Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), a leading organization in the clean energy sector, is on a mission to drive innovation and sustainability in the electric power industry.

On the latest “From the Grid Edge” vodcast, Peter Asmus sits down with SEPA’s Jared Leader to explore critical challenges utilities face in managing distributed energy resources (DERs), the energy sector’s rapid evolution, and next week’s RE+ event.

Spanning a diverse community of utilities, technology providers, regulators, and other stakeholders, SEPA is dedicated to advancing a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. SEPA serves as a unifying force at RE+, bringing together various players in the energy sector including utilities, renewable energy companies, technology providers, and countless others committed to advancing clean energy solutions.

The Speakers:

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Peter Asmus

Director of Strategic Marketing
Peter Asmus is the Director of Strategic Marketing for AutoGrid. Previously, he was Research Director for Guidehouse Insights, a management consulting firm. There, he launched the microgrid and VPP research services over a decade ago, forecasting future trends and ranking leading solution providers. He has 34 years of experience in covering and analyzing and writing about emerging energy trends.

Jared Leader


Jared joined SEPA in 2017. In his role, he develops strategic plans for programs, products, and service offerings for utility and industry stakeholder members and clients that facilitate the integration of distributed energy resources, non-wires alternatives and microgrids onto the modern grid. Jared leads SEPA’s Microgrids Working Group and co-led D.C. Public Service Commission’s grid modernization working groups.

Prior to joining SEPA, he spent several years working as an environmental engineer and consultant for utility, municipal and commercial clients in the energy and water sectors.
He has a MS, Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Outside of business hours, Jared enjoys skiing, hiking and spending time in the great outdoors.

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