The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the reappointment of PJM’s Darlene Phillips, Senior Director – Operations Engineering Support, to its Electricity Advisory Committee for a second two-year term.

The committee, which the DOE calls “an important component of DOE’s strategy to improve its research and development portfolio and program activities,” is composed of 35 members from the electricity and related industries – from utilities to state regulators to cybersecurity firms to non-governmental organizations.

Each member is appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette for two-year terms, which began July 1, 2020 for Phillips. She was first appointed on July 1, 2018.

“I am honored to be chosen for another term on the Electricity Advisory Committee, which allows industry representatives to provide invaluable perspective and expertise to the Department of Energy in crafting policies,” Phillips said.

The group reports to DOE Assistant Secretary for Electricity, Bruce Walker.

“The Department’s priorities can only be achieved through coordination with passionate and dedicated outside stakeholders,” Walker noted in the DOE news release. “The EAC’s advice, insights, and thoughtful feedback all dramatically improve DOE’s electricity initiatives. The combination of industry stakeholders plus the capabilities of DOE and the National Labs enhances our ability to identify and solve future electricity challenges.”

At PJM, Phillips leads several departments which 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.

Read the Department of Energy press release.