ORLANDO, Fla., June 14, 2004 (PRNewswire) — Wayne Brunetti, chairman and CEO of Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc., was elected chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade association of shareholder-owned electric companies, international affiliates and associates worldwide. The announcement was made here at EEI’s 72nd annual meeting/expo, “Celebrating 125 Years of Innovation.”
“The next twelve months promise to be a critical time for the electric power industry,” Brunetti said in accepting the position. “As chairman, I look forward to working with EEI staff and its member companies to address the wide range of regulatory and legislative issues facing the industry.”
Brunetti will be supported by EEI’s incoming chairs Michael G. Morris, chairman, president and CEO of Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power, who was elected first vice-chairman, and James E. “Jim” Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Cinergy Corp. of Cincinnati, Ohio, who was elected second vice-chairman.
As chairman and CEO of Xcel Energy, Brunetti leads a company that serves electricity and natural gas customers in 11 states from Minnesota to Texas. Formed in August 2000 by the merger of Minneapolis-based Northern States Power Company and Denver-based New Century Energies, Xcel Energy provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to nearly five million electricity and natural gas customers. He has distinguished himself as a national leader in environmental initiatives by spearheading voluntary emission reduction programs at power plants in Denver and the Twin Cities that will represent a total investment of more than $1.2 billion.
Active in several professional and civic groups, Brunetti serves on the National Petroleum Council, a key advisory body to U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. He is also on the board of directors of the Capital City Partnership in St. Paul, Minn., and serves on the government affairs and finance committees for the Minnesota Orchestral Association and the executive advisory board of the Juran Center for Leadership and Quality. He is a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership, Inc.
Brunetti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Florida, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.
Michael Morris has been president and CEO of AEP since January of this year, and was named chairman of the board February 24. Before joining AEP, Morris was chairman, president and CEO of Northeast Utilities from 1997-2003. Prior to his tenure at NU, Morris was president and CEO of Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, and president of CMS Marketing, Services and Trading. Previously, Morris was president of the Colorado Interstate Gas Company and executive vice president of ANR Pipeline Company, both subsidiaries of El Paso Energy.
A nationally recognized leader in the energy field, Morris is active in a wide range of community and professional boards, organizations and task forces. He serves on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Board, the National Governors’ Association Task Force on Electricity Infrastructure and the Connecticut Governor’s Council on Economic Competitiveness and Technology. He is also a trustee of the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation, the Bushnell Overseers, and the Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University.
Born in Fremont, Ohio, Morris graduated from Eastern Michigan University with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in science, and earned a law degree, cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law.
James E. “Jim” Rogers has been CEO for more than fifteen years — first at PSI and currently at Cinergy. Prior to the formation of Cinergy, he joined PSI Energy, Inc. in 1988 as the company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. Before joining PSI, he was executive vice president, interstate pipelines for the Enron Gas Pipeline Group, and was previously a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, a Dallas-based law firm. While there, he represented energy companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy, various congressional committees and federal courts.
Rogers serves as a director on a number of corporate and civic boards, including Fifth Third Bancorp, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Gas Association. He was named a distinguished alumnus of the Hall of Fame of the Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics and the Hall of Fame of the College of Law, both of the University of Kentucky.
Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of United States investor-owned electric utilities and industry affiliates and associates worldwide. Its domestic members generate approximately three-quarters of all the electricity generated by electric utilities in the country and serve about 70 percent of all ultimate customers in the nation.