Malcolm D. Woolf, director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) for the past five years, has joined "Advanced Energy Economy," a new national business association that seeks to promote energy efficiency as well as wind, solar and nuclear power. As the group's vice president for government and regulatory affairs, he said he expects to spend time advocating for favorable policies in Washington and in state capitals.

In advance of his departure, Mr. Woolf highlighted many of the accomplishments that were achieved at MEA during his tenure:

1. Widely Recognized As One of the Leading Clean Energy States in the Nation.  In 2007, Maryland was ranked 47th in the nation in term of investments in energy efficiency. Today, Maryland is routinely included as one of the "Top 10 States for Energy Efficiency by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy." We have also been recognized as a "Top 10 State for Solar by the Solar Energy Industries Association," and
Baltimore is one of Ford Motor Company’s top 25 EV-ready cities. By all measures, Maryland has cemented its reputation as a national leader.

2. Saved Marylanders Billions Through the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act. Measures already installed through the utility and MEA's EmPOWER Maryland programs will save Marylanders more than $2.6 billion in lifetime energy costs. During the 2012 fiscal year alone, EmPOWER initiatives supported more than 2,000 jobs.

3. Helped Keep the Lights On. As a result of EmPOWER Maryland and related demand side management efforts, Maryland has reduced energy per capita peak demand by more than 9 percent, while
increasing Maryland’s demand resources by more than 1,600 MW. That’s the equivalent of 10 fossil-powered peaking plants.

4. Drove More Than $1 Billion in New Investment as a Condition of Exelon Merger. MEA led the State’s successful negotiations in the Exelon/Constellation merger that will infuse Maryland with more than $1 billion in clean energy investments while creating more than 6,000 jobs.

5. Leveraged $320 Million in Private Investment for Utility-Scale Renewables Without State Funds, Resulting in a Harvard Top 25 Innovations in American Government Award. The Generating Clean Horizons Initiative used public/private partnerships to build 78 MW of new solar and wind energy generation. These three projects -- the 17 MW solar array in Emmitsburg and two wind farms in western Maryland and West Virginia -- jump-started
Maryland's utility scale renewables market. The initiative was recognized by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as one of the "Top 25 Innovations in American Government."

To review the entire top-ten list, see the source at http://energy.maryland.gov/News/documents/DirectorWoolfFarewell.pdf.

CESA has worked closely with Mr. Woolf on advacning offshore wind and economic development issues around clean energy and we wish him the best in his new venture.