Upcoming CCEC Webinar!

Grid Modernization: Global Insights & Local Solutions

Wednesday, November 29 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm

CCEC is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar titled “Grid Modernization: Global Insights & Local Solutions”, which will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 29th. This one-and-a-half hour event, hosted in conjunction with the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition, will feature a series of speakers from around the globe discussing common challenges and potential solutions as governments worldwide seek to transform their electric grids for a decarbonized future. Among other topics, we will hear about the complex dynamics of grid transformation, the capacity of the grid to handle electrification, the role of microgrids in a decarbonized grid, and the potential of public-private partnerships to help streamline the energy transition. With a diverse array of speakers and topics, this webinar will have something to offer not only for practitioners but for anyone interested in the future of our energy system. We hope to see you there!

Meet our Speakers!

Mark Paterson

Managing Director/Lead Systems Architect, Energy Catalyst Pty Ltd

Barry Hooper

Senior Green Building Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Melanie D. Johnson

Electrical Engineering Researcher, Energy Branch, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

Stephen Honikman

Vice President of Business Development, Electriq Power

Marc Costa

Board Co-Chair, Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition

Mark Paterson is the Managing Director and Lead Systems Architect of Energy Catalyst, a specialist consulting practice focused on the targeted structural shifts required for legacy power systems to be provisioned for a secure and efficient transition to a Net Zero Emissions future. With over two decades in the energy sector, Mark’s theoretically robust but pragmatic approach is grounded in his applied technology origins and Engineering, Business and Master of Enterprise qualifications. Focused at the intersection of strategic vision and practical implementation, he has led several national energy system transformation projects in Australia, including as Chair of the CSIRO Future Grid Forum and Program Director of the CSIRO/ENA Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap. At Horizon Power and Energex, two energy utilities serving remote, regional and metropolitan customers, he led the innovative development and scale deployment of several utility technology innovation firsts.


Barry Hooper manages the Existing Buildings Energy Performance ordinance, which motivates improved energy efficiency through benchmarking and energy use disclosure for commercial and multifamily buildings, and requires commercial buildings to prepare an actionable plan for improvement. Barry leads development and supports implementation of San Francisco’s codes and regulations requiring new buildings to be all-electric, install solar photovoltaics or living roofs, provide electrical infrastructure for vehicle charging, and meet credible 3rd party green building standards including GreenPoint Rated or LEED. Barry contributes to the Bay Area Regional Energy Network Codes & Standards program and is active in the C40 Cities Private Buildings Decarbonization Network.


Melanie D. Johnson is an electrical engineering researcher in the Energy Branch of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL). Melanie joined the Energy Branch at ERDC-CERL in 2008 and focuses on improving energy resiliency for DoD installations with microgrids and other advanced electrical distribution technology. She was the Assistant Technical Manager for the JCTD SPIDERS program, a key technical lead for the Tactical Microgrids Standards Consortium, and currently leads CERL’s Resilient Energy and Advanced Distribution Innovation Team. Melanie graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with an MS in Electrical Engineering and from the University of Texas at Austin with a BSEE, both specializing in power and energy systems.


Stephen is a technology and sustainability executive active in various aspects of technology commercialization, including engineering consulting and energy and clean-tech innovation, regulation, and finance. Stephen is currently Vice President of Business Development at Electriq Power, where he works to simplify deployment of microgrids to support the grid’s transition to a Distributed Energy Resource-rich, and climate resilient, infrastructure network. Stephen is currently focused on expanding Electriq’s innovative Sustainable Community Networks offering that includes expanded access to residential solar microgrids by under-resourced and disadvantaged communities so that no one is left out of the clean energy transition. Stephen received an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Economics from Boston University. He also received a JD and MS in Technology and Human Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis.


Marc has more than twelve years of experience in the building industry focusing on areas ranging from advanced energy community planning, federal energy data standards and software development, as well as state and local government energy policy. Marc previously led the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) “To Code” committee, is an active member of the California Technical Forum, advisor to the CEC on AB 802 data regulations and machine learning GIS data efforts, a member of the Department of Energy’s Task Force to create and implement data exchange standards, and was on the triennial DOE Solar Energy Technology Office investment proposal review team to award National Research Laboratories 2018-2020 funding. He holds a B.S. in Management Science from UCSD, a B.S. in Construction Engineering from CSULB, and is a LEED AP, CGBP, and BOC Level II.

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