Chairman's Award

Lauren Casentini

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Lauren Casentini is a passionate energy professional and entrepreneur who has dedicated 30+ years to energy consulting, program design and management, and policy. Her experience includes 10+ years leading energy efficiency initiatives at Pacific Gas and Electric during the early phases of energy efficiency policy development.

She brought her experience, insights and dedication to the Midwest through two companies she founded, Resource Solutions Group and now Resource Innovations. She also contributed to the Midwest’s energy efficiency framework by overseeing California and Midwest program operations and national policy for CLEAResult Consulting, the largest energy efficiency consulting company in the U.S.

Lauren remains active in influencing federal and state energy policy by serving as a speaker and panelist for energy forums and events nationwide, including for ACEEE and the Illinois Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Advisory Group. Lauren is also a co-founder and long-time board member of the California Efficiency and Demand Management Council.

Jon Williams

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Jon Williams’ responsibilities include the design, development and implementation of the portfolio of energy efficiency and peak demand reduction programs for all classes of customers in AEP Ohio. AEP Ohio serves 1.5 million customers in Ohio. He is also responsible for portfolio compliance activities including the evaluation, measurement and verification of program results, as well as the filing of portfolio plans and program results. He further serves as an expert witness for AEP Ohio in regulatory proceedings for energy efficiency and peak demand response. Prior to this position, Mr. Williams managed Customer Services operations in Eastern and Western Ohio for AEP Ohio and has worked in similar positions in Virginia and West Virginia. He has over 36 years of experience working with all classes of customers on energy related issues, including energy efficiency, demand response, power quality, construction, rates and contracts. Mr. Williams graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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