Presenter Photos and Profiles (in order of appearance)
Janice Berman, Senior Director of Energy Efficiency Strategy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Janice Berman is the Senior Director of Energy Efficiency Strategy. Ms. Berman is responsible for providing strategic leadership of PG&E’s Energy Efficiency portfolio. Prior to her current position, Ms. Berman has held numerous regulatory, financial and operational positions at PG&E, including Director of Customer Generation, Director of Rates and Tariffs, Director of Revenue Requirements, Director of Business Development, and Director of Gas System Operations. Ms. Berman earned a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Whitman College, and has a Masters degree in Operations Research from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. She joined PG&E in 1987 as an engineer working on the development of new power plants, and quickly became interested in integrating resource planning for power plants, demand-side resources, and T&D.
Dave Ashuckian, Deputy Director for Energy
Efficiency, California Energy Commission.
Ashuckian is the Director of the California
Energy Commission’s Efficiency and Renewable
The Division is responsible for
developing energy efficiency standards for Title
24 and Title 20 building and appliance standards
as well as compliance and enforcement of those
standards and achieving greater energy
efficiency in existing buildings.
The Division also is responsible for
renewable resource development including
providing incentives for renewable facilities,
certifying renewable facilities eligible for the
RPS, tracking and verification of renewable
energy output, and overseeing the RPS for
publicly owned utilities.
Dr. Lon House, President, Water and Energy
Dr. House has a Bachelors, two Masters, and a
Ph.D. in Engineering and Economics from
U.C.Davis. He is a Certified Energy Manager
(CEM) and a Certified Sustainable Development
Professional (CSDP) with the Association of
He taught engineering in Graduate School
at U.C. Davis for a number of years and is
currently the Co-Director of Hydropower for the
U.C Davis Energy Institute.
He worked for the California Energy
Commission for five years as a utility planner,
and he was the chief utility planner for the
California Public Utilities Commission for five
In 1990 he went out into the consulting
business, starting his own business (Water and
Ray Agah, Save Mart Supermarkets.
was hired by Save Mart Supermarkets in Jan. of
Ray moved to the United States when he
was 16 years old, he was introduced to the
grocery retail business as a bagger with Market
Basket in Orange, Texas. He held various
positions- stock boy, key carrier, and frozen
food manager with Market Basket. He then moved
to Houston Texas to work as Assistant Director
of Engineering for Rice Food market. He also
worked for companies such as WR Grace, Fisher
Fazio, SuperValu, and Dominick’s Finer Foods in
Chicago. He also earned his Master’s Degree in
Industrial Engineering. Before coming to Save
Mart, Ray held the position of Vice President of
Engineering for Amerihost Hotels, designing and
building hotels in both the US and abroad.
Ray has designed all of Save Mart’s
newest stores. Ray oversees new store
construction, building maintenance, and
Erik de Kok, Ascent Environmental. Erik de Kok is a Senior Planner with Ascent Environmental. He has over 13 years of planning and project management experience in land use, transportation, and climate and sustainability planning and project implementation. Prior to joining Ascent, Erik worked in the City of Sacramento’s Long Range Planning division for over 8 years, where he worked extensively on the 2030 General Plan and led the City’s Climate Action Planning efforts. He also participated in numerous green initiatives in the Sacramento region, including the Sacramento Area Climate Partnership, Solar America Cities, the Sacramento City/County Green Building Task Force, the Greenwise Regional Action Plan, and the Capital Area Plug-In Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council.
William LeBlanc, Senior Advisor, E Source .
.Mr. LeBlanc is a recognized leader in energy efficiency programs, with particular expertise in program design, marketing, market research, new product development, and strategy. He assists utility clients in understanding their customer markets, providing tools and messages to sway customer demand, and creating overall market strategies. He has been a leader and innovator in energy efficiency and load management throughout his 20 year career, working for PG&E, EPRI, E Source, and consulting firms. In 1990, he founded the Association of Energy Services Professionals, still the industry’s major society. Mr. LeBlanc is known for his creativity and problem-solving ability and is a sought-after public speaker.
Christopher Dymond, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
Christopher is a Senior Product Manager for NEEA. In
this role, Christopher identifies and evaluates
new energy efficiency technologies with
potential for significant energy savings.
His principal role is to provide
technical support for initiative managers as
they advance the use of various energy
efficiency initiatives through the market
Nick O'Neil, Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Nick joined the Council in the spring of 2012 to aid with the management of the Regional Technical Forum (RTF) and to provide engineering support for energy efficiency measure development throughout the region. Prior to his work at the Council, Nick served on the RTF as a member for the Energy Trust of Oregon for 3 years, where he worked as a senior planning engineer in charge of providing technical and cost-effectiveness analysis for utility efficiency programs in Oregon. Before entering the field of energy efficiency, Nick worked as a mechanical engineer involved with commercial building energy modeling, HVAC design and construction for several Architectural/Engineering firms throughout the US. He is a registered Professional Engineer with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo.