Maryland Clean Energy Center Appoints Advanced Biofuels USA's Joanne Ivancic to 2015 Advisory Council

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The Maryland Clean Energy Center is pleased to announce the addition of Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels USA to the MCEC 2015 Advisory Council.

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The Maryland Clean Energy Center is pleased to announce the addition of Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels USA to the MCEC 2015 Advisory Council.

Advanced Biofuels USA , a nonprofit educational organization headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, advocates for the adoption of advanced biofuels as an energy security, economic development, military flexibility and climate change/pollution control solution. Technology neutral and feedstock agnostic, it serves as a resource for everyone from opinion-leaders, decision-makers and legislators to industry professionals, investors, researchers, educators and journalists via, technology assessments, government staff briefings, conference participation, lectures, and general assistance to those interested in advanced biofuels.

"I'm excited to bring expertise on biofuels to conversations about energy in Maryland," noted Ivancic. "So often people think only of electricity and heat when considering energy. I'm glad to see MCEC giving more attention to transportation fuels, as well."
The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) is an instrumentality of the state created with an economic development mission to advance the adoption of clean energy along with energy efficiency products, services and technologies. MCEC works to leverage private sector capital to implement public sector energy goals as well as to help homeowners and businesses save money on their energy bills.

Members of the Advisory Council are appointed annually by the MCEC Board of Directors to provide strategic guidance and counsel, represent the views of their sector, and help mobilize partners in their industries and communities.

The Advisory Council represents a broad range of energy and technology experts, financial and legal professionals, and community leaders – who serve to advise the staff and Board of MCEC. “The Advisory Council is a critical element of our operation,” said George Ashton, Board Chairman and CEO of SOL Systems. “We call on them frequently as subject matter experts. The contribution of their time and expertise is immensely valuable. ” said Executive Director, I. Katherine Magruder. MCEC strives to insure the Council is composed of a diverse group representing geographic areas across the state, a broad mix of business interests from the energy sector, and key government agencies that work on related policy or programs.

The entire 2015 Advisory Council list of appointees includes:

John Ackerly, President, Alliance for Green Heat

Ted Atwood, Director of the Baltimore City Energy Office, Baltimore City

Steve Arabia, Director of External Affairs, NRG

Erica Bannerman, Energy Manager, Prince George's County Office of Central Services

Deriece Pate Bennett, Vice President of Government Affairs, Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Dan Bresette, Program Manager, MEA

Stephanie Bridgeforth, Senior Account Executive, NORESCO

Kevin Brown, Senior Partner, Hobbs & Towne, Inc.

Frank Caliva III, President, P.R. Quinlan

Paula Carmody, People's Counsel, Office of People's Counsel

Chris Clark, Program Manager, Clean Technology & Sustainability, DBED

Susan Corry, Energy Conservation Manager, Facilities Manager, University of MD Office of Sustainability

Lauren Demko, Senior Marketing Associate, SemaConnect

Tom Dennison, Managing Director of Government & Public Affairs, SMECO

Tom Dwyer, Partner, Pepper Hamilton

Robert Glidewell, Area Manager, Government Relations & Business Relations, Washington Gas

Ricky Gratz, Manager Market Development & Reg. Affairs, Opower

Brian Hager, Manager, Central Approval Dept., Mariner Finance

Ed Hatcher, President, The Hatcher Group

Ben Hobbs, Theodore K. and Kay W. Schad Professor of Environmental Management Director, Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute, John Hopkins University

Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels, USA

Courtney Jenkins, Commercial Lender, Presidential Bank

John Jimison, Managing Director, Energy Future Coalition

John Johansen, Managing Director, GeoViron

Elizabeth Kaiga, Director, Strategy & Client Development, CohnReznick

Andrew Kays, Deputy Director, Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority

Jeff King, Climate and Energy Team Leader, Department of Environmental Resources Metopolitan Washington Council of Governments

Chris Kelley, Vice President, Energy Solutions, Energetics Incorporated

Connie Lausten, Principal, cLausten, LLC.

Arthur Lazerow, Chairman, Triea Systems, LLC

Arjun Makhijani, President, Institute for Energy & Environmental Research

Austin Montgomery, Program Manager, Carnegie Mellon University; Software Engineering Institute

Shannon Moore, Acting Manager, Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources Frederick County Government

Jack Neil, Mid- Atlantic Geothermal Industries Coalition

Joelle Novey, Director, Interfaith Power & Light

Dave Oberholzer, Director of Energy Products and Business Development, Earth Networks

Rick Peters, President, Solar Energy Service

Mike Petito, Commercial & Industrial Accounts Manager, Sharp Energy

John Quinn, Director of State Affairs, BGE

Dan Rider, Program Manager, Forest Stewardship & Utilization, Maryland Dept of Natural Resources

Deborah Risher, Owner, Belair Engineerging

Rebecca Rush, President, Renewable Energy Stewardship

Adam Santry, Allied Well Drilling

Melanie Santiago-Moser, Director, Government Affairs, Sun Edison

Yolanda Seabrooks, Program Director, Brian D Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund

Grant Schmelzer, Executive Director, IEC-Chesapeake

Jeffrey Schub, Vice President, Coalition for Green Capital

Alison Shea, Account Executive, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Dan Skowronski, Partner, Saul Ewing LLP

Krista M. Smith, Assurance and Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Louis Stanley II, Business Development, NRGroup

Nicole Steele, Executive Director, Grid Alternatives

Brian Toll, President, Ecobeco

Marta Tomic, Energy Program Manager, Solar, Maryland Energy Administration

Barbara Bauman Tyran, Director, Washington & State Relations, Electric Power Research Institute

Fred Ugast, President, U.S. Photovoltaics, Inc.

Laurie Vaudreiul, CEO, Mosaic Power

Charles Washington, Jr, Director, Maryland State Relations, PEPCO & Delmarva Power

Daniel Wallace, Director, BITH Energy

Brian Whitesides, Associate Director, Energy and Structured Finance, Clark Financial Services Group

Malcolm Woolf, Senior VP, Policy & Gov't Affairs, Advanced Energy Economy

Al Williams, Director - Federal Marketing, AMERESCO

Bill Wolf, Manager, I&C Conservation Programs, BGE

William Zwack, Director, Sustainable Buildings, SRA International

Trent Zivkovich, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP

MCEC is authorized by statute to facilitate public- private and public-public partnerships, and is using its unique financing capabilities to accomplish its mission. With implementation of the Maryland Home Energy Loan Program (MHLEP) in 2011 and the Maryland Clean Energy Capital Program (MCAP)in 2012; MCEC is working to remove barriers associated with access to capital for residential, commercial, institutional, municipal and not-for-profit consumers who wish to make energy improvements and related capital investments.
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For more information, contact Maryland Clean Energy Center; Keith Johnston, Director of Communications at kjohnston(at)mdcleanenergy(dot)org, call 443-949-8505, or visit our website at

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