The Institute for Electric Innovation awarded Kevin Fitzgerald, executive vice president and general counsel of Pepco Holdings Inc., with its inaugural Technology Leadership Award. The award, which IEI will present annually, recognizes visionary thinking in pursuit of our energy future.
“It is our privilege to recognize Kevin for his tremendous contributions, leadership and vision, which have greatly benefited the electric industry,” said IEI Executive Director Lisa Wood. “His involvement with IEI and his work with industry technology partners have been extremely valuable; Kevin has a strategic vision of the future energy landscape.”
Fitzgerald has been chair of IEI’s Technology Partner Roundtable since 2013. During his tenure, the IEI Partner Roundtable expanded, adding renewable energy, energy storage and data analytics companies.
“Our industry is undergoing a major transformation as electric utilities are forging partnerships with tech companies to utilize new technologies to offer more services to our customers,” said NorthWestern Energy President and CEO and IEI Co-Chair Bob Rowe. “Kevin is a real leader and visionary in working to bring technology partners and thought leaders together with utilities to discuss how we collaborate as the industry evolves.”
Fitzgerald has been a frequent participant at IEI events, including the annual Powering the People event, and has also contributed to IEI’s Thought Leaders Speak Out book series.
“IEI provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on the future of the electric power industry, and through his work with IEI, Kevin has played a critical role in facilitating discussions about the adoption of new technologies to benefit customers and the policies that will help support the industry’s technological transformation,” said CenterPoint Energy, Inc. President and CEO and IEI Co-Chair Scott Prochazka. “We thank Kevin for his service and leadership during this transformational time in our industry.”
Fitzgerald, who has more than two decades of experience in the industry, joined Pepco Holdings, Inc. as executive vice president and general counsel in 2012. Kevin is a recognized industry leader in M&A, regulatory policy, and strategic planning. He spearheaded development of PHI’s vision of the 21st Century electric utility model.
Fitzgerald serves as a member of the Edison Electric Institute Legal Planning Committee. Kevin had been a long-standing member of the Electric Power Research Institute Advisory Board and was a founding member to the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance.