For Immediate Release - July 25, 2012

Secretary Sullivan Appoints New Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Chief

BOSTON – Wednesday, July 25, 2012 – Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced the appointment of Alicia Barton McDevitt as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). 

 

Ms. Barton McDevitt replaces outgoing CEO Patrick Cloney, who is leaving the organization to pursue new opportunities in the private sector.

 

As the founding CEO, Cloney launched the MassCEC in 2009 and quickly established the center as the foremost agency in the country promoting clean energy deployment, company growth, and workforce development. Under Cloney's leadership, MassCEC launched the innovative Solarize Massachusetts program to drive down costs for residential solar systems, he oversaw a portfolio of investments in cutting-edge clean energy companies growing in Massachusetts and the development of the world’s largest wind blade test center, which is at near full capacity.  The industry has seen job growth at an outstanding rate of 6.7 percent from August 2010 to 2011 and is on pace to double that this year.

 

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Pat Cloney for his service to the Commonwealth, and for all he has done to advance the clean energy economy.  I wish him all the best in his future endeavors," said Rick Sullivan, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Chairman of the MassCEC Board. “We’re thrilled to have Alicia take up the helm of this organization, which works each day to further our clean energy revolution.”

"I want to thank Governor Patrick, Secretary Sullivan and the MassCEC Board of Directors for this remarkable opportunity to make a positive impact for generations to come," said Cloney, who will continue working at MassCEC through the transition period. "Under Governor Patrick and Secretary Sullivan, Massachusetts has become a national leader in clean energy, and it has been my privilege to be a part of this vital mission. I’m excited Alicia has taken this position. I look forward to watching her accomplish remarkable things. We have worked together in the past and this will be a seamless transition."

 

Prior to joining MassCEC, Ms. Barton McDevitt served as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). She also served in various positions including Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review, Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Director, and Deputy General Counsel at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Barton McDevitt earned a juris doctor from Boston College Law School and a bachelor’s degree in natural resources from Ohio State University.

 

“Massachusetts leads the nation in clean energy technology innovation and our mission is to make sure we continue to develop innovative strategies for increasing the adoption of clean energy and expanding the industry here in Massachusetts,” said Barton McDevitt. “I’m honored to succeed Pat and look forward to the challenge of building on the Center’s tremendous successes to date.”

 

About the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Created by the Green Jobs Act of 2008, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. MassCEC is a partner, clearinghouse and connector for people in the clean energy sector, making direct investments in clean energy companies, building a strong clean energy workforce, and supporting responsibly sited renewable energy projects across the Commonwealth. MassCEC works with the entire clean energy community in Massachusetts to propel promising technologies from the drawing board to the global marketplace.

 

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