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David J. Manning

Director, Stakeholder Relations/External Affairs
Brookhaven National Laboratory

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After 2 years running the New York Smart Grid Consortium as Executive Director, and leading the energy practice of VHB Engineering, Mr. Manning was appointed on the 1st of February, 2013 as the Province of Alberta, Canada's Representative to the United States.

Alberta accounts for over half of the world's oil reserves available to investor owned producers [79% are controlled by governments, 21% available for development.] Alberta represents 28% of US oil imports and supplies 12% of US natural gas consumption. It also has over 100 megawatts of installed wind and is starting major solar projects.

Previously Mr. Manning spent 10 years in the uitility sector as Executive Vice President and Chief Environmental Officer of Keyspan/National Grid, one of the largest power and gas utilities in the United States. Mr. Manning had responsibility for all external affairs, including government relations on the local, state, and national level, public relations and communications, as well as community strategy. Mr. Manning also managed both environmental policy and environmental operations for KeySpan. KeySpan operated throughout the U.S. Northeast, and was acquired by National Grid, the London based utility.

Prior to his role with KeySpan / National Grid, Mr. Manning was the President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the industry trade group representing the entire Canadian upstream, including Canada’s Oil Sands. In that capacity, he was a delegate to Kyoto and introduced the first industry-lead voluntary CO2 reduction program in 1995.

In addition to Mr. Manning’s corporate and trade association leadership, he served as the Deputy Minister of Energy for the Province of Alberta in the early 90’s, following five years as Alberta’s International Trade Counsel and representative in the United States. In that capacity, he was actively involved in the creation of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the North America Free Trade Agreement on behalf of the Province. He also participated in the successful efforts to develop infrastructure and significantly expand Canadian energy exports to U.S. markets.

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