USEA Hosts Annual Membership Meeting & Public Policy Forum

USEA Hosts Annual Membership Meeting & Public Policy Forum

“Driving the Energy Transition to 2050 and Vision Out to The Next 100 Years” keynote conversation between Department of Energy Deputy Secretary David Turk, and USEA President & CEO Mark W. Menezes.

The United States Energy Association (USEA) successfully hosted its Annual Membership Meeting & Public Policy Forum on May 30, 2024. The event brought together industry leaders, policymakers, and experts to discuss the future of energy and its impact on the global landscape.

“USEA’s Annual Membership Meeting & Public Policy Forum provided a platform for meaningful discussions and valuable insights into the future of energy,” USEA President and CEO Mark Menezes said. “The event showcased the commitment of industry leaders and policymakers to drive sustainable and innovative solutions for a cleaner and more resilient energy sector.”

A highlight of the forum was the keynote conversation on “Driving the Energy Transition to 2050 and Vision Out to The Next 100 Years” featuring David Turk, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Energy, and Mark W. Menezes. The discussion shed light on the strategies and vision for a sustainable energy future.

Gillian Caldwell, Chief Climate Officer & Deputy Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered remarks on “Funding the Future of Developing Nations,” emphasizing the importance of supporting sustainable energy initiatives worldwide. Caldwell also presented the USEA Individual Energy Volunteer Award to Yok Potts and the USEA Corporate Volunteer Award to Jose Avila-Gomez, representing Dragos.

Also occurring at the meeting was a conversation with Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, Assistant Secretary of Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State and Menezes. They discussed the critical importance of energy security and its implications for the future.

The forum addressed the crucial role of women in the energy sector. The panel discussion titled “Women in Energy: Shifting from Words to Action” featured esteemed speakers who explored ways to empower women in the field and drive meaningful change. The panelists included NERC Board of Trustees member Sue Kelly, Tellurian, Inc.’s Senior Vice President of Federal Government Relations Majida Mourad, Laisar Management Group Founder & President Florence Amate, and U.S. Department of State Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Resources Laura Lochman.

In addition, a conversation was held on transmission solutions for the future and featured Electric Power Supply Association President & CEO Todd Snitchler, Southwest Power Pool Vice President of Engineering Casey Cathey, and Electric Power Research Institute Technical Leader Anna Lafoyiannis.

The forum also included recorded remarks from World Energy Council Secretary General & CEO Dr. Angela Wilkinson, and a speech from White House Chronicle Executive Producer & Columnist Llewellyn King.

The following awards were presented at the meeting:

United States Energy Award

  • Nicholas K. Akins, Executive Chair, President & CEO (Ret.), American Electric Power

Individual Energy Volunteer Award

  • Yok Potts, Director of Policy, Research & Industry Strategy, Smart Electric Power Alliance

International Partner of the Year Award

  • Transelectrica

USEA Corporate Volunteer Award

  • Dragos

The United States Energy Association (USEA) is a nonprofit, apolitical, nonlobbying organization founded in 1924.

(l to r): Edison Electric Institute President and CEO Dan Brouillette, 2024 U.S. Energy Award Recipient Nicholas Akins, and USEA President and CEO Mark Menezes at USEA’s Annual Membership Meeting & Public Policy Forum.

USEA President & CEO Mark Menezes speaking with Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, Assistant Secretary of Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State.

USAID Chief Climate Officer & Deputy Assistant Administrator Gillian Caldwell delivering remarks at the USEA Annual Membership Meeting & Public Policy Forum.

(l to r): NERC Board of Trustees member Sue Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Laura Lochman, Tellurian, Inc.’s Senior Vice President of Federal Government Relations Majida Mourad, and Laisar Management Group Founder & President Florence Amate speaking on the panel “Women in Energy: Shifting from Words to Action.”

Recorded remarks from: World Energy Council Secretary General & CEO Dr. Angela Wilkinson.

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