FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chelsea Harnish, Executive Director
Virginia Energy Efficiency Council Elects New Officers of the Board
RICHMOND — The Board of Directors for the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) elected new officers for the next two years:
- Chair: David Koogler, Vice President of Member Services and External Affairs, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
- Vice Chair: John Morrill, Energy Manager, Arlington County
- Secretary: Mark Jackson, Vice President of CHP Energy Solutions, Community Housing Partners
- Treasurer: Bill Greenleaf, Individual Member (re-elected)
“I look forward to overseeing the Board’s efforts to continue progress that has been made to position the VAEEC as the leading authority on energy efficiency in the Commonwealth,” said David Koogler. “With the significant emphasis on energy efficiency recently provided by the Administration and the General Assembly, I am excited to be part of the board leadership team at a time when the VAEEC will have a significant role in engaging stakeholders to advance energy efficiency as a resource.”
This fall the Governor’s Administration released the Virginia Energy Plan, which included energy efficiency as one of five areas of focus, along with solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, energy storage, and electric vehicles/advanced transportation. The General Assembly also passed the Grid Transformation and Security Act of 2018, which included a commitment from Virginia’s two investor-owned utilities to spend more than $1 billion on energy efficiency programs over the next ten years.
“The combined expertise of our new slate of Officers shows the depth of energy efficiency qualifications that represent our combined membership,” said Executive Director, Chelsea Harnish. “We are pleased to have these talented leaders at the helm of the VAEEC at a time when Virginia expects to see expanding utility energy efficiency programs and growing interest by Virginia localities to implement their own programs in the coming year.”
The VAEEC Board and staff also recognize the outgoing Board Chair, David Steiner, D+R International, for his efforts over the last two years, which helped lay the foundation for where the organization is today.
“It has been a delight to see the advancement of energy efficiency in almost all realms of Virginia public life since the founding of the VAEEC in 2012,” said Steiner. “There is certainly more work to be done and this slate of leaders has the proven credentials to carry us forward.”
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Founded in 2012, the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council is the voice for the energy efficiency industry in the Commonwealth. We are a nonprofit headquartered in Richmond. Our members include Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, universities, nonprofits, local governments, state agencies, and utilities. The Council’s goal is to ensure energy efficiency is recognized as an integral part of Virginia’s economy.