ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Mark Siira is the Director of Utility Compliance and Solutions for ComRent International, a leader in load testing solutions for utility-scale systems. Mark is also the Chair of IEEE SCC 21. In this role, he leads the development of all interconnection and interoperability standards for Photovoltaics, Dispersed Generation, and Energy Storage. Vice-Chair for IEEE P1547 Revision. Member of the UL Standards Technical Panels 1741 (Inverters), UL2200 (Generators) and 6171 (Wind farms interconnection). Mark has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University), and an MBA from Harvard University.
Charlie Vartanian is an Energy Storage Business Development Manager at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc (MEPPI). MEPPI is a U.S. based provider of power equipment and turnkey power projects in North America. His current focus is on advanced grid products including energy storage and HVDC systems. Charlie has over 25 years of power industry experience with advanced grid technologies, performing electric system studies, and contributing to technical standards development. He previously worked for DNV KEMA, Enron Energy Services, the California Energy Commission, and Southern California Edison. During his 15 years at Southern California Edison, Charlie's activities spanned traditional T&D planning through R&D. He is a Senior IEEE member and currently Secretary of the IEEE 1547 Revision Working Group, and Co-Chair of the IEEE Energy Storage Task Force. Charlie received his BSEE from Cal Poly Pomona, and his MSEE from USC.