Women in Business
Meet 30 professionals who embody the modern concept of leadership. Each has vision and passion, and each is innovative and collaborative. Learn how these women are transforming old business models and making their workplaces better.
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Tsion Messick is overseeing the largest capital investment in the history of Pepco Holdings, the parent company of Delmarva Power, which is spending $1 billion to build the Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway, a 500,000 kilovolt transmission line that stretches 150 miles from Virginia to the Delmarva Peninsula. That’s good news, because when power is imported from elsewhere, new power plants aren’t needed here. “The power line will ensure reliability into our region, meaning less blackouts and brownouts and sufficient power during shortages or emergencies,” says Messick. As vice president of transmission power delivery for Pepco, she also leads engineers in examining power grids and identifying innovative ways to expand the system. “Our research benefits customers by ensuring that we’ll continue to produce electricity reliably, and at an affordable price.” Messick, an engineer, is also a voting member of PJM Interconnections, a regional transmission organization that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in 13 states.
THE CHALLENGE Getting permits. Some large transmission projects can take 10 to 14 years to complete. Much of the time is spent on the regulatory approval process.
THE REWARD Having a positive impact on the environment.
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