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December 20, 2013

Beyond Coal Campaign Director Mary Anne Hitt Named One of the Most Influential People in 2013

Mary Anne Hitt webThe Sierra Club is thrilled to announce that Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Club's history-making Beyond Coal campaign, has been honored by SNL Energy as one of ten most influential people in 2013 for her pioneering work to move the nation off polluting 19th Century fuels and onto clean sources of energy like wind and solar.

Joining her on the list are Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy - plus a number of the fossil fuel industry executives that Mary Anne has been so effective in challenging. This recognition places the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign among the most significant forces shaping the energy sector in the US, along with the EPA, the U.S. Senate, and big energy companies of all stripes.

From the article: "the leaders who made the news in 2013 tended to be risk-takers unafraid of upsetting the status quo."

The Beyond Coal campaign has secured the retirement of 158 coal plants, and in other areas continues to demand that polluters be held accountable as the nation moves ever more quickly to wind, solar, and other renewables.

Mary anne hitt coal export rally"I look forward to the day when this list is entirely leaders in the clean energy sector and not relics of a dirty-fueled past," said Mary Anne Hitt.

SNL Energy's 10 Most Influential People of 2013

Mary Anne Hitt, director, Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign
David Crane, president and CEO, NRG Energy Inc.
Lyndon Rive, co-founder and CEO, SolarCity Corp.
Lynn Good, president and CEO, Duke Energy Corp.
Bennett Hatfield, president and CEO, Patriot Coal Corp.
Doug Lawler, CEO, Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., chairman, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Gina McCarthy, administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Norman Bay, director, FERC's Office of Enforcement
Donna Nelson, chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Texas
SNL Energy reporters and editors submitted nominations of people who impacted the U.S. electric power, natural gas, and coal sectors over the past year. The final list of people was selected by a committee of 10 veteran energy journalists at SNL Energy.

About SNL Energy
SNL Energy, a division of SNL Financial, redefines the energy information market by integrating news, data, and analytics in real time on a Web-based platform. Industry-leading access to comprehensive financials, breaking news, proprietary regulatory research, market pricing and fundamentals of supply and demand set the standard for intelligence on the power, natural gas, coal and renewable markets, driving critical energy investment decisions.


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