Smita Gupta is a Principal Consultant in Itron’s Consulting and Analysis group since 2009, specializing in technical and policy aspects of integrating distributed energy resources which include demand side measures and distributed generation. She has led several efforts in strategic planning for an integrated approach to distributed resources. Such efforts include working with SMUD on development of their R&D Strategic Plan and with the CPUC and their stakeholders on the Action Plans for Residential Zero Net Energy (ZNE), Codes and Standards and Research and Technology. Ms. Gupta will be leading the upcoming work funded by the Energy Commission to develop a research roadmap for attaining Zero Net Energy in CA. Ms Gupta is the Program Manager for the California Solar Initiative’s RD&D Program on behalf of CPUC. The Program focuses on research to enable the grid integration of high levels of distributed solar. Prior to joining Itron, Ms. Gupta worked at the California Energy Commission (CEC), as a technical lead and supervisor in the building energy efficiency standards office. There she played a seminal role in the development and initial implementation of the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) solar incentive program for residential new construction along with development of the PV performance calculator. Ms. Gupta is a LEED accredited professional and holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Masters in Building Science with focus on Energy and Climate.