Breakout Session: Opportunities in Electrification for Decarbonization


Mert Geveci
Malta Inc., Principal Controls Engineer

Mert joined Malta Inc. with a background in control system design and implementation in a range of industries spanning energy storage, diesel engines, and wind turbines.  Prior to joining Malta, Mert led controls-related research and development efforts at GE Renewable Energy, focusing on offshore wind applications, and was involved in the development of GE's Haliade-X.  His other assignments at GE involved combined cycle power plants as well as controls development for GE's Durathon battery.  Prior to joining GE, Mert focused on the development of emission control systems for diesel engines at Cummins Inc.  Applying his background and expertise to creating technologies that help our environment has been Mert's career focus and passion.  He believes that well-developed control solutions enable efficient and robust systems, which in turn improve the viability of the next generations of energy and transportation technologies.  Mert holds a PhD from Purdue University and an MS from Lehigh University, both in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Lola Infante
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Senior Advisor, External Relations & Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Lola Infante is Sr. Advisor, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives at the Electric Power research Institute (EPRI) where she leads stakeholder engagement for strategic areas such as EPRI’s Low Carbon Resource Initiative (LCRI).

Previously, Infante was Sr. Director, Clean Energy Technology and Policy at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), where she focused on market and policy developments in clean and alternative energy resources as well as other critical fuels for power generation. Among other things, she launched and managed EEI’s energy storage practice and led many initiatives on renewables and distributed energy resources. Before joining EEI, Infante worked at the Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets, a Washington DC think tank, and at GAB-Robins in Paris, France, where she worked in marketing and corporate finance.

Infante is a frequent speaker on these issues at many technical and policy groups, has authored several articles and papers on energy related topics, and participates in several industry committees.

Dr. Infante holds a PhD with Distinction in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Energy, Environment, Science and Technology from the School of Advanced International Studies division of Johns Hopkins University, an MA in International Economics and Finance, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Sciences Po Paris, France.

Judith Judson
National Grid, Head of U.S. Strategy

Judith Judson is the newly appointed Head of US Strategy for National Grid. She brings a wealth of experience in public policy, regulatory, project development, and business strategy. Prior to her current role, Ms. Judson served in top government positions in Massachusetts, as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and as Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU).  Judith oversaw the Massachusetts Energy Storage Initiative which implemented policies to significantly grow the development of energy storage in the state.  In addition to her extensive government experience, Ms. Judson spent several years in leadership roles in the energy storage industry where she developed multiple utility-scale storage projects and led the advocacy for new rules to compensate storage in the wholesale electricity markets.  She has received honors from her industry peers having been awarded the Phil Symons Energy Storage Award by the Energy Storage Association and the Energy Storage North America Policy Champion Award for her work to advance the energy storage industry.

Dr. Laura Nelson
Green Hydrogen Coalition, Special Advisor

Dr. Nelson, an economist, has led a distinguished career in the energy industry and is a long-standing hydrogen champion. Under her leadership, Utah founded the first-of-its-kind Annual Utah Governor’s Energy Office Hydrogen Symposium. Prior to joining GHC, Dr. Nelson served as Energy Policy Adviser to the Governor Herbert of Utah, and from 2014-2020 was Executive Director of the Utah Office of Energy Development. As a leader in the energy community, Dr. Nelson has extensive board and committee experience including serving as the Chair of the Utah Energy Infrastructure board and Chair to the Western Interstate Energy Board. Dr. Nelson holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah.

Transportation, industrial processing, and residential and commercial space heating are major economic sectors that still rely on the direct combustion of fossil fuels. With public officials and the industries themselves focused on transitioning to clean electricity to meet emission reduction goals, the market opportunity for energy storage in these sectors abounds. Learn about the role and market opportunities for energy storage in the efforts to further decarbonize these sectors.  

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