January’s Champions in Headlines

Florida’s Women in Energy Leadership Forum extends a congratulatory note to two leaders in the energy industry: First, Ms. Marlene Santos for entering her new role as President of Gulf Power Company. Previously, she served as the Chief Integration Officer at NextEra Energy, and before that she spent her career working at Florida Power & Light Company in several roles, […]

POWERGEN shines the spotlight on women in power

by jennifer runyon According to EY’s Women in Power & Utilities Index, only 5% of board executives and 16% of board members of the top 200 utilities globally are women. E&Y also found that the top 20 gender-diverse utilities outperformed the bottom 20 by 14.8% – that means more gender-diverse boards lead to better businesses. But here’s the rub, young […]

How to Get Women Energized About Energy Sector Jobs

by michelle ubben Mamas, please let your babies grow up to be energy workers. Because right now, as it stands, energy isn’t ranking high on your list. A recent survey of Floridians by Sachs Media Group’s Breakthrough Research division found that parents are not likely to recommend careers in energy to their children. Especially mothers. And especially to their daughters. That’s […]

Imagine a day without water

by Lila A. Jaber With the turn of a faucet knob, most Americans expect and receive clean, safe water. We drink it, we cook with it, we clean with it, and our kids play with it. The United States Environmental Protection Agency data shows the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home. Most of […]

Sb 540 Is “a Fix Looking for a Problem”

by Lila A. Jaber With the unveiling of his final budget proposal, Gov. Rick Scott is aiming to restore $30 million previously cut from the Florida College System, along with adding a $30 million increase. This effort not only highlights his support of higher education, it is a tip of the hat to the contributions from our state college system […]

A True Commitment to Utility Service

by Lila A. Jaber It is refreshing to see the many ways the energy industry’s commitment to service manifests itself, including in the form of educational opportunities for those eager to join the utility workforce. At the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) Florida Chapter meeting a couple of weeks ago, I met William “Bill” Bosch with the Florida […]

Thank a Lineworker

by Lila A. Jaber Amidst the post-Irma “tweet storm,” there was a visual that made me pause: two lineworkers from Gulf Power, a Florida Panhandle utility, descending a power pole after replacing a transformer in a St. Augustine neighborhood outside Gulf Power’s service area. Having traveled to that area to provide extra support, the utility team lead expressed his group’s […]