WASHINGTON,Jan. 7, 2016/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Today Advanced Energy Economy [AEE,https://www.aee.net/] announced that executives of seven market-leading companies have joined its board of directors to support the business group's efforts to spur the growth of secure, clean, affordable energy inthe United States. The new directors areMary Rhinehart, Chair and President,Johns Manville;Terrill Laughton, Vice President and General Manager, Integrated Demand Resources,Johnson Controls; Dan'l Lewin, Corporate Vice President,Microsoft; André DeVilbiss, SVP, Strategic Development,Recurrent Energy;Bill DiCroce, President and COO,Veolia North America'sMunicipal & Commercial Business; andChris Brown, President,Vestas Americas. Remaining on the board, now in his new role atSchneider Electric, isKevin Self, SVP, Strategy, Business Development & Government Relations.AEE's full board of directors can be foundhere[https://www.aee.net/about/board-of-directors].

"I am extremely proud to have the leadership and guidance of these outstanding business executives on our board," saidGraham Richard, CEO of AEE. "With their diverse corporate backgrounds, they bring valuable insights rooted in high-tech, energy efficiency, building materials, district energy, water management, solar and wind power. They join a highly energized board committed to driving transformative public policy that accelerates the growth of advanced energy technologies. By strengthening our board in perspective and experience, these executives of AEE member companies will help us achieve our vision of a prosperous world running on secure, clean, affordable energy."

"Investments in renewable energy are a foundation of Microsoft's overall environmental sustainability strategy, and we are committed to taking actions that accelerate the growth and adoption of clean energy," said Dan'l Lewin, Corporate Vice President atMicrosoft. "I'm excited to join the board of AEE and lookforward to drawing on the collective expertise to advance the adoption of clean energy and speed the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable future."

[See quotes from all seven directors:http://info.aee.net/hubfs/docs/AEE_BoardQuotes_FINAL_1.7.16.pdf]

[Director biographies and photos:http://bit.ly/1VJk8lG]

AEE leads a variety of policy initiatives to expand opportunities for the advanced energy industry: the 21st Century Electricity System initiative, engaging regulators, utilities, and business leaders in reforming utility business and regulatory models; modernizing the electric power system under EPA's Clean Power Plan; strengthening state policies on energy efficiency, peak demand reduction, and customer access to renewable energy; and engaging members of Congress and the Executive branch on federal energy issues.

The affiliated Advanced Energy Economy Institute has also added new board members:Greg Ballard, Former Mayor ofIndianapolis, Indiana;Arno Harris, Founder and former CEO, Recurrent Energy, and PastBoardChair, Solar Energy Industries Association; andKim Jordan, Cofounder and Executive Chair, New Belgium Brewing.

About Advanced Energy Economy and AEE Institute
Advanced Energy Economy is a national association of businesses that are making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. AEE's mission is to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy businesses. AEE and its State and Regional Partner organizations are active in 26 states across the country, representing more than 1,000 companies and organizations in the advanced energy industry. TheAdvanced Energy Economy Institute [https://www.aee.net/aeei] a nonprofit educational and charitable organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the public benefits and opportunities of advanced energy.