2021 IEEE PES General Meeting Plenary Sessions at a Glance
All times Eastern Daylight Saving Time
Panel 1: Monday, 26 July (10:00am - 10:45am EDT)
Fireside Chat on the GM theme: 'Managing Energy Business During a Pandemic'
Barbara Tyran – Session Moderator, General Chair of the IEEE PES 2021 General Meeting
Barbara Tyran is General Chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society 2021 General Meeting Local Organizing Committee, anticipated to host over 2000 delegates from around the world in July 2021. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Council on Energy & the Environment (WCEE).
She brings outstanding federal / state government relations experience, following two decades as Director, Washington & State Relations, in EPRI’s Washington DC office. She was the principal liaison between EPRI executive management, and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, state legislators / regulators, and the Washington policy community.
Her background includes federal advocacy for utilities and management consulting for public / private / non-profit sector clients, with engagements involving strategic planning, policy analysis, marketing, external relations and communications, and financial / economic analysis.
In recognition of her technical expertise and knowledge, she was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Energy and Energy Services, advising the Secretary and USTR on international trade matters. She was elected and re-elected as Chair.
She holds a BA degree with Honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale University.
Chief Customer Officer
Derrick Dickens is the senior vice president of Customer Operations and chief customer officer of Pepco Holdings, 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. In this role, Dickens oversees programs and initiatives that will transform the future of energy service and drive a premier experience for Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco customers. Pepco Holdings is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading energy services companies.
Prior to joining Pepco Holdings in 2020, Dickens served in numerous positions across PECO and BGE, leading key initiatives, including the roll out of smart meters across PECO’s service territory. He most recently lead BGE’s Technical Services team, overseeing investment strategy, vegetation management, project management, and electric distribution engineering.
Robert M. Blue
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Robert M. Blue is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Dominion Energy.
Blue became chairman of the Dominion Energy board of directors in April 2021. Before becoming CEO and president in October 2020, Blue was Dominion Energy’s executive vice president and co-chief operating officer, and president-Dominion Energy Virginia, the company’s vertically integrated electric utility in Virginia and North Carolina.
Blue joined Dominion Energy in 2005 and has held a succession of services and operational executive roles since his promotion to officer in 2007, including vice president-State and Federal Affairs; senior vice president-Public Policy and Corporate Communications; senior vice president-Regulation, Law, Energy Solutions, & Policy; and president-Dominion Virginia Power.
Prior to joining Dominion Energy, Blue served as counselor to the Governor and director of policy for Virginia Governor Mark Warner and as an attorney Hoggan & Hartson.
Blue has been a board member of a wide range of community and industry organizations, including Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited and the Nuclear Energy Institute. He currently serves on the board of directors for the EdisonElectric Institute and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. He is a member of the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Sports Backers and Communities in Schools of Virginia as well as the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors.
Blue is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School. He also earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
President and Chief Executive Officer
California Independent System Operator (CASIO)
Elliot Mainzer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Independent System Operator (ISO). The ISO is responsible for managing the flow of electricity that serves 80 percent of California and a small portion of Nevada. The CAISO also runs a real-time energy market for utilities in eight western US states and conducts reliability coordinator services for most balancing authorities in the West.
Mr. Mainzer is committed to using leading-edge policies and new technologies to accelerate California’s drive towards the reliable decarbonization of its electric power grid. He started in his new role at the ISO on September 30, 2020 following a successful 18-year career at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) where he was at the forefront of transformational changes in the western electricity market.
While serving as BPA’s administrator and CEO from 2013-2020, Mr. Mainzer effectively navigated the agency through a period of tremendous industry change and economic headwinds by improving the agency’s long-term cost competitiveness and financial resiliency, modernizing assets and system operations, and positioning BPA as a more responsive and agile business partner.
In recent years, Mr. Mainzer has co-chaired the Western Electric Industry Leaders Group to support greater western market and policy coordination on such topics as resource adequacy, transmission development, and carbon accounting. He has also served as the Chair of the U.S. Entity for the Columbia River Treaty with Canada and on the boards of the Electric Power Research Institute, and the Utility Wind Integration Group.
A native of San Francisco, Mr. Mainzer has an undergraduate degree in geography from U.C. Berkeley, and master’s degrees in Business Administration and Environmental Studies from Yale University. Mainzer and his wife Margaret have twin boys. He is also an amateur jazz saxophonist and dedicated student of jazz theory and history.
President and CEO
Mr. Asthana has extensive leadership experience across the electricity industry, including power generation operations, optimization and dispatch, competitive retail electricity, electricity and natural gas trading, and risk management, which he acquired across more than 21 years in the industry.
Most recently, he served as President of Direct Energy Home in North America, where he led a team of over 2,600 to combine the company’s retail electricity and home-services businesses, creating a leading energy and home-services provider serving over 3.4 million customers. He previously led power generation operations at Direct Energy, energy trading at both Direct Energy and at the TXU group of companies, as well as generation optimization and dispatch at TXU. In addition, Mr. Asthana also served as Chief Risk Officer of TXU Corporation, where he helped senior management and the Board quantify and manage risk in TXU’s businesses.
Mr. Asthana earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Joseph Wharton Scholar. He is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, the Texas Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees and as a board member of the Houston Food Bank and Child Advocates, Inc.
Panel 2: Monday, 26 July (10:50am - 11:30 am EDT)
Post-COVID Expectations: 'An Energy Dialogue with Federal and State Government Officials'
Delia D. Patterson
Session Moderator, Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Communications and General Counsel
the American Public Power Association (APPA)
Delia Patterson is Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Communications and General Counsel at the American Public Power Association (APPA) and a member of the organization’s executive management team. APPA is the trade association for the nation’s community-owned electric utilities that power more than 2,000 towns and cities in 49 states and 5 U.S. territories. Wearing several hats at APPA, she leads teams responsible for legislative, regulatory, and communications functions within the organization, and serves as the chief legal officer of APPA.
Before joining APPA, Ms. Patterson was a senior associate at a large law firm, where she represented energy companies in a broad range of matters before FERC and worked on energy-related project finance deals for about seven years. Ms. Patterson has served 6 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy within the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. She also was a judicial extern for the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams, United States Court of Federal Claims.
She is on the executive committee of the Consumer Federation of America, President Elect of the Energy Bar Association, and member of the DOE Electricity Advisory Committee. She also is a member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group, American Antitrust Institute’s Advisory Board, and is on the Board of the Women’s Energy Resource Council.
Ms. Patterson earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, M.S. degree in Industrial Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy. Most recently, she received a NonProfit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, and Florida, before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.