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Raiford Smith

Chief Utility Innovation Officer
The AES Corporation

Raiford Smith is a recognized innovator, leader, and technologist in the energy domain. He has helped develop sustainable solutions in tech, energy efficiency, and renewables. Raiford has worked with and led teams on new products and business models that contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to the bottom line, holds multiple patents for various electric grid technologies, and is a noted speaker and author, having written several articles on analytics, economics, change management, and energy technologies. His career includes various customer, technology, and grid-related executive roles at Google and several large utilities, overseeing complex, cross-functional transformation initiatives. 

Additionally, Raiford has served on multiple advisory boards for technology companies (ABB, Echelon, EnerNOC, Intel, Google, RTI, SAS, and Tendril/Uplight) and held various leadership positions on several non-profit boards (SEPA, SGIP, SEEA, MEEA, BSAG). He is also a licensed North Carolina attorney and have testified as an expert witness before several states’ utility commissions.

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