COLCHESTER, VT--(Marketwired - December 09, 2014) - GMP is pleased to announce that President & CEO Mary Powell was just named Power-Gen 2014 Woman of the Year. Judges selected Powell because of how she has advanced the power generation industry, the positive impact she has made on her community, and her leadership.
"It is an incredible honor to be recognized by our industry for the work that is happening in Vermont. It is truly a gift to get to work every day with an incredible team focused on developing innovative solutions for our customers and communities. Energy can be transformational in moving customers and society to a more secure and environmentally sound future, and we are determined to lead the way," Powell said. "GMP is partnering with customers to accelerate the pace of change as Vermont's Energy Company of the Future. We are finding new ways to help Vermonters save money and be more comfortable, while moving to cleaner local sources of energy."
A cornerstone of Vermont's energy transformation includes a new collaboration with NRG to make Vermont a leader in sustainable energy. Beginning in early 2015, the partnership will bring innovative cost-effective clean energy products and services to Vermont, helping customers manage energy use and save money. It will also transform the distribution grid from a 100-year-old electric delivery model to a new system designed to create efficiencies and distributed energy solutions through renewable technologies and energy storage.
"Mary is the preeminent 'right-to-left' iconoclast of utility CEOs," said David Crane, president and CEO of NRG. "She starts with the heretical notion of giving the modern-day energy consumer what they want -- which is affordable, convenient, clean and storm-resistant energy -- and then uses her native intelligence, charm and drive to make sure it happens."
GMP is committed to a new way of doing business that is forward looking for the environment and the community. On December 1, GMP became the first utility ever to get the B Corp certification because of its commitment to serving its customers, the community and the state of Vermont.
"Mary Powell is a trailblazer who has made amazing accomplishments as a utility executive. We hope that our award will inspire young women to not only consider careers in the power industry, but also show them that dedication and hard work can lead to brilliant results," said Jennifer Runyon, chair of the Women in Power Committee.
Powell was announced the winner at the 2014 Power-Gen Woman of the Year Awards Dinner on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 in Florida. She will give a keynote speech during the Women in Power Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 9th as part of POWER-GEN International, the largest trade show in the world for the power generation industry.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower.