Richard Mroz, Archer Public Affairs Senior Director of Strategic & Regulatory Affairs, recently participated in the quarterly U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Electricity Advisory Committee Meeting. The USDOE Electric Advisory Committee provides advice to the DOE on programs and priorities on issues of the evolving grid, distributed energy resources, and reliability of the electric system. For this meeting, Rick co-authored, along with Tom Weaver, an important new proposed set of Resilience assessment tools for evaluation and measurement for the electric grid, which was adopted by the Committee.  

Rick is the past president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), serving as Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer of the Agency, and acted as the Chief Energy Officer for New Jersey. As a member of the Electric Advisory Committee, Rick’s experiences as a regulator, lawyer, lobbyist, banker, corporate director, and consultant serve him well when providing advice and acting as a thought leader to the DOE on its activities. In addition to being a member of the Electric Advisory Committee, Rick is a member of the Smart Grid Subcommittee and Subcommittee for Defense Critical Facilities.

The Electricity Advisory Committee meeting sessions included several days of informative briefings from Gene Rodrigues, Assistant Secretary of Energy (Office of Electricity) and Gil Bindewald, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at U.S. Department of Energy. Discussions centered around energy storage, grid edge technology, demand response and distributed energy resources (DERs).