VP Business Development - Smart Grid Solutions, Conexon, LLC
Steve (aka the Smart Grid Man) is a widely known electric energy industry thought and practice leader who consults, speaks, writes, and teaches on issues, technologies, and applications related to the development of a modern intelligent electric power grid. As VP Business Development at Conexon he consults, speaks, and writes on the revolutionary changes in the electric utility industry and the implications for electric distribution cooperatives. More specifically, he focuses on the proliferation of distributed energy resources and the advanced information and communications technologies that will be required not just to accommodate them but to leverage them for a more resilient, sustainable electric grid.
Steve works at Conexon to find fiber based smart grid applications for electric cooperatives. Conexon works exclusively with electric distribution cooperatives to help them investigate, evaluate, finance, plan, deploy and operate fiber to the home/meter/premises for true broadband Internet access and smart grid operations.
Beginning at Houston Lighting & Power in the early 1970s, he has worked as a professional, executive, consultant, and board member for energy, telecommunications, and technology companies in the US and abroad. He has provided expert consulting services to the USDOE, the USDOD, and the European Union. He was involved in the early USDOE solar PV programs at Sandia National Labs, and later, as a consultant, helped arrange power supply for critical USDOD facilities and USDOE laboratories. He opened and managed a state capitol office for Cap Rock Electric Cooperative as SVP Energy Supply and government. He managed Development and deployment of one of the first truly smart meters in the industry at Util-LINK, LLC. and managed the evaluation and deployment of electric utility telecommunications solutions at NRTC.
Steve has BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Houston in the Honors Program and the Purdue University Electric Power Center. He is an IEEE Smart Grid Expert and a member and past chair of several IEEE PES and IAS Committees including the Rural Electric Power Committee. He has been a keynote speaker on electric utility technologies and applications at many energy and technology conferences including the Consumer Electronics Show, South by Southwest Interactive, NRECA Annual Meetings, Tech Advantage and NET Conferences as well APPA annual meetings, NEMA annual meetings. Steve has authored scores of articles for magazines and journals which have been cited hundreds of times in business and technology publications.
Steve was born at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico and resides in Austin, Texas. He is married to Allison Leigh Conley Collier and is the father of six daughters and a son.
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