Session: Connecting Innovation: The Utilities' Perspective

Connecting Innovation: The Utilities' Perspective
Representatives from Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric will discuss the need for, and implementation of, new technologies for energy efficiency in the Utilities industry.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

David Auston, Institute for Energy Efficiency

Steven Malnight, PG&E
Seth Kiner, SCE 

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David Auston
Executive Director

Institute for Energy Efficiency 

David Auston is Executive Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and Executive Director of the Center for Energy Efficient Materials, at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to joining UC Santa Barbara, he was President of the Kavli Foundation. He has been a member of the technical staff and department head at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories (now Lucent Technologies), Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, Provost of Rice University, and President of Case Western Reserve University. 
Auston has contributed to research in the fields of lasers, nonlinear optics, and solid-state materials. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society.


Steve Malnight
Vice President

Customer Energy Solutions
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Presentation: "The Challenges of a Clean Energy Future"

Steve Malnight is Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions, for Pacific Gasand Electric Company. He is responsible for the company’s expanding portfolio of demand-side customer solution offerings, which encompass energy efficiency,demand response, time-variable electric pricing options, automated energymanagement, electric vehicles and on-site customer generation. Malnight joined PG&E Corporation in 2002 as an associate in the company’s MBA Leadership Program, working at the National Energy Group subsidiary in Market Analysis before moving to the Risk Management organization. He has held roles at Pacific Gas and Electric Company as Director of Customer Strategy and Senior Director of Finance, at which time he led the company’s budgeting and planning functions. Ile Energy, and in July 2010, he assumed his current role leading PG&E’s Customer Energy Solutions organization. Malnight holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Seth Kiner
Vice President
Customer Programs & Services
Southern California Edison

Presentation: "Engaging Customers in an Energy Efficient Lifestyle"

Seth Kiner is vice president, Customer Programs & Services at Southern California Edison (SCE),a position in which he applies his marketing and consumer behavior expertise to bring together emerging technologies like electric vehicles, solar energy, smart meters and home area networks and behavioral actions like conservation and energy efficiency to help SCE customers adopt asmarter energy lifestyle. Kiner leads SCE's energy efficiency, demand response and clean self-generation program portfolios and customer strategy, marketing, market research, e-commerce and strategic alliances functions. Prior to joining SCE in September of 1999, Kiner served as executive director of Marketing for KPMG, LLP, managing the firm’s marketing and product development functions in support of both the consulting and tax practices at the firm. 
Before joining KPMG, he was vice president of Marketing for United Way of Greater Los Angeles. His career has included positions at Transamerica Corporation and several leading global advertising agencies.Kiner is a council member for the EPRI Power Delivery and Utilization Sector. Kiner serves on the board of advisors of the Center for Services Leadership, as well as on the board of directors of TreePeople. Kiner earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University.




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