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Alice Jackson of Xcel Energy Colorado to Chair SEPA Board

Gil Quiniones of NYPA Named Chair-Elect

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) announces the results of recent officer elections for the educational nonprofit’s Board of Directors.

Alice Jackson, president of Xcel Energy—Colorado, will be the new board chair for a one-year term, effective April 1. Gil Quiniones, president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), will become chair-elect.

“There are no two industry leaders better suited than Alice and Gil to guide SEPA in our work to enable a rapid and smart transition to a clean and modern energy future,” said SEPA president and CEO Julia Hamm. “They are leading by example within their respective organizations by driving innovation, facilitating culture change and prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion.”

In other election results:

  • Outgoing chair Jim Alberts, senior vice president, business development and strategy at the Hawaiian Electric Company, will become immediate past chair.
  • Current executive committee member Seth Frader-Thompson, president of EnergyHub, was elected treasurer.
  • Linda Ferrone, chief customer officer at Orlando Utilities Commission, was elected secretary.
  • Paul Lau, chief executive officer and general manager of Sacramento Municipal Utility District, will serve as chair of the board’s nominating committee.
  • Adrian Tuck, chief executive officer at Uplight was elected to the executive committee.

“As Xcel Energy advances a bold plan to cut carbon emissions an estimated 85% by 2030 in Colorado and aims to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050, I’m delighted to take on this new role with valued partners and industry leaders, as part of the SEPA Board,” said Alice Jackson of Xcel Energy—Colorado. “Industry organizations, such as SEPA, play an important role in making a zero-carbon future more attainable. Together, we will make significant strides in building a more reliable, affordable energy future for consumers across the country by deploying a resilient grid and clean power technologies.”

“For almost 30 years, SEPA has been a national leader at the forefront of the energy transition,” said Gil Quiniones of NYPA. “I’m honored to work alongside SEPA to fully embrace the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion to ensure a power sector transformation that benefits every individual and all communities.”

SEPA’s Board of Directors helps guide the nonprofit’s strategy and priorities. In addition to the leadership list above, SEPA’s board is composed of individuals from Amazon, ComEd, Google Nest, Hitachi ABB Power Grids, Microsoft, Puget Sound Energy, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, San Diego Gas & Electric, Siemens, sonnen, Southern California Edison and Tennessee Valley Authority.

Full bios for all SEPA Board members are available here.

Media contact: Jordan Nachbar jnachbar@sepapower.org; 202-559-2034

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