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Keynote: Making Sure Storage Provides Value for Customers and States


Marissa Gillett, Esq.
Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority., Chairman

Marissa Paslick Gillett is the Chairman of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. Governor Ned Lamont nominated Gillett to begin serving on the three member regulatory authority on April 26, 2019, and her appointment was subsequently confirmed by both the House of Representatives and State Senate. Prior to her appointment, Gillett was the Vice President of External Relations for the Energy Storage Association – the national trade association representing the energy storage industry. From 2011 to 2018, Gillett worked at the Maryland Public Service Commission, an independent agency within the Maryland state government that regulates public utilities, where she most recently served as the senior advisor to the chairman. Gillett received a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jason Burwen
U.S. Energy Storage Association, Interim CEO
 Jason Burwen is the Interim CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. He has been with ESA since 2015, mostly recently as Vice President of Policy. Previously, Jason was the Associate Director for Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he directed research and advocacy on U.S. energy R&D and tax policy. He also served as staff director of the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of CEOs led by Bill Gates to advocate for greater U.S. federal investments in clean energy technology development. Jason has also consulted to utilities on demand response program design and evaluation for FSC Group (acquired by Nexant) and reviewed renewable energy procurement processes and trends for the California Public Utilities Commission.                                   


As the leader of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Chairman Marissa Gillett is undertaking a reformation of the utility regulatory compact while advancing state policy goals in the context regional wholesale market. Chair Gillett will discuss how she sees the role of regulators in doing right for their customers and their states, as well as the role of storage in that effort.