Tanuj Deora

Tanuj Deora

Tanuj Deora joined SEPA in January 2015 to lead SEPAs research, advisory, communications, and programs teams. His previous experience includes wind energy project development, research and design engineering, product management, business development, and financial analysis for over a decade of experience in renewable energy after starting his career in the chemical industry. ​Tanuj served in the cabinet of Governor John Hickenlooper as director of the Colorado Energy Office, and earlier served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica working on community and environmental health projects. Tanuj has also served as an advisor to the Rational Middle Energy Series and on the boards of the Colorado Renewable Energy Trust and Renewable Energy New England. He lives in Washington DC with his family, and enjoys the outdoors, live music, Texas Longhorn sports, and the occasional overseas trip when not attempting to maintain his 80 year old house.

Brett Waikart

Brett Waikart

Brett Waikart is the Director of Environmental Markets for SRECTrade. Brett is responsible for the institutional brokerage aspect of SRECTrade’s business. Brett comes from a commodity and equity derivative brokerage background, most recently leading the team at an equity derivatives trading desk servicing the hedge fund sector. He helped establish the firm’s research and strategy team, focusing on equity-volatility pricing and behavior across both macro and single-name products. Brett graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.S. in Finance and Business Administration and is a Chartered Financial Advisor (CFA) Charterholder.

Abigail Ross Hopper

Abigail Ross Hopper

Abigail Ross Hopper is the President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade organization for America’s solar energy industries. She oversees all of SEIA’s activities, including government affairs, research, communications, and industry leadership.

Before joining SEIA, Abby was the Director of the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. As the BOEM’s second director, she weighed complex and sometimes conflicting factors to achieve balanced federal energy policy.

She served formerly as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and has broad experience in the energy sector, including working with a wide variety of stakeholders as well as legal expertise. Abby led the MEA from 2012, first as Acting Director and then as Director in June 2013. She also served concurrently as Energy Advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley since 2010. As MEA Director, Abby was pivotal in ensuring the passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.

She was a lead negotiator representing the State’s interests in both the Exelon/Constellation merger and the FirstEnergy/Allegheny Energy merger, securing millions in benefits for Maryland and its citizens. Abby has also focused significant resources on improving the resiliency of the State’s electric utilities in the face of major storms.

Abby previously spent over two years as Deputy General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission, during which she advised commissioners on a broad range of legal matters arising from their duties as utility regulators.

Before embarking on a career in public service, Abby spent nine years in private practice where she specialized in complex merger and investment counseling and corporate law.

Abby graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College.

David Murray

David Murray

A native of Washington, D.C., David joined MDV-SEIA as Executive Director in May of 2017. David oversees implementation of legislative and regulatory campaigns related to state-level solar energy policy, and manages membership of the organization. Previously, Murray worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Environmental Entrepreneurs, performing business engagement, policy research, and advocacy related to clean energy. Murray also served on numerous political campaigns in Virginia and North Carolina. Murray holds a Master’s in Energy and Development Studies from the University of Cape Town and B.A. from the University of the North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is certified as a LEED Green Associate and NABCEP Entry Level Installer.

Kelly Speakes-Backman

Kelly Speakes-Backman

Kelly Speakes-Backman is the first Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade organization for the energy storage industry. As CEO, she leads the association’s efforts to represent the interests of energy storage in the United States, including policy, external relations and industry leadership.

Prior to joining ESA, Kelly was part of the executive team at Alliance to Save Energy, a premier trade association representing the energy efficiency sector. As the Senior Vice President of Policy and Research, she directed the policy efforts, working closely with industry and policy makers to advance energy efficiency.

Kelly served as an appointed Commissioner with the Maryland Public Service Commission, from 2011 to 2015. As an adjunct to the Commission, she also served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, as a co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, as a co-chair to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership’s EM&V Forum, and as a member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group.

Kelly has spent more than 20 years working in energy and energy efficiency, sustainability, renewables, and environmental business strategies. Her direct technology experience includes power generation from solar, wind, biogas and biomass, distributed generation, natural gas, smart grid and fuel cells. She joined the public service sector in 2010 as the Clean Energy Director at the Maryland Energy Administration, where she led a team of policy experts and grant administrators to implement programs to meet the Administration’s goal of increasing Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio to 20 percent by 2022. Kelly has testified in Congressional Committees on energy issues, presented regularly at energy industry events and has authored several articles published in energy trade magazines. She also has served on several energy-related steering committees, including the GridWise Alliance (GWA) Grid Modernization Index (GMI) Steering Committee and the SEPA 51st State Initiative. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Boston University.