Barry K. Worthington
United States Energy Association (USEA)
Barry K. Worthington will be moderating the panel on Transforming Energy Infrastructure at 15:30. See the full agenda here
Barry K. Worthington is the executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA), the U.S member of the World Energy Council, the United Nations’ accredited global energy advisor.
USEA also serves as a bipartisan advisory organization that represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector from the largest Fortune 500 companies to small energy consulting firms.
In his role, Mr. Worthington represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy industry and meets with domestic and international energy leaders to advance information and unearth partnerships to develop energy infrastructure projects across the world.
Mr. Worthington is a resource to industry stakeholders, lawmakers, the media and the Trump administration on energy development and the role of all energy resources to meet a growing global demand.
Mr. Worthington has spoken to diverse audiences, from the policy to the financial sectors about the integration of renewables--primarily wind and solar--onto the electric grid, and the role of those resources for transportation.
Mr. Worthington has been described by his peers as an expert on how to maximize the integration of renewables in various markets, domestic and international.
USEA’s team of international energy specialists work with the U.S. federal government, energy companies and energy ministers to expand energy infrastructure in developing countries.
Mr. Worthington and his team have developed thousands of energy projects globally, from geothermal drilling operations in sub Saharan Africa to smart grid electricity projects in central Europe.
Mr. Worthington chairs the Clean Electricity Production working group within the UNECE Commission on Sustainable Energy. At a recent meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, he discussed how to advance carbon capture and sequestration demonstration plants as a means to help immediately reduce carbon emissions from power plants.
This fall, Worthington spoke to the International Oil Shale Symposium in Tallin, Estonia about the opportunities and challenges to oil shale drilling.
Mr. Worthington has served as executive director of USEA since September 1988. Before that, he was vice president of the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation; prior to that he served in several capacities with Houston Lighting & Power, now known as CenterPoint Energy.
Mr. Worthington holds a Bachelor of Science degree in man & environmental relations from the Pennsylvania State University and a master of science degree in studies of the future program from the University of Houston.
Mr. Worthington writes and speaks extensively on energy and environmental matters, and he sits on a number of energy boards including:
Chairman of the Board for the National Energy Foundation
Member of the Board of Directors for the Energy Law Foundation
Chairman of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production
Member on UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy
SpaceCom Advisory Board and energy industry liaison to the SpaceCom Program Planning Committee
Former Member, Columbia University Global Roundtable on Climate Change
Former Member, Sub-Sahara Africa Advisory Committee, US Export-Import Bank
Former Member, Science and Technology Capability of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Study, National Research Council
Former Member, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrators Technology & Policy Advisory Committee