Boston – This afternoon State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) was named 2012 Clean Energy Champion by the New England Clean Energy Council (the Council) during their first-ever Clean Energy Day at the Massachusetts State House.
"The New England Clean Energy Council recognizes Senator Ben Downing as its 2012 'Clean Energy Champion' in the Legislature for his years of dedication to advancing the clean energy economy of Massachusetts," said Peter Rothstein, President of the Council.
Downing serves as the Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy and is tapped by Leadership to serve as the point person in the Upper Chamber on all policy issues related to energy.
"Massachusetts’ leadership in clean energy and energy efficiency is the product of efforts undertaken by the Legislature and the Patrick Administration, in partnership with our communities and the private sector,” said Downing. “I'm happy to have played a small role in those efforts thus far, and look forward to continuing these efforts in the future."
Clean Energy Day showcased the broad range of clean energy businesses currently operating across the Commonwealth, providing a multitude of benefits to Massachusetts’ economy. A speaking program featuring Lt. Governor Timothy Murray, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan, Downing and his Committee co-chairman Representative John Keenan (D- Salem) was followed by a Clean Energy Expo, Council member visits to elected officials, and a networking reception.
The New England Clean Energy Council’s mission is to accelerate New England’s clean energy economy to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean energy companies. Working with its stakeholders, the Council develops and executes a wide array of programs in six key focus areas: Innovation; Growth; Education and Workforce Development; Adoption; Policy and Advocacy; and Research.
The Council represents close to 400 member and affiliate member organizations, including clean energy companies, venture investors, major financial institutions, universities, industry associations, utilities, labor and large commercial end-users.
Representative Keenan and Secretary Sullivan were also named 2012 Clean Energy Champions during today’s ceremony.