About SEPA

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is a nonprofit organization that envisions a carbon-free energy system that is safe, affordable, reliable, resilient and equitable.

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On A Clean Energy Mission

SEPA has a very specific role in the journey towards carbon-free. Our mission is to accelerate the electric power industry’s transformation to a modern energy future through education, research, standards, and collaboration.


What Guides Us

In our work towards a carbon-free energy system, we are guided by these principles.

Clean Energy

Significant increases in clean energy, generated from existing and new technologies, are needed to achieve a carbon-free future.

Grid Modernization

Investment in the transmission and distribution system is foundational to achieving a carbon-free energy future.


Reductions in carbon emissions will occur as the transportation, building and industry sectors become more electrified.

Diverse Portfolio

The future will be a diverse mix of large-scale generation, distributed energy resources (DER), energy efficiency and enabling technologies.

Business Models

Diverse business models supporting carbon reduction will be deployed by utilities and other providers that account for geographic, business, and policy differences.

Social Equity

Diversity, equity, inclusion and access for all are required for a fair and just carbon-free energy future.


Changes to the power sector need to evolve in a manner that is safe, reliable, secure and affordable.



Success will require a deliberate collaborative process and proactive engagement with stakeholders and customers.

“SEPA really facilitates a fantastic dialogue about what the future of the electric system is, where it’s going, and what’s the best way of getting there.”

– Caroline Choi, SVP of Corporate Affairs at Edison International and Southern California Edison

SEPA Members

SEPA has over 1,000 members (including 700+ utilities) who continuously rely on us to make smart clean and modern energy choices.

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Our Leadership

Meet our dedicated leadership team.

Julia Hamm

President & Chief Executive Officer

Julia Hamm

Julia has served as SEPA’s President & CEO since 2004, providing leadership and strategic direction for the organization. She is responsible for guiding and overseeing all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies and the broader energy industry.

Julia is a visionary non-profit leader at the center of the transformation underway in the electric power sector to a clean and modern energy future. For the past 20 years she has been advising and collaborating with utilities, solution providers and government agencies on business models, grid modernization, and clean energy policies, strategies and programs.

She has led SEPA through significant expansion in recent years, including rebranding from the Solar Electric Power Association to the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and merging with both the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).

Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program. Julia – a graduate of Cornell University – walks the talk, driving an EV and living in a PV-powered home in Northern Virginia with her husband, two children, and dog.

Phone: 202.559.2025     Email: [email protected]

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