March 31, 2011
Clean Cities Stakeholder Meeting
University of Rhode Island Chafee Hall
Abigail Anthony is a Policy Analyst based in her home state of Rhode Island working on energy, climate and air quality issues with ENE's Energy, Analysis and Transportation teams. Abigail earned a Ph.D in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Rhode Island (URI) where she wrote her dissertation on compliance rates in residential demand response programs and was a fellow in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Coastal Institute training and internship program, IGERT. As an IGERT fellow, Abigail had the opportunity to work with the New England Energy Innovation Collaborative in Cambridge, MA researching emerging clean energy technologies and facilitating discussion between clean technology entrepreneurs and investors. Abigail also had the opportunity to work on the communications team at Boston-based Ceres. Abigail is a member of the Jamestown (RI) Wind Energy Committee. Abigail received her MA and BA in economics from the University of Montana.
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Atlantic Ethanol, Inc. is a renewable energy company formed with the vision and goal of bringing sustainable green energy and jobs to RI; being the first to bring a cellulosic, 2nd generation, environmentally friendly and advanced technology biofuels production facility, to New England and the East Coast of the United States.
Prior to forming the Kehew & Vaillancourt Allstate Insurance Agency in 2009, Mike Kehew worked with Webster and USI Insurance Agencies. He owned and operated the Kehew Insurance Agency located in Middletown RI, which he founded in 1982. He is an Equity Partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Atlantic Ethanol Inc., a proposed 20 million gallon cellulosic ethanol plant to be built at Quonset Point, North Kingstown, RI.
Active in politics, Mike completed six terms on the Middletown Town Council, serving as Town Council President from 2000-2002 and was Chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party from 1990-1992. He co-hosted the NBC Television Show "Cross Currents" and has also been a radio talk show host for many years with WHJJ and currently with WADK. Mike is often called upon by various media outlets to comment on political news stories. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Mike earned his MBA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During his career he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for numerous organizations, including the Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Newport County Head Start Program, The Thames Science & Technology Center, The Rhode Island Real Estate Commission and the Aquidneck Island Chapter of The American Heart Association.
He is a current Governor's appointee to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation's RI Industrial Facilities Corporation and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Adams Trust.
Larry Dressler is a native Cranston Rhode Islander who has a BSBA from American University. Mr. Dressler is an Entrepreneur, Inventor, and Trademark Holder. Previously he was a principal at Colfax Inc, a Vegetable Oil Refinery (Pawtucket, RI). Larry has over 24 years experience in procurement, hedging, marketing, sales, manufacturing and operations in vegetable oils. In 2002 Larry started LVD Marketing, a vegetable oil brokerage and commodity trading business. Mr. Dressler also developed AIM Systems, a closed loop bulk inventory system. In 2007 Mr. Dressler began working on alternative feedstock for the biodiesel industry and founded Tomorrow BioFuels, LLC with his business partner, Dr. Chirkov. Larry is President of Tomorrow BioFuels, LLC whose mission is to convert greenhouse gases into green power. Mr. Dressler built a 5,200 algae-to-energy pilot facility in Cranston RI that opened in December 2010 on time and within budget. Tomorrow BioFuels, LLC received the 2010 Innovation of the Year for Energy and the Environment from Providence Business News.
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