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July 10, 2013

Obama Picks McGinn as the Navy’s Top Energy and Environment Official

On, July 8, 2013, President Obama announced he will nominate retired Navy Admiral Dennis McGinn as the Navy’s top energy and environment official.

Admiral McGinn, who served as a naval aviator, carrier commanding officer and fleet commander, retired in 2002. He is presently President of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the single-point voice for all U.S. renewable energy regardless of technology. During his ACORE tenure, Admiral McGinn re-defined organizational priorities to encompass all renewable energy technologies into National Defense & Security; Power Generation & Infrastructure; and Transportation strategies and successfully focused the membership and the industry for the next decades. Admiral McGinn also serves as Co-Chair, CNA's Military Advisory Board, a cadre of retired senior military officers who are well-attuned to the national security energy and climate change matters. When he is approved, Admiral McGinn will replace Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) Jackalyne Pfannenstiel who departed in June 2013 for health reasons.

The United States Navy has announced a commitment to draw at least 50% of its shore and sea-based from renewable sources by 2020.

Brought to you by Michael Brower, Senior Federal Policy Director for Mosaic Federal Affairs LLC (, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hiscock and Barclay LLP.  Brower has over three decades of national and international defense, energy and research and development legislative and policy advocacy experience.  Brower is a member of the ACORE Board of Directors.


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