Written by Jack Meltzer
Willimantic, CT -- Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has appointed William Leahy, director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University, as a representative and council member to the Electric Vehicles Infrastructure Council (EVIC). Council members will serve until Sept. 1, 2010, or until they submit final recommendations to the governor.
Leahy will represent ISE and collaborate with representatives from 15 other state agencies who were appointed to the EVIC. The EVIC will develop strategies and prepare the state for the integration of the electric car to the market and establish performance measures for meeting infrastructure funding, environmental and regulatory goals.
"Connecticut has the opportunity to become a national leader by driving economic development, inspiring new small business, and creating green jobs through the coordinated introduction and interrogation of electric vehicles and the accompanying infrastructure," said Rell. "Connecticut is committed to being at the forefront of transitioning to the electrification of transportation. Electric vehicles will provide users with significantly reduced energy costs."
Leahy has 40 years experience in public education and energy management. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Industrial Education from Central Connecticut State University. In 2002, Leahy was appointed director of the ISE. In 2004, the ISE was named the recipient of the National Energy Star Partnership Award for Community Leadership in Energy Education for the US Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.