A 36-year power and natural gas industry veteran, Richard Riazzi currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Duquesne Light Holdings and Duquesne Light Company, a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric energy to more than half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania, including downtown Pittsburgh. Riazzi’s seven years at Duquesne Light reflect an ongoing focus on customer service and technology improvements. Consistently among the best utilities in the state in reliability and in the top 10 percent in customer satisfaction nationwide, Duquesne Light, under Riazzi’s leadership, invested significant resources to ensure that its infrastructure – the wires, transformers, substations, poles and other equipment that make up the company’s transmission and distribution system—meets current and future electrical demands. Most recently, the company replaced separate customer care computer systems with one new, integrated system that will allow customers to better manage their monthly electric use. An extensive upgrade in its metering infrastructure, started in 2014, will put more information in the hands of customers via an online portal, enabling them to make more informed decisions about their energy consumption. Looking to the future, Riazzi also has committed more than $1 billion to transmission and distribution infrastructure improvements to ensure a safe, reliable source of electricity for Duquesne Light customers. Prior to joining Duquesne Light, Riazzi spent four years as CEO and General Manager of the Chelan County Public Utility District, a wholesale generator and retail distributor of electric power in the state of Washington. At Chelan County PUD, Riazzi launched a planning process to bring the community and ratepayers together to steer the utility through a financial downturn. Comprehensive financial policies developed during that time will guide the utility through the foreseeable future by paying down debt, building reserves, and avoiding large rate increases. He is also credited with leading Chelan County to numerous high rankings in transmission system reliability and overseeing the environmental stewardship around the company’s three hydroelectric projects. Previously, Riazzi held various management positions at Idaho Power and its parent company, IDACORP, Inc., an electric utility that serves approximately 500,000 customers in southwest Idaho and nearby portions of adjoining states. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer for IDACORP Energy, L.P, the energy marketing arm of IDACORP, Inc. In his early career, Riazzi spent fifteen years with Equitable Resources Inc. (now operating as EQT Corporation) in various management positions, first with Equitable Gas Company and later with its Energy Resource companies. A native of McKeesport, PA, Riazzi earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Riazzi is an active member of numerous community and industry organizations, including serving on the boards of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the United Way of Allegheny County, Junior Achievement of Western PA, the Pauline Auberle Foundation and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).