Combined organization aims at stronger role in U.S. energy transition

The following is a press release from Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and appeared November 10, 2015 on their website.

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) announced today that they are joining forces and will now move forward as one organization under the SEPA banner.

The announcement follows SEPA’s recent move to expand its mission from a focus on utility integration of only large-scale and distributed solar to a broader view including a suite of distributed energy resources, from demand response and storage to microgrids, electric vehicles and other smart-grid technologies.

A rebranding effort is being planned for early 2016, which will include a name change that reflects the organization’s expanded mission.

“It became apparent to the boards of both organizations earlier this year that by working more closely, as a single organization, we could better serve the needs of all our members,” said Steve Malnight, Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at Pacific Gas and Electric, and SEPA Board Chair. “By leveraging the considerable strengths of both groups, we will be able to participate in the evolution of the electricity business in even more meaningful ways.”

“The mission of ADS will remain alive and well at SEPA,” added Howard Smith, Manager of Distributed Energy Resource Policy at Southern Company Services, who has chaired the ADS Board. “All our board members will transition to a new SEPA Advisory Board on Demand Response and Smart Grid, which will work closely with SEPA staff. Three individuals who served on the ADS Board of Directors will now sit on the SEPA Board of Directors.”