Director of Innovation, Duquesne Light Co.
Have an innovative idea or new technology that could be of interest to Duquesne Light, or other utilities? The new Duquesne Light Innovation Center partners with all business functions to bring new processes, technologies, and ways of working to DLC to benefit our customers and employees. We can help with Customer Discovery, provide an understanding of our operations, how we serve our customers, how a utility’s business model works, and define our challenges / problems so that aspiring entrepreneurs can provide novel, creative solutions to these issues.
Josh is Director of Innovation at Pittsburgh’s utility: Duquesne Light Company. He has spent his career at the intersection of energy and innovation in a variety of roles: as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, in the federal government, and at utilities.
Prior to joining Duquesne Light in 2019, Josh founded and led a new innovation department called the Innovation Hub at Con Edison, one of the largest investor-owned energy delivery companies in the United States.
Prior to joining Con Edison, he led the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)’s commercialization efforts focused on the electric grid. The companies that Josh worked with at ARPA-E included AutoGrid, Varentec, and Smart Wires who ultimately raised over $300M from investors such as Bill Gates, international utilities like E.ON, CLP and Innogy, and leading renewables companies like Orsted.
Josh has a Certificate in Electrical Engineering from Siemens Power Academy, a Master’s of Business Administration from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College.
He has served on the Board of Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN) DC Chapter, and been a business plan judge for PowerBridge New York and Start at Energy Thought Summit (ETS).