WRISE 2018 Honors

In 2018, Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy will be recognizing women from across the renewable industry for their leadership and work towards a strong diversified workforce and a robust renewable energy economy. We are fortunate at WRISE to work with too many amazing women to be able to acknowledge them all individually but are thrilled to honor these women and their achievements.

About the Program:

Every other month, WRISE will be recognizing 4-6 women based on a particular theme (the upcoming theme is outlined below). We are looking for individuals who:

  • have a measurable impact on advancing renewable energy today and in the future,
  • represent a diverse cross-section of technology, backgrounds, and experience,
  • positively influence on women in everyday life and act as a role model for women looking to enter the field.

The call is now open for our WRISE Honors for Clean Energy Finance.

Deadline for submissions August 5th, 2018 at 6pm ET.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, global investment in clean energy reached an estimated $335.5 billion in 2017. From Financial Analysts to Chief Financial Officers, the finance field envelops several careers to ensure the flow of capital across the renewable energy marketplace. The next round of awards will recognize women financing the clean energy economy.

WRISE Honors for Operations and Maintenance and
Project Development

Operations and Maintenance teams encompass several services and roles and manage the day to day operations of renewable energy projects. The services and roles include:  operations, management, procurement, routine and emergency maintenance, technicians, managers, support staff and asset management.   The overarching goal of O&M teams is to increase project operational performance and profitability.

Project Development is dedicated to creating value by managing projects from greenfield through commercial operation. Project developers find potential project sites, establishing relationships with landowners, build community relations and secure permits and transmission rights. As projects progress, contracts, financing and equipment is secured. There are several parts that make up the project development whole, which include: developers, program managers, contract specialists, land and title, community relations, resource assessment, interconnection, permitting and environmental specialists.

Amy McGinty   

Vice President, O&M Services,
Avangrid Renewables
Portland, OR

Amy is responsible for managing the critical O&M services supporting Avangrid Renewables’ 6,000 MW operational fleet, including: asset management, land management, performance reporting and quality, GIS, operational permitting and wildlife, and overall operational strategies.

Laurie Mazer  

Vice President of Development
Lightsource Renewable Energy
Philadelphia, PA

Laurie has spent the past fifteen years working on the development of utility and distributed generation-scale renewable energy projects and has directly managed the development of thousands of megawatts of renewable energy projects throughout the United States.

 

Lisa Leipzig  

Director – Renewable Development,
AEP Renewables
Ohio

The first half of Lisa’s 11 years in renewables was focused on developing and managing over 3,000 megawatts of wind and solar projects from greenfield to construction stages across the US and Canada. In her current role in business development, she originates investment opportunities, leads due diligence activities and negotiates transaction agreements related to utility scale renewable project acquisitions. In addition, she recently supported development efforts to repower two wind projects (310 megawatts) currently under construction.

Neetu Grewal 

Project Coordinator
Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp.
Ontario, Canada

Neetu manages the capital expenditure program across all four fuel types. She works closely with business development and the OEM to ensure a smooth transition from construction to operations.

Rachel McManus 

Executive Director,
EarthSpark International
Washington, DC

Rachel has been responsible for keeping one solar-powered smart grid functional while getting another one underway in rural Haiti, bringing thousands of people electricity for the first time.

 

Tricia Hale  

Director, Renewable Development,
NextEra Energy Resources
Juno Beach, FL

After five years developing wind projects in the southwestern US, successfully bringing 350 megawatts of projects to commercial operations, Tricia now leads a group of over 100 employees responsible for the acquisition of land rights, the management of land contracts, and the processing and analysis of GIS data for NEER’s wind, utility scale solar, and battery storage portfolio.

 

WRISE Honors in Policy and Advocacy

There are several diverse ways policy is worked on – within government, companies, non-governmental organizations, regulatory agencies and at local, state, federal and international levels. Policy is also achieved through analysis, community engagement and outreach, direct lobbying and advocacy.

Promoting good policy goes hand-in-hand with working in the renewable energy sector. As does passion, commitment and drive.  Those nominated for this category have championed renewable energy policy, pushed through policy challenges and undertaken efforts to promote stability and growth for the renewable energy sector.

Elyssa Rothe  

Director of Policy and
Market Development,
PACENation
Greater New York City

Elyssa leads legislation and market development initiatives at PACENation, and also serves as Chair of the Policy Committee for the NYC Agriculture Collective. She has spent her career focused on crafting and supporting policies that democratize clean energy, advance local job creation, and drive community based economic development.

 

Jessica Scott  

Interior West Director,
Vote Solar
Greater Denver Area

Jessica worked with diverse local partners to advance 11 clean energy bills out of the Nevada State Legislature in 2017–nine of which were signed into law by Governor Sandoval, and two of which remain active campaigns to expand NV’s RPS and a strong statewide community solar program with strong provisions for ensuring that low-income families have access to the benefits of solar power.

Rikki Seguin  

Policy Director,
Renewable Northwest
Portland Oregon

Rikki leads the development of legislative strategy on organizational clean energy goals for the Pacific Northwest region (Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho). In this role she works with multiple stakeholders, cultivating new advocates for renewable energy in the region.

 

Nicole Williams Sitaraman

Senior Manager,
Public Policy
Sunrun
Washington DC Metro Area

Nicole serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of MDV-SEIA and leads Sunrun’s Mid-Atlantic legislative and regulatory policy efforts where she advocates for strong RPS policy, progressive rate design, energy storage integration, streamlined interconnection procedures and consumer protection.

Vanessa Tutos  

Director,
Government Affairs
EDP Renewables
Houston, TX

Vanessa is responsible for governmental affairs and regulatory policy initiatives that impact the wind energy industry. Her work focuses on ERCOT, SPP, and MISO markets, and states therein — region includes Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.

Manal Yamout  

Co-Founder,
SVP of Policy & Markets
Advanced Microgrid Solutions
San Francisco, CA

Manal is Co-Founder of one of the nation’s leading energy storage companies. Manal jointly coordinated California’s effort to bring the state closer to its goal of providing at least 33% of electricity from renewables and worked to streamline permitting for tens of billions inin-state investment and ultimately 16,000 megawatts of electricity. In addition, she helped lay the foundation for Governor Brown’s energy program to develop 12,000 megawatts of distributed power in California.

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