John Di Stasio

Large Public Power Council (LPPC)


John Di Stasio is the president of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC), where he advocates for America’s largest public power systems in Washington, D.C. LPPC’s 27 members are not-for-profit, locally governed, and directly accountable to the communities they serve. Collectively, they provide reliable and affordable power to over 30 million consumers in some of the nation’s largest cities, including New York, Orlando, Austin, Los Angeles, and Seattle, to name a few. John is also the former General Manager and CEO of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Under his leadership, SMUD launched one of the biggest smart grid projects in the country and maintained some of the lowest electric rates in California. Throughout John’s 35 years of service to the electric power industry, he has testified before the United States Congress and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on topics including cybersecurity, transmission, infrastructure, reliability, and environmental regulations. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Energy Systems Integration Group and GridWise Alliance’s Grid Infrastructure Advisory Council and former president of both the Northwest Public Power Association and the California Municipal Utility Association.

Sessions With John Di Stasio

Thursday, 10 March

  • 11:20am - 12:10pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 05:20 pm - 10/mar/2022 06:10 pm

    Valuing Flexibility & Firm Capacity in the Power System: Battery, gas, or others?

    Panel Power & Renewables

    The looming retirement of much of the nation's coal fleet combined with electrification-driven load growth is focusing attention on the need for firm resources. At the same time, the influx of intermittent renewables is increasing net load volatility and creating a need for fast-ramping flexible resources. Utilities across the country are wrestling with how to meet these needs by investing in portfolios that balance affordability, reliability, and climate. More often than not, the choice comes down to batteries or gas. What role will batteries and gas play in a decarbonizing power sector? Are they complements or competitors? What other resources can provide these services?