2016 preliminary conference program

Electric Light & Power Executive Conference
Monday, February 8, 2016
Hyatt Regency Orlando

Orchestrating the Future!

Legislation, policy, customers’ expectations, new technology, changing generation mix, sustainable energy, competition and more are changing utilities’ business and operating landscapes. They can either fight to stop the change or embrace it and implement processes that will allow them to manage their transition to the 21st century utility. The 2016 Electric Light & Power Executive Conference expert panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities awaiting utilities and offer ideas on how they can manage this inevitable and exciting transition.

Monday, February 8, 2016

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.                     Registration open, breakfast served

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.             Session 1: Confronting the Challenges
MODERATOR: Don McDonnell, CEO, The McDonnell Group Inc. 

The utility world is changing. The status quo will no longer suffice. Panelists in this session will discuss challenges utilities face today.


  Penni Mclean-Connor
Chief Customer Officer & Senior Vice President
Customer Group Eversource
    Suzanne Shelton
President and CEO
Shelton Group
  Tom Flahertyvwarfvvucazszbtauyrvyusccszsxaydty
Senior Partner
PwC Strategy&
  Rudolph Wynter
President - Federally Regulated Businesses
National Grid 

10:30 to 11:00 a.m.                     Networking Break

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.      Session 2: Vying for the Energy Dollar
MODERATOR: Peter Weigand, Chairman and CEO, Skipping Stone

Companies already in customers’ living rooms and on customers’ roofs are vying for customer mindshare and dollars.  Leaders of these companies share how they attract customers.


  Zach McGuire
MasTech Advanced Technologies   
    Geoff Sharples
Director IoT, Energy and Industrial
  Dennis Mathew
Vice President
Xfinity Home Product Comcast
    Stephen Vincent
Executive Director, Strategy & Development
AT&T Digital Life


12:30 to 1:30 p.m.               Networking Buffet Lunch

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.            Session 3: Innovative Approaches for Growth
MODERATOR: Ron Chebra, Vice President, Schneider Electric, Grid Automation

Forward-thinking utilities are paving the way with new business models to achieve growth. Leaders from these utilities will share their strategies.


  Donna Attanasio
Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs
The George Washington University Law School
    Margarett Jolly
Director R&D
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
  Joseph Forline
Vice President
Public Service Electric and Gas Company

2:30 to 3:00 p.m.                  Networking Break


3:00 to 3:45 p.m.              Session 4: The Financier's View of the Future
MODERATOR: Sharon Allan, President and CEO, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel


  Michael Liebreich
Founder & Advisory Board Chairman
Bloomberg New Energy Finance


3:45 to 5:00 p.m.              Session 5: The View From the Top
MODERATOR: Mark Browning, Vice President of IT and CIO, Exelon Utilities

Utility CEOs will discuss the topics and thoughts presented in the three earlier panel sessions.

  Ralph Izzo
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated
  David Hutchens
President and Chief Executive Officer
TEP and its parent company, UNS Energy Corporation
  Terry Bassham
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Great Plains Energy, KCP&L

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.               Awards Reception


7:30 to 8:30 p.m.               Awards Dinner

DistribuTECH Awards Dinner presented by Electric Light & Power and POWERGRID International

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Join us for an evening of cocktails, music and dinner while networking with colleagues, our
Utility CEOs of the Year and executives from our Utility of the Year. The awards dinner is not included in ELP Executive Conference registrations - it must be purchased as a separate ticket.  Please be sure to add the awards dinner when registering to secure your seat.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (optional)

9:00 to 11:00 a.m.     DistribuTECH Keynote Session - Orange County Convention Center