2023 Legislative Reception

Maryland continues to set ambitious targets for decarbonization and achieving Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goals. As the state, local communities, and business leaders develop the strategies for implementation, the need for the right people to be in place and all people to be included in this transition, will be critical to success.


The 2023 MCEC Legislative Reception was held  in a hybrid format, on February 23, to host in-person networking, and allow remote attendees to hear from guest speakers on the climate and energy legislation, and related workforce and economic priorities, under consideration by the Maryland General Assembly.

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2023 MCEC Legislative Reception

2023 Special Guest Speakers

Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller

Lt. Governor
Aruna Miller

State of Maryland

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Sen. Bill Ferguson

President of the Senate

District 46

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Sen. Brian Feldman

Chair of the Senate Education, Energy, and the Environment Committee

District 15


Del. Marc Korman

Majority Leader, House Appropriations Committee

District 16

Del. Lorig Charkoudian

Del. Lorig Charkoudian

House Economic Matters Committee

District 20

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Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo

House Economic Matters Committee

District 15

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Del. Lily Qi

House Economic Matters Committee

District 15

Vaugh Stewart

Del. Vaughn Stewart

District 19

Dir. Paul Pinsky

Paul Pinsky

Maryland Energy Administration

Lael Campbell

Lael E. Campbell

Vice President, State Government Affairs - East

Geoff Oxnam

Geoff Oxnam

Founder & CEO
American Microgrid Solutions

Board Chair, MCEC

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I. Katherine Magruder

Executive Director
Maryland Clean Energy Administration

2023 Featured Panels

Workforce Development & Leadership: Preparing the People Needed Now and in the Future

Employers are already struggling to find the right people to meet workforce needs, making it essential to address recruitment, training, and retention concerns, now. Some programs are already in place, but how do they connect with the right people, and make sure that everyone has access? This panel will discuss existing programs, their struggles and achievements, and what is needed as employers, professional and trade associations, and local governments collaborate to build the workforce vital to a successful clean energy transition.

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Stephanie Johnson

Executive Director

Kevin Dunshee

Kevin Dunshee

Chief Commercial Officer
Solar Landscape

Mary Keller

Mary Keller

Special Grants Administrator
Maryland Department of Labor

Megan Outten

Megan Outten

Stakeholder Manager
Business Network for Offshore Wind

Grant Shmelzer

Grant Shmelzer

IEC Chesapeake

Energy & Climate Justice, Equity, and Accessibility for ALL

The advancement of clean energy is multifaceted – improved health for people and the planet, security, long-term reliability, and the ability to quicky respond in emergency situations. There are economic considerations, and the potential for significant opportunities related to the transition and implementation of new technologies and infrastructure. Amidst the excitement of the energy future on the horizon, it is critical that steps be taken to move all Maryland communities forward, together. This panel will discuss challenges and strategies to ensure equity and accessibility in the clean energy movement.

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Charmaine Brown

Advisor - Diversity,
Equity & Inclusion Strategies & Initiatives

Wandra Ahley-Williams

Wandra Ashley - Williams

Regional Director
Climate XChange

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Divesh Gupta

Director of Strategy,
Utility of the Future

Adriana Hochberg

Adriana Hochberg

Climate Change Officer and Acting Director,
Department of Environmental Protection
Montgomery County Government

Special Thanks to Our 2023 Event Sponsors

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