The CCEF Board

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board is responsible for developing the overall comprehensive plan and approving policies, programs and funding for CCEF. The fund is administered by Connecticut Innovations.

 

The 15-member Board is comprised of members appointed by the Governor, the leadership of the General Assembly and Connecticut Innovations as well as the Office of Consumer Counsel, the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Department of Environmental Protection. Appointed members include representatives with expertise in renewable energy resources, business and commercial investments as well as representatives of organized labor, environmental organizations, a statewide business organization and low-income electric customers. The breadth of the Board's expertise provides an opportunity for the State of Connecticut to lead the nation in the development and implementation of innovative renewable energy policies.

 

The current appointed members are:

 

 Norma J. Glover, Chair

 

Norma Glover is founder and principal of NJG Associates, a consulting firm focused on promoting the use of compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas and hydrogen in mobile applications. The NJG team, which has extensive experience in the alternative fuels industry, provides assistance with public policy development, website development and maintenance, and information sharing.

 

Ms. Glover is also founder and chairman emeritus of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, an alliance of state and federal air quality, transportation and energy agencies, vehicle and engine manufacturers, fuel providers, and transit and refuse  hauler associations. The partnership is dedicated to promoting the deployment of low-emission natural gas vehicles throughout California.

 

Previously, Ms. Glover served for six years on the governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), an air pollution control agency in California.  Its jurisdiction is Orange County and the urban portion of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, serving a population of more than 16.7 million.  She served the AQMD in various capacities, including chairman.  Ms. Glover also served for eight years on the City Council of Newport Beach, California, joining diverse committees including the Environmental Quality Committee, which she co-chaired.

 

Ms. Glover earned a master’s degree in public administration from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern State University.

 

Ms. Glover was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board in 2007, after having served for two years on the Connecticut Clean Energy Advisory Committee.

 

  

John Olsen, Vice Chairman

 

John Olsen serves as president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, which consists of approximately 500 affiliated labor unions involving more than 200,000 union members statewide.  He has served in this capacity for more than 20 years, having first been elected to the post in 1988.

 

Under Mr. Olsen’s leadership, the AFL-CIO’s commitment to political education, legislative action, grassroots organizing and community mobilization has strengthened organized labor’s voice as an advocate for all of Connecticut’s working families.

 

Mr. Olsen got his start in the labor movement as president of the UA Local 133, the plumbers’ and pipefitters’ union, and later was elected to the Connecticut AFL-CIO Executive Board.  He subsequently served as general vice president and then as secretary-treasurer, the second-highest ranking position in the statewide labor movement.

 

In addition to his leadership positions in labor relations, Mr. Olsen served as secretary-treasurer of the Connecticut State Building and Construction Trades Council.

 

Mr. Olsen was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board in 2007.  However, he has been an adviser to CCEF since 2004, when he was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Advisory Committee.

 

Mr. Olsen is also a member of the board of directors of the Connecticut Executive Training Committee.

 

 

Jerry Peters, Secretary

 

Jerome Peters is senior vice president and managing director of project finance at TD Bank, N.A., a capital provider and financial arranger for energy and infrastructure projects in North America.  For the past 15 years, TD Bank has been a leader in arranging and providing equity, senior and subordinated debt financing for clean conventional and renewable energy projects in North America, with a portfolio that includes combined cycle natural gas, fuel cell, wind, geothermal, hydro, landfill gas, biomass and solar PV projects, as well as ethanol and biodiesel production projects.

 

Prior to joining TD Bank, Mr. Peters was with Chrysler Capital Corporation, where he established and managed the Project Finance Group.  This group specialized in making tax-advantaged equity investments in energy projects, creating a diverse, high-yielding portfolio of projects with contributed equity in excess of $1 billion. Chrysler invested in its first renewable energy project in 1985.

 

In addition to serving on the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board, Mr. Peters serves as chairman of the advisory board for the University of Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center.

 

Mr. Peters received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Baltimore and a Master of Administrative Science degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

 

Mr. Peters was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board in 2007.  He has served CCEF since the inception of the fund in 2000, when he was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Advisory Committee.

 

 

Tracy Babbidge

 

Tracy Babbidge joined the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection in 1993 and currently serves as the director of the Air Planning Division.  The division is responsible for formulating the state’s air quality, climate change and mobile source strategies to achieve the state’s clean air goals.  The division also operates and maintains Connecticut’s ambient monitoring network. She also serves as DEP Commissioner McCarthy’s designee on the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board.

 

Prior to her state environmental experience, Ms. Babbidge worked at the federal level for the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

 

She received her law degree from Quinnipiac College School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Providence College.  She is a member of the Connecticut Bar.

 

Ms. Babbidge has served as the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection commissioner’s designee to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board since 2007. 

 

 

Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D.

 

Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D., is dean of engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Choi brings to the CCEF board in-depth knowledge about energy conversion and environmental pollutants – in particular, soot that is emitted during combustion, which has been the focus of his current research effort.


Before joining the University of Connecticut in 2008, he served as department head of mechanical engineering and associate dean for research and graduate studies at Drexel University.


Dr. Choi has helped to develop national outreach and educational programs with federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, NASA and U.S. Department of Education.


He is the recipient of a number of national awards for teaching and research and in 2007 was elected president of the International Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.


Dr. Choi earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Dr. Choi was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund board in 2009.

 

 

Scott DeVico
 

Scott DeVico has served as legislative program manager at Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) since September of 2005.  During his tenure at DEMHS, Mr. DeVico has served on various boards and committees, including the Public Health Preparedness Advisory Committee and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board.

 

Prior to joining DEMHS, Mr. DeVico served as a legislative liaison for the Office of the Governor of the State of Connecticut.  He also previously held numerous positions with the state legislature of Connecticut.

 

Mr. DeVico holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Post University.

 

Scott DeVico was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board in 2007.

 

 

Alan Greene

 

Alan Greene is chief executive officer of AKG Partners Ltd., a private business consulting services company located in Darien, Connecticut.  A long-time investor in and advisor to high-tech companies, Mr. Greene offers in-depth experience in the business and high-tech arenas.

 

In addition to serving on the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board, Mr. Greene serves on the board of Connecticut Innovations, acting as its vice chairman and serving on its Audit, Compliance and Governance Committee.  He was re-appointed to CI’s board in 2006, after having served for a full decade during the 1990s either on CI’s board or the Eli Whitney Investment Advisory Committee.

 

Earlier in his career, he held a number of positions with Price Waterhouse, including managing partner of the company’s Corporate Finance Group.

 

Mr. Greene was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board in 2008.

 

 

Mary Healey

 

Mary J. Healey was reappointed consumer counsel for the state of Connecticut by Governor M. Jodi Rell and confirmed by the General Assembly to serve a second five-year term from July 2006 through June 2011.  Under her leadership, the Office of Consumer Counsel has continued its proactive role in representing the interests of utility ratepayers of Connecticut.

 

Ms. Healey, an attorney, brings to this post the unique experience and expertise of her positions as vice president, general counsel and secretary at Yankee Gas Services Company, a Connecticut regulated utility company, where she was employed from 1989-2000.

 

During her first term, the OCC tackled a number of difficult and complex issues involving rate cases, transmission expansions and electric wholesale market rules and pricing, professionally and competently representing Connecticut ratepayers’ interests in all these matters.  In addition, the OCC has been an active participant on behalf of utility consumers in many forums, such as the New England Power Pool, providing information and testimony to help shape sound energy policies, both state and federal.

 

Ms. Healey is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Boston College Law School.  As consumer counsel, she serves ex officio on the boards of a number of energy-related state entities.  She is vice chair of the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board, a member of the Energy Conservation Management Board, a member of the Low Income Energy Advisory Board and a director of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center.  Ms. Healey also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates as vice president.

 

Ms. Healey was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board in 2007.

 

 

Kevin Hennessy

 

Kevin Hennessy is a staff attorney for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, the state’s largest business organization with over 10,000 members.  CBIA works to promote a healthy business climate, which encourages economic growth and job creation in the state.  He is a member of the association’s government affairs team, representing the business community’s views before the state legislature and administrative agencies, including the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control.  His areas of expertise include energy and technology, business law and liability issues, and corporate governance.

 

In addition to serving on the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board, Mr. Hennessy serves on the Energy Conservation Management Board and the board of the Connecticut Power & Energy Society.  He was also appointed to the Bench-Bar Centralized Small Claims Committee.

 

Prior to joining CBIA, Mr. Hennessy worked at several Connecticut and New York area law firms.

 

Mr. Hennessy is a member of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Western New England College School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Holy Cross.

 

Mr. Hennessy was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board in 2008.

 

 

Robert Maddox

 

Robert Maddox has several years of experience in matters relating to energy and the environment.  He is presently the chief sustainability officer and national director of utility programs for Sterling Planet, a company that provides complete carbon solutions through the sale of renewable energy credits (RECs), energy efficiency credits and carbon offsets. Mr. Maddox is also the owner of Sun One Organic Farm of Bethlehem, Connecticut, which grows certified organic produce.  And he is an instructor in the principles of The Natural Step, an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to education, advisory work and research in sustainable development.

 

A LEED™ Accredited Professional and a member of the LEED Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group for the U.S. Green Building Council, Mr. Maddox frequently provides expert testimony before state regulatory commissions, and his insights on sustainable energy are sought out by policy makers, universities and the press.

 

Previously, Mr. Maddox was a seven-term state representative from Litchfield County and in that capacity served as an assistant minority leader and member of the Environment Committee.  He helped establish the Connecticut Green Building Council and served for three years as its president.

 

Mr. Maddox lives in a solar home that is considered to be one of the most efficient in Connecticut.  His house has been featured in the New York Times, Hartford Courant, Torrington Register Citizen and Waterbury Republican and on CPTV.

Mr. Maddox was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board in 2007.  He had previously served on the Connecticut Clean Energy Advisory Committee for two years.

 

 

John Mengacci

 

John Mengacci serves as undersecretary of the Policy Development and Planning Division of the state of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM). One of the units within his division is the Energy Policy Unit.  The Energy Policy Unit serves, among other things, as the state energy office and has a broad range of responsibilities related to state and regional energy issues.

 

Mr. Mengacci also serves as the governor’s designee to the New England States Committee on Electricity, the Power Planning Committee of the New England Governors’ Conference and the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change.  Additionally, he is a member of the Institute for Sustainable Energy’s advisory board and is the former chairman of the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board.

 

Mr. Mengacci holds a bachelor’s degree in business from LaSalle University and a law degree from Loyola University.

 

Since 2007, Mr. Mengacci has served on the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board as the designee of the secretary of OPM.  Previously, he had served CCEF since the inception of the fund in 2000, participating on the Connecticut Clean Energy Advisory Committee.

 

 

Carol Muradian

 

Carol Muradian has over 25 years of experience in banking.  She is a senior officer at New England Certified Development Corporation, where she administers commercial real estate loans financed under the popular Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program.  Prior to joining New England Certified, she served in various leadership roles at Fleet National Bank-Connecticut, having most recently served as its senior vice president for corporate loan administration.

 

In addition to serving on the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board, Ms. Muradian serves on the board of Connecticut Innovations and is a member of the Economic Development Agency of Canton, Connecticut.

 

Ms. Muradian earned a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and management from Bryant College and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Providence College.

 

Ms. Muradian was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board in 2007.

 

 

Matthew Ranelli


Matthew Ranelli is an attorney in the Environment, Energy and Land Use Group at Shipman & Goodwin LLP in Hartford. Mr. Ranelli represents municipalities, developers, schools, and other end-users regarding green building standards, energy conservation and efficiency projects, and managing energy options.


Mr. Ranelli is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is chairman of the Environmental Law Committee of the New Haven County Bar Association. He is vice-chairman of the Planning and Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and past chairman of the Environmental Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. In addition, he serves on a number of state and local boards and commissions including the New Haven Green Fund which supports projects to improve water and air quality in the Greater New Haven region.


Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Mr. Ranelli was an attorney for the Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Research where he served the environment and public health committees. Mr. Ranelli received Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Law degrees from Vermont Law School.


Mr. Ranelli was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund board in 2009. 

 

 

Jessie Stratton

 

Jessie Stratton is deputy director of Environment Northeast, a not-for-profit research and advocacy group with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and Prince Edward Island.  She also manages an environmental consulting and government relations firm, Stratton Resources, LLC, which she founded in 2003.  Additionally, Ms. Stratton serves on the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters board and on the board of Riverfront Recapture.

 

Previously she served for 14 years as a member of the Connecticut General Assembly, serving as House chair of the Environment Committee from 1993 through 2003.  In that role she was recognized for her work on remediating brownfields, preserving open space, promoting energy conservation and the development of clean, renewable energy, and protecting Long Island Sound.  She received numerous awards for her work in these areas.  Additionally, she served on the Public Health, General Law, Program Review & Investigations, Regulations Review, Executive & Legislative Nominations, and Government, Administrations & Election committees.

 

From 1999 to 2003 she served as the executive director of the Hartford chapter of the American Leadership Forum, a national leadership development organization.

 

Ms. Stratton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

 

Ms. Stratton was appointed to CCEF’s board of directors in 2008.

 

 

Patricia Wrice

 

Patricia Wrice has over 30 years of experience in the human services field.  For more than a decade, she has served as the executive director of Operation Fuel, a nonprofit organization in Connecticut that partners with communities, businesses, individuals and government to ensure that people in need have access to year-round energy assistance.  Additionally, since 1990, she has been an adjunct professor at both the University of Connecticut and Capital State Technical College, teaching courses relating to Social Welfare Policy and Human Oppression.

 

Previously she held several positions with the New England Health Care Employees Union District 1199.  She was also executive director of the CHILD Council, creating Building Parent Power, an organization that provides parents with a vehicle for addressing health issues affecting their children.  And she served as executive director of the Human Resources Agency of New Britain, program director for the Connecticut Housing Coalition, and program director for Center City Churches in Hartford, where she administered Operation Fuel funds to local clients.

 

Ms. Wrice has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Central Connecticut State University.  She completed a certificate program in nonprofit management from the Nonprofit Support Program of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

 

Ms. Wrice serves on a number of nonprofit boards in Connecticut and nationally.

 

Ms. Wrice was appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board in 2007.