Leadership Team

Michael Perna, Strategic Initiatives

Michael Perna,

Vice President, Corporate and Central Services, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses

Michael Perna is the vice president of corporate and central services for the Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses (CEB), leading environmental governance, health and safety, human capital, corporate communications, and investor relations . He also leads the strategic planning process for CEB and is CEB’s interface with Con Edison, Inc.’s strategic planning. He has led essential market strategy efforts for Con Edison, including for solar and for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Michael is a member of Con Edison, Inc.’s Corporate ESG Committee.

Michael’s entrepreneurial approach is grounded in his 35 years of energy value chain experience and leadership. He led the launch of the rooftop solar effort for CEB and then negotiated CEB’s first rooftop solar power-purchase agreements. Michael led the acquisition of a battery storage startup from Johnson Controls, establishing CEB as a leader in C&I and utility-scale battery storage.

Michael is the current chairman of the board of the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO). Previously, Michael served as a board director and a member of the audit committee for the National Energy Education Development Project. 

Michael is a frequent speaker at industry events, including the Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Infocast, Renewable Energy Markets, and NAESCO.                 

Michael’s career in the energy industry began in the PSE&G training program for new management hires. From there, he held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, construction, operations, sales, marketing, and new product development, including advising the business on new market opportunities. For his contributions, Michael received the Spirit of Leading Award from the PSE&G Customer Operations Business Unit and the PSEG Corporate Excellence Award twice, in 1994 and 1997.

In 1993, Michael was awarded a one-year fellowship with EPRI. He developed a technology transfer program to promote innovation between EPRI, national labs, U.S. utilities, and the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing. Michael received the Lighting the Way Award from EPRI in recognition of his work. 

Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering with honors from Stevens Institute of Technology and his MBA with a specialization in finance from the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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