Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton today announced Robert Hayden will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), Angela O’Connor will serve as Chair of the DPU, and Ronald Gerwatowski will serve as Assistant Secretary for Energy.

“These appointments are coming at a critical time in the Commonwealth’s approach to energy policy,” said Daniel L. Sosland, Acadia Center President. “With major changes in technology making clean energy and energy efficiency more affordable, and big questions on the horizon about how we will plan and use energy resources, the DPU and energy administrative leadership will play an important role in shaping Massachusetts’s economic and energy future.”

Massachusetts has been a national leader in forging clean energy policies, but there is still important work to be done. The DPU is facing decisions on an array of complex and critical issues related to energy procurement, planning and infrastructure that will require input from and consideration of perspectives of a wide range of stakeholders. Key decisions this year will have long-term effects throughout the Commonwealth.

Acadia Center looks forward to working with the DPU and energy policy leaders and stakeholders to advance solutions that will meet environmental targets and challenges, grow a strong economy, protect consumer choice and build a strong energy future for Massachusetts.



Emily Avery-Miller, Director External Relations, Acadia Center, 617-742-0054 x100,

Acadia Center is a non-profit, research and advocacy organization committed to advancing the clean energy future. Acadia Center is at the forefront of efforts to build clean, low-carbon and consumer-friendly economies. Acadia Center provides accurate and reliable information, and offers a real-world and comprehensive approach to problem solving through innovation and collaboration.


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