Panel 1: Decentralized Delivery Models for Electricity
This panel will explore the growth of distributed generation, micro grids, and other decentralized delivery models in the electric utility industry, as well as the business and regulatory issues triggered by these new delivery models. What is the role of the traditional electric utility in the development of these decentralized sources?
Panel 2: New Finance and Ownership Structures for Renewables and Distributed Generation
This panel will explore the economics of developing distributed generation, particularly new ownership structures and other devices used to finance new construction. This panel will also explore the potential extension of ownership/financing structures like the Master Limited Partnerships or Real Estate Investment Trusts to renewables, efficiency and other energy investments.
Panel 3: Opportunities and Challenges at the Gas-Electricity Nexus
The prospect of inexpensive natural gas in the foreseeable future has changed the relationship between gas and electricity markets, presenting both competitive challenges and business opportunities for gas and electric utilities, along with other providers of gas and electric services. This panel will explore the technical, economic and legal aspects of these challenges and opportunities.
Panel 4: Barriers to Innovation
In their efforts to promote alternative models of electric service, proponents may encounter legal and technical barriers to their visions of a new electric service future. This panel will focus on those legal and technical obstacles, and the questions of whether and how they might be overcome.
President & CEO, CPS Energy
Doyle N. Beneby is President and Chief Executive Officer for CPS Energy, the largest municipal electric and gas utility in the nation. A veteran of the energy industry with over 30 years of experience, Doyle has expertise in many facets of the electric & gas utility industry including strategic planning, generation & delivery operations and asset acquisition.
During his time at CPS Energy, Doyle has transformed the vertically integrated utility’s generation fleet to one of the most diversified in the country, with an emphasis on low carbon and renewable sources. He has also created industry leading public private partnerships with clean technology companies that have brought thousands of jobs to the Greater San Antonio area. A passionate innovator, Doyle is currently championing the role grid optimization and demand response can play in reducing peak demand in the state of Texas.
Doyle is a graduate of Montana Technical College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Miami. In 2008, he completed the Advanced Executive Leadership Program at Exelon Academy/Northwestern University and in 2003 he completed the Advanced Management Program at Exelon Training Center.
Doyle serves on the Board of Directors for industry organizations such as Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), Capital Power Corporation, Keystone Center & Energy Board, the American Gas Association (AGA), Texas Public Power Association (TPPA), and American Public Power Association (APPA). He also serves on local Boards including American Heart Association (AHA), Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, San Antonio Medical Foundation, San Antonio Acquisition Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors, and University of the Incarnate Word (UIW).
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, American Electric Power
Robert P. Powers is executive vice president and chief operating officer, with responsibility for AEP Utilities; Unregulated Operations; Customer Services, Generation; Nuclear Generation; and Regulatory (Revenue) related activities.
Previously, he was president - AEP Utilities, responsible for AEP´s electric utility operations that serve more than 5 million customers in 11 states. He was also responsible for regulatory and policy matters relating to utility operations.
From 2006 to 2008, he was executive vice president - AEP East Utilities. Previously, he was executive vice president - Generation, a position he had held since 2003. Mr. Powers was responsible for all generation activities, including fossil and hydro generation; nuclear generation; project and field services; fuel, emissions and logistics, and business services. It was during this time that AEP was involved with planning and executing fossil plant modifications for SO2 and NOX. In addition, Mr. Powers led AEP’s efforts to add Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) Technology and ultra-supercritical coal as options for future coal generation.
From 2001 to 2003, he was executive vice president - Nuclear and Technical Services, a position that gave Mr. Powers his first significant exposure to fossil plant construction and maintenance, along with responsibility for operation of the D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant.
Mr. Powers joined AEP in 1998 as senior vice president - Nuclear Generation. He was hired to assure the successful restart of the two Cook nuclear units, which had been voluntarily shut down the year before. Under Mr. Powers’ leadership, AEP conducted a comprehensive engineering and maintenance re-verification of the plant and both units were successfully returned to service in 2000 -- with the added benefit of replacing and upgrading the steam generators for the plant.
Prior to joining AEP, he previously served as vice president and plant manager of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Generating Station. Mr. Powers was employed by PG&E for 17 years, joining the firm as a health physicist in 1982, and subsequently serving in the maintenance, quality assurance, and operations departments before becoming vice president.
Mr. Powers first joined the utility business in 1976, when he was hired by the Tennessee Valley Authority in the utility’s nuclear program. Mr. Powers focused on radiation measurement and environmental assessment of TVA’s nuclear power plants and uranium mining properties.
A native of Andover, Mass., Mr. Powers earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Tufts University in Boston and a master's degree in radiological hygiene (health physics) from the University of North Carolina. He earned national certification by the American Board of Health Physics. He earned senior reactor operator certification in 1991. In addition, Mr. Powers completed executive management programs run by the University of California – Berkeley and Duke University.
Mr. Powers has recently joined the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Mr. Powers is also active in the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and is a member and past Chair of the Board for the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), an EEI organization focused on recruiting technical talent to the utilities. Mr. Powers serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Braemar Venture Capital Fund. He also served as a member of the National Nuclear Training Accreditation Board for six years until 2009. Mr. Powers served as a member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Board of Directors from 2002 to 2009. During his term at EPRI he served as the Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee.
Locally, Mr. Powers serves on the Boards of Directors for the world renowned Columbus Zoo, and the Wilds, a wildlife conservation organization located on former AEP mining properties in central Ohio. Previously he served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for The Ohio State University Engineering department, and as a Trustee for the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. Mr. Powers serves as Executive Champion of the AEP United Negro College Fund campaign at AEP in Columbus, and was recognized in 2009 with a Legacy Achievement Award by that organization. Mr. Powers also serves as Executive Champion of the AEP United Way Campaign.
Powers lives in Powell, Ohio, with his wife Jan. They have three children. Daughter Erin is an attorney in Denver, Colorado. Middle son Jeff is a three-time Olympian in water polo, winning the silver medal for the United States in 2008. Steve is the youngest of Bob and Jan’s kids and is a store manager for Home Depot in Evergreen, Colorado.
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