• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Pablo Vegas

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

President & Chief Executive Officer

Pablo Vegas joined ERCOT in October 2022 as President and CEO. He has a long history of service in both the electric and gas industries. Prior to ERCOT, Mr. Vegas was Executive Vice President of NiSource, and Group President of NiSource Utilities, where he oversaw NiSource’s electric and gas business segments and championed outstanding service to NiSource customers. He served as a versatile executive at NiSource for six years, holding numerous roles, including Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and President of Columbia Gas Group, and Chief Customer Officer. Mr. Vegas had profit and loss accountability for NiSource’s six gas and electric utility companies as well as responsibility for strategy, planning, operations, construction, engineering, regulatory, environmental services, and federal government affairs for NiSource. Prior to joining NiSource, Mr. Vegas held a variety of senior executive positions with American Electric Power (AEP), including President and Chief Operating Officer of AEP Ohio, President and Chief Operating Officer of AEP Texas, and Vice President and Chief Information Officer of AEP. Before his career in the regulated utility industry, Mr. Vegas served in senior leadership positions with IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Andersen Consulting. While with NiSource, he was also chairman on the board of directors for One Columbus and a board of trustees member for the American Gas Foundation.  Mr. Vegas currently serves on the board of directors at Northwest Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Vegas attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, completed the AEP Strategic Leadership program at the Ohio State University, and graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a BS degree in mechanical engineering.

Sessions With Pablo Vegas

Wednesday, 8 March

  • 07:15am - 08:20am (CST) / 08/mar/2023 01:15 pm - 08/mar/2023 02:20 pm

    Texas Power Breakfast

    Power & Renewables
    The Public Utility Commission of Texas finalized an ambitious plan to reform one of the largest wholesale electricity markets in the United States. The historic market redesign intends to strengthen the long-term reliability of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) electric grid. At the same time, ERCOT faces an unprecedented period of uncertainty and change, driven by the energy transition, extreme weather events, rapidly growing electricity demand and more. The intersection of these developments raises essential questions for industry. How will the market reforms make the electric grid more resilient and reliable in the future? What are the opportunities and challenges for new investment in the region? And how will the electric industry bolster public trust in the electric grid?