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The World Has Just 25 Women Executives on Power Company Boards

  • Number of female board members rose 1% in past three years
  • Women account for less a fifth of utilities' boards: EY
Visitors look at electricity pylons carrying power lines at the newly renovated energy generation plant, operated by Egbin Power Plc, in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. While Nigeria was the world's fourth-biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas in 2012, it's struggling to meet local demand for the fuel used by plants that generate at least 70 percent of the country's electricity needs.
Photographer: George Osodi/Bloomberg

There are almost 2,150 seats on the boards of the world’s biggest utilities. And less than a fifth are filled by women, Ernst & Young LLP said in a report today.

Of those female board members around the globe, 25 are also executives, according to Ernst & Young’s annual Woman in Power and Utilities Index. The number of women sitting on the boards of the biggest 200 utilities by revenue has risen by 1 percent over the past three years, the group’s survey shows.