Episode 34: Kelly Speakes-Backman
On this episode, Jon sits down with Kelly Speakes-Backman, the CEO of the Energy Storage Association, the national trade association dedicated to energy storage, working towards a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable energy grid. This organization represents a diverse group of companies, including independent power producers, electric utilities, energy service companies, financiers, and manufacturers.
Kelly joined ESA with more than 20 years working in energy, sustainability, renewables, and environmental business strategies. Her career is focused on the intersections of energy and environment, especially related to the regulatory structures affecting generation, reliability, sustainability and business strategies. She joined the public sector in 2010 as the Clean Energy Director at the Maryland Energy Administration where she led a team to meet the goal of increasing Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio to 20% by 2022.