Board of Directors

kendal bowmanKendal Bowman, utility member: Duke Energy

As Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Policy in North Carolina for Duke Energy, Ms. Bowman manages Duke Energy’s presence in regulatory matters before the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). She provides leadership on strategic plans and technical direction on regulatory policy for North Carolina. Previously, she spent a decade leading the federal regulatory affairs group and was responsible for all Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), legal, policy and compliance matters for Progress Energy. Ms. Bowman has served on the board of directors for Advanced Energy Corporation since 2014. Ms. Bowman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. She is admitted to the state bars of North Carolina and Florida.

Dionne Delli-Gatti, public member: North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

Ms. Delli-Gatti serves as North Carolina’s Clean Energy Director. In this policymaking capacity, she focuses on efforts to promote clean energy in North Carolina including negotiating energy legislation, advancing regulatory efforts, and implementing Executive Order 80 and the State’s Clean Energy Plan. Prior to joining DEQ, Ms. Delli-Gatti served at the Environmental Defense Fund as the Director of Southeast Climate and Energy. That followed six years at the Atlanta EPA Regional office as Congressional and Governmental Liaison. Her environmental experience also includes government service at the Ohio EPA and the City of Dallas, as well as time as an Environmental Specialist at Turner Collie & Braden, Inc. An Air Force veteran, Ms. Delli-Gatti holds a B.A. from Wright State in Environmental Geology and a Master of Science from the University of North Texas in Environmental Science.

Chris Edge, utility member: Duke Energy

Mr. Edge is the Vice President – Large Business Customers for Duke Energy. In this role, Chris provides the vision and leadership for the team that is responsible for developing relationships with the company’s largest industrial, commercial, military, and governmental customers with a focus on customer satisfaction, financial growth, and operational excellence. His responsibilities span across Duke Energy’s entire franchise gas and electric footprint including Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

Advanced Energy Board Member Hayes Finley

Hayes Jernigan Finley, public member: Womble Bond Dickinson

Ms. Finley is an attorney at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) practicing energy and environmental law. She represents private businesses in environmental and utility regulatory matters, conducts environmental due diligence and legal opinions for project financing transactions in the renewable energy arena, and advises clients on environmental remediation and clean-up activities. A North Carolina native, she graduated summa cum laude from NCCU School of Law. Prior to law school, she served in the US Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa for two years.

Adam Foodman, public member: Solar Operations Solutions

Mr. Foodman is a North Carolina licensed attorney who is the Chief Executive Officer of Solar Operations Solutions, a technology, operations and maintenance provider to the solar energy industry. He also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of O2 EMC, LLC a utility scale solar energy developer, and is the 2021 Chair of The Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association. Mr. Foodman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from Mercer University School of Law. He is admitted to the State Bar of North Carolina.

Robert K. Koger, NCUC member

Dr. Robert (Bob) Koger is the former president and CEO of both Advanced Energy and NC GreenPower. Prior to joining Advanced Energy in 1988, Dr. Koger served 10 years on the Utilities Commission Staff and then 11 years as a Commissioner – 8 of which were as Chairman. In addition, twice while serving as Advanced Energy’s president, Dr. Koger took a 6-month leave of absence and returned to the Commission as a substitute Commissioner at the request of the then sitting Governors. The Commission initiated the establishment of both Advanced Energy (in 1980) and NC GreenPower (in 2003). Both were unique at the time they were founded. 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. NC GreenPower was the nation’s first statewide voluntary renewable energy program.

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.

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.