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Mary Powell
Most Creative People 2016

Mary Powell

President/CEO, Green Mountain Power | Colchester, VT

For getting us off the grid

As president and CEO of Vermont’s Green Mountain Power, a private utility company that serves about 265,000 homes and businesses in the state (or roughly 75% of the state), Mary Powell is working to create a radically different—and far more efficient—energy system based on locally produced wind and solar power, which means less reliance on the grid. Last year, GMP was reportedly the first utility in the country to offer customers Tesla’s new Powerwall home battery system, and it encouraged its users to subscribe to a pilot program with Yeloha, an Airbnb-like electricity-sharing service that allows people without rooftop solar panels to draw energy from those that do have them. Powell advocates for energy-efficient equipment even if it means lower energy bills and believes that utility companies of the future will best serve their customers by becoming energy service companies, delivering radical transformation versus pushing electrons.

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