James P. Avery

Chief Development Officer

James P. Avery is the chief development officer for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of Sempra Energy’s California regulated utilities. 

As chief development officer, Avery is responsible for new strategic initiatives to serve SDG&E customers, including clean transportation, advanced technology programs and the expansion of distributed energy resources and services.

Previously, Avery was senior vice president of power supply, overseeing the company’s generation, system planning, project development and electric procurement business unit operations. 

Prior to joining SDG&E, Avery was a consultant with R.J. Rudden Associates, one of the nation’s leading management and economic consulting firms specializing in energy and utility matters.  Avery has extensive experience in utility operations and management.  He was the chief executive officer of the electric and gas operations at Citizens Utilities Company, a multi-service organization that provided electric, gas, telecom, water and wastewater services in 21 states across the nation.  He also held various positions at American Electric Power.

Avery is a senior member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and American Mensa. He has previously served on the board of directors of the California Power Exchange, Vermont Electric Power Company and R.J. Rudden Associates.

Avery is a graduate of the executive management program at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Manhattan College, N.Y. He is an expert in energy markets, electric production, transmission and distribution operations.