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Thursday, July 13, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Location: Room W209B

During this roundtable discussion – open to all attendees – C-level executives from a variety of utility companies will discuss the challenges they face and the opportunities they see in hydropower generation and markets. They will address the changes they are making to help lead the industry through ongoing transitions in markets, policies, and more.

Learn more about Jimmy D. Staton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Santee Cooper, in an executive interview conducted by Hydro Review's content director here.

Meet the Speakers

Jimmy D. Staton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Santee Cooper


As President and CEO of Santee Cooper, Jimmy D. Staton is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the state-owned electric and water utility, advancing Santee Cooper’s mission to be the leading resource for improving the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

Prior to joining Santee Cooper, Jimmy served for more than five years as the President and CEO of Southern Star Central Corporation, a leading transporter of natural gas, with approximately 5,800 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline in the Midwest and Mid-Continent regions of the United States. He also has served as Executive Vice President and Group CEO for NiSource Inc., one of the largest fully regulated utility companies in the United States, with approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across seven states; as Senior Vice President for Dominion Resources Inc.; and as President of Asset Operations for Consolidated Natural Gas (CNG) Company prior to its acquisition in 2000 by Dominion Resources.

Jimmy is on the Board of Directors for The Energy Authority (TEA), Southern Gas Association (SGA) and a member of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC). He is an active member of the Trident CEO Council and CRDA’s Economic Leadership Council. Jimmy graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering. Jimmy enjoys sporting events, live music, golf and the great outdoors. He and his wife, Karen, have two adult sons and a granddaughter. The Statons currently reside in Summerville and have a home in North Myrtle Beach, where they have been Santee Cooper customers for 15 years.

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