August 8 - 10, 2017

San Diego, California

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Speaker Bio

Michael Niggli

Board Member

ESS Inc.

Michael Niggli was President and Chief Operating Officer at San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) until retiring in December 2013, and currently serves on the boards of several energy and infrastructure-related companies, including flow battery manufacturer ESS Inc. Since beginning his career at SDG&E in 1971, Mike has held many leadership positions within the energy industry, including electricity and gas operations; fuels acquisition; project management; strategic planning and customer service operations. Mike also served in senior executive positions with Entergy Corp., as Chairman/CEO of Nevada Power Company, Chairman/CEO of Sierra Pacific Resources, and President of Sempra Generation. Mike has also been closely involved in business and education partnerships in San Diego, New Orleans and Las Vegas. He currently serves as a served as a Director of two Chilean water companies (ESVAL S.A., and ESSBIO S.A.), ESS, Inc., the Great Basin National Park Foundation, and is on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at Cal State Long Beach. He has previously served as Chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and on the boards of the Central Arkansas Radiation Institute, United Way of Southern Nevada, UNLV Foundation, Electric Power Research Institute, Edison Electric Institute and the Nevada Development Authority. Mike has authored at least a dozen articles on issues pertinent to the electric, gas and telecommunications industries, and has provided expert testimony on electric and gas utility matters before numerous legislative committees, public service commissions and city councils at the federal, state, and local levels. He founded the graduate program in power engineering at San Diego State University and lectured there part-time for five years. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University in Long Beach and a master’s in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University. He also participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.