Press Release - Office of the Governor

Governor O'Malley Announces Maryland Energy Summit

Summit Will Bring Best, Brightest Minds Together to Find Solutions;

Governor Swears In Malcolm Woolf to Lead Maryland Energy Administration

ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 3, 2007) – Just one day after releasing the “EmPOWER Maryland” initiative to reduce Statewide energy consumption 15% by 2015, Governor Martin O’Malley announced the Maryland Energy Summit.

This summit, to be held on July 25, 2007, will bring together community leaders, academic experts, government officials, industry regulators, and business executives to discuss a strategic energy policy. By creating a forum for an honest, open discussion, Maryland will take the first key steps to establish a plan for affordable, reliable, clean energy.

“As a state, we have to look at all of our options – improving efficiency, enhancing infrastructure, and bolstering accountability – and we have to act,” said Governor O’Malley. “With the Maryland Energy Summit, we will bring together the leading experts on energy throughout our state to help us find the solutions to create a stable, sustainable future.”

Governor Martin O’Malley also swore in Malcolm D. Woolf as Director of the Maryland Energy Administration. An energy expert with experience at the national level and in the private sector, Woolf will lead the MEA in its role to make Maryland more energy efficient, lower costs for consumers, and protect Maryland’s environment from power-related pollutants. In addition, Governor O’Malley announced a Maryland Energy Summit to create a plan to keep energy affordable.

“I am proud to swear in Malcolm Woolf as Director of the Maryland Energy Administration,” said Governor O’Malley. “In his first few weeks, Malcolm has already proven himself an outstanding leader who will protect Marylanders families by making our power system more efficient and cost-effective.”

“In Malcolm, Maryland has a leader with national experience who cares about keeping energy affordable,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Maryland is truly lucky to have a leader like Malcolm who will help us confront one of our most pressing problems – the increasing cost of energy.”

Malcolm Woolf was most recently the Director of the National Governors Association’s Natural Resources Committee, which shapes federal policy on energy, agriculture, the environment, and natural resources. While with the NGA, Woolf launched the NGA’s Energy Project to evaluate and prioritize state and federal energy policies and shape the federal energy agenda. Previously, Woolf was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, working on energy and environment issues, including renewable and rural energy. Woolf was also a Senior Attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and an Environmental and Energy Associate with both Winston & Strawn, and Piper & Marbury L.L.P.

Woolf received his B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University. He earned a Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy, and a J.D., from the University of Virginia.

The EmPOWER Maryland Initiative released yesterday, which aims to reduce power consumption statewide 15% by the year 2015, has seven key points:

July 3, 2007