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.
Mark Cayce has more than 43 years of experience in the electric utility industry. Mr. Cayce has been the General Manager and CEO for Ouachita Electric Cooperative headquartered in Camden Arkansas since January of 2002. Mr. Cacye served as Chairman of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Incorporated and is on the board of directors of Today’s Power Inc. TPI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Inc. designed to provide solar services and products to electric cooperatives. Ouachita Electric Cooperative was recognized by the Smart Electric Power Alliance for one of its Power Player Awards, 2017 Electric Cooperative of the Year.
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.
Paula R. Glover started as President of the Alliance to Save Energy in January 2021. Ms. Glover previously served as President and CEO of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, a non-profit professional association whose focus is to ensure that African Americans and other minorities have input into the discussions and development of energy policy, regulations, and environmental issues. In this role, she was responsible for managing the national office, and providing strategic direction and leadership for the organization. Prior to this role, Ms. Glover served as AABE’s Vice President of Operations and as the organization’s Director of Communications.
Ms. Glover’s other experiences include 15 years in the energy industry for both electric and natural gas distribution companies. During that time, she built a stellar reputation working with state legislators and regulators in her roles as Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs. Ms. Glover commands a clear understanding of the consumer and community sides of the business as well having held industry positions in Community Outreach and Economic Development. Ms. Glover is a seasoned nonprofit professional. Prior to her time at AABE, Ms. Glover was the Community Awareness Director for the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut where she was responsible for the organizations’ marketing, communications, community and government relations and public relations functions. In March 2014 Ms. Glover was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz. Ms. Glover received her B.S. in Marketing Management from the University of Delaware. She is the recipient of the Bring It Home to Hartford Award; the Clarke Watson Chairman’s Cup; the Award of Distinction by the Videographer Awards and the Platinum Achievement Award from the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program at Fort Valley State University.
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.