SOURCE: The New England Clean Energy Council

The New England Clean Energy Council

April 28, 2010 08:30 ET

New England Clean Energy Council Appoints Peter Rothstein to President

Venture Capitalist and Entrepreneur Succeeds Nick d'Arbeloff as Council Begins Next Chapter in the Region's Clean Energy Development

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - April 28, 2010) -  Today, the New England Clean Energy Council (the Council) announced that it has appointed Peter Rothstein as its new president, succeeding founding president Nick d'Arbeloff. As President, Rothstein will be instrumental in continuing the Council's mission to accelerate New England's clean energy economy to global leadership, expanding the active community of stakeholders assembled under d'Arbeloff.

"Peter Rothstein's been an integral part of the Council's success and we're looking forward to achieving even greater success under his leadership. His experience and active engagement in all facets of the clean technology space are invaluable assets to the Council and its mission," said Hemant Taneja, co-chair of the New England Clean Energy Council.

"As both an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, I've had the pleasure of seeing New England grow to become the hub of clean energy innovation, due in many respects to the efforts of the Council under the outstanding leadership of Nick d'Arbeloff," said Peter Rothstein, the newly-elected President of the New England Clean Energy Council. "The Council has worked tirelessly over the years to bring together leading energy executives, venture capitalists, researchers and policy-makers in order to establish a cohesive community and a powerful voice for the clean energy industry."

Rothstein joined the Council in 2009 as Senior Vice President to lead the Council's Energy Innovation Consortia project. He also directed the Council's Clean Energy Fellowship Program, launched in 2008. The same year, the Department of Energy awarded the Council with its Energy Innovator Award, recognizing the regional cluster for its highly-creative programs and events, designed to promote clean energy.

Before joining the Council, Rothstein was a key member of the cleantech team at Flagship Ventures, and he was the founder of Allegro Strategy, a venture development firm focused on cleantech startups. He is also actively involved in a range of leading cleantech and entrepreneurial organizations; he is a member of the National Renewable Energy Lab's VC Advisory Board, serves as a catalyst to MIT's Deshpande Center on solar and energy storage projects, and he is a board member of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge.

"We're eager to welcome Peter Rothstein as the new president of the Council, but we also want to reflect on the incredible impact Nick d'Arbeloff has had on our organization during the past few years. After all, it was through his strategic guidance that we were able to evolve from a startup non-profit to a 175-member organization," said Bruce Anderson, outgoing co-chair of the Council. "We look forward to his continued contributions."

Joining the Council as it was formed in early 2007, d'Arbeloff helped launch and manage an array of signature initiatives, including the initial drafting of the 2008 Green Jobs Act, the Governor's Clean Energy Challenge and Clean Energy Fellowship Programs and drafting the Energy Innovation title in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES). He also expanded the Council's influence, building its sponsor list from just a handful to more than 40 and membership from zero to over 175 companies.

"I leave the Council in great hands: Peter Rothstein is not only well-connected and respected in the space, but he's also very involved in a number of clean tech organizations and entrepreneurial ventures. I am quite confident that he will push the Council to become an even stronger, more impactful organization across and beyond New England," said Nick d'Arbeloff, former president of the Council. "Quite simply, he is the right man for the job."

d'Arbeloff will assume a co-chairman role at the Council as he steps into a new executive position at EnerNOC, Inc (NASDAQ: ENOC), a leading provider of energy management applications in Boston.

About the New England Clean Energy Council
The New England Clean Energy Council was formed in early 2007. The 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. The Council represents over 175 members, comprising clean energy companies, venture investors, major financial institutions, local universities and colleges, industry associations, area utilities, labor and large commercial end-users. The Council's ranks include more than 50 clean energy CEOs, representatives from most of the region's top 10 law firms, and partners from over a dozen of the region's top venture capital firms (with a total of over $8 billion under management). Working with its stakeholders, the Council develops and executes a wide array of programs in five key focus areas: Innovation, Growth, Education and Training, Adoption, & Policy. For additional information please visit www.cleanenergycouncil.org.

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