Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm congratulates the winners of the 2021 U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Award

WASHINGTON DC – The US Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of winners of the US Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Program (C3E Initiative). These nine accomplished women have demonstrated exceptional leadership and achievement in the clean energy field. The US C3E initiative, which is celebrating its 10th year, is led by the DOE in collaboration with the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, the Texas A&M Energy Institute and the MIT Energy Initiative. The Initiative aims to close the gender gap and increase women’s participation, leadership and success in clean energy fields.

“Generating a fair and sustainable clean energy transition requires a diversity of talents, perspectives and ideas,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm. “I am proud to honor this year’s C3E award winners, who are an exemplary group of innovators and pioneers working to achieve the cleaner, greener future of our dreams. Collaborative initiatives, like the C3E, that advance women’s leadership in clean energy are essential to building the workforce of tomorrow and increasing our solutions to achieve net zero value by 2050.

The winners of the US C3E Awards 2021 will be honored at Tenth Annual U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium November 3 and 4, 2021. To attend the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium and Awards in the United States to be held virtually on November 3 and 4, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, register here.

The 2021 award winners are emerging and established leaders impacting clean energy fields: creating breakthroughs in science and technology, forging pathways to shape demand, increasing access to energy. energy in underserved communities, build and expand markets and prepare the workforce for today and tomorrow.

The C3E 2021 award winners are:

Company – MEGHAN NUTTING is executive vice president of government and regulatory affairs at Sunnova Energy Corporation, a US provider of residential solar and storage services. She works with industry leaders, nonprofit organizations, state lawmakers, federal policymakers, and regulators to develop and implement policies that provide a more stable and sustainable business environment for the production of solar electricity. She has worked with stakeholders to advance critical pieces of policy and legislation in more than 20 states, including Arizona, California, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico.

Education and Advocacy – MARINA BADOIAN-KRITICOS is a researcher at the Houston Advanced Research Center and Deputy Director of the DOE Upper-West Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP), where she works with utilities, regulators and policymakers to provide independent, free technical assistance to assist to advance technical solutions using cogeneration. She is also a Senior Program Advisor with the Texas PACE Authority, working to make Texas a leading market for clean energy finance rated by commercial property (PACE).

Entrepreneurship – STEPH SPEIRS is co-founder and CEO of Solstice, a company focused on increasing the number of American homes that can take advantage of clean energy through community-shared solar programs. Solstice has created innovative financing solutions to extend service to underserved Americans, advocated for the creation of an inclusive solar policy in several states, and enrolled clients in more than 25 community renewable energy projects in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Washington, DC

Government – FAITH CORNEILLE is responsible for the Global Electricity Sector Program at the Bureau of Energy Resources at the US Department of State, where she leads technical assistance to foreign partner governments to strengthen electricity markets and power systems, and advance decarbonization, resilience and investment in clean energy in the electricity sector. She designs and leads the implementation of commitments in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, resulting in improved regulations for clean energy and distributed generation; increased cross-border electricity trade; competitive bidding for renewable energy capacity; the financing of American development in energy projects; and capacity building in foreign ministries of energy, electric utilities and regulators.

International – RHONDA JORDAN ANTOINE is a senior energy specialist at the World Bank, where she works on energy investment and advisory projects in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also leading geospatial electrification modeling and planning efforts, using cutting-edge geographic information system analyzes to inform the World Bank’s energy commitments in 30 countries and inform electrification strategies and plans. completed in 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. She has worked worldwide in the areas of energy sector planning, utility performance, mini-grid regulation, solar home system deployment and renewable energy integration.

Law and Finance – JOHANA AFENJAR is an engineer and a project finance professional. Most recently, she was Senior Director of Capital Markets at Clearway Energy Group, where she was responsible for the transaction in financing Clearway’s 140 MW Hawaii portfolio, raising over $ 500 million in debt, tax fairness and of investor capital. She was also instrumental in training and bringing new capital providers to an emerging asset class: community solar power, leading the team in raising nearly $ 1 billion in funding. for more than 500 MW of community solar assets.

Social, economic and political innovation – KATE ANDERSON is Chief of Staff for Energy Systems Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), supporting activities focused on power systems, systems analysis, decision science, energy security and resilience, and energy justice. As a senior engineer and head of the modeling and analysis group at NREL, she led activities supporting the deployment of clean energies through technical-economic modeling and analysis of energy efficiency, renewable energies, storage and micro-grid opportunities. She led the development program of NREL’s REopt model, widely used today to assess the optimized selection and sizing of energy asset costs for grid-connected and off-grid energy systems.

Technological research and innovation – MARYAM SAEEDIFARD is an Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where she conducts research on technologies that can meet the challenges of integrating, storing and transmitting renewable energy to the grid on a large scale. His research on advanced power electronics solutions is high impact and scalable, with significant industrial collaboration. Saeedifard is co-editor of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Power Electronics journal.

A Lifetime Achievement – CHERYL A. LAFLEUR was one of the longest-serving Commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), appointed in 2010 and in office until 2019. At FERC, she has helped lead the evolving transformation of markets and energy infrastructure in the United States, working to remove barriers to clean energy technologies. such as demand response, storage and renewable energies. She has also played a leading role in FERC’s efforts to ensure the reliability and security of the power grid in response to emerging security threats. Prior to FERC, LaFleur was a leader in the electricity and natural gas industry for over 20 years. She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of ISO New England and Associate Principal Investigator at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy, where she focuses on adapting the electricity and natural gas sectors to the challenges of change. climate.

Learn more on the American C3E Initiative and the winners.

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