Past Event

Women in Energy Roundtable: Cheryl LaFleur, CGEP Distinguished Visiting Fellow, and former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner and Chairman

February 11, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Online Online

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy's Women in Energy program for a virtual roundtable discussion with Cheryl LaFleur, CGEP Distinguished Visiting Fellow, and former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner and Chairman. Ms. LaFleur will discuss her career path in the private and public sectors, her work at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and her current work on the adaptation of the electric grid and markets to address climate change.

Cheryl A. LaFleur is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy.  She is a nationally-recognized energy leader. Effective October 1, 2019, LaFleur was named to the Board of Directors of the Independent System Operator of New England (ISO-NE), the independent, not-for-profit organization that plans and operates the power system and administers wholesale electricity markets for the New England region.

Previously, LaFleur was one of the longest-serving commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) nominated by President Obama in 2010 and 2014 serving until August 2019. She served as Chairman from 2014-15 and as Acting Chairman from 2013-14 and during 2017. She successfully navigated nearly a decade of change in the nation's energy industry, power supply, and political leadership, helping FERC respond effectively to major energy challenges and opportunities across the electric, natural gas, and oil sectors.

LaFleur helped lead FERC's work to adapt the nation's energy markets and infrastructure to ongoing changes in the nation's resource mix due to the growth of gas and renewables and to changing climate and environmental goals. She also played a leading role in FERC's efforts to assure the reliability and security of the energy grid in response to emerging security threats.

Earlier in her career, LaFleur had more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the electric and natural gas industry. She served as executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA, responsible for the delivery of electricity to 3.4 million customers in the Northeast. She led major efforts to improve reliability and employee safety, and led award-winning conservation and demand response programs for customers.

LaFleur has been a nonprofit board member and executive and is a frequent speaker on energy and leadership issues. She has been recognized with several awards for energy policy and leadership, including the Carnot Prize for leadership in energy policy, the Vanguard Award for leadership on energy market issues, a Bipartisan Congressional Award for leadership in addressing emerging hazards to the grid. She began her career as an attorney at Ropes and Gray in Boston. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an A.B. from Princeton University. 


This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details.

For more information, please contact Jully Merino Carela ([email protected]) or Nicolina DueMogensen ([email protected]).

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