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RMI Efforts Yield Big Results for Cutting Costs for Manufacturers

GroupRMIEnergyForum2July 14- Timonium, MD – On Wednesday morning at Timonium’s North Plaza Hotel, the latest group of Maryland manufacturers participating in the Regional Manufacturing Institute’s Energy Efficiency program announced their results as they graduated from the RMI program.

The RMI Energy Program is one of several initiatives RMI has orchestrated to help reduce costs for Maryland manufacturers and increase their competitiveness.  With the ever increasing competitive pressures from overseas and elsewhere, energy is an important area of focus.

Over 120 manufacturing stakeholders were in attendance to hear from the recent group of graduated companies included American Yeast, Beynon Sports, Cloverland Farms Dairy, J.M. Huber, M.S. Willett, Pompeian, Pritchard Brown and Products Support, Inc. The firms benefited from a host of RMI expert services including a Level I energy audit, executive peer leadership meetings and change management training for employees that helped the companies to move forward on committing to energy efficiency and waste reduction at their facilities.

The audience heard from new RMI Chairman Aris Melissaratos and the newly appointed director of the Maryland Energy Administration Mary Beth Tung.  They set the platform for discussion outlining the challenges that manufactures face to be competitive, while also stressing the State’s commitment to their future success.  Most importantly, the message was clear about the imperative for energy efficiency to allow for further innovation in an era of tremendous change current trends of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies

The featured companies were the final group that graduated from RMI under a three year $3 million grant in partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration to help reduce energy consumption for over 60 Maryland manufacturers the BGE service territory.  The 60 firms are collectively in the process of reducing 17,000 megawatts and have planned for another 7,000 megawatts in energy reduction by the end of the year.

One of the program participants, Scott Wiley, President of defense contractor Products Support, Inc (PSI) was a bit skeptical about the service offering at first.  “When I heard about the RMI Energy Program I thought it was too good to be true.”  PSI signed up to join the program last fall and received an energy audit, created his green team to help create a culture of energy efficiency and participated in monthly leadership meetings to share best practices.

“We have already saved 30% off our energy bill just through from the Green Team that RMI helped us establish,” said Wiley.  “Additionally, RMI helped us secure a $120,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration and coupled together with the BGE rebates they helped us get approved, PSI will reduce its capital investment by $178,000,” he said.  The energy upgrade investment will help provide more efficient lighting and HVAC systems which is projected to reduce their energy use by 311 megawatts and save the firm over $49,000 off their electric bill annually.  “The program actually worked out very well.  I couldn’t be happier,” said Wiley.

“Our goal for each company was to help them not only reduce their energy load, but create that ongoing commitment to waste reduction,” said Mike Galiazzo, President of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI).

Manufacturers like Cloverland Farms Dairy is already reaping the benefits of their Green Team established by RMI.  “The Green Team helped us get the whole facility to own the process,” said Eric Molinaro, Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at Cloverland Farms Dairy in Baltimore.  As the team investigated opportunities for waste reduction, they looked at their $18,000 a month costs for sending wastes to landfills.  They did some investigation on how they might improve recycling to cut costs and recently announced that Cloverland will be the first company in the U.S. to use the Brickman plastic waste compactor to reduce their landfill cost.  As a result of the initiative, Molinaro said Cloverland is reducing its landfill costs by 85%.

One of the previous program graduates, C-Care, a contract manufacturer for the consumer product industry based in Linthicum, Maryland was recognized for their commitments to sustainability having recently been chosen to receive one of the 2016 Maryland Green Registry Awards.  RMI helped the firm leverage state resources with both a loan and grant from the MEA allowing them to make a $1.6 million investment to upgrade their facility and cut $187,000 annually off their electricity bill.

“RMI is leading the way to help Maryland manufacturers get positioned for manufacturing 4.0,” said Galiazzo. “We look forward to continuing to work with our Maryland manufacturing network as we put them in touch with top experts in the field to help prepare them for the many challenges ahead.”

Interested in joining RMI as we lead the way for Next Generation Manufacturing in Maryland, call us today and find out you can participate.  Call Peter Gourlay at 443-275-2489 or email him at peter.gourlay@rminextgenm.com.

3D Printed “RMI of Maryland” for Gov. Hogan

Hogan MikeDear Friends,

Last night I was at the home of former U.S. Senator and US Labor Secretary, Bill Brock and his wife Sandy. I have known Bill and Sandy for many years, Bill was a co-chair, with Ray Marshall, of a significant visionary report in the 1980’s – “America’s Choice: High Skills or Low Wages“.  We discussed today’s job situation and the impact of technology on job loss. I encouraged him to write a new report on America’s Choice today.

Governor Hogan and I talked about jobs for manufacturing and future legislation to help grow our manufacturingHaley Barbour, Mike Galiazzo Bill Brock base. I presented him with a 3D printed “RMI of Maryland” gift for speaking at our 25th anniversary gala. It was produced by Jan Baum, 3D Innovations Institute. Joining us was former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who did a fantastic job attracting manufacturing to Mississippi when he was Governor.  RMI member Peter Bowie of Ellicott Dredges and his wife were in attendance.


Hoyer uses Port Covington as backdrop for manufacturing plan

In his remarks that day, Congressman Hoyer thanked RMI President Mike Galiazzo for his dedication to manufacturing in Maryland. Galiazzo serves on “Hoyer’s Make it in America” advisory council.

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Hoyer uses Port Covington as backdrop for manufacturing plan

Article by Phil Davis, read the original article at the Capital Gazette

As part of his “Make it in America” legislative effort, Rep. Steny Hoyer on Monday outlined his plans to revitalize the manufacturing industry in Baltimore.

Using Port Covington as a backdrop to discuss his initiatives, it served as an update on a strategy he has pushed for years while industry supported measures in Washington, D.C. have stalled.

“Many Americans still haven’t found good, steady jobs in the aftermath of the Great Recession and – rightfully – feel left behind by our recovery,” Hoyer said. “Many people may even be working full-time, but they are still struggling to make ends meet.”

The speech coincided with the opening of The Foundry, which will provide industrial-grade tools and classes to the public. In addition, Under Armour has scheduled an official opening of the Under Armour Lighthouse: Manufacturing & Design Leadership Center for later this month.

And while Maryland has never been a bastion of manufacturing, with the state’s 106,000 industry workers representing less than 1 percent of the 12 million workers nationwide according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s still an important point for northern Anne Arundel County.

When the Sparrows Point steel mill, right across the river from northern Anne Arundel County, closed in 2012, 2,000 jobs were lost.

Officials and legislators in north county have signaled that Port Covington will be a key employer of local residents. In addition, many of the county’s state legislators supported bills this past General Assembly session that looked to lure manufacturers to the state through tax breaks.

Hoyer’s plan, which was light on specific funding or legislative methods, focused on advocacy for more education and workforce training, tax incentives for entrepreneurs and assistance for start-up companies.

“We need to help manufacturers during the scale-up phase so that it makes financial sense to make their products here,” Hoyer said. “We’re starting to do more of that, by creating manufacturing networks that support start-ups as they grow, rather than all-but forcing them offshore.”

Gene Burner, president of the Manufacturers’ Alliance of Maryland, said workforce development is one his major concerns as to the overall health of the industry.

“One of the things over time that has lapsed over time with Maryland (is) … providing training assistance from the state,” Burner said.

Burner, who serves as a lobbyist on behalf of industry leaders in the state, pointed to a now defunct Partnership for Workforce Quality Program.

Established in 1989, the program provided reimbursable grants to match the investments of Maryland’s manufacturing technology companies in employee training.

“They could actually set up training seminars … that kind of faded away over time,” Burner said.

An initiative to reinstate these types of matching grants could be taken up at either the state or federal level. Before the Sparrows Point steel mill closed down, Burner said he’d worked to secure federal funding to help train workers for the site.

“I think there’s going to be a call to reinstate something like that,” he added.

Hoyer’s plan also comes only a few weeks after Maryland received a “D” for its overall manufacturing climate from Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research annual report.

The center’s director Michael Hicks pointed to both the need for better education and training as a way to address the industry’s needs.

And Hoyer made that a key point in his speech, saying the government should invest more in the educational fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

“Promoting partnerships between employers and educational institutions, including through apprenticeships, will bring us closer to building a workforce that can compete for every twenty-first century job,” Hoyer said.

While Hoyer asked for more investment on infrastructure in better roads and highways, the representative did not say how much more should be spent nor how it would be funded.

In addition, he said Congress should use “the tax code to incentivize entrepreneurship” and to reduce “regulatory burdens where we can, in order to give start-up businesses a stronger change at success.”

Burner said Maryland’s Department of Commerce is organizing a group of industry leaders to discuss state specific issues as to manufacturing in the coming weeks.

RMI NextGen-M Energy Forum

Join RMI and our manufacturing stakeholders next Wednesday, July 13th at the RMI NextGen-M Energy Forum as we feature leading Maryland manufacturing companies, and graduates of the RMI energy program, who will discuss their successful efforts to improve energy efficiency at their factories. This is an opportunity for you to find out about energy efficiency and sustainability programs, BGE rebates, incentives and state funds to help manufacturers implement energy improvements. These are great success stories and we want you to learn how to benefit from these and programs.
Exhibitors will provide information on purchasing energy at reduced costs and a wide variety of other services. These may help your company be more competitive by becoming more energy efficient and building new partnerships with RMI and other manufacturers.
Program Agenda
  • Welcome from RMI’s new Board Chairman, Aris Melissaratos
  • Remarks from Governor Hogan’s newly appointed MEA Director, Dr. Mary Beth Tung
  • Insights on Innovative Energy Savings Technologies
  • Recognition of C-Care for winning Green Registry Award
  • Panel Discussions from Pompeian, Beynon Sports, Pritchard Brown, M.S. Willett, J.M. Huber, Cloverland Farms Dairy, Lallemand/American Yeast and Products Support, Inc.
Discussions to Highlight:
  • Employees Green Teams
  • Upgraded Facility Lighting
  • Upgraded Compressed Air Systems
  • Upgraded Heating and Cooling Systems and Building Controls
  • Upgraded Building Envelope
  • HVAC Systems Upgrades
  • Identified Thousands of Dollars in Energy Leaks
  • Established Sustainable Approach to Energy Management

Wednesday July 13, 2016 from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

Radisson North Baltimore
2004 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093

  • Free for Manufacturers in RMI’s Energy Program
  • $35 for RMI Members and Manufacturers
  • $50 for Non Members and Non-Manufacturers

Exhibitor Opportunities:

  • $750 for exhibit space with 8 foot table along with three complementary tickets (sponsor speaking slots sold out).



Under Armour opens UA Lighthouse to kick off local-for-local manufacturing

Under Armour opens UA Lighthouse to kick off local-for-local manufacturing, uses principles of what Mike Galiazzo called “manufacturing 4.0,” or the fourth wave of industrial revolution, which relies on automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Read the full article from the Baltimore Sun:

By Lorraine Mirabella
The Baltimore Sun

Under Armour’s vision for the future of manufacturing — bringing production closer to where the brand’s products are sold — began taking shape Tuesday with the opening of UA Lighthouse, the company’s new manufacturing and design center in Port Covington.

Dressed in white lab coats, dozens of product developers, engineers, designers and operators of cutting-edge machinery offered a glimpse of the advanced manufacturing testing and prototype development that is underway in a vast former city bus depot.

The Baltimore-based sports apparel and footwear maker is working with partner companies at Lighthouse to create a new model for manufacturing, using state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers that make sneakers, a full-body scanner that measures individuals for custom clothing and robotic machinery for more efficient production.

The idea is to modernize manufacturing in an apparel and shoe industry that still relies on 100-year-old technology, Under Armour officials said during Tuesday’s opening. New technology will enable products to be made on a smaller scale, improving efficiency and product quality, while reducing the time it takes to create new designs and get them to consumers.

“Today, unfortunately, much of our manufacturing is done outside the U.S.,” said Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, adding that the make-local-for-local model being developed at Lighthouse can help reverse that. “We’d like to reinvent the process.”

Under Armour plans to use Lighthouse to develop best practices for all the brand’s products, then share proven technologies and processes with partner factories both domestically and internationally. By making products locally, for instance in the U.S. for the U.S. market, in Europe for the European market and in Brazil for that market, the company hopes to spur a rebirth of domestic apparel making.

Much of the Lighthouse space is dedicated to testing apparel and footwear lines before the products go into full-scale production. Designers and developers also are coming up with new ways to make and test apparel and footwear prototypes.

The Lighthouse staff will work alongside employees of partner companies and institutions, including the University of Maryland Engineering Department, Dow Chemical Co., Huntsman, Lectra, Bemis, Epson, Desma and 3dMD.

The center should employ more than 100 Under Armour workers by the end of the year. Additional jobs are expected to be generated at partner companies as they adopt some of the technologies.

New technologies have already led to production of a new shoe. In a limited product launch in March, the company sold the Architech, billed as the world’s first 3D printed mid-sole sneaker.

The space allows designers and production workers who normally have little contact to collaborate and be more innovative than in traditional settings, said Randy Harward, Under Amour’s senior vice president of advanced manufacturing and materials.

“It’s great that we can expand apparel manufacturing in Maryland,” said Mike Galiazzo, president of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland. “The use of 3D technology has allowed them to make it possible to do that.”
Under Armour is using principles of what Galiazzo called “manufacturing 4.0,” or the fourth wave of industrial revolution, which relies on automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

“It puts it in context, things we’re going to see tomorrow, but we have it here today,” he said.

Besides the 35,000-square-foot Lighthouse, City Garage at 101 W. Dickman Street also houses The Foundery makerspace, which provides access to industry-grade tools and training, and Main Street, a mixed-use event space with customized workspaces for entrepreneurial tenants. The project was developed by Sagamore Ventures, the early-stage investment arm of Plank Industries, Plank’s private holding company.

Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton, who toured the Lighthouse with other city and state officials, said she was impressed by local hiring opportunities that Lighthouse and other entrepreneurial companies in City Garage will generate as well as the technology in use.

“It’s almost like they’re creating a new paradigm for manufacturing,” Holton said. “We don’t have to go around the world. Everyone wants to buy local. … It’s an important step in creating jobs in Baltimore, which we need more than anything.”

Plank said he intended City Garage to be a place for entrepreneurs to find answers as they try to build on their ideas. When he started Under Armour, he recalled driving to New York’s garment district to learn how to manufacture the sweat-wicking T-shirts he envisioned.

“We don’t think people should have to travel that far,” he said.

2016 RMI Gala Videos & Photos

Dear RMI Members and Friends:

RMI’s Future of Maryland Manufacturing – Technology and Talent was alive with enthusiasm as over 75 students demonstrated their various projects and disciples and spoke out on the need for more girls to get involved in engineering and technology. These young designers, makers, engineers, coders, and future leaders of next generation Maryland manufacturing, along with messages from top leaders on the future of manufacturing, left everyone with a new and vibrant sense of direction and enthusiasm. I offer my sincere thanks to all who supported this event and to the voices who share our vision that manufacturing is the pathway from poverty to prosperity for many people across Maryland.

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RMI next event is July 13th for the  RMI Energy Forum.

Mike Galiazzo, RMI President


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RMI 2016 Gala – National Anthem

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RMI 2016 Gala – Mike Gill

RMI 2016 Gala – Drew Greenblatt with Mike and Suzie Intro

RMI 2016 Gala – Demian Costa

RMI 2016 Gala – Calvin Butler

RMI 2016 Gala – Featuring Arniban Basu

RMI 2016 Gala – Aris Melissaratos – New RMI Board of Directors Chair

Aris was elected at the Gala to serve as RMI’s Board of Directors Chair,

Aris Melissaratos is the Dean of the Brown School of Business and Leadership at Stevenson University  The School encompasses Stevenson’s undergraduate programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Business and Computer Information Systems, Fashion Merchandising, and Paralegal Studies. Aris has  vast array of experience in academic, corporate, government and civic community engagements nationwide.

See Wikipedia  on Aris   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aris_Melissaratos

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STEM Students Wow Capacity Crowd of 650 at RMI Gala

A Night To Remember
An Evening of Vision, Views and Vitality Changing Maryland Manufacturing

May 27, 2016- On Thursday evening, fourteen STEM student groups from all over Maryland came to Martin’s West to showcase their Robotics, Drones, 3D Printers,  and more to leading Maryland manufacturers.The students could have been in awe of caliber of top manufacturers including GM, Textron, P&G, Northrop Grumman, McCormick and Company among others, but it was the manufacturers who were wowed by the prestigious students. Some of the students have won world awards for their robotics projects.The Gala had some touching moments. John Raut from GM, who is battling stage-4 bone cancer, was recognized for his distinguished service to Maryland Manufacturing  and RMI’s Chairman Drew Greenblatt from Marlin Steel Wire was honored for his outstanding leadership to Maryland manufacturing as his RMI Chairmanship came to a close.

Watch the RMI Gala videos.

Aris-RMI-GalaThe audience was uplifted with visionary remarks from newly elected Chairman of RMI, Aris Melissaratos. He reminded the group what it was like when manufacturing was king when he first started working at Westinghouse over 40 years ago. He then challenged them to not rest on their laurels and to continue to innovate to stay one step ahead of global competitors.

Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill’s provided the Gala’s opening remarks.  He came out strong makingMike-RMI-Gala the case for why manufacturing is vital for Maryland’s future growth and his engaging presentation helped to lay the foundation for highly energized evening complete with student presentations, touching awards, tears and cheers.

Calvin-RMI-GalaOther speakers included Calvin Butler Jr., President and  CEO of BGE, who showcased some of the utility’s energy savings programs and the efforts they are making with a coalition of like-minded companies to invest in the distressed areas West Baltimore. He also discussed the importance of the RMI partnership in helping Maryland manufacturing reduce energy to free up costs for increased productivity growth.

Demian Costa, Managing Partner of Sagamore Ventures, an affiliate of Plank Industries, highlighted their “CityDemian-RMI-Gala Garage” initiative at Port Covington and opportunities they are creating for manufacturing entrepreneurs who are just starting out.
The project “Lighthouse” will be focus on manufacturing process improvement. Costa discussed the goal of innovating the process to increase speed-to-market by introducing local for local manufacturing that will produce better product globally.

Basu-RMI-GalaFinally, Anirban Basu, President of the Sage Policy Group, acknowledged that manufacturing only represents 4% of Maryland’s economy, but it has a tremendous wealth affect that the service industries don’t provide. He saluted RMI’s efforts to educate policy makers why manufacturing is important to our growth and that we can’t just be focusing on biotech and cyber security.

“Another out-of-the park event!,” said Neill Christopher, Vice President of Manufacturing of Acadia Windows and Doors. “The speakers were awesome, and the whole program was fast-paced and engaging. The students were particularly well spoken. If you keep this up, you’ll make manufacturing the career of choice again!,” he said.



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Last night’s Future of Maryland Manufacturing Gala was an outstanding success

With 650 people attending, last night’s Future of Maryland Manufacturing Gala was Mike-2016-RMI-Galaan outstanding success.  Watch the RMI Gala videos.  We will wait until next week to send out full details but I wanted to thank all the young students who made our event great and to everyone who attended.

It was extraordinary evening, from the students at Catonsville High singing the national anthem to the exhibits, demonstrations and talks by these future leaders, representing programs from across the state. Drew Greenblatt was honored and we announced he is now the Board Chairman Emeritus.  Aris Melissaratos, Dean, Brown School of Business at Stevenson University was nominated and unanimously voted in as RMI’s New Board Chairman.

All the Featured speakers, Calvin Butler, Demian Costa and Anirban Basu sent strong messages that the Future of Maryland Manufacturing should be a priority for economic development.  Secretary of Maryland Department of Commerce Mike Gill presented a strong case for advancing manufacturing in Maryland and indicated to the crowd that would be working closely with RMI on legislation to help manufacturing across the state.

Finally, RMI presented John Raut of GM, who is a long time RMI Board member, with our Outstanding Service to Maryland Manufacturing Award.  The evening clearly represented a new and stronger voice for the Future of Maryland Manufacturing.

BGE’s Calvin Butler Jr. Featured, Drew Greenblatt, Marlin Steel Honored at RMI Gala

BGE’s Calvin G. Butler Jr. Featured at RMI’sFuture of Maryland Manufacturing Gala


CalvinCalvin G. Butler Jr. became chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) on March 1, 2014. Butler previously served as BGE’s senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs. In that role, he was responsible for executing the company’s strategic direction and cultivating relationships with government, regulatory, community and other key stakeholders. Butler also served as Exelon’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and held other leadership positions within Exelon and BGE’s sister company, ComEd (Chicago). Butler played a critical role in helping to successfully navigate company and stakeholder relations during the merger between Exelon and Constellation Energy.   Read more.

RMI Honors Drew Greenblatt, President Maryland Steel & Chair, RMI Board of Directors for His Distinguished Service to RMI and Manufacturing Across America


Drew drew_greenblattGreenblatt bought Marlin Steel in 1998 when it was a small maker of a commodity product.  Since then, he has grown revenue seven fold and is currently expanding its factory floor space 53%.  In the face of challenges to the global economy. Marlin Steel has invested over $4.5mil in robotics in a quest for quality and speed.  Read more.


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Governor Larry Hogan Appoints Dr. Mary Beth Tung as Director of Maryland Energy Administration

Governor Hogan made a fantastic choice in selecting Dr. Tung as the MEA director. RMI looks forward to continuing our partnership with MEA and our energy efficiency program for manufacturers.

- Mike Galiazzo, RMI president

Tung to Assist Hogan Administration in Lowering Energy Bills, Creating Jobs, and Protecting Environment

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Dr. Mary Beth Tung as the director of the Maryland Energy Administration, where she will further the Hogan administration’s commitment to sensible and energy policies. Dr. Tung has been serving as deputy secretary over operations at the Maryland Department of the Environment since her appointment in March 2015.

“Dr. Tung has proven to be an instrumental member of the Department of the Environment and I am proud to have her join the Maryland Energy Administration team as its director,” said Governor Hogan. “In her new role, she will be pivotal in helping our administration promote energy policies that lower Marylanders’ energy bills, fuel the creation of jobs, and protect our environment.”

As deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, Dr. Tung helped develop innovative solutions for the department to work more efficiently while providing guidance and support to its science-based efforts.

“Mary is a talented and hard-working team leader who always finds ways to improve environmental results and customer service,” said Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. “She has excelled over the last year in coordinating programs, projects, and personnel among the Department of the Environment, the Energy Administration, and other state agencies to achieve state energy and environmental goals.”

Previously, Dr. Tung had worked extensively in the legal and scientific communities. As an attorney, she specialized in business law, intellectual property, and biotechnology patent law. She has also taught at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and studied and performed biomedical research in immunology, pharmacology, and virology.

In addition, Dr. Tung earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Wright State University, a postdoctoral associate in pharmacology and virology from the Yale University School of Medicine, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati.

“I was honored to serve as deputy secretary, and am excited to take on this new challenge as director of the Maryland Energy Administration,” said Dr. Tung. “As we work to help Maryland meet its efficiency and environmental goals, we must also think about the ratepayers in all of our decisions and making energy as affordable, reliable, and green as possible.”

Dr. Tung’s appointment takes effect immediately.