Susan P. Kennedy is founder and CEO of Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS). On the leading edge of transforming the electric grid, AMS is creating the first fleet of hybrid electric buildings in the world, turning portfolios of commercial and industrial buildings into virtual power plants for Southern California Edison. In 2014, the company won the first major contract to use these advanced energy storage technologies on a large scale to replace capacity from the retired San Onofre nuclear facility. AMS is consistently listed as one of the top clean tech companies to watch in the United States. Before starting the company, she served for two decades at the highest levels of state and federal government, most recently as chief of staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, cabinet secretary and deputy chief of staff to Governor Gray Davis, and communications director for US Senator Dianne Feinstein. She served from 2003 to 2006 on the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), regulating the state’s investor-owned electric utilities, telecommunications providers, and private water companies. In her numerous government roles, she was at the center of many of California’s groundbreaking environmental policies, including the carbon-reduction mandate and cap-and-trade program under AB 32, the low-carbon fuel standard, auto emission standards, and the renewable portfolio standard. She coordinated the state’s emergency demand response efforts during the energy crisis of 2000–2001 and, as a member of the PUC, she authored what was then the largest energy efficiency program in utility history. She holds a BA in management from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Susan P. Kennedy