(Minneapolis, MN, 12/3/21) - The Beneficial Electrification League (BEL) announced today that Keith Dennis, former Vice President of Business and Technology Strategies at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), will become the BEL’s President effective immediately.
“Keith Dennis brings to the League vision and a strong record of collaboration as electrification enters a new phase that requires both,” said Gary Connett, Chair of the Beneficial Electrification League Board of Directors. “With Keith at the helm, the League’s diverse membership is well-positioned to shape electrification policies and programs that benefit consumers, the environment and the electric grid.”
“BEL is at the forefront of the beneficial electrification movement, and with Keith Dennis’s vision and ability to bring together leaders in utilities, the environmental community, policymakers and manufacturers, together we can advance how both consumers and industry can fully benefit from an increasingly cleaner electric grid,” said Duane Highley, CEO of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.
"With deep-rooted knowledge of the electric industry, Keith Dennis has done a tremendous job representing the beneficial electrification model and its many benefits to local communities and the entire country," said Donna Walker, President and CEO of Hoosier Energy. "Having achieved success collaborating with the private sector, policymakers and environmental organizations, Keith gives BEL the necessary experience, understanding and strategic direction to achieve even more in the future. We look forward to working with Keith and his team to create consumer-friendly solutions during this critical period of energy transition."
At NRECA, Keith Dennis spearheaded an effort to promote the concept of beneficial electrification to policymakers, utility sector leaders, as well as researchers and analysts.
During implementation of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, Keith worked at the Department of Energy where he was Lead for Policy, Guidance, and Communications for the $3.2 billion Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
Keith also served as a Senior Program Manager on the Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President implementing federal energy and sustainability policy. At CEQ, he successfully negotiated accounting practices for renewable energy generation and greenhouse gas emissions across the federal government.
About the Beneficial Electrification League
The Beneficial Electrification League is a not-for-profit organization bringing together a diverse group of organizations that support universal acceptance for beneficial electrification as a necessary strategy to meet economic, consumer and environmental goals.