Advanced Energy Economy has 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.
“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.”
“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.”
AEE leads a variety of policy initiatives to expand opportunities for the advanced energy industry: the 21st Century Electricity System initiative, engaging regulators, utilities, and business leaders in reforming utility business and regulatory models; modernizing the electric power system under EPA’s Clean Power Plan; strengthening state policies on energy efficiency, peak demand reduction, and customer access to renewable energy; and engaging members of Congress and the Executive branch on federal energy issues. 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.