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Michael Randolph Brower

Michael R. Brower is Mosaic Federal Affairs' Senior Federal Policy Director responsible for the firm's projects and legislative objectives and priorities. Michael is a retired career Naval Officer and Aviator who commanded Sea Strike Squadron Twenty-Two in the first Iraqi War and personally flew 43 aircraft carrier-based combat sorties. He also served in the Secretary of the Navy’s personal office as Special Assistant for Air Warfare communicating United States Navy legislative policy to the Congress for Secretaries of the Navy Lehman, Webb and Ball.

After a two decade-plus career in naval service, Michael was an agency executive director, bank director, farmer, a federal and New York State legislative affairs consultant, and Director, Community and Governmental Relations at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Throughout his external relations career, Michael has focused on policy and funding authorizations for appropriations and appropriations legislation, energy and energy tax policy matters, project finance, and federal and state agency project awards. Michael helped establish Mosaic Federal Affairs, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hiscock & Barclay LLP law firm in January 2006.

Michael was directly engaged in helping craft the first ever Energy Title (IX) in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 and has since played a direct role shaping biomass definitions and components in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Infrastructure, the Energy Security Act of 2007, and the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 and was focused on the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 2454- American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 and the companion U.S. Senate legislation. Michael was actively involved in the inclusion of biomass and geothermal eligibility for the Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 during the 112th Congress (HR8).


Representative Experience

  • Mosaic's current experience on funded projects include an operational 21MW woody biomass combined heat and power project, a 600-acre purpose grown woody biomass project, a second 49.9 MW triple-flash “very high-temperature” (600F+) geothermal power plant following commissioning of the first $400,000,000 49.9 MW plant in May 2012, development of new, off-shore geothermal resources in promising high-temperature resources and at least three distributive agricultural/food processing residue anaerobic digester-to-combined heat and power/cooling projects operating in the 1 to 4MW ranges. Mosaic presently represents the New York State Bioenergy Learning Collaborative, which was reently awarded $15,000,000 from New York State for the construction of thre, utility-scale, 1MW Hydraulic Mix Anaerobic Bio-Digesters on three rural SUNY college campuses.
  • Mosaic's Prinicpal, Michael R. Brower, was named Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, American Counsil on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Co-Chair of the Presidential and Chief Executive Office Search Committee. July 2013
  • Mosaic's Principal, Michael R. Brower, was named to the Board of Directors, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). January 2013
  • Mosaic chaired the ACORE Biomass Definition Subcommittee and co-authored the ACORE Biomass Definition unifying the present 16 federal definitions presently in statute and regulation. The ACORE Biomass definition was submitted to Congress in 2012 and awaits inclusion in appropriate energy policy legislation.
  • Mosaic enjoys extensive development experience with energy crops, distributed generation, district heating and cooling, biomass conversion to liquid fuels projects and has very recently been tasked to prepare for several thermal (gasification) MSW/residues to energy developments including landfill gas (methane) distributive power generation. Additionally, Mosaic is significantly involved in an advancing international collaboration for water quality assurance including deployment of modular membrane water and waste water treatment systems for facilities and shipboard ballast water treatment. Mosaic is proud of our environmental contributions, most importantly clean air and water through deployment, use and applications of state-of-the-art clean technologies and controls.
  • Mosaic led the way, advocating that the Defense Threat Reduction Agency re-focus on their primary published goal of detection of chemicals and next generation explosives. Mosaic also advocated for light-weight, “man-portable” detection units to protect our men and women in combat with special attention to protecting our Special Operations war-fighters. The matter was favorably resolved in the FY 2013 House Armed Services Committee report accompanying the FY 2013 National Defense Authorizations Act (June 2012).
  • Mosaic led American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) delegation including ACORE President Vice Admiral Dennis “Denny“ McGinn to Capitol Hill to meet with key Republican and Democratic Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means and Transportation and Infrastructure Members of Congress and committee Professional Staffs to discuss ACORE's Biomass Definition, Section 1603 Cash Grants In Lieu of Tax Equity Credits for renewable generation and the USEPA Biogenic CO2 Framework (November 2011).
  • Mosaic coordinated with New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, New York State Empire Development Corporation, United States Department of Agriculture/Rural Development and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in support of the Center of Excellence in Watershed Applications of Technology for Economic Revitalization (COE in WATER) and their innovative “Clean Water-Clean Energy” regional economic development strategy (October 2011).
  • Mosaic led a client delegation to meet with key House and Senate Republican and Democratic Energy & Commerce, Natural Resources, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Senate Environment and Public Works and Transportation and Infrastructure Members of Congress and committee Professional Staffs to discuss Leveraging Private Capital For Federal Hydroelectric Repairs, Upgrades and Renovations (July 2011).

  • Mosaic advanced and helped “roll out” the bipartisan House Biomass Legislative Caucus Co-Chaired by Congressman Charley Bass (R-NH) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) (June 2011).


Publications/Speaking

  • Presenter at 4th Annual Renewable Energy Technology Conference & Exhibition (RETECH) in Washington, D.C. (October 2012).
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Gold Key Renewable Energy Trade Mission Representative traveling to Republic of the Philippines and Thailand (September 2012).
  • “Advancing Federal Biomass Policy Through Legislative Initiatives,” presented at the 2nd Annual World Congress of Bioenergy-2012 in the Global Bioenergy Economy and Policy Segment in Xi'an, China (April 2012).
  • U.S. Military and Renewable Energy Industry Forum: Collaboration on Technology, Procurement and Finance Solutions to Enhance National Defense (January 2012).
  • "Leveraging Private Capital for Federal Hydroelectric Repairs, Upgrades and Renovations," presented to the National Research Council in Washington, D.C. (December 2011).
  • "ACORE's Biomass Definition and Section 1603 Cash Grants in Lieu of Tax Equity Credits for Renewable Generation," presented to the American Council on Renewable Energy/Biomass Coordinating Council Phase II Conference Members Day (December 2011).
  • Presenter at 2nd Annual Renewable Energy Technology Conference & Exhibition (RETECH) in Washington D.C. (February 2010).



Professional Affiliations

  • American Council on Renewable Energy, Leadership Council 2011

  • American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

  • Science Advisory Board, World Council on Bioenergy



Prior Experience

  • Research Foundation of SUNY, Special Advisor
  • CranberryBASE Consultants, President

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Director of Government Relations

  • U.S. Naval Officer and Aviator, Retired


Honors

  • U.S. Navy Honors: Bronze Star, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Navy Comendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device (2), Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal various unit and foreign government awards.
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