Advanced Energy is governed by a Board of Directors. Eight directors are appointed by the governor of North Carolina to represent public interests, four directors are named by member utilities, and one is appointed by the NC Utilities Commission.
Advanced Energy’s Board of Directors includes:
Fred Alphin, public member
Mr. Alphin was formerly Counsel for the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation and all of its affiliate companies. He served as a member of the Tenth Judicial District Bar, the Wake County Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors, and also served as Chairman of all corporate lawyers for the North Carolina Bar Association. Mr. Alphin holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kendal Bowman, utility member: Duke Energy
Ms. Bowman, Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Policy, joined the Board in April 2014. Ms. Bowman joined Duke Energy in 1999 as General Counsel for Progress Energy Carolinas and Progress Energy Florida. Ms. Bowman received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar and the North Carolina Bar.
Rob Caldwell, utility member: Duke Energy
Mr. Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology, joined the Board in December 2008. Mr. Caldwell joined Progress Energy in 1998 as Vice President, Strategic Planning, and has held a number of other positions leading to his current one. Prior to joining Progress Energy, he served in various management positions with a Michigan utility. Mr. Caldwell graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University.
Adam Foodman, public member: O2 EMC, LLC and O2 Energies, Inc.
Mr. Foodman is the chief operating officer of O2 EMC, LLC and O2 Energies, Inc. O2 EMC is an Independent Power Producer that develops, owns, and operates solar farms across the Southeast. Its investors enjoy working with an experienced partner that makes investing in solar simple and profitable. O2’s projects are developed to maximize local jobs and local investment while enhancing sustainability and educational opportunities in each project community.
Chris Ferrell, P.E., public member: Mott MacDonald USA, LLC
Mr. Ferrell is a Vice President at Mott MacDonald in the Energy unit. Mr. Ferrell joined Mott MacDonald in 2016 and is directly responsible for fostering and developing key client relationships, project oversight and several personnel in the southeastern US region. He has been involved in the development, engineering, and construction of over 4,000 megawatts of operating renewable projects across the country. These have included the largest wind complex in Texas, the largest solar farm east of the Mississippi River, and the largest wind project battery installation in the US. He has been a successful project manager, project engineer and project director for a wide variety of transmission, distribution and substation projects, including underground and overhead transmission and distribution, SCADA and fiber design, reactive compensation studies, plant protection and control systems, and system modeling efforts. Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, Mr. Ferrell has held various management and engineering roles with engineering, construction and utility companies.
Katharine Kollins, public member: Southeastern Wind Coalition
Ms. Kollins has been with the Southeastern Wind Coalition as its President since October 2015. She manages SEWC’s programming and operations across 11 states working with a wide variety of stakeholders to promote land-based and offshore wind, wind imports, and the regions’ supply chain assets. Ms. Kollins’ experience in the wind industry includes working in finance for Boston-based developer First Wind, consulting with Vestas R&D to formulate a federal grant funding strategy, and a role as business development manager for The Wind Alliance. Ms. Kollins has also worked in other renewable energy capacities as an analyst at the Nicholas Institute and authoring an NREL paper on third-Party PPA financing of solar systems. Prior to the Southeastern Wind Coalition, Ms. Kollins worked for RTI International where she was the finance lead for two $30M+ divisions.
Robert K. Koger, NCUC member
Dr. Robert (Bob) Koger is the former president and CEO of both Advanced Energy and NC GreenPower, which are located in Raleigh on NC State University’s Centennial Campus. The North Carolina Utilities Commission initiated the establishment of the two nonprofit corporations – Advanced Energy (AE) in 1980 and NC GreenPower (NCGP) in 2003. Both were unique at the time they were started. Advanced Energy was one of the first organizations in the nation established with the goal of limiting increases in electric rates and bills through the implementation and promotion of energy efficiency, demand response, and alternative and renewable electric generation sources. Similarly, NC GreenPower was the nation’s first statewide voluntary renewable energy program. It has provided incentives that have resulted in approximately 1,000 renewable energy installations as well as helping educate the general public about renewable energy.
Dale Lambert, utility member: North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation
Mr. Lambert serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Randolph Electric Membership Corporation headquartered in Asheboro, N.C. He represents North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives on the Advanced Energy Board. Mr. Lambert has over 33 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He has held numerous positions within the cooperative, the last 17 as CEO. Mr. Lambert presently serves as President of the Board for the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) and Chairs the Executive Committee, North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperative’s (NCAEC) Board and Executive Committee, on the Rural Electric Action Program Committee (Past Chairman) and on the Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange Board. He previously served on the Board for ACES Power Marketing and on NCEMC’s Power Supply Committee (Past Chairman).
Peter Ledford, public member: NC Sustainable Energy Association
As NCSEA’s General Counsel, Mr. Ledford directs NCSEA’s legal engagement at the North Carolina Utilities Commission and other policy-making venues. In this role, Mr. Ledford aims to support and protect the fair rules that encourage clean energy market development, as well as those that govern how power providers set and recover electric rates. Mr. Ledford’s work is critical in ensuring clean energy continues to penetrate and fairly compete in North Carolina’s regulated monopoly environment. Mr. Ledford graduated from the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and from the Wake Forest University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law before all state courts in North Carolina and before the Supreme Court of the United States. He is certified as a specialist in Utilities Law by the North Carolina State Bar.
Robert Powell, public member: NC A&T State University
Mr. Powell is an associate professor in the Architectural Engineering Program at NC A&T State University. He teaches aspects of architectural design and building construction based on many years of professional practice. This has included building design and construction administration as a practicing architect, building contractor, affordable housing developer and energy consultant. He is also a long term advocate and practitioner of sustainable development consulting with neighborhoods using open participatory design methods to identify effective use of green technologies. Mr. Powell received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University in Architectural Engineering and his Masters in Architecture from M.I.T.
Jo Anne Sanford, public member: Sanford Law Office
Ms. Sanford practices law in Sanford Law Office and is a partner in Blount Street Advisors, a governmental consulting firm. Ms. Sanford led the North Carolina Utilities Commission as Chair for ten of her eleven and a half year term (1995-2006), serving under appointments to the Commission and as Chair from both Governors Hunt and Easley. She earned national recognition as an expert in regulatory law and policy, participated vigorously on numerous state and national boards, and is regularly requested to speak and advise on regulatory issues. Her current professional focus is on regulatory and governmental policies that support sustainability in a low-carbon environment, infrastructure investment, water law and broadband deployment. Her clients have included Fortune 500 corporations, mid-size regulated companies and major non-profit organizations. A graduate of North Carolina State University and of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, Ms. Sanford handled progressively responsible positions in the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office over a 20 year period. She represented the public in environmental, insurance, energy, and utilities matters, while also providing service to various state agencies including the State Auditor, the Secretary of State and the Department of Commerce. In January, 2007, after a successful 31 year career with the Attorney General’s Office and the North Carolina Utilities Commission, Sanford launched complementary professional practices (legal and consulting) in downtown Raleigh.
Carl Wilkins, P.E., public member: Quanta Technology
Mr. Wilkins has extensive experience in the electric utility industry serving in a variety of managerial, research and consultative roles working with electric and gas utility companies. Combining experience in engineering, sales, marketing and project management with applied technical skills, he brings a wide array of talents to Quanta Technology. Mr. Wilkins managed several projects related to transmission and distribution storm hardening assessments and emergency preparedness plans for large electric utilities. He has also led benchmarking studies on transmission maintenance and construction practices. His team currently performs renewable energy grid integration studies for wind and solar PV projects. Prior to joining Quanta Technology, Mr. Wilkins served at Advanced Energy as the Director of Utility Services where he managed the senior management relationships and the delivery of energy efficiency and renewable energy services to electric utilities. Mr. Wilkins was also the chief architect in the development of North Carolina’s green power program, NC GreenPower, the first statewide green power program where all electric utilities in the state agreed to collaborate and use one marketing campaign.