David Cohen, Advisor
David is currently Advisor to General Microgrids where he supports management in operations of the compamy. He is also a partner at S2 NRG Holdings, and Chairman of Evolution7 Labs. David has 22 years of management, product development, and business development experience for emerging renewable energy technology companies. He has specialized in the areas of distributed energy, intelligent buildings, telecommunications, software, and renewable power system finance, due diligence, and development. David founded four start-up companies and has a track record in building, scaling, and selling innovative ventures. He has completed numerous R&D joint ventures, and partnerships in the US, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Australia, and Asia-Pac. He has developed and commercialized over 20 energy-related software products, and is nationally renowned for his pioneering work in distributed energy and SmartGrid software applications. David was named as one of the top 100 movers and shakers in the SmartGrid in 2012 by Greentech Media. David wrote The Electrinet: A Communications Architecture for a Competitive Electric Power Industry. In 2012, he was asked to judge emerging clean technology startups at the CleanTech Open.
As founder and COO of global company Pacific Controls subsidiary PCS Smart Grid Services, David recently developed the industry’s first end-to-end building to grid (B2G) managed services platform. The Galaxy platform is a machine-to-machine (M2M) cloud computing platform used to connect B2G and SmartGrid domains. The company was merged with PCS Cloud Services in 2012 used to manage the largest Tier III and LEED data center in the Middle East. David was the developer of software solutions including the Virtual Building Energy Network and the Enterprise City Infrastructure Management applications deployed within Global Command and Control Centers (GCCC) in Dubai, New York, and Toronto with 8 additional planned future global city locations. The GCCC currently manages over 50,000 buildings including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The entire platform is white labeled by Jones Lang LaSalle globally under the name IntelliCommandTM to provide intelligent building energy monitoring and managed energy services including demand response for large commercial and industrial customers.
Prior to founding Pacific Controls Smart Grid Services, David was CEO and co-founder of Infotility which was one of the first demand response aggregators and developer of InfoNowTM the industries first web-based automated demand response platform implemented at Cubic Defense, Bank of America, Roche Bioscience and other customers in Silicon Valley in early 2001. Infotility was the founding contributor to the Auto-DR project which is now Open-ADR, the industry standard for automated demand response. He also pioneered the development of GridAgentsTM the SmartGrid industry’s first intelligent agent-based software platform. The GridAgentsTM platform was deployed at Con Edison’s 3G-System-of-the-Future in Manhattan, PG&E, EDF, the Marin Energy Authority, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), CSIRO in Australia, the Integral project in Europe, and other locations. While at Infotility, David sponsored the first DOE Microgrid Visioning workshop with General Electric in Washington, D.C., developed the specifications for the Galvin Initiative Microgrid Master Controller, developed PVI+, software for managing high-penetration distributed solar on the grid, worked on Plug-and-Play Power Grids under a Department of Defense contract, and pioneered the Smart Community Manager to enable large-scale management of solar Microgrids. David completed the successful merger and acquisition of Infotility into Pacific Controls, a global building controls and M2M automation software company headquartered in Dubai, UAE in 2011.
David was a VP of Silicon Energy, now (NASDAQ: ITRI) a leading provider of Building Energy Management software and solutions. He managed the development and market launch of Silicon Energy’s industry leading Distributed Energy Manager™ (DEM) product, a software platform for networking, managing, and controlling distributed energy resources, part of Silicon Energy’s EEM Suite™. While at Silicon Energy, David’s division deployed the DEM and EEM Suite at major utilities and companies worldwide including DTE Energy, ABB, GPU, ConEdison, First Energy, Pan Canadian, Wal-Mart and others directly contributing to sales over a 3 year period exceeding $15 million and was responsible for the first multi-million dollar sale with the company. He was pioneer and co-developer of the Virtual Utility project with ABB and designed the software for one of the first PowerParks designed by Real Energy, and DTE Energy. David was instrumental in helping to grow the European, Asia-PAC, and Latin American markets working with clients such as Vattenfall, Enel, E.On, EDF, Provincial Electric Power Authority (PEA) of Thailand, SP Ausnet, and EletroPaulo. David helped to grow the organization to over 250 employees, was involved in raising over $40 million in venture capital, filing for IPO, and assisting in the sale and acquisition of Silicon Energy to Itron for $71 million.
Prior to Silicon Energy, David was a principal with ICF International in Washington, D.C (EPA ENERGY STAR®) where he worked on the Energy Vision Enterprise software (utility meter data warehousing platform) which sold to Nexant Software. David held other positions at Architectural Energy Corporation, subsidiary of United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) where he worked on intelligent building energy management software; Highland Energy Group, bought by (EUA-Cogenix) a leading energy service company; and Cable and Wireless Communications (NASDAQ: VOD).
David is a founding Emeritus Member of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) which was instrumental in launching the vision for the SmartGrid industry including the drafting of the SmartGrid language used In the ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT OF 2007, and the creation and signing of the historic GridWise Constitution in Philadelphia in 2005. He is also a founding member of the DOE’s Modern Grid Initiative as well as an active member in promoting the IEEE P1547 Standard For Interconnecting Distributed Resources. David served on the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), was VP of the Solar Energy Industry Industries Association (SEIA), and co-founder of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES). He is currently a member of the American Council on Renewable Energy’s CEO Council and Power and Infrastructure Committee. Previously, David was a board member of Green Building Studio and Aura Renewable Energy Corporation. Green Building Studio was sold to AutoDesk in 2009. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Cool Energy (Sterling Engines), Fabriq (Wireless Lighting Controls), Bella Energy (Solar Developer), and Heart Transverter, S.A. (Smart PV Inverters). Recently, David served as acting COO of Lighthouse Solar where he advised the company in its move into Utility-scale and Community Solar solutions.
David received his Masters (MSc) in Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado, 1992, and his BA in Environmental Conservation, University of Colorado, 1985 with a focus on Computer Science and Energy. His Master Thesis explored novel AI-based energy control and prediction methods titled Three Case Studies using an Artificial Neural Network Approach to Energy and Load Prediction.
David lives with his wife and two children in Boulder, Colorado. When he is not working on his vision for a highly distributed energy system, he spends his time skiing, hiking, mountain biking, adventure traveling, and attending music and film festivals.