
Additional energy industry positions have included operations and strategy roles in retail fuels marketing, strategy and financial roles in business-to-business fuels marketing, as well a corporate role in environmental policy and a development role as chief of staff to one of BP’s most senior executives. She began her career as a refinery engineer in Ohio.

Carol has a BS in engineering from Purdue University where she specialized in environmental engineering and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

She has worked in a variety of locations in the United States, and also spent ten years living and working in Europe.

Dave Raskin is a partner at the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he practices in the electric power industry. He has represented electric clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for 30 years in cases involving mergers and acquisitions, generation and transmission projects, industry restructuring, wholesale electric and transmission service pricing, transmission access, wholesale market rules in organized (RTO) markets and elsewhere, contract disputes, fuel procurement practices, antitrust issues, and stranded investment. Mr. Raskin regularly advises clients on compliance matters relating to FERC rules and regulations. He has been lead trial counsel in dozens of FERC proceedings.

Mr. Raskin has also negotiated and helped structure numerous complex bulk power and transmission service transactions and joint projects to construct and operate transmission lines and generating facilities. He regularly advises clients on the regulatory and commercial aspects of transactions involving the sale and delivery of electric power and on issues associated with the restructuring of the electric utility industry. Mr. Raskin has also represented clients in proceedings before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission concerning the licensing and operation of nuclear power plants.

Mr. Raskin recently has been advising clients with respect to investments in major new transmission projects and has been counsel to the developers of several prominent projects involving cutting edge issues. He has provided advice on spinning-off, selling and purchasing transmission assets, and the relationship between different forms of transmission ownership and operation. Mr. Raskin also has worked extensively in negotiating power purchase contracts for utilities that have divested some or all of their generating assets.

Roger Saillant has over 35 years of experience in energy technologies, including fuel cells, which led to senior executive posts where he grew and ran allied businesses up to $5.5 billion in size.

He was named the first Executive Director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value in November 2009.

Dr. Saillant served 30 years at the Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation, were he began as a research scientist working on one-dimensional conductivity and eventually fuels and lubricants. There he advanced to the following succession of posts: Vice President and General Manager of the Energy Transformation Division; Vice President an d General Manager of the Plastics Division; and General Manufacturing Manager of the Electronics and Fuel Handling Division.

In these executive positions he was responsible for global profit and losses, acquisitions, and services and sales operations. The divisions ranged in size from $3.5 billion to $5.5 billion in sales and employed up to 12,000 people in 19 countries.

This was followed by seven years at Plug Power, a publicly traded fuel cell company, where he served as CEO. At Plug Power he led five rounds of fund-raising from public investors to raise more than $500 million in capital. He was responsible for three acquisitions and government grants of about $10 million annually. Dr. Saillant was recognized as a leader in fuel cells, being accorded the inaugural lifetime achievement award by the United States Fuel Cell Council for his work at the state, national, and global levels.

After Plug Power he was most recently an adjunct professor at Marlboro College where he taught climate change.

Roger Saillant obtained his AB degree from Bowdoin College, his PhD in chemistry from Indiana University, had post-doctoral experience at UCLA in organometallic chemistry, and received an honorary doctor of science degree from SUNY Cobleskill. He has co-authored or authored some 25 papers in refereed journals. He has recently co-authored an environmental thriller, Vapor Trails, which is based on the fictionalized activities of several oil company executives.