Session Details

Plenary - The Shifting Narrative for the Power Business: Deregulation to decarbonization

Thursday, March 12

09:40 am - 10:30 am

Simple and appealing stories periodically gain traction and create narratives of industry transformation that influence public policy and corporate strategy development. However, narratives do not always provide insights into the future. Looking back, the deregulation narrative did not provide insights into the transition from traditional regulation to the current complex mix of market forces and regulatory processes. Looking ahead, a strategic challenge exists to evaluate the feasibility and internal consistency of the decarbonization narrative that is gaining traction and driving climate policy initiatives and a vision of the electric utility of the future. What ideas about the electricity future are going viral and shaping the decarbonization narrative? Did the gap between the expectations and the realities of deregulation provide lessons for managing the expectations associated with the decarbonization narrative?

Session Speakers
  • Lawrence Makovich

    IHS Markit

    Vice President & Senior Advisor, Energy; CERAWeek Vice Chair

  • Nick Akins


    Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

  • Gil Quiniones

    New York Power Authority (NYPA)

    President & Chief Executive Officer

  • Mauricio Gutierrez

    NRG Energy

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Pedro Pizarro

    Edison International

    President & Chief Executive Officer