Senior Communications Specialist, PA PUC
Shari A. Williams is the Senior Communications Specialist for the South-Eastern region for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The PUC balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensues safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in and environmentally sound manner. The PUC has jurisdiction over 11 electric distribution companies, over 25 gas utilities, intrastate, local, toll and access telephone services and providers, motor carriers, pipeline safety, and jurisdiction over more than 160 water and wastewater utilities across Pennsylvania. Over the last 21 years, Shari has continued to provide advanced professional public relations work, communications strategies, consumer education and public outreach to Pennsylvania consumers. Additionally, Shari leads the planning, organizing and implementation of the PUC’s overall communications strategy, specifically related to consumer education and outreach for the region. Shari works on high-level communication assignments that she develops plans and participates in as one of the PUC’s energy experts at educational roundtables, workshops, train the trainer events, conferences, forums and the PUC’s signature Be Utility Wise statewide conferences and events. Shari has enhanced consumer education for Pennsylvania utility consumers specifically related to low-income assistance program, the advancement of energy efficiency programs and education about the shale gas industry and other energy economic resources. Shari serves as the Director of Community Initiatives, Public Policy Committee member, 3 rd Vice President, Board member and Committee member for the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Energy Network, (WEN), The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), The Coalition of 100 Black Women, The National Energy Utility Affordability Coalition, (NEAUC), and The National Utilities Diversity Council. Shari was previously appointed to serve on Governor Wolf’s Energy Action Transition Team, and has also received the Ipraxis Stem Advocate of the year award.
It’s a given that energy efficiency is beneficial to owners and renters alike, but which policies, pilots, and products are being offered with the needs of ALL consumers in mind? How can the industry address some of the special challenges of multifamily buildings? Are low-income customers being asked to shoulder an unfair energy burden? What […]