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DNV GL’s Ellen Crivella named 2016 Rising Star by Women of Wind Energy

Wind energy expert lauded for role as educator, advocate and leader for environmental and siting issues.

DNV GL’s Ellen Crivella was honored with the 2016 Rising Star Award at the Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) luncheon at the 2016 AWEA Windpower Conference and Exhibition. Each year, the Rising Star Award recognizes a woman relatively new to wind energy who has already made significant professional contributions and shown unusual talent, dedication and innovation in their wind industry work.

As DNV GL’s global head of practice for environmental and permitting services, Ellen has been involved in the siting, permitting and financing of over 10,000 MW of renewable energy projects. Ellen has recruited key talent and quickly established DNV GL as an expert advisor in avian and other wildlife issues for wind power.

“Ellen is remarkable for her environmental expertise and her business acumen, but she is most commendable for her passion and her generosity to share her knowledge,” said Clint Johnson, senior vice president in renewable energy for DNV GL. “During her time at DNV GL, Ellen has doubled the size of the team and expanded both the scope and depth of our environmental and permitting services, all while being a tireless champion of WoWE,” he said.

At DNV GL, Ellen leads a team of 20 focused on comprehensive permitting, regulatory compliance and environmental due diligence services for renewable energy developments. She is responsible for all technical, financial, commercial and quality assurance aspects of the services in her practice while developing and mentoring a young and growing team.

Crivella holds master’s degrees from Vermont Law School and The Ohio State University. 

She frequently presents at AWEA and other industry conferences and teaches seminars such as AWEA’s Wind Energy 101 series. She is a committed volunteer, with roles that include board member and secretary of Solar Oregon, member of Oregon Association of Environmental Professionals, industry awards committee past chair of Soil Science Society of America, member of the National Mentoring Program Committee at WoWE and the Portland WoWE chapter president.

“At a time when wind power is growing in adoption, this recognition by WoWE – which is itself playing an important role in shaping the future of wind energy – of Ellen’s role as a mentor and leader, is greatly valued by all of us at DNV GL,” said Carole Barbeau, DNV GL president of energy advisory for the Americas region.

Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. DNV GL provides classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. It also provides certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. DNV GL, whose origins go back to 1864, operates globally in more than 100 countries with its 16,000 professionals dedicated to helping their customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

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