Breakout: Where the Rubber Meets the Grid: EVs as Energy Storage


Moderator - Dan Finn-Foley
PA Consulting, Energy Transition and Storage Expert

Dan is an Energy Transition and Storage Expert in PA’s Energy & Utilities practice. He has 10 years of experience in the energy industry studying the complex energy transition ecosystem, including the interaction of economics, policy, and emerging technology. Dan has spent the past five years focused on the emerging global advanced energy storage market as an analyst and subject matter expert. As one of the foremost thought leaders on energy storage in the US. Dan has published dozens of articles, presentations, and webinars educating clients on how storage has disrupted markets today, and how new technologies are emerging to redefine it tomorrow. Dan holds a B.S. in Mathematics-Physics and an MSc in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.


Stina Brock
Proterra, VP of Business Development

Stina Brock is currently VP of business development at Proterra, where she is focused on building out Proterra's software capabilities to support customers with charging and grid integration for their electric vehicle fleets. Stina was formerly head of North America for Electron. Electron's platform digitizes asset identities and allows market operators to launch local flexibility markets for distributed energy resources. Previously, Stina was the Senior Director of Global Energy Solutions at Sunverge, where she led Sunverge’s efforts to improve how distributed resources at the grid edge can provide services and value to utilities and grid operators. She has an MSEE degree in electrical power engineering from the University of Washington, and AB & BE degrees in engineering and economics from Dartmouth College.

Tad Glauthier
Stem, Vice President of Market Development

As Vice President of Market Development, Tad is responsible for business development for Stem’s commercial and industrial storage business. This includes new market entry strategy and execution, utility program development, strategic partnerships and new offering development. Prior to his current role, Tad developed Stem’s Hawaii market entry strategy and ran the company’s operations in that market for 5 years. Tad is part of the founding team at Stem and has been with the company since 2009. He earned an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Quincy Lee
Electric Era Technologies, CEO

Quincy is the co-founder & CEO of Electric Era, a company founded by former SpaceX and MIT engineers to enable the rapid and affordable electrification of transportation's power supply. Electric Era engineers and manufactures energy storage systems for DC fast charging stations.

Fabio Mantovani
New York Power Authority, VP e-Mobility

Fabio Mantovani serves as Vice President of e-Mobility of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the largest state public power electric utility in the United States. In addition to owning, operating and maintaining generation and transmission assets, NYPA provides low-cost power and other clean energy products and services to commercial & industrial customers, municipalities, electric cooperatives, and government agencies. In this role, Mantovani is responsible for EVolve NY, a consumer-facing retail business that develops, owns, and operates fast chargers for the benefit of all EV drivers in New York State, and for supporting fleet electrification initiatives amongst NYPA’s customer base, including Transit Authorities and Municipal Fleets, by providing advisory services, access to financing, and engineering and project management resources to successfully implement EV infrastructure projects. Prior to joining NYPA, Mantovani was Senior Director for Electric Vehicle Enablement at Centrica, a $30B global energy services company. In his most recent role at Centrica, he oversaw the launch of the commercial EV infrastructure business in North America. Prior to this role, Mantovani was responsible for Global Technology Strategy and Innovation at Centrica Business Solutions. Mantovani held various leadership positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), including leading Product Innovation and Emerging Technologies Pilots for Energy Efficiency, Solar and Energy Storage. Mantovani holds a master's in Business Administration from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a master’s degree in materials engineering from the University of Trento, Italy.

Sharmila Ravula
Peak Power Inc, VP, Sales & Marketing

Sharmila has over 20 years of experience with a majority of them spent in sales and business development for behind-the-meter renewable energy technologies including solar, energy storage and microgrid solutions, particularly the C&I segment. Prior to joining Peak, Sharmila was the Chief Strategy Officer at Enact Systems. Prior to that Sharmila was the VP of Business Development at AMS, a SaaS company with an A.I. software platform to enable strategic, optimized trading of complex energy assets in energy markets. As the former CCO for Bosch Building Grid Technologies group, Sharmila led customer and market development efforts for introducing DC power distribution technology and software services to commercial and industrial customers. She previously led and managed the solar energy and energy storage business development and strategy functions for the Bosch group in North America. She has also previously led teams at Bosch Research in speech recognition and smart home applications. Sharmila has an MBA from UC Berkeley, an MS in Operations Research from the University of Delaware and B.E. in Civil Engineering from BITS, Pilani.


Electric vehicle (EV) purchases are expected to accelerate rapidly, presenting a new set of demands on the power system as well as new opportunities—and competition—for stationary energy storage.  Learn about the growing role of mobile energy storage, including storage buffering EV loads, the role of charging infrastructure in grid operations, and the prospects of vehicle-to-grid aggregations.