TMG Utility Forum Announces the NEXT-GEN Student Scholarship Recipients for 2023

This year, the TMG Utility Forum launched the NEXT GEN Student Scholarship Program in conjunction with the 2023 TMG Utility Forum in Charlotte, NC, October 3-4, with the Utility Journey to Sustainability theme. “We recognize the need for a new generation in the utility industry and hope to provide students with industry-related programs with opportunities to meet prospective employers and mentors, as well as provide them with timely hands-on information they may not have access to otherwise,” stated Amanda Baak, Vice President–Marketing, at TMG.

The 2023 Utility Forum Next Generation Student Scholarship recipients are Ralph Cullom, Bruno Cinelli Linhales, Renne Boisvert, Dalton Southerland, Parag Saxena, and Andrew Daigle. North Carolina State University recipients include Bruno Cinelli Linhales, who is an electrical engineering student; Renne Boisvert, an Electrical Engineering student with a concentration in Renewable Electric Energy Systems; and Dalton Southerland, majoring in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Renewable Electric Energy Systems. Parag Saxena is studying Data Science and Business Analytics at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Finally, Andrew Daigle is majoring in Environmental Engineering at Montana Tech University.

Renne stated in her application that she “…hopes to see the diverse opportunities within the utility industry, specifically within the realm of renewables and cutting-edge technology, as well as share perspectives when working to solve our modern energy challenges in the US and around the world.”

ElectriCities of North Carolina will serve as Host Utility for the 2023 TMG Utility Forum: The Journey to Sustainability–Opportunities and Pitfalls this coming October 3-4, 2023, in Charlotte, NC. “We are thrilled to serve as host for the 2023 TMG Utility Forum,” said Andy Fusco, Chief Strategy Officer at ElectriCities. “It is essential for utilities to come together to discuss best practices, industry trends, and challenges and opportunities they face. As more and more utility customers are asking their utilities to help them meet their sustainability objectives, this year’s theme is timely, and we look forward to the conversation.”

Award-winning energy journalist Marty Rosenberg will emcee the 2023 TMG Utility Forum. For nearly 40 years, Marty has been covering business, energy, finance, and technology, plugging him into the industry knowledge base to deliver critical information about the opportunities and challenges facing utilities today.  

Keynote Speaker Audrey Zibelman, International Power Industry Executive and Board Member, will kick off the two-day event and address key topics for 2023 and beyond. Additional speakers include:

  • Ben Rogers, Chief Development Officer at Electrada
  • Brian Murray, Director of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
  • Eric Holdsworth, Managing Director, Clean Energy and Environment at Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
  • Hamzah Al-Najada, PH.D., Principal Lead Data Scientist at Next Era Energy Inc, IEEE Member
  • Kelly James, GM and SVP for Energy & Utilities at Salesforce
  • Raiford Smith, Chief Utility Innovation Officer at AES US Utilities
  • Terence R Donnelly, President & Chief Operating Officer at ComEd

The TMG Utility Forum brings together a powerful network of utilities (water, electric, and gas), industry innovators, and thought leaders committed to customer-centric business transformation of the energy and utilities sector, sharing topics central to the evolution of today’s utility.

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