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The Sustainable Energy Future


Jan Vrins
Guidehouse, Global Energy, Sustainability, and Infrastructure Segment Leader

Jan Vrins leads Navigant’s Global Energy Practice. He advises industry executives on developing and implementing their policies and strategies. Jan has experience with policy, regulation and strategy, organizational (re)structuring, business transformation and change management, capital program management, grid modernization and hardening, post-merger integration, and technology strategy and implementation. Jan has worked across the entire energy value chain, generation, transmission, distribution and retail.

Navigant’s Global Energy practice provides consulting and research services for energy companies, government organizations, NGO’s and Foundations, large corporations, product manufacturers, technology companies, and investors in areas including strategy and policy, market structures and pricing, business and operational strategy, grid modernization, grid restoration and hardening, transmission, capital program management, business models and partnerships, emerging technologies, renewables, urban energy, and distributed energy resources.

Since joining Navigant (in 2014), Jan has guided his team to develop thought leadership, solution offerings, and capabilities to support clients as the energy industry experiences major transformation. With over 1000 consulting projects each year in Energy, Navigant is at the forefront supporting their clients to navigate the energy transformation opportunities and challenges. Navigant has one of the largest energy consulting teams globally focused on the energy transformation with over 600 management consultants.

Jan Vrins has co-developed an industry leading framework, The Energy Cloud, which helps organizations understand new opportunities in the energy market, policy and regulatory changes, changing customer needs, new technologies, strategic options, and emerging business models. He also has developed a Utility of the Future model that helps clients understand the trends in the market, potential strategies, underlying integrated business processes and business models, aimed at further improving their commercial and operational performance.

Prior to Navigant, Jan held multiple global energy industry leadership roles at Accenture, KPMG Consulting and BearingPoint. His energy industry experience includes investor‐owned and government-owned utilities and Oil and Gas companies in Europe, North America, South America (including Brazil), and the Middle East. Jan has authored various publications and presented at leading industry conferences, on topics like Energy megatrends and tipping points, Utility of the future and emerging Business Models, and Sustainable Excellence and Business Transformation. With extensive consulting experience (25+ years) in the energy sector and a history of growing businesses in diverse, global markets, Jan is considered a global (thought) leader in the energy consulting industry.

Jan was recognized by Consulting Magazine as one of the Top 20 Global Leaders in Consulting, 

Edward Yim
Department of Energy and Environment, Policy Advisor, Energy Administration

Edward P. Yim is Energy Policy Advisor for the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment. In this role, he develops decarbonization and resilience strategies, and advises on issues concerning energy system transition.  He performs research and planning, and develops initiatives and projects to help achieve the Department’s deep decarbonization goals. He led the effort to develop the District’s grid modernization roadmap as well as the District’s climate and energy plan, called Clean Energy DC, which formed the basis of the District’s Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act.  Currently he is leading a team developing the District’s Strategic Electrification Roadmap, funded by US DOE.  He is also working to develop a Net Zero Energy Neighborhood pilot as well as a solar plus storage residential microgrid pilot.  His background includes energy law and architecture, and he is a certified Passive House consultant.

Carolyn Shellman
CPS Energy, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel

Carolyn Shellman oversees CPS Energy’s Legal and Governmental Affairs functions.
Before joining CPS Energy in 2006, Shellman served as Vice President & General Counsel for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Prior to that position, she was a partner at the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP and a partner at Bickerstaff Heath & Smiley LLP. She also has served as the Director of Hearings as well as the Secretary of the Commission at the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Shellman is a graduate of Vassar College and has a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of Oklahoma.

Christopher Moyer
Zpryme, Sr. Director, Content & Research
Christine Cole
Itron, Global Technical Marketing

Christine has extensive global strategic product management and technical marketing experience supporting smart cities and utilities in their sustainable journey.  She is a subject matter expert on mission critical communications and is currently focused on Global EV Systems and Connected Transportation solutions for Itron.

Connected and sustainable communities of the future will require a forward-looking approach to energy infrastructure. Building the right kind of transmission and distribution grid will mean finding new ways to accommodate renewables, electric vehicles, and distributed energy. How can utilities and community leaders incentivize the energy infrastructure transition?