Amplifying Our Expertise: Ecova Participates in K&L Gates’ First Women in Power Panel

Christine Uri, Chief Legal Officer

When it comes to the ever-changing energy landscape, having a seat at the table is more important than ever. Ecova consistently strives to connect with thought leaders and market influencers in the energy industry to contribute our own insight and learn more about upcoming challenges and opportunities. Recently, I was honored to join other industry leaders for the inaugural panel in K&L Gates’ Women in Power series, Navigating Changes in Energy Attitudes Coast to Coast.

Women in Power amplifies the voices of women in leadership positions within the energy industry and drives engaging conversations on hot topics. I was fortunate to present alongside two impressive keynote panelists at this event: Kara Hurst, Amazon’s Head of Worldwide Sustainability and Catherine Stempien, SVP Corporate Development at Duke Energy. While we each approached the topic from a unique perspective, several overarching themes emerged.

I was pleased to see again and again the ways in which businesses are driving the energy revolution. Many companies have experienced firsthand how smart energy management and sustainability efforts benefit their financial health and provide a competitive advantage. These companies are committed to reducing their energy footprint regardless of the political and regulatory environment.

Christine KLGates panel

“Organizations are constantly challenged by emerging information technology capabilities, new energy and sustainability technologies, and the integration of all this with facility operations. Now more than ever, our clients need a partner who can help navigate the increasingly complex energy landscape.”
– Christine Uri

Similarly, panelists and attendees alike reiterated the rising interest in renewables like solar and wind. Renewable energy credits alone are no longer sufficient in the eyes of investors and consumers—these stakeholders want to see companies actually add renewable capacity. Yet making the investment to generate additional renewable energy requires businesses to balance complex stakeholder priorities, manage prolonged project timelines and financial risk, and adjust for disparities in their industry and geographical location. It was clear to me that Ecova’s ability to help our clients develop a roadmap for integrating on- and off-site distributed energy resources (DERs), including renewables, into their procurement strategy will serve as a strategic advantage for companies committed to meeting these expectations.

Protecting personal information continues to be a pressing concern for many consumer-facing utilities and businesses. Organizations know that building customer trust and confidence depends upon their ability to guarantee information is stored securely and managed using best practices in the area of privacy. I’m proud of the work Ecova has done to become a leader in data privacy, developing a robust Information Security Program that includes annual SSAE16 and SOC 2 external security audits and aligns with ISO 277001-2013 standards.

For me, one of the highlights of the event was a discussion on the use of blockchain, an electronic ledger technology, in the energy sector. Blockchain, best known as the foundation for Bitcoin, is now being piloted as a means for achieving peer-to-peer energy savings. Bitcoin is currently being used in Brooklyn to create a miniature utility grid in which people with rooftop solar panels are connected to neighbors with an interest in generated green energy. Thought leadership events like Women in Power provide a great opportunity to explore these emerging technologies, and I look forward to participating in more such events in the near future.

Serving as the only representative from an energy services provider at K&L Gates’ panel reminded me that Ecova’s work is truly vital to and valued by leading businesses and utilities. As our industry peers continue to discuss the new energy future, I’m glad to hear Ecova’s voice so clearly in the conversation.

For more information about the Women in Power series or to participate in an upcoming event, contact womeninpower@klgates.com.

To learn how Ecova is empowering our clients to address new challenges and opportunities in the changing energy landscape, click here.

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