United States Member Committee

United States Energy Association

The United States Energy Association (USEA) is the U.S. Member Committee of the World Energy Council. USEA is an association of public and private energy-related organizations, corporations, and government agencies. USEA represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy sector by increasing the understanding of energy issues, both domestically and internationally. Its objectives are to: support the objectives of the WEC and the interests of USEA's members; bring about a better understanding of domestic and international energy issues; liaise with other Member Committees, and create international relationships; and recognise individuals and organisations whose contributions enhance global understanding of energy issues.

Sheila Slocum Hollis is chair of the Duane Morris, LLP Washington, D.C. office, and was the office's founding managing partner, as well as the founding leader of the firm's Energy, Environment and Resources Practice Group. She served on the firm's Executive Committee and Partners Board for more than a decade.

Ms. Hollis practices in the areas of energy policy, transactional and regulatory law worldwide. Over the course of her career, she has played a key role in the formation and implementation of energy law and policy. She began her energy law career as a trial lawyer at the Federal Power Commission and was the founding Director of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In addition, for 20 years, she was adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School, teaching over 600 students energy law, and co-authored texts on energy law.

Sheila served as the first woman President of the Energy Bar Association, chaired the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and serves as its representative in the ABA House of Delegates. She also chaired the Federal Bar Association’s Energy and Environment Section and multiple other bar-related entities. Additionally, Sheila is Chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress.

She has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards over her career. Most recently, she was named one of Washington, D.C.'s Top 100 Lawyers overall and one of the Top 50 Women in Washington’s Super Lawyers. In addition, Ms. Hollis was recognized by the ABA as a “Trailblazer” for women in law. She was among only 100 women to be so honored for breaking barriers for women in cutting-edge law. Ms. Hollis has also been ranked by The National Law Journal as one of the United States' top 20 energy lawyers and has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings for over 25 years for professional excellence. She was named one of the 50 Key Women in Energy Worldwide, and in 2011 was the first attorney in private practice to receive Platt's Global Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Widely published, she is a frequent commentator on environment and energy issues in CNN and other media.

Ms. Hollis is a Trustee of the Center for American and International Law, a Life Fellow of the American Law Institute and Honorary International member of the Commercial Bar of England and Wales. She was also elected to membership in the American College of Environmental Lawyers, an honor bestowed upon a select group of lawyers with “distinguished experience and high standards.” Ms. Hollis also serves as a Board Member of the American Friends of the Royal Society, Treasurer of the United States Energy Association, a Trustee of Plimoth Plantation, and a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board of KB Homes.

Barry K. Worthington is the Secretary of the US committee of the World Energy Council. He serves as the Executive Director of the United States Energy Association (USEA), where he directs the Association’s domestic and international activities. He has served in this capacity since September 1988. Previously, he served as a Vice President of the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation and prior to that served in several capacities with Houston Lighting & Power Company, now known as Center Point. Mr Worthington has also written extensively on energy and environmental matters, and addresses many conferences on national and international energy issues. He holds a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. degree from the University of Houston. Currently Mr Worthington serves on the Boards of the National Energy Foundation, U.S.-China Energy Environment Center, and Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards of Electric Power Research Institute, National Council of Minorities in Energy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy.

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