Introducing the New Energy Solutions team: A note from Dean

Dean Seavers, U.S. President, National Grid

Dean Seavers, U.S. President, National Grid

As many of you are aware, we are experiencing an unprecedented time in the energy industry, as our stakeholders, partners, and peers all move to fully participate in creating the utility of the future. While the speed and pace of change continues to increase, the day-to-day demands on our teams to deliver a winning Connect21 strategy continue to be a challenge. As our customers and stakeholders’ expectations grow, we need to move faster, with greater agility, decisiveness, creativity, and collaboration.

To achieve this bold objective, I have asked Jim Madej, who is already tasked with revenue growth for the company, to work closely with Stephanie Hazell, Group Head of Corporate Strategy & Business Development; John Flynn, SVP of US Business Development; Mike Calviou, SVP-elect of US Regulation and Pricing; and the Jurisdictional presidents – Ken Daly, Marcy Reed, Tim Horan, and Rudy Wynter – to help tackle this opportunity.

We’ve formed a new team called National Grid New Energy Solutions. In the short term, this team will pursue New York REV Demo opportunities and begin the process of supporting the Massachusetts GridMod process in a more structured way. The team will also work closely with the Corporate Strategy group and other key stakeholders for further developing our Growth Playbook, detailing the solution opportunities that will both enhance the overall customer experience and create value for our U.S. business. We’ll explore many of these efforts as part of demonstration projects and pilot programs with the expectation of taking the solutions to scale for all customers.

This team will report to Jim Madej and be led by Ed White. Ed brings a wealth of experience over his 20 years here. Most recently, Ed and his team led our efforts to deliver award-winning energy efficiency programs across our territories: solar in Massachusetts, smart grid solutions in Worcester, and an electric vehicle charging infrastructure in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Ed has also demonstrated external leadership, serving on a number of national and regional boards where we continue to be at the forefront of the ever-changing energy and environmental landscape.

Additionally, the following individuals and some members of their teams will be dedicated to the New Energy Solutions team. They include:

  • Phil Austen – REV Demonstration Coordination Lead
  • Carlos Nouel – Vendor and Alliance Partnerships
  • Fouad Dagher – Products and Engineering/Clifton Park Demonstration Lead
  • Jackson Lehr – Emerging Energy Policy/Potsdam Demonstration Lead
  • Dennis Elsenbeck – Buffalo Demonstration Lead

We have a lot of work ahead of us to ensure this dedicated team of industry leaders is successful. We also recognize the need to carefully coordinate activities with the broader core business and jurisdictions. While I expect the activities to be collaborative in nature, our goal in setting up the group is to establish a team of resources to grow and expand our product and service capabilities while driving clear accountability and responsibility, including projected costs, budgets and revenues.

The announcement of National Grid New Energy Solutions sends a clear signal to our customers, regulators, tech partners, and other stakeholders that we are committed to the evolving energy landscape.

This is an exciting time for our industry and for us. I’m encouraged about this opportunity and I am committed to establishing a winning formula for all of us. Please join me in support of Jim, Ed, and the rest of the New Energy Solutions team as they begin their important work.

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