FOUNDATION

Formed by the women of WoodMac Power & Renewables’ Grid Edge team, Women Advancing Grid Edge (W.A.G.E.) is a network dedicated to promoting under-represented groups in the electric power sector. W.A.G.E welcomes both accomplished professionals who want to share their expertise and individuals looking to advance their careers in the field or enter the industry. W.A.G.E will foster the diversification of the grid edge workforce, which will contribute to the long-term success of the distributed energy future.

WHY DOES THE INDUSTRY NEED W.A.G.E.?

The grid edge sits at a niche intersection of utilities, finance, consulting and technology solutions, all of which have historically been governed by a majority white male workforce. The ongoing modernization, decentralization and digitization of the grid is opening new opportunities to work and lead in the sector, which provides a real opportunity to diversify the grid edge workforce. Diversity, not only in areas of expertise, but also in gender, race and ethnicity is what will help us propel grid modernization forward.

Diversity, however, does not happen by accident. When asked recently about regrets in forming the business, Greentech Media co-founder Scott Clavenna reflected, “I do have at least one regret: not doing a better job with diversity in hiring. ‘Looking out’ for diversity doesn’t cut it.” To build a more diverse workplace, we must be cognizant and intentionally lift people up by providing them with greater access to the right networks, skills and opportunities -- and to hold leaders accountable. W.A.G.E. will bring these challenges to the forefront, while uplifting those in the industry who bring and champion diversity in the field.

WHAT DOES W.A.G.E. DO?

W.A.G.E. organizes quarterly external events, partnering with relevant organizations, to create a space for members to seek mentorship, advance skills, and together build a more inclusive professional community. Quarterly events may include panel discussions, networking events and skill-building workshops.

Key activities:

  • Networking - Meeting other professionals and influencers in the grid edge space
  • Mentorship - Fostering interaction between accomplished energy professionals with those looking to further develop their career
  • Skills Building - Interactive sessions to learn how to implement specific skills relevant to professional development
  • Knowledge Sharing - Learning key industry content from the experiences and knowledge of professionals

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Join: Become a member of W.A.G.E. by signing up below!

Partner: Contact us about hosting an event with W.A.G.E. wage@greentechmedia.com

Sponsor: Support W.A.G.E. or one of our quarterly events. Email us at wage@greentechmedia.com

W.A.G.E. Founding Members

Fei Wang
Senior Analyst, Grid Edge
Fei Wang

Fei Wang is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in customer energy management. Fei was previously a consultant in ICF’s energy practice where she worked on assessing the impact of environmental regulations for commercial, government and non-profit clients. Prior to that, Fei earned her Master of International Affairs with a concentration in energy and environment from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). During graduate school, Fei worked with New York Power Authority (NYPA) on renewable energy procurement, the State Energy Plan and the ReCharge New York program. Fei holds a B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College.

Colleen Metelitsa
Analyst, Grid Edge
Colleen Metelitsa

Colleen Metelitsa is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in microgrids. Prior to GTM, Colleen earned her MPA in Energy Finance and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During her Master's program, she worked with the NY Green Bank, GE Ventures, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) on topics ranging from applications of blockchain in energy to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies. She was previously a Consultant in DNV GL's energy practice, where she worked with utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy on impact evaluations of demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs. Colleen holds an AB in Environmental Policy from Princeton University.

Elta Kolo
Research Manager, Grid Edge
Elta Kolo

Elta is a Grid Edge Analyst at GTM Research working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint PhD funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her PhD she researched demand response policies for the implementation of smart grids, and has presented her work at both U.S. and European conferences in addition to publishing in international scholarly journals. Elta holds an MSc in Economics and Management of Network Industries from Spain and France and a BA in Economics from Union College (NY).

Paulina Tarrant
Research Associate, Grid Edge
Paulina Tarrant @paulina_tarrant

Paulina Tarrant is a Research Associate on the Grid Edge team at GTM Research. Prior to joining GTM, Paulina graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, focusing on Environmental and Energy Policy. During her undergraduate career, she co-chaired an annual multi-disciplinary, sustainable design conference at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. She has been a marketing and business development intern with Smarter Grid Solutions and a marketing intern for a renewable energy development and investment company in Munich, Germany.

Michelle Davis
Senior Analyst, Solar
Michelle Davis

Michelle Davis is a senior solar analyst at GTM Research with a focus on the downstream US distributed solar market. She tracks the competitive landscape of installers, financiers and technology providers in the residential and commercial market segments. Prior to joining GTM Research, Michelle held various research positions focused on renewable energy, covering topics as varied as the energy water nexus to utility investments in electric vehicle charging stations. She has a BS in Biology from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing an MBA from Antioch University with a focus on sustainability.

Jade Jones
Senior Analyst, Solar
Jade Jones

Jade Jones is a Senior Solar Analyst with GTM Research covering the global solar supply market. Jade aggregates and analyzes technology and pricing data within the solar manufacturing sector which informs both research and consulting. Prior to GTM, she has held several positions providing insight into the key relationships, business models and technology trends that are shaping the cleantech sector. Jade has a BS in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Allison Mond
Senior Analyst, Solar
Allison Mond

Allison Mond is a Senior Solar Analyst at GTM Research, focusing on the competitive landscape of the U.S. downstream solar market. Allison is the lead analyst behind the distributed Solar Data Hub, a tool which allows clients to manipulate and analyze city- and company-level data for distributed solar markets. Prior to joining GTM, Allison was a Senior Analyst at Compass Lexecon, an economic consulting firm, where she carried out research and data analysis for litigation and regulatory cases in the electricity and natural gas industries. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Colby College.

Mitalee Gupta
Analyst, Energy Storage
Mitalee Gupta

Mitalee Gupta is an energy storage analyst at GTM Research, where she focuses on supply chain analysis of the global storage market. Prior to joining GTM, Mitalee worked with Utah Clean Energy, on energy storage, electric vehicles and energy efficiency policy and rate design issues in the southwest region. She has also worked with United Nations Development Programme in the past. Mitalee has a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and pursued her Bachelors in Environmental Engineering from Delhi, India.