For Immediate Release - March 04, 2014

Patrick Administration Announces New Leaders at Energy and Environmental Affairs

BOSTON – Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced three leadership changes at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). DPU Commissioner David W. Cash has been appointed MassDEP Commissioner, replacing Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell, who is leaving MassDEP to become the new President of the Union of Concerned Scientists. DPU Chief of Staff Kate McKeever has been appointed as a new member of the DPU Commission.

“I thank Commissioner Kimmell for his many years of service in creating a healthier, cleaner Massachusetts,” said Governor Patrick. “Commissioner Cash and Kate McKeever bring many years of leadership in the environmental and energy sectors to their new positions. I thank them for taking on these new roles and I’m confident they will build on the energy and environmental successes we have achieved over the last seven years.”

“I am excited to work with Commissioner Cash in his new role, and I know that he will carry on Ken’s strong leadership,” said Secretary Sullivan. “I also look forward to working closely with Kate. She is a well-respected member of the Patrick Administration and I’m confident she will be a tremendous asset to the Commission.”

MassDEP Commissioner – David Cash

Prior to this appointment, Cash has served as Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), where his primary agenda was to help create the best regulatory landscape for electric and gas utilities to dramatically expand the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy while reducing energy costs. Most recently, the DPU has been focusing on efforts to modernize the electric grid to enhance reliability and climate preparedness while encouraging the development and integration of new technologies like electric vehicles, energy storage and distributed renewable energy.

Cash has served in state government for a decade. Before his role as DPU Commissioner, he served as EEA Undersecretary for Policy. He was one of the architects of signature clean energy legislation, including the Green Communities Act, the Global Warming Solutions Act, the Green Jobs Act and the Clean Energy Biofuels Act.

DPU Commissioner – Kate McKeever

An attorney and longtime employee of the Commonwealth, McKeever oversees the day-to-day operations of the DPU. She is the primary advisor to the three-member Commission on matters of policy, legislation, press, budget and personnel. Her prior service to the Commonwealth includes positions as DPU hearing officer and Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney. McKeever received her bachelor’s degree from Temple University and her law degree from Suffolk University.

Outgoing MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell

Commissioner Kimmell served for more than three years as head of MassDEP, and before that, as general counsel of EEA. Kimmell was a leader in forging an agreement amongst nine states to lower carbon emissions through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). This past year, he served as the Chair of RGGI and has forcefully advocated for the program as a national model for carbon reduction. Kimmell will leave his MassDEP post on March 25 and will take some time off to spend with his family before taking on his new role at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading national science-based advocacy organization headquartered in Cambridge.

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