March 12, 2008
ROSEMEAD, Calif., March 12, 2008—Southern California Edison’s (SCE) board of directors has elected Stuart R. Hemphill SCE vice president. He is responsible for SCE’s renewable and alternative power department, which procures electricity from wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and small hydro resources.
Hemphill manages and administers SCE’s $2.5-billion portfolio of renewable and alternative power contracts. His organization also handles agreements related to customer generation applications, including distributed generation, photovoltaic and wind technologies.
SCE leads the nation in renewable power delivery, procuring about 12.5 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy per year, more than any U.S. utility. Renewable energy comprises about 16 percent of SCE’s total energy portfolio. SCE currently has sufficient contracts in place that, when completed, will meet 20 percent or more of its customers’ energy needs with renewable energy.
“Stuart Hemphill has done a superb job leading the utility in this area, especially in helping to meet California’s ambitious renewable energy goals,” said Pedro Pizarro, SCE’s senior vice president, power procurement. “We look forward to even more fine work from Stuart and his team in the coming years as they navigate this challenging goal.”
Hemphill has held a variety or positions since joining SCE in 1987 as an engineer in the company’s system planning organization, where he evaluated new investments in transmission, distribution, generation and energy efficiency.
In 1994, he began working for SCE’s parent company, SCEcorp —now Edison International — in the corporate development organization, where he developed business plans for new businesses and evaluated large technology investments. From 1996 through 2000, he worked in Edison International’s strategic planning and new business development group, where he led initiatives such as new business startups, acquisitions, divestitures, performance improvement programs and operating strategies.
In 2000, Hemphill was appointed director of business development for SCE. His responsibilities included exploring new business opportunities and assessing operational and organizational issues. In 2002, he was appointed director of resource planning and strategy, where he oversaw the development of SCE’s long-term plans and the economic and operational analysis of third-party power contracts and large-scale utility projects: generation, transmission and demand-side management programs.
Hemphill earned a master’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Fullerton.
Hemphill resides in Pasadena, Calif., with his wife and three children.
Media contact: Steven Conroy, (626) 302-2255
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An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is the largest electric utility in California, serving a population of more than 13 million via 4.8 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.