Founder/CEO at Extensible Energy – John Powers

John Powers is an entrepreneur with broad experience leading software and consulting firms, extensive direct experience with startup, growth, financing, and operation of successful companies. He’s a mentor for Bay Area startups in the intelligent energy economy.

An energy expert with three decades experience working with the world’s leading utilities, as well as their customers and suppliers – about half that time as a consultant, and half as a software entrepreneur. Unlike most people in electricity markets, he’s comfortable working on both the customer and utility sides of the meter. He led Energy Interactive from founding to funding to exit, and served as Director of Retail Software at ABB. He’s the founder and co-chair of the PLMA Distributed Energy Resource Integration interest group; they organize bi-annual workshops for utilities and industry leaders in this growing field.

He has authored over 100 papers and reports on energy efficiency, demand response, DER integration, resource planning, load forecasting, renewable energy, rate design, transmission markets, dispatch modeling (including economic and carbon-minimizing dispatch), and more. He’s spoken at more than 100 industry events on topics from metering and billing to transmission market manipulation.


CEO with proven leadership, management, analysis, and execution expertise. Deep expertise in energy markets, including energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, rate design, transmission markets, demand-side program design and evaluation, metering and billing. Strong marketing, sales, and business development experience. 

Specific skills include: 

Team building, company strategy, market strategy and tactics, grid computing, economic and statistical analysis, project management, contract negotiation, expert testimony.

Show Highlights

  • John uses his expertise in energy and utilities to explain the difference between demand, consumption, KW and kilowatt hours
  • Extensible Energy’s 4 Cs of Carbon and the importance of how renewables factor with clients.
  • Into the more purpose driven climate, the and green buildings world.
  • Help sorting the difference between croptec, cleantech, climate tech.
  • Tips on how to clean up the grid and electrify everything.
  • Operating steps inside the building to minimize cost and carbon footprint to keep you in control and sustainable.
  • Why do you have to make the load side of the grid more flexible?
  • The first priority of utilities for their customers. 

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