Trenton Allen, Managing Director and CEO of Sustainable Capital Advisors, is an experienced energy and banking professional with nearly 20 years and $18 billion in transaction experience. Mr. Allen has financed a wide range of infrastructure projects including, water, wastewater, energy efficiency, fossil and renewable energy for utility, business and governmental clients. Mr. Allen is a frequent speaker at major energy conferences and is widely regarded as a thought leader in the financing of clean energy projects. Mr. Allen is passionate about energy security and creating solutions that provide energy access to underserved communities around the world.
Ken Alston is a climate tech investor for the Climate Pledge Fund at Amazon. Prior to this role, he led financing and innovation programs at New Energy Nexus and CalCEF Ventures. Mr. Alston previously worked at the U.S. Department of Energy as Special Advisor to the Secretary. At DOE, he was co-founder of the Department’s Clean Energy Investment Center, chaired its Energy Finance Working Group, and was an advisor on Power Africa. Mr. Alston holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MS in Environment and Resources from Stanford School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Ken Colburn retired in 2020 as principal and director of U.S. programs at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), a group of veteran regulators assisting state public service commissions and state and federal regulatory agencies. Mr. Colburn focused his efforts on energy optimization, beneficial electrification, and streamlining energy and environmental regulation. He remains active in climate and energy issues through his firm, Symbiotic Strategies LLC.
Mr. Colburn previously served as Executive Director of NESCAUM, led the Air Resources Division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and oversaw energy and environmental policy for the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire. Mr. Colburn represented United States at several Conferences of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Mr. Colburn also serves on several non-profit boards. He holds a BS from MIT and MBA and MEd degrees from the University of New Hampshire.
Dr. Holmes Hummel
Clean Energy Works was founded by Dr. Holmes Hummel to accelerate investments in the clean energy economy with inclusive financing. As the champion for the Pay As You Save® system, Dr. Hummel led Clean Energy Works to win the FiRe Award for high-impact innovation at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance “Future of Energy Summit.” Dr. Hummel also serves on the board of Cornerstone Capital as well as Cleantech Open. Previously, Dr. Hummel served as the Senior Policy Advisor in the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy & International Affairs from 2009-2013. In addition to prior work with energy innovators in the Silicon Valley, Dr. Hummel earned a doctorate degree from Stanford University for interdisciplinary research on energy technology scenarios that achieve 100% clean energy for all.