The Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition (MAREC) was formed in September 2009 as a nonprofit Pennsylvania corporation. Currently our membership consists of wind developers, solar developers, wind turbine manufacturers and nonprofit organizations dedicated to the growth of renewable energy technologies to improve our environment, diversify our electric generation portfolio, and boost economic development in the region. Our mission is to improve and enhance the opportunities for renewable energy development in ten of the jurisdictions in the PJM region in and around the Mid-Atlantic, which include: Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The primary areas of focus of MAREC Action are to provide education and expertise on the environmental sustainability of wind and solar energy; offer technical expertise and advice to assist in understanding the operating and environmental impacts of integrating wind and solar into the electrical power system; and promote fair policies, rules and regulations to expand the region’s electric transmission system to accommodate the growth of renewable energy generation.
Bruce Burcat is an attorney with over thirty-years’ experience in the utility and energy regulatory fields. He is responsible for MAREC Action’s efforts to promote the growth and development of renewable energy in its ten jurisdictions. Mr. Burcat joined the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition in 2010 as its Executive Director and later transitioned to heading MAREC Action in his current position as Executive Director. This organizational change has allowed him to focus more on direct advocacy for MAREC Action’s utility-scale wind and solar companies in the states in the MAREC Action region. Prior to assuming his roles in the renewable energy industry, Mr. Burcat served for nearly fifteen years as the Executive Director of the Delaware Public Service Commission. He was also an attorney for the New Jersey Division of the Ratepayer Advocate, managing the Division’s water and wastewater utility cases and represented the Advocate in energy cases, and prior to that served as a Senior Rate Attorney for General Waterworks Management and Service Company.
Mr. Burcat is a graduate of the University of Delaware. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Taxation from the Villanova University School of Law.
Evan Vaughan has dedicated his career to the growth of renewable energy, most recently working as a community relations consultant for an offshore wind project. Evan served as Manager of Media Relations for the American Wind Energy Association for nearly five years and, before that, held various internship positions working on clean energy and climate change issues at the International Emissions Trading Association and the World Wildlife Fund. Evan holds a MA in Global Environmental Policy from American University in Washington, DC and a BA in Government and World Affairs from the University of Tampa.
Caroline Fletcher is a Government Affairs professional with over three years of experience in the trade association space. She comes to MAREC Action from the Specialty Equipment Market Association, where she worked on both state and federal policy. Caroline previously held internship positions for Congressman Hoyer and the Maryland Sierra Club. She holds a BA in Politics and Mathematics from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.