On September 28, 2023, at 2:15 p.m. CDT in the Forum at the Rudder Theatre Complex on the campus of Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M Energy Research Society (TAMU ERS), in cooperation with the Texas A&M Energy Institute, will host a Special Energy Seminar by Alice K. Jackson as a part of the 2023 Texas A&M Conference on Energy. Ms. Jackson’s presentation is titled, “The Energy Transition: Achieving a Balance Across Customer Needs, Politics and the Laws of Physics.”
The balancing of customer interests, political interests and the laws of physics in a complex energy system come together to drive quite the debate. Accomplishing the energy transition away from large centralized baseload and dispatchable generation to a system with significantly more variable energy will demand a deliberate and a balanced approach. Ms. Jackson will present thoughts on how Xcel Energy is approaching the clean energy transition across eight central U.S. states. She will share some of her experiences, learnings, and some of the outstanding unknowns yet to be solved.
Alice K. Jackson is the Senior Vice President of System Strategy and Chief Planning Officer at Xcel Energy, Inc. an investor owned utility that operates in eight states in the central U.S.. Ms. Jackson leads the Integrated System Planning organization for Xcel Energy. This organization focuses on planning and designing the energy delivery systems for roughly 5 million electric and natural gas customers. A primary focus of the integrated system planning organization is to strategically plan the generation, transmission and distribution of Xcel Energy’s electric and natural gas systems to deliver on the zero-carbon electric system and net zero-carbon natural gas system. Since joining Xcel Energy in 2011, Alice has held various positions of increasing responsibility. Directly prior to her role as Senior Vice President, Ms. Jackson led the Operating Company team for Public Service Company of Colorado as President. In this role she was responsible for the community, legislative, regulatory activities and held responsibility for delivering on corporate financial outcomes and objectives for Xcel Energy – Colorado. Prior to her executive leadership roles within Xcel Energy, Alice held various regulatory positions with Southwestern Public Service Company in Texas and with Public Service Company of Colorado.