Steve Mitnick is President of Lines Up, Inc., Editor-in-Chief of Public Utilities Fortnightly, and author of “Lines Down: How We Pay, Use, Value Grid Electricity Amid the Storm.”
The USEA sadly announced the death of executive director, Barry Worthington, who passed away August 14 at his home in Maryland. Worthington leaves behind his beloved wife, Louise and their two children, Barry and Kerry.
NARUC also issued a statement, as Barry's daughter, Kerry, is a valued member of the NARUC team. NARUC said, "we are keeping her and the entire Worthington family in our thoughts and prayers. To our friends at USEA, we understand that the loss is significant, both professionally and personally."
In a statement, USEA Chairman Sheila Hollis said: "It is impossible to completely articulate the grief we feel at this moment about the loss of Barry Worthington.
We feel his absence acutely; he was our family, our champion. Barry was a remarkable leader, and his absence reverberates among us all.
Hollis added: "He started his career in Houston, at what was then Houston Lighting & Power, now CenterPoint Energy. Barry used to joke about how he chose Houston because it was the 'opportunity in the warmest climate.' While he was at home in the energy capital of the world, he brought his commitment to the energy business to Washington, D.C. thirty years ago, to build the U.S. Energy Association. He built a legacy.