Judson Tillinghast Receives RMEL’s 2020 Emerging Leader Award

Judson Tillinghast, Leader of Renewable Energy, Product Development & Strategy, Arizona Public Service, is a recipient of RMEL’s 2020 Emerging Leader Award.

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes and honors RMEL members who are high potentials in their company and have 5-10 years of experience in the industry, establishing significant contributions within their organization and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service in the electric energy industry.

Judson’s team looks at how APS customers use and interact with technology at their home and/or business. Judson took on the responsibility to position himself as a trusted energy advisory for large customers, such as The City of Phoenix, Flagstaff and Tempe. Through the collaboration, he was able to help guide the cities to actionable goals and help them develop Climate Action Plans. He actively listens to customers to see how he can help them reach their goals while maintaining affordable and reliable energy for all customers. Through this work, he developed a Green Energy Tariff that allows corporate customers to reach their sustainability goals by partnering on utility scale renewable energy projects.

In 2019, Judson engaged with the Advanced Energy Economy (“AEE”) and managed a new type of collaboration that utilizes 13 of AEE’s corporate members to brainstorm new ways to advance clean energy initiates and electric vehicle adoption in Arizona. Arizona has a specific set of challenges due to hot summers and very mild winters. Utilizing the AEE’s members in conjunction with APS has led to half a dozen opportunities APS plans to create over the next 12 months. This new type of partnership appears to be the first of its kind and will lead to actionable results that will have a positive impact on customers and the grid. In addition, he helped develop a special rate for high load factor customers that resulted in Microsoft selecting APS territory vs other options.

Ten electric energy industry professionals from across the United States received the RMEL Emerging Leader Award:

  • Bryce Brady, Energy Solutions Supervisor, Platte River Power Authority

  • Jacqueline Brusoe, Electrical Engineer, Western Area Power Administration

  • Cody Hastings, Supervisor, Distribution System Engineering, Evergy

  • Wyatt Knepper, Technical Manager ‐ Substation, Ulteig

  • Scott Lyssy, Manager, Civil Engineering, CPS Energy

  • Jonah Martin, Transmission Project Manager, Tri‐State Generation & Transmission Association

  • Barrett Richie, Project Engineer/Area Lead, POWER Engineers, Inc.

  • Vincent Roberts, Team Manager II – System Protection, Texas New Mexico Power

  • Judson Tillinghast, Leader of Renewable Energy, Product Development & Strategy, Arizona Public Service

  • Elizabeth Waldren, the Manager of Battery Energy Storage Development, Black & Veatch

The Emerging Leader Awards Program began in 2014 as an RMEL Board of Directors initiative to recognize the future generation of leaders who are already making an impact. To date, 50 individuals have been selected.

Congratulations to all 2020 RMEL Emerging Leader Award Winners, and thank you for your dedication to the electric energy industry.

The Nomination Form for the 2021 Emerging Leader Award will be available later this Fall. The Emerging Leader Award goes beyond the award with numerous networking and professional development opportunities provided for recipients throughout the year, and we encourage you to start thinking about who you’d like to nominate for 2021.

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About RMEL:

RMEL is a not-for-profit energy trade association that has served the electric utility industry with a variety of education and networking services since 1903. RMEL’s mission is: Preparing the electric energy industry for the future through education and networking. Once known as the Rocky Mountain Electrical League, the association officially became RMEL in the 1990s to better reflect a membership base that spans the entire country.