Grid Evolution Summit
Executive Forum


1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET | Wednesday, August 5th

Get the Insights you Need to Create a Carbon-Free Future

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Unprecedented challenges are facing our industry, but the transition to clean energy continues. Get inspired by innovative solutions, new approaches and practical examples as you engage in productive conversations with utility and solution provider colleagues. You’ll learn from each others’ experiences and successes to build a more resilient, carbon-free energy system.

August 5 Agenda

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Carbon Reduction in an Uncertain World

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1:00 – 1:10 p.m. | Conversation starters introduce topic and present trigger questions
Gil Quiniones, President and CEO, NYPA
Alice Jackson, President,  Xcel Energy – Colorado

1:10 – 2:00 p.m. | Roundtable discussion

2:00 – 3:00 p.m | Break

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | ESG – Building a More Resilient Utility

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3:00 – 3:10 p.m. | Conversation starters introduce topic and present trigger questions
Julia Hamm, President and CEO, SEPA
Susan Gray, Global Head of Sustainable Finance Business and Innovation, S&P Global

3:10 – 4:00 p.m. | General discussion


Susan Gray

Global Head of Sustainable Finance Business and Innovation, S&P Global

Susan Gray

Susan Gray is Global Head of Sustainable Finance Business and Innovation, responsible for S&P Global Rating’s ESG and sustainable finance business strategy and initiatives.

Susan joined S&P Global in 2015 to lead S&P’s new Global Infrastructure Practice. Susan’s role expanded to Global Corporates, Infrastructure and Sustainable Finance in 2017, where she led a team of 540 analysts providing credit opinions on around 5000 companies and $15t of debt. In this role, Susan led the development of S&P’s Green Evaluation and ESG Evaluation sustainability assessments.

Susan has 20 years global investment banking experience with Macquarie Capital in America, Asia and Australia focused on infrastructure, M&A, investment, financing and capital raising. As Head of Infrastructure Sponsor Coverage and Head of Airports for the Americas, she led growth of Macquarie’s third party advisory business with institutional investors. She established Macquarie’s infrastructure business in Indonesia and led major transport and airport transactions in Australia. Previously, Susan was a senior policy advisor to an Australian Federal Government Cabinet Minister on trade and industry policy.

She has been based in New York for the last 14 years. Susan graduated from the University of Sydney with Honors in Economics and a Law degree. Susan has been an active not for profit Director of publicly owned authorities and cultural institutions for almost 20 years, and is a National Association of Corporate Directors Leadership Fellow.

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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Alice Jackson

President, Xcel Energy Colorado

Alice Jackson

Alice K. Jackson is President of Xcel Energy – Colorado, a company serving 1.4 million electric customers and 1.3 million natural gas customers. The company is a recognized industry leader in delivering affordable and reliable service, providing clean energy choices, and in reducing carbon and other emissions. Since joining Xcel Energy in 2011, Ms. Jackson has held various positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently Ms. Jackson was Vice President of Strategic Revenue Initiatives, where she built a team to generate new revenues through exploring and integrating new technologies and economic development initiatives in addition to looking at new options for Xcel Energy’s unregulated businesses.

Prior to her corporate strategic role, Alice held the lead regulatory position with Xcel Energy—Texas/New Mexico and then with Xcel Energy—Colorado. Before her time with Xcel Energy, Alice spent close to 10 years with Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) managing the energy needs of this large consumer across the country. Through her involvement in the federal and state electric markets, multiple rate cases, and interaction with customers large and small, Alice developed a unique respect for utilities and their contributions to society.

Because having a full-time career, being married to her high school sweetheart and having four sons is not enough of an adventure in life, Alice recently took on the challenge of advancing her business acumen. In 2017 Alice completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard University. Before her professional experience, Alice obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University.

Gil Quiniones

CEO, ComEd

Gil Quiniones

Before joining ComEd, Quiniones served more than a decade as president and CEO of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility. Under his leadership, NYPA played a key role in the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative to use market forces and new technology to empower customers and encourage the growth of clean renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Before joining NYPA in 2007, Quiniones held several positions in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, including more than four years as senior vice president of energy and telecommunications. He started his career at Consolidated Edison (Con Edison), one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies and an electric and gas utility serving parts of southeastern New York and northern New Jersey, including New York City. He worked for 16 years at Con Edison, where he cofounded Con Edison Solutions, the utility’s unregulated energy services company.

Quiniones was named as the 2017 Smart Electric Power Alliance Power Player of the Year, an award that recognizes leaders in the front lines of energy transformation in the United States. He also received the Alex Radin Distinguished Service Award from the American Public Power Association.

Quiniones served as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance to Save Energy. He served on the Boards of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Large Public Power Council. From April 2015 to April 2016, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the electric power industry’s international research and development organization. He currently serves as Chair of the Grid Wise Alliance, which focuses on accelerating innovation that delivers a more secure, reliable, resilient, and affordable grid to support decarbonization of the US economy.

Quinones attended De La Salle University in the Philippines where he received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.