Peter L. Corsell, Chairman

Peter L. Corsell is Managing Partner of TFC Utilities, where he is responsible for implementing the firm’s investment thesis of generating excellent long-term returns, while identifying and implementing smart grid and distributed clean energy technologies within the traditional regulated utility model. He is an entrepreneur and investor known for successfully bringing emerging technologies to market. MIT’s Technology Review recognized him as one of the world’s top innovators under age 35, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader, and the National Association of Corporate Directors included him on its inaugural list of leading directors under 40.

Corsell is also the founder of GridPoint, which he led as CEO until 2010. GridPoint developed an innovative smart grid platform to facilitate increased adoption of distributed energy technologies by aligning the interests of electric utilities, consumers and the environment. GridPoint has evolved into an established cleantech leader and pioneer in the Internet of Things, enabling businesses, utilities and government agencies to maximize energy savings, operational efficiency and environmental sustainability. The company has deployed more than 500,000 connected devices and has saved its customers over $300 million and more than 3.7 billion kilowatt-hours of energy.

In 2011, Corsell cofounded Hubub, a digital platform used by individuals, publishers and brands for exploring, discussing and debating topics of interest. In partnership with Bell Media, Canada’s largest multimedia company, Hubub developed a significant following in Canada, where it was featured in a 2015 Super Bowl commercial. In 2016, Hubub was acquired by the Stagwell Group, the digital marketing services conglomerate founded by Mark Penn, and was renamed Stagwell Technologies.

Corsell has been a board member and driving force behind several technology companies, with a focus on big data analytics and enterprise software. He has been interviewed on Charlie Rose and featured in several books including Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Tom Friedman, Perfect Power by Robert Galvin and Kurt Yeager, Earth: The Sequel by Fred Krupp and The Clean Tech Revolution by Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder. Earlier in his career, Corsell served as a political analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and with the U.S. Department of State in Havana, Cuba. He holds a BSFS degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

 


Adrian P. De Luca

Adrian De Luca is TFC Utilities Partner overseeing the identification and execution of renewable generation initiatives, both distributed and utility-scale, as well as customer-facing energy management and conservation technologies. De Luca relies on his deep experience in innovative, technology-platformed energy management, monitoring, and supply companies to help select sustainable technology partners and programs to serve the needs of utility stakeholders.

De Luca has over 15 years of experience leading marketing, sales and application engineering teams. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Locus Energy, an Internet of Things software business and provider of SaaS-based solutions for the renewable industry. As part of the founding team, he helped the company grow to become the largest independent provider of asset monitoring solutions in the United States. In 2015, Locus Energy was acquired by Genscape, a leading global provider of real-time data and intelligence for commodity and energy markets. De Luca was also a member of the founding team at GridPoint, where he was the company’s first Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He began his career as an analyst on the investment banking services team at Thomson Financial, leading the convertible bond data products team. De Luca holds a BA, Economics, from Pomona College.

 


Robbie Diamond

Robbie Diamond is the Founder, President and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). In 2006, he came together with Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, and General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps, to form SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council, a group of prominent business leaders and retired senior military officers dedicated to combating the nation’s dangerous dependence on oil. Since then, SAFE and the ESLC have been at the forefront of the energy policy debate, successfully helping to shape legislation in 2007 and shepherd a new, comprehensive energy bill through the Senate Energy Committee in 2009.

Diamond is also the President and CEO of the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group of business leaders committed to promoting policies and actions that facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. The Electrification Coalition is the lead implementation partner for Vulcan Inc. in the Smart City Challenge which recently selected Columbus, OH as the winner.

Diamond earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science, as well as a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School.

 


Ken Floyd

Ken Floyd is TFC Utilities Partner with responsibility for direction and oversight of all customer-facing programs, policies and initiatives, and for the optimization of electric distribution systems within the TFC organization. Floyd’s deep experience in utility customer service, customer operations, and distribution management give him a singularly insightful perspective on the customer experience and how to optimize it for both distribution-only and fully integrated electric utilities.

Floyd is a 25-year veteran of the utility industry and is known for transforming legacy utility business models by driving costs down and improving customer and employee satisfaction. Floyd was most recently Partner at Utilligent, a utility management consulting company working with public power agencies and investor-owned utilities. Floyd was Vice President, Marketing and Customer Solutions, for Xcel Energy, where he led a division of 1,800 employees across eight states, including all of marketing, customer care, demand management, and “meter-to-cash” functions. Floyd held senior positions in distribution and customer service at Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Pacific Gas & Electric, where he began his career. He holds a BS, Management, from Golden Gate University and an MBA from St. Mary’s College.

 


Larry Kellerman

Larry Kellerman is Managing Partner of TFC Utilities, where he is responsible for firm-wide strategy and direction in the assessment, structuring and implementation of regulated utility acquisitions and their value-accretive operation and optimization. Kellerman’s deep industry knowledge and consistent track record of delivering strongly above-market returns through creating and deploying innovative commercial approaches, while fully embracing the time-proven regulated utility construct, positions him to be a highly effective leader of this investment platform that focuses on the customer-centric evolution of the investor-owned electric utility business model.

Kellerman has spent over three decades in key leadership roles within the electric utility, power generation and independent energy industries. He has managed, acquired, constructed and restructured over 25,000 MW of conventional and renewable generation assets. The enterprises led by Kellerman have produced a cumulative profit of over $6.5 billion.  Most recently CEO of Quantum Utility Generation, a private equity-funded, independent power company, Kellerman was previously Partner at Goldman Sachs and President of the firm’s on-balance sheet electric power business within the firm’s Commodities Division, where he was hired to build the asset base and operations from the ground up.  His power generation business grew to include 5,265 MW at its peak and was one of the most profitable business initiatives within Goldman for the better part of a decade.

Earlier in his career, Kellerman served as Sr. Managing Director at El Paso Corporation, where he developed a 6,000 MW fleet of highly profitable North American power generation assets.  He was founding President of Citizens Power, the nation’s first independent power marketing enterprise, leading the firm from its start-up through its eventual highly profitable sale. He began his career with electric utilities Southern California Edison, where he negotiated some of the first PURPA contracts in the nation, and with Portland General Electric, where he became General Manager of Power Supply, Power Marketing and Fuels.  He holds a BA, Management, from the University of California, Davis (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and an MBA from West Coast University, Los Angeles (summa cum laude).

 


Hayes Nuss

Hayes Nuss is TFC Utilities Partner and serves as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the organization’s financial management, operating and capital budgeting, cash management and risk management activities.

Nuss has approximately two decades of experience in finance, investments and risk management. Previously, he was a Partner and Managing Director at Strategic Investment Group, an investment management firm with $32 billion under management. There he was responsible for client investment policies where he worked with clients to develop investment strategies that aligned with their business risks and objectives. He managed the teams responsible for investment analytics and risk, led the redesign of front and back office systems, and conceived new methods to assess portfolio risk across multiple asset classes. He began his career as a naval architect on Department of Defense projects, focusing on the forensic analysis of structural failures in ships. He holds a BS, Aerospace Engineering, from Virginia Tech, an ME, Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.