Category Archive for "Articles of Interest"

Operating a Smarter Grid: Embracing New Ways to Go Unnoticed

Becky Motal
BY: ERICA ZIMMERER • DIRECTOR OF GRID MODERNIZATION 08/12/2019 SILENT HEROES: The best electric utility distribution employees are those that the customers never know. Utility employees have spent generations solving complex challenges, all with a dedicated focus to make sure...
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DER Control with Grid Edge Analytics

Becky Motal
Entergy creates new approaches to better manage the grid that involve more distributed energy resources. S. Cat Wong, Wade P. Malcolm | May 24, 2019 Today, approximately 120 megawatts of customer-owned distributed energy resources, almost all rooftop photovoltaic systems, are...
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Can women succeed in energy corporations without acting like men?

Becky Motal
HOUSTON CHRONICLE | Erin Douglas , May 17, 2019 At a recent Houston conference for women in the oil and gas industry, a keynote speaker, Pamela Beall, the chief financial officer for MPLX, a pipeline company, gave a presentation on how to...
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Hiring Women Isn’t the Problem but Keeping Them is, Says ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance

Becky Motal
The oil industry is doing a better job of hiring women. Keeping them remains the challenge, says ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance. Conoco, the world’s biggest independent oil producer, has seen its percentage of female and minority workers climb among its youngest...
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Lynn Good on How Duke Energy Is Getting Past Coal

Becky Motal
CEO says utility is investing in renewables and natural gas, and ‘will continue to decarbonize’ Utility executives are navigating a rapidly changing landscape: low prices, weak electricity demand and increasingly strict emissions rules. Duke Energy Corp., the giant utility based in...
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Study: Women Make Up 6% of CEO Positions in Energy

Becky Motal
The number of women in the C-suite at U.S. energy companies is still not on par with their male counterparts. Analysis from global advisory firm Korn Ferry reveals that women make up significantly less C-level positions in energy, with the...
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Valero adds two high-level executive women to its board

Becky Motal
Valero Energy Corp. has elected two women — H. Paulett Eberhart and Kimberly Greene — to its board of directors, both of whom have been CEOs of companies. Valero’s (NYSE: VLO) announcement comes on the heels of reporting its second-quarter financial results, in which the San...
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Utility’s lone female Indiana line worker explains journey

Becky Motal

KOKOMO, Ind. — Growing up with a “mad scientist” as a father, Karrie Welker began bucking stereotypes from a young age, falling in love with electricity as girls her age were starting down far different, and more expected, roads. Not…

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Women 24 percent of solar workforce; diversity still lacking

Becky Motal

There are nearly 50,000 women working in U.S. solar jobs of all types, the Solar Foundation reports, accounting for nearly a quarter of the workforce in the sector. That’s an improvement, but the statistic also belies a broader lack of…

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HBJ reveals first-ever Women in Energy Leadership honorees

Becky Motal

When someone mentions executives in the energy industry, a female executive is probably not the first image that pops into your mind. That stigma doesn’t ring true in Houston, where there are hundreds of women in executive positions at energy…

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