The Michigan Electric and Gas Association (MEGA) is a trade association established in 1984 to provide a collective voice in Michigan government and public affairs for its board member investor-owned electric and gas utilities. MEGA works with the Michigan legislature, federal and state regulatory agencies and the entire Michigan energy industry to assure safe, reliable and affordable electric and gas utility service.
Paslawski Named New President of MEGA
LANSING --Tanya Paslawski has been selected to become President of the Michigan Electric and Gas Association (MEGA) beginning in January of 2019. She will replace James Ault who is retiring after serving in the position for 19 years.
“We are excited to have someone of Tanya’s qualifications, experience and talent take the reins of MEGA as the energy industry is in the midst of a transformation,” said Chrissy Beckwith of SEMCO Energy Gas Company and new chair of the MEGA Board of Directors. “We look forward to our relationship and mutual cooperation in dealing with the important regulatory and political issues that continue to develop. MEGA would also like to thank Jim for his years of service, dedication and hard work for our organization while helping build Michigan’s energy future. He is known as a trusted and respected voice and resource in and outside the utility industry. We wish him the best.”
Paslawski has 18-years of industry experience. She most recently served as Executive Director of the Organization of MISO States, Inc. The organization serves as an advocate and spokesperson for retail utility regulators across 15 states and the Canadian province of Manitoba on matters relating to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, the entity that plans and operates the regional electric grid.
Paslawski brings a broad background of experience with public utility and corporate matters, having worked in various capacities for industry participants ITC Holdings Corp, Direct Energy Services, and the Michigan Public Service Commission. She received her J.D. degree from Michigan State University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University. Paslawski is an active attorney in the Michigan State Bar.
“I am honored to have been chosen to represent the MEGA member companies. They are an influential voice in Michigan energy policy and I am looking forward to joining the team,” Paslawski said. “I am proud to have the opportunity to follow in Jim’s footsteps in this important role.”
Paslawski has been a leader and board member for industry and civic organizations including Advancing Women in Energy, Energy Bar Association, Leadership Detroit, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and Energy Michigan. Her military experience includes active and reserve duty in the United States Navy.
Ault will continue to work at MEGA through January during the transition. “I am grateful for the opportunity MEGA has provided me and I appreciate the collaboration and friendship with so many people I have worked with over the years.” Ault said. “I am confident that Ms. Paslawski will serve the members and industry very well.”
MEGA is made up of small and medium-sized gas and electric companies. The association works to advance common industry interests and best serve customers, stakeholders and the public. For more information about MEGA, visit www.gomega.org.