Patty Durand is President & CEO of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC). SGCC is a nonprofit whose mission is to advance a consumer-friendly, consumer-safe smart grid through research and education. Under Durand’s five-year leadership, SGCC has doubled in size to over 120 members and has taken energy stakeholder knowledge about consumers to the next level through numerous pieces of foundational research.
Before joining SGCC, Durand worked for the Georgia Institute of Technology where she assisted in smart grid research projects. While there she helped to submit $10 million in three grant proposals to the Department of Energy and ARPA-E.
Prior to her time at Georgia Tech, Durand served as the Executive Director for the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club where she focused on energy policy and climate change programs. Durand also served on the Board of the Smart Grid Society for the Technology Association of Georgia for two years. In 2013, Durand was named as one of the Smart Grid Pioneers of today – an honor bestowed upon “experts and risk-takers” – for her newsworthy moves, insights and advances in the industry. Also, Durand was named as one of 2012’s “Fierce 15” Women in Energy by FierceEnergy for her dedication to driving consumer awareness and understanding of the smart grid.