Energy Speakers

Tuesday, September 12th 10:30 am -11:45 am

Embracing Next Generation Energy Policies to Secure a Clean Energy Future

David Bobzien

David Bobzien

City of Reno Councilman

David Bobzien holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from George Mason University and a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Natural Resources and Public Lands Policy from Boise State University.

For the last 15 years Mr. Bobzien has dedicated himself to serving the residents of Reno, beginning with his service on the City of Reno Recreation and Parks Commission. Prior to his 2014 Reno City Council appointment, he served four terms as Assemblyman, District 24 in the Nevada Legislature.

Councilmember Bobzien was recently appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee. He advises the EPA on the challenges and opportunities national policy present to state and local governments. He is the lone Nevadan on the committee.

As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoys running, hunting, fly fishing, and spending time with his three children, twin sons Luca and Finnegan and daughter Carly.

Tuesday, September 12th 2:30 pm -3:45 pm

Nevada’s Energy Products

Auguste Lemaire

Auguste Lemaire

Sunvelope Solar Panels

Auguste is a lifelong researcher in the solar thermal arena, beginning with a science project at Wooster high School in Reno NV in 1962. The passion he discovered then has lead him to develop a unique solar thermal collector that can be frozen when charged with water, thus eliminating the need for other freeze protection measures. This can reduce installed costs for solar water heating by as much as half and increase efficiency 20% as well.

Auguste has also developed a manufacturing capability in Reno/Sparks under the name Sunvelope Solar Inc. and has worked diligently to advance the adoption of solar thermal on homes and businesses in Nevada. Auguste says: “It is easy to heat water with the sun in Nevada and we should use fossil fuels for other things!”

Michael Hengel

Michael Hengel

Valley Electric

Michael Hengel is Executive VP-Communications & Marketing at Valley Electric Association, one of the fastest-growing electric cooperatives in the country. For more than 50 years, VEA has served rural residents of Western Nevada and Eastern California, first with energy and now with high-speed communications. Hengel, was a journalist for 39 years, most recently as editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal before joining VEA. Hengel also edited newspapers in Southern California, Northern California and Arkansas. In addition, Hengel has served as publisher for 15 years at daily newspapers in Arkansas, Michigan and Oklahoma. A native of St. Louis, Hengel graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Casey Coffman

Casey Coffman

Sunworks Solar Power

Casey Coffman, Regional VP of Agricultural and Commercial accounts for Sunworks Inc likes a challenge. With a diverse background ranging from Construction, to Ecology, to traveling the world as a Professional Athlete, Casey brings a tenacious attitude and a diverse set of skills to renewable energy project development in Nevada.

Casey holds a BS in Forest Ecology from the University of Nevada. He has been involved in the energy industry for 3 years, developing many megawatts of residential, commercial, and agricultural projects. Casey has represented the solar industry at the Capitol and in many public forums promoting the industry in Nevada.

Sunworks is a NASDAQ traded solar project development company with a presence in 16 states. Sunworks started as a family-owned business in the Sacramento area in 1983 and has an extensive and diverse portfolio of renewable energy projects in Nevada and across the West Coast.

Wednesday, September 13th 10:15 am – 11:30 am

The Economics of Energy Efficiency and Supporting Programs

Kelly Thomas

Kelly Thomas

Governor’s Office of Energy

Mr. Thomas joined the Governor’s Office of Energy (GOE) in May 2016 and heads the agency’s Energy Efficiency Programs. Prior to the GOE, he was the Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Nevada Community in Las Vegas. Kelly was also a founding member of the Nevada Sustainable Energy Coalition (NSEC), a consortium of non-profits who all share the mission of sustainability with a vision towards “Business’ Building Prosperity.”

Kelly has a diverse background spanning nearly 20 years of promoting a sustainably built environment in industries such as Construction Project Management, Architecture & Design and Business Administration. He earned his joint Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture and Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

His passion for sustainability was made public, when in 1999, he served as a State Assemblyman in the Nevada State Legislature. He introduced initiatives relative to Smart Growth, creating the Nevada Center for Sustainable Living (NCSL) and a Public Building Recycling mandate, with the latter being successful. He is also a baseball fanatic and has visited 21 of the Major League Baseball ball parks to date.

Tom Polikalas

Tom Polikalas

Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

Tom Polikalas has been the Nevada representative of SWEEP for the past four years. He also served on the Clean Energy Technical Advisory Committee to the Governor’s New Energy Industry Task Force. He has a BA in Economics from UNR and did masters work in Economics at UNR and BYU.

Holly Lloyd

Holly Lloyd

Southwest Gas

Holly Lloyd is the Program Manager of Southwest Gas’ commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs in Arizona, California and Nevada. She is also responsible for Southwest Gas’ energy education activities for all market sectors in Nevada. Holly is responsible for the development, implementation, promotion and reporting of these programs. Having joined Southwest Gas in 1994, she has held several positions in gas control, engineering, pipeline safety/compliance, and regulatory affairs. Holly received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona.

Michelle Lindsay

NV Energy Southern Nevada - High Capacity Transit Plan

Wednesday, September 13th 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Energy Policy in Nevada

Mark Hauenstein

Mark Hauenstein

Technical Designs

Mark is a registered engineer in most States in the Western US, LEED accredited professional, and AABC certified building commissioning authority. Mark is an engineering graduate of the University of Kansas and a member of ASHRAE and ASPE. As the President of Technical Designs, Mark offers 30 years of mechanical engineering experience, as well as mechanical contracting and land development experience. Technical Designs provides 3-D BIM MEP design, LEED design and documentation support, energy modeling and analysis, as well as building commissioning services. Mark is Sustainability Chair for ASHRAE Northern Nevada and member of the City of Reno’s Commercial Green Building task force. Technical Designs is a member of the Energy Star partners and EPA Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership.

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