Keynote/Plenary Sessions & Panels

Keynote Speaker: Dave Velazquez, CEO of Pepco Holdings

18 February 2020, 8:30-9:00 AM

Dave VelazquezDave Velazquez has been President and CEO of Pepco Holdings since 2016 and is responsible for leadership of the company’s overall performance associated with service reliability, customer satisfaction, financial management, and regulatory and external affairs. Based in Washington, D.C., Pepco Holdings employs more than 4,600 people, owns more than $21 billion in assets and generates approximately $4.8 billion in annual revenues. Pepco Holdings serves 2 million customers as the parent company of Pepco, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and portions of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey. Pepco Holdings is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading energy services companies. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.

Velazquez previously served as executive vice president and leader of the power delivery business for Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI). He managed over 95 percent of the business and employee base, and was responsible for all utility operations in three states and the District of Columbia including customer care, asset management, operations, smart grid activities, support services, including IT, and four local unions. Velazquez was also responsible for the development of and now leads the successful enterprise-wide strategic vision to improve reliability and customer service for PHI.

From 2006 to 2009, Velazquez served as president and CEO of Conectiv Energy, PHI’s competitive merchant energy subsidiary, leading and directing the commercial and operational activities for the company. He served as vice president of strategic planning and chief risk officer of PHI from 2005 to 2006.

Velazquez serves on the boards of several educational and community organizations, such as the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, D.C. Policy Center of the Federal City Council, Emeritus Advisory Board of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, and United Way of the National Capital Area. He is also a board member of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. In addition, Velazquez is a member of the Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation Management Committee and the D.C. Public Library Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Opening Committee.

Velazquez holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Widener University.


Plenary Session 1:
Distribution and Transmission Operations for the Grid of the Future

18 February 2020, 9:00-11:00 AM

Chaired by Ebrahim Vaahedi, Associate Vice President, Open Access Technology International

  • Paul De Martini (Managing Partner, Newport Consulting Group)
  • Kash Nodehi (Executive VP, Open Access Technology International)
  • Audrey Lee (VP, SunRun)
  • TBD Speaker

With ever increasing influx of renewable and distributed energy resources, the energy industry is going through a complete transformation. This transformation is disrupting generation resource portfolio, modifying grid requirements and characteristics as well as enabling more active consumer participation. The new generation portfolio includes renewable generation, electrical and thermal storage systems and Electric Vehicle chargers distributed all over the distribution system. The grid is evolving to a two way network moving electricity back and forth between the transmission/Distribution system and the consumers. Consumers are becoming active participants changing their consumption based on price signals or through participation in utility programs. Aggregators have started capitalizing on the customer enablement and renewable energy resources to create products for distribution and transmission services. These changes have started dramatic shifts in the system operation behavior which will be further accentuated as utilities comply with higher renewable portfolio standards. This disruption and paradigm shift in the energy industry requires innovative process and technology solutions for utilities to adapt and evolve. In this plenary session, the distinguished panelists will present their insight on the distribution and transmission operation challenges and opportunities. Furthermore, they discuss the innovative technology solutions needed to capture the benefits and mitigate the challenges associated with the evolving energy industry.