The Voltus leadership team has more experience in demand response, energy procurement, and energy efficiency in the industrial, commercial, and institutional markets than any team in the world. Together, we've brought more than 30,000 MW's of peak electricity demand to market across thousands of sites around the world, including nearly 10,000 MW's of peak demand reduction. No team knows more about the complexities of regional market regulations and how best to manage opportunities and mitigate risk within these complexities.
Gregg Dixon - Chief Executive Officer
Gregg connects customers, investors, teammates, and the world with Voltus value, ensuring that the vision for the company, and its culture, is meeting their expectations. Gregg is a world-renowned expert in commercial and industrial energy management and has pioneered many of today's innovations that unlock the economic and environmental benefits of "intelligent energy."
Prior to co-founding Voltus, Gregg was the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales and a founding executive at EnerNOC, a leading provider of demand response, energy procurement, and energy intelligence software, where he led all facets of marketing, sales, product, and professional services. Gregg developed and executed EnerNOC's award winning go-to-market strategy that took EnerNOC from $0 to nearly $500 million in revenue over the course of 10 years. Among his proudest achievements, he created more than 350 jobs, brought to market more than 10,000 MW's of demand response around the world, delivered more than $1 billion in cash savings to customers, opened more than two dozen markets for the very first time to demand side resources, architected the company's product strategy, and, before he left, led EnerNOC's Supreme Court of the United States case on FERC Order 745, which was decided in favor of EnerNOC, ensuring that the demand response industry can continue to grow.
Prior to joining EnerNOC, Gregg was Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Hess Microgen, the leading provider of commercial on-site co-generation systems and services in the United States, where he pioneered efforts to bring more than 100 co-generation systems to leading grocery, hospitality, commercial property, and manufacturing customers. Gregg was also a Partner at Mercer Management Consulting, where he advised Fortune 1000 companies on customer and product strategy, economic analysis, and new business development.
Gregg has been the keynote and contributing speaker at hundreds of energy conferences, and his work in the industry has been cited broadly in the media, including The Wall St. Journal, The Economist, USA Today, Wired Magazine, and The Boston Globe, among others. Gregg graduated from Boston College with bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Information Systems and he is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Demand Side Management Professional, and Certified Sustainable Development Professional with the Association of Energy Engineers with whom he was also recognized as a "Lifetime Legend in Energy." Gregg was also voted one of Boston's "40 Under 40" by Boston Business Journal as recognition for having established himself as a leader to be watched in the field of technology and energy.
Matthew Plante - President
Matt co-founded Voltus to pursue his passion for a cleaner energy future. As President of Voltus, Matt is responsible for Voltus’s new market entry and for developing customer solutions that marry leading technology, energy markets knowledge, and straightforward and compelling value propositions.
Prior to founding Voltus, Matt was the CEO of EcoFactor, a connected home software developer and operator of the award winning, 70 MW residential demand response program with Nevada Energy. Prior to that, Matt held VP of Sales roles at Bidgely and at EnerNOC. At EnerNOC, Matt secured EnerNOC’s first utility contract and spearheaded its initial international efforts, which resulted in the acquisition of two Australian demand response companies and in EnerNOC’s largest non-US portfolio. He also built from scratch EnerNOC’s two largest US markets, PJM and TVA, growing them from 0 to 2,000+ MWs and 0 to 500+ MWs, respectively. Matt led worldwide sales for EnerNOC’s 200-person commercial and industrial sales team, 15-person utility solutions team, and 40-person energy intelligence software team.
Matt graduated from Connecticut College with bachelor's degrees in Economics and Government and earned his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. When he’s out of the office, Matt and his wife and daughter can often be found hiking around the Bay Area.
Michael de'Marsi - Vice President of Operations
Michael joined Voltus to continue his work leading the world in connecting complex, distributed energy resource systems (DERs) to the grid, making it a more efficient and resilient network. Michael has designed and implemented the interconnection of more distributed generation systems than any engineer in the world (more than 1,000 and counting), working with hundreds of end-use customers and utilities to ensure that the systems meet safety, operational, and economic goals.
At Voltus, Michael owns the physical installation of Voltlets and their interconnection with other behind-the-meter systems, including utility meters, onsite generation, building management systems, SCADA systems, and discreet electrical loads. In this role he collaborates closely with product leadership to ensure the technology platform does its job in the field. Put plainly, he makes sure that what is sold gets installed, tested, and performs in the field to customer and Voltus expectations. Finally, his first hand experience in the construction and operation of electrical distribution systems, operation of onsite generation, and optimization of discreet electrical loads provides real-world context to technical discussions and services to clients.
Prior to Voltus, Michael was the Vice President of Engineering at Hess Microgen where he was responsible for leading the design and manufacturing of its award-winning natural gas-fired cogeneration systems that were installed at hundreds of industrial and commercial sites around the world. During his time at Hess, Michael earned his Six Sigma Black Belt.
Michael graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Power Systems. Michael is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the Association of Energy Engineers and has been deeply involved in the creation and update of standards including IEEE 1547 and UL 2200. In his spare time, Michael enjoys time with his family and developing "bleeding edge" technology in his home laboratory.
Dana Guernsey - Vice President of Market and Business Operations
Dana joined Voltus to continue her passion for helping customers find double bottom line opportunities by using less energy to save money. She is a leading expert in global energy markets and brings more than a decade of experience developing innovative, demand-side energy management products and programs that have delivered billions of dollars in proven value to customers and rate payers.
Before Voltus, Dana was Director of Product Marketing at FirstFuel, which offers cloud-based engagement software to help utilities deepen relationships with their business customers and increase energy efficiency. Prior to FirstFuel she led corporate development and go-to-market strategies at Ambri, an MIT spinout company commercializing batteries for large-scale energy storage on the electric grid. Prior to that she was the Director of Energy Markets at EnerNOC, where she led a world-class team responsible for the profitable management of the company's complex portfolio of nearly 10,000 MWs of demand response assets, covering dozens of wholesale electricity markets and regulated utilities across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Dana grew up in New York City and holds an M.S. in Engineering Management, B.S. in Engineering, and B.A. from Dartmouth College. In her now home state of Massachusetts, recognized as the U.S. leader in energy efficiency by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Dana was named a Mass High Tech "Woman to Watch" in 2014 for her groundbreaking work in the energy and technology industries. Outside of work Dana is likely to be found on the ski slopes, biking, or hiking with her husband and daughter.
Todd Krause - Senior Vice President of Sales
Todd joined Voltus to continue his personal mission to connect commercial and industrial customers with the immediate, bottom line benefits of demand response while helping the world secure a more sustainable energy future. With nearly 20 years of experience in energy and sales leadership, Todd is a recognized industry leader and passionate customer champion, always looking to connect his teams to customer goals and needs.
Prior to Voltus, Todd was the Chief Commercial Officer at Blue Pillar, Inc., a leader in the rapidly growing energy "Internet of Things" industry, where he led global sales, marketing, and operations organizations to accelerate Blue Pillar’s market momentum and strengthen customer relationships. Prior to Blue Pillar Todd was the Vice President of Sales at EnerNOC where he drove its global go-to-market strategy within the utility and energy service provider markets, having started as a front-line salesperson and playing a critical role in increasing leadership roles that were instrumental in growing the business from $20 million in revenue when he started to nearly $500 million from nearly 10,000 MWs of demand response in his eight year tenure. Prior to EnerNOC Todd held various leadership roles focused on profit and loss management, sales management, technical sales and engineering with Nalco Company and General Electric.
Todd holds a bachelor's degree in geo-environmental engineering from Penn State University. Having lived in Pittsburgh for 10+ years, Todd has become a fan of Pittsburgh sports. And, like most in Western Pennsylvania, enjoys rooting against the New England Patriots on Sundays.. He and his wife are big supporters of their kids' athletic endeavors in the Pittsburgh area and, as a family, are Penn State super fans!
Neil Lakin - Vice President of Engineering
Neil Lakin joined Voltus to use his passion for building great technology to help create a smarter grid. Neil brings his world-class experience designing cloud-connected hardware to his role as Vice President of Engineering, where he is leading a team to build the technological infrastructure that will enable Voltus to deliver industry-best value to customers. His passion for solving big problems using the "Internet of Things" sets the foundation for Voltus to elegantly scale into a global leader.
Previously, as Chief Technology Officer and founder of MindMe, Neil developed wireless technology for networked microgrids in developing world markets. His engineering consulting firm has brought more than a dozen products to market for early-stage startups and multinational corporations. Neil enjoys working on every aspect of the Internet of Things: building scalable cloud architecture, designing hardware, and using data science to extract insights from networked sensors.
Neil graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Physics and completed his M.Eng. in Computer Science at Cornell University. A former teacher, Neil enjoys sharing his love of technology with young people by teaching coding camps, including at his alma Mater, Cornell, and mentoring at hackathons around the country.