The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced that Kimberly S. Greene, president and CEO of Southern Co. Services, will chair the board of directors. Greene had served a term as vice chair.
Prior to her current appointment at Southern, Greene was executive vice president and chief generation officer of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where she held several executive-level positions, including group president for strategy and external relations. She has served as chief financial officer, executive vice president of financial services and chief risk officer.
The board also announced the election of Denis P. O'Brien, senior executive vice president of Exelon and CEO of Exelon Utilities, as vice chair. O'Brien previously served as executive vice president of Exelon and CEO of Philadelphia-based utility PECO. In that role, he led PECO's operations and overall performance associated with service reliability, customer satisfaction, financial management, and regulatory and external affairs.
Additionally, Bernard Salha, CEO of Research & Development at Electricite de France; Livio Vido, chairman of Enel Ingegneria e Ricerca at Enel of Italy; Duane D. Highley, president and CEO of Arkansas Electric Cooperative; Terry Boston, president and CEO of PJM; and, James Lash, president, FirstEnergy Generation, will serve 4-year terms.
Jim Burke, chairman and CEO of TXU Energy, and Keith Trent, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Regulated Utilities at Duke Energy, were each elected to 1-year interim terms. Anita J. Decker, chief operating officer of Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), will be one of two federal public power representatives on the board.
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent about 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.