- Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Media Contact for Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson Announces Departure
BOSTON — After more than four years at the helm of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), Commissioner Judith Judson today announced she is departing from state service effective Friday, December 13, 2019. Judson will be joining Ameresco as Vice President, Distributed Energy Systems.
“Commissioner Judson has played a critical role in spearheading the Commonwealth’s efforts to ensure a clean, affordable and resilient energy future for Massachusetts,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Through significant investments in energy efficiency and clean energy, including historic procurements of hydropower and offshore wind, Commissioner Judson was a tremendous asset to our team, and I thank her for her time as Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources.”
In April 2015, Commissioner Judson was selected by the Baker-Polito Administration to lead the DOER in their efforts to ensure the deployment of cost-effective energy efficiency, maximize the development of clean energy resources, create and implement energy strategies to assure reliable supplies and improve the cost of clean energy relative to fossil-fuel based generation, and support Massachusetts' clean energy companies and spur Massachusetts' clean energy employment. Before joining the DOER, Judson chaired the Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission under Governor Mitt Romney and was most recently head of emerging technologies at an energy consulting firm where she worked since 2012.
“Being able to lead the Department of Energy Resources has been a privilege, and I thank Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Secretary Theoharides, and former Secretary Beaton for the opportunity to serve as commissioner,” said DOER Commissioner Judith Judson. “The DOER is playing a vital role in helping to move the Commonwealth toward a clean, affordable and resilient energy future. It has been an honor to work with such a creative, passionate and dedicated staff, who are truly committed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ energy future.”
Under Commissioner Judson’s leadership, the Department of Energy Resources played a critical role in the successful passage of bipartisan comprehensive energy diversity legislation, advanced a commitment to clean energy through the SMART solar program and the procurement of hydropower and approximately 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind, launched Massachusetts’ energy storage initiative, continued the Commonwealth’s national leadership in clean energy by being named the most energy efficient state for nine years in a row, and advanced clean energy initiatives in cities and towns across Massachusetts through the Green Communities program.
Additionally, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Theoharides has named Patrick Woodcock, who currently serves as the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Undersecretary of Energy, as the agency’s interim commissioner. Woodcock will lead the DOER during the transition period until a permanent commissioner has been announced, which is expected soon.
Patrick Woodcock, Interim Commissioner, Department of Energy Resources
Patrick Woodcock joined the Baker-Polito Administration in 2017 and serves as the Undersecretary of Energy in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. In that position, Undersecretary Woodcock oversees the Department of Energy Resources and the Department of Public Utilities, chairs the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and serves on the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Investment Committee. Prior to his time in the administration, Woodcock was Director of the Maine State Energy Office, a position he held from 2013 through 2016. Previously, Woodcock worked for United States Senator Olympia Snowe in her Washington, D.C. office. Woodcock graduated from Bowdoin College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.