Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Members of New Energy and Environmental Affairs Leadership Team
Four who served during Governor Patrick's first term will lead in new positions
"Phil, Steven, Frank, and Mark each distinguished themselves during Governor Patrick's first term," Secretary-Designate Sullivan said. "In these new roles, they will continue to guide our work in realizing the Governor's vision of a clean energy future for Massachusetts."
Filling a vacancy left by former Energy Undersecretary Ann Berwick when she was appointed to chair the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) last spring, Giudice has served as DOER Commissioner since June 2007. He is succeeded as DOER Commissioner by Sylvia, who became the first director of DOER's Green Communities Division in December 2008.
Giudice spent 30 years in the private sector - most recently as senior vice president of corporate development for EnerNOC, Inc. of Boston - before coming to the Patrick-Murray administration, where he oversaw the transition of DOER from a division of EEA to a full-fledged department comprising divisions specializing in energy efficiency, energy markets, renewable energy, Green Communities, and the Governor's Leading by Example program. Since then, Commissioner Giudice has led a team that successfully invested over $54 million in federal stimulus dollars in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that have propelled Massachusetts to national energy leadership status. Working with the Attorney General and a diverse stakeholder group, Giudice's team crafted three-year energy efficiency plans now underway by the state's investor-owned utilities, which made Massachusetts the number one state nationally in terms of per capita investment in energy efficiency - $2 billion over three years that will yield energy cost savings of $6 billion. He also served on the state Energy Facilities Siting Board, and is former chair of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust - now part of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
Giudice chairs the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO) and was recently appointed by US Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu as one of 20 members of a federal advisory committee for energy efficiency and renewable energy. A geologist (a bachelor's degree from University of New Hampshire and a master's degree from the University of Arizona) and management professional (an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth), Giudice is a Wayland resident. In his new role, he will be the Secretary's key advisor on energy issues and provide broad policy oversight of DOER and DPU.
"It is an honor to continue my public service and build on Governor Patrick's work to make Massachusetts a national leader in clean energy generation and energy efficiency," said Undersecretary Giudice.
Appointed within months of Governor Patrick's signing of the Green Communities Act, Sylvia has shaped the DOER Green Communities Division's mission to provide programs and guidance to help the Commonwealth's 351 cities and towns transition to a cleaner energy future. He and his team have overseen the successful allocation of over $42 million in federal stimulus-funded Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants, and established criteria for and implemented the signature initiative of the Green Communities Act - designating 53 cities and towns as Green Communities, distributing over $8 million in Green Communities grants to municipalities in 2010, and poised to award another $3.62 million in early 2011 to help newly designated communities make local clean energy investments. Commissioner Sylvia earned bachelor's and master's degrees from The American University in Washington, DC in political science and public administration, respectively.
Formerly the town manager of Plymouth, Sylvia resides in Fairhaven.
"I look forward to leading DOER to support cost-effective energy efficiency, assure reliable energy supply, improve energy costs and maximize the development of renewable energy resources," said Commissioner Sylvia.
From 2007 to 2008, Assistant Secretary Clarke, a resident of Belmont, served as a clean energy project manager at EEA, and then became the DOER's director of wind energy development in 2009. While there, he led initiatives to develop renewable energy on state owned lands and facilities and ensured progress towards the Governor's 2020 2,000 megawatt wind energy goal. He also co-authored a U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative report assessing the future of off-shore wind energy in the U.S. He earned master's and bachelor's degrees from Columbia University. Prior to joining EEA, he was pursuing a doctoral degree in energy and environmental policy at Stanford University.
"Thank you to Secretary Sullivan for providing me with the opportunity to continue working with municipalities, industry and residents on behalf of the Commonwealth to develop renewable energy projects," said Assistant Secretary Clarke.
Since 2008, Assistant Secretary Gorke has served as the director of the Division of Energy Efficiency at DOER. During his tenure the division oversaw creation of the nation's most aggressive utility-operated energy efficiency programs. He and his team also led groundbreaking work in building energy codes. Prior to joining DOER, he launched Environment Massachusetts, a statewide environmental advocacy organization. While there, he helped to shape the landmark Green Communities and the Global Warming Solutions Acts and was involved in the establishment of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Assistant Secretary Gorke, a resident of Somerville, earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard.
"I appreciate the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth by developing ways to help organizations and individuals across the state to reduce operating costs and environmental impacts through energy efficiency," said Assistant Secretary Gorke.