NYU's Center for Global Affairs and the Center on Global Energy Policy for a Women in Energy hosted a dinner and roundtable discussion with Deirdre Lord, CEO of The Megawatt Hour. Ms. Lord discussed her academic and job histories, career paths, and perspectives on what it means to be a female leader in the energy industry.
Deirdre Lord is an energy entrepreneur who is focused on transforming the power and utility industries through transparency and information. Deirdre began her career in international development and energy efficiency with the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC). At IIEC, she helped define the US Energy Efficiency Industry and worked in private sector efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the Indian refrigerator and Chilean copper industries. She has spent the last 20 years in retail electricity markets. She started and operated large retail electricity supply businesses, including Constellation NewEnergy and Juice Energy, which was focused on delivering green power and transparency to large commercial and industrial customers. Today, Deirdre founded and runs The Megawatt Hour which provides large customers with transparency and actionable energy information. Deirdre also serves on the Boards of CleanChoice Power and StationA, two business that are working to accelerate markets for clean power in the residential and commercial sectors. Deirdre lives in New York City with her family and enjoys traveling, fly fishing, and baking (she is currently working on creating her own sourdough starter).