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An Update on Puerto Rico’s Efforts - Post Hurricane Maria
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This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; beverages and dessert will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
From 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Where: NRECA (Capitol Hill Office)
208 A Street NE
Washington, District of Columbia  20002
United States
Contact: Colleen Newman

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WCEE’s Lunch & Learn Series presents

An Update on Puerto Rico’s Efforts to

Create a More Resilient Energy System Post Maria

Registration for this event is closed; we have reached room capacity.


As Puerto Rico continues to recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria, it has created opportunities for the island to build a more resilient grid that will look to embrace clean energy solutions. In addition, Puerto has recently enacted landmark energy reform legislation and climate goals that call for the island to move to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Come and hear from experts that have been on the front lines of Puerto Rico’s recovery and are working to ensure that the island will be able to make a successful transition to cleaner and more reliable energy. 


  • David Owens, President – Da’VAS LLC

  • Martha Duggan, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, NRECA

  • Neil Watlington, President Twenty One Strategies

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Venue:  NRECA Capitol Hill Office, 208 A Street, NE, Washington DC  20002
Closest Metro: Union Station (Red)
Cost: $5 (WCEE members); $20 (non-WCEE members)
Registration: Seating is limited and will close Monday, July 15; please register in advance.


This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; beverages and dessert will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

WCEE is grateful to

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

for the use of its conference facilities.

Our Speakers:

David Owens, President and Energy Consultant, Da’VAS LLC – David Owens is an accomplished executive with extensive experience in public policies surrounding utility operations, planning, technology development, ratemaking and regulation. His experience in the electricity sector has included leading the Edison Electric Institute’s efforts over a broad set of issues that impact the electricity industry and new rules in competitive markets. He was responsible for the strategic areas of energy supply and finance, environment, energy delivery, energy services, state regulatory issues, and international affairs. He was also the first African-American to serve as an officer of EEI.

In addition to this broad portfolio, David also oversaw business continuity issues at EEI, including mutual assistance and cybersecurity. During Hurricane Sandy, he was tasked by the White House to help oversee and direct efforts for the restoration of power for 10 million customers in 24 states. 

David has been directly engaged in the Puerto Rico energy space first as a Co-chair of the Transformation Advisory Committee and Advisor and currently as an Independent Director for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the island’s sole utility.  In this role, he is providing strategic advice to PREPA on how to rebuild Puerto Rico’s energy system so it will be more reliable, resilient, cleaner, and customer focused. 

Martha Duggan, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) - In her current role at NRECA she represents over 900+ electric cooperatives before federal agencies in the areas of worker safety, emergency management and transportation. She has many years of experience in the energy industry which includes working for an investor owned utility and two solar companies and at a consulting firm where she provided expert testimony in federal and state regulatory proceedings. She has extensive advocacy experience in market design and competition issues.

In 2018, Martha was appointed to the Southern States’ Energy Board Blue Ribbon Taskforce on Strategizing an Electricity Policy and Regulatory Framework in Puerto Rico. She has worked extensively with groups on the island that have expressed an interest in forming electric cooperatives.

Neil Watlington,
President, Twenty One Strategies - Neil is the president of Twenty One Strategies, an advisory and project development firm. He has 27 years of experience in the energy and industrial sectors.  Prior to founding Twenty One Strategies, he was Executive Director at NextEra Energy where he was responsible for the development of multiple renewable and energy storage projects in Canada, New England, and Puerto Rico.

Prior to joining NextEra, Neil served as Vice President, AES Puerto Rico, where he spearheaded the local development of innovative traditional and renewable independent power projects, including the first utility scale solar energy facility on the island.  He also supported development and acquisition efforts in Central America and the Caribbean representing over $1 billion in non-recourse project financings. He also served as Director of U.S. Operations for the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company.  He was also appointed by two Governors as citizen representative for electric sector reform in Puerto Rico.



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