Meet the D.C. Team

By Jean Roehrenbeck

 

us-capitol-buildingDid you know that National Grid has a D.C. Office? Currently, we have seven employees in our nation’s capital, both from the government affairs team and from our regulatory department. Our focus is to work with our federally elected individuals in the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives, along with various relevant federal agencies like the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to promote National Grid’s federal priorities. We also work very closely with our state government affairs partners throughout our service area to ensure our legislative priorities are delivered throughout various levels of government.

Our policy priorities include a broad range of matters that impact National Grid. Hot topics that the D.C. team has worked on over the last year include:

  • tax issues including tax extenders, Section 385 Regulations, and International Tax Reform;
  • the Clean Power Plan, including carbon pollution standards for both new and existing sources of energy;
  • comprehensive cyber security legislation;
  • the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) regulations regarding the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), more commonly known as drones;
  • workforce development programs, particularly with the Office of Apprenticeship at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL); and,
  • advocacy outreach on energy infrastructure investments to improve regional delivery systems. 

Of course, it is an election year, which makes the political climate in D.C. both more challenging and exciting. The election is an important one to be sure. The entire U.S. House of Representatives is up for reelection, along with 1/3 of the U.S. Senate, and the White House. Currently, Republicans are in the majority in both chambers of Congress; the margin is such that control of Congress could change in the upcoming election. Our service area traverses across party lines, and our office is reflective of that. Energy issues are important to both parties in Congress, and our priorities are frequently shared by Democrats and Republicans.

It is certainly an interesting time in Washington, D.C., and we invite any National Grid employee to reach out to us with any questions about what we do here. We also invite you to sign up for our newsletter, which will be sent throughout the year to coordinate with the Congressional schedule. Click here to sign up! The first issue will be disseminated at the end of the September legislative session.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Pictured L to R: Jean Roehrenbeck, Emily Duncan, Rob Mosher, Christina Burch and Nelson Perez. Not pictured: Kevin Huyler and Meghan McGuinness

2 Comments

Ed Brodsky

Earlier this year, I had a chance to visit the DC office to meet Nelson and his team in the person as they are my internal customer from an IS perspective. It was great to hear how they are managing stakeholder engagement within the various political districts in our footprint. It was also cool to see the map in Nelson’s office where he notates each legislative district and he is aware of each of the issues and concerns that exist in each one.

I appreciated the time each of Nelson’s team took to review their job responsibility and their dependency on IS services.

Thanks DC team for time well spent !

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John

Hi ,
I did not realize we had seven employees in DC ………I wish I was aware of that , when my daughter attended GWU.

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