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EPRI appoints two new interim Members of Board of Directors

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent, nonprofit organisation that conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public in North America, has two additions to its Board of Directors.

Doug Esamann, Executive Vice President and President of Duke Energy's Midwest and Florida regions, and Jeff Lyash, President and CEO of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), have been appointed as interim members of the Board of Directors.

Esamann will serve in an interim capacity until April 2017 and Lyash until April 2016; both will then be eligible for election to full four-year terms.

Esamann assumed his current position in June 2015 and is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of Duke Energy's regulated utilities in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida. Up to that time, he served as President of Duke Energy's Indiana operations, the state's largest electric utility, serving approximately 810 000 customers. He was responsible for the company's regulatory, governmental relations, economic development and community affairs work in Indiana.

Lyash manages the operations of OPG, which produces more than half of the electricity in the Canadian province of Ontario. He was formerly the president of CB &I Power, a provider of engineering, procurement and construction services for utilities in the USand international markets. He also provided operating plant services for nuclear, coal, gas, oil and renewable generation. Before joining CB &I in 2013, he served as Executive Vice president of Energy Supply for Duke Energy. He led engineering, maintenance and operations of the company's 42 000 MW generation fleet, fuel procurement, power trading, major projects and construction, environmental programs, and health and safety programmes.

Progress Energy and Duke Energy merged, Lyash was Executive Vice President of Energy Supply for Progress Energy where he supervised the company's 22 000 MW fleet of generating resources, including nuclear, coal, oil, natural gas and hydroelectric plants. Additionally, he was responsible for generating fleet fuel procurement and power trading operations.

"Doug and Jeff bring a broad range of industry experience and insight to the Board of Directors," commented EPRI President and CEO Mike Howard. "We are pleased to have their perspective on our research and development efforts on behalf of the public and industry."

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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