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WCEE is pleased to present its

2017 Woman of the Year, Sue Kelly
2017 Champion, Robert Marlay


WCEE's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ms. Sue Kelly, President and CEO of American Public Power Association (APPA) is WCEE's 2017 Woman of the Year and Dr. Robert Marlay, Director, Office of Climate Change Policy and Technology at the Department of Energy is WCEE’s 2017 Champion. Ms. Kelly and Dr. Marlay were honored on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at WCEE's annual gala at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington DC.

Ms. Kelly has been president and CEO of the APPA since April 2014. She is the first woman to hold the position in the association’s 76-year history. Prior to becoming president and CEO, Ms. Kelly was APPA’s senior vice president, policy analysis and general counsel. In that capacity, she helped APPA and its members in energy policy formulation and policy advocacy before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), federal courts, and other governmental and industry policy forums. 

From 1998–2004, Ms. Kelly was a principal with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Miller, Balis & O'Neil, P.C. She represented cooperatively and publicly owned electric utilities and their trade associations, as well as other governmental entities, assisting them with restructuring-related issues before the FERC, federal appellate courts, and state public utility commissions. From 1995–1998, she served as the senior regulatory counsel for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). She represented NRECA before the FERC, state public utility commissions and courts, and served as a liaison from NRECA to many industry groups. 

The Champion Award honors individuals who are important mentors to women in the energy and environmental fields. Dr. Marlay is a career member of the US Government's Senior Executive Service. At the Department of Energy (DOE), he is the Director of DOE’s Office of International Science and Technology Collaboration; the U.S. Director of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center, a bilateral initiative to encourage collaborative research and accelerate technology development and deployment in both countries. He represents the United States in a number of international fora in the fields of energy, science, and climate change. He is also an Ambassador to the US Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Initiative for Women in Clean Energy, and has championed its growth since its inception in 2011.




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