Oak Brook, IL–June 1, 2019–The Heat Is Power Association (HiP), the national trade association for the waste heat to power (WHP) industry, today announced that Patricia Sharkey, a Chicago-based environmental and energy lawyer, is taking the helm of the trade association as its Executive Director on June 1. Ms. Sharkey succeeds Susan Brodie who has led the association since 2013.
Ms. Sharkey is President of Environmental Law Counsel, P.C., a law firm she founded in 2011 after 23 years of practicing environmental law in large national law firms. Pat is also the Policy Director of the Midwest Cogeneration Association (MCA), where she has spearheaded the MCA’s combined heat and power (CHP) and WHP policy advocacy in eight Midwest states since 2014.
HiP is partnering with the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) to help promote the WHP industry in Washington, DC and advance HiP’s federal policy objectives. CEBN is the voice for small business clean energy companies, representing 3,000+ clean energy professionals across the country. Dr. Lynn Abramson, CEBN’s President, has nearly two decades of policy and technical experience, including serving as a Senior Legislative Assistant to Senator Barbara Boxer. CEBN’s Program Manager Andy Barnes also brings a wealth of federal experience, including work at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
“Susan has been a terrific leader for HiP and advocate for waste heat to power for the past seven years. Under Susan’s leadership, and with the help of HiP’s former federal government affairs advisor Tobyn Anderson, HiP has made substantial progress in gaining recognition for waste heat to power as a clean, zero emission energy resource at the federal and state levels. We wish Susan well as she moves on to focus on clean and renewable energy, sustainability, and collaborative decision-making.
“HiP has put together a dynamic new team with Pat and CEBN. We have worked with Pat in her role at the MCA for many years. Her passion and leadership on CHP policy issues coupled with her knowledge of WHP make her a great fit for HiP Executive Director. At the same time, strengthening HiP’s The Heat is Power Association Page 2 of 2 collaboration with CEBN and the opportunity to work with Lynn and Andy in Washington is exciting. With the new Congress and new legislative opportunities in many states, we look forward to even greater opportunities to educate legislators, to raise the profile of WHP as a zero-emission clean energy resource, and to support policies that increase deployment of WHP throughout the country,” said HiP Chairman John Prunkl.
HiP is the trade association for the WHP industry. WHP uses waste heat from industrial processes to generate electricity with no additional fuel, no combustion, and no incremental emissions. HiP educates policymakers about clean energy from waste heat and advocates for policies that provide parity for WHP with other sources of clean energy. HiP also works with other organizations to ensure coordinated, consistent and effective WHP messaging.