CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) will recognize the leadership and achievement of four outstanding women in the energy and environmental industries at its Third Annual Awards Gala on May 8 in Boston. The event, anchored by a special keynote address from Commissioner Cheryl A. LaFleur of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will celebrate professionals who have had a major impact on issues of critical importance in the energy and environmental fields.
This year's honorees were selected by a committee of their peers from a wide pool of well-qualified and accomplished nominees from across New England. They were selected based on criteria such as: demonstrating professional excellence and leadership, influencing public policy, developing new concepts and mentoring other women in their area of expertise.
Recipients of the 2013 NEWIEE Achievement Award are: Susan Coakley, Mary Beth Gentleman and Rebecca L. Tepper. Dr. Sue Tierney will be presented with the NEWIEE Leadership Award. "These accomplished women exemplify what it means to be leaders in the field," stated Commissioner LaFleur, who will focus on the current opportunities and challenges in the industry in her address to Gala attendees. She added, "This year's awardees embody NEWIEE's mission to educate, develop, and promote women in the field of energy and the environment. I'm excited to spend an evening with my friends at NEWIEE and to toast the extraordinary contributions of these four women."Ms. Coakley is the founder and executive director of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. She is a well-known champion for collaboration around clean energy and has served at the forefront of this cause for over 30 years. Ms. Coakley also serves as vice chair of the board of directors of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation that operates Efficiency Vermont, the nation's first energy efficiency utility. She is also a founder and board chair of TopTen USA — a nonprofit web-based consumer resource to shop for super-efficient consumer products. Ms. Gentleman is a partner at Foley Hoag, LLP where she advises clients on market entrance strategies for advanced energy technologies and permitting of energy assets, including renewable energy projects. She also has years of practical experience in the government's role in energy policy, as she served as Massachusetts assistant secretary of energy as well as a top aide to Lt. Governor Tom O'Neill. Ms. Tepper serves as general counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. During her tenure, she has ensured accountability and spurred action by launching significant investigations into utilities' storm response, service quality, grid modernization and interconnection standards. She is currently the co-chair of the Energy and Telecommunications Committee of the Boston Bar Association.