Director of Electric System Planning and Grid Modernization, Southern California Edison
Erik Takayesu is the Director of Grid Modernization, Planning & Technology for Southern California Edison. In this role, Erik integrates distribution system planning and engineering with the strategy for Grid Modernization to build a safe, reliable, affordable, and clean grid that will also help meet California’s clean energy goals. Erik is also responsible for Advanced Technologies, performing research, development, and pilot programs of emerging technologies that will be part of SCE’s 21st power system.
Prior to his current role, Erik has held various roles at SCE, including managing Electric System Planning and Modernization, Grid Operations, Reliability Engineering, and Asset Management.
Erik is on the Board of Directors for the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the California State University at Long Beach, is a licensed PE, and holds his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.
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