Governor Mills Taps Energy Expert Dan Burgess to Lead Governor’s Energy Office

BDN -Janet Mills taps Massachusetts energy leader for top Maine position

Gov. Janet Mills has picked a top clean energy official from the Massachusetts government to become her top adviser on energy policy.

PPH -Mills names her director of energy policy

Maine native Dan Burgess will return to his home state to direct energy policy with a focus on renewables and climate change.

March 4, 2019

Photo of Dan BurgessGovernor Janet Mills announced today she has selected leading energy expert and Maine native Dan Burgess to direct the Governor’s Energy Office.

“Using innovative approaches to address climate change and reduce Maine’s carbon footprint is a top priority of my Administration. 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,” said Governor Mills. “Additionally, I am happy to welcome Dan, a native Mainer, and his family home once again.”

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

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 advisor to the Governor. Governor Mills has made combatting climate change and supporting renewable energy a top priority of her administration. Burgess will help lead those efforts.

Dan Burgess, 36, grew up on what was then a small dairy farm in Newport, Maine. The farm is now a solar-powered Christmas tree farm. Burgess has spent the last eight years working to advance clean energy and climate policy in the administrations of both current Republican Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic former Governor Deval Patrick. Most recently Burgess served as Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and prior to that as Acting Commissioner. Previously he served as the Legislative Director for Energy for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Burgess has a business degree from the University of Maine Orono as well as a masters in Public Administration from Northeastern University. In addition, Burgess spent five years in the aerospace and software industries and worked on President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Dan will return to Maine with his wife, Rachael, and their daughter, Lucille.


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Dan Burgess, a Newport native and a 2005 University of Maine graduate, has a strong background in renewable and clean energy policy in the commonwealth. He has worked to advance a law aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts by 25 percent by 2020, as well as measures to promote energy efficiency and cleaner-burning woodstoves.................................Burgess works closely with Patrick Woodcock, who served as LePage’s energy director from 2013-2016, before going to Massachusetts to become assistant secretary of energy at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs..................................

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The ad is being run by Stop the Corridor, a coalition that includes ReEnergy, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Maine Renewable Energy Association, Environment Maine and No CMP Corridor.

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Comment by Dan McKay on March 5, 2019 at 2:58pm

He must know Maine hasn't a billion dollars to play tag with carbon dioxide, but we have billions of trees to clean it up.

Comment by Dan McKay on March 5, 2019 at 10:40am

  "Forested lands also are the largest land-based carbon sink with trees and underbrush drawing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in their cellulosic structure and in forest soils. "  California Climate Action Team.

    So, why isn't the storing of CO2  by Maine's forest land an equal part of the carbon dioxide equation ?
Comment by Willem Post on March 5, 2019 at 10:37am

Dan Burgess is a safe choice, because he can be expected to spout the RE mantras he learned in Massachusetts.

Comment by Art Brigades on March 4, 2019 at 9:31pm

Massachusetts has 800,000 solar panels.  Maine has 80,000.  The wind turbine ratio is about the inverse. Whether wind turbines or solar panels, we can spend billions and not move the needle on climate change.  If climate change is the "problem" why would we dink around with our grain of sand 1.4 MMT of CO2 on the 36,000 MMT beach called global CO2 emissions?  Build bulkheads and drainage ditches with your own dime if you're concerned about sea level rise. Meanwhile stop mandating public spending on wind turbines that can't do a thing about climate change.  Buy us all lifeboats instead; better ROI. 

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on March 4, 2019 at 9:16pm

Comment by Art Brigades on February 28, 2019 at 10:42am

The Acting Director, Angela Monroe, is fantastic, so it'll be good if she stays on. She is about to issue a huge report about Maine energy issues that will show legislators and the governor that their efforts to halt climate change -- however good they make them feel -- are futile. If this guy's been working under Woodcock hopefully he learned a thing or two about what matters and what works, as opposed to what feels good. If he has Deval Patrick's cell number in his contacts list he should be fired immediately. 

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"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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