Record number of utility CEOs to speak at Electric Light & Power Executive Conference

Five electric utility CEOs have signed on to speak during the sixth annual, Electric Light & Power Executive Conference on Feb. 2, 2015, at the Omni San Diego Hotel. The CEOs will discuss the electric utility industry's biggest challenges of the next five years, especially disruptions caused by distributed generation.

Confirmed speakers are three former Electric Light & Power CEOs of the Year:

•       Wisconsin Energy Corp. Chairman and CEO Gale E. Klappa (2011);

•       Pepco Holdings Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Joseph M. Rigby (2012); and

•       Former Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) General Manager and CEO John Di Stasio (2013);

As well as two leaders of former Electric Light & Power Utilities of the Year:

•       OG&E Chairman, President and CEO Peter B. Delaney (2011); and

•       PPL Corp. Chairman, President and CEO William H. Spence (2013).

"With this many utility CEOs in one place to speak about disruptive technologies and trends the day before DistribuTECH, I expect many utilities and DistribuTECH attendees will want to reserve seats at the 2015 executive conference," said Teresa Hansen, chairwoman of both conferences and editor in chief of Electric Light & Power and POWERGRID International magazines. "This really is an unprecedented opportunity."

The 2015 conference theme is "Disrupting Every Rule: The Evolving Utility." Klappa, Rigby, Di Stasio, Delaney and Spence will speak during the conference's fourth and final panel session, "The View From the Top." Topics will come from the conference's three earlier sessions: "Policy and Strategy Evolution," "'Prosumers': Whose Energy is it Anyway?" and "DER Impact on Utilities."

Other high-level execs have signed on to speak, as well, including: Energy Storage Association Policy Director Katherine Hamilton and Edison Electric Institute Vice President Richard McMahon; plus executives from Direct Energy, Duke Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric, PSE&G, ComEd, California ISO and CBRE, the world's largest commercial real estate services firm.

The executive conference will conclude after the CEO panel with the annual Electric Light & Power and POWERGRID International Awards Dinner.

"Everyone at the executive conference, including our CEO speakers, has a seat at the awards dinner," Hansen said. "We'll honor our utilities and CEOs of the year there, and we'll announce the POWERGRID International Projects of the Year live, so there's quite a bit of excitement in the air. Last year, tickets sold out for the award's dinner — attendees called it the Oscars of the power industry."

A la carte tickets for the Electric Light & Power and POWERGRID International Awards Dinner are $60 and may be purchased through the DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition registration page,

Nominations for the Electric Light & Power CEOs of the Year and POWERGRID International Projects of the Year will be accepted through Oct. 1, 2014. Visit for more information. For more information about the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference and to register, visit

About PennWell:

The Electric Light & Power Executive Conference and DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition are owned and produced by PennWell Corp., a Tulsa, Oklahoma,-based, highly diversified, business-to-business media and information company with 320 profit centers, including 150 print and online magazines and newsletters, 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research products, digital media and database services. For more information, visit

If you'd like more information about the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference or to schedule an interview with Editor in Chief Teresa Hansen, please call Senior Editor Kristen Wright at 918-640-6781 or email Kristen at

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