The largest electric utility trade association — representing companies in 90 countries and all 50 US states — has awarded PNM CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn with the Edison Electric Institute’s Distinguished Leadership Award for her ongoing contributions to the industry.
“Pat is an exceptional leader whose vision, expertise, and actions continually elevate our industry and help ensure we are meeting the changing needs of our customers, our communities, and our workforce,” EEI President Tom Kuhn said in a statement.
Vincent-Collawn has been recognized as an industry leader on major policy issues such as tax reform, wildfire mitigation, and climate change, and this past April PNM became the first investor-owned utility in the U.S. to set a 100% emissions-free goal.
She previously served as the first female chair of EEI. During her tenure, she promoted the benefits of leveraging smart communities to improve sustainability and economic development.
“Pat has helped the industry lead the conversations on the ongoing electrification of our economy through investments in smarter energy infrastructure,” said American Electric Power Chairman, President, and CEO Nick Akins in a statement.
She also has advocated for utilities to build a more inclusive workforce that embraces the unique diversity of the communities they serve.
Vincent-Collawn joined PNM in 2007 and became CEO of PNM Resources in 2010. She currently is chair of the Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit center for public interest energy and environmental research.
She also serves as the chair of the New Mexico Partnership to promote businesses locating and expanding in New Mexico. She is the former chair of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the Kirtland Partnership Committee, and the United Way of Central New Mexico.
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