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Panel Speakers

Daniel R. Borneo - Sandia National Laboratories - Distributed Energy/ Electrical Energy Storage

Mr. Borneo is a Professional Electrical Engineer and Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL).  He holds both a BSEE and MSEE from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque). He serves as the principal investigator and project leader for the Department of Energy/Office of Electricity (DOE/OE) Electrical Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Testing and Demonstration Program. His primary focus is collaborating with representatives of the energy storage industry, academia, and state energy groups to facilitate moving innovative electrical energy storage technologies and systems to commercialized products and services. 

William Torre, PI, UCSD Program Director of Energy Storage Research, Center for Energy Research, UC San Diego

William Torre  serves as University of California San Diego Program Director of Energy Storage and Systems with oversight of power system research, development and testing of advanced energy storage systems, and integration of renewable energy systems. In November 2011, he retired from San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E) after 30 years, and his last assignments from 2010-2012 were as SDG&E’s Manager of Research and Development, Manager of Technology Innovation and Development group in Transmission &  Distribution Engineering division where he led the installation of several energy storage projects as part of the SDG&E smart grid program . From 2008 – 2010 held the position of Chief Engineer at SDG&E, and provided Engineering oversight and coordination for all engineering. Relevant to  the value streams from distributed generation associated with the T&D issues from the decommissioning of SONGS, he served from 1996 to 2008 as SDG&E’s Manager of Transmission Engineering & Design where he managed 27 engineers and designers for engineering all overhead and underground transmission lines for the SDG&E’s service territory.   From Jan, 1981 - June, 1988; Adjunct Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Initiated the successful power engineering program at SDSU.

Brad Fiebig - Product Manager - Lockheed Martin

Brad Fiebig is currently Product Manager for Lockheed Martin’s energy storage line of business. He has extensive professional experience in product development, project management, systems integration, and testing of a broad range of energy solutions. Prior to his current role, Mr. Fiebig was the Certified Principal Engineer on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle program responsible for the spacecraft’s solar array system development.

Prior to his work at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Fiebig served as Chief Technology Officer of HyEnergy Systems, a venture capital funded fuel cell company, where he was responsible for all aspects of design and production. Mr. Fiebig also led electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems development for government customers including DOD, DOE, NIH and NASA.

Mr. Fiebig holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston, a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Masters of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University. He has four (4) US patents issued.

Kenneth Ragsdale P.E., Principal - Market Design and Development, ERCOT

Kenneth Ragsdale is a Principal at ERCOT and has over 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry, including experience in Market Design and Implementation, Settlements and Billing, Market and Utility Operations, Power Marketing, Resource Planning and Alternative Energy.  He has been at ERCOT since 2000 and was part of the start-up teams for the ERCOT Zonal Market and the ERCOT Nodal Market.

Prior to joining ERCOT, he worked at Austin Energy and at the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

Kenneth Ragsdale is a Registered Professional Engineer and earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Bill Muston, Manager of R&D - Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC

Bill Muston has spent a career in emerging technologies for the electric industry, as an R&D manager.  He began with the vertically-integrated utility structure in Texas, and continued as that utility became Oncor in the restructured competitive energy market in Texas.  Oncor is a market-neutral utility, delivering electric energy as a regulated service through its transmission and distribution systems. 

His key career elements address technical maturity and risks for application of emerging technologies, and also the related business model and regulatory considerations. 

Present work includes distributed energy resources such as energy storage, solar, fueled generation, and microgrids to enhance local grid reliability.

Bill graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and a Life Member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society

Neal Bartek, Distributed Energy Resources Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

Neal Bartek is the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). In his current role, he is responsible for leading the implementation of SDG&E’s DER vision, including development of the groundbreaking Borrego Springs Microgrid project.  During his more than 15 years in the electric industry, he has held numerous leadership and technical positions in electric design, construction and operations.   He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.




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Argonne National Lab

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University of Texas at Arlington

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