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March 5, 2019

Energy expert involved in Bay State initiatives to head Governor’s Energy Office

Courtesy / Office of Gov. Janet Mills Dan Burgess, who spent the last eight years working to advance clean energy and climate policy in Massachusetts, will return to his native Maine to lead the Governor's Energy Office, as announced on Monday.

Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday named Dan Burgess, a leading energy expert and Maine native, to direct the Governor’s Energy Office.

Burgess, 36, grew up on a small dairy farm in the Penobscot County town of Newport that today is a Christmas tree farm running on solar power.

In Massachusetts, Burgess spent the last eight years working to advance clean energy and climate policy in the administrations of current Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic former Gov. Deval Patrick.

Most recently, he was deputy commissioner and chief of staff at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and before that acting commissioner. He has also served as legislative director for energy for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

“Using innovative approaches to address climate change and reduce Maine’s carbon footprint is a top priority of my administration,” Mills said in a press release. “Dan Burgess is an experienced, highly-qualified leader on state energy policies. I am excited to welcome him to the Governor’s Energy Office to work together to chart a path to Maine’s clean energy future.”

The Governor’s Energy Office is responsible for planning and coordinating state energy policy. The director of the Governor’s Energy Office serves as the primary energy policy adviser to the governor. Mills has made combating climate change and supporting renewable energy a top priority of her administration and Burgess will help lead those efforts.

“Under the leadership of Gov. Mills, Maine’s clean energy future is bright and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this role,” Burgess said in Monday’s news release. “I look forward to working collaboratively to address climate change head-on by advancing energy policies that will benefit Maine’s environment and economy.”

Burgess holds a business degree from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in public administration from Northeastern University.

He also spent five years in the aerospace and software industries and worked on President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.

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