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Grid Modernization


Kimberly Britton
EPIcenter, Chief Executive Officer

Kimberly M. Britton is the Chief Executive Officer of EPIcenter, a nonprofit created by CPS Energy, OCI Solar, Itron and Landis+Gyr. EPIcenter propels energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, and critical conversations around energy. Britton leads the organization’s efforts to deliver ideas, solutions and models that support an advanced energy economy and make the production and use of energy cleaner, better, and more cost-effective. Britton has decades of experience leading organizations in the sectors of energy, government, health care, and the arts with emphasis in nonprofits, government relations and public and community relations. Previously, she was the Director of Development for the San Antonio Museum of Art where she headed its fund development and membership operations and served as a member of the senior leadership team. Britton served as the Director of Community Relations for the Barnett division of Chesapeake Energy and led the company’s outreach activities in North Texas. Prior to Chesapeake she headed a hospital foundation in Fort Worth that she co-founded and served as a member of the executive team of the hospital.

Cris Eugster
CPS Energy, Chief Operating Officer

Cris Eugster is responsible for the operations of CPS Energy’s power generation and electric delivery businesses that encompass over 7500MW of generation capacity, 12,600 miles of electrical distribution, and 1,500 miles of electrical transmission serving our region’s nearly 2 million residents.

CPS Energy is a leader in renewables with over 1700MW of solar and wind resources in its portfolio, in addition to large scale customer-centric energy efficiency and demand response programs. Cris’ leadership has driven the transformation of CPS Energy into an innovative, forward thinking utility that is helping to decarbonize the electric system and support new products and services for our customers.

Eugster was formerly a Partner with McKinsey and Company. He has a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Science and Doctorate from MIT – all in Electrical Engineering.

Erin Hardick
Zpryme, Lead Research Analyst
Carla Frieh
ComEd, Director of Engineering

More than 200 cities in the United States have developed decarbonized energy plans in the last two years, and dozens of utilities have as well. How can utilities and cities collaborate effectively to achieve aggressive clean energy targets?