Farewell to Doug Fuess
Doug Fuess, a principal account manager in Transmission Commercial Services (TCS), is set to retire after 36 years of service with National Grid. Since he started working at Niagara Mohawk in 1980, he acquired experience in a number of roles in the company including generation planner, fossil generation engineer and geographic information system manager. In the early ‘90s he became manager of Gas Research & Development, a position he found exciting due to the challenge of finding different ways of meeting customers’ needs while satisfying our regulators and maintaining affordable rates. He worked on the Y2K contingency plan (remember that?) for electric and gas delivery. Soon after, he joined TCS, where he spent the remainder of his National Grid career, most recently as a principal account manager.
Some of the changes he’s seen during his career include a shift from large generating facilities to independent power producers and micro grids, as well as the separation of generation and delivery.
“This was a game changer for the workers as well as the company. It fundamentally changed our thinking about who we were and what we were doing,” Doug said.
He sees generation continuing to evolve due to technology and the creation of large, renewable generation.
“The map is changing due to solar and wind,” he added.
It’s clear his colleagues will feel the loss after Doug’s last day here has come and gone.
“Doug has been a great teacher to many in the organization, including myself, and has left a lasting legacy within the team. He will be missed!” said Kathryn Cox, director, TCS.
Bill Malee, vice president, Regulatory & Pricing, New England, and former TCS director, agrees,
stating, “Doug is a great person and I enjoyed working with him in Transmission Commercial Services. He always brought great perspectives to our discussions and was always focused on finding win-win solutions for the company and customers.”
As for retirement, there are a number of musical instruments sitting around his house that he would love to tackle…the harmonica, the piano, a guitar. He played a baritone horn and sang in high school and would like to explore his musical side now that he will have the time. He also expects to ramp up his volunteerism and maybe do some traveling.
What would he like to say to the next generation of employees coming up through the ranks?
“They need to be adaptive. It will foster growth. Be aware of what’s going on so you aren’t surprised,” he commented. “Don’t take things personally when they happen. It’s okay to make mistakes, just correct them and learn from them.”