September 24, 2017
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Former LePage lawyer who quit as utilities regulator in June lands job at CMP parent company

By Darren Fishell, BDN Staff
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Carlisle McLean, pictured at the State House after her confirmation to the Maine Public Utilities Commission in January 2015.

Former Maine Public Utilities Commissioner Carlisle McLean in July began a senior legal job at Avangrid, the publicly traded parent company of Central Maine Power Co.

McLean started the job last month, according to her LinkedIn profile.

“I am thrilled that the role will draw both upon my background and experience in environmental law and regulation as well as my experience and expertise in the energy and utility industries,” McLean wrote in a post on the professional networking site. “I’m excited to merge these two pieces of my education and professional background into this new position.”

McLean left her post on the Maine Public Utilities Commission in late June. Gov. Paul LePage nominated her to serve the remainder of former PUC Chairman Tom Welch’s term, after Welch’s early resignation at the end of 2014.

McLean was previously LePage’s chief legal counsel, but she and her fellow commissioners — all LePage appointees — caught the governor’s ire after establishing new rules for compensating small-scale solar power generators. In February, he called for all three members to resign.

McLean’s term expired in March, but she continued to serve through at least May 31, casting her final votes during a meeting that day. She left the meeting early and announced her resignation a month later.

LePage has not yet nominated McLean’s replacement on the three-member commission.

The commission, which oversees the state’s 911 communication system, electric utilities, water utilities and regulated telecommunications companies, continues to operate under Chairman Mark Vannoy and Commissioner Bruce Williamson.

A spokesman for Avangrid did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.


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