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Executives of Johns Manville, Johnson Controls, Microsoft, Recurrent Energy, Schneider Electric, Veolia and Vestas Join Board of Advanced Energy Economy to Spur Growth of Secure, Clean, Affordable U.S. Energy


[Washington, D.C., January 7, 2016] – Today Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) announced that executives of seven market-leading companies have joined its board of directors to support the business group’s efforts to spur the growth of secure, clean, affordable energy in the United States. The new directors are Mary Rhinehart, Chair and President, Johns Manville; Terrill Laughton, Vice President and General Manager, Integrated Demand Resources, Johnson Controls; Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft; André DeVilbiss, SVP, Strategic Development, Recurrent Energy; Bill DiCroce, President and COO, Veolia North America’ s Municipal & Commercial Business; and Chris Brown, President, Vestas Americas. Remaining on the board, now in his new role at Schneider Electric, is Kevin Self, SVP, Strategy, Business Development & Government Relations. AEE’s full board of directors can be found here.

“I am extremely proud to have the leadership and guidance of these outstanding business executives on our board,” said Graham Richard, CEO of AEE. “With their diverse corporate backgrounds, they bring valuable insights rooted in high-tech, energy efficiency, building materials, district energy, water management, solar and wind power. They join a highly energized board committed to driving transformative public policy that accelerates the growth of advanced energy technologies. By strengthening our board in perspective and experience, these executives of AEE member companies will help us achieve our vision of a prosperous world running on secure, clean, affordable energy.”

“Johns Manville is pleased to join leading companies on the Advanced Energy Economy board to further accelerate the adoption of advanced energy technologies,” said Mary Rhinehart, CEO and President, Johns Manville. “Implementing sustainable principles and practices is good business and critical to meeting current and future energy demand.  At Johns Manville we are committed to advancing the deployment of advanced energy technologies, including energy efficiency, and we look forward to supporting AEE’s work in this area.”

“We see significant opportunities in building efficiency, demand response, microgrids and distributed energy storage in the coming years. Working with AEE allows us to maximize these synergistic opportunities and it is a privilege to be able to serve on its board,” said Terrill Laughton, Vice President and General Manager, Integrated Demand Resources, Johnson Controls.

“Investments in renewable energy are a foundation of Microsoft’s overall environmental sustainability strategy, and we are committed to taking actions that accelerate the growth and adoption of clean energy,” said Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft. “I'm excited to join the board of AEE and look forward to drawing on the collective expertise to advance the adoption of clean energy and speed the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable future.”

“As one of the largest solar project developers in North America, we at Recurrent Energy support AEE’s ‘big tent’ approach to expanding advanced energy markets and I am proud to serve on its board,” said André DeVilbiss, SVP, Strategic Development, Recurrent Energy.

“This is a very exciting time, when new technologies, like storage and microgrids, enable us to completely rethink the way we deal with energy and use it in a far more sustainable and efficient manner,” said Kevin Self, SVP, Strategy, Business Development & Government Relations, Schneider Electric. “We are thrilled to support AEE as it drives initiatives that are expanding markets for energy saving solutions.”

"Resilient and efficient energy is and will continue to be critical for meeting the demands of our economy and the environment," said Bill DiCroce, president and COO of Veolia North America's Municipal & Commercial Business. "I appreciate the opportunity to join AEE's board -- so together, we can help accelerate the growth of clean energy solutions like district energy, combined heat and power, and efficient water management."

“As we continue to see wind become competitive with traditional energy sources in states across the country, I felt it was time to step up my commitment to moving the U.S. and the world toward an advanced energy future in all its forms. I am pleased to be able carry out that commitment on AEE’s board,” said Chris Brown, President, Vestas Americas.

AEE leads a variety of initiatives in the policy arena to expand opportunities for the advanced energy industry. These include a 21st Century Electricity System initiative, which engages regulators, utilities, and business leaders in efforts to reform utility business and regulatory models; a campaign to realize the opportunity to modernize the electric power system under EPA’s Clean Power Plan; efforts to strengthen state policies on energy efficiency, peak demand reduction, and customer access to renewable energy; and ongoing engagement with members of Congress and the Executive branch on federal energy issues. 

In addition, AEE works with state and regional partner organizations on legislation and regulation, now active in 26 states. AEE has also developed PowerSuite, a set of online tools to track and collaborate on legislative and regulatory activity in all 50 states, which is available to AEE members, state partners, and subscribers. 

The affiliated Advanced Energy Economy Institute has also added new board members: Greg Ballard, Former Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana; Arno Harris, Founder and former CEO, Recurrent Energy, and Past Board Chair, Solar Energy Industries Association; and Kim Jordan, Cofounder and Executive Chair, New Belgium Brewing.


About Advanced Energy Economy and AEE Institute
Advanced Energy Economy is a national association of businesses that are making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. AEE’s mission is to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy businesses. AEE and its State and Regional Partner organizations are active in 26 states across the country, representing more than 1,000 companies and organizations in the advanced energy industry. The Advanced Energy Economy Institute is a nonprofit educational and charitable organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the public benefits and opportunities of advanced energy.

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