Home > Stay Informed > Meetings Events > Stakeholder Symposium

Symposium page banner image
AgendaThe eighth annual California ISO Stakeholder Symposium brought together a unique mix of policy makers, electric industry leaders, stakeholders, regulators, Symposium FAQsenvironmentalists and other interested groups to discuss opportunities and challenges for the future. This year’s Symposium offered several distinguished keynote speakers and a new evening networking event.



2016 Stakeholder Symposium videos


Welcome and introductory remarks

Richard Maullin, Chair, California ISO Board of Governors

Steve Berberich, President & CEO, California ISO

Panel 1 - Regionalism: Through the Lens of Utility Leaders

Moderator: Mike Florio, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission Panelists: Lisa A. Grow, Sr. VP of Operations, Idaho Power


Pat Hogan, Sr. VP, Electric T&D, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Doug Hunter, CEO, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems

Elliot Mainzer, Administrator and CEO, Bonneville Power Administration

Maria Pope, Sr. VP, Power Supply and Operations and Resource Strategy, Portland General Electric

Mark Schiavoni, Executive VP & COO, Arizona Public Service Company

Panel 2 - Expanding the Dialogue: Views Toward Western Collaboration

Moderator: John Danner, Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business


Anne George, VP, External Affairs & Corporate Communications, ISO New England

Marc Joseph, Attorney, Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo

Rob Lapsley, President, California Business Roundtable

Jan Smutny-Jones, CEO, Independent Energy Producers Association

Day 1 - Lunch and Keynote​

Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor of California
Mauricio Gutiérrez, President and CEO, NRG Energy
 Keynote Presentation

Panel 3 - The Environmental Perspective

Moderator: John Danner, Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business


Jennifer E. Gardner, Attorney, Western Resource Advocates

Amanda Ormond, Managing Director, Western Grid Group

Travis Ritchie, Associate Attorney, Sierra Club

Carl Zichella, Director, Western Transmission, Natural Resources Defense Council

​Dinner and Keynote Remarks

Speaker: Tom Steyer, Founder and President, NextGen Climate​

Day 2 - Keynote Conversation

Introduction: Ashutosh Bhagwat, California ISO Board of Governors


Norman Bay, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Michael Picker, President, California Public Utilities Commission

PANEL 4 - Distributed Energy Resources and the Transmission/Distribution Interface

Moderator: David Olsen, California ISO Board of Governors


Lorraine Akiba, Commissioner, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

Luigi Michi, Head of Strategy and Development, Terna, Italian Grid Operator

Ron Nichols, President, Southern California Edison

Jon Wellinghoff, Chief Policy Officer, Solar City

Lorenzo Kristov, Principal, Market and Infrastructure Policy, California ISO

Featured Presentation: ​California’s Integrated Resource Plan

Introduction: Mark Ferron, California ISO Board of Governors

Presenter: Liane M. Randolph, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Panel 5 - ​New Directions in Energy Supply – The Consumer’s Perspective

Introduction: Angelina Galiteva, California ISO Board of Governors 

 Panel 5 Presentation

Moderator: Steve Chadima, Sr. VP, External Affairs, Advanced Energy Economy 


Elizabeth Echols, Director, Office of Ratepayer Advocates 

Sean Gallagher, VP State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association 

Sam Harper, Regional Energy Manager, Gerdau Steel 

Susan Kennedy, CEO & Board Member, Advanced Microgrid Solutions 

Mike Petouhoff, Global Energy Team Leader, Apple Inc.


Key documents


Previous symposium

The 2015 California ISO Stakeholder Symposium was one of the largest gatherings of energy executives in the West. The Symposium attracted a sold-out crowd with 1,000 attendees. Energy executives, policymakers and the ISO Board of Governors gathered for the annual event to talk about the major energy issues across the globe that affect the planning and operation of the transmission grid and market in an informal setting that promoted idea exchanges. Thanks to our speakers and stakeholders for a successful 2015 symposium.