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EEI Announces Inaugural Thomas Edison International Utility Executive Fellow Ken Suzuki of Japan

WASHINGTON (December 4, 2017) – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today announced that Ken Suzuki, Global Electric Engineer at J-POWER in Japan, will serve as the first Thomas Edison International Utility Executive Fellow in Washington, DC. 

The new Thomas Edison International Utility Executive Fellowship Program supports the next generation of electric company leaders through professional development opportunities and strategic innovative research projects on emerging electric power industry trends. The fellowship provides research, training, and mentorship opportunities for mid-career executives from member companies of EEI’s International Programs. Fellows join EEI at its headquarters in Washington, DC, for a period of six months to one year.

“This is an important and valuable program for EEI and our international members, as the Thomas Edison International Utility Executive Fellowship Program will help develop future management and leadership in the electric power industry,” said EEI Vice President of International Programs Dr. Lawrence Jones. “With increasingly interconnected and evolving energy markets, cross-border experience can help to advance initiatives that benefit the global industry. EEI welcomes and congratulates Ken Suzuki on being the inaugural international fellow.”

Prior to starting his fellowship program, Suzuki worked in the Power Grid Operation Group in the Chubu Regional Headquarters. His responsibilities included monitoring and operational control, and making operational plans for hydropower plants, substations, transmission lines, and frequency converter stations in western Japan. Suzuki earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from Waseda University. He is fluent in English and Polish. During his fellowship, Suzuki will focus his research on wholesale power markets.

J-POWER is an electric company in Japan that has supplied low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 60 years. The J-POWER Group operates power stations at 95 locations in Japan. It is one of the largest independent power generators in the world and the largest wholesale electric company in Japan.
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