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Mr. Vibhu Kaushik

Southern California Edison (SCE), the largest subsidiary of Edison International (NYSEEIX), is the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California, USA. It provides 15 million people with electricity across a service territory of approximately 50,000 square miles.

As the Director of Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Business Strategy organization at SCE, Vibhuleads preparation of an annual strategic plan, financial operating plans for over $5 billion of annual T&D budgets, regulatory testimonies and proceedings, T&D’s organizational performance management and T&D transformation office to manage key strategic initiatives.

In his last role as the Director of Grid Technology and Modernization at SCE, Vibhu led SCE’s strategic roadmap for grid modernization, and served as SCE’s leader in applied research and grid modernization, leading industry groups and external stakeholders on industry initiatives, research activities, standards and cooperative projects. He also leads SCE’s technical efforts in the deployment of emerging technologies including key integrated pilot demonstration projects.

Previously, Vibhu held several roles within SCE including Principal Manager of Asset Management and Generation Strategy group where he was responsible for driving the major maintenance and capital investment decisions and maximize the returns for company’s hydroelectric, natural gas, energy storage, and solar power plants; Vibhu originated and led construction of SCE’s award-winning hybrid to enhance gas turbines projects and several energy storage initiatives.

Vibhu was recognized by the Public Utilities Fortnightly magazine with the “Top Forty Innovators” award in 2017.

Prior to joining SCE in 2011, Vibhu worked with Manitoba Hydro in Canada where he managed operations planning at the Manitoba Hydro’s grid control center.

Vibhu earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles – Anderson School of Management.

He is also a registered professional engineer.

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