Electrifying the World – Bringing New Power Sources and Infrastructure, Leadership Training, Partnerships, and Excellence to the African Continent…and the World [7.8.18]


  • Dr. Lawrence E. Jones, Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute
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Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The EmeraldPlanet TV programs are available to view on our website, YouTube, UStream TV, and social media around the world. The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Our featured guests are:

  • Show ‘1’: Dr. Lawrence E. Jones, Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute*, (In-Studio), Theme: “Leadership of the Edison Electric Institute for Creativity, Innovation, Sustainability, and Resilience for Economic and Environmental Development Across the African Continent and Around the World”
  • Show ‘2’: Dr. Lawrence E. Jones, Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute*, (In-Studio), Theme: “Cleaner Energy in the Age of Hybridity”
  • Show ‘3’: Dr. Lawrence E. Jones, Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute*, (In-Studio), Theme: “Electrifying the Continent of Africa Requires Cathedral Thinking and Holistic Solutions”
  • Show ‘4’: Dr. Lawrence E. Jones, Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute*, (In-Studio), Theme: “EEI Engagements in Africa and Around the World”

Program Overview:

Dr. Lawrence E. Jones is an Author, Energy Practitioner, Thought Leader, Realistic Futurist, and Vice President of International Programs, Edison Electric Institute with over 25 years of experience in the energy industry. He is the Chair of the 21st Century Power Partnerships Public-Private Leadership Forum which is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial; an Honorary Industry Fellow at Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute, Monash University in Australia; and Senior Associate (Non-Resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.

Under his leadership, EEI’s International Programs has more than 70-member companies with operations in over 90 countries, on six continents, and has launched several new strategic initiatives including the annual Global Electricity Forum, the Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange, and the Thomas Edison International Utility Executive Fellowship Program. Prior to joining EEI, Dr. Jones worked for Alstom Grid in the US. During his tenure at Alstom, he was North America Vice President for Utility Innovation & Infrastructure Resilience at Alstom Grid Inc. He was a visiting scientist at Électricité de France S.A. (EDF; Electricity of France) in France and worked on power system projects for ABB (ASEA Brown Boveri) in Sweden.

He has received numerous industry awards including: 2017 Global Excellence Award in Renewable Energy from the Energy and Environment Foundation of India; and the Renewable Energy World Network 2012 Excellence in Renewable Award for Leadership in Technology. D
r. Jones received his MSc, Licentiate and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Its members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As a whole, the electric power industry supports more than seven [7] million jobs in communities across the United States. In addition to its U.S. members, EEI has more than seventy [70] international electric companies as International Members…and growing, operating across ninety [90] countries, on six continents, along with with hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members. Organized in 1933, EEI provides public policy leadership, strategic business intelligence, essential conferences, and forums, among other services.

The EEI has the vision of being committed to knowing its members and their needs. The organization is committed to providing leadership while delivering services which consistently meet or exceed members expectations. The organization attracts and retains employees who have the ambition to serve and are empowered to work effectively as individuals and in teams. Above all, it is committed to being the best trade association because, in the tradition of Thomas Edison, it makes significant and positive contributions to the long-term success of the electric power industry, domestically and internationally, in its vital mission to provide electricity to fostering economic progress, improving the quality of life for all citizens within members communities, while enhancing environmental quality.

The Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE) is a global initiative led by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) International Programs.

Launched in 2017, AUPSE is accelerating operational performance in the African electric power sector through international CEO and senior executive knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer networking. AUPSE was launched in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the Edison Foundation. The Association of Power Utilities of Africa is a supporting partner.
AUPSE supports African electric companies committed to advancing the performance, efficiency, and sustainability of operations. AUPSE provides senior executives essential insights, information, and tools to inform strategic decision-making on critical electric power industry topics.

Thank you Happy, Production Crew, Program Team, and volunteers for your outstanding commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we create The EmeraldPlanet… 
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