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Utility Dive Awards 2019 – Executive of the Year: Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power

By Julia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive

Green Mountain Power (GMP) prides itself on encouraging programs to accelerate clean energy adoption outside of traditional utility rate mechanisms. This outlook is based on an internal cultural change, the seeds of which were planted when Mary Powell transitioned to the CEO position 12 years ago. GMP “set a really big, hairy, audacious goal,” to transform the energy portfolio of Vermonters to a reliable, low-carbon, low-cost one, she said.

The Vermont-based investor-owned utility has since revolutionized its approach to expanding distributed energy resource access, ensuring that residential battery systems are being aggregated into grid resources while also saving customers money. “That first vision just naturally then grew into building out a community home and business-based energy system,” she told Utility Dive. Continue reading here.

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Q&A: A Vermont utility CEO brings her story to Wisconsin

Written by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

Mary Powell is the CEO of Green Mountain Power

Mary Powell is the CEO of Green Mountain Power

Vermont and Wisconsin are kindred spirits in many ways, with lush rolling hills dotted with dairy farms and a history of populist politics.

In recent years, though, the states have charted very different paths, particularly on energy.

While Wisconsin utilities have pushed back against distributed generation and legislative leaders balk at raising the state’s clean-energy goals, Vermont is pushing toward a goal of having 90 percent of its electricity come from renewable sources.

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EPA: Clean energy adds jobs, by John Seewer, Associated Press, Columbus Dispatch
“People need to understand clean energy is here,” [EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy] said on Thursday while touring a solar plant near Toledo, where about 6,000 people in the region work in the industry. “It’s growing jobs; it’s creating innovation.”

Helicopter to be in use with power line, Norfolk Daily News 
NELIGH — This week, contractors working on Nebraska Public Power District’s Hoskins to Neligh 345,000-volt transmission line project will use a helicopter to begin stringing shield wire . . . The new transmission line will enhance operation of NPPD’s electric transmission system and provide additional opportunities for development of renewable energy projects. Specifically, the project will help serve customers’ electricity demands in North Central Nebraska.

Local utilities balk at 20-year contracts with NPPD, by Nicholas Bergin, Lincoln Journal Star
A dozen Nebraska towns and one regional power provider have spurned Nebraska Public Power District’s demands for 20-year wholesale electric contracts. Many have opted to shop around for their electricity, with some choosing to buy it from as far away as Ohio. For most of NPPD’s wholesale customers, this is the first contract negotiation in which it has been feasible to look to a broader market of electric providers for power, thanks to the Southwest Power Pool.