El Paso Electric CEO chairing SEPA board

El Paso Electric CEO Mary Kipp will chair the board of directors at Smart Electric Power Alliance.

Kipp will serve a one-year term and is the first sitting utility president to become SEPA’s chair. Jim Alberts, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Hawaiian Electric Co., will become Chair-Elect.

“Thanks to the diverse industry experience and leadership of SEPA’s Board of Directors, we have recently adopted a bold new vision — carbon-free energy system by 2050 — and four areas of focus to facilitate a smart transition to a clean and modern energy future,” said SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm. “Our board continues to reflect the scope of change happening  in all aspects of our industry.”

Cris Eugster, Chief Operating Officer at CPS Energy, will be past chair. Current Executive Committee member Joe Hoagland, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations at the Tennessee Valley Authority, has been elected Treasurer.

Current Treasurer John Hewa, Vice President of Corporate Services at the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, was elected Secretary. Current Secretary Seth Frader-Thompson, President of EnergyHub will serve as Chair of the Board’s Nominating Committee.

Adrian Tuck, Chief Executive Officer at Tendril, has been elected to the at-large seat on the Executive Committee

SEPA’s Board of Directors helps guide the development of SEPA’s mission to facilitate the electric power sector’s transition to a clean and modern energy future. The SEPA Board of Directors is comprised of 18 members representing a cross-section of energy industry representatives, including executives from utilities, distributed energy technology developers, and  former policy makers.


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