Vice President of Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources, Electric Power Research Institute

Neva Espinoza is the Vice President, Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

In this role she is leading a team focused on the research, development, and application of technologies for safe, reliable, and affordable power generation while supporting energy transformation in the power system. Research areas are focused on a range of energy supply technologies, including both existing and future generating assets and how they can be best leveraged in a deeply decarbonized power system. This includes the existing fossil fleet, large- scale renewable generation assets, bulk energy storage, and the production and use of low-carbon energy carriers. In addition, Espinoza is leading the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative, in partnership with Gas Technology Institute, to accelerate development and deployment of low-carbon technologies.

Espinoza previously served as the Director of R&D for EPRI’s Generation Sector. She joined EPRI in January 2012 with more than 10 years of operational and engineering experience in the power industry, across a diverse set of assets and technologies. Prior to EPRI, Espinoza served in technical and leadership positions at NRG’s Arthur Kill Power Station, Exelon’s Oyster Creek Power Station and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory.

Espinoza received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University and Master of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University. She is a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Officer Nuclear Power Program and held a senior reactor operator license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.