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This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; beverages and dessert will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

 Export to Your Calendar 9/26/2017
When: Tues., Sept 26, 2017
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
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1900 K Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20006
United States
Contact: Hana Vizcarra

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WCEE’s Lunch & Learn Series presents


Maryland's Offshore Wind and Energy Efficiency Policies



Over the last 15 years, the Maryland Public Service Commission has played a crucial role in implementing the state’s renewable portfolio standard and energy efficiency laws. The Renewable Portfolio Standard, signed into law in 2004, prompts 25% of the state’s electricity generation to come from renewables by 2020, and the EmPower Maryland Law requires utilities to become energy efficient by achieving incremental energy savings equivalent to 2 percent of their electricity sales annually. To date, the RPS has incented residential and commercial solar generation, along with wind energy farms throughout the state.The EmPower energy efficiency program has saved enough coal to fill some 200,000 railroad cars, and if stretched out, would extend from Baltimore, Maryland to El Paso, Texas.


Most recently the Commission issued an order that awarded Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) to two projects, spurring offshore wind project development off the coast of Ocean City, a mere 2.5 hours East of the District of Columbia. The Commission has also worked with the utilities in the state to redevelop the state’s energy efficiency goal.


Marissa Gillett, Senior Advisor to the Public Service Commission’s Chairman, will bring to light the latest insights into the Maryland Commission’s work on offshore wind and energy efficiency, the political challenges faced and the businesses opportunities created.


Date: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Venue: Dentons, 1900 K Street NW, WDC 20006

Closest Metro: Farragut West (Blue/Orange/Silver) or Farragut North (Red)

Cost: $0 (WCEE members); $20 (non-WCEE members)


This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; beverages and dessert will be provided but please bring your own lunch.




WCEE is grateful to Dentons US LLP for use of its conference facilities



Our Speaker


Marissa Gillett is the Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission, providing legal, policy, and technical support to the chairman and other commissioners.  Over the past six years, Marissa has advised the Commission on matters such as:  the State’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; the implementation of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act; the ongoing administration and review of statewide EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency programs; and the deployment of utility advanced metering initiatives.  Marissa also currently serves as the chair of the Commission’s electric vehicle work group and the Commission’s competitive markets and customer choice work group, which were initiated as part of the Commission’s grid modernization proceeding.


Marissa holds a B.S. in Bioengineering from Clemson University, and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.





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