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Utilities Technology Council Announces Eric Wagner to Become New Manager of Advocacy

Arlington, Va.—September 27, 2022–Utilities Technology Council (UTC) President and CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs today announced that beginning October 3rd, 2022, UTC Senior Legislative Assistant Eric Wagner will move to the newly created role of Manager, Advocacy.  Wagner is in his second stint at UTC after previously serving as Manager, Advocacy and Public Affairs.  Osiene-Riggs said that he brings a depth of utility industry and policy experience to the new position that will strengthen UTC’s federal and state legislative outreach. “I’m excited and proud to announce that Eric will be taking on this new role.  Eric’s experience and longstanding connections in both the utilities and legislative and policy arenas will help UTC even more effectively service its members and respond to a rapidly changing industry environment by…

UTC Members Elect Day, Mayson, and Vondrasek to Leadership Positions

Arlington, Va., May 24, 2022 – Utility Industry representatives from across the U.S. elected Dewey Day of Pacific Gas & Electric Company as the new Chair of the Utilities Technology Council Board of Directors, effective through May 2023.  Day was elected at UTC’s 2022 Telecom & Technology Conference’s Membership Meeting, held on May 18 in Oklahoma City, Okla. At the meeting, utility representatives approved Chair Day as well as Kirt Mayson of NorthWestern Energy as Vice-Chair, and Gary Vondrasek of JEA as Secretary/Treasurer. Each will serve in these capacities until the membership elects new officers during UTC’s 2023 Telecom & Technology Conference in Ft. Lauderdale scheduled for May 2023. UTC is the global association at the nexus of the energy, utility, and telecommunications industries. Representing members…

UTC Awards Recognize Importance of ICT Networks to Grid Reliability, Resilience

Arlington—June 7, 2022 – The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) has recognized utilities and their personnel who demonstrated initiative, perseverance, and innovative thinking throughout the past year. The awards were given at the 2022 Telecom & Technology Conference in Oklahoma City, Okla. UTC’s awards recognize the importance of utility Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems and the employees who build, operate, and maintain these systems to support the reliability, resilience, and safety of the nation’s electric systems. From storm response to day-to-day reliability, ICT networks also provide opportunities for communities to enhance economic prosperity, provide innovative new services, and support health, education and access to critical services. “Congratulations to all of our winners this year,” said UTC Chairman of the Board Paul Lambert of East River Electric Power Coop….

Ukraine and the Safe, Reliable, and Affordable Delivery of Power to Americans

Arlington, Va.—March 14, 2022—The following statement may be attributed to UTC President & CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs. “On March 8, President Joe Biden announced a ban on oil, natural gas, and coal imports from Russia in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign democratic nation. Before we turn to the implication for the U.S., let’s look at the war’s effects on Ukrainians. “Over 2.5 million people, more than 5% of Ukraine’s population, have fled their homes on a moment’s notice to seek safety in neighboring countries. Thousands of Ukrainians have been killed or injured by Russia’s reckless bombardment of civilian centers and hospitals. We have all seen the pictures of the Russian tanks and infantry setting fire to the world’s largest nuclear plant in…

Utilities Technology Council Announces Slate of New Hires and Promotions

Headquarters Staff Changes Provide Organization with Depth of Experience   Arlington, Va.—February 10, 2021–Utilities Technology Council (UTC) President and CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs today announced a round of strategic new hires and promotions that she said will strengthen UTC’s leadership structure, enabling the organization to more effectively service its members and respond to a rapidly changing industry environment by shaping the future of utility mission-critical technologies. The four new hires, which will bolster UTC’s senior management staff, are:   Teesa Banks, who has assumed the role of Chief of Staff. Banks is responsible for overseeing UTC’s daily operations and individual departments.  She also heads the organization’s Human Resources department.  Banks comes to UTC with extensive experience in organizational leadership, human resource management, and compliance.  She received…

UTC APPLAUDS SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF CONFIRMATION OF ALAN DAVIDSON TO LEAD NTIA

The following statement may be attributed to UTC President & CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs. “I fully support today’s vote by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to advance the nomination of Alan Davidson as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce to the Senate floor for a full vote. Mr. Davidson’s diverse background in public service and the private sector make him the ideal leader for NTIA at a crucial time. If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Davidson will be the first Senate-confirmed leader in over two years, and we look forward to working with him as NTIA administers $42 billion for faster broadband services to underserved and unserved areas, another $1 billion for…

UTC APPLAUDS CONFIRMATION OF FCC CHAIR JESSICA ROSENWORCEL BY THE U.S. SENATE

The following statement may be attributed to UTC President & CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs. “I commend today’s vote by the U.S. Senate to confirm Acting Chair of the Federal Communications Commission Jessica Rosenworcel as the first permanent female Chair of the Commission. Ms. Rosenworcel’s depth of legal and technical knowledge will make her the smart and experienced leader needed to tackle the many pressing issues before the Commission. “ “UTC is looking forward to working together with Chair Rosenworcel and collaborate with her to bring fast, affordable, and reliable broadband access to all Americans.” ### About UTC The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) is a global trade association dedicated to serving critical infrastructure providers. Through advocacy, education and collaboration, UTC creates a favorable business, regulatory and technology…

UTC URGES IMMEDIATE ACTION BY FCC TO PREVENT HARMING UTILITY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS

The following statement may be attributed to UTC President & CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs. “UTC, together with eleven associations representing a broad cross-section of electric, gas and water utilities, public safety and other critical infrastructure, filed a Petition for Rulemaking and a Request for Stay with the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) to prevent radiofrequency interference to their mission-critical communications from unlicensed operations in the 6 GHz band.  The Commission must develop new rules for the 6 GHz band because real-world testing has proven that 6 GHz low-power indoor (LPI) devices will cause interference to licensed microwave systems.  The threat of interference from these devices is imminent and substantial, and the Commission must stop certifying 6 GHz LPI devices and revoke the certification of those devices it…

UTC APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF EMILE THOMPSON AS INTERIM CHAIRMAN OF THE DCPSC  

The following statement may be attributed to UTC President & CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs. “I applaud the appointment of Commissioner Emile Thompson as the Interim Chair of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. At the same time, I congratulate Mayor Muriel Bowser for her foresight in appointing Mr. Thompson, whose outstanding record of public service and commitment to the District will be the foundation for leading the Public Service Commission in successfully addressing pressing issues such as the energy transition and utility workforce development.” “UTC is looking forward to working with Interim Chair Thompson and developing creative, sustainable solutions to the challenges facing utilities.” ### About UTC The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) is a global trade association dedicated to serving critical infrastructure providers….

UTC Praises Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation

The Utilities Technology Council released the following statement from UTC President & CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs praising the House for the bipartisan passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes $65 billion in total funding for broadband, $65 billion for power infrastructure, and $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging stations. “Today, all Americans can look confident into a future with fast, reliable, and affordable broadband connections fueled by investments in broadband access for all Americans, including those in rural areas, low-income families, and tribal communities. UTC members have long advocated for one-time investments in future-proof technologies that cost-effectively deliver reliable and affordable broadband services.” “This legislation also drives needed investments in critical energy infrastructure, enabling the construction of thousands of miles of new transmission…

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