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  • 6 Sep 2018 6:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I have been a member of NCAC for almost 10 years, and I am honored to lead the 2018-2019 Council as President. Simply put, NCAC is a great organization, and I encourage all its members to consider being on the Council and volunteering in some way, shape, or form. NCAC is an all-volunteer organization, so please give us your ideas, enthusiasm, and energy to contribute to NCAC’s continued success as the top professional group for energy here in Washington, DC.

    Washington has a never ending revolving door of people coming and going, which includes for energy. NCAC has been a welcoming and stabilizing force for Washington’s energy community for decades. I am sure all of us remember our first NCAC lunch and standing up before the group and introducing ourselves. That time-honored tradition has plugged us all into the NCAC network and helped foster some great professional relationships.

    Thank you for choosing me as President of NCAC and for providing such a fantastic Council. We look forward to seeing you at NCAC’s events in the coming year.

    Michael Ratner, NCAC President

  • 1 Sep 2018 9:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It has been an honor and a pleasure serving this past year as NCAC president. There are many professional organizations in the DC area but none like NCAC. What sets us apart is our members. I am always impressed by the caliber of knowledge you bring to our events. Getting to know you has been the highlight of my time as president. It's been a joy meeting so many interesting people and, on a personal level, making new friends.

    NCAC is an all-volunteer organization that neither has nor seeks sponsors. Everything we do only happens because of the generous effort and time given by our volunteers. I want to thank the current NCAC council for their dedication and a job well done. Looking back on the year, we did a lot. NCAC launched a new website, went on a technical tour, started a newsletter, hosted happy hours and put together an outstanding Annual Conference to name a few.

    I would like to congratulate the incoming officers and council:

    • President | Michael Ratner, Congressional Research Service
    • Vice President | David Givens, Argus Media
    • Treasurer | Joel Yudken, High Road Strategies
    • Secretary | Pat McMurray, Public Utilities Fortnightly
    • Aqueel Adenwala, Energy Ventures Analysis Inc
    • Aaron Annable, Canadian Embassy
    • Rita Beale, Energy Unlimited
    • Devin Hartman, R Street Institute
    • Natalie Kempkey, U.S. Energy Information Administration
    • Jennifer Reichert, CRDF Global
    • Barney Rush, Rush Energy Consulting
    • Lisa Viscidi, Inter-American Dialogue
    • Michael Weber, German Embassy
    • John Wenk, GWU (Student Representative)

    What an impressive group. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next NCAC year!

    One last thought before I hand over the reins to Michael. As part of NCAC leadership, I attended almost every lunch meeting for the past two years, even on topics I might not have attended otherwise. No question, I am richer for it. I urge you to take advantage of all this association has to offer and to get involved.

    Elaine E. Levin, Powerhouse | NCAC President

  • 15 Aug 2017 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The results are in. Our 2017/2018 NCAC officers and Council members are as follows:

    2017-2018 NCAC Council Leadership

    NCAC Officers

    • Elaine Levin - Powerhouse (President)*
    • Michael Ratner - Congressional Research Service (Vice President)*
    • Joel Yudken - High Road Strategies (Treasurer)*
    • Pat McMurray - Public Utilities Fortnightly (Secretary)*
    • Council Members At-Large
    • John Caldwell - Edison Electric Institute
    • Devin Hartman - R Street Institute* 
    • Natalie Kempkey - EIA*
    • Sarah Ladislaw - CSIS
    • Roger Lueken - Brattle Group*
    • Mark Noll - Georgetown University (student rep)
    • Jennifer Reichert - CRDF Global*
    • Barney Rush - Rush Energy Consulting*
    • Garry Tyran - UCLA Anderson School of Management*
    • Dan White - Berkeley Research Group
    • Jim McDonnell - Avalon Energy Services (Immediate Past President)*

    * denotes current NCAC Council membership

    This is a highly impressive group of folks which is reflective of the high caliber of our overall membership. I am confident that the future of the NCAC is bright.

    There are numerous professional organizations in the DC area but none like the NCAC. All volunteer. Minimalist budget. No sponsors. Seeks no sponsors. Non-partisan. Expertly focused on energy and economics. And, out of this group comes consistently high quality, relevant lunch speakers, topical conferences, Lively networking events, and interesting technical tours. And, about 14% of our 400 members are students which bodes well for the future of the organization.

    It has been a pleasure serving this past year as president. I’d like to thank the current officers and Council members for their dedication and a job well done. I’d also like to thank you, the members. It is you that make the NCAC what it is.

    All the best,

    Jim McDonnell
    Avalon Energy Services, LLC
    Immediate Past President, NCAC

  • 6 Aug 2017 10:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The importance of energy in our society is immense and the degree of change we witness every day—in energy technology, supply and demand, and policy—seems even greater.

    NCAC member Mark Finley well captured the challenges we face in his Member of the Month profile. He asked, “…how does the world get the energy it needs; provide a growing population with light, heat, and power; improve peoples’ lives and lift people out of poverty; and accomplish it all in ways that are sustainable, secure, and affordable?” These challenges are large and serious. What a great time to be in the energy industry.

    And what a great time to be part of the NCAC.

    As of the beginning of 2017, we have close to 400 members—nearly double our membership in 2011. And, thirteen percent of our members are students. This reflects strong interest in the energy industry and also augurs well for the future of our organization.

    Your involvement in the NCAC keeps you on the forefront of the many issues facing the energy industry, and the NCAC flourishes thanks to the participation and engagement of all our members.

    Jim McDonnell, NCAC Board President
    Avalon Energy Services, LLC

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