By David Robinson  |  The Buffalo News  |  Tue, May 9, 2017

Dennis W. Elsenbeck, who was National Grid’s longtime leader in the Buffalo Niagara region, has joined law firm Phillips Lytle as head of a newly created energy consulting service.

Kenneth M. Kujawa has been named to replace Elsenbeck as National Grid’s regional executive in Buffalo, a utility spokesman said.

Elsenbeck, who retired from National Grid at the end of March and will be based at Phillips Lytle’s Buffalo office, has more than 30 years of energy industry experience. Phillips Lytle’s new energy consulting unit will focus on helping the law firm’s clients with project development, regulatory and municipal issues, as well as procurement and litigation support.

Elsenbeck has a master’s degree in engineering from the University at Buffalo, as well as a master’s in business administration from the University of Rochester. He received a bachelor’s of technology from the SUNY Institute of Technology.

Kujawa, who previously was National Grid’s manager of customer and community management, has a master’s in business administration from Canisius College.