William J Burke

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Virtual Peaker

Candidate Profile

Please describe your experience with NY-BEST: 
We have been working with NY-BEST to develop our engagement strategy with New York utilities while understanding the rising importance of battery storage in the region. NY-BEST has been pivotal in helping us navigate the rapidly changing regulatory environment and working to develop partnerships within the state to better identify opportunities.
Please describe your experience with the Battery & Energy Storage Industry: 
My company, Virtual Peaker, works with a number of utilities to develop, design and implement behind-the-meter storage programs. We are the platform that powers Green Mountain Power's bring your own battery program (the first in the country). This program represents a new frontier in utility-customer partnerships. In addition to supporting this new model, we have developed technology to drive new value streams for batteries, including demand response and energy arbitrage. Our approach sets a new course in harnessing the value of distributed energy resources. I believe that I can bring the experience and vision of what behind the meter storage can do to change the energy storage landscape - not only in New York but across the country.
Please describe why you would be a good candidate for the board: 
Since completing my PhD, I have developed a position of thought leadership in the realms of smart devices and behind the meter resources. This experience combined with my entrepreneurial mindset and strong relationship with regional utilities will allow me to contribute valuable insight into the future of battery storage - and use that insight to advise on the opportunities it creates for NY-BEST and its members.
Brief Bio: 
Bill is a serial entrepreneur with a PhD from UC Berkeley in Controls and Artificial Intelligence and 10 years of experience with high performance residential energy management and connected appliances. He was previously at GE as an Advanced Systems Engineer in the Connected Home Software Group, but left that role in May 2014 to pursue entrepreneurship full time. Bill grew up in Louisville and returned with his family in 2010 after a long stint in the San Francisco Bay Area. He loves Louisville and is working to make it a better and more attractive city for high tech startups.
Organization Type: 
Energy Storage Industry