Suedeen G. Kelly Joins Tendril Board of Directors (USA)


Tendril, the provider of the cloud platform for the Energy Internet, today announced the election of Suedeen G. Kelly to serve on the company’s board of directors.

Kelly is an internationally recognized energy industry veteran and former commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). A partner at the law firm of Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C., she co-chairs the Public Policy and Regulatory Department, and represents a variety of clients in the electric and natural gas industries. Kelly’s experience includes infrastructure development and operations, market structures and financial products, energy technologies, federal and state laws and regulations, impending policy changes, and domestic and international market interrelations.

 “Suedeen’s vast experience in energy and environmental matters and federal and state regulatory organizations is an important addition to Tendril’s board,” said Adrian Tuck, CEO of Tendril. “We’re honored to have her join our board and I look forward to working with her.”

Nominated by Presidents Bush and Obama to three terms as FERC commissioner, she is credited with spearheading change in numerous regulatory policies, including integration of renewables into the grid, transmission interconnection and planning reform, deployment of smart grid technologies to the transmission grid, and the inclusion of smart grid demonstration grants in the stimulus effort. Kelly created a Smart Grid Collaborative between FERC and the association of state utility regulators to promote technology deployment. She also pioneered internal strategic planning efforts to enable market reforms to adapt to new congressional proposals for carbon emissions, demand response and efficiency, smart grid, hydrokinetic and offshore wind turbines and photovoltaic technologies.

Kelly currently serves on the Smart Grid Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the advisory council of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment, and as a council member for the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

 “I greatly look forward to an active role in Tendril’s expansion and success as a part of the board of directors,” said Kelly. “The company is spearheading significant gains in efficiency and value for consumers and energy service providers alike with its cloud-based energy platform, as well as enabling a dialogue between them and the energy ecosystem never before possible.”

In addition to FERC, Kelly served as regulatory counsel for the California Independent System Operator and was a law professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. In 1999, Kelly worked as a legislative aide to Sen. Jeff Bingaman, then the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She also served as chairwoman and commissioner for the Public Service Commission of New Mexico, in private practice in New Mexico (Modrall; Sheehan, Sheehan & Stelzner; Luebben, Hughes & Kelly) and Washington, D.C. (Ruckelshaus, Beveridge Fairbanks and Diamond), and as an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester and a juris doctor from the Cornell Law School.

 About Tendril

Tendril is the Energy Platform company, delivering end-to-end consumer engagement products, applications and services powered by Tendril Connect™—an open standards-based, secure and scalable platform that takes the complexity out of the Energy Internet and creates a dialogue between energy service providers and their customers. Delivering consumer engagement software, in-home products and applications as well as easy to integrate utility solutions such as Demand Response and Energy Efficiency, Tendril offers unparalleled insight into energy decisions, making the Energy Marketplace a reality. The company is venture backed by VantagePoint Venture Partners, Siemens Venture Capital (SVC), Good Energies, RRE Ventures and GE.


Source: businesswire, October 17, 2011