• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Chris Black


Chief Executive Officer

Chris is CEO of GridX.  GridX partners with utilities and energy suppliers to transform their businesses and accelerate the clean energy transition. The company’s Enterprise Rate Platform helps these organizations to develop new products and business models to achieve their clean energy goals; quickly operationalize new offerings in their billing and settlement processes; and better engage with their customers for broader program adoption. GridX’s platform is used by leading utilities, retail energy suppliers and energy ecosystem OEMs to serve more than 25 million homes and businesses.

Prior to GridX, Chris was a Principal Partner at Huck Capital, making energy innovation and utility transformation investments to help move the industry forward.

Previously, Chris was CTO and COO of Tendril, a distinguished energy management company providing solutions to nearly 100 of the largest regulated utilities in North America. The Tendril solutions allow energy companies to change their relationship with their consumers, create energy efficiency improvements, and actively manage energy in the consumers’ homes, as a way of balancing individual comfort with grid stability.

During his last years at Tendril, Chris led an aggressive strategy to acquire five of the leading companies in the space, that together with Tendril, formed a new entity. That company – Uplight – is now the industry’s leading technology partner for providers transitioning to the clean energy ecosystem.

Sessions With Chris Black

Monday, 6 March

  • 05:30pm - 06:00pm (CST) / 06/mar/2023 11:30 pm - 07/mar/2023 12:00 am

    GridX | Everyone Wins! Imagining a World Dominated by Dynamic Energy Pricing

    Electrifying everything, increasing DER adoption and working with customers to shift energy usage are critical to achieving our decarbonization goals. Modern rate structures are required to maintain grid reliability and ensure customer bills aren't negatively impacted during this transition, but uptake has been low. In this talk, GridX CEO Chris Black will discuss why rates are such an important part of our clean energy future and how we can successfully get more people on them.