HG CHISSELL, FoundeR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
H.G. Chissell is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Energy Group. Previously, H.G Chissell served as Chief Commercial Officer at GridMarket and Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts for Viridity Energy, a software/service firm focused on virtual power generation and advanced energy optimization. Mr. Chissell was with Viridity Energy from its beginning in 2009, leading the company’s growth of MWs under management and strategic expansion throughout PJM, NYISO and ERCOT across all key verticals. Key accomplishments include the first behind-the-meter frequency regulation battery project in PJM, first 1 MW behind-the-meter battery project in Chicago, first full spectrum DR battery project in New York City and multi-site EV2Grid project with the Pentagon in PJM and ERCOT.
Mr. Chissell graduated from Swarthmore College, studied architecture at Drexel University and received his accreditation as a LEED AP. Mr. Chissell focuses on advanced business solutions and partnerships, specifically with the DOD, cities, portfolio real estate companies, energy storage integrators, and utilities.
H.G. Chissell has served as Advisory Board member for the Energy Storage Association, Energy Storage North America, Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum and as lead facilitator for the ConEdison Energy Storage Working Group and Energy Thought Summit 2017. In 2014, Mr. Chissell received the Federal Energy and Water Management Award for his work with US Army base Fort Meade and American Water.
Prior to Viridity Energy, Mr. Chissell led a sustainability/energy team at Gap International, a global consulting firm specializing in breakthrough leadership. Mr. Chissell began his commercial career at RDLA, a healthcare architecture firm in Philadelphia.
Peter Kelly-Detwiler, EXECUTIVE Director, Boston Advanced Energy
Peter Kelly-Detwiler is the Executive Director of Boston Advanced Energy and Principal of NorthBridge Energy Partners, has more than 25 years of experience in the area of electric energy, retail power, energy efficiency, and distributed energy assets. A former SVP of Constellation Energy’s Demand Response business unit, Mr. Kelly-Detwiler offers expertise to clients in the areas of new technologies and the integration and interaction of on-site distributed assets with electricity markets. He advises a wide range of clients, including investment firms, energy companies, demand response providers, software developers, datacenters, and various energy start-ups.
Mr. Kelly-Detwiler has written comprehensive research papers for clients on diverse topics such as the evolution of the solar industry and the relationship between data centers and global power markets. He is a frequent moderator and speaker at industry events concerning the interaction of power markets and emerging technologies, and offers professional workshops and webcasts on related topics. Mr. Kelly-Detwiler also contributes regularly to Forbes.com and other publications, focusing on topics related to disruptive innovation and the impact on the electricity infrastructure. He is currently writing a book on the topic of technology innovation and electric power markets.
Grant van Wyngaarden, ProJECT LEaDER
Grant is a management consultant that specializes in guiding corporations in advanced energy decision making. He has eight years of consulting experience with a primary focus on supply chain services for energy companies. Grant has worked with Accenture in Canada and Australia and with the Portland Group, a sourcing & procurement consulting firm in Australia. Grant has led and delivered 17 projects in client-facing roles for 15 different clients, including eight Fortune Global 500 companies and three government entities.
Grant advises energy clients on strategic market entry in addition to helping corporations improve the sustainability of their energy consumption. Grant has helped clients with renewable energy and energy storage endeavors, including deployments and investments. Grant is an MBA graduate from Columbia Business School in New York City and his undergraduate studies focused on business and IT at Ryerson University in Toronto.
TESSA VLAANDEREN, STAKEHOLDER MEMBER LIAISON
Tessa served as Program Manager for the Circularity Center in The Netherlands, a newly formed public-private partnership to accelerate cleantech business development in the Rotterdam region in The Netherlands. As first employee, Tessa identified, launched and managed 16 projects in the first year, involving multinational companies, a bank, startups, research institutes and governmental organizations.
Tessa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical engineering and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Process and Energy Technology from the Delft University of Technology. She started her career as Utilities Technologist, assuring and optimizing reliable, efficient and safe utilities delivery to the 62 factories of Europe’s largest refinery for Shell Downstream Manufacturing in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She was responsible for continuous technical support, masterplanning and project management of assets including a 20.000tonnes/day demineralization plant and a total of 140MWe in CHP plants (IGCC). Prior to joining the Circularity Center, Tessa worked for Shell Global Commercial as part of a small R&D team supporting the global commercializing of a new sustainable construction material, with projects in the US, Canada, Europe, Kazachstan and Russia.
Tanner Kenney, FELLOW
Tanner is a 2016 graduate of New York University’s Master of Science in Global Affairs program with a concentration in Environment & Energy Policy, and following careers in journalism and voice acting, he has refocused his professional endeavors to reflect his position as an advocate for environmental causes through the promotion of advanced energy technologies. During his M.S candidacy, Tanner was the Co-President and Secretary of the Energy Policy International Club as well as the Op-Ed Editor of Perspectives on Global Issues, the Center for Global Affairs’ academic journal. Tanner was also an intern for the non-profit think tank Energy Vision where he began his research into advanced biogas production and distribution technologies and regulations. As a Fellow with the Provost’s Global Research Initiative at NYU, he conducted his thesis research in Berlin, Germany, resulting in BBDP – The Bolivian Biogas Development Proposal. From family to music and architecture to New York sports, Tanner keeps himself busy when not analyzing energy-related policies and financial instruments.
AISHWARYA GUPTA, FELLOW
Aishwarya Gupta is a Fellow at Advanced Energy Group. Her skills span a number of different areas, some of which include web development, business development, management and event planning. She is currently a student at New York University, where she is pursuing a M.S. degree in Global Affairs. She also serves as the President of the Student Association of Global Affairs at NYU overseeing student activities and initiatives in the Master's program. She was a Steering Committee leader and Intern at New York Energy 2016 that required her to take on multiple roles, including Social Media Chair, Speaker Liaison and Team Leader. Though her concentration is in International Relations and Global Futures, she has a special interest in Energy Financing and the Economics of Energy. She obtained her undergraduate degree from St. John’s University, where she was a recipient of the Scholastic Excellence Scholarship. Her undergraduate studies were rooted in the History of the Atlantic World, with a specific focus on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Africa in the Colonial Period.
TOM ROLLASON, FELLOW
Tom Rollason is a consultant specializing in disruptive technologies in the energy and transportation sectors. Prior to moving to the United States, he worked for the Australian Government on environmental policy for the offshore oil and gas industry. There his focus was on developing governmental coordination for complex offshore oil and gas emergencies and evaluating the framework for Australia’s offshore oil and gas environmental policies.
Tom now drives the advancement of clean energy technologies by advising clients on how to create new sources of revenue using disruptive technologies. In 2016, he was an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow working with battery storage company, Stem, to examine the market intersection of energy storage and electric vehicle charging. He also produced a report for investment advisory group, Aligned Intermediary, entitled, “Financing Clean Power: Insights from Oil and Gas”, that examined financing techniques used in the oil and gas industry to derive lessons for clean power financing. Recently, he completed a study for GE Ventures to analyze the technological and financial potential for using blockchain in energy sector applications. Tom is a 2017 MPA graduate from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
OSSAMA AYESH, VoLUNTEEr
Ossama Ayesh is a student (full-time) at New York University’s Master of Science in Global Affairs Program (MSGA). His studies are mainly focused in Global Futures, developing Alternate Scenarios, and Strategic Foresight. Earlier this year, Ossama participated in an NYU-sponsored Global Field Intensive in Japan in which he explored and analyzed differences in Japan’s current global energy policy and the changes to traditional policy procedures over the last few years. He graduated with a BA in Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations and Human Rights, from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has worked closely with Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and former Director of the National Institute of Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice, to advocate for research-based policy change. In this placement, he worked on projects alongside the National Research Council at the National Academy of Sciences, specifically with the Committee on Law and Justice, on reforming sentencing policies. As an undergraduate at John Jay, Ossama was a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Scholar and the recipient of John Jay College’s Scholarship and Service Award.