John Gibson
Director Innovation Lab And Chief R&D Engineer, Avista Corporation

John Gibson is the Director of Avista’s Innovation Lab and Chief Research & Development Engineer at Avista, and leads the team that develops grid products and services for Avista’s electric and natural gas customers.


With more than 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry, Gibson is currently leading the development of a shared energy model called an eco-district, which uses a centralized plant to supply energy to multiple buildings in an area referred to as the “five smartest blocks” in Spokane, Wash. This innovative model could transform how the electric grid of the future operates and help reinvent the utility business model. Gibson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical (BSEE) and civil engineering (BSCE), plus a Masters in Engineering Management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington.

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