USEA News & Articles

March 3rd, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Last week, following her confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Jennifer Granholm was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of Energy by Vice President Kamala Harris. Granholm, who was the first woman elected Governor in Michigan, is the second woman to serve as Secretary of Energy.

In a statement, USEA Acting Executive Director Sheila Hollis said:

“USEA congratulates Jennifer Granholm on her U.S. Senate confirmation as the next Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE).

March 1st, 2021
Countries across Europe and Eurasia are planning to triple or quadruple the amount of wind and solar energy on their power systems by 2030...
February 26th, 2021

The Texas deep freeze was close to the sum of all fears for electric and gas utilities. If it could go wrong, it did go wrong, and Texans suffered. It has been a shot heard around the world.

Clearly Texas must rethink, rebuild, and reprioritize. Everything in the state is on the table, from its electric isolation to whether it should be under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) umbrella with new interconnections to the national grid.

The first priority is to find out what happened, generator by generator, system by system and fuel by fuel.

February 26th, 2021

Monalisa presently holds various leadership positions in the government and private sectors. She is Chairperson of the Philippine National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) since her appointment by the Philippine President on 28 March 2019. In this post, she steers the performance by the Board in its mandate of monitoring the implementation of programs established under the Philippine Renewable Energy Act of 2008 or the RE Act (Republic Act No. 9513) and in formulating recommendations for new programs and policies to the Department of Energy (DOE) towards achieving the renewable energy targets of the country.

Monalisa is also a Senior Partner in PJS Law, a full-service law firm she joined in August 2001. Until her assumption of office as NREB Chair, she was leading the Energy Group of the Firm. While her government post permits continued practice of profession, it precludes her from representing clients in the energy space. Thus, she continues to support the Firm in the training of junior lawyers in practice and leads the Firm’s programs on innovation in legal services. One of such innovation projects has led to the creation of UNAWA Asia, an inclusive startup company formed as a result of collaboration between PJS Law and Talino Venture Labs SG. UNAWA provides digital solutions to medium, small and micro enterprises (MSMEs) for compliance with corporate and regulatory, including data privacy, requirements. Since the establishment of the company in November 2019, Monalisa sits as its President and CEO.

She is also a professor at the Ateneo de Manila Law School teaching Energy Law, Global Legal Practice, and Negotiable Instruments Law. This September 2020, she is also pursuing further studies as she enters the National University of Singapore (NUS) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy for the Senior Fellowship Programme for Public Policy.

February 23rd, 2021
Tragically, last week, an unprecedented weather event triggered a nightmare energy crisis that left much of Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma in chaos after a massive winter storm knocked out vital energy and water infrastructure.
February 4th, 2021

February 3rd, 2021

Jolene Cicci began her career as a labor employee 30 years ago at the Hatfield Power Plant in Greene County. She did that for two years, before a lineman position opened up. In 1991, Cicci began a five-year training progression to become a line worker, collecting numerous certifications along the way. Now, she’s reached the highest level, as a journeyman linewoman.

Cicci has worked all over the East Coast, including Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Florida. She gets sent different places to repair storm damage. During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, she spent nearly a month in New Jersey, working 16-hour shifts.

In 2003, she was sent to Richmond, Va., to assist with restoration efforts following Hurricane Isabel. She was the only linewoman there, among 4,000 linemen.

In the last few years of her career, Cicci said she plans to work to recruit more linewomen for West Penn Power, through the company’s support and networking groups for women and minorities. She said she hopes to instill in others the passion she has for line work.

February 3rd, 2021
Nearly thirty years ago, with support from USAID, USEA and our European partners -- Poland, Hungary, and the Czech and Slovak Republics -- desynchronized their electric networks...
January 21st, 2021

Washington, D.C. – United States Energy Association Acting Executive Director Sheila Hollis issued the following statement congratulating President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris:

January 15th, 2021

There is a growing overproduction of electricity from solar and wind, but solar in particular, especially in the Southwest. Utilities are in a rush to find ways of saving this electricity and balancing their systems

Batteries and other storage systems are all on the table, along with what may have the most promise: green hydrogen. This is hydrogen made by electrolysis, using surplus electricity.

The Europeans are ahead of us, but more and more U.S. utilities are looking at hydrogen as the companion to alternative fuels.

January 12th, 2021

January 11th, 2021

Agnes M. da Costa, as Head of the Regulatory Advisory Office at the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy, is an internationally recognized energy specialist with more than 15 years advising Ministers in energy and natural resources policy design in Brazil. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and completed her M.Sc. studies in Energy at the University of São Paulo (USP). Her professional experience also includes working at a Brazilian bank with project finance in the energy sector. Agnes has great experience in coordinating collaborative work, putting many stakeholders together to build solutions that generate a common public value. Her main experiences in coordinating collaborative work have been the privatization processes of power utilities and the Brazilian power sector reform. 

With an extensive list of publications and appearances as a speaker at national and international forums debating the role and trends of the energy sector, she contributes to the understanding of the policies under development in Brazil and worldwide. 

She has also been adding with her sectorial expertise and business savvy to corporate boards for over than 6 years and is also an enthusiast of the role played by the energy sector in social and economic inclusion.  

Co-author of the #simelasexistem project, she is a precursor to the debate on career and leadership from the point of view of women in the energy sector in Brazil, seeking to increase the retention and sense of belonging of all its talent pool. 

December 8th, 2020
Regional energy integration across Eastern Europe and Eurasia is reaching a level of maturity that promises economic and environmental benefits, but only if we sustain our US commitment and investment there.
December 4th, 2020
On Wednesday, at the 30th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum co-hosted by USEA, The Alliance To Save Energy, and Johnson Controls, eight individuals were inducted into the Energy Efficiency Forum Hall of Fame.
December 2nd, 2020

Carol A. Dodson is vice president of transmission and substations. In this role, she leads many critical areas of the company, including design and engineering of substations, NERC and regulatory compliance and transmission and substations field operations, maintenance and construction.  

Professional History
Dodson joined BGE in 1988 and has held several executive positions in BGE, as well as Exelon Utilities in electric distribution, business transformation, technical services, utility oversight, customer services and support services. Other key leadership roles included electric distribution system operations, strategic customer engineering, mobile installation project, and substation support services. Prior to her current role, Dodson previously served as vice president of support services where she led training, security, environmental management, performance assessment, fleet services, and real estate and facilities. She also was the company’s chief safety officer with oversight for the company’s safety and wellness initiatives.   Dodson is a member of the Southeastern Electric Exchange Executive Committee of the Engineering and Operations Division.  She is the executive sponsor of the Network of Exelon Women-Baltimore, executive sponsor for BGE’s Women in the Field group, and business champion for Exelon’s HeForShe Initiatives.

Civic Involvement
Dodson currently serves on the board of directors the Board of Visitors for the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.  She was appointed by Governor Hogan and serves on the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) Advisory Board.  She also serves on the board for Business Volunteers Maryland and “The League” for People with Disabilities. She a member of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) Women’s Advisory Board and Executive Alliance. She is a graduate of Leadership Baltimore County class of 2009.

Dodson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland with honors and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Baltimore. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

She lives in Baltimore County with her husband and 2 daughters.

November 12th, 2020

Recommendations for European Policymakers to Consider to Accelerate Distributed Generation

Reliable, sustainable, affordable renewable energy in Southeast Europe (SEE)—especially the ambitious renewable energy targets spelled out in the EU Clean Energy Package and in other regional clean energy plans—requires a solid foundation of distribution systems.

November 12th, 2020

Position Title: Program Intern, Energy Utility Partnership Program

November 11th, 2020

This article originally appeared in the November 2020 edition of Public Utilities Fortnightly.

The USEA was rocked in August by the passing of executive director Barry Worthington. Upon hearing the sad news, PUF published a statement from USEA Chairman Sheila Hollis in the September issue, trying to articulate the Association's grief.

November 11th, 2020

Known for her passion and zeal towards promoting Renewable Energy and Green Alternatives, Chief Mrs. Anita Nana Okuribido, affectionately referred to as  ‘Mama Renewable’, has contributed immensely to the positive growth and utilization of Renewable Energy in Nigeria.

A strategic planner, implementer, solutions provider, ideas developer and change agent, she is quite active at the bottom of the pyramid with extensive interests in Agricultural development, Renewable Energy Development and Sustainable Applications for Natural/Green Economic growth. A robust and dynamic speaker, she is highly sought after for her practical experience and extensive support/mentorship and consultancy for Clean Energy initiatives, start-ups and has spoken at multiple Renewable Energy fora; International, Regional and Local.

Chief (Mrs) Okuribido is the National President of the Council for Renewable Energy Nigeria (CREN), a non-profit oriented member based association that serves as the Umbrella body for all operators, stakeholders and interests in the Renewable Energy Industry in Nigeria. She is the National President of Women in Renewable Energy Association (WIRE-A). She is also a board member of the Solar Energy Program of the BANK OF Industry/United Nations Development Program since 2015 (SEP has commissioned over 40 off-grid Solar Power plants for Rural Communities without access to Power). She is the Vice President, South-West of Nigerian Women Group (NAWORG) of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA; South-West Coordinator, Centre for International Private Enterprise, CIPE-ANWBN; Member, Solar Energy Society of Nigeria.

As an entrepreneur, she is the CEO of Siman Engineering Ltd, a Renewable Energy Company that focuses on Technology Development, that develops and implements Clean and Green Energy solutions focusing on Rural Empowerment, Establishment of Community Based Organizations (CBOs), SME’s Development, Corporate and CSR Initiatives.

While her avowed passion is to midwife the large scale development of Renewable Energy in Nigeria, developing women and youths while creating opportunities and growing entrepreneurs; she is quite particular on generation, deployment and utilization of bio-energy for Sustainable Energy and Enhanced Agricultural Development.

Chief (Mrs) Okuribido is the Founder of the Green Energy Institute, Nigeria, a new Initiative at and in collaboration with NACCIMA Women Business Group, Women in Renewable Energy Nigeria, Council for Renewable Energy Nigeria and endorsed by the Ministry of Power, Works, Housing and other MDAs. The Green Energy Institute has been conceptualized to act as a Developmental Institution to enhance and upgrade skills acquisition, technical knowhow and deployment of Green Energy Devices and Components.