Pedro Pizarro

Edison International

President & Chief Executive Officer

Pedro Pizarro, President and Chief Executive Officer, Edison International, is also a member of Edison International’s Board of Directors. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the United States’ largest electric utilities. Edison International is also the parent company of Edison Energy, a portfolio of competitive businesses providing commercial and industrial customers with energy management and procurement services. Previously, Mr. Pizarro served as President of SCE and President of Edison Mission Energy (EME), an independent power producer subsidiary. He joined Edison International in 1999, moved to SCE in 2001, and progressed through several leadership roles prior to joining EME. Prior to his work at Edison, Mr. Pizarro was a Senior Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles providing management consulting services to energy, technology, engineering services, and banking clients. He serves on the boards of Argonne National Laboratory, Electric Power Research Institute, Edison Electric Institute, and California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Mr. Pizarro holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Harvard University, and a PhD in chemistry from Caltech, and held National Science Foundation and Department of Defense graduate fellowships. 

SESSIONS WITH Pedro Pizarro

Thursday, 4 March

  • 09:10am - 09:40am (CST) / 04/mar/2021 03:10 pm - 04/mar/2021 03:40 pm

    Plenary

    Pathways to Net Zero in the Power Sector

    Panel Power & Renewables Clean Tech Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability Decarbonization Pathways
    Thanks to technology advances, cost reductions, and climate policies, the power generation sector in Europe and North America has been a leader in reducing emissions. But fossil-fuel power generation is still growing in Asia. Will it be economic to replace coal with gas in Asia? And could carbon capture, use, and sequestration (CCUS) extend the life of fossil plants? Could digitization and carbon pricing allow step-function improvements in demand management and efficiency? Breakthroughs in battery storage have the potential to smooth the intermittency of wind and solar; and modernization and digitization would make the electric power grid more resilient. Does this mean that generating 100% of electrical power from renewables is realistic or desirable? Might smaller, safer, cheaper, and more socially acceptable reactors enable a “new nuclear” renaissance? And what role might hydrogen play in the long run?