As VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Woolf Will Help Make Business Case for a Smarter Energy Future
Washington, DC – September 10, 2012 – Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) CEO Graham Richard today named Malcolm Woolf as Vice President for Government and Regulatory Affairs. Woolf most recently served as Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) under Governor Martin O'Malley.
A nationally recognized expert with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, Woolf comes to AEE, a national business organization representing the advanced energy industry, to engage the organization on federal and state policy issues. Working closely with AEE Vice President of Government and Political Affairs Tim Greeff, a D.C. veteran, and VP of State Policy Tom Plant, former legislator and Energy Secretary under Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado, Woolf will round out a powerhouse regulatory, federal and state policy team.
“Malcolm’s expertise and track record are second to none. We are delighted to have him join us at AEE,” said Richard. “In government and the private sector, Malcolm has proven himself a leader in advanced energy. He will help AEE become a more powerful business voice for advanced energy.”
“Malcolm Woolf served as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration over the last six years in what was a very transformative time for the agency and for the state of Maryland,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Malcolm has led our efforts to achieve our aggressive energy goals, from increasing the state’s renewable energy generation to increasing energy efficiency statewide. Malcolm has been a valuable member of my Cabinet and I wish him much success in his new role.”
“It’s a great pleasure to join Advanced Energy Economy,” said Malcolm Woolf. “This organization is making the business case for a smarter energy future, and I am glad to devote my efforts to that cause. The advanced energy sector is delivering economic growth for the country today and tomorrow.”
Woolf was appointed in June 2007 by Governor O’Malley to lead the Maryland Energy Administration in promoting affordable, reliable and clean energy. In this role, he helped enact and implement an ambitious set of energy reforms, including the EmPOWER Maryland Act which seeks a 15 percent reduction in peak demand and overall electricity consumption, a 20 percent renewable energy standard, and a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve these goals, MEA has launched numerous innovative new programs to promote greater use of advanced energy technologies. Several of these programs have received national recognition, including the Generating Clean Horizons program, which was named one of the “top 25 innovations in American government” by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Woolf, who has just completed his second year as chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), has been invited to testify before the Senate Energy Committee on several occasions, and is frequently featured in national media, including NPR and CNN. Woolf was previously the director of the National Governors Association’s Natural Resources Committee, which works to shape federal policy on energy, agriculture, the environment, and natural resources. Woolf also served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, working on energy and environment issues, including renewable and rural energy.
About Advanced Energy Economy and the AEE Institute
Advanced Energy Economy is a national organization representing the advanced energy industry. AEE’s mission is to influence public policy, foster advanced energy innovation and business growth, and provide a unified voice for a strong U.S. advanced energy industry that will drive the global transition to a smarter energy future. The AEE Institute’s mission is to raise awareness of the public benefits of advanced energy, drive the policy debate on key topics, and provide a forum where leaders can address energy challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. More about Advanced Energy Economy and AEE Institute at www.aee.net.
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