Mar 28 2012

TEC Keynote Speaker Announcement

Posted at 10:07 am under Uncategorized

From Marketing Director Geoffrey Finger:


Barbara Kates-Garnick, Undersecretary for Energy of the state of Massachusets, will be delivering a keynote at TEC 2012. Energy Undersecretary Barbara Kates-Garnick’s experience has spanned public and private arenas in the energy, regulatory and public policy sectors.


Kates-Garnick was appointed by Governor  Deval Patrick after serving several years as  an independent consultant in academia and  private business. Most recently, she advised  the Polytechnic Institute of New York  University on issues related to urban systems,  clean technology, energy policy and  entrepreneurship.


Her previous energy positions with the  Commonwealth include serving as a former  Department of Public Utilities (DPU)  commissioner and member of the Energy  Facilities Siting Board, and as a DPU director responsible for developing Massachusetts’ first natural gas deregulation policy.


Kates-Garnick’s private sector achievements include serving as an officer at KeySpan where, as corporate affairs vice president, she developed energy policy strategy and directed the governmental communications and community relations teams.


Kates-Garnick earned her PhD at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and an undergraduate degree in political science at Bryn Mawr College.


Kates-Garnick will be giving the closing keynote for TEC 2012.


Two additional keynotes will be delivered. Kevin Book, Managing Director at ClearView Energy Parters, will open the conference with a keynote speech titled “Greening up in the ‘Golden’ age of Gas.”


Dr. El-Ashry, senior fellow at the UN Foundation, will deliver a keynote titled “Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development.”

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