John Di Stasio

Large Public Power Council

A 35-year veteran of the utility industry, John Di Stasio is the president of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) where he advocates for America’s largest public power systems in Washington, D.C.

John was formerly the General Manager and CEO of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) from June of 2008 through April of 2014. Under John’s leadership, SMUD launched one of the largest smart grid projects in the country and maintained some of the lowest electric rates in California.

Throughout his career, John has served in many roles, including past president of both the Northwest Public Power Association and the California Municipal Utility Association. He has served on the boards of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the American Public Power Association, and as a member of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Members Representative Committee and GridWise Alliance’s Grid Infrastructure Advisory Council.

John has testified before the United States Congress and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on topics including cybersecurity, transmission, infrastructure, reliability, and environmental regulations.  His advocacy on energy issues is not limited to the United States. John has traveled to Bangladesh, Brazil, Botswana, India, and Jordan to lend his expertise. John’s commitment to the industry saw him awarded Electric Light and Power Large Utility CEO of the Year and Volunteer of the Year by the United States Energy Association.