“The diversity of companies represented by SEPA’s officers is a testament to the organization’s unique position in the energy space,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA president and CEO. “Our officers come from a California utility that integrated more solar into its grid than any other in the U.S. last year, a southeastern utility that went from less than 5 megawatts to more than 55megawatts in one year, and a solar project investment firm. SEPA’s officers are individuals who are well-positioned to lead the organization in a way that will provide maximum value to its utility and solar industry members.”
SEPA’s board of directors helps guide the development of unbiased utility solar market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models and peer-to-peer interaction that are the core of the association’s mission.
The SEPA board of directors consists of 20 members representing a broad spectrum of the energy industry. Seats on the board are appointed across seven membership categories. Board members serve three-year terms.
David Rubin, Chair, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
David Rubin is the director of service analysis at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) in California, where he is responsible for economic development and distributed generation. He joined PG&E in 1985, spending seven years in the marketing and rates areas. In 1992, Rubin joined the International Energy Agency in Paris where he was responsible for electricity restructuring, energy efficiency and demand-side management. He returned to PG&E in 1995 and assumed his current job responsibilities in 1997. In addition to his SEPA board position, Rubin also serves boards of SolarTech and the California Association for Local Economic Development. He has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a registered mechanical engineer in California.
Ervan Hancock, Vice Chair,Georgia Power
Ervan Hancock is manager of renewable and green strategies for Georgia Power, where he is responsible for the development of the company’s renewable generation portfolio, renewable and green energy strategy and renewable research programs. Prior to this role, Hancock served as Georgia Power’s area manager for Cartersville, leading customer service and operations functions for more than 32,000 customers. Hancock also was manager of renewable generation for Southern Co. Generation and assistant to the executive vice president of supply technologies, renewables and demand-side planning; and a project manager in Southern Co.’s information technology department. In addition to his role on the SEPA board, Hancock is chair of the Solar Energy Trade Show Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in May 1999. He also has studied at Wharton University in Pennsylvania.
Matt Cheney, Treasurer CleanPathVentures
Matt Cheney is a solar industry champion who was an early financier of solar technologies in the U.S. Cheney founded Renewable Ventures in 1999 as the U.S. division of the Dutch utility NUON. In 2000, Cheney introduced the power purchase agreement (PPA) to the U.S. solar retail market to provide clean energy services to Green Mountain Energy. Since then he has financed more than $500 million in solar energy assets including the largest solar project in the U.S. when it was built. Renewable Ventures was taken private in a management buyout in 2004 and subsequently was acquired by MuniMae in 2006, becoming MMA Renewable Ventures (MMA RV), which was the first independent syndicator of Solar Tax Equity funds in the U.S. Cheney is the CEO of CleanPath Ventures, which develops renewable energy by providing technical and financial resources to large-scale projects that are stuck, distressed or stalled in the development cycle. He has worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Rural Electric Co-op Association’s International Programs and the Department of Energy. Cheney has a bachelor’s degree from American University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.