How Could a Boulder Municipal Utility Run Its Distribution System?
Dennis Eastman, President, ENCO Utility Services
A standard concern related to community municipalization is that the city won’t be able to effectively run the system. Never mind that hundreds of municipal utilities around the country ranging in size from Lyons, Colorado to Los Angeles, California keep the lights on day after day. One of the ways (but not the only way) that municipal utilities operate is to hire outside firms with expertise to run the distribution system. Dennis Eastman is the CEO of ENCO–a company that runs distribution systems for several electric entities. Before that he ran the distribution system for Southern California Edison which served over 11 million people. While there would be a number of options for how a Boulder municipal utility might run its distribution system, Mr. Eastman will describe how this is done presently in power-providing entities both large and small–both private and public.
Dennis has been the President/CEO of ENCO since it was formed ten years ago as a result of its acquisition of Edison Utility Services (EUS) an Edison International affiliate. At that time, Dennis was the President/COO of EUS. Dennis was instrumental in the formation of EUS because of its strategic importance. ENCO currently operates electric distribution systems for cities and other quasi-municipal entities in California, Arizona and Florida. Prior to joining EUS, Dennis was the Vice President of Electric Distribution for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this position, Dennis led the organization of over 2,000 personnel that provided the engineering, construction, operations and maintenance of the $5 billion of electric distribution assets used to serve over 11 million people spread across 50,000 square miles. Dennis held numerous engineering and management positions over his 32 year career at SCE. Dennis has provided testimony as an expert witness on electric distribution matters before the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.