2014 William Pickering Award for Engineering Leadership
Doug Heffernan has made an enormous contribution to the electricity industry in New Zealand and overseas. From the early 1980s, he spent considerable time evaluating alternative technologies such as wave and wind power. He took companies through corporatisation and mergers, worked in competitive retail and wholesale markets, and developed national companies into global players. Thanks to his guidance and leadership, a number of groundbreaking changes have taken place in New Zealand’s electricity industry.