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

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

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Advanced Biofuels USA,a nonprofit educational organization advocates for the adoption of advanced biofuels as an energy security, military flexibility, economic development and climate change mitigation/pollution control solution. Our key tool for accomplishing this is our web site,, a resource for everyone from opinion-leaders, decision-makers and legislators to industry professionals, investors, feedstock growers and researchers; as well as journalists, teachers and students.

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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