Abigail Hopper received the first Outstanding Achievement in Offshore Wind Award during the Network’s Annual Dinner on April 22nd.
Abby has shown unwavering perseverance for passing the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 (MOWEA), national leadership and created a partnership with Denmark, with whom Maryland and many people in the industry have benefitted.
As the Governor’s Energy Advisor, Hopper regularly advised the Governor on energy matters and also interfaced with businesses in the energy space, including the State’s utilities. Hopper also coordinated the interaction between the Governor’s Office and both the Maryland Public Service Commission and the Maryland Energy Administration.
She previously spent three years as Deputy General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission, during which she advised commissioners on a broad range of legal matters arising from their duties as utility regulators.
As MEA Director, Hopper was pivotal in ensuring the passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013. Her work on Maryland’s offshore wind subsidy was ” impressive and innovative.”
Governor O’Malley said “Abby’s work has been crucial to helping Marylanders reduce their energy usage, save money on their energy bills, and obtain more of their energy from renewable resources.”