Gov. Janet Mills has picked a top clean energy official from the Massachusetts government to become her top adviser on energy policy.
Mills announced Monday she’s selected Dan Burgess, a Newport native and University of Maine graduate, as the next director of the Governor’s Energy Office.
Burgess, 36, has spent the past eight years working in the administrations of Massachusetts governors Charlie Baker, a Republican, and Deval Patrick, a Democrat, including a stint as acting commissioner of the state’s Department of Energy Resources.
“Using innovative approaches to address climate change and reduce Maine’s carbon footprint is a top priority of my administration,” said Mills in a statement. “Dan Burgess is an experienced, highly-qualified leader on state energy policies.”
Burgess, who also worked on the 2012 re-election campaign of then-President Barack Obama, said in a statement he’s “honored” by the appointment.
“I look forward to working collaboratively to address climate change head on by advancing energy policies that will benefit Maine’s environment and economy,” he said.
Angela Monroe held the position on a temporary basis during the final months of the Gov. Paul LePage administration after Steven McGrath, who held the job since August 2017, resigned in September.