Barry K. Worthington

Executive Director
United States Energy Association
Biography: 

Barry K. Worthington is the executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA). 

Through its membership, USEA represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector from the largest Fortune 500 companies to small energy consulting firms. 

In his role, Mr. Worthington represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy industry and meets with domestic and international energy leaders to advance information and unearth partnerships to develop energy infrastructure projects across the world.

The United States Energy Association helps expand energy infrastructure in developing countries with the U.S. Agency for International Development, and drives policy and technical discussions with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to expand the use of clean energy technology around the world. USEA also leads DOE’s U.S.-India Gas to Power Task Force to expand the use of U.S. natural gas on the subcontinent.

Worthington leads USEA’s team of international development and energy specialists who have traveled worldwide to develop thousands of energy projects, from geothermal drilling operations in sub Saharan Africa to smart grid electricity projects in central Europe and pipeline expansion in the Balkans. 

Mr. Worthington is a resource to industry stakeholders, lawmakers, the media and the Trump administration on energy development and the role of our various energy resources to meet a growing global demand.
 
Mr. Worthington has spoken to diverse groups worldwide from the policy community the financial sector, about the integration of renewables onto the electric grid, and the role of those resources for transportation. Mr. Worthington has been described by his peers as an expert on how to maximize the integration of renewables in various markets, domestic and international. 

Mr. Worthington chairs the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Group of Experts for Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels, and he sits on the UNECE’s Committee on Sustainable Energy. 

Mr. Worthington has served as executive director of USEA for 29 years. Before that, he was vice president of the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation and served in several capacities with Houston Lighting & Power, now CenterPoint Energy.

Mr. Worthington holds a Bachelor of Science degree in man & environmental relations from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree in studies of the future from the University of Houston.

Mr. Worthington writes and speaks extensively on energy and environmental matters, and he sits on a number of energy boards including:

  • Member, Board of Directors for the Energy Law Foundation
  • Chairman, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Group of Experts for Committee on Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels
  • Member, UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy
  • SpaceCom Advisory Board and energy industry liaison to the SpaceCom Program Planning Committee
  • Former Chairman, Board of Directors for the National Energy Foundation 
  • Former Member, Columbia University Global Roundtable on Climate Change
  • Former Member, Sub-Sahara Africa Advisory Committee, US Export-Import Bank
  • Former Member, Science and Technology Capability of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Study, National Research Council
  • Former Member, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrators Technology & Policy Advisory Committee