President and CEO, Pacific Power
Stefan A. Bird, 56, is president and CEO of Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp serving 773,000 customers in 243 communities across Oregon, Washington and California.
In his role, Bird also oversees the optimization of PacifiCorp’s 16,500-mile transmission system spanning 10 states, its multi-state renewable resource and grid operations, commercial and risk management activities, as well as its Portland, Oregon-based corporate teams serving 1.9 million customers in Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power service areas. PacifiCorp is the largest regulated utility owner of wind resources in the West and operates the largest privately held grid in the West.
Under his leadership, the company is making historic investments in renewable energy and the transmission infrastructure needed to transform the West to a sustainable energy future. The investments emphasize a diversity of new renewable resources, storage and modern grid technology. Taken together, they put PacifiCorp on the path to deliver the cleaner, affordable and reliable energy the West needs to grow while dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Bird led the company’s partnership with the California ISO in 2014 to develop a transformative Western U.S. energy market that maximizes renewable energy, grid reliability and lowers customer energy costs. Since its inception the market has saved customers across the West over $3.4 billion while simultaneously decarbonizing the Western grid. For PacifiCorp customers, market participation has delivered more than $591 million in energy savings to customers so far.
Bird joined Berkshire Hathaway Energy in 1998, serving as vice president of acquisitions and development, president and CEO of CalEnergy Generation U.S., and senior vice president, commercial and trading for PacifiCorp. Earlier in his career he served in various energy and international financial sector positions.
Bird serves on several nonprofit and public service organizations including as chairman, PacifiCorp Foundation; chairman, STEM Investment Council; chairman, CTE-STEM Employer Coalition; director, Oregon Business Council; member of board of trustees, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry; and member of the Governor’s Wildfire Response Council.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife Valerie and their two children.