Advanced Energy Economy Adds Veteran Energy Consultant to Management Team As Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, Lisa Frantzis Will Convene Industry Leaders for Business Growth

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) today announced the appointment of Lisa Frantzis as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development. A seasoned consultant with over 30 years experience, Frantzis has served as Managing Director in the Energy Practice at Navigant, where she has been responsible for the renewable and distributed energy business.

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A globally recognized energy expert, Frantzis joins AEE to lead initiatives to convene advanced energy executives, utility leaders, and other high-level stakeholders to accelerate the growth of advanced energy. AEE is a national association of businesses and business leaders who are making the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable.

"Lisa is a proven strategist who knows the advanced energy industry from every angle, and we're thrilled to welcome her to our team," said Graham Richard, CEO of Advanced Energy Economy. "She brings an impressive mix of business, policy and regulatory expertise that will help AEE become a stronger and smarter voice for the industry. Her great credibility with business leaders will help AEE bring together stakeholders for conversations that are vital in determining the future success of the advanced energy industry." 

Among other responsibilities, Frantzis will be instrumental in convening meetings of industry leaders to identify opportunities for advanced energy growth. Among these is a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Industrial Performance Center (MIT-IPC) to host a series of regional forums on advanced energy technology adoption in the electric power sector. The first AEE/MIT-IPC Utility and Advanced Energy Executive Forum took place March 6 at MIT and brought top utility company executives from around the country together with CEOs of advanced energy companies to identify actions that could accelerate the use of advanced energy within the utility sector. The second in this series of meetings will take place in San Antonio, focusing specifically on the Texas market, in June. An additional CEO Forum led by Frantzis on natural gas fuels, such as CNG and LNG, will also take place in June.

"It's my pleasure to join AEE, which provides an important forum for the advanced energy industry to come together, address issues of mutual concern, and identify policy and business actions that can help to accelerate market adoption," said Frantzis. "AEE is helping to nurture a pragmatic discussion about our energy future, and I am excited to contribute to this critical conversation."

Frantzis has more than 30 years of consulting experience on energy resource potential and program options for international governments; renewable portfolio standard compliance, integration strategies and procurement support for utility companies; business strategy and M&A support for clean energy manufacturers and private-sector firms; and due diligence for financial investors considering renewable energy investments.

Prior to her role as managing director in the Energy Practice at Navigant, she consulted at Arthur D. Little for 23 years, leading its clean energy efforts. Frantzis is on the Board of Directors of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), which is a partner organization of AEE, and the Board of Directors of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). She was also on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) for four years.

About Advanced Energy Economy
Advanced Energy Economy is a national association of businesses and business leaders who are making the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. AEE members include companies involved in technology development, component and product manufacturing, project and infrastructure development, equipment installation, engineering, finance, advisory services, and other activities that help business and residential consumers meet their energy needs in better ways.  www.aee.net

SOURCE Advanced Energy Economy



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