The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) named four new members to the board of directors. Effective immediately, David Victor, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, Sheryl Carter, a co-director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Rebecca (Becky) Blalock, an expert in utility information technology systems, have joined the board.
Charles (Chip) G. Pardee, executive vice president and chief generation officer for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), joined on June 10.
Victor, a faculty member at UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, is director of the university’s Laboratory on International Law and Regulation. His research focuses on how regulatory law affects the environment and the operation of major energy markets.
Prior to joining UC San Diego, Victor served as director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University where he was also a professor at the law school. He also served on EPRI’s Advisory Council, which is comprised of regulators, environmentalists, utility executives and academicians, who help inform the development of the institute’s research portfolio.
Carter is co-director of NRDC’s Energy Program, promoting the increased development of energy efficiency, renewables and other environmentally sound and economically sustainable energy resources to reduce the public health, environmental and global warming impacts of energy production and use. She has represented NRDC before utility commissions, legislative bodies and in many other forums at the state, regional and national levels since 1995. Carter also served on EPRI’s Advisory Council.
Blalock is the managing partner for Advisory Capital that provides strategic insights to companies working in the energy and information technology sectors. She retired from Southern Company where she most recently served as senior vice president and chief information officer.
Blalock has testified on behalf the industry on IT-related issues before the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Energy. Prior to joining Southern, she served as vice president of Georgia Power’s community and economic development organization, and currently chairs the board of Emory Healthcare, and serves on the Georgia Regents and Mercer University’s Board of Visitors.
Pardee is responsible for optimizing TVA’s fleet of generation resources, including nuclear, coal, gas, hydroelectric and renewables, to meet the energy demands of the Tennessee Valley. He joined TVA in April 2013 and manages a fleet of about 35,000 MW. He also oversees TVA’s river operations, fuel procurement and power trading operations. Previously, Pardee served as chief operating officer of Exelon Generation.
Victor, Carter and Blalock will serve 4-year terms. The duration of service by Pardee, who represents one of the two permanent federal power producers on the board, will be set by TVA.