Washington, D.C., October 8, 2009—For the sixth year running, Patton Boggs LLP is bringing together top female leaders from across the electric industry for its annual Women in Power® Forum.
The forum draws key decision makers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to exchange ideas on impending electric policy issues and uncover new ways to improve the industry.
Representative Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., will deliver the key note address and Suedeen Kelly, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), will address key electric policy issues from the commission’s perspective.
This year’s forum focuses on pending energy-related legislation and hot-button topics such as smart grid. On hand to discuss innovative ways that companies can improve the production, transmission and consumption of power will be Susan Story, chief executive officer of Gulf Power Company; Katherine Hamilton, president of Gridwise Alliance; Carol Dodson, vice president of business transformation at Baltimore Gas & Electric Company; and Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of the Americas and India at QualComm.
Karen Wayland, policy advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will address the latest currents on Capitol Hill for energy legislation with a panel that includes: Kellie Donnelly, deputy chief counsel for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Lori Schmidt, senior counsel of environment and energy for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on environmental quality, will address the group during lunch on environmental policy issues affecting the electric industry followed by a panel on new trends in renewable energy.
The forum provides an array of international, national and state perspectives on renewable energy issues. A panel on renewable energy includes: Debby Stone, executive director of the International Clean Energy Alliance; Denise Bode, chief executive officer of the American Wind Energy Association; Carol Tombari, manager of stakeholder relations at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory at the Department of Energy; Martha Duggan, vice president of government and regulatory affairs at ECD/United Solar Ovonics; Tamara Linde, vice president-regulatory at PSEG Services Corporation; Adrien Ford, market strategist at PJM Interconnection; and Commissioner Gail Gutsche from the Montana Public Service Commission.
The forum will also feature a panel on what it takes to make electric cars viable. That panel includes Dianna Morgan, chief executive officer and managing partner of DMC Green, Inc.; Helda Rodriguez, president of NovaCharge, LLC; Kathryn Clay, director of research of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; and Marianne McInerney, vice president of sales and marketing of Smith Electric Vehicles.
The forum will also feature a panel on new rate structures to promote demand response. Speakers include: Audrey Zibelman, president and chief executive officer of Viridity Energy; Susan Kelly, vice president of policy and general counsel of the American Public Power Association; Theresa Donahue, executive director of Smart Energy Living Alliance; Mary Bell, senior system architect demand response and director system integration of GE Energy; and Deborah Le Vine, director of market services of the California Independent System Operator Corp.
The final panel will focus on the growth of independent and merchant transmission projects. The speakers include: Lisa Barton, president of Electric Transmission America; Carol Chinn, vice president & chief operating officer of the American Transmission Company; Nina Plaushin, director of federal & legislative Affairs of ITC Holdings Corp.; Janet Gail Besser, vice president of regulatory strategy & policy of National Grid; and Skelly Holmbeck, business manager, of NextEra Energy.
This year’s Forum kicks off at 8:45 a.m. on October 21st at Patton Boggs’ Washington offices located at 2445 M Street, NW.
“Patton Boggs has the distinct privilege to draw the most successful women in the electric industry to build coalitions that result in better policy decisions,” said Debbie Swanstrom, a partner at the firm and the Chair of the forum.
The forum has evolved into a “must-attend” event because of the cutting-edge topics and powerhouse women it attracts from across the private, public and nonprofit sectors, Swanstrom said. “The Forum sends a powerful signal that by working together, we can improve the industry -- which ultimately translates into better service for consumers.”