Delegations

US delegation

Thomas R. Kuhn

President, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
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Thomas R. Kuhn

Tom Kuhn is President of the Edison Electric Institute, the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. EEI’s members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly employ more than 500,000 workers. In addition, EEI has 70 international electric companies as International Members, and 270 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members. Mr. Kuhn joined the Institute in 1985 as executive vice president, was named chief operating officer in 1988, and elected president in 1990.
Prior to joining EEI, Mr. Kuhn was president of the American Nuclear Energy Council, which subsequently merged with the Nuclear Energy Institute. The Council represented virtually all of the companies in the commercial nuclear power industry. He joined the Council in 1975 as vice president, government affairs, and became president in 1983.
From 1972 to 1975, Mr. Kuhn headed the energy section of the investment banking firm, Alex Brown and Sons. Prior to that, from 1970 to 1972, he was White House Liaison Officer to the Secretary of the Navy.
Mr. Kuhn received a BA in Economics in 1968 from Yale University, served as a Naval Officer following his graduation, and received an MBA in 1972 from George Washington University. He completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Senior Executive Program in 1989.
Mr. Kuhn served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board and the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Boards of the Alliance to Save Energy, the United States Energy Association, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, and the American Council for Capital Formation. He is Chairman-Emeritus of the Committee of 100 of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chairman-Emeritus of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and past-chairman of the Alliance to Save Energy, and the ASAE/Key Industry Association Committee.
Mr. Kuhn is Chairman-Emeritus of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as the National Capital Chapter. He currently serves on the Board of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation and the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Kuhn served on the Board of the National Park Foundation. Mr. Kuhn was awarded the Bess Goodman Humanitarian Award in 2000. He served as 1992 and 1997 chairman of the Associations Division, United Way Campaign, and chairman of the 1996 through 1998 National Alliance to End Homelessness Awards dinners.
Mr. Kuhn was chosen as Association Executive of the Year 2000 by Association TRENDS magazine. He was the recipient of The Energy Daily’s 2000 Public Policy Leadership Award. He received the Alliance to Save Energy’s 2004 Chairman’s Award. Mr. Kuhn also received the 2009 ASAE/Center for Association Leadership’s Key Award. He was the recipient of the Fund for American Studies (TFAS) 2014 Congressional Scholarship Award. In September 2015, Mr. Kuhn was honored as the 2015 Trade Association CEO of the Year, presented by CEO Update. The award recognizes excellence in trade associations and professional societies. In 2017, Mr. Kuhn received the Energy Good Scout Award from the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Kuhn was awarded the United States Energy Association’s 2018 Energy Award for "unparalleled contribution and leadership in the energy sector, and his support of USEA." He also received the Keystone Policy Center 2019 Leadership Award.


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Bob Rowe

Chief Executive Officer, NorthWestern Energy
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Bob Rowe

Bob has been Chief Executive Officer of NorthWestern Corporation since August, 2008. He is Co-Chair of the Institute for Electric Innovation, part of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI); a member of the EEI Board of Directors and Executive Committee; a member of the American Gas Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee; Western Energy Institute past Chair and current Executive Committee member. Bob lives in Helena, Montana.
He holds a BA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, a JD from the University of Oregon, completed the Kennedy School Senior Executives' Program and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Advanced Management Program. He is active in various professional and civic organizations, including the Yellowstone Forever Board of Directors (the non-profit foundation partner of Yellowstone National Park).
At NorthWestern Energy, Bob’s focus is working with other employees to build a strong company, focused on providing critical infrastructure and essential service, and that will be a long-term partner to the customers and communities they serve.
Previously, Bob was co-founder and senior partner at Balhoff, Rowe & Williams, LLC, a specialized national professional services firm providing financial and policy advice to clients in the telecommunications and energy industries. Mr. Rowe served as commissioner and eventually chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission (MPSC) from 1993-2004, and also served as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). While at the MPSC, Bob was a member and of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, a founding member of the Federal-State Joint Conference on Access to Advanced Services, and chair of the Telecommunications Committee. During this time, he testified before various Congressional committees and federal agencies and consulted with and trained U.S. and non-U.S. energy and telecommunications regulators.
NorthWestern Energy provides electricity and natural gas production, transmission and distribution in Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Its electric generation portfolio is approximately sixty percent carbon free.


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Christopher M. Crane

President & Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Corporation
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Christopher M. Crane

Christopher M. Crane is president and chief executive officer of Exelon Corporation, the nation’s largest utility holding company. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon serves more than 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through its six fully regulated transmission and distribution utilities — Atlantic City Electric (ACE), Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), Delmarva Power & Light (DPL), PECO Energy Company (PECO) and Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco). Prior to Exelon’s separation from Constellation—its former generation and competitive energy businesses—in early 2022, Crane had been president and CEO of Exelon for 10 years. Under his leadership, Exelon transformed into the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Crane oversaw a family of companies that did business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, with operations that represented every stage of the energy value chain: Exelon Generation, one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 31,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets; Constellation, which provided energy products and services to more than 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100; and the six Exelon utilities that serve more than 10 million customers today. He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Exelon. In that role, he oversaw one of the U.S. industry's largest portfolios of electric generating capacity, with a multi-regional reach and the nation's largest fleet of nuclear power plants. He directed a broad range of business including major acquisitions, transmission strategy, cost management initiatives, oversight of major capital programs, generation asset optimization and generation development. Crane has worked in the nuclear industry in progressively more responsible positions for over 30 years. He joined Exelon (then ComEd) in 1998 and was named chief nuclear officer in 2004. He was a key player in the dramatic turnaround of ComEd nuclear performance, and the development of Exelon's proprietary Nuclear Management Model, a codification of industry-leading operational, safety, management, regulatory, workforce and financial practices. The model is the key to Exelon Nuclear's sustained excellence in production, cost and overall effectiveness. Crane assumed responsibility for Exelon's fossil, hydro and renewables facilities, in addition to the nuclear fleet, in 2007. He oversaw a broad range of generation and business development initiatives, including new nuclear development, nuclear operating services, development of the nation's largest urban solar project, innovative decommissioning strategies and asset optimization. He was instrumental in establishing corporate citizenship and public outreach as a plant priority. Crane was named president of Exelon Generation in 2008, with added responsibility for Power Team, Exelon's former wholesale power trading and competitive retail organization. Prior to joining Exelon, Crane served as Browns Ferry site vice president for the Tennessee Valley Authority, and worked in new plant start-up at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Texas and Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona


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Ralph Izzo

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG)
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Ralph Izzo

Ralph Izzo has been chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) since April 2007. He has been the company's president and a member of the board of directors of PSEG since October 2006. Previously, Mr. Izzo was president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). Mr. Izzo is a well-known leader within the utility industry, as well as the public policy arena. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress and speak to organizations on matters pertaining to national energy policy. Mr. Izzo's career began as a research scientist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, performing numerical simulations of fusion energy experiments. He has published or presented more than 35 papers on magnetohydrodynamic modeling. Mr. Izzo received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in applied physics from Columbia University. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in finance, from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management. Mr. Izzo is the chair of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. He is on the board of directors of the Bank of New York Mellon. In addition, he is on the board of directors for the Edison Electric Institute (EEi), Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited (NEIL), the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.


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Patricia K. Vincent-Collawn

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, PNM Resources
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Patricia K. Vincent-Collawn

Pat Vincent-Collawn is Chairman and CEO of PNM Resources, the parent company for utilities PNM in New Mexico and TNMP in Texas.
Vincent-Collawn joined PNM Resources in 2007, serving as Utilities president with responsibility for overseeing the daily operation of PNM and TNMP. In 2008, she was named President and Chief Operating Officer, and in March 2010 became President and CEO of PNM Resources. The Board elected her Chairman in January 2012. In 2021, she was recognized by Institutional Investor as the Best CEO among midcap electric utilities.
Before joining PNM Resources, Vincent-Collawn was at Xcel Energy where she was President and CEO of Public Service Company of Colorado. Prior to that, as Xcel’s President of Customer and Field Operations, she oversaw transmission and distribution operations as well as customer service across 10 states. Vincent-Collawn also held management positions with Arizona Public Service and outside the energy industry with Price Waterhouse and Quaker Oats.
Pat is active nationally as a key influencer and advocate for the energy industry. She served as the first female chair of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). She was honored with EEI’s Distinguished Leadership Award in September 2019. She twice chaired the Board of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Internationally, she was appointed Co-Chair of the B20 Italy 2021 Energy & Resources Efficiency Task Force.
She also serves on the boards of NEIL (Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited), Equitrans Midstream (NYSE:ETRN) and Cheniere Energy (NYSE:LNG).
Vincent-Collawn was appointed Chair of the New Mexico Partnership by Governor Susana Martinez in 2015. She is a former member of the Economic Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Vincent-Collawn is past Chair of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central New Mexico and the Kirtland Partnership Committee.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism (magna cum laude) from Drake University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


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Warner L. Baxter

Executive Chairman, Ameren Corporation
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Warner L. Baxter

Warner Baxter is executive chairman of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation, parent company of rate-regulated energy companies that serve approximately 2.4 million electric and nearly 1 million natural gas customers in Illinois and Missouri. The company, which also develops regional electric transmission projects, had 2021 revenues of more than $6 billion.
During his more than 25-year tenure at Ameren, Baxter has served in a variety of leadership roles, including chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ameren, a role he held from 2014 through 2021. He had previously served as chief financial officer and president of Ameren Missouri.
Before joining Ameren in 1995, Baxter served as senior manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers' national office in New York City, serving as one of the firm's liaisons with the major accounting standard-setting bodies in the United States. From 1983 to 1993, Baxter worked in the firm's St.Louis office, where he provided auditing and consulting services to clients in a variety of industries, including the energy industry.
Baxter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and has made meaningful and long-lasting contributions to higher education through his involvement with the University of Missouri System. He is a member of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellors Council and the Missouri 100 advisory board.
Today, Baxter sits on several industry boards, and he is currently Chair of the Edison Electric Institute. He serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Electric Power Research Institute (past chairman of the board). In addition, Baxter serves on the Boards of Directors of U.S. Bancorp and BJC Health Care. He was past chair of Civic Progress St.Louis and now sits on the Board and Executive Committee of Greater St. Louis Inc.
Baxter is actively involved with several charitable organizations, including as board member for Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis (past Chairman of the Board). He serves as vice chair of the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Council and is past chair and current council member of the St. Louis Chapter of CEOs Against Cancer of Missouri. He also co-chaired the annual United Way of Greater St. Louis fundraising campaign in 2020.
A native of St .Louis, Warner and his wife, Cindy, have four children.


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Nicholas K. Akins

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Electric Power (AEP)
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Nicholas K. Akins

Nick Akins is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Electric Power. He is AEP’s 11th Chairman and sixth CEO in the company’s more than 100-year history. He served as the company’s 10th President from 2011-2022.
Under his leadership, AEP is investing in modernization and security of the electric grid, resource diversification, and technology and innovation to enable the transition to a clean energy future while preserving universal access to the grid. Akins led a culture transformation to engage employees in customer-focused innovation, enhance diversity and inclusiveness, and to build workforce agility for a digital future. Through strategic partnerships and collaboration with customers, Akins has positioned AEP to redefine the future of energy and embrace the transformation sweeping the industry.
Akins rose through the ranks at both AEP and the former Central and South West Corporation (CSW), which merged with AEP in 2000, holding various positions of increasing leadership responsibility throughout his career.
A native of Louisiana, Akins received his bachelor’s degree in 1982 and a master’s degree in 1986 in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Additional training includes executive management programs at Louisiana State University, the University of Idaho and the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
Akins is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP), Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited and The Ohio Business Roundtable (OBRT), as well as the former Chair of the U.S. Business Roundtable (BRT) Energy and Environment Committee, of which he remains a member. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of OhioHealth and Co-Chair of The Columbus Partnership’s Governing Board. Additionally, he is a member of the boards of the Analysis and Resilience Center for Systemic Risk (ARC), EEI, GSEP, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), Fifth Third Bancorp, OBRT and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2020, Akins was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to serve on the National Petroleum Council. He was awarded the Louisiana Tech Tower Medallion and inducted into the university’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2022.


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Lawrence E. Jones

Vice President International Programs, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
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Lawrence E. Jones

Dr. Lawrence E. Jones is an award-winning thought leader, practitioner, author, keynote speaker, and patentholder with more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry. He joined the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in September 2015 as Vice President, International Programs. Under his leadership, EEI’s International Programs membership has grown to more than 65 electric companies with operations in over 90 countries, providing electricity to more than 3 billion people. He has spearheaded several new strategic initiatives at EEI including Global Electricity Forum (GEF), Thomas Edison Nikola Tesla Impactful Leadership (TENTIL) Dialogue, and Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE). He is host of EEI’s Global Circuit Podcast and Influential Minds: An EEI International Conversation Series. Prior to joining EEI, Dr. Jones was North America Vice President for Utility Innovation and Infrastructure Resilience at Alstom Grid Inc., where he advised utilities worldwide with strategies for deploying technologies and innovative business solutions, was a consultant for ABB Power Systems in Vasteras, Sweden, and was a visiting researcher at Electricite de France in Clamart, France.
Dr. Jones is passionate about polymathic questioning to catalyze change, and advocates using system approaches to innovating solutions for the energy transition and other global challenges. He is co-author of “How to Rebuild Trust: Question Storming to Create a Platform for Thinking Differently and Taking New Actions.” He is affiliated with several organizations and serves on the boards or advisory councils of the World Resources Institute and the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation. He is Honorary Industry Fellow at Monash Energy Institute, Monash University (Australia); a Senior Associate (non-Resident) with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic International Studies; Senior Fellow at Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy; and Co-Chair of the Global Pillar of the Dentons Smart Cities and Connected Communities Initiative and Think Tank. He is also co-founder of the Center for Sustainable Development in Africa.
Dr. Jones has received numerous awards for leadership and contributions in clean energy, universal access to energy, and integration of renewables including: 2021 Leaders in Energy Award in the GEN X category; 2017 Global Excellence Award in Renewable Energy from the Energy and Environment Foundation of India; Renewable Energy World Network 2012 Excellence in Renewable Award for Leadership in Technology; and the Utility Variable Generation Integration Group 2012 Achievement Award. In January 2020, Dr. Jones was named one of the most influential persons in Africa’s Power and Energy Sector by Africa Power and Energy Elites 2020. In 2000, while at the Royal Institute of Technology, he co-founded the International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power and Transmission Networks for Offshore Wind Farms. He holds several patents for technologies for enhancing situational awareness of operators in control centers.
Born in Liberia, he received his MSc, Licentiate, and PhD in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.


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