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UTC’s Riggs Applauds President Biden’s Nomination of DC PSC Chairman Willie Phillips as FERC Commissioner

Washington—Sept. 9, 2021— Utilities Technology Council (UTC) President & CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs issued the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s nomination of District of Columbia Public Service Commission Chairman Willie L. Phillips as a commissioner to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: “On behalf of our members, we applaud President Biden for nominating Chairman Willie Phillips to serve as a commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). We are certain that Chairman Phillips will help promote electric transmission reliability and clean energy policies. I personally applaud Chairman Willie Phillips for his dedication, expertise, and superior standard of service to the industry and its stakeholders. “This year’s natural disasters have highlighted the need to create a more resilient and efficient energy grid that utilizes clean, renewable…

Broadband Funding, Spectrum Sharing, Infrastructure Tops UTC’s Policy Agenda for 2021

Arlington, VA—Sep. 1, 2021 – Policies supporting funding for broadband, electric infrastructure, and federal spectrum sharing were among a series of resolutions approved by the electric, water, and natural gas utility members of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) during the UTC Telecom & Technology 2021 annual conference.   Specifically, UTC’s core utility members approved policy resolutions supporting utility broadband, state block grant funding for broadband infrastructure development, and federal spectrum sharing.  In addition, the members approved resolutions opposing FCC policies that would unfairly shift the cost of pole replacements onto utilities, and force utilities to bear a disproportionate and unfair share of the cost of the FCC’s Universal Service Fund contributions.   These approved policy resolutions will guide and inform UTC’s advocacy in Washington, D.C.,…

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

Arlington—Sep. 1, 2021 – The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) marked the return to its in-person Annual Telecom & Technology Conference by recognizing utilities and their personnel who demonstrated initiative, perseverance, and innovative thinking throughout the past year.   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 Immediate Past UTC Chairman of the Board Greg Angst of CenterPoint Energy….

UTC Members Elect Lambert, Day, Mayson to Leadership Positions

Arlington, VA, August 31, 2021 –Energy and water utility representatives from across the U.S. elected Paul Lambert of East River Electric Cooperative as the new Chairman of the Utilities Technology Council Board of Directors, effective through May 2022.   During UTC’s Annual Telecom & Technology Conference’s Membership Meeting on August 26, utility representatives approved Chair Lambert as well as Dewey Day of Pacific Gas & Electric as Vice-Chair, and Kirt Mayson of NorthWestern Energy as Secretary/Treasurer. Each will serve in these capacities until the membership elects new officers during UTC’s Telecom & Technology Annual Conference in Oklahoma City scheduled for May 2022.   UTC is the global association at the nexus of the energy, utility, and telecommunications industries. Representing energy and water providers of all…

UTC Leadership ‘Opened the Pipeline’ to Diversity: President/CEO Osiene-Riggs

UTC President and CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs discussed diversity and ways to attract the next generation of utility workers in a riveting, high-profile panel discussion last week. Speaking before the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Select Committee on Regulatory and Industry Diversity on Wednesday, Ms. Osiene-Riggs applauded the UTC Board of Directors for being intentional in selecting a diverse group of leaders to run the Association and laying the pipeline for future growth. “I have to look at the UTC leadership,” she said. “They opened the pipeline to me” and other diverse leaders in the industry and the UTC board. Although she wasn’t planning on a career in the energy and utility industry early on, Ms. Osiene-Riggs urged the industry and regulatory audience to…

UTC Applauds NARUC Resolution Supporting Utility Broadband Services

WASHINGTON—July 21, 2021–Utilities Technology Council President and CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs issued the following statement applauding the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ approval of a resolution supporting utilities’ efforts to deploy broadband to unserved and underserved areas: “On behalf of the Utilities Technology Council, I wish to thank and applaud our nation’s state utility regulators for highlighting the important role utilities can play in bringing broadband services to all corners of the country. Electric utilities of all kinds—investor-owned, cooperative, and public power–empower broadband deployment. Hundreds of cooperative and municipally owned utilities are directly providing high-speed, resilient broadband services in unserved and underserved areas. At the same time, a growing number of investor-owned utilities are deploying middle-mile broadband networks to help connect similarly situated parts of…

UTC Board Nominates Lambert, Day, Mayson for Leadership Positions; Membership Vote Scheduled for Annual Meeting

Arlington, VA—June 22, 2021 –Energy and water utility representatives across the U.S. yesterday nominated a new slate of officers to lead the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), effective through June 2022. The new officers have assumed their roles on an acting basis; their nominations are subject to confirmation during the Aug. 22-27 UTC Annual Telecom & Technology Meeting. During UTC’s June 21 Board of Directors meeting, UTC board members nominated Paul Lambert of East River Electric Cooperative as its new Chairman, Dewey Day of Pacific Gas & Electric as Vice Chair, and Kirt Mayson of NorthWestern Energy as Secretary/Treasurer. If confirmed by UTC’s membership in August, each will serve in these capacities until UTC’s June 2022 Telecom & Technology Annual Conference. UTC is the global association…

UTC’s Osiene-Riggs Issues Statement Reflecting Upon the Juneteenth Federal Holiday

Washington—June 18, 2021—Utilities Technology Council President and CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs issued the following statement in recognition of Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday: “On this historic first official Juneteenth holiday, I encourage all Americans to use this day as one of remembrance, reflection, and education. Juneteenth is both joyous and tragic occasion. Joyous in that the enslaved African-Americans were finally freed, but tragic because of the generations of enslaved peoples who suffered and toiled against their will. “In many ways, the story of Juneteenth is a parable for today. Although President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it was two long years before the Civil War ended and word of President Lincoln’s order made its way across the entire South. Similarly today, our country is…

UTC’s Osiene-Riggs Announces Staff Promotions, Reorganization

Washington—May 24, 2021–Utilities Technology Council (UTC) President and CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs today announced a round of senior-level promotions within the UTC staff. “Today’s promotions are the result of hard work and dedication amongst some of our longest-tenured members of the UTC staff,” Ms. Osiene-Riggs said. “UTC is a small but mighty team. We model ourselves after our members—we work hard and tirelessly to serve them as they power our lives. I am proud to move up these staff who have put in the years and hours in service of our members. My congratulations to them. I also want to acknowledge the entire UTC team—we are truly a family and I cannot thank them enough for their incredible devotion over the last year. We have made…

UTC’s Osiene-Riggs Issues Statement on White House Security Nominees

Washington—April 13, 2021—Utilities Technology Council President and CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs issued the following statement after President Biden nominated Chris Inglis as National Cybersecurity Director, Jen Easterly as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Robert Silvers as Undersecretary of Policy at the Department of Homeland Security: “On behalf of the Utilities Technology Council, I send my congratulations to Jen Easterly, Chris Inglis, and Robert Silvers upon their nominations today. All three of these nominees come with extensive backgrounds in public and private service. Securing our nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber and physical attack requires a strong partnership between government and industry. Communication, collaboration, and information sharing are essential as we shore up our nation’s most crucial assets. I look forward to working with…

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