The Maryland Clean Energy Center Board of Directors announced the appointees who will serve on the Advisory Council for a year long term beginning April 1st 2017. The MCEC Advisory Council is an important group of stakeholders called upon to help set work plan priorities, carry out the activities, and establish legislative positions for the organization. Members include representatives from a broad cross section of the energy industry stakeholders including large corporations, small contractors, utilities, banks, and building sector interests as well as association managers and government agencies.
“The MCEC Advisory Council provides insight and information to guide the work plan for the Maryland Clean Energy Center,” said Board Chairman George Ashton, “their input is pivotal to advancing the adoption of clean energy, energy efficiency products, services and technologies in the state.”
“MCEC is continuing to grow and become a voice for renewable energy”, said Grant Schmelzer of the Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake chapter, an Advisory Council member who has served multiple terms.
Katherine Magruder, MCEC Executive Director anticipates the Advisory Council will be addressing certain topics of interest this year related to finance, technology and policy. She is concerned about the trend of falling SREC prices and potential negative impact on what has become a growing solar sector in the state. “The recent decline of Maryland’s SREC prices will hurt solar businesses and jobs across the state. Policymakers should cap the size of large projects eligible to meet the state’s solar carve out. Doing so would promote stable market conditions essential for continued industry growth. Without a cap, the SREC market will remain significantly oversupplied, hurting all the progress we have made to date and stunt future growth” says Marta Tomic of Solar City. “We want to work with our partners to make sure underpinning policy is as advantageous as possible for continued market growth, and the Advisory Council is a group with which to start the discussion” says Katherine Magruder.
Based on actions taken in the recent General Assembly session stakeholders will examine adjustments necessary to the policy framework in Maryland to advance energy storage solutions as part of distributed generation and grid reliability. “This last session demonstrated a fundamental commitment to increasing energy resiliency and security while reducing cost and pollution. Maryland is poised to be a national leader in advanced energy storage” says Geoff Oxnam, CEO of American Microgrid Solutions.
“With my advisory role, I hope to recommend the innovative green technologies that are critical to modernize our grid infrastructure and make our environment cleaner” says council member Dr. Nandini Mouli of eSai Consulting. “MCEC’s Advisory Council can help grow the clean energy job market, by giving us the means to educate and train contractors.
In the months ahead MCEC is also planning to study the potential to implement residential Property Assessed Clean Energy lending along with and other energy project financing solutions, and a special emphasis on developing strategies to reduce energy costs for low to moderate income consumers. “Residential PACE financing expands the market for energy efficiency and renewable energy installations. By providing low rates for long periods of time, many home owners will save more money each month than they spend on their loans. Residential PACE financing enables more Marylanders to improve their quality of life at little to no out of pocket cost” says Brian Toll, President of ecobeco an energy audit company based in Rockville who has served as the council Legislative Committee chair for several years.
To view a complete list of the 2017 MCEC Advisory Council membership click HERE
Anyone interested in participating in MCEC work groups or future Advisory Council appointment can contact the office by email at email@example.com or by phone at 443-949-8505.