Curtis Kirkeby is responsible for creating a technology strategy vision that aligns with achieving a carbon free energy future at Avista Utilities.
Curtis has 39 years of utility experience and has been instrumental in the modernization of the Avista utility grid. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Washington. His expertise includes renewable generation, energy storage, grid controls and automation, geographic information systems, AMI and DMS. Under his guidance Avista developed in-house electric OMS, Engineering Design, Analysis, Gas Compliance and Asset Management applications that, when delivered, were best in class. He also has been instrumental in the structuring of and successful award of numerous U.S. Department of Energy and Washington State Department of Commerce grants including one that established a DMS across a large portion of Avista's service territory, another involving a vanadium flow energy storage system, as well as one establishing a shared energy economy for management of Microgrids. Mr. Kirkeby holds additional board positions either in executive or advisory capacities for the Clean Tech Alliance, the Clean Energy Testbeds at University of Washington, Energy Systems Innovation Center at Washington State University and Community Energy Labs. His advisory expertise is also leveraged by numerous current Department of Energy funded projects primed by utilities other than Avista. He received his B.S.E.E. from Montana State University and a Masters in Engineering Management from Washington State University.