John Cochrane is the global business development and mergers & acquisitions director for National Grid. Earlier, he was executive vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer, and a director of National Grid USA. He was also responsible for U.S. M&A activity. John joined New England Electric System (NEES) in 1981, which was later acquired by National Grid. Previously, he was vice president and treasurer of NEES, director of corporate finance for NEES’s service subsidiary, and treasurer or assistant treasurer of various other NEES subsidiaries. He also has served as assistant to the NEES president and chief executive officer. John is a graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. in biology. He later earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University in 1982. Cochrane complete CV
Dave Dayton is CEO of Clean Energy Solutions, Inc., a company he formed in 2000 to advise municipalities, utilities, government agencies, and other organizations on energy-efficiency program design and renewable technologies. David is a pioneer in energy efficiency and a developer of performance-contracting financing techniques that gave rise to the modern ESCO industry. In 1982, he founded Select Energy Services, Inc. and was chairman until its acquisition by Northeast Utilities in 1990. Mr. Dayton has spoken and written extensively on energy efficiency and was on the Energy Task Force of the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality. He was president of the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) and is considered a leader in the energy efficiency industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Dayton complete CV
Doug Foy is a founder and CEO of Serrafix, a developer of clean tech enterprises focused on energy efficiency, smart growth, sustainable development, and climate change. Prior to Serrafix, Doug was the first Secretary of Commonwealth Development in Gov. Mitt Romney’s administration. Earlier, Doug served for 25 years as the president and CEO of the Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s premier environmental advocacy organization. He has been awarded the President’s Environmental and Conservation Challenge Award (the country’s highest conservation award), and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Woodrow Wilson Center. He is a member of the 1968 USA Olympic rowing team and the 1969 USA national rowing team. He graduated from Princeton University as a University Scholar in engineering and physics, attended Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar in geophysics, and graduated from Harvard Law School. Foy complete CV
An energy leader in Massachusetts for many years, Paul Gromer was a state energy commissioner, executive director of energy efficiency and solar energy trade associations, president of a consulting firm, and a regulatory attorney. As the Massachusetts Commissioner of Energy Resources, he was responsible for developing and implementing state energy policy and managing energy programs. As chairman of the Mass. Energy Facilities Siting Council, he had regulatory responsibility for power plant siting and utility planning. Paul is a co-founder of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Council and the Solar Energy Business Association of New England and continues to play a leading role in both organizations.
Paul founded and is president of Peregrine Energy Group, an energy consulting firm. As an attorney, he has represented energy companies before public utility commissions throughout the northeast. He is a member of the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and the Connecticut Solar Advisory Council; he is on the board of the New England Clean Energy Council; and he is co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Energy and Telecommunications Law Committee. Paul earned his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Gromer complete CV
Paul Ligon is Vice President for Business Development and Strategy at Casella Waste Systems, a provider of waste services, recycling, organic residual processing, energy, bio-fuels, and closed loop recovery solutions to businesses, universities, institutions, and communities in the Northeast. He is a leader in resource recovery and recycling and has driven several successful organizations and service offerings on behalf of companies, governments, and NGOs in the US and internationally. Prior to joining Casella, Paul was a Managing Director with Waste Management’s Organic Growth Group, serving on the senior leadership teams of the Upstream Sustainability Services and Greenopolis Recycling Technology divisions. From 1990 to 2001, he was a Senior Scientist with the Tellus Institute, a global environmental NGO, where he advised governments, businesses, and institutions on emerging best practices in recovery, recycling, and reuse. He earned a bachelor’s of science from the University of Vermont, where he cofounded UVM’s Vermont Student Environmental Program, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he co-founded Tuck's Business and Society Initiative.
Rob Pratt is the chairman and CEO of GreenerU, a company he founded to help colleges and universities become sustainability leaders while reducing energy, water and infrastructure costs. Previously, Rob was the founder, chairman, and CEO of Energia Global International (EGI, now Enel Latin America), a company that became one of the leading renewable energy companies in Central America. Prior to GreenerU, Rob was the senior vice president of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, where he worked with cities, states and nonprofit organizations in developing innovative, large-scale energy efficiency implementation projects. He also served as director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, a $250 million state fund to promote renewable energy and clean energy economic development.
Rob is a nationally renowned expert in clean energy and serves as chairman emeritus of the American Council on Renewable Energy. He is also chairman and a board member of the International Institute for Energy Conservation, an organization he founded in 1984. Rob is Treasurer and a board member of the Alliance to Save Energy, a board member of the New England Clean Energy Council, and President and board member of the Cambridge Energy Alliance. He earned an MPA degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. Pratt complete CV