One of the nation’s leading African-American experts in renewable energy, Damali Rhett, today spoke at the Energy Thought Summit in Austin on the topic, “Love Thy Neighbor,” a panel which focused on how to provide more energy access to the underserved.
The ETS Summit April 15-16 featured dozens of the nation’s leading experts on energy. Community and utility use.
Rhett was one of a panel of experts that included, Dana Harmon, Executive Director
Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute, Eric Dresselhuys, President
Smart Energy Water, Erin Hardick Research Analyst, Zpryme and Saunteel Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW)
The session discussion focused on what happens to communities as the utility industry becomes more digitalized and decentralized; there are clear opportunities to serve existing customers better that low income and underserved populations are not left behind? This panel will discuss opportunities for utilities to take advantage of digital platforms to leverage data and provide sustainable solutions for addressing energy poverty.
“Utilities have an obligation to serve everyone without discrimination. As we push towards the next innovation in energy, we have a duty to ensure that solutions meet all customer,” Rhett said.
Rhett is the founder of Amendment Nine Consultants, a leadership and business development company, and a board member of The Energy Co-op. An expert in the field of renewable energy and electric utilities, Rhett has provided strategic advising to utilities such as Duke Energy, National Grid and other major domestic and international energy companies. Additionally, she speaks internationally and nationally on numerous topics including strategic management, leadership development, and community building.
Previously, Rhett served as commercial director for Enviva LP, the world’s largest producer of industrial biomass to create clean, renewable energy. She has also worked for IBM Global Business Management services and Deloitte Consulting as a strategy consultant.
Rhett holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business and a BA from Dartmouth College. She is a member of the Women’s Council for Energy and the Environment, Young Professionals in Energy and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.