2019 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Keynote Speaker Ben Fowke
Chairman, President and CEO, Xcel Energy

Fowke PhotoBen Fowke is chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy, one of the largest public utilities in the country. The company is in the Fortune 500 and headquartered in Minneapolis. Xcel Energy serves parts of eight states, providing electricity to 3.6 million customers and natural gas service to 2 million customers.

Widely respected in the industry, Fowke serves as Vice Chair of the Edison Electric Institute and on the boards of the Nuclear Energy Institute, Energy Insurance Mutual and Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. He is also a frequent contributor to important policy topics in Washington, D.C.

In 2016, Fowke was appointed to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), representing the energy industry. The NIAC is a private-public partnership that advises governmental agencies on how to mitigate risk and ensure the integrity of the country’s critical infrastructure.

Fowke is active on several industry and community boards. He was recently named president of the Minnesota Business Partnership and chosen as the 2018 Executive of the Year by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.