WASHINGTON, D.C.—Dittus Communications, one of the capital’s largest independent public affairs firms, has created a new energy practice to provide senior-level public affairs and media relations counsel for existing clients such as Alabama Power, the Coalition for Affordable and Reliable Energy, and the Alliance to Save Energy, among others.
Buddy Eller, a recent addition to the Dittus staff, will head the new practice. Eller has already led some of the firm’s major communications initiatives, including the Committee of Chief Risk Officers’ efforts to restore credibility and transparency to the industry post-Enron; attempts to upgrade transmission infrastructure and to urge continued development of competitive wholesale power markets: and communicating reforms to the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review provision.
“The industry continues to explore options for the production of clean, reliable and low-cost energy, which is essential for the United States to compete in a global economy,” says Gloria Dittus, president. “Buddy will assist our clients to ensure that favorable policies are in place to fuel this growth in the energy sector.”
Before joining Dittus, Eller was director of external and regulatory affairs at Mirant Corporation, where he served as the primary liaison to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the national and trade media, and the key industry trade associations. He also served as communications manager for Southern Company and Mississippi Power, where he led issues management efforts on issues including industry restructuring, new source review, public power, climate change, electric and magnetic fields, toxic release inventory, clean coal technology research and nuclear power.
In addition to Eller, Dittus has added three senior-level professionals in recent weeks. Betsy Stephenson, formerly of the Personal Communications Industry Association; Doug Brown, who has written for the Washington Post, The Federal Paper, Federal Computer Week, Interactive Week and South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel; and Alison Lynn, former communications manager at the Republican National Committee, join the firm as senior directors.