Global Lecture Series

GLS VI - November 14, 2019

Island energy - from hawaii to the texas grid

EPIcenter's Global Lecture Series VI



Jim Ajello of Houston, Texas, has had a long and distinguished career spanning the energy, natural resources and financial services industries.  His leadership roles have included CFO with Hawaiian Electric Industries, Senior Vice President and member of the management team at Reliant Energy (predecessor to NRG), investment banker at UBS Securities, and the U.S. Navy’s renowned Admiral Rickover Naval Reactors program.

At Reliant Energy Ajello led a 200-person, cross-disciplinary team focused on large-scale energy efficiencies for commercial and industrial clients. He also launched Reliant into 12 deregulated energy markets and was instrumental in the sale of the company to NRG. He has deep expertise in renewables, electric grid management, electric and gas regulation, mergers and acquisitions, process improvement, risk management, strategy design and evolution, global capital raising, investor relations, leadership development and succession planning programs.

Ajello has also garnered extensive governance experience in Board roles at the Crius Energy Trust, the US Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Advisory Board, The Center for Houston’s Future, Hawaii Pacific University, and Hawaiian Electric Industries and its subsidiary American Savings Bank.  

Cris Eugster is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CPS Energy.

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.

Cris’ leadership has driven the transformation of CPS Energy into a strong, innovative 21st century power provider. The strategy has led to significant investments in low-carbon capabilities such as combined cycle natural gas, wind, and solar, in addition to large-scale demand response programs and innovative smart grid solutions. CPS Energy is nationally recognized for its efforts in the New Energy Economy and has won numerous awards.

Cris has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the energy and technology sectors. He is a utility industry executive grounded in science, with experience in the private and public sectors, and a track record of improving financial / operational performance and core business transformation through the integration of clean energy solutions and new, sustainable technologies. His belief that utilities can and should be a positive force, and his ability to bring a high-tech culture to the utility sector, have shaped all his work.

WHAT: Hawaii has long been at the vanguard of energy innovation, from an historic meeting between the King of Hawaii and Thomas Edison in 1881, to the early adoption of renewable technologies. Texas, with its own "energy island" grid, operating independently from all others and leading the country in wind and fossil energy production, can learn from the Hawaiian experience.

Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:00 pm - Doors Open/Reception
6:30 pm - Fireside Chat
7:30 pm - Reception Continues
8:00 pm - Event Concludes

Board Room
Alamo Colleges District
2222 N. Alamo St.
San Antonio, TX 78215
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The Global Lecture Series is free but registration is required.
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