Kelly Speakes-Backman was appointed to the Maryland Public Service Commission in August 2011. She has spent 20 years working in energy, sustainability, renewable energy, and environmental business strategies across the nation, including Maryland, Connecticut, Texas, New York, Massachusetts, California and Ohio, prior to joining the PSC. Her direct technology experience includes power generation from solar, wind, biogas and biomass, distributed generation, natural gas and fuel cells. Most recently, Speakes-Backman joined the public service sector to serve as the Clean Energy Director at the Maryland Energy Administration, where she led a team of policy experts and grant administrators to implement programs to meet the Administration’s goal of increasing Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio to 20 percent by 2022. Speakes-Backman has presented regularly at energy industry events and has authored several articles published in energy trade magazines. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Boston University. Commissioner Kelly Speakes-Backman joined the RGGI, Inc. Board of Directors in December, 2011.