Vito Alexander Stagliano; Expert on Energy Policy

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Vito Alexander Stagliano, 65, who conducted policy analysis for the Energy Department and served as a vice president of Commonwealth Edison Co. in Chicago, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Jan. 5 at the Palliative Care Unit of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Mr. Stagliano was born in Italy and came to the United States at age 13 and lived in New York. He moved to Washington to attend George Washington University in 1960 but left college after two years to join the Peace Corps. He served in Mauritania, and as a Peace Corps staff member was detailed in 1972 to the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he offered advice on projects in Ghana and Burkina Faso and a multistate river basin development project in Senegal.

After returning to Washington in the early 1980s, he joined the Energy Department and rose to the rank of deputy assistant secretary for policy analysis. His work included analysis and design of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments and leading the government-wide effort that resulted in the National Energy Strategy in 1991.

He was awarded bronze and silver medals for exceptional service by Energy Secretary James D. Watkins and a Meritorious Service Medal by President George H.W. Bush. He retired from the Energy Department in 1992.

Mr. Stagliano, a leading authority on energy policy history and deregulation of the electricity sector, was a visiting scholar at Resources for the Future, a Washington think tank, from 1992 to 1996. He wrote "A Policy of Discontent: The Making of a National Energy Strategy" (2001) and co-authored "A Shock to the System: The Restructuring of America's Electric Utility Industry" (1996). He contributed articles and research papers to scholarly journals and the U.S. Association for Energy Economics.

In 1998, he was appointed a vice president of Commonwealth Edison of Chicago (now Exelon). He managed the regulatory approval processes necessary for the merger of Commonwealth Edison and PECO Energy.

He subsequently served as vice president for transmission strategy at Calpine Corp., where he provided strategic advice in support of competitive wholesale power procurement.

Mr. Stagliano made frequent trips to Washington while continuing his work on global energy issues as the director of research for the bipartisan National Commission on Energy Policy. He provided Congress with research and analysis on climate change developments and at the time of his death was organizing a conference to involve leading universities and national laboratories in collaborative research on the issue.

A self-taught man, he lectured at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and the Ecole Nationale Superieure of France. He became an authority on topics such as Islamic Spain and Italian history and was fluent in English, French and Italian.

He enjoyed literature, history, opera and orchestral music. A poetry manuscript, "The Tent of the Moor," written while he was in Mauritania in the 1960s, awaits a publisher.

Survivors include his wife, Julie Stagliano of Chicago; two children; Jason Stagliano of Los Angeles and Carlos Stagliano of Washington; a sister; and a brother.

-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb

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