Phillips Reappointed to DOE Electricity Advisory Committee


The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that PJM’s Darlene Phillips, Executive Director, Operations Engineering Support – Operations, has been reappointed to the agency’s Electricity Advisory Committee for a third two-year term.

According to the DOE’s announcement, committee members come from across the energy community, including state and regional entities, utilities, cybersecurity and national security firms, the natural gas sector, equipment manufacturers, construction and architectural companies, nongovernmental organizations, and other electricity-related organizations. 

Darlene Phillips

Phillips was reappointed by U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm for a two-year term. She serves as the vice chair of the Smart Grid Subcommittee. Phillips was first appointed on July 1, 2018, and reappointed on July 1, 2020.

“I am honored to be chosen for a third term on the Electricity Advisory Committee during this critical time of transition in the industry,” Phillips said. “I look forward to continuing to provide perspective and expertise to the Department of Energy in crafting policies that will have long-term impact.”

The group reports to the DOE’s assistant secretary for electricity and advises DOE on a variety of electricity issues. 

“The Department’s priorities can only be achieved through close coordination with the energy community,” said Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Gilbert Bindewald in the DOE announcement. “The EAC is a passionate and dedicated group whose advice, insights and thoughtful feedback ensure we continue to improve DOE’s electricity initiatives now and well into the future.” 

At PJM, Phillips leads several departments that provide engineering and technical support to PJM’s Energy Management control systems as well as PJM’s vital Control Centers.

Prior to joining PJM, she was a member of the senior leadership team in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s External Affairs Division. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law, and a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

PJM manages the largest electric power grid in North America and administers the world’s largest competitive market for electricity. It ensures reliable power supplies for 65 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia.