ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Abigail Ross Hopper as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). Ms. Hopper has served as Governor O’Malley’s Energy Advisor since 2010 and as Acting Director of MEA since 2012. Ms. Hopper will also continue on in her role as Energy Advisor to Governor O’Malley.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with Ms. Hopper’s depth of knowledge and experience in the energy sector take the official helm at MEA. Maryland is a national leader in clean energy and energy efficiency and we are confident that Ms. Hopper will continue to push our State forward,” said Governor O’Malley. “Ms. Hopper has displayed exemplary leadership as Acting Director of MEA and my Energy Advisor. She was absolutely pivotal in ensuring the passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 and has overseen the successful launch of numerous programs during her time at MEA.”
“Governor O’Malley is committed to ensuring Marylanders benefit from clean, reliable energy that saves money, protects the environment, and remains operational in the face of major storms,” Ms. Hopper said. “I’m excited to continue serving the citizens of our State as a member of his team.”
During her tenure as Acting Director of MEA, Ms. Hopper has overseen a suite of programs designed to achieve three of the Governor’s sixteen strategic policy goals: increasing renewable energy production, reducing energy consumption, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Ms. Hopper also presided over the launch of several new programs, including Smart Energy Communities, which provides funding to local governments that adopt cutting-edge clean energy policies. Ms. Hopper has also focused significant resources on improving the resiliency of the State’s electric utilities in the face of major storms. Thanks largely to her leadership, the State is taking concrete actions towards ensuring a clean and reliable energy future.
As Energy Advisor to the Governor, Ms. Hopper regularly advises the Governor on achieving the State’s aggressive renewable energy and energy efficiency goals. She also interfaces with businesses in the energy space, including the State’s utilities, as well as coordinating the interaction between the Governor’s Office and both the Public Service Commission (PSC) and MEA.
Prior to her appointment by the Governor, Ms. Hopper spent three years as Deputy General Counsel with the PSC. In this role she advised PSC Commissioners on a broad range of legal matters arising from their duties as utility regulators.
Before embarking on a career in public service, Ms. Hopper spent over 9 years in private practice where she specialized in complex litigation and corporate law. She represented publicly and privately held corporations in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and has counseled numerous venture capital and investment banking firms in connection with multi-million dollar equity offerings. While in private practice, Ms. Hopper worked for the Washington-based international firm of Hogan and Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells), and the Greenbelt Maryland-based firm of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake.
Abigail Hopper graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1999, after obtaining her B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1993.