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October 22, 2009

Clean Energy Development Fund Board Announces New Director

Montpelier, Vermont – The Clean Energy Development Fund Board (CEDB) is pleased to announce that Andrew Perchlik has been selected to fill the Clean Energy Development Fund Director position. Perchlik is the current executive director of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), the Vermont trade group for the renewable energy industry, which he started with a handful of renewable energy businesses in 2000.

“I’m very excited to work for the Clean Energy Development Fund, and to put my experiences at REV to work for the people of Vermont – who want to see real and rapid development of renewable energy in their communities,” says Perchlik.

“While it is a loss for Renewable Energy Vermont, it’s a tremendous gain for the Clean Energy Development Fund,” says Sam Swanson, co-chair of the CEDB and current board member of REV. “Andy’s knowledge and experience will help the new Board accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and grow clean energy business and jobs in Vermont.”

Over the past nine years at REV, Perchlik has overseen the rapid expansion of the clean energy sector and the transformation of renewable energy from a marginal alternative to a popular mainstream reality. Prior to joining REV, Perchlik worked at the Vermont Department of Public Service as a renewable energy specialist.

“Andy brings the right mix of skills and knowledge of the renewable energy industry to provide the leadership needed to ensure the efficient administration of the Clean Energy Development Fund,” says Robert Dostis, co-chair of the Clean Energy Development Board.

The Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) underwent a restructuring as the result of changes made in the 2008-2009 legislative session, leading to the creation of an independent oversight body, the Board. The Board has the responsibility for carrying out its legislative mandates, including promotion of renewable energy in Vermont, and now carries the added responsibility of directing the spending of over $30 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. Additional contributions from two Memoranda of Understanding with Entergy Nuclear Vermont bring the total funding stream to over $43 million between now and 2012.

The Clean Energy Development Board will continue to work closely with the Department of Public Service (DPS), which organized and ran CEDF since its creation in 2007, supporting $13 million in grants and loans, $48 million in outside investment, and 10 MW of renewable energy capacity. While the new Board is independent, it will rely heavily on DPS for technical and administrative support of CEDF.

“With the hiring of Andy, and the added benefit of the ARRA funds, the work DPS has done over the last three years will continue on behalf of the state in expanding renewable energy capacity.”

Source: Department of Public Service
Last Updated at: October 22, 2009 15:12:33