April 2012: WoWE Board Member Honored as White House Champion of Change

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Washington, D.C - - Jan Blittersdorf, President and CEO of NRG Systems and national board member of Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), was honored by the White House on Thursday as a "Champion of Change" for Innovation in Renewable Energy. The Champions of Change series is part of President Obama’s initiative that recognizes individuals engaged in efforts to advance innovation, education, sustainable energy, and community activism.  

“It’s certainly a great honor to be recognized as a White House Champion of Change,” said Blittersdorf. “I am humbled to share the company of other talented and dedicated leaders who are advancing a renewable energy future. Despite the headwinds pushing against our progress, I will continue to work to bring renewable energy into the fore as a mainstay source of power.”

The White House Champion for Change initiative seeks to recognize ordinary Americans doing extraordinary work in their communities and industries to further education and innovation in our nation. Blittersdorf was one of nine selected out of over 200 nominations from across the country.

Blittersdorf was nominated for her work leading NRG Systems, a manufacturer of measurement systems in the renewable energy industry, but also for her work supporting the advancement of women in the wind power field. She was nominated for the award by the WoWE, an organization dedicated to the education and professional advancement of women to support a robust renewable energy economy. Blittersdorf has been active in WoWE since its inception in 2005.  She is a member of the WoWE national board and was a 2006 recipient of WoWE’s Woman of the Year award.  

“Jan has done so much for women in our industry,” said Kristen Graf, executive director of WoWE. “Not only is she a visible role model of leadership and innovation, but she is committed to encouraging the development of a diverse workforce.  She truly is an inspiration for all of us hoping to make a difference in the renewable energy field.”

Blittersdorf became CEO of NRG Systems in 2004 after serving as Vice President and CFO. In 2010, she became sole owner of NRG Systems, one of only a few independent, women-owned companies in the wind power field.  She has also been credited for her work chairing the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) and her service on the board of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), where she serves as chair of the public policy committee.