Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance Appoints Suzanne Bertin as Executive Director

Industry group seeks to grow $16 billion market in state

Feb 04, 2016, 11:18 ET from Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) announced the appointment of Suzanne Bertin, a seasoned Texas energy business and regulatory expert, to lead the business group as its Executive Director. TAEBA members [http://www.texasadvancedenergy.org/about-taeba] include local and national companies that represent the vibrant and growing advanced energy industry in Texas.

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According to an analysis by Navigant Research [http://bit.ly/1T02M5i] published last March, Texas advanced energy revenue reached $16 billion in 2014, representing 8 percent of the total U.S. market for advanced energy technologies and products – enough to buy the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL's most valuable franchise, five times over.

"The Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance is lucky to have found Suzanne Bertin to lead a broad range of stakeholders that see great opportunity for industry growth and impact in our state," said John Ashe, Director, CLEAResult, a leader in designing and implementing technology-enabled energy efficiency programs for utilities, headquartered in Austin. "Texas has the pro-business, pro-growth spirit to make the most of this opportunity to lead in energy innovation, service options and savings for energy clients in Texas and beyond."

"We are thrilled to have Suzanne Bertin leading our efforts to build a strong industry presence in Texas," said Todd Horsman, Vice President, Regulatory and Delivery for Landis + Gyr, a global leader in energy management solutions, including electricity metering and smart grid services. "New technologies and business models are fundamentally changing the way we make, manage, and use energy - we could not have found a better leader to ensure Texas gets its fair share of this high-growth market, along with the investment and jobs that come with it."

"The Texas solar market is booming and, with Suzanne Bertin on board, TAEBA is positioned to help us accelerate this growth, along with all advanced energy technologies," said Colin Meehan, Director, Regulatory & Public Affairs, First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR), the largest U.S. based manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) panels, with several major projects in Texas. "As our member companies grow, so does the Texas economy, creating jobs and contributing toward prosperity for all Texans."

"I'm thrilled to support the growing advanced energy industry in Texas," said Bertin. "Texas has enviable resources and the opportunity to expand and diversify our energy market, creating jobs and economic growth, while improving reliability and resiliency of our energy infrastructure. TAEBA is made up of great companies that can make this happen."

Previously, Bertin handled regulatory and government affairs in Texas and the Southeast for EnerNOC, a leading provider of energy intelligence services to enterprise customers and utilities. She also worked at Reliant (later part of NRG); in the Office of Policy Development at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (when the ERCOT competitive retail market was established); and in electrical engineering positions for Austin Energy and NASA's Johnson Space Center.

She earned her Master of Public Affairs degree at the University of Texas, Austin, and her B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Managerial Studies, from Rice University.

About the Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance The Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance includes local and national advanced energy companies seeking to make Texas's energy system secure, clean, reliable, and affordable. TAEBA's mission is to raise awareness among policymakers and the general public about the opportunity offered by all forms of advanced energy for cost savings, electric system reliability and resiliency, and economic growth in the state of Texas. Visit www.texasadvancedenergy.org.

Media Contact: monique.hanis@texasadvancedenergy.org, 202-391-0884.

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