Calvin G. Butler Jr. named Zpryme's 2020 “ETS Thought Leader of the Year”

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Exelon Utilities CEO Accepts Industry Thought Leadership Award

Zpryme, a research-based firm with services focused on energy and technology, announced today that Calvin G. Butler Jr., Senior Executive Vice President, Exelon, Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Utilities has been selected as the 2020 “ETS Thought Leader of the Year.” Butler was chosen for the recognition amongst a group of peers following voting by ETS alumni, committee, and participants.

The “ETS Thought Leader of the Year” award salutes an individual among the ETS community of thought leaders who possesses the type of inventive and brave vision needed to inspire the global energy ecosystem toward sustainable modernization and will take place September 15-17 & 22-24, 2020, virtually.

Butler, along with other industry nominees, was first identified by the ETS20 Advisory Committee and Zpryme staff in January before the voters made the ultimate decision.

“The level of commitment to this community, staff, and customers that Calvin Butler provides is really inspiring,” stated Jason Rodriguez Zpryme Co-Founder and CEO. “Calvin is driving innovation and Exelon utilities are providing customers safe, reliable, and affordable energy, all while helping build Exelon’s next-generation energy grid with a focus on sustainability, resiliency and reliability.”

Butler, upon learning of his selection for this award, said, “I am honored to receive the ETS 2020 Thought Leader of the Year Award from Zpryme, and I accept it on behalf of Exelon’s 33,000 employees, who are reimagining and reshaping what it means to be a clean energy provider, transforming the grid and growing our connections with customers and the communities we serve. At Exelon, we are harnessing the expertise and determination of our workforce to modernize our energy infrastructure and address climate change, as underscored by our commitment to electrify half of our utility vehicle fleet by 2030. Zpryme’s recognition validates that we are on the right path as we deliver for our customers.”

Butler Jr. oversees Exelon’s six local electric and natural gas companies, including Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco. Those companies form the nation’s largest utility company by customer base and serve approximately 10 million electric and gas customers in New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, Delaware, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, respectively.

As board chair of the Gridwise Alliance, Butler serves as head of an advocacy organization promoting modernization and innovation for the nation’s electrical grid. Butler also serves as an Independent Trustee of the PNC Funds Board, and serves on the Board of Directors for RLI Corp, serving as a member of its audit and nominations/governance committees.

Previously, Butler served as CEO of BGE from 2014-2019. Prior to that role, Butler was BGE’s Senior VP of Regulatory and External Affairs. Butler served as Exelon’s Senior VP of Corporate Affairs and held other leadership positions at Exelon and BGE’s sister utility, ComEd in Chicago. He spent his early career with CILCORP (Central Illinois Light Co.), where he held positions in government affairs, legal and strategy.

Butler was honored during a virtual ceremony to kick off the 7th annual Energy Thought Summit (ETS20) on July 9, 2020. You can watch the award acceptance at

About ETS20
ETS20 will take place September 15-17 & 22-24, 2020, virtually. For more information, to purchase badges or see a list of participating thought leaders, please visit Join us to celebrate seven years of ETS as we honor the heroes like Calvin G. Butler who help provide safe and reliable electricity while modernizing our electric grid.    

About Zpryme
Based in Austin, Texas, Zpryme is a research-based firm with agency-geared services focused on energy and technology. Based on the creative direction of our associates, Zpryme produces influential research and events that challenge the status quo and offer innovative marketing solutions for fully-immersive brand experiences. For more information, visit

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