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President of Xcel Energy’s division in Colorado to assume responsibilities for big picture generation and transmission planning across 8-state region


Alice Jackson has stepped up to lead Xcel Energy’s planning to deliver net-zero energy by 2050 across the company’s service territories in eight states.

Her replacement as head of Xcel’s operations in Colorado will be Robert Kenney, who arrives in Denver after seven years most recently with California’s Pacific Gas and Electric.

Alice Jackson

Jackson, who will remain in Denver, has been overseeing the Public Service Co. of Colorado, as Xcel’s subdivision is formally known, since 2018. She will wear the title of senior vice president, system strategy, and chief planning officer. In this position she is to lead the company’s focus on developing and executing integrated plans for generation, transmission, and distribution on the electric and natural gas systems.

“This innovative approach to strategic planning is transformational for our industry, and Alice is the perfect person to lead the charge as a proven business leader who has engaged employees, communities and stakeholders to deliver on our nation leading clean energy vision,” said Bob Frenzel, chairman, president and chief executive of Xcel Energy.

Robert Kenney

Robert Kenney

Kenney currently leads Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s regulatory strategy and execution with the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He’s also responsible for the company’s governmental affairs and community relations efforts, including oversight of  PG&E’s charitable giving and corporate foundation.

He has 30 years’ experience in the industry.

Prior to joining PG&E, Kenney served as chair of the Missouri Public Service Commission. There he led a 190-person agency. He presided over a number of complex regulatory proceedings and was actively involved in national energy policy as a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Board of Directors and president of the Organization of Midcontinent Independent System Operator States.

Kenney joins Xcel Energy on June 6, as Jackson transitions to her new role.

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