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Icons of Infrastructure Webinar: Technology Jumpstarting Utility Financial Transformation
October 24, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
As advanced technology continues to progress and find its way into the utility sector, the mindset of large natural gas and electric utility businesses must shift to adapt and execute in new and innovative ways. This shift is often led by the utilities’ finance and accounting organizations, who also largely drive the changes we currently see manifesting in intelligent grids, smart homes and other advanced utility grid technologies.
To fully execute on these financial-driven changes, the utility regulatory bodies must continue to evaluate these technologies for their cost, usefulness and ultimately the benefit to the consumer. We look to discuss these facets of the sector and determine whether a balancing point exists between prudent investing in utility technology and progressive regulation.
- The progress of advance technology at Utilities continues its march and has become an ingrained mindset in traditional utilities
- As technology improvements get implemented, the Regulatory process will have to adapt, adjust, and flex to meet the needs of these innovative Utilities and manage the continued growth
- The value of advanced technologies such as Intelligent Grid, Smart Homes, and machine learning will be put to test through a regulatory framework that may not understand them
- Join us to discuss this multi-faceted and unique problem for Utilities as we try to find a balancing point between value and cost
Solution Executive, Industry Principal
Anthony Compofelice started his career at Oracle Corporation in Denver before moving to Houston. After working for RLX Technologies, a start-up technology company focused on blade server innovation, Anthony launched his own IT consulting business, working for companies such as CB&I, PortaKamp and others in the Houston area. In 2007, he transitioned back to corporate life and joined CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP), a large mid-continent multi-utility, where he led the Strategic Planning organization. In this role, Anthony focused on regulatory, strategy and M&A. In 2016, Anthony helped develop the M&A practice at Nexeo Solutions (NASDAQ: NXEO), a leading plastics and chemicals distribution business headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, during which time Nexeo Solutions was then taken public. In 2017, Anthony joined Utegration and currently leads the Finance Products Business Development and Regulatory practice.
Anthony has a B.S. in Computer Science from Regis University (Denver, CO) and an MBA and Master of Finance from Tulane University (New Orleans, LA). He is also a current Board Member and Treasurer of the Harris-Montgomery Country Municipal Utility District (MUD) 386 in The Woodlands Texas.
Gee Strategies Group LLC
Robert W. Gee is President of Gee Strategies Group LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm excelling in policy analysis, advocacy, and litigation support for a variety of domestic and foreign clients in the energy and utility sectors. A 40-year veteran of the energy industry, his thought leadership is exemplified by his diverse experience as an attorney, senior state and federal official, and technology executive. His commentary on energy and public policy matters has appeared in major print and broadcast news media in the United States, United Kingdom, and China.
A native Texan, his public sector energy experience began in Washington as a Trial Attorney at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Following stints as in house counsel to a major oil company and as Of Counsel to the law fim of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, he served as Commissioner and Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. While a Commissioner, he served as Chairman of the Electricity Committee at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He returned to Washington as Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs and for Fossil Energy at the US Department of Energy. He subsequently served as Vice President for Development and Partner Relations for the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), an affiliate of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he advocated development of the “smart grid” to digitize the electric utility power delivery system.
He currently serves as President of Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment, and Commerce (AE2C), and as Vice Chairman for the Washington, D.C. Region of the Committee of 100. He is also a member of the Board of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, His past affiliations included serving as a Trustee for St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and as a member of the Dallas Regional Panel of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
Dr. David Bodde is emeritus professor of engineering and business at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. Currently a senior scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Professional experience includes: Vice President of MRI Global, a Midwest research laboratory; Assistant Director of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office; and Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy. Doctor of Business Administration, Harvard University; Master of Science degrees in nuclear engineering and in management from MIT; and Bachelor of Science from West Point. Served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam 1968-69: Airborne and Ranger. Dr. Bodde is a retired member of the board of directors of Great Plains Energy, now a part of Evergy